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  • Proposed gaming compact and scramble for dollars can divide tribes

    We’ve reached saturation with gaming.
    Because tribes and racinos scramble for every new dollar, it makes for some strange politics.
    Last Saturday, the legislative Committee on Compacts heard from tribes and examined every pore of the compact produced by intense negotiating between the Governor’s Office and five tribes — the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, and Acoma and Jemez pueblos.
    For a change, party affiliation didn’t matter. Republican committee members wanted to move the compact for Gov. Susana Martinez, but that didn’t stop them from pointing out its flaws and trying to amend them despite time constraints.
    Democrats dug in for their Native American constituents, but they too didn’t hesitate to flush out problems and demand renegotiation.
    Most interesting was Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Democrat who defended his constituents, the Fort Sill Apaches, perched on 30 acres near his city of Deming, and their right to have a casino. Smith also worried that we’ve exceeded market saturation.

  • How to navigate through the college aid maze

    If you’re worried about paying for your child’s college education, keep this statistic in mind: during the 2011-12 school year, the U.S. Department of Education reported that 85 percent of all full-time, four-year college students were receiving some form of financial aid.
    Consider planning way ahead of time to develop a college savings strategy that fits with your finances. If you need more resources to cover additional costs, get to know the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov).
    FAFSA is the universal application for current and prospective U.S. college students to receive college financial aid. It is the gateway to grants, student loans and work-study programs on the federal and state level.
    If you have a kid headed for college, it’s a good idea to learn about the FAFSA as early as possible. The universal form is the first step for any current or prospective student who needs help paying for higher education. For the 2014-15 academic year, the College Board reported that annual tuition, room and board (trends.collegeboard.org) averaged $18,943 at in-state public universities, $32,762 for out-of-state students and $42,419 at private, nonprofit schools.

  • Softball opens with loss to Cleveland

    The Los Alamos softball team lost its season opener, 16-1, against Cleveland on Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Katelynn Thorn knocked in Taylor Collins.
    Morgan Hohner, Rebecca Luster and Shelby Chavez also got base hits for Los Alamos.
    Chavez and Hannah Mojica each had three put outs defensively, but the Hilltoppers had a hard time containing Cleveland’s offense.
    The Storm scored 9 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and 4 more in the fourth inning to win the game. Seven of those runs were unearned.
    The Hilltoppers continue their busy start to the season this weekend at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge.
    They’ll take on Cobre and San Juan (Utah) Friday and then play Bloomfield and Piedra Vista Saturday.
     

  • LA hockey No. 2 seed at championships

    It’s time to decide who the best hockey team around is.
    Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado will are all vying for this year’s New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League title over the next two weekends.
    The championship tournament is taking place at Albuquerque’s Outpost Arena this week.
    The Los Alamos hockey team earned a first-round bye after finishing with the second most wins in the league.
    The Hilltoppers (15-7-1) will take on the winner of the Taos (8-10-3) and Santa Fe (4-18-1) game on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in the second round.
    Hud Davenhall has led the Hilltoppers offense this season, scoring 26 goals and assisting 12 more goals.
    Trevor Matuszak and Cory Schramm have also scored double-digit goals this season, with 12 and 11 scores, respectively.
    Tristen Roach, meanwhile, has assisted 13 ‘Topper goals.
    In goal, Zealand Walterschield finished with the second best save percentage in the league. He stopped 311 of the 343 shots he faced during the regular season for a .907 save percentage.
    The Hilltoppers biggest competition will come from El Paso clubs Franklin and Coronado.

  • 'Toppers set to host Goddard in state first round

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium. The No. 6 seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    "Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit," captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos' game Monday. "We're not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that)."
    "Everything we've gone through this season is preparation for state," captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. "At the end of the day our success isn't defined by a loss to Española. It's defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families."
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).
    If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will take on the winner of the Roswell and No. 14 Centennial (15-13) game Tuesday in The Pit at 9:45 a.m.

  • Off the Hill calendar

    Art exhibits
    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.
     
    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. March 1 at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.
    Auditions
    Auditions for The Adobe Theater production of Kander and Ebb’s musical comedy, “Curtains.” 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St., NW in Albuquerque. Performance dates are scheduled for May and June.
    Books
    A monthly book club curated by Charles Frazier, the author of best selling novel “Cold Mountain.”  This month’s book: “Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” Moderator: Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian. 6 p.m. March 10 at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe. Participation is free. Books are available for purchase.
     Call for Artists
    The 11th Annual Russian Night. Juried exhibition and auction. Deadline is May 30 at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Art will be on display June 30-Aug. 28.
    Classes

  • PAC 8 schedule 3-6-15 to 3-12-15

    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, March 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    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

    Monday, March 9, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • PAC 8 schedule 3-6-15 to 3-12-15

    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, March 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    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

    Monday, March 9, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • Santa Fe Animal Shelter offers licenses online

     Pet owners have one more option to license their pets in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe animal shelter recently launched an online licensing page on its website.
    The online site, sfhumanesociety.org/our-programs/licensing-payment, allows city and county residents to purchase their annual license in a convenient and quick method, said Monica Gonzalez, the shelter’s director of admissions and licensing.
    In addition to making companion animals in compliance with city and county ordinances, having a pet licensed helps animals return to their homes if lost, Gonzalez said. “It’s a fact that dogs and cats who wear a city or county license will be returned to their owners 100 percent of the time,” Gonzalez said. “There isn’t any other type of identification that is as effective, not even a microchip.”  
    In addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, as of 2011, every dime spent on licensing supports the shelter’s program. Since taking over licensing for the city and county, the shelter has doubled the number of dogs and cats who are licensed in Santa Fe. Last year, more than 9,120 pets received licenses, according to shelter records.
    “Nothing says love like a cheap metal tag,” Gonzalez said.

  • A Thousand Voices tell a single story

    A recent documentary was released on PBS, showcasing tribal women of New Mexico Pueblos.
    The one-hour presentation, “A Thousand Voices,” focuses on women who carry forth the collective memory, traditions and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture. . . and the “thousand voices” that precede her.
    The film shatters stereotypes and features interviews with women from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambé and San Ildefonso.
    The story is told by women of the various New Mexico tribes — from artists, politicians and professors.
    From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the voices of strong tribal women mingle, lead the viewer through the history of Spanish, Mexican and United States invasions of the American Southwest.
    Back then, women were thought of as the leaders of the tribe.
    “It was the woman’s decision whether to go to war with other tribes. Those were her babies going to fight,” said Rose B. Simpson, from Santa Clara Pueblo.