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  • PEEC goes to the birds

    Spend an afternoon with local bird photographer Bob Walker and consider a variety of methods for photographing hummingbirds, from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8.
    Hummingbirds are colorful summer visitors that can be both challenging and rewarding photographic subjects. Because these little birds are adaptable, relatively fearless and easily attracted to nectar feeders, it’s possible to get nice photographs of them by temporarily turning a part of your backyard into an outdoor photo studio.
    This workshop will start with a setup session showing how to prepare an outdoor studio, and will conclude with a field session in which participants can take some photos, either with their own cameras or using one that Walker will provide. Depending on the number of registrants, additional field sessions may be scheduled so that everyone who wants to take photos will get a chance to do so.
    Equipment available for use at the workshop will include a camera, tripod, hummingbird feeder and camera flashes that are used for flash setups. Participants need only bring their own camera and/or CF or SDHC flash cards. Participant cameras should be able to have the shutter speed, aperture and ISO value set manually. It’s also best if the camera can focus manually and the lens should have a zoom lens with a telephoto setting equivalent to 200mm or more (6x or greater).

  • State revenues looking OK

    Decent news about state government finances came to the Legislative Finance Committee at the group’s August meeting held in Angel Fire.
    “Decent news” means revenue into the general fund—$5.7 billion for fiscal year 2013, the current budget year—is expected to beat planned spending by $35 million with larger margins expected the next two years.
    So-called “new money” for the next budget year (FY 14), which will be addressed by the 2013 legislative session, is estimated at $198 million. New money is next year’s projected revenue minus appropriations for this year.
    The meeting was quiet, the room small, the crowd modest – maybe 50, including presenters. Good news is boring.
    The LFC’s August 2009 jaunt to Angel Fire provided a quite different scene. The room for that gathering was twice the size of this year’s. The crowd was at capacity, almost hanging from the figurative rafters. The tone was negative, toward nasty.
    Projected revenues were some hundreds of millions short of appropriated spending.
    This year LFC chair Sen. John Arthur Smith, Deming Democrat, bragged, properly, on the LFC’s role during the unhappy times. The LFC and the staff anticipated the downturn.

  • LA to host its home tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host the 16th annual Louie Cernieck Invitational starting Friday morning.
    Los Alamos (0-1) and a solid group of teams will battle it out Friday and Saturday for the tournament’s traveling trophy.
    The Cernicek tournament is considered one of the most competitive in Northern New Mexico — so tough, in fact, that the Hilltoppers have won the tournament only once since 2004.
    The Hilltoppers will play the defending tournament champs, the Belen Eagles. The Eagles finished second in Class 4A last year but their 2012 season has gotten off to a rough start, losing games to Artesia and Hope Christian by a combined 10-1.
    Los Alamos and Belen will face off at 9 a.m. Friday at Sullivan Field. Three of the tournament games, including Friday’s first round contests of Clovis-Goddard and Farmington-Bernalillo, will be played on the new surface at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Friday

    Los Alamos vs. Belen, Sullivan Field, 9 a.m.
    Clovis vs. Goddard, Los Alamos Middle School, 9 a.m.
    Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Sullivan Field, 11 a.m.
    Farmington vs. Bernalillo, Los Alamos Middle School, 11 a.m.

    Los Alamos-Belen loser vs. Clovis-Goddard loser, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.

  • LA boys, girls run at UNM on Friday

    It is a common position to be in for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, but not so much for the Hilltopper boys.
    Going into the 2012 season, the Hilltopper teams are both solid favorites in Class 4A. Rarely is a team other than the Albuquerque Academy Charger boys the favorite.
    But after losing just one senior off a team that demolished all comers at the 2011 state meet, including the vaunted Chargers, the Hilltoppers are doubtlessly the team to beat.
    “We’re trying not to think about it,” said returning runner Orion Staples. “Obviously, Academy’s still a major threat. Again, we’ve got to run the hardest. It’ll be good if we can beat them.”
    The Hilltopper boys will be paced by senior Sean Reardon, who had a monster track season. His spring culminated in an upset victory over Del Norte’s Jackson Thomas in the 1,600 meters and a runner-up finish behind Jackson in the 3,200.
    Reardon posted his best finish ever in last weekend’s preseason dual against La Cueva, a notable 5A program.
    Los Alamos has been a regular participant at the University of New Mexico Invitational, where the teams will open their season Friday.

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  • GOP speech puts NM governor in national spotlight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage Wednesday night to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

    Martinez made a prime-time appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., speaking minutes before Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination.

    She offered her life story as an example of the "promise of America" and emphasized the importance of the presidential election in preserving those opportunities for future generations.

    Martinez made political history with her election in 2010, becoming the first woman elected as governor of New Mexico as well as the nation's first Latina governor.

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