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Today's News

  • New LA engineer preps for summer

    When Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez was hired in January, he had to hit the ground running.
    Martinez joined other county staff in preparing for April budget hearings at the same time he had to get up to speed on several road projects and keep them moving forward.
    Martinez brings years of experience to those tasks. He served 11 years as division director for the City of Santa Fe’s Roadways and Trails Division before accepting the Los Alamos position. Prior to that he’d spent eight years with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), working in various capacities that ranged from traffic engineering to project development.
    When a colleague mentioned the Los Alamos opening, Martinez decided to apply, but he had to “think long and hard” about whether to accept the position once it was offered.
    “After 11 years, it’s always hard to want to make that change,” Martinez said.
    Ultimately, Martinez decided the job would be a good fit.

  • Keith: Honor those who have sacrificed

    Former Air Force Colonel Edmund Keith told the crowd at Monday’s Memorial Day celebration how important it is to keep the sacrifices of the fallen in their minds over the holiday.
    The annual Memorial Day ceremony was at Guaje Pines Cemetery. A big crowd, made up of veterans, dignitaries, Boy Scouts and the public gathered to honor those who have given their lives for the United States.
    Keith told the onlookers there was nothing more anyone could give than those who had laid down their lives to preserve the freedom of others.
    “It’s very important that we take the time to honor those who sacrificed for our country, especially in a time of war,” he said.
    Monday’s ceremony lasted approximately 45 minutes.
    During the ceremony, proclamations from both the state, read by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, and the county, read by council chair Kristin Henderson, were presented, along with a wreath-placing ceremony, in which representatives of several local organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Masons, took part.
    This year’s ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874. Following the ceremony, many of the attendees gathered at the VFW post for a Memorial Day meal.

  • Johnson will lead LAMS next year

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced last week that Mike Johnson will take over as the principal of Los Alamos Middle School next year.
    Johnson, who has been an assistant principal at Los Alamos High School, will take over for current principal Rex Kilburn, who is moving from the area.
    Johnson has been in school administration for nine years. LAPS credits him with his role in establishing and implementing the Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy, which is designed to create new and opportunities for students to further themselves following high school.
    According to LAPS, Johnson’s first focus areas will include master schedule, staffing and enrollment, opportunities for continuous improvement and professional development for staff.
    Kilburn has been with LAPS for 11 years, serving as LAMS principal for six of those years.
    He will be honored in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Ceremony time is 4 p.m.
    Kilburn will be moving to Kiana, Alaska, following the school year.

  • Wet Roads

    Police and fire responded to a single car accident on N.M. 502 involving a single car Monday evening. According to eyewitnesses, the driver careened off the median after losing control of her car. Her injuries were minor lacerations to her face. She was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

  • No big bump in tech grads within state

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s major universities may not be turning out graduates in science and mathematics at a rate fast enough for employers in those fields, according to recent data.
    Both the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University gave fewer degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM subjects — than in liberal arts last fall. Records showed 25 percent of the more than 3,700 bachelor’s degrees UNM conferred in fall 2014 were for STEM, the Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday. It’s reported 28 percent of NMSU’s 1,300 graduates earned STEM degrees around the same time.
    New Mexico employers in science, technology and other related industries say finding qualified workers is a struggle. At the Albuquerque Economic Forum earlier this month, Sandia National Laboratories Director Paul Hommert spoke of his company’s difficulties.
    “Finding STEM-qualified employees — given our hiring requirements — is a challenge,” he said. “It’s a challenge locally and nationally, although we’re pleased with what we’ve been able to achieve in New Mexico.”

  • Update 5-26-15

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Personnel

    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library’s overflow parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A Los Alamos Community Blood Drive will be at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive Wednesday through Friday. It will be Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For information or to complete an online health history survey, visit unitedbloodservices.org.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • Making Music

    The Los Alamos Community Winds put on a show Monday afternoon on the lawn behind Fuller Lodge. The Community Winds played several old Americana favorites to celebrate Memorial Day.

  • State Briefs 5-26-15

    Doña Ana County has bountiful onion crop

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Doña Ana County’s onion crop is looking stellar so far this harvest season.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the onion harvest tends to begin in the final week of May, but this season actually kicked off last week.
    Agriculture officials say the crop hasn’t suffered much from disease or pests.
    Luna and Doña Ana counties are the main growing areas in New Mexico for onions.
    New Mexico produced about 306 million pounds of onions in 2014.
    Both the amount and the production value were up from 2013, though both figures tend to fluctuate — sometimes significantly — from year to year.

    Cherry picker topples, kills man, young boy

  • Today in history May 26
  • Rains, floods batter the Plains

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams resumed the search Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river carried a Texas vacation home off its foundation and slammed it into a bridge downstream.
    In Houston, authorities recovered three more bodies from the floodwaters — two of them in the city and a third in a vehicle on Interstate 45. That brings to 11 the number of people killed by the storms in Oklahoma and Texas.
    After holiday weekend storms dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, the water kept rising overnight. The Houston area received about 11 more inches, much of it in a six-hour period.
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker said officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city would be “on the alert” as the bayous rise.
    Fire crews conducted hundreds of water rescues overnight, mostly retrieving stranded motorists from their vehicles, the mayor said.
    Elsewhere, a runway was closed at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport after a sinkhole developed in a nearby grassy area. The runway was to remain closed until repairs can be made.
    In addition to those missing in the vacation house, authorities were searching for victims and assessing damage just across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado Monday killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for.