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  • Just A Wag 08-26-11

    White Rock is abuzz

    We hear that a certain local businessman and his partners are about to launch a co-work space venture in White Rock near Metzger’s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • That's entertainment!

    Whatever happened to good comedy, or drama, or mystery?  
    Did all the talented script writers have their jobs outsourced to sheep herders living in a yurt out in the Russian tundra?  
    A cursory glance at television schedules today can serve you well if you happen to need a colonoscopy test prep.
    First of all, let’s admit that we all love useless contraptions.  
    You know, like that USB-enabled combination shower head coffee filter you got for Christmas?  
    Or that solar powered meat thermometer.  And what about all the attention from women we now get ever since we started spray painting our heads with Ronco’s bald spot remover?

  • Thursday's prep football scores

    A pair of Class 4A teams were big winners in the opening night of prep football in New Mexico.
    High school football got going with four games Thursday night, including a pair of nail-biters pitting two of the top teams in the southern part of the state going up against opponents from El Paso, Texas.
    Las Cruces Mayfield edged El Paso Chapin 28-27 to open its season, while the Las Cruces Bulldawgs were nipped by El Paso El Dorado, 26-23.
    In the other two games Thursday, Atrisco Heritage, which plays in District 5-4A, pounded Class 5A’s Albuquerque High 37-0 to open its season, while Valencia, from District 6-4A, crushed Taos 68-18.

  • Marr is best predictor at Pace Race

    Duane Marr was the top predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday in the Quemazon subdivision. The Quemazon Climb/Decadent Table Dessert Run featured a big climb up Quemazon Road toward the Perimeter Trail and attracted 16 runners and walkers.
    Marr, who competed on the 1-mile course Tuesday, was 24 seconds off his predicted finish time. He topped Tom Sanford, who was 30 seconds off. No other competitor Tuesday finished with a prediction error of under two minutes.
    On the 1-mile course, Anya Gonzales was the top finisher, completing her run in 13:38. On the 3-mile course, Jamie Jablin was the top finisher with his time of 21:41, while Sammy Keie finished in 33:04.

  • LA steamrolls Moriarty, 8-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took nine shots in the first 10 minutes, connecting on two of them to set the tempo for a whitewashing Thursday afternoon in White Rock.
    The Hilltopper offense ran roughshod over the Moriarty Pintos back line in the first half Thursday, connecting on three goals in the first 13 minutes. The Pintos would never mount any kind of serious attack as the Hilltoppers rolled to an 8-0 victory at the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex.
    The score might have been worse had Los Alamos not misfired on two open-goal opportunities and Moriarty goalkeeper Taylor Luker not stopped two well-placed balls in the first half.

  • Toppers hold on in shootout to win

    Second verse, same as the first.
    The 2010 state champion Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rarely failed to keep fans on the edges of their seats and the 2011 Hilltoppers picked up right where their predecessors left off in Thursday’s season opener.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit midway through the second half Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams. After two scoreless overtime periods, Los Alamos picked up a 4-2 shootout victory to take its season opening contest 2-1 over the Rams at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    Henry Steinkamp, assisted by Cooper Christensen, found the net in the 62nd minute Thursday, answering a goal 19 minutes earlier by Rio Rancho midfielder Josh Trujillo.

  • Japan PM resigning as opinion sinks after tsunami

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

    In a nationally televised speech, Kan said he was stepping down as chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and would officially quit as prime minister after the ruling party votes Monday to pick a new leader — the country's sixth prime minister in five years.

  • Mexican president declares 3 days of mourning

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning Friday for the 52 victims of a casino fire set by presumed drug traffickers, branding the attackers "true terrorists" and ordering authorities to offer a $2.4 million reward for their capture.

    Calderon also once again lashed out at the United States, saying it is not doing enough to reduce the country's high demand for illicit drugs or to stop the illegal trafficking of U.S. weapons into Mexico.

  • Economic growth at a virtual standstill in Q2

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a meager 1 percent annual pace this spring, slower than previously estimated. The downward revision will likely increase fears that the economy is at risk of another recession.

    Fewer exports and weaker growth in business stockpiles led the Commerce Department to lower its estimate for the April-June quarter from its previous rate of 1.3 percent growth. That means the economy expanded only 0.7 percent in the first six months of the year.

  • Search for county administrator nears next phase

    The deadline for applications for the County Administrator’s position was Aug. 14. Semi-finalists have been chosen and Prothman Company, an executive search firm hired by the county, is conducting interviews. Council will decide on finalists in a closed session on Sept. 6 and announce their choices soon afterward. The public may meet the finalists at a reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge.