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  • 'Charlie' rallies free speech

    LONDON (AP) — From Berlin to Bangkok, tens of thousands took a stand against living in fear, as rallies defended the freedom of expression and honored the victims of a Paris newspaper attack.
    Viewing the Paris killings as a cold-blooded assault on democracy, people from all walks of life — journalists and police officers, politicians and students — turned out in cities around the world Thursday, holding up pens and joining hands in an outpouring of silent solidarity.
    Many held placards proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie” — “I am Charlie” — a slogan that went viral on social media within hours of Wednesday’s terror attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
    Germany’s biggest-selling daily, Bild, filled the top half of its front page with the headline “Cowardly Murderers!” and printed a black back page with the words “Je suis Charlie.”
    “The only thing we can do against this is to live fearlessly,” editor-in-chief Kai Diekmann said in an editorial. “Our colleagues in Paris have paid the ultimate price for freedom. We bow before them.”

  • State Briefs 1-8-15

    Preliminary forecast for runoff into Rio Grande isn’t good

    ALBQUERQUE (AP) — Winter isn’t over but a new preliminary forecast says runoff from mountain snows spells trouble for New Mexico, which has been beset by years of drought.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the National Water and Climate Center’s preliminary forecast is based largely on snowfall so far in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
    Runoff from that snow flows into the Rio Grande Valley during the spring and summer.
    Forecaster Angus Goodbody with the climate center in Portland, Oregon, says even a wet spring may not be enough to allow New Mexico to avoid a fifth consecutive year of below-average runoff.
    Another season of below-average runoff could be bad news for farmers in southern New Mexico and for other users of Rio Grande water.

    Suspect in shooting of Albuquerque officer pleads not guilty

  • The Market in Winter

    Mary Campbell, right, introduces 3-year-old Robert Ferenbaugh to all Rancho Arco Iris Farm, located near Dixon, has to offer. There were many products from vendors on sale at Thursday’s Winter Market, including apple cider, herbs, produce and other farm goods. The market happens every Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon.

  • Update 1-8-15

    Lecture

    Bill Archer will present a lecture, “Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s “Made in New Mexico” series.

    NCRTD

    A regular meeting of the North Central Regional Transit District will take place at 9 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be at the Jim West Center in Española.

    School board

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration board room.

    Chautauqua

    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story,” Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., at Mesa Public Library.

    Candidates

    The three candidates seeking Los Alamos Public Schools Board District 3 will speak at the Kiwanis meeting Tuesday at Kelly Hall at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church. The meeting is scheduled for noon. In addition, Troy L. Hughes, a candidate for University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Board Position 3, will speak.

  • Cheap oil benefits job sector

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.
    Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year than if the price had remained at its June level. Stronger job growth is foreseen at retailers, auto dealers, shipping firms, restaurants and hotels — all of which will likely show gains in Friday’s jobs report for December.
    From gas-station prices to utility bills, consumers and businesses are now enjoying savings on basic energy costs. It means more people can splurge on purchases from clothing and appliances to vacations and dinners out. That stronger demand will likely require some businesses to step up hiring, which would circulate more money through the economy and perhaps fuel further job growth.
    Just as critically, cheaper gas is suppressing overall U.S. inflation. Lower prices keep down yields on U.S. Treasurys. Lower yields, in turn, serve the housing market by reducing mortgage rates and potentially producing more construction jobs. This week, for example, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage sank to 3.73 percent, its lowest point since May 2013.

  • Leadership N.M. taking applications

    Leadership New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Core Program and Connect New Mexico, The Next Generation of Leadership Program. Applications are available at the Leadership New Mexico website, leadershipnm.org, or by calling 505-398-1500.
    Deadline for submission is March 15.
    Of the 42 participants in the current Core Program, one is from the Los Alamos area, Dino Sgambellone, Los Alamos County police chief. Of the 30 participants in the current Connect Program, one is from the Los Alamos area, Bill Brown, a commercial loan officer for Los Alamos National Bank.
    Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program is a class of 40-45 leaders who represent a cross-section of the various geographic regions of the state from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. It is 10 months in duration and is designed to address current issues facing the state.
    Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate.

  • Civil Air Patrol earns a grant from foundation

    Cadets from the Los Alamos Composite Squadron have been awarded a $1,500 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant from the LANL Foundation.
    The grant for the squadron was used to purchase equipment that supports CAP cadets in their Aeronautical Education and Robotics activities, according to a press release from the patrol.
    In addition to those two programs, Los Alamos cadets participate in Cyber Patriots, a national competition that allows cadets to learn how to defend against cyber-attacks and prevent vulnerabilities in computer systems.
    Los Alamos cadets meet weekly. Along with aviation and STEM training, cadets participate in physical training, character development and leadership skills training.
    CAP cadet programs are open to youth from ages 12-21. Information about participation in Los Alamos CAP Cadet programs can be obtained by contacting Major Annette Peters at 672-3111.
    Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide.
    CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 80 lives each year.

  • Group looking into bike share program for LA

    Imagine having a business meeting a few blocks from your office that you prefer not to drive to but do not have the time to walk to. If you could walk to the nearest bike sharing station and pick up a bike to ride the short distance, would you use it?
    That is the question Places & Spaces Los Alamos is asking in an online survey at bit.ly/LAbikeshare.
    The group has researched options for bringing a bike sharing program to Los Alamos and determined that it is feasible. Now they are asking Los Alamos residents if they would be interested in such a program.
    “Our thought is, if we find that there is potential demand for such a thing, we believe within our resources as a little group, we could help seed a pilot project to find out, could this be a valuable amenity?” said Kevin Holsapple, one of Places & Spaces board members.
    Places & Spaces, which can be found online at facebook.com/placesandspacesLA, is a 501c3 community development organization whose mission is to “promote vibrant community in Los Alamos through supporting the creation and development of places and spaces for community social interaction.”
    Bike sharing is growing in leaps and bounds worldwide.

  • Smith's checker sentenced

    Teresa J. Watson, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for her involvement in an embezzlement scheme from Smith’s Marketplace.
    According to court documents, Watson was arrested in September for taking $999.05 from the store over an unspecified period of time before she was caught by her managers. She was initially charged with embezzlement (over $500 but not more than $2,500).
    However, as a result of a plea bargain, the charge was reduced to embezzlement (over $250 but not more than $500).
    As a part of the agreement, Watson will have to pay all of the money she embezzled back to Smith’s. She was also sentenced to 364 days in jail — with all of those suspended — and will have to serve 364 days of supervised probation.
    Watson was not fined, but she will have to pay $73 in court costs.
    According to court documents, management became suspicious of Watson when they noticed she was racking up an unusually high number of voided transactions at her station. Upon further investigation, mainly through videotape, Smith’s management pieced together how she was able to do it.
    According to the investigation, Watson would scan in all of her customers’ items, then would quote that price to the customer.

  • Today in history Jan. 8