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  • Schools must provide athletic opportunities for the disabled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students with disabilities must be given a shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues, the Education Department said.
    Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate them. If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to traditional programs.
    “Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement Friday.
    The groundbreaking order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women four decades ago and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.
    “This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who for a decade led a coalition pushing for the changes. “This is a huge victory.”

  • Ski Report 01-25-13

    Angel Fire

    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    32-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Pajarito

    14-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen when conditions permit.

    Red River

    40-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    15-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    28-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    36-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos
    32-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 81 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    6-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

  • LA girls face top team in 4A for early district lead

    Tonight, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a chance to set the tone in a big way for the remainder of the District 2-4A season.
    After dismantling the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers take on the Santa Fe Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos (11-8 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won two of three games under new head coach Ann Stewart, can take the early advantage in the district race, not to mention a huge psychological advantage over the rest of 2-4A, with a win tonight.
    That win, however, isn’t going to come easily.
    The Demons, at 17-0, are the only undefeated basketball team in the state of New Mexico, boys or girls, and are ranked No. 1 in this week’s Class 4A power ratings.
    Santa Fe, which spent most of its first two years as an also-ran in district, came on last year to grab a runner-up finish and gave defending district champ Española Valley a serious run for its money.
    Heading into this season, the Demons, with a very talented — and relatively young — group of players, were expected to make noise in 4A. What they’ve been is a rock band cranked all the way to 11.
    Santa Fe is averaging a whopping 60.8 points per game while giving up less than 40 points per outing.

  • This week’s TV listings

    Due to a glitch in the production process, the incorrect TV programming schedule grids published in Thursday’s “Diversions.” As always, the latest local TV listings are available under the features tab at LAMonitor.com.

  • Today in History for Jan. 25th
  • Will smart machines create a world without work?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Last in a three-part series on the loss of middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."

    Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

    "All those jobs are going to disappear in the next 25 years," predicts Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston. "Driving by people will look quaint; it will look like a horse and buggy."

  • Martinez hails 7 point jump in NM high school grad rate

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state's 63 percent rate was one of the worst in the nation, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.

    Speaking in front of students from Rio Rancho High School, Martinez called the seven-point spike a "mile marker" and said the improvement in just a year's time was evidence that New Mexico schools could provide the needed services to help students graduate.

    "While we have a long way to go ... I do believe the schools all across our state have taken on the challenge of keeping our young people in high school," Martinez said. "And I think our students are responding well to the high expectations."

    Martinez said the state's "A through F" grading system paired with preventative measures helped schools improve student achievement.

  • Be There 01-24-13

    Today
    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David. Author of six books of poetry, Davis teaches poetry writing at IAIA in Santa Fe.
    Friday
    Reservations are due to join a group of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will visit the Round House, attend the Legislature and the Governor’s Tea on Feb. 1. They invite any Republican women that would like to join them to contact Norma Tech for details, 662-7424. There is a small fee to attend the Governor’s Tea as well as reservations, due by Jan. 25. Carpooling is also being planned. For more information, contact Mary Wilhoit, 858-922-9070.
    Saturday
    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. at the art center.

  • Ahrens awarded for good deed

    When you take a second to make a difference, people tend to take notice.
    Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Daniel Ahrens did just that — and many people will benefit because of his compassion.
    The LAHS junior is the Speech and Debate team captain and the captain of the Lincoln Douglas debate team, but that isn’t what he was rewarded for.
    “Daniel is an outstanding student who is articulate, well-mannered and blessed with an excellent sense of humor,” said LAHS Speech and Debate coach Margo Batha.
    Ahrens is the second of four boys, the last two of which are twins, so he learned at an early age to be calm and collected.
    He is a five-year member of the YES Corps program and as such, had honed his first aid skills with years of first aid classes and lots of trail work.
    At the La Loma Invitational, the Hilltalkers 50th annual speech and debate tournament, this particular skill set came into use.
    The event hosted 235 students from all over the state, along with more than 100 adult judges and volunteers.

  • Deduction lifts gross receipts tax burden for businesses

    New Mexico’s gross receipts tax might make many business owners grumble, but the tax code contains provisions to help entrepreneurs compete with out-of-state rivals who aren’t subject to the tax.
    Taxpayers that sell services to out-of-state buyers when the product of the service is initially used outside the state and the product is delivered to the buyer outside New Mexico may be eligible for a deduction.
    For transactions to be deductible, certain guidelines must be met.
    Out of state buyer: An out-of-state buyer has no offices or places of business in New Mexico. If the buyer is an individual, he is not a resident of New Mexico.
    Product of the service: For an architect, the product of the service is the building plan she prepares. For a writer, it is the manuscript. The product of a service may be intangible, such as when a psychiatrist treats a patient, but it’s described as the benefit received by the buyer from the performance of the service.
    Delivery outside New Mexico: An out-of-state buyer receives the product of a service where he or his agent or employee accepts the product. An investment adviser, for example, delivers the product of her service when she telephones her client outside of New Mexico or e-mails advice to her out-of-state client at an out-of-state location.