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Today's News

  • Animal Shelter 10-14-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Bear — Large year-old male Heeler-mix. Housebroken, people oriented. Reported to be good with dogs.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

  • News for Retirees 10-14-12

    Oct. 14-20
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    9 a.m.        Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    10:30 a.m.    LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken tenders
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork chop
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café

  • A haunt about Taos

    Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is one of Northern New Mexico’s tourist destinations. With its share of galleries, museums and culture, it’s not hard to figure out what attracts out-of-towners to the area.
    Los Alamos might be the secret city, but Taos has some secrets of its own. Beneath Taos’ arts community and picturesque landscape, lies a dark, sometimes sinister history. It might be hard for some tourists to imagine that the Taos Plaza was once the site of various hangings and killings and that beneath the ground they are walking on, exist secret, underground tunnels.
    Many of the tourist attractions around the Plaza are allegedly haunted. From the Alley Cantina and Hotel La Fonda, to Moby Dickens Bookstore and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, it’s not hard to find a specter hangout. Ask the shopkeepers and locals and they’ll likely tell you the stories behind the hauntings — and if you’re lucky ­— they might share some of their ghostly encounters.

  • UNM falls to Falcons again, 2-1

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The ninth-ranked University of New Mexico Lobos men’s soccer team lost at the hands of Air Force (6-6-1) for the second time in a week by the score of 2-1 Friday night.
    Air Force’s Caleb Downey scored the game-winner in the 75th minute for the Falcons. Downey also tallied the game-winner for Air Force in their overtime win at the UNM  Soccer Complex one week ago.
    The loss marks the first time New Mexico has lost to Air Force twice in a season since 2001.
    The Lobos suffered their third loss of the season and currently have a record of 9-3-0 (2-2-0 MPSF). They held the advantage in shots (16-11) and corner kicks (7-4) for the match, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Falcons.
    The Lobos were out-shot by their opponent (6-5) in the first half for the first time since UNM’s double overtime win over UC Irvine Sept. 16. Of  New Mexico’s five shots, only Matthew Gibbon’s attempt in the ninth minute was on goal.
    New Mexico will look to bounce back in their second road match of the weekend. The Lobos will travel to Denver University to face the Pioneers this afternoon.
    UNM conceded the match’s first goal in the fifth minute on a 30-yard shot from Kevin Durr.

  • LA boys, girls win big at Los Lunas

    One good turn might deserve another, but Jennifer Mooday was not the beneficiary of that good turn Saturday. Quite the opposite.
    Mooday, a senior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, was pointed in the wrong direction on one of the many loops during the first race of Saturday’s Los Lunas Invitational. Mooday, who had a sizeable lead at the time, lost out on that lead.
    The bum steer may have cost Mooday an individual win at the race, hosted by the Class 4A Los Lunas Tigers, but the Hilltoppers as a team were hardly worse off for it.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls picked up big victories at the meet. The Hilltopper girls finished with 20 points, far outdistancing runner up Santa Fe Indian School. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, just missed a perfect scoring, picking up 16 team points, paced by Sean Reardon’s individual victory and Nick Hill’s second place finish, less than a second behind.
    Los Alamos’ boys started off the race a little too conservatively, said coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood, but recovered well in the latter stages of the race.
    Reardon and Hill were shoulder-to-shoulder through the bulk of the race, while Colin Hemez and Zak Kennison both finished within six seconds of the front-runners.

  • Word on the Street 10-14-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What did you do over the Columbus Day weekend?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-14-12
  • Fashion Maven: Give your summer sandals the boot

    Fall has finally arrived, but so has the cold weather. Everyone is starting to make the transition from summer sandals to warmer footwear.
    I know some of you would love to shuffle around in fuzzy slippers all day, but you should be doing better than that.
    Let’s make a fashion statement and replace the sandals or the slippers with a fall essential; the boot.
    There is a boot for every kind of person: ankle boots, tall boots, heeled, flat, those that are made of leather, man made materials, or even sheepskin, you name it.
    For a sophisticated look, I would opt for a dark red, dark brown or black boot with a heel.
    I recommend picking a heel height that is slightly out of your comfort zone to master as you practice walking in your boot. You can also pick a heel you are more comfortable with, if you prefer.
    Even though leather boots are usually more expensive than those made of synthetic materials, they are an investment because they last longer and allow your feet to breathe.
    Make sure to treat your leather boots with the appropriate shoe polish right after you buy them to protect them from water damage and getting stained.
    The height of boots is really your choice. Both ankle and taller boots work well with leggings and a warm dress, or with jeans.

  • It was a pretty bad debate

    On Oct. 3, the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took place.
    During the debate, we witnessed two very different men with two different ideas for the future of America. However, I feel that neither of the two candidates truly gave any details for how they were going to accomplish their policies.
    During their discourse, neither candidate seemed to answer any of the questions posed to them and spent most of the debate returning to the same subjects. It was almost as if both presidential candidates had prepared what they wished to say during the debate and did not plan on answering questions.
    Nonetheless, unlike Obama, Romney somehow managed to introduce his points in a way that made it appear as if he were answering the questions, while Obama appeared to be utterly lost as he rambled on, without any attempt to answer the questions posed to him.
    Overall, the media have made it clear that Romney won this first debate, which is not uncommon for a challenger.

  • ´Toppers close out 2-4A contest early

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team walked all over the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday to start the second half of its District 2-4A season.
    Los Alamos needed just 56 minutes to trump the Spartans. The Hilltoppers scored four goals in 16 minutes of the second half to win 10-0 at Sullivan Field Saturday.
    The win improves Los Alamos’ mark in district to 4-0 (13-3 overall). Los Alamos has outscored the other three district teams by a combined 36-0 in those four games.
    To clinch its sixth consecutive district title, the Hilltoppers need only beat Capital Oct. 23. The Hilltoppers closed out the Jaguars (5-7 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) early in their Oct. 6 meeting, also by a score of 10-0.
    While another district title would guarantee Los Alamos a place in the Class 4A tournament — it’s a foregone conclusion the Hilltoppers will be invited to participate in the playoffs in the highly unlikely event they fail to win district — head coach Jiri Kubicek is looking for bigger things from his team.
    “We need to win the rest of our games,” he said. “We don’t want to have any surprises. We need to take it one game at a time but we need to polish some of our stuff and make sure we’re where we’re supposed to be.”