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  • 2012 Quilt Market is right around the corner

    Quilts galore will be on display at the 2012 Quilt Market.
    Co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild and Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilting Guild, the event will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Members have made quilted “treasures” that will be for sale. Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be featured.
    There is a selection of holiday quilted items, including mug rugs, cosmetic bags and ornaments. Co-chairs for the market, Libby Carlsten and Brenda Edeskuty, both agree that there is something for everyone.  
    The “Smokey River Quilt,” is the name of this year’s donation quilt. The item has been designed, pieced and quilted by members and will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale.
    There will be a section of second-hand and gently used quilt-related items for sale as well. Some offerings will include fabric, books, tools, patterns, equipment, unfinished projects and other quilting-related items.
    Once again, there will also be a Silent Auction at the Quilt Market with children’s quilts, wall hangings and table runners. One wall hanging features the 12 days of Christmas.

  • '50 Shades' of disappointment

    Those who are not fans of romance or erotic novels should steer clear of “50 Shades of Grey.” Though that sums up the feelings on this particular book and the review could end there, let’s take a closer look at what made this book so disappointing.
    After hearing rave reviews, it was only natural to be curious. Despite the fact that romance and the erotic genre have never been of interest, the praises of this book were sung repeatedly and it was too tempting to pass up.
    The tome, written by E.L. James, is the first part of a trilogy and introduces the reader to Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate, and Christian Grey, a multi-millionaire who carved out a place in the business world at a young age.
    The couple meet by chance, when Steele’s college newspaper reporter friend Katherine Kavanaugh becomes ill and is unable to keep her interview appointment with Grey. Being the good friend she is, Steele steps in and agrees to interview him on Kavanaugh’s behalf.
    Despite the fact that she finds him attractive, Steele dismisses any thought of becoming involved with someone like Grey because of his status in the business world and because she believes that he would never be interested in someone like her.

  • Dead men tell no lies

    Technology has allowed humans to interact in different ways. It’s not uncommon for friends that live on opposite ends of the U.S. to get on Facebook and chat as a way to stay in touch.
    Meeting new, different people is not beyond the realm of possibilities these days and even though they may never meet face-to-face, that doesn’t stop folks from socializing via social media. Cell phones have also opened up communication, by allowing texts to be sent in seconds, replacing phone calls because they are quicker and can be sent when phone conversations are not possible.
    What would happen, though, if you found a stranger’s cell phone one day and decided to start conversations with the people calling that phone? That’s exactly what Jean (Kate Ramsey) does in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” presented by Los Alamos Little Theatre.
    Though Jean has never owned a cell phone, she decides to answer Gordon’s phone, once she realizes that he has died in the café, where she is enjoying some soup. As a result of her curiosity, she encounters some interesting characters along the way. She also starts to imagine what Gordon was like and dreams up a personality for him. Not only does Jean meet Gordon’s family, but she also meets his mistress.

  • 2012 Sample Election Ballots Released -- Check Attachments

    The Los Alamos County Clerk released the sample ballots for the 2012 General Elections. Check out the following attachments.

  • New officials impacting Vegas oddsmakers

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Casinos think this weekend’s NFL games will be the highest-scoring ever thanks to the league’s replacement officials.
    Oddsmakers say casinos are changing their expectations as interim referees add new variables to the game, changing its pace and the approaches taken by coaches.
    Casinos haven’t fully changed lines yet because there have been only two weeks of games and referees might adjust how they call games based on weekly feedback from the league. But oddsmaker Mike Colbert of Cantor Gaming says home teams will deserve an extra half-point in their favor if games are called all year the way they were officiated in Week 2.
    “It’s starting to concern us a bit,” Colbert said. “(Officials) should have no influence on the total or the side.”
    Penalties were skewed in favor of home teams during the first two weeks this year, with visitors getting 55.1 percent of 419 penalties. Last year began in a similar fashion— visitors took 54.8 percent of 407 total penalties through the first two games — before evening out over the rest of the season. Penalties were relatively even between home and road teams for all of 2010 and 2011, and it’s anybody’s guess how this year’s penalties will split.

  • Topper Notes 09-20-12

    LA moves up in state, national girls soccer rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is among the top 25 teams in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
    The Hilltoppers, prior to this week’s play, moved up 15 slots in the national rankings to No. 25 in the country and No. 2 in the state, behind Volcano Vista.
    The big jump came after the Hilltoppers (now 8-1) captured the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this past weekend where they defeated the No. 1 team in the state, the Las Cruces Bulldawgs, convincingly in the opening round. Rankings were released Tuesday.
    St. Pius X (5-4), the only team to beat Los Alamos this season, tumbled to No. 15 in the state. Only one other Class 4A team, Aztec, was ranked in the top 10 in New Mexico – MaxPreps doesn’t break down team rankings by state.
    Volcano Vista (7-0) is ranked No. 9 in the nation. Perrysburg, Ohio, tops the national MaxPreps rankings.

    Boys soccer slips to No. 8

  • LA nipped late by Rio Rancho, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team appeared to be headed into another overtime game Wednesday against Rio Rancho, but the Rams had other plans.
    With only about 30 seconds remaining, the Rams took advantage of the Hilltoppers’ slow rotation to the right flank and connected with the game-winner, grabbing a 2-1 victory at Rio Rancho.
    It was a disappointing end for Los Alamos, which had controlled the ball for the lion’s share of the game but only had one goal to show for its efforts.
    The loss was the fourth for the Hilltoppers in five games. During this final key stretch of the nondistrict season, the Hilltoppers managed just one tie and took four losses, albeit against high-quality opponents such as Albuquerque Academy, Sandia Prep and the Rams (6-2).
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said his team’s play has him shaking his head right now.
    “Our team’s digressing a little bit,” Gartz said. “We’re not making our opportunities in front of the goal. We killed (Rio Rancho) in possession but we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. Rio Rancho’s a good team but we’re a better team. I’m really frustrated right now. We’re a better team than this.”

  • Toppers pick up fifth straight win

    In the toughest stretch of its 2012 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team went an impressive 5-1, including five straight wins in a span of six days.

    The team will be getting some well-deserved time off for the balance of this week following the capper of the stretch, a victory over the Rio Rancho Rams Wednesday night.

    Los Alamos bounced back from a disastrous sequence at the start of the game, letting a goal in at the 12-minute mark, to score twice in the first half and hang on for a 2-1 victory at Sullivan Field.

    The Rams would have very little success penetrating the Hilltopper back line Wednesday, but the Hilltoppers did that for them in the 12th minute, when an innocent looking through ball came between Los Alamos’ best defensive player, Stephanie Blair, and goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld.

    Blair tried to tap the ball back to Theesfeld to clear it, but the Rams’ leading scorer, Brittany Shrader, beat Theesfeld to the ball and tipped it past the goalkeeper and in.

    “It was my fault,” said Blair of the error. “I just didn’t kick it hard enough...but we had to keep picking it up and do what we had to do.”

    Blair would make up for it later in the half, however.

  • Unemployment numbers paint bleak economic picture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. The level suggests hiring remains weak.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined by 3,000 from the previous week, which was revised up. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week to 377,750, the highest level in nearly three months.

    Applications were skewed higher two weeks ago by the fallout from Hurricane Isaac. But a Labor Department spokesman said there were no special factors last week.

    Weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs. When they consistently fall below 375,000, it typically suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.

    Employers added only 96,000 jobs last month, below the 141,000 in July and much lower than the average 226,000 added in the first three months of the year. Recent job gains are barely enough to keep up with the growth of the working age population and aren't enough to rapidly drive down unemployment.

  • Close Call: Quick-Thinking Officers Dodge Crash