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  • Wright punches ticket to NCAA championships

    One day in, one athlete to nationals.

    University of New Mexico track and field athlete Alice Wright punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships Thursday as she placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition.

    Wright, who will move on to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., was just one UNM athlete to enjoy success Thursday, as four other Lobos advanced to the next round at the West Preliminaries.

    Peter Callahan, Tamara Armoush, Sophie Connor and Alex Herring all moved on to the quarterfinal round of their respective events, which will be held over the next two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

    But Wright was the headliner of the opening day of the meet, as she became the first Lobo in three years to make the national finals in the 10,000.

    After sitting back in the front a largely compacted group through 10 laps, Wright took control of the latter half of the 25-lap race. She led for a number of the final laps, conceding first place on the home straight of the bell lap to Air Force's Hannah Everson.

    However, her time of 34 minutes, 25.04 seconds was good for second place in the event and easily secured the requisite top-12 finish needed to advance to the NCAA finals.

  • ’Topper baseball players honored by district

    After winning its seventh consecutive district baseball championship, seven Hilltoppers and its manager were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Jared Mang was named the district’s co-player of the year, sharing the honor with Española Valley’s Jesus Chavez.
    Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Jarrett Genero were named to the all-district first-team.
    Trevor Pacheco, Colin Maddox and Zealand Walterscheid made the second team and manager Mike Gill was named the district’s coach of the year.
    “It’s a great core — every one of them deserved it,” Gill said. “What a group of kids!”
    In baseball, the district recognizes the top-15 players, regardless of their position.
    Jared Mang did it all for the Hilltoppers — pitching, fielding and hitting the ball hard and far. Teams, however, often took the bat out of his hands. Mang was intentionally walked 12 times, forcing other players to step up.
    Lots of ’Toppers rose to the challenge and got big hits in big games.
    Walterscheid drove in a run against Española Valley to send the contest into extra innings. Then Genero knocked in the game-winning run to help Los Alamos win the district title.

  • Mang repeats as Gatorade Player of the Year in N.M.

    Honor after honor keeps rolling in for Jared Mang.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-5A co-player of the year. He’s been selected to play in the Class 5A and 6A North-South All-Star game, which will take place June 12-13 at Las Cruces’ Apodaca Park.
    Topping those honors, however, is one of the most prestigious awards a high school athlete can receive. For the second year in a row, Mang was named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball.
    “It’s a testament to what can be done with hard work in the off-season,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “It’s an award for him, his brother and his dad for the work they do in the off-season. They’re constantly working on skills. Swinging in the garage and getting those extra reps in, playing catch, taking ground balls.”
    Mang was able to excel all over the field and make big plays for the ’Toppers with his bat, glove and arm this year.
    In the field, Mang played three of the most demanding positions. He pitched in many of the team’s biggest games and finished with a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
    When he wasn’t pitching, Mang played either shortstop or center field — depending on who else was one the mound.

  • Local Briefs 5-28-15

    Trujillo is improving following accident
    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Wednesday that the worker injured in the May 3 accident at Technical Area-53 has been moved out of a critical care unit.
    Julian Trujillo was burned in the accident and taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he’s been since the accident.
    The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to LANL.
    According to LANL, Trujillo is in stable condition and is continuing his recovery.
    A fund has been set up to help Trujillo pay for medical expenses. The online fundraising effort can be found at youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/julian-and-deborah-trujillo-recovery-fund/352260.

    LTAB may have quorum

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board announced that it may have a quorum present at the public reception for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park field team.
    That reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Los Alamos County said that no board business will be conducted at the reception.

    Lecture will be in Albuquerqeue Sunday

  • State Briefs 5-28-15

    Report alleges border patrol engaged in abusive behavior

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union report alleges that border patrol agents have engaged in racial profiling and intimidation tactics along southern New Mexico’s border with Mexico.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights on Thursday released the report entitled, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”
    The report cites unjustified detentions and searches, intimidation, racial profiling, among other accusations of abusive behavior by border patrol agents.
    According to the report, U.S. citizens reported 50 complaints of abuse by border agents and officers to the ACLU last year.
    Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero says the allegations were never brought to the attention of Border Patrol.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier says the organization strives to act professionally in all interactions with community.

    Toddler attacked by peacock at Albuquerque zoo

  • Update 5-28-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    Concert

    The Band of Heathens will play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series Friday night. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Grand Opening

    Bathtub Row Brewing will have its grand opening celebration Friday at its location in Central Park Square. A ribbon-cutting will be at noon.

    County Council

    A regular session of the Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9. It will be in council chambers.

    Film series

    Mesa Public Library will present its Free Film Series movie, “About Time,” June 4 in the upstairs rotunda. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m.

  • Pataki will seek GOP nomination

    EXETER, N.H. (AP) — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
    Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President George W. Bush, Pataki opened his 2016 campaign in the shadow of better known rivals. Out of office since 2006, he’s a clear underdog in a bustling pack of favorites and longshots.
    Pataki told about 150 supporters that an increasingly intrusive government is jeopardizing the freedoms past generations fought for, and he will fight to get government out of people’s way.
    “It is to preserve and protect that freedom that this morning I announce I’m a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States,” he said.
    The low-key Republican moderate flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but stopped short. Now he hopes to reignite the bipartisan unity born in the trauma of 2001.

  • Rains may cause even more flooding in Plains

    HOUSTON (AP) — Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger Thursday as the runoff kept pouring into rising rivers, and officials warned about the risk of more flooding.
    The Houston area got a respite from rainy weather a day earlier, but heavy rains from earlier in the week were still flowing downstream.
    In the suburbs, the San Jacinto River was above flood stage, and its floodwaters threatened to strand some people in their homes for days.
    About 60 miles southwest of Houston, the mayor of Wharton asked residents to voluntarily evacuate about 300 homes because of the predicted rise of the Colorado River.
    And in the rural Parker County community of Horseshoe Bend, some 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, officials asked people in 250 homes to flee from the swelling Brazos River.
    By early Thursday, Parker County Emergency Management spokesman Joel Kertok said the Brazos had almost crested, but officials had no immediate reports of flooded homes and were monitoring the situation.
    He said the river, which has a flood level of 21 feet, was at about 23 feet.

  • LAPS says goodbye to LAMS' Kilburn

    When the group of people you work with and for give you a standing ovation for your efforts, you know your time is well spent.
    On Wednesday afternoon a big crowd of parents, students, staff and community members came together to celebrate the efforts of Los Alamos Principal Rex Kilburn and LAMS Registrar Dawn Kilburn, as they end their time with Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Rex Kilburn who has spent 27 years in education, 11 of those in Los Alamos, will be returning to Kotzebue, Alaska, to work for a few more years before formally retiring.
    LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez all spoke fondly of Kilburn as tears filled the eyes of both friends and family.
    “Rex is also genuinely concerned about the well being of all his students and always wanting the best for his staff, students and the community,” said former staff member Claire Swinhoe. “He has a positive, caring approach that is rare in today’s world.”
    Wednesday’s celebration took place in Kelly Hall at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, where Eskimo Pies and even a Baked Alaska made by parent Rachel Allen were served to the Kilburns’ well-wishers.

  • Developers awarded A-19 parcel

    After years of trying to entice developers to White Rock’s A-19 site, the Los Alamos County Council passed an ordinance Tuesday authorizing the sale of one parcel of that land to the Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group, LLC., a subsidiary of TransCor Development Corporation (TDC).
    The A-19 property was transferred from the Department of Energy to Los Alamos County in 2002. Now TDC is proposing a 97-home subdivision on one tract of that land.
    TDC partners are President George W. Bootes III, CeDC, Treasurer Scott Grady, chairman and founder of Raylee Homes; and Vice President C. Adam Thornton, the principal of Cascade Creek Holdings, LLC.
    Collectively, TDC’s partners have constructed more than 6,000 residential homes within a variety of price ranges and types, from entry level to custom, and developed more than 4,000 finished residential lots, all in the State of New Mexico.
    The 34.37-acre A-19-A-1 tract was sold for $4,400 an acre, or $150,000. The agreement calls for the county to bring utilities and road infrastructure to the site and for TDC to construct all required road and utility infrastructure within the site.
    Bootes, Thornton and Los Alamos County Housing Manager Paul Andrus faced intense questioning before the sale was approved, first about the $150,000 price tag.