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  • LA Historical Society, county presented with award

    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County has been presented the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given yearly by the Historical Society of New Mexico.
    The award was announced at the Joint Arizona-New Mexico History Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, during ceremonies at the conference banquet April 23.
    The Hewett award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.
    Los Alamos, with the help of the historical society, draws visitors from around the globe to experience the history of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, along with introductions to our connections with Ancestral Pueblo people, Hispano and Anglo homesteading, and the Los Alamos Ranch School.
    Throughout the last few years, the Los Alamos Historical Society and its partner, Los Alamos County, have made significant resource investments to ensure that these uniquely New Mexican stories are preserved and shared.
    Los Alamos County took the first steps in earning this award when it included a state-of-the-art archive to house the collections of the Los Alamos Historical Society in its new municipal building in 2013. That collection contains tens of thousands of photographs, more than 1,500 linear feet of documents, and more than 20,000 artifacts – from Maria Martinez pottery to samples of trinitite.

  • Storm brews locally over UNM ski team cut

    When the University of New Mexico announced last month it was cutting its men’s and women’s ski program, the outcry from the local ski community was immediate.
    “It actually affects us here because we do a lot of joint programs with them,” said Southwest Nordic Ski Club President Clay Moseley. “It’s going to be a huge disappointment if they go away.”
    The decision to cut the ski teams hasn’t been made official yet by the UNM Board of Regents. The decision is expected to be made once the school adopts an official budget.
    Multiple calls and emails to the board were not returned as of press time.
    For years, members of the UNM ski team have encouraged Southwest Nordic Ski Club members to advance in the sport, and to keep the sport alive across the state.
    UNM Ski Coach Fredrik Landstedt is not sure what will happen next. He hopes the teams will not be cut.
    “It doesn’t seem like it’s officially over,” he said. “They announced the cuts, and I guess the regents had approved it, but at least until they approve the new budget, there’s still a chance we can be put back into the budget for next year. “There has been talk, so it’s not a total closed deal yet.”

  • County, lot manager fight over hole

    The manager of the western side of the “old Smiths” parking lot is trying to dig himself out of a hole.  
    Gerald Ohlsen was issued a criminal summons by the county April 27 for allegedly failing to fix a hole in the pavement in a timely manner.
    The site is located at the Mari Mac parking lot, at the 535 Central Ave. A construction crew hired by Ohlsen dug the hole in an effort to install a cement slab to support garbage trucks emptying a pair of dumpsters located in the middle of the lot.
    Ohlsen said he has to appear in court May 27 to face the charge of committing a “nuisance” and interfering with people’s “right to use public property,” according to the summons.
    The area is located in the middle of the parking lot is cordoned off by a pile of dirt and fence.
    After the dumpster pad was installed about six years ago, the weight of the trucks began to collapse the asphalt, Ohlsen said. When the crew pulled up the asphalt to begin work on the project two-and-a-half months ago, they quickly found out why.
    An abandoned crumbling clay sewer pipe installed in the 1940s beneath the dumpster pad has sprung a leak. Every time it rains, the pipe leaks water into the hole.  

  • House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago.
    Jubilant Republicans, celebrating what they hope will soon be the demise of "Obamacare," sang the pop song, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" as the end of the voting neared.
    The measure skirted through the House by a thin 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and a group of mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no. A defeat would have been politically devastating for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
    Passage was a product of heavy lobbying by the White House and Republicans leaders, plus late revisions that nailed down the final supporters needed. The bill now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where even GOP lawmakers say major changes are likely.
    "Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote," Ryan said. He added, "Are we going to keep the promises that we made, or are we going to falter?"

  • New Mexico MVD's computer system in operation again

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division's computer system is back up and running.
    The computer system went down statewide Wednesday due to unspecified technical problems that the agency says meant it couldn't process any computer-based transactions.
    An update Thursday morning from MVD says all of its field offices are open for business.
     

  • Technical problems stymie New Mexico MVD system

    SANTA FE (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division say computers are down statewide due to technical difficulties.
    The agency reported Wednesday afternoon that it was unable to process any computer-based transactions.
    Officials did not offer any details as to the cause of the difficulties but said technicians were working on the problem.
    The agency was still able to perform road tests and Vehicle Identification Number inspections.
     

  • House heads toward passage of bill to keep gov't running

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico and massive military buildup.

    The 309-118 vote sends the bill to the Senate in time for them to act to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday. The White House has said Trump would sign the measure, which is the first major legislation to pass in Trump's short, turbulent presidency.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the measure as bipartisan, and said the biggest gain for conservatives came as Democrats dropped longstanding demands to match Pentagon increases with equal hikes for nondefense programs.

    "No longer will the needs of our military be held hostage by the demands for more domestic spending," Ryan said. "In my mind, that is what's most important here."

    Democrats also backed the measure, which protects popular domestic programs such as education, medical research and grants to state and local governments from cuts sought by Trump — while dropping from earlier version a host of GOP agenda items.

  • Letter Carriers Food Drive May 13

     The Los Alamos County 25th Annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive is set for May 13. 

    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Atomic City Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort, and store local donations of food and supplies during the 25th Annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive  May 13.

    Residents who want to donate should fill a grocery bag or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities and place it near the mailbox before 10 a.m. May 13.

    Alternately, visit Smith’s MarketPlace in Los Alamos or Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock on May 13 and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations from about 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those who will be out of town can leave non-perishable food and supply donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.

  • 1st District Attorney’s office partners with Uber

     District Attorney Marco P. Serna announced Wednesday a partnership with the ridesharing service Uber to promote a safe alternative to drinking and driving during the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend this weekend.

    As part of the partnership, Uber will offer new users a “first ride free up to $15.

    The promotional offer will remain in effect through the Fourth of July.

    “I am proud to partner with Uber and provide safe alternatives to drinking and driving,” Serna said. “We always make it a point to curb drunk driving during the holidays, but it’s a year round problem that requires constant attention and vigilance.” “We encourage people to take advantage of this campaign by making the smart choice not to drink and drive.”

    “Partnerships and awareness are paramount in the fight to prevent impaired driving in our communities. Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable. It is a choice. We believe our technology provides people with more options, empowering them to make better, safer choices.” said Uber Safety Spokesperson Tracey Breeden.

  • Drug take back day a success

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day.
    “We’ve been doing it pretty steadily twice a year, usually in April and October,” said Commander Oliver Morris.
    Two collection locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos and the White Rock visitor center.
    Despite the snowstorm, LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications. “I think we typically do more than that,” but considering the snowy conditions Morris considers the collected amount considerable. Another reason for the dip could be due to the collection box in LAPD’s lobby that is also being used. The LAPD maintains a drug take-back box at LAPD year-round and can arrange drop-offs with the Agency.
    The next drug take back day will be in October. For more information about the DEA’s Take-Back initiative, contact DEA spokesman Patrick J. Trainor at either (215) 852-8740 or patrick.j.trainor@usdoj.gov.