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  • Sports Briefs 01-17-13

    Women’s ski weekend starts Feb. 8

    Pajarito Mountain will host the fifth annual K2 Women’s Ski Weekend Feb. 8-10.
    The event, which includes ski and equipment demonstrations, as well as ski lessons and several other activities, is held to raise money for breast and cervical cancer services and support.
    Alpine, telemark and snowboarders of all ability levels are welcomed to participate in the event.
    More information on the event can be found at the “Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain” Facebook page.

    LALL meeting set for Jan. 29

    An informational and organizational meeting for the upcoming Los Alamos Little League season is set for Jan. 29.
    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.

  • Ski Report 01-17-13

    Angel Fire
    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 62 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    32-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Pajarito
    16-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen when conditions permit.

    Red River
    40-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    19-inch base of packed powder. 4 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    31-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 39 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    32-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 55 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos
    33-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 82 trails and 13 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    7-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

  • Williams, Azarenka advance to 3rd round in Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Apart from a swollen lip that helped take her mind off her injured right ankle, Serena Williams emerged unscathed from her second-round win at the Australian Open on Thursday.

    Summoning all her experience from 15 major titles, including the final two of the last season, Williams lifted her tempo on the biggest points — winning an 18-minute game to open the second set, finally cashing in on her fourth break chance.

    Nineteen minutes later, she finished off a 6-2, 6-0 win Thursday over No. 112-ranked Garbine Muguruza with an ace at 128.7 mph — the fastest she can remember serving.

    "I'm on the up and up, I feel. It can only get better from here," she said, adding that she wasn't bothered by the ankle problem that caused concerns during her first-round win.

    "Obviously when you go out to play you're heavy on adrenaline and you're really pumped up," she said. "Usually I feel injuries after the match but so far, so good. I felt pretty, much better than I ever dreamed of expecting to feel."

    Williams couldn't explain how she hit herself in the face with her racket in the sixth game, a blow that left her bleeding from the lip.

  • Greenwood lifts UNM to overtime win

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood was not about to let poor health get in the way of an important conference matchup with upstart Boise State.

    Lobos coach Steve Alford said Greenwood was throwing up early Wednesday and feeling so bad in the hours before the game he sat out the shootaround, walkthrough and dinner with his teammates.

    None of that mattered down the stretch. Greenwood sent the game into overtime when he drove a wide open lane for a layup with 54 seconds left in regulation, then sank a pair of key shots in overtime to lead No. 19 New Mexico (61-3, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) to a 79-74 victory over Boise State Wednesday night.

    "We were just trying to get him healthy . just to get him ready and having a chance was amazing," Alford said of Greenwood, who finished with 15 points. "I think our team feeds off that kind of toughness."

    The Lobos did, beating a scrappy Boise State team in a hostile environment to win their third straight game and despite 27 points by the Broncos' Derrick Marks.

  • Today in History for Jan. 17
  • House OKs nearly $9M for NM legislative session

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature's 60-day session could end up costing taxpayers nearly $144,000 a day.

    The House approved unanimously approved a bill Wednesday providing $8.6 million for expenses of the legislative session. That includes salaries for staff, printing, mail, telephones and the $154 daily expense reimbursement that's paid to legislators rather than a salary.

    The measure, which is called the "feed bill" by legislators, goes to the Senate for consideration.

    Legislative sessions usually cost less than what is allocated by lawmakers. Leftover money goes into a reserve account that's used for special legislative sessions and other projects.

    The bill also provides about $24 million for the Legislature's year-round operations, including committees that meet when lawmakers aren't in session and legislative research and administrative services.

  • NM has failed to balance its checkbook since 2006

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government hasn't properly balanced its checkbook for more than six years, and officials in Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration are warning lawmakers that New Mexico's cash surplus is $70 million to $460 million less than what has been anticipated.

    Officials stress there's no immediate risk of New Mexico bouncing checks and being unable to pay its bills because of problems in the state's computerized accounting system.

    However, New Mexico will have a smaller financial cushion in case of unexpected budget problems, and there's less surplus cash to spend on one-time projects such as capital improvements that the Legislature will consider during its 60-day session that started this week.

    It's also likely the accounting discrepancies caused New Mexico to spend state tax dollars for some projects and programs in the past rather than tapping federal money that should have been used, according to state Controller Ricky Bejarano.

  • Three-legged Dog Caught Stealing Food From Store
  • Obama Taking 23 Actions Aimed at Gun Violence--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

    A month after that horrific massacre, Obama also used his presidential powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the backing of lawmakers. The president's executive actions include ordering federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.

    But the president, speaking at White House ceremony, focused his attention on the divided Congress, saying only lawmakers could enact the most effective measures for preventing more mass shootings.

    "To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act," Obama said. "And Congress must act soon."

  • Update 01-16-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Sale canceled

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 17) has been canceled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.

    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.