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Today's News

  • More trails open at Bandelier

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that beginning Thursday, Nov. 24, the park’s backcountry trails will be open for hiking.

    According to Lott, “Between the Las Conchas Fire in June and the floods that followed it, the Bandelier Wilderness is a much wilder place than it used to be, beautiful but in a different way than before. Hikers are now welcome to go out and explore, but they’ll need to be prepared for rough conditions.”

    Flames from the huge wildfire passed through almost two-thirds of the park, and were followed by severe flash flooding in all the canyons. Many sections of trail, especially switchbacks down steep slopes, are severely eroded and rough or destroyed.

  • First Born Program Targets Child Development

    Research conducted to evaluate the long-term success of War on Poverty programs to help underprivileged children develop language and scholastic skills revealed a disturbing fact. Although children’s skills increased during the program, they quickly reverted back to their initial limitations after the program ended.

    Researchers looked for answers in the first three years of a child’s life, and discovered what they called the “30 million word gap,” which corresponded closely with socioeconomic status.

    Although all the families nurtured and played and talked with their children, those in poverty-stricken homes would hear an average of 30 million words less by the age of three than those in professional homes.

  • Turkey day more costly for many

    Some are holding potluck dinners instead of springing for the entire feast. Others are staying home rather than flying. And a few are skipping the turkey altogether.

    On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the economy tanked, prices for everything from airline flights to groceries are going up, and some Americans are scaling back. Yet in many households, the occasion is too important to skimp on. Said one mother: “I don’t have much to give, but I’ll be cooking, and the door will be open.”

    Thanksgiving airfares are up 20 percent this year, and the average price of a gallon of gas has risen almost 20 percent, according to travel tracker AAA. Rail travelers were also affected, with fares on most one-way Amtrak tickets up 2 to 5 percent.

  • Denver puts Orton on waiver wire

    Kyle Orton has gone from Jay Cutler’s replacement to Tim Tebow’s backup to the unemployment line.
    The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, six
    weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start.
    “I spoke with Kyle and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person,’’ coach John Fox said in a statement. “This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.’’
    Orton shouldn’t stay unemployed for long.

  • Romo's Turkey day could be feast, famine

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The first time Tony Romo started a Thanksgiving game for the Dallas Cowboys “Romo-mania” was so frenzied that a group of fans strung together the letters in his name and hung it alongside the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
    Security guards made the fans take it down before kickoff, which sure looked foolish considering what Romo did next: five touchdown passes, tying a club record, all in just the first three quarters. Club owner Jerry Jones was so giddy afterward that he joked about firing those security guards.
    Five years later, Romo has yet to live up to the hope and hype of those heady days. But another wave of “Romo-mania” may not be far away.

  • Sports Update 11-24-11


    Half marathon set for Dec. 10

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Dec. 10.
    The run will start at the YMCA. Race time is 8 a.m.
    Registrations are being accepted at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org or active.com. Price for participation for the half marathon is $50 through Nov. 30 and $25 for the 5K.
    The event will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    LAHS cheerleading clinic is scheduled for Dec. 3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Dec. 3.

  • Toppers take on Pojoaque’s Elks in season opener Friday

    A quick glance at the upcoming Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball schedule reveals plenty of stiff competition.
    But heading in, the team has two big games in the back of its collective mind.
    “In practice everyday when we’re doing something, we’re always thinking, ‘is this fast enough to beat Española?’” said Hilltopper center Hayley Each.
    The Hilltoppers finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 13-15. They finished as the runner-up in District 2-4A for the third straight season, all of them behind Española Valley.

  • Nominations for the Freedom Award being accepted

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest award for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members.
     The DoD encourages all Guard and Reserve members to nominate employers who have provided exceptional support of their military service. Nominations may be submitted by service members, or a family member acting on their behalf, at Freedom
    Award.mil through Jan. 16, 2012. 

  • Thank You 11-23-11

    I wish to thank the following people and organizations for their participation and help with the
    Annual Health Fair: Barb Blair and Dr. A. Carolyn Linnebur for putting all the pieces together;
    all the members of the Los Alamos Heart Council, especially our hard working teen members;
    Los Alamos Medical Center and staff; Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico volunteers;
    the nursing students; the Family YMCA for co-sponsoring the annual Heart Smart Poster
    contest; the volunteers who helped unload vehicles, the custodians at Los Alamos High School; all the vendors,
    the LAMC Auxillians; Los Alamos National Bank; the United Way of Northern New Mexico;

  • Festival of Trees

    Vendors exhibited their goods and entertainment was provided at this year’s Festival of Trees event Nov. 19 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.