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  • 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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  • Accepting all challenges

     

    Challenges are a part of life. Some challenges are tougher than others, but it is up to the individual to overcome. 

    Christa Brelsford, 29, knows what it is like to encounter obstacles and do whatever it takes to prevail. 

    The Los Alamos resident will be competing in the International Federation of Sports Climbing competitions in Gijón, Spain. She left on Saturday for the week and a half long event. 

    She will be a contender in the Women Lower Amputee Division in Paraclimbing.

    The event is for disabled people who are rock climbers and want to continue to do so after injury.

  • Smith's responds in dispute

     

    Smith’s Food and Drug has responded after the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1564 went to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the grocer of bad faith bargaining.

    A statement from the Smith’s corporate office said, “We are aware that the union has filed a charge with the NLRB suggesting that the company is refusing to bargain. There are three very important points to know.

    “ 1. The NLRB has made no judgment or ruling on the union charge.  They have yet to hear it. 2.  The union can put anything it wants into a charge. Because it’s in a union charge doesn’t make it so. 3. The company is bargaining.  We want to reach a good agreement for our associates.”