.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Senior softball all-stars head to regionals

    After winning the state championship last weekend, the Los Alamos County Little League Senior Softball team has advanced to the regional championships this weekend in Vidalia, Louisiana.

    “I know the girls are really excited to be moving on to the next level,” said Robbie Harris, the team’s coach.

    The regional tournament will get underway on Saturday.

    In the team’s first game, they will face Arapahoe Little League, from Aurora, Colorado.

    The game will begin at 8 a.m.

    The team’s second scheduled game will take place against Vidalia Girls Softball Little League from host city Vidalia, Louisiana on Sunday at 7 p.m.

    As the team heads into the tournament, Harris believes they are ready to compete against the strong competition.

    “When I look at our team, we really are strong across the board,” Harris said. “We have good hitting, good fielding and good pitching.”

    The Southwest regional is made up of teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and two teams from Texas.

    The winner of the regional tournament, which will run through Wednesday, will advance to the Senior League Softball World Series, which will take place in Lower Sussex, Delaware July 31-Aug. 6.

  • Met Live in HD at the Lensic

    The Lensic and Santa Fe Opera will present the 2017-2018 season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts. The HD season includes 10 operas, with five new productions and starry revivals starring the world’s leading opera artists.

    The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel;” Rossini’s “Semiramide,” which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

    Audiences can also see the Met’s new stagings of “Puccini’s Tosca,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vitorio Grigolo, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, set in 1950s Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara.

  • Butterfly count set for Saturday

    Do you want to learn more about butterflies? Are you already a butterfly expert, but want to help with the annual count?

    The annual butterfly event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Participants will honor the memory of

    Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream Saturday.

    New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be at the event to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.

    The first count will start between 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead in Bandelier, located off of State Highway 4.

    The group will then move to Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., where participants will stop to eat lunch.

    The final stop will be Cañon de Valle along State Road 501 from 1:45-3:15 p.m.

    Butterfly counters are welcome to stay for the whole day or opt to only count at some locations.

  • Mountains, monasteries in the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’

    By Debbie Stone

    A revered lama and leading astrologist, Master Wengdi of the Paga Monastery in Bhutan, told me that I’m a fire monkey, born under a metal sign that imbues me with confidence and energy.

    Driven to success, I often gravitate towards leadership roles where I can exercise control and call upon my ability to draw people to me. But, I can be competitive and stubborn (true), allowing my strong will and needs to overwhelm me, sometimes making decisions based on emotion and not logic (also true). To help balance the forces within me, Master

    Wengdi recommended that I practice patience and focus on doing more acts of compassion in my life. He ended my astrological session by telling me that 2017 is a lucky year for fire monkeys, but that I should take precautions to avoid being near construction sites in the coming months. And, oh, I should also wear brighter-colored clothing.

  • New play examines marriage in tart, humorous bites

    By WREN PROPP

    Special to the Monitor

    Since June is a traditional time for weddings, July may be a good time to examine marriage. Hindsight should at least be entertaining.

    To that end, a theater company new to northern New Mexico offers three, one-act plays examining matrimony in tart, humorous bites from master playwrights George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov and Moliere.

    The production called “Marriage by the Masters” began July 13 at the Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe and is scheduled to continue until July 30, showing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

    “It’s shedding new light on old perceptions. And while they’re in a different period, I think the audience will recognize people. We don’t really say what we mean,” said Brenda Lynn Bynum of the Oasis Theatre Company, which is presenting the production.

    Native New Mexican Bynum and James Jenner make up the company. They moved their 10-year-old company to Santa Fe earlier this summer.

    In an interview before the move was complete, Bynum and Jenner, who married in Santa Fe and own property there, said they see a growing interest in theater in New Mexico, while interest in New York’s small theater companies has stagnated somewhat. They visited New Mexico frequently.

  • Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

    ALBUQUERQUE — Facebook’s plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and a data center that will span an area equal to 17 football fields.

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s office announced early Tuesday that the social media giant will be doubling its investment in the state with the planned expansion of its data center currently under construction near Los Lunas, a rural area just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area.

    The governor praised the announcement, saying Facebook is among the state’s key partners as it works to diversify its economy.

    “New Mexico’s powerful incentives are bringing more opportunities to our state — once again ahead of schedule with more jobs and investment than initially anticipated,” the governor said in a statement.

    The news comes as New Mexico looks to turn the corner after a crippling budget crisis that stemmed from a downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors and an overall weak economy. The state also has struggled with high unemployment numbers, only recently ending its stretch at the top of the nation’s jobless rankings.

  • Isotope star earns Player of the Week

    For the fourth time in five weeks, an Albuquerque Isotope has been honored by the Pacific Coast League Office, announcing Monday that Jordan Patterson has been named Player of the Week. The award comes for the period of July 10-16.

    Patterson, 25, batted .471 (8-for-17) in an abbreviated four-game week while compiling four home runs, nine RBI, a .526 on-base percentage and slugging 1.176. The first baseman’s OPS for the week was a staggering 1.703.

    Patterson’s accolade is his second of the season, winning the same award from the period of June 19-25 when he batted .423 (11-for-26) in six games.

    Isotopes teammate Ryan McMahon also took home the honor for the week of June 12-18 while lefty Ryan Carpenter was awarded Pitcher of the Week for June 26-July 2.

    The Mobile, Alabama, native is in his fifth professional season after being drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

    Patterson is just the fourth Isotope to ever win multiple Player of the Week awards in the same season.

    The Isotopes are in the middle of a home series with the Tacoma Rainiers.

    Albuquerque and Tacoma will play five games in four days.

    Tickets are available at abqisotopes.com or by visiting the Isotopes Park Box Office.
     

  • Los Alamos prepares for annual triathlon

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon is set to make its return for the 43rd time later this month, making it one of the oldest continuously running sprint triathlons in the country.

    On July 29, Los Alamos County will host three separate triathlons: the official triathlon, the Kids Triathlon and a new event, the Junior Triathlon.

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon is unique, as it has a format of bike-swim-run, as opposed to the normal format of swim-bike-run. The County’s Recreation Programs Manager Dianne Marquez said a variety of factors have led to that format.

    “The big reason is that we impede two of the major intersections in town at Trinity and Diamond, and Canyon and Diamond, so we want to get cyclists on and off the road as quickly as possible.”

    By having the cycling leg first, organizers can make sure the road is blocked off for as little time as possible, making it more convenient for participants and the public.

    Marquez added that she has asked participants if they would like to see the format become more traditional, and has learned that they seem to prefer the current format.

    The sprint triathlon consists of a 12-mile bike course, followed by a 400-meter swim and a three-mile run.

    It will be a chip-timed event with awards given out to top finishers.

  • Ledoux at Mesa Public Library Thursday

    The Authors Speak series of lectures continues Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library with author Stephen F. Ledoux, who will talk about his book “Beautiful Sights and Sensations.”

    With this book, Ledoux shares his passion for beautiful objects. Ledoux, who is also an expert in the emerging natural science of behaviorology, has travelled and taught extensively. He has held positions in Australia and in China, as well as at the State University of New York at Canton.

    He and his wife Nelly Case, also an author, now make their home in Los Alamos. Throughout his travels Ledoux has sought out and enjoyed beautiful objects, often made by natives of whichever region he is visiting. He writes about the sensations that drew him to collect, and also the sights that have inspired him.

    “Beyond my own photographic art, these (collections) have focused on some Native American arts, particularly from the Southwest, along with Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese paintings, custom knives and other edged art,” Ledoux writes in his backstory at the start of the book.

  • Community has many activities for kids

    I hope you won’t mind one more column on our adventures to praise the great people in our community.
    Kudos Piñon Park Pool, a free community swim, friendly staff free pool toys to borrow.

    Next was the first lemonade stand for three little girls when LAPD Officer Gallegos stopped by for a visit. While the girls were elated to have a man in blue because lemonade was free for firemen and police officers, he wanted to pay.

    He proceeded to give the girls free stickers and asked them to display them proudly just if any fire fighters did stop too.

    The next event with Kiwanis at PEEC had free smores, campfire stories and songs. Joy brought the excitement as the head campfire girl with her lovely daughter standing outside with their mouths open wide and belting out songs about lemon drops and gum drops.

    Our next creator of fun is Mesa Public Librarian Angelina Manfredi. While I would love to write an entire article just about

    Angie, I’m forced to highlight her goodness in just a paragraph or two.

    Manfredi and her Women of White Rock (WOW) held an event that we stumbled upon, a stuffed animal sleep over at the library!