Today's News

  • Revival Center to hold seminar

    Northern New Mexico Revival Center, 134-A N.M. 4 in White Rock (in the former Hive location), will be offering a Removing the Graveclothes Boot Camp. The seminar will introduce participants to an integrated, Biblical approach to helping those bound by the “graveclothes” of life.
    The seminar is 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24. There will be two sessions from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
    Contact Eileen Douglass 662-1570, eidlanm@gmail.com, or Dee Alei 695-5030, nnmrc14@gmail.com to pre-register. Cost is $50 singles/$75 couples. No childcare is available.

  • Bible Answers: More queries about Christian rock music

    “What’s the deal with contemporary Christian music? Is it as great as some say, or is it evil and vacuous, as others claim?”—Katy
    We may not dismiss “contemporary Christian music” with a broad brush of self-righteous condemnation any more than we can accept the genre uncritically.
    The question reflects the incessant squabble between lovers of hymns, ancient as well as modern, and proponents of more current styles of music. The conflict tends to be largely generational: old folks almost always decry the “new fangled stuff” and young folks almost always reject the “boring, old school” ways of their fathers.
    Paul instructed the early church to sing a variety of “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19-20; Co. 3:16). Interestingly, his phrase to some degree reflects the historic progression of Western church music.
    The Protestant church of the 18th to 20th centuries sang “classical” hymns. The evangelical surge of the mid-20th century introduced an increasing focus on “spiritual songs” (called “choruses” or “praise and worship” music.)

  • Reconsider methods?

    The Pajarito Trail Fest was run on Oct. 4. The course, on public land, was marked with small pink flags. Fifteen minutes after the last runner passed, the race organizers had removed every trace of their trail markings.
    The continuing Los Alamos Pace Races stand in contrast. The courses, also on public land, are copiously marked with a white powder, perhaps chalk or flour.
    The race organizers make no attempt to clean up after themselves, and race markings, particularly the ones on rock, can be seen on Los Alamos trails for literally years after the race is over.
    The Trail Fest and others have shown that a race can be run without being a litterbug.
    For the public benefit, could the Pace Race organizers and participants reconsider their methods?
    Stuart Trigman
    Los Alamos

  • County Charter and BPU are a long way from resolution

    The issues raised by the proposed changes to the County Charter regarding the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) have been the subject of multiple letters to the editor. Those against this amendment seem to strike an overriding theme: some county council will abuse a strengthened oversight function over the BPU to the ultimate harm of the electorate; specifically, it could increase transfers from utilities to the general fund, resulting in higher taxes disguised as increased utility rates.
    As a current member of the county council, I know all too well that trust may be earned but cannot be legislated, much as competence or objectivity cannot be legislated either. The fact of the matter is that the county charter, either current or future, cannot ensure that there will never be untrustworthy, incompetent and/or biased councilors who may in turn choose untrustworthy, incompetent and/or biased members of the BPU, a board that controls a $90 million budget, nearly half the total county budget, and who cannot be removed except essentially if convicted of a felony. However, what the charter can do is to make any abuse by a public official as transparent, difficult and ultimately punishable by the electorate as possible.

  • United Way Community Action Fund

    United Way of Northern New Mexico volunteers Ann Hayes and Pat Soran who this year are also co-chairs of UWNNM’s Community Campaign, updates the thermometer on the organization’s campaign to raise funds for the region’s non-profits. So far, they’ve raised $274,661, which is just 25 percent of their goal of $1.1 million. To donate, log onto uwnnm.org for more details.

  • GOP group hosts candidates

    The Los Alamos Republican Women held their October meeting Thursday and hosted many of the 2014 Republican candidates. Candidates in attendance: Abe Dispennette for county assessor, Robert Aragon for state auditor, Rick Lopez for state treasurer, Geoff Rodgers for state house District 43, Bill McKerley for county council, Jaret McDonald for sheriff, Blair Redmond for magistrate judge, John Bliss, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski for county council, and Jefferson Byrd for House of Representatives District 3.

  • Udall visits Dems

    Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos this week to talk to supporters at the Democratic headquarters in town. Udall was in town to get out the vote and sponsor initiative called: “Women for Udall” and campaign for Stephanie Garcia Richard in the House 43 race. 

  • Wreck snarls evening commute

    The accident that held up rush hour traffic on N.M. 502 Thursday was a bad one, but the injuries were relatively minor, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    While one of the cars was, according to witnesses totaled beyond recognition, the driver and the passenger remained conscious. The driver of the second car apparently was not injured and was able to move their vehicle to the side of the road.
    According to the injured driver, Chassity Pacheco, 21, she was driving at around 50 mph down “The Hill” and talking to her passenger when she hit a puddle in the road. Her car then began to drift left of center toward the concrete center divider. She tried to compensate for the drift by turning the wheel right, and that’s when she lost control of the vehicle.
    Her car immediately turned in a clockwise direction, crossed over into the left lane and crashed into the guardrail. Her car then went counterclockwise and came to a stop facing east. That’s when the driver of the second car rammed the rear of her vehicle.
    Pacheco was cited for careless driving and speeding.
    Her passenger was cited for not wearing her seatbelt.
    Pacheco and her passenger were transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center shortly after Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.  

  • Robot tuneup

    Los Alamos Police Department Detective Ben Hinrichs gives the police department’s bomb disposal robots a maintenance check in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Justice Center Tuesday afternoon.

  • DPU explains gas leak

    More details emerged Thursday regarding the gas leak that forced the Los Alamos Middle School to go into shelter for about an hour Wednesday.
    James Richardson, the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer, said a contractor who was installing underground cable, accidentally drilled a one-inch hole into a four-inch medium gas main. The drilling took place on middle school property and Richardson estimated the leak was about 500 feet from the nearest building.
    Richardson said the call came in at 12:15 p.m. Richardson said it took crews 20 minutes to get to the site. It took 10 minutes to isolate the leak and another 20 minutes to pinch the leak.
    Richardson said that gas was restored to the school by 2:30 p.m.
    “It’s always serious when there is a hole in the gas line,” Richardson said. “But there was no fire and no explosion. We dug a hole and let the gas escape.
    “The middle school was sheltered and there was no danger to kids. … I am proud of our guys. They got on it fast. They isolated it and restored service quickly.”
    Richardson said the contractor followed proper protocol in contacting the 811 locate system before they started drilling. Richardson said DPU was notified by 811 and the utilities companies told them about possible lines.