Today's News

  • Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M

    NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.

    The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.

  • Northern N.M. falls big, 80-49

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gaellan Bewernick posted his first career double-double and four Northern Arizona players scored in double figures in an 80-49 win over Northern New Mexico on Tuesday.
    Bewernick scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, which were both career highs. James Douglas scored 14 off the bench, Stallon Saldivar added 11 and Durrell Norman netted 10 points for the Lumberjacks (2-3), who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first three to begin the season.
    Daniel Molina and Mario Caetano each scored 10 points for the Eagles (0-1), who have lost 20 straight dating to last season.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.

  • Toppers hold on in opener to win

    For three-plus quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got a taste of how far it had come in less than a calendar year.
    For a good chunk of the fourth quarter, however, it also got a taste of what can happen when it doesn’t execute.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2011-12 season with a victory over the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter but the Broncos went on an 18-6 run stretching nearly six minutes late.
    Before disaster struck, however, Los Alamos got a big fast break bucket from Nick Baker with 1:38 remaining. Baker would also take a charge on a Kirtland Central move to the basket late to help seal a 62-53 victory.

  • VIDEO: Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys
  • Insurance for people you shouldn't have to insure

    The things that drive small businesses crazy don’t only come from government. This story involves the confusing interplay of insurance, regulation, and lawsuits.  
    A friend who runs a small business called me to ask about this: Her business uses the services of professionals on a contract or consulting basis. Her insurance company has just informed her that she must pay workers’ compensation premiums for the consultants. The insurer is going to do her a favor and start the premium increase this year. It could have demanded premiums for last year also, on the theory that it was exposed to claim costs last year.

  • VIDEO: Holiday travel rush begins
  • Applications being accepted

    “The “Building Kindness Program” of  Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for their home repair program.  Applicants must provide proof of need, own their home, be willing to work with our crews on the repairs, reimburse us for materials and live in the areas of Española Valley or Los Alamos.  Drop by the Habitat ReStore in Española at 726 North Riverside Drive for an application, or call 505-747-2690 for more information. Applications will be accepted for a short time only.

  • Christmas Sale inspires bargain hunters

    Shop on the Corner’s Annual Christmas Sale has assisted bargain hunters for more than four decades.  
    In addition to the usual thrift shop finds, Shop on the Corner’s Christmas Sale features hundreds of brand new and gently-used items that the volunteer staff has set aside all year.
    Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry and gifts are some of the items featured at the sale.  
    This year’s sale will also include several collectors item Barbie dolls in original packaging. Shoppers may trim a tree, decorate a home and find gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on their list at low thrift store prices.

  • Assets in Action: Take time to stop and smell the roses

    One of the great assets in the 40 Developmental Assets is service to others. This week, I would like to add to that, service to self. As we approach a holiday weekend, spend some time doing, “a whole lot of nothing.”
    There are way too many people running at the speed of light with no time to rest. So in this weekend of Thanksgiving, take time to be thankful for time and then reward yourself with some.
    Stop and smell the roses, refill the well (whatever saying you like best) for a brief time this weekend. Then get the youth in your life to do the same.
    Spend a day doing what you’d like for five hours or 15 minutes, the length of time doesn’t matter, just do something for you.