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  • Christmas week Big Band dance

    The Annual Big Band After Christmas Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road, Los Alamos.
    The dance is a memorial for Catherine LeClaire, who was a longtime member of the quartet, the Mountainaires. Proceeds from the dance will be used to purchase a new organ fro the church, in her name.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and for this dance, the featured vocalist will be Rene LeClaire, Cathy’s widower. Rene was also a member of the Mountainaires. The Los Alamos Big Band has played at dances throughout Northern New Mexico since 1984, under the direction of Jan McDonald, who for many years, was the bandleader at Los Alamos High School.
    The band features the music of the Big Band era, such as “In the Mood,” String of Pearls,” Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Moonlight Serenade.” They also play other music such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and even “Rock Around the Clock.” Several Christmas tunes will be featured at the dance.
    Decorations and refreshments at the dance will be provided by the IHM Youth Group.
    The Big Band started in 1984, when Dick Souder retired from Chrysler in Michigan and started working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • A view toward workable N.M. 502 plan

    Background and history. As you may know, N.M. 502 between Central Avenue and Airport Road, presents significant obstacles and hazards to traffic flow and pedestrians. It operates at peak times with considerable congestion, particularly during the evening commute, when traffic is either crawling or stop-and-go.
     The morning commute operates below the current speed limit due to congestion. Pedestrian service is inadequate, even though some points of obvious access lie along this segment.
    Los Alamos County has proven amazingly dysfunctional in arriving at a preliminary design for this area. In a period of more than 5 years, at major expense in time and money, various proposals have been developed. I think the best of these was a 2007 agreement jointly approved by LAC and New Mexico, but that has been rejected by more recent LAC planning efforts.

  • Williams scores 24 despite ankle injury

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Despite a gimpy right ankle that sent him to the bench for several minutes early in the first half, New Mexico guard Kendall Williams put on a show Wednesday night against rival New Mexico State.
    Williams tied his career high with 24 points, made all eight of his free throws and played 35 minutes to lead the No. 16 Lobos to a 68-63 victory over the Aggies at the Pan Am Center.
    With its second win over the Aggies in a week, New Mexico (12-0) equaled the second-best start in school history.
    Williams rolled his right ankle one minute into the game and sat out the next five minutes.
    “He came back and was just terrific,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. “Best player on the floor. Kendall Williams is extremely talented. He had a big game for us both offensively and defensively. He was a great leader. He is playing at a very, very high level.”
    When Williams returned, New Mexico State (5-6) was in the midst of a 16-4 run that included four 3-pointers to go up 25-14.
    But Williams took over at that point, scoring nine points during an 11-0 run. He started by converting both ends of a 1-and-1, then dropped a 3-pointer and hit a short jumper before capping the run with a drive through the lane.

  • Ski area nearing threshold

    Snowboarders head down  a trail at Pajarito Mountain during a recent ski season. Pajarito announced that it received between 5-6 inches of new snow out of Wednesday’s storm. Currently, the ski area is reporting a base of 17 inches of variable conditions, which is close to what it needs to open for the upcoming Winter Break.

  • Topes Notes 12-20-12

    Ely dealt to Astros for Rasmussen

    The Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, announced Wednesday that the Dodgers traded pitcher John Ely to the Houston Astros.
    Ely, who was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year for 2012, was 14-7 with the Isotopes last year and finished with a ERA of 3.20.
    He was traded to the Astros for left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Rasmussen was in the Astros’ farm system.
    Ely, who is 26, was acquired by the Dodgers in 2009 in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He is 4-13 in the Major Leagues in 25 appearances and has a big league ERA of 5.70.
    Rasmussen, 23, is a native of Southern California. The Dodgers actually drafted him out of high school, but Rasmussen elected to play ball at UCLA.
    Rasmussen was drafted again in 2010 by the Marlins organization, then traded to Houston in July as part of the deal that sent Carlos Lee to Miami.
    In three minor league seasons, Rasmussen is 20-21 with a 3.88 ERA. He went 4-4 at Double-A Corpus Christi last year.

    Stubbs is team’s new hitting coach

  • Undefeated 'Toppers will host the Cougars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team remains undefeated heading into this weekend, but has one big game remaining before the holiday break.
    Los Alamos, the only undefeated team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Standings, will play a team with just one loss, the Cibola Cougars, Friday night. The Hilltoppers and Cougars will face off at the county’s ice rink starting at 8:30 p.m.
    The two teams were scheduled to play last weekend, but the snowstorm in the area postponed the game until this weekend.
    Heading into the contest, Los Alamos stands at 6-0 while Cibola is 9-1.  The winner of Friday’s game will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Taos mid-season tournament next month.
    In its most recent two games, Los Alamos topped St. Pius X 4-2 at home Dec. 9 then blew out Santa Fe on the road 9-1 Dec. 15.
    On the season, Los Alamos has scored 39 goals and allowed 10. Goaltender Zealand Walterscheid has allowed just four goals in 150 minutes and has been credited with 43 saves.
    Los Alamos’ defense could be tested against Cibola, however. The Cougars feature the top three scorers in the state, headed by Zach Prigge. Prigge has picked up 20 goals and 14 assists in 8 games, while teammate Graeme Chiasson has 15 goals in 7 games.

  • Power outage Wednesday night impacts portions of North Mesa

    A power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season so far in the North Mesa area Wednesday night.

    The outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

    DPU crews apparently encountered difficulties in isolating the problem which took hours to resolve.

    "North Mesa power outage between Del Norte and Tsikimu Village persists as DPU's electric linemen continue patrolling and testing for underground line faults in the near 0 degree darkness," a Facebook posting noted about 10 p.m.

    A subsequent posting shortly after midnight indicated that power had been restored to all customers and that permanent repairs would be undertaken Thursday.

    However, one North Mesa resident said that the power restoration around midnight was only momentary and that electricity did not come back on at his home until about 2 a.m.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday


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

    1. WHO'S REGULATING STEROID USE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

    An AP investigation finds more than 4,700 players packed on rapid weight in a season without drawing much attention from schools or the NCAA.

    2. HOW ONE TEXAS TOWN KEEPS SCHOOLS SAFE

    Teachers are allowed to carry concealed guns in public schools in Harrold, where the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away.

    3. FALLOUT FROM THE BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION

    Four State Department officials resign under pressure after a damning report blaming higher-ups for lax security.

    4. OBAMA GUN CONTROL IN 2013

  • Today in History for December 20th
  • 2013 Lights Arrive in Times Square

    The numerals that will light up Times Square on New Years Eve and usher in 2013 were delivered on Wednesday. All four of the 2013 numbers are illuminated with 529 low-wattage LED bulbs.