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  • Fishing Report 08-22-14

    Northwest

  • LA ranked No. 20 in Class 5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed toward the bottom of the MaxPreps preseason rankings, which were released earlier this week.
    Los Alamos finished at the No. 20 spot in the Class 5A rankings ahead of its season opener, slated for Aug. 29 against Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos has a preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6 p.m. today against Valencia and Piedra Vista.
    Teams are rated based on previous records, number of starters returning and lost, and other factors. Subjective measures, such as other polls, aren’t taken into account in the power rankings.
    Los Alamos finished with a rating of -18.6. More than half the 24 teams in Class 5A rated in negative territory and two others, Pierdra Vista and Roswell, were just above zero.
    The Goddard Rockets rated the highest in the initial poll. The Rockets finished with a rating of 34.6, more than 8 points better than runner-up in the poll and the 2013 Class 4A champion Farmington — most teams in Class 4A last season moved into Class 5A for the two-year block starting this fall.
    While Los Alamos is down toward the bottom of the rankings, it’s not alone among the teams in District 2-5A. Bernalillo is only one slot ahead of Los Alamos, while Capital is one slot below at No. 21.

  • Krohn is tops at Pace Race

    Burton Krohn was the top predictor in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was in Lower Water Canyon Trail, starting near N.M. 4.
    Krohn finished 48 seconds off his time, which was 2 seconds better than Mark Bjorklund and 5 seconds better than last week’s winner, Steve Shook.
    The fastest finisher on Tuesday’s 1-mile course was Heather Hughes, who came in at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 15:33.
    On the 3-mile course this week, Ted Romero had the best time, 22:53, while Nikol Strother finished in 24:22. There was also a 2-mile course Tuesday. The top finisher on that course was Isolina Viloria (19:57).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will start at the trailhead directly behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The next race will include 1- and 3.3-mile trail courses and a 1-mile paved course.
    For more information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

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  • News Briefs 08-21-14

    FlyLosAlamos Mobile
    Site Takes Off

    FlyLosAlamos has launched a new mobile-friendly website offering a better way to view flight information and make reservations. Formatted to fit all types of mobile devices, the site offers streamlined navigation that connects customers to flight schedules, an airport location map, tap-to-call function for reservations, and a connection to the New Mexico Airlines website to view availability and book a flight.
    Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said the new mobile site was designed with the busy traveler in mind.
    “Passenger feedback indicated that many travelers wanted to book flights when they were ‘on the move’ — in a car, hotel or airport. They often had access to a mobile device, but not a computer,” he said. The new mobile site offers better viewing and easier navigation options for smart phones and tablets, Soderquist said. The mobile site will automatically load on smart phones and tablets when visiting FlyLosAlamos.com.
    FlyLosAlamos.com was launched in April 2013. Service is provided by Pacific Wings under the New Mexico Airlines name, offering 20-minute flights, three times a day, seven days a week between Los Alamos Airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ). Flights start at just $49 each way when booked through FlyLosAlamos.com.

  • Lawyers: Fed prosecutor has 'vendetta' against Rodella

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Lawyers for the indicted Rio Arriba Country sheriff are accusing the federal prosecutor of misconduct, saying he has a vendetta against their client and threatened him with arrest during a heated May meeting over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.
    Citing an ongoing dispute on the issue, attorneys for Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella sent U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez a letter Tuesday saying the charges were filed in bad faith and are malicious and “vexatious.”
    Rodella and his son were indicted last week for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during an off-duty traffic stop in March.
    The indictment says the men engaged “in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure” of the driver, identified in the court papers only as M.T. The sheriff was not in uniform when he jumped out of his Jeep SUV armed with a silver revolver, court papers said.
    The driver was dragged from his car and thrown into the dirt, according to the papers. But in the letter, Rodella’s lawyers said the indictment came after a heated meeting between Martinez and Rodella, who declined to follow Martinez’s demand in the U.S. Forest Service dispute.

  • Update 08-21-14

    Car wash

    Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion next to McDonald’s. Burger s and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held today and Friday at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Today, the drive will be open until 7 p.m. and the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Robots

    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum.
     

  • BPU keeps Neal as chair

    Newly seated members of the Board of Public Utilities chose to take no action on an agenda item to elect a new chair on Wednesday, choosing instead to retain Timothy Neal as chair and to elect David Powell to fill the vacant vice chair position.
    Powell had suggested electing a new slate of officers due to the seating of three new members.
    In opening the discussion, Neal stated, “If you would like to replace me as chair, I have no objection to that, because I took this job when nobody else would take it. And one of my interests was to try to bring some common sense to tiered water rates, an interest in which I did not very well succeed.”
    Board member Stephen McLin was against replacing Neal before regularly slated elections in January.
    “To me, the justification for doing that, because we have three new members, is not sufficient to warrant a reorganization,” McLin said. “I’m afraid of a precedent being set here. That’s really my hesitation. Not necessarily three new board members, but kind of a creeping scenario of replacing board members for a variety of reasons that I don’t fully understand yet.”