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Local Swim Team Hits Both Coasts this Summer

on August 2, 2012 - 11:41am

CAQ long-course state champions, top row from left, Kaan Unal, Connor Schultz, Maria Venneri, Sarah Lott and Sam Harris, middle row from left, Coach Beverly Leasure and Isabelle Runde and bottom row from left, Radhika Iyer, Takuma Shiina and Sara Shiina. Photo by Wendy Lott

By Wendy Lott

Qualifying swimmers from the Charger Aquatics team here in Los Alamos arrived in California Wednesday to compete in the 2012 Senior Zone Championship meet that begins today, Aug. 2, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5. 

Map of Western Region states. Courtesy

Maria Venneri, 15, Sam Harris, 16, Connor Schultz,

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Vargas is Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on August 1, 2012 - 10:53pm
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:
 
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Lisabeth Alfaro Vargas was the top predictor in the weekly pace race at 6 seconds off her predicted time. 
 
The run started at Fireman Park at the junction of 45th Street and Arizona Avenue and ran through the Western Area including the Perimeter Trail.
 
Other top predictors were Bob Westervelt with a 18 second differential, Katie Gattiker recording 51 seconds off and Ted Romero 67 seconds off his estimate.
 
On the one mile course Daniel Romero was the first male at 5:27 and Isolina Viloma was the top female with a time of 9:04.

Registration for Fall YMCA Racquetball Starts Wednesday

on July 30, 2012 - 9:48pm
 
LOS ALAMOS FAMILY YMCA News:
 
 
The Fall Racquetball League has four skill level divisions. Registration is Aug. 1 to 29 and the season is Sept. 4 to Nov. 16.
 
Players will be matched against other players with similar experience levels and will have games scheduled each week in the 10-week season culminating in a tournament.
 
Cost is $30 for Y members and $45 just for the program.
 
Adult Co-ed Volleyball League will be a casual/recreational 4-on-4 season consisting of six weeks of games and final tournament at the YMCA.
 
Sundays 1-3 p.m. from Oct. 7 to Nov.

Kinkead and Kluegel Tie for Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on July 27, 2012 - 1:13am
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:
 
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Six pace race participants tied for three top delta times in this week's race held on American Springs Road in the Jemez Mountains.
 
Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel tied for best prediction at 24 seconds off their predicted time. 
 
Dara McKinney and Christie Kelly each had a 28 second differential and Katie Gattiker and Bob Edgar both came in at 33 seconds off.
 
Daniel Romero was the fastest male finisher on the one mile course at 6:24. 
 
Holly Trellue was the top female with a time of 12:39.
 
On the three mile course, Orion

County's Next Quick Start Tennis Program Begins July 30

on July 25, 2012 - 10:30am

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By Billy Wilton

When Tanner Stewart grabbed around a child-sized tennis racket, he began to smile.

“The big rackets are really heavy,” said Tanner, who is in the 4 to 7 age group session of the Quick Start Tennis Program. “I like swinging the smaller rackets, I can hit the ball and it’s more fun.”

Tanner was among the 16 children in the 4 to 7 year olds who participated in the Los Alamos County tennis program that ran from July 9 to July 19 at the Canyon Tennis Courts.

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Following the younger group is an 8-11 year old session which had 14

Inside the Inaugural Microbial Olympics

on July 24, 2012 - 7:27am

London prepares for the 2012 (human) Olympics. Photo: avail/Flickr

By Jeffrey Marlow

With global attention focusing on London for the Games of the 30th Olympiad, a parallel competition of superlative ability has gone largely unnoticed.

I’m referring, of course, to the Microbial Olympics, a truth-based but (largely) fictional test of microbial abilities published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

For the contributors, it’s an exercise in extreme – and occasionally cringe-inducing – punnery: Bacillus Bill and Salmonella Sam serve as announcers, and a spherical contestant is said to be

Column: Tales From Italy's Unicycle World Championships

on July 23, 2012 - 7:19am
Maxwell Schulze of Los Alamos competing in the UNICON XVI world championships this week in the small mountain village of Lajen in northern Italy. Photo by Roland Schulze
 
Dear Los Alamos,

Some of you may know me as just a unicyclist around Los Alamos. My name is Maxwell Schulze and I grew up in Los Alamos and graduated high school in 2010.

I have been unicycling for around eight or nine years and in January 2010, I traveled to New Zealand for the 2010 15th annual Unicycle World Championships known as UNICON XV.

There I competed in an event known as observed trials, which involves the

Local Athletes Travel to Competitive Swim Camp

on July 16, 2012 - 6:58am
Swimmers have fun in the aquarium at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Leweston, Maine from left, Connor Shcultz, Sarah Lott, Radhika Iyer and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo
 
By Wendy Lott

Eight swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team attended a unique competitive swim camp June 16-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Swimmers include Maria Venneri, 15, Connor Schultz, 16, Sam Harris, 15, Sarah Lott, 14, Isabelle Runde, 14, Kaan Unal, 13, Radhika Iyer, 12 and Sara Shiina, 12.  

The camp offered the swimmers the latest information in training, stroke technique, core

Ribbon Cut on North Mesa Disc Golf Course

on July 15, 2012 - 9:11am

Los Alamos County Parks and Trails Division Superintendant Jeff Humpton cuts the ribbon to the entrance of the North Mesa Disc Golf Course Saturday. The Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Dvision held the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the newly renovated North Mesa Disc Golf Course. A tournament was held after the ceremony with participants from Los Alamos, White Rock and a few non-locals. Visit http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=4854&mode=ci for a course description and map. The course is free to the public and open year round. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Disc

YMCA Soccer Season Registration Now Open!

on July 13, 2012 - 9:05am

Registration is open for this year's Los Alamos Family YMCA Soccer programs.

UK Soccer Camp for ages 4-16 is July 30-Aug. 3.

The six-week season for Fall YMCA KinderKick Soccer for ages 3-4 and 5-6 starts Aug 27.

The 4 on 4 Indoor Soccer Tournament for youth (10-14), high school and adult divisions runs July 21-22.

For more information, visit www.laymca.org.

Los Alamos Aquatomics Meet Honors Nick Nogar

on July 12, 2012 - 8:18am

Dalton Smith doing the butterfly at the Nick Nogar Memorial Invitation Swim Meet in June. Photo by Doug Wedman

Los Alamos Aquatomics hosted the Nick Nogar Memorial Invitation Swim Meet June 23-24, at the Walkup Aquatic Center.

Swimmers from as far away as Texas were among the 175 swimmers from 11 teams who participated in the event.

This meet was dedicated to Nick Nogar, a former Los Alamos High School, University of New Mexico and U.S. Masters swimmer.

Nogar was a devoted supporter of swimming at all levels.

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Dual Fundraiser Aids Teams & Local Mom Hope Jaramillo

on July 12, 2012 - 6:52am

Viloria has Perfect Prediction on July 3 Pace Race

on July 10, 2012 - 6:15pm
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS CLUB News:
Weekly pace race held July 3. Courtesy photo
 
Isolina Viloria had a perfect prediction and also was the first female finisher in the 1 mile trail run on the trail behind the Aquatic Center.
 
Duane Marr had a six second differential and Anya Gonzales was 99 seconds off.
 
On the 1 mile paved course, Zachary Medin came in first with a time of 7:00. Eight-year-old Erik Leonard was first on the 1 mile trail course in 10:34. 
 
Jackie Marr was the first female on the 1 mile paved course with a time of 15:25.
 
On the 3.2 mile course held on the

County Hosts Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament

on July 9, 2012 - 1:07pm

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division will present the Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament at 6 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at East Park.

Putt-Putt registration forms are available at the Aquatic Center and must be returned to the Aquatic Center.

The deadline for pre-registration is 5 p.m., Monday July 23.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per age category.

Age categories are separated as follows:

  • 5-7 Years
  • 8-11 Years
  • 12+ Years

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, lacrec@lacnm.us or www.losalamosnm.us/rec.

 

Get Ready for 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon

on July 7, 2012 - 11:46am

Join the Los Alamos Recreation Division Saturday, Aug. 18, as it presents the 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon in all its glory.

The 20k bike ride is back to its old course of challenging climbs and beautiful scenery; then jump in the pool (feet first) for a 400 meter swim; and conclude with the 5K run from the Aquatic Center to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive and then turning around and running back to the Aquatic Center.

The Los Alamos triathlon was organized by Bill and Maureen Hudson in 1975 and is the longest running continuous triathlon in the country.

Following the

Crowd Joins YMCA's Firecracker Run

on July 5, 2012 - 6:52pm
A large crowd participated in the Los Alamos Family YMCA's 2012 Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run that began at 8 a.m. Wednesday in front of the "Y" on Iris Street. The event was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, Southwest Safety Services and Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Linda Daily, executive director of the Los Alamos Family YMCA, posts Wednesday's race winners. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Adrian Larsen and her shadow were the top woman finisher. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
The first man flying across the finish

Local Golf Pro Plays Around the Clock for Charity

on June 22, 2012 - 9:05am

PGA Golf Pro Donnie Torres is raising money for golfing programs for youth and the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in his "Longest Day Longest Play" fundraiser. He teed off at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and continued playing until sunset. Torres' daughter Samantha drove him around the golf course and kept his score throughout the event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Golf Course Pro Donnie Torres prepares to tee off on his 12th 1st Hole of the day. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Donnie Torres midway through Hole #7. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Samantha Torres

Torres Attempts Longest Day with Longest Play

on June 20, 2012 - 11:31pm

He did it 20 years ago and tomorrow will attempt it again - Rotarian Donnie Torres, the PGA golf pro at Los Alamos Golf Course is starting his day by teeing off at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21 and is going to play all day straight through until sunset.

This is a fund-raiser and one half of the pledges made will benefit the PGA’s golfing programs for youth; the other half will be donated to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Torres said he has 100 pledges totaling $4,000 (if he makes it through) and is hoping people will donate even after the day is over.

Although today was the longest day of

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Roy Cope Makes Perfect Prediction

on June 19, 2012 - 10:37pm

ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:

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Roy Cope makes perfect prediction on Tuesday's pace race on North Mesa on the one mile course.

Runners had the choice to run either one mile or a true 5K, but either way their error was adjusted to a uniform error for a three mile course.

The next best prediction was made by Alexander Romero with a distance adjusted 21 second error.

11-year-old Jacob Thompson was fastest male on the one mile course with a time of 9:56. Fastest female was Ann Nichols with a time of 17:25.

14-year-old John Rees was fastest male on the 5K course with a time of

Pace Race Results for June 12

on June 14, 2012 - 9:35pm
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:
 
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Thirty-four runners and walkers participated in Tuesday evening's pace race along power line road south of White Rock.
 
Best predictors on the one mile course:
 
Richard Thompson III - Adjusted error of 12 seconds
Krisiy Schraad - Adjusted error of 54 seconds
Jacob Thompson - Adjusted error of 81 seconds
 
Fastest runner - Nikol Strother 8:09
 
Best predictors on the three mile course:
 
John Rees - prediction error of 15 seconds
Isolina Viloria - prediction error of  18 seconds
Alexander Romero - prediction error of 19
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Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

on May 31, 2012 - 12:18am

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Event Wraps Up Proudly

on May 20, 2012 - 11:18am
Robert Carr crosses the finish line in the half-marathon. He set a new course record Saturday. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Chris Houghten, left, and Robert Carr compare notes after the finish of the half-marathon. Carr finished first and Houghten was second in the event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Runners coming down the Perimeter trail in the half-marathon race. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Cyndi Wells passes water to the runners at Aid Station #1 near the junction of the Perimeter and Mitchell trails. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Half-marathon runners head
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Nearly 600 Entrants in Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

on May 19, 2012 - 1:12pm

A massive registration for today's Jemez Mountain Trail Runs took place Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church in which nearly 600 runners signed up for the race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The Seventh Annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs got underway early this morning at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

This growing international event drew nearly 600 runners, 40 percent of whom traveled from British Columbia, Mexico and 29 U.S. states beyond New Mexico.

The event consists of three races: half-marathon, 50K (31 miles) and 50 miles.

"The longest distances are
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Girls Track and Field Wins State!

on May 16, 2012 - 8:08am

The Hilltoppers Girls Team with their State Championship banner and trophy. The girls team took the 4A state title for the fourth straight year, despite only having a #3 seed going in. "The overall 'theme' of the State Meet was that all our athletes came through with spectacular performances when it really counted. All us coaches couldn't be more proud of them!" Asistant Coach Blake Wood said. Photo by Blake Wood

Amy Neal hands off to Chase Ealey in the 4x100 m relay final.
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