Today's News

  • Council approves money for roads

    The FY2016 budget approved by the Los Alamos County council Tuesday included a $900,000 earmark of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for road improvements.
    Councilor Steve Girrens — who has been hearing complaints from constituents in White Rock — made the motion to include the additional funding in the Public Works budget.
    “I need some help getting some roads fixed in White Rock and I want to stop this slide into oblivion,” Girrens said, remarking on how much the budget for road maintenance has been cut since revenues began a sharp 30-percent decline three years ago.
    The White Rock roadway in question is Page Loop. A temporary seal used in anticipation of a major reconstruction and sewer replacement project is rapidly deteriorating.
    According to reports by Public Works Director Philo Shelton, the sewer line was scheduled for replacement in FY2017 or FY2018, at which time the road would also have been rebuilt.
    During budget hearings, Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco announced that a condition assessment using camera technology revealed that the sewer line is in better shape than anticipated, and replacement will be delayed until FY2021— and possibly up to 10 years — making a major rebuild of the road unnecessary until then.

  • Police Beat 5-1-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 23

    7:44 a.m. — A 54-year-old Abiquiu man said to police he was a victim of a car burglary on Rose Street.

    11:19 a.m. — Victor Martinez, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Department. The original charge was aggravated driving while intoxicated, (refusal to submit to chemical testing) at Arkansas Avenue on Jan. 25.

    11:48 a.m. — Alicia Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    4:12 p.m. — Cody Sowers, 27, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was criminal damage to property committed on July 31, 2012.

    5:03 p.m. — A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved in an accident with injuries at the intersection of East Road and Trinity Drive, according to police.

  • Worker at LAMC discharged Tuesday

    Los Alamos Medical Center announced this afternoon that one of the workers injured during the accident at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-53, has been discharged.
    In Sunday's accident, 9 workers from LANL were injured. Of those, seven were treated and released that day.
    Of the other two, one, who was identified as a 57-year-old male, was held at LAMC for observation. His condition was upgraded Monday and he was released to go home earlier today.
    The accident is currently under investigation.

  • Be There 5-5-15

    County Branding and Logo Development meeting. 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Atlas Advertising will have a public meeting about Los Alamos County plans for proceeding with Los Alamos County logo development.

    Waterfalls of New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Doug Scott returns with his popular Waterfalls of New Mexico talk. He will also sign copies of his books. Free.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Assets In Action: Motherhood journey throughout the years

    As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought I would share the perspective of the mother as Sunday approaches.
    I once heard that being a mother is taking your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.
    Recently a friend, the mother of a 20-year-old said it never gets easier, the worry just changes.
    So you may be about to embark on the journey of motherhood and to that I say, the fun is just about to begin.
    When our first child turned one, the mother of a 2-year-old said, “The second year is even more fun.” I thought that was the coolest thing to say and even thought the first year was great, I looked ahead to the second year with great joy.
    One day that baby started kindergarten and I thought that was that hardest day ever. I knew he was in the capable hands of Becky Sims and that pill became easier to swallow.
    The night before his first field trip, I gently wept after my adventurer fell asleep that night. I knew he’d be alright, but there went my heart walking outside of my body.
    As they head into sports, baseballs to the face, tackling, take downs and pins.
    Then becomes driving — first with a parent and then as the parent you sit at the Department of Motor Vehicles waiting for your child to return with the DMV employee, bless their hearts.

  • Queen's Court competition set for Saturday


  • Teacher is featured artist at library

    Paintings, illustrations and photography by artist Michelle Grove Griffin will be on display during the month of May at Mesa Public Library. Her work has been shown previously in several of the Fuller Lodge Art Center shows, as well as in various galleries.
    Grove Griffin is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
    “The artworks I create have been founded on influences in my life and things I like to do. I like to paint, draw and photograph things like fish, trees and anything that surrounds my world that makes life beautiful,” Grove Griffin said. “I am influenced by my upbringing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my parents and experiences I have had. I have also always been inspired by my passions in life. Teaching, fishing, photography, rock climbing, skiing, biking, my dogs, where I came from, the goals I have in life, treasure, how we connect to the world ... etc. It’s all about the process, the sequence of thoughts and events — how I arrive to a finished work. The colors and patterns found in animals, rocks, plants, shadows, words, thoughts, feelings, effort, time and energy is what I make my work about.”

  • Insulting stereotypes, demeaning dialogue can't pass as humor

    After a group of Native American actors walked off the set of “The Ridiculous Six,” now shooting in northern New Mexico, I happened to be at Ghost Ranch for a conference.
    The cast and crew were also at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, but only their trailers were visible.
    Too bad. I would have enjoyed a word or two with them. Instead, I’ll give them 600 words.
    Let me say up front that I’m a fan of Adam Sandler when he’s in movies for grown ups. The rest of the time he makes garbage, which, unfortunately, is what “The Ridiculous Six” is.
    Some Native actors, including Mescalero Apache consultant Bruce Klinekole, took exception to insulting stereotypes, ignorance and disrespect for Native culture.
    Good for them.
    The fact that they objected publicly brought the discussion into an open forum on the Internet and in the media.
    It tells you something that I can’t fully explore all the offensive material because the content is too raunchy for a family newspaper. Indians in the movie are supposedly Apache; in real life Apaches were personally modest and conservative in their behavior. Sandler’s Apache women were named Beaver’s Breath and Wears-No-Bra and one that’s unprintable.

  • Changing face of healthcare

    Whatever you think of Obamacare, the United States healthcare system before Obamacare was a mess.
    Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is an attempt to straighten it out. So said Dr. Michael Richards, speaking to the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Association. Richards is executive physician in chief of University of New Mexico Health Systems — one of the leaders responsible for moving New Mexico’s healthcare system into the new century.
    As Richards spoke, the doctor sitting next to me was muttering. This transformation is going to be hard on doctors, especially those in private practice.
    The problem, as we hear often, is that the United States spends more than twice as much per patient as other advanced countries, but our outcomes are worse, our error rates are among the highest, and alarming numbers of Americans have little or no access to services.
    The ACA addresses three goals, Richards said. These goals conflict with each other, so regulatory processes are needed to keep them in balance.
    First is insurance reform, especially to improve access by abolishing the limits for people with pre-existing conditions. This is good for those patients but it adds cost to an already costly system.

  • Isotopes postponed Monday, playing doubleheader today

    Monday's game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Las Vegas 51s has been postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday with gates opening at 4 p.m.

    Each game of the doubleheader will be seven innings.

    Tuesday’s tickets are valid for both games.

    Any ticket from Monday’s game may be exchanged for a ticket of equal value, based on seating availability, for any future 2015 regular season, non-restricted home game. Exchanges are accepted exclusively at the Isotopes Park Box Office. For the full Isotopes rain check policy, please visit abqisotopes.com.