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  • 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
  • NM 502 crash briefly snarls traffic

     The Los Alamos Police as well as the Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office responded to a wreck eastbound on NM 502 early this afternoon. A woman, was found at the scene standing beside the car with lacerations. She was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center where she is expected to make a full recovery.   

  • More smoke expected from Pino Fire

     

     A lightning-sparked wildfire burning on the southern edge of the Jemez Mountains put up a large column of smoke Tuesday that could be seen as far away as Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

    More smoke is expected today, according to a release from the Forest Service.

    The fire has been burning for days, and crews have been managing the flames to clear out heavy fuels from an area east of Jemez Springs. They ignited additional areas Tuesday to direct the flames toward existing fire lines, resulting in more smoke.

    The fire has charred an estimated 1,618 acres, and officials expect the smoke to persist for a few days.

  • Five things to know about the election

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:
    U.S. SENATE
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking his second term, and with a sizeable campaign fund, he’s favored for an easy re-election. But Republican Allen Weh is putting up some of his personal fortune to launch an aggressive challenge. Udall is a popular former attorney general and congressman. Weh, a longtime Albuquerque businessman, is a former state Republican Party chairman and a retired Marine colonel who came in second behind Gov. Susana Martinez in the governor’s primary four years ago.
    ATTORNEY GENERAL
    State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general. Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Balderas and Riedel are seeking the post being vacated by Gary King, who is attempting to unseat Martinez. Riedel is a former prosecutor and judge from Las Cruces.

  • Dem King lags in Gov race

    SANTA FE (AP) — After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico’s race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.
    The two-term attorney general trailed Martinez by 9 percentage points in a recent poll and lags far behind in fundraising. But King is undaunted.
    “We weathered a million dollars’ worth of negative ads, and we’re still within striking range in the polls,” King said in an interview.
    Martinez and the Republican Governors Association unloaded on King with a barrage of TV ads within days after he won the Democratic nomination in June.
    Now the general election is rapidly approaching, with absentee voting to start in a little over a month on Oct. 7.
    Martinez leads the race with 50 percent of likely voters backing her, according to a poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal. King was favored by 41 percent and 9 percent were undecided in the mid-August survey.
    Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, whose firm conducted the poll, said King faces a difficult task.

  • Ice bucket craze continues

    Nicholas Parra-Vasquez accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 26 after the Pace Race at the Trailhead of the Jim Billen Trail by the Aquatic Center. He was assisted by Ted Williams who poured the bucket of ice water. Parra-Vasquez said he would donate $20 to the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and challenged his friends to do the same. 

  • Update 09-02-14

    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 life-long 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.

    Concert

    Friday will be the last show of the season. The concert will be at Ashley Pond with Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble.