Today's News

  • Winter weather information for area schools

    As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours. The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 a.m., so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner.
    When a decision to cancel, delay or dismiss school early is made, all of the major network television stations and local media will be contacted. Information about the decision will be posted in a trailer that runs along the bottom of the TV screen. This information will also be available on the district website at laschools.net and through E-Alerts. Schools will also place the information on their information line and the district information line at 663-2223.
    Parents and staff wishing to receive E-Alerts are encouraged to register on the District’s website using the E-Alert button in the upper right corner of the district homepage. School status information will be sent as E-Alert notifications by email and text messages to those who have subscribed to E-Alerts. For instructions on how to subscribe to E-Alerts visit laschools.net/e-alerts.

  • Tuesday's prep scores

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque High 77, Rio Rancho 62
    Belen 56, Socorro 40
    Cleveland 72, Highland 52
    East Mountain 58, Bosque School 55
    Gadsden 59, Alamogordo 42
    Gallup 68, Del Norte 63
    Goddard 80, Ruidoso 37
    Grants 61, Farmington 59
    Hatch Valley 72, Animas 29
    Manzano 44, Moriarty 38
    Sandia 66, Volcano Vista 55
    Santa Fe 72, Rio Grande 61
    Shiprock 63, San Juan Blanding, Utah 59
    Tierra Encantada 42, Wagon Mound 39
    West Mesa 68, Sandia Prep 45

    Girls basketball

    Alamogordo 48, Gadsden 37
    Albuquerque Academy 48, Capital 27
    Albuquerque High 52, Rio Rancho 39
    Belen 66, Socorro 25
    Cleveland 49, Highland 31
    Corona 53, Cloudcroft 22
    Coronado 58, Mayfield 57
    East Mountain 58, Bosque School 55, OT
    Elida 70, Dora 38
    Gallup 79, Del Norte 39
    Goddard 65, Ruidoso 34
    Grants 61, Farmington 59
    Maxwell 51, Menaul 3
    Moriarty 39, Manzano 25
    Pecos 56, Estancia 34
    Sandia Prep 54, West Mesa 17
    Santa Fe 61, Rio Grande 15
    Tucumcari 40, Floyd 23
    Valencia 61, St. Pius 53
    Volcano Vista 68, Sandia 33

  • 'Toppers go down big at home to Jags

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was blasted in its second game of the season at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos could do nothing to stop the Valencia Jaguars, who visited Griffith Gymnasium, for their season opener. The Jaguars were lights-out from the floor, shooting above the 80-percent mark and about 64 percent from beyond the circle.
    Valencia led by 40 points at the half. Los Alamos settled down a little bit in the second half, but still fell 83-35.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said that while there was little slowing down Valencia, his team didn’t help itself much, either.
    “They jumped on us right away,” he said. “We turned the ball over, we were not talking and we panicked. We never got much better.”
    Los Alamos, of course, is trying to turn its fortunes around after a dismal last two seasons, but a lopsided loss like Tuesday’s could rattle some of the younger players on the team.
    Kluk, who called three timeouts early in Tuesday’s ballgame, which didn’t help settle his players down, said there wasn’t much the team could do about Tuesday’s game except forget about it and move on.

  • LA opens with a win at St. Mike's

    SANTA FE — It was a first for a lot of people around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    And the debut was a good one for just about everyone involved.
    Los Alamos picked up a nice looking win in a tough venue to play, the Perez-Shelley Gymnasium at St. Michael’s. Los Alamos made some adjustments on the defensive end to slow down St. Mike’s primary weapon and employed an aggressive offensive attack.
    The Hilltoppers took the lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back as they grabbed a 51-42 victory Tuesday night.
    The win was the first in the career of new Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo in his debut with the program.
    And it was also an impressive debut for the newest member of the Hilltopper program, Ashlynn Trujillo, Nestor’s daughter.
    Ashlynn Trujillo, a star at Española Valley for two seasons, was known for the utter chaos she caused on the floor.
    Instead of doing that against Los Alamos, however, she was able to do that for Los Alamos Tuesday, a big factor in the win, along with her team-high 15 points.
    “She is there to complement the rest of the team,” her father said.

  • Today in history Nov. 26
  • Putting Oscar on the block 

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.
    But winning isn’t the only way to snag one of the coveted statuettes. Enthusiastic collectors with several hundred thousand to spare can achieve Oscar glory at the right auction house. And they could do it next as soon as the weekend.
    The latest prize to go under the hammer is James Cagney’s 1942 best actor Oscar for his role in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has required an $800,000 minimum bid for the trophy, which they predict could sell for upward of $1 million by the time the auction closes.
    “It’s the most prestigious Oscar to hit the market in recent years,” said Sam Heller, a representative of Nate D. Sanders. For one, he notes, there have only been three best actor Oscar available in two decades.
    The scarcity of Oscars for purchase isn’t an accident. Historically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not looked kindly on the free market sale of the prize.

  • Metros have the money, Portales Bank has the coolest name

    A bit more than half of New Mexicans make their home in the north-central urban area —Santa Fe and metro Albuquerque. More than half of New Mexicans’ money calls the City Different and the four-county metro home.
    Numbers follow. That’s because the topic is banking, which is about money, which is expressed using numbers.
    Specifically, the 216 branch banks in Santa Fe and metro Albuquerque accounted for 57 percent of the $28.3 billion deposited in the state’s 510 branch banks on June 30, reports the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    The 63 banks operating in the state have 510 offices, or “banking centers,” or whatever today is the term for “branches.” The 216 urban branches are 42 percent of the branches. The other 28 counties make do with 294 branches.
    Having fewer branches and a larger deposit total translates to more deposits per branch. In urban areas, branches average $74 million in deposits. For the rest of the state, it is $42 million per branch. The 40 branches in Lea and Eddy counties average $54 million each, an unsurprising reflection of that booming economy.
    As one gets more and more rural, branch deposit totals drop, again no surprise. The three branches in Guadalupe County share just under $39 million in deposits, about $13 million each.

  • The son also rises

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi caught a good many political know-it-alls back on Capitol Hill by surprise last week, when she announced that New Mexico’s 3rd District Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Luján will be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
    It will be quite a jump in the congressional pecking order for Luján, who was first elected to the 3rd District seat in 2008 as the successor to Democrat Tom Udall who ran (successfully) that year for a berth in the United States Senate.
    Both men were handily reelected this year, with Udall returning to a Senate under GOP control and Luján returning to a House even more firmly dominated by an unruly cadre of Republicans hitherto prone to government shutdowns.
    So, over and above his obligations to District 3 constituents, when the new Congress convenes in January, Congressman Luján will be spending a good deal of his time gearing up for the elections of 2016, when Democrats hope to elect sufficient of their own to tame those unruly GOPers.
    To put it mildly, Luján has accepted a big challenge here. Clearly his political profile, both here at home and nationally, will be substantially elevated with this assignment.

  • Voters to Washington, Santa Fe: Do something

    After an election in which Republicans cleaned up, nobody is talking about mandates. That’s wise of them.
    There was definitely a sentiment to throw the rascals out, but that was the case in the previous election and will be again in 2016. All anybody can say for sure is that voters are angry.
    There is a kind of snarling expectation: Do something. Spare us your grandstanding and your petty little fights and solve some problems.
    Pass a bill, as the president said in his immigration speech. Funny that a guy who’s become unpopular can give voice to public sentiment, which is why nobody should feel comfortable.
    Republican political consultant Frank Luntz wrote recently in the New York Times that the “anti-Democrat wave was not the same as a pro-Republican endorsement.” What voters said was, “Washington doesn’t listen, Washington doesn’t lead and Washington doesn’t deliver.” Luntz traveled the country listening to voters this year. “And from the reddest rural towns to the bluest big cities, the sentiment is the same. People say Washington is broken and on the decline, that government no longer works for them — only for the rich and powerful.”

  • People In The News 11-25-14

    Matthew J. Leslie, has been selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently serving as C/Capt Flight Commander with Cadet Squadron 11, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Leslie is the son of Paul and Carolyn Leslie, of Los Alamos, and is a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School.