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  • Church Listings 11-02-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Bible Answers: Man seeks guidance in Presidential vote

    “This presidential campaign is crazy. It seems to be a wide-open race. It is confusing and polarizing. Does the Bible provide guidance for me in how to choose a candidate in this process?”—Dan

    Bear in mind, the Bible does not specifically outline an ideal form of government or provide much direction for how rulers (especially in a democracy, which doesn’t appear in Scripture) are to be identified.  
    Its emphasis is primarily on how God’s people ought to live whether the government is theocratic, monarchical or totalitarian.
    Scripture does speak to the relationship between individuals and the government.  
    Jesus indicated there are obligations to both God and human authority (Mt. 22:21).
    He had some things to say about character, including anger management, moral rectitude, faithfulness, integrity and dignity (see Matt. 5:21ff).
    Of course, he also emphasized that our ultimate allegiance belongs to God (Mt. 22:37-38)
    Paul agreed that the believer’s “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). Nonetheless, he also affirmed the legitimate role of government to establish and enforce the law for the common good (Rom. 13:1-7).  
    Presumably, your choice of a leader might be guided by seeking the one who will govern by established rule of law.

  • Education needs some re-education

    Noted historian and philosopher Will Durant said, “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” I tend to agree. Our educated nation has progressively become more and more ignorant.
    That being said, I would like to talk about measuring the quality of peanuts in America. Well, education actually.
    If students were peanuts, quality of education would be a lot easier to measure.  The 1938 Food Drug and Cosmetic Act established Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), standardized testing procedures to assess the quality of manufactured products.
    Bizarre as it might seem, a peanut has far more well-defined quality metrics than a student.
    Of course, it’s easier to measure quality of a peanut because one can clearly define what one expects from a peanut.
    Students are a bit more dimensional, although I have in fact met a few who are chunky and some others who are rather smooth.
    Let’s shelve peanuts for a moment and look at what constitutes a “high quality” of education.
    To start, how does one define quality of education? What educational attributes induce students to learn? How should one evaluate the effectiveness a curriculum? Should teachers be appraised by the successes or failures of their students?
    And what exactly is it that we expect from education?

  • Auburn, NMSU seek wins

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers used to treat games like this as nearly automatic wins.
    Now, they’re looking at Saturday’s visit from struggling New Mexico State (1-7) as more in the must-win category.
    The Tigers (1-7) are hoping another quarterback change and an opponent afflicted with some of the same issues will give them something to cheer about in a lost season that has fans clamoring for coach Gene Chizik’s firing.
    Chizik’s just clamoring for his players to win a game.
    “They know where we’re at in terms of urgency to win, and they want to win,” the embattled coach said. “We’re certainly not in a position to overlook any of our opponents. I think our team understands the urgency of the game.”
    Auburn has lost five games in a row and gave up a school-record 671 yards in last week’s 63-21 humbling by No. 16 Texas A&M. Seemingly unwinnable games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama still await. The Tigers are 22-1/2-point favorites in this one.
    If last week felt like rock-bottom for the season, losing to a one-win Western Athletic Conference team would feel even worse.
    NMSU has dropped its last seven games since an opening win over Sacramento State but played well No. 22 Louisiana Tech close in last week’s loss.

  • Freyer leads LASG at meet

    Brianna Freyer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational in Rio Rancho Oct. 20-21.
    More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part.
    The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver, and 26 bronze, led by Fryer.
    Freyer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals in each of the four events, bars (9.50), beam (9.30), floor (9.05), and vault (8.80). She also earned a fifth gold for her top all-around score of 36.65.
    The Xcel program is an alternative to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    For the Atomic Tumblers, six gymnasts competed in the Xcel Program, while 15 are in the Junior Olympic Program. Fryer and Anna Clark, competed in both.
    Clark stood strong as the all-around champion in the Silver Level Xcel, with an all-around score of 35.15. She earned a gold on beam (9.25), silver on bars (8.80) and floor (9.00), and a bronze on vault (8.10).
    Also for the Atomic Tumblers, Suyanna Ferreira took third in the all-around Silver Level Xcel with a score of 34.35, earning a gold on bars (9.00).

  • JV results from the Los Alamos Invite

    Jordan Parker led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity cross country team to a near-perfect finish at the Los Alamos Invitational last week.
    Parker won the girls JV race in a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds to take top honors at the race, held Oct. 26 at Los Alamos Golf Course. Parker was followed by her teammate, race runner-up Amanda Mercer and Miranda Barraza, Emily Pittman and Janali Gustafson, who took the Nos. 4-6 spots.
    On the boys side, Cameron Staples was the top finisher for the Hilltopper JV team. Staples’ time of 17:53.56 was good enough for fourth place and was .32 seconds better than teammate Gus Saeger.
    The Hilltopper JV boys finished second, two points behind Albuquerque Academy.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Los Alamos Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 18; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 42; 3. Cleveland, 86; 4. St. Pius X, 118; 5. Santa Fe Indian School, 157; 6. Santa Fe, 172; 7. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 184

    Individual results

  • See final campaign finance reports before election--Updated

    Candidate campaign finance reports were due to be filed Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office. With Election Day coming up Tuesday, this will be the last report politicians file before voters go to the polls.

    Click on the candidate's name to see the latest campaign finance report which shows donors and expenditures...

    Kristin Henderson (D)

    Peter Sheehey (D)

    Steven Girrens (R)

    Marc Clay (R)

    Vincent Chiravalle (R)

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D)

    Jim Hall (R)

  • Unemployment rate ticks back up to 7.9 percent in October

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September because some workers who had given up re-entered the search for jobs.

    The Labor Department's last look at hiring before Tuesday's election sketched a picture of a job market that is searching for any momentum after nearly stalling in the spring.

    Since July, the economy has created an average of 173,000 jobs a month, up from 67,000 a month from April through June.

    Still, President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt. The rate ticked up because more people without jobs started looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Friday (times in EDT):

    1. WHAT THE U.S. JOB MARKET REPORT WILL LIKELY SOLIDIFY

    That companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

    2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES

    Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.

    3. NEW YORK'S 'FORGOTTEN' ISLAND BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY

    Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.

    4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY, IT'S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION

  • Today in History for November 2nd