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  • Music program could benefit from bond issue

    If residents give the Los Alamos School District permission to purchase the next $20 million in general obligation bonds this January, Aspen Elementary School won’t be the only facility that will benefit. Los Alamos High School’s music wing may also get a serious revamp.

    According to an itemized list of projects set aside for the next round of bond funds, $400,000 has been set aside for redesigning the music wing.

    To Zane Meek, the high school’s band director, the money can’t come fast enough. Along with high school orchestra leader Michael Gyurik and choirmaster Jason Rutledge, the three have big plans for the money and how to use it, if voters give the bond issue a thumbs up.

  • 1010 Central near fruition

    As work progresses on the new municipal building, the county is also moving closer to reaching agreement with a group of local businesses interested in developing commercial property on the municipal complex site.

    Known as 1010 Central, the prime location is on a parcel of land nestled between the municipal building and the Bradbury Science Museum.

    “The history of the 1010 project is very much related to the history of the municipal building project,” said outgoing Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. LACDC is a member of the group negotiating with the county to purchase the 1010 Central property and will manage the development if the deal is finalized.

    When the old municipal building had to be demolished due to a lack of structural integrity, the LACDC was among those who urged the county to build a new municipal center in the commercial district.

    “The idea was that placing that activity in the middle of town would help be a catalyst for other activity to take shape around it that would help fill in, improve and densify that part of town, which is a big part of the downtown plan,” Holsapple said.

  • 12-28-12 Religion listings

     

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

  • Bible Answers: Celebrating Jesus’ birthday on Dec. 25

     

    “Someone told me that Jesus probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25.  If that is true, is it wrong to celebrate his birth on that day?”— Linda 

     

    The Bible doesn’t give us a date nor mention a celebration of his birthday in the early church. Two gospels (Matt. 1:18-2:12; Luke 1:26-2:20) provide only minimal birth accounts.  

    The Christmas holiday we observe today is a relatively recent (19th century) development. It largely represents efforts by the church over the centuries to co-opt a smattering of pagan holidays and their trappings.

    Scripture does emphasize incarnation, God becoming man (Jn. 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15-20; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14-18; I Jn. 4:2). 

  • Kirk leads Lobos past No. 8 Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Several games of stagnant offense finally caught up with No. 8 Cincinnati.
    Sean Kilpatrick had his shot swatted away just before the buzzer Thursday night, allowing New Mexico to hold on for a 55-54 victory that handed the Bearcats their first loss.
    And none of them was all that surprised.
    “The last two games, we’ve been in a (shooting) drought and it came down to that,” Kilpatrick said. “But we’ll get through it. You can’t go undefeated throughout the whole season.”
    Cincinnati (12-1) moved up to No. 8 this week — its highest ranking in nine years — and was trying to go 13-0 for only sixth time in school history. The Bearcats couldn’t salvage a tight game against a team known for knocking off top teams.
    The Lobos (13-1) have won six of their last seven games against ranked teams, leaving them 14-6 against the Top 25 during coach Steve Alford’s six seasons. They beat Connecticut earlier this season.
    Cincinnati’s loss left Duke, Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming as the only unbeaten teams in Division I.

  • Kirk leads New Mexico over No. 8 Cincinnati 55-54

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick had two options: Take the quick shot if it's there, drive to the basket if it's not. He caught the pass and thought he had just enough room to get the shot off.

    He never saw Alex Kirk's hand coming.

    Kirk scored 15 points and blocked Kilpatrick's shot just before the buzzer Thursday night, preserving New Mexico's 55-54 win that handed No. 8 Cincinnati its first loss.

    New Mexico (13-1) rallied in the second half behind its 7-foot center, who hit a 3-pointer, got a team-high seven rebounds and slapped away Kilpatrick's jumper in the final seconds. Kilpatrick passed it in from the baseline to center Cheikh Mbodj with 4.5 seconds left, then got the ball right back with the two options.

    "I thought I had him," Kilpatrick said. "I could have drove, but I didn't."

    Kirk figured that Cincinnati's top scorer was going to let it fly and managed to get there just as the ball left his hands.

  • Today in History for December 28th
  • Most Shocking Celebrity Surprises of 2012

    A South Korean recording artist becomes a global superstar, a Hollywood couple pulls off a top-secret wedding and Kristen Stewart finally has a reason to look so unhappy. Here's a look back at some of the biggest celebrity surprises of 2012.

  • Suspect in NM double homicide found dead

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Rio Arriba County say a man considered the prime suspect in a double homicide case in the community of Hernandez is dead.

    County Sheriff's officials say 20-year-old Tomas J. Sanchez was one of two people found dead inside a trailer that had been set on fire in Medanales last weekend.

    Sheriff Tommy Rodella told KRQE-TV that Sanchez was the top suspect in the Dec. 10 deaths of two Hernandez men.

    Rodella says 53-year-old Matthew Maestas and 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Valdez both were shot at least five times.

    Authorities say the men were found dead in Maestas's trailer home north of Espanola and the victims appear to have been targeted by someone they knew.

    They say deputies identified Sanchez as a suspect through tips and confidential sources.

  • Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

    The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."

    That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children's charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.

    He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he'd served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.