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Today's News

  • Court: gay marriage is OK in Oklahoma

    DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
    The decision from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a ruling that struck down Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban. But the Denver-based court immediately put its decision on hold pending an appeal, meaning same-sex couple won’t be allowed to marry in Oklahoma for now.
    The 2-1 ruling comes after the same three-judge panel ruled in June that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution. It was the first time an appellate court determined that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act meant states couldn’t deny gays the ability to wed. That ruling also is on hold, and Utah’s attorney general has said he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s ban was filed against the Tulsa County clerk, whose attorneys were still considering their options Friday afternoon. But they noted the panel’s dissenting judge argued that changing the definition of marriage should belong to Oklahoma residents, not a federal court.

  • Cause of airline missile strike unclear

    LONDON (AP) — To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.
    The first international monitors to arrive on the scene, 24 hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down, found bodies strewn on the ground and restrictions from armed militiamen.
    That gives a sense of the formidable obstacles investigators face in deciphering a disaster scene spread over 20 square kilometers (eight square miles) of contested ground in eastern Ukraine — amid a conflict in which both sides have interests that may outweigh a desire to uncover the truth.
    “We are in a country that is at war, and that is in a war of communication,” aviation analyst Gerard Feldzer said in Paris. “Everyone is pushing a pawn.”
    All 283 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight were killed in Thursday’s crash. U.S authorities and aviation experts say the Boeing 777 was likely brought down by a ground-to-air missile, but so far there is no proof of who fired it. Ukraine and the insurgents blame each other.

  • Police Beat 07-18-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 10

    4:01 p.m. — Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant in the 600 block of San Ildefonso Road. The original charges stemmed from an incident that happened on June 22, 2014, where he was arrested for aggravated battery on San Ildefonso Road.

    11:59 a.m. — A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported to police that he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) on Trinity Drive.

    3:04 p.m. — George Barela was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant in the 600 block of San Ildefonso Road. The original charges were failure to display a proper registration/licence plate and driving with a suspended or revoked license (not for DWI).

    July 11

    1:41 p.m. — A 51-year-old Ohkay Owingeh woman reported to police she was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at Peach Street.

  • Update 07-18-14

    Benefit breakfast

    Benefit breakfast for the American Cancer Society. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 for adults and $3 for children.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet July 24. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. 7-10 p.m. today at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for Tuesday night in White Rock, has been canceled.

    Fly fishing

    A youth fly fishing clinic is set for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in Jemez Springs. Price for participation is $15. Call 866-382-5537 to register.

    Farmers Market

    County officials announced there would be no councilors’ booth at Thursday’s Farmers Market. 

  • VA: Staff acted properly before vet’s death

    Albuquerque’s VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center’s cafeteria.
    Hospital staff faced scrutiny after the death of 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia, who received CPR on the floor while an ambulance was called to take him to an emergency room 500 yards away.
    Gibson, speaking to reporters shortly after meeting with staff at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, said an initial review found staffers followed procedure in providing help to the Vietnam War veteran.
    “I thanked every single one of them individually,” Gibson said. “As I heard what they did, and I stood and looked at them in the eye, I was very proud.”
    Hospital emergency experts have said it’s standard for medical centers to require staffers to call 911, even when patients are near an emergency room. VA officials say such policy is in place at its hospitals across the country.
    Emergency response records show that an ambulance arrived to help Garcia about 10 minutes after the 911 call.
    Officials said VA staff along with Kirtland Air Force Base personnel immediately responded in providing basic life support to Garcia.

  • LA School Board reluctantly goes with custom eval

    Some choice.
    That seemed to be the general opinion of the Los Alamos School Board recently when it was faced with either adopting the New Mexico’s Department of Public Education’s teacher evaluation plan as is, or adopt one recently created by the district that NMPED would allow using its criteria and basic outline.
    At a June board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt presented the board with its version of the plan which was created with the help of a special committee of teachers and administrators.
    “The board actually has a choice. The choice is to not accept this plan, and the state will choose one for us,” he said. “Accept this plan as the best of the limited flexible opportunities we have, and in the minority report, we will express our concerns.”
    In the end, the board decided to go with Schmidt’s recommendation, but only after discussing its differences with NMPED’s plan for about an hour. However, the board did not seem too enthusiastic about the school’s plan or the state’s, since the district had no choice but to work within the parameters of NMPED’s teacher evaluation plan.

  • Jemez governor explains lawsuit

    In 2012, the Pueblo of Jemez filed a lawsuit under the 1976 Quiet Title Act to reclaim its aboriginal right of ownership to the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    U.S District Court Judge Robert Brack dismissed the lawsuit in September 2013, but the Pueblo has filed an appeal.
    On Friday, Jemez Gov. Joshua Madalena explained the pueblo’s position to the VCNP board of trustees. Madalena was governor in 2012 when the lawsuit was initiated.
    “The Valles Caldera belongs to the Jemez people,” Madalena said. “We were the first stewards. We were the first conservationists. We took care of the caldera when we arrived in this area.”
    The governor gave a brief history of the pueblo’s connection to the Jemez Mountains and the Valles Caldera, from its first 50 room “reconnaissance camp” adjacent to the caldera to its growth during the great migration of the 13th century into a 62-pueblo “empire” of 20,000 people.
    “There’s really no structure built within the caldera, because it is our church,” Madalena explained.

  • Angry at God for the tragedies of the world

     

    “Are we allowed to get angry at God for allowing tragedy to happen?” — David 

     

    Is God the source of tragedy? We don’t want to think so. We perceive of Him as ultimate love and thus the very one who protects us from tragedy. 

    Our anger arises when we are certain that a sovereign God could have stopped a terrible event and when we are also pretty sure there can be no good purpose for it.

  • Church listings 7-18-14

     

    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.  Summer worship, at 9 a.m., runs from mid-May through mid-August. Fellowship with refreshments following the service at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, 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.

  • Interest rate limits needed to protect borrowers

     

    Getting a small loan license in New Mexico is a cinch. Just pay a $1,500 fee to the Department of Regulation and Licensing, show you have $30,000 in capital and a reasonably clean criminal record and you are in. There were 656 small loan operators in the state at the close of 2013.

    The powers that come with a license are astonishing. Outside of a very narrow product area technically defined as Payday Loans, licensees can charge any interest rate over any period of time with almost any loan terms they choose on amounts of $2,500 or less. Small lenders routinely burden unsophisticated borrowers with interest rates of anywhere between 200-600 percent and sometimes more than 1,000 percent. In the process, they often point to the license on their wall claiming their products are “state approved.” That license is, in fact, their license to steal.