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Today's News

  • Former LANB execs settle charges

    Four former bank executives of the Los Alamos National Bank have settled with the U.S. Department of the Treasury for their part in attempting to hide bad loans from federal investigators from 2009 to 2012.
    Former LANB Chief Executive Officer William C. Enloe, former Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Jill Cook, former Senior Loan Officer and former Collections Department Supervisor Syndi Schlindwein were fined and sentenced by the Department of the Treasury, Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency in December 2016.
    Former Senior Loan Officer Mark Pierce also settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission in December.
    The former bank officers mentioned in the SEC’s and the OCC’s findings did not admit or deny the allegations against them in the settlements.
    In its complaint, the SEC also blames LANB’s parent company Trinity Capital’s former Chief Financial Officer Daniel Bartholomew and vice president of internal audit Karl Hjelvik for not installing proper internal auditing controls and failing “to ensure the bank’s books and records were reasonably accurate.”

  • Trump signs first bill and actions as president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday quickly claimed the mantle of the White House, signing legislation allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his Cabinet choices.
    Less than an hour after wrapping up his inaugural address, Trump sat in an ornate room steps from the Senate floor and signed a series of papers formally launching his administration. Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders, he praised each of his nominees as he signed the papers and handed out the pens he was using, exchanges that allowed him to banter with his new congressional rivals, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
    Trump also signed a proclamation declaring a national day of patriotism, according to a tweet from White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
    The bill passed by Congress last week grants Mattis a one-time exception from federal law barring former U.S. service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.

  • To ‘bee’ the winner
  • Los Alamites join Women’s March on Washington

    Several Los Alamites are wending their way to Washington, D.C., to participate in Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. An even larger contingent plan to attend the sister march in Santa Fe the same day.
    The Washington event – initiated with a Facebook page created by retiree Teresa Shook of Hawaii to protest Donald Trump’s presidency – is expected to be the largest inaugural protest in history. Organizers anticipate as many as 200,000 participants.
    Some of the Los Alamos marchers preferred to remain anonymous, but others were willing to talk about their reasons for participating, including Laura Liles. The Los Alamos Monitor reached her on her way down to Albuquerque with her significant other, Donald Jones, to catch a bus to Washington.
    “I was so gutted when Trump won, and I felt I had to do something,” Liles said. “I was just so depressed, and then this came up and I thought, this is some focus for my energy.”
    Liles has participated in local demonstrations, “but I’ve never gotten on a bus with a bunch of like-minded people and gone cross-country. At the age at which I would have done that I had other things going on in my life and it just didn’t seem appropriate. But now I’m retired and I can get into all the trouble I want.”

  • Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
    The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has pledged an era of profound change, energizing his supporters with promises to wipe away predecessor Barack Obama's signature achievements and to restore America to a lost position of strength. But Trump's call for restrictive immigration measures and his caustic campaign rhetoric about women and minorities have infuriated other millions of Americans. He assumes office as one of the most unpopular incoming presidents in modern history.
    The pomp and pageantry of the inaugural celebrations were also shadowed by questions about Trump's ties to Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies have determined worked to tip the 2016 election to help the Republican win.

  • Community to remember Warren Houghteling

    Friends, family and fellow actors will be sharing their experiences and memories about Warren Houghteling of Los Alamos in a memorial service Friday at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos.

    Houghteling, a computer programmer and active local community theater actor, died suddenly of a heart attack while hiking with his dogs Jan. 8. He was 50 years old.  

    White Rock resident and fellow actor Irene Zaugg remembered Houghteling well.

    “I’ve known Warren and his wonderful family for many years, and my first recollections are of a fun, playful father who was quick to laugh and always had a welcoming smile,” Zaugg said.

    She also remembered him as an actor who gave a lot of his time to community theater.

    “Of course, most of the community also knows him as a sharp performer, and he was a true delight in rehearsals and on stage. He was a serious and hard working actor and singer,” Zaugg said. “He could play the dashing romantic lead or the dastardly villain, and I remember how much fun he seemed to have playing the wicked music teacher in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood.’ My heart goes out to his beautiful family, and I am deeply saddened that we will not share a stage again.”

  • Trump sweeps in for his big day

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. The capital braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.
    “It’s a movement like we’ve never seen anywhere in the world,” the president-elect declared at a celebratory evening concert Thursday night with the majestic Lincoln Memorial for a backdrop. To the unwavering supporters who were with him from the start, he promised: “You’re not forgotten any more. You’re not forgotten any more.”
    “I’ll see you tomorrow,” he called out, and then fireworks exploded into the evening sky.
    Trump began taking on more trappings of the presidency during the day, giving a salute to the Air Force officer who welcomed him as he stepped off a military jet with wife Melania at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington. Later, he placed a ceremonial wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Today in history Jan. 19
  • Notorious intersection to get an overhaul

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will add design and safety improvements this summer to the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road in White Rock, a dangerous intersection notorious for collisions, according National Nuclear Security Administration officials.

    Los Alamos officials were pleased with the announcement.

    “Doing something about that intersection was the county’s number one priority,” said Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. “We were in those meetings pushing hard to make sure that project was included on the overall list in terms of how they were going to spend the $12 million in road projects.”

    East Jemez Road, from Diamond Drive all the way down to N.M. 4, will be improved as part of a plan to upgrade safety on the roads used by Los Alamos National Laboratory to transport waste.

    Officials connected to maintaining the road estimate that at least four to five major accidents have occurred at that intersection last year.

  • Gun groups eye proposed regulation

    The National Rifle Association is closely watching the gun bill legislation to be introduced as the state legislature begins its regular session.
    One bill the association will pay particular interest to is “Background Checks on Gun Transfers” (H.B. 50), a bill sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) and Rep. Miguel P. Garcia, (D-14).
    The bill hones in on regulating person-to-person internet sales and gun shows. The bill would require background checks for these transactions.
    “This legislation would criminalize virtually every private firearms transfer in New Mexico, while doing nothing to make the state a safer place,” NRA Spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said. “Everywhere these so-called universal background check laws have been imposed, they cost law-abiding citizens time, money and freedom.”
    Garcia Richard said the bill is still undergoing changes and will include exceptions for many types of transactions.
    “Right now, the bill reads background checks for all transfers. I’m not interested in background checks for all transfers,” Garcia said.
    Garcia Richard wants her bill to focus on gun shows and internet person to person sales.