Today's News

  • Del Norte makes WR land buy

    Del Norte Credit Union has purchased land to build a new branch in White Rock, officials announced last week.
    The new White Rock branch will be located on the vacant southeast corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, directly across the road from where a leased branch currently resides. DNCU will announce groundbreaking plans for the new facility soon, although officials said they anticipated the build start date to be in late summer of this year.
    Plans are for a 2,500-square-foot, full-service branch with three teller stations, two drive-thru lanes, an ATM, night deposit drop box service and lending offices.
    Along with all DNCU branches, the new White Rock branch will be a member of the co-op shared branching network and will welcome the business of other credit union members and travellers.
    “We are excited and proud to strengthen our presence in White Rock,” says DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti in a press release announcing the purchase. “The building of our own branch reinforces our commitment to the area, which dates back to the formation of the original credit union in 1954.”
    Del Norte’s original charter dates back to the mid 1950s. DNCU serves more than 40,000 members in the state.

  • U.S., Iran cite progress in meetings

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With 10 days to a nuclear deal deadline, top U.S and Iranian officials spoke Saturday of substantial headway, and Iran’s president proclaimed that agreement was within reach. But America’s top diplomat said it was up to Tehran to make the decisions needed to get there.
    Iranian President Hassan Rohani said “achieving a deal is possible” by a March 31 target date for a preliminary accord that is meant to lead to a final deal by the end of June that would crimp Tehran’s nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was more circumspect, as he spoke to reporters after six days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The talks, made “substantial progress,” he said, but “important gaps remain.
    “We have an opportunity to get this right,” Kerry said, as he urged Iran to make “fundamental decisions” that prove to the world it has no interest in atomic weapons.
    But Iran’s supreme leader warned against expectations that even a done deal would mend the more than three-decade freeze between the two nations in place since the Iranian revolution and siege of the American Embassy, proclaiming that Washington and Tehran remained on opposite sides on most issues.

  • UNM-LA gathers info on housing

    In an effort to solve its student housing shortage, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is going to go right to the source — the students themselves.
    At some point in the near future, UNM-LA administration officials will ask the student council to hold forums and conduct surveys to find out what students want as far as housing goes.
    “We need to drill down to what’s important for the student, what’s important for their experience and what’s important for us as an institution,” said one administrator at a recent UNM-LA Advisory Board meeting.
    UNM-LA once had student housing, but that building, an apartment complex located on 9th Street in the center of town has fallen into disrepair and is no longer occupied by students or utilized by UNM-LA in any way.
    UNM’s Board of Regents is currently preparing the building for sale.
    According to UNM-LA CEO Wynn Goering, the cost of maintaining the building became too much.
    “When the building on 9th Street was donated to UNM, there was not a branch in Los Alamos,” he said. “We have been utilizing it exclusively and the branch (UNM-LA) had been putting operating money into it. We concluded that the needs of the building were prohibitive. We couldn’t possibly make enough money to get it back.”

  • Births 3-22-15

    March 3: A girl, Andréa Marie Rendon, born to Camila Segar and Alexander Rendon
    March 4: A boy, Ethan Ernest Baros, born to Poekwi Mirabal and Ramon Baros
    March 9: A boy, Ryder Guy King, born to Jennifer and Bradley King

  • Design contest still going

    Bandelier National Monument has extended its deadline for artists to submit entries for its Centennial Celebration.
    The deadline for entries is now Thursday.
    Bandelier was established on Feb. 11, 1916 and the monument has many events planned for its centennial. The logo will be used throughout the year on many centennial items, as well as on the 2016  Bandelier Annual Pass.
    The winning artist will receive an “America the Beautiful” pass, which provides free admission to federal recreation areas throughout the country, and a DVD of the movie, “This Place Knows Us,” as well as recognition.
    Artists who are planning to create artwork for the contest are invited to make a free visit to the park to freshen their memories and provide inspiration they might need. 
    Entries must be directly related to Bandelier National Monument. Entries must be 2D, visually strong, and designed to be usable at sizes from about 1inch to poster size and banner size. 
    Images must be in proportion to fit on the park annual pass, which is 2 inches by 3 inches and can be either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • News for retirees 3-22-15 to 3-28-15

    March 22-28, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.                   Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pasta primavera
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • LA County is doubling as the Canadian border in "Hellbent"

    According to Location Manager Chee Ho, the “Hellbent” script called for one very specific location that Los Alamos seemed destined to fulfill.
    “It was specifically written into the script that there was a winding canyon with a cliff and a river at the bottom. And it was an alpine, Canadian border area,” Ho said. “So there are a very specifically limited number of those in this state. In fact, I don’t think there are any except Los Alamos that are in our production zone.”
    Los Alamos Canyon, along Camp May Road, fit the bill perfectly. The crew shot the final scene of the movie at that location in early March.
    It is not the first time Los Alamos has stood in for that region of the country. The TV show “Longmire” — which begins shooting its fourth season next week — also chose Los Alamos because of its alpine zone features.
    “That’s what’s so fascinating for people, because we can be Montana and Wyoming,” said Los Alamos County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart.
    Ho also credited Stewart for the decision to shoot in Los Alamos.
    “I have to say that Kelly has made a tremendous difference to how feasible this project has become. She’s an absolutely invaluable asset,” he said.

  • Animal shelter 3-22-15

    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 of your 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.
    Benji — A big orange/buff colored male tabby. He was found roaming in White Rock and eventually adopted a family that has taken care of him for the last 6 months. Unfortunately, Benji didn’t do very well with the other cats in the house, so he might be better as an only cat. He absolutely adores people though, and he will start purring before you even start petting him!

  • Anti-smokers can’t handle the truth about e-cigs

    Just because e-cigarettes have a name in common with tobacco cigarettes, smoking one is not the same as smoking another.  
    Everyone knows this, but could some one break the news to anti-smokers?
    There is now and always has been a major disconnection between anti-smokers and the real world. The passive smoke that made their ranting famous is forgotten when it comes to e-cigarettes.  Early studies on the smoke by both tobacco companies and other researchers show the lack of toxic danger off the charts, but anti-smokers still want them banned. Why?
    It is all about de-normalizing smoking and smokers.  Fine.  Back in 1992, when anti-smoking first started gaining traction on public policy for smoking bans, if they would have said what they say now “We are trying to make smoking an anti-social behavior” they would have been dismissed as the control freaks that they really are.
    Instead they invented a health scare.  The dangers of passive smoke.
    Here are some of the facts:
    1. There has never been medical evidence of a real death ever documented to the stated passive smoke danger.  Tens of thousands every year are claimed.

  • SB 474 makes health care prices clear

    Health care pricing has been likened to shopping blindfolded in a department store, and then months later receiving an indecipherable statement with a framed box at the bottom that says: pay this amount.
    Indeed, here in New Mexico it is easier to find information about the price and quality of a toaster than of a common medical procedure. Because information about price and quality is essential to almost every market transaction, this lack of transparency means that health care is more expensive than it would otherwise be.
    The high cost of health care has devastating consequences. More than 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are attributable to illness and health care debt, up from 8 percent in 1981. Many of these medical debtors are middle-class homeowners, and more than three-quarters of them have health insurance.
    Health care costs are also a heavy burden on state taxpayers, with more than 27 percent of New Mexico’s annual budget going to health care. As health care spending outpaces the growth of the rest of the economy, it threatens to crowd out spending on other priorities like education.