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Today's News

  • King refunding sex offender's contributions

    SANTA FE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King said Tuesday he’ll return more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who’s a convicted sex offender in Florida.
    The contributions came from companies with a Virgin Islands address that Jeffrey Epstein lists as a place of business or a residence in government documents, including a New York sex offender registry and New Mexico corporation records.
    Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to a charge of soliciting prostitution, and served just over a year in jail. Epstein made the plea after federal authorities dropped an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused dozens of underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach.
    “My campaign has had an ongoing rule that I would not accept any contributions directly from Mr. Epstein and upon further review, we have learned that he has an interest in the companies in question,” King said in a statement. “Unfortunately my fundraising staff missed this in the vetting process. I believe the right thing to do is to return the contributions from all companies in which Mr. Epstein has an interest. This will be done immediately.”

  • Small gas leak on Central Avenue

    Personnel from Los Alamos Fire and Police responded to a gas leak this morning on Central Avenue. A construction crew working in the eastbound lane apparently ruptured an unmarked gas line, which caused an evacuation of all of the small businesses in the area. However, the rupture was quickly brought under control without incident and employees were allowed to go back to work about an hour later at 10:50 a.m.

  • News Briefs 09-10-14

    $12.5M to repair Amtrak
    route in Colorado, Kansas

    PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A $12.5 million federal grant will pay for urgent repairs on the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, but funding for upgrades in southern Colorado and New Mexico remains uncertain.
    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado announced Tuesday the Transportation Department approved the grant after Kansas and Colorado communities committed $9.3 million.
    Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the money will pay for repairs allowing passenger trains to maintain 60- and 70-mph speeds.
    Magliari says BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, runs only slower-speed freight trains and doesn’t need to keep the track up to high-speed standards.
    Magliari said Amtrak is discussing funding for repairs in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico with state officials and BNSF.
    A BSF spokesman didn’t immediately return a call.

  • 'Los Alamos Monitor' hires new publisher

    The Los Alamos Monitor has a new publisher.
    Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC, which owns the Monitor, announced that David Puddu is the new publisher effective Monday.
    “I look forward to serving our region with fair, accurate, objective, timely and complete journalism, as well as providing our customers with results-based advertising solutions across all platforms,” Puddu said.
    Puddu holds Journalism and Advertising/Marketing degrees from the University of Nebraska where he also played some football.
    He has held numerous general manager and publisher positions. In his most recent position Puddu worked 12 years as publisher of three weekly newspapers in central New Mexico.
    Puddu plans to move to the area from Belen with his wife Deborah and their children (Lana, Sophia and Noah).
     

  • Update 09-10-14

    Film series

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Atomic Filmmakers: Hollywood’s Secret Film Studio.” 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    Assets

    September is Assets Month and local businesses are asked to collect change throughout the month to assist with a variety of youth building programs, including the annual Community Assets Award. Those willing to host a can should call 695-9139.

    Donations

    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Parks and Rec

    The Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. Mendez Produce is the featured vendor of the week. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.  

  • Project Lunchbox feeds middle school children

     Studies show that hungry children can’t learn. Children who miss meals are unable to concentrate, have poor academic performance and suffer from headaches and stomachaches as well as more serious diseases.
    Project Lunchbox, a Unitarian Church of Los Alamos volunteer program, is providing lunches for Los Alamos Middle School children unable to afford them.
    Unlike the elementary schools, the middle school and high school are not able to take advantage of the National School Lunch Program, which provides free and reduced cost lunches to low income students. According to Middle School Clinical Councilor Jennifer Neil, that is because those age groups are not satisfied with a one-choice entrée such as that served in the elementary schools.
    That entrée meets NSLP’s nutritional requirements. But LAPS’ lunch vendor, Summit Foods, provides a choice of items for the older students, making those lunches ineligible for NSLP funding.
    Project Lunchbox bears many similarities to Aaron’s Kids, a program under the auspices of the First United Methodist Church that provides lunches for high school students (see “Poverty strikes close to home for kids, families,” Aug. 5). Aaron’s Kids was also providing lunches for the middle school until Project Lunchbox was founded.

  • UNM-LA shows off renovated labs

    The start of every school year always brings new and exciting changes, but this year, students who use the the biology, chemistry and physics labs at UNM-LA truly have something to look forward to. Over the summer, both of the labs, as well as their associated storage areas, have undergone major renovations and updates that have made the labs easier to use.
    UNM-LA’s Science and Engineering Chair Dawn Venhaus and UNM-LA’s campus resources director Lisa Wismer recently led members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and other guests on a tour of the facilities Monday showing off the changes, new equipment and technology that make the facilities functioning laboratories and not just classrooms.
    According to Venhaus, part of the success of the new design comes from the fact the facilities were redesigned from the ground up by people that actually use the labs.
    “This new configuration allows us to have four larger groups of students using four setups,” Venhaus said on the tour. “So, we can now accommodate a larger number of students. It’s also easier for them to reach the equipment, as well as see what is happening.”
    The labs also feature demo tables, something they did not have before.

  • Citizens' petition prompts action on 20th and Trinity

    A citizen’s petition submitted by Doris Roberts, owner of All Individual First, has prompted action on getting either a signalized intersection or a HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) signal at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive.
    Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to direct staff to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which owns the highway, to assess the potential for some type of signalized intersection or crosswalk at that location and report back.
    Roberts runs a day care program for adults with developmental disabilities, located at 2101 Trinity Drive. Her clients frequently want to visit Ashley Pond or the Farmer’s Market. In order to cross safely, they must walk to either Oppenheimer Drive or 15th Street, take a circuitous ride on Atomic City Transit or make arrangements in advance with Dial-a-Ride.
    “Why can’t these individual have the spur of the moment, ‘I want to go to Ashley Pond for lunch’ or ‘I’m going to walk across to the Farmers’ Market’ instead of having to take the trolley all the way around and all the way back because it’s not safe for them?” Roberts said.

  • Be There 09-10-14

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.

  • Community Briefs 09-10-14

    Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon