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  • Voters OK charter changes

    Voters approved Charter amendments for initiative, referendum, recall of elected officials and the process for future charter amendments during Tuesday’s election.

    All four ballot questions address how voters may utilize a petition process for direct citizen action. For initiatives, voters may collect enough signatures to propose an ordinance, while a referendum uses the petition process to repeal an ordinance enacted by council. If sufficient signatures are collected, the question must be placed before the voters.

    In response to complaints by previous petitioners that the process was confusing and difficult, the Charter Review Committee assigned a subcommittee to clean up confusing and inconsistent language on these sections and to address substantive issues as well.

    The subcommittee conducted about 15 to 20 meetings over a nearly three-year period. With the exception of a provision that would have required legal review of all petitions, council approved the committee’s recommendations in May.

    “We had a diverse group of citizens study this over two years and put a lot of work into it, and I think once people understood what it was all about they supported the changes,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said.

  • Sports update 11-8-12


    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 18

    The CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring the Turkey Trot Nov. 18.

    The Turkey Trot is an annual 2.57-mile race starting at Los Alamos Middle School. Race time is 2 p.m.

    Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 runners and drawings will be held for a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies.

    More information is available by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

    State championship tickets for sale online

    Tickets for all the New Mexico Activities Association fall state championship events are available online.

    Interested fans can purchase tickets prior to the events at nmaa.ticketleap.com.

    More information on ticket sales and state championship schedules can be found at nmact.org.

  • LAHS volleyball team awaits winner of tonight's match

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will find out tonight which team it will face for the District 2-4A tournament title.
    Los Alamos will take on the winner between the Santa Fe Demons and the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday. That match, for the district tournament championship, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Santa Fe, the No. 3 seed in the 2-4A tournament, advanced to tonight’s semifinals by defeating Capital, 3-0, Tuesday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. Capital hung close through the three sets, but the Demons earned a 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 victory.
    The Demons (11-10 overall, 5-3 in district) were the only team to defeat the Hilltoppers (14-6, 7-1) during the 2-4A season.
    The Sundevils and the Demons split their district contests in 2012, with the Sundevils winning 3-2 at Española Valley Oct. 3 and the Demons winning 3-2 at Santa Fe Oct. 20.
    The winner of the district tournament earns a spot at next week’s state Class 4A tournament. Los Alamos already clinched a berth at state with its regular season championship.

  • LA boys, girls favored at Class 4A state meet

    It’s an unusual position for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team to be in: on the top looking down.
    After many years of, more often than not, playing also-ran to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, the Hilltoppers will go into Saturday’s Class 4A championship race as the favorites to win it all.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls take part in the state championship meet, which will be run around the campus of Rio Rancho High School. The Hilltopper boys will race at 11 a.m. and the Hilltopper girls are scheduled to run at 1:45 p.m.
    The Hilltopper boys will have a shot at winning their second straight Class 4A team titles, a feat that has never been accomplished in the program’s history.
    And while Los Alamos has had the edge over its main rival all season, the team’s runners are going to keep an eye out for Academy.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls, who are also expected to win this season, are not as heavily favored as are the boys, largely because of St. Pius X.
    The St. Pius Sartans have strong runners at the top of their lineup — including Julie Giannini and Marissa Nathe, who could contend for an individual title — but haven’t yet found the runners on the back end to contend with the deeper Los Alamos squad.

  • Merilee Dannemann: Advertising hits legislature

    The campaign for the Legislature reached a point this season I hoped I would never see.

    Four years ago I saw a billboard on I-25 in Albuquerque, advertising for a candidate for the state Senate. I thought this was way over the top. 

    Billboard advertising for legislative seats might make sense in more rural, geographically larger districts, where it will reach primarily district residents and where the cost is appropriately lower. But not on the freeway in Albuquerque. It’s a waste of money, unless the candidate has a brother-in-law in the billboard business or has raised enough money to waste a lot of it.     

  • Sherry Robinson: Park would recognize nuclear beginnings

    In October, the President announced that the home of labor leader Cesar Chavez would be a national monument. A month before, the House defeated Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s measure to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    The political gods smiled on Chavez’s California farmhouse and 187 surrounding acres because both parties need to show some love to the nation’s Hispanic people, and creating a monument is a lot easier than passing immigration reform.

    The A-bomb park, as it was dubbed in headlines, didn’t enjoy that kind of momentum. Co-sponsor Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington, promised to try again before year end. I hope he and Sen. Tom Udall take the baton after Bingaman bows out. Although the bill mustered 237 votes in favor to 180 against, it needed a bigger majority.

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  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:


    Among other things, the president and his team mobilized a masterful registration and get-out-the-vote operation.


    Improving relations with America's fast-growing Hispanic population may be the party's biggest challenge.


    As another nor'easter lumbers ashore, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sums things up: "I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next."


    Obama's re-election prompts a call for America and its allies to shape opponents of Assad into a coherent force.

  • Colorado Gov. to Pot Advocates: Not So Fast

    Colorado's governor is warning residents of his state against marijuana use, noting that it remains illegal under federal law, despite voters approving its use under state law.