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Today's News

  • Energy meeting is sparsely attended

    Fewer than 10 people showed up for the Board of Public Utilities’ Future Energy Resources Committee’s (FERC) first public meeting on the future of the county’s energy production.
    BPU has adopted a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 but has not developed a plan for reaching that goal or even determined which definition of carbon neutrality they support.
    FERC was created to in part to begin looking at those issues. The committee is charged with:
    • Examining and recommending a definition of carbon neutrality for the county.
    • Studying and recommending future renewable energy generation resources.
    • Studying and recommending policy toward distributed generation in the county.

  • LAPD releases video of heroic act

    A dashboard camera video shows Cpl. James Keane of the Los Alamos Police Department helping a resident out of his burning home last week.
    Keane, who was on patrol in North Mesa May 15, spotted the smoke coming from the home in Tsikamu Village and notified the county’s dispatch center.
    “Cpl. Keane then proceeded to the residence and located a two Los Alamos citizens that had breached a raised glass door trying to gain access to a 57 year old male that was still inside the residence,” said a press release from the LAPD today. “Cpl. Keane radioed that person(s) were inside the residence.”
    According to the video, Keane entered the building and aided Nat Farnham, one of the residents of the home, to the edge of a glass doorway where he and other nearby residents helped pull Farnham out.
    “I want to commend the citizens, Cpl. James Keane and (Los Alamos Fire Department) for their quick action during this emergency,” said LAPD Commander Oliver Morris.
    See Cpl. Keane's dashboard camera video below.

  • Story of 7 brothers in WWII is remarkable

    This time last year, I did a commentary on five brothers who served in World War II. Very impressive.
    Imagine my surprise when someone who caught the commentary sent me a package with this note:   
    “Dear Professor Kengor: Your [commentary] about the family whose five sons served in WW II was interesting. You might be interested to know about families who had more than five sons who served in WW II.”
    Well, Ted Walters of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, certainly had my attention.
    He continued: “My mother, Stella Pietkiewicz, had seven sons serve in WW II. She had the honor to christen the plane, Spirit of Poles, because she had the most sons who served in WW II.”
    Yes, seven sons.
    Along with Ted Walters’ letter was an old newspaper clipping that showed six Pittsburgh-area mothers, all of Polish descent, who had 33 sons in service. Anna Lozowska, Maryanna Sawinska, Katarzyna Antosz, and Mrs. Joseph Wojtaszek each offered five boys to the cause.
    Honorta Lachowicz provided six sons. Stella Pietkiewicz took the prize with seven.
    Bless their souls. These moms gave their boys to the cause of freedom.

  • Record keeping is a financial must

    If your financial life is confined to boxes, file cabinets and various piles of statements and receipts that only you can navigate, it might be time for a little de-cluttering.
    Software- and Internet-driven advancements in money management not only provide paperless alternatives to planning and tracking savings, spending and investments, they make finances easier to handle in an emergency.
    If you’re thinking about resetting your record keeping, here are some steps to get started:
    First, think about financial goals. Before tackling the job of reorganizing your financial record keeping, think through your current financial objectives and what changes might give you better data and efficiency to achieve them.
    You might want a system that tracks spending, saving, budgeting and on-time debt payments. If you already have that system in place, you might want more detailed information on retirement or your child’s college fund.
    Consider involving your financial and tax advisors in the discussion and see what suggestions they have.
    Also, create a system that makes it easy for loved ones and financial professionals to help in an emergency. If something were to happen to you, could a loved one easily navigate your finances? When organizing, always keep your spouse, children and/or executor in mind.

  • BB King's family and friends go to Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • Animal Shelter 5-24-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.

    CATS

    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • News for Retirees 5-24-15

    May 24-30, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    Closed for Memorial Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY

    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY

    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge

    FRIDAY

    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)

  • Lewis & Todd 5-24-15
  • Word on the Street 5-24-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “How do you plan to celebrate the end of school?”

  • Book review: 'Holistic' will make you laugh and think

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an astonishing mishmash of genres on a level with author Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Meet Richard MacDuff, a heron-like computer scientist who is fascinated by music and physically impossible sofas.
    At first, all is perfectly well with the universe. Richard reunites with his old professor Reg for the first time in 10 years, getting together for a pleasantly boring dinner at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge, at the same time that a certain Electric Monk stands looking down on a faraway valley and fervently believes that it is a uniform shade of pale pink (the Electric Monk, for those who might not know, is a labor-saving device that specializes in believing all the things its owner cannot be bothered with).
    Before long, though, a number of somewhat strange events begin to occur: Richard realizes that he accidentally forgot his girlfriend once again, a horse spontaneously appears in Reg’s bathroom, and someone is inconveniently murdered.