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Milestones

  • NM survivor of Bataan Death March dies at age 95

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who was a survivor of World War II's infamous Bataan Death March has died at the age of 95.

    Family members say Vicente Ojinaga died Monday at his home in Santa Fe.

    Born in Santa Rita, N.M., Ojinaga enlisted in the military a few years after graduating high school and was sent to the Philippines.

    He became one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers, including 1,800 New Mexicans, who were taken captive by the Japanese when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942.

    In all, tens of thousands of troops were forced to march to Japanese prison camps in what became known as the Bataan Death March.

    Ojinaga was held captive for 3 ½ years before being released.

  • Births 09-29-13

    Sept. 17 — A boy, Nicholas Garcia, born to Andrea Roybal and Joey Garcia.

  • People In the News 09-19-13

    Holly Catherine Erickson, of Los Alamos, enrolls at Clemson University. Erickson is majoring in General Engineering. She is among more than 3,200 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.

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    New Mexico School for the Arts senior, Mohit Dubey, has been named a Semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program provides academically talented high school seniors an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
    Los Alamos native Dubey, 17, has been a student at NMSA for three years. He is the son of two immigrated scientists. His passion for music earned him admission to the only statewide charter school focused on the arts. Dubey has also been recognized for his academic excellent in science.
    Last year, he won a Sandia National Laboratories award for the “most creative and innovative project.” He was also a finalist in the Supercomputing Challenge competition in April of this year for designing an app to lead the visually impaired by sound.
    In addition to his significant commitment to academic and artistic studies, Dubey works at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and has been a violinist and guest conductor at the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra for more than three years. 

  • Former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton Dies
  • People In the News 09-11-13

    Leadership New Mexico announces that Michael Brandt, associate director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Al Hernandez, senior commercial banker at Los Alamos National Bank and Jason Lott, superintendent/state coordinator for the National Park Service — Bandelier National Monument are among the 41 leaders from across the state selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Core Program.
    This is the 18th class for the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.
    Open to all citizens of the state, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government and nonprofit sectors.
    Employers, community organizations, local leadership programs, or individuals may nominate candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential. Individuals may also nominate themselves. 

  • Births 09-08-13

    Aug. 24 — A girl, Kavya Sage Reiten, born to Suchitra Ramani-Reiten and Matthew Reiten
    Aug. 26 — A girl, Kristen Marie Charonko, born to Cami and John Charonko
    Sept. 1 — A boy, Noah Steven Gomez, born to Lauren Guillen and Jesse Gomez

  • Broadcaster David Frost dies

    LONDON (AP) — Veteran broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his interview with former President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.

    Frost died of a heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard says its vessel had left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

    Known for incisive interviews of leading public figures, Frost spent more than 50 years as a television star.

    Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My heart goes out to David Frost's family. He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.

    The BBC says it received a statement from Frost's family saying it was devastated and asking "for privacy at this difficult time."

  • People In the News 09-01-13

    Cody Stewart, of Los Alamos, has been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the spring semester. Stewart is a nursing major and has been placed on the Provost’s List.  

  • Births 08-25-13

    July 20 — A boy, Isaac Gregory Sewell, born to Sarah and Christopher Sewell
    July 30 — A girl, Hanna Mary Storlie, born to Andrea Mae Niffe and Curtis Byron Storlie
    Aug. 10 — A girl, Trinity Rose Balderas, born to Lori and Chris Balderas
    Aug. 14 — A girl, Naomi Alice Braithwaite, born to Kylie and Ryan Braithwaite
    Aug. 17 — A girl, Renee Kathleen Ramsey, born to Kate and Scott Ramsey

  • People In the News 08-25-13

    Northern Arizona University congratulates more than 4,500 students who made the Dean’s List in the spring 2013 semester. The following students are from Los Alamos. Haley Ball, Dion Obermeyer and Alyssa Whittemore.