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Today's News

  • The Truman Show

    Noel Pugach, former history professor at the University of New Mexico, stepped into his alter ego, Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States, in front of a packed house at Fuller Lodge Tuesdsay night. Pugach, in the character of Truman, told the audience about Truman’s life, decision-making process, and his decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. The show was hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • LAYL's Wild Day is set for Saturday

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership will have its annual Wild Day program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium Saturday.
    The project’s lead coordinators for this year are Carmen Bouquin and Nic Gonzales. The event is for students in grades K-6.
    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the purchase of gardening equipment for the Hilltop Garden.
    Activities will include crafts, games, police and firefighter meet and greet. Lunch will be provided.
    Registration is $20. Download the registration form at losalamosjjab.com and drop it off at the Los Alamos YMCA.
     

  • Standoff continues in Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation empowering Congress to reject an emerging Iran nuclear pact is expected to sail through both houses of Congress, leaving President Barack Obama with the tough task of selling the deal to skeptical lawmakers.
    “I don’t know how you cut a deal with the devil and think the devil is going to keep his end of the deal,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday after Obama bowed to pressure from Republicans and Democrats and agreed to sign compromise legislation.
    The legislation, unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would give lawmakers a say on what could be a historic deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In exchange, the influential Islamic nation in the Middle East would get relief from economic sanctions stifling its economy.
    The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress came after the White House maintained for weeks that congressional interference could jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Tehran. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China reached a preliminary agreement with Iran on April 2 to curb its nuclear program and hope to finalize a pact by June 30.

  • Hilltalker team will have a bake sale

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Drive.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads, and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send nine students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, Texas this June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among the students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis and Aniruddha Nadiga; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang and William McCumber; and sophomores Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones. “It’s tough to qualify for the National Tournament and these students did an outstanding job,” Batha said.
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” said Engelbrecht.

  • LA man indicted in deadly crash

    Robin Wood, the Los Alamos man who allegedly was drunk when he drove his car into oncoming traffic Nov. 29. 2014, has been indicted by a Santa Fe grand jury for vehicular homicide (driving while intoxicated and reckless driving) and causing great bodily injury by motor vehicle (driving while intoxicated and reckless driving).
    The accident happened on N.M. 30 at about 5 a.m.
    Wood, who was driving northbound in a Chevrolet Impala, allegedly swerved into the southbound lane and ran into a 37-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Cavalier. The woman was later identified as Elizabeth Quintana.
    According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, she was on her way to work in the bakery department at the Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Wood, as well as his passenger, Mari C. Gaetgens, 40, were traveling to a residence in Española.
    Gaetgens was seriously injured in the crash and Wood was also injured. Wood was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent Hospital and Gaetgens was transported to a hospital in Española.
    After being treated for his injuries, Wood was held on an unrelated parole violation in a 2012 case, but was eventually released on bond.

  • Leisure pool backers try again

    When a supporter asked for a show of hands for the number of people at Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting there to support the construction of a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, a large number of audience members raised theirs.
    Council voted unanimously to include the project in future Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) considerations.
    Supporters of the leisure pool have been slowly gaining momentum since voters rejected the question of whether to approve a $3 million general obligation bond to finance the project in November 2011. Council had allocated $3.1 million to for the $6.1 million dollar project and asked voters to approve the General Obligation bond the balance.
    The bond — which would have increased property taxes by $32.35 on a $300,000 home — was rejected by a vote of 3,851-2,239.
    On March 27, Shelby Redondo submitted a citizens’ petition with at least 715 signatures requesting that council construct the pool.
    Redondo herself asked council to designate the pool the next major capital improvement project (CIP), “funded in the manner of past capital improvement projects.”
    Leisure pool supporters continue to protest the fact that this was the only CIP project for which voters were asked to approve a bond to pay for it.

  • Character and teamwork keep bus company in the family

    The Silver City economy was thriving in 1996 when Christina Montoya bought her family’s bus company from her parents and continued its contract with the Cobre Consolidated School District to transport students.
    In 2001, Montoya approached The Loan Fund for money to finance the replacement of two of Montoya Transportation’s older buses.
    When two Silver City bus companies announced they were looking for buyers, Montoya secured a loan with local AmBank to buy both fleets and assume their contracts with Silver City schools.
    But just as Montoya’s business was expanding, the local economy contracted. Starting in 2002, hundreds of mine workers left town after massive layoffs at the Chino copper mine — the area’s largest employer.
    School enrollment shrank, leaving Montoya with lots of buses but fewer young passengers.
    “It was a struggle to make it every month,” Montoya recalled of those years when she was supporting six children on a shrinking paycheck. “There were times I had nothing left over.”
    Persistence and
    partnerships

  • Inflation, debt payments eat 30 percent of road funds

    Personal transportation vehicles powered by fossil fuels — cars, SUVs and pickups, that is — will be around for a long, long time.
    So will commercial trucks, which, with rail, are vital links in moving goods around the country.
    Roads will be around, too. Roads were crucial well before the combustion engine appeared. Check your Roman history. All this means we’re stuck with building and maintaining roads.
    And paying for this work.
    Governments pay for nearly all roads — federal, state and local. Yet, for years the state has been well short of having the road money it claims it needs.
    The recitation of this banal obviousness comes because the state’s political leadership has ignored the situation, a derogation of duty. Here is a summary of our sources of money.
    About $840 million will come into the Department of Transportation during fiscal 2016, the budget year starting July 1, according to “Legislating for Results: Appropriation Recommendation,” published by the Legislative Finance Committee in January. DOT requested $837.7 million; the LFC recommended $842.7 million.
    The difference, though large from the perspective of nearly all individuals, is small on the scale of things.

  • Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

    Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips after the jury forewoman read the verdict, convicting him in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Hernandez's mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict. Jenkins wept on his mother's shoulder. Hernandez later mouthed to them: "Be strong. Be strong."

    The former football pro was also found guilty on both weapons charges he faced. The jury deliberated for 36 hours before rendering its verdict.

    For reasons that were never made clear to the jury, Lloyd was shot six times in the middle of the night on June 17, 2013, in a deserted industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.

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