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Today's News

  • Man ID'd by LAPD in traffic incident

    Los Alamos police have identified the man whom they believe may have been the culprit in a traffic incident where it was reported a vehicle was driving on Main Hill Road in the wrong direction Thursday.
    Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe, was the driver identified by Los Alamos police. According to LAPD, Santa Fe County’s sheriff’s office is investigating the incident as well, concerning parts of the alleged incident that occurred in Santa Fe County.
    According to the LAPD, a vehicle was traveling down the wrong lane down the Main Hill. Initially, the vehicle was observed by LAPD Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.
    Police received a report that a pedestrian was struck just inside county lines. During the alleged incident, three other vehicles were reported to have either been struck or had crashed as a result of trying to avoid the vehicle headed in the wrong direction.
    Ortiz was charged with numerous counts related to the incident. Among those were reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI, having an open container in a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other violations.
     

  • Church listings 7-17-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Hospital scrambles to house patients during Pope visit

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patients seeking long-term treatment at Philadelphia’s multitude of renowned specialty care centers might find no room at the inns this September, when a visit by Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the region.
    Hospitals that rely on an organization that seeks to find housing for such patients or their families are wringing their hands under the added pressure to identify hosts for people who ordinarily could afford a hotel room.
    “Many of these patients cannot choose their time to have treatments,” said Rosana Tovar, a caseworker at Shriners Hospital for Children. “Right now we’re trying to figure out for that time in September when we’ll have international patients and if we can help with accommodations.”
    Shriners, which provides specialized care to children with orthopedic problems, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft palates, has no housing of its own to offer patient families. The only other inexpensive option is area Ronald McDonald houses, but the demand for their housing there is far greater than the supply, Tovar said.

  • Note to Trump: ‘Scum of two nations’ yielded presidents and patriots

    Donald Trump should read American history.
    If he did, he might not have made a statement like this: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
    As The Donald was shooting himself in the foot, I was learning about the Scots-Irish in this country as part of my research on New Mexico’s first U.S. territorial governor and Indian agent, James Silas Calhoun.
    The Scots-Irish were farmers who in the 16th and 17th centuries left their unproductive land in Scotland for better land in northern Ireland at the encouragement of the English who rid themselves of one set of troublemakers by inflicting them on another.
    They didn’t get along with the Irish but endured.
    After continued oppression, these Scots-Irish, as they came to be called, immigrated to the American colonies beginning in the early 1700s, long before the Catholic Irish. Pouring into Pennsylvania (they weren’t welcome in Boston) by the thousands, they migrated south to the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama, which were glad to have these tough frontiersmen as a buffer between the settlements and displaced Indian tribes.

  • The sky is falling

    Once again, a commercial has prompted a virtual war of words, a tirade of tantrums, a carnage of complaints, an onslaught of objections, an assault of alliterative allegories!
    The guilty party was the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, makers of the pain relief medicine Tylenol.
    J&J had the unmitigated audacity to run a commercial in which a homosexual had a headache.
    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
    Seriously, this bodes global disaster. If gays can have headaches, they can have toothaches, also. Are we doomed to watch men brushing their teeth together? Is nothing sacred?
    Earlier this year, Hallmark Cards wreaked havoc on Earth’s orbit by featuring a same-gender couple in a Valentine’s Day commercial. OK, yeah, the world survived. But just barely.
    It’s bad enough homosexuals have access to medicines, but must we share our favorite munchies with them?
    Nabisco Honeymaid graham crackers and Kraft Oreos have both gone over to the dark side, running commercials featuring gay couples.
    Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian reverend, invented the graham cracker in 1829. He introduced it as a health food to thwart carnal urges, preaching that sugary foods encouraged self-abuse.
    Some years later, the gay community invented S’mores. Gays 1, Sylvester 0.

  • First Anniversary

    Smith’s Marketplace had plenty to do, and to eat, to celebrate its first anniversary Thursday. There were bouncy houses for the kids and food and drinks for store patrons. The store opened with much fanfare in 2014.

  • Update 7-17-15

    Breakfast

    The American Legion Post 90 will host a breakfast at it restaurant on Trinity Drive Sunday. The breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and beverage, will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Proceeds go to benefit American Legion programs.

    MOWW

    The July meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic Tuesday at the Posse Lodge. RSVP by Sunday. Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544, or Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750.

    Fractals

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host “Fantastic Fractals” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fantastic Fractals is a planetarium show featuring original music. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Nature Center.

    Mudfest

    The High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament is scheduled for Saturday. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Play starts at 8:30 a.m.

    Performance

    A performance of the one-woman show, “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge,” about Manhattan Project resident Edith Warner, will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Cooperative Market will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It takes place at the Los Alamos Co-Op on Entrada Drive.

  • Funky brass band playing

    Tonight, the Stooges Brass Band, from New Orleans, will be featured at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Tonight’s show is not only a part of this weekend’s ScienceFest festivities, but is Holiday Inn Express-LA Co-op Market-New Mexico Consortium Night.
    “They’ll play and the crowd will party,” series promoter Russ Gordon said. “This is going to be an amazing, high-energy show from ‘Treme.’ Those of you who dug the TV show ‘Treme’ or have been to Mardi Gras or any of the almost weekly parades in New Orleans know you’re in for an incredible night. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably still in for a great time.”
    According to Gordon, the Stooges is a highly regarded brass band playing “an innovative blend of the traditional New Orleans brass band sound with contemporary jazz, hip-hop and funk.”
    The Stooges won the “Best Contemporary Brass Band Award” at the Big Easy Music Awards and an award for being the “Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band.” The band has played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival several times, as well as the Bonaroo Festival, South By Southwest and High Sierra Music Festivals.

  • Southwest gets schools' contract

    If the Los Alamos School Board’s choice for a new school lunch provider is any indication, kids will be eating healthier for the same price when they return to school this August.
    In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the board approved the hiring of Arizona-based Southwest Foodservice Excellence Inc. to take over the district’s lunch program from Summit, the school system’s previous school lunch provider.
    In May of this year, the district issued a request for proposals for a food service provider that will provide school lunches at all the schools, as well as catering services for special events, two responded, Summit and Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
    A committee made up of school district employees and parents met twice in June to pick a provider, according to Regina Mertz, chief procurement officer for the school district. Requirements for selection included service capability, finances, references, experience and the company’s ideas for innovation.
    “The highest score, when all was said in done, was for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, so on behalf of the evaluation committee I’m here tonight to recommend to you that we award the contract to Southwest Foodservice Excellence for the next year,” Mertz said to the board.

  • Cuisine is the real thing

    When Joe and Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato opened Thailand Thai Cuisine a week ago Thursday, they were caught off-guard by the response.
    “The first two or three days they just kept coming. It was rough. We didn’t expect that,” Nam said. “But it’s good, because people are excited, because they love Thai food, and we always hear, ‘Oh, your food is so good.’ It’s all about positive comments. We’re really happy with it.”
    That rush of business has made for some slow service, since Nam was the sole chef until just this week. She is currently training another cook in how to make the complex Thai dishes.
    Thai cuisine is very labor intensive.
    Nam and Joe have spent several nights working until 2 a.m., preparing fresh vegetables and other ingredients for the next day. But every dish is made to order.
    The delicate blend of spices that goes into each dish does not come from a premade sauce or mix, but is prepared one dish at a time by Nam herself.
    According to Joe, who manages the front of the house and the accounting, they have averaged 100 tickets a day, with two to three people per ticket. That means that petite, 24-year-old Nam has been cooking approximately 225 meals a day.