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  • Update 09-04-14

    Viewing party

    "Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Military gear

    On Friday, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of lifelong learning. Email pictures to AssetsInAction@att.net.

    Open house

    Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.


    A family night for the upcoming Homecoming festivities and a chance to meet the Hilltoppers and play games. 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos High School overpass. $20 adults/senior, $10 youth ages 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Call 662-0800 or email info@UnitedWayNNM.org.  

  • Former LA resident killed in Colorado crash

    Ryan Pappas, 18, of Monument, Colorado and a former Los Alamos resident, was one of two teens killed in a single vehicle accident early Monday morning. Pappas grew up in Los Alamos and attended Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.
    According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, two Monument students died in the accident and also injured classmate Mitchell Clark, 17, who remained in critical condition Monday night at Penrose Main Hospital.
    According to the newspaper, the Colorado State Patrol said a 2008 Mini Cooper convertible was speeding eastbound on Baptist Assembly Road about 1 a.m. when it ran a stop sign at Roller Coaster Road. The car then went airborne as it crossed the intersection, and the driver lost control. Investigators said the car then crashed into some of trees.
    Troopers said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
    The newspaper reported that the driver, a 17-year-old male from Parker. Colorado, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center on suspicion of vehicular homicide, the State Patrol said. His identity has not been released. Authorities were still debating whether to try the driver as an adult or a juvenile.
    Also killed was Beau Begier, 17, of Monument.

  • PEEC reaches 90 percent

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center's “Flyometer” measures how close PEEC is to reaching its goal of raising $1.2 million to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits and a professional planetarium projector for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The new center, which will open next spring, is a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC. The county is spending $4.3 million to build the new facility, while PEEC is raising $1.2 million for the professionally designed exhibits, which will belong to the center. The dragonfly has become a symbol of the new nature center, because some say the building itself resembles a dragonfly, so PEEC has adopted the term “Flyometer” for the instrument to mark the progress of its campaign. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org/takewing.

  • Today in history Sept. 4
  • Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant


    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday.

    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park outside Reno.

    Four other states — California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico — were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.

    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office said only that the governor would make a "major economic development announcement" Thursday afternoon. A spokesman for Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said company representatives would be at the Capitol for the announcement but offered no other details.

    Tesla has done site-preparation work at the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center but had not publicly committed to building in Nevada, instead waiting as other states put together their best packages of economic incentives.

    This spring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states — or perhaps even three — before choosing the finalist.

  • Police beat 09-03-13


    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 21


    12:23 p.m. — Christopher Davis, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.


  • Los Alamos man, guilty of stalking charge, plans appeal


    Jack Worel, a local businessman who was convicted in January of this year of a misdemeanor stalking charge, is seeking an appeal through the Los Alamos District Court. 

    In March, Worel was sentenced to a year of supervised probation with GPS monitoring for stalking a former cleaning service employee of his, a woman who was in her mid-20s at the time. Worel, who is in his 70s, apparently stalked her after he was convicted over an incident with the woman that earned him a simple battery charge. 

    That incident was cross-examined extensively in court. Worel said that he was just trying to show his victim, some defensive wrestling moves after he was concerned for her safety. She didn’t see it that way, and from there, according to Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor Kent Wahlquist, Worel’s stalking escalated shortly after she stopped working for him. 

  • REDI tackles jobs council planning


    The Regional Economic Development Initiative’s (REDI) annual State of the Region summit, held Aug. 14, initiated a three-part series of meetings geared toward making local communities eligible to recieve funding from New Mexico Jobs Council initiatives. 

    The Legislative Jobs Council was initiated in 2013. A joint Jobs Task Force was created this year when Gov. Susana Martinez appointing three cabinet members and two other representatives to the council. Private industry groups also participate. 

    The goal of the jobs task force is to determine how many economica base jobs the state needs to create over the next 10 years to return to a healthy growth rate, at least equal to the rate prior to the 2008 downturn.

  • NLRB to investigate Smith's


    The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a formal hearing for January of next year after the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1564, filed a complaint against Smith’s Food and Drug Centers for bad faith bargaining.

    According to a union press release, the NLRB issued a complaint in order to prosecute Smith’s. The union represents more than 2,000 Smith’s employees, in Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe and Taos.

    According to the press release, the NLRB is prosecuting Smith’s for refusing to meet, refusing to accept proposals and refusing to bargain in the absence of a mediator. The NLRB complaint also includes allegations that Smith’s has violated the employees’ rights by threatening and otherwise interfering with employee Section 7 rights.

    The hearing is scheduled for January but that can be avoided if the two sides can reach a settlement.

    Inquiries to the Smith’s corporate office went unanswered.

    The union press release stated, that despite 42 straight quarters of sales growth by Kroger’s (Smith’s parent company), New Mexico employees will not receive any holiday pay.

  • Today in history Sept. 3