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  • Briefs 08-15-14

    Albuquerque school chief resigns amid probe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.
    In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was “the best option” for both parties.
    Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.
    Hispanic community leader Ralph Arellanes applauded the announcement, saying the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and the League of United Latin American Citizens have never had so many complaints about abuse of power against women and minorities by a superintendent as it had against Brooks.
    Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

    Official clears contested contributions to King

  • Concert to be held at Del Norte Credit Union

    Friday’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show will be at Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Dr. “We’re calling the evening ‘Co-op Night’ and we thank DNCU, Zia Credit Union, LA Schools CU, LA Food Co-op and the Española Community Market for their support of the Series and support of our town,” Coordinator Russ Gordon said.
    Friday’s concert is free of charge thanks to the sponsors in the community and starts at 7 p.m. The public is asked to bring their own chairs.
    The music will be by Guy Forsyth and his new band, the Hot Nut Riveters from Austin, Texas. Forsyth was the original lead singer of the Asylum Street Spankers and he called them “Texas’ original Recession Era band.”
    “That band played two of the most bizarre, fun and downright naughty concerts this town has ever seen,” Gordon said. “When I found out that Guy Forsyth was leading his own roots-rock and blues band about five years ago we booked that outstanding group three different times and they we’re tremendous musicians and great entertainers.”

  • Update 08-15-14

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting at noon Aug. 19 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. All registered Republican Woman are invited to attend.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Sunday. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    Concerts

    • Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters. 7-10 p.m. at Del Norte Credit Union.
    • Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday. 

  • Fire damages Piñon playground

    It took five days for workers to install the new slide at the Piñon Elementary School.
    It took less than five minutes, though, for all that work to go up in flames.
    Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to the Piñon playground.
    Police and the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the Piñon playground.
    At approximately 1:28 a.m. Thursday, which was also the first day of school, a report from a resident was called in to Fire Station 3. Police officers Corporal Sheldon Simpson, Detective Joey Robinson, and firefighters from Engine 10 responded and extinguished the fire within minutes.
    No structures were damaged; however, the recently installed “big toy” slide on the upper playground was badly damaged. The slide, made of plastic, melted and excessive burn marks could be seen.
    Principal Jill Gonzales, who arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m. said when she arrived the arson investigator already was there.
    “The top priority is to get this replaced,” Gonzales said.
    Schmidt said, “It saddens me this senseless, mean-spirited act disrupted the first day for students.”

  • Central Avenue businesses take hit during construction

    Construction for the Central Avenue Project has hit local businesses hard, and the losses are mounting. CB Fox’s sales are down 10 percent, the Manhattan Project is down 30 percent and Ruby K’s foot traffic has dropped 25 percent in July and 35 percent to date in August. Now owners are assessing plans for getting through the winter.
    “I would say that the locals have been outstanding, and have supported us in droves,” said CB Fox General Manager Andy Fox.
    “But the problem is that this is July and August, and when we rely very heavily on tourism. So only a small fraction of our regular tourist shoppers have been able to find us and get into our store. So we are hurting from lack of tourist traffic in our most important tourist season, July and August.”
    Fox has had to reduce hours for part time employees and cut back on purchasing. He called the 10 percent drop “a ton of money. We won’t recover from that this year.”
    Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s, has also had to reduce employee hours.
    “It’s hurt our staff, trying to make house payments and pay bills, but I’ve had to cut hours because I was overstaffed for the number of people coming in the door,” Alexander said.

  • Fishing Report 08-15-14

    Northeast

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and spinners. We had no reports on perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 6.6cfs. Trout was fair to good using tricos, hoppers, stimulators, ants, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using hoppers, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

    Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait in the evening hours for trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. 

    Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jerk baits, tubes and top water lures. We had no reports on other species.

    Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Eagle Rock Lake: Trout fishing was very good using worms, Power Bait and spinners.

    Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing was excellent using worms from shore and from anchored boats for perch. Fishing was fair to good in the early morning hours using Platte River specials and Power Bait on light tackle for rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, spoons and Rapalas for northern pike.


  • Manfred to take over for Selig

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.
    The 55-year-old Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball in roles with ever-increasing authority since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25. It’s a generational change much like the NBA undertook when Adam Silver replaced David Stern as commissioner in February. And like Silver, Manfred was his boss’s pick.
    Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, withdrew just before the start of balloting.
    “I am tremendously honored by the confidence that the owners showed in me today,” Manfred said. “I have very big shoes to fill.”

  • Jaegers, Aquatomics have big showing at state meet

    Alex Jaegers helped lead the Los Alamos Aquatomics to a big showing at the 11 and over State Championship meet.
    The meet was held July 24-27 in Las Cruces.
    This was one of the best team showings of the season for the Aquatomics, who, almost to a competitor, posted season-best times.
    Jaegers, a 15-year-old competitor, for his part, won the state championships 800 meter freestyle. He was also second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. He also placed third in the 200-meter backstroke, fifth in the 100-meter backstroke and sixth in the 200 freestyle.
    Overall, Jaegers finished third in the high-point competition in his age group.
    Another noteworthy swimmer was 11-year-old Beth Short. Short was second in the 100 breaststroke, third in the 50 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 breaststroke.
    Scoring points for the team in the championship finals were Max Corliss, Michael Englert-Erickson, Alana Goodwin, Jacob Hollis, Ian Jaegers, Jesse Liechty and Niamh Short.
    Aquatomics’ members Onnolee Englert-Erickson, Gabriel Katko, Cory Liechty, Kalen Melton, Olivia Teply and Sonyia Williams swam on relays, as well as their individual qualifying events.
    Aquatomics coach John Murphy was impressed on this team’s performance.

  • Senior men's golf results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association from Sandia Golf Course and Paa-Ko Ridge July 29-30.

    Sandia Golf Course, July 29

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 72.
    Second low gross: Brian Richards, Farmington, 73.
    First low net: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 68.
    Second low net: Mike Barela, Santa Fe, 68.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Broyles, Alamosa, Colo., 78.
    Second low gross: David Wintermule, Albuquerque, 79.
    First low net: Phil Gursky, Los Alamos, 64.
    Second low net: Roger Betts, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 65.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Paul Turner, Sandia Park, 81.
    Second low gross: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 84.
    First low net: Phil Allen, Gallup, 64.
    Second low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 67.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Ranza Boggess, Pagosa Springs. Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Bill Allen, Santa Fe, 84.
    First low net: Gary Hall, Santa Fe, 59.
    Second low net: Jim Steedle, Los Alamos, 60.
    Third low net: Dom Pompeo, Los Alamos, 63.

    Fourth flight

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