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  • Sports Briefs 5-22-16

    LAHS tennis clinics
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will host two clinics this summer to help players improve their skills and raise money for the high school programs.
    Los Alamos High School’s tennis coaches and players will teach both clinics.
    The first clinic is June 6-10 and the second clinic will take place Aug. 1-5.
    Both clinics are open to kids ages 4-15, which includes a USTA Quick Start option for kids ages 4-10.
    Kids ages 4-7 will play from 4-5 p.m. and then the older kids will hit the courts from 5:15-6:45 p.m.
    Cost is $40, which includes a clinic T-shirt.
    For more information, call coaches Lloyd Wilton at 660-5714 or Bruce Cottrell at 670-3379 or email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.

    Kirk camps
    Alex Kirk will return to Los Alamos to host two basketball camps this summer.
    The camps, which are open to kids in fourth through ninth grade, will take place from 1-5 p.m. on June 9 and June 15, at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Register at alexkirkfoundation.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
    Cost is $60 per camper, which includes gear and autographs.
    Call 505-699-9025 for more information.

  • Lobos blow by Air Force

    Early in the second inning Thursday, the University of New Mexico baseball team had to wait out a 41-minute lightning delay. As soon as that ended, UNM brought the thunder.
    Lots and lots of thunder.
    Jared Mang went 4-for-5, scored four runs and knocked in 3 RBI, helping UNM beat Air Force 23-2.
    Mang is now batting .299 as a true freshman for the Lobos.
    The 23 runs scored were the most since UNM defeated Coppin State 29-3 on April 18, 2010, and it was the most on the road since May 15, 2009 when UNM beat Air Force in Colorado Springs 25-7.
     

  • LA Senior Olympics wrap up

    The 2016 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games concluded May 13. Thirty-six athletes participated and qualified for the State Games in Roswell, which will be held July 13-16.
    Twenty-one men and 15 women ranging in age from 50-85 participated in 18 local events from air gun to track, and dance, horseshoes, huachas, frisbee throw, table tennis and bowling.
    Don Dudziak won four air gun events in the 80-84 division, including rifle and pistol standing and supported. His best score was a 321/400 on the pistol supported.
    Thomas Schroeder won the rifle supported event in the 65-69 division with a 68.
    Ann ReVelle and Susan Krohn also competed in the rifle supported event. ReVelle scored a 321 to win the 65-69 division and Krohn scored a 16 to win the 70-74 division.
    Abel Castillo sunk 11-of-15 free throws and 3-of-6 3-pointers to place first in the 55-59 division.
    Bowlers Carmen Gill (70-74), Robert Gill (70-74), Ted Williams (65-69) and Cy Jakubowski (70-74) all qaulified.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo (70-plus) and Hiko and Hiko (50-69) competed in the Waltz, the Cha Cha Cha, the Rumba, the Jitterbug and the West Coast Swing. They scored over 60 of the possible 70 points in each dance. Goodwin and Jaramillo also did the Tango and Hiko and Hiko also did the Night Club two-step.

  • Secret Service agent shoots armed person outside White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot a person who drew a weapon just outside the White House Friday afternoon, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

    The shooting happened within view of sightseers outside the front of the building, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

    The White House was briefly placed on a security alert. President Barack Obama was not there — he was playing golf — but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.

    The U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

    The Secret Service later tweeted that "all Secret Service protectees are safe."

    Separately, a White House official said no one associated with the White House was injured, and everyone inside the complex is safe and accounted for.

    A single patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m., said Doug Buchanan, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS.

  • Protests to target Trump stump in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Liberal groups are organizing protests targeting Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's visit to New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Hispanics in the nation — as top Republicans in the state are remaining noncommittal on whether they will attend the campaign event.

    ProgressNow New Mexico, led by Democratic Albuquerque city councilor Pat Davis, has scheduled a demonstration in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza across the street from where Trump will hold a rally Tuesday while immigrant rights groups quietly are planning various forms of civil disobedience.

    The ProgressNow New Mexico demonstration will feature "anti-Trump games" with "anti-Trump signs or costumes" and a voter registration booth. However, members of other groups are asking advocates to sign up to attend the Trump rally to "shut him down."

    Trump's campaign website announced he will hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center as New Mexico prepares for its primary on June 7.

    Albuquerque police are preparing for multiple demonstrations, including possible disruptions inside the convention center. But authorities say they can't give details for security reasons.

  • Local man helps others fight addiction

    Sometimes you don’t know what your true calling is until you weather the storm.
    Abe Gordon, a resident here in his youth, has returned to the place where the game of life would deal him some hard lessons but create a vision to allow him to help others overcome the obstacles set before them.
    Gordon moved to Los Alamos at the age of 13, from Chimayo, but didn’t have his first experience with drugs until he arrived on the hill.
    He began smoking pot and drinking, was introduced to psychedelics then, in his teens, to meth, cocaine and heroin. He remained an addict until the age of 31, when he fought felony charges that might have caused him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
    He found the Delancey Street Foundation or perhaps they found him. It was where he would begin the fight for his life for four and a half years. The initial fight is just one of many for someone battling to stay clean from drug use and Gordon has been clean for more than nine years.
    Someone overcoming addiction can’t always acclimate back into a society surrounded by the same problems, the same people and the same drug use, but Inside Out Recovery has come to help by opening a Los Alamos office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • White Rock Kite Festival this weekend

    One of the largest kite festivals in New Mexico will take flight once again in White Rock this weekend, with a string of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy.
    The 19th annual Kite Festival begins at 6 p.m. today, with live music by Eric McFadden Band, the first in a series of summer concerts presented by Gordon’s Summer Concerts series, as well as a nighttime kite flying demonstration and glow.
    On Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to tap into their creativity with kite building workshops from noon to 2 p.m., where they can color and design kites, attach line and watch them fly.
    The festival also attracts adult kite enthusiasts from across the Southwest when intricately shaped and hand made kites add color to the skies.
    Along with stunt kite flying, the event includes food, crafts, hands on activities and kites for sale. A “kite hospital” will even be available, staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks, duct tape, and ingenuity.
    The Kite Festival takes place at Overlook Park in White Rock, just eight miles southwest of Los Alamos. Festival hours are from 7–10 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Community Calendar 5-20-16

    TODAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After brief remarks by those involved in obtaining the designation, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.

    Los Alamos Kite Festival at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities. The Kite Festival weekend kicks off today at 7 p.m. with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. The main festival is held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and kite flying.
    SATURDAY
    Mason Lodge waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge  on 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Season Finale Concert at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 80 State Road 4, White Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A $10 donation per guest is suggested. A reception will follow the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.

  • PNM investments drive economic development

    BY AGNES NOONAN
    President, WESST

  • Don’t let candidates stretch the facts about taxes

    As we get closer to primary elections, you’re going to hear two stories about taxes.
    Story No. 1: New Mexico’s taxes are a dreadful burden on its citizens. Story No. 2: New Mexico’s big corporate tax giveaway in 2013 has eroded the tax base so much that revenues have plummeted and responsible public officials must raise revenues.
    First, we’ve heard scare stories about our tax burden for years, and for just as long various studies have told us that we’re actually middling.
    This year, WalletHub said New Mexico ranked 27th in state tax burden as a percentage of personal income. Our gross receipts tax burden is fifth highest in the nation. But the total tax burden, of 8.67 percent, is far lower than New York (13 percent), Hawaii (12 percent), and Maine and Vermont (11 percent). The lowest was Alaska, at about 5 percent.
    On the other hand, WalletHub placed New Mexico 41st in the return for taxes paid. This is based on 20 categories of education, health, safety, economy, infrastructure and pollution. We took a big hit for our sorry economy. Yes, you can hold elected officials responsible for the ranking and the economy. Colorado’s return on investment was third, Texas was 15th, and Arizona was 19th.