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  • Sports Briefs 03-17-13

    Little League baseball, softball spring workouts scheduled for this week

    Spring training sessions and tryouts for Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball are scheduled for this week.
    Tryout sessions for LALL’s majors baseball division will be Monday and Wednesday. Both sessions will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Lou Caveglia Field. Anyone interested in playing majors baseball this season that hasn’t already tried out must attend one of these sessions.
    For softball, spring training sessions are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday. Both spring trainings will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bun Ryan Field on North Mesa.
    More information can be found by visiting LALL’s website, lalittleleague.org.

    Church looking for donated soccer equipment

    Soccer equipment for children in the country of Uganda is being collected at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The church is located at 97 East Road in Los Alamos. Donations can be made there or at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. Equipment such as balls, shoes, jerseys, shorts and shin guards are being requested.
    More information is available by calling Blanca Jones at 505-919-8742.

    Isotopes tickets now on sale for 2013 season

  • On Schedule 03-17-13

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Los Lunas at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Las Cruces Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Capital City Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos Invite, JV, TBA.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Las Cruces Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Capital City Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos Invite, JV, TBA.

  • Hooray for the Irish!

    SANTA FE — Happy St. Patty’s Day. May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
     Personally I don’t have a drop of Irish blood that I can find, but I’ve always enjoyed their wild and charming nature.
    And I have a newfound appreciation for them after reading “How the Irish Saved Civilization” while on vacation last April.
    No, I’m not making this up. There really is such a book. Thomas Cahill wrote it in 1995. I wasn’t aware of its existence until it appeared under my Christmas tree in 1998.
    I set it aside, figuring it to be one of those “Wit and Wisdom of Millard Fillmore” type books, which I would scan the next time I was in the mood for some silliness.
    My wife was the one who took it on our two-week Hawaiian vacation. We each read a book a day, sitting under a palm tree on our beach.
    About a week into the vacation, Jeanette said, “Jay, here’s a book you’re going to want to read.” I told her to stick it underneath my stack of unread books and I might get to it.
    As it turned out, the book was the right size to slip into my sport coat pocket for the long plane ride home. I hate west-to-east trips and figured I’d enjoy a good laugh.

  • Tax deadlines are real

     Congress could well debate the debt ceiling, tax reform and other important economic issues until the cows come home, but one thing’s for sure: If you don’t pay your income taxes – or at least file for an extension – by April 15, you could be in for a world of financial hurt.

    That’s because the IRS probably won’t give you a break on the penalties it levies on unpaid taxes unless you were the victim of a natural disaster, suffered death or serious illness in your immediate family, or experienced another catastrophic event.

    You must file your 2012 federal tax return (or request an extension) by midnight on April 15, 2013, otherwise the penalty on any taxes you owe will increase dramatically. You’ll be charged an additional 5 percent of taxes owed for each full or partial month you’re late, plus interest, up to a maximum penalty of 25 percent of the amount owed. (The interest rate currently charged is 3.22 percent.)

  • State legislature wraps up session

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature wrapped up work Friday night on three key issues, sending to the governor bills to raise the state’s minimum wage, establish a state-run health insurance exchange and shore up the solvency of a pension plan for educators.
    The state’s minimum wage would increase to $8.50 an hour — the fourth-highest rate in the nation — under the measure approved largely along party lines as lawmakers rushed to beat a Saturday deadline for adjournment. The bill is opposed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The state minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009, and supporters said the proposed increase would help workers cope with rising prices.
    “This is about the people,” said Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat. “This is about an extra $40 in the pocket every single week.”
    “This is certainly the right thing to do,” said the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Richard Martinez (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe). “If the Governor truly wants to help people, this is her chance to do it. There are many poor people out there who will really be helped by this.”
    Opponents warned that the wage increase could hurt businesses and cause them to cut jobs.

  • Update 03-17-13

    LAGS

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Shari Kelley,  a geophysicist and field geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro and an adjunct professor of geology at New Mexico Tech.

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    Sock Hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Deptartment of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    GOP meeting

     The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 220. All Republicans are welcome. Central Committee members are encouraged to attend.  

  • Wildfire season info event set for March 30

    As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2013” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 in Fuller Lodge. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies.
    Displays and information include:
    • Sand table demonstration of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire presented by LANL Emergency Management
    • An opportunity to register cell phone and email addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for emergency notifications from the county
    • Information on Defensible Space, Fire Wise and Ready, Set, Go! Programs — learn how to make your home defendable in the event of a wildfire
    • Information from Bandelier, USFS and the Valles Calderas National Preserve on what is accessible and plans for the upcoming months for hiking, camping, and activities in their respective areas
    • Learn about fire weather from the National Weather Service
    • View photos of the Las Conchas Fire, courtesy of the Los Alamos Historical Society
    • Learn about the new participatory exhibit Living with Wildfire as presented by the Bradbury Science Museum. • Fire-fighting apparatus on public display with LAFD crews

  • Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.

    Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

    The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the “God particle.”

    One Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist could not have been happier.

    Michael Graesser has done extensive research on the Higgs boson particle and gave a series of lecture on the topic late last year.

    Back in October, Graesser said, “A new particle was discovered last summer at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. The Higgs boson gives mass to quarks and the electron but we don’t know yet if this new particle is the Higgs boson.”

    But now, the rest of the science world knows the new particle is the Higgs boson.

  • High Stakes Competition for Local Couple

    If by any chance you’re out and about at the Farmer’s Market or happen upon a young, adorable-looking couple sitting at a table outside Starbucks or Ruby K’s over the next few weeks, by all means, go up and say “hi.”

    By doing so, you could impact a lot of lives for the better.

    You see, Chris Rondeau and Jeanette Trujillo have entered a contest. Not just any contest mind you, but a contest that if won, will give the newly-engaged couple the wedding of their dreams, as well as a honeymoon they will likely remember for the rest of their lives.

    And while that alone is spectacular, the best part is that the money they raise through their participation in the contest, goes to the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital.

    It all started a few months ago when the two were persuaded by one of Trujillo’s friends to enter the “$50,000 New Mexico Dream Wedding Giveaway,” an annual contest and charity run by Susan Caplan, the event’s executive producer.

    Engaged couples that meet the qualifications can sign up to be in the contest between January and February. The top prize is a wedding that’s supplied and serviced by about 20 sponsors, who supply everything from the wedding rings to the stationery for the bride’s big day.

  • No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Alford still had the net around his neck when the lobbying began for his New Mexico Lobos.

    No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference, for sure. But how about a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

    Improbable, yes, if only because this is the Mountain West after all. But Alford made it clear Saturday he wasn't going to settle for just being a No. 2.

    "We've got to be in the talks," Alford said.