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Today's News

  • NMDT-PC puts on a festive show

    The winter season is usually associated with snow, Christmas cookies, holiday spirit and, of course, “The Nutcracker” ballet.

    This year, the New Mexico Dance Theater-Performance Company presented “The Nutcracker” at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    LAHS senior Jordan Baker played the Nutcracker prince,  while Emily Brown played the role of Clara.

    Directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, the ballet was well put together and was very enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

    The presentation showed elements of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet, but NMDT-PC’s show also integrated humor.

    The Butler (Dalton Smith) surreptitiously snatched a leftover present from underneath the Christmas tree with a sneaky smile.

    The Grandmother, played by Nicole Jeffery, performed a tap dance and pretended to nearly topple over at moments when she felt tired.

    In the “Arabian” scene, two bodybuilders from the Los Alamos Fitness Center were recruited to lift dancer Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, who sat atop a flat palanquin.

    The costumes were phenomenal. Planned down to every last detail, they suited the roles of the characters perfectly.

  • Friday night under the lights: Prep FB scores around the state

     

    PREP FOOTBALL
    Class 5A
    Quarterfinal

    Eldorado 21, La Cueva 7

    Las Cruces 70, Clovis 40

    Sandia 35, Mayfield 28

    Volcano Vista 25, Rio Rancho 24

     

    Class 4A
    Quarterfinal

    Belen 40, Deming 6

    Goddard 34, Moriarty 7

    Los Lunas 47, Piedra Vista 7

     

  • Today in History for November 24th
  • 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

    J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

    Although he first gained fame as nice guy Capt. Tony Nelson on the fluffy 1965-70 NBC comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," Hagman earned his greatest stardom with J.R. The CBS serial drama about the Ewing family and those in their orbit aired from April 1978 to May 1991, and broke viewing records with its "Who shot J.R.?" 1980 cliffhanger that left unclear if Hagman's character was dead.

    The actor, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, had a long history of health problems and died Friday due to complications from his battle with cancer, his family said.

  • Boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former championship boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho died Saturday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown.

    Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours and he was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.

    Camacho's mother, Maria Matias, said Friday night that she had authorized removing him from life support after his three sons had arrived from the U.S. mainland and had a chance to see their father for the last time. They managed to visit him before he died, said former pro boxer Victor "Luvi" Callejas, a longtime friend who has been acting as a family spokesman in recent days.

    "The family destroyed," Callejas said outside the hospital.

  • Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation--Video Extras

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England's biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings, including a day care. Eighteen people were injured, many of them first responders.

    Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the Friday evening blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood and debris scattered over several blocks.

    Teams of inspectors were scheduled to assess the level of damage to other buildings in downtown Springfield on Saturday. Some controlled demolition was expected.

    Firefighters, police officers and gas company workers were in the area filled with commercial properties and residences after responding to a gas leak and odor reported about an hour before the explosion.

  • Fishing Report 11-23-12

    Northeast

     

    Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed while the dam is being rebuilt.

    Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

    Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

    Conchas Lake: The Cannon Cove Campground boat ramp is open and fully functional. Other ramps remain closed. Fishing was slow but there were a few walleye taken by anglers using spoons. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.

    Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee snagging slowed considerably over the past weekend as only a few fish were taken near the boat ramp area. Anglers are reminded that there is no snagging permitted on the boat ramp. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using roe sacs, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

    Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using spoons, Power Bait and white and multicolored mini marshmallows for trout up to 20 inches.

    Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow but there were a few taken on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

    Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

  • Commitment to lean manufacturing

     When David Smith, owner of Taycar Enterprises in Albuquerque, phased out the use of paper in his sheet metal fabrication and assembly plant, it pushed some office workers beyond their hard-copy comfort zones.
    Going paper-free was just one part of Smith’s efforts to bring the principles of lean manufacturing to the business his father started in 1983, but it was harder than the changes he instituted to make his job shop operate more efficiently. Now the business stores all its records electronically and conducts all its correspondence by email.
    Smith got involved with lean manufacturing about seven years ago after he heard that another manufacturer in his industry was attending workshops run by the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Smith attended a workshop and has since sent every permanent employee at least once for training in lean manufacturing principles.
    What it is
    The New Mexico MEP is part of a nationwide network of nonprofit centers. Its mission is to help managers and core workers at New Mexico companies understand and apply the principles of lean manufacturing through workshops and on-site training and analysis.

  • Driving while intexicated

     DWI, Driving While Intexticated.  This cute buzzphrase is becoming more and more popular as more and more people are driving into more and more trees while texting their friends.
     But driving under the influence of phone is no joke.  Visiting the morgue to identify the body of your child underscores the somber reality of cell phone usage while driving.  Studies show that simply using a cell phone while driving impairs one’s ability as much as having had four bottles of beer. And texting while driving is far more dangerous.
     One of the more interesting studies comes from a most definitely-not academic oriented organization, Car and Driver.  They conducted their own road test to see the effects of texting.  Their results were “sobering” to say the least.  Their drivers performed better while drunk than they did while texting.
     Earlier this year, Chance Bothe, a college student, became the posterboy for the dangers of texting when he drove off a cliff seconds after texting “I need to quit texting.”  Miraculously, he survived, but sustained brain injuries and broke nearly every bone in his body.

  • Ski Report 11-23-12

    Angel Fire

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Enchanted Forest

    2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Pajarito

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. No new snow reported Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos

    12-inch base. No newe snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Valles Caldera

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.