Today's News

  • People in the news 2-22-15

    Rosemary Vigil, of Los Alamos, has been admitted to Cornell College, in Mount Vernon, Iowa for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Geoffrey Fairchild, of Los Alamos, received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Iowa, at the end of the 2014 fall semester.

  • Births 2-22-15

    Feb. 2: Leonie Gourdon, a girl, born to Delphine Gout and Oliver Gourdon
    Feb. 6: Charlotte Doina Marie Remillieux, a girl, born to Stephanie and Marcel Remilleux
    Feb. 6: Sernity Chengjun Tao, a girl, born to Ning Tao and Qinjun Kang
    Feb. 12: Ashmaan Vilayat Ali, a boy, born to Alish Hussain and Ashehad-A-Ali
    Feb. 12: Damien Tristan Dixon, a boy, born to Melinda Loy and Frankie Dixon

  • Animal shelter 2-22-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bella — An aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.
    Charlie — A 9-year-old, neutered, male Maine coon cross who is reported to be good with adults, gentle children and cats. He might be fine with gentle dogs also, as he is a mellow cat. Charlie loves to be petted and interact with people. He will receive a veterinary update and become available for adoption. Charlie’s long lovely coat requires frequent brushing.

  • Foreign policy failure everywhere

    If one tried to design a foreign policy to embroil Americans in endless conflicts that would otherwise be quite remote, one could hardly do better than recent presidents of the United States. What could you do that these men have not done to keep Americans mired in distant turmoil?
    Signs of apparent failure abound while the ruling elite feigns ignorance of the connection between U.S. intervention abroad and widening regional wars.
    Despite President Barack Obama’s assurances that America’s combat role in the unceasingly violent Afghanistan is over, we know it is not. ISIS expands under American and allied airstrikes, the best recruiting program the Islamists could want. There was no ISIS in Iraq or Syria before America invaded the former and called open season on the regime in the latter. In response, Obama seeks unlimited war power.

  • The governor’s policies aren’t child-friendly

    As a politician, I can state unequivocally that “I love all children.” They are our future. They are our most vulnerable citizens, needing the greatest attention. History will judge us by how we’ve treated them, and (never forget) they make for great photo ops.
    Every piece of campaign material should have a shot of the candidate reading to a group of smiling, eager-to-learn children gathered around the candidate who should be reading from a recognizable classic of children’s literature. And as George W. Bush learned, it is even better if the book is being held right side up while the candidate pretends to be reading.
    As a parent, however, I’m not as sure about this “love for all kids” thing. Oh, sure, I love all of my children, stepchildren and grandchildren; love them with a steadfast passion that survives every testing of the limits, angry outburst, repulsive habit, or plain bad decision they demonstrate. But sometimes other people’s children aren’t very loveable. Often, people who publicly shout their love for all children don’t have any themselves. Time-tested parents are wary of such effusion. They know better.

  • Local briefs 2-22-15

    Register for annual heart month seminar

    The Los Alamos Heart Council announces its 2015 Heart Month Seminar.
    “The Hidden Dangers of Your Health Supplements. How Common Supplements affect you and your Heart,” will be presented by Dr. Jenny Mills, Pharm.D., Ph.C., Clinical Pharmacologist at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The seminar will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr. Complimentary dinner will be served.
    Professional literature and information will be available at the seminar.
    Nurses and allied health professionals can receive for 1.5 hours Continuing Education Credits. Credits are provided through Los Alamos Medical Center, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 15835.
    Seminar is free, but registration is required. If a participant wishes to have the complementary dinner, they must register by Monday.
    To register call 662-2656 or go online to losalamosheartcouncil.org.

    Lane to be closed starting Monday

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced a lane closure on North Mesa scheduled to begin Monday.
    To support the county’s gas line work on San Ildefonso Road, one driving lane will be closed starting Monday. The closure is expected until Thursday.

  • Atomic City Transit launches real-time bus tracking app

    Atomic City Transit riders have a new tool available to make catching the bus easier.
    ACT has quietly launched Bus Tracker, which provides real time route information that expedites utilizing the transit system.
    Bus Tracker can be accessed by downloading the myStop Mobile iPhone app or from a link at the Atomic city transit site. myStop is currently developing an Android app, which is expected to launch in the next several months.
    Riders can use Bus Tracker to:
    • See where their bus is in real time.
    • View the next three estimated departure times for any bus stop.
    • Set up email or text message alerts about delays and estimated time of arrival at the rider’s stop.
    • Keep up-to-date with Public Service Message alerts.
    • Create an account to subscribe to route messages and departure alerts.
    Clicking on the desired route shows the location of all the bus stops and where the bus is on the route. Clicking on individual stops will show every route that stops there and estimated arrival times for buses on each route.

  • Prom likely to be at Buffalo Thunder

    According to Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and the organizers of this year’s Senior Prom, the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort is probably going to be the venue the annual event.
    It was between the resort and the Los Alamos Golf Course, but at Thursday’s meeting at Los Alamos High School, Washburn all but confirmed that Buffalo Thunder will be the place.
    “We’re satisfied that it’s financially viable,” Washburn said. “Buffalo Thunder has addressed our concerns about safety, as well as some other issues, now it’s just going to be about mustering the high school staff and the administration that’s going to be at the event.”
    While the prom’s organizers, Junior Class President Deanna Gutierrez and Vice President Jordan Henson, plan to work out the details with Buffalo Thunder Liaison Peter Lovato, the school administration will be communicating with parents of the senior class via email.
    The administration is also looking for volunteers and chaperones for the event. Those wishing to volunteer can email Washburn at g.washburn@laschools.net.
    The organizers have also resolved the transportation issue as well.
    Students will have a choice between driving themselves to the prom, going by limo, or taking the resort’s free shuttle service.

  • Two candidates vying for new superintendent

    The Los Alamos School Board has spent the last week whittling down a list of 14 candidates for the top job in the school district — the superintendent of schools.
    They have narrowed their selection down to two candidates, Los Alamos native Kurt Steinhaus and Dr. Chris Marczak, an assistant superintendent of schools for the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, School District.
    Steinhaus is currently the director of Community Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served in that position for six years.
    Steinhaus also served as a teacher and a department head in the Alamogordo School District from 1976 to 1988. He also worked for the New Mexico Public Education Department as the division director for Accountability and Information Services and then assistant superintendent. He served in those positions for about 10 years, from 1988 to 1999.
    Under. Gov. Bill Richardson, Steinhaus served as the governor’s education policy advisor and deputy cabinet secretary of education from 2003 to 2007.
    As for Marczak, he became an assistant superintendent of schools with the Oak Ridge School District, he was a teacher, an assistant principal, and a lead principal in two other school districts in Tennessee, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools.

  • Pair of 'Topper wrestlers are in finals

    Los Alamos' Lane Saunders and Jonathan Schueler are in the finals this afternoon in the Class 5A state championship wrestling tournament.

    Saunders, at 182 pounds, is the top seed in that weight class. He will take on an old foe, Andres Villa of Goddard in the championship.

    Saunders won the individual title at 171 pounds last season.

    In the heavyweight division, Schueler will meet Miyamura's Jasper Denetclaw in the championship round.

    To get to the final Schueler pulled off a huge upset over No. 1 seed Robert Gordon of Belen in the semifinal round, pinning him in 36 seconds.

    The final round will begin for classes 4A-6A at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is taking place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.