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Today's News

  • Ice rink open for business

    Skaters enjoy a lap around the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Sunday. The rink opened Nov. 15. The rink has many events happening this season, besides public skating. There’s stick and puck sessions, pickup pond hockey, skating lessons and private arena rental. Special upcoming events in December include: “Skate With Santa” Dec. 17 and 18; Luminaria Skate Dec. 24 and Adult Broomball Jan. 5. For other events times and admission prices, stop by the rink and pick up a free program guide at 4475 West Road, call 662-5500, or visit losalamosnm.us/rec.

  • US court blocks overtime expansion pay rule

    LAS VEGAS — A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.
    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation’s legality is examined in more detail by the court. The order comes after 21 states sued the agency to block the rule before it took effect.
    “Businesses and state and local governments across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that this rule has been halted,” said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the coalition of states fighting the rule and has been a frequent critic of what he characterized as Obama Administration overreach. “Today’s preliminary injunction reinforces the importance of the rule of law and constitutional government.”

  • LANB evacuated Tuesday

    Los Alamos National Bank was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after someone noticed an odor like burnt rubber in the building. “The fire department responded quickly. They walked the entire building and can’t find any indication of smoke or heat,” said LANB President and CEO John Gulas.  Trane Heating and Air HVAC specialists were called to inspect the building’s HVAC system after it was cleared for reentry. “So everybody did what they were supposed to do,” Gulas said. 

  • Turkey Trot raises over $6,000 for charity

    All that running  and walking over 100 Los Alamos County residents did Sunday evidently paid off. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot  raised over $6,000.
    Twenty five percent of the funds will help “LA Cares,” a local food bank and charity. The remainder of the funds will benefit the Church World Service’s relief fund.
    The weather could not have been more perfect for the event, as runners and walkers of all types headed out  of the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot and onto San Ildefonso Road under a cobalt-blue sky and warm breezes to raise money.
    The two-and-half mile route took the runners over to the North Mesa Stables, then to the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa and back to the middle school parking lot. Following the event, participants had a ticket raffle for 25 frozen turkeys, 20 pumpkin pies and other items. Anyone who made donations on the spot received a free t-shirt. The event ended with a potluck dinner.
    While the participants had their reasons for participating, many were happy to help those in need.
    “It’s a great cause, especially at this time of year. I live down the road so it’s a good excuse to get out and be with some friends and get some exercise in,”  resident Neil Henson said.

  • Businesses give back for Small Business Saturday

    Shopping locally this weekend during Small Business Saturday not only supports Los Alamos residents’ favorite businesses but local nonprofits as well.
    The idea of turning “Shop Small” into “Give Big” is unique to Los Alamos and embraced by businesses and the community at large.
    The idea initiated with United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega, who approached local businesses in 2012 with the idea of donating a percentage of their Small Business Saturday sales to United Way.
    “It was a good way for businesses to get some advertising and marketing and get people who may not shop locally to think about shopping locally for different reasons,” Ortega said.
    The experiment was successful, and has since expanded to include a range of 501(c)3 nonprofits. Participation is voluntary, but half of the 75 businesses participating in Small Business Saturday this year are donating in some way to local nonprofits. Some place a jar on the counter for customers to contribute to; others donate a portion of the day’s sales ranging from five percent to 50 percent for one business. Many prefer to keep their charitable contributions private.

  • Local expert discusses future of ACA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series

    During a seminar titled “Health Insurance in New Mexico,” presented to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members Nov. 10, Vanguard Resources, Inc. Founder Anne Sperling outlined possible scenarios for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
    Sperling met with the Los Alamos Monitor after the seminar to discuss some of those issues.
    Sperling based her conjectures on her 32-years experience in the insurance industry, on statements Trump made during the 15-month campaign season and on indicators from the Republican Congress.
    Sperling does not believe Trump can keep his campaign promise to repeal the ACA in his first 100 days.
    “He’s got to come up with 60 votes unless he wants to do something outside of the box, and then he’s got to get 50 votes,” Sperling said.  “So is he going to be able to convince these other senators in the first 100 days that this has to be changed? And his sales of that process has to be ‘the changes I want to make are going to be better.’ I don’t know if he’s going to be a good enough sales guy to do it.”

  • LA girl’s hoops falls in opener

    Result-wise, it wasn’t the start the Los Alamos girl’s basketball team wanted.
    But there were some areas of optimism in the Hilltoppers 38-32 season-opening loss to Farmington on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    Before the season opener, Los Alamos (0-1) first-year coach Josh Archuleta said the strength for this season’s Hilltoppers is team defense. And that was evident in the 38 points allowed. But on offense, Los Alamos appeared to be stale at times and didn’t capitalize on open shots.
    The Hilltoppers perimeter defense was solid, only allowing one Farmington (1-0) triple, which came in the first quarter.  
    Farmington took a 32-25 lead after four quick buckets early in the fourth quarter. The Hilltoppers didn’t score in the final quarter until the 1:25 mark and strung together five more points in the final minute of the game. But the comeback effort was too late, as the Scorpions went up by 13, after starting the quarter on a 14-0 run.
    After a slow opening half, Los Alamos got it going by outscoring the Scorpions 10-3 in the third quarter and taking a 25-24 lead into the final stanza.   
    The Hilltoppers struggled to execute on offense in the second quarter, only scoring six points in the frame, as Farmington took a 21-15 lead into halftime.

  • Rees sends LA hockey past Taos

    Starting the season against a common opponent didn’t faze the Los Alamos hockey team.
    The Hilltoppers began their 2016-17 campaign with a 2-1 win against rival Taos on Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    Los Alamos maintained the North Star trophy, which is won by the winner of each Los Alamos-Taos match up. Friday was the second-straight win for the Hilltoppers against the Ice Tigers.
    Los Alamos made the most out of a five-minute power play with 1:55 left in the final period, as Ben Rees capitalized from a rebound and scored the game-winning goal.   
    The Hilltoppers evened the game three minutes into the second period, after a face off puck leaked to toward the center of the Taos zone and Griffin Matuszak ripped a shot into the net.
    In the beginning of the second period, Los Alamos goalie Zach Brown kept the Ice Tigers from increasing their advantage with four key saves. Brown finished with a stellar 32 saves.  
    Taos opened the scoring when Justin Lucero found himself behind the Los Alamos defense and converted the breakaway goal with 3:05 left in the first period.

     
     

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

     

    Nov. 9

    2:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of a car following too closely at the intersection of East Jemez Road and State Highway 4.

     

    Nov. 10

    10:55 a.m. — Police reported that a 68-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bryce Avenue and Rover Boulevard.

     

    Nov. 12

    9:47 a.m. — Mathew Ruybal, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 39th Street and Canyon Road on Oct. 7.

  • NM professors seek immigrant protections

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A group of professors at the largest university in the nation’s most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students.

    Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico are delivering a letter Friday to the school’s president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status.

    Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump has previously said he wanted a “deportation force” to remove immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Organizers say more than 900 people have signed the letter.

     
    The University of New Mexico has long allowed immigrant students who are living in the country illegally to attend at in-state tuition rates.