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  • 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.

  • Little Leaguers, swimmers competing at state

    On the diamond and in the pool, many local athletes will be competing for state championships this weekend and next.
    Los Alamos County won four Little League district championships this summer — two in baseball and two in softball. The majority of those teams will now compete for state championships.
    The state tournaments will begin this weekend and conclude with a championship round next weekend.
    Two teams begin their state tournaments tonight —the 10-11 year-old baseball and softball teams.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball All-Star team will take on Deming at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. The winner will then play Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball All Stars will take on Carlsbad at 5:30 p.m. in Carlsbad. The winner will play South Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Clovis’ Zia Little League and Deming are also on the same side of the bracket as Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos County’s Majors earned a first-round bye. The 11-12 year olds will take on the winner of Roosevelt County and Altamont Little League at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, won the 9-10 district baseball title and was scheduled to start the tournament against Las Vegas.

  • Hults, Krantz win flights

    Larry Hults won his flight on back-to-back days during recent Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments.
    On June 30, Hults shot a 77 gross score to win the third flight at the Santa Fe Country Club. His score was better than the first and second flight winners, as well.
    The next day, Hults shot an 81 gross at the Taos Country Club to win the third flight again.
    Ron Krantz also won his flight at Taos. He shot an 84 gross to win the second flight.
    Bob Quick was the first flight’s net winner with 70.
    Three other golfers from Los Alamos golfers had second-place finishes with their gross scores at Taos.
    Spike Jones (86), Don Pompeo (82) and Don Rokup (88) were the runners up in the second, third and fourth flights, respectively.
    Bob Villa also has a second-place finish at Santa Fe with an 88 gross score in the fourth flight.
    Jones shot a 61 net score at Santa Fe to finish second in the second flight.
    Fred Thomas, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on the eighth hole.
    Los Alamos’ NNMSMGA tournament is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.
     

  • Candia, Medins and Williams have best predictions

    In spite of a slight, cooling rain, 45 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening jaunt Tuesday.
    The Pace Race featured one mile or three-mile courses on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
    For the three-mile route, the runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary, down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and then turned back on Gonzales Road to Barranca Elementary.
    Most of the three-mile runners beat their predictions in spite of the steep switchback required to get out of the canyon back onto Barranca Mesa.
    Nine runners on the long course, however, had predictions that were within 30 seconds of their actual time.
    Roxana Candia was the best predictor for the long course. She was off her prediction by just one second.
    Ted Williams was the second best predictor at four seconds off while John Ullman was only 10 seconds off his prediction.
    Other runners whose predictions were 30 seconds or less off included Katie Gattiker and Jesse Woodroffe at 16 seconds off, Heidi Bjorklund at 24 seconds off, Nikol Strother at 25 seconds off, Zach Medin at 26 seconds off and Richard Thompson III at 30 seconds off.

  • Kirk seeing more minutes

    Alex Kirk has gotten stronger throughout the summer and has started seeing more minutes because of his play.
    After scoring just three points in his first three games for the Memphis Grizzlies, Kirk had his best offensive game in the NBA Orlando Summer League July 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    In 12 minutes, 25 seconds on the court, Kirk scored nine points. He made a pair of field goals and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also had a rebound and blocked shot in the game, which Memphis won 87-81 to reach the league’s championship game.
    Kirk then helped the Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic White in the Orlando Summer League championship game, 75-73.
    Kirk played 18:09 in the final, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.
    Despite Memphis leading by as many as 16 points, and Orlando leading by as many as 10 points, regulation ended with the teams tied. After the first overtime, the teams were still tied so they went into a double overtime, sudden death period. For the second time in Orlando, Russ Smith sunk a game-winning bucket for the Grizzlies — this one to give them the title.
    After the game, Kirk flew to Las Vegas to join the New York Knicks.