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  • Machines may help with chile crop

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A group of investors and inventors are set to launch a test run they believe could save New Mexico chile.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the group this week plans scaled-up trial runs of mechanized harvesting and de-stemming of green chile.
    Experts and farmers say mechanization is the best way to halt, and even reverse, a long-term trend of declining chile acreage in New Mexico.
    Federal numbers showed overall chile acreage harvested across New Mexico fell in 2014 to a 43-year low.
    The trial runs involve harvesting machines made in the U.S., as well as an Israeli company.

  • Cone Zone 7-27-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Sidewalks from the 43rd Street south and 44th Street south cul-de-sacs are under construction pedestrians are asked to use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd north to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    43rd Street (north) will be closed to thru traffic starting today for milling operations and water line installation.
    Roads will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:

  • Be There calendar 7-28-15

    Today
    Las Conchas Fire: Sketches in Charcoal and Fire. Join artist Rumi Vesselinova as she presents photographs of the Las Conchas fire as she viewed it from Santa Fe during the fire, and images of the fire-altered landscape as it appeared after the fire. 7 p.m. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Light Opera. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11 at Ashley Pond. Free.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Art, Wind, and Fire. Artist Rumi Vesselinova shares her photographs of wildlfire and scientist Terry Foxx talks about how the landscape recovers. Free. 7 p.m.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday

  • Join pottery field trip for families

    If you have the flexibility to take a play day on Friday afternoon, consider a tactile experience with clay. Kneading and shaping clay is an experience that relieves stress.
    Start the weekend by joining a Fuller Lodge Art Center field trip to the professional studio of Ginny Zipperer in Santa Fe to learn how to create two pieces of art.
    Participants will work in a spacious, well-equipped pottery studio. Adults and children alike will lose themselves in the magic of working with clay. Zipperer is an experienced instructor who can teach basic techniques to students of all ages.
    She will provide clay tiles and teach participants how to carve into the tiles and also build clay on top of the tiles to create designs. Friends and family that join the field trip together can work to build a mural.
    After the first project, the class will choose whether to make a second tile or roll the clay slabs into tumblers, which can also be relief decorated.
    Zipperer will later glaze and bake the pieces following detailed color directions left by each tile artist. Finished pieces will be fired and delivered to the Art Center at a later date.
    The class runs from 2-5 p.m. at 2709 Camino Chueco in Santa Fe. A carpool will leave the art center around 1 p.m. for those interested.

  • Looking forward to White Rock Library opening

    I’m so excited! Another adventure in lifetime learning is about to begin.
    There will be a bunch of new rooms to learn about, the great smiling staff, the smell of new books in the air, new computers to check out and so much more.
    I’m talking, of course, about the new White Rock Branch Library. After a brief closure, lots of packing, several moving trucks and a sprinkling of volunteers, the time has almost arrived for us.
    Rumor has it that there will be a soft opening, but I say no, wait for the grand event. Don’t worry about being first, but participate in the celebratory day when youth will get to see people of all ages excited about reading.
    My kids are too old, of course, but wouldn’t it be great to camp out in the parking lot the night before as if hoping one could be first through the doors?

  • Art, wind and fire today at PEEC

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers the public a opportunity to explore fire through both art and science. The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos.
    During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how the event altered the visual landscape of the region. Join the artist as she presents these images from 7-7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss the fire from the perspective of a plant ecologist. Having studied fire for 40 years, she shares what she has learned about nature recovering after fire and why we have conditions relating to fire and catastrophic fires.  She presents a positive outlook about how the forest will recover after the devastation of a major wildfire.  
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years.

  • Spirits inhabit sites of our revolution

    This year brought the 35th edition of “The Capitol Fourth,” the public broadcasting show that runs twice each July 4. “The Capitol Fourth” celebrates the United States.
    To start this year, Barry Manilow walked onto the stage, took his place at the piano and sang, “America the Beautiful.” He followed with his own “Let Freedom Ring.” The song’s chorus says, “It’s a dream to build upon. We’ll take the dream and pass it on and on and on, and let freedom sing, let freedom ring.”
    The show included Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The overture was accompanied by fireworks exploding in the sunset behind the Washington Monument, which was framed by flags.
    The usual 10-minute fireworks and music spectacular closed the show with a medley of Souza marches and “Yankee Doodle Boy,” from the musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
    A few weeks ago, I mentioned our drive-by of historic sites in Massachusetts and Philadelphia.
    We went to Lexington and Concord, Old North Church and Paul Revere’s house in Boston, and Independence Hall In Philadelphia. Spirits inhabit these places. Not ghosts, really, but a definite sense of events having happened.
    Today, Lexington and Concord mean the Minute Man National Historical Park.

  • Story named PCL player of the week

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Trevor Story has been tabbed Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 20-26, the league office announced Monday morning. He is the first Isotopes position player to receive a weekly accolade since Alex Castellanos on July 1-7, 2013.
    Story turned in a .500 batting average (13-for-26) in six games last week with six doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and two walks. He posted a 1.192 slugging percentage and .536 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old turned in multi-hit games in five of his six outings, including a pair of three-hit performances. Story also made three highlight-reel plays defensively at shortstop on three consecutive nights in Reno.
    Since joining Albuquerque on June 30, Story is batting .301 with 14 runs scored, 12 doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI. 18 of his 25 hits are for extra bases. He is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he has at least two hits in six of the seven games.


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  • Rockies, Blue Jays swap star shortstops

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays have swapped star shortstops.
    The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sends Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
    Both shortstops have remarkably similar career statistics but also a history of injuries.
    Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star and a career .299 hitter. He's hitting .300 this season. At 32, the speedy Reyes is two years older than Tulowitzki. He's a lifetime .291 hitter and is hitting .285 this season.
    Reyes, a four-time All-Star, is signed through 2017 on a $106 million, six-year contract he received from Miami.
    Before the 2011 season, Colorado made a big commitment to Tulowitzki by agreeing to a contract that guaranteed him $132 million over seven seasons from 2014-20. The deal included a $14 million team option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.
    Combined with his previous deal, it meant the Rockies agreed to pay Tulowitzki $157.75 million over 10 years. The plan was to build around him and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who signed an $80 million, seven-year contract about the same time.

  • Sports Briefs 7-28-15

    Alex Kirk camp
    The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.
    The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.
    The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.
    The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.
    All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.
    The price is $75 per camper.
    For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.

    PyroClassic
    The Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol is hosting the Valles Caldera PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race on Aug. 2.
    Competitors can do a 9-mile loop, an 18-mile loop or a 30-mile loop.
    The race is part of the New Mexico Off Road Series. Bikers will need a USAC license to participate.
    There are cash prizes for pro, singlespeed and overall Cat 1 winners, and medals/product prizes for all other categories, as well as free T-shirts for first 100 registrants.
    Register online at https://www.usacycling.org/events.
    For more information, contact Frank Reeves at rockynm@msn.com or Bart Daly bdaly77@msn.com.