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  • Literacy is more than reading

    Almost half of the adults in New Mexico can’t read.
    According to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, 46 percent of New Mexico adults are functionally illiterate. Of those, 20 percent have literacy skills at the lowest level, meaning, for example, they would have difficulty extracting simple information from a news article. Another 26 percent are at the second level, where their skills are a little higher, but not enough to get a job that requires reading.
    That’s simply awful.
    It may be some consolation that New Mexico is not alone in having a massive illiteracy problem. According to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, the entire country is falling behind the rest of the industrialized world and now ranks about 17th in literacy.
    But none of this is good news, and, as usual, New Mexico is a little worse than most other states.
    A unique perspective on the issue comes from New Mexico’s most famous literacy activist, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, who spoke recently to the literacy coalition’s annual meeting. Literacy isn’t just about reading, he said. “Literacy is about human beings being able to express their emotions to the people they love.”

  • U.S. beats Germany, heads to WWC final

    MONTREAL (AP) — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans.
    Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net.
    Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday night.
    Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.
    Kelley O’Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.
    Hope Solo posted her fifth straight shutout, continuing a dominant run for the American defense.
    The United States also had several good scoring chances from the start.
    Julie Johnston missed on a header off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan’s breakaway in the 15th minute was stopped by goaltender Nadine Angerer.
    The U.S. will play the winner of No. 4 Japan, the defending champion, and No. 6 England in the final on Sunday.

  • Joan Williams has best prediction in Pace Race

    It was a hot and dry evening for Tuesday’s Pace Race, but 52 runners came out to try the courses in the Bayo and Rendija Canyons.
    Joan Williams was the best predictor of the night.
    She was only 9 seconds off her prediction on the figure-eight course through the canyons.
    On the one-mile course, there was a tie between Erik Leonard and Jason Pieck.
    They were both 18 seconds off their predictions.
    Ted Romero was the best male predictor on the three-mile course. He was 29 seconds off.
    Leading the predictions for the women were Sophia Pieck on the one-mile course and Laura Woodroffe on the three-mile course.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. at the Ponderosa Campground, which is just south of the N.M. 501 and N.M. 4 junction.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information on the club or its upcoming Pace Races, visit atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639.
     

  • Playing with fire

    The Los Alamos Blaze battled 100-degree temperatures and tough competition at the Rio Rancho Chile Classic, June 19-21.

    Playing nine games in three days, the Blaze pulled out six wins to finish third in the 14-and-under USSSA fast pitch softball tournament.

     

  • Isotopes rout Reno; McBride elected to All-Star game

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (34-45) pounded out 21 hits, including nine extra-base knocks, in a 16-5 series-opening win against the Reno Aces (37-42) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Angelys Nina picked up four hits, including three doubles, and Matt McBride continued his solid work with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.

    Two of Reno’s first three batters of the game scored, but it would be the only time the Aces held a lead all night.

    McBride doubled in a pair of runs in the home half of the first to tie it before a second-inning Cristhian Adames double gave Albuquerque a 4-2 lead. The Isotopes added four more runs in the third behind another pair of doubles from McBride and Adames. Albuquerque put the game away in the fifth when the 'Topes rattled off seven straight hits to begin the inning, highlighted by home runs from Roger Bernadina and McBride. The Aces picked up a run in the seventh and two in the ninth to slightly cut into the deficit.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game two of their four-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with former Colorado Rockies farmhand, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 1.76 ERA).

    All-Star McBride

  • Today in history July 1
  • Pojoaque casino compact expires today

    POJOAQUE PUEBLO (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in New Mexico said Tuesday he will allow Pojoaque Pueblo's two casinos to remain open pending the outcome of a federal court case.
    Uncertainty has been swirling because the tribe's gambling compact with the state was set to expire at midnight Tuesday. Under federal law, tribes must have compacts in place if they want to operate casinos.
    Four tribes have signed new agreements with Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, but Pojoaque remained embroiled in a dispute with the state and the case is pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
    The tribe has alleged the governor's administration hadn't negotiated in good faith after compact negotiations broke down and wanted the U.S. Interior Department to approve a compact.
    The state sued, and now the federal agency and pueblo are appealing a lower court's ruling in favor of the state.
    "I believe that the public interest is best served by maintaining the status quo while the appeal in the 10th Circuit litigation is pending," U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon.

  • California Boy Scout dies at Philmont Ranch

    CIMARRON (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.
    Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon around 4:30 a.m., State Police spokesman Chad Pierce said. The group was camping about 20 feet upslope from a small creek, but the water over-ran the campsite, taking four boys down the canyon.
    The creek is normally two to three feet wide and less than a foot deep. That morning, at least two inches of rain fell in a short amount of time, and the surge of water that swept through the canyon was at least 20 feet high and as wide as a football field, authorities said.
    Ranch employees immediately responded and were able to find three of the boys.
    State Police were called around 9:30 a.m., and a search and rescue team found Brock about an hour-and-a-half later. His body was recovered roughly a mile from where he was swept away.

  • Unitarian Church to have groundbreaking tonight

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will celebrate the groundbreaking on its new building at 6:30 p.m. today.
    A short ceremony will be led by the Rev. John Cullinan at the new building site, 1738 North Sage St., and all are welcomed to attend.
    Unitarian Church officials asked attendees to carpool if possible, as limited parking will be available in the Mason Lodge lot next door and to wear close-toed shoes.
    All ages are welcome, they said, but parents are advised to keep children close on the active construction site.
    According to the church, the congregation has been actively working toward building a new facility since 2008.
    Architects Mullen-Heller were contracted to design the new church and are overseeing the project with Hart Construction.
    The building is scheduled for completion in April 2016.
    While the new building is under construction, the congregation is housed at the TRK building at 195 East Road, Suite 101. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. and are open to anyone wishing to attend.

  • Update 6-30-15

    Star Party

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host a “Star Party” today. Chick Keller will host star viewing through telescopes. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. and it is free.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a closed session with the Board of Public Utilities today at 5 p.m. in council chambers. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 7.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday. The market is from 7-12:30 p.m. and is located at Mesa Public Library’s parking lot.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    On Tap

    There wil be a Nature on Tap event, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. It is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, at the UnQuarked wine room.

    Transportation

    The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building