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  • Be There 05-22-13

    Artwork by Richard Swenson. An ongoing exhibit during regular business hours at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the second floor lobby. For more information call Peggy Pendergast at 412-7223.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will discuss Islamophobia vs. legitimate critique of religion. 6:30 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. For questions or more information, visit them Facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com. All are welcome.
    At 5:30 p.m., parents and children are invited to Ruby K’s Bagel Café to create a bagel birdfeeder. Little Forest Playschool will host this craft. Secilly Keeler, a teacher at Little Forest, will bring the supplies and provide hands-on instruction. For more information call 515-7001.

    Authors Speak Series presents Steve Sheinkin, author of “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.” Teens are invited to a pizza party to meet the author at 5:30 p.m. before the talk. Both Upstairs at the Mesa Public Library.

  • Party band to entertain at summer concert series

    Igor and the Red Elvises, brings the party to Los Alamos Friday.
    The Red Elvises started out as a Siberian wedding band, an ambitious Russian folk band named Limpopo, coming to the United States in the mid-1980’s. They lived in Santa Monica, Calif., and became popular there. They were introduced to President Ronald Reagan as a “hellipcrazy” Russian Folk ‘n’ Roll group, and in 1993 won on Ed McMahon’s International Star Search TV show. The Red Elvises formed in 1995 after lead singer, Igor Yuzov had a dream where Elvis Presley told him to become a rocker.
    “Fans from Los Alamos to Los Angeles, Seattle to Miami and all around the world (yes, the world) say, ‘Oh, you have to see them live. They’re so much fun!’ I’d bet there’s at least a thousand people in this town alone who agree,” Organizer Russell Gordon said. “They’re tremendous showmen. They’re always touring, always evolving. They’re talented and entertaining. I was checking them out on Facebook and there are a whole lot of new songs. There are some new members yet they’re still a tight band and very talented. Even if they aren’t your favorite band, they could be yours as they are mine, favorite “party” band.”

  • Safety agencies need to be impartial

    The explosion of the fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, a few weeks ago, killed dozens of people, injured many more, and blew the walls off numbers of buildings. Has that affected your thinking about how to reduce the cost of government?
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry commented in a televised interview that maybe we need to consider toughening the regulations on the storage of such dangerous chemicals.
    That’s the same Rick Perry who, as a presidential candidate, famously called for the elimination of three major federal agencies and couldn’t remember one of them. Eliminating government excess sounds a whole lot easier in fuzzy generalities than in the wake of a tragedy.
    Shall we reduce the staffing of the agencies that enforce the regulation of the storage of explosive chemicals? Regulations generally are effective only when regulatory agencies are capable of enforcing them. Do you need more evidence? Think back to Wall Street, 2008, and policies based on the belief — expressed by the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, among others — that the financial industry would regulate itself.

  • Scandals provide vital media coverage

    “Ya think, DiNozzo?” Gibbs responds on NCIS when Agent Dinozzo offers something totally obvious. Today’s question might better be, “Just what were they thinking?”
    Two recent headlines create the suspicion that all may well not be right. For me, the stories generate wonder about the culture, the mindset of the Obama administration. Both touch New Mexico.
    The old news is the Internal Revenue Service using tax rules to intimidate conservative advocacy organizations. IRS games with the Albuquerque Tea Party reportedly started in late 2011. The IRS sought all sorts of documents from the group, including emails between board members.
    I have seen bureaucratic intimidation. A classic was the member of Albuquerque’s zoning board, the Environmental Planning Commission, instructing a developer to plant a tree in the front yard of every home in his subdivision. Other developers have muttered between their teeth about petty changes perpetually required that eventually destroy a project.

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  • Volleyball program hosting Review-Preview Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will host an event Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltopper 2013 Review-Preview will start at 5 p.m. Donations of $2 per person are being requested to benefit the school’s athletic department.
    The Review-Preview includes a free clinic for players in grades 1-6, a scrimmage between returning Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School players, a senior boys volleyball game and an alumni game.

  • Kirk, Christensen named All-Stars

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper softball veterans were invited to participate in the North-South All-Star series.
    Los Alamos’ Micaela Christensen and Erin Kirk were selected for the Class 4A/5A North All-Star team. The All-Star selections were announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Selections are made by high school coaches across the state. Only graduating seniors are eligible to participate.
    Christensen, one of the most dangerous hitters in Los Alamos program history, was named as a shortstop to the North team. Christensen, a home-schooled student, will attend and play softball for Taylor University in Upland, Ind., next semester.
    Kirk, meanwhile, was picked to play first base for the North All-Stars.
    This will be a busy summer for Kirk, who is also scheduled to play in the All-Star girls basketball game.
    The North-South series will be played June 14-15 at the Farmington Sports Complex, a week after Kirk is scheduled to appear in the All-Star basketball contest.
    Piedra Vista, the Class 4A champions this season, placed three players on the North team — pitcher Krissy Fortner, catcher Alex Moreno and third baseman Jordan Montoya — while 4A runner-up Aztec and Albuquerque High, along with Los Alamos, had two selections.

  • 'Topes Notes 05-22-13

    Isotopes top Sky Sox for third straight win

    Blake Johnson tossed six innings of scoreless ball Tuesday night as the Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-3 at Isotopes Park.
    The win was the third straight for the Isotopes (23-22) to help them get back on the plus-side of .500. The Isotopes had lost six of eight contests prior to this three-game win streak.
    Johnson allowed just five hits in six innings and struck out four batters to secure the victory on the hill for Albuquerque.
    Isotope middle infielders Alfredo Amezaga and Elian Herrera went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate and drove in a combined four runs, while Chili Buss had a triple in the seventh inning to score Herrera. Herrera’s big night at the plate was his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season.
    Sky Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5-2/3 innings.
    Albuquerque will go for a fourth consecutive victory tonight against Colorado Springs — the Isotopes have taken the first two of the four-game set with the Sky Sox. Aaron Laffey (1-1, 5.19 ERA) is scheduled to start.
    The Isotopes will go on the road starting Friday for the start of an eight-game road trip.

    Magill rejoins Isotopes pitching staff

  • Class 4A track and field final results

    Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Aztec, 76; 2. Los Alamos, 59; 3. Piedra Vista, 52; 4. Artesia, 49; 5. Del Norte, 37; 6. St. Pius X, 33; (tie) Santa Fe, 33; 8. Los Lunas, 22; 9. Santa Teresa, 17; 10. Albuquerque Academy, 16; 11. Kirtland Central, 11; 12. Chaparral, 9; 13. Roswell, 8; (tie) Goddard, 8; 15. Miyamura, 6; (tie) Valencia, 6; (tie) Farmington, 6; 18. Moriarty, 55; 19. Deming, 1.

    100 meters

    1. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 12.42; 2. Cera Chavez, Los Lunas, 12.59; 3. Patience Kennedy, St. Pius, 12.62.

    200 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 25.11; 2. Jessica Scherrer, Del Norte, 25.70; 3. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 26.54; 4. Amy Neal, 26.38.

    400 meters

    1. Tiffany Cano, Artesia, 57.48; 2. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 58.22; 3. Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 58.35.

    800 meters

    1. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 2:14.60; 2. Jenna Thurman, Del Norte, 2:14.88; 3. Carisma Lovato, Valencia, 2:20.35.

    1600 meters

  • Urlacher announces his retirement from NFL

    CHICAGO (AP) — Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he's retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

    The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday. In a statement, he says "after spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire."

    Urlacher was the face of the Bears' franchise and leaves as one of the game's great linebackers. In March, he and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent.

    He started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, and recorded a team-record 1,779 tackles. He has 41½ sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP's defensive player of the year in 2005 and helped lead the 2006 team to the Super Bowl.

    Last year, he was slowed by injuries.