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Today's News

  • County, community reacts to clinic cutbacks

    Los Alamos County councilors and Los Alamos Health Council members are anxious to speak with the New Mexico Department of Health about its recent decision to further cut hours and services at the Los Alamos health clinic. 

    Among the changes, the state health department transferred its sexually transmitted disease testing and birth control programs 21 miles away to its Española office.

    Los Alamos County Council has asked for a meeting in a letter it sent in October. 

    “We transmitted a letter and requested a meeting,” Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss said. “We reiterated that we don’t believe they’re encapsulating our needs correctly. We’ve asked for copies of their incident reports.” 

    Reiss said the health department is not correctly using the data it used to justify the reduction in hours and services. 

    The department based its decision on data it received about the number of times the office is used to counsel Los Alamos teens on unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.   

  • Comp plan tops county’s 2016 accomplishments

    Los Alamos County saw some major accomplishments during 2016, one of them years in the making. Those include a new comprehensive plan, a recreation bond package that will go to voters next year and new resources for economic development. These are some of the year’s highlights.

    New comprehensive plan will guide county’s growth

    As Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss pointed out when council passed the new comprehensive plan, it has been 29 years since the last comprehensive plan was approved in 1987. In the years since, it had become muddled and unwieldy, encompassing a number of other plans encompassing or drawing on a number of other plans and revisions. Planning for a new comprehensive plan was well underway in 2004 when the Cerro Grande fire derailed that effort. 

    Members of the public pushed back when P and Z proposed basing the new comprehensive plan on council’s strategic goals with little public input. They argued that the plan should be based on the community’s vision and urged the commission to conduct extensive public outreach similar to that used in developing the 1987 plan. 

  • In from the cold

    Shoppers at the Dec. 22 Los Alamos Farmer’s Market at Fuller Lodge checked out the fresh, hot apple cider before heading in for more shopping.

  • DOE secures waste route through Nambé

     The Department of Energy announced Dec. 21 a $250,000, renewal of a five-year agreement with the Nambé Pueblo that will allow the DOE to transport radioactive waste through its lands to the DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for treatment in Carlsbad. 

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    The $250,000 agreement will fund training and technical assistance to the pueblo’s emergency responders to ensure the waste, which will include transuranic waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, gets to WIPP without incident.  

    The training will include how to plan and train for emergency events, transportation monitoring, equipment, supplies and increasing public awareness activities. 

  • Today in history Dec. 27
  • Prep boys hoops: LA opens Poe Corn tourney tonight

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team will get another opportunity to make a name for itself in Class 5A.
    The Hilltoppers open the Poe Corn Invitational against Belen at 6 p.m. tonight in Roswell.
    “That’s a good 5A tournament,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “If we can come out of there with a couple of wins, that’ll help our confidence. It’s a big tournament for us. We can gain some respect or we can lose some respect.”
    Los Alamos (4-4) is riding a two-game losing streak, while Belen is 8-1 and has won its last five. Tonight’s matchup will be one of the Hilltoppers toughest tasks this season, as the Eagles have impressive wins against Alamogordo and Roswell and won its hosted Hub City Tournament. Los Alamos also participated in the Hub City Tournament and placed in seventh.
    Belen’s quick start has placed the Eagles on the list of Class 5A contenders, while Los Alamos got off to a 3-0 start but a couple of setbacks against St. Pius and Eldorado have ensured that the Hilltoppers need a good showing in Roswell to be considered a legitimate contender.
    Los Alamos and Belen have played each other the last seven seasons with the Eagles holding a 4-3 edge during that span.

  • Daughter: Actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars," has died. She was 60.

    Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

    "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

    Fisher had been hospitalized since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.

    She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit "Shampoo." Fisher also appeared in "Austin Powers," ''The Blues Brothers," ''Charlie's Angels," ''Hannah and Her Sisters," ''Scream 3" and "When Harry Met Sally ..."

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  • Pet Talk: Consider facts when giving pets as holiday gifts

    Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your family with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home.
    Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many reasons why a pet may be unsuitable for a home, such as if the receiver is not financially or mentally prepared for a pet. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how pets can often come with hidden expenses. “Pets, even healthy ones, require a financial commitment for basic requirements, such as food, collars, and leashes, as well as medical needs, such as basic vaccinations,” she said. “Unexpected illnesses or injury may also add to that financial burden, which can be too much for some owners to handle.”

  • LA Family Council to move temporarily

    Christmas came early for Los Alamos Family Council. Their gift this year is in finding a youth loving new employee in Jordan Redmond, to run the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    During the LA Public Schools winter break, the Los Alamos location will be moving to a temporary location when schools resume in January. Until that time a full slate of activities are available at the White Rock location in their equally beautiful new facility.
    “The remodel is very exciting as it will enable us to better serve the youth who participate in the program,” Redmond said. “While also providing a more welcoming and warm environment.”
    Redmond is the proud father of two children, a son, Severus, nearly two-and-a-half who already delights in sharing with others. His daughter, Edelweiss, was born this past September. Redmond says he and wife are blessed as the newest arrival already sleeps through the night and shows a keen interest in Darth Vader, a true mark of genius.
    The Youth Activity Centers are firmly rooted in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and understands that the relationship built between youth and community adults, equals success for the students.