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  • Supreme Court extends gay marriage country-wide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

    Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

    Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after the decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

    "No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices.

    The stories of the people asking for the right to marry "reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond," Kennedy said.

    As he read his opinion, spectators in the courtroom wiped away tears after the import of the decision became clear.

  • Today in history June 26
  • State Briefs 6-25-15

    Regulators give utility more time

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is giving the state’s largest electric utility more time to finalize agreements related to the future of the San Juan Generating Station.
    As part of an agreement with the state and federal government, Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down part of the coal-fired power plant to curb haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.
    The plan also calls for PNM to install pollution controls on the remaining two units and to fill the resulting void with a combination of coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar power.
    The commission on Wednesday gave PNM until Aug. 1 to file agreements that the panel will consider before making a final decision.

    Spaceport America celebrates opening of visitor center

  • Update 6-25-15

    Fourth Friday

    The Los Alamos Creative District will host a Fourth Friday event from 4-6 p.m. Friday in the downtown area. Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer special programming, among other locations.

    Swim meet

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host the Nick Nogar Invitational swimming meet Saturday and Sunday. The facility will be closed to the public both days, but will resume its normal schedule Monday. Call 662-8170 for information.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

    Opera

    A pair of apprentice singers from the 2015 Santa Fe Opera will perform in the United Church Sunday. The performance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are free for Opera Guild members, $10 for non-guild members. A guild membership can also be purchased for $35.

    Gentle Walks

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host a Gentle Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The walks consist of short hikes that feature less than 300 feet of elevation change. For more information about the walks, call the Nature Center at 662-0460.

  • Caregivers Fair

    The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair was Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Among the activities were presentations and prizes, free massages and a screening of the film, “Being Mortal.” Information booths from various senior-oriented organizations were on hand including Comfort Keepers, Sandia Senior Placement, Beehive Homes, Home Instead, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, the Alzheimer’s Association, A Nurse in the Family, AARP-Los Alamos Chapter, Los Alamos Medical Center, Compassion and Choices and the Day Out Program. The event was organized by the Los Alamos Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the sponsored by Casa Mesita Thrift Shop.

  • White Rock hit with an outage

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities linemen responded to a power outage report Wednesday evening that affected some areas of White Rock.
    At about 5 p.m., power went out to approximately 150 customers. Those customers were without power for 45 minutes.
    According to the county, a primary fuse on an overhead pole failed, causing the outage. Affected parts of White Rock included Rover Boulevard between Aragon Avenue and Paul Place and customers on Koleen and Kris Courts.
    For more information on the outage, call DPU at 662-8002.

  • Voters can register at concert

    The Los Alamos County clerk’s office and the Los Alamos Association of Realtors are hosting a voter registration drive Friday evening.
    The drive will be at Ashley Pond Park during the Gordon’s Summer Concert. Those wanting to register will be able to do so from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    “We were delighted to participate when LAAOR President Cindy Hollabaugh approached us, as voter registration is a year-round activity,” County Clerk Sharon Stover said. “We welcome any group who would like to follow LAAOR’s efforts to enhance community outreach.”
    A booth will be set up to register residents vote or to make changes to their existing voter registration.
    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series is a weekly free concert held at various spots around the county.
    “LAAOR believes that everyone should exercise their right to vote,” Hollabaugh said. “Sometimes when you move to a new community, or just within your community, it is easy to forget to register to vote. LAAOR in conjunction with the (county) clerk, want to make this process available to you well before the next election.”
    For more information on voter registration, contact the clerk’s office at 662-8010, email the office at clerks@lacnm.us or visit the county clerk webpage, losalamosnm.us/clerk.

  • Bandelier to have free camping

    Bandelier National Monument will host a free camping night Saturday to celebrate the Great American Campout.
    Campers are invited to stay in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground Saturday.
    “We’re close enough to Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and even Albuquerque to be an easy drive, but far enough into the woods to feel like a real campout,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott in a press release announcing the event. “Bandelier has so much to offer, with cliff dwellings, trails, wildlife, great open vistas, dark, starry skies and all, that it’s a great place to spend a weekend.”
    Visitors will still need to pay the standard entry fee to the park, $12 for private vehicle. Payment may be made at the visitor center, which is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Reservations aren’t needed at Juniper Campground. However, Bandelier officials said visitors should drive to the campground, rather than take the shuttle.
    For further information, check the park website, nps.gov/band, or call the visitor center at 672-3861.
    Bandelier also has a Facebook page, BandelierNPS, and a Twitter feed.

  • Market Activity

    There was plenty going on at the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday.

  • Today in history June 25