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  • Top sports stories of 2012

     

       

    Golf is a leisurely activity that many people enjoy. The previous 12 months at Los Alamos Golf Course was anything but.

    Some happy moments and some sad moments, along with some uncertainty about the long-range outlook of the course was the top local sports story of 2012.

    LAGC, the second-oldest public course in the state, was showing its age for some time before the decision was made to condemn the old clubhouse building. The management of the course was forced to move into the cramped quarters of the old clubhouse, which is currently also housing the pro shop and what remains of the abbreviated snack bar.

  • Harold Morgan: Tourists come to N.M.; residents leave

    People find New Mexico an appealing place to visit if reminded by advertising emphasizing people and land — our Enchantment. 

    However, some people find New Mexico, with its stagnant to declining economy (excepting the Southeast), an unappealing place to live.

    The parallel elements emerged on consecutive days just before Christmas. 

    “Quality of life” links the elements. A devil of differing definition hides in the link. 

    The conclusion about visitor appeal comes from a Tourism Department study of a campaign featuring the “New Mexico True” theme developed by Vendor Inc., the department’s Austin-based advertising firm.

  • Merilee Dannemann: Protecting our schools

    The Sunday talk shows last week focused on two topics: the fiscal cliff and the issues arising from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, including putting security people in the public schools and increasing services for the mentally ill.

    You’d think the two subjects existed on two different planets. Nobody mentioned that one topic was about reducing the cost of government and the other was about potentially expensive new programs. 

    Wayne La Pierre, of the National Rifle Association, was quoted as saying, “With all the money in the federal budget can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”  

    Where’s he been?

  • County winter tips

    Winter is here. Residents are asked to keep the following tips in mind:

    • Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the county’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the county’s webpage will also list any county-related early closings, cancelations or delays (losalamosnm.us).

    • Be alert. During winter storms, county crews will be doing their best to keep streets open and safe for traveling — help by yielding to their efforts and keep a safe distance away so your vehicle will avoid being struck by flying sand and salt. 

  • State briefs 1-2-13

    Prostitution ring case to go to high court 

     

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is taking up a case involving two aging professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state’s highest court will hear arguments Feb. 6 after prosecutors appealed a lower court’s ruling that the website was legal.

    In June, a state judge ruled that the website “Southwest Companions” linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws. That ruling complicated the case for prosecutors, who were planning to present their case to a grand jury.

  • Top school stories of 2012

    Here is a look at the top education stories in Los Alamos County for 2012.

     

    LA named one of the best communities for young people

     

    In September, county and school officials celebrated at Chamisa Elementary the fact that America’s Promise Alliance picked Los Alamos as one of the best 100 best communities for young people.

    According to its website, the organization’s purpose is to “focus on ending the high school dropout crisis and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and the 21st century workforce. This marks the second time Los Alamos has won the honor.

  • LA to host Canadian hockey team Thursday

    Can you say road trip?

    A Canadian high school hockey team from Kenora, Ontario, made the 1,500-mile journey to take part in the Taos Tournament this weekend.

    The Canadians, though, are making a little side trip.

    On Thursday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will play host to the Saints of St. Thomas Aquinas at 10:15 a.m.

    Los Alamos also will take part in the Taos Tournament but for now, it is focused on its Canadian visitors.

    According to the Kenora newspaper, the Kenora Daily Miner and News, the idea for the trip came from Saints coach Travis Batters. He and school board trustee Mike Faveau were in Northern New Mexico a few years back and made some contacts.

  • Deep freeze hits LA
  • U.S. avoids fiscal cliff

    New Mexico delegation split along party lines late Tuesday night as the House of Representatives passed the so-called fiscal cliff agreement.

    Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján voted for the agreement, while Republican Steve Pearce voted against it.

    Luján voted in support of a compromise plan to resolve the fiscal cliff by avoiding an income tax hike on middle-class families, extending unemployment benefits, and preventing arbitrary spending cuts that could harm the national laboratories.

  • Today in History for January 2nd