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  • State Notes 06-22-11

    Aggies kicker Stampler is on CFPA watch list

    LAS CRUCES –­ New Mexico State University Placekicker Tyler Stampler has been named to the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Placekicker Watch list.
    The  watch list selections were announced by the CFPA Monday afternoon.
    Stampler is one of 34 kickers that made the watch list and one of three placekickers from the Western Athletic Conference.
    Stampler, a native of Davie, Fla., played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2010, handling all the field goal and PAT attempts as well as kickoff duties in three games. Stampler led the team in scoring in 2010 with 66 points after hitting 16-of-19 field goals on the season and 18-of-19 on PATs.

  • Tennis: Longest match sequel turns into dull affair

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Inevitably, the sequel didn’t live up to the original. Not even close.
    The replay of the longest match in tennis history turned out to be a ho-hum Part II, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in two hours in the first round at Wimbledon.
    It was a far cry from the 2010 epic, in which Isner triumphed 70-68 in the fifth set of a marathon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and stretched over three days.
    “Nothing’s going to live up to that match,” the American said after winning Tuesday’s contest 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (6). “It wasn’t going to go that long.”

  • Football: LA finishes 7-on-7 league play Thursday in Pojoaque

    The Northern Rio Grande League will wrap up regular season play Thursday night in Pojoaque.
    The league, which is made up of four prep football teams in the area, including the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, has been playing at various locations this month. Following Thursday’s games the teams will move into the playoffs.
    The other three teams taking part in the 7-on-7 league are Española Valley, Santa Fe and Pojoaque. Española Valley, grouped in the Red Zia Division along with Los Alamos, clinched the division title last week with a 7-5 record. Santa Fe and Pojoaque are tied at 8-4 in the Green Division.
    Los Alamos hasn’t fared as well in the league, going 1-11 through 12 games so far.

  • Topes Notes 06-22-11

    Isotopes roll to big win

  • Real estate markets still lag

    Aztec has New Mexico’s most affordable four-bedroom, two-bath homes. In real estate lingo, “most affordable” means “cheapest.”
    Four-bedroom, two-bath homes cost an average of $178,850 in Aztec. Nationally there are 527 real estate markets with cheaper, er, more affordable homes.
    The nation’s lowest priced four-bedroom, two-bath homes are in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where the price is $60,820. All these homes are single-family detached homes, as opposed to condominiums or townhouses. As shorthand, I’ll call them FB/2B homes.

  • Government service in tough times

    In a certain office of New Mexico government, a friend tells me, three clerical assistants work with a group of professionals. One clerk is competent and hardworking.  
    The other two are incompetent and unreliable. All the professionals try to snag the good employee for their projects.
    She works much harder than her peers but is paid the same.  
    Eventually she will get tired of this and will either stop working so hard or find another job.
    Another professional in state government describes her frustrations with management. She has to travel around the state to do her job, but because of budget constraints she’s not allowed to stay overnight.

  • Obama likely to bring 10K troops home this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will map a course for drawing down the nearly 10-year war in Afghanistan Wednesday, when he is expected to set a target of bringing home about 30,000 troops by the end of 2012.

    The president is likely to pull out 10,000 troops by the end of this year, administration and Pentagon officials said, and aims to bring another 20,000 home by the end of next year.

    But with 100,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, that drawdown may not be substantial enough to satisfy some lawmakers on Capitol Hill and a war-weary public.

  • GOP women defend party against 'anti-women' charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An early skirmish for women's votes in 2012 has broken out in the House — among women. A prominent Democrat fired the first shot by claiming that majority Republicans are waging a "war on women." And now, Republican women are returning fire by raising their profiles, making clear what they stand for and, implicitly, who they are not: Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

  • Utah man updated Facebook status during standoff

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public.

    An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense 16-hour, overnight standoff with SWAT teams, all while finding time to keep his family and friends updated on Facebook, authorities said.

    He even got some help from the outside over the social network: A friend posted that a SWAT officer was hiding in the bushes.

    "Thank you homie," Valdez replied. "Good looking out."

    When officers swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest with a handgun, Ogden police said. On Tuesday, he was in critical condition.

  • Thank you 06-21-11

    Help with Cub Scout camp
    is appreciated

    I would like to extend my whole-hearted thanks to all who spend so much of their time helping the boys at our Day Camp.
    We moved the camp from our usual place at the Sportsmen’s Club to the Los Alamos Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to the extreme dryness in the canyon.
    I would also like to thank the church for allowing us to use their facilities on such short notice.
    Hopefully we will be back in Rendija Canyon next year.
    We had somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 total boys attend. And to do that, we needed at least 87 adults at one day each. The parents, friends and grandparents came through like the troopers they are.