Unable to select and extract object...

I am currently attempting to edit a recently converted raster to vector image. I have the file opened and selected after having used the "live trace" function to revise it and save as a vector image. Now I would like to select and extract a portion of the image to work with but I am neither able to select and extract the object of focus from within the general picture. When I attempt to use the pointer selection tool to select the object of focus, the entire image becomes selected with a blue border. If I try to use the magic wand nothing happens. If I try to use the lasso tool I can draw around the object of focus but when I close the lasso it simply disappears leaving nothing selected. I've even tried to "ungroup" the image but option is grayed out (unavailable). Any insights into what I am doing incorrectly? By the way, the live trace function becomes active whenever I click anywhere within the general image.

RUConscious,
Expanding the Live Trace should make it accessible and editable just like any other vector artwork where you may Direct Select individual/multiple Anchor Points, Select paths, etc.
Maybe a closeup of the issue area, with a hint at what exactly you wish to do, would help the helpers, preferably including the relevant part of the Layers panel (which may be moved).
Apart from that, others may tell you that I am too old, or silly, to apply Live Trace.

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