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  • Sports Briefs 01-24-13

    K of C free throw contest is Saturday

    The local Knights of Columbus organization will host its annual Free Throw Championship Saturday.
    The free throw contest will start at 1 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium. It is open to boys and girls ages 10-14.
    There is no charge for participation. Registrations will be accepted starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Parental consent is required and parents or guardians must be present during the competition.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling 670-6717.

    LALL hosting meeting at Mesa Public Library

    An informational and organizational meeting for the upcoming Los Alamos Little League season is set for Tuesday.
    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. It will be in Mesa Public Library’s third floor meeting rooms.
    Anyone interested in coaching, helping organize or serving on the board for this year’s LALL season is invited to attend.

    Spring sports meeting set for Feb. 7

  • Spartan offense too much for LA at home

    It was one of the best offensive performances of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in its District 2-4A opener Wednesday night.
    But, despite a red hot shooting night by the Hilltoppers, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the even hotter Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans had six players connect from 3-point range in the game, including four big 3s in the second quarter to break the game open.
    Bernalillo dropped in 25 second quarter points as it routed Los Alamos at Griffith Gymnasium, 74-51.
    Los Alamos connected on 22 of 44 attempts from the floor, but Bernalillo was even better, hitting 29 of 50, including nailing 9 3-pointers.
    After a good start to the contest defensively for the Hilltoppers, the Spartans started to stretch out their offensive formation. Along with some good passing around the perimeter, the Spartans also used the driving ability of guard Tristan Arnett to full effect.
    As the first half wore on, Los Alamos was relegated to picking its poison on defense.
    “We knew we had to do that,” Spartan head coach Terry Darnell said. “They play a very good shell defense. They play solid, so we had to move them around to get some easy buckets.”

  • NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

    The National Defense Commission, headed by the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un, denounced Tuesday's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. The commission reaffirmed in its declaration that the launch was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space, but also clearly indicated the country's rocket launches have a military purpose: to strike and attack the United States.

    While experts say North Korea doesn't have the capability to hit the U.S. with its missiles, recent tests and rhetoric indicate the country is feverishly working toward that goal.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Sunday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 9 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET... WITH UP TO 11 INCHES OF SNOW LOCALLY OVER THE NORTHERN JEMEZ MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY. EXPECT 3 TO 6 INCHES OF WET SNOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS INCLUDING BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT AND VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE.

    * TIMING... WET SNOW DEVELOPING THIS MORNING WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH THE DAY... WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS NEAR 9500 FEET TODAY WILL FALL TO 8000 FEET BY LATE TONIGHT.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... WET SNOW ON TREES MAY BREAK BRANCHES AND DAMAGE POWER LINES. WET SNOW ACCUMULATING ON STEEP SLOPES MAY SLIDE DOWNHILL. TRAVEL OVER HIGH COUNTY ROADS OR TRAILS MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES OR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Practically human: Can smart machines do your job?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Second in a three-part series on the loss of middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Art Liscano knows he's an endangered species in the job market: He's a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he's driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used.

    But PG&E doesn't need many people like Liscano making rounds anymore. Every day, the utility replaces 1,200 old-fashioned meters with digital versions that can collect information without human help, generate more accurate power bills, even send an alert if the power goes out.

    "I can see why technology is taking over," says Liscano, 66, who earns $67,000 a year. "We can see the writing on the wall." His department employed 50 full-time meter readers just six years ago. Now, it has six.

  • Today in History for January 24th
  • 'Toppers drop 2-4A opener vs. Bernalillo

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung with the Bernalillo Spartans for one quarter, but the Spartans broke the game open in the second quarter to win going away.

    Bernalillo had six players hit from 3-point range Wednesday night as it won 74-51 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    It was the District 2-4A opener for both teams.

    See Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • AP IMPACT: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs

    EDITOR'S NOTE: First in a three-part series on the loss of middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

    And the situation is even worse than it appears.

    Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What's more, these jobs aren't just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren't just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

    They're being obliterated by technology.

  • Panetta opens combat roles to women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

    The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

  • Update 01-23-13

    Relay for Life

    Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr.

    'Show Some Class'

    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    LACS concert

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. Thursday with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David.