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Today's News

  • ‘In America:’ a hard-to-forget film

    Need a healthy cry? Catch “In America” (2002, rated PG-13) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library for a guaranteed catharsis.
    When the film opens, Johnny and Sarah Sullivan (Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton) are trying to immigrate into the United States, possibly hoping to outrun the death, about one year earlier, of their son Frankie.
    They and their two living children, 10-year-old Christy (Sarah Bolger) and 5-year-old Ariel (Emma Bolger), move into a tenement in New York City, a home to many drug addicts and one tenant described to the Sullivans as “the man who screams.” They appear to be the only family with young children in the building.
    Johnny, an actor, is often unemployed, but Sarah takes a job as a waitress at a local ice-cream shop and they scrape by. They make a friend in the building (the totally fantastic Djimon Hounsou) and embrace their new life as much as they can. However, they can’t put off grieving forever.
    Thoughtful, honest storytelling from writer/director Jim Sheridan makes “In America” the kind of film is hard to forget, in part because the story asks a lot of its viewers. This is not entertainment so much as a lesson in empathy, one that we might not want but can always use.

  • New Mexico begins process of debating open primary law

    Last week, two Democratic members of the state House, Reps. Antonio “Moe” Maestas of Albuquerque and Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos, introduced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution making it possible for voters registered as independent to cast their ballots in state primary elections.
    Also last week Donald Trump, the bloviated New York billionaire and self-advertised “frontrunner” for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, pulled out of a Fox Cable TV “debate” with the other contenders in that race.
    Seems Trump declined to submit to questions posed of him by the moderator of that debate, Megyn Kelly, because he feels she doesn’t “respect” him. Fox News and Ms. Kelly, on the other hand, dismissed Trump’s tantrum with the suggestion that he doesn’t like difficult questions when he’s in the spotlight performing.
    You pick. My guess is both camps are probably correct.
    But Mr. Trump’s latest campaign stunt was at least a novel way to put on a show without the bother of putting on a show. It also underscores one of the chronic challenges associated with popular self-government.

  • Groups seek state override of local wage regulations

    A vast business coalition has massed behind a proposed state law that would preempt local laws. The proposal comes in the form of House Bill 211 from Rep. Jason Harper, a Rio Rancho Republican, and Sen. Mark Moores, an Albuquerque Republican.
    The Association of Commerce of Industry leads the effort with Jason Espinosa, ACI president, as the campaign’s public face.
    I presume HB 211 in part comes in response to the so-called Fair Workweek Act introduced last summer by Albuquerque City Councilors Isaac Benton and Klarissa Peña. Much tearing of hair was the Albuquerque response to the detailed regulations of the Benton-Peña proposal.
    ACI’s Jan. 26 release cited “the recent wave of local governments developing complex mandates for employers.”

  • Registration opens for Jemez Mountain Trail Races

    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21 this year. Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open.
    These races fill up quickly.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15 miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    Register soon at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.
    For more information about running, or volunteering for this event, visit the race’s website: highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.
     

  • LA girls hold off Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well Saturday at Bernalillo, but the ‘Toppers found a way to win the game, 54-51.
    Playing without co-captain Ashlynn Trujillo and head coach Nestor Trujillo (sick), Kayla Salazar stepped up on the court while Tarah Logan took over the head coaching duties for the game.
    Salazar led Los Alamos with 28 points in the game, sinking 12 of her 25 field goal attempts and adding four free throws.
    The rest of the team, however, only made nine of their 52 shots from the field.
    Makaela Jones scored 12 points and Shannon Irwin added eight. Irwin also led Los Alamos with nine rebounds.
    Los Alamos used a strong second quarter to take control of the game. After the Spartans led 13-12 after the first quarter, Los Alamos won the second quarter 21-10 to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
    Bernalillo, who was looking for its first home win and second win overall, won the third and fourth quarters by five points and two points, respectively, but couldn’t quite catch Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A with the win.
    Los Alamos is also 2-0 in games played without Ashlynn Trujillo, who was on crutches for the contest against Capital, but returned for the Española Valley game.

  • Hilltopper boys playing good ball, score two wins

    Fast starts and different players getting hot helped the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team score a pair of wins this last weekend.
    Los Alamos won its first District 2-5A contest of the year by taking down Bernalillo Friday, 76-63.
    The ’Toppers then blew by Aztec, 85-53, Saturday.
    In both games, Los Alamos had a double-digit lead after the first quarter.
    Against a Bernalillo squad that upset the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars, 51-46, the prior week, Los Alamos battled from start to finish to take down the Spartans.
    Antonio Trujillo scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to help Los Alamos grab a 17-7 lead.
    In the second quarter, the Spartans fought back and tied the game at 25. Los Alamos, however, used a 6-0 run to pull away again. Ivan Balakirev found himself in foul trouble, getting his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second quarter, but another big man, Cade Gasway, made sure Los Alamos didn’t miss a step.
    Jack Stewart started the run with a bucket. Los Alamos then forced a turnover and Gasway assisted Troy Hammock. Gasway then stole a pass and Michael Naranjo scored a quick transition bucket to put Los Alamos up 31-25. The teams traded baskets after that, but a late reverse layup by Kyle Newell helped Los Alamos take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the District 2-5A leading Del Norte Knights to town. Del Norte is a perfect 3-0 in the district, and 10-8 overall. The Knights have scored wins against the other three district team it has faced — Española Valley, 36-29, Bernalillo, 42-32, and Capital, 72-52.
    The Hilltopper girls, who are scheduled to play Bernalillo this weekend, began district play with a win over Capital, 88-53, before suffering a one-point loss to Española Valley, 75-75.
    A win Tuesday could help Los Alamos earn a share of the district lead. The game will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.
     

    This week's games:

    Tuesday
    Girls’ Basketball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Swimming and Diving: Los Alamos at District 1 championship, varsity, TBD

    Hockey: Taos at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:45 p.m.

  • Births 1-31-16

    Jan. 9 — A girl. Aubrianna Padilla. Born to Marlene Martinez and Joshua Padilla.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Kady Lynne King. Born to Elanda and Alexander King.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Ava Catherine Wood. Born to Elizabeth and Brandon Wood.
    Jan. 18 — A boy. Donovan Joseph Salazar. Born to Destiny Velasquez and Derek Salazar.
    Jan. 20 — A girl. Aurora Rose Wong. Born to Charissa and Andrew Wong.
    Jan. 21 — A girl. Madeline Rose Martinez. Born to Alisha and Michael Martinez.
    Jan. 23 — A boy. Mason Ezra Rodriquez. Born to Vanessa Rodriquez.

  • Family night at Nature Center

    Feb. 9  is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Learn about geology through stories and music with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Cafe Scientifique Tuesday at Teen Center

    Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars. The first café, which will take place in Los Alamos at the YMCA Teen Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday and in Taos, at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse on Feb. 23 will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
    Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3)will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a reality colonizing Mars has become. Teens will have a chance to review the criteria for landing sites and make recommendations to the LANL/NASA team.
    For more information and directions, visit Cafenm.org/schedule.html and for questions please contact RJ Montaño at RJ@scieds.com.