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Today's News

  • Sandia Lab manager dies in Florida boating accident

    MIAMI (AP) — A diver from New Mexico who died in a Thanksgiving Day boating accident was a manager at one of the nation’s leading research laboratories who was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with her nephew, authorities said Friday.

    The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled Friday that Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, drowned after Thursday when a large wave flipped over a 45-foot catamaran carrying her and nearly two-dozen others.

    The Sandia Park, N.M., woman died at a hospital after the Coral Princess capsized, said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella. Witnesses said the boat was approaching the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach when a wave 8 to 10 feet high flipped the twin-hulled craft.

    Poppelsdorf was in Florida with her nephew, who is from Pennsylvania.

    “They just went on this fun trip together to just do dives,” Moschella said. “So this is especially tragic that it was on Thanksgiving and it ended in tragedy.”

    Poppelsdorf was a senior manager of the radiation protection, industrial hygiene and safety center at Sandia National Laboratories, lab spokeswoman Heather Clark said. She was hired in August 1992 at the lab, a federal research and development center.

  • Saving grand old ladies

    Every community has old buildings that deserve some TLC, and those of us who value historic preservation hope somebody will come along and restore these grand old ladies.

    It happens, just often enough to give us hope. Jim Harris and his properties around the Lovington town square come to mind. So does the Sierra Grande Lodge in T or C.

    But I wouldn’t have given the Murray Hotel in Silver City much of a chance. Its size alone would have been daunting – a concrete hulk five stories high and a block long with 100 rooms. And if that didn’t discourage a redeveloper, its condition would have.

    Debbie Seibel, former manager of Silver City’s Main Street project, used to give tours of the Murray to outside experts.

    For years, it had harbored pigeons, strays and vagrants. You had to look hard to see its original charm. At one point, the city contemplated tearing it down, but found that the structure was so sturdy, imploding it would damage surrounding buildings.

    A local Realtor said in 2000, “Nobody is going to ride into town on a white horse and save us on this building.”

  • GOP needs to adjust more than tone

    The words “adjust” and “tone” recently came from Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio in a discussion of the Republican defeat.

    Considering the few African Americans, Hispanics and young people voting Republican, Portman said, “This is a party that needs to adjust. Some of it is policy. A lot of it is tone.”

    Portman weaseled on the rape comments from Senate candidates. (See www.capitolreport.blogspot.com for the sources of the comments here.) National (liberal) media got the blame from Republican guru Karl Rove for the rape comment outrage. “Offensive comments about rape by GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana gave the media an excuse to put social issues at the election’s center in a way that badly hurt the entire party…,” he wrote. So the outrage was manufactured? Oh, come now.

    Here’s a different observation about GOP attitudes toward women. “The GOP continues to provide evidence to women that the GOP hates them and does not respect their rights and abilities (unless they wear a burka and follow a respectful distance behind or are willing to work for less pay).”

  • Fire Breaks Out at State Dept., 3 Seriously Hurt

    Authorities say three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington. The fire broke out in the ductwork on the 7th floor as crews were working on the building.

  • Word on the Street 11-25-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What are you thankful for?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 11-25-12
  • YAC schedule

    • Monday: Ping pong tourney
    • Tuesday: Pumpkin seed spitting
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Sand art
    • Friday: Inside games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • NMDT-PC puts on a festive show

    The winter season is usually associated with snow, Christmas cookies, holiday spirit and, of course, “The Nutcracker” ballet.

    This year, the New Mexico Dance Theater-Performance Company presented “The Nutcracker” at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    LAHS senior Jordan Baker played the Nutcracker prince,  while Emily Brown played the role of Clara.

    Directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, the ballet was well put together and was very enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

    The presentation showed elements of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet, but NMDT-PC’s show also integrated humor.

    The Butler (Dalton Smith) surreptitiously snatched a leftover present from underneath the Christmas tree with a sneaky smile.

    The Grandmother, played by Nicole Jeffery, performed a tap dance and pretended to nearly topple over at moments when she felt tired.

    In the “Arabian” scene, two bodybuilders from the Los Alamos Fitness Center were recruited to lift dancer Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, who sat atop a flat palanquin.

    The costumes were phenomenal. Planned down to every last detail, they suited the roles of the characters perfectly.

  • Friday night under the lights: Prep FB scores around the state

     

    PREP FOOTBALL
    Class 5A
    Quarterfinal

    Eldorado 21, La Cueva 7

    Las Cruces 70, Clovis 40

    Sandia 35, Mayfield 28

    Volcano Vista 25, Rio Rancho 24

     

    Class 4A
    Quarterfinal

    Belen 40, Deming 6

    Goddard 34, Moriarty 7

    Los Lunas 47, Piedra Vista 7

     

  • Today in History for November 24th