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  • Showing their support

    University of New Mexico-Los Alamos staff is taking part in the 2014 College/Military Day, sponsored by Assets In Action. The community is asked to participate by wearing their favorite college or military apparel to highlight their path of Life Long Learning. The 2014 event is scheduled for Sept 5. 

  • Obamacare subsidies to continue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
    A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.
    About 100 miles to the south in Richmond, Va., another appeals court panel unanimously came to the opposite conclusion, ruling that the Internal Revenue Service correctly interpreted the will of Congress when it issued regulations allowing consumers in all 50 states to purchase subsidized coverage.
    The White House immediately declared that policyholders will keep getting financial aid as the administration sorts out the legal implications.
    Spokesman Josh Earnest said the adverse decision in Washington would have “no practical impact” on tax credits as the case works its way through the courts.
    Both cases are part of a long-running political and legal campaign to overturn Obama’s signature domestic legislation by Republicans and other opponents of the law.

  • Update 07-22-14

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for tonight in White Rock, has been canceled.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet Thursday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    Personnel board

    Tonight’s originally scheduled Personnel Board meeting has been canceled due to the lack of a qurom, Los Alamos County said in a statement today.

    At the Pond

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series will feature Marcus Cavlante. It is set for 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. It’s sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District.

    Farmers Market

    County officials announced there would be no councilors’ booth at Thursday’s Farmers Market.

    Friday's concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series presents Ray Wylie Hubbard, with opening act the Bill Hearne Trio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. 

  • Report: illegal immigration slows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.
    Here’s a look at some numbers on the immigration situation.
    • In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions.
    • Overall, the number of immigrants caught sneaking across the border remains at near historic low levels.
    • The last time so few people were arrested at the country’s borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests.
    • The number of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 million people in 2000.
    What makes the situation on the border today different is who is crossing and where.
    Since 2012, the number of unaccompanied children caught at the border has been steadily rising. Compared to the first 10 months of the 2013 budget year, the number has more than doubled. And since most of the children are from Central America, they can’t be quickly sent home like their Mexican counterparts.

  • LA named top town by website

    Los Alamos has again been named as a top place to live, this time by the website Livability.com.
    Los Alamos was picked the best small town in the country, according to the website.
    In compiling its list, Livability.com analyzed data on towns with fewer than 20,000 residents. Towns were rated based on cost of living, health care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity and numerous other factors.
    In all, 41 metrics were used to determine the top small town in the country.
    “Throughout the U.S., we’re seeing a resurgence of emphasis on downtowns in cities of all sizes,” Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael said in a press release, announcing the list. “It’s nice to see in the big cities, certainly, but it’s especially great to see these smaller towns not just holding their own, but also thriving.”
    According to the website, Los Alamos “offers an extremely low crime rate, top-rated schools, excellent health care, cultural amenities, outdoor activities and delicious restaurants, setting the city apart from the rest and making it our pick for the best small town in America.”
    Good weather and access to Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera were also cited as big pluses for Los Alamos.

  • Ghost Bike honors son, classmate

    Described as athletic, handsome and smart, Forrest Fukushima was just 19 years old when a drunk driver on N.M. 502 killed him in 1986.
    An avid bicyclist, Forrest was training for the “Iron Horse Bicycle Classic” competition when a car driven by Alex Naranjo struck him.
    According to newspaper reports at the time, a tire on Naranjo’s vehicle blew out, which made the accident “unavoidable,” according to police reports. However, sobriety tests done at the scene also revealed that Naranjo had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the accident. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
    Naranjo is currently running unopposed for a municipal court judgeship in Española.
    Though the tragedy has long since faded from headlines, his fellow classmates from Los Alamos High School never forgot him, and whenever they’d cross paths professionally or socially, Fukushima’s name would come up.
    Now, almost 30 years later, two of Fukushima’s classmates decided to make their remembrance permanent. Lisa Hecker and Ismael Mena, classmates of Fukushima’s, worked together to install a “ghost bike” near the crash site.

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