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  • MATCH program will help young readers

    There is an innovative educational mentoring program in Los Alamos that could help children with reading efficiency.
    MATCH New Mexico is a program where college students come together with at-risk children in the third grade. The name of the program is “mind the reading gap” and its goal is to aid in a child’s future and give an equal chance of success for every child in New Mexico.
    A fundraiser for the program is from noon-3 p.m. April 26 at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail in downtown Santa Fe.
    Tickets are $30, which includes valet parking, entertainment and all activities.
    Tickets are available online through EventBrite.com. Search for “Mind the Reading Gap.”
    “The fundraiser is very important to the program and we want to get the word out,” said Betty Scannapieco, who is in charge of community outreach. “The point is to raise awareness and support to aid our society to change.”
    There will be a silent and live auction during the luncheon fundraiser.
    MATCH stands for Mentoring and Tutoring Create Hope.
    Working with college students, the third grader will be guided with one-on-one mentoring throughout the program.

  • PNM defends plans for San Juan plant

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace power from part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar generation.
    Critics, including environmentalists and consumer advocates, counter that the plan isn’t in the best interest of ratepayers.
    Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Monday in a filing with state regulators that rejecting the plan could jeopardize the continued operation of the San Juan Generating Station and end up costing customers more.
    The utility’s objections follow the recommendation last week of a hearing examiner who suggested the plan not be approved by the Public Regulation Commission unless changes are made. The examiner cited uncertainty surrounding the ownership makeup of the plant and the lack of a coal-supply contract beyond 2017.
    It could be another month before a final vote is taken.
    Two units at the San Juan plant are scheduled to close in 2017 under an agreement with federal and state officials to curb haze-causing pollution.

  • Departments get tentative approval

    The Los Alamos County Council began the process of tentatively approving departmental budgets on Tuesday.
    Those budgets will not be finalized until council reviews and approves the entire budget with the changes they have incorporated, which is scheduled to happen next Tuesday. But some of the proposed budgets, such as those of the county council and municipal court, sailed through approval without fanfare.
    For others, such as the county manager’s office budget, consensus was only reached after considerable debate and weighing of substitute motions.
    The combination of the complexity of the county manager’s office along with various councilor priorities made that discussion one of the longest agenda items Tuesday. Communications and public relations, human resources, budget and performance and risk management all come under that umbrella.
    The manager’s office also oversees the county’s Progress through Partnering program, which funds contributions to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) and the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.
    Four proposed budget changes came into play for that department.

  • Santa Fe students take top prize at Challenge

    Meghan Hill and Katelynn James of Santa Fe’s Monte del Sol Charter Sol took the top prize in the 25th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research project.
    The title of the winning project was “Using Concentrated Heat Systems to Shock the P53 Protein to Direct Cancer into Apoptosis.”
    Their project, which posited that using nanotechnology robots can kill cancer cells without damaging healthy cells, also won several other awards in the challenge.
    “The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems,” said David Kratzer of Los Alamos’ High Performance Computer Systems group, and executive director of the Supercomputing Challenge.
    “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications and teamwork.”
    The Albuquerque Academy trio of Carl Cherne, Mark Swiler and Jason Watlington took second place for their research, “Popuation Fluctuation in Ecosystems,” which studied interactions between organisms and answers the question of how wild animal populations fluctuate.

  • Residents: keep schools open

    As decision time gets closer and closer about where to apply the next bond funding for school reconstruction, an information session was recently held in White Rock to address some rumors about what may happen to White Rock’s two elementary schools, Piñon and Chamisa.
    With Los Alamos School Board Vice President Matt Williams presiding, residents wanted to know if the school board was going to close one of the schools due to declining enrollment, or perhaps consolidate the two schools into one for the same reason.
    The answer, for now at least, is neither.
    Williams did most of the talking at the session, which was held inside the Chamisa Elementary School’s gymnasium.
    The first thing he did was help the audience members catch up by letting them know what the board was doing in the past months. Using information from three major sources, which included the board’s 20-Year Facilities Plan, budget figures, and other documents, Williams briefed audience members on what the present situation is in regards to both schools and how the board and the district arrived at those figures.

  • Wheeler, Adames go deep twice as Isotopes beat Rainiers

    Tim Wheeler and Cristhian Adames each mashed two home runs Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., to lead the Albuquerque Isotopes (8-5) to an 8-6 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-9) in the opening game of a four-game series.

    Wheeler mashed a grand slam in the first and followed it with a solo shot in the sixth.

    Adames blasted a pair of solo homers in the third and seventh innings.

    Early offense has been the key to Albuquerque wins this season, and Tuesday proved to be no different. Brandon Barnes ripped a leadoff single, and Adames followed with a walk in the top of the first. After two quick outs, Dustin Garneau walked to load the bases. Designated hitterWheeler then blasted a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall, giving Albuquerque a 4-0 lead. The Isotopes tacked on one more run in the third for a 5-0 advantage and never looked back.

  • Runners compete for good cause in annual Run for Her Life

    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races were held Sunday at East Park.
    In the 5k, the top female was Leanne Smith with a time of 21 minutes, 47 seconds. The first male and overall winner was Daniel Santistevan (20:33).
    The first female finisher in the 10k was Sanna Sevanto (49:50) while Tad Hughes was the top male and fastest finisher overall (48:11).
    All of the proceeds from the races will be donated to breast cancer research.
    Below are the complete results from all of the races in the different age groups:

    Men’s 5k, 19-and-under
    1 —27:35.4, Daniel Chertkov
    2— 52:28.0, Emmitt Tibbitts
    3—52:37.4, Asher Maranenbaum
    4—52:38.1, Aron Maranenbaum
    5—57:50.5, Owen Masser

    Men’s 5k, 20-29
    1—20:33.7, Daniel Santistevan

    Men 5k, 30-39
    1—33:59.1, Daniel Maranienbaum
    2—57:51.4,Thomas Masser

    Men’s 5k, 50-59
    1—28:19.8, George Brooks
    2—30:08.8, William Pyle
    3 —33:54.1, James Harrison

    Men’s 5k, 60-69
    1 — 46:33.8, Ed Martin

  • Hilltopper boys run away with Capital City Invite

    Snow didn’t slow Los Alamos’ track teams down on Saturday in Santa Fe. The Hilltopper boys set 27 personal records (PRs) en route to winning the Capital City Invite with 112.5 team points, almost 45 more than second-place Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second out of 12 teams with 84 points, just two points behind Taos.
    “(Twenty-seven) PRs on the day prove we can get it done even on a cool, breezy day,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We finished second and the girls competed very well,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was a good meet coming off of Spring Break and a good tune up going in to the end of the season.”
    Ralph Archbold won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.97 seconds, just missing the state-qualifying time of 16.20 seconds because of the hand-timer conversion (which rounds the time up to the nearest tenth of a second and then adds .24 seconds).
    Chris Parker won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.31 seconds, which was also close to a state-qualifying time.
    The Hilltopper boys also got first-place finishes from Skyler McCall in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches), Liam Johnson in the pole vault (12-3) and its medley relay team comprised of Miroslav Betts, McCall, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples (3:45.20).

  • Today in history April 22
  • At the Fish Pond

    Ashley Pond got restocked with fish Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Fish, the company which is contracted with the county to provide fish to the pond, made the delivery and county workers dropped buckets of fish into the water. The fish species included catfish, bluegills, bass and minnows.