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  • Kirk to throw out first pitch in LA, White Rock

    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, the center for the New Mexico Lobos, will be the center of attention on Saturday.

    Kirk will throw out the first pitch on two different occasions.

    Kirk will be at the opening ceremonies for the Los Alamos Little League at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Then at 1:30 p.m., Kirk will throw out the first pitch at Overlook Park as the White Rock Little League baseball and softball teams host its opening ceremonies.

    This week, Kirk recently shared team most valuable player honors with Kendall Williams after leading the Lobos to the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles.

    Kirk took home three awards at this year’s banquet, including

  • Cookies and conversation

    Peggy Pendergast bakes up a batch of love for Cookies & Conversation last month. The program takes place Monday during lunch at the LAHS Speech Theater offering an intergenerational opportunity for students with free lunch and cookies. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action and the JJAB. Call 661-4846 for information.

  • FBI investigating Rio Arriba Sheriff's Dept.

     ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An FBI investigation in which agents took documents from a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office under a search warrant reportedly centers on a sheriff’s program under which citations could be dismissed in exchange for donations to charities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the charities involved in the program include a scholarship fund managed by Sheriff Tommy Rodella.
    County spokeswoman Erika Martinez says most county officials are in the dark about the investigation but she says FBI agents seem to investigating whether citations have been unlawfully dismissed.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Rodella won’t comment, but Arnold denies that deputies dismissed tickets in exchange for donations to the scholarship fund.
    Spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Office wouldn’t discuss the investigation and what the FBI agents were seeking.

  • Seminar addresses cancer

    The Los Alamos Council on Cancer and the United Way teamed up for a spring seminar on cancer, Thursday night.
    Dr. Carolyn Linnebur, Cardiology and Internal Medicine and member of the Board for the Los Alamos Council on Cancer acknowledged the success of the program, due to the collaboration of the United Way, the LAMC Auxiliary and donations made by community members.
    Dr. Eric Bernstein of Northern New Mexico Cancer Care and Dr. Kathryn Zerbach of Los Alamos Surgical Associates provided a well rounded presentation to more than 60 on breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
    The pairing provided information on what numbers are important to watch, the risk reduction factors, adjuvant therapies, hereditary cancer testing options and red flags.
    Los Alamos County Public Access (PAC-8) recorded the presentation, which will be shown on PAC-8 and available for check out at Mesa Public Library, within the next few weeks.
    Los Alamos County Library offered handouts of resources available at the MPL, LeeAnne Parsons was on hand to answer questions about the Look Good Feel Better class and Paula Roybal Sanchez provided health and nutrition information from Cooperative Extension.
    To learn more about many free resources in the community, visit their website at losalamoscounciloncancer.org. 

  • Update 04-19-13

    Living Treasures

    Living Treasures of Los Alamos will honor Lee A. Builta, Rosmarie H. Frederickson and Craig Martin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception, sponsored by LANB.

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    P and Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    PEEC parking

    Earth Day Festival at PEEC, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3540 Orange Street. All welcome to enjoy Clan Tynker and Hill Stompers, booths, food, activities for all ages. Free, but you must park at Sullivan Field and take the free Atomic City Transit shuttle bus to PEEC (no parking at the high school this year due to school activities).

  • APPB issues call for art

    The Art in Public Places Board received a flood of feedback on Los Alamos County’s Open Forum about the Historic Sculptures project and public art in general. But it was far from the first time members have heard ideas from community members.
    “Often people will come up to board members or come up to me as a staff member and say, ‘Oh, I’ve got this great idea,’ or ‘I would like an opportunity to put something in front of the board so they can decide if they would like to add it to the public art collection,’” said APPB Staff Liaison Libby Carlsten. “Through the ongoing interface with the public that they realized that something was missing.”
    In lieu of reviewing ideas or artwork on a piece-by-piece basis, APPB has spent the past year creating a mechanism for soliciting and evaluating proposals on a regular basis and has issued its first open call for art.
    “What we’re trying to do is provide people with an opportunity to suggest ideas for the public art collection,” Carlsten said. “There are lots of great ideas out there, and what we really want to do is provide an opportunity for people to present them to the board.”

  • Family's close call

    On Monday, Boston Marathon runner Joaquin Gutierrez and his family came as close to a national tragedy as they ever want to get. Gutierrez had just finished the race in 3:21.54.

    Forty minutes after the Los Alamos National Laboratory employee crossed the finish line, the bombs went off. Though by that time, Gutierrez, his wife Deanna and his three children were safely back in their hotel, he doesn’t like to think about what could have been.

    “My family was right in that area,” he said, speaking of the area where the bombs went off.
     “My little kid was very excited because they had a candy store right there. I believe it was called Sugar Heaven. They knew that was the area because it was very congested.”

    A note on the Sugar Heaven Facebook page, posted by a David Sapers, said
    “We all at SUGAR HEAVEN (sic) would like to thank the thousands of you who have written, texted or called to make sure we are all OK and we at SUGAR HEAVEN (sic) want all of you to know we feel extremely lucky that none of us were injured.

    “The staff acted in a terrific manner in dealing with customers in the store and those out front who needed help and we are very proud of them.

  • Boston bombing suspect charged


    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill — a crime that carries a possible death sentence.

    Tsarnaev, 19, was accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring with his older brother to set off the two pressure-cooker bombs that sprayed shrapnel into the crowd at the finish line last Monday, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

    The criminal complaint containing the charges shed no light on the motive for the attack.

  • Today in History for April 19th