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Today's News

  • Celebrating Veterans Day in LA

    This Veterans Day, Brigadier General (Ret.) James Fox reminded New Mexican veterans of their role in defending America throughout it’s history as a country.
    Fox was the keynote speaker at the Los Alamos American Legion Post’s Veterans Day ceremony Friday.
    Fox, who is also New Mexico’s Secretary of Veteran’s Services, spoke about New Mexico’s contributions from the Civil War to the current wars in the Middle East.
    “I want to point out that New Mexicans served in the Civil War. We sometimes overlook that. Just south of here, in Glorieta, and further south in Valverde, New Mexico, boys died for this country,” Fox said. “Our legacy as New Mexicans has been paid in blood as well.”
    He also reminded veterans that over 40 percent of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were New Mexicans, and that the Rough Riders suffered the highest casualty rate of Spanish-American War.
    “That’s our heritage. That’s who we are,” Fox said to the somber crowd of veterans and families gathered at American Legion Post ceremony. “We fought and endured to help make us a country and a state.”
    Fox also reflected on the beginnings of America.

  • Trump shakes up transition team Friday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. The move, one of the first key decisions as Trump pivots from campaigning to governing, amounted to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the Republican’s transition planning for months.
    On the heels of Trump’s upset victory this week, his team has begun to embark upon building a government, an enormous undertaking that likely requires Trump to alter his hands-on management style and consider going outside his small, insular group of loyalists. He has been scrambling to identify people for top White House jobs and Cabinet posts, a herculean task that must be well in hand by the time Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
    For Trump, who ran on a pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders, the team is strikingly heavy on those with long political resumes.
    And another apparent contradiction emerged Friday as Trump, who repeatedly vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one,” said he would be open to maintaining portions of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

  • Longtime LA doctor says he was forced out after 39 years at LAMC

    A local doctor at the Los Alamos Medical Center said he has been pushed out of his lease, forcing him to leave his practice after 39 years.
    Dr. Phillip Hertzman, who specializes in the treatment of veins, received a letter in the mail in August that he had 30 days to move out, or he would be evicted. The letter was from a real estate company representing Tennessee-based Lifepoint Health.
    “They said that they were planning to buy it, and they just wanted to inform me that after they close I have to vacate within 30 days,” Hertzman said. “The fact is they (Lifepoint) didn’t even own it when the sent me that letter.”
    He said LAMC offered him no choices. LAMC is owned by Lifepoint Health.
     “Nobody from the hospital has ever spoken to me personally about what was going on,” he said.
    LAMC’s interim Chief Executive Officer John Whiteside, who became the center’s interim CEO in August, said Hertzman did send a letter to LAMC’s board members about the situation.
    Whiteside also said that he couldn’t speak for the actions of former LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. Whiteside did not reach out to Hertzman because at the time the bank still owned the suite Hertzman’s suite, he said.

  • County to hold meeting on water supply plan Tuesday

    When the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities proposed drilling a well in White Rock in 2013 in order to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment, the community went into an uproar.
    Residents near the three proposed well sites feared adverse impacts during construction and on their property values afterwards. Open space proponents argued against placing the well on public land near the canyon rim and popular hiking trails.
    In June of 2013, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) decided to delay digging a test well while they studied the issues. A year later, the board voted to postpone any action until after the 10-year update of the county’s Long-Range Water Supply Plan in 2016.
    Contractor Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. has just completed a draft of that updated plan. The good news for well opponents is that based on the consultant’s findings, there is no immediate need to secure the San Juan-Chama allotment. But Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco warns that the situation could change in the future.
    The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer requires every water supplier to develop a 40-year Long-Range Water Supply Plan.

  • Board to consider options in baseball facility

    The Los Alamos School Board will meet with the builders of the new commercial baseball facility at the middle school, expected to be finished by March, to find ways to partner with the organization to help local athletes.
    The school district is looking into signing a lease agreement with the Los Alamos Baseball Academy, owned by local developer and Zia Realty owner James Chrobocinski. Chrobocinski wants to build an indoor baseball training facility on the corner of the athletic fields at the campus of Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa Road.
    When the school board meets with Chrobocinski Monday, the board hopes to negotiate a usage agreement with Baseball Academy over access for its students to use the facility before approving the lease.
    The agreement includes a 10-year lease with three,10-year renewal options. The 1.18-acre parcel of land will be leased at an annual price of $11,340, or $945 per month.

  • Vaping industry meets resistance in Congress

    BY PAUL J. GESSING
    Rio Grande Foundation

  • The VA health care lesson

    BY BOB HAGAN
    Coffee on a Cold Morning

  • Police Beat 11-11-16

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Oct. 26
    8:59 a.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft.

    2:36 p.m. — Police reported that a 79-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of battery at Bathtub Row.

    Oct. 27
    1:47 a.m. — Kyle Hill, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Urban Street.

    7:46 a.m. — James Fallon, 53, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (more than eight ounces) in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    7:46 a.m. — Mark Fallon, 58, of Arroyo Hondo was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    11:59 a.m. — Maria Mendoza-Arroyo, 32, of Española was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at Trinity Drive.  

    Oct. 28

  • On the Docket

    Oct. 26
    James R. Liberty was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to wear seat belts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kristian Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $ 65 in court costs.

    Jerome T. Valdez​ ​​was​ ​found​ ​guilty​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​traffic​ ​stop​ ​of​ ​speeding​ ​six​ ​to​ ​10​ ​miles​ ​an​ ​hour
    over​ ​the​ ​speed​ ​limit.​ ​Defendant​ ​was​ ​fined​ ​$50​ ​and​ ​must​ ​also​ ​pay​ ​$​65​ ​in​ ​court​ ​costs.

    Janice Carroll was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Oct. 27
    Karen C. Rau was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs

    Christian L. Chavez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • New Mexico VA sets up transportation network

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System are looking to a fleet of five new vans to ease the transportation challenges of veterans around the state.
    The VA unveiled the vans Wednesday in Albuquerque. They’re supplementing an existing transportation network that operates with the help of volunteers with Disabled American Veterans and other organizations.
    The new program is run by VA staff. Officials say the VA drivers made 88 trips for veterans in the program’s first full month of operations.