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  • 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.

  • LANS to fund $2.5 million in community projects

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC reaffirmed its investment in the community Wednesday, announcing that its board of directors approved $2.5 million to fund community support projects.

    The investment will go to support education, economic development and charitable giving in the northern New Mexico region.

    LANS is the management and operations contractor for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “The board’s decision to invest in our communities and their priorities reaffirms their continuing commitment to northern New Mexico,” the director of LANL’s Community Partnership Office, Kathy Keith said. “In this coming year, we will strengthen partnerships with community organizations in order to have maximum impact for the Lab and northern New Mexico.”

    The $2.5 million is part of the LANS’ Community Commitment Plan, which has provided $32.5 million to New Mexico since 2007. The plan is managed by the LANL Community Partnerships Office. One of the main goals of the plan is to provide career paths and opportunities that lead to STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) to area students.

    “With our continuing investments, an area we look to help spark and nurture an interest in is science, technology, engineering and math among students in the region.” Keith said.

  • Today in history Jan. 18