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  • Fishing Report 04-05-13



    Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Cimarron River: Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 9.9 cfs. We had no report from anglers this week. 

    Clayton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.  

    Conchas Lake: Bank fishing was fair using grubs, nightcrawlers and spinners for walleye and an occasional catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

    Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

    Eagle Nest Lake:  As of this past Sunday about 70 percent of the lake was still iced over with plenty of shoreline open to bank fishing. Fishing for trout was good using worms and Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow although there was a report of a northern pike caught. For updated conditions contact the State Park office at (575) 377-1594. 

    Lake Alice: The lake was recently stocked and is open to fishing. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

    Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using assorted colors of Power Bait and homemade dough baits for trout. The lake is completely free of ice.  

    Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

  • Turner wins first Pace Race of 2013

    The first Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race of the 2013 season was Tuesday at the Canyon Rim Trail.
    This season marks the 40th year of the Pace Race in Los Alamos. Races are held Tuesdays at various spots around Los Alamos County.
    This week, the Pace Race consisted of 1, 1-1/2, 2 or 3 mile courses along the trail.
    Elizabeth Turner was the top predictor of the week. Turner was 35 seconds off her predicted finish time.
    Turner was also the fastest female finisher on the 3-mile course.
    Tom Sandford was off by 43 seconds and Mary Snow and David Kratzer both finished with 53-second errors.
    The fastest finish on the 1-mile course was Bob Weeks with his time of 13 minutes, 24 seconds. Georgia Pedicini was the fastest female finisher in a time of 14:16.
    The top finisher on the 1-1/2 mile course was Linda Vance (16:27). Zach Leonard was the fastest finisher on the 2-mile course (19:50) and Ted Romero was fastest on the long course (19:42).
    Next week’s Pace Race will start near the junction of N.M. 502 and N.M. 4 along the road to the sewage treatment plant in Lower Bayo Canyon. There will be 1- and 3-mile courses for that event.
    More information on the Roadrunners and the Pace Race can be found by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet. 

  • LA blanks Academy 14-0 for key road win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team hit three home runs in the third inning en route to a rout of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday.
    Christina Perez, Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen all went yard in the third inning as the Hilltoppers blanked the Chargers 14-0 in Albuquerque.
    It was a big win against a Class 4A team for the Hilltoppers, who earned just their second victory over a rival 4A team this season.
    Going into the nondistrict game, Los Alamos was well aware another nondistrict loss could very well spell doom for its chances to make the playoffs should it need an at-large nod.
    “A lot of the games we’ve played, they’ve definitely give us a chance to play tough competition,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “That’s why we play a tough schedule.”
    The downside of playing a tough schedule for the Hilltoppers, however, was that their stock can drop considerably if they end up on the losing side of those contests.
    That wasn’t the case Thursday.

  • Reynolds moves up from C team to take over volleyball program

    Los Alamos High School didn’t have to look too far to find its new head volleyball coach.
    Assistant coach Robin Reynolds, who has been with the program for the previous three seasons and has been involved in local volleyball since 1994, was named the head coach Thursday.
    Reynolds replaces Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February.
    Since 2010, Reynolds has coached the C team under Maskaly and for his efforts with that team and with the 2011 sale of sod from Sullivan Field’s remodel, was named the 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year for the school’s athletic program.
    The big question around the program in the previous three years is how Los Alamos can get past St. Pius X in the playoffs and get to the championship round.
    It didn’t take long for Reynolds to be hit with the question. In fact, it was one of his interview questions.
    “My challenge, initially to get there, we need to unite the team,” Reynolds said. “They’re used to a different coaching style, so we’ve got to unite the team and the expectations the girls have of us to coach them to the next level.”

  • US economy adds just 88K jobs, rate drops to 7.6 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is losing what momentum it had.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in four years, from 7.7 percent. But the rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work. People who are out of work are no longer counted as unemployed once they stop looking for a job.

    The percentage of Americans working or looking for jobs fell to 63.3 percent in March, the lowest such figure in nearly 34 years.

    Stocks plummeted after the report. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 157 points in morning trading. Broader indexes also declined.

    March's job gains were less than half the average of the previous six months, when the economy added an average of 196,000 jobs a month. The government said hiring was even stronger in January and February than previously estimated. January's job growth was revised up from 119,000 to 148,000. February's was revised from 236,000 to 268,000.

  • Today in History April 5
  • UNM grad student lands in science journal

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scott Jasechko used his road trip from Canada to Albuquerque, where he was about to start a graduate program at UNM, to gather water samples.

    Less than two years later, his study of those water samples has landed him in Nature, the prestigious science journal. Jasechko is the lead author of "Terrestrial Water Fluxes Dominated by Transpiration," a study that found plants use a vast amount of fresh water in their life cycles, which can help predict future climate change effects on water resources.

    That Jasechko, a doctoral candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences, was published in Nature is "absolutely huge" and "quite remarkable," study co-author Peter Fawcett said. Fawcett, a UNM associate professor, helped supervise Jasechko, along with second co-author Zach Sharp, also a UNM professor. They worked with three scientists from Alberta Innovates, a Canadian research institution.

    Fawcett said he can't recall any other graduate student in his 16 years or so at UNM who was lead author on a study in Nature.

    The study is "really significant because it tells us that if we actually change vegetation in a significant way, we can really alter the flux of water from the surface to the atmosphere," Fawcett said.

  • NM warns treasure hunters: Finders are not keepers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A collection of gold and jewels that a retired Santa Fe art dealer says he stashed in the mountains north of Santa Fe has generated so much interest from amateur treasure hunters that some have put their lives in jeopardy or been cited for illegally digging on public lands.

    But authorities are warning people about more than being careful and following the law. They also note finders may not be keepers.

    "If this treasure is buried, you would need to dig for it. And you can't dig anywhere in a national forest without a permit," said Bruce Hill, spokesman for the Santa Fe National Forest. "Even if it is not buried and it is just placed somewhere it becomes public domain."

    Ditto for state lands, according to Department of Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

    Forrest Fenn was asked if he had considered land rights before hiding the chest. He said in an email that much has been written about land laws.

    "I'm staying out of those discussions, except to say it may be fun to redefine some of the terms," Fenn said in the email.

  • Sun-Times: Famed Movie Critic Roger Ebert Dies
  • Clarification 04-04-13

    Jess Cullinan is a member of the Art in Public Places board. She was referred to as Jessie in a caption on page 3 of Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor due to a source error.

    Bernadette Lauritzen wrote the story about the Buffalo Thunder DWI walk on page 5 Wednesday.