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  • Hilltoppers enter baseball season with work to do

    Los Alamos’ baseball team has had an interesting start to its season. Some days it has practiced on the football field, some days it has had to work out in the weight room and other times it has actually got to play on their baseball field.
    “We still have a lot of work to be done,” manager Michael Gill said. “We’re not there yet.”
    This Saturday, they’ll play their first games of the season against Piedra Vista — the defending state champs.
    The good news for the Hilltoppers, who won their sixth straight district title and went 22-7 last year, is they have seven starters back to lead them.
    “We have a good core coming back,” Gill said. “On paper it looks good.”
    The team, however, doesn’t want to look too far ahead. It just wants to play a good ball game every game. To break it down even further, it wants to take the season one pitch at a time.
    Pitching will be the team’s strength this season. “We have a great pitching staff,” Gill said.
    Jared Mang, Connor Mang and Koby Leeches are a few of the team’s pitchers that will challenge opposing lineups. With them throwing hard, the defenders in the field will be just as important to help Los Alamos shut opposing offenses down.

  • Hilltoppers to host Del Norte in basketball semi

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will host Del Norte tonight in the District 2-5A semifinal at 7 p.m. The winner will get to play for the district championship Saturday at Española Valley.
    So far there hasn’t been any upsets in the district tournament. Bernalillo (7-20, 3-7 2-5A) beat Capital (1-26, 0-7) in the first round 74-51. Del Norte (15-10, 6-3) then took down Bernalillo 43-28 in the district quarterfinal on Tuesday.
    Los Alamos hopes to continue that streak tonight, and then end it on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers have beat Del Norte both times they’ve played this season.
    These games are also important for the state playoff picture. MaxPreps has Los Alamos predicted to get a No. 6 seed, Del Norte a No. 14 seed and Española Valley a No. 4 seed.

  • Police Beat 2-27-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 19

    10:05 a.m. — Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor on Trinity Drive.

    12:15 p.m. — Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances at the Los Alamos police station.

    12:24 p.m. — Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances on Sherwood Boulevard.

    1:41 p.m. — A 16-year-old Hernandez teen was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was battery, stemming from an incident that took place on Central Avenue Oct. 16, 2013.

  • Be There calendar 2-26-15

    Today
    The Los Alamos Heart Council announces its Heart Month Seminar for 2015. “The Hidden Dangers of Your Health Supplements. How Common Supplements affect you and your Heart,” will be presented by Dr. Jenny Mills, Pharm.D., Ph.C., Clinical Pharmacologist, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr. Complementary dinner will be served.

    Nature on Tap: Solar Power for Los Alamos? 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Los Alamos County is poised on the cusp of an energy shift. What would it take to move off fossil fuels entirely? What are the consequences of not transitioning? Join Positive Energy Solar’s Karen Paramanandam to discuss the topic. Free. No registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Authors Speak Series. Don Usner. “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Friday
    Senior Appreciation Night meeting. 10 a.m. in the Aquatic Center training room.

  • ‘Wrenched’ explores environmental activism

    The documentary “Wrenched” delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a special screening of the movie starting at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.
    “Wrenched” reveals how Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement.
    Tapping Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and humor, the film explores the history of monkey wrenching and the motivation behind these acts. It features candid interviews with Abbey’s close friends, those who inspired his most memorable characters.
    Outraged by the degradation of the American Southwest, they pioneered a radical form of environmental activism, a blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Abbey’s writing became a call to action for the generation of conservationists who came of age in the 1970s and ’80s. “Wrenched” follows the exploits of these determined monkey wrenchers as they cross legal and ethical lines to defend the land.

  • NJROTC rifle team earns honors

    Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team recently won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015. Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes attend the event last week in Arizona.
    Individual results: O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe landed 10th place.
    Regional results: O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.
    The team had four shooters make the finals match for the Navy with O’Neill, Miller and Wolfe taking the top three spots and Hays finishing in a tie for 4th place.
    This is the second time team coach LCDR Wes Shumaker has led a team to a national win. Miller’s brother, Cory, was on the first LAHS team to take the championship in 2012.
    The team has an automatic invitation to the National All-Service Junior ROTC championships in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.

  • Art center exhibit highlights fiber arts

    Valentina Devine loves fiber.
    She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form wearable art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing. She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces. She loves the delight of her customers when they walk away wearing a new Valentina design.
    And she loves telling stories about her life as a fabric artist.
    Devine’s solo exhibition “Knit One, Crochet Two” will have an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display until March 21.
    When planning the show, Devine said, “My medium is fiber. Any kind of fiber. Yarn, fabric, ribbon, twine, and sometimes even wire. Anything I can get on a knitting needle or through a crochet hook will work for me. My vision is to fill the gallery with many different items, which are all hand knitted and/or crocheted. I will fill this gallery with interesting pieces and show the public that using fiber in any form can be exciting and rewarding.”
    Devine said the exhibit lives up to her vision. In one area, labeled “Not Arsenic but Old Lace,” there is an array of pieces incorporating all kinds of vintage lace.

  • Consider a minor’s circumstances before changing parental notification

    Parental notification on abortion, an issue I hoped had been put to rest years ago, is back with New Mexico, thanks to House Bill 391, sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Valencia.
    The bill requires that if a minor is seeking an abortion, her parents must be notified first. The requirement is notice, not consent.
    The bill provides exceptions, including so-called judicial bypass — a way for the minor to get approval from a judge instead of her parents in certain circumstances. It also requires statistical reporting by all doctors who perform abortions (not limited to minors) — a provision that might be seen as a prelude to more restrictive legislation.
    Should the law require girls under the age of consent — or the healthcare providers who want to help them — to notify parents before they can get an abortion? This question is not just about abortion. It’s about parenting and the precious protective relationship between parents and children.
    Except sometimes the relationship is not protective.
    How you react to this question depends on the point of view you take when you think about it. Some people take the issue personally. They relate the legislation to their own children, grandchildren, relatives or other favorite kids.

  • Things parents should know about PARCC testing

    Los Alamos Public Schools will soon begin testing students in third through 11th grade on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). This will mark the first year this test has been administered in our community.
    The purpose of the assessment is to help determine our students’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards in reading, language arts and mathematics, as well as provide data about our students’ college and career readiness. For example, a fifth grade student who demonstrates proficiency on the PARCC assessment is viewed as on a path to college and career ready.
    In the past, the annual assessment was known as the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA), which was administered over a two-week testing window.
    In contrast to SBA that students took in the past, the PARCC will be taken online. Students in Chamisa and Mountain Elementary Schools will be the first to participate in the PARCC testing. Other schools in the district will soon follow.
    PARCC will be administered in two phases. As such, students in grades 3-11 will be assessed in three tests in English Language Arts and two tests in mathematics in March. In April, students in grades 3-11 will take two end-of-year tests in English Language Arts and two end-of-year in mathematics.

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