Today's News

  • Student loan bill fails in U.S. Senate

    A Democratic-led effort to keep interest rates on student loans low failed Wednesday to move forward in the Senate, setting the stage for fresh negotiations to help undergraduates avoid rates that are twice last year’s.
    The White House-backed proposal from Democratic leaders would have kept interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4 percent for another year while lawmakers took up a comprehensive overhaul. The one-year stopgap measure failed to overcome a procedural hurdle as Republicans — and a handful of Democrats — urged colleagues to consider a plan that would link interest rates to the financial markets and reduce Congress’ role in setting students’ borrowing rates.
    The Senate vote was 51-49, nine votes short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. The Republican-favored plan was not considered for a vote in the Democrat-led chamber.
    Without serious negotiations between the parties — and within a fractured Democratic caucus — students would face higher costs to repay their loans after graduation. Lawmakers pledged to return to negotiations to avert that.

  • Ducks vacation at Parks and Rec office

    The ducks and geese seem quite content with their temporary home at the Parks and Recreation offices for the duration of the Ashley Pond Park project.

  • Reading deadline set for Aug. 1

    Governor Susana Martinez is reminding students on summer vacation that all forms related to the Summer Reading Challenges need to be in by Aug. 1.
    The Governor says there’s still time to download the forms and enter the competition.
    “We are just three weeks away from the deadline for the Summer Reading Challenges,” Martinez said. “I urge all students to make sure they submit the paperwork for all of the books they read this summer by Aug 1.
    It’s also not too late for students to get involved in the reading challenges. Information on how to participate is available online.”
    In May, the governor launched four summer reading challenges for New Mexico students. The challenges were designed to help prevent the “summer slide,” where students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency during the summer months and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August.
    Details about each reading challenge can be found online at readingchallenge.ped.state.nm.us/, including information on who is eligible to participate, contest rules, and the myriad of prizes that are being offered. You can also pick up the brochure and reading log at any of the State’s eight museums and eight historical monuments.

  • Update 07-11-13

    Car wash

    Car wash is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the Shell on Trinity and Oppenheimer Drives. The LAHS Cheer Squad is raising funds for cheer camp and competitions throughout the year. uggested Donation is $10.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon July 26 in council chambers.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. On July 16,--Steve Boerigter, chairman of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board, and Linda Daly, chairwoman for the UNM-LA special election, will discuss the proposed UNM-LA mil levy ballot scheduled in September. In addition, Erin Kirk and Tanner Vaughn, both Kiwanis scholarship winners, will discuss their experiences at Los Alamos High School and their plans for the future.

    T-Board canceled

    The July 11 Transportation Board meeting has been cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. The next Board meeting will be Thursday, 5:30 pm. Aug. 1 at the Municipal Building, Room 110.

  • LAPD, AG launch child porn probe

    LAPD PIO Officer Cpl. Jason Herrera said the department is conducting a joint investigation with the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Herrera is said the investigation is still in its early stages, and would not reveal suspects or a location in Los Alamos County.
    “No charges have been filed yet,” Herrera said. “However, we take all allegations of child pornography very seriously, and we will aggressively prosecute every case to the fullest extent of the law.”
    The specific charges being investigated are the sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.

  • Los Alamos Stars In Toshiba Commercial

    The film crew in Los Alamos this week was not shooting another major film like “The Lone Ranger,” or even a national television show such as “Longmire.” But instead of being an anonymous location, as it was for those, Los Alamos is the star in the Toshiba commercial that just wrapped up filming.

    The commercial — which will be broadcast in Japan — is part of Toshiba’s efforts to make the public aware of its Smart energy products and its contributions to the Los Alamos Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

    Toshiba was a major player in the collaboration between the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities, New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization of Japan and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “This commercial is to let all of Japan know that Toshiba is involved in this wonderful project in this beautiful town and that the people here are happy with this technology,” said Kenichirou Matsumoto, senior manager of Toshiba’s corporate and product advertising group.

    Matsumoto explained why Japan is aggressively pursuing solar technology, making it a world leader in the field.

  • Concert series celebrates the highlife

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be back at Ashley Pond with the West African Highlife Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. This week’s music is from the western African club scene of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
    In those years when young African musicians/students would go to college in Europe, they’d return with a love of the fusion of the music of the cultures. The young people would go to the clubs of their homeland and celebrate the “highlife” the good times and the parties just like Los Alamos does on Friday nights. WAHB will play highlife dance classics, Afro-beat and traditional music of Nigeria and Ghana.
    The show will be KTAOS FM 101.9 Night.
The band is led by bass player Baba Ken Okulolo. Baba (a loving term for father, grandfather, or family leader) grew up in Nigeria. As a child he went to Anglican missionary schools. On short wave radios, he’d listen to Afro-Cuban music, American R and B, highlife and jazz. His first international tour was, as a very young man, with the Nigerian Afro-rock, Afrobeat and socially conscientious superstar, Fela Kuti. (The Broadway show Fela is based on this man’s life and is still running strong after five years at the Eugene O’Neil Theater.)

  • New Mexico should not be dead last

    We’re dead last. That’s the sorry news according to the latest “Kids Count” report. The gist of the report is that in terms of health care, education, economic conditions and family unit cohesiveness, New Mexico children are worse off than kids in other states.
    The report was co-released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and New Mexico Voices for children. While Voices and Rio Grande Foundation would generally be considered the opposite ends of the political spectrum, the report itself was data-driven and informational.
    While the news is not good, it is refreshing to see the political left decrying New Mexico’s serious economic and educational problems. After all, within the last year, we at the Rio Grande Foundation have pointed out that New Mexico is 50th in economic freedom, was named the number one “death spiral” state by Forbes for its poor maker/taker ratio, has the lowest graduation rate in the nation according to the Diplomas Count report, and was named by United Van Lines as the only state west of the Mississippi to be a “top-outbound” state in 2012.

  • Cargo was a colorful governor

    Former Gov. David F. Cargo died last Friday. He was a former governor for 43 years. That had to be some sort of record. He was elected at 37, New Mexico’s youngest governor ever and one of the youngest ever in the nation.
    Cargo was born into a Democratic union family in Michigan. The story is that before leaving Michigan with a master’s degree in political science and a law degree, he researched which state would provide the quickest path to the governor’s office.
    The answer was to go to New Mexico and become a Republican. Ten years later he was governor.
    But the Republican Party never really was home to Cargo. That’s how he got his nickname “Lonesome Dave.” He didn’t come up with the name but he was proud of it. He said it was easier and cheaper to work alone.
    Cargo wasn’t really lonesome. He had many friends. But none of them were in the Republican Party hierarchy. His friends were mainly independents, Hispanics and union members. 
    Cargo always had trouble winning Republican primaries. His GOP problems never were more obvious than when he had to find someone to run with him for lieutenant governor.
    The rule back than was that gubernatorial candidates had to find a running mate even in the primary.

  • Sports Briefs 07-11-13

    Race will benefit disabled in Nicaragua

    The David Fellers Healing Arts Foundation will host a 3-mile/6-mile run and wheelchair roll July 20 in Los Alamos.
    The event will start at 2:30 p.m. at the west end of the Canyon Rim Trail.
    The foundation works to equip the disabled poor in all parts of the world. This year’s proceeds will benefit a project in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
    Price for participation is $25, $10 for youth. The entrance fee includes a post-race hot dog picnic and auction. Tickets for just the auction and picnic can also be purchased.
    Those interested can contact Sally Fellers at 412-9006 or sallyfellers@gmail.com for more information. Information is also available by visiting healingartsfoundation.org.

    Volleyball camp opens Monday