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  • Be There 07-09-14

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

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m. July 17.

    Green Hour Hikes. 9 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace. Join the PEEC Family Nature Yahoo Group to learn the location each week. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Climate change discussion with Chick Keller. 7 p.m. at PEEC. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Love story has flaws but still worth watching

    Vicky (Rebecca Hall) wants Doug (Chris Messina), her handsome fiancé.
    Cristina, fresh from a break-up, only knows what she doesn’t want. When the longtime friends happen upon the gruff-voiced Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) during a trip to Spain, even Vicky cannot resist a sexual adventure of the highest, PG-13 calling.
    Thus begins writer/director Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), a mighty interesting look at how conventions and desires overlap and drift apart. Mesa Public Library will show the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” has flaws. The narrator waxes a bit too pseudo-sagaciously, the Woody-Allen-ness of the characters often threatens to overwhelm, and the characters don’t, ultimately, change as dramatically as I want them to. But the film succeeds, mostly because of Penélope Cruz.
    The film’s strongest scenes feature Cruz as Juan Antonio’s former wife, Maria Elena, who, despite being the stereotypical “crazy ex-wife,” redefines many words associated with love, including “partner” (with whom?) and “commitment” (to what?).

  • Friends of the Library honors scholars

    Four Los Alamos High School seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced recently.
    The students are Ethan Clements, Justin Dunn, Emma Lathrop and Emily Pittman. A fifth senior, Tessa Snyder, received the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship last month.
    The students each submitted personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book, which was required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown. The readers independently read 20 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through the all-volunteer bookstore at the Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore. 

  • Changing faces of feminism: They're younger and more diverse

    As I entered the hotel, a reporter was asking a woman how feminism had changed over the years. I attended the National Organization for Women’s national convention in Albuquerque last week to answer that question for myself.
    The next day’s newspaper headlines shot back one answer: DeBaca County may elect the state’s first female sheriff since the 1960s. And she’s gay, but that hasn’t been an issue in her campaign.
    More answers: The Supreme Court ruled that a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional. The Supremes themselves have a 100-foot buffer zone. They also decided that the beliefs of a corporation, Hobby Lobby, are more important than a woman’s need for contraception.
    “There are three things we can do,” said President Terry O’Neill, “vote, vote, vote.”
    I’ve been a NOW member for decades but never attend events. Many of us think we’re doing our bit through career choices, voting, and raising strong daughters and open-minded sons. Still, this was an opportunity to tune back in.

  • Read fine print carefully before signing contracts

    If you always stop to read the fine print before signing anything, congratulations — your parents trained you well. If you don’t, beware: Your signature could commit you to a long-term gym membership you don’t really want, an apartment you can’t afford or worst of all, paying off someone else’s loan you cosigned.
    Broadly defined, contracts are mutually binding agreements between two or more parties to do — or not do — something. It could be as simple as buying coffee (you pay $3 and the restaurant agrees to serve you a drinkable beverage), or as complex as signing a 30-year mortgage.
    Once a contract is in force it generally cannot be altered unless all parties agree. And, with very few exceptions (e.g., if deception or fraud took place), contracts cannot easily be broken.
    Before you enter a contractual agreement, try to anticipate everything that might possibly go wrong. For example:
    After you’ve leased an apartment you decide you can’t afford the rent or don’t like the neighborhood.
    Your roommate moves out, leaving you responsible for the rest of the lease.
    You finance a car you can’t afford, but when you try to sell, it’s worth less than your outstanding loan balance.

  • Strother wins twice at Pace Race

    Nikol Strother nipped two other racers for the best predicition at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, which is hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is held every Tuesday during Daylight Savings Time at various spots around Los Alamos County. This week’s race started at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    Strother, fresh off her win at the Firecracker 5K race last week, finished Tuesday’s Pace Race with a prediction error of just 1-1/2 seconds, half a second better than Nick Parra-Vasquez and 1-1/2 seconds better than Katie Gattiker.
    She was a dual winner, as she had the fastest finish on the long course to go along with her top prediction.
    Many participants Tuesday finished within 60 seconds of their predicted finish times.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Hannah Gartz, who finished in 11 minutes, 8 seconds. Roy Cope finished in 15:58.
    On the 2.8-mile course, Ted Romero (18:31) had to the top finish, followed by Strother (18:38)
    The next Pace Race will be July 15. It will start near the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area lodge. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Congratulations Are In Order

    Los Alamos School Board member Jim Hall congratulates Hilltopper cross country coach Kathy Hipwood at Tuesday night’s meeting. Kathy and Rob Hipwood (left) were named the National Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association last month.

  • Sports Briefs 07-09-14

    Splash and Dash set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics will host its second session of the Splash and Dash series tonight starting at the Larry R. Walup Aquatic Center.
    The series is geared primarily toward getting athletes in shape for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    There are two course lengths available for athletes. The short course features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. The longer course features a 400-yard swim and a 5-kilometer run.
    Registration is free, but participation is limited to 75 athletes. Registration is done starting at 6:20 p.m. and the Splash and Dash starts at 7 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

    Kirk named to MW All-Academic team

    Former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico standout basketball player Alex Kirk earned a nod onto the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
    Kirk was one of six curent or former Lobos named to the conference team. The honor was the third in Kirk’s career, as it was for former teammates Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood.
    Kirk left the Lobos to enter the NBA draft this spring. He was not claimed in the June 26 draft, but was invited to work out this summer with Cleveland.

    Baseball league alumni will be in New Mexico

  • Brazilian fans deal with aftermath of loss

    SAO PAULO (AP) — It wasn’t just a bad dream. Brazilians woke up Wednesday to dreadful headlines describing the humiliation of their soccer team’s historic defeat of 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup’s semifinal.
    There were also reports of violence breaking out right after the game with many buses being torched in the country’s biggest city. At least one store selling electronics and household appliances was sacked, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
    The country’s leading soccer publication stated simply: “A day to forget.”
    “It was the most shameful performance of all times,” said Almir Rogelio, 32, who was waiting at a newspaper stand for a friend. “I honestly woke up and didn’t even want to remember what happened.”
    During Tuesday’s match, Germany scored faster than partying fans could keep count. Later, tears smudged the faces of children painted in Brazil’s colors of canary yellow and green. Brazil coach Felipe Scolari buried his face in his hands.

  • Chihuahuas rally to top 'Topes at home

    The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night that the Albuquerque Isotopes had no answer for in their final three at-bats.
    El Paso trailed 3-2 after six innings at Isotopes Park, but took the lead, stringing together three base hits following an inning-opening walk to take a 4-3 lead. That score would hold up the rest of the way.
    The Isotopes (42-51) and the Chihuahuas (45-48) will continue their four-game series tonight in Albuquerque.
    Albuquerque won the first game of the series but will need to keep winning to make up any ground on either El Paso or division-leading Las Vegas for its homestand. Albuquerque played Las Vegas just prior to this series, winning the first two contests, but dropping the final two.
    Isotope reliever Robert Carson (0-2) inherited but couldn’t hold the 1-run advantage in the seventh, taking over in that inning for Stephen Fife, who gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings.
    The El Paso bullpen was better. Chris Smith (1-0) and Hector Ambriz (save), combined to throw the final four innings, giving up just a combined two hits and struck out seven.
    Albuquerque didn’t help its own cause much, either, stranding nine runners on base and going just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.