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Today's News

  • LANL employees give back to the community

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has had a busy year, but took a little time to celebrate last week as some of those who benefit from its work stopped by.
    The LANL Community Programs Office hosted an open house, an annual affair, for northern New Mexico residents and others who wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
    “We like to look at ourselves as a way to reach the community,” said Carole Rutten, deputy director at the CPO. “This has special meaning to us, building morale.”
    On the day of the open house, those stopping by included some of the direct beneficiaries of LANL’s generosity. That included the Ohkay Owingeh’s Boys and Girls Club, which sent a delegation to collect toys and other holiday donations to the kids the club serves.
    “This fulfilled a lot of wishes for us,” said club representative Maggie David.
    The club, located on the reservation, includes about 60 kids between the ages of 5 and 13, many of them who were in need this holiday season.
    Immediately following their pick-up at the CPO, members of the Ohkay Owingeh club were already preparing a Christmas celebration to distribute the donated gifts.

  • Today in history Dec. 26
  • BPU looks to make changes

    First of a series

  • District court will continue

    Even though First Judicial Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson is vacating office, officials with the First Judicial Court said they are going to try and maintain a “business as usual” routine by continuing to hold court every Wednesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Wednesday is the day district court is usually held in Los Alamos.
    According to a clerk with the court, they are going to try and have other judges from the district fill in when they can.
    “There may be interim judges filling in, using the judges that are already here,” said the clerk.
    The First Judicial Court consists of nine divisions. Interim judges may include Judge Francis Mathew, Division 1; Judge Sarah M. Singleton, Division 2; Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz, Division 3; Judge Silvia LaMar, Division 4; Judge David K. Thomson, Division 6; Judge. T. Glenn Ellington, Division 7; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, Division 8 and Judge Matthew J. Wilson, Division 9.
    First Judicial Court has assigned Judge Sommer to Los Alamos most frequently whenever there was a scheduling or legal conflict with Raphaelson.
    Her latest Los Alamos case concerns Los Alamos resident Stephen Geisik. On May 7, Geisik was convicted in Los Alamos district court on several counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

  • Unquarked wineries a perfect grouping

    Three New Mexico wineries have combined efforts to become “Unquarked.”
    The winery serves vino from Black’s Smuggler winery, Anasazi Fields and Vivác winery.
    All three wineries have the collective attitude of bringing their wineries from smaller New Mexico communities to reach out to a larger audience and expand business.
    In fall 2013, The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation called out to wineries across the state for interest in becoming part of joint tasting rooms.
    “These wineries are from smaller, remote locations,” said Jim Fish, owner of Anasazi Fields, which operates out of Placitas. “It is an opportunity to bring wine to a larger, untapped market.”
    The owner of Unquarked is Tony Black, CEO and president of Black’s Smuggler Winery in Bosque. He said since the soft opening on Nov. 24, business has been positive and the customer base has been substantial.
    “We already have regular customers,” said Veronica Black-Stepp, manager and Black’s sister. She moved from Albuquerque in November to help with the business venture.
    In addition to a large selection of wines, Unquarked serves food catered from local businesses such as Pajarito Brewpub and Manhattan Project.

  • Going Down

    Alix Hailey, Jessica Osden, Francis Laurent, and Ella Hailey attempt a sled ride near the Bayo Canyon hiking trails Tuesday morning.

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  • Update 12-25-14

    Big Band dance

    The annual Big Band after Christmas Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Free to the public however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to help the IHM youth group.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.

    Transportation

    A regular meeting of Los Alamos County’s transportation board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in council chambers.

    State of County

    County Manager Harry Burgess delivering the State of the County address at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting Jan. 15. Tickets are $15. Register on the Chamber website events page.

    WR Master Plan

    A meeting of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee is set for Jan. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the White Rock Visitors Center.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Bush-Clinton 2 may be coming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?
    There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president.
    The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.
    After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination.
    And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t revealed her intentions, she’s seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination.
    Between them, the two potential rivals have three presidents and a U.S. senator in the branches of their family trees. And three governors, as well.
    It turns out that even though Americans profess to reject dynasties, in politics they’re quite comfortable with familiar names.
    And a famous name can bring a candidate instant brand recognition, important fund-raising connections and a ready network of political contacts.
    It may also suggest competence at a time of dysfunction — like now.
    “Power begets power,” said Dartmouth College political scientist Brendan Nyhan. “Dynasties can self-perpetuate.”

  • Cuban cigars on the way? Not quite yet

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in business.
    “I don’t think they’ll be able to afford it. It’s not for the average customer,” said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11.
    Most people won’t travel on a regular basis to buy cigars, said Otero, who works at Guantanamera Cigars Co. in Miami’s Little Havana. “If anything, it might create a cigar boom because it’s going to pique interest again.”
    Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Experts say that’s three to 20 cigars, depending on size, brand and quality.
    In Miami, the average customer spends $5 to $8 per cigar, Otero said.
    Sampson Clay, visiting Miami from Cincinnati on his honeymoon, stopped at the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co., where an employee hand-wrapped a cigar in front of a packed store.