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Today's News

  • Sign up for D.C. Trip underway for 8th graders

    Students copy names off of the Vietnam Memorial during last year’s trip. Eighth graders are encouraged to sign up for the next trip.

  • Be There 11-13-14

    Today
    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Dr., Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.

    Poetry gatherings. 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The program, “Pruning Your Family Tree,” will be given by Irma Holtkamp. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be 5:30 p.m. at China Moon. There will be no meeting in December. January’s meeting will be on Jan. 22.

  • How to survive in the wilderness

    Whether someone is an avid or occasional hiker, it’s important to know what to do if someone is in distress on a hike. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be offering a wilderness first aid for day hikers course from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at PEEC. The class, taught by Carl Gilmore, will lay the groundwork for how to help someone in need of first aid.
    During the class, Gilmore will talk about the basics of first aid and also how to deal with specific problems on the trail such as dehydration, altitude sickness, heatstroke and hypothermia. Prevention will be stressed, and there will be ample time for questions and answers.
    Gilmore has been involved in pre-hospital medicine for 49 years, as an EMT since 1971 at various levels. He has developed and directed countywide EMS agencies, been a volunteer fire fighter, and taught pre-hospital medicine with a special focus on care in frontier, rural and wilderness environments.
    Gilmore is currently active as an EMT-I with Taos Ski Valley, both as a member of the ski patrol and as a volunteer EMS. In 1992, he was awarded the title of master EMS instructor by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s EMS Academy.

  • Region should invest in clean energy

    Times have changed since solar and wind power first became available. Across the country, the cost of coal is going up, and the price of clean energy — like wind and solar — is coming down. Employment trends are changing, too.
    Today, more workers are employed in the clean energy industry than in coal mining nationwide. Since 2012, New Mexico’s solar industry has added nearly 1,000 new jobs. Almost 2,000 New Mexicans now work in our state’s growing solar economy.
    As owner of a local solar company, I’ve seen the remarkable transition to clean energy take root in our region. Solar electricity costs less than grid energy, and home and business owners are taking advantage of the opportunity to fix their energy costs for the long run.
    We’ve added 30 employees in the past year to keep up with demand. It is a really exciting time.
    In our region and throughout the United States, communities are moving away from dirty, expensive coal and toward the growing clean energy industry.
    These trends are why I was so shocked to learn that instead of investing in new technologies and growing industries, PNM and Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities propose to double down on dirty coal and lock ratepayers into a future of expensive, outdated coal-fired power.

  • Venture Acceleration Fund helps Native-owned businesses

    Native-owned businesses in northern New Mexico are eligible for grants of up to $25,000 to spend on specialized services that will help them increase revenues and create jobs.
    One business, Than Povi Gallery, was awarded a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund grant in February 2014 to develop a marketing plan and ad campaign for the business, which moved in 2013 from San Ildefonso Pueblo to a site north of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285. That move was partially enabled by a NAVAF grant in 2013, co-owner Elmer Torres said, and resulted in “a lot more foot traffic.”
    Torres and his wife, Deborah, both members of the pueblo, eventually hope to move their gallery to downtown Santa Fe so the many artists they represent can get greater exposure. In the meantime, though, their current location allows them to sell to a broader market. “We try to make (artworks) affordable for people in the local area,” Torres said.

  • Are extended warranties worth the cost?

    Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller’s bottom line? It depends on whom you ask.
    According to consumer watchdog organizations like the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Reports, extended warranties and service contracts often don’t make strong financial sense. However, some people find extended warranties reassuring, especially for large purchases with electronic components that can go awry and are expensive to repair or are easily broken.
    Before you buy an extended warranty, do your research and consider these points:
    • Does it overlap with the manufacturer’s warranty? Don’t pay twice for duplicate coverage.
    • Many credit cards automatically extend the manufacturer’s warranty for up to a year on purchases — for free.
    • Before purchasing, check the company’s track record with your state’s Department of Insurance, the Better Business Bureau and independent reviewers like Angie’s List.
    • Service contracts might not cover specific product parts or repairs. If the terms don’t list a part or function as specifically covered, assume it’s not.

  • They Are The Champions

    Los Alamos pulled off another sweep at the state championship race Saturday at Rio Rancho. The Hilltopper boys won their fourth consecutive team title, topping the favored Albuquerque Academy, while the Hilltopper girls picked up a solid victory in Class 5A competition that gave them their sixth straight team title. Coming up, Los Alamos will take part in the Nike Cross Regional meet in Phoenix next week.

  • Blake Griffin charged after scuffle in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is facing a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a scuffle with a man at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
    The 25-year-old Griffin is due for arraignment Dec. 8 before a Las Vegas justice of the peace on a charge that could get him up to six months in jail if he is convicted. The criminal complaint was filed Friday, and a summons was issued for his appearance in court.
    The Clippers were aware of the complaint, team spokesman Seth Burton said, but had no immediate comment. It wasn’t immediately clear if Griffin had a Las Vegas lawyer handling the case.
    Las Vegas police said last month that they were investigating a man’s claim that Griffin attacked him early Oct. 19.
    The complaint lists the victim as Daniel Schuman. An attempt to reach Schuman by telephone wasn’t immediately successful.
    The celebrity news website TMZ quoted Schuman saying that Griffin grabbed his neck, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort.
    Griffin and other Clippers players were at the club after playing an exhibition game in Las Vegas against the Denver Nuggets.

  • Lobos ink three new players

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball head coach Craig Neal is ready to welcome three future Lobos who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday.
    High school prospects Jordan Hunter (Beaumont, Texas), Dane Kuiper (Tempe, Arizona) and Anthony Mathis (West Linn, Oregon) have all pledged to join the Lobos as freshmen beginning in the 2015-16 season.
    Hunter was an all-district performer for the Ozen Panthers as a sophomore after averaging 14 points per game. As a junior, Hunter was the Texas 20-4A District Offensive Player of the Year.
    Hunter had a 28-point performance against top-ranked Houston team Fort Bend Bush.
    Kuiper will come to Albuquerque as the Arizona Republic’s top high school player in the state of Arizona for the 2015 recruiting class. The Alaska transplant transferred to Corona del Sol High School before his junior season.
    In his first season in Tempe, Kuiper helped guide the Aztecs to a third consecutive state title.
    Kuiper was listed as a top 100 national prospect by HoopScoopOnline.com, as was Mathis
    Mathis was a 6A all-state selection as a junior and helped guide the Lions to a 24-4 mark in their state championship season.

  • Sports Briefs 11-13-14

    Volleyball team tryouts start Sunday

    The Northern New Mexico Fusion volleyball club will hold tryouts for its 2015 season for the next two Sundays.
    Tryouts are open to any interested girls between the ages of 11-17. Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.
    There is no charge for trying out.
    Sessions will be at Los Alamos High Schools Auxiliary Gymnasium. Girls 11-14 will have their tryouts from noon-2 p.m. and girls 15-17 from 2:30-5 p.m. both Sundays.
    Those interested must have a parent-signed liability waiver.
    More information and waiver forms can be found at the Fusion’s website, nnmvolleyball.org.
    Questions about the tryouts may also be emailed to lafusionvb@hotmail.com.

    Freeride team to meet Dec. 4

    A recruitment and registration night for those interested in participating in the Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is scheduled for Dec. 4.
    Boys and girls of any age may participate on the freeride team.
    The organization features traveling competitive ski and snowboard teams.
    For more information, call Pajarito Mountain at 662-5725.

    Skills clinics will take place at YMCA