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  • Family celebrates 50 years at El Paragua

    In 1958, 12-year-old Larry and 10-year-old Pete Atencio began selling beef tacos and red pork tamales on Española’s main street.
    Their mother Frances made the tacos and tamales. Their father Luis bought the boys a patio umbrella for their stand to protect them from the elements, but they spent much of their time running the food out to the line of waiting cars. A taco sold for 15 cents and tamales were 10 cents. The stand was only open during the summer months, and a good day’s sales totaled $20.
    At that time, Frances and Luis were working as a secretary and a plumber, respectively, and raising nine children.
    “Cuisine was always a part of my mother’s life, from her mother and her grandmother,” said Angela Atencio-Sanchez, president of the local chain’s umbrella organization, Las Brazas Enterprises. “Both my parents, they loved to give, and they loved to do it with food. So she would make this food and take it to her office for her coworkers. And they would tell her, ‘This is really good. You really should think about selling it.’”

  • Miles, founder of Monitor, dies at 95

    Dan Miles was a pioneer in many ways.
    He came to Los Alamos with the idea of starting a newspaper for a town that didn’t have one.
    He was one of the three founders of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Miles started the newspaper with John Barnett and Mark McMahon in 1963, in a small office above a jewelry store.
    They started with nothing more than two typewriters, a headline machine and four employees.
    Miles was also a geologist for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    He died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos. He was 95.
    His daughter Beki Welsch recalled some of the memories of her father’s time at the newspaper.
    As the Monitor’s advertising executive, Miles once secured an ad for the liquor store… and it ended up being placed on the same page as the police blotter and the DWIs.
    “The liquor store immediately cancelled their ad,” Welsch said with a laugh. As the paper’s main financial backer and money man, that’s just one of the many ups and downs Miles experienced in the Monitor’s early years.
    There was a bust in the oil business at the time, and they thought it would be a good idea to start a paper in Los Alamos.

  • Authority selects new CEO for Spaceport America

    UPHAM (AP) — An engineer who has held senior management and planning posts at White Sands Missile Range is Spaceport America's new CEO.

    The board of the authority that oversees the commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico announced Thursday the selection of Daniel Hicks to replace Christine Anderson.

    Hicks' 34 years as an Army civilian employee at White Sands has included working on strategic planning and numerous programs involving missiles, sensors and space.

    Hicks is expected to assume his new positon in November. He's a graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University.

    Anderson resigned this summer after holding the position since 2011.

  • Today in history Sept. 21
  • New Mexico’s August unemployment rate rises to 6.6 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent in August, up from 6.4 percent in July.
    A year ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent.
    The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state’s economy added 1,800 jobs from August 2015.
    Bernalillo County is New Mexico’s most populous county. Its August unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, the same as the previous month.
    The counties with the month’s lowest unemployment rates were Union County and Los Alamos County, both at 4.5 percent.

  • County urges citizens to be bear alert

    Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
    • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; take it to the ECO Station and help donate to Dr. Ramsay’s bear cubs.
    • Stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or drying fruit.
    • Strong and smelly odors will attract bears, so try to reduce odors by keeping smelly items out of the trash until trash pickup day. Try double bagging your trash or using special trash bags that eliminate odors.
    • Clean your trash roll carts frequently.
    • Keep your trash in a safe and secure place, like inside a locked garage.
    County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior to collection, but to avoid luring bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collections. Roll carts should be placed out before 8 a.m.  
    Instead of throwing your food away, compost it.
    Upon request, the ECO Station can provide residents with hardware to secure roll cart lids. Call 662-8163 for more information or to request yours.

  • LAPD arrests 2 on theft charges

    The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations and patrol divisions have investigated several check fraud, identity theft, theft, forgery, fraudulent use of credit card cases over the past month.
    LAPD investigators began putting together a profile that all the cases were linked and identified the potential suspects through their investigations.
    On Aug. 27, a patrol “A-team” apprehended the suspects on a traffic stop.
    John J. Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and 38-year-old Rosalinda Hurtado of Alcalde were arrested by officers for charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft. Lerma also had a nationwide warrant out of Bernalillo County.
    There have been at least eight reported criminal cases investigated by the LAPD totaling in almost $20,000 in losses, according to police.
    Hurtado and Lerma are also suspected and being charged with stealing wallets from local Los Alamos athletes during sporting practices then fraudulently using the stolen credit cards.

  • Gov. Martinez lends support to Stover’s campaign

    Gov. Susana Martinez visited White Rock Sunday to support Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, the Republican candidate in the New Mexico House District 43 representative race.
    Stover introduced Martinez by thanking her for her help during the Las Conchas fire, when Stover was chair of the county council. That was when the two first met.
    “And I have to tell you that you were there with us at all of the town halls in White Rock. You were at all the press conferences. You gave me advice. You made sure that all the resource our state needed were there in real time,” Stover said. “And what I took away from that, and I’ve seen it in almost eight years for this term in the county, is your compassion when it comes to crises in our state, and your leadership.”
    Stover also thanked Martinez for her support of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the cleanup efforts there, as for supporting the New Mexico’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission (JJAC) intervention and prevention programs. Stover serves as chair of that committee.
    “And from now on, we have seen a decrease of juveniles going into our detention centers,” Stover said.

  • Valerie Plame stumps for Garcia Richard

    Valerie Plame Wilson made an appearance in Los Alamos last Thursday to stump for Democratic Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is seeking her third term as New Mexico House District 43 representative.
    Plame is a former covert CIA operations officer who was forced to retire after her identity was revealed by the George W. Bush administration in 2003. She and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, moved to New Mexico in 2007.
    “I’m speaking to you this evening as a neighbor, down the road a bit. We came to New Mexico in 2007, and we came here for all the reasons you know. It’s just stunningly beautiful,” Plame said. “But as we got settled in, we saw that there were things that needed to be done, once you take off the rose-colored glasses. So Joe and I have thrown ourselves into helping our community, and doing things that we can do, whether it’s early childhood education or getting behind candidates that we can believe in.”
    Plame spoke about her “very steep and sudden political education” after her identity was exposed.

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