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Today's News

  • Hilltoppers' opener pushed back

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity volleyball team will have a few more days of practice to prepare for its season opener in 2012.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled season opener against Pojoaque was pushed back. The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 25, but had to be rescheduled.
    The two longstanding rivals will now have to wait until Sept. 11 to face off. Instead, Los Alamos will take on another of its most bitter rivals, St. Pius X, to open the season.
    St. Pius, which has knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs for each of the past four years including last year, will meet Los Alamos Sept. 4 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque, which had a remarkable season in 2011, losing just one set in the regular season — to Los Alamos in the Elks’ opener — will travel up the hill to play Los Alamos Sept. 11.
    Instead of its originally-scheduled contest Aug. 25, Los Alamos will take part in a preseason scrimmage hosted by District 2-4A rival Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers, along with the other prep volleyball teams in the state, officially opened their preseason Monday.

  • LA gridders are 15th in first MaxPreps rankings of 2012

    MaxPreps.com released its first preseason rankings for New Mexico’s high school football teams this week and those rankings weren’t particularly kind for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers finished with a Freeman Rating of zero, placing it 15th among the state’s 25 Class 4A football teams.
    Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.
    This is the first year the state is going to a computer ranking system, as opposed to previous years in which media and coaches polls were conducted.
    However, the current MaxPreps Freeman Ratings don’t look terribly dissimilar to what a human poll might have revealed about the upcoming prep season.
    The top two teams in the current ratings are Aztec and Goddard, which met for the state 4A title in 2011. Aztec nipped Goddard, which had been the top-ranked team in the state for the entire season, 28-27 to earn Aztec’s Tigers their first state title in program history — Aztec had finished as the 4A runner-up four times since 2003.
    Aztec earned a 43.7 Freeman Rating, second in the state behind only Class 5A defending champion Cleveland, while Goddard earned a 31.3 rating.
    The top-ranked 3A team is St. Michael’s (31.3).

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  • US economic recovery is weakest since World War II

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

    Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

    The ugliness goes well beyond unemployment, which at 8.3 percent is the highest this long after a recession ended.

    Economic growth has never been weaker in a postwar recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower.

    More than in any other post-World War II recovery, people who have jobs are hurting: Their paychecks have fallen behind inflation.

    Many economists say the agonizing recovery from the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, is the predictable consequence of a housing bust and a grave financial crisis.

  • Hernandez tosses perfect game in Seattle's 1-0 win

    SEATTLE (AP) — King Felix now has a crowning achievement.

    Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday.

    The Mariners' ace and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.

    It was the third perfect game in baseball this season — a first — joining gems by Chicago's Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June.

    This also was the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season, three of them at Safeco Field. Humber threw his gem in Seattle, then six Mariners pitchers combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless at the park on June 8.

  • Building Kindness

    Building Kindness, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, wants volunteers to help in the restoration of family homes. No skills necessary. Volunteers will be taught the safe use of power tools and equipment, while improving the living conditions of others less fortunate.  Skilled volunteers needed, too. This ongoing program meets at 8 a.m. every Saturday. Call David Canfield at 505-747-7698 or email buildingkindness@habitatevla.org for more information.

  • Be There 08-15-12

    Today
    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Committees will meet at 6 p.m., the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will run from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    The monthly Los Alamos County Democratic meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The topics of the meeting will be the upcoming events with congressmen, candidate updates and other developing news. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

    Saturday
    There will be a Masonic Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge, 15th and Canyon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Haiti. Price of the breakfast is $7 and $3 for children age six and younger.

  • Students get Tools for School

    Self-Help Inc. has been the sponsor of Tools for School for 15 years and once again has completed another program. With money from United Way, other grants and donations from the community, $27,000 worth of paper, pencils, scissors and other supplies have been purchased, unloaded at the Masonic Temple in Los Alamos and then sorted and distributed to children in need throughout the Los Alamos, Española and Pojoaque school districts.
    Joyce Nickols has been the Tools for School coordinator for the last three years. Helping with Tools for School has been an annual project for the middle school and high school youth groups at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.  
    Nickols, youth director De Anna Hoyle and the youth group had a pizza picnic and then worked several hours recently unloading a truck, donated by Remax of Los Alamos, that was filled to capacity with boxes of supplies.

  • 'Women for Heather' has LA county chair

    Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Los Alamos resident Francine J. Mendoza will lead Women for Heather in Los Alamos County.
    She joins the statewide grassroots team and will lead the county’s efforts to elect the first female senator from New Mexico.
    “This year we have a special opportunity to elect Heather Wilson as New Mexico’s first woman U.S. Senator,” Mendoza said.
    “Heather is the only pro-life candidate running for the U.S. Senate, and I know she will reflect my values when she is elected.
    She will also fight to create jobs here in New Mexico. And that is why I’m supporting Heather Wilson to be our next U.S. senator.”
    “I’m happy that Francine has joined our campaign to elect the first woman senator from New Mexico,” Wilson said.
    “The extreme policies coming out of Washington have made things harder and more expensive for New Mexico women. Too many of us are getting by, but not getting on. It’s time to change direction.”
    Mendoza has a degree in secondary education and social studies. She served as a teacher in Tallahassee, Fla., while raising her three children.