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Today's News

  • Students earn summer credits

    For some teenagers, summer means getting a job and earning money, traveling to interesting places; or even sleeping late, relaxing with family and friends, and enjoying a much-needed break from schoolwork.
    For other teenagers, however, summer 2015 was a time to earn essential high school credits for graduation.
    This summer, 80 Los Alamos High School students took part in the LAHS Summer Credit Recovery Program.
    According to LAPS, with the help of the summer teaching staff and technology support, the program recorded a 65 percent increase in the transition rate from 2014.
    The summer LAPS teaching staff included Lorraine Whalen, Kathy Hipwood and Lee Delano, among others.
    The summer curricula included Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Spanish.
    Each course was a rigorous full-semester online class aligned with state standards.
    A learning coach and three certified teachers were available for customized tutoring sessions and to help answer questions.
    Students also committed a significant amount time outside of regular summer school hours in order to complete their classes.

  • Local Briefs 8-14-15

    County parade winners
    are announced

    Los Alamos MainStreet announced the winners of the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade.
    The parade was Saturday on Central Avenue.
    The winners included:

    First place: Los Alamos Team 4H Club
    Second place: Los Alamos National Bank
    Third place: Nancy Parker

    Chandler to speak at Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will have guest speaker Chris Chandler, probate judge, at its meeting Aug. 18.
    The Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Chandler will speak on “How to Prepare for Probate.”

    Irrigation, turf renovation
    set for next week

    Western Area Soccer Field will be under construction for irrigation and turf renovations beginning Monday.
    The expected project completion date for the project is Sept. 17, that according to Los Alamos County. Field users are asked by the county to respect the construction site.
    For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division at 662-8159.

    “Life in N.M.” seeks submissions

  • U.S. gets $5.9M in settlement

    The United States Department of Justice announced earlier this week that PC Specialists Inc., doing business as Technology Integration Group (TIG), has agreed to pay the United States $5.9 million to settle allegations that the company inflated the price of computers sold through another company to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    The computers in question were for use at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.
    According to the DOJ, from 2003-2013, TIG sold Dell computers to Sandia Corporation for resale to the United States under Sandia’s contract with the NNSA.
    The United States alleged that TIG knowingly inflated the amounts it charged Sandia by failing to give credits for rebates and discounts it received from Dell as required by its contract and causing false claims to the government for the inflated prices.
    TIG, headquartered in San Diego, buys computers and other technology products for resale to other purchasers.

  • Ryan Shupe performs at the pond

    Ryan Shupe and his band will be the featured performers at this weekend’s Gordon’s Summer Concert.
    The concert series is approaching the finish of its summer season, with only four shows remaining, including tonight’s.
    Ryan Shupe will play at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    With his band, Shupe has been around the country on tour and has been on Good Morning America, E! and Country Music Television, among other national appearances.
    According to his biography, he is a fifth-generation fiddler and also plays electric and acoustic guitar and even the mandolin.
    Shupe is making Los Alamos one of his stops ahead of an album release coming up this fall. Shupe’s album, entitled “We Rode On,” is different than the regular sound and songwriting he’s known for.
    The album, according to the band’s website, focuses on “themes like family, love and maturity.”
    Following Friday’s performance, the band will appear in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and Lorton, Virginia, before the end of the month.
    Russ Gordon, the organizer of the Summer Concert Series, calls Shupe and his band “high energy and major fun bluegrass and rock.” Shupe and company are based in Utah.

  • CodeRED keeps LA residents informed

    Los Alamos County used its CodeRED System for White Rock residents during the July 31 search for a juvenile whom local police believed was armed and had allegedly shot at a parked car.
    The county said last week that the system worked as it was supposed to but believed, after using it during the incident, many people don’t know about the system.
    For information purposes, the county published more information about CodeRED and what it is designed to do.
    The system is a free emergency notification system used to inform resident about emergency information, such as a possible public safety issue.
    Those may include AMBER alerts, emergency preparedness, wildfires, public health crisis, criminal activity, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, advisories or evacuation notices.
    Residents are notified through telephone, text messages and social media regarding such emergency notifications.
    According to the county, its CodeRED database includes information from several different public databases, including local and regional phone books. However, the county warned residents about assuming their contact information was already contained in the county’s database.
    Instead, safety officials urged residents to register for the system if they weren’t sure they had already done so.

  • Caldera having big sale Aug. 22

    The Valles Caldera Trust is having a “going out of business” sale next week.
    The Trust, which operated the Valles Caldera National Preserve until last month, announced it was have a sale Aug. 22. According to an announcement on the event, the Trust has accumulated furniture, office equipment and commercial kitchen equipment that it no longer needs.
    Items are already priced and prices are firm, according to the announcement.
    Among the items for sale are overstuffed leather living room chairs, twin beds including frames and mattresses, kitchen chairs and 3D archery targets, which are all available in large quantities.
    Also, 13,000-volt diesel generators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, end tables, lamps and much more are available, however, those are in smaller quantities.
    All of the funds collected during this yard sale go to the National Park Service and will be used to support the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The sale will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 90 Villa Louis Martin in Jemez Springs.
    For more information on the VCNP, visit the preserve’s website, vallescaldera.gov or call 1-866-382-5537.

  • First Day of School in LA

    Thursday was the first day of school for Los Alamos Public Schools. Elementary schools, like Mountain, had half-days the first two days while Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School had regular schedules to start off with. At Mountain, Principal Jennifer Guy greeted students coming off the bus for the start of the 2015-16 school year.

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Aloha Sunday at the Christian Church

    August 16 - 10:30 a.m.
    WORSHIP - We come from different cultures and backgrounds, but we worship the same Lord. On this special Sunday “The Instruments of Praise” Hula Ministry Team will join us at the Christian Church (92 East Road) in worshiping the Lord. They will praise the Lord through a beautiful, traditional Polynesian dance as we praise Him in song. Feel free to dress “Hawaiian.”
    LUNCH - Mike and Michelle Irish will host a fund-raiser luncheon after worship to help this Hula Ministry Team travel to Oregon to minister. Menu: Teriyaki chicken, Teriyaki SPAM, rice and dessert.