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  • American Indian actors quit film over offensive script

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week over complaints about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespected Native American religious practices.
    Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western “The Ridiculous Six” after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props.
    Anthony said the script included offensive names for Native American female characters and a scene where a Native American woman urinated while smoking a peace pipe. Another scene used chicken feathers on teepees, he said.
    “Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we let it go,” said Anthony, a Navajo actor who started work as an extra on the movie Monday. “Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women.”
    “The Ridiculous Six” is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix-only release. Production began this month in Santa Fe and elsewhere in northern New Mexico.
    The film is a comedy designed to lampoon stereotypes, Netflix said.

  • Los Alamos Co-op Market appoints interim general manager

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Board of Directors has appointed Triny Vigil, formerly the co-op’s meat and cheese manager, to assume the role of interim general manager during the store’s transition between general managers. The community is encouraged to stop by the co-op to welcome him to his new role, ask questions and supply feedback. He will also be available to speak to co-op members at the co-op’s annual meeting from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Express. Board President Tracy McFarland will give the State of the Co-op address at the co-op annual meeting.
    Steve Watts serves his last day as general manager today and will be retained through May 24 to act as an operations consultant to help with the co-op’s leadership transition. Steve Watts served as the co-op’s general manager for 4-1/2 years. During which time, he led the co-op through opening the store, engaging the community, realizing double digit growth, purchasing the building and establishing a strong management team.  

  • Elected officials update council

    Budgets for the offices of elected officials — county assessor, county clerk and probate judge — passed unanimously without discussion on Tuesday. (See Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on the sheriff’s office budget.)
    County Assessor Ken Milder and County Clerk Sharon Stover provided updates on their departments’ activities on Monday.
    Milder’s Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez noted that the assessor’s office is funded through both the general fund and the property valuation fund. The department was able to decrease general fund expenditures 2.6 percent in its FY2016 budget, while property valuation fund expenditures increased 14 percent.
    A recent audit by the New Mexico Property Tax Division confirmed that the department had generated approximately $15.3 million in property tax revenue.
    The department is currently working with Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt to render property owned by private Los Alamos National Laboratory contractors onto the county’s tax roles. According to Valdez, this would not only increase the county’s tax base, Los Alamos’ low property taxes would also benefit the contractors.

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  • Fire department gets high marks

    An international accreditation agency tasked with grading fire departments from around the world for safety and how effectively they serve their community has recommended that the Los Alamos Fire Department be reaccredited.
    LAFD is one of only 207 departments out of 35,000 in the United States that’s been granted the accreditation, which is performed by the The Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission of Fire Accreditation International. The department is also the only one accredited by the CFAI in the state of New Mexico.
    According to CFAI Assessor Gary Aleshire, their process is so rigorous and extensive, it’s an accomplishment just to get an on-site visit.
    “There’s 78 core competencies that have to be met before we can even consider doing an on-site visit,” he said.
    LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the approval means many things to the LAFD.

  • Isotopes offense stifled in loss to Rainiers

    Cold and wet conditions at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., cooled the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-6) offense off Thursday evening. The Tacoma Rainiers (5-10) chipped a 3-0 victory away from the Isotopes.
    Albuquerque will have a chance to win its second series, and first on the road, Friday night.

    Left-handed pitchers Chris Rusin for the Isotopes and Mike Montgomery for the Rainiers cruised through the early innings without allowing a single hit. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Tacoma’s Shawn O’Malley singled home a run that either team could gain an advantage. Albuquerque was held hitless until sixth when Brandon Barnes poked a leadoff double into the left field corner. The Isotopes couldn’t move him around, and the Rainiers would add another run in the bottom of the sixth before tacking on another in the eighth.

    Shortstop Cristhian Adames has been tearing the cover off the ball during his last 12 games. After a 1-for-3 performance on Thursday, he now has 18 hits during that 12-game stretch, including a team-leading seven multi-hit performances. He also has nine runs scored, three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six walks and only three strikeouts. Adames is batting .409.

  • Sports Briefs 4-24-15

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant, or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Atomic Tumblers compete in state championships

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers travelled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics last month to compete in the men’s New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.
    Daniel Fryer competed in the level-6 session.
    For the third consecutive year, Fryer qualified for the Region 9 Championships.
    This is his third year competing in United States men’s gymnastics, and his third level of accomplishment.
    During the 2012-2013 season, he won a state championship for his age division in level 4 and qualified for regionals, which were held in Albuquerque that year.
    The next year, he won another state championship in his age division in level 5, qualifying for the regional championships in Salt Lake City.
    This year, he qualified for the level-6 regional championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs at the men’s Olympic Training Center.
    Fryer is finding level 6, which is a fairly advanced level of gymnastics, to be more of a challenge than the previous levels he competed in.
    At the state championships this year, his highest finish earned him a bronze on vault with a 10.10 (receiving some bonus points that are allowed in men’s gymnastics). Fryer finished seventh all-around, taking the final regional qualifying spot.
    He’s looking forward to competing in level 6 again, next year.

  • LA ready to host Española Valley in key games

    The District 2-5A baseball championship will be all but decided on Saturday at Bomber Field.
    The top two teams in the district, Los Alamos and Española Valley, have distanced themselves from the rest of the league, going a combined 12-0 against the rest of the district. Now they’ll square off for the final two times this regular season to see who gets to enter the final stretch of games in the top spot.
    Los Alamos (15-6, 6-1 District 2-5A) will host the district leading Española Valley Sundevils (15-4, 7-0) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    To take over the lead, Los Alamos will need to win both games.
    Española won the first contest between the two teams at home, 4-0. Los Alamos had plenty of chances to score in the game, but couldn’t get a timely hit and ended up leaving nine runners stranded on base, including runners in scoring position in each of the first six innings.
    The ’Toppers have won five straight since then, learning from the loss by being more aggressive at the plate and taking care of business on a daily basis.
    Española pitcher Jesus Chavez, however, has more movement on his balls than anyone Los Alamos had played since then. He should give the ’Toppers a good challenge.

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