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  • Councilor wants to enhance strategy

    Citing statistics from the 2014 Citizens Survey, Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary, offered recommendations for improving the county’s communication strategies.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, O’Leary pointed out that citizens’ views of county government rate lower than other measurements.
    “The county received extraordinarily high marks from citizens in almost every area surveyed,” O’Leary said, quoting statistics about 9 in 10 residents rating their quality of life either good or excellent and 87 percent rating overall quality of county services good or excellent.
    O’Leary contrasted that to ratings of 65 percent good or excellent for how the county communicates information, 54 percent for providing opportunities for citizen involvement in decision making, 52 percent for providing citizens the information needed to participate in county decisions, 51 percent for openness in the decision-making process and 46 percent for fairness in the decision making process.
    Fifty-six percent of residents found county government trustworthy, with just 12 percent considering it untrustworthy.

  • Drug offenders get probation

    Several suspects connected to a highly publicized drug sweep that took place in January were sentenced Wednesday in Los Alamos District Court.
    Though none of those sentenced received jail time — which was included in their sentence, but most were placed in custody and held for varying lengths of time when initially arrested — for the drug trafficking offenses they committed, each received lengthy probation sentences.
    Those appearing in district court were nabbed during the Los Alamos Police Department’s “Operation Genesis,” which netted nine suspects.
    Suspects sentenced in court Wednesday included Sarah Orr, Nicholas Hagermann and Brendon Brown.
    Hagermann, who was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (a second degree felony), pled guilty in court. For pleading guilty, Hagermann gives up his right to a trial.
    In exchange, he will receive five years of supervised probation with drug court.
    Santa Fe resident Trevon Yates, 21, was also sentenced Wednesday in connection with an attempted heroin deal he tried to carry out in Los Alamos a few weeks after police concluded “Operation Genesis.” He received five years of supervised probation and drug court.

  • In the NCAAs, time doesn't always fly when you're having fun

    The whistle sounds. The horn blows. And the madness grinds to a halt.
    Another stoppage in play. Another lengthy timeout. Another chance for folks at home to grab something from the fridge or be subjected to the 50th iteration of Samuel, Charles and Spike's geography fail across the U.S. on their way to the Final Four.
    If it seems like time stands still during the NCAA Tournament, maybe that's because it does.
    The television breaks are stretched to a seemingly interminable 2 minutes and 30 seconds, a good half-minute longer than the regular season. And that doesn't include the 20-minute halftimes — five minutes longer than usual — or the additional 15 seconds or so the guys in the TV truck occasionally request to fit in one more commercial that helps CBS recoup the billions the company invested to televise the magic of March.
    What you don't see at home? Coaches milling about talking among themselves. Players trying to stay focused. Benchwarmers taking in the band or the crowd when they're not serving as de facto student managers.
    Yeah, for nearly all involved, the tournament is the biggest moment of their athletic lives. And during those all-too-frequent lulls, it's kind of a drag.

  • Special Olympian steals show at Lobo football practice

    Not that a pick me up was needed at the fourth practice of the 2015 Spring Season, but it was most certainly delivered. It was delivered in the form of Special Olympian Abe Assaad, and he was the definitive highlight of the days events.
    The second practice of the week, and the fourth of the spring, started much like all the others, with some special teams periods and a good team stretch. After that stretch, Coach Davie brought the team together, and brought in Abe into the huddle.
    Abe, along with many other Special Olympians, took part in the Mayor’s Invitational, which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 21, and is a part of Special Olympics New Mexico. The UNM football players went down and served as judges, timers, coaches, cheerleaders and anything else for the event, getting to meet all of the Special Olympians, including Abe.
    As a thanks, Abe sent the following note to UNM head coach Bob Davie.
    “Dear Coach Davie,

  • Change to extra points likely in NFL

    The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.
    While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.
    “There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.
    McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.
    Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.
    McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas ... it’s time to make this a football play.”
    “A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”

  • Sports Briefs 3-26-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • High-flying gymnasts win at state meet

    Emily Smith became the first member of High Flyers Gymnastics to win an all-around state championship March 7 in Albuquerque. Smith finished first in the level 2 Junior Olympic meet, winning the vault and floor exercise to catapult her to the all-around title.
    Three other high flyers also won state championships in individual events. Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez both placed first on level 2 balance beam in their age groups while Sofia Enriquez won the level 3 uneven bars title with a score of 9.45.
    There were 22 gymnasts from High Flyers who competed in the championship meet, which included both level 2 and Level 3 age group competitions.
    In level 2, Ashley Hammond took second place all-around. She finished second on the floor exercise with 9.025, had a third-place finish on balance beam and fourth-place finishes on both the vault and uneven bars.
    Despite fighting a stomach virus, Elizabeth Merrill competed and finished in fifth place all around.
    Other Level 2 all-around results included Anna Kirkland’s fourth-place finish. Megan Martinez placed fourth all-around and third on the bars with a 9.15. Kwan Jemu Lopez Moya placed fifth all around. Cammie Pressett finished sixth. Ashley Smith took fifth. Aubrianna Telchy placed fifth. Valarie Valdez took third on the bars and fourth all around.

  • Today in history March 26
  • Be There calendar 3-25-15

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. Through March 27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.  

    Elementary Battle of the Books. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Fourth through sixth graders from all elementary schools and homeschools are welcome to come test their knowledge of the Battle of the Books titles. Registration is in the lobby from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Participants will be served dinner. Family and friends are invited.

    Laugh Out Loud Los Alamos. A night of comedy and music to benefit the LAHS band program. 7 p.m. Tickets $12 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets in advance at CB Fox and also at the door.

  • Listening Post helps kids during exam time

    The Los Alamos High School Listening Post was established in January 2014 to lift the spirits of students. The motto of, “Gab, Granola or Gripe,” offers students free snacks during stressful times in a day in the life of a teen.
    The community driven donations of pre-packaged items allows local youth to see how the community cares for them throughout the year and not just during times of crisis.
    The initial Listening Post launched during the former SBA testing and was a success from the start. Students were surprised at the outpouring of kindness from the community in donating snacks and the range of items donated for their benefit.
    According to the prevention office, this has been an excellent effort, especially during difficult or stressful times, but even on a good day can be seen lifting morale.
    Donations can range from a box of fruit snacks to any pre-packaged snack items to the healthy and bizarre when it comes to youth.
    Last year, donations included seaweed snacks, fresh fruit, mini bags of pretzels, granola bars, juice or milk boxes, raisins and additional spirit-lifting items like chocolates, rice krispy treats and more.
    The snack items are offered to students through the Listening Post, as well as a friendly ear and a smile.