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Today's News

  • Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are asked to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Come out and see Santa and enjoy a breakfast and a morning of cheer.
    Above, John Arrowsmith is busy cooking pancakes at last year’s Breakfast with Santa event.

  • Be There 12-01-11

    Today
    The NaNoWriMo TGIO party will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The December meeting of the Los  Alamos Master Gardeners will be a holiday potluck at 6 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl, White Rock.

    Bring a song to sing for tryouts at 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Unitarian Church, 1328 Sage. A new musical, the world premier of “Petra and the Jay,” will be produced April 13 and 14, 2012. Cast includes 13 speaking and/or singing parts and a chorus. For more information, call or email Cary Neeper, 670-5483, caryneep@earthlink.net  or Joyce Nickols, 662-2810, jwnickols@gmail.com.

  • UNM drops Idaho St.

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico used a balanced scoring attack and a dominating rebounding performance Wednesday night to defeat Idaho State 65-41.
    A.J. Hardeman and Demetrius Walker scored nine points each for the Lobos (5-2) and Drew Gordon equaled a season-high with 13 rebounds and added eight points.
    Melvin Morgan scored 23 for Idaho State (1-5), but no other Bengal had more than five points.
    The Lobos outrebounded the Bengals 51-28, including a 22-9 on the offensive glass which led to a 26-8 advantage in second-chance points. That inside dominance also helped New Mexico outscore Idaho State 30-12 on points in the paint.
    Although the Lobos went just 12 for 24 from the free-throw line, the Bengals were just 2 for 4.

  • Sports Update 12-01-11

    Hilltoppers drop third straight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was thumped by the St. Michael’s Horsemen Wedneday night.
    Los Alamos fell behind 20-0 right from the get-go and fell to St. Michael’s 54-22 at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Albuquerque.
    The loss was the third straight for Los Alamos followng its season-opening win last week. Los Alamos will play again Tuesday when it hosts Belen.

    Cheer clinic is Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Saturday.
    The clinic is for any interested youth in grades 1-8. It will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Pueblo Complex gymnasium.
    For more information, email lacheer@cybermesa.com.

  • ´Topper teams host meet at Walkup Center

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will be at home for the first time of the 2011-12 season Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos will host 15 other teams for its December Invitational. The meet will be at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Diving is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday and swimming will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Along with Los Alamos, teams from Farmington, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and as far away as Gallup and Socorro are expected.
    This is the Hilltoppers’ second scheduled meet of the season. They participated in the Barney Relays two weeks ago, taking third in both the boys and girls competition.

  • Amy Neal named 4A Player of the Year

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer player Amy Neal was named the 2011 Class 4A Player of the Year by NMSoccer.com.
    Neal, the top-scoring player in 4A this season, was given the honor following the state playoffs. Neal led Los Alamos to a district title and a trip to the state playoff semifinals before the Hilltoppers were knocked out by eventual champion Albuquerque Academy.
    In 2011, Neal, a junior, finished with 33 goals, which led Class 4A and trailed only three other players in the entire state. She also had 19 assists – second in 4A behind only Academy’s MacKenzie Miller – to finish with 85 total points, 14 points better than Caroline Growney of Academy.

  • Give Congress a timeout

    Maybe you weren’t amused by all the snarky comments about candidate Rick Perry’s memory lapse.
    Anybody over a certain age has experienced those mental misfires.
    We can usually laugh them off unless we happen to be on national television as a candidate for president.
    Focus instead on what the man intended to say.
    To cut the deficit, Perry would eliminate the Education Department, the Commerce Department, and the Energy Department.
    The Energy Department? Ack!
    The DOE may not be a model of bureaucratic efficiency, but in fiscal 2010, the department spent $4.1 billion in New Mexico, more than it spent in any other state.
    Perry might as well have said, No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.

  • Community newspapers find meaning, make money

    Professionally I grew up with newspapers, though not the dominant daily in the large market. (“Large” markets for me mean Oklahoma City and Albuquerque.)
    I only worked for the big guy once, a brief stint with the Daily Oklahoman. My experience started with the old Albuquerque News, a weekly shopper with real editorial content. For the publishing company I started as janitor and served in production, sales and administration.
    My affection goes to community newspapers, which is fortunate since community newspapers print this column. Fellow columnist Sherry Robinson and I believe that community papers have a valuable role doing things too small scale to interest the big papers.

  • Out and About 12-01-11

    Art openings

    An opening reception for “Continuum” by Michael Levin will be from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 4.

    Arts and crafts fairs

    The 23rd annual Winter Spanish Market will be Friday-Sunday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe.

    The 11th Annual Contemporary Hispanic Winter Market will be from 1-8 p.m. Dec. 9; and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Among the works exhibited will be various types of modern media including: painting, sculptures, photography, printmaking, furniture, ceramics, jewelry and more. Admission is free.

  • Best Sellers 12-01-11

    1. “White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga
    2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever,” Jeff Kinney
    3. “Inheritance,” Christopher Paolini
    4. “Coffin Man,” James D. Doss*
    5. “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins
    6. “Six Easy Pieces,” Richard Feynman
    7. “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” Richard Rhodes
    8. “Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau,” Sharon Snyder*
    9. “Heaven is for Real,” Todd Burpo
    10. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*

    * Denotes a local or regional author