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Today's News

  • Today In History, April 18
  • VIDEO: Faithful celebrate Good Friday worldwide
  • VIDEO: Drought concerns may hurt tourism
  • Thousands make Good Friday trek to Chimayo

     

    CHIMAYO (AP) — Before dawn, thousands of pilgrims set off on a Good Friday march to El Santuario de Chimayo as part of a centuries old tradition.

    Some of those making the trek were weighed down by wooden crosses, while others carried rosaries, photographs of sick relatives and requests for miracles. Some came from more than 90 miles away, having walked for days.

    Dustin Nguyen, a 17-year-old who emigrated from Vietnam to New Mexico with his family several years ago, made a 10-mile trek to the shrine Friday morning with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Albuquerque.

    "It shows we're one under God," Nguyen told The New Mexican.

    For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have made spiritual journeys to Chimayo, one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the Americas. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit the National Historic Landmark each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

    The draw is a shrine at the adobe chapel that houses "el pocito," a small pit of holy dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.

  • Church Listings 04-18-14

    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. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at 9:45 a.m. we have classes for every age — new to 90+ with coffee and doughnuts served in the Gathering Space for 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
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Religion Briefs 04-18-14

    LDS Pajarito Ward sponsors family history workshop

    The Pajarito Ward of The Church of Latter Day Saints is sponsoring a free Family History Workshop. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at 1967 18th, off of 15th and Sage Streets. Find ancestors with familysearch.org and experts will be on hand for assistance.
    The workshop will provide organizational tools to assist attendees on getting started on the genealogy of their families. Work stations with computers and tutorials will be available. Those interested are asked to bring names and dates to get started.
    The LDS Church in Los Alamos also has a Family History Center that is open on Tuesdays. Anyone interested in their family history may use the information at the center. For more information call Don Reid at 662-0355.

    Easter Story to be performed in S.F.

  • Easter-themed pets can be a huge responsibility

    From the abundance of chocolate candies lining the grocery store aisles to the colorful dresses hung in the children’s departments at the mall, there are many joyous symbols associated with the Easter holiday.
    Two very popular symbols, both irresistibly adorable and covered in fluff, are a chick or bunny on Easter morning. While giving these as gifts may seem like fun ways to celebrate the holiday at the time, it is important to remember that they are still long-term commitments that come with a lot of responsibility.
    Are you prepared to take on the challenge of caring for your little Easter fur ball once the holiday passes?
    Baby chicks are available for purchase at most any feed supply store for the low price of $1 for 3. Because of their easy availability and low initial cost, chicks are often impulse Easter purchases that people make without taking into consideration their present and future care requirements. As with all other pets, they too will soon outgrow their cute, baby-like phase.
    “An impulse pet is always a bad purchase,” said Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “It may look cute in the store, but Easter is gone in a day and then you have an animal to take care of long term.”

  • Some lines just can't be crossed

    A few weeks back, there was some discussion in the paper about the N-word.
    Earlier this year, the NFL began formal discussions on whether the N-word should be banned, and if so what penalty should be levied against a player for using it.
    African-American Richard Sherman, football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, thinks banning the N-word is in itself racist. He noted, “It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”
    Sherman added that when spoken by an African-American and pronounced ending in “-a”, it is not racist.  In fact, in that situation, it’s considered a term of endearment.
    Term of endearment?  Harry Carlson, another African American NFL player, but from a generation prior, disagrees. He challenged younger players who use the “-a” version to “go visit your grandfather and use it on him. See how endeared he feels!”

  • Isotopes nip Chihuahuas, 2-1

    Miguel Olivo went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run, while the Albuquerque Isotopes pitching staff had a second straight good outing against El Paso.
    The Isotopes nipped El Paso’s Chihuahuas 2-1 Thursday night in Albuquerque, giving the Isotopes their third win of the four-game series.
    The series with El Paso concludes tonight.
    Following tonight’s game, Albuquerque goes on the road for eight straight contests starting Saturday in Salt Lake City.
    Starting pitcher Henry Sosa gave up 9 hits in six innings of work, but didn’t allow a run. Sosa was replaced by Yimi Garcia (3-0), who pitched 1-1/3 innings to earn the win.
    The Isotopes (8-6) scored both their runs in the seventh inning. Along with Olivo’s RBI single, Mike Baxter had a solo home run to lead off the inning. 

  • Roundup: JV splits a twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.
    Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.
    The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.
    Along with Thursday’s doubleheader, the Hilltoppers also played a doubleheader April 11 against Capital, winning those two games handily. The Hilltoppers picked up an 11-4 decision in game one against the Jaguars, then crushed the Jaguars 15-0 in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos’ JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.

    JV softball team drops home doubleheader