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  • Globalization helped set the stage for 'Dreamers' laws

    Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization.
    Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations’ transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible laws. Many of these Americans express a visceral anger towards anything international and desperately reach for national isolation and solutions that would save them from people who don't look and speak like them.
    Some leaders have convinced them that they are victims of sinister foreigners who ridicule American goodwill and naivete in international agreements, which are unfair to the U.S. Those leaders claim that criminals who have crossed the border illegally are responsible not only for loss of jobs but also for rape, murder and unprecedented addiction to drugs among Americans.
    Fear over declining income, increase of joblessness and violence make people susceptible to lash out at anyone with whom they are unfamiliar. The federal program DACA founded in 2012 is perceived to benefit such “others.”

  • Lobos O-line named a top unit nationwide

    Twenty-one offensive lines were named to the Joe Moore Mid-Season Honor Roll by the Foundation for Teamwork, and The University of New Mexico's unit was one of the 21 that made the list, as was announced today in New York. Of the 21 units honored, 16 reside in the current AP Top 25, and combined the teams have a record of 100-19.

    The Lobo offensive line has been anchored by two seniors in Rimington candidate Blaise Fountain at center and Avery Jordan at left tackle. Junior Aaron Jenkins at right guard has, like Fountain and Jordan, started all five games. UNM's other two spots have seen shared duty. Charlie Grammel, Ray Baylor III and Chris Estrella have all started at left guard, and Izrael Castellanos and Teton Saltes have started at right tackle.

    UNM's offensive line has certainly improved as the season has wore on, with UNM's rushing yardage total going up in each of the last four games. The Lobos are currently 12th nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 266.8 yards per game. The Lobos are the only team in the country to have finished in the top 10 in rushing in each of the last five seasons.

  • LAHS cross country prepares for home meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity boys cross country team finished in third place in Northglenn, Colo., last weekend, while the girls were unable to finish because of lightning in the area. Shawn Williams, seen here, finished the race in 17 minutes, 13 seconds. The team now shifts its focus to the home meet, which will take place at Los Alamos County's golf course Oct. 20. This will be the team's final regular season meet this year.

  • Volleyball falls to Capital at home

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

    In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

    At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
    Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

    In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.

  • U11 soccer Krypton Lasers win doubleheader

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

    In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

    At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
    Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

    In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.

  • Fishing Report 10-13-17

    Bluewater Lake: Diego Artiaga, 6, of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 15-pound, tiger muskie Oct. 8. It was his first cast and he was using a large spoon.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Tommy Ledoux, of Cimarron, caught a 44-inch, 24-pound northern pike Oct. 6. He was fishing from the bank and using a big lure.
    Elephant Butte Lake: Carlton Earley, Jr., of El Paso, caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life Oct. 7. He was jigging for white bass with live bait near Rattlesnake Island.
    Fenton Lake: Patricia Scanlon, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout Oct. 9. She was using a homemade white mop and fishing from the bank.
    Navajo Lake: Brian Stangel, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 5.31-pound largemouth bass Oct. 6. He was using a Juice Custom Baits swim jig. Charlie Estep, of Colorado, caught and released a 4.44-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 7. He was using a Strike King KVD jerk bait.
    Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kashmir McCoy, 7, William McCoy, 9, and Lennon McCoy, 3, of El Paso, caught their limits of trout Oct. 3. Kashmir and Lennon were using PowerBait and Fire Balls while William was using a silver and white Aglia dressed Mepps spinner. Logan Cajete, 6, of Albuquerque, caught his first limit of trout including an 18-inch rainbow Oct. 6. He was using salmon eggs under a bobber and a brown Tasmanian Devil.
     

  • Karen Wray Gallery opens new exhibit Oct. 20

    The Karen Wray Gallery is delighted to invite you to “Phillip Noll, The Four Corners: A Photographic Exhibition,” October 20 through November 19, 2017, with an Opening Reception Friday, October 20 from 5-7pm.

    What does “The Four Corners” mean to you? Is it the common point of four intersecting territories? Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring? North, East, South, and West? Earth, Water, Air, and Fire? Morning, Evening, Day, and Night? Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah?

    For award-winning photographer Phillip Noll, it means all these things. For the past two decades Phillip has been building a portfolio of images representing “The Four Corners.” Predominantly from the Colorado Plateau, these images will take you on a visual journey from deserts to forests, from mountains to canyons, from red rocks to waterfalls, and from the grand landscape to tiny details. “The photographs in this exhibition represent the amazing beauty of this region of the United States. The Four Corners area is absolutely filled with breathtaking scenery. All you have to do is look for it,” says Phillip.

  • Library announces winners of bookmark contest

    Los Alamos County Library System announced winners Thursday for the Design a Bookmark competition for students that was revived in May.
    “We were so excited to bring this program back after a few year hiatus,” said Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services. “It’s a fun activity for the kids and the library gets some cool new bookmarks to hand out!”
    The library received hundreds of entries thanks to the participation of local schools. Library staff judged each anonymous entry and the votes were tabulated to establish winners by grade.
    In some cases, the results ended in ties. The entries were based around the library’s summer programming theme of “Build a Better World.”
    All winners and those who earned honorable mentions received gift certificates to the Friends of the Library bookstore and their designs were turned into bookmarks that are now available to the public at both the Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library.
    “We’re excited to have the bookmarks ready now that school is back in session,” Manfredi said. “We think it’s a great way to kick off this school year and we’re grateful that the program was so successful due to the cooperation and participation of the schools.”

  • Acid Canyon Clean-up Day is Oct. 28

    Calling all volunteers! Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails need help to remove the last bits of fence from Acid Canyon and restore this great, little canyon to a more natural state on Oct. 28.
    The goal is to clean up the old chain-link fence that mars the steep slope below the nature center in Acid Canyon.
    The group is looking for people who can hike the short distance down into the canyon, then bring pieces of fencing back up to the rim to be disposed of. Other teams will work to load larger pieces of trash into a county truck to be hauled out of the canyon.
    The group also needs help moving piles of invasive, non-native elm cuttings and collecting litter that has been washed into the smaller side canyons, so there will be lots of jobs for all willing helpers.
    This is a community project that will help beautify a popular area that many people see when hiking near the nature center.
    Registration is not required, but it is encouraged so that we bring enough supplies and snacks. To register and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email adventure@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.
     

  • Nearby burns scheduled for Monday

    Officials from the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest are planning a pair of prescribed burns in the local area.
    Burns in the area could start as early as Monday, according to caldera and National Forest officials.
    At the VCNP, a burn will take place within about an 2,300-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district, near mile marker 30 off N.M. 4.
    The caldera burn will could take between 3-10 days to complete, depending on conditions.
    Meanwhile, starting early next week, the SFNF has plans for burns about 15 miles north of Los Alamos in a 2,500-acre treatment area, which is expected to take two or three days to complete. Additionally, another burn will take place in the Cuba Ranger District area, although that will be located in a smaller treatment area.
    All the planned burns will get rid of dead forest fuels and pre-cut limbs and other debris.
    For the burn at the VCNP, officials warn of possible traffic delays on N.M. 4, as well as for visibility issues for drivers.
    Both the caldera and the Santa Fe National Forest officials warn of potential health hazards to those with allergies, chemical sensitivities or cardiorespiratory issues.
    Smoke will likely be visible from the Los Alamos town site from both the burns at the caldera and in the Espanola Ranger District.