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  • Sports Briefs 04-18-13

    Aggies commit 6 errors in loss to Lobos Wednesday

    The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team picked up a season split with the New Mexico State University Aggies, taking a 13-6 win Wednesday at Isotopes Park.
    The Aggies (19-18), who defeated the Lobos earlier this month in Las Cruces, committed six errors, four of those coming in the first four innings, as the Lobos jumped out to a 7-2 edge.
    The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in the game.
    UNM’s Jake McCasland, the second Lobo pitcher of the ballgame, earned the victory on the hill.
    Offensively, UNM lead-off batter Chase Harris went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and clean-up hitter Mitch Garver was 3-for-3 scoring a run and knocking in 2 runs.

    Albuquerque’s game against Storm Chasers postponed until June 19

    Wednesday night’s scheduled Pacific Coast League game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Omaha Storm Chasers was postponed due to inclement weather.
    The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 19.
    The Isotopes won Tuesday’s opener of the four-game series 3-1 in extra innings.
    Albuquerque will be at Omaha through Friday, then return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game series against Oklahoma City before hitting the road again.

  • LA tennis teams compete at pre-2-4A meet this weekend

    It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty in tennis across the state including for the Los Alamos boys and girls teams.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls will both compete at the pre-District 2-4A tournament. The tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    This tournament is a big one for several reasons, not the least of which is that it determines the seeding of each team in the district tournament, which is slated for May 3.
    The top finishing teams and individuals at the 2-4A tournament will go on to compete in the state tournament the following week.
    Also, this will be the final tournament before state lineups are due. Teams must submit their top six individuals and top three doubles teams to the New Mexico Activities Association by Sunday.
    After lineups are submitted to the NMAA, teams must use those for the duals competitions at the district and state meets unless there is a documented injury or other extenuating circumstance that requires changes.

  • Bernstein resigns his post as swimming coach for LAHS

    Los Alamos High School announced Wednesday that Hilltopper swimming coach Rusty Bernstein has resigned.
    Bernstein, who was hired following the 2007-08 season, was in charge of both the boys and girls swimming program. An announcement for applications has already been posted on the Los Alamos Public Schools’ website.
    Initially, Bernstein was hired as co-head coach of the swimming program along with Cindy Black. The two coaches didn’t apply together, but the program’s swimmers at the time helped convinced the hiring committee co-head coaches were the way to go.
    Black vacated her half of the coaching position in 2010 and Bernstein took over as the sole head coach since that time.
    This season, Los Alamos advanced 10 boys and 8 girls to the state championship meet. Los Alamos’ girls finished in sixth place with 170.5 points and Los Alamos’ boys ended up in 10th place with 96.5 points.
    With Bernstein leading the program, the Hilltopper girls had a runner-up finish at state in 2010 and a third-place finish in 2009. Los Alamos’ boys were third at state in 2009 and fourth in 2010.
    Hilltopper athletic director Vicki Nelms was appreciative of the effort Bernstein had given to the program.

  • Today in History for April 18th
  • Fourteen bodies recovered, 200 injured in Texas blast


    WEST, Texas (AP) — Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety.

    "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew."

    Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed. Grieving families quickly started planning burials.

    Ten of the dead were first-responders — including five from the West Volunteer Fire Department and four emergency medics, West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

    The dead included Uptmor and Joey Pustejovsky, the city secretary who doubled as a member of the West Volunteer Fire Department. A captain of the Dallas Fire Department who was off-duty at the time but responded to the fire to help also died.

    The explosion was strong enough to register as a small earthquake and could be heard for many miles across the Texas prairie. It demolished nearly everything for several blocks around the plant. More than 200 people were hurt, and five people remained hospitalized Friday.

  • Council adopts FY2014 budget

    After more than four hours of discussion, the Los Alamos County council adopted a budget for FY2014.

    During the evening's discussions, council added $378,565 to the $185.9 million proposed by staff.          

    The additions included $93,000 for community services. Council took out proposed reductions to Senior Center services, Youth Activity Center operations and the summer concert series. They also voted to fund Bear Camp at the current level and added $40,000 to the budget for Cooperative Extension Services in order to fund the home economics position at a three quarter time level.

    Council also transferred $300,000 from the general fund to the FY2014 indigent healthcare fund budget in order to maintain basic services. A more in depth discussion on how to address reduced revenues and increased demand on the indigent fund is scheduled for April 30.

    The only reduction to the proposed budget was  $15,000 from the county council's budget for contractual services.

    After considerable discussion, council voted to adopt proposed budgets for Progress through Partnering, transit and the lodger's tax fund without alterations.

    Look for more details in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Background check gun bill fails in Senate


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, turned away legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting repeated appeals from President Barack Obama and personal pleas by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    The background check measure commanded a majority of senators, 54-46, but that was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats sided to scuttle the plan.

    In the hours before the key vote, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bluntly accused the National Rifle Association of making false claims about the expansion of background checks that he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., were backing.

  • Britain's Iron Lady laid to rest


    LONDON (AP) — Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest Wednesday with prayers and ceremony, plus cheers and occasional jeers, as Britain paused to remember a leader who transformed the country — for the better according to many, but in some eyes for the worse.

    Soaring hymns, Biblical verse and fond remembrances echoed under the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, as 2,300 relatives, friends, colleagues and dignitaries attended a ceremonial funeral for Britain's only female prime minister.

    Queen Elizabeth II, current and former prime ministers and representatives from 170 countries were among the mourners packing the cathedral, where Bishop of London Richard Chartres spoke of the strong feelings Thatcher still evokes 23 years after leaving office.

    "The storm of conflicting opinions centers on the Mrs. Thatcher who became a symbolic figure — even an -ism," he said. "It must be very difficult for those members of her family and those closely associated with her to recognize the wife, the mother and the grandmother in the mythological figure."

    "There is an important place for debating policies and legacy ... but here and today is neither the time nor the place," he added.

  • FBI releases images of two suspects in Boston bomb case -- photos, video added



    BOSTON (AP) — The FBI released photos and video Thursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack.

    The photos depict one man in a dark baseball cap and the other in a white cap worn backward. The men were seen walking one behind the other in the crowd, and the one in the white hat was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.

  • Valles Caldera plans photographic excursions

    JEMEZ SPRINGS (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering the public a chance to explore its 89,000 acres in northern New Mexico on three-day photography excursions this spring and in the fall.
    Lotteries will select the winners, 12 for each outing. Each winner can bring one guest.
    The winners can drive their own vehicles to take photographs in most parts of the preserve although some areas will remain closed. Camping will be allowed at a designated location.
    Officials say the lottery closes April 24 for the first photography event, which is scheduled for May 24-26.
    The second outing is Sept. 20-22, and the lottery closes on Aug. 21.
    People can apply by calling the preserve at 1-866-382-5537, or can register online (http://1.usa.gov/XNMK3D ). Each lottery entry costs $10.