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  • LAYG shoots for a good time


    by Tom Hanlon


    For the Los Alamos Young Guns shooting team, the “bang” followed by the explosion of a clay target at a trap shooting match is exciting. 

    At the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club, teens participate in shooting trap, skeet and Olympic trap.

    Trap involves one clay target being launched into the air away from the shooter at 40 to 50 mph.  

    The clay target is an inverted saucer shape, 4.25 inches in diameter, made of a mixture of pitch and pulverized limestone. 

  • Oxbow upends Orb in Preakness


    BALTIMORE (AP) — Oxbow put D. Wayne Lukas in the record books again with an upset of Orb in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, giving the Hall of Fame trainer his 14th win in a Triple Crown race.

    Kentucky Derby winner Orb was unable to find his rhythm after breaking from the rail, and never challenged in finishing fourth. The loss ended any chance of a Triple try at the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, extending the drought to 36 years since Affirmed in 1978 became the 11th horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

    "I get paid to spoil dreams," the 77-year-old Lukas said. "Unfortunately we go over here and you can't mail 'em in. It's a different surface and a different time. You gotta line 'em up and win 'em."

    Lukas won his sixth Preakness to move one behind Robert Wyndham Walden for most wins in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

    The victory was a long time coming for the dean of trainers. The last time he won a Triple Crown race was the 2000 Belmont with Commendable. And before that, he was a regular in the winner's circle after classic races. At one point, he ran off six in a row — from the 1994 Preakness through the 1996 Derby.

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  • Santa Fe marijuana dispensary robbed at gunpoint

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are looking for three men who robbed a licensed medical marijuana distributor in Santa Fe on Friday.

    Lt. William Pacheco with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says three men armed with handguns entered the New Mexico Top Organics dispensary around 10:45 a.m. and tied up the two employees who were working at the time.

    The men then took an undisclosed amount of marijuana and fled in one of the employee's vehicles.

    Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding the vehicle. It's a 2003 silver Honda CRV with New Mexico license plate 863-PCN.

    Pacheco says no one was hurt during the robbery, but the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. He says this is the first time a dispensary in the county has been robbed.

  • LA baseball team falls in playoffs


    ALBUQUERQUE – To say the Piedra Vista Panthers didn’t waste much time jumping on the Los Alamos Hilltoppers would be something of an understatement.

    It only took one pitch for the Panthers to get their first runner on base in Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal baseball game. It only took three more for the Panthers to break the scoreless tie.

    Piedra Vista, the No. 1 seed in the 4A state tournament showed Los Alamos why it was seeded No. 1, scoring 16 runs in 2-1/2 innings. Piedra Vista routed Los Alamos 17-2 at La Cueva High School Thursday, advancing to today’s semifinal round.

    It was a tall order the Hilltoppers (19-10) were asked to fill. The eighth-seeded Hilltoppers not only had to contend with a big-hitting Panther lineup but were also going up against a team they’d had little success against during the regular season.

  • Tripping over grammar


    There’s an old joke about a linguistics professor lecturing on the similarities of grammar and math.  The professor says, “In English, as in math, two negatives make a positive.  And in English, again just like in math, two positives never make a negative.”

     A student quips back, “Yeah. Right.”

     One of the great strengths of the English language is its ability to convey meaning even when it misused, abused, and diffused.  Even the most educated tongue occasionally trips over the rules of grammar.

     I myself, and sometimes me, gets lost among the trees that define proper speech.

     See how I discretely included me, myself and I as among the most educated?  Well, nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • Improving women's financial literacy


    By Jason Alderman

    Are the 70 percent of the developing world’s adult population with no formal bank account doomed to a life of economic uncertainty and financial illiteracy? If a woman’s culture dictates that she should always put her family’s financial needs ahead of her own, can she learn to set aside money for her own retirement without feeling guilty?

    These are just some of the complex issues raised at the seventh annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa Inc. Renowned U.S. and international financial experts and journalists led a lively discussion – and fielded Twitter questions from roughly 2,000 participants – around the theme, “Improving Women’s Financial Literacy & Capabilities Globally.”

  • Pastor Chuck: What is the definition of the Anti-Christ?


    “Is Islam the antichrist?”—Steve


    First, the term “antichrist”: there is a particular eschatological or “end times” set of beliefs drawn from several biblical passages (which include, among others, II Thess. 2:3-9; Rev. 13:4-8; see Ezek. 38-39; Dan. 7:23-26; 8:23-25). 

    This perspective purports that one day, prior to the Second Coming of Christ, a political figure will appear on the world stage. 

    He will gain immense popularity and wield vast power. 

  • Church listings 5-17-13


    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

  • Forest Service urges caution to vacationers


    As the Memorial Day Holiday signals the unofficial start to the summer vacation season, fire danger remains high and the New Mexico State Forestry Division is urging all residents and visitors to be cautious with any use of fire as well as follow all fire restrictions while enjoying the state’s abundant natural resources.

    “We’re still extremely dry in many areas, and all it takes is one careless mistake for a wildfire to endanger our lives and communities,” said Forestry Division Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager Dan Ware. “With so many of us traveling this weekend and throughout the summer, it is crucial that we all be responsible and do our part to prevent wildfires.” 

    This year, 139 fires have burned 1,071 acres across New Mexico on State or private land.