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  • There's something fishy about 'A Tuna Christmas'

    Fill your holiday stockings with laughter as the citizens of Tuna, Texas, come to Dixon for Christmas. Join the Tuna characters as they attempt to cope with the traumas and dramas of the holidays.
    “A Tuna Christmas” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is a comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The plot centers on the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp.
    A mysterious “Christmas Phantom,” known for vandalizing the yard displays, has the contestants on edge. Among the subplots are Stanley Bumiller’s attempts to end his probation and leave Tuna; Bertha Bumiller’s attempt to hold her family together at Christmas time; and Joe Bob Lipsey’s struggle to mount successfully his production of “A Christmas Carol,” despite the town controller of the electric company threatening to turn the lights off.
    The play is both a commentary and satire of small town, Texas life and attitudes. “A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas (preceded by “Greater Tuna” and followed by “Red, White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas.”

  • State Notes 11-29-12

    Kirk, Bairstow come up big

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Cameron Bairstow isn’t usually known as instant offense when he comes off the bench. He provided just that when he entered Wednesday night’s game early for No. 25 New Mexico.
    Bairstow finished with a career-high 16 points, helping propel the Lobos (7-0) to a 76-58 win over Mercer.
    “Cam came in and really gave us a burst early in this game,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said.
    The inside play of Bairstow and Alex Kirk, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, overwhelmed the Bears (3-4).
    “I thought our bigs would be able to compete a little better,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said.
    The 7-foot Kirk drew most of Hoffman’s attention.
    “He was fantastic,” Hoffman said. “He had a couple of pops when the game was still in jeopardy. He pops out there and hits a 15-footer like it’s candy and he just did it all night. So he was just really good.”
    Alford appreciated what Bairstow brought to the game, especially with Kirk struggling early.
    “I thought (Kirk) started slow tonight. He didn’t have a good first 5 minutes,” Alford said. “We took him out early to try to get his second wind early.”

  • Hilltoppers have several returners this season

    It’s time to hit the pool once again for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams.
    The Hilltopper teams open their 2012-13 season Saturday with their annual appearance at the Barney Relays. The Barney Relays, which feature the top teams in the state, are hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will have most of both teams’ state qualifiers back from a year ago. It graduated just one senior from the boys side and one from the girls.
    For head coach Rusty Bernstein, he also said the turnout of talent was better than he was expecting.
    “Everything is looking pretty good,” he said. “We have a much bigger team than I thought we were going to have originally. A lot of kids earlier on, in September, said they were going to be too busy with school, kind of like what happened last year when we had four senior boys not swim.”
    However, most of the kids that approached him saying they were planning on not taking part this season changed their minds and are back in the pool.
    The Albuquerque Academy Chargers are again among the teams to beat. But for the first time since 2006, the Charger boys won’t be heading into the season as the state champions.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

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


    Today's vote on recognizing a Palestinian state could give them leverage in future border talks with Israel.


    The White House and a key Democrat hint at concessions on taxes and cuts, while more Republicans seem ready to give ground.


    Powerball officials say winning tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona to split the $579.9 million jackpot.


    A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the fiery crash in which 113 were killed.

  • Today in History for November 29th
  • Numbers Drawn for $579 Million Powerball Jackpot

    The winning numbers for the record Powerball jackpot were drawn Wednesday night. The numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball 6. The jackpot rose to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing.

  • Workers asked to pay more for retirement benefits

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and local government workers and educators could see their take-home pay shrink in the next several years under proposals to have them contribute more out of their salaries for retirement benefits.

    Taxpayers also would chip in tens of millions of dollars under proposals endorsed by a legislative committee on Wednesday to shore up the long-term finances of two programs for public employees — a retirement system for educators and a separate program offering health insurance to retirees from state and local government jobs as well as public schools and universities.

    The measures will be forwarded to the Legislature to consider when it convenes in January for a 60-day session. Lawmakers and the governor must approve the proposals before higher payroll contributions would take effect.

  • Wal-Mart, Disney, Sears Used Factory in Fire

    Amid what is left of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, there are piles of blue, red and off-white children's shorts bearing Wal-Mart's Faded Glory brand. There was also a hooded Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from Disney.

  • Jackpot hits $550 million

    Business has been brisk at local stores that sell lottery tickets, as the Powerball jackpot has reached $550 million. The drawing is tonight.

  • NMDWS cracks down on improper unemployment insurance payments

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has cut the state’s improper Unemployment Insurance payment rate by more than half — the highest drop in the country. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, New Mexico’s improper payment rate fell from nearly 24 percent to under 11 percent. NMDWS also cut the UI fraud rate as well, from around 6 percent in FY2011 to around 5 percent in FY2012.
     “I am so proud that our Department of Workforce Solutions is a national leader in reducing fraud and improper payments in state unemployment insurance programs,” said Gov. Susana Martinez. “The progress NMDWS has made since the beginning of our administration is a testament to our commitment to cracking down on fraud and strengthening New Mexico’s UI program for businesses and workers.”
     Cabinet Secretary Celina Bussey said the decreases in the improper payment and fraud rates are just the beginning of a new trend that will see these rates decline even lower. “We have many more initiatives planned for 2013 that will further strengthen the integrity of New Mexico’s Unemployment Insurance program and ensure that critical UI payments go to those who truly qualify for them.”