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  • Be There 07-29-14

    Today
    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. AA “Happy Hour Group” meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Triangle Club, 3547 Pueblo Dr. at 36th Street. 920-8799.

     Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Los Alamos Improv, featuring LALT members Kaki Kelly, Patrick Webb, Tyrell Cummings, and Warren Houghteling, plus Sante Fe improvisors Sarah Michalak, Mark Mrudoch and Danile Kurmit will perform improv comedy at the band shell. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Star Party. Explore the night sky with instruction and stories by Chick Keller. 8:30 p.m. Learn about star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae, planets and more. Meet at PEEC at 8:30 p.m. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Aug. 2.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

  • People In the News 07-29-14

    Kristin Christensen, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List of Distinction in recognition of her outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado. 



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    Erin Dinehart, of Los Alamos, graduated from the University of Dallas in May with a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry. Dinehart was one of approximately 250 students to receive a degree from the university during its spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

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    Zachary Mang, of Los Alamos, received a bachelor’s of science degree in Health Sciences from Southwestern Oklahoma State University this summer.  

  • Learn flower identification from the experts

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a four-week course beginning Wednesday, in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers. The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their own.
    Each session will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The first class on this Wednesday will be a classroom session at PEEC, and the remaining three sessions (Aug. 6, 13 and 20) will be conducted in the field. The group will go to different elevations to see plants that grow in different habitats, for example Camp May, Ponderosa Pine and Piñon-Juniper. Participants should dress for hiking, bring water and other materials. The hikes will be easy and generally very slow, because the group will be talking about various plants and spending time working with keys and text.
    The cost for all four sessions, including a materials fee, is $58 for PEEC members, and $70 for non-members.
    Advance registration is required and only 15 spots are available, so those interested are encouraged to sign up soon by visiting PajaritoEEC.org, emailing Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or calling 662-0460.

  • Assets In Action: It's back to school time once again

    First of all, as an adult, I apologize to all students for the rash of commercials for back to school.
    Can you imagine if we had to see commercials for all of the things we have to do at work, over and over again?
    Yes, the time is almost here, but it seems so very early.
    Registration for middle school is Friday and Monday, with a great orientation on Aug. 12 and high school registration is Aug. 5-6.
    Elementary schools are getting ready for the meet the teacher and the days when families can drop off the multitude of school supplies. Oh, those are some really fun days when the whole family can enjoy the gatherings.
    This year the middle school has a great new program for the incoming seventh graders and the high school has one for freshmen.
    Staff members have been taking classes and putting plans in place for new programs and projects.
    A great deal of landscaping has taken place to trim the weeds, plant new things and add some new items for the upcoming school year.
    Custodian and facilities staff have been working hard, painting, cleaning and waxing to put a shine on everything in sight.
    Now the rest is up to parents and caregivers. After a bit more time for fun, it will be time to get a few things in order for the big day.

  • Confronting our troubles: Mumbling and the Ross Perot fantasy

    Conversations about our economic, ah, problem, mess, disaster, lack of an economy… (you pick the word or phrase) are happening behind the scenes. I have few further specifics. Even if I had more, probably I couldn’t share. Our leaders — call them “power brokers” — are worried, as well they should be. In larger communities, the power brokers may even have regular, scheduled gatherings. In small towns, it would be the café across from the courthouse.
    When the broker conversations propose action, especially specific and public action, taking on Person or Organization A, and seek people to lead the charge, the candidates for the civic role tend to say, “I have a contract with Organization A and can’t afford to lose it.” Or, “I can’t take the risk.” Or, “I’m just too busy.” Or, “Another power broker opposes this action and I can’t annoy this other power broker.” Or whatever.
    The result is no action and continued wringing of hands.
    An informal survey of theoretically potential cage-rattling, meet-the-challenge organizations leads nowhere.

  • Healthcare access: Are some more entitled?

    Healthcare policy is an endless debate in the United States, and in New Mexico the debate has its own special complications.
    Thoughts about how theories and ethics bump up against pragmatic realities come to mind in the wake of two recent public discussions I attended.
    Is there such a thing as “deserving” healthcare, and do some people deserve more than others? Should some people be more entitled to access healthcare, or better quality healthcare, than others? (“Entitled” is a loaded word. I used it deliberately to provoke your thoughts.)
    Should those who can afford to pay for it have a greater right than those who don’t? Should smokers, or fat people, or drug addicts have less access, or be forced to pay more than others? Should young people be at the front of the line and old people forced to the back? These questions arise starkly when we consider extremely limited resources such as organs for transplant, but they permeate the entire healthcare system.
    To develop the system we really want, we have to know what our values are. This message emerged from a presentation titled “Balancing Universal Healthcare with Medical Rationing,” by David Teutsch, a rabbi and ethicist, speaking recently to a New Mexico audience.

  • Isotopes split series against Reno

    The vast majority of the excitement in Monday night’s ballgame in Reno occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning.
    The Reno Aces got six of their 10 total hits in that inning, including three doubles, as they topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0.
    With its win, Reno (58-52) forced a split of its four-game series with Albuquerque (52-58), which had won 10 of its previous 13 contests. Albuquerque won the first and third games of the series and was looking for its third straight series win since the All-Star break — the Isotopes also won a short series over Las Vegas, the team it trails in the division standings, just prior to the break.
    Isotopes starting pitcher Barry Enright (0-1) was chased in that fifth inning after giving up nine hits and the six runs, all of them earned. Enright, who has appeared in 31 Major League games during his career, had just joined the Isotopes earlier Monday to fill the spot of Roger Bernadina, who was placed on the disabled list.
    His counterpart, Charles Brewer, had an excellent outing for the Aces. Brewer went eight innings and allowed just three hits.
    Albuquerque is trying to work itself back into contention in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division but trails Las Vegas by 9-1/2 games.

  • Sports Briefs 07-29-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Football practice starts Monday

    Fall 2014 Los Alamos High School football practice officially begins Monday.
    Practice will start at 8 a.m. Monday at the field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Practice is open to any students entering grades 9-12.
    Those interested in participating in the 2014 football season must have their physical examinations and necessary paperwork completed before they will be allowed to practice.
    Information on what is needed from players prior to the start of the season can find it at topperfootball.com or on the LAHS athletic website, laschools.net.

    LAYSL rec registration is open

  • Foursome shoots a 52 at BBBS tourney

    The foursome of Ian Maes, Mike Maes, KayLinda Crawford and Chris Ortega were the big winners at Saturday’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Drive for Matches Tournament.
    The tournament, a fundraiser for BBBS of Northern New Mexico, was a best ball scramble format. In all, 97 golfers participated in the third annual event.
    Maes/Maes/Crawford/Ortega shot a combined 20-under par 52, the top gross score of the day. That group edged out two other teams. John Stam, Pearl Cha, Gary Rich and Bethany Rich were two shots behind, as was the team of Art Brown, Myron Koop, Jeff Brown and Larry Goen.
    Stam/Cha/Rich/Rich won a tiebreaking chip-off for second place.
    Other top-finishing teams included Randy Vaughn/Tanner Vaughn/Don Branch/James Merhege, which finished with the low net score of 53, as well as the team of Steve Sanderson/Brianna Sanderson/Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt, which had a combined net score of 54.

  • Prime, Ballard earn LA's singles titles

    Tony Ballard and Warapha Prime topped the singles charts at last weekend’s Los Alamos Tennis Club’s championship tournament.
    The two-day tournament attracted about 30 players, mostly from Los Alamos County. The tournament was played at Urban Park.
    Ballard earned the LATC men’s championship with a straight-set victory in the finals over Bill Robertson. The two men slugged it out through a tight first set, but Ballard prevailed 7-6.
    In the second set, Ballard earned a 6-3 decision to take the title.
    In the women’s championship, Prime, who won the tournament in 2012, topped Lauren Fugate in Sunday’s final, also in straight sets. Prime earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
    There were seven different draws this weekend.
    Prime won a second title along with doubles partner Joel Williams. Prime/Williams tripped up Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in the mixed B doubles final, 6-4, 6-2.
    Kelley/Kelley won the draw in 2013.
    Also earning a top finish in the men’s over 50 bracket was Jeff Whicker. Whicker came back from a set down against Sergey Kurennoy, with Kurennoy taking the first set 6-2, but Whicker rebounding to win the second set 6-2.
    In the tiebreaker, Whicker held off his opponent, 10-6.