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  • ‘Swerving’ For Seniors

    The Los Alamos Senior Centers will host two free performances of a brief play, “Swerving,” written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin. It will be performed as a “concert reading” by Caroline (“Pip”) Evarts and John Gustafson, with Sally Cassil narrating. “Swerving” premiered during the 2015 8x10 Short-Play Festival at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Performances at senior centers this month use an expanded script with a run-time is 16 minutes.

    “Swerving” is a comedy is about how a codger’s wisdom, longing and congeniality transform a stormy confrontation with a policewoman into a moment of shared compassion.  

    The two performances will be:

    • White Rock Senior Center, 7 p.m. Thursday. White Rock Senior Center is temporarily located just east of Metzgers in the building formerly known as “The Hive.”

    • Betty Ehart Senior Center, 12:45 p.m. Jan. 27.  

     

    No reservations, but seating is limited for both shows.

  • LA girls win third straight

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team blew by its third straight opponent Saturday, beating Highland 64-42 in Albuquerque.
    The win comes on the heels of a 33-point win over Taos and a 34-win over Robertson. Those wins ended the three-game skid the ’Toppers suffered at Aztec’s Rumble in the Jungle tournament.
    On Saturday, Ashley Logan led Los Alamos’ offense, scoring a team high 14 points.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar each scored 10 while Makaela Jones added nine. The starters, however, rested most of the fourth quarter while Los Alamos’ bench finished off the Hornets.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 14-4 while Highland slid to 4-8.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to begin its District 2-5A season at home Tuesday against Capital (3-11).
     

  • Hilltoppers split first four of busy stretch

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has had an incredibly busy week making up for the contests that were cancelled during Roswell’s holiday tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will conclude the stretch tonight, playing their sixth game in the seven days at Capital to begin their District 2-5A season.
    “It’s fast and furious,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We’ll see if their legs hold up. We’re getting conditioning and playing time all in one.”
    The ’Toppers split the first four games of the busy stretch, avenging an earlier loss to Moriarty, 43-40, last Thursday and also beating Miyamura, 47-43, Saturday. Artesia, however, beat Los Alamos on Friday, 57-53, and Monday, 56-46.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Tuesday afternoon at Goddard.
    “It’s good for us to get these teams we’ve been playing,” Kluk said. “We’re all grouped together so it will give the state selection comittee something to look at — that’s the hope.”
    Los Alamos was 6-9 overall after Monday’s loss, but beating a Fighting Pinto squad who previously beat the ’Toppers by 11 points was a definitive sign the team is improving.

  • Deadline for LANL scholarship applications is today

    Applications for 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards and all supporting materials are due today. Submissions may be made through an online portal at lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.
     
    The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.
     
    High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average and scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only).
     
    Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also integral components of the selections process.
     

  • NM PBS to stream start of 2016 legislative session

    Join NM PBS for the televised broadcast, *and* live streaming.
    At noon Mountain time, join NM PBS online at NMPBS.org NewMexicoInFocus.org for online streaming of the start of the 2016 legislative session, followed by the governor's address. www.newmexicopbs.org  
    newmexicopbs.org/productions/newmexicoinfocus/state-of-the-state-2016/

    Ch. 5.1 will begin a televised broadcast of the speech when the governor starts her address, which may be anywhere between 12:30 p.m.– 2 p.m. (the start time is approximate).
    The NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS team will live tweet the State of the State address @NMinFocus
    Following the speech, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS host Gene Grant will lead analysis of the Governor Martinez's address with a panel of former Republican and Democratic state lawmakers. Tune in on Channel 5.1, online, or on KUNM (89.9 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe or online at KUNM.org.
    newmexicopbs.org/productions/newmexicoinfocus/state-of-the-state-2016/

  • New Mexico lawmakers convene to forge budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature convenes at noon on Tuesday to forge a budget aimed at keeping pace with soaring health care costs for low-income residents, stimulating a sluggish state economy and possibly increasing pay to teachers and police.

    The 30-day budgetary session leaves little time to spare, and legislators already are clamoring to push through major policy initiatives designed to address concerns about violent crime and public corruption.

    At the same time, Republican Gov. Susan Martinez and lawmakers are under pressure from the federal government to resolve a stalemate over immigrant driver's licenses and the state's failure to comply with the REAL ID Act.

    Political stakes are high with every legislative seat coming up for election in November. Republicans hope to extend their control of the lower House to the Senate, where Democrats hold 24 out of 42 seats.

    Legislative leaders are largely in agreement with the governor on priorities for a nearly $6.5 billion budget proposal that increases spending 3.7 percent. A third of new spending would go toward new state Medicaid expenses.

  • Today in history Jan. 19
  • Game of the Week Jan. 18-23
  • January 2016: the U.S. becomes a global energy superpower

    Environmentalists like a good crisis. Spreading fear is a proven fundraising technique — with manmade climate change as the fear du jour. But, back in 2005, the “looming crisis,” according to the Kansas Sierra Club, was the end of cheap oil. The post concludes: “The end of cheap oil, followed by the end of cheap natural gas, threatens to cripple strong economies and devastate weak ones.” The author posits: “The world burns oil faster than new oil is discovered.”

    Today, slightly more than 10 years later, thanks to American ingenuity and initiative, the world is awash in oil and natural gas — with America being the world’s number one energy producer. As a result oil and natural gas are cheaper than anyone imagined just a few years ago when the price of gasoline, due to a “red-hot global economy and fears over dwindling supplies,” spiked to $4.11 a gallon in 2008. All time highest average gasoline prices of $3.60 in 2012 — during the last presidential election — gave credence to the “end of cheap oil” gloom-and-doom scenario. 

  • Big Brother vs. the Little Sisters

    The Obama administration’s lack of understanding of the spiritual depth and commitment of private religious charities is shocking. The callousness of the federal effort to compel a noble Catholic religious order — the Little Sisters of the Poor — to forsake its faith commitments shows the depth of the intolerance of the behemoth secular state under President Barack Obama.

    The story is one of courageousness on the part of the nuns of this religious order. Founded in France in 1839, the Little Sisters of the Poor has spread to many other countries, including the United States, with the charitable goal of giving aid and comfort to the poor. The sisters take the normal vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, but also add hospitality, which they extend to some of the “least of those in our midst.”

    In March, the nuns will continue their long battle against the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its head, Sylvia Burwell, when the sisters and their lawyers come before the Supreme Court.