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Today's News

  • Debates a snooze? Open them up

    Last campaign season at this time, my neighborhood had erupted in yard signs, which advocated for an even split of Democratic and Republican candidates. Today, a few lonesome signs hint that voters aren’t as fired up about candidates, and they’re downright sick of this dreary, endless campaign.
    The debates perked things up a bit. Partisans could root for their guy, as they would in a boxing match, but the debates themselves are just one more reminder that our democratic process has been hijacked.
    Former Gov. Gary Johnson, campaigning for president as a Libertarian, has run a spirited race, as we expected him to, and he’s developed a following, despite being shut out of the debates by the two major parties and the networks. So the issues and our choices boil down to two well-worn views.
    Johnson has lately become a hero of the long crusade to open the debates after filing a complaint with the FCC and a lawsuit. He found the walls around the debates more difficult to scale than Mount Everest.

  • DPU analyzes infrastructure needs

    Los Alamos County's infrastructure is aging. In fact, it is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.

    That’s the assessment from the Department of Public Utilities.

    "Our system is typical in rural America. A large part of our infrastructure has aged, and at least on paper, it's operating toward the end of its useful life," said Rafael De La Torre, deputy utility manager for electric distribution at DPU.

    "The overhead system has a useful life of 50 to 75 years and a large majority of our system was built when Los Alamos came into existence, back in the 50s. So if you do the math, our system is operating toward the end of its useful life.

    "The underground system, similarly, a lot of that was installed during the 1970s, and has a useful life of 30 to 40 years. So again we're operating under those parameters right now."

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  • Off to the Races

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams posted another big showing at last weekend’s Los Lunas Invitational. Both the Hilltopper varsity squads took first in team competition, with the Hilltopper boys just narrowly missing a perfect score and the girls cruising to an 82-point victory over runner-up Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Sports Update 10-16-12

    Yum Run returns Oct. 27

    The eighth annual Ruby K’s Yum Run is scheduled for Oct. 27.
    The Yum Run includes a 5K run/walk event and a 10K run/walk, as well as a 1K non-competitive fun run. All races start and finish at Ruby K’s on Central Avenue.
    Price for participation is $30 per person for the 5K and 10K races or $90 per family and $15 per person or $35 per family for the 1K. All proceeds from the races will go to benefit LA Cares.
    Entry forms are available online at rubykbagel.com or may be picked up at Ruby K’s Los Alamos Fitness Center, the YMCA or Mesa Public Library.

    Tee times pushed back

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced later tee times starting this week.
    Due to low temperatures and frost, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. The later start times will begin Friday.
    More information can be obtained by calling LAGC at 662-8139.

  • Ravens' Lewis, Webb are finished

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year.
    Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle.
    “Ray in the locker room afterward, we didn’t know (the extent of the injury) but he was worried about it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “He said some things about his faith. He said some things that I’ll never forget.”
    Over a spectacular 17-year career, Lewis has been invited to 13 Pro Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year. He turns 38 in May, so it’s possible that Sunday’s game was his last.
    Baltimore also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the year after he tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday when he collided with Dallas’ Dez Bryant.
    Neither Lewis nor Webb spoke after Sunday’s game and both were unavailable for comment on Monday.
    For Harbaugh, it was more about the players than the impact losing them would have on the team.

  • LA tops Capital in straight sets

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-4A play with a road win Saturday night at Capital.
    After a big comeback win last Wednesday against the Española Valley Sundevils — Los Alamos trailed 2-1 but rallied to win — the Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19.
    The victory over the Jaguars wraps up the first half of the district season for the Hilltoppers, who hold a half-match lead over Española Valley and Santa Fe in the 2-4A race. The Sundevils (9-6) host Bernalillo Wednesday and travel to Santa Fe Saturday — Española Valley beat Santa Fe and Santa Fe beat Los Alamos in their first meetings.
    Los Alamos (9-6 overall) has just one match this week, Saturday night at Bernalillo, but will be busy next week with an Oct. 24 contest at home against Santa Fe (7-8) and a trip to Española Valley Oct. 27.
    Next week’s contests could go a long way to determining this year’s 2-4A regular season title.

  • Toppers crush Spartans, face Demons this afternoon

    Collin Stone posted a hat trick and Henry Steinkamp earned a whopping four assists as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday afternoon.
    Los Alamos scored five times in the opening half as it dropped Bernalillo 9-0 at Sullivan Field.
    That victory bumps the Hilltoppers up to 3-1 in District 2-4A play. The Hilltoppers have just two district contests remaining, including an Oct. 23 tilt at Capital that they will have to win for a shot at reclaiming the 2-4A championship.
    The other district game is this afternoon when the Hilltoppers take on the Santa Fe Demons (11-6, 1-2). The Hilltoppers thumped the Demons 6-1 Sept. 29 at Sullivan Field.
    Against Bernalillo, Stone earned his first hat trick of 2012. Stone has scored six of his eight season goals during district play, including five against the Spartans.
    Along with Stone’s hat trick, Ben Stewart scored twice. Single goals were posted by Ryan Maestas, Nick Thoma, Kevin Gao and Steinkamp.
    Steinkamp, one of the top playmakers in the state, had his third multi-assist game of the year with his assist total. He has dished out 12 assists this season and is second on the team with 30 points — Maestas, who had two assists Saturday, leads Los Alamos with 35 points.

  • Manning's 3 TD passes spur Broncos' comeback

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Down 24-0 at halftime, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos reveled after one of the biggest comebacks in NFL regular-season history.

    On the flip side, the San Diego Chargers were saddled with an enormous collapse.

    Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to shock the Chargers 35-24 on Monday night.

    Asked if he'd ever been a part of such a big comeback, Carter replied: "Only in Pop Warner football."

    It took a quarterback of Manning's caliber to pull this one out.

    "It sure was special considering what was on the line," said Manning, a Super Bowl winner and four-time NFL MVP who's in his first season with the Broncos.

    Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers (3-3) atop the AFC West.

  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

    The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

    This year, Social Security recipients received a 3.6 percent increase in benefits after getting none the previous two years.

    About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about 1 in 5 U.S. residents.

    Social Security payments for retired workers average $1,237 a month, or about $14,800 a year. A 1.7 percent increase will amount to about $21 a month, or $252 a year, on average.

    Social Security also provides benefits to millions of disabled workers, spouses, widows, widowers and children.