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Today's News

  • More loan availability for non-profits

    Mark Medley was working with a business consultant to recover from identity theft when he heard about Accion New Mexico – Arizona – Colorado.
     What Medley learned while trying to repair his credit prompted him to start a nonprofit — ID Theft Resolutions — to help others protect themselves from identity thieves and to rebound as quickly and completely as possible if their efforts fail.
    Medley got a loan from Accion to help him get the nonprofit going after obtaining his designation as a 501c(3) nonprofit. Accion offers loans as small as $200 and as large as $300,000 to people who might otherwise be turned down by lenders because they are a startup or have credit problems.
    Medley qualified in both cases: His credit score was destroyed by identity theft and his nonprofit was the equivalent of a startup.

    A first for Accion
    The loan to Medley is Accion’s first to a nonprofit, according to Lynn Trojahn, Accion’s vice president of advancement.
    “We decided to include nonprofit lending in our toolbox, as the entrepreneurs who create nonprofits are as visionary, tenacious, committed and often as underfunded as for-profit startups,” she said.

  • Spectacular, ornacular, vernacular

     Why is a mouse when it spins?  Well, why not?
     That’s a “koan,” a nonsensical question given to a Buddhist student to help teach them the art of meditation and contemplation.  For me, it was just a great question to ask during an interview and then watch to see how long it took for the candidate to start breathing again.
      In high school, I always did well in math and I took equal pride in my inability to do well in my language classes (or should I say I dint do good).  I recall reading that the great mathematicians throughout history were usually terrible at language.  And at some point in my not-so-accurate education, I was told that people are either left-brained or right-brained (which by the way isn’t true), and that the left-brain controlled mathematics and language.
     And so the theory was that if you were good at math, you didn’t have any “brain room” for language.   I was subsequently told that I was “left brained,” which made perfect sense to my parents who often remarked that I was not in my right mind.
     But as I’ve gotten older (I’m still waiting for the getting wiser part), I’ve found language to be a truly amazing area of study.  The sheer volume of words out there leaves one nonplussed.

  • Powerball Winner: 'Is That the Right Numbers?!'

    A 52-year-old Missouri mechanic and his wife claimed their share Friday of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Mark and Cindy Hill held one of two winning tickets for the nation's biggest Powerball jackpot.

  • How to make a $295 hamburger

    New York is home to the Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive commercially available burger in the world. The Le Burger Extravagant, at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan's Upper East Side will cost you $295.

  • Fishing Report 11-30-12

    Northwest

     

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light again this past week. The water was murky and the surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to the low 50s.

    Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the drains has been great for some but slow for others. Chris Ortega of Albuquerque has been doing very well catching and releasing trout and also landed a nice 18.5-inch largemouth bass this past weekend. He was fishing the Albuquerque Drain and using a custom tied purple and green spinner fly he calls the “skunk 101.” Other trout anglers have done well using worms, salmon eggs and a variety of small bead-head nymphs.

    Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using corn, salmon eggs, worms and salmon peach and yellow Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow.

    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 400 cfs and 456 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Rapalas, Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and streamers for a mix of browns and rainbows. Below Abiquiu trout fishing was fair using Panther Martins, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and Power Bait.

  • Ski Report 11-30-12

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Saturday.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 7.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos

    12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 7 trails and 4 lifts open.

    NOTE: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Sandia Peak and Valles Caldera have not provided updated information.

  • LA hockey team hosts Rio Rancho tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be in action tonight at the county’s ice rink.
    Los Alamos will take on the Rio Rancho Rams. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    To start their season, the Hilltoppers won two straight contests. They blasted the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 9-2 in their season opener — a home game played at Taos’ ice rink — then topped the Rams 3-1 in Rio Rancho.
    Zealand Walterscheid and Sam Ortiz played in goal for Los Alamos in those opening week games.
    Those two wins immediately propelled the Hilltoppers to the top of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, ahead of Cibola (7-1).
    Cibola hosts Taos Saturday in one of only five NMIIHL games set for this weekend.

  • Aquatomics swimmers break state record

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics 8 and under boys relay team of Andy Corliss, Wayne Williams, Matias Rougier and Ming-Yuan Lo set a new state record for the 100-yard freestyle swim relay.
    The team broke the record at the Sudden Thunder Aquatic Racers Veteran’s Day Classic.
    That meet was in Rio Rancho Nov. 9-10.
    Corliss, Williams, Rougier and Lo finished with a time of 1 minute, 5.23 seconds, nearly 2-1/2 seconds better than the previous state record for their age group that was set in 1993.

  • Toppers are at Griffith this weekend

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys basketball teams will have their home openers this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls will host the Pojoaque Elks tonight at 7 p.m. The Hilltopper boys, after tonight’s trip to Sandia Prep, will face the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday at 5 p.m.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be looking tonight to bounce back from season-opening road losses. Los Alamos’ boys fell to the Kirtland Central Broncos 48-25 Nov. 20, while Los Alamos’ girls dropped a 52-46 decision at St. Michael’s Tuesday.
    In Tuesday’s contest the Hilltopper girls led for all of the first three quarters. However, the Hilltoppers’ offense, which was very efficient in the in the first half — 11-for-19 from the field — struggled in the third quarter, tallying only six points.
    Los Alamos got into foul trouble in the second half which hampered its play on both ends of the court and the Horsemen took advantage.
    Tonight, Los Alamos (0-1) will likely have to deal with heavy full-court pressure from Pojoaque (1-1), which is coached by wily veteran Ron Drake, who steered Española Valley to four straight District 2-4A titles before taking over Pojoaque’s program this year.

  • Ulrich, Lockhart pace LASG team

    Charlotte Ulrich and Liz Lockhart were the top all-around scorers for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers at the Los Alamos Invitational Nov. 3.
    Ulrich, who had a 35.55 in the all-around, and Lockhart, who finished with a 35.45, were among 137 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.
    In all, 30 Atomic Tumblers competed; fourteen, including Ulrich and Lockhart, in the Jr. Olympic Program, fourteen in the Xcel Program, and two competed in both. The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    Ulrich won the Level 5 Junior A Division, earning gold in the all-around (35.55) and floor exercises (9.2), silver on balance beam (9.05) and vault (8.55) and took the bronze on the uneven parallel bars (8.75). Lockhart, the only Level 6 gymnast to compete for the Tumblers, took gold on bars (8.75), a tie for gold on vault (9.2), and silver on beam (9.0), floor (8.5), and all-around (35.45). Both gymnasts achieved their highest all-around scores of the season in this meet.