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  • 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

  • Hawk girls hosting round robin tourney

    Los Alamos Middle School’s girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams will host a season-opening tournament Friday and Saturday at Brousseau Gymnasium.
    The round robin tournament will include teams from St. Michael’s, McCurdy, Santa Fe Indian School and Memorial Middle School, as well as the Hawk teams.
    Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Hawk seventh graders’ first game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday and the Hawk eighth graders will play at the conclusion of that contest.
    LAMS teams will play again at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
    Price for admission is $5 per person for an all-day pass.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hawk teams will host West Las Vegas Monday afternoon.

  • 'Toppers take on Rams Friday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will look to build on its season-opening victory last week with Friday’s game at Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos knocked off its archrival Taos to start the 2014-15 New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League season. Los Alamos earned at 2-1 victory at Taos to get going on the right foot.
    Hilltopper goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid made a whopping 26 saves against the Ice Tigers and allowed just one goal as he went the distance between the pipes.
    Friday, Los Alamos will be at Blades Ice Arena to face Rio Rancho. The Rams are 1-4-1 on the young season, but have had some tough games to start with.
    In week 2 of NMIIHL play, the Rams were swept by the Franklin Cougars (El Paso, Texas) in a doubleheader, losing those contests 10-5 and 8-3.
    The Rams were also downed by Coronado in one of two contests against last year’s league champion, El Paso Coronado, 2-1, but did pick up a 6-6 tie in the other game.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m. in Rio Rancho.
    Early in the season, the Cougars are looking like they might be the team to beat this year. The Cougars are 7-0-0 so far and have outscored their opponents 57-22.

  • Off The Hill 11-13-14

    Art exhibits
    “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Healthy refreshments will be available. Show will run through November.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” This exhibition will run through to Nov. 22.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Nov. 14-20

    THIS WEEK ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-14-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technology Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAP Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-13-14

    Santa Fe
    Sweeney Head Start, 501 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cleopatra’s Café, 418 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. The metal shelf in the true reach-in unit is rusting and needs replacing. Two low-risk violations. The seal between the wall and the hand sink in the kitchen is loose. Five LED light bulbs are not shielded in the kitchen and food prep areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Piccolino Italian Restaurant, 2870 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk containers are not labeled. One low-risk violation. Ceilings in the dish room area and around dry storage are rusting and some tiles are cracking, seal and repaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.