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  • The bomb and us through the years

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    Not one newspaper mentioned the searing flash, massive fireball and multi-colored mushroom cloud that arose in the southern New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945. Windows rattled as far away as Gallup and Amarillo, Texas.
    The army said it was an exploding ammunition dump. New Mexicans doubted the story privately, but the nation was at war, New Mexico was deeply involved, and citizens didn’t ask too many questions. The story of the first atomic bomb test at Trinity Site came out with the devastation of Hiroshima, a few weeks later.
    What we’ve said about “the day the sun rose twice” in news stories has changed during its many anniversaries, starting with the wonder of it all and moving to the morality and legacy of the bomb. Decades passed before we heard about human impacts here in New Mexico.    
    On the first anniversary, a news story described the Manhattan Project in detail and noted that during the year, “four atomic bombs have been dropped, and peace has returned to the world.”

  • Marr has best prediction

    Tuesday night’s weather along the Quemazon Trail in the western area of Los Alamos attracted mountain bikers, a flower identification group and 37 walkers and runners to compete in this week’s Pace Race.
    For the Pace Racers, a one-mile course on pavement and sidewalk was available.
    There were also one-and three-mile courses on the Satch Cowan and Quemazon trails that required challenging trail negotiation skills.
    Only three predictors on all of the courses finished within 75 seconds of their prediction.
    Duane Marr had the best prediction of the night, missing his time by just 21 seconds.
    Mark Bjorklund had the second-best prediction. He missed his time by 49 seconds.
    Joan Williams missed by 75 seconds to finish with the third best prediction.
    On the one-mile course, Patricia Burnside was the fastest female. She finished in 9 minutes, 6 seconds.
    Adrian Medin was the fastest male, crossing in 14:55.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer was the fastest male. He finished the race in 30:03.
    The fastest female was Emily Moore. She finished in 35:25.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m., beginning and ending in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center’s parking lot on Canyon Road.

  • Players dig mud volleyball

    The High Mountain Mud Volleyball Festival took place Saturday at North Mesa Park.
    The co-ed, 18-and-over tournament once again reached its maximum capacity of 11 teams for the event.
    The players tested their volleyball skills while muddy water hindered their movements and duct tape held their shoes on their feet.
    Team after team went down in the mud after a pair of losses in the double-elimination tournament.
    The event was down to its final four teams when lightning struck and brought an abrupt end to the action.
    It was the second year in a row the tournament was called due to lightning before its conclusion.
    Team Awesome, however, was undefeated when it ended.
    It was the only squad to have won all of its games up to that point.

  • Today in history July 22
  • Be There calendar 7-21-15

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Opera at the Pond: Singers Christina Martos (soprano), Carlos Archuleta  (baritone) and Olivia Hakel (mezzo soprano) will be joined by award winning pianist John Rangel for an evening of opera and musical theater favorites. The performance will include selections from “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Les Miserables,” and much more. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

  • Equestrian Skills
  • 'Breaking Bad' actor runs for seat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Citing the growth of urban sprawl and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, “Breaking Bad” actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque.
    Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he’s seeking a commission seat in Bernalillo County — the state’s most populous county.
    The 52-year-old actor and comedian said he’s joining in the race because he feels someone like him can make a difference in the district that includes the historic Hispanic South Valley and an area in Albuquerque’s west side where developers are seeking to build homes.
    “I think I bring a new face to the Democratic Party,” said Quezada, a Democrat who is a member of the Albuquerque school board. “We need to reach out to our young people — the young Chicanos, the young Latinos — and get them involved in this process and let them know this is important.”
    At least three others are running for the open seat in 2016.

  • Local Briefs 7-21-15

    County will start spraying for weeds on North Mesa

    Los Alamos County announced it will be conducting herbicide spraying this week.
    The Parks Division will be applying broadleaf weed herbicide (Trimec and Round-Up) in between Wednesday and July 29 at North Mesa parks and fields.
    Starting on July 29 and going through Aug. 5, the Parks Division will be spraying those herbicides at all Barranca Mesa parks and fields.
    For more information about the spraying, call 662-8159.

    Jiron named to council

    Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron has been appointed to the American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals Governing Council.
    The council is a national advisory committee that represents AHA constituents and counsels members on advocacy and policy.
    Jiron will represent rural hospitals on the council.
    The governing council includes 18 elected and four appointed members who are chief executives and physician leaders of some prominent small or rural hospitals.

  • Learn about local butterflies

    As summer began, butterflies are more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
    In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore the creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle, and more. This talk will start at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
    This event precedes the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count that is scheduled on Saturday. For the day of the butterfly count, participants will meet butterfly expert Steve Cary at three separate areas to observe, count and learn about butterflies: mesa top, high altitude and streamside.
    Participants will meet at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will stay around this area until 10:45 a.m.
    Next, they will count at Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a lunch. The last stop is Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where the group will stay from between 1:45-3:15 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for the whole day, or only opt to only count at some locations.
    This event is $5 for adults and free for children. Register in advance.

  • Iran: 60 days needed for nuke deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament will need “at least” 60 days to review a proposed final deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program, a prominent lawmaker said Tuesday, giving legislators in the Islamic Republic about the same time as the U.S. Congress to examine the proposal.
    But while hard-liners in Iran’s parliament could vote against the deal struck last week in Vienna, their numbers wouldn’t be enough to derail a proposal already backed by the country’s supreme leader. That’s even with an influential member of the country’s Revolutionary Guard expressing concerns over the deal.
    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed the Iranian negotiating team, formally submitted the deal Tuesday to parliament. Hours later, the official IRNA news agency reported lawmakers formed a 15-member special committee to review the deal.
    Under Iran’s constitution, parliament has the right to reject any deal — even one negotiated by the Foreign Ministry. But committed hard-liners in the Iranian parliament hold only about 60 of the body’s 290 seats, the rest belonging to conservatives and a handful of pro-reform lawmakers.