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  • State Briefs 10-24-14

    Albuquerque police spokeswoman resigns

    ALBUQUERQUE — A retired court spokeswoman hired by Albuquerque police to help the department ensure transparency amid pending federal reforms has resigned.
    Janet Blair said in a statement Friday that Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and she agreed the position was not a good fit for her or the department. She says the separation was amicable.
    Blair was hired in May with much fanfare shortly after the city saw a string of angry protests over police shootings and the release of a U.S. Justice Department report faulting Albuquerque police over its use of force.
    At the time of her hiring, Eden said Blair would be responsible for crafting communications strategies to ensure transparency and the steady of flow of information as the department adopted changes resulting from the federal report.

    Hospital screening patients in parking lot

  • Navajo election put on hold by judges

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials to postpone the Navajo Nation’s presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.
    The Navajo Supreme Court’s decision Thursday comes after a lower court blocked Chris Deschene from seeking the tribe’s top elected post because he refused to show whether he could speak Navajo fluently, a requirement for presidential candidates under tribal law. His campaign has been overshadowed by a debate about the role the Navajo language plays in the tribe’s culture and tradition.
    Deschene appealed his disqualification, but the high court dismissed Wednesday because he failed to file the proper documents.
    The presidential election was scheduled for Nov. 4, but the Supreme Court said it must be postponed to ensure valid results. Absentee ballots giving voters a choice between Deschene and former President Joe Shirley Jr. have already gone out, and early voting is underway.

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils on brink of elimination heading into tonight

    Tonight, a pair of teams in desperate need of a win will duke it out.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team and the Española Valley Sundevils will need a win, and some help, to stay alive in the District 2-5A race.
    Both the Hilltoppers and Sundevils dropped their district opener — Los Alamos two weeks ago against Capital at home and Española Valley last week in Albuquerque against Del Norte — and will have to win out to even have the hope of forcing a tie atop the district race.
    However, even the winner of today’s contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. in Española, could fall short regardless of whatever else it does this season.
    In the other schedule 2-5A game tonight, Capital will be in Albuquerque to face Del Norte. Both teams are 2-0 in district.
    The winner of that contest can do no worse than split the top spot this regular season.
    And, for Los Alamos and Española Valley, that game will eliminate one or the other from any chance at a title. If Capital wins, Los Alamos is out. If Del Norte wins, Española Valley is out.
    But for the Hilltoppers, a win tonight would be welcome enough, regardless of what happens in the other game.

  • 'Toppers earn a key win to close out their season

    The goal the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team set for itself several weeks back has been realized.
    Taking a 2-0 win over a very good team from St. Michael’s Thursday evening at Sullivan Field put the icing on that cake.
    With its win over one of the top-ranked teams in Class 4A, the Hilltoppers made it to their goal of winning 10 straight games to close out the season. The Hilltoppers’ victory at Sullivan Field was their final regular season contest.
    The Hilltoppers set that goal when they were sitting at 4-6 on the year and had taken a particularly tough loss against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.
    Along with the goal of running the table the rest of the way, Los Alamos also wanted to put itself in a position to earn a top-four seed for the upcoming state tournament. Los Alamos may, in fact, be in that position, but the team will have to wait and see what the New Mexico Activities Association says on Sunday.
    For now, the Hilltoppers are going to enjoy their string of success.
    “We feel great about it,” Los Alamos’ Jordan Henson said. “We were kind of underdogs this season. Not a lot of people expected us to do this. Now we’re heading to state to get that trophy.”

  • Be There calendar 10-24-14



    Race for the Cure Makeover Marathon at The Beauty Villa, 146 Central Park Square. Join local Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants to raise money funds for breast cancer research and get a free no obligation facial. Call to reserve a date and time, 660-7258.


    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m.


    High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. 


  • ‘Manhattan’ first season in the bag


    On Sunday, WGN’s series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, completed its first season.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to thank everyone who joined us this season to view and discuss the show and the history of the Manhattan Project.

    The final discussion for this season is below. Previous episodes are discussed on the Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or on its Facebook page and in the museum.

    Episode 13: “Perestroika”

    Was the implosion method used?

  • White Rock church volunteers help build homes



    Volunteers from White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) worked with members of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church near Gallup over the Columbus Day weekend to work on houses for two families of the HOF. The House of Fellowship is a Navajo church ministering to the needs of the people in their community.

    The two churches have a long-standing relationship, with groups from each church visiting the other regularly. Jennifer Holmes, of WRPC, says of the relationship that, “the House of Fellowship community has helped WRPC with fundraisers, maintenance, and administering the Julie’s Helpers Scholarship Fund so this trip was an opportunity for us to give back. The enduring relationship between the two groups helps us to grow, understand and appreciate each other’s culture.”

  • Church listings 10-24-14



    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • It’s a human-eat-human world


    This is an open letter to all the dogs out there, who have the unmitigated audacity to think it’s OK to be a dog. Being a human, I can tell you quite authoritatively that it is most definitely not OK to be a dog!

    Or a cat. Or a yak. Or a dung beetle. Or anything organic that doesn’t pay taxes!

    First of all, dogs bark. We humans never bark (at least not without good cause). We yell. We scream. We screech, bellow, shout, wail, howl, whine, shriek and clamor. Oh yeah, and we love reading our thesaurus.

    But we don’t bark.

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