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  • LA guard Logan named top player of week in Class 5A

    One of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s top players was named one the top players in New Mexico by a statewide prep website.
    Amber Logan, a senior point guard, was tabbed as the top player of the week by NMPreps.com. The website’s “main purpose is to get our players in the state of New Mexico the national exposure they deserve,” according to founder Kyle Henderson.
    While Los Alamos had just one game last week, it was a big win for the team. The Hilltoppers downed the Artesia Bulldogs 64-29 at home Saturday for its third win in four chances against a Class 5A opponent.
    And Logan was at the forefront of that big game, as she has been for most of the past two seasons with the Hilltoppers. Logan finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and finishing with 10 assists to lead Los Alamos to the big win.
    The season has gone swimmingly for the Hilltoppers so far with eight wins in nine tries. A sizeable chunk of their success has been due to the 1-2 punch of Logan and Ashlynn Trujillo.
    While Trujillo is one of the best players in the state off the dribble, she has had lots support from the outside. Logan has shot at or near the 50-percent mark from the 3-point arc in several games this season.

  • Spirit of the (Basketball) Season

    Members of the ’Topper Mascots adorned Santa hats as they went out to warm up before the start of Saturday night’s girls basketball game at Griffith Gymnasium. The ’Topper Mascots, made up of younger prospective basketballers, are a regular sight at the Hilltopper games.

  • Update 12-24-14

    State of the County

    County Manager Harry Burgess delivering the State of the County address at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting Jan. 15. Tickets are $15. Register on the Chamber website events page.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.

    Transportation

    A regular meeting of Los Alamos County’s transportation board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in council chambers.

    Trash collection

    Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Dec. 31 for those customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1

    WR Master Plan

    A meeting of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee is set for Jan. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the White Rock Visitors Center.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Shopping has been sluggish for the season

    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.
    Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp.
    The numbers are modest considering that the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects sales for the entire season — November and December — to rise 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion.
    The slow growth also comes at a time when retailers tried to do a number of things to jumpstart the season and encourage shoppers to spend. Some offered “holiday” discounts as early as Halloween instead of waiting until the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. And more stores opened on Thanksgiving Day itself to offer people early enticements to spend.
    But the incentives seem to have backfired. Shoppers took advantage of the earlier sales and hours, but that had the effect of syphoning away sales from Black Friday, which is typically the biggest sales day of the year.

  • NORAD to track Santa's journey

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight.
    Technology and social media have become an important part of the U.S. and Canadian military tradition, and NORAD Tracks Santa has already attracted a record 1.5 million Facebook “likes.” The volunteers will spend Christmas Eve answering phone calls and emails from children wondering when Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
    The helpers also post updates on the fabled journey to Facebook, Twitter and NORADSanta.org.
    The 59-year-old program now has a control center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, and it generates enough statistics, anecdotes and stories to fill a sleigh:
    • HOW IT STARTED: A December 1955 newspaper ad invited kids to call Santa, but the phone number it listed was for the Continental Aerospace Defense Command, the predecessor to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The officers on duty played along and began passing along reports on Santa’s progress.

  • One million Curies found

    Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise helped the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) Radiological Material Removal Program’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) recover more than 1 million curies of radioactive sources since 1999.
    The accomplishment represents a major milestone in protecting our nation and the world from material that could be used in “dirty bombs” by terrorists.
    “Taking disused, unwanted and, in limited cases, abandoned nuclear materials out of harm’s reach supports the laboratory’s mission of reducing global nuclear danger,” said Terry Wallace, principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos. “This milestone represents tremendous progress in removing a potentially deadly hazard from all corners of the globe. Los Alamos helped usher in the nuclear age, so it’s quite appropriate that this laboratory continues to use its nuclear expertise to assist the DOE in stewardship of nuclear materials.”
    Off-Site Source Recovery Project personnel recovered several high-activity sealed radioactive sources from a Maryland facility in November, which pushed the total recovered radioactivity above 1 million Curies.

  • Watch and Listen

    One of the biggest lighting attractions of the holiday season is at 334 Garver Lane. Drivers can come by in their cars and tune their radios to 93.7 FM to hear music played in sync with the house’s lights.

  • Newest council members train up

    The Los Alamos County Council adds two new members to its ranks in January to replace Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting.
    James Chrobocinski and Susan O’Leary have been training for their new roles and spoke with the Los Alamos Monitor about what they have been learning.
    The first stage was attending the New Mexico Association of Counties’ New Mexico EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector) program for county commissioners and councilors. The program, offered through the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, provides training on the role of the commissioner/councilor, as well as ethics, finance, human resources/employment law and general governance issues.
    “It was a great confirmation of my understanding of the role of the county councilor,” O’Leary said. “The county council is essentially the board of directors. And there are three main roles for the council. It’s to set policy and high level strategy, to approve resources in order to achieve those policies and then to evaluate and improve the management and effectiveness of the county government.”

  • Off the Hill 12-25-14

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Artist at Work Series: Robert Tenorio. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Case Trading Post. Tenorio, from Santo Domingo, will be demonstrating pottery techniques.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • PAC 8 schedule 12-26-14 to 1-1-14

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-16-14
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax