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Today's News

  • Candia has perfect prediction

    Roxana Candia had a perfect prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race, held on the North Mesa trail by the horse stables. Candia predicted a time of 24 minutes, 0 seconds on the three-mile course and finished exactly on the target.
    Other accurate predictors were Nick Parra-Vasquez with a 5-second differential, Brian Newnam at 9 seconds off and Jesse Woodroffe with an 11-second difference.
    The top finisher on the one-mile course was 6-year-old Anders Medin with a time of 10:50.
    The fastest female was his grandmother, Aurea Rojas, with a time of 10:52.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer finished first in 21:53. The top female finisher was Laura Woodroffe, crossing in 22:59.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held in the Western area, beginning in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
    One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Big blasts help LA softball down Academy

    A homerun and three triples helped the Los Alamos softball team score an 11-1 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday.
    Taylor Jaramillo went deep in the first inning, helping Los Alamos jump out to a 7-0 lead.
    Los Alamos never looked back.
    The ’Toppers added one run in the second and three more in the third to eventually enact the mercy rule after five innings.
    Jaramillo had a pair of RBIs with her homerun.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored.
    Jayde Tucker also hit a triple, drove in two runs and scored twice.
    Michaela Robertson and Morgan Hohner both scored twice.
    Lizbeth Guarello and Jordan Jaramillo each scored one.
    Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and Lauren Harris knocked in one.
    Mojica also threw a complete game for Los Alamos to earn the win. She struck out three batters and only gave up two hits in five innings of work. The run Albuquerque Academy scored was unearned in the second inning. After that, Mojica kept them off the scoreboard to preserve Los Alamos’ 10-run lead and end the game early.
    The win helped Los Alamos improve to 11-10 overall while the Chargers dropped to 3-16.
    Next, Los Alamos will play arguably its biggest series left on its schedule.

  • LA boys tennis gives Robertson its first loss

    The Los Alamos boys tennis team gave Robertson its first loss of the season Tuesday. The ’Toppers took down the defending A-4A state champion, 6-3.
    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, however, gave the Hilltopper girls just their third loss of the season, 6-3, to stay undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark.
    The Fulgenzi family led both Robertson squads and played in eight of the nine matches Robertson won Tuesday.
    Warren Fulgenzi beat George Margevicius 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
    At No. 2 singles, Andrew Aboshousha won his first set against Andres Garcia, 6-4, but Garcia came back and won the next two sets to take the match.
    Besides those two matches, the Hilltopper boys won the rest of the singles contests and two of the three doubles matches to take down the Cardinals.
    Andrew Tang scored a 7-5, 6-1 win against Dylan Moore at No. 3 singles.
    Thomas Chadwick beat Ali Shabaneh in three sets at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
    At No. 5, Junseo Kim beat Gabe Gregory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
    At No. 6 singles, JD Downing shut out Deandre Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0.
    Fulgenzi and Garcia teamed up to beat Margevicius and Tang at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 doubles, Aboshousha and Chadwick beat Moore and Shabaneh, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Community Calendar 4-22-16

    TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! $10/adult and $8/child. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
     Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Free.

    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 11 a.m. at Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at noon at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Young at Heart Hike. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • Volunteers needed to collect storm debris

    Following the recent ice and snow storm Monday, the Environmental Services Division is seeking volunteers to help collect and dispose of branches in areas that have already received bulk item collection on the quarterly pick up schedule.
    Residents are encouraged to help with branch clean up and ask others to help in neighborhoods.
    Trees around many properties sustained damage and breakage due to the wet, heavy snowfall, and many individuals aren’t capable of cleaning up the debris around their property.
    Free gloves and bags are available to everyone participating in this effort and the 13th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day on April 30.
    Volunteers who participate in this particular tree branch removal effort are asked to go online and register with Environmental Services so that county resources for extensive, large piles of branches can be staged in areas that can be easily retrieved by county vehicles and scheduled for pick up that day.
    For smaller loads collected by volunteers, branches and other debris brought down by Monday’s storm should be taken to the Eco-Station, which is offering free load disposal on an unlimited basis on Saturday – as part of planned Clean Up Los Alamos Day promotional events.
     Volunteers can register at losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

  • Y Camp, afterschool sign-ups drive end May 8

    The Family YMCA’s registration drive, where the $25 registration fee is waived, for  Y Camp, iCare Camp and 2016-2017 Afterschool care closes on Sunday, May 8. Parents may continue to sign up for the programs after that date, but will only have through that day for the per/child registration fee to be waived. Y Summer Camp is offering additional discounts to those registering by this date.
    The YMCA’s “Best Summer Ever” Camp will be based at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, as will LAPS’s summer school. Camp’s theme is Most Excellent Adventure and will focus on a wide range of adventurous experiences and places where youth will be in peer age-groups as they make explorations into science, art, reading, sports, swimming, field trips and community service projects.
    The registration fee will also be waived for the YMCA’s iCare camp, which is an outdoor free-play based, nature-focused summer camp. This program’s basecamp will also be at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

  • What’s the deal with a $15 minimum wage?

    BY DR. TRACY MILLER
    Center for Visions and Values

  • WWII glider pilots braved primitive training conditions

    New Mexico’s air space has blessed us with three Air Force bases, but it didn’t just happen. Civic leaders pitched their communities as the nation was gearing up for World War II, and for a time the state was dotted with airfields.
    Fort Sumner snagged an installation that became Fort Sumner Army Airfield. This one trained glider pilots.
    Glider pilots?
    This had to be one of the Army Air Force’s more unusual programs. The boxcar-like WACO CG-4A gliders could carry 15 men – a pilot, co-pilot, and 13 heavily armed troops called “glider riders.” It could also carry a Jeep, an anti-tank gun or medical supplies and food. On release, the glider coasted down and made something like a controlled crash landing. The pilots, trained as commandos, then became infantry troops. The Brits had similar aircraft, and they all saw service in the D Day landing.
    “The center of glider training was Eastern New Mexico and West Texas,” said John McCullough, of Lubbock, during the New Mexico Historical Society conference last weekend in Farmington.

  • Delectable show opens at Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend

    Art and food enthusiasts will be delighted with the creations on display beginning Friday at the opening of DIGEST THIS! At Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    DIGEST THIS! opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Inspired by all things edible, the show is a tasty mix of 3D, mixed media, traditional oils, textiles and ceramics. Anyone who hungers for eclectic art should be well satisfied.
    Culinary-related creations by artists from northern New Mexico include media ranging from Wonder Bread to clay to taxidermy. An “Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” doll by fiber artist Fran Black and a pen-and-ink spread of “Rainbow Cupcakes” by Trish Ebbert, offer an energy boost while Jeri Burzin’s photograph of squash “Blossoms” and Celia Cortez’ pencil drawing of artichokes, “Violetta and Friends” add fresh produce to the menu.
    Watercolor artist Patricia Gould contributed another healthy-eating entry, “Lemon and Kale,” and said: “I just liked the way the lemon was reflective and juicy and the kale was rough and curly.”

  • New book illustrates Bandelier story in images

    As Bandelier National Monument celebrates its centennial year, a newly released book titled “Bandelier National Monument” offers a visual celebration of the history of the park.
    The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Author Paul R. Secord has drawn together historic photographs, images of San Ildefonso artist Pablita Velarde’s murals and historic documents to illustrate Bandelier’s signature moments.
    The book’s content was drawn from archival sources, private collections and the Bandelier library’s recently catalogued collection of more than 14,000 images spanning 135 years. Volunteers have spent two-and-a-half years digitalizing the collection.
    The fascinating trek back through time gives readers an opportunity to see images of long-gone places and people of Bandelier.
    Photographs such as two of the Lodge of Ten Elders, built in 1909 by Judge A. J. Abbott of Santa Fe, of women rangers dressed like airline stewardesses and one of a flock of sheep spanning the bridge over the Rio Grande near the Buckman railhead help to characterize each era of the park’s history.