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  • Spoof on NKorean Leader Hailed As Real News
  • Hall ballot includes Clemens and Bonds

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era.
    The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday.
    More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.
    Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens set a record with seven Cy Young trophies and Sosa hit 609 homers. The voters will now decide whether drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers should keep them out of Cooperstown.
    Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling are among the 24 first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.
    The upcoming election is certain to fuel the most polarizing Hall discussion since career hits leader Pete Rose’s betting troubles put him on baseball’s permanently ineligible list, barring him from the BBWAA ballot.
    While many continued to debate whether Rose should be enshrined, it was moot because there is currently no way he can be considered.

  • 'Toppers struggle in 2nd half vs. Horsemen

    SANTA FE — At the start of Tuesday’s contest, everything seemed to be clicking for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But the St. Michael’s Horsemen whittled away a 14-point second quarter Hilltopper advantage as the Hilltoppers got into foul trouble and went ice cold at the foul line.
    Los Alamos managed just six points in the third quarter and St. Mike’s, which had been inconsistent on offense got hot in the fourth quarter.
    St. Mike’s used a 22-point final quarter to earn a 52-46, come-from-behind victory over Los Alamos at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    The game was the season opener for the Hilltoppers.
    It was a disappointing finish to what had been a promising start Tuesday night. Los Alamos went 11 of 19 from the field in the first half and seven of the eight players it put on the floor in the opening half scored.
    But the Hilltoppers piled on the fouls early — the Horsemen (1-0) were in the bonus less than a minute into the second period — something that would come back to haunt the Hilltoppers in the third quarter.
    Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan, starting her fifth season with the girls basketball program, liked most of what she saw out of her team, but said her team needs to learn to work better when starters go to the bench.

  • Today in History for November 28th
  • LA drops opener at St. Mike's

    SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team started off its season-opening game like gangbuster Tuesday night, but the St. Michael’s Horsemen came back in the second half.

    The Hilltoppers led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but couldn’t regain their offensive rhythm in the second half and went ice cold from the foul line as the Horsemen prevailed 52-46.

    Hayley Each, who played with four fouls for the bulk of the second half, finished with 10 points for Los Alamos. Alex Greenwald spearheaded the comeback for St. Mike’s and finished the game with 13 points.

    Check back for more information on Tuesday’s game in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • NM gardening business closes after 29 years

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Greenhouses has closed its doors after 29 years, blaming a combination of drought, fire, the poor economy and competition from big box stores.

    The New Mexican reports the gardening business plans to sell its property to pay debts.

    Owner David Salman told the newspaper's accounting office in a letter last month that the company made drastic reductions in payroll, made cuts to plant and hard-good orders and reduced spending over the summer but it wasn't enough.

    Salman says sales had dipped by 20 percent in a two-month period earlier this year.

    Santa Fe Greenhouses' sister store High Country Gardens has also closed.

    Salman began the High Country Gardens catalog in 1993. That was followed by online operations in 2000. The operation specialized in low water-use plants.

  • Millions Chase Record Powerball Jackpot
  • NM cracks down on unemployment fraud

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say they have cut the unemployment insurance fraud rate over the past year and continue to crack down on improper payments.

    The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says the state now leads the nation in reducing improper payments. Between 2011 and 2012, the improper payment rate dropped to under 11 percent.

    Gov. Susana Martinez says the progress is a testament to her administration's commitment to cracking down on fraud and strengthening the system for businesses and workers.

    More initiatives are planned next year to keep fraud rates down.

    In January, the state will launch a new system under which jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for benefits. The system will also help employers by allowing them to electronically submit wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.

  • Thrift Shop grand opening

    The Thrift Shop at the United Church moved to the lower level of Craig Hall and had a grand opening Nov. 14

  • Assets in Action: Spreading holiday cheer

    Happy holidays!
    This week, we are still in the asset category of empowerment with a look at the asset of safety (#10).
    I will stretch on this area, but bear with me for a minute.
    This Saturday, the Trinity on the Hill will offer the best event of the season, the Children’s Bazaar.
    The event allows families, with children in kindergarten through sixth grade, an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts on their own.
    Children arrive at the church between 9 a.m. and noon, with a list of 10 names or less. Youth workers escort them to a special room, where they can purchase gifts to surprise family members on upcoming holidays.
    The items are varied and the prices are more than reasonable, but the increase in the asset category of empowerment is huge.
    It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate. Yes, I realize it is a Christian church, but think of all of the upcoming holidays, including birthdays, during which your children would love the opportunity to surprise the adults in their lives.
    While the pint-sized shoppers go on their merry way, parents and caregivers are treated to baked goods, newspapers and the excitement yet to come.
    Trinity on the Hill has thought of everything, as they even wrap the gifts and include gift cards for each item.