Today's News

  • PET TALK: Cataracts could affect your pet’s vision

    If you’ve noticed your pet’s eye lenses becoming cloudy or opaque, your pet could be developing cataracts. Though cataracts can decrease vision, or even cause complete blindness, not every companion animal that develops cataracts requires surgery. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how cataracts can affect pets.
    “A cataract is an opacity of the lens,” Vallone said. “A clear lens is necessary for good vision; thus, any opacification can cause decreased vision. However, not all cataracts are the same. Some cases of cataracts are so severe they can cause blindness and inflammation in the eye, which may cause significant discomfort. Some cases are small enough they don’t interfere with vision at all and should be monitored.”
    All companion animals can develop cataracts, but Vallone said cataracts are common in dogs. Several breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cataracts, though not every dog within these breeds are affected.

  • News for Retirees April 29-May 6

    April 29-May 6
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.         Cardio
    9 a.m.        Pilates
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chef Salad
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Hamburger with             Cheese
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.    NO LAVA Quilters

  • Shelter Report 4-30-17

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.
    Wally—A handsome and regal 3-year-old tabby. He has beautiful, inquisitive eyes that draw in volunteers and shelter visitors, and he loves when volunteers open his kennel to pet him. Wally came to the shelter as a stray, so we don’t know much about his history, but he’s excited about finding a home that will keep him inside and make him part of the family.

  • Congress should ensure broadband can’t pick winners and losers online

    This editorial appeared in The Los Angeles Times April 19.

    Under its last chairman, Democrat Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission dramatically ramped up its regulation of telecommunications companies, especially those that provide broadband Internet access to the home. The commission adopted rules to preserve net neutrality, limit the collection and use of data about where people go online and subsidize broadband access services, while also slapping conditions on or flat-out opposing mergers between major broadband companies.
    Although the telecom industry resisted many of these steps as heavy handed and overly restrictive, Internet users, consumer groups and scores of companies that offer content, apps and services online welcomed them as prudent limits on broadband providers who face too little competition. And they’re right about that – far too many consumers today have only one or two practical options for high-speed Internet access at their homes today.

  • Government should tighten belt, not raise taxes

    New Mexico House of Representatives, R-Doña Ana and Otero Counties

  • Government should tighten belt, not raise taxes

    New Mexico House of Representatives, R-Doña Ana and Otero Counties

  • Northern New Mexico College to raise tuition

    New students attending Northern New Mexico College will see tuition rates rise by 4.5 percent starting this upcoming quarter. The board made the decision Monday, and it was based on a proposed decrease in state funding from the state legislature.
    “The board made the decision not on the fear of what is coming, but solely based on what’s in House Bill 2 (higher education bill),” NNMC President Rick Bailey said. “Even what was given to the governor had more cuts to higher education and we’ve taken what will end up being about an 8.4 percent cut over the last 18, 19 months. The tuition increase was solely based on the cuts we’ve already taken.” The board voted 3-1 in favor of the raise.
    The tuition isn’t going to cover the House Bill 2 cuts either.
    “We are still going to make other cuts as an institution,” Bailey said. The cost cutting measures and the tuition hike are expected to save staff position and prevent programs getting cut.
    The board also decided to raise tuition immediately so as not to appear to be deceiving students taking part in early registration, which started Wednesday.

  • Quarterly crime stats show downward trend

    Los Alamos Police Department Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone recently released crime statistics, which showed a downward trend for the first quarter of 2017.
    The main purpose of distributing these quarterly crime statistics is to let people know what is happening in their community, according to Sgambellone.
    Sgambellone’s impressions were positive overall.
    “We continue to see a downward trend, which is a good thing for Los Alamos,” he said.
    Sgambellone attributed this to not only enforcement on the police department’s part, but also “prevention education and treatment that we partner with the community on to help sustain a low crime rate,” which makes Los Alamos one of the safest communities in the nation.
    Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.  
    The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.  
    The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories combined are referred to as Part I Offenses.

  • LAPD gets body cams

    The Los Alamos Police Department has joined the ranks of law enforcement using body-worn cameras, which is a device that attaches to an officer’s uniform and records video while they are on duty.
    Commander Preston Ballew, the manager of this project, said body cams had been in the back of the department’s mind for a few years, but the department was finally able to start implementing the program last year.
    At this point, every police officer in Los Alamos utilizes this special piece of equipment.
    The main goal behind this implementation is transparency and accountability.  “Personally, it’s not so much that I worry about my officers and what they do,” Ballew said, but more so when an officer is accused of something. The body cam is used as a tool to show the real issue, whatever that may be.
    “Maybe it will reflect a training issue, maybe it will clear up a complaint that the officer clearly didn’t do anything wrong,” Ballew said.
    Another example of its use could be in a traumatic situation where the officer cannot remember the details of the incident. The body-worn camera “gives us a first look as to what the officer was seeing and hearing at the time,” Ballew said.
    As many might assume, the video footage can be used as evidence in court.

  • New management takes over Sandia National Laboratories

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Scientists and researchers at the federal government's largest national laboratory are pushing ahead with work related to national security and the proliferation of nuclear weapons as new managers take over New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories for the first time in decades, officials said Monday.
    Director Stephen Younger discussed the lab's future during a news conference that marked the start of a new contract with National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International.
    The U.S. Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration announced the $2.6 billion management contract in December. Officials have spent the last few months working on a smooth transition for the lab's thousands of employees and operations.
    The bulk of work at Sandia centers on the research, development and maintenance of nuclear weapons, but scientists there also have worked on energy and climate projects.
    Younger, who has a background in nuclear weapons, called Sandia's employees the "superheroes of technology."
    "Sandia defends the world and provides the opportunity for millions, if not billions, of people to lead peaceful and productive lives," he said.