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  • Today in History for Jan. 19th
  • Buzzer-beater lifts LA over Sandia

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned a big win over the Class 5A Sandia Matadors at home Friday night.

    With no time left on the clock, Hilltopper guard Anna Scott buried a long-range 3-pointer to sink the Matadors.

    The Matadors (10-4) tied the game with under 15 seconds left on the clock 43-43, but Scott got a step against her defender to the right of the key and buried a NBA-range 3 at the buzzer to give the Hilltoppers a 46-43 win.

    It was the first victory for new Los Alamos head coach Ann Stewart.

    More information on the game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • SOC employee arrested on murder charge

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella Friday announced the arrest of Kaiwee Martinez, 35, who is charged with an open count of murder in the November 3, 2012, shooting death of Lawrence Sandoval, 33, of Taos at the woman’s Alcalde home.

    Securing our Country (SOC), the lab security force that employed Martinez, released the following statement.

    “Kaiwee Martinez is employed by SOC Los Alamos (a subcontractor to LANS, LLC) as an Unarmed Security Officer,” SOC spokesperson Liddie Martinez said. “She has been on leave without pay since the day of the incident in November 2012.  She has not had access to Los Alamos National Laboratory since that time.”

    “We conducted a comprehensive, detailed investigation into Mr. Sandoval’s homicide over the course of the next 10 weeks,” Rodella said. “Early on in our investigation it was determined that the defendant’s account of events preceding the shooting was not credible.”

    The defendant had told RASO investigators that she shot Sandoval in self defense.  

  • Update 01-18-13

    No fees

    On Monday, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Bracelet sale

    Chamisa sixth graders will sell bracelets and key chains before school on Tuesday to raise money for field trips. Prices range from $3 to $7.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

  • Briefs 01-18-13

    Tax break proposed for hiring graduates

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing a tax credit to encourage businesses to hire students receiving graduate degrees in science and technology from a New Mexico college.
    The measure is to help stop the so-called brain drain of highly educated professionals leaving New Mexico for jobs in other states after earning a master’s or doctorate degree in mathematics, engineering, technology, the sciences or a health-related field.
    Employers could receive a tax credit of $5,000 for each qualified graduate that’s hired for a full-time job with benefits.
    Albuquerque Sen. Tim Keller, the No. 3 Democratic leader in the Senate, is sponsoring the bill along with Republican Rep. James Smith of Sandia Park.

    Gov. declares emergency due to shortage

  • UNM-LA honors Jeannette Wallace

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ newest lecture hall was dedicated to the late New Mexico State Rep. Jeannette O. Wallace in a ceremony last Sunday.

    “It’s the very first named structure we’ve had on this campus and I don’t think we could have found another individual that was more deserving of it,” said Campus Resources Director Lisa Wismer. “And it’s also a wonderful inspiration for generations to come about what one person can do.”

    Wallace died in April 2011, while serving her 11th term as state representative for District 43, an election, which she won at the age of 76.

    In UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page’s letter to UNM’s naming committee, Page calls Wallace a friend to the university. The letter reads, “She wrote letters of support for capital improvements, advocated for bond referendums that benefited our library acquisitions and worked to minimize budget reductions in higher education. In the 49th legislature she introduced a Joint Memorial in support of the UNM Los Alamos initiative for Environmental Science Education for Northern New Mexico.”

    Wallace held positions on the House Appropriations and Finance Committees.

  • State reports first flu deaths this season

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Thursday confirmed the first five flu deaths of this season.

    The cases involve a 91-year-old woman and a 94-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County, a 67-year-old woman from Bernalillo County, a 57-year-old woman from Lea County and a 56-year-old man from Chaves County.

    The state Health Department doesn’t track every case of flu in New Mexico, but it does track influenza-like illness at dozens of locations statewide to estimate the amount of flu activity. Providers and laboratories reported that nearly 5 percent of patient visits last week were for flu-like illnesses.

    That percentage has fallen for two consecutive weeks, but state epidemiologist Michael Landen was still urging people to get vaccinated.

    “The influenza season started early and rates of flu-related hospitalizations are higher than they have been in recent years,” he said.

    Officials said vaccinations are particularly important for pregnant women, children who are 6 months to 5 years old, adults 50 and older, Native Americans and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

    The first of about 726,000 doses of vaccine began arriving in New Mexico in September.

  • 'Metal Menagerie'

    Mesa Public Library is hosting the show "Metal Menagerie."

  • District financial report gets an 'A'

    Among the more serious findings of a yearly audit of the millions of dollars in state and federal funding that flows through the Los Alamos Public School System: LAPS spent $12 more than it should have in special education. The firm conducting the audit also found that a $78 check that was not cashed, was not taken off the books in a timely manner.

    According to Griego Professional Services LLC, an accounting firm approved by the New Mexico State Auditor’s Office of Management and Budget, that was very good news to the LAPS officials. The auditor was hired by the Los Alamos Board of Education.

    During the presentation, J.J. Griego, principal at GPS LLC, thanked District Finance Officer John Wolfe and others for making the huge task easier.

    “The audit went very well this year and we were able to be in and out earlier than ever this year,” Griego said. “That’s in no short order to Mr. Wolfe, the finance department as well as all the departments we worked with including the federal programs, the state programs and pretty much everybody else.”

    However, Griego also made it clear he works for the school board.

  • Griego to leave LASO

    Juan Griego will be leaving his post as the Los Alamos Site Office acting manager in March for a two-year stint with the New Mexico National Guard.

    Griego, a native of Española and a Los Alamos High School graduate, made the announcement to LASO employees earlier this week.

    And the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office released a statement this morning, confirming his departure in March.

    “I have been blessed with the opportunities to serve with both the Department of Energy/NNSA here in Los Alamos for over 26 years and the New Mexico National Guard for over 30 years. Recently, the New Mexico National Guard requested my service as the Deputy Adjutant General on a full-time basis, for up to a two-year period,” Griego said.

    “I have always valued both my military and civil service, and am honored to be considered to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard.  This request has been vetted through the NNSA up to the administrator level and approved, reflecting the value that NNSA places on military service contributions by federal civil-service employees.