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  • Holiday arts fair a Los Alamos tradition

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host its 44th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. The event returns to Los Alamos Middle School at 1 Hawk Dr.
    A Los Alamos tradition for 47 years, the fair will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and admission is free.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up artists from across New Mexico and nearby regions. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    New artists and longtime favorites will be on hand to make this year’s Holiday Arts and
    Crafts Fair better than ever. Kathy Hjeresen who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez, who are both favorites, will be returning. Mary Ann Somers and Marilyn Lisowski two more local jewelers will be also at the fair.
    Local fiber artists will be at the fair, including Jeanne Robinson and her daughter, Elise  Koskelo who will have knitwear, wraps and shawls. Fiber artist Madeline Stark will also be in attendance. Local artist DeeDee McInroy will present glass art, snowmen and ornaments.
    Erika Eckerstrand will have her vinyl fiber baskets, totes and handbags. Neal Crosier will return with hand-carved wooden and gourd ornaments.

  • Pet Talk: Pitfalls of ringworm

    Dermatophytosis, otherwise known as “ringworm,” is a fairly common fungal infection that can affect dogs, cats and other animals.
    “The term ‘ringworm’ actually comes from the circular, ring-like lesion formed on the skin of infected people; however, the disease itself is not caused by a worm at all,” said Dr. Alison Diesel, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
    Dermatophytosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it not only can be transmitted to other animals, but to people as well. An animal or person can become infected with dermatophytes from contact with another infected animal, transfer from infected materials such as bedding and grooming equipment, or from the soil.
    “Very young animals and older animals with other underlying illness are at higher risk for dermatophytes,” Diesel said.  
    “Dermatophytosis is the most common cause of alopecia, or hairloss, in cats. In addition to poor hair coat, it can also cause reddened skin, hyperpigmentation, and lesions.
    “Lesions will often involve little red bumps called papules, scabs and circular areas of hairloss. Anywhere on the body may be affected by hairloss, but face and paws will often have lesions,” Diesel said.

  • Small Business Saturday benefits local communities

    Maria-Alicia Cordova cares about her business and the community it serves. Besides offering manicures, haircuts and other personal-care services at Al’s Styling Salon in Belen, Cordova serves on the board of the Belen MainStreet Partnership — a community effort to improve the appearance and economic vitality of the city’s downtown.
     Small Business Saturday — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — draws attention to the important role that Cordova and other independent merchants in New Mexico play in the local, state and national economy.
     “Belen has always been good to my business,” Cordova said of the venture her father started 57 years ago. “My father raised our family on salon work.”
    When communities embrace small businesses, it proves that people can thrive in small towns, she said. “Communities are sustained by local businesses — they anchor a community.”
    Business owners like Cordova are the core constituents of the New Mexico MainStreet program, an initiative of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The MainStreet program, which started in 1985, is reviving the state’s traditional business districts through investments in infrastructure and amenities that bring new businesses and jobs back to distressed downtowns.

  • Six must-know facts about Obamacare open enrollment

    Nov. 15 is the date open enrollment is available for individual healthcare plans offered through the Healthcare.gov site, your respective health insurance marketplace (healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/) or independent agents in your community.
    If you’re working for a company that provides your health insurance, chances are your open enrollment period has already begun. The SHOP insurance marketplace, open to small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time employees, also begins taking online applications Nov. 15.
    If you buy your own personal or family coverage, don’t wait until Nov. 15 to start planning your 2015 coverage decisions — do it now.
    Here are six things you should know to get started:
    1. Timing is tight. Last year’s health insurance enrollment process lasted six months. This year, it’s only three — Nov. 15 to February 15. You may be able to enroll outside of those dates if you’re facing a major life change like a divorce, birth of a child or marriage; otherwise, that’s your window.

  • Shed fire quickly extinguished in WR

    Emergency crews quickly put out a shed fire on Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock Thursday.

    When the Los Alamos Fire Department arrived, the shed was fully engulfed in flames as well as several trees and shrubs, according to deputy chief Justin Grider.

    The fire started about 8:45 a.m. Both houses on either side of the residence on the 40 block of Grand Canyon were evacuated. The fire was put out by 9:15 a.m.

    There were no injuries and all pets were accounted for, Grider said.

    According to Grider, investigators remain on the scene and they will not know the cause for several days.

  • Today in history Nov. 20
  • McDonald, Carnes named top players in 2-5A


    For the second straight season, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald was given props as the top offensive player in Distrit 2-5A.

    McDonald, a junior, helped lead the Los Alamos Hilltoppers to a district title, the first in the new District 2-5A, and was among the leading scorers in the state.

    For her efforts, McDonald was named the District 2-5A Offensive Player of the Year for 2014.

    Not to be outdone, veteran Los Alamos fullback Cory Carnes, a senior, was named the Defensive Player for the Year for the season.

    The Los Alamos boys and girls All-District teams were announced shortly after the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Briefs 11-19-14


    New Mexico’s Walker 

    dismissed from team 


    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The captain of the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team has been dismissed from the team after being arrested and accused of assaulting her boyfriend.

    Coach Yvonne Sanchez said Wednesday that her decision to dismiss Ebony Walker was “made with thoughtful consideration” for the program and for Walker, whom Sanchez called a good person.”

    Sanchez said there shouldn’t be a rush to judgment about Walker and that the judicial process should be allowed to play out for the 22-year-old from Albuquerque.

  • Senators request additional $113M funding for WIPP cleanup


    ALBUQUERQUE — Members of the state’s congressional delegation are seeking an additional $113 million to help fund ongoing recovery efforts at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich outlined their request Tuesday in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since February, following a fire and then a radiological leak from a canister of waste shipped from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Cleaning up WIPP and resuming full operations could take years. The cost has been estimated at more than $500 million.

  • Geisik's sentencing to be rescheduled


    A glitch in the court system has resulted in defendant Stephen Geisik’s sentencing being delayed. Though the Los Alamos district courtroom was filled with friends and family of both the victim and defendant looking for a resolution to the months-long case, 

    Judge Mary Marlow Sommer opted to continue the case because Geisik’s psychological profile she requested wasn’t extensive enough. In May, Geisik was convicted for criminal contact with a 12-year-old girl. Geisik has been in the Los Alamos County Detention Center ever since.

    “The psychological evaluation was not the psychological evaluation I anticipated. If I did not make that clear, I apologize,” Sommer said to the courtroom audience. “Since he was convicted of a sex offender offense, I thought I was going to get a sex offender evaluation. This is not a sufficient, comprehensive sex offender evaluation for me.”