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Today's News

  • Judges needed for La Loma Debate Tourney

    The Hilltalkers are seeking volunteer judges for the 50th annual Speech and Debate tournament Friday and Saturday. This year, the tournament will be at Los Alamos High School.  
    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, feel free to call coaches Janet Newton or Toni Batha at 663-2651 or 663-2540 or email Batha at m.batha@laschools.net, Newton at j.newton@laschools.net or judge coordinator Katie Haynes, at katie.haynes@comcast.net. Make sure to provide your contact information.
    Individual Events include Humorous Interpretation (HI), Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp), Duo Interpretation (Duo), Duet Improvisation (Duet), Original Oratory (OO), Expository Speaking (Expos) and Oral Interpretation (OI).
    Debate Events include Policy Debate (CX), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD), and Public Forum Debate (PF).

  • Family YMCA offers training classes

    Red Cross Babysitters Course
    The Family YMCA is now taking registration for the Nov.16 and 17 session of its American Red Cross Babysitters Course.
    The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills and how to manage real-life problems.
    The session will be from 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Participants must be aged 11-17 and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification. Cost is $110, prices are set by Red Cross.

  • Meet Me at Mesa kicks off

    As Director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and as a music therapist, Pauline Schneider sees both the difficulties dementia sufferers and their caregivers face daily and also how music and the arts can help people connect and enjoy the  arts’ effects.
    “I have worked with people in all phases of dementia and even those who seem to have stopped relating to the world around them, remarkably respond to music. One person, who hadn’t spoken for quite some time, began to sing along with a familiar tune from decades ago and knew all the words, stayed on key and stayed focused until it was over,” Schneider said.
    She invited Mary Yamada of the Los Alamos Retirement Community, who has worked with people with dementia for 15 years and Carol Meine of Mesa Public Library arts programming, to get together and create a pilot program for people with dementia and their caregivers to meet in a non-clinical setting to enjoy the arts together.

  • Be There 10-31-12

    Today
    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.
    Thursday
    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) kicks off. Are you game to write 50,000 words in 30 days, a novel in a month? It can be done. Find out more at the kick-off party in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    “Valles Caldera: The Movie, Part 1: The Science.” PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show a brand new documentary about the Valles Caldera. Question and answer session after the showing with the director and LANL scientists that worked on the film. The film starts at 6 p.m. and is $10 for adults and $5 for kids at the door, with proceeds benefiting PEEC. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series continues at 6:30 p.m. with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

    The November meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The program will be open to the public.
    Friday

  • Rinard receives award

    Carole Rinard, a local needlework master, received the Gold Thread Award on Oct. 28 at the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
    This annual award is given to individuals who have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the EGA mission of fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery. Carole is being honored at both the regional and national level for her life-long dedication to fiber arts.
    Upon moving to Los Alamos in 1981, Rinard immediately became active in the Embroiderers Guild at the local, regional and national levels.
    She received the Rocky Mountain Region’s first Clare Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the region. In 2004, she was the chairperson of the EGA 18th National Exhibit, which opened in Los Alamos in April of that year. As an EGA Master Needlework Judge, she has judged fiber arts at venues throughout the country.
    Rinard has exhibited widely and won awards for her needlework in Kansas and New Mexico. In 1995, she was one of 100 EGA needle artists to be selected to stitch an ornament for the White House’s Blue Room Christmas Tree.
    The ornament “New Fallen Snow at the Santa Fe Opera” is in the permanent collection of the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.

  • Elementary School Mile Run results

    Here are the results from Friday’s Elementary School Mile Run:

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. Aspen, 55; 2. Mountain, 65; 3. Piñon, 79.

    Individual results
    1. Alyssa Parker, Piñon, 6:45; 2. Paulina Burnside, Mountain, 6:50; 3. Sophia Salazar, Aspen, 6:52; 4. Marin Kelly, Mountain, 7:08; 5. Linda Appell, Chamisa, 7:09; 6. Brianna Toya, Rio Rancho, 7:17.0; 7. Taylor Roybal, Pojoaque, 7:17.6; 8. Savanna Lucero, Chamisa, 7:25; 9. Sophie Chadwick, Aspen, 7:27; 10. Kaya Krank Piñon, 7:34;

    11. Morgan Lucero, Pojoaque, 7:47; 12. Charlotte Ulrich, Aspen, 7:51; 13. Isabella Bailey, Piñon, 7:52; 14. Jenna Harris, Mountain, 7:56; 15. Natalie Gallegos, Aspen, 7:59; 16. Ellie Oldham, Aspen, 8:06; 17. Estrella Torres, Pojoaque, 8:26; 18. Amaya Coblentz, Aspen, 8:29; 19. Elise Olivas, Aspen, 8:30; 20. Anika Garcia, Aspen, 8:31;

    21. Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Mesa, 8:33; 22. Jenee Montouz, Mountain, 8:40; 23. Manisha Khawas, Mountain, 8:51; 24. Heidi Johnson, Mountain, 9:12; 25. Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Mesa, 9:19; 26. Sophia Mamula, Mountain, 9:23; 27. Michaela Gonzales, Piñon, 9:24; 28. Hannah Gartz, Piñon, 9:25; 29. Emme Mooday, Mountain, 9:27; 30. Rachel Laux, Piñon, 9:28;

  • LA's Reardon poised for a big finish

    It would seem to be something of a meteoric rise. In fact, it was anything but.

    With the 2012 cross country season winding down, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys standout Sean Reardon seems primed to make one of the biggest splashes on a team that’s making big waves.

    Reardon, with a big showing his senior year, has established himself as one of the runners, if not the runner, to beat this postseason. He will show his stuff at Friday’s District 2-4A meet and the following week’s Class 4A championship.

    With five top-five finishes this year, including his first career victory at Los Lunas and a third-place finish at the regional Desert Twilight Meet in Phoenix last month, Reardon has every right to start taking things for granted. But, as with the entirety of the Hilltopper cross country program, he doesn’t afford himself that luxury.

    “We’re planning to get the job done at district and going into state feeling strong,” Reardon said. “We’re confident in our abilities to peak.”

    Reardon has been a steady runner for the Los Alamos cross country and track programs since 2010.

  • Asian countries trying democracy

    SINGAPORE  —  Here we are in the tropics again.
    This time we’re halfway around the world — about as far from home as we can get. It is hot, 95 degrees, and humidity sometimes reaching 100 percent, and without rain.
    It will cool as we head north to Japan.
    I’ve done a little reading. We have attended some excellent lectures onboard and have taken all the tours available. So any of you who have read more than two books or been here more than once may be far more knowledgeable than I. Let me know if I am too far off.
    Countries in this part of the world have experienced tremendous political change in the past century as empires around the globe shed or lost their colonies. Some have done well. Most haven’t. Democracy has been an unfamiliar concept.
    Thailand, which we visited first, is a constitutional monarchy. It has had 17 different constitutions in the past 16 years.
    It currently is experiencing what is termed a delicate peace. It is peaceful enough that the cruise line we are sailing felt it sufficiently safe for us.
    Rand McNally readers recently voted Bangkok the most interesting place in the world. We disagree. It still is New Mexico.
    Then it was down to Singapore, 60 miles from the equator.

  • NM industrial park reopens after 200 sickened

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — An industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas border has reopened a day after about 200 people were sickened by an unknown substance.

    Authorities say the complex of factories and warehouses in Santa Teresa, N.M., was reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday after testing for hazardous materials came up empty. The Dona Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa also reopened.

    Santa Teresa is just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

    People in the complex began complaining of difficulty breathing, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Some reported a burning sensation on their skin.

    County emergency officials say no serious injuries were reported.

    An investigation initially centered at the FoamEx plant on the industrial park campus but was expanded to other areas in the park.

  • Raw: Homes 'Washed Out to Sea' in Rhode Island

    Superstorm Sandy knocked out power, uprooted trees and pummeled the Rhode Island's southern coastal communities. In South Kingstown, some houses were washed out to sea, others moved off their foundations and into the sand.