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Today's News

  • Lewis & Todd 4-26-15
  • Word on the Street 4-26-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “If you could be an exchange student to another country, which one would you choose?”

  • Exchange student from Serbia expands her horizons in U.S.

    Every year, Los Alamos High School hosts a group of foreign exchange students who apply through various global programs such as the Rotary’s Youth Exchange, to explore American culture in depth.
    Srna Petrovic, an 18-year-old senior from Serbia, is one such student who views her exchange experience as an opportunity to “see how other people live in a different part of the world.” To her, being an exchange student means to “go somewhere where you have never been before and to stay with someone that you have never met before.”
    Petrovic applied for the exchange program because she “loved traveling and exploring new cities.” Originally, Petrovic wanted to be located near the ocean, but despite the fact that she was placed in Los Alamos, the opposite of a seaport town, she said she has come to love the mountains and sunsets.
    For Petrovic, the language barrier was nonexistent. Her proficiency in English, allowed her to observe the full swing of the American school system, as well as many different United States’ holidays, her favorite being Thanksgiving.
    Petrovic notes that in Serbia, she has “15 subjects each year, which [she] cannot choose.” There are also no clubs or extracurriculars available.

  • News for retirees 4-26-15 to 5-1-15

    April 26-May 2, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tater tot casserole
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver class
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.         “Friends” meeting
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • Great expectations for ourselves and our children

    “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain,” according to Alexander Solzhenitsyn in “Cancer Ward.”
    Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my children will be above average, better than their peers.
    I am not speaking of academic ability. We are drowning in evidence of academic strengths and weaknesses, based on required standardized testing.
    Instead, I am thinking of positive youth development, sometimes referred to as character development.
    Do people view me as a man of integrity? Do people view my children as people of integrity? Are they contributing members of society, in their families, at the workplace, and in their churches?
    Psychology is not as accurate when it comes to measuring positive youth development. It is a more subjective domain — the evidence is easier to misinterpret and exaggerate.
    A large amount of research in psychology is based on survey data, in which people describe themselves.

  • Credit score updates people should know

    Credit scoring has evolved over the last three decades and this fall, FICO made one more important change.
    Borrowers who have struggled with medical debt and those with a limited credit history might see better FICO numbers in the future. Even if these situations don’t apply to you, understanding how credit scoring is changing can help you better manage your credit over time.
    FICO Score 9, rolled out last fall, is described as a more “nuanced” version of the original FICO Score that the leading credit scoring company introduced in 1989.
    It is offered by three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It now bypasses collection agency accounts and weighs medical debt differently than non-medical debt on a person’s credit record.
    Borrowers with a median score of 711 whose only negative credit data comes from medical collections will see their credit score go up 25 points under the new system.
    As for consumers with limited credit histories — what the industry calls “thin files” — FICO says the new system will better determine the ability of someone in that situation to repay a debt.

  • On Schedule 4-26-15

    Tuesday
    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at home quad, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Sandia at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Cibola, varsity, 4:30 p.m.
     

  • Santa Fe throwing parade for Rotich

    SANTA FE (AP) — The city of Santa Fe is holding a parade for a Santa Fe resident who won the Boston Marathon.
    Officials announced this week the city and other groups will sponsor a parade on Monday in honor of Caroline Rotich.
    Rotich, who has lived and trained in Santa Fe for about five years, used a late kick to bust through the tape first among the women runners in the 119th running of the prestigious event.
    The 30-year-old Rotich says she spends nine to 10 months a year training in Santa Fe. She also runs in Albuquerque’s bosque.
    Rotich was born in Kenya.
    Officials say Rotich will be in the parade.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club bangs with top team

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club took on the favorites to win state this year, Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, in its regular season and home finale Friday night at Sullivan Field.
    A couple Los Alamos players didn’t show up for the game, which made the challenge even tougher for the Nukes since they had to play a man down.
    Quick passes and explosive running, however, helped the Jr. Varks take a 29-12 lead into halftime and eventually win the game, 39-22.
    “We had a lapse in the first half,” Los Alamos head coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “We got intimidated.”
    Once the Nukes settled down, they matched up pretty well with the Jr. Varks.
    Albuquerque scored the first try of the second half. Los Alamos had the ball carrier wrapped up, but just before he went down he tossed the ball to a teammate, who came sprinting in out of nowhere, and rushed into the goal area and touched it down for the score.
    Los Alamos answered back. After a handful of starts deep in Albuquerque’s territory, Mateo Cardiel caught the Jr. Varks off guard.
    As soon as the ref blew his whistle, Cardiel sprinted forward and dove past the goal line to score the try. Cardiel then kicked the 2-point conversion.

  • LA lacrosse blows away Cibola

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team had a shutout going for most of its game Friday against Cibola. The ’Toppers scored the first 14 goals in the game and cruised to a 17-1 victory.
    Griffin Matuszak put Los Alamos up 1-0 right away, scoring on a bounce shot just minutes into the contest.
    After that, Cibola was able to put some pressure on Los Alamos goalkeeper Sam Flesner, but it couldn’t get anything by him.
    Late in the first, Ryder Davenhall and Hudson Davenhall scored to give Los Alamos some breathing room.
    The second quarter belonged to Los Alamos. Charlie Christensen assisted five goals to four different players, controlling the ball behind the net and then hitting streaking players in front of the net. He assisted Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmoreand Matuszak once apiece and Ryder Davenhall twice in the period. Skidmore also scored a second goal in the quarter, which gave Los Alamos a 9-0 lead.
    Los Alamos was almost as dominant in the third quarter. Trevor Matuszak and Ryder Davenhall each had two goals and Peter Janke scored one as the ’Toppers built an insurmountable lead before Cibola even scored.