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  • Great expectations for ourselves and our children

    “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain,” according to Alexander Solzhenitsyn in “Cancer Ward.”
    Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my children will be above average, better than their peers.
    I am not speaking of academic ability. We are drowning in evidence of academic strengths and weaknesses, based on required standardized testing.
    Instead, I am thinking of positive youth development, sometimes referred to as character development.
    Do people view me as a man of integrity? Do people view my children as people of integrity? Are they contributing members of society, in their families, at the workplace, and in their churches?
    Psychology is not as accurate when it comes to measuring positive youth development. It is a more subjective domain — the evidence is easier to misinterpret and exaggerate.
    A large amount of research in psychology is based on survey data, in which people describe themselves.

  • Credit score updates people should know

    Credit scoring has evolved over the last three decades and this fall, FICO made one more important change.
    Borrowers who have struggled with medical debt and those with a limited credit history might see better FICO numbers in the future. Even if these situations don’t apply to you, understanding how credit scoring is changing can help you better manage your credit over time.
    FICO Score 9, rolled out last fall, is described as a more “nuanced” version of the original FICO Score that the leading credit scoring company introduced in 1989.
    It is offered by three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It now bypasses collection agency accounts and weighs medical debt differently than non-medical debt on a person’s credit record.
    Borrowers with a median score of 711 whose only negative credit data comes from medical collections will see their credit score go up 25 points under the new system.
    As for consumers with limited credit histories — what the industry calls “thin files” — FICO says the new system will better determine the ability of someone in that situation to repay a debt.

  • On Schedule 4-26-15

    Tuesday
    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at home quad, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Sandia at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Cibola, varsity, 4:30 p.m.
     

  • Santa Fe throwing parade for Rotich

    SANTA FE (AP) — The city of Santa Fe is holding a parade for a Santa Fe resident who won the Boston Marathon.
    Officials announced this week the city and other groups will sponsor a parade on Monday in honor of Caroline Rotich.
    Rotich, who has lived and trained in Santa Fe for about five years, used a late kick to bust through the tape first among the women runners in the 119th running of the prestigious event.
    The 30-year-old Rotich says she spends nine to 10 months a year training in Santa Fe. She also runs in Albuquerque’s bosque.
    Rotich was born in Kenya.
    Officials say Rotich will be in the parade.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club bangs with top team

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club took on the favorites to win state this year, Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, in its regular season and home finale Friday night at Sullivan Field.
    A couple Los Alamos players didn’t show up for the game, which made the challenge even tougher for the Nukes since they had to play a man down.
    Quick passes and explosive running, however, helped the Jr. Varks take a 29-12 lead into halftime and eventually win the game, 39-22.
    “We had a lapse in the first half,” Los Alamos head coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “We got intimidated.”
    Once the Nukes settled down, they matched up pretty well with the Jr. Varks.
    Albuquerque scored the first try of the second half. Los Alamos had the ball carrier wrapped up, but just before he went down he tossed the ball to a teammate, who came sprinting in out of nowhere, and rushed into the goal area and touched it down for the score.
    Los Alamos answered back. After a handful of starts deep in Albuquerque’s territory, Mateo Cardiel caught the Jr. Varks off guard.
    As soon as the ref blew his whistle, Cardiel sprinted forward and dove past the goal line to score the try. Cardiel then kicked the 2-point conversion.

  • LA lacrosse blows away Cibola

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team had a shutout going for most of its game Friday against Cibola. The ’Toppers scored the first 14 goals in the game and cruised to a 17-1 victory.
    Griffin Matuszak put Los Alamos up 1-0 right away, scoring on a bounce shot just minutes into the contest.
    After that, Cibola was able to put some pressure on Los Alamos goalkeeper Sam Flesner, but it couldn’t get anything by him.
    Late in the first, Ryder Davenhall and Hudson Davenhall scored to give Los Alamos some breathing room.
    The second quarter belonged to Los Alamos. Charlie Christensen assisted five goals to four different players, controlling the ball behind the net and then hitting streaking players in front of the net. He assisted Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmoreand Matuszak once apiece and Ryder Davenhall twice in the period. Skidmore also scored a second goal in the quarter, which gave Los Alamos a 9-0 lead.
    Los Alamos was almost as dominant in the third quarter. Trevor Matuszak and Ryder Davenhall each had two goals and Peter Janke scored one as the ’Toppers built an insurmountable lead before Cibola even scored.
     

  • Today in history April 25
  • Church listings 4-24-15

    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
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    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.  
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Concern about environment began with creation

    “Does the Bible have anything to say about the plastic bag ban debate?” — Eve

    Unfortunately, the Bible was written long before plastic bags existed; indeed, long before grocery stores and shopping were invented! Thus, there can be no direct comment from Scripture on the topic.
    Fortunately, this question provides an excellent example of how the ancient Book may speak, even to what some might consider mundane and inconsequential issues.  
    The Bible portrays a living God who is interested in humans and human affairs. Because we assume He cares about how we live our life, we may also assume that even when there are no specific instructions given in His Book, there are broad principles of truth that are related in some fashion.
    Clearly, the debate on this issue revolves around several topics: care for the environment, energy, use of limited resources and waste. Personal freedom, respect for individual choice and the power of the state to coerce also arise here.
    The Bible addresses the environment. In the creation account (Ge. 1:28-30) the earth is declared to be good. Furthermore, the world is part of the theological big picture: it reveals the invisible attributes of God (Ro. 1:20) and will somehow participate in His redemptive plan (Ro. 8:19-22).

  • A dream come true: An astronomy buff visits new nature center

    Yesterday Helen Cake and Richard Sokoloff reminded me that the new Nature Center (Pajarito Environmental Education — PEEC) was opening at 2 p.m. I got there late due to working on my latest book reprint order, but what a big crowd and what a beautiful nature experience with gorgeous view over the canyon, and best of all, the planetarium.
    Many years ago in Michigan, after finding the H.A. Rey book, “The Stars,” then standing on frozen McKane Lake with my mom, (Grandma Ashley), listening to the rumbling of the ice under pure black skies, (with quick runs inside to get warm), we found the Lion, the Big Do, and even the Little Dog, plus the Big Hunter Orion with his triple star belt. I have been hooked on star gazing ever since!
    I co-sponsored the Los Alamos High School Astronomy Club for many years and also did UNM-LA’s astronomy outdoor lab for beginning Astronomy. I took LAHS astronomy kids to planetariums and observatories in Chicago, Denver, Hutchinson, Kansas, Flagstaff, Arizona, Kitt Peak, Arizona, Los Angeles, San Diego and The Very Large Array near Socorro in New Mexico. The out-of-state trips were by Amtrak, and we got more members for the California trip by including Disneyland.