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  • Novel recounts search for Turquoise

    The Irishman who helped Charles L. Tiffany and others seek turquoise in territorial New Mexico left a treasure trove of letters… this is his story.
    For the first time, discover the adventure in the search for turquoise outside of Cerrillos on the Turquoise Hill.
    “Tiffany Blue” is the true story of territorial New Mexico told through the extensive documents of the immigrant Irishman who was the superintendent of the once biggest and best turquoise mine in all of America.
    Author Patricia McCraw discusses the novel, 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Fuller Lodge.
    The public is welcome to learn about parts played by Indians, outlaws, governors, sheriffs, adventurers, bandits, the New Mexico Insane Asylum, politicians — both good and bad — and an assortment of schemers and dreamers all seeking a piece of the American Turquoise Company. And the backers of the American Turquoise Co. were titans: Charles Lewis Tiffany, the New York jeweler, James Stillman, president of First National City Bank of New York and one of America’s richest men and Allan Pinkerton of the detective agency.

  • Priorities regarding energy independence

    If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America?
    Recently, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a “2014 Priority Issues Survey” which contained a section on energy.
    Section VII, asks: “Which of the following will help America achieve energy independence?” It offers five options that do little to move America toward energy independence — which isn’t even a realistic goal given the fungible nature of liquid fuels. Additionally, most of the choices given on the DCCC survey actually increase energy costs for all Americans — serving as a hidden tax — but hurt those on the lower end of the socio-economic scale the most. The proposals hurt the very people the party purports to champion.
    The survey asks respondents to “check all that apply.”
    • Raising gas mileage standards for all new cars and trucks
    If it were technologically possible to build a cost-effective truck, or SUV that had the size and safety Americans want and that got 54.5 mpg, that manufacturer would have the car-buying public beating a path to its door. Every car company would love to be the one to corner that market — but it is not easy, it probably won’t be possible, and it surely won’t be cheap.

  • Spend your tax refund wisely

    Last year the IRS doled out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012.
    Part of that is understandable: If you don’t have enough tax withheld throughout the year through payroll deductions or quarterly estimated tax payments, you’ll be hit with an underpayment penalty come April 15. But the flip side is that by over-withholding, you’re essentially giving the government an interest-free loan throughout the year.
    If you ordinarily receive large tax refunds, consider withholding less and instead putting the money to work for you, by either saving or investing a comparable amount throughout the year, or using it to pay down debt. Your goal should be to receive little or no refund.
    Ask your employer for a new W-4 form and recalculate your withholding allowance using the IRS’ Withholding Calculator (irs.gov).
    This is also a good idea whenever your pay or family situation changes significantly (e.g., pay increase, marriage, divorce, new child, etc.) IRS Publication 919 can guide you through the decision-making process.
    Meanwhile, if you do get a hefty refund this year, before blowing it all on something you really don’t need, consider these options:

  • Sports Briefs 04-10-14

    Senior Olympics still accepting registrations

    The deadline for registration for this year’s Los Alamos Senior Olympics has been extended.
    The local Senior Olympic Games will begin Friday with basketball free throw and 3-point competitions, as well as Frisbee competition.
    The local games run through May 10.
    Any Los Alamos County resident age 50 or over is eligible to participate in the Games.
    For more information on the local Senior Olympic Games, call 662-3526.

    Slowpitch softball season gets going April 26

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season.
    The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams. Games are played during the week at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due by April 18.
    Additionally, a field work party is scheduled for Saturday at Overlook Park.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.

    Native American 5K championship set

  • Isotopes tripped up by Aces Wednesday, 9-2

    Stephen Fife had a rocky first outing for the Albuquerque Isotopes this season, and his second outing wasn’t an improvement.
    Fife was touched for 6 runs in the bottom of the first Wednesday night against the Reno Aces. Fife, the team’s No. 1 starter in the rotation, was the losing pitcher in a 9-2 loss at Reno.
    So far this season, Fife has been the losing pitcher in both his starts. The 7 earned runs he allowed Wednesday put his ERA at 14.73.
    Albuquerque will wrap up its series at Reno tonight, then open up the first of four home games Friday when it hosts the Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
    The Isotopes (4-2) had won four straight contests before Wednesday’s loss.
    The first four batters in the Aces’ lineup had a combined 10 hits off four Albuquerque pitchers.

  • 'Toppers crush Sundevils, 10-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team improved to 2-2 in District 2-4A play with a road win Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos hammered the Española Valley Sundevils 10-1 in Española to keep pace with the top two teams in the district. Los Alamos scored five combined runs in the second and third innings, then rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth.
    Hilltopper senior Krysta Salazar had a huge contest, going 3-for-4 and was just a single away from hitting for the cycle. Salazar had a solo home run in the game and scored three times.
    In all, Los Alamos came up with 10 hits against Española Valley. Kiana Zerr and Taylor Jaramillo also had multi-hit games, with Zerr going 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored and Jaramillo going 2-for-4 with a double and run knocked in.
    This was the second district victory in a row for Los Alamos (8-10 overall), which was in serious danger of falling well behind in the 2-4A standings heading into the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against Santa Fe.
    Currently, Los Alamos and Española Valley are both 2-2 in district. Santa Fe is 2-1 and Bernalillo is 1-0 — the Spartans’ only 2-4A game so far was a 1-0 win over Los Alamos April 2.
    The Spartans and Santa Fe’s Demons will face off in a key doubleheader Saturday in Santa Fe.

  • LA takes round one over Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a big win over its toughest district opponent on the road Wednesday.
    Hilltopper Colin Kitts belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give Los Alamos a 1-run lead heading into the final two at-bats for Española Valley. That home run would end up holding up as the Hilltoppers won 3-2 in Española.
    Clinging to a 1-run cushion late in the contest, Los Alamos’ Connor Mang came on in relief of his brother, Jared, to pitch the sixth and seventh innings and earn the save.
    With the win, Los Alamos now has the inside track in the race to claim its sixth consecutive District 2-4A title. Both teams went into Wednesday’s game with a district mark of 3-0.
    The two teams will still play twice more. They will meet April 26 at Bomber Field, although Los Alamos will likely have the upper hand, needing just a split to earn the tiebreaker over the Sundevils — the Sundevils would need the sweep in those two contests.
    Connor Mang, along with earning the save, also had a solo home run in the game.
    Jared Mang earned the victory, throwing five innings. He allowed two runs as Española Valley was working his way back from a deficit in the middle innings.

  • This Week on PAC-8, April 11-17

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, April 11, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 3-25-14
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Los Alamos Beer Coop
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S. – Mexico Borderlands History
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series –Darynda Jones
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 13, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 04-10-14

    Santa Fe
    Chocolate Maven — food service, 821 San Mateo, Unit C
    Date inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: Eleven total violations (Level of violation not specified): Light in prep area unprotected. Missing base covering in various areas. Opening in wall around storage area door. Ceiling not smooth, plaster coating ruptured with fiberglass exposed in prep area. No sanitizer test kits. Peeling paint on wall near hot holding area. Worn paint at front service area. Inadequate light in prep areas. Rafters and utility lines exposed not easy to clean. Hand sink access difficult with equipment close by. Service area hand sink is in poor condition. Last two violations were corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Volunteers needed at S.F. museum

    Recruitment day for volunteers will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15.
    Volunteers are an integral part of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
    The museum rely on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help in a multitude of ways and we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including events such as Spanish Market, in offices, and in the gift shop. Volunteers are invaluable to making the Society and Museum function smoothly.
    Volunteer positions are now open to all individuals who are willing to commit. The musuem suggest that volunteers become Society members so they will receive all mailings about the changing exhibitions and ongoing activities within the various departments. As members, volunteers also receive discounts on
    Museum lectures, in the Museum Shop and will receive invitations to special events.
    Almost all departments throughout the Society need volunteers to be an indispensable addition to their staff. If needed, training is provided by the staff.