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Today's News

  • New book offers substantive, inclusive conservative framework

    Midwestern backyards lack fences. Why the custom is different from the concrete block walls of New Mexico or El Paso’s rock walls, I don’t know.
    Community benefits of the openness include homeowners accommodating one another when choosing a boundary for mowing. Open space allows kids to wander from house to house via backyards. Woods (small groves of trees) might fill the back parts of lots. Paul Ryan had these things when growing up in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he still lives, just down the street from his childhood home.
    Ryan climbed the political ladder from junior class president to semi-accidental congressman elected in 1998 at age 28, to Republican policy guru to candidate for vice president in 2012. An important step for Ryan was the decision to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., which became a job with Wisconsin Sen. Bob Katsen, who “was a wonk, which is to say he was my kind of guy,” Ryan said. (All quotes are from Ryan’s memoir and policy manifesto, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Dream,” published in August.
    That job led to an entry-level position with Empower America, the Jack Kemp-Bill Bennett think tank. The rest, as they say, is history. Kemp’s thinking permeates Ryan. For those who forget, Kemp was kind of an ultimate economic policy wonk politician.

  • In favor of transparent government

    By Democracy succeeds when citizens trust their government. Citizens can only trust their government when it operates in a transparent manner — when citizens can see how funds are spent and decisions are made.
    To achieve transparency, government has to purposefully work to make relevant information available to citizens in a timely manner, in ways that are convenient for them, and in formats that are useful and informative. That means something more than just publishing agendas and summaries, or transcripts of meetings. Local governments that are leaders in this area actively invite an informed, engaged electorate to participate continuously; not just at election time.
    The Los Alamos County government has many strengths in this area. The county website has a fantastic section that clearly communicates the priorities and decisions that are embedded in the county budget. It’s so good that our county routinely receives national awards for it. The LA County Line and other emails available to the public contain information about county events and issues. The Open Forum is a blog that allows citizens to comment on upcoming decisions. Those are all great starts.

  • LA comes back from big deficit but falls to Pintos, 3-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to pick up its second win of the season over the Moriarty Pintos, but the Pintos had other plans Tuesday.
    Moriarty, which fell 3-1 to Los Alamos at its home tournament earlier this month, returned the favor by knocking off the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium. Moriarty took the first two sets 25-21, 25-23 before the Hilltoppers bounced back in sets three and four, taking those 25-21, 25-13.
    But the Pintos got the early edge in the decisive fifth set, winning that 15-8 for the match win.
    After the Pintos went ahead 2-0, the Hilltoppers’ service game got going in the next two sets, while the Pintos (5-6) struggled to get serves back, particularly against Los Alamos libero Ashlynn Trujillo, who had a big match.
    Those few serves that Moriarty did manage to return were often free balls which Los Alamos teed off on.
    But Moriarty jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the final set and Los Alamos never put up the rally it needed to get back into contention.
    Los Alamos (4-4) had won four straight contests, giving up just two sets in those wins, but has now lost two straight decisions. It fell to Santa Fe last week 3-1.
    Next up, the Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational. 

  • 'Toppers pound Jags in opener

    Despite a relatively good showing in 2013, it appears that if the rest of District 2-5A wants to compete with Los Alamos in girls soccer, it still has a long way to go.
    The Hilltoppers opened up their 2014 district season at home Tuesday, taking on one of those teams that has made strides to improve, the Capital Jaguars.
    And while the Jaguars seem to have their ship pointed in the right direction, it was sunk without too much trouble by Los Alamos, which rolled to a 10-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos connected for goals on a string of five consecutive shots in the second half and eighth grader Alissia Haagenstad closed out the game a few minutes early with her 1-touch shot from a pass by Catie McDonald.
    McDonald, who is one of the most prolific scorers in New Mexico, had a monster game against the Jaguars, scoring four goals and dishing out four assists. For the season, McDonald has 44 points.
    Los Alamos has won every district race it has been involved in since 2007. During that streak, the only year it had run into much in the way of a challenge was last season.
    The Hilltoppers have not been defeated in district play during their remarkable 7-year run and the only game it was in any danger of losing was in Santa Fe last year against Capital.

  • Pair of 2nd half goals lift Jags over 'Toppers

    Round one goes to the Capital Jaguars.
    In what is shaping up to be a big fight for the District 2-5A boys soccer title this season, Capital delivered the first blow Tuesday against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and now the Hilltoppers will have to find a way to counter.
    Capital pushed the ball up the field effectively in the second half, particularly after Los Alamos was slapped with a red card early in the half. The card, for unsportsmanlike conduct, came in the 54th minute and the Jaguars capitalized quickly.
    The Jaguars scored less than a minute later – that goal would be the game-winner, although it would tack on a second goal late in the contest to win 2-0 a Sullivan Field.
    With the loss in the district opener, Los Alamos (3-7-2) will have to find a way to rebound, likely in the rematch in Santa Fe set for Oct. 11.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle said picking up the early win gives his team a clear advantage going forward.
    “This win is very important,” he said. “Coming up here and playing one of the better teams in the state, one of the better teams in our district, that’s a very difficult thing to do, to jump out ahead in the district standings. But we have a lot of work to do.”

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    Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

  • LALT announces more play readings

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a play reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1670 Nectar St. Refreshments will be provided.
    Two plays will be read:
    A cut version of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play was produced in its entirety at LALT in September 2012.
    “The Pillowman,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.
    Both plays have been proposed to the board of directors of LALT as entries into the 2015 TNM Play Festival, which will be held in Artesia. Gwen Lewis proposed “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and Patrick MacDonald proposed “The Pillowman.”
    Those interested are asked to enter through the front door and proceed to the Green Room as there will be a rehearsal in progress in the auditorium.