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Today's News

  • A new responsibility for students

    Teenagers tend to associate the month of November with cold temperatures, Thanksgiving, hot cocoa and cuddling by fireplaces.
    But how often do the words “presidential election” pop into teens’ minds at the mention of November? And do they even care?
    Some students 18 and older may have already decided to participate in next month’s elections.
    Yet, there are probably many teenagers that have reached the voting age that are unsure about voting.
    “Why even vote?” “How can I do so?” and “When do I register?” are all questions asked by those hesitant to go to the polls because they are not informed about the election process.
    For the most part, adolescents live in a bubble. If their parents vote, they help make decisions for the United States by doing so. At the age of 18, though, the bubble pops and young adults are left with the responsibility to cast their own vote. While some teens are eager to exercise their right as an American, others ask, “Why should I vote?
    According to Michael Montaño, a government teacher at Los Alamos High School, “Most of the decisions made today are going to have the longest impact on (teenagers).” In other words, young adults that vote are taking their future into their own hands.

  • Wilson: Abandoned by GOP?

     In recent weeks, national Republican officials have delivered what were widely interpreted as back-to-back blows to former GOP Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s bid for the Senate seat being vacated by longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring in January.
    First the Republican Senatorial Committee announced that it was reclaiming $3 million it had earmarked for Wilson’s race against her Democratic rival, Dist. 1 Congressman Martin Heinrich.
    Then, insult to injury, the Republican National Committee let it be known that three top RNC staffers who had been working in New Mexico on behalf of the party’s candidates preliminary to the general election were being transferred to Nevada and/or Colorado.
     To hardened political observers, the message seemed clear: National Republicans were cutting their losses in New Mexico and transferring resources to other states where their odds look better.
    It’s a cynical business, politics, and with most polls showing Wilson not doing all that well this time around that could be exactly what we have going on here.
    But if that is the game being played by national GOP Pooh Bahs, the former congresswoman was apparently not told about it because she continues to shell out money sufficient to fill our television screens with campaign commercials

  • LA volleyball falls to Academy, faces Santa Fe tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was thumped in the opening set of its road match Thursday night at Albuquerque Academy.

    The Hilltoppers would stick much closer with Academy’s Chargers the rest of the way, but would still go on to lose in three sets.

    The Chargers held on in the second and third sets to win 25-7, 25-23, 25-21.

    Thursday’s loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hilltoppers, who swept both Moriarty and Bernalillo. However, the Hilltoppers (6-5) are just 2-3 in their last five outings.

    Academy’s Stephanie Sun had 15 spike kills to lead the Chargers (8-4) to their sixth win in seven contests. Andi Lowe finished with 9 spike kills.

    Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe (5-8) in its second District 2-4A match of the season tonight. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

    Santa Fe lost a tight 3-2 decision at Española Valley (7-5, 1-0) to open district play Wednesday.

  • Poll challenger training by county GOP draws criticism as recipe for voter suppression

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Democratic-leaning political group on Thursday criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.

    ProgressNow New Mexico released secretly recorded video of the training done last week by Sandoval County GOP vice chairwoman Patricia Morlen, a tea party activist.

    "This is a how-to-guide to voter suppression and many of their instructions are in blatant contradiction to state law," said Pat Davis, executive director of the political group. "People trained by the GOP to 'protect' our elections will wreak havoc on our elections and so frustrate voters that many will simply give up and go home."

    Those attending the session were given written material and told voters can be required to show a physical form of identification if that's requested by two polling place officials from different political parties. Trainees also were told that provisional ballots will be required for the nearly 178,000 registered voters who received mailings from elections officials that could lead to them being purged after the 2014 election.

    The training information is incorrect or misleading, however.

  • Today in History for October 6th
  • Prep FB scores from Friday games

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Alamogordo 34, Hobbs 14

    Aztec 57, Del Norte 17

    Capitan 54, NMMI 0

    Carlsbad 59, Rio Grande 6

    Carrizozo 52, Floyd 2

    Centennial High School 30, Hatch Valley 23

    Cleveland 49, Highland 6

    Clint Mountain View, Texas 28, Chaparral 7

    Cobre 41, Zuni 8

    Deming 14, Silver 12

    EP Cathedral, Texas 21, Santa Teresa 18

    Escalante 42, Clayton 28

  • Problems found at peanut butter plant in 2010

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there.

    The FDA said Friday that a recent inspection found salmonella in the plant which produced Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter and many other nut butters and nut products for several large national grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states — most of them in children under the age of 10.

    Though the illnesses have only been linked to the Trader Joe's peanut butter, New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has recalled everything made in the plant since March of 2010 — a total of 240 products. The company last month recalled 101 products that were manufactured in the plant this year.

  • Calif. Driver: Thought Gas Prices Were 'a Joke'
  • FBI: Friendly Fire Likely in Border Shootings
  • Wilson's son campaigns in LA