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  • Topes Notes 08-17-12

    The Albuquerque Isotopes open a critical home series Saturday against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

    Albuquerque and New Orleans will meet for a four-game set at Isotopes Park at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in what could be a big series for both teams. Heading into today’s play – the Isotopes are wrapping up a road series tonight at Colorado Springs – the Isotopes lead the Zephyrs by three games in the PCL American Southern standings.

    The Albuquerque-New Orleans series is scheduled through Tuesday. Saturday night’s game will include postgame fireworks.

    Thursday, the Isotopes (72-53) were drubbed by Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox, 11-2. Isotpes staring pitcher Stephen Fife (9-6) was knocked around for his 4-2/3 innings, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits.

    New Orleans (69-57) failed to capitalize, however, dropping an 8-1 decision at home against Sacramento.

    This season, the Isotopes and Zephyrs have evenly split their 12 contests.

  • Today in History for August 17th
  • Rail Runner cancels service Friday

     

    There are a fair amount of commuters who take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe and then take the bus to Los Alamos.

    Those commuters will have to find another way to work Friday.

    According to TV stations KRQE-TV and KOB-TV, flooding from heavy rain late Thursday will keep Rail Runner Express trains from running north of Bernalillo to Santa Fe on Friday.

    KRQE said no trains will operate between the U.S. 550/Sandoval County station in Bernalillo and the station in downtown Santa Fe.

    On Thursday, a Rail Runner train that was stopped north of the Kewa station was given the green light to proceed with caution after severe weather and flooding halted the train. KOB reported another bridge was reportedly underwater. The TV stations reported that 600 to 800 passengers had to wait at least an hour for buses to take them to their destination.

    Storm runoff from the rains flowed through Santo Domingo Pueblo.

    However, trains will run on regular schedules between Belen and Bernalillo through Albuquerque.

    A Rail Runner spokesperson said they currently expect the line to be open in time for weekend trains.

    Storm runoff Thursday evening flowed over the rails about two miles east of the Kewa station on Santo Domingo Pueblo.

  • 12-year-old Judged Too Big for Pee Wee Football
  • Be There 08-16-12

    Today
    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    The monthly Los Alamos County Democratic party meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The topics of the meeting will be the upcoming events with congressmen, candidate updates and other developing news. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

    Saturday
    There will be a Masonic Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge, 15th and Canyon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Haiti. Price of the breakfast is $7 and $3 for children age six and younger.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will present a high tea and fashion show event at 2:30 p.m. at 3900 Trinity Dr. This is the third annual event. All proceeds go toward the two-house build trips to Juaréz in the fall. For more information, call Cathy Walters at 662-5107.

  • Wonderland comes to Rover Park

     The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland at 7 p.m. Friday at Rover Park in White Rock. The show is free. Donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends pay for the series.
    Wonderland is a blues and blues/rock artist with diverse influences from elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, churchy gospel-soul, jazz, Latin and soul.
    “Carolyn is a great guitarist and singer. She’s played the world’s best venues, including public television’s ‘Austin City Limits,’ the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, all the Texas and New Mexico clubs as well as the European clubs,” LASCS Promoter Russ Gordon said.
    Wonderland is married to A. Whitney Brown, a comedian and writer for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the liberal radio network’s “Air America Radio.” Brown is quoted as saying he’s “a vegetarian not because he loves animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
    An LA Times article said about a recent concert, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitarist. She whistled a solo. She even played trumpet, and damn can she sing.”

  • Filippenko to deliver lecture

    Award-winning University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.
     The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.
     Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space. Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace. The leaders of those teams received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.
     Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research, Filippenko’s skills in teaching and conveying scientific concepts to non-scientists has been recognized with the Carl Sagan Prize, the Richtmyer Memorial Award and a Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation.
     Filippenko will discuss how observations of supernovae have led scientists to conclude the universe contains a repulsive force, dubbed “dark energy,” that forces space to expand at an ever-increasing rate, pulling galaxies and other matter along with it. Einstein had once postulated such a mechanism but later rejected it and called it his “biggest blunder.”

  • Rainwater harvesting workshop offered at PEEC

    The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a talk on rainwater harvesting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The talk is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested at PajaritoEEC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. The DPU will provide a free water conservation kit for each participant.
    Is your garden thirsty for days, and then overwhelmed by a short cloudburst? Rainwater harvesting can help you store water on those overwhelming days to use on the following dry days, without costing a lot in water bills.  
    Integrated rainwater harvesting systems are designed to combine active systems, like tanks and barrels, with passive systems, such as rain gardens and bioswales. During this workshop, Jeffrey Adams will explore the principles and key components of integrated rainwater harvesting systems and introduce the basics of site assessment, designing, implementing and maintaining multi-functional rainwater harvesting systems. Participants will learn how to create spaces for water running off roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to slow down, spread out and soak into planted areas. This is a cost-effective way to decrease water demand in your garden and landscaped areas, and also helps protect water quality.

  • New Mexico Powerball ticket worth $1 million

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — State lottery officials say one ticket sold in New Mexico for Wednesday night’s huge Powerball jackpot is worth $1 million.
    The big prize ticket was sold in Michigan and is worth $337 million.
    But lottery officials say $1 million isn’t bad for a $2 ticket either.
    The New Mexico winner should sign the ticket’s back immediately and then head to Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque to claim the prize.
    Officials won’t say where the ticket was sold until the winner comes forward.
    Wednesday’s winning numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56 and a red Powerball of 21.

  • Mayor to raise admission fees to Albuquerque’s zoo

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s mayor says the cost of admission to the city’s Biological Park will be going up to raise money for repairs and maintenance.
    Mayor Richard Berry says adult tickets to the park containing the city’s zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens will go from $7 to $10 next month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that raising the ticket costs will generate $1.3 million in extra revenue a year. The park currently has an $18 million backlog in repairs and maintenance.
    The price hike is the first in 10 years for the BioPark. Children and seniors will see smaller price increases and prices for students on field trips would not go up.