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Today's News

  • Martinez, King square off in final debate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.
    Martinez referred to King as a politician who has supported tax hikes in the past and would likely do so again. He said she wasn’t being truthful with New Mexicans and hasn’t done enough to turn the state around.
    “The problem we have in New Mexico is it’s time for the excuses to end,” King said at the end of the hour-long debate. “It’s time for us to do something in New Mexico that gets us out of the bottom of poverty, that gets us out of the bottom of child welfare.”
    King pointed to the high percentage of people in New Mexico who are living in poverty, saying that is the root of many of the state’s problems, including challenges within the education system.
    He said more needs to be done than offer low-income school children breakfast before class.

  • Collision on N.M. 502

    Two drivers got into a fender bender on N.M. 502 West Tuesday morning. Police reported no serious injuries, although one driver complained of pain resulting in airbag deployment. Deputies from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Honda will be cited, though they weren’t ready to specify for what.

  • Update 10-21-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Brown Bag

    Environmental Stewardship. Noon -1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Sam Loftin and Lorrie Bonds Lopez will provide the results of site-wide surveillance and progress toward far reaching environmental challenges to which the laboratory is committed. Free and open to the public.

    Garden meeting

    Public meeting for Hilltop Garden. 6:30 p.m. today at the Y-Express. David Clark, the Y employee chosen to head the garden project, is looking for members of the community that can bring skills to the planning process.  

  • Drug abuse talk set for Wednesday

    A drug awareness presentation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
     The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness of illicit drugs and drug abuse within the community.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will moderate the presentation which will include additional speakers from the community.
     

  • Sipapu takes over ski hill

    The Los Alamos Ski Club announced Monday that the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort officially started operating Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Resort officials say they are now preparing for a full ski and snowboard season starting Thanksgiving Day.
    “We are excited to take this next step for the future of Pajarito Mountain,” said Susan Brockway, president of the Los Alamos Ski Club Board of Directors. “We have full confidence that this partnership will continue the club’s traditions, protect and enhance the recreational opportunities for our community, and improve the overall skiing/boarding experience. We look forward to working together into the future.”
    Last May, the Los Alamos Ski Club — which had previously owned and operated Pajarito — voted and approved to transfer Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to Los Alamos County and a new partnership formed by the Sipapu Group. As part of an asset transfer plan approved by its membership, the Ski Club has initiated transferal of its property and operating assets to Sipapu Group, and is working to transfer the balance of its property to Los Alamos County.
    James Coleman, managing partner at the Sipapu Group, pledged to make skiing their first priority.

  • Gateway to the holidays

    The community had the opportunity to get a one-up on Christmas shopping at the Gateway to the Holidays crafts fair on Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church.  

  • LA boys XC finishes 2nd at key meet

    Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams do their best work toward the end of the season and Saturday’s race may have been a precursor of what is to come.
    The Hilltopper boys had their biggest showing of the 2014 regular season Saturday at the Rio Rancho Jamboree.
    As a team, the Hilltoppers finished as the runner-up behind the host Rio Rancho Rams.
    Los Alamos finished with 147 points. Although the Rams cruised to the team title, the bigger news for Los Alamos was its 12-point win over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Prior to Saturday’s race, the Hilltoppers in 2014 hadn’t beaten the Chargers, who are this year considered the team to beat in Class 5A.
    The win at Rio Rancho is significant because the Jamboree is held at the same venue as next month’s state championship meet.
    “They worked really hard for it and are really excited for the upcoming weeks,” Los Alamos head coach Kathy Hipwood said. “We need to keep them calm and healthy.”
    Initially, the results showed Academy coming out on top, but those results omitted John Rees, who was the No. 4 finisher for Los Alamos.
    Also Saturday, the Hilltopper girls took third place in the team competition. Paced once again by Maddy Foley, the Hilltoppers finished with 145 points.

  • 'Topper boys cruise to 6-1 win over PV

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team blasted the Piedra Vista Panthers in a nondistrict contest Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers scored four times in the first half, then cruised in the second half as they rolled to a 6-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    It was a big win for the Hilltoppers heading into the final week of the regular season. The Hilltoppers will have their final home game of the season tonight when they take on the Bernalillo Spartans, then finish off their schedule with a road game at Del Norte.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos thoroughly dominated the opening half. Los Alamos scored two goals inside of three minutes, those provided by Eric Burnside and George Steinkamp.
    The Hilltoppers upped their advantage to 3-0 at the 14-minute mark with a goal by DC Kim. Kim finished the game with a pair of goals in another solid outing for him.
    Los Alamos’ big performer Saturday was freshman Tristen Semelsberger. Semelsberger, who worked his way onto the varsity roster following a rash of injuries last month, has put in some very productive minutes since his call-up.
    Against the Panthers (6-12), Semelsberger finished with a goal and two first half assists, sending passes from the left wing into the middle to Burnside and Kim.

  • Did Royals, Giants get rested or rusty?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
    Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.
    “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.
    It’ll be more frustrating than funny if those are the same awkward swings the Royals and San Francisco Giants take once the World Series begins.
    Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?
    Buster Posey and the Giants zipped through the playoffs, and now will try for their third title in five years. Lorenzo Cain and the Royals zoomed along, reaching the Series for the first time since 1985.
    And then, they all got some time off. Almost an eternity, by October standards.
    The Royals went 8-0 in the AL playoffs, giving them five idle days before Shields starts the opener. San Francisco went 8-2 on the NL side and had four days to relax before Madison Bumgarner pitches.

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