Today's News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Be There 11-22-11

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge, with assistance from the VFW and American Legion, will host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge. Any and all are welcome to enjoy a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at the Elks Lodge, 662-5611.

    Nov. 30
    A book fair to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 in the mail lobby area of LAMC.

    Dec. 1

  • Holiday safety

    The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) recommends the following holiday tips to protect our family, friends and neighbors from a potential poisoning:
    Food Preparation
    and Alcohol
    • Wash hands well with warm water and soap before and after food preparation, especially raw meat/eggs
    • Wash utensils, containers, counter tops and cutting boards well before and after food preparation.
    • Use separate cutting boards for meat products.
    • Cook all meats to the recommended internal temperature.
    • Refrigerate all perishable items no more than two hours after a meal.
    • Avoid storing raw meat above prepared food as contaminated fluid may drip or seep.