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  • Know risks before cosigning a loan

    Shakespeare probably said it best: “Neither a borrower, nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend.” Four hundred years later, people still wrestle with whether or not to help out a loved one by loaning them money or cosigning a loan.
    Perhaps you want to help your kid qualify for a better student loan rate or assist your widowed mom with refinancing her mortgage. Before you cosign anything, however, make sure you understand the risks involved.
    Here are just a few of the things that can go wrong and questions to ask before committing yourself — and your good credit — to what could be a decades-long commitment:
    First, understand that the main reason you’re being asked to cosign a loan is because lenders don’t think the borrower is a good risk. By cosigning, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll repay the full loan — plus any late fees or collection costs — should the borrower default.
    If that doesn’t scare you sufficiently, read on:
    • Even one late or missed payment can damage your credit.
    • In most states, the creditor can — and probably will — go after you for repayment without first trying to collect from the borrower, because they know you’re more likely to have the money.

  • Football Notebook: LA stung by Scorpions Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was blasted by the Farmington Scorpions in the Four Corners area Friday night.

    The Scorpions scored a touchdown just 9 seconds into Friday’s game and scored on their first play of their next possession and never looked back. The Scorpions won big in just one half of play, 53-0.
    Farmington (3-2), which won the Class 4A championship last season, scored 31 points in the first quarter to begin the rout.
    Los Alamos, midway through the second quarter, had minus-4 yards total offense, while Farmington did virtually anything it wanted on both sides of the ball.
    In their last 10 quarters, the Hilltoppers have managed just one offensive score.
    Los Alamos (0-5) will have its final nondistrict game of the season Friday when it hosts the Santa Fe Demons.

    JV football team faces Hope Christian Monday

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity football team has a game set for Monday at home. Los Alamos will take on Hope Christian at 4:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers should go into Monday’s game with some momentum. They shut out the Santa Fe Demons last week 41-0 in Santa Fe.
    That win was the Hilltoppers’ second of the season. They nipped St. Michael’s 9-6 Sept. 8.

  • 'Topper boys, girls finish second at Academy Invite

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of its first big tests of the regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams passed with flying colors.
    Los Alamos faced off against some tough Albuquerque-area competition Friday afternoon at the Academy Invitational. Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams picked up runner-up finishes at the event.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second with 79 points, coming in behind only one of the top programs in Class 6A, the Eldorado Eagles. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 110 points for their runner-up finish.
    Winning the boys event, however, was the team the Hilltoppers need to catch up to this season, Academy’s Chargers.
    The Chargers, who appear once again to be the team to beat come state meet time, finished with 48 points, earning three slots in the top 10 individually. The Chargers were paced by Jordan Lesansee, who finished as the individual runner-up.
    This is hardly the first year the Hiltoppers had to make up ground on the Chargers at this point in the season. In fact, it’s a relatively rare occurrence when the Hilltoppers beat the Chargers at any point during the regular season.

  • Animal Shelter 09-28-14

     

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Today in history Sept. 27
  • Accident kills three in Bloomfield

    BLOOMFIELD (AP) — San Juan County authorities say three residents of Nageezi are dead after a head-on collision involving a big rig that crossed the center line as its driver tried to avoid another accident.
    County Sheriff’s officials say the accidents occurred Thursday on U.S. 550 just south of Bloomfield.
    They say the three killed were from the same family and were in a car that collided with the tractor-trailer rig.

  • Leadership Los Alamos

    The 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Class kicked off its orientation weekend last week with dinner on the trail catered by Blue Window Bistro accompanied by Native American music. Leadership training activities were led by Phil Bryson, president, On The Edge Productions, Ltd. Class members learned about their leadership styles and engaged in team building exercises designed to enhance learning about the styles. This year class members will be challenged to observe, discuss and put their leadership skills into action between now and their graduation in May. In addition, Leadership Los Alamos is partnering with the Eastgate Toastmasters Club to provide some training in public speaking. This year’s leadership class includes members that are employed by Bandelier, Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANL Foundation, UNM-LA and the Valles Caldera Trust. Orientation weekend concluded its leadership program with the performance, Opera on the Rocks, an annual event hosted by Bandelier.

  • State Briefs 09-26-14

     Closings scheduled in trial
     of New Mexico sheriff

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal trial involving a northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for roughing up a driver is coming to a close.
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled Friday in Albuquerque to give closing arguments in the trial of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella.
    He is facing federal charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm.
    The lawman has pleaded not guilty.
    Authorities say Rodella was in plainclothes last March when he pulled over a 26-year-old motorist in a fit of road rage, jumped out of his personal SUVwith a gun, and shoved his badge in the driver’s face.But defense lawyers say Rodella did nothing wrong and was merely trying to stop a reckless driver.
    Rodella, who has refused to resign since his indictment last month, faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted.

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  • On The Docket 09-26-14

    Sept. 17

    Tracy L. Aragon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay fines and/or court costs and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.
    Sept. 18

    Stephen Martel Day was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Sept. 19

    Russell Bainbridge was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.
    Sept. 22

    Aaron Even was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of two counts of fraud ($250 or less). Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $126 in court costs.

    Jo A. Post pled no contest to the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign and failing to display a valid, current registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Nov. 20.
    Sept. 23

  • Update 09-26-14

    Pet adoption

    Friends of the Shelter will be sponsoring a Mobile Pet Adoption. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday near the Los Alamos High School gym.

    Auditions

    Los Alamos Little Theater presents auditions for “Murdered to Death.” 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Scripts are available at Mesa Public Library. Needed are five men and five women, ages 25-65. Performances are scheduled for January.

    Quilt Market

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Silent auction with handmade items, winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

    Fall Fiesta

    Fall Fiesta. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bandelier. Participate in an autumn day filled with special activities including Pueblo dances, crafts for sale, live raptors and special activities for kids.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Health fair

    Los Alamos Health Fair. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos High School Gym.