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  • VIDEO: Memorial Day keynote speaker Gen. (Ret.) Doug Anson
  • Details scarce in pool incident

    Details are scarce concerning the five-year-old boy, who was lifeflighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning after an apparent drowning incident at Barranca Mesa Pool.
    Los Alamos police still is conducting its investigation and there is no word on the boy’s condition.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department made a medical report, which is not a public record, according to county spokesman Julie Habiger. Habiger added the police department is still talking to witnesses and will release a report when it is ready.
    Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
    “At this point, our foremost concern is the wellbeing of the child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and go out to his family.
    “The Barranca Pool staff and board members are fully cooperating with the 
Los Alamos Police Department in order to reconstruct the sequence of events. Due to the ongoing investigation and to protect the privacy of the
victim’s family, we are unable to provide any additional information.”


    However, Thursday evening, Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing couseling to the staff and lifeguards who were on duty at the time of the accident.

  • LAFD announces promotions

    Los Alamos, NM – Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.
     
    Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to Battalion Chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to Captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s Fire Marshal.
     
    Jeff Saiz has been promoted to Captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to Driver/Engineer in February 2011.  
     
    Hughes said both promotions were necessary because of the upcoming departure of LAFD’s Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson, who has accepted the Fire Chief’s position in Moscow, Idaho.  
     
    “The Los Alamos County Fire Department is very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals ready and able to step into leadership roles when one becomes vacant,” said Hughes.
     

  • Garcia Richard tops Rodgers in District 43 fundraising

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) is topping Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers’ fundraising efforts by almost a three-to-one margin.
    Garcia Richard’s cumulative contributions total $162,127 since the start of the primaries, with her expenditures at $111,240.04.
    Rodgers has brought in $55,765.52 and spent $33,113.61.
    Both candidates have received contributions from their respective parties as well as party PACs (Political Action Committees).
    Other New Mexico Democratic campaigns have donated $22,401 to Garcia Richard, as well as in kind contributions valued at $5,835. Democratic PACs, such as the Ken Martinez Leadership Fund and Sen. Tom Udall’s Southwest Leadership Fund, have given another $11,400.
    In contrast, Rodgers has received just $7,345 from state GOP committees and an additional $3,500 from Republican PACs such as GOPAC and SFFRW (Santa Fe Federated Republican Women).
    The candidates’ other major donors show a sharp contrast.
    Garcia Richard is receiving union support, with contributions ranging from $50 from IATSE Local 423 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) to $2,400 from AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) and $2,600 from the American Federation of Teachers COPE.

  • Longtime museum volunteers retire

    The volunteers, staff and board members of the Los Alamos Historical Society bid farewell Wednesday to two of the Historical Museum’s longest serving volunteers, Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman.
    “Ann and Ruth have been true stalwarts,” said Kathy Ankeny, Museum Shop manager for the Historical Society. “We are going to miss them, and our visitors won’t have quite the same experiences without these two ladies sharing their vast knowledge and wonderful storytelling.”
    Beyer has worked with the museum nearly 23 years, volunteering after her retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research librarian. “I have a closet history major, and my uncle was president of the Wisconsin Historical Society. With my experience as a librarian, I felt I could answer visitors’ questions,” she said.
    Sherman, a retired chemist, began volunteering nearly 12 years after she was turned down for the job of museum shop manager. “I didn’t get it, but I went ahead and volunteered. It turned out to be a good thing. I found I really enjoyed it,” she said.
    Both Sherman and Beyer say their favorite part of the job was meeting the people coming into the museum. In the last year, more than 35,000 visitors from 41 countries and every state in the union visited the Historical Museum.

  • Update 10-19-14

    Trail Sale

    The Annual Jemez Trail Sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today along N.M. 4. Take a four-mile detour at Mile Marker 27 and just follow the signs.

    Library event

    Authors Speak Series presents a special reading of young adult fiction. “The Night of Pan,” by Gail Strickland. 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    High Tea

    High Tea on the Hill. 1-2:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos High School lobby. $20 per person. RSVP preferred but not required. Call 662-0800.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due today.

    Performance

  • Bandelier marks Wilderness Act anniversary

    For the past nearly three months, a crew from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) has been working on the trails at Bandelier National Monument, helping repair effects of the Las Conchas Fire and resulting flooding.
    The crew is one of several sponsored by the Taos-based RMYC. Bandelier’s crew has consisted of seven crew members and a crew supervisor, with crew members ages 18-25.
    They come from all over northern New Mexico, including Zia Pueblo, Espanola, Los Alamos, and the Mora area. They work eight days on, six days off, and while at the park they camp at the group campground.
    One of their projects this year was repairing the switchbacks on the trail between Ponderosa Campground and Upper Crossing. After the rainy season had passed, they replaced the two footbridges on the Falls Trail and the four on the trail to Alcove House, which had been repeatedly washed out by high water events during the summer. In early October, members of other RMYC crews, the Bandelier crew, and volunteers from the Wilderness Society spent a service day doing trail work in the Upper Crossing section of Frijoles Canyon.

  • Today In History, Oct. 18
  • Today in history Oct. 18
  • Ex-POWs visit Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — The prisoners of war held in Tokyo's Omori POW camp saw some of the most horrific destruction during the last months of World War II, as American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs that obliterated much of the city.
    But in those hungry times, they also were among the luckiest, says Bill Sanchez, 96, who along with two other former prisoners visited on Thursday the Heiwajima Kannon, a statue of the Goddess of Mercy built near the site of the former POW camp to mourn the war dead.
    Like many other POWs held in Omori, Sanchez was put to work loading and unloading cargo on the docks.
    "Which was great work because we had a lot of opportunities to pinch food. We learned real quick," said Sanchez, of Monterey Park, California, who watched as American fire bombs incinerated nearby neighborhoods.
    The Omori camp's barracks once occupied nearly half of a tiny island reclaimed from Tokyo Bay with help from prisoners like Sanchez. Today Heiwajima, or Peace Island, is barely distinguishable from the rest of Tokyo. The camp's former site is now a boat racing venue surrounded by bland office buildings.