• Chamber Golf Tournament coming up

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Chamber Golf Tournament July 31 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Chamber Golf Tournament is an opportunity to wrap up the workweek by having fun, raising funds for a good cause and do a little business networking.
    The event will be a benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico.
    The tournament will be a four-person scramble that will use 25 percent of the team’s handicap. There will also be hole prizes, contest holes, door prizes and a silent auction.
    Mulligans will be available for a fee.
    Registration is open for the tournament at losalamoschamber.com/events. Golfers can sign up individually or with their four-person team. The price is $100 per person or $80 for golf club members. Registration includes breakfast, golf and a cart.
    Lunch and awards will take place at the Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op.
    Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.
    Current sponsors include Los Alamos National Bank, the Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN, the Rio Grande Sun and Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op. Other sponsorships ranging from $100 to $400 are still available. Contact Nancy Partridge for information at 661-4816 or nancy@losalamos.org

  • Marr has best prediction

    Tuesday night’s weather along the Quemazon Trail in the western area of Los Alamos attracted mountain bikers, a flower identification group and 37 walkers and runners to compete in this week’s Pace Race.
    For the Pace Racers, a one-mile course on pavement and sidewalk was available.
    There were also one-and three-mile courses on the Satch Cowan and Quemazon trails that required challenging trail negotiation skills.
    Only three predictors on all of the courses finished within 75 seconds of their prediction.
    Duane Marr had the best prediction of the night, missing his time by just 21 seconds.
    Mark Bjorklund had the second-best prediction. He missed his time by 49 seconds.
    Joan Williams missed by 75 seconds to finish with the third best prediction.
    On the one-mile course, Patricia Burnside was the fastest female. She finished in 9 minutes, 6 seconds.
    Adrian Medin was the fastest male, crossing in 14:55.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer was the fastest male. He finished the race in 30:03.
    The fastest female was Emily Moore. She finished in 35:25.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m., beginning and ending in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center’s parking lot on Canyon Road.

  • Players dig mud volleyball

    The High Mountain Mud Volleyball Festival took place Saturday at North Mesa Park.
    The co-ed, 18-and-over tournament once again reached its maximum capacity of 11 teams for the event.
    The players tested their volleyball skills while muddy water hindered their movements and duct tape held their shoes on their feet.
    Team after team went down in the mud after a pair of losses in the double-elimination tournament.
    The event was down to its final four teams when lightning struck and brought an abrupt end to the action.
    It was the second year in a row the tournament was called due to lightning before its conclusion.
    Team Awesome, however, was undefeated when it ended.
    It was the only squad to have won all of its games up to that point.

  • Baseball teams go down swinging at state

    Both of the Los Alamos County baseball teams that advanced to the state champions were eliminated from title contention over the weekend.
    The 10-11 All-Stars went 1-2 at state.
    The Majors (11-12 year olds) went 0-2 at state.
    The 10-11 year old team started its tournament by losing to the host team, Carlsbad, 9-5. After the loss, the team came back and beat Zia Little League (Clovis) 9-1.
    Los Alamos then took on Carlsbad a second time. The elimination game needed extra innings to be decided, but Carlsbad scored a seventh-inning run to come out on top, 4-3.
    “Overall, I am extremely pleased that our kids represented Los Alamos well in both character and the fact that they played a weekend of competitive baseball,” 10-11 manager Dave Swavely said. “They did not give up!”
    In Albuquerque, Los Alamos’ Majors ended up having to play both teams that escaped from their side of the bracket and advanced to next week’s semifinals.
    Los Alamos played Altamont Little League (Albuquerque) and Lions Hondo (Roswell), but got 10-runned by both teams.
    “You get down there and there’s a lot of good competition, but our kids competed,” Majors manager Jason Martines said. “In games like that you have to play flawless, or close to it.”

  • LA softball team wins state

    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year old softball team won the state championship Monday night in Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ All-Stars beat Deming 11-8 in the title game.
    “I’m pretty darn proud right now,” Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth said. “I think this is the first time we’ve brought a state softball championship back to Los Alamos.”
    After losing its first game of the tournament to Deming, 9-7, Los Alamos had its back against the wall. The team, however, won three straight elimination games to capture the title.
    “We fought back from the loser’s bracket — that’s a long road to the championship,” Ellsworth said.
    Los Alamos responded to its first-round loss by beating Las Vegas 18-0.
    After the win, Los Alamos got a rematch with Deming. Ellsworth said it was pretty close the whole way, but Los Alamos came out on top, 9-6, to force a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament for the state title.
    “Each game we gave the them things from the previous game to work on,” Ellsworth said.
    Before the championship, however, Ellsworth and his coaches just told the girls that they deserved to be there and it would boil down to which team had more heart.

  • Pet Talk: Protecting furry friends from killer bees

    Many of us remember our first experience with bees, and it’s usually not positive.
    You may have been the curious kid who got a little too close to the beehive, or you may have been the innocent victim who was stung completely by surprise.
    No matter the situation, the afternoon was spent running and screaming into the house looking for help.
    Although we know better, our pets may think the humming and buzzing of a bee nest sounds like a good time. Before Fido sniffs too close to a dangerous hive, here are the facts you need to know about protecting your pet from killer bees.
    Africanized honeybees, or so called “killer bees,” arrived in the United States during the 1990s. They appear no different than the common European honeybee and can only be told apart by an expert.
    Although the nickname suggests a fatal sting, killer bees are no more harmful than the common honeybee. Killer bees gained their nickname from the aggressive way they defend their nests.
    The more hostile bees readily protecting the nest, the more likely a person or pet is to be stung multiple times.
    Even though it is common for people to have an allergic or even deadly reaction to a bee sting, dogs are not as susceptible to these harmful responses.

  • Solar’s growth due to subsidies

    If you live in the United States, vote, pay taxes and get your electricity from a utility company, you’ve helped the solar power industry through a variety of tax and regulatory policies — voted in by politicians you elected — that favor it over other lower-cost forms of electricity generation.
    When you read headlines such as CNBC’s touting “Solar power’s stunning growth,” realize that it’s thanks to you — even if you’ve never even thought of putting solar panels on your roof or live in an apartment where you couldn’t install them if you wanted to.
    Hoping to benefit from the “stunning growth,” Sunrun Inc., on June 25, filed its initial public offering. Wall Street Journal summarizes, “Sunrun installs solar panels on residential homes either for no upfront cost or at low cost. Sunrun owns the solar panels and receives monthly payments from homeowners for the power generated by the panels. It also receives government tax incentives to cover its costs.”
    Reading through the 234 pages of fine print in Sunrun’s form S-1, it becomes clear that growth comes from government policies.

  • Sports Briefs 7-19-15

    Alex Kirk camp
    The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.
    The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.
    The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.
    The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.
    All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.
    The price is $75 per camper.
    For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.

  • LA Little League teams fall Friday in state games

    Two Los Alamos County Little League teams started their state tournaments Friday night. Both teams, however, lost in the first round.
    The 10-11 year-old softball All-Stars lost to Deming, 9-7, in Santa Fe.
    The 10-11 baseball All-Stars fell to Carlsbad, 9-5, in Carlsbad.
    In the softball game, Deming started its ace in the game while Los Alamos saved the arm of its fastest pitcher.
    A few Los Alamos errors also helped Deming score.
    Deming led early on.
    Los Alamos came back and took the lead.
    Deming, however, grabbed the lead late and held onto it the rest of the game.
    Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth was optimistic his team could still make some noise at state.
    “We can field just as well as they can and we can hit just as well as they can,” Ellsworth said.
    After the win, Deming took on Las Vegas Little League. Los Alamos will play the loser of that game today in an elimination game.
    “We’ll bring in our fast pitcher on Sunday and see if they can stay with her,” Ellsworth said.
    Errors also hurt Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team against Carlsbad.
    “Personally I think we’re a better baseball team, but when you make errors, things happen,” manager Dave Swavely said.
    Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead early in the game.

  • Kirk wraps up summer leagues

    The NBA Las Vegas Summer League has yet to crown its champion, but Alex Kirk won’t be on a second championship team this summer.
    Kirk and the New York Knicks played their final game in Las Vegas Friday night, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 83-76 in a consolation game.
    The Golden State Warriors knocked the Knicks out of the championship tournament, 76-54, in the round of 16.
    Kirk and Knicks, however, were able to finish strong against the Bucks. In 18 minutes on the court, Kirk had his second double-digit scoring performance for New York. Kirk made five field goals to score 10 points. With the Knicks trailing 47-42, Kirk finished and 3-on-2 fast break with a slam dunk to pump up his teammates.
    He also grabbed four rebounds in the game.
    Against Golden State, however, the Knicks only led once in the game and lost by 22.
    Kirk played 15 minutes and 4 seconds in the game. He snagged five rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts. He finished with one point and two turnovers.
    To set up that matchup, the No. 12 seeded Warriors beat the No. 21 seeded Sacramento Kings in the first round of the tournament, 83-67, while the Knicks earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye.
    After the loss, the Knicks took on the Bucks.