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  • Be There 09-09-14

    Today
    Los Alamos Historical Society: Make in New Mexico Series. “Chile — New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest,” with Dr. Stephanie J. Walker of New Mexico State University. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its meeting from noon-2 p.m. at the Ridgepark Clubhouse. All registered Republican women are encouraged to join. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Women’s Shelter in Española. Call Donna MacDonald for further information at 662-4001.

  • Assets In Action: Reach out to aid those who are struggling

     Well, by the time you read this, we will be about to receive official recognition of Assets Month in Los Alamos.
    I think the reason it excited me so much is that it is a way of heightening your awareness of Assets for an entire month with the goal of building the Assets all year long.
    I find it rather interesting that Assets month has also timed out with suicide prevention awareness month and especially the World Day on Wednesday. This week especially there is a focus on helping our youth and indeed any member of our community struggling with stress, depression and a loss of hope.
    While the attention to this awareness needs to take place for more than just a day, just a week or even a month, I believe a large portion of the loss of hope for anyone of any age can be rebuilt through the work of the Assets.
    The work of the 40 Developmental Assets has been researched and data gathered for years to prove that when we attempt to increase the Assets in our young people, a variety of issues that seem to plague our children seem to go away.
    The Assets build support, empowerment and make sure youth have the connections and relationships in their life to grow up to be successful adults.

  • Co-op Market becomes one with nature

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market is the next place in town to be designated with the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat designation. There are several private homes and businesses that have already been added to the list of designated natural habitats.
    Outreach Coordinator Sandra West, who heard of the program through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, organized the project.
    West participated in the Earth Day event earlier this year, where the National Wildlife Federation.
    Along with a student helper, Liz Turner, West said it took about a month to set up the co-op with natural habitats such as hummingbird feeders, fountains, drought-tolerant gardens, bee friendly flowers (courtesy of Plants of the Southwest) and a butterfly bush. “It aligns with the co-op’s mission of the triple bottom line — Planet, People and Performance,” West said. “It is a well-rounded habitat that will be able to feed more wildlife.”
    The next step will be to get a Critter Cam, she said, because of evidence that wildlife have visited the area after hours. The area is known for coyotes, some rabbits and many bird species, including ravens, crows and the Canyon Towhee. “We are hoping the birds will nest early next spring,” West said.

  • Sky's the limit on small-loan interest rates in New Mexico

    Payday loans, title loans, signature loans. New Mexico has more than 656 small lenders operating in nearly every town. On a nearby street, they’re so thick they perch next to one another, like turkey vultures on a snag.
    There’s a small argument to be made for their services, but they’re basically a drain on the economy.
    Lawmakers have tried to get a handle on small lenders since at least 1999, but we haven’t seen much impact. In 2007, the Legislature cracked down by limiting payday loans to 35 days, prohibiting indefinite loan rollovers, and capping interest rates at 400 percent. The small lenders just found ways around it.
    Cash Loans Now and American Cash Loans (with offices in Albuquerque, Farmington and Hobbs) avoided the net by shifting from payday lending to signature loans, which require no collateral.
    In 2009, the attorney general sued the two companies for predatory lending and for an interest rate in excess of 1,400 percent a year. On June 26, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of borrowers. The interest rate, said both courts, was “unconscionable.” One borrower earned $9 an hour at a grocery store; the $100 loan had a finance charge of $1,000. Another, earning $10.71 at a hospital, got a $200 loan with a finance charge of $2,160.

  • On Schedule 09-09-14

    Today
    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.; Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 5 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 3:30 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; Española at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: Mayfield vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, noon; Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Cleveland vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Pojoaque at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Questa, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Coronado at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, JV/C team, TBA.

    Football: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Cross country: Los Alamos at ATC Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at ATC Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 11 a.m.

  • Neal gets big pay bump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday.
    Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said.
    New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March.
    Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season.
    "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career."
    Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.

  • Hilltoppers go 2-1 at Moriarty tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the Moriarty Pinto Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. After getting swept by the Sandia Prep Sundevils in the opening round of the tournament, the Hilltoppers came back to knock off both the host Pintos and the Bosque School Bobcats in the consolation rounds.
    The Sundevils, who at 3-1 are off to a very good start this season, picked up a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory Friday night over the Hilltoppers. The Sundevils’ win was keyed by a pair of freshmen, Camryn Nelson and Catherine Kelly, who combined for 29 spike kills in the three sets.
    Following Friday afternoon’s loss, the Hilltoppers bounced back Saturday morning to trip up the Pintos, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 for their first win of the year. The Hilltoppers followed that up with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over Bosque School’s Bobcats.
    Los Alamos (2-2) will face longtime rival Pojoaque Valley tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque Valley lost its only match of the season so far, a 3-1 decision against Sandia Prep.
     

  • LA's results from Saturday's UNM Invitational

    Here are the results from Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational cross country meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Boys

    Team scores
    1. Mountain Vista, 61; 2. Rio Rancho, 101; 3. Albuquerque Academy, 123; 4. Los Alamos, 188; 5. Volcano Vista, 192; 6. La Cueva, 195; 7. El Paso Americas, 237; 8. Classical Academy, 240; 9. Eldorado, 270; 10. Miyamura, 320; 11. St. Michael’s, 322; 12. Belen, 379; 13. East Mountain, 404; 14. Piedra Vista, 428; 15. Cleveland, 429; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 433; 17. Manzano, 443; 18. Pojoaque Valley, 463; (tie) Pecos, 463; 20. El Paso El Dorado, 487; 21. Sandia, 514; 22. Kirtland Central, 538; 23. Valencia, 541; 24. Gallup, 645; 25. St. Pius X, 691; 26. Sandia Prep. 709; 27. Santa Fe Prep, 776; 28. Bosque School, 822; 29. Albuquerque, 843; 30. Dulce, 877; 31; Cottonwood Classical, 930.

    Individual results

    1. Nile Thomas, Miyamura, 16:03; 2. Aaron Valenzuela, Belen, 16:16; 3. Jordan Lesansee, Academy, 16:18; 4. Paxton Smith, Mountain Vista, 16:26; 5. Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 16:30; 6. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:34.15; 7. Tyler Matzke, Mountain Vista, 16:34.37; 8. Thomas Hiett, La Cueva, 16:34.95; 9. Connor Laktasic, Cibola, 16:39; 10. Josh Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 16:45;

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