Today's News

  • Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff win 4A doubles crown

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper top girls doubles team of Madeline Margevicius/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff upset the No. 1 seed from Farmington to capture the 2013 state Class 4A title.

    Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff picked up the first set, then, after Farmington’s Molly Merrion/Danielle Nguyen earned a second set victory, bounced back to win the decisive third set.

    Hsieh-Ratliff crushed a volley coming into the net to secure Los Alamos’ 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win and the state doubles title.

    More information on Los Alamos’ state championship will be in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports in Brief 5-9-13


    Girls doubles teams advance, boys doubles teams go out in opening round at state


    All three Los Alamos girls doubles teams survived Wednesday’s opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Hilltoppers all advanced to this morning’s quarterfinal round at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.

    Unfortunately, the Hilltopper boys didn’t fare so well, falling in both their doubles matches to open the tournament.

    The Hilltopper third-seeded doubles team of Madeline Margevicius/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff handily defeated Madison Raess/Xochitl Benitez of Las Cruces Centennial 6-1, 6-1 to move on to the quarters.

  • 'Toppers, Tigers clash in 4A opener


    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper diamond squads will compete in the first round of the state Class 4A playoffs this weekend.

    The state baseball playoffs gets going Friday at various sites around the state. As for the Hilltoppers, they will host the Aztec Tigers in the opening round series. This will be the second consecutive season the Hilltoppers will be at home to open the 4A playoffs.

    Last year, Los Alamos was awarded the No. 7 overall seed but fell in straight games of the best-of-3 series to the Miyamura Patriots.

    This season, Los Alamos enters the playoffs as the No. 8 seed while the Tigers are the No. 9 seed. The winner of this weekend’s series will, in all likelihood, will face off against the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, the Piedra Vista Panthers.

  • Red Cross babysitters course


    Red Cross babysitters course


    The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course will be May 17-18.  

    The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems. 

    The session will be 4-8:30 p.m., May 17, and 1-5:30 p.m., May 18.  Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. Cost is $110. Class will meet at the Y Express, 140 Central Park Square.

  • Report: 3 captive Ohio women were raped, starved--Video Extra

    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor said Thursday he may seek the death penalty against Ariel Castro as investigators charged that he impregnated one of his captives at least five times and then starved her and punched her in the belly until she miscarried.

    Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said aggravated murder charges punishable by death could be filed related to pregnancies terminated by force.

    Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held on $8 million bail under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly abducting three women and holding them captive in his home for a decade.

    A police report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press said Castro threatened, starved and raped the women. Other chilling details in the report:

    — Amanda Berry, who was 16 when she vanished in 2002, told officers that she was forced give birth in a plastic kiddie poll in the house so it would be easier to clean up. Berry said she, her baby, now 6, and the two other rescued women had never been to a doctor during their captivity.

  • Ceremony honors NJROTC cadets


    The NJROTC program, under the direction of Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker and Gunnery Sgt. Bret Painter, awarded cadets with scholarships and recogonition. Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock was elated with the student success.

    “I enjoy seeing the cadets as a group and their camaraderie and their support of each other,” said Warnock. “I love seeing them in their uniforms and the clinging of all the medals worn on the uniform.”

    Warnock also appreciates the acknowledgment the ceremony brings to those students who have given of their time and the parent turnout, which is a testament to the support of the cadets and the program. 

  • NMSU wise to choose Carruthers


    The New Mexico State University did what it probably should have done 20 years ago. It named former Governor Garrey Carruthers its president. 

    Carruthers left the governor’s office on January 1, 1991 and entered the world of business, primarily as president of Cimarron Health Care. He then went back to NMSU, where he has served a dean of the business school along with various other university jobs. 

    I got to know him well as governor, partly because of his openness. Every Monday morning he held a cabinet meeting with his department heads. Every Monday afternoon at 1:30 sharp, he held a press conference to inform the Capitol press corps what the government would be doing. He also answered every question asked. 

  • Trim your wedding costs


    Weddings have always been big business, but I was shocked to see how expensive they’ve become in the 17 years since my wife and I got married. 

    According to the annual Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in the United States now costs $28,427 and that doesn’t even count the honeymoon.

    Wait, it gets worse.

    Among the more than 17,500 surveyed brides who got married in 2012, the average amount paid for a wedding dress was $1,211. On average they also spent $204 per wedding guest and dropped $12,905 for the reception venue.

    There are many ways to rein in wedding-related costs while still having a memorable event. 

  • Off the Hill 5-9-13


    Art exhibits

    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.


  • Portugal or bust


    This September, Santa Fe Council on International Relations is offering a trip to Portugal focused on the country’s history, culture, and art. The trip will be from September 19 (tour begins in Lisbon) to October 1 (tour ends in Lisbon).  

    CIR will be using Portugal Premium Tours, a locally-owned company owned by two brothers who are involved in every aspect of the tour and make every effort to make sure their clients have a great experience.

    While the deadline to sign up is July 15, there are about 10 spaces left. For more information on the tour, including pricing, see sfcir.org/events/featured-events/cir-travel-program-portugal-this-fall sfcir.org