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Today's News

  • Teen Pony Club members to compete in championships

    Los Alamos teens Lauren Marcus and Brenna Graham have qualified to go to the United States Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park this week. The two will compete in the Quiz category.
    Quiz is a competition that tests overall horse knowledge. It consists of multiple phases, tested over several days, against teams from the more than 40 regions of United States Pony Clubs across the country.
    The phases are an oral test on a wide range of horse management, veterinary knowledge, equestrian sports rules, hands-on horse management; a written test; and working together to assemble tack or other group tasks and identification of exotic equipment and horse breeds. There are complex strategies and tactics involved to win.
    The girls put in more than 100 hours of study time and have pored over thousands of pages of reference material. Both girls have competed at this level previously, as well as having won at various equine-knowledge competitions at the regional and interregional level.
    Marcus is the daughter of Wendy and Alan Marcus, and Graham is the daughter of Samara and Paul Graham, all of Los Alamos.
    USPC states as one of its goals that all members shall learn horse management in addition to riding skills, and that horse-management emphasis is one of the items for which USPC grads are particularly well known.

  • Supreme Court to Obama Administration: Congress writes laws, you don't

    Now that the dust has settled on the Supreme Court’s 2014 session, we can look at the decisions and conclude that the Obama Administration received a serious smack down. Two big cases got most of the news coverage: Hobby Lobby and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recess appointments. In both cases, the administration lost. At the core of both, is the issue of the administration’s overreach.
    Within the cases the Supreme Court heard, one had to do with energy: Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. Environmental Protection Agency — and it, too, offered a rebuke.
    The UARG v. EPA decision came down on June 23. The decision was mixed — with both sides claiming victory. Looking closely, there is cause for optimism from all who question the president’s authority to rewrite laws.
    A portion of the UARG v. EPA case was about the EPA’s “Tailoring Rule” in which it “tailored” a statutory provision in the Clean Air Act — designed to regulate traditional pollutants such as particulate matter — to make it work for CO2. In effect, the EPA wanted to rewrite the law to achieve its goals. The decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority, stated:

  • A tailored approach needed to market N.M. Hispanics

    Doing business in New Mexico requires an awareness of — and sensitivity to — the attitudes and preferences of people who identify as Hispanic or Latino, because this demographic represents a plurality of New Mexico’s population. Hispanics are 47 percent of the state’s residents — the largest percentage of any other racial or ethnic group.
    In its annual statewide perception survey, the Garrity Group learned how Hispanics and Anglos feel about 17 industries and institutions and 14 professions and how people in both groups use different media for news, information and shopping.
    Likenesses and differences
    In some areas, the positive feelings of Hispanics and Anglos toward various institutions weren’t far apart. For example, both groups had similar feelings about the health-care system, with Hispanics expressing 52 percent favorability and Anglos 46 percent. Both groups also had poor opinions of journalists and lawyers.

  • Diving right in

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club hosted the Nick Nogar Invitational at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center earlier this month. The Aquatomics and the Pajarito Aquatic Club, the two locally based swim teams, along with the Charger Aquatic Club, which is based in Albuquerque but includes several Los Alamos area swimmers, took part.

  • McIlroy takes early lead at Open

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.
    Seems like he was never away.
    After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much like he did eight years ago, when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.
    Not bad for a guy playing his first major of the year, who went months without being able to swing a club after back surgery.
    “I’m only going to get better,” Woods said. “I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again. And those are all positive things.”
    For McIlroy, it was another blistering start.
    The question now: Can he keep it going?
    McIlroy took advantage of the prime scoring conditions more than anyone, a 66 putting him in the familiar position of first-round leader. He has played the opening round in a cumulative 55-under par this year, including three 63s and a course-record 64 at last week’s Scottish Open.

  • Joc Pederson homers for PCL

    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
    The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
    Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game.
    But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday.
    Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season.
    Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs.
    His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572).
    For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs.

    Isotopes start homestand tonight

  • All-Star majors open state tournament play Saturday

    The Los Alamos County Majors All-Star baseball team is heading to the state tournament this weekend with hopes of advancing to the regional playoffs.
    The Los Alamos Majors — comprised of 11- and 12-year-old players — will start state play Saturday when it faces a tough opponent in Clovis. Win or lose, Los Alamos will play Sunday night.
    The state tournament is being played in Carlsbad.
    To qualify for the state tournament, the Los Alamos All-Stars won the District 1 tournament last week in Santa Fe, and did so in impressive fashion.
    Los Alamos outscored its semifinal and final round opponents, Santa Fe Metro and Española, by a combined 54-2. In Saturday’s championship game, Los Alamos earned a 20-0 shutout victory over Española to clinch a berth in state.
    All-Star manager Alex Garcia said the nucleus of this team is the same as a team he helped guide to state in 2013.
    In preparation for the state tournament, Garcia said his team would mostly be working on fundamentals in order to stay sharp.
    From top-to-bottom of the batting order, Los Alamos swung the bat very well in district, while the team’s pitching has also been very solid throughout the postseason.

  • Reaching the Goal

    Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) are (left to right) Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer, Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs. Lab employees pledged a record $325,246 — up almost 7 percent over last year — and other donors brought total donations to $342,849. Los Alamos National Security, LLC matched employee giving with $250,000. “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry or the non-profit sector,” Mousseau, said. The number of LANL donors also increased by 5 percent over 2014. Funds raised this year will be used by the LANL Foundation to award scholarships to students in seven Northern New Mexico counties in 2015.

  • Friday Night Tunes

    The Eric McFadden Band rocked Ashley Pond last weekend as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Friday’s show will feature Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. It will be at the new Smith’s Marketplace.

  • Microsoft announces 18K layoffs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.
    Although the job cuts were expected, the extent of the eliminations is a surprise, amounting to 14 percent of the company’s workforce.
    It’s CEO Satya Nadella’s boldest move since taking the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. Ballmer announced the Nokia acquisition last September, a month after he announced that he would resign.
    In a public email to employees Thursday, Nadella said the changes were needed for the company to “become more agile and move faster.”
    Nadella indicated that Microsoft will largely abandon low-price Nokia Asha phones — which work on their own non-Windows operating system — and reverse a strategically questionable move by Nokia in February to launch a line of phones called “X’’ that supported rival Google Inc.’s Android platform.