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  • PEEC hosts historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo

    Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo. Dorothy Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In the 1290s, the Ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call “plaza sites.” Roomblocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.
    The roomblocks were multistoried, even up to five stories high in some places.
    The intervening years have eroded the pueblos into mounds resembling giant donuts or bunkers. Burnt Mesa Pueblo is the most accessible of these plaza sites. It has been excavated (but backfilled) so that quite a bit is known about it.
    Hoard will share interesting facts about the trails and locations on her historical hikes.
    The level hike is two miles round trip. Estimated time is 3 hours, or a bit more if you would like to see the Los Alamos County alligator juniper trees.
    Meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC or 10 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead on N.M. 4. Free, no registration required.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is located at 3540 Orange Street, behind the high school.
    Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.  

  • Wine, cheese and chocolate!

     The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class on Saturday in the Co-op’s Café. 

    There will be two 75 minute classes; at 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. 

    Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations. 

    Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate. 

    Learn what to look for when pairing wine and food and how to describe the flavor sensations. 

  • Classical quintet flaunts unique flair

    The Los Alamos Concert Association presents CALEFAX, a reed quintet, as the fourth concert in its 2012-2013 season. Established 25 years ago, CALEFAX is now in demand worldwide, not least because of their unique instrumentation: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon.
    The five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique instrumentation. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has won a number of prestigious prizes, and can be heard frequently throughout Europe as well as in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan and the United States.
    • Oliver Boekhoorn is the oboist and youngest member of CALEFAX. His musical training was at the Hague and Amsterdam conservatories. A member of Cobla la principal d’Amsterdam, he is regularly employed in the principal ensembles and orchestras of the Netherlands. Oliver plays a Marigaux oboe but prefers Bulgheroni for oboe d’amore and cor anglais. In his spare time Oliver flies paragliding over the Dutch coastal dunes.

  • Sports Briefs 04-04-13

    Demons crush Sundevils in softball

    The Santa Fe Demons blasted the Española Valley Sundevils in their District 2-4A opening softball contest Wednesday afternoon.
    The Demons jumped all over the Sundevils, scoring seven runs in the first two innings as they closed out the game 11-0 in five innings.
    Santa Fe (7-4 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won three straight pounded out 15 hits in the game while Española Valley (5-5, 0-1) managed just one hit.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe for a doubleheader Saturday.

    Run For Her Life is April 14

    The third annual Run For Her Life 5K is scheduled for April 14. Race time is set for 9 a.m. starting at East Park.
    Run For Her Life is a fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit organizations involved in breast cancer research.
    Registration forms can be downloaded by visiting atomicrunners.com.
    More information on the race is available by calling 672-1639.

    Free lodging at Sipapu

  • Big 'Topper rallies lift team to victory

    BERNALILLO — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team handed out its second pummeling of the season to the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday.
    However, despite the lopsided score, the Hilltoppers didn’t put their best foot forward in Wednesday’s District 2-4A opener at Coach Dave Rostro Park.
    Los Alamos scored all of its runs in two innings, the second and fifth, to put the Spartans away early. The Spartans scraped together runs in the first and second innings, but the Hilltoppers prevailed going away, 14-3.
    The win was the fifth in a row for Los Alamos (7-8, 1-0 in 2-4A), which may be starting to hit its stride following a rough beginning of the season.
    It was also an important win over Bernalillo, which more years than not is a serious district contender but is struggling so far and could be relegated to duking it out with Capital for the 2-4A basement.
    Even with the double-digit, 5-inning win, the Hilltoppers didn’t have spark that manager Mike Gill had seen in big games from his team this year, something that didn’t sit too well with the veteran skipper.
    “Our mental focus was not good today,” said Gill following the victory. “We just had two big innings, but the game today was closer. We showed up and we just thought we should win. That’s the feeling I got.”

  • LA drops 2-4A opener to Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO – Despite much shifting around of the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team’s alignment, the Hilltoppers couldn’t find the hits when they needed them Wednesday.
    Los Alamos opened up its District 2-4A season Wednesday against the Bernalillo Spartans, which may be the team to beat this season.
    While Los Alamos did set itself up with some chances, it left the bases juiced in the third inning and left two runners in scoring position stranded in the fifth inning.
    Those were two wasted opportunities against Bernalillo pitcher Demi Magdalena, quite possibly the best thrower in the district.
    Los Alamos fell in the contest 4-2 at Bernalillo. Bernalillo scored twice in the fourth inning and pushed a big run across in the sixth inning, answering a 2-run rally heading into the final frame.
    “That was a very tough pitcher we faced today, but we had opportunities against Bernalillo today,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    Anaya elected to start Kiana Zerr in the pitcher’s circle. Zerr had only pitched in one game this season, but was up to the task in facing the Spartans.

  • Reynolds named new 'Topper volleyball coach

    Los Alamos High School reported Thursday morning that it hired Robin Reynolds to take over its volleyball program.
    Reynolds, a longtime assistant coach with the program, will take over for outgoing coach Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February.
    Maskaly was the head coach of Los Alamos from 2008 until this season and led the Hilltoppers to four consecutive district titles and three straight Class 4A semifinal appearances. He stepped down from his post, citing family reasons.
     

  • Raw: Fire Engulfs 40-story Building in Chechnya

    Firemen have succeeded in putting out a blaze that engulfed an unoccupied 40-story apartment building under construction in the Chechen capital Grozny. Emergency officials say 30 people were evacuated but that no one was injured.

  • Air service open house set for Friday

     Air service open house set for Friday

    Transportation > Commuter flights to take off Monday

     

    The Los Alamos County Airport is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and featuring tours of the Cessna Caravan, a nine-seat turboprop aircraft —one of New Mexico Airlines’ fleet that will be providing commercial air service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque beginning Monday.  

    “Once people see the plane and gain an understanding of how reliable it is, they will not be able to resist choosing a $49, 20-minute flight to the Sunport over a two-hour drive and parking fees,” says Airport Manager Peter Soderquist. 

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