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  • Isotopes pick up 6-4 road win over Omaha

    The Albuquerque Isotopes came through in the eighth inning, avenging a late-inning loss the night before at Omaha.
    Albuquerque’s John Baker run-scoring single during the top of the eighth helped the Isotopes rally for a 6-4 victory Thursday.
    The Isotopes (42-33), who have now won 9 of their last 11 contests, finish their road series tonight before returning to Albuquerque for a four-game set starting Saturday.
    Albuquerque led 4-1 early in the contest, but Omaha’s Adam Moore hit a towering 3-run home run in the fifth to tie it.
    In the eighth, Baker lined a single through a drawn-in infield to push home a run and Matt Wallach drew a walk with the bases loaded to force home another run, giving Albuquerque the win.
    Omaha didn’t go down without a fight, however, getting two straight hits to start the ninth while Xavier Nady hit a hard line drive to first base that was speared by Rusty Ryal, who then doubled-up the Omaha runner on first.
    The Isotopes’ upcoming four-game home series includes postgame fireworks Saturday night and a visit from popular traveling mascot Myron Noodleman Sunday night.

  • Marr earns a win at Tuesday's Pace Race

    Duane Marr picked up another win at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. This week’s race, which was Tuesday, included 15 runners and walkers who competed along Power Line Road, located about 3 miles south of White Rock.
    Marr finished with an adjusted prediction error of 21 seconds. Marr, who competed on Tuesday’s 1-mile course, finished three seconds ahead of Inez Ross, who was also on the short course, and Dan Rees, who was 26 seconds off on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest runner on the 1-mile course was Tom Sandford, who finished in 11 minutes, 12 seconds. Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course with his time of 20:17.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. It will start at 6 p.m. starting from Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The 1-mile course, according to race organizers, is suitable for runners with children in strollers.
    More information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.

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  • Officials shutter Santa Fe National Forest

    With the July 4th holiday just days away, officials have decided to make efforts to eliminate the possibility of human-caused forest fires by barring access to a popular tourist attraction beginning Monday.

    The entire Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to public entry effective Monday at 8 a.m. The only exception to the closure is the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor which will remain open to the public, with Stage II fire restrictions. The accessible area along the Rio Chama includes 100-feet from both sides of the river starting at the north end of the river at the Coyote and Cuba Ranger District Boundary downstream to the southeastern boundary near Forest Service Road 151.

  • Heat win NBA Championship

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain atop the NBA, and not even a proud push from the San Antonio Spurs could knock them down.

    James led the Heat to their second straight NBA title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense Game 7 of the NBA Finals that lived up to its billing.

    Winning the title they needed to validate the best season in franchise history — and perhaps the three-superstar system they used to build it — the Heat won the second straight thriller in the NBA's first championship series to go the distance since 2010.

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  • Coalition presses D.C. for dollars

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that it is leading a 13-member delegation to Washington, D.C. to push for more cleanup funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The group will meet with members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, as well as top officials at the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to press for increased federal funding to continue environmental remediation across northern New Mexico.

    “This type of work is incredibly important for the Regional Coalition and our effort has already had a direct impact through the millions of additional dollars LANL received for cleanup funding this year,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, Chairman of the Regional Coalition. “Without this funding, we would have been even further away from the amount of cleanup dollars that we need for our communities and we could have seen a loss of up to 140 jobs.”

    The Regional Coalition is advocating for at least $255 million in FY14 to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at LANL.

    The Regional Coalition will likely have a receptive audience when talking with the state’s Congressional delegation.

  • Novel cellulose structure requires fewer enzymes to process

    Improved methods for breaking down cellulose nanofibers are central to cost-effective biofuel production and the subject of new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).
    Scientists are investigating the unique properties of crystalline cellulose nanofibers to develop chemical pretreatments and designer enzymes for biofuel production from cellulosic-or non-food-plant derived biomass.
    “Cellulose is laid out in plant cell walls as crystalline nanofibers, like steel reinforcements embedded in concrete columns,” says GLBRC’s Shishir Chundawat. “The key to cheaper biofuel production is to unravel these tightly packed nanofibers more efficiently into soluble sugars using fewer enzymes.”
    An article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests-counter-intuitively-that increased binding of enzymes to cellulose polymers doesn’t always lead to faster breakdown into simple sugars. In fact, Chundawat’s research team found that using novel biomass pretreatments to convert cellulose to a unique crystalline structure called cellulose III reduced native enzyme binding while increasing sugar yields by as much as five times.

  • Update 06-20-13

    Bridge club

     Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for students in grades fourth-12th. Classes are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center downstairs conference room.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilites will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

    Environmental

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the community building training room.

    No fireworks

    The Fire Marshal has recommended that the fireworks restrictions continue another 30 days, due to continued extremely dry conditions in Los Alamos County. The extension of the proclamation that would extend from June 24 through July 25 will go to council at their meeting on June 25.