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Today's News

  • New food emerges

    This summer has been filled with acrimony about the federal budget, with red versus blue politicians squaring off to hurl criticisms at each other.
    For a lot of us, turning on the news has felt like an exercise in masochism.
    Imagine my pleasure, then, at going to a recent meeting where Americans from quite different walks of life were gathered to learn together about something we all need – a nutritious food supply.
    On a recent and beautiful summer morn’ without even a breath of wind, a diverse group of citizens gathered on land belonging to Washington State University.

  • PRC drowning in perpetual angst

    The current Public Regulation Commission difficulties involving Jerome Block, Jr. aren’t the first time that five-member body has been in turmoil.
    In its dozen years of existence, it has been in almost constant disorder. The PRC was created in 1998 to replace a three-member state Corporation Commission that was always in havoc.
    The solution created by the New Mexico Legislature and passed by voters was to replace the Corporation Commission and the appointed Public Utilities Commission with one elected body that would be reined in by various popular “good government” features such as public financing and a ban on campaign donations or other favors from utilities they regulate.

  • Topes Notes 08-18-11

    Isotopes lose in extra innings

    The faint hopes for the Albuquerque Isotopes of making the 2011 Pacific Coast League playoffs are fading fast.
    Barring a near-miracle, the Isotopes will likely be staying home for the postseason following a loss Wednesday night at Sacramento. That loss, combined with a win by American Southern division-leading Round Rock, put the Isotopes 11 games back with less than 20 games remaining on the season.
    Albuquerque couldn’t hold on in extra innings Wednesday. After scoring a run in the top of the 13th to go up 3-2, Sacramento’s River Cats rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the 13th to win 4-3.

  • Sports Update 08-18-11

    LASG hosting open house

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics is holding an open house Monday at its gym, 555 North Mesa Road.
    LASG is celebrating Loui Janecky’s 30th anniversary as director of the program. All members of the community, as well as past and present gymnasts and families, are welcomed to attend.

     

  • Pajarito to host motorcycle event

    Pajarito Mountain will host a motorcycle race Saturday and Sunday.
    The event, which is being sponsored by Wannabe Racing of Durango, Colo., will be run on a 7-mile loop on the ski hill. Races will be conducted in several different categories.
    In the past, Wannabe Racing has held races at ski areas in New Mexico, including at Angel Fire, but race organizer Brett Craig became interested in racing at Pajarito after he heard about the damage done to the area by the Las Conchas Fire.
    “We had an opportunity to see if they’d like to have us come up,” Craig said. “We can bring money in for the ski hill for what happened.”

  • M'Atom Bombs drop in at Aspen School

    Los Alamos’ Derby Dames, also known as the M’Atom Bombs, are starting up a women’s competitive roller derby team.
    he team holds practices approximately three times per week at Aspen School. The team is actively recruiting any women age 18-plus.

    For more information, visit the team’s website, laderbydames.com.

     

  • LA ranked No. 4 in preseason 4A poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team finished fourth in the Class 4A preseason coaches poll released Wednesday.
    Los Alamos picked up 74 points and a first-place vote in the preseason prep poll, conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The poll is voted on by volleyball coaches from around the state.
    The Hilltoppers, who have had several good showings at tournaments this summer, will open their season Aug. 27 against the state’s top team in Class 3A, Pojoaque.
    The Class 4A poll was topped by Artesia. The Bulldogs, who won the 4A state title in 2010, picked up nine of 13 first-place votes to grab 124 points and finish well ahead of St. Pius X, the runner-up at the 2010 state tournament.

  • Top 10 Movies 08-18-11

    1.  “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” weekend gross, $27.8 million
    2.  “The Help,”  weekend gross,
    $26 million
    3.  “Final Destination 5,” weekend gross, $18 million
    4.  “The Smurfs,” $13.7  million
    5. “30 Minutes or less” weekend gross, $13.3 million
    6.  “Cowboys and Aliens,” weekend gross, $7.8 million
    7.   “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” weekend gross, $7.2 million

    8.  “Captain America, the First Avenger,” weekend gross, $7.2 million

    9.  “Crazy, Stupid Love,” weekend gross,
    $7 million

  • Out and about 08-18-11

    Art openings

    An opening reception for “Art in Mica Clay,” sculptures by Taos Pueblo artist Dawning Pollen Shorty, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Starr Interiors, 117 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

    An opening reception for Joan Bohn and Leslie Tejada’s mixed media show will be from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, 200B Canyon Road, Santa Fe.

    Classes

    Learn about different types of looms and how to adapt, adjust, repair and maintain your loom. Ted Hallman will teach “Increasing your loom power” from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. $60-$80. For more information, send email to education@evfac.org.

  • LA Happenings 08-18-11

    Music
    The Blue Window Bistro will host a jazz night at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 featuring the Bob Jones Quartet. The cost is $15 per person, dinner reservations are required.

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song. Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, our barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.