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Today's News

  • Credit union merger to create largest NM owned financial institution

    Two Albuquerque credit unions are merging. The combination of Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union and Kirtland Federal Credit Union will have total assets of just over $3 billion, which makes for the largest New Mexico based financial institution and more than double the $1.4 billion In assets recorded by Los Alamos National Bank in September.
    Los Alamos National has had the “largest-local” title since its bigger brethren were sold to companies such as Well Fargo and Bank of America more than 20 years ago.
    Robert Chavez, Sandia president and CEO, will lead the combined company. Chavez is an alumnus of Sunwest Bank.
    The two credit unions have an enviable customer base (credit union customers are called “members”) that combines the people from Albuquerque’s research establishment (Sandia National Laboratories) and the military, which is most everything else on Kirtland Air Force Base.
    These people are steadily employed, decently paid and loyal. Bankers should be so lucky.
    After jumping the regulatory hoops, the deal is expected to be done by the end of 2017.

  • Science on Tap Thursday

    Join in the Science on Tap discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, to hear Barry Charles discuss “Creativity under Pressure, or Why Disarming a Terrorist Nuke Is like Defending against Aliens in Space.”
    UnQuarked Wine Room is located at 145 Central Park Square.
    Charles, with the Lab’s Global Security organization, will recreate the TEDxLANL talk he gave earlier this year. Disarming an improvised nuclear weapon is a challenge the world has never faced.

  • CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot Sunday

    The 2016 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot will be this Sunday.
    As per tradition, the event is always held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
    The event is the biggest CROP Walk in New Mexico, and has a long history in this town, thanks to the efforts of the late Aaron Goldman.
    When the gun goes off at 2 p.m., the Atomic City Roadrunners get the jump on the walkers. The route is either 1.7 miles or 2.57 miles round trip from the Los Alamos Middle School – either to, or through, the North Mesa Stables and back to the school.
    Participants arrive in the middle school cafeteria after 1 p.m. to register, pick out a t-shirt and turn in monetary donations from themselves or from their sponsors.
    These donations are key to the success of the event. Twenty-five percent of what is collected stays in town to feed hungry people locally, while the balance feeds the needy and provides relief through Church World Service and it’s global partners.

  • Time to sign up for annual 8th-grade trip

    It’s time to sign up for the annual eighth-grade spring break trip to Washington, DC.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth-grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.
    To sign up online, visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org using ID number 132736, or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same number.
      The trip will include round-trip transportation, sightseeing transportation in and around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, all meals and admissions, quality hotel accommodations, night chaperones in hotel, accident and health insurance.
    Highlights of the trip include the new African American museum, the White House, the International Spy Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, and the Vietnam Memorials, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration The group will stay in a five-star hotel in Crystal City, minutes from the sites.
    Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 or 623-225-7953 for information. Also, see Facebook at LAMS Washington DC Trip.

  • LAHS’ Ann Stewart to speak Thursday at WR Library on Title IX

    Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Ann Stewart will speak at a forum on implementing Title IX at 7 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Public Library.  
    The forum is part of the November AAUW branch meeting.  
    Stewart is the LAPS Title IX coordinator.  
    Title IX requires:
        • Equal opportunities in sports
        • Equal opportunities in academic classes
        • Freedom from sexual harassment
        • Freedom from bullying
    AAUW strongly supports the vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education.
    Stewart was born in Los Alamos, attended Chamisa, Aspen and Pinon grammar schools, LAMS and graduated from LAHS in 1991.  She earned All-State honors in both soccer and basketball as a student athlete for LAHS. She then attended Creighton University on a soccer scholarship until a back injury ended her soccer career.  
    Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.  
    This is her third year as the athletic director for Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

    Los Alamos hosts the 49th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School.
    Booths for this years fair will be stocked with holiday items for shoppers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the fair every year since 1967, and this year’s fair will be one of the best ever.
    Featuring nearly 75 artisans in New Mexico, the fair offers traditional and contemporary art forms.
    All of the items displayed are handmade or hand crafted and have originated in New Mexico or nearby states. The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature pottery, weavings, clothing, wood workings paintings, jewelry, and more.
    Food and beverages will again be sold at the fair by Dora Platera, who makes Navajo Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos veggie tacos, burgers and chips. She will have bottled water and Coke product soft drinks.  Senor Taco, who was at the Farmer’s Market this summer, will also be at the fair with tacos, burritos, posole, chile rellenos, tamales, horchata and hot cocoa.
    Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be offered by students as a fund raiser for the LAHS debate club. The ever popular Houdini’s Kettle Corn will again be at the fair.

  • Gov., Martinez travels to meet with Pence

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as the two attend a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Florida, a spokesman for Martinez said.
    Martinez has spent the last year as chairwoman of the association that helps elect GOP candidates for governor. The nation’s only Latina governor has offered congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory after refusing to endorse his campaign and previously feuding with the president-elect.
    Pence is leading Trump’s transition team to put together a Cabinet and decide on other high-level appointments.
    Mike Lonergan, a Martinez spokesman, said the governor was traveling Tuesday to Orlando, Florida, and returning Thursday after the scheduled meeting with Pence.
    Thirty governors and newly elected governors were expected to attend this week’s gathering at a resort near Disney World, including the incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
    The election that propelled Trump to the White House also resulted in Republican wins in a trio of governorships previously held by Democrats in Missouri, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Police seek help in suspect ID

    The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying a male suspect in a larceny case that occurred at Smith’s in Los Alamos.  
    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect.  Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • N.M. driver’s license overhaul provides 2 options

    By Morgan Lee

  • Weigh in on rec bond projects Thursday

    Citizens can once again weigh in on the 2017 recreation bond projects. Consultants from Dekker Perich Sabatini will present an update on their “opinion of probable costs” and take feedback from the public at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    DPS has been working to bring costs within the $27 million limit set by council, which includes $7 million in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funding and a $20 million dollar recreation bond that will come before voters in 2017.
    DPS’s original estimates were $63.8 million to $65.9 million, largely due to a projected $47 million for a combined multigenerational pool, recreation center and indoor ice rink.
    The latest estimate still exceed council’s cap by at least five million. DPS projects a total of $32,453,292 to $40,224,487 for all seven projects.  
    According to DPS Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason – who updated the Parks and Recreation Board last Thursday – there are a range of options for reducing those costs. DPS is not offering recommendations on limiting scope, but will suggest developing criteria such as funding as many projects as possible, prioritizing funding based on the potential number of users and factoring in operations and maintenance costs.