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Today's News

  • ‘Toppers celebrate Homecoming
  • Valerie Plame stumps for Garcia Richard

    Valerie Plame Wilson made an appearance in Los Alamos last Thursday to stump for Democratic Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is seeking her third term as New Mexico House District 43 representative.
    Plame is a former covert CIA operations officer who was forced to retire after her identity was revealed by the George W. Bush administration in 2003. She and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, moved to New Mexico in 2007.
    “I’m speaking to you this evening as a neighbor, down the road a bit. We came to New Mexico in 2007, and we came here for all the reasons you know. It’s just stunningly beautiful,” Plame said. “But as we got settled in, we saw that there were things that needed to be done, once you take off the rose-colored glasses. So Joe and I have thrown ourselves into helping our community, and doing things that we can do, whether it’s early childhood education or getting behind candidates that we can believe in.”
    Plame spoke about her “very steep and sudden political education” after her identity was exposed.

  • Gov. Martinez lends support to Stover’s campaign

    Gov. Susana Martinez visited White Rock Sunday to support Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, the Republican candidate in the New Mexico House District 43 representative race.
    Stover introduced Martinez by thanking her for her help during the Las Conchas fire, when Stover was chair of the county council. That was when the two first met.
    “And I have to tell you that you were there with us at all of the town halls in White Rock. You were at all the press conferences. You gave me advice. You made sure that all the resource our state needed were there in real time,” Stover said. “And what I took away from that, and I’ve seen it in almost eight years for this term in the county, is your compassion when it comes to crises in our state, and your leadership.”
    Stover also thanked Martinez for her support of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the cleanup efforts there, as for supporting the New Mexico’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission (JJAC) intervention and prevention programs. Stover serves as chair of that committee.
    “And from now on, we have seen a decrease of juveniles going into our detention centers,” Stover said.

  • LAPD arrests 2 on theft charges

    The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations and patrol divisions have investigated several check fraud, identity theft, theft, forgery, fraudulent use of credit card cases over the past month.
    LAPD investigators began putting together a profile that all the cases were linked and identified the potential suspects through their investigations.
    On Aug. 27, a patrol “A-team” apprehended the suspects on a traffic stop.
    John J. Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and 38-year-old Rosalinda Hurtado of Alcalde were arrested by officers for charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft. Lerma also had a nationwide warrant out of Bernalillo County.
    There have been at least eight reported criminal cases investigated by the LAPD totaling in almost $20,000 in losses, according to police.
    Hurtado and Lerma are also suspected and being charged with stealing wallets from local Los Alamos athletes during sporting practices then fraudulently using the stolen credit cards.

  • County urges citizens to be bear alert

    Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
    • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; take it to the ECO Station and help donate to Dr. Ramsay’s bear cubs.
    • Stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or drying fruit.
    • Strong and smelly odors will attract bears, so try to reduce odors by keeping smelly items out of the trash until trash pickup day. Try double bagging your trash or using special trash bags that eliminate odors.
    • Clean your trash roll carts frequently.
    • Keep your trash in a safe and secure place, like inside a locked garage.
    County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior to collection, but to avoid luring bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collections. Roll carts should be placed out before 8 a.m.  
    Instead of throwing your food away, compost it.
    Upon request, the ECO Station can provide residents with hardware to secure roll cart lids. Call 662-8163 for more information or to request yours.

  • New Mexico’s August unemployment rate rises to 6.6 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent in August, up from 6.4 percent in July.
    A year ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent.
    The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state’s economy added 1,800 jobs from August 2015.
    Bernalillo County is New Mexico’s most populous county. Its August unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, the same as the previous month.
    The counties with the month’s lowest unemployment rates were Union County and Los Alamos County, both at 4.5 percent.

  • Jemez Mountains fire contained

    A fire that started in the Jemez Mountains Sept. 8 was put out Monday night, fire officials said.

    The fire burned about 329 acres. The fire was located in Bear Springs Canyon, south of Forest Road 266. No structures were damaged or injuries reported. Due to precipitation in the area, the U.S. Forest Service decided to manage the fire to burn off extra fuel, rather than put it out right away.

    That changed recently when the area began to dry out.

    “We’ve gotten a lot of moisture and precipitation, and it was pretty dormant for quite a while,” said U.S. Forest Service Assistant Public Affairs Officer Clifton L. Russell “It wasn’t until last week it started to dry out and that’s what started causing a lot of smoke.”

    Using a burn scar to the north from the Las Conchas Fire, firefighters used that and an old logging road to hem the fire in and put it out.

    “We saw a very good opportunity to take advantage of the fire,” Russell said. “We were going to go for a bigger area, but it started to dry out over the weekend so they decided to go for total suppression.”

  • 21 US states sue to block expansion of overtime pay law

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A coalition of 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach from the Obama Administration.

    Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas, urging it to block implementation before the regulation takes effect on Dec. 1. Laxalt, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's policies, said the rule would burden private and public sectors by straining budgets and forcing layoffs or cuts in working hours.

    "This rule, pushed by distant bureaucrats in D.C., tramples on state and local government budgets, forcing states to shift money from other important programs to balance their budgets, including programs intended to protect the very families that purportedly benefit from such federal overreach," he said in a statement.

    Labor Department officials did not immediately respond to telephone and emailed requests seeking comment.

    The measure would shrink the so-called "white collar exemption" that exempts workers who perform "executive, administrative or professional" duties from overtime and minimum wage requirements.

  • Today in history Sept. 20
  • Museum staff shares stories of Japan

    The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) kicked off its fall lecture series with “Culture Co-op” on Tuesday.
    The event centered around the museum’s new Los Alamos Japan project, initiated by Los Alamos History Museum (note the recently adopted name change) Director Judith Stauber.  
    “Los Alamos History Museum’s Japan Project seeks to inspire social change locally and globally by building a bridge of understanding between communities in Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Stauber told the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Stauber was inspired by the fact that “In the decades since the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, scientists and educators in both countries have exchanged ideas and information, but these conversations have not been matched by significant cultural exchanges, despite the countries being allies.”
    That fact was brought home again and again throughout the evening, which included making origami cranes to send to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and presentations about their trip by Stauber, museum Registrar Stephanie Yeamans and intern Kally Funk.
    Origami cranes were prevalent at the museums.