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  • Today in History for November 25th
  • On Schedule 11-25-12

    Tuesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos at Barney Relays, boys and girls, 10:30 a.m.

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.

  • Hilltoppers have experience, but will be tested early on

    Should the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team be in a position where it's in need of an at-large bid to the playoffs, any strength of schedule tiebreakers will likely break its way.

    Los Alamos opens its 2012-13 season Tuesday night on the road at St. Michael's. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Heading into their opener, the Hilltoppers have10 players who spent at least some time with the varsity squad returning, including three key veterans coming back.

    Of those returners, senior Erin Kirk and junior Hayley Each, along with second-year varsity player Marissa Larribas, will make up a big group around the lane.

    "We've still got a lot of size with Hayley, Erin and Marissa," Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said. "We've been pushing really hard to make an effort to push the ball inside."

    Logan, going into her fifth season with the Hilltoppers, doesn't want her team to be one-dimensional, however. She said returning guards, sophomore Amber Logan and junior McKenzie Logan, along with senior Anna Scott, who missed time last year due to injury, can steer an effective transition game.

  • Lobos win, Kirk scores 11 points

    Alex Kirk came just one rebound short of a double-double as the University of New Mexico Lobos thumped the Idaho Vandals Friday night.
    The Lobos used a 19-0 second half run to pull away from the Vandals Friday at The Pit, winning 73-58.
    Along with Kirk, a former standout at Los Alamos, Demitrius Walker had 19 points coming off the bench. Walker went 5-for-5 from 3-point range to lead the effort and Kirk, who has made his way into the starting lineup for UNM, finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
    “(Kirk) is making things hard on teams in the paint,” Lobo head coach Steve Alford said. “He is really starting to get comfortable and is really doing a lot of good things.”
    The win improves UNM to 5-0 on the season.
    The two teams were tied at 36 at the half, but the Vandals (1-3) moved out to a 49-46 lead in the second half before the Lobos’ big run.
    Kirk said afterward there was a battle in the paint.
    “I would say it’s pretty physical and they’ve all been,” Kirk said. “Some of the games at the (U.S. Virgin Islands) were physical with the different refereeing and stuff like that is something we need to adjust to.”
    Kirk went 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line.

  • Animal Shelter 11-25-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    ThreeBorder Collie puppies (Reggie, Fly and Romper) — Border Collie puppy siblings, six-months-old. Neutered/spayed and up-to-date on shots. Responding very well to soclialization by shelter volunteers and guidance from other shelter dogs.

  • News for Retirees 11-25-12

    Nov. 25-Dec. 1
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken strips
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish (lemon cod)
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer cheese soup
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Tire pressure check

    THURSDAY

  • Make holiday eco crafts

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites students in grades K-4 to come to their annual Holiday Eco Crafts event from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5.
    There, kids can hand-make gifts out of natural and recycled materials for everyone on their list.
    Gifts to make will include pinecone fire-starters, recycled notebooks, cornhusk dolls, tree cookie ornaments, rock carvings and more.
    Plenty of materials will be available to make gifts for parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters.
     There will also be recycled wrapping paper and cards on hand, so kids can wrap their gifts and address them to the recipients before they head home.  
    Parents are welcome to stay during the class, or to leave kids at PEEC and enjoy a few hours of kid-free shopping.
    PEEC’s own shop also has some holiday gift ideas, including stocking stuffers and animal adoptions.  
    The class costs $15 or $12 for PEEC members. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Two chances to share ideas

    Visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday or from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, to contribute ideas about the natural qualities of the Pajarito Plateau.
    PEEC would like to know what aspects of local nature they should showcase, and public input is desired.
    PEEC volunteers, board and staff are working to create an interpretive plan.
    When completed, the interpretive plan will answer questions like: What should a nature center in Los Alamos say and show? What are the key messages should it send to visitors and residents? What activities will best address those key messages?  What will it mean to the community it represents?
    PEEC wants to hear stories about the natural area and learn from the people of Los Alamos, exactly what they think of when asked to describe the Pajarito Plateau.
    This input will help PEEC’s interpretive planning committee write a plan that reflects what is important to the community.
    The events will start with a presentation on PEEC’s mission and vision.
    Then, participants will join in an interactive idea-generation activity and have a chance to vote on the natural qualities they like to see addressed by PEEC.  
    Those ideas will, in turn, help PEEC create a plan to strengthen people’s connection with the natural world around them.

  • Teachers, friends remember teen killed in car accident

    The last time classmate Maya Martinez saw her friend Nikolas Rian Ventura-Arencón, was Tuesday on a double-date with her boyfriend, Ventura-Arencón and his girlfriend, Divine Fellers, when they went to see the “Breaking Dawn” movie.

    The next day, Ventura-Arencón died in a head-on collision on N.M. 4. He was the only fatality in the two-car accident, which injured three other people, including his mother and Fellers. As of Friday, Fellers remained hospitalized in stable condition at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

    “He was always there for his friends, and he would never say anything bad about anybody,” Martinez said at a Friday memorial for her late friend. The memorial was at the “The Rock” in White Rock, on the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Friends, teachers, parents and even people who didn’t even know him too well, gathered to pay their respects and to perhaps write something on the Rock, now a makeshift memorial.

    An obituary posted by a local funeral home describes Ventura-Arencón as a Denver Broncos football fan who played all sports. He enjoyed skateboarding, wake-boarding, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, fishing and camping. Ventura-Arencón was a member of Los Alamos High School NJROTC and especially loved shooting and drill competitions.

  • Lab to pursue fix in botched security system

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, is bringing in outside counsel to help it deal with the botched construction of a security upgrade at the lab.

    Originally, the system was supposed to cost $213 million, but cost overruns have jacked the project up to $254 million, according to a memo written by Lab Director Charlie McMillan, to employees.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is holding LANS, LLC accountable for the projected $41 million in cost overruns.

    Last month, NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha said in a statement, “The performance on this project has been unacceptable and we will hold LANS fully accountable for all costs.  

    “We take our responsibility to protect taxpayer dollars seriously and we will use all the tools available to correct the situation.”

    According to the trade journal Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, LANS hired attorneys to help the lab pursue claims against subcontractors that did the work on the security system.

    There are reports that the cost overruns could be paid for by money that had been earmarked for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility or the bonus that LANS, LLC receives for running the lab.