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Today's News

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  • Sports Briefs 07-20-14

    Moutain bike race scheduled for Aug. 3 at Valles Caldera

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
    All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
    Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
    The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
    The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

    Golf tournament will benefit local chapter of BBBS

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament Saturday. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner.
    For more information, visit bbbsnorthernnm.org.

    Tryouts for club baseball team will be in Albuquerque

  • Transition Period

    Myles Fitzgerald puts on his running shoes during the July 9 Splash and Dash while cheered on by his 2-1/2 old son Ryland and wife Katy. The third installment of the 2014 Splash and Dash series is scheduled for Wednesday night. The event features a swim and a run, lengths vary depending on what course participants choose. Registration for the Splash and Dash is free, but participation is limited. Registrants are accepted on a first-come, first served basis starting at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Will Bills be living on a prayer?

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.
    It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
    The three people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the process is private and the Toronto group has not revealed its intentions.
    The group includes Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors. The Rogers family includes Edward Rogers, who is deputy chairman of Rogers, the Toronto communications giant.
    The group is on a list of prospective buyers who have submitted a nondisclosure agreement form to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the Bills sale. The Toronto group has retained the Goldman Sachs banking firm to assist in the bid.
    Bon Jovi previously expressed interest in owning an NFL franchise but never specifically mentioned the Bills. This is the first real indication linking him to Tanenbaum and Rogers.

  • Smith’s start is a strong one

    The ribbon cutting for the new Smith’s Marketplace Wednesday was relatively quiet, at least compared to what followed.
    Within an hour of opening, the parking lot was starting to fill up and by lunchtime it was packed.
    Reports kept coming back to Los Alamos Monitor — at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m. — it was still packed.
    The trend continued Thursday and Friday and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
    “I can’t release sales information, but I can tell you that both yesterday and today (Wednesday and Thursday) we exceeded anything we thought was possible at this store,” manager Erik Boehm said. “So it will be an impressive store when it’s all said and done.”
    Boehm was able to provide some figures about the number of transactions. The store racked up 8,900 transactions the first day from an estimated 14,000 people. Day two saw 7,000 transactions from approximately 12,000 customers.
    “So we probably put 26,000 people through the store in the last two days,” Boehm said.
    That estimate may even be a little low, considering the number of people who just came in to check out the store without making a purchase.

  • For the love of animals

    The newest veterinarian at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic is taking the care of animals to a higher level.
    Erin Smith is no stranger to the field of veterinary medicine. The Los Alamos native spent time in South Africa in 2011-12 caring for large wild animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros.
    Her interest in wild animals helped her strive to care for the sick animals in South Africa. “I would love to go back, I still have many contacts,” she said.
    A 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Smith was on the swim team, with a passion for the sport until an injury forced her to stop competing.
    “I’ve had a love for all kinds of animals and was never very squeamish,” she said. Growing up, her home was filled with “critters of all shapes and sizes.”
    Smith started at the clinic about a month ago, after graduating from Colorado State University in May as a doctor of veterinary medicine. She also has a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico.