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  • New Mexico State holds on to win WAC title

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Aggies passed their chemistry test.

    New Mexico State fended off a furious rally by UT Arlington with less than two minutes left, getting 16 points, 15 rebounds and five block shots from Sim Bhullar to pull out a 64-55 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night for its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

    Holding a 32-30 lead at halftime, New Mexico State (24-10) used a 19-8 run to open its biggest lead of the game, going up 51-38 with 11:27 left.

    The Mavericks wouldn't go quietly.

    Kevin Butler's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10:17 left sparked a 15-5 run that pulled UT Arlington within three points with 1:55 remaining.

    But Terrel de Rouen's soft jumper just outside the key with 1:17 remaining halted the Mavericks' surge and shifted the momentum back toward the Aggies, who closed the game on an 8-2 run to seal the win.

  • Today in history March 17th
  • Today in History for March 17th
  • Local cyclist taking part in RAAM

    Not surprisingly, there is a lot to get done before one goes on a cross-country tour. Going cross-country on a bicycle makes things even more complicated.
    Lisa Marie Dougherty is learning that first-hand in preparation for her race across the country.
    Dougherty, a true Renaissance woman and Los Alamos resident, will take part in the 2013 Race Across America (RAAM) tour, which gets going in mid-June. She’s spent the past several months preparing for her long road trip on bicycle.
    “There’s a lot of ramping up,” Dougherty said. “You start ramping up after January. Every week I do a big ride and every month I do two rides back-to-back…I’m pretty comfortable. I’m still creeping up doing 100 and 200 miles. Three hundred miles is pushing it. That’s a lot.”
    Even with her preparation, she said getting physically prepared is just part of the challenge and, as she learned more about the logistics of the race, she said preparing physically might even be one of the easier parts. Assembling her support crew and taking care of logistical challenges have proven tough.
    The Race Across America dates back to 1982 when four cyclists raced from the Santa Monica, Calif., pier to the Empire State Building in New York City.

  • Sports Briefs 03-17-13

    Little League baseball, softball spring workouts scheduled for this week

    Spring training sessions and tryouts for Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball are scheduled for this week.
    Tryout sessions for LALL’s majors baseball division will be Monday and Wednesday. Both sessions will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Lou Caveglia Field. Anyone interested in playing majors baseball this season that hasn’t already tried out must attend one of these sessions.
    For softball, spring training sessions are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday. Both spring trainings will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bun Ryan Field on North Mesa.
    More information can be found by visiting LALL’s website, lalittleleague.org.

    Church looking for donated soccer equipment

    Soccer equipment for children in the country of Uganda is being collected at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The church is located at 97 East Road in Los Alamos. Donations can be made there or at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. Equipment such as balls, shoes, jerseys, shorts and shin guards are being requested.
    More information is available by calling Blanca Jones at 505-919-8742.

    Isotopes tickets now on sale for 2013 season

  • On Schedule 03-17-13

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at East Mountain Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Los Lunas at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Las Cruces Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Capital City Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos Invite, JV, TBA.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Las Cruces Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Capital City Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos Invite, JV, TBA.

  • Hooray for the Irish!

    SANTA FE — Happy St. Patty’s Day. May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
     Personally I don’t have a drop of Irish blood that I can find, but I’ve always enjoyed their wild and charming nature.
    And I have a newfound appreciation for them after reading “How the Irish Saved Civilization” while on vacation last April.
    No, I’m not making this up. There really is such a book. Thomas Cahill wrote it in 1995. I wasn’t aware of its existence until it appeared under my Christmas tree in 1998.
    I set it aside, figuring it to be one of those “Wit and Wisdom of Millard Fillmore” type books, which I would scan the next time I was in the mood for some silliness.
    My wife was the one who took it on our two-week Hawaiian vacation. We each read a book a day, sitting under a palm tree on our beach.
    About a week into the vacation, Jeanette said, “Jay, here’s a book you’re going to want to read.” I told her to stick it underneath my stack of unread books and I might get to it.
    As it turned out, the book was the right size to slip into my sport coat pocket for the long plane ride home. I hate west-to-east trips and figured I’d enjoy a good laugh.

  • Tax deadlines are real

     Congress could well debate the debt ceiling, tax reform and other important economic issues until the cows come home, but one thing’s for sure: If you don’t pay your income taxes – or at least file for an extension – by April 15, you could be in for a world of financial hurt.

    That’s because the IRS probably won’t give you a break on the penalties it levies on unpaid taxes unless you were the victim of a natural disaster, suffered death or serious illness in your immediate family, or experienced another catastrophic event.

    You must file your 2012 federal tax return (or request an extension) by midnight on April 15, 2013, otherwise the penalty on any taxes you owe will increase dramatically. You’ll be charged an additional 5 percent of taxes owed for each full or partial month you’re late, plus interest, up to a maximum penalty of 25 percent of the amount owed. (The interest rate currently charged is 3.22 percent.)

  • State legislature wraps up session

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature wrapped up work Friday night on three key issues, sending to the governor bills to raise the state’s minimum wage, establish a state-run health insurance exchange and shore up the solvency of a pension plan for educators.
    The state’s minimum wage would increase to $8.50 an hour — the fourth-highest rate in the nation — under the measure approved largely along party lines as lawmakers rushed to beat a Saturday deadline for adjournment. The bill is opposed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The state minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009, and supporters said the proposed increase would help workers cope with rising prices.
    “This is about the people,” said Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat. “This is about an extra $40 in the pocket every single week.”
    “This is certainly the right thing to do,” said the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Richard Martinez (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe). “If the Governor truly wants to help people, this is her chance to do it. There are many poor people out there who will really be helped by this.”
    Opponents warned that the wage increase could hurt businesses and cause them to cut jobs.

  • Update 03-17-13

    LAGS

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Shari Kelley,  a geophysicist and field geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro and an adjunct professor of geology at New Mexico Tech.

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    Sock Hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Deptartment of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    GOP meeting

     The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 220. All Republicans are welcome. Central Committee members are encouraged to attend.