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Today's News

  • County updates status of aquatic center

    As previously announced, the project at the Walkup Aquatic Center to replace the heating and cooling systems and boilers is behind schedule. Although significant progress has been made in the last week, a November reopening of the facility to the public previously targeted was not met.
    “The project scope has not changed nor has there been any significant design or cost issues,” said Steven Huebner, Project Manager. “The project is a complex system renovation that is taking longer to complete than expected.”
    Huebner said that county will not bear any additional costs for this delay, or, the county will not pay additional charges to the contractor for work currently being performed that is within the scope of work.
    Late Monday, the contractor submitted an updated work plan to the county outlining all remaining and incomplete project work based on a thorough walk-through by the contractor and county staff on Nov. 26. It includes the following main issues:
    • Install and test replacement boiler circulation pumps that were initially received on-site with factory defects;
    • Complete programming of system controls;
    • Install and test a larger gas meter;
    • Adjust air and water flows and settings to regulate and maintain required temperatures;

  • Court to determine defendant's competency

    A 22-year-old Los Alamos resident, who stands accused of having criminal sexual contact with two girls at least four times last spring, appeared in district court Wednesday for a status hearing.
    The defendant, Christopher Davis, was arrested in May of this year after an extensive investigation by New Mexico Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Los Alamos Police Department.
    The investigation was triggered by an out-of-state summons for Davis from Minnesota. According to the Anoka County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office, Davis was wanted for sending lewd photos to a 14-year-old girl that lives in that county.
    The local investigation also revealed similar, alleged, charges in Los Alamos County, including: 12 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, fourth degree, three counts of criminal solicitation by electronic communication device/meets with child and four counts of criminal sexual communication with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age/manufacturing visual media.

  • Flying high at PAC 8

    Los Alamos residents may have noticed aerial images in some of the county’s public service announcements showing at the Reel Deal Theater. Those images are taken with PAC 8’s recent addition: a DJI Phantom drone.
    PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau’s interest in drones was sparked at a National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Among all the latest video and software technology on display were GoPro cameras and unmanned helicopters of all sizes.
    At the conference, Gindreau received a coupon for $100 off one of the $400 GoPro cameras.
    “So I got the GoPro, and then just decided I had to get one of those copters,” Gindreau said. She purchased a $450 Phantom, the least expensive model. The entire investment came to about $1,000.
    The DJI Phantom — which measures one and a half feet square and six-inches high— has a case to hold a GoPro. The drone has a horizontal speed of about 22 miles per hour with a vertical speed of approximately 13 mph.
    Gindreau’s first attempt to pilot the tiny helicopter nearly ended in disaster, due to a quirk of the remote control steering mechanism.

  • Church Listings 12-05-14

    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. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, 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.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: Real reasons we celebrate Christmas

    “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?”—James

  • Overall health could be improved with help of dental therapists

    We have a dental crisis in New Mexico. Our state is underserved and many areas do not even have a practicing dentist.
    Many across our state go without dental care, and those who do get care in rural areas have to travel a long way to get it. For several years, I worked as a dentist in Fort Sumner, and I treated patients from a lot of areas to include Santa Rosa, Roswell, Santa Fe, Vaughn, Albuquerque and some from Texas border towns.
    Many of my patients spent several hours in a car each way just to get care at our clinic. Some came simply because they knew me. Others came because we used a sliding payment scale based on income and didn’t turn anyone away. Still others couldn’t get an appointment elsewhere. There are so few dentists, and even fewer who accept Medicaid, so our clinic was their best choice.
    By the time they arrived, some had advanced oral disease, and most were in desperate need of extractions, partially due to lack of education and poor access to dental care that many could not afford.

  • Supporting transparency is good for the economy

    Day in and day out, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is on the front lines, supporting the public’s right to know.
    FOG has been educating, advocating and litigating for transparency and accountability in our government for almost 25 years.
    So what? Why should you care? Isn’t access to public records a game of inside baseball that only political wonks and the press play? If you care about the state of the economy, you should care about open government. It’s not just about transparency and good government. It’s also about jobs and economic development, say a growing number of experts and policymakers.
    Journalists were the first to push for access to public records in the ’60s and ’70s to find out what government was doing and to hold public officials accountable. However, today requests for public records are predominantly filed by businesses, outnumbering requests from the press by three or four to one, according to one nationwide survey.

  • NM hoops results 12-05-14

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque High 73, La Cueva 65
    Belen 59, Manzano 57
    Cleveland 57, Los Lunas 24
    Dora 57, Capitan 30
    Española Valley 57, Santa Teresa 40
    Floyd 77, Dexter 57
    Hagerman 65, Eunice 63
    Hatch Valley 83, Alamo-Navajo 54
    House/Grady 56, Loving 52
    Jal 65, Tatum 48
    Logan 69, Tucumcari 66, OT
    McCurdy 43, Questa 24
    Melrose 69, Cloudcroft 55
    Menaul 61, Coronado 56
    Newcomb 66, Dove Creek, Colo. 41
    Pojoaque 68, Crownpoint 33
    Quemado 64, Clovis Christian 15
    Reserve 66, Foothill 35
    Rio Rancho 73, Highland 63
    Sandia 80, Rio Grande 59
    Santa Fe Prep 62, Goddard 59
    Sierra Grande, Colo. 80, Mesa Vista 66
    West Las Vegas 74, Santa Fe 56

    Girls basketball

  • LA tops Belen in big Class 5A game

    It was the toughest test of the young season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    And although things got hairy in several spots, the Hilltoppers passed the test.
    Los Alamos had to gut it out over a very tough Belen Eagles squad Thursday night. The Eagles were able to pound the ball inside and make enough shots from the outside to keep the Hilltopper defense scrambling.
    But the Hilltoppers got big performances at the other end from Makela Jones and Ashley Logan, along with their go-to option Ashlynn Trujillo, to down the Eagles 54-49 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Belen held the edge over Los Alamos for most of the first quarter and a half and took a couple of late leads, but Los Alamos made the plays at the end it needed to make to pull the contest out.
    Jones, who is not known for her outside shooting, buried a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, while Elena Abeyta hit a huge layup off an offensive rebound from Trujillo, then calmly sank two foul shots to close the door with 7.9 seconds remaining to seal the win.
    Los Alamos, which runs its early season record to 3-0, knew the Eagles were going to be a challenge heading in.

  • LA hockey plays a pair of games Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will return to action Saturday following a weekend off for Thanksgiving.
    Los Alamos, which is just one of two undefeated teams remaining in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, will have a doubleheader Saturday, albeit against two different teams in two different venues.
    Saturday morning, Los Alamos will take on the La Cueva Bears. That game is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. at the Outpost in Albuquerque.
    Following that game, the Hilltoppers will pack up and head across the Rio Grande for a contest at Blades Ice Arena. They will take on the Cibola Cougars at 2:15 p.m.
    These will be the final two road games for Los Alamos before its home opener, which is set for Dec. 12. Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Taos in three consecutive days at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, its final three games before the NMIIHL’s mid-season tournament in Taos.
    Prior to the Thanskgiving break, Los Alamos earned a pair of wins in Amarillo, Texas, defeating the Amarillo Bulls. Los Alamos won the first game Nov. 22 5-2, then came back to top Amarillo Nov. 23 6-2.
    Those two victories ran Los Alamos’ record to 4-0 on the season. Besides the Hilltoppers, only the Franklin (Texas) Cougars haven’t dropped a game yet in NMIIHL play.