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  • Andrew and Mousie 04-14-13
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 04-14-13

    Monday: Relays, open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Tuesday: Cow egg
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Spring treat cups
    Friday: Kids choice games
    The White Rock YAC is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.
    The Los Alamos YAC is at 475 20th St., 662-9412. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.  

  • Don’t expect action in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

    “The Place Beyond the Pines” tells a story of hardship, loss and above all, a story of legacy.
    The film — although appearing in trailers and TV spots as an action movie — is in fact a generational drama, spanning the lives of fathers and sons.
    It captures a freshness not commonly found in most of today’s movies, which tend to be nothing but adaptations and remakes.
    Writer/director Derek Cianfrance manages to create a complete and original film balancing emotion, action and drama in a new way.
    It presents an interesting idea following the lives of two fathers and their sons that over time, are intertwined by fate.
    Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” not only presents a compelling concept and well-written script, but also features a star-studded cast.
    Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to crime in an attempt to provide for his lover and infant son.
    The actor again embodies his usual role as a strong, silent character, delivering few lines, yet setting up the film with his distinct presence.

  • Hilltalkers triumph at district competition

    Between March 21 and 23, the Hilltalkers, Los Alamos High School’s debate team, attended the New Mexico District Qualifying Tournament at Albuquerque Academy.
    Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Katie Haynes, Sam Baty, Naftali Burakovsky, Toni Batha and Jessie Zhao all qualified in various speech and debate competitions. They will now go to the National Forensic League National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. in June.
    The team has been working all year preparing for its various tournaments.
    Debaters take part in numerous competitions such as Lincoln Douglas debate, which “is a one-versus-one” event “about the morality of an issue,” according to George Barnum, a high school junior and debate team member.
    Some members participate in the Congress debate event, which Barnum said “simulates Congressional procedure.”
    Debaters in the Public Forum event discuss current issues in teams and Policy Debate members go head-to-head in duos as they debate a matter they research all year.
    Hilltalkers in the speech part of the tournament participate in competitions such as the Interpretation, Original Oratory and Expository events.

  • On Schedule 04-14-13


    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Marilyn Sepulveda Invite (University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex), boys and girls, 3 p.m.


    Boys track and field: LAMS Invite, 3 p.m.

    Softball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: East Mountain at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.


    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Pre-District 2-4A tournament (Santa Fe), boys and girls, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Pre-District 2-4A tournament (Santa Fe), boys and girls, TBA.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Taos Invite, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Isotopes’ Barden is back in the states

    ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Barden spent his birthday in about as depressing a setting as there is: he was hanging out with media types.
    As one of the new members of the 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes, he was in attendance for Media Day on the afternoon of April 2, which also happened to be his 32nd birthday.
    For Barden, it was seemingly an anti-climactic end to a year that had seen him travel between a pair of continents to play baseball.
    Barden has bounced around several Pacific Coast League clubs since 2002, when he was a sixth-round selection in the amateur draft, picked by the Arizona Dimaondbacks.
    The Isotopes are Barden’s sixth PCL club since 2005. He has spent time in the big leagues between 2007-2010.
    It’s tough for a 32-year-old to keep the dream of playing the Major Leagues alive after only a few short stints in the Bigs, and at this time in his career, Barden seems to understand it.
    “Being an older Triple-A player, you don’t know how much playing time you’re really going to get,” he said. “Obviously, though, I want to win. We have a good team.”
    Barden is a third baseman by trade and has touted his wares at Tucson, Memphis, New Orleans and Round Rock before landing in Albuquerque for 2013.

  • LA softball team pounds Capital in twinbill

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team defeated the Capital Jaguars 9-0. In the first inning of game one.

    It didn’t get much better for the Jaguars for the balance of Friday’s doubleheader.

    Los Alamos pummeled the struggling Capital squad in a District 2-4A twinbill at Overlook Park Friday afternoon. Los Alamos took the first game 16-0 in just 2-1/2 innings, then rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings in game two.

    The Hilltoppers, who will be off this week until a key doubleheader against Bernalillo, scored nine times in the first inning and seven times in the second inning to close out game one in the bare minimum time.

    In the second game, Los Alamos pushed five runs across in the second and three more in the fifth, pounding out 10 hits and taking advantage of five Capital fielding errors.

    In game two, Emilee Jones went the distance to pick up the victory. She allowed just one hit and struck out two. Jordan Hammock gave up one hit in three innings and struck out four to win the first game.

    Offensively, lead-off batter Kiana Zerr hit home runs in both games — she also ended Wednesday’s win over Española Valley with a homer — and went a combined 5-for-6, scoring five runs and knocking in five more.

  • UNM-LA gets ready to state case to public


    UNM-LA officially received permission Tuesday from the university’s Board of Regents to go ahead with its plans to ask the residents of Los Alamos to help shore up the schools ailing financial situation through a 2-mil increase in property taxes in September.

    The permission came shortly after a presentation made by UNM-LA Director Cedric Page, a  community support group called the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education  and support from the members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

    A day after, members of LACHE and the UNM-LA Advisory Board met at UNM-LA to discuss what they shared with the Board of Regents Tuesday.

    According to LACHE Chair Michael Wismer, declining state aid coupled with rising student enrollment played a key factor in the regency giving UNM-LA permission.

    “The main message Cedric communicated was that we were in a dire situation,” Wismer said. “There’s been a 38 percent decline in revenue from the state over five years. Paired with the fact that there’s been a 14 percent increase in enrollment shows that we cannot sustain this trend.”

    Wismer also shared a video that was played at the Board of Regents meeting that featured the support of County Council members.


  • Looking for logic in North Korea's threats


    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — To the outside world, the talk often appears to border on the lunatic, with the poor, hungry and electricity-starved nation threatening to lay waste to America's cities in an atomic firestorm, or to overrun South Korea in a lightning attack.

    Enemy capitals, North Korea said, will be turned "into a sea of fire." North Korea's first strikes will be "a signal flare marking the start of a holy war." Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal is "mounted on launch pads, aimed at the windpipe of our enemies."

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