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Today's News

  • Round and Round

    Los Alamos senior diver Madeline Le Scouarec does a somersault during her third dive at Friday’s state preliminary round at Albuquerque Academy. She qualified for Saturday’s finals in the event.

  • Health care website visitors given bad tax information

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
    The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people signed up.
    California, which is running its own insurance market, on Thursday announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.
    The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their income tax refunds this year. And they could also affect the size of those refunds.
    Another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.
    Federal officials also announced Friday a special sign-up extension for uninsured people facing the health care law’s tax penalties for the first time this year.
    Several million households could benefit from that grace period, which had been sought by Democratic lawmakers in Congress. Uninsured people who go to file their taxes and learn they’re facing a penalty will have between March 15 and April 30 to sign up for subsidized coverage through HealthCare.gov. The fines for being uninsured are going up in 2015.

  • Go Play It on the Mountain

    Pajarito Mountain has hosted several promotions this month including last week’s SkiBike demonstration and Beers & Bands, which included the Craig Martin Experience. A telemark demonstration and another Beers & Bands session is scheduled for Saturday.

  • Update 2-20-15

    Pajarito

    Pajarito Mountain will hold another of its ‘Beer & Bands’ promotion. Marble Brewing will serve at Pajarito starting at noon Saturday.

    Breakfast

    There will be a breakfast fundraiser at Pajarito Lodge, 15th and Canyon Road, from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature will be raised for the weekend. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

    Performance

    The play “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is free.

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Del Norte Knights at 7 p.m. today. The game is Los Alamos’ final game of the regular season. It will be played at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Personnel board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Personnel Board is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be held in the boards and commissions room at the Municipal Building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • Local pile burns to resume

    Los Alamos Fire Department is again planning burns for the weekend on county lands, officials said Thursday.
    The burns, which aim to reduce the amount of potential fuels in the county’s open spaces, are set for Saturday and Sunday. LAFD will have the burns will be in Bayo Canyon with assistance from Santa Fe National Forest crews.
    Those with questions about the weekend’s burns should contact LAFD at 662-8304 or 695-6729.
    Officials said smoke in the burn areas will be monitored to ensure air quality regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged by the LAFD to take precautions.
    Smoke will likely to be visible from Española, Santa Fe and the surrounding pueblos, as well as locally.
    The burns involve 4-foot by 4-foot piles of loose branches and other fuels and have been going on since January.

  • Winter weather hits hard in North, East

    Arctic air plunged parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic into deep freezes and broke records Friday.
    The cold snap followed snow and ice storms earlier in the week, and weather forecasters warned that more sleet and freezing rain will be possible in the coming days.
    Residents also had to deal with more school cancellations, power outages, road hazards and water main breaks.
    A Boston-bound commuter ferry carrying more than 100 passengers had trouble steering in the ice and had to be towed to port.
    The ferry Massachusetts departed Hingham at about 8:30 a.m. Friday right behind an ice breaker, said Alison Nolan, an official with Boston Harbor Cruises. After the ferry went off course, the ice breaker towed it to Boston.
    The Massachusetts arrived at about 10 a.m., about 45 minutes later than normal. No one was hurt and the boat was not damaged.
    Ferry service was canceled elsewhere in the Northeast. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which connects Delaware and New Jersey, halted operations because of ice and wind. Ferries on New York’s East River also were canceled.
    Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records from Cincinnati to Washington to New York.

  • Lujan wants state consortium to manage the labs

    The congressional representative from Northern New Mexico told the New Mexico Legislature Thursday he’d like to see the state’s national laboratories mesh.
    Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from the state’s third congressional district, wants the state to be more proactive in providing support and managed.
    “As we look to the future of the labs and the impact they have on New Mexico, I believe that we should seek a greater role in shaping that future,” Luján said. “The Sandia Management and Operation Contract is in the process of being solicited and re-bid and Los Alamos National Lab’s contract will be here before we know it.”
    He said the state should set a goal of having a New Mexico-led consortium as a prime contractor for LANL, Sandia, or both. With that he called on Gov. Susana Martinez, as well as the institutions of higher learning and the state’s business community to push for local control of the labs’ management.
    Luján, a third-term congressman, told the Legislature that assuming control within the state would strengthen the state’s economy by expanding economic opportunity.

  • Residents weigh in at Senior Center review

    White Rock residents turned out in force Thursday for a design progress plan review of renovations for the White Rock Senior Center.
    Tom Wilber, project architect for NCA Architects and Planners, AIA, Los Alamos County Project Manger Anthony Strain and Senior Center Executive Director Pauline Schneider fielded questions ranging from how many restrooms the buildings would have to whether new security systems would be installed.
    The plan calls for a new administrative area in the current library building and the creation of a program area in the current senior center building, as well as minor refurbishing for the town hall and activity center.
    All buildings will receive a new HVAC system, windows will be replaced and stud walls with insulation will line the interior. New storefronts will be added to the buildings and the administrative and program buildings could potentially receive vestibules.
    Also, all buildings will be brought up to current code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
    The design includes space for a commercial kitchen, in order to provide lunches at the center five days a week and prepare home delivery meals for White Rock residents. Funding is still being sought to furnish the kitchen. Schneider gave an update.

  • Group looks to help local victims

    It may not have an official name yet, but what it does have is an objective and a meeting place.
    Simply called the “Domestic Violence Awareness Task Force,” the recently formed group has been busy getting off the ground, making the community aware of its existence.
    The group has been busy solidifying partnerships with regional agencies, as well as trying to add more domestic violence awareness professionals to its ranks.
    They are also working on launching some programs and seminars that will help victims locally. Members of the group will be presenting “Silent Storm,” a presentation that examines intimate partner violence and its impact on the workplace. It will also present courses of action to prevent it, as well as resources where victims can get the help they need.
    Upcoming presentations are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Los Alamos Medical Center’s Large Conference Room and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, also at LAMC.
    Refreshments will be provided.
    According to group member Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, who is an OB/GYN physician at the Los Alamos Medical Center, the hospital is in the process of starting a program where victims of domestic violence and rape won’t have to “go off the Hill” to Santa Fe or Española in order to be processed for evidence.

  • Church listings 2-20-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ