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  • Community Briefs 10-16-14

    Free seminar educates about testicular cancer

    Testicular cancer is the most common and most treatable cancer in young men.
    Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be the featured speaker.
    The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, begins with a free light meal at 5:15-6 p.m., followed by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a Q&A session. Bernstein is an oncologist and hematologist with Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center. He will focus his presentation on the most current research on testicular cancer treatment.
    The program is free, but pre-registration by Oct. 20 is appreciated. To register call Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 or register online at LosAlamosCouncilonCancer.org.
    For more information contact Paula at 570-0906.

    Church plans
    rummage sale

  • Chains of Kindness battle bullies

    On Oct. 1, the Friends of Rachel Anti-Bullying Club, under the direction of John Pawlak kicked off Bullying Prevention Awareness Month on Oct. 1, working with students to create Chains of Kindness. The club and the prevention office will host educational opportunities and have resources available throughout the school year. From left, Erin Kennison, Kes Luchini, Claudia Rice and Mikaela Bayardo.

  • Ignorance, disinformation cloud candidates' debate over New Mexico economy

    Last week, we talked about job-creation promises of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Today, let’s look at the current campaign rhetoric. Republican Susana Martinez has upped her game, but fills her policy position with disinformation. And Gary King, her Democratic opponent? The dog ate his homework.
    In speeches, King touts an increased minimum wage and pooh-poohs the 2013 tax compromise package.
    Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do because every working person deserves a wage he or she can live on. But it’s not economic development. Democrats subscribe to this tooth-fairy idea that an increased minimum wage will magically stimulate the economy, but studies are inconclusive.
    The 2013 tax compromise that King doesn’t like is the one thing the administration and lawmakers have done that will actually make a difference.
    On his campaign website, King says he would change the criteria for state (State Investment Council) investments in local businesses. He complains that the state has invested in too many failed businesses. Does he not understand that startup companies are by nature riskier?

  • Royals sweep Orioles to advance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the final out was made on another improbable night, and the Kansas City Royals were headed back to the World Series, Ned Yost stood in the dugout and watched.
    He watched as a bunch of young players he’s nurtured for years celebrated. He watched as veterans and journeymen and baseball vagabonds piled onto the infield. And he watched as a fan base that has so often criticized him relished a moment 29 years in the making.
    “These kids, from the minute you saw them, you knew they were going to be special,” Yost said. “Their goal was to get here and win a championship, and today they accomplished that.”
    Led by a dynamic defense, an opportunistic offense and one of the best bullpens in the game, the Royals swept aside the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. With another tight win, 2-1, the Royals captured their first the American League championship since 1985.
    “It’s hard to explain,” said outfielder Lorenzo Cain, whose clutch hits and dramatic grabs earned him the series MVP award. “We’re clicking at the right moment right now.”

  • 'Toppers stay put in 5A rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is still near the bottom of the Class 5A rankings this week, according to MaxPreps.com.
    But the Hilltoppers didn’t slip this week, despite falling to 0-7 and dropping a 10-7 decision at home in their District 2-5A opener last Friday.
    Los Alamos stayed put at No. 21 this week. Not only did it not go down, it’s not the lowest-ranked team in the district — that dubious honor is held by the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans, who are in the No. 23 spot, according to the website, also lost their 2-5A opener last week. They were blown out 42-0 by district newcomer Del Norte. That win was just Del Norte’s second victory of the year.
    Del Norte, as it has been all season, is the top-ranked team in 2-5A, coming in at No. 16, the same place it was a week ago.
    Capital moved up to No. 18 in this week’s poll following its win over the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field. Capital’s Adrian Ornelas booted a 28-yard field goal with just half a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the win.
    The Jaguars (3-4) are one spot ahead of Española Valley (4-2), which was idle last week. The Sundevils will play Del Norte Friday night in Albuquerque.

  • 'Toppers move to 3-1 in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-5A play with its win on the road Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos picked up its second straight sweep of the district season, downing the Del Norte Knights. The two teams played relatively tight the first two sets, but Los Alamos pounded Del Norte in the final set, winning 25-19, 27-25, 25-5.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers move to 8-8 overall. They’ve won three of their last four contests.
    More importantly for Los Alamos, it keeps pace with Española Valley in the 2-5A race. Los Alamos downed Bernalillo Saturday, also in three sets, to take over the No. 2 spot in the district standings.
    Del Norte (6-8 overall, 1-3 in 2-5A) is in fourth place, just one match ahead of Capital.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, improved to 4-0 after picking up a sweep at Bernalillo Wednesday. The Hilltoppers and Sundevils (13-2 overall) are scheduled to meet Oct. 25 in the valley, potentially with the district regular season title on the line.
    Los Alamos has just four regular season matches remaining ahead of the 2-5A tournament, including Saturday against Capital. Los Alamos swept Capital in the teams’ first meeting.
    The Jaguars are 0-4 on the district season and have won just twice in all of 2014.

  • LA finishes 2nd in fall finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished second at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational to wrap up its fall 2014 season.
    Los Alamos will return in March with five more tournaments to try to qualify for the state Class 5A playoffs, which are scheduled for May.
    The Hilltoppers posted a team score of 363 at Tuesday’s tournament, played at Ladera Golf Course in Albuquerque. That was 12 shots better than third-place Cibola.
    La Cueva’s Bears, however, ran away with the tournament title. The Bears, a Class 6A program, shot a 298 Tuesday, sweeping the top three spots individually, with Kevin Fanelli carding a 71.
    Los Alamos was the only full team competing from a Class 5A school at the APS contest.
    For the Hilltoppers, freshman Sean Rau picked up his first individual qualifying leg of the year. Rau shot a 79 at Ladera, which placed him seventh on the leaderboard.
    With his qualifying score, Rau becomes the second Hilltopper to earn a leg this fall — Los Alamos senior Jonathan Osden has already earned his spot at May’s state tournament.
    Los Alamos has five more events scheduled in the spring for Rau to try to earn his other two legs, as well as for Los Alamos to earn a team qualification.

  • Off The Hill 10-16-14

    Art exhibits
    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” The artist reception will be 5-7 p.m. Oct. 24, where the artist will be present. This exhibition will run through to Nov. 22.
    Art tours
    The 27th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. For details, directions, and artists pages, go to galisteostudiotour.org or go to Facebook. Maps and artists information will be available studio tour weekend at the La Sala Welcome Center. Walkable tour with more than 30 artists in their private studios. Included are painters, printmakers, potters, weavers, photographers, woodworkers, jewelers, sculptors, local crafters and chefs.
    Auditions
    “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.” 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque. Performances begin in January. Nine men, three women.
    Classes
    Many six-week classes are now available through the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. For more information, cost and to sign up visit evfac.org.
    Comedy
    Jay Leno. 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Legends Theater, Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque. $42-95. For tickets visit holdmyticket.com.
    Concerts

  • MacLaine honored with lifetime achievement

    The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents its sixth annual event this week in downtown Santa Fe. Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive SFIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award and introduce her newest film “Elsa & Fred,” 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is invested in Santa Fe as a destination for film. The festival brings cutting-edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions with top directors, writers, and artists, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe.
    MacLaine, a veteran in American film, television and theater has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress four times for her roles in “The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Madame Sousatzka.” She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 for her iconic role in “Terms of Endearment.”
    MacLaine has since been honored with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998 and in 2012, she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the most honorable praise given in the film industry.
    The Awards Ceremony will be followed by “Elsa & Fred.”

  • This Week on PAC 8, Oct. 17-23

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-10-14
    02:00 PM League of Women Voters Candidate Forum 10-02-14
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Chile – New Mexico’s
    Hottest Harvest”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV