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  • Lobos picked to finish 5th in 6-team Mountain division

    There was some good news and some bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos coming out of Mountain West Media Day Tuesday.
    The good news: the Lobos have a pair of the conference’s top players in LaMar Bratton and Carlos Wiggins.
    But the bad news is that Wiggins and Bratton don’t appear to be enough to make up for the team’s downsides in the MW race this year.
    The Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mountain Division of the conference — the MW is split into two six-team divisions, the other being the West Division. In all, the Lobos earned 56 points, the third-lowest total among the 12 conference teams.
    In the Mountain Division, only Air Force, one of the three teams UNM defeated in 2013, was rated lower, with 53 points.
    UNM is coming off a rough season. It finished 3-9, with those three wins coming against Air Force’s Falcons, UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico State University.
    This will also be the third year for the program under head coach Bob Davie.
    Since Davie took over in 2012, the Lobos have gone 7-18, which, while hardly an impressive haul, is considerably better than the 3 wins in 3 years posted by predecessor Mike Locksley, who was fired midway through 2011.
    UNM will open its 2014 season Aug. 30 against UTEP.

  • Medin is top finisher at Pace Race

    Zach Medin was the top predictor in Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. Pace Races are scheduled throughout the Daylight Savings Time hours at various spots across Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on North Mesa.
    Medin finished his race 33 seconds off his predicted finish time, which topped Paul Elkins by 8 seconds and Jackie Marr by 27 seconds. No one else among the 40 runners and walkers taking part finished with a prediction error of less than 1 minute.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course were Ted Romero, who completed the course in 19 minutes, 10 seconds, and Roxana Candia, who came in with a time of 23:22.
    On the 1-mile course, Tad Hughes finished in 7:31 and Heather Hughes finished in 11:41.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Rocket Park in White Rock. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.
     

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  • LA woman struck by vehicle dies

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has confirmed that a long-time employee, Emily Mares-Lang, succumbed to the injuries she incurred when she was struck by a vehicle July 16.
    Mares-Lang died at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where she was taken after the incident.
    Mares-Lang was walking across Main Street when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Steve Fode, 25, of Los Alamos. Mares-Lang was 71.
    Georgina Williams, the nurse service's executive director, said it is a sad day for the LAVNS family.
    “All of us here at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service will miss her deeply,” she said. Mares-Lang was described by a LAVNS employees as a dedicated employee who worked in the LAVNS’ records department for eight years.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said his office is waiting for the Los Alamos Police Department’s report on the accident, adding that the report’s findings will determine what they ultimately charge Fode with.
    Though Fode was charged with careless driving at the scene of the accident, the DA’s office formally withdrew the charges over double jeopardy issues due to the severity of Mares-Lang’s condition.

  • Be There 07-22-14

    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.

    Summer Family Evenings: Pet Rocks. 6:30-8 p.m. Make your very own pet rock “siblings” – you get to keep one, and the other one goes in the Hilltop Garden at PEEC. Fun for the whole family. Drop in anytime. No advance registration required. $5 for non-member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. This week’s entertainment is Marcus Cavlante. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through Saturday.

  • Community Briefs 07-22-14

    Volunteers needed at LALT for work party

    Volunteers are needed to get the Los Alamos Little Theatre ready for the new season.
    The community is welcome to come to the theater 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Dennis Powell will lead the riser painting effort.
    “We will be painting the risers. This will be applying a single color on the risers,” Powell said.
    Corky Howell will lead the repairs on the storage shed.
    If there is enough time and workforce, volunteers will pull weeds, prune and clean up the landscape.
    Participants are asked to bring work gloves, a hat and sunscreen.
    There will be coffee, juice, and light refreshments in the morning and a lunch to reward the volunteer workers.
    Sign up now for
    Family Cancer Retreat

  • Assets In Action: Start having conversations with your kids

    Today is one of those days where my column might annoy you. I heartily welcome your eye roll.
    Today I’m going to ask you to have conversation with your kids.
    Summer time is a time to decompress, relax, spend time doing things because there is more free time. I’m not talking about school personnel; I’m talking about our youth.
    I know it might not be easy and perhaps you haven’t done it in a while, but as long as they still live in your home, there’s always a chance to begin a dialogue.
    As school is two and a half weeks away, perhaps start by asking them what kinds of things they think they might need. When kids are in the older grades, there’s not always a list of supplies to get you started.
    When kids are younger, it is easy to take them to annual physicals, the dentist and other appointments to allow us to keep tabs on them, but that gets a little harder for some when as the years go by.
    As kids become teens one of the best parts about the Children’s Clinic is that they have the parent step out and they ask youth some pretty important questions that may lead to some good conversation, too.
    Big problems don’t start big; there are often signals, issues, or light bulbs that go on along the way.

  • Hiking, biking, beer and music at Pajarito Mountian

    The second annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is on Saturday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music from Felix y Los Gatos, noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run from Sullivan Field every half hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support the community and fellow cooperative. Representatives of the co-ops will be on hand to provide information about their cooperative business and to explain why everyone should “Keep it Co-op, Los Alamos.”
    Co-ops in Los Alamos include:
    • Los Alamos Beer Co-op (brewery/tap room)
    • Los Alamos Co-op Market (grocery)
    • Little Forest PlaySchool (child care/education)
    • Del Norte Credit Union (financial)
    • Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (financial)
    • Zia Credit Union (financial)
    Tickets are $10. For more information visit losalamosbeer.coop