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Today's News

  • Los Alamos High School goes green

    Workers try to beat the weather, making LAHS a little greener, in the process. Temperatures began to drop Friday.

  • Labyrinth dedication Saturday

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road in Los Alamos announces the dedication of their labyrinth.
    They invite everyone to join them from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem to help in consecrating this new sacred space for use by all members of the Los Alamos Community.  
    They hope the meditation path will be used as a spiritual resource for the entire community and widely used by many people, no matter what their faith or spiritual foundations.
    Learn about labyrinths and how they can be a part of everyone’s spiritual life.  
    Labyrinths are meditative walking paths, which pre-date the Christian era. They were widely used in Northern Europe during medieval times, possibly as local sites for pilgrimages, since pilgrimages to Jerusalem were costly and dangerous.
    There are several labyrinths in Santa Fe and many throughout the country. The website, veriditas.org/tells about labyrinths and the movement to include them in sacred spaces around the planet.
    For more information, call Bob Thomsen, 662-4409; Kate Thomas, 412-9255 or the Bethlehem Church Office, 662-5151.

  • Church Listings 10-26-12

    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.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church

  • Vote up or shut up

    College is defined as “an institution or self-governing body of higher learning.”  As such, one might expect the US Electoral College to have something to do with higher learning.  Or perhaps expect it to somehow be associated with intelligence.
    One would be wrong to expect that.
    The U.S. Electoral College isn’t a place.  It’s an irrational election process embedded into our Constitution that proves that the Founding Fathers enjoyed a drink now and then (and then again).  It reads something like this:
     “If a complex n-manifold has algebraically independent meromorphic functions, does its covariant derivative define a Riemannian metric?”
     Hmm, nix that.  That’s an obtuse math question.  But it does read far more clearly than our constitutional Electoral College’s process.  I encourage you to wade through the Constitution’s text and read the 12th Amendment.  Fair warning — wear thick boots.
     And so here we go again.  For a brief moment (not brief enough), our nation of 314 million people stops arguing about sports teams.  Citizens stop arguing about who should win Dancing with the Stars.  They stop arguing about whether Bubba the Love Sponge really said all those nasty things about Hulk Hogan.

  • Why 'fix' Ashley Pond

    Recently, I have received questions from members of the public regarding an upcoming project to make improvements at Ashley Pond Park.
    This is a project that has been in the county’s capital improvement program for more than two years, however, with so many projects going on inside the county, it’s easy to understand that some residents may not have heard about all of the various aspects of the project, or why it is so desperately needed. I’d like to try and explain the project and elaborate a bit on how we got to where we are today.
    If you’ve been to Ashley Pond lately, you’ve probably noticed the serious issues with water quality that have emerged. The pond is in the early stages of eutrophication, which stated simply means that the pond is dying due to lack of oxygen.
    There were likely many contributing factors, including overabundant fish population, inadequate recirculation of water, and pollutants conveyed by the collection of storm water runoff. Regardless of the cause, the only way to fix the problem at this point is to drain, dredge and rebuild the pond.

  • Giants go up 2-0 in World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long ball one night, a Giant dose of small ball the next.
    Two wins in two games and suddenly San Francisco doesn’t need to dig itself out of a postseason hole for a change.
    Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt that stayed fair to eke out the go-ahead run in a 2-0 win Thursday night for a 2-0 edge in the World Series.
    Gregor Blanco’s single trickled to a stop inches fair on the infield dirt, setting up Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring double-play grounder in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and that was plenty for these masters of the October comeback.
    “It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall,” Bumgarner said. “But you can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing.”
    Game 3 will be Saturday night in Detroit and for once, the Giants aren’t playing from behind. They overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati in the best-of-five division series and escaped a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the NLCS.

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the fifth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the KIXX 2000 U13 girls team lost a tough contest to the Alameda Animals, 1-0.
    KIXX 2000, playing short-handed because of illness and injury, controlled possession most of the way.
    Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio played well in emergency goalkeeping duties, while Emily Hammond, Victoria Salazar, Hanna Littleton, Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio provided the offensive pressure.
    In boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 2-1over the Titans NM 00 improving their record to 4-0 in their age bracket.
    Andres Runde scored both Lasers’ goals.
    The defense was anchored by the solid play of Devin Cantua, while Kauru Shimada and Caleb Cannon had outstanding games in the midfield.
    The U12 Celtics edged the Titans NM 01 Black 2-1. Celtics goals were provided by Sam Crooks and Jacob Castille.
    Donovan Atencio had an outstanding day on defense for the Celtics.

  • 'Toppers nip St. Mike’s, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team closed out its regular season with Senior Night and, in doing so, shut out the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    The Hilltoppers had numerous attack chances Thursday night at Sullivan Field, but couldn’t connect on those chances.
    Midway through the second half, however, Hilltopper senior Amy Neal picked up a goal, assisted by another senior, Leslie Guarello, to give Los Alamos a 1-0 victory.
    The game wasn’t particularly close, as the Hilltoppers finished with 18 shots on goal to the Horsemen’s 2. The Hilltoppers dominated ball possession throughout, but struggled to finish.
    “We had a bunch of close calls, a bunch of corner kicks,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to work on it and get that under control.”
    Los Alamos scheduled St. Michael’s as a tune-up contest to help it get ready for the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos, which plays in one of the least competitive big-school districts in the state, wanted to make sure it got in a couple of tough games prior to the end of the 2012 regular season.
    This year, it scheduled both Piedra Vista, which it defeated 2-0 Saturday in Farmington, and the Horsemen, a solid Class A-3A program.

  • Topper Notes 10-26-12

    Football team takes on Española Valley tonight

  • Government spending props up Q3 economic growth rate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by an uptick in consumer spending and a burst of government spending.

    The Commerce Department says growth improved from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter.

    The pickup in growth may help President Barack Obama's message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year's 1.8 percent growth, a point GOP nominee Mitt Romney will emphasize.

    The report is the last snapshot of economic growth before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

    Growth was held back by the first drop in exports in more than three years and flat business investment in equipment and software.