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  • U.S. retains America's Cup with remarkable comeback


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup on Wednesday with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

    Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

    All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas and had to win 11 races to keep the Auld Mug.

    After almost dunking its chances when it buried its bows in a wave shortly after the start, Oracle's hulking black catamaran — with a big No. 17 on each hull — showed its incredible speed when it reeled in the Kiwis while the boats zigzagged toward the Golden Gate Bridge on the windward third leg.

    The New Zealanders were game despite being stranded on match point for a week. Spithill and crew still had to sail their best to end the longest, fastest and by far wildest America's Cup on a course between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

  • Bandelier back to charging entrance fees

    Bandelier National Monument reopened Thursday and by Friday enough of Frijoles Canyon was open to begin charging entrance fees.
    So far, shuttle buses are still the only way to come into the canyon, and with no bridges and so much erosion, the far side of the creek is still off limits. But the main archeological sites are available.
    Other parts of the park, including Juniper Campground, the Tsankawi section, and trails including Burnt Mesa, Tyuonyi Overlook, and Cerro Grande, were not involved in the flooding and have been open all along.
    For anyone wanting one more reason to come to the park, Saturday, Sept. 28, Public Lands Day, is a fee free day. At Bandelier and the other National Park Service areas throughout the country, no one will need to pay entrance fees.  

  • Ashley Pond Progress

    Workers continue to make progress on the Ashley Pond renovation.

  • State insurance exchange priced below average

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace, which starts enrolling consumers next week, will offer medical coverage plans costing less than the national average, according to a new federal report.
    Uninsured New Mexicans and small businesses can begin next Tuesday to shop for health plans through the state’s newly established health insurance exchange.
    A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said individuals in New Mexico will pay an average of $282 a month for a mid-range insurance plan considered a benchmark by the federal government. That’s lower than the national average of $328. Those costs are before people apply any tax credits they may be eligible to receive.
    Consumers can select from plans with a range of coverage called bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The least costly or bronze plans will require people to pay more out-of-pocket expenses.
    With New Mexico having among the highest poverty rates in the nation, it’s important to keep insurance premiums affordable through the exchange, said Barbara Webber, executive director of Health Action New Mexico.
    “I think that competition worked in this case,” Webber said of the premiums for plans to be offered through the exchange by five private insurers.

  • Update 09-25-13

    Quilt show

    The Heart of Enchantment Quilt Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The Show will feature quilts and fiber arts items made by Guild members and members of the Jemez Bear Paws Quilt Guild.

    Alzheimer's walk

    The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 4 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Sign up or join a team at alz.org/walk or call 266-4473.

    Park flight

    Park Flight Interns Talk. 7 p.m. tonight. Join Jaime Garizábal, of Colombia and Vanessa Sandoval, of Bolivia, two biology interns who have spent the summer banding birds as part of the Park Flight program at Bandelier. They will discuss the birds, people, places and cultures of their respective countries. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

  • Cub found at TA-3

    A bear cub reported to be without its mother has been found and captured near the Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission. The bear was captured by an officer for Game and Fish as well as by LANL employee Manny L’Esperance, who was acting in his other capacity as a reserve officer for Fish and Game at the time.

    The capture was made sometime Monday afternoon.

    The cub was separated from its mother several weeks ago when Nthe MGFC captured the sow on Barranca Mesa. NMGFC officials were called to the mesa when a resident discovered the sow inside her home, looking for food.

    While Game and Fish managed to capture the sow, the cub could not quite make it up the same ladder into the trap, and ran away when officers approached. Since that time, it’s been spotted near various places around town, including Central Avenue.

    The bear was reportedly found in Technical Area 3, and was in fairly good condition, according to Game and Fish spokesperson Rachel Shockley.

    “It appeared to be a little smaller, but it was in good health and there didn’t seem to be any injuries,” she said.
    The bear was transported to the offices of Dr. Kathleen Ramsey, an Española veterinarian who specializes in rehabilitating wild animals before releasing them.

  • LA Generosity Reaches Out To Uganda Youth

    In February 2011, I was asked a question, by a Soroti village soccer coach, “Will you help collect from your soccer community used soccer supplies for the children of Uganda?”
    Thank you Los Alamos community from the children of Soroti, Uganda as The Soroti Eagles Soccer Academy receives their first of 23 boxes collected from Los Alamos.
    Michael John Erebu of Uganda had come to the United States with the Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda as they visited Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. While visiting and staying at our home along with two boys, he had the opportunity to observe my son during a soccer practice. Erebu is also involved with AICA Ministries in Africa as the country director for the ministry, whose vision is to empower vulnerable families.
    I invited him to watch my son’s soccer game and he shared his involvement as a coach with the Soroti Eagles Soccer Academy, a Christian non-governmental organization. Telling of the plight of the children in the village of Soroti, Erebu said, “many of these children are orphans and living in the streets, they do not have food and sleep under trees or wherever they find cover.”
    The particular league has different children that join every year from ages 11, 14 and 17, boys and girls. Erebu began organizing the soccer holiday cups in 1999.

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  • Lawmakers oppose gay marriage, file suit

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican legislators are urging New Mexico’s highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage.
    Nearly two dozen current and former GOP lawmakers made the legal pitch to the state Supreme Court in a “friend-of-the-court” brief filed in advance of a hearing later this month in a case that could resolve whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.
    The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and other supporters of gay marriage also submitted written arguments Monday, providing a preview of the legal debate that will play out in front of the five-member court at its Oct. 23 hearing.
    At issue for the high court is an Albuquerque judge’s ruling last month that it’s unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
    “New Mexico’s guarantee of equal protection to its citizens demands that same sex couples be permitted to enjoy the benefits of marriage in the same way and to the same extent as other New Mexico citizens,” Attorney General Gary King said in arguments submitted on behalf of the judge.