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Today's News

  • Time to sign up for annual 8th-grade trip

    It’s time to sign up for the annual eighth-grade spring break trip to Washington, DC.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth-grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.
    To sign up online, visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org using ID number 132736, or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same number.
      The trip will include round-trip transportation, sightseeing transportation in and around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, all meals and admissions, quality hotel accommodations, night chaperones in hotel, accident and health insurance.
    Highlights of the trip include the new African American museum, the White House, the International Spy Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, and the Vietnam Memorials, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration The group will stay in a five-star hotel in Crystal City, minutes from the sites.
    Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 or 623-225-7953 for information. Also, see Facebook at LAMS Washington DC Trip.

  • LAHS’ Ann Stewart to speak Thursday at WR Library on Title IX

    Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Ann Stewart will speak at a forum on implementing Title IX at 7 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Public Library.  
    The forum is part of the November AAUW branch meeting.  
    Stewart is the LAPS Title IX coordinator.  
    Title IX requires:
        • Equal opportunities in sports
        • Equal opportunities in academic classes
        • Freedom from sexual harassment
        • Freedom from bullying
    AAUW strongly supports the vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education.
    Stewart was born in Los Alamos, attended Chamisa, Aspen and Pinon grammar schools, LAMS and graduated from LAHS in 1991.  She earned All-State honors in both soccer and basketball as a student athlete for LAHS. She then attended Creighton University on a soccer scholarship until a back injury ended her soccer career.  
    Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.  
    This is her third year as the athletic director for Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

    Los Alamos hosts the 49th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School.
    Booths for this years fair will be stocked with holiday items for shoppers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the fair every year since 1967, and this year’s fair will be one of the best ever.
    Featuring nearly 75 artisans in New Mexico, the fair offers traditional and contemporary art forms.
    All of the items displayed are handmade or hand crafted and have originated in New Mexico or nearby states. The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature pottery, weavings, clothing, wood workings paintings, jewelry, and more.
    Food and beverages will again be sold at the fair by Dora Platera, who makes Navajo Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos veggie tacos, burgers and chips. She will have bottled water and Coke product soft drinks.  Senor Taco, who was at the Farmer’s Market this summer, will also be at the fair with tacos, burritos, posole, chile rellenos, tamales, horchata and hot cocoa.
    Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be offered by students as a fund raiser for the LAHS debate club. The ever popular Houdini’s Kettle Corn will again be at the fair.

  • Gov., Martinez travels to meet with Pence

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as the two attend a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Florida, a spokesman for Martinez said.
    Martinez has spent the last year as chairwoman of the association that helps elect GOP candidates for governor. The nation’s only Latina governor has offered congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory after refusing to endorse his campaign and previously feuding with the president-elect.
    Pence is leading Trump’s transition team to put together a Cabinet and decide on other high-level appointments.
    Mike Lonergan, a Martinez spokesman, said the governor was traveling Tuesday to Orlando, Florida, and returning Thursday after the scheduled meeting with Pence.
    Thirty governors and newly elected governors were expected to attend this week’s gathering at a resort near Disney World, including the incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
    The election that propelled Trump to the White House also resulted in Republican wins in a trio of governorships previously held by Democrats in Missouri, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Police seek help in suspect ID

    The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying a male suspect in a larceny case that occurred at Smith’s in Los Alamos.  
    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect.  Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • N.M. driver’s license overhaul provides 2 options

    By Morgan Lee

  • Weigh in on rec bond projects Thursday

    Citizens can once again weigh in on the 2017 recreation bond projects. Consultants from Dekker Perich Sabatini will present an update on their “opinion of probable costs” and take feedback from the public at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    DPS has been working to bring costs within the $27 million limit set by council, which includes $7 million in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funding and a $20 million dollar recreation bond that will come before voters in 2017.
    DPS’s original estimates were $63.8 million to $65.9 million, largely due to a projected $47 million for a combined multigenerational pool, recreation center and indoor ice rink.
    The latest estimate still exceed council’s cap by at least five million. DPS projects a total of $32,453,292 to $40,224,487 for all seven projects.  
    According to DPS Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason – who updated the Parks and Recreation Board last Thursday – there are a range of options for reducing those costs. DPS is not offering recommendations on limiting scope, but will suggest developing criteria such as funding as many projects as possible, prioritizing funding based on the potential number of users and factoring in operations and maintenance costs.

  • Board OKs ‘Baseball Academy’

    The Los Alamos School Board took about 20 minutes Monday to approve a land lease for a year-round, for-profit baseball training facility.
    The facility, known as the “Baseball Academy,” will be built on school district property.  
    The board approved the lease unanimously, with Board President Jim Hall abstaining, citing his business ties with local developer and businessman James Chrobocinski. Chrobocinski is in charge of the project.
    Chrobocinski plans to build the facility near the Los Aamos School of Gymnastics building on North Mesa Road.
    The facility is also near the county’s North Mesa baseball fields.
    “The schools are all about creating healthy alternative choices for kids, that’s what we’re in business for. It’s a perfect match for the schools to lease land for this purpose. It also ties in really well with the baseball facilities that are already out there,” said LAPS Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers, who oversaw the lease agreement between the school district and Chrobocinski.

  • Council passes comp plan

    Los Alamos County Council approved a new comprehensive plan Tuesday that included one change to the future land use map, a new feature of the plan.
    The plan was approved 4−1. Councilors Steve Girrens and Pete Sheehey were not in attendance. Councilor Kristin Henderson joined by phone.
    Council Chair Rick Reiss objected to changing three parcels abutting the Canyon Rim Trail – currently zoned industrial – to open space.
    Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Phillip Gursky explained that the commission reached a consensus that the close proximity of those parcels to the trail, and the steepness of one of them, would make development difficult, therefore open space was an appropriate designation.
    Councilor James Chrobocinski also opposed the open space designation, noting that there have been discussions about using those parcels for RV parking for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) or as a location for service organizations. According to Henderson, those discussions occurred during MPNHP committee meetings.
    During public comment, Councilor-elect Chris Chandler urged council to delay a vote until the public could weigh in on the proposed change. Chandler noted the land use map has been disseminated online and at several public meetings, so people believe those parcels are designated open space.

  • Española Walmart reopens today

    The Española Walmart Supercenter, which has been closed since mid-September, reopened today.
    The store was closed in order for the company to make repairs to its foundation, and to fix drainage issues.
    Those have been corrected, but the store also used the opportunity to do a remodel of the store’s interior, and that will continue into March.
    “We also had accelerated the remodel that was scheduled for 2017, so we were able to make some progress on some of the heavier pieces of the remodeling,” said Walmart Spokeswoman Delia Garcia. The store’s pharmacy is now bigger, and includes more customer bays and a private consultation room, something the Walmart Supercenter pharmacy didn’t have before.
    All that remains is the remodeling of the store’s grocery section. However, shoppers will still be able to buy turkeys and other Thanksgiving staples. The merchandise section has already had its redesign, so Christmas shopping shouldn’t be affected.
    “We are making accommodations to make sure those Thanksgiving meal fixings are available in the store,” Garcia said. “We’ll have turkeys, hams, pies and vegetables available that typically accompany the holiday meal, such as green beans.”
    Holiday rolls and breads will also be available.