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  • The droppings of Election 2012

     At first glance, last week’s election might seem to have been pretty much a “status quo” affair.
    President Obama remains in the White House for another four years. Republicans will continue to control the U.S. House of Representatives for at least two more years, whereas a strengthened Democratic majority will prevail in the U.S. Senate.
    In New Mexico, the election left Democrats in control of the Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez with just two years left on the 4th floor at the Roundhouse unless she seeks a second term.
    The state’s three-member U.S. House delegation still features one Republican and two Democrats, including newly elected lst Dist. Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham, and in the nation’s upper house, New Mexicans will continue to be represented by two Democratic senators.
    Nonetheless, Election 2012 left behind a decidedly changed political landscape in this enchanted land.
    When 1st Dist. Congressman Martin Heinrich becomes Sen. Heinrich with the New Year, he will fill the Senate seat occupied for the past three decades by Democrat Jeff Bingaman. Thirty years accrues a lot of seniority in an institution where seniority matters a great deal.

  • Sports Update 11-14-12

    LA hockey plays Friday at Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey season will have its first game of the 2012-13 season Friday.
    Los Alamos will face the Santa Fe Blue Jackets in New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League play at 7 p.m.
     That game was scheduled to be played in Los Alamos, but due to poor ice conditions at the county’s ice rink, it will be played at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
    The Hilltoppers will play two games this weekend. They will be on the road at Rio Rancho for a 2:15 p.m. Saturday contest.

    Sipapu set to open Saturday

    Sipapu Ski Resort announced that it will open for the season Saturday.
    Sipapu will be the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the 2012-13 ski season. As of this morning, it was reporting only a 5-inch base but will be making snow until Saturday.
    Lift tickets for the weekend are on sale for $20 or less, Ski New Mexico reported. More information about the opening can be found at sipapunm.com.
    Locally, Pajarito Mountain hasn’t yet announced an opening day for the ski season.
    No other ski areas have made announcements for opening dates, either.

    Volleyball playoffs getting underway

  • Steinkamp, Neal and Blair honored

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams picked up five of the six biggest honors of the 2012 District 2-4A season.
    The All-District first and second teams were announced this week, with Los Alamos picking up several slots on both the boys and the girls side.
    Among the top honors, the Hilltoppers’ Amy Neal was named girls Offensive Player of the Year and Stephanie Blair was Defensive Player of the Year. Los Alamos’ Henry Steinkamp earned the boys Offensive Player of the Year and both Hilltopper head coaches, Jiri Kubicek and Evan Gartz, picked up Coach of the Year honors.
    The Hilltopper girls once again breezed through the 2-4A season, going a perfect 6-0. The Hilltopper boys, however, had to come back from a game down against the Capital Jaguars on the last day of their regular season to clinch the district title.
    For Capital, which, despite finishing as the runner-up in the 2-4A race in 2012, it had perhaps its best year in program history, stunning Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs and advancing to the state tournament semifinals.
    Capital’s Luis Rios-Olivas was the only non-Hilltopper to earn a top honor in 2012. He was named the boys 2-4A Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed
  • Raw: Australians View Total Solar Eclipse

    From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness.

  • Feinstein: Petraeus to testify on Benghazi attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA post on Friday because of an extra-marital affair, indicated his willingness to testify.

    "He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

    Feinstein has been among those in Congress who have complained that lawmakers should have been notified about an FBI investigation that led to the disclosure of Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

    But she said that Petraeus' testimony to her committee will be limited to the Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Petraeus was CIA director at the time of the attacks and visited Libya afterward.

  • 3 Pilots Die in Mississippi Plane Crash

    Three pilots died on Tuesday when their small plane crashed into a house in Jackson, Mississippi. The pilots were heading to an FAA safety conference.

  • Today in History for November 14th
  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

    1. OBAMA'S SECOND TERM OFF TO A BUMPY START

    The scandal ensnaring two U.S. generals is unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war — and just as the White House was hoping for a smooth transition.

    2. THE WOMAN IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

    Florida socialite Jill Kelley won the title of "honorary ambassador" for hosting parties for military brass.

    3. WHY SOME DEMOCRATS WANT TO DRIVE OVER THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

    Lawmakers believe allowing steep tax hikes and spending cuts will give them more leverage later on in bargaining with Republicans.

    4. ACCUSER OF ELMO PUPPETEER RECANTS

    First he alleged teen sex. Now he says the relationship was adult and consensual.

  • Raw: Plane Crashes Into Jackson, Miss. Home

    A small plane with three people aboard crashed into a home near an airport in Jackson, Miss. Tuesday evening and authorities did not have immediate information on casualties. Video silent from source.