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Today's News

  • Board weighs in on sequestration issue

    It may seem like a small gesture, but the Los Alamos Board of Education took time from a busy agenda this week to add its voice to the many school boards across the nation concerned about the “sequestration” issue.

    The board’s passed a resolution, which urges the U.S. Congress and the president to protect public education against a proposed budget action that will cut $1.2 trillion in spending over the next decade. The law was passed last summer, and is due to go in effect Jan. 1.  

    The resolution is for the school board to call on senators and representatives and tell them that we oppose sequestration,” school board member Dawn Venhaus said of the action. “We oppose this 20 percent cut across the board and that they need to make a deal.”

    “The Los Alamos School Board urges Congress and the administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness,” the last section of the resolution stated.

    If the school board passed it, then it would be forward to Los Alamos representatives in congress, Venhaus said.

  • Storm triggers closures

    Be careful out there. According to the National Weather Service, snow conditions are expected for Los Alamos all day and into the night. The forecast predicts about 7 to 9 inches, with “blowing snow” expected for the afternoon. Here is rundown of how the first winter storm of the season impacted the area Friday:

    Driving Conditions
    Passable, but be cautious. If you don’t have anything pressing to do, stay off the roads, officials advise.
    N.M. 502 was closed briefly Friday morning for about 15 minutes but by mid-morning the road was plowed and sanded and normal travel had resumed.

    “N.M. 502 is a priority for us in District 5, so we do everything possible to keep the roads in that area passable,” said Patricia Wolff, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    As of late morning, all roads in the Los Alamos area were open.
    Wolff also said to check back toinformation sources throughout the day, because conditions could change, especially when it comes to N.M. 502.

    “We can’t speak for what’s going to happen an hour from now, but for the moment, the road is open,” she said at 10 a.m.

    So far, things have been pretty tame, according to Randy Foster, acting chief  of the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Church Listings 12-14-12

    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.

  • Couple celebrates 25 years at church

    In 1987, “The Cosby Show” was one of the most popular programs on television, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.
    In August 1987, Timothy D. Stidham, his wife Tanya and their four children, moved to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas. They had been hired to serve in ministry with the Los Alamos Church of Christ.  The kids were Tracy, 10; Tony, 8; Tera, 5, and Tiffany, 3.
    Twenty-five years later Tim and Tanya are still here, and there’s no end in sight.
    The church honored the Stidhams with a banquet at Hilltop House Hotel on Nov. 30, when members recounted 25 years of memories and presented the couple with gifts.
    Tim and Tanya worked five years with the youth group. Tim became pulpit minister in1992. Tanya has been women’s minister since 2000. Their son Tony is currently the church’s youth minister.
    Since 1987, Tim has delivered 963 sermons; conducted “The Table” Sunday evening class;” taught Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Bible classes and led Wilderness Trek encampments and congregational rafting trips. Tanya teaches women’s Bible classes and coordinates women’s activities. Both are available for counseling.

  • Video: 27 Dead in Conn. School Shooting

    An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

  • Susana for prez in 2016? Hard to say

    It was about this time last year that political prognosticators, here and elsewhere, started to busy themselves with speculation that 2012 could prove to be a breakout year for Susana Martinez.
    We were headed into an election year, they noted. And not just any election year either.  This was the beginning of a presidential election year in which the movers and shakers of Martinez’s Republican Party were bent on defeating the incumbent Democratic president.
    At the time a whole gaggle Republicans were still in the running for their party’s presidential nomination and it was anybody’s guess who would ultimately prevail.
    But vice presidential nominees don’t run for that job. They are picked by the head of the party’s ticket. And before they are picked, they are “mentioned” by pundits and politicos, for whom speculating about potential vice presidential running mates is a quadrennial ritual.
    Thus was it that Susana Martinez, first woman to be elected governor in New Mexico, first Hispanic woman to be elected in any state, enjoyed a flurry of “mentioning” as a prospective Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 fall election.

  • Doomsday predictions are usually doomed to failure

    Dec. 21, 2012.  It will be the end of the world as we know it!
    Yeah, right. We should be so lucky.
    Doomsday prophets have prospered throughout the ages by feeding off end-of-the-world phobias. One of the more recent nutcases forewarning global cataclysm was Harold Camping who predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011.
    Camping’s vision of destruction was however mathematically sound. 2011 is a prime number and is itself the sum of 11 consecutive prime numbers (with 11 likewise being prime). What better prime time for a prime disaster?
    So his chant rang out. “The world is ending! The world is ending!  Give me all your money!”
    And people did. But when the “final day” came and went without incident, Camping announced that the date had changed to Oct. 21, 2011.
    “The world is ending! The world is ending! Give me all your money!”
    And again, people did. Yeah, it’s easy to laugh at him, but that clown accumulated $75 million from his circus followers. Not bad for a small doomsday cult.
    I’ve never understood the logic behind the money part.
    With Judgment Day right around the corner, I suppose some people hope that they can buy themselves a few million years reprieve from Purgatory?

  • State prep basketball scores

    Boys Basketball

    Cibola 64, Hope Christian 57

    Cliff 72, EP Immanuel, Texas 36

    Eldorado 81, Highland 60

    Floyd 67, Clovis Christian 32

    Fort Defiance Window Rock, Ariz. 78, Jemez Valley 31

    Grady 69, Vaughn 30

    Grants 60, Centennial High School 44

    Mayfield 60, Los Alamos 49

    Mora 71, Tucumcari 64

    Volcano Vista 81, Bernalillo 63

    Capital Tournament

    West Las Vegas 41, St. Michael's 59

    Capital 47, Gadsden 44

    Pueblo Central, Colo. 50, Santa Fe 39

    City of Champions Tournament

    Carlsbad 45, Chaparral 37

    Lovington 52, Artesia 49

    Moriarty 51, Goddard 29

    Roswell 84, EP Jefferson, Texas 62

    Cloudcroft Mountain Top Tournament

    Mescalero Apache 57, Cloudcroft 41

    Elida Tournament

    Dora 81, Melrose 35

  • Sports Update 12-14-12

    LA’s hockey game against Cibola postponed until Dec. 21

    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League announced tonight’s scheduled game between Cibola and Los Alamos has been postponed due to weather conditions.
    The game will be played Dec. 21 in Los Alamos.
    No announcement has been made concerning Los Alamos’ game Saturday night at Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Cibola are currently the top two teams in the NMIIHL standings.

    Snow falling on Pajarito, Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain announced that it had received approximately 4 inches of snow this morning.
    Pajarito has not yet opened this season due to lack of snow, but has received a total of 5 inches in the past week. It has not announced an opening date. As of Saturday, it will be one of only two ski areas in New Mexico that will not have opened for the season.
    For Saturday, Ski Santa Fe will open with a 23-inch base. Three lifts are scheduled to be operating.

  • Mayfield pulls away to win

    ALBUQUERQUE – In its quest to finally break into the win column this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot in the final period Thursday night.
    Instead, the Mayfield Trojans got some big buckets late to pull away and hold on for the victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    Mayfield’s Isaiah Rivera took over the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points to help the Trojans secure a 60-49 victory in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    It was a teeth-grinding loss for the Hilltoppers, who appeared to have fate on their side when guard Seth Drop nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half-court to end the first half.
    But Rivera’s big fourth quarter, combined with Los Alamos center Travis Richins fouling out with 4:38 remaining in regulation on a head-scratching call, were too big of hurdles for the Hilltoppers to overcome.
    Hilltopper head coach Fil Dominguez said he saw some things he liked out of his team Thursday, but there is at least one aspect of its game that needs to get better in a hurry.
    “We can’t stop a lady in a wheelchair,” Dominguez said of his defense. “Right now, we’re trying to find a defensive stopper.”