Today's News

  • Hawktalkers funded

     During its annual retreat session Saturday, where the Los Alamos School Board discussed future projects and sets priorities for the upcoming school year, the board officialy convened to conduct a piece of crucial business.

    The board, with Secretary Matt Williams abstaining, voted to give seed money to the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, the middle school's speech and debate team. The board voted to give the team $7000. The board also voted to transfer $10,000 to the high school and middle school's "23000 Account" to be used by any school club or organization specifically for reserving charter buses just in case a school bus is not available for an upcoming trip.

    According to school officials the practice of using charter buses is a common one for all extracurricular activities, especially at the height of the district's sports and tournament seasons. It's hoped that having the extra $10,000 in the account no school club or team that regularly uses transportation for regional competition will be without a bus to get it there.

    Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was glad they were able to find the money, knowing what it will be used for.

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  • Porter case heads to district court

    Though he fought hard for his client, defense attorney Elden Pennington could not keep Steven Porter’s two cases against him from going over to district court.
    Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ruled that the state proved its case that there’s justification that both cases against him be moved to district court. If the case was able to prove that there was no justification, the charges against him would have been dropped and he would have been freed.
    As it is now, Porter is being held on a $102,000 bond for violating the terms of release for the first case against him.
    Porter was arrested Aug. 17 at his home when police discovered numerous illicit drugs in a safe in his house. Through a combination given by Porter to the officers, officers were able to open one of the safes, where they found a gallon-sized ziplock baggie filled with 200 to 300 pills of various types. Porter was then arrested on 13 felony drug charges and seven misdemeanor drug charges.
    Police executed a search warrant on Porter’s White Rock residence originally to find evidence that he committed acts of vandalism and burglary against a group of neighbors who recently ruled against him in a zoning dispute. However, so far, police have found no evidence of Porter’s involvement.

  • Earthwatch volunteers dig in Valles Caldera

    Many people associate the Valles Caldera National Preserve with the preservation of natural resources and recreational opportunities such as hiking, hunting and fishing.
    But humans have been visiting the Valles Caldera for at least 10,000 years, making the preserve a major archeological resource. Only 15 percent of the preserve’s 89,000acres has been checked for archeological sites, but evidence suggests widespread seasonal occupation throughout caldera, stretching back to the late Paleo-Indian era.
    For the past week, Earthwatch volunteers have been at the preserve helping archeologists further their knowledge of that early occupation, the final phase of a three-year project in Obsidian Valley. Earthwatch provides both volunteers and grant money for serious scientific research projects such as this one.
    This is not the “sexiest” Earthwatch project, having little of the instant gratification that comes from unearthing a hearth site or a piece of pottery. But the work those volunteers are doing will form the foundation for understanding human history throughout the preserve.

  • Day care available for disabled adults

    For those who are aware of the challenges of taking care of a mentally or physically disabled loved ones, a breath of fresh air has come to Los Alamos.
    All Individuals First is a nonprofit, privately owned business that caters to adults with developmental disabilities.
    Los Alamos resident Doris Roberts and her daughter Susanna run the program at 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite T. The doors opened Aug. 4.
    They are currently LLC status and they are in the process of receiving the nonprofit 501(c). The hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
    Since the opening in August, there are eight clients in the program, but they hope to expand in clients and staff. It is currently the mother-daughter team running the show. “We want to branch out one day, if we get big enough,” Doris said.
    The program starting with Doris Roberts working with Los Alamos County to get off the ground. The rental space is owned by the Public Schools Administration.
    Doris said that individuals with different types of disabilities can come and go as they please and live an independent life. “It gives their parents or caregivers a break and gives the individual a chance to learn and gain life skills in a safe environment,” Susanna Roberts said.

  • Update 09-14-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Rotary club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Monday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Rotary District Governor Lonnie Leslie.

    United Way

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.  

  • NCRTD celebrates 10 years

    Among the speakers at an event honoring the certification of the North Central Regional Transit District as the first regional transit district in the State of New Mexico were (from left to right) Patricia Dominguez, representing U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich; Leticia Delgado, representing U.S. Senator Tom Udall; U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujån; Dan Barrone, NCRTD Chair, Taos County Commissioner and Mayor of the Town of Taos; James Rivera, First NCRTD Board Chair, Pueblo of Pojoaque; and Dave Harris, New Mexico Department of Transportation Director, Transit and Rail Division. Barrone holds the Sept. 16, 2004 Resolution by the State of New Mexico, State Transportation Commission certifying the North Central Regional Transit District. The event took place at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Española.

  • UNM-LA, JJAB to hold parenting classes

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has joined forces with the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), to put on a six-class parenting series called Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents.
    Kristine Coblentz, Coordinator and Facilitator of the program said, “This new class series is designed for parents and caregivers of elementary school aged children. It promises to be a great place to gather information, ask questions of the experts, discuss challenging topics, and connect with other parents. We are hoping to offer both support and the latest info to parents who are interested in what’s trending with kids and families in our fast paced world.”
    The classes will be held Thursday evenings, 6–7:15 p.m. in room 610 on the UNM-LA campus beginning Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 23. The series will repeat starting Oct. 30 and will conclude Dec. 11. The cost is $5 per class for up to two caregivers, or $25 for the entire six-class series. Financial assistance is available and individuals may start the series at any time.
    For detailed class information and to register, call UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346 or visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/raising-children-in-a-challenging-world.html

  • Correction 09-14-14

    The Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic welcomed six doctors at an open house Sept. 5. The photo caption stated the clinic was part of the Los Alamos Medical Center, however the clinic has no affiliation with the hospital.