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  • Details emerge in fatal crash

    A police report detailing a fatal Main Street car accident revealed that the victim was hit when then the driver of the car, Steve Fode, backed his pickup truck without looking.
    The report said that on July 16, around 11 a.m., Fode was approaching the intersection from Main Street and Central Avenue via Main Street when he realized he couldn’t turn left onto Central Avenue due to the construction.
    According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the accident victim, 73-year-old Emily Mares-Lang, waited at the crosswalk for Fode’s truck to pass her. She had just left the post office and was on the crosswalk behind Fode’s truck when Fode “reversed at a high rate of speed,” and hit her with his Chevrolet pickup truck, according to witnesses. According to Fode, he was trying reverse his truck in order to make a U-turn when he hit Mares-Lang.
    Officers at the scene were unable to interview Mares-Lang due to her injuries. She was immediately transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center then later to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center in Santa Fe.

  • Rains pummel LA area

    As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the county’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.
     Atomic City Transit busses transported approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon and were safely back to the aquatic center’s training room.
    Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the aquatic center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.
    The rain caused some flooding in Los Alamos neighborhoods and also closed West Road down to the Ice Rink.
    The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood warning for Southern Los Alamos County early this morning.
    According to its Facebook page, Bandelier National Monument reported the creek that runs through Frijoles Canyon was at the top of its channel during the afternoon thunderstorm.
    The county, meanwhile, said in a memo that Central Avenue will be fully closed between 15th and the Post Office.

  • Football preseason starts Monday

    It’s just about that time.
    Los Alamos High School’s fall sports programs are ramping up for the start of the 2014 season. Los Alamos, and the rest of the prep programs in the state, will officially begin football workouts Monday.
    Team workouts for football start one week earlier than other fall sports in the state. Official workouts for all other fall high school sports, as well as middle school football, get going Aug. 11.
    In order to participate, athletes must have physical examinations completed — those must be done after April 1 — and must fill out the online forms at Los Alamos’ Family ID website. Those must be done before any athlete is allowed to participate in any way.
    For the Hilltopper football team, it will start workouts at 8 a.m. Monday at its practice field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos will host a preseason scrimmage against a very good program in Valencia Aug. 22, then open its season in earnest at home against Pojoaque Valley Aug. 29.
    In 2013, Los Alamos finished 4-6 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A, losing the district championship in a tiebreaker to Santa Fe.

  • Assisting LA County's low-income seniors

    No age demographic is immune to poverty in Los Alamos County. For low-income seniors, the Betty Ehart Senior Center fills some of the gaps.
    Many seniors on a fixed income struggle to meet everyday expenses or to pay for medications.
    “What I hear often is, ‘I’m living longer than I thought I would,’ and that scares people. It’s really hard to project what your expenses are going to be as an older person,” said senior center Executive Director Pauline Schneider.
    Schneider and others working with that population have also noticed a growing trend in recent years: children and grandchildren moving in with parents and tilting the financial balance.
    Most of the center’s programs are not specifically geared toward low-income populations, but are accessible to every senior regardless of income.
    “All of our services are on a suggested donation basis. So any senior that doesn’t feel they can pay the suggested donation still gets the service at whatever donation they would like to make or at no cost at all,” Schneider emphasized.
    “Even if a senior wanted to take one of our trips where we by tickets, say to the opera, if they really wanted to go and couldn’t afford a ticket, we would find a way to see that they go.”

  • Council approves final charter ordinances

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council passed four ordinances that will place the final proposed changes to the county charter before voters in November. The revised ordinances are based on recommendations from the Charter Review Committee.
    Three ordinances related to structure of government will appear as one ballot question. Those are:
    • An amendment strengthening the leadership responsibilities of the council chair.
    • An amendment changing the title of “county administrator” to “county manager” and clarifying the duties of the position.
    • An amendment clarifying council’s authority to create standing boards and commissions by ordinance, ad hoc advisory committees by council action and to appoint members of standing boards and commissions and ad hoc advisory committees.
    The final ordinance delineates proposed changes to Article V, which governs county utilities. The ordinance passed by a 4−1 vote following heated public comment from both supporters and detractors. Read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on that story.
     

  • Update 07-30-14

    Fundraiser

    Youth Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rover Park in White Rock. Water slide and bounce house, $3 for five minutes. Donations are appreciated.

    Downtown Dogs

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.

    Auditions

    Auditions for Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None.” 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.  

  • Immigration concerns rise

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, up 14 points since May and on par with concern about the issue in May 2010, when Arizona’s passage of a strict anti-immigration measure brought the issue to national prominence.
    Nearly two-thirds, 62 percent, say immigration is an important issue for them personally, a figure that’s up 10 points since March. President Barack Obama’s approval rating for his handling of immigration dropped in the poll, with just 31 percent approving of his performance on the issue, down from 38 percent in May.
     

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