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  • Dunn done good in the Senate

    SANTA FE — State Sen. Aubrey Dunn was a master tactician and understood state finances perhaps better than anyone else ever has. He died last week at 84.
    Dunn was business manager and part owner of the Alamogordo Daily News. He also had an apple orchard at High Rolls. At the Legislature he preferred to call himself an apple farmer likely because that was safer than saying he was in the newspaper business.
    Aubrey was a Democrat but if he were in the Legislature today, he’d probably be a Republican. It was shortly after his 1980 resignation from the Legislature that Democrats in the Southeastern part of the state started changing their registration to Republican or getting beaten by Republicans.
    Dunn was conservative. He thought like a business manager — or an apple grower.
    During the period he reigned as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrats held a good 30 out of the 42 seats in the Senate.
    In the House, Republicans and conservative Democrats had formed a conservative coalition to take control. In the Senate that wasn’t necessary since most Democrats already were conservative and Dunn was in control of the money.

  • Would you post your salary on Facebook?

    If I were a New Mexico state employee, crunched somewhere in the middle of the hierarchy (which I used to be), and I learned that my colleagues’ salaries were posted online, I would be tempted to take a peek.
    I might scan for anyone whose salary was higher than mine but who, in my opinion, didn’t deserve it. If I found any, I might become just a bit resentful.
    Would my work suffer? A little, possibly. Would I use this information to justify small acts of defiance, like sneaking a novel into the restroom now and then? Maybe.
    Would I be distressed that my own salary had been put on public display? Absolutely. Wouldn’t you?
    New Mexico state employees’ salaries were posted online, with names, on the state’s “Sunshine Portal,” until the names were removed following a court order, prompted by a lawsuit filed by the employee union AFSCME.
    The court order, it is important to note, referred specifically to the Sunshine Portal. The database was left in place, with names deleted for classified employees.
    I breathed a sigh of relief. I was concerned not only about employee morale and potential internal dissension, but about the kind of mischief that could be done to all those employees by nefarious use of the data — cheesy targeted marketing programs or worse.

  • Legendary Songwriter Hal David Dies in LA at 91
  • Word on the Street 09-02-12

    Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Alexandra Hehlen asked students, “If You could add anything to Los Alamos to improve it, what would it be?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 09-02-12
  • Fashion Maven: Red alert: Violating the school dress code

    You’d think I would know almost everything when it comes to the rules of fashion: what to wear, when to wear it, where to wear it, you name it.
    You’d think I would be able to whip up an outfit every morning that follows all those rules — to include the school dress code. I thought I could too, but this week something went terribly wrong.
    That’s right, the Fashion Maven violated the school dress code.
    You’re probably thinking short shorts and spaghetti straps, aren’t you? No, my skirt was five inches above the knee instead of four, and my tank top straps were an inch wide instead of two.
    Nevertheless, I was called into the office, urged to sign a contract and obligated to change into a new set of clothes — not mine, but the school’s.
    Given that I am a fashionista and that I received the luck of the draw with the clothes provided to me that day,
    I created an outfit that looked at least mildly stylish. Still, the experience will haunt me forever, and it has driven me to tell all my readers about how to dress stylishly within the parameters of the dress code.
    For those of you who are unsure of the school’s rules for clothing, here’s the short list:
    • In general, skirts or shorts can come up to four inches above the knee;

  • Band practice makes a perfect year

    The 2012-2013 school year is going to be a big one for the Los Alamos High School marching band. Starting the first week of August, the band practiced every day for two weeks, before school had even started. Aside from the band class during the school day, the group also practices from 6:30-8:30 p.m. two evenings during the week.
    While a large portion of the band’s responsibility is to perform at football games, all of the practice contributes to its performance at marching band competitions, as well. Various pep bands will play at basketball games, while small jazz ensembles play at events around town.  
    This year, the band will travel to two different competitions in October. The first takes place  Oct.13 in Los Lunas.  
    Another big activity for the band is the spring break trip to Disneyland. Nate Hall, a senior who has played the alto saxophone for eight years and is one of two drum majors said, “We will not only go to Disneyland and the beach and have fun, but the band will record a fake sound track with the Disneyland musicians.”
    The band relies on LAHS Band Booster Club parent volunteers to help with expenses, the performances and competitions and with this year’s trip fundraisers.  

  • LA boys, girls top all comers Friday

    If there were any doubters remaining, and apparently there were, they should be quieted now.

    Before Friday’s University of New Mexico Invitational, Los Alamos runner Orion Staples said there were Albuquerque Academy faithful claiming on the Internet that the Hilltoppers’ decisive victory at the 2011 state tournament was a happy turn of events for Los Alamos and nothing more.

    Well, maybe not.

    The Hilltopper boys, along with the Hilltopper girls, the queens of New Mexico cross country, scored wins at the UNM Invitational meet, their season openers.

    Los Alamos’ boys stole the show in that race, scoring a scant 38 points, less than half the total of Class 5A juggernaut Cleveland. Los Alamos placed four runners in the top 10 in a loaded field of individuals.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls may not have been the flashiest team running Friday night, but they were far and away the most consistent.

    The Hilltopper girls nipped a top-loaded St. Pius X by four points to claim the title in their first race of the season.

    The UNM Invitational is traditionally the largest single running event in the state. This year, 35 boys teams and 33 girls teams took part, including heavyweights such as Cleveland’s Storm, Rio Rancho, Academy and La Cueva.

  • Elks Stewed By LA

    While the skill position players get the lion’s share of the credit in football, as the old saying goes, “the war is won in the trenches.”

    So score a victory for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday night.

    Los Alamos’ undersized offensive and defensive lines were dominant at Sullivan Field against Pojoaque, which featured some big bodies upfront. But Los Alamos, using its speed advantage to full effect, hit the Elks hard and fast, creating holes on offense and creating havoc on defense.

    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the first half, one on a strip-and-go by Cory Geyer late in the first quarter and the other on a pick-six by Arnoldo Ortiz after Pojoaque quarterback Ryan Koller was hammered by Chandler Lauritzen coming off the right side.

    The Elks made a valiant attempt to right their ship in the second half, but by that time it was far too late as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 55-14 win at Sullivan Field.

    “Basically, our strategy is not size,” said Los Alamos senior lineman John Gibson. “We never had size. This year, our line focused on agility and speed. What we do isn’t anything fancy....When we work our technique, we’re unstoppable.”

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