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  • Lobos survive a scare vs. Bulldogs

     FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With his team trailing by double digits at halftime, New Mexico coach Steve Alford could have tried to make some major adjustments.
    Instead, he told the Lobos to play the way they usually do.
    Kendall Williams scored 13 points, capped by an emphatic dunk just before the final buzzer, and No. 19 New Mexico overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fresno State’s Bulldogs 54-48 on Wednesday night.
    “It was just our guys,” Alford said. “They got the job done. When you’re down 11 at the half on the road and then play the way we played in the second half, it was outstanding. These guys, they just find a way. You shoot 37 percent and still get a road win.”
    Alex Kirk had 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Lobos (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West Conference). Tony Snell also scored 10, and his 18-foot leaner with 20 seconds left sealed the victory as New Mexico remained a half-game ahead of second-place Colorado State in the conference standings.
    Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State (8-15, 2-8) with 11 points, while Kevin Foster had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
     Foster scored all his points in the first half.
    The Bulldogs scored only three points, on Olekaibe’s 3-pointer, in the final 10:08.

  • Today in History for Thursday, February 14th
  • NKorean nuclear test may be intelligence windfall

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's latest underground test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

    Hoping to capitalize on a rare opportunity to gauge North Korea's nuclear capabilities, intelligence and military officials around the region are scrambling to glean data to answer three big questions: how powerful was the device Pyongyang tested, what sort of device was it, and what progress does the test indicate the nation has made.

    North Korea hailed Tuesday's test as a "perfect" success, saying it used a device that was stronger and more advanced than those in its past two attempts. Add that to its successful rocket launch in December and the threat of a North Korea ready to strike at the United States, which it sees as its arch-enemy, would appear to be more real than ever.

    But just how close is it?

  • State House OKs gun buyer background checks

     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.

    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

  • Be There 2/13/13

     

    Today

    Lead Her, a Christian-based women’s group, will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of Mesa Public Library. Join them for this month’s teaching video and theme of, “Putting on Kindness.” Call Shona Neff at 672-1456 for more information.

     

    PEEC at the Ice Rink. PEEC will have a snow science table at this pre-Valentine’s Day kid-friendly event. 1- 4 p.m. Visit losalamosnm.us/rec/rink/Pages/HolidayHoursandEvents.aspx for more information.

    Thursday

  • Hear about adventures in Africa

     

    Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. It includes more than 50 distinct nations, largely delineated by Europeans in colonial times. 

    This has created a history that is, at least, as interesting as viewing the remnants of its mega fauna, and its wonders, such as the volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains and Victoria Falls. 

    At the next meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Michael and Michele Altherr will tell of their adventures in Africa and the scenery, people and wildlife that they saw, on what started as a visit to their daughter during her Peace Corps service in Zambia.

  • LAHS students go the extra mile

     

    First of all, congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Hilltopper cheerleaders, who brought home a third place trophy from Albuquerque this weekend.

    The Spirit of Hope Challenege, raised money for cancer and the Hilltopper ladies came in third place out of 16 teams. I’m told it is their first trophy, how wonderful!

    This week, this column will appear as if it is about wrestling, but it really is a column about empowerment, community values youth and support.

    Last week, I mentioned how the Hilltopper team organized a last-minute fundraiser when learning a former wrestler and opponent that had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

  • Guns and our country

     

    Nobody’s going to take your guns away. Realistically, that’s impossible. Government’s not trying to, and nobody in a responsible position is saying it should. There are too many guns and – face facts – too many places to hide them.

    House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, to close the so-called gun show loophole, was limited to sales and distribution. As a practical matter, it would be absurd to think government could disarm our citizens -- just as absurd as thinking we could deport 12 million illegal residents or stop all the illegal drugs. 

    Some news reports talk about a “ban” on certain types of guns, without clarifying what the “ban” bans (dangerously careless reporting, I think). There is no serious proposal to confiscate existing guns, although some gun-rights purists believe all gun-control legislation is a first step down that slippery slope. 

  • Chile is more than agriculture

     

    The standard economic numbers provide little help understanding the reality of the New Mexico economy. 

    We have manufacturing, but manufacturing of what? Gross domestic product figures give some insight. The GDP reports the money, the value added in each industry. Manufacturing generates 7 percent of the money produced here with, the DWS job figures say, 4 percent of the wage jobs. The secret is that computer and electronic manufacturing is responsible for 69 percent of the value of manufacturing products. Much of that comes from the Intel plant in Rio Rancho.

    Then there is printing, a “manufacturing industry” but mostly serving the same primary sector support function as do dry cleaners.

    Let’s try some logic. 

  • Bandelier sets dates for bird count

     

    After 15 years in North America, the Great Backyard Bird Count is now global.  In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on Earth, can participate by visiting ebird.com or birdcount.org and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the 16th annual count.

    Bandelier National Monument will participate with activities Feb. 15-18.

    During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists. In northern states, Snowy Owls thrilled many participants when these striking birds-of-prey ventured south from the Arctic in record numbers.