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  • Taking Steps to Stamp Out Hunger

    Ending world hunger is not something that one can do alone. In fact, it sometimes takes an entire community to make a difference.
    The CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot is one of those events that is trying make a difference. For the past several years, Lynn Wysocki-Smith has organized the event, in the hope of helping ease poverty and hunger. This year’s event will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Middle School. The two-and-a-half mile walk or run is free, but donations of canned food or money are welcome.
    Wysocki-Smith said the Turkey Trot was started more than “30 years ago, as the season finale event of the Atomic City Road Runner Club. It was always held either the Saturday or Sunday prior to Thanksgiving Day and has always been conducted out on North Mesa. It was a runners-only event, with the course being a fairly tough course, starting somewhere near the Los Alamos Posse Shack and going down into the canyon and then returning to the start by climbing out of the canyon behind the Posse Shack. There were a few turkeys given to best time predictors.”

  • BP to Pay US Billions for Gulf Spill

    A source says oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling $4.5 billion, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Benefits of exercising with your dog

     As the semester rolls on and tests pile up many students begin changing their daily routine to one that is more study-friendly and, unfortunately, usually more deskbound.
    What most students do not realize is that while your dog lies next to you on the couch day after day, it is being robbed of physical activity that is vital to their health.
    Multiple studies have shown that dogs that exercise have improved bone health and organ and lung function.
    It makes them look better, feel better, and they are less nervous when left alone.  
    “Exercise is good for maintaining general health, and it helps keep your heart, muscles, and joints strong. It also helps with maintaining weight and their coordination,” said Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical track professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
    Studies also show that dogs lacking exercise usually have poor muscle tone and are more prone to injury, brain ailments, and bone disorders.
    They are also more susceptible to developing emotional problems and behavior quirks.
    “Dogs that don’t exercise are usually overweight, have less dexterity, and their heart and joints aren’t as vigorous,” Davidson said.

  • NM Blue Book a state treasure

     SANTA FE – How do you ever find time to research all your columns? It’s the most frequently asked question I receive about my journalistic endeavor.
    If my wife is around, she usually jokes that I just make it up, but that’s not true.
    I have plenty of readers who call me on any incorrect information. Over 40 years of working in various capacities at the Capitol, plus another 20 years of being aware of what was going on in Santa Fe give me a deep background from which to draw.
     But a guy can’t remember everything. So when I need to check a fact, I have a handy little book within reach that tells me nearly everything I need to know about our state.
     It is called the New Mexico Blue Book, a treasury of information about state and local government, past and present.
     You can obtain your own copy of the New Mexico Blue Book by calling Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s Office at 1-800-477-3632. The cost is $10.95 and well worth it.
    The 2012 Blue Book is a collector’s item. It is the centennial edition of the Blue Book which is published by the Secretary of State’s office every two years.

  • State Notes 11-15-12

    Younger Alford son signs with Lobos Wednesday

  • Hersman named top defender in 2-4A

    Sophomore Elliot Hersman was named the District 2-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player for the 2012 football season.
    The All-District first and second teams were announced earlier this week, with Hersman picking up one of the top two player honors bestowed by 2-4A.
    Hersman led the Hilltoppers in solo tackles (49), total tackles (78) and sacks (3.0) from his linebacker spot.
    Los Alamos placed six players on the district’s first team offense and five on the first team defense for the season. Those 11 total selections were actually more than were earned by the district champion Santa Fe, which got nine All-District nods.
    Santa Fe, which went a perfect 4-0 in district to advance to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, did earn the Offensive MVP, which went to running back Anthony Abeyta, and Coach of the Year, which was picked up by Ray Holladay for leading the Demons to the long-awaited playoff appearance.
    Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten actually beat out Santa Fe quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer for the first team nod. Van Etten averaged 109 yards throwing and 55.2 yards rushing per game, threw 8 touchdown passes and ran for 14 touchdowns, including 4 in Los Alamos’ Oct. 26 win over Española Valley.

  • Petraeus to Testify on Benghazi Friday
  • Today in History for November 15th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

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

    1. OBAMA, BOEHNER SPAR OVER THE NATION'S WELL-TO-DO

    Let taxes rise on the rich, the president urges. That would hurt the economy and stunt job growth, GOP leader counters.

    2. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT THE SUDDEN SEX SCANDAL

    Obama sees no evidence that the messy drama surrounding Petraeus and Allen has damaged national security.

    3. IN BLISTERING STRIKES, ISRAEL KILLS HAMAS' MILITARY COMMANDER

    Israel says the airstrikes in the Gaza Strip are the beginning of a broader operation against the Islamic militants — and could even herald a ground war.

    4. CHINESE GOVERNMENT FILLS ITS TOP JOBS

  • Popular Science Names Top Innovations for 2012