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  • Lady Toppers hit the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a big game on the road Friday night, one that could impact seeding in next month’s Class 4A playoffs.

    The Hilltoppers will face the St. Pius X Sartans, a former district foe, Friday in Albuquerque. The two teams are both ranked near each other in the most recent statewide computer rankings, with the Sartans sitting at No. 7 and the Hilltoppers at No. 9.

    Los Alamos (9-6) will be heading into the contest on a four-game winning streak. That streak was extended last Saturday with a 50-40 victory over the Belen Eagles, a game which the Hilltoppers didn’t shoot well but grinded it out in the second half to pull away from the scrappy Eagles’ squad.

  • Kirk leads Lobos past UNLV

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — NBA scouts lined press row Wednesday to watch UNLV’s fabulous freshman Anthony Bennett.

    They got an eyeful of New Mexico’s 7-foot Alex Kirk instead.

    Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 25 Lobos past No. 24 UNLV 65-60.

    “We just kind of went at him,” said Kirk, a redshirt sophomore. “He’s young. He’s a good player but he’s young. We went at him and we got some calls.”

  • Now they are after Smokey Bear, too

    SANTA FE — Congress is back in session and with it, the usual silliness. On opening day, Jan. 3, Congress’ preoccupation was with correcting a huge oversight – a little relief for the Hurricane Sandy victims. 

    What with the fiscal cliff and all, it was difficult to concentrate on natural disasters when dealing with the unnatural disaster Congress had created for itself. 

    The Senate decided to continue its silly filibuster rule. Bring back Jimmy Stewart. And Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell listed examples of government overspending. 

    One of them was the Albuquerque-based Smokey Bear balloon, which flies throughout the world, including the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 

  • Common homeseller mistakes to avoid

    Jason Alderman

    Now that the housing market has finally begun to stabilize and interest rates remain at historically low levels, more and more homebuyers and sellers are dipping their toes back in the water.

    If you’re planning to sell your home, you need to understand the tax implications of selling a home as well as be aware of structural and cosmetic flaws in your home and neighborhood that could undermine your asking price or keep the property languishing on the market for months.

    First, the tax tips:  

  • On the Docket 01-10-13

    Jan. 8

     

    Garrett J. Eckhart was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of aggravated battery, a misdemeanor offense.

    Eckhart was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation.

    The defendant shall not enter an establishment that sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact.

  • Martinez announces plan to expand Medicaid

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico, a state that hovers near the top of national poverty and uninsured rankings, plans to follow provisions of a federal health care law to expand Medicaid to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

    New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia in broadening eligibility for the health care program under terms of a health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama. New Mexico and Nevada are the only states with GOP governors to so far commit to the Medicaid expansion.

    Martinez made the announcement Wednesday in Albuquerque, prompting cheers and applause from some of those listening to her speech at a conference on child welfare and juvenile justice.

  • LANL cutbacks impact NCRTD

    At a board meeting of the North Central Regional Transit District last week, a six-month financial report revealed that reduced Gross Receipts Tax from Los Alamos National Laboratory has impacted the NCRTD’s budget. 

    Los Alamos County’s share of GRT payments to NCRTD is largely determined by the lab’s GRT. Revenues from the county were significantly less than anticipated in both July and September. July revenues were down 71 percent ($124,560 actual instead of the projected $176,002). September revenues were $263,631, 78 percent of the projected $336,445.

    NCRTD was also affected by LANL’s overpayment to Los Alamos County in FY2011. The transit system’s share of reimbursement is $65,391, putting October’s revenues 24 percent below the projection.

  • County budget issues loom

    During Tuesday’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of the year, council reviewed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2011, presented by the Office of Management and Budget and independent auditing firm Clifton Larson Allen LLP. 

    The report also addressed upcoming budget issues.

    Staff anticipates revenues of $6.8 million less for FY2013 than the FY2012 adopted budget.

    The report reads, “It is expected that future LANL spending and related county GRT revenue levels will stabilize, but at a level lower than had been previously expected.”

    The impact could be significant. 

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