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  • Bible Answers: Say it loud and say it proud

    “Why do Christians make so much noise about their belief in Christ? Shouldn’t they just keep it quiet so they don’t offend others?”— Becky

  • Looking at the belly of society

    One of my favorite scenes from “Crocodile Dundee” is where the New York City reporter is asking Dundee whether ownership of some land should be returned to the aboriginals.
    Dundee says, “See those rocks? Been standing there for 600 million years. Still be there when you and I are gone. So arguing over who owns them is like two fleas arguing over who owns the dog they live on.”
    Ownership is a bizarre concept, but not singularly peculiar to humans. Dogs will tussle over who owns a piece of rope and wild animals mark “their territory.” But does anyone really own anything?
    I think it’s more about control than ownership. When we use the word “own”, we mean the right to control.
    Perhaps that’s what separates humans from civilized animals. Animals claim ownership and then exercise control over what they claim. Humans identify what they want to control, then claim abstract ownership to justify that control.
     OK, I admit it. I like control. Some pitch man on TV starts screaming at me, telling me why I can’t live another day without buying some superglue that will allow me glue cinder blocks to my kitchen ceiling.

  • Redbirds top 'Topes, 8-4

    The Albuquerque Isotopes were doubled-up by the Memphis Redbirds in the finale of their series Thursday.
    The Redbirds jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4-1/2 innings at Isotopes Park. They finished with 15 hits in the ballgame as they topped the Isotopes 8-4.
    Memphis hit up Albuquerque starter Sean White for 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 4-2/3 innings. Reliever Geison Aguasviva didn’t fare much better, allowing 2 runs and five hits in a pair of innings.
    Albuquerque attempted to get back into the game, putting up runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and loaded the bases in the ninth before Memphis’ Victor Marte struck out Tim Federowicz looking to end the contest.
    For Albuquerque, third baseman Rusty Ryal went 3-for-5 while second baseman Osvaldo Martinez was 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Those two accounted for about half of the Isotopes’ offense Thursday.
    The Isotopes open up a four-game set tonight against New Orleans. Post-game fireworks will be featured tonight. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
    Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will be honored prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. New Lobo head coach Craig Neal will throw out the first pitch.
    Tickets and information can be obtained by visiting the Isotopes’ website, abqisotopes.com, or by calling 505-924-2255.

  • Kirk invited to U.S. team tryouts

    The summer just got a whole lot busier for three University of New Mexico Lobos, including former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk.
    Kirk and Kendall Williams have been selected as two of 48 players to try out for the United States squad that will compete in the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.  
    Along with them, Cameron Bairstow will head back to Australia to try out for the Australian team to compete in the same event.
    The United States tryouts will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 24-30, with head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College coaching the team that travels to Kazan.
    Should Williams or Kirk make the squad, they would head to Russia via Istanbul, Turkey, July 1, then return to the U.S. right after the World University Games.
    Assistant coaches on the team are Michigan head coach John Beilein and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin.
    Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is the chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee and finalized the list of invitees.

  • Smith, Latah win Dog Jog

    Leanne Smith and Latah were the top finishers in the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog.
    The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Approximately 250 humans and 250 dogs took part in this year’s event, held in the Chamisa Elementary School area in White Rock.
    The event consisted of a 5K competitive run and a 2-mile non-competitive run/walk.
    Smith won the contested race with a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, topping runner-up Andrew Sutton by 7 seconds.
    Here are the top finishers from Saturday’s Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog 5K race:

    1. Leanne Smith, 21:22; 2. Andrew Sutton, 21:29; 3. Sven Vogel, 22:11; 4. Vikki Saga, 22:23; 5. Kyle Butler-Moore, 23:51; 6. Steven Russell, 24:04; 7. Christopher Fontes, 25:24; 8. Meghan McDonald, 26:07; 9. Genevive Salas, 26:09; 10. Duncan Fuehne, 27:47;

    11. Catie McDonald, 28:18; 12. David Telles, 28:35; 13. Jacob Mendez, 28:42; 14. James Clifford, 28:45; 15. Frank Merrill, 29:03; 16. Duncan Hammon, 29:10; 17. Rebecca Hammon, 29:26; 18. Brian Boyer, 29:58; 19. David Kolman, 30:58; 20. Suzette Williams, 31:04;

  • Today in History, May 3rd
  • NM firefighters battle blaze in Sandia Mountains

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire is burning in the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque.

    The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and grew to an estimated 50 acres by the evening.

    Officials say no structures are in danger and the cause of the blaze near the historic village of Placitas is unknown.

    Albuquerque health officials issued a health alert due to wildfire smoke until Friday morning.

    Firefighters battled the blaze on the ground and from the air, with helicopters and planes dropping water and fire retardant on the flames.

    Among the firefighters are two hand crews made up of 20 men and women who are part of the state's Veteran Fire Crew Pilot Program. This is the crew's first assignment since being established earlier this year by the New Mexico State Forestry Division.

  • Native American Beats Rock Jazz Fest

    Native American drums and chants are amping up New Orleans' Jazz Fest this year. Dancers and performers in colorful feathers stomped to native beats as DJ trio A Tribe Called Red mixed the traditional with techno.

  • Cleanup Los Alamos

    Volunteers gather Saturday at Ashley Pond after taking part in Cleanup Los Alamos Day. 

  • Vara promoted in Hawaii

    Bank of Hawaii Corporation has announced its shareholders have elected Raymond Vara, a former CEO of the Los Alamos Medical Center, to serve on its board of directors, effective Friday.
    Vara is the president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Health, the state’s largest health care provider and parent company of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital and Wilcox Memorial Hospital (Kauai).
    “On behalf of Bank of Hawaii, I am delighted to welcome Ray Vara to our board,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Bank of Hawaii Corp. “Ray is a veteran of the health care industry whose extensive accomplishments and expertise will provide valuable insight and perspective. As a highly respected member of the community, Ray’s intimate understanding of the needs and concerns for the future of Hawaii make him a great match and significant addition to our board.”
    “I am honored to join the board and look forward to working with the team of professionals at Bank of Hawaii,” Vara said.
    Vara joined Hawaii Pacific Health in 2002 as executive vice president and CEO of operations, and assumed the role as president and CEO in 2013.