Today's News

  • Today's gubernatorial candidate forum focuses on vulnerable populations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Four candidates for governor of New Mexico are offering solutions to the state's struggle to provide adequate care for the severely disabled, the elderly and residents coping with addiction and mental health issues.

    Specialty health care providers will sponsor a Thursday afternoon discussion about shortages in the health care workforce, burdens of an aging state population and responses to Medicaid reforms sought by the Trump administration.

    Candidates are discouraged from criticizing each other directly or wandering off topic.

    The forum also is likely to delve into mental health issues linked to violence and the opioid addiction crisis in a state with the highest overdose death rate in the western U.S.

    Three Democrats and one Republican are vying to succeed GOP New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who cannot run for a third consecutive term in fall elections.

    U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce of Hobbs — the sole Republican — will eventually confront one of three Democratic candidates: Congresswoman and former state health secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham of Albuquerque, state Sen.

    Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces and former media executive Jeff Apodaca of Albuquerque.

  • Mang brothers lead UNM offense

    Since returning from a hand injury in mid-March, former Los Alamos High School baseball player Jared Mang has been an offensive force for the University of New Mexico, leading the Lobos through a difficult Mountain West conference schedule. 

    Mang, who is considered a future MLB draft prospect, has played in 10 games since coming back from his injury, hitting four home runs and putting together a .314 average. 

    The Lobos have been inconsistent throughout the season in large part due to a pitching staff that does not have a starter with an earned run average under 5.34. 

    Because of the up-and-down pitching, the offense is being counted on to step up and perform, a role Mang has embraced. 

    In the 10 games since his return, the Lobos are 6-4, including wins over Mountain West rivals Air Force and San Diego State. 

    Mang is also hitting for power with consistency. He has hit home runs two games in a row, and has driven in at least one run in three straight games. 

    He currently leads the Lobos with four home runs, despite missing 12 games during the early part of the season. 

    Last year, Mang was the top hitter for the Lobos, collecting 90 hits and a .373 average. 

  • Hilltoppers split pair of games with Academy

    Looking to continue its strong start to District 2-5A play, the Los Alamos High School softball team played a doubleheader Saturday against Albuquerque Academy, losing the first game 8-7 and winning game two 10-8.

    The Hilltoppers had plenty of momentum going into the doubleheader, winning two games in a row, including the district opener against Del Norte 20-0 last week. 

    With senior Reyna Lucero on the mound for LAHS, things appeared to go smooth early on. Lucero allowed only 1 run through the first three innings as the Hilltoppers jumped on top 3-1. 

    However, things began to unravel in the fourth inning, as Lucero allowed 6 runs to score, putting Academy in front 7-3 midway through the game. 

    LAHS fought all the way back, though, picking up 2 runs in the fifth inning and another 2 runs in the seventh inning, tying the score 7-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh. 

    The Hilltoppers could not complete the comeback, however, as Academy scored 1 run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn an 8-7 victory. 

  • Santa Fe schools to no longer accept funding from the NRA

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe school officials have decided to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, agreeing to no longer accept money or equipment from the organization.

    The five-member school board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject NRA grant money that has supported the district's junior ROTC program.

    "We think it's a good move because we don't think school districts, not just ours, but anywhere should be taking funds from the NRA," Steven Carrillo, the board's president, said.

    Opponents to the decision said the board would be making a political move and would be dragging the junior ROTC program into the middle of the complex debate.

    The district received about $4,000 worth of equipment from the NRA over the past several years.

    The program teaches leadership and military skills to students. The junior ROTC students have competed in several local, state and national competitions, including earning top honors in a national marksmanship championship earlier this year.

    "Support from the NRA has allowed our program to get quality equipment that has turned these kids into national champions in a very short time," Lt. Commander Craig Stapleton said, who oversees the program.

  • Trump to sign order sending National Guard to Mexican border

    By JILL COLVIN and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

    "The threat is real," Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that Trump was signing a proclamation to put the deployment into effect. "It's time to act."

    The announcement came hours after Trump pledged "strong action today" on immigration and a day after he said he wants to use the military to secure the southern border until his "big, beautiful wall" is erected.

    In a tweet early Wednesday, Trump said that "Our Border Laws are very weak" and that Democrats "stand in our way" of new laws. He added, "We will be taking strong action today."

    Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he'd been discussing the idea of using the military at the border with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

  • Harriet Dodder Books Memorial helps raise funds during library week

    Do you remember the joy you felt in learning to read, of escaping into favorite books, of exploring the world through books? Do you remember a favorite teacher who nurtured your thirst for knowledge? 

    Harriet Dodder was such a teacher. She began her career in Los Alamos in 1951 and taught here for 40 years. After retirement, she missed working with children so much that she volunteered as a reading tutor at Barranca Elementary School. Mrs. Dodder loved to read and fostered that love in the children she taught.

    Research shows that access to books builds literacy. One study of over 600 schools in Texas examined the effects on student achievement of several variables – and the quality of the school library outweighed the effects of other school variables, including computers per student, teacher experience, and even teacher turnover ratio. To inspire readers, school libraries must have a good supply of books; the greater the choice of books, the more children choose to read.

    However, the price of books goes up each year while library budgets do not. The average price of a book with a library binding is now $18.

  • Blazing a New Trail: Local painting class can bring out your hidden artist

    Hello, my name is Bennett Horne and I may or may not be an artist.

    My mother was a wonderful artist. She majored in art at the then-College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, but ended up as a full-time elementary school teacher and mother of five children.

    So her artistic opportunities centered more around the delicious meals she created in a crock pot, the expert advice she gave her children when they needed to come up with an art project for school or even the handsome haircuts she created for me to help me not only look good, but also to help save money for our family.

    I have a sister who’s also a fantastic artist. It’s evident she inherited my mom’s art skills, but she doesn’t have a lot of time to take those skills out for a drive on canvas much anymore.

    These days most of her time is taken up creating safe, happy flights for her passengers as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.

    After Friday night though, I’m thinking a tiny art gene or two may have actually jumped over from my mom into my DNA strand.

  • Izraelevitz kicks off campaign with party, benefit

    The re-election campaign of David Izraelevitz formally begins April 11 from 6-7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Like his kickoff four years ago, it will also be a benefit to support a great program that provides snacks for kids at our schools.

    Everyone attending is asked to support the local school snack program “Aaron’s Kids,” and bring lunch and snack items like granola bars, fruit snacks, mac-n-cheese (in the add water cup), cheese filled crackers, noodle cups, and any other quality snacks that can be handed out to kids at the schools. Or, attendees can drop off a monetary donation for the program.

    “We will have good free food and an opportunity to visit with me and other members of the community. I look forward to seeing old friends and acquaintances and meeting anyone from the community who would like to drop by. I also welcome your questions and concerns,” said Izraelevitz. 

    “There will be plenty of time for fundraising and politicking later. Instead, I would like everyone attending to help Aaron’s Kids to meet their mission of providing healthy snacks to those students in our schools who need them,” added Phil Gursky, his treasurer and campaign manager.

  • Easter Egg Hunt brings out the crowds
  • Daughters of American Revolution elects delegates to state conference

    The Valle Grande Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has elected delegates to the 98th New Mexico State Conference of the new Mexico State Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Delegates from Los Alamos are Roberta Day Idzorek, Regent of the Valle Grande Chapter, Marge Lewis and Linda Kolar.
    Alternates are Linda Carol Alt, Karen Gray, Megan Farrell and Chastity Kolar.

    Georgianna McDougle of Las Cruces, the New Mexico State Regent, will preside. Special guests will be Jeannine Angle Dobbins, Colorado State Regent, and Sharon Crumbaker Frizzell, Illinois Honorary State Regent.

    The state conference will be at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, in Albuquerque on April 13-15.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Remembering World War I.”