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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Be There calendar 5-27-15

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Los Alamos County Council will be in attendance this week.

    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 1-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday

  • Hilltalkers to hold bake sale fundraiser

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.

  • LAHS students rank in national French contest

    Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, national director of Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.
    The students ranked were Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal).
    Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
    More than 20 LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile.
    In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

  • Friends of libraries honors seniors

    Four Los Alamos High School seniors were recently awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
    The selected students were Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. A fifth senior, Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium.
    They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends of the Libraries were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins, Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.

  • Be prepared for Obamacare changes

    The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue its decision in King v. Burwell in June.
    The ruling could have tremendous consequences for the healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare — and more importantly, it could have a huge impact right here in New Mexico.
    King v. Burwell was argued before the high court in March 2015. The case hinges on an interpretation of the Obamacare law.
    The plaintiffs argued that the text authorizes premium subsidies for people in “exchanges established by [a] State.”
    A separate section describes the creation of a federal exchange by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for states that do not create their own exchanges.
    An IRS rule issued in 2012 allowed premium subsidies to be paid through exchanges established by the secretary. The plaintiffs argue these subsidies are illegal, since there is no congressional authorization for the spending.
    If the justices concur, states that have not created exchanges under the law could see some dramatic changes.
    However, New Mexico has a “hybrid” exchange.