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  • Stavert receives achievement award

    Pfc. Casey Stavert of Los Alamos received a Meritorious Mast for academic performance from the United States Marine Corps during his graduation ceremony from the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  
    Stavert was raised in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS in 2008. The award reads, “You consistently performed your duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner by scoring higher on the written tests and on the performance evaluations than any of your peers, making you the academic leader for the company with an overall average of 96.0%.”
    The company consisted of approximately 450 graduates from around the country.
    In addition to the award, Stavert was invited to a private lunch with the commanding officer of the Marine Corps Training Battalion, to discuss positive and negative aspects of his training and his future career in the Marine Corps.  
    Stavert is continuing his training program at the U.S. Navy Air Station at Pensacola, Fla., and is being trained as an expeditionary airfield support technician.

  • Make sure to cut your holiday expenses

    The closer the holidays loom, the less time harried families have to buy gifts, plan seasonal events and make travel arrangements. Unfortunately, when time is at a premium and you’re forced to make last-minute decisions, it’s usually your budget that suffers.
    As an occasional procrastinator myself, let me share a few tips I’ve picked up over the years that can help take the expense – and stress – out of holiday planning:
    Before you start shopping, calculate how much you can afford to spend on the holidays as a portion of your overall budget. If your finances are in good shape, spend no more than 1.5 percent of your annual income. But if you’re deeply in debt, can’t meet your regular monthly expenses or don’t have an emergency fund, this isn’t the time to rack up additional debt.
    Once you determine an overall amount, tally up expected holiday-related expenses including gifts, decorations, new clothes and accessories, giftwrap, cards, postage, special meals and year-end gratuities. Don’t forget travel-related expenses if you plan to leave town, and try to recall unanticipated expenses from last year.
    If you’re looking for ways to cut back, consider:

  • Collaboration still works for Coalition

    In 1997 three people got together – one rancher and two Sierra Club activists, who were fed up with the warfare between their two groups. They began to talk about the health of the land, about doing things differently, about working together.
    This unlikely combination formed the Santa Fe-based Quivira Coalition, and at its tenth conference in mid-November, it was still talking about doing things differently and working together. But some goals and partners have changed. The coalition’s 15-plus years have had their ups and downs, but it has demonstrated that collaboration, even in these polarized times, is still possible.
    Quivira’s second event in 1997 was at founding member Jim Winder’s Double Lightning ranch between Hatch and Deming. Winder had restored the watershed on his place and adopted new management practices. The environmentalists were skeptical, the ranchers thought he was crazy, and neither group would speak to the other.
    “I made more money this year than I ever have before,” Winder said. A couple of ranchers began listening. A few years later, a drought management workshop drew ranchers from around New Mexico and southern Colorado.    

  • Sports Update 11-21-12

    Christmas Lights Runs start Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will host its 2012 Christmas Light Runs.
    The runs will go through various Los Alamos neighborhoods during the holiday season and vary in length from 2.3 miles to 6.5 miles.
    Runs are currently scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Monday. The first run will be 2.75 miles through Western Area starting at the Metzger’s Mobil station on Diamond Drive.
    Runs are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 20. All the runs are non-competitive.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

    LAGC will reopen Friday morning

    Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but will reopen Friday, depending on weather conditions.
    Pro shop hours for Friday are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    More information or tee time reservations can be made by calling 662-8139.

    Ice rink announces holiday hours

  • ‘Macho’ Camacho is in critical condition

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot in his native Puerto Rico, with doctors and his family expected to wrestle with whether to take him off life support after his condition worsened.
    Doctors had said Camacho was expected to survive after he was shot in the face while sitting in a car Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.
    “He’s battling minute to minute. This is the most important fight of his life,” Torres told The Associated Press outside the hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.
    Torres said that two specialists will examine the boxer to determine his level of brain activity.
    The specialists will then consult with other doctors and Camacho’s mother, who was expected to arrive from New York, to discuss whether he should be removed from life support, said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who was also at the hospital.
    “We just have to wait to see if ‘Macho’ gets better. It’s a hard battle,” Leandry told AP.

  • Ski Report 11-21-12

    Angel Fire

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Enchanted Forest

    2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Pajarito

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 5 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Ski Santa Fe

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos
    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Valles Caldera
    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

  • Elks win fourth straight 3A volleyball title

    The Pojoaque Elks earned their fourth consecutive Class 3A volleyball title in impressive fashion Saturday night.
    The Elks lost just one set in their run in the playoffs, held at Rio Rancho last week, including topping the Ruidoso Warriors 25-15, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14.
    Pojoaque (19-5) started off slow this year by its standards, losing three of four, including an early season contest against Los Alamos, but won five in a row following its slow start, taking the Piedra Vista Invitational and finishing second behind Piedra Vista in the Tournament of Champions.
    In its tournament run, Pojoaque won Pool B Thursday, then defeated Lovington 25-9, 25-16, 25-18 and Portales 25-8, 25-21, 25-9 Friday to advance to the championship match.
    Pojoaque has lost just 10 matches during its impressive state title run. It was a perfect 25-0 in 2011 and lost just one set the entire year, that against Los Alamos in its first match of the season.
    Only Texico (2006-2011), Hot Springs (1987-1993) and West Mesa (1988-1992) have had longer consecutive championships streaks than the Elks. Texico’s reign over Class 2A was snapped Saturday, falling in the championship match to Bosque School, 3-1.

  • LA drops opener at Kirtland Central

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its season opener on the road Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos stayed within striking distance until the early part of the fourth quarter against the Kirtland Central Broncos, but it wasn’t enough.
    “We played a solid three quarters, actually the first 26 minutes, but then the wheels fell off the last six minutes,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said.
    The Hilltoppers were outscored 20-1 in the fourth quarter and fell 48-25 at Kirtland Central.
    Despite the loss, Dominguez said he like the effort he saw out of his team. However, fatigued seemed to set in late in the contest and the Broncos took advantage.
    Los Alamos (0-1) got all but six of its points Tuesday from two players, Simon Heath, who had 10 points, and Franklin Archuleta, who finished with 9 points.
    It is one of the big questions surrounding the Hilltoppers this season whether it will be able to find sustained offense and the personnel who can make buckets when they need it, something the Hilltoppers have struggled with for the last two seasons.
    Los Alamos finished 11-18 in the 2011-12 season.
    Tuesday, Kirtland Central got its running game going in the fourth quarter. The Broncos (1-0) also a Class 4A school, had a dominant performance on the boards as well.

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