Today's News

  • Be There 05-29-13

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Los Alamos Library parking lot.

    Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. We enjoy a meal and combine fun and social gathering with a business meeting. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    Artwork by Richard Swenson. An ongoing exhibit during regular business hours at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the second floor lobby. For more information call Peggy Pendergast at 412-7223.
    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Ashley Pond: Los Pinguos; Argentina’s traditional and folk-rock band. For more information visit gordonsummerconcerts.com.

    The Los Alamos Singletrack Association will host a fundraiser at 8 p.m. and the movie Strength in Numbers at the LA Co-op Market on the lawn (weather permitting). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for under 18, and free for 5 and under.

  • People in the News 05-29-13

    Stephanie Blair, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for May. Blair is the daughter of Barbara and Stephen Blair.
    Blair, who maintains an exceptional grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Los Alamos Youth Leadership, a program for high school students in which teams design, plan and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year while building strong relationships with family and friends. Blair’s concern for others is marked by her volunteer service to the Los Alamos Heart Council since 2010.
    She has been a member of the high school’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team since her freshman year and a valuable player on All-District and All-State teams each of those years. In 2012, Blair was named the All-District defensive soccer player of the year and received an honorable mention at All-State soccer competition the year before. An Albuquerque club soccer team on which she played won the state championship in 2009 and was state runner-up last year and in 2010.


  • Pet Talk: Understanding and overcoming pet's fears

    While many of us would like to believe our little puppy is fearless, the truth is that there are many things a pet will experience that may frighten it at first as it attempts to understand more.
    “Pets can be fearful of all types of things,” Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences said. “Thunderstorms, fireworks, cars and even children can be sources of fear for a pet.”
    Pets become scared because they, like all animals, have evolved to recognize threats. Animal’s fear physiology is similar to that of humans with the heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature rising when frightened.
    Dogs, bred as pack animals, need to be with their owners when afraid. Cats, being more solitary, hide when scared and may be less destructive.
    The critical socialization period — 8 to 12 weeks of age — is an important factor in shaping the behavior of both puppies and kittens. During this time, the pet should have its first vaccinations and then exposed to all sources of stimuli including people, things and sounds.
    Crate training is also imperative from the first day the pet comes home. This gives the pet a place to feel safe when you leave the house.

  • With breast cancer, a loss can be a gain

    Even after the loss of her mother to ovarian cancer, and her aunt to breast cancer, Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to have a double mastectomy, because of a hereditary cancer gene, is still a brave one. And yet the decision that comes with it, regarding reconstructive surgery, is just as difficult for some. So why not turn a loss into a gain.
    I’m one of those lucky gals, as some would say, who, when needing a new bra, heads over to the children’s department at the mall and chooses one with monkeys, or kittens, or bright pink dots for $5. I did venture into Victoria’s secret one day, on a whim, and marvel at all the voluptuous cups, lace and cavernous cleavages and it was mind-boggling. It was then that I thought, as someone at a high risk of breast cancer, that if I had to say goodbye, I would treat myself to a nice pair of double C’s.
    Many of my friends have done the same after cancer, opted for a little push to nature’s own efforts. And some, I’m sure to the chagrin of their husbands, have decided to downsize. I can’t imagine that myself, but I’m told on very high authority that they can be a heck of a burden.

  • New Mexico's challenge is to catch up

    Two and a half years is hardly sufficient time for any governor to transform a state with a history of consistently coming in at the bottom of national ratings that measure the well-being of its people.
    Lord knows New Mexico has such a history.
    Just last week in a book published by the respected Brookings Institution, we learned that New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, ranks eighth in the nation where suburban poverty is concerned.
    Think about it. New Mexicans, young and not-so-young, small town and rural, routinely abandon their homes in parts of the state where poverty and unemployment are chronic and head to the big city with hopes of bettering their lot.
    Only the big city, a metropolitan area estimated by the Census Bureau to consist of more than 900,000 people, is in the grips of its own suburban poverty.
    Among the ironies here is that Albuquerque is basically little more than a collection of connected suburbs, “subs” in search of “urban.”
    Simply put: The economic condition of this enchanted land is dire straits and in need of help from the top.

  • Beaver Attack Claims Fisherman's Life

    A booming beaver population has led to string of attacks on people in Belarus, with a 60-year-old fisherman believed to be the first victim to die.

  • Learning the Ropes (and the Nets)

    Several young athletes took part in a free volleyball clinic Friday at Auxiliary Gym. The clinic was part of the Review-Preview event hosted by Los Alamos High School’s volleyball program. 

  • Pacers win 99-92 to tie series with Heat

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The open looks Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh took advantage of to help the Heat win Game 3 disappeared in Game 4, and so has Miami's lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals.
    Miami's Erik Spoelstra won the coaching battle with the Pacers' Frank Vogel in Game 3, using mobile post players Haslem and Bosh primarily as jump shooters to keep them away from the bigger, brawnier Roy Hibbert and David West.
    Vogel countered Tuesday night with a simple adjustment: putting Hibbert and West in better position to step out and contest shots without sacrificing rebounding. And it worked, eliminating Miami's normally excellent floor spacing and making the Heat's offense appear unsettled.
    Hibbert finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 99-92 victory that tied the series at two games apiece and helped the Pacers regain a little swagger heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night in Miami.
    In Game 3, Haslem and Bosh combined to make 14 of 19 shots and score 32 points, mostly on jumpers. This time, they were 4 for 11 and combined for 13 points.

  • Isotopes win again on road

    The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs to win going away in the series opener at Memphis.
    The Isotopes scored two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, all of them coming with two outs to top the Redbirds 7-2 in Memphis Tuesday night.
    Tuesday’s win was the fourth victory in five road games for Albuquerque, which will return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game set starting Saturday.
    The Redbirds (26-24) scored twice in the third to go up 2-0 early, but the Isotopes (27-25) tied the score in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, the Isotopes strung together three straight hits, including a triple by Rusty Ryal and a double by Jeremy Moore to go up 4-2.
    In the eighth, Moore, the Isotopes’ left fielder, again came through with a base hit to drive in two runs. Moore finished the game going 3-for-5.
    Geison Aguasviva (2-2) was credited with the win, going 1-2/3 innings in relief of starter Matt Palmer. Memphis reliever Nick Additon (3-2) was tagged with the loss.

  • Sports Briefs 05-29-13

    Romero, Cruz-Murphy win at Bower Run

    Ted Romero and Dee Cruz-Murphy were the top finishers in the Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run.
    The Bower Run, which served as a fundraiser for local Alzheimer’s disease charities, was May 11 in Los Alamos.
    Romero was the top male finisher at the race, coming in at 19 minutes, 10 seconds, while Cruz-Murphy finished in a time of 27:54.

    Firecracker 5K registration is open at YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Firecracker Fun Run.
    The run is set for 8 a.m. July 4. The race begins at the YMCA’s facility at 1450 Iris Street.
    Top male and female runners will win prizes. All entrants are eligible for door prizes.
    Price for participation is $25, $15 for YMCA members and $10 for entrants age 13 and under.
    More information is available at the YMCA’s website, laymca.org.

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