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  • Minor League Baseball announces new pace of game regulations

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.

    INNING BREAKS

    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • ’Topper track teams rising to challenge

    The Los Alamos track teams competed with mostly bigger schools again Saturday at the Buddy Robertson Invite in Albuquerque.
    Both teams were up to the challenge.
    The Hilltopper boys finished fourth in the team race with 66 points, just 1 point behind Manzano and 2 points behind Volcano Vista.
    Cleveland (129) took first. Highland (63) finished fifth, followed by La Cueva (25), Valley (20), Del Norte (13) and Bosque (3).
    “The kids just performed well,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltoppers girls, meanwhile, finished third out of the nine teams with 65 points.
    Cleveland (133) finished first, followed by La Cueva (86), Los Alamos, Volcano Vista (61), Highland (41), Valley (30), Del Norte (28), Manzano (5) and Bosque (2).
    “We’re holding our own against some powerhouses,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was just a good overall team effort.”
    Greg Ahlers set a new personal record to win the high jump with a state-qualifying height. He cleared 6 feet, 4 inches.
    Skyler McCall cleared 5-8 to take fourth.
    The team’s distance runners also came up big in the mile. Hayden Walker won the race in 4 minutes, 44.71 seconds. Conner Bailey finished second in 4:54.62 and John Rees took fourth in 4:56.74.

  • LA lacrosse optimistic after first two games

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team lost its first two games of the season on Saturday, but is feeling optimistic after its performances.
    “We only had 11 practices before our first game and they’d been playing two months so the ceiling is high,” coach James Miller said.
    The ’Toppers lost their first game 13-6 against the undefeated Sandia Matadors (5-0).
    The 6 goals Los Alamos scored, however, were as many as Sandia had given up in its four other games combined.
    “Our offense is humming,” Miller said.
    Charlie Christensen, Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmore and Griffin Matuszak led Los Alamos’ attack over the weekend.
    The ’Toppers played the Rio Rancho Raptors (4-2) next, but lost the back-and-forth battle 16-14.
    “It was a dog fight,” Miller said.
    Most of the goals Los Alamos gave up were in its transition defense which also had some trouble clearing the ball. On set plays, however, the ’Toppers were able to do a good job shutting their opponents down.
    Trevor Matuszak also had some “awesome hits” and “tenacious ground ball work” against Rio Rancho, Miller said.
    “I was very proud of the effort we put forward,” Miller said. “We might be small, but we can run.”

  • Today in history March 25
  • Be There 3-24-15

    Today
    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.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Friday
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.

  • Historian featured at Authors Speak Series

    Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured author at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, “Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.” Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.
    The name of Edmund G. Ross has receded into history, but is remembered because of the crucial role he played as United States Senator at the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, where he, as a Republican Senator from Kansas, defied his party and cast the decisive vote to acquit Johnson.
    One of Ross’s greatest points of pride was the establishment of New Mexico’s three institutions of higher learning — the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Mines and the New Mexico State University.
    Ruddy became a serious student of Albuquerque history in 2002, giving lectures about prominent Albuquerque residents.
    He’s a board member of Historic Albuquerque Inc., and a member of the Historical society of New Mexico. In 2005, Ruddy began a six-year study of Ross’s life that led to the publication of the book.

  • Assets In Action: Local program honors living treasures

    Those of you who know me, know that I love seniors!
    While yes, a part of that does include the lean, mean, Hilltopper green class of 2015, I’m talking about senior citizens.
    Our community has lost another icon and we’re losing our seniors at a heavy pace.
    Our local seniors are novels of community history, they are pillars of the community, our seniors are the folks we think of as Living Treasures.
    One local program works to acknowledge these folks and capture the history that we may put off until another day.
    The Living Treasures of Los Alamos became an official nonprofit in 2006 and seeks donations throughout the year. If possible, we should support their work in the hopes that they might consider adding a fall awards ceremony to their slate activities.
    Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1065 in Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. I’m not sure if they need any volunteers, but I’m sure if you wrote them or called the senior center, they could let you know.
    Many individuals contribute to the project financially, which can be seen on the website. It can be viewed at livingtreasureslosalamos.org
    Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan were two of the first recognized in 1999. The next ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Fixing roads is better plan than bicyclists' underpass

    The expanse of New Mexico means it is miles and miles from here to there.
    From Farmington to Hobbs, it is 497 miles. Make the ends of the trip be Shiprock and Jal means adding 67 miles. The trek takes some time.
    Bike-walk cultists aside, traveling is done using cars and trucks. A very few fly in private planes or on the heavily subsidized local service airlines. One or two ride horses.
    Much traveling is done just to cross the state. The east-west interstates — 10 and 40 — aren’t owned by trucks. It only seems that way.
    The cars, trucks and their occupants travel on roads. A modestly-encouraging happening of the recent legislative session is that our roads’ terrible and long-ignored financial condition has emerged in public discussion.
    This is the first step to eventually doing something.
    We begin with a digression and reminder: The term “road money” means much more than roads for vehicles.
    At a recent neighborhood association meeting, my representative on the Bernalillo County Commission, Maggie Hart Stebbins, lamented a place where bicyclists must cross a four-lane street by actually crossing on the street rather than having something specially built.
    The situation is dangerous, Hart Stebbins said.

  • Be thankful Legislature is not Congress

    It’s appropriate that our state capitol is round because during the legislative session, it’s a pressure cooker.
    News from Santa Fe about the session’s end is about the blow-ups between the House and Senate, the Senate and the governor, House Republicans and House Democrats. True, unfortunately.
    But consider that on the night before the final day, House Speaker Don Tripp kept his members at their oars from early evening until 2:45 a.m.
    The House went into session the next day at 8 a.m., got an incendiary capital outlay bill at 8:30 a.m. and launched into debate.
    Mind you, this is after days of late nights and marathon committee hearings and floor sessions. You could hear it in their tired, raspy voices and see it in memory lapses and punchy responses — like college students who’d pulled too many all-nighters.
    Only they don’t have the stamina of college students. Some of our elderly legislators simply didn’t attend night meetings and missed even day meetings.
    Is this any way to make laws? Or sausage?
    Next, consider the sea change in the House with its first Republican majority.

  • Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government’s premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.
    The National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million as of the end of the last fiscal year to remove contaminated rags, tools, equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory. That’s $202 million over 2006 expectations, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
    The GAO said the nuclear agency is also on track to outspend the latest cost predictions set back in 2009 and needs to improve its estimates to better reflect current conditions, including the indefinite closure of the government’s only underground nuclear waste repository due to a radiation leak last year.
    “Maintaining an updated cost estimate is critical so that officials making decisions about the future management of a project have accurate information for assessing their alternatives,” the report states.