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Today's News

  • Pair of tumblers win their divisions

    Nicole Aldaz and Brianna Fryer were the big winners for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at its meet late last month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers competed in the Zia Trick or Treat Meet Oct. 27-28 in Santa Fe.
    Fryer won the Xcel Bronze child division competition at the meet, tying for the top spot or winning outright all four disciplines — balance beam, parallel bars, vault and floor exercises. Fryer finished with an all-around score of 36.70, topping teammate Kayli Lincoln in the same division. Lincoln had an all-around score of 35.15.
    Aldaz, meanwhile, was the winner in the Level 4 senior division. Aldaz won the vault, bars and finished second on the balance beam and the floor.
    She posted an all-around score of 35.60.

    Here are the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics results from the Zia Trick or Treat Meet. Scores for individual participants are as follows: all-around place, all-around score; vault place, vault score; parallel bars place, parallel bars score; balance beam place, balance beam score; floor exercises place, floor exercises score.

    Level 4, Senior

    Nicole Aldaz, 1, 35.60; 1, 9.10; 1, 8.40; 2, 9.05; 2, 9.05.
    Zoe Mathis, 5, 33.45; 4, 8.90; 3, 8.25; 3, 8.70; 8; 7.60.

    Level 4, Junior

  • Toppers pick up sweep in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-0 win Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to move on in the tournament.
    Friday morning, the Hilltoppers faced the seventh-seeded Roswell Coyotes. The winner of today’s contest was scheduled to play the winner between Los Lunas and St. Pius X Friday afternoon.
    The Class 4A tournament, which is being played at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, concludes Saturday afternoon with the championship match. Los Alamos last won a state title in 1996 and made its most recent finals appearance in 2001.
    It appeared that with Los Alamos’ second place finish in pool play, it might end up on the opposite side of the bracket as St. Pius, which has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs each of the last four years.
    Instead, the Sartans only managed a second-place finish in pool D and had to play an opening round contest – the top four teams coming out of pool play got byes into the quarterfinals. The Sartans topped the Valencia Jaguars 3-0 Thursday afternoon.

  • Ten reasons not to hit your kids

    1. The practice of hitting children teaches them to become hitters themselves. Extensive research data is now available to support the direct correlation between corporal punishment in childhood and violent behavior in the teenage and adult years. Virtually all of the most dangerous criminals were regularly threatened and punished in childhood.

    2. Punishment gives the message that “might make right” that it is ok to hurt someone smaller and less powerful than you are. The child then feels it is appropriate to mistreat younger or smaller children, and when he becomes an adult, feels little compassion for those less fortunate or powerful than he is, and fears those who are more so. Thus it is difficult for him to find meaningful friendships.

  • Cotton candy and probiotic transplants

      As a child, I remember eating clouds of cotton candy, marveling at the simplicity of interwoven sugar, and wondering - “How did the first person ever think of making this stuff?”  Seriously, who out there decided that centrifuged sugar would be its own food group?

     Perhaps that’s the true genius behind the advancements we enjoy in a civilized world.  Some whacked out nutcase wakes up in the middle of the night and shouts, “Injecting Clostridium botulinum bacteria (to produce botulism) into your face will make you beautiful!”   Now that’s pure genius!

     No, forget that example.  That guy actually was in fact a whacked out nutcase.

  • 'Tis the season
  • 11-16-12 Church listings

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

  • 11-16-12 Bible Answers: Addressing gratitude, when giving thanks

    “When you ‘give thanks,’ to whom are you addressing your gratitude?”—Dan 

     

    This question arose recently in a conversation about the acculturated nature of Thanksgiving and the seemingly vague, indefinite language in public discourse that surrounds the holiday.

    People are encouraged to “give thanks” by politicians and media talking heads but the object of the thanks is not typically spelled out. Many expressions of “thanks” apparently just float out into space.

    Everyone has a reason to say, “thank you.” We are all the recipients of the generous actions of others, both near and far.

  • PED seeks nominations

    The Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking nominations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  State Advisory Panel. 

    The PED maintains the IDEA State Advisory Panel, as required by the IDEA, for the purpose of providing advice and guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in New Mexico. The IDEA State Advisory Panel membership is renewed every year for three-year terms.

    The PED is only seeking nominations of candidates who work in the field of higher education. The PED strives to have membership representative of the state population. The State Advisory Panel must be composed of individuals involved in, or concerned, with the education of children with disabilities. The SEB is seeking individuals who can serve a three-year term until June 2015.

  • X-mas tree permits on sale Monday

    Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will begin selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, through Dec. 24. 

    Permit holders may also cut their tree(s) on Monday. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, purchase your permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

    Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

    • Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, 662-4493;

    • REI, 500 Market Street, Santa Fe, 982-3557

  • BPU passes sewer rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Wednesday to endorse an increase in sewer rates proposed by the Department of Public Utilities.

    The hike is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure. The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. 

    It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the critical future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.