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Today's News

  • Be There 04-16-14

    Today
    Monthly FAN Club (Food and Networking after-hours) on historic Bathtub Row. The Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting, with catering provided by Peggy Pendergast. Parking available at the Senior Center, Fuller Lodge or library lots. Meeting will be about the Historical Society’s plans for the house and more about plans in advance of a Manhattan Project National Historic Park designation, and there will be plenty of time for networking. 5:30-7 p.m. at Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row. All Chamber members and potential Chamber members are invited. Free.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Bernadette Lauritzen will give an update on the Assets in Action program. The public is welcome to attend.

  • A rare glimpse of Antarctica

    Last November, Los Alamos Stephen Becker embarked on the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica. During this voyage, the “National Geographic” photographers produced a 50-minute video showing some of the trip highlights. Becker will show the video, and talk about the trip in a 7 p.m. program Thursday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This event is free to attend and no advance registration is required. For more information about this and other events at PEEC, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.

  • Community events helps needy children in Uganda

    Blanca Jones of Los Alamos is eager to share the developments of the 2013 Los Alamos Soccer Collection Drive for the Children of Uganda she organized. She will share the question posed to her that began the collection drive, from which 23 boxes of soccer supplies were collected.
    The public community event, “Hearts for Uganda,” is being hosted by Jones and will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 17 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    Music will be provided by the internationally known Ugandan Watoto Children’s Choir and the guest speaker will be Mark Hallamore, a youth pastor at Community of Joy Church in Rio Rancho who will have just returned from his latest visit to Soroti.
    Available for purchase will be African jewelry, handmade by the women of Soroti, as a fundraiser with proceeds going directly back to their villages through Aica Ministries and the Soroti Eagles Soccer Academy. 

  • Transparency: Easy to say, harder to do

    Transparency is hard. Just ask the governor, who is now learning, as her predecessors did, that one of the sacrifices of her job is privacy.
    In the latest skirmish of the transparency wars, Gov. Susana Martinez called out a Democratic lawmaker for using a legislative agency to dig dirt on a political opponent.
    Some perspective: The Slurpy hit the fan last month after the governor tried to restrict the Legislature’s two biggest watchdogs, the Legislative Finance Committee and the Legislative Education Study Committee, by requiring them to go through her chief of staff for information. A torrent of criticism from the media and both parties forced the governor to uncuff the committees.
    This happened just after Sunshine Week, a media event that reminds elected officials to keep their cards on the table and their decisions out in the open.
    Coverage of this controversy was interesting. The Albuquerque Journal, which has been so blatantly pro-Martinez as to sacrifice its credibility, blasted the administration for this move. Even red-county newspapers have noted the long fall from grace of the governor who campaigned on transparency. (To be fair, the Legislature has its own transparency blind spots, but that’s another column.)
    We’re seeing more public records challenges.

  • Reining in all prom expenses

    If you’ve got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be. Besides food, clothing and school supplies, a whole host of extracurricular activities are competing for a share of your wallet — even as you frantically try to save for college and your own retirement.
    One of the biggest expenses you’ll encounter is prom. Gone are the days of borrowing dad’s suit and crepe paper streamers in the school gym: Today’s proms are often more like a Hollywood premiere with limousines, designer gowns and swanky after-parties.
    I’m not kidding. According to a recent nationwide survey conducted by Visa Inc., the average U.S. family with a high school student attending the prom expects to spend $978 this year. Surprisingly, that’s down 14 percent from last year’s survey average of $1,139 per family.
    A few other interesting statistics the survey uncovered:
    • On average, parents plan to pay for about 56 percent of prom costs, with their kids picking up the remaining 44 percent.
    • Parents in lower income brackets (less than $50,000 a year) plan to spend an average of $733 — a considerable share of the family budget. Thankfully, that’s down significantly from last year’s $1,245 estimate.

  • Pederson, Olivo go deep twice for ABQ

    The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak in their series opener against El Paso Wednesday.
    Albuquerque (6-6) rallied for six runs in the bottom of third and three more the following inning as it downed El Paso’s Chihuahuas (6-6) 11-6 at Isotopes Park.
    Center fielder Joc Pederson and catcher Miguel Olivo both homered in the third inning, with Olivo’s three-run blast being the big hit of the frame. Pederson hit a three-run blast in the following inning, his fifth home run of the year, and Olivo would go deep again in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season.
    Wednesday’s game also marked the first win of the year for Matt Magill (1-1). Magill was roughed up in his last outing against the Reno Aces, but threw six innings against El Paso, giving up just one earned run and fanning 8 batters.
    The series with El Paso continues until Friday. Following this series, Albuquerque will go on the road for eight games starting with a four-game series at Salt Lake City.

  • Baseball honors Jackie Robinson

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
    Jackson traveled to baseball's 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.
    Selig retired Robinson's No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman. Selig established a Diverse Business Partners program the following year and in 1999 started requiring clubs to consider at least one minority for each manager and major executive opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.
    Jackson said Jackie Robinson Day had become "a national holiday for all practical purposes."
    "To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America," Jackson told Selig on Tuesday at MLB's third Diversity Business Summit. "In many ways, had Jackie not succeeded you could not have Atlanta Falcons or the Braves or the Carolina Panthers. You could not have these southern teams if Jackie had failed."

  • LA's Sepulveda meet results

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ final results from Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational:

    Boys

    1600 meters

    1. Colin Hemez, 4:27.31; 2. Fernando Lucero, Rio Rancho, 4:29.14; 3. Jared Garcia, Belen, 4:29.33.

    3200 meters

    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:38.34; 2. Taylor Potter, Eldorado, 9:38.75; 3. Jereme Santistevan, Pojoaque Valley, 9:44.18; 8. Mike Walker, 9:58.66.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-6; 2. Parker Hibbett, Albuquerque Academy, 6-4; 3. Landen Culbreath, St. Pius X, 6-0; 13. Skyler Veenis, 5-10.

    Pole vault

    1. Hayden Walker, Manzano, 13-0; 2. Colton Draper, Melrose, 13-0; 3. Jonathan Myrick, Moriarty, 12-6; 7. Seth Drop, 11-0.

    Girls

    1600 meters

    1. Molly Klein, Rio Rancho, 5:07.57; 2. MacKenzie Everett, La Cueva, 5:09.00; 3. Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:11.86; 8. Sophia Galvez, 5:24.37; 10. Amanda Mercer, 5:32.04; 12. Mikayla Pulliam, 5:53.45.

    100 hurdles

    1. Sarah Root, Aztec, 15.38; 2. Kiersten Huitt, Sandia Prep, 3. Cassie McClintock, Cleveland, 16.34; 4. Chelsea Challacombe, 16.63.

    High jump

    1. Chelsea Challacombe, 5-8; 2. Kayli Farmer, Aztec, 5-4; 3. Lindsey Larson, Volcano Vista, 5-2.

    Long jump

  • State Notes 04-16-14

    Haggerty, Walker named MW performers of week

  • Six dead, 290 missing as South Korea ferry sinks

     

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

    With their breathing room disappearing, the 36-year-old businessman and some of the other passengers floated to an exit and swam to a nearby fishing boat. But 290 of the 475 people aboard — many of them high school students on a class trip — were still missing after the ferry sank Wednesday off the southern coast of South Korea. Six were confirmed dead and 55 were injured.