• Mang named All-American

    Earlier this month, Jared Mang was named to MaxPreps’ 2015 medium-schools All-American baseball team.
    Mang earned second-team All-American honors as an infielder.
    The accolade was the lastest for Mang. He was also named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year and class 5A’s Player of the Year for baseball.
    The medium-sized list includes schools that compete in divisions with generally between 1,000 and 2,000 students.
    Mang was the only player from New Mexico to earn the honor, which included 30 ball players on both the first team and second team.
    Los Alamos reached the state semifinals in the spring. Mang finished with a .559 batting average, 33 runs scored and five home runs. On the mound, he recorded a 7-1 record with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched.
    Mang signed his letter of intent to play college ball for the University of New Mexico next year.

  • Los Alamos to induct Hall of Fame class during Homecoming

    During Homecoming weekend 2015, Los Alamos' athletic department will be inducting its second Hall of Fame class.

    The inductees for the Class of 2015 include Brian Corrie, Paul Maley, Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Bob Scott and Tracy Shipman Henderson.

    Inductees are invited to join the school in the Homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 11 and they will be introduced at the football game versus Moriarty later that night.

    A banquet will also be held in their honor at LAHS at noon on Sept. 12. This event will be open to the public. Tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletic office for $25.


  • LATC to host tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC) is holding a tournament for singles, doubles and mixed doubles Aug. 1-2.
    The tournament is for A and B levels.
    Tennis players may sign up for one or two events.
    Entrants don’t have to be LATC members.
    Ten point tiebreakers will be used instead of a third set, except for in the finals.
    The deadline to register for the tournament is July 29.
    The price per person for event is $20. For students, the price is $15.
    For more information, contact Joel at latennis@swcp.com

  • 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.