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  • From me to Yule

    With the holidays upon us, it’s a time of celebration, a time of reflection, and of course a time to spend lots of money on gifts that you can’t afford.
    For most Americans, it doesn’t really matter if one goes bankrupt in December or March or June.  The year offers ample opportunities to buy dangerous toys for your kids, Elvis Presley lamps for that Aunt you hate, ugly sweaters for your father, and Cadmium-laden Chinese jewelry for the one you love.
    But why dwell on the negative aspects of commercialism?  The holiday season is designed to give us all a chance to spend time with our families, maybe a day trip to enjoy the New Mexican scenery, or just sit back and relax for a few days.
    At this time of the year, I find myself enjoying the nuances of history, particularly that of holidays like Christmas.  Many people don’t know that Dec. 25 was chosen by the Christian church as a matter of
    convenience and opportunity.  Dec. 25 was already an established day of celebration by pagans.  The Roman festival of Saturnalia (worship of the God Saturn) and the “birthday” of Mithra (Persian God) were both on Dec. 25.

  • Fishing Report 12-21-12

    Northwest

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing for all species was slow. The surface was free of ice and open to launching boats. Try jigging spoons and blade baits deep for a shot at some good winter walleye fishing.
    Animas River: Monday morning water flow at Aztec was 218 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the drains was very good again this past week. Anglers did well fishing the Albuquerque Drain, Belen, Corrales and Peralta Drains. Best baits were a single salmon egg on a small hook, a small piece of Power Bait with a single split shot, parachute adams, small copper John Barrs and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.
    Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, homemade dough bait and an assortment of Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. As of Monday the lake was free of ice.
    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State team

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.

  • End of the world postponed

    A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.

  • Today in History for December 21st
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:

    1. WHEN IT'S TIME FOR 'PLAN C'

    Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

    2. A WEEK LATER, REMEMBERING SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

    Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.

    3. WHERE CHRISTMAS WILL BE WHITE, AND ROADS TREACHEROUS

    Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.

    4. SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR DESTROYS HOSPITALS, CLINICS

  • Boston Student Wins Miss Universe
  • Be There 12-20-12

    Friday
     Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.
    Saturday
    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

    Christmas Tubas will play a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. The concert is free.
    Dec. 24
    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Greet the holy family, the shepards and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. with the Christmas choir and communion will be served.
    Dec. 27