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Today's News

  • Today in history Dec. 17
  • Council rejects electric rate restructuring proposal

    The Los Alamos County Council remanded a proposed electric rate restructuring ordinance back to the Board of Public Utilities on Tuesday.
    The point of contention was a proposed Power Cost Adjustment (PCA), which would have allowed the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to pass the actual cost of purchasing power onto the ratepayers as a variable rate when it either exceeded or went below the base rate.
    The reasons for including a PCA provision was explained by Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt.
    The PCA would have stabilized revenues and insulated against power cost volatility. Cost of power accounts for 63 percent of total costs and is the greatest variable in the system.
    According to an electric Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by the Leidos consulting firm, DPU has under-budgeted for the cost of purchasing power for three years, resulting in nearly $1 million dollars in under-recovery, with as much as $1 million under-recovery anticipated in the current fiscal year.

  • LA comes back to stun Hope in 4th Q

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned an improbable come-from-behind win in the fifth-place game of this weekend’s Joe Armijo Invitational tournament.
    With 12.6 seconds remaining in the game, the Hilltoppers trailed the Hope Christian Huskies 37-33, but the Hilltoppers scored five points in that time to earn the victory and the fifth-place finish.
    Los Alamos point guard Amber Logan hit a long 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining. Then the Hilltoppers forced a turnover on the ensuing throw-in which bounced to reserve guard Elena Abeyta right under the basket. Abeyta hit a layup at the buzzer to give Los Alamos a wild 38-37 win at Albuquerque Academy.
    The crazy end to Saturday’s game gave Los Alamos a 2-1 finish at the tournament and two straight victories after losing for the first time of the season in the first round to Los Lunas.
    Los Alamos lost in the opening round of Academy’s home tournament Thursday in overtime to the Los Lunas Tigers, but came back nicely Friday, downing the Class 6A West Mesa Mustangs, 61-51.
    Los Lunas’ Tigers ended up finishing second at the tournament. After a dominating defensive performance Frday in a 34-19 win over Academy, the Tigers (4-1) lost to Mayfield, last year’s big-school runner-up, 54-32.

  • New LAFRW officers installed

    The Los Alamos Federated Rebublican Women met Thursday for the group’s annual Holiday Luncheon and installed new officers for 2015-16.
    At the luncheon, Heather McClenahan gave the Year in Review report on behalf of outgoing President Mary Wilhoit, who was helping with the statewide land commissioner recount.
    For the LAFRW, the new officers were installed by Sadie Boyer, NMFRW Region A director from Taos.
    Bethany Douglas gave the new president’s acceptance message and informed the members of some of the upcoming year’s plans.
    New officers include Douglas, Vice-President Mary Wilhoit, Secretary Nancy Bliss and Treasurer Terry Marzili.
    Members of the group also brought gifts to be given on behalf of LAFRW to the local Adopt-a-Family program.

  • Be There calendar 12-16-14

    Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Past presentations can be reviewed by joining the Yahoo group for LAPC found at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/la-photoclub/info. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    Holiday Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The eighth grade WEB Crew leaders will be hosting a free movie (“Maleficent”) for all seventh graders right after school. Seventh graders are asked to bring a snack to share and WEB Crew will have free drinks. The movie starts right after school and students must be picked up by 5 p.m.

  • Update 12-16-14

    Ribbon cutting

    Pleateau Property Management will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Ponderosa Pines and The Cottonwoods at Gold Street Wednesday. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at 3000 Trinity Drive, No. 62.

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    Skate With Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the county’s ice rink. it will be from 2:15-4 p.m. Dec. 21. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Farmers Market

    A Holiday Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will run from. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • New faces grace Los Alamos Co-op Market

    Recently the Los Alamos Co-op Market welcomes two senior managers to the staff. Jose Peraita has been hired to take on the front end manager position, while Theresa Westfall is taking the reins of deli manager.
    Peraita worked in the deli and has fully embraced the spirit of co-ops in his interactions with customers and staff.
    He will take over as front end manager from Tim Morrison who was part of the original management team. Morrison is leaving the co-op to start graduate school abroad.
    Westfall has restaurant kitchen management experience along with a great attitude and enthusiasm for learning about co-ops, which will help her transition into her role as deli manager.
    She will be attending deli operations training in mid-January to hone her skills and transfer her knowledge of restaurant kitchens to grocery delis.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central across from CB Fox. Check the website losalamos.coop or call 695-1579 for more information.

  • Pile burning continues at VCNP

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve announced it was implementing prescribed pile burning that started today and is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
    The prescribed pile burn will take place on 75 acres of the VCNP north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30.
    The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire and for the restoration of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, according to a VCNP press release.
    Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.
    Smoke may have variable effects on neighboring communities including La Cueva, Sierra Los Piños, Jemez Springs and other areas near N.M. 4.
    The burn activity, according to VCNP, is not expected to impact recreation sites or necessitate road closures.
    VCNP officials said the pretreatment of the forest substantially reduced the amount of fuel in the project area and lessened the associated production of smoke.
    However, smoke could be a nuisance to some people. It may be a health concern for children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

  • E.T. game goes to Smithsonian

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — One of the “E.T.” Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.
    Museum specialist Drew Robarge made the announcement Monday in a blog post. He included a photograph of the crinkled cartridge along with the official serial number assigned to the game by the city of Alamogordo.
    The game was one of hundreds recovered at the city’s landfill last spring as a team of documentary filmmakers investigated a decades-old urban legend that centered on Atari secretly dumping the cartridges. The “E.T.” game had the reputation of being the worst game ever, and it contributed to the demise of the company.
    Robarge said the Smithsonian has some amazing artifacts that represent big moments in video game history, including Ralph Baer’s “Brown Box” prototype for the first video game console and a Pong arcade cabinet. However, missing was something that represented what he called “the darkest days” of the early 1980s when the U.S. video game industry crashed.

  • Comedian is most 'Googled'

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
    The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet video craze to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
    Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game “Flappy Bird,” bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie “Frozen” and the Winter Olympics in Russia.
    Williams, Ebola, the World Cup and the Ice Bucket also ranked among the most-discussed subjects this year on Facebook, which released its list last week. Google released its list Tuesday.