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Today's News

  • Youth mobilizers to screen 'Race to Nowhere' for teens

    Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center, which is run by the Y and funded through Los Alamos County, are slated to show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens at 6 p.m. Thursday 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26at the teen center. 

  • Coffee and conversation
  • ROTC spaghetti dinner fundraiser Thursday

    The Los Alamos naval Junior ROTC is hoping to tempt your taste buds with their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    The cadets and their families will be baking and cooking as they try to raise funds for upcoming competitions and awards ceremonies with something to please the vegetarians and carnivores in Los Alamos.
    Shelly Olguin, mother of Cadet Olguin and Booster Club member hopes the community will turn out for their big night.
    “Since this is for their benefit, they are tasked with selling tickets in advance, they will serve the salad, drinks and the cookies,” Olguin said. “They will be bussing the tables, asking if anyone needs anything, refills, take their plates, bring something if the person needs something.”
    The cadets do it all and provide service with a smile as they set up, clean-up and haul supplies back to the unit.
    The meal will be held at the IHM Catholic Church with tickets available from any cadet and also at the door. If your night is too busy, to go options are available.
    Each meal includes, spaghetti with a choice of sauces, salad, a drink, breadsticks and a cookie.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

  • Jobs Council’s brainstorming may seed future development

    Adversaries are already squaring off over hot-button issues in the legislative session that begins Jan. 19, so it might surprise you that there’s an oasis of agreement.
    That’s the legislative Jobs Council. The agreement is due to ground rules that required unanimous decisions. Right off the bat, it eliminated pointless debates over issues that will never see a consensus.
    The Jobs Council is three years old. It’s the brainchild of former House Speaker Ken Martinez, who envisioned a nonpartisan forum where legislators, community leaders, business people and economic developers could hammer out ideas.
    That’s what happened.
    Guided by veteran economic developer Mark Lautman, the council began with meetings in every county and every Council of Government district. Participants at this grassroots level were asked, probably for the first time: How many jobs do you need? How many jobs do you think you can create? What economic sectors are most likely to provide those jobs? What obstacles do you face in creating jobs?
    The data from these exercises has been lovingly charted by council helpers.

  • Session looks to be nasty; life goes on

    The legislative session looks to be nasty, Steve Terrell, political writer for The New Mexican newspaper, told Albuquerque Press Women a week before Tuesday’s session start. The big difference between 2015 and 2016 is that this year’s gathering will shorter, mostly focused on finances.
    But as to contemplation of fundamental reforms for our floundering state, much less action, uh, no. The exception is the continuing tax crusade by Republicans Rep. Jason Harper of Rio Rancho and Sen. Bill Sharer of Farmington.
    Outside the legislative bubble, the world continues with people not working, government investing in businesses, an athletic discussion and world-class research.
    Nationally the labor force participation rate was 62.6 percent in December, a near-record low. That’s the proportion of people either working or looking for work. The rate has dropped for five years.
    The rate was 57 percent for New Mexico in November, says the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. No doubt we were affected by all the commonly cited factors, from aging population (retiring Baby Boomers) to welfare systems, with little push to find work. Indeed, as unemployment benefits increase, the value of work goes down. Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago works on these topics.

  • Stocks plunge along with price of oil; Dow off 500 points

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the price of crude oil sent stocks sharply lower on Wednesday, bringing the market to its lowest level in nearly two years. The Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 500 points.

    Energy companies were pummeled as the price of crude oil sank 7 percent, threatening more damage to an industry that has already been stricken with bankruptcies, layoffs and other cutbacks.

    The price of U.S. crude fell below $27 a barrel amid a global glut in oil supplies that seems to be getting worse. That's the lowest price since May 2003 and a far cry from the $100 a barrel it fetched in the summer of 2014.

    Overseas markets fared no better. Japan's Nikkei index entered a bear market, down 20 percent from its peak in June, and European benchmarks lost between 3 and 4 percent.

    Gold and U.S. government bonds, traditional safe havens, rose in value as investors shifted money out of stocks.

  • Santa Fe rescue worker discovers fallen climber is ex-wife

    SANTA FE (AP) — A member of a Santa Fe rescue team received a shock when he discovered the climber's body he was sent to recover belonged to his ex-wife.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Scott Hicks was volunteering with the Santa Fe County Fire Department technical rescue team Monday afternoon when they were sent to retrieve the body of a 59-year-old female. The woman had been climbing in Diablo Canyon and had fallen 175 feet to her death.

    Upon arriving at the canyon, Hicks discovered the dead climber was Susan Sarossy. He was married to Sarossy for 19 years before they separated. They have a 25-year-old daughter together, and Sarossy has a 41-year-old son from a previous marriage.

    Hicks says Sarossy took up climbing to face her fear of heights.

  • Community Calendar 1-20-16

    TODAY
     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a meeting at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge that will include a presentation by Bill Priedhorsky, a Mountaineers member. A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will start the evening at 7 p.m.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. David Daniel from Los Alamos High School and Michele Altherr from Mountain Elementary will be presenting on the XQ Super School Project.

    Green Hour hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    THURSDAY
    “Race to Nowhere” at 3:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center will show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens.

    Watoto Concert at 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Beginning in 1994, Watoto Children’s Choir has been touring the world with orphaned children from Uganda, spreading the gospel through praise and worship.

    Historic Renovation and Expansion 2016 open community meeting from 5-6 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Historical Museum project team will present Quatrefoil Associates’ concepts and design plans to date for the Guest Cottage and Bethe House.

  • PEEC offers birding at Bosque del Apache

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a program to spend Saturday and Sunday birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips and local birding activities. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader. He’s eager to share the lessons that observing nature brings to us.
    Williams organized the 2015 Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count. He is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. When not enjoying the outdoors, he moonlights as an electrical engineer at LANL.
    More information about the trip itinerary, equipment, and logistics can be found on PEEC’s website, peecnature.org.
    To participate in the Bosque del Apache Birding Weekend, register online at peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. Driving directions will be emailed out after registration.

  • Assets in Action: What are you saving for a rainy day?

    The only thing you should save for a rainy day is money. I only say that because saving money could mean the difference between happiness and sadness for yourself and your family.
    This weekend my family helped two people move that had saved the things they love for a lifetime.
    The sad part is all of the things they were saving, were the things they enjoyed the most. They saved them buried in boxes, stored in other boxes, never enjoying them along the way.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I also save way too much and one goal for 2016 is to purge, purge, purge.
    I remember being in elementary school and reading a story about a woman that had saved a scarf all of her life. She kept in it a box, folded in special paper, always waiting for the special occasion. The story ended with her family removing the scarf from the box to put on her while she lay in her casket.
    That story had an impact on me. I remembered saving this candle and knowing it was special, it sat in the center of my dresser for years. Then I took a photo of it and lit the candle. I enjoyed many hours of that candle, watching it transform along the way … throughout its life if you will.