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  • LANB customers, bank deal with computer upgrade

    Customers of Los Alamos National Bank who may have had difficulties enrolling in the bank’s new online banking system should see their issues resolved by next week, officials said Thursday.
    The bank started the massive system upgrade Saturday and completed it on Monday.
    Chief Executive Officer John Gulas also wanted customers to know that everyone’s money is right where it should be.
    “No customer data was lost or destroyed during the upgrade,” he said.
    The upgrade did cause customers some grief this week. Customer wait times were reported to have exceeded one hour when they called the bank’s call center for assistance.
    Those who went to the bank for help were met by customer service representatives in the lobby with clipboards, who took down their names. Seating sections were created so customers could wait sitting down.
    The changes are designed to make present – and future – online banking more convenient and safer.

  • Game times set for little league softball regional

    The four-day schedule for the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional is set and the top southwestern junior softball teams know who they will face Saturday through Monday at the North Mesa Sports Complex.
    Los Alamos County Little League earned a spot in the regional as the host and will have four games to try to earn a spot in the knockout stage. There are five teams competing in the regional but only four will advance to the knockout stage.
    Los Alamos will open the regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against West Texas (Oil Belt Little League). Los Alamos will play again at noon and will face Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball).
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will start the day with a 10 a.m. match-up against East Texas (La Grange Little League). The pool play portion of the regional will end Monday at 10 a.m. with Los Alamos taking on Deming Little League, who is the New Mexico representative.
    In other Saturday games, Louisiana will play East Texas and Deming will face West Texas. On Sunday, Deming will square-up against Louisiana and East Texas, while Louisiana and West Texas will end the action for the day. The two Texas representatives will face-off on Monday.

  • County: Los Alamos 911 line out

    Los Alamos Police Department’s dispatch center is reporting that the 911 phone lines are out.

    The dispatch center has forwarded 911 calls to Santa Fe’s police dispatch center as an interim solution. Santa Fe dispatch is then working the calls made to 911 back to LAPD dispatch using cell phones to relay information.

    Phone technicians are on their way to the dispatch center to try and resolve the issue and Century Link is also investigating the phone line, according to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger.

    Radio transmissions are not impacted and dispatchers are able to receive and transmit information with public safety services through the radio system. There is no estimate yet on when 911 line service may be restored, Habiger said.
      

  • New Mexico senator sounds alarm on evaporating revenues

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan alarm was sounded Thursday by state officials who say evaporating revenues could leave New Mexico scrambling to meet its spending commitments for everything from schools and public safety to health care over the next budget year.

    A key state senator called on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to order lawmakers back to Santa Fe this summer to fill an expected hole of close to $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.

    The other concern is future spending, as revenues are not expected to keep up with spending plotted out under the current budget.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat who heads the Senate Finance Committee, warned that anywhere from $300 million to a half-billion dollars in revenue could fail to materialize and that state leaders need to address the problem soon rather than wait for the next legislative session in January.

    "The volatility we're looking at that created this is the roller coaster of oil and gas," Smith said, pointing to the ripple effect caused in the state's economy by tanking prices, resulting job losses and the effect the downturn has had on gross receipts and corporate taxes.

  • Today in history July 21
  • 113-year-old New Jersey woman holds title of oldest American

    PITTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American.

    Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson, of Worcester, Massachusetts, The Record newspaper reported.

    She also is the 10th oldest person in the world, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks supercentenarians, people 110 or older.

    Dunlap lives at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, where she first arrived at age 99 ½. Asked how it feels to be the oldest American, she told the newspaper: "I don't feel any different." Asked what it means to be an American, she said: "Well, I've never been anything else."

    Dunlap taught school before marrying and settling down to raise the couple's three children. Her husband worked for an insurance company and died in 1963.

    She doesn't give an explanation for her longevity, and her 86-year-old son, Earl, is also at a loss to credit any particular thing for his mother's long life.

  • Today in history July 20
  • Historical Society seeks nominations for 2016 LA history award

    Nominations are now open for the 2016 Los Alamos History Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to preserving the world-changing history of the Los Alamos community.
    Nominations are due by Aug. 19, and the award winner will be announced at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Annual Gala and Experience Auction on Sept. 10.
    Factors that weigh heavily in consideration for the award include depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, and a lasting impact. Both individuals and organizations are eligible.
    Posthumous awards are not made, and self-nominations are not allowed. Staff and board members are not eligible during the period of their active service. Awardees are selected through a rigorous, blind voting process by the Historical Society’s board of directors.
    Nomination forms are available online at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or in the Los Alamos History Museum’s temporary space at 475 20th St., Suite C. They are due by at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, and can turned in at the temporary museum space or at the Historical Society’s administrative offices, upstairs in the north wing of Fuller Lodge.

  • Community Calendar 7-20-16

    TODAY
    Summer Family Evenings: Aparejo Burro Packing System at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    FRIDAY
    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on glassware from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop has had an especially nice donation of glassware.

    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Small Fry Prospect Mine from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Free for member families, $20 for non-member families.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
     

  • New laser light show in planetarium

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing all new laser light shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center July 31 through Aug. 7.
    Visitors can choose from up to four different shows each day. Enjoy laser shows choreographed to music as a full-dome experience in the nature center planetarium.
    With 14 laser light shows, there is truly something for everyone. Music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands in Laser Rock, Laser Retro, and Laser Vinyl. There are separate shows dedicated to the music of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Family friendly offerings include Greek Legends, Laser Magic, Laser Mania, and more. The Laser Light Shows are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show. To see which shows are offered on a particular day, please visit our website at peecnature.org, and click on the “Events” tab.