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Today's News

  • North Pole workshop and luminaria walk

    Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.
    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and Stable Owners Association as they create a holiday event for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9.
    The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.
    Dress warmly, wear walking shoes and enjoy the North Mesa stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights.
     The event is free and a photo with Santa costs $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Recreation Division Scholarship Fund. For further information contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173,visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • Worley wins CROP Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest

    The CROP Hunger Walk/ Turkey Trot committee announces the winner of the first-ever Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest.

    The contest was open to all local fourth- through sixth-grade students who live in Los Alamos or whose parents work here. The winner is Sarah Worley,  a 10-year-old fifth grader at Piñon Elementary School.

    Worley said that she has participated in the walk her whole life. “I’ve walked in it with my family, every year of my life except one. So this will be my 10th time walking,” she said.

    Her inspiration for the logo came from the idea that people can win a turkey and a pumpkin pie through the random drawing after the walk, so she decided to draw a person holding those things. In the background, she drew people walking from all around the world because, in her words, “people all over the world have to walk to get something as basic as water.”  

    “We appreciate Sarah’s creativity and the inspiration she gives in being a lifelong walker and thinking about the difficulties facing many around the world. Sarah will receive a free T-shirt, as well as the sincere appreciation of our local CROP Hunger Walk committee,” said CROP Hunger Walk Coordinator Lynn Wysocki-Smith.

  • Good samaritans save kitten

    On a cold Sunday afternoon with temperatures sliding to sub-freezing for the night, a small kitten was found at the Los Alamos land fill. The good samaritans brought the nearly dead kitten to the police department.  
    Friends of the Shelter volunteers were contacted and the kitten was transported to the Emergency Clinic in Santa Fe. Diann Mills drove and Mary Timmers held the nearly frozen kitten next to her body, trying to keep it warm.
    Upon arrival at the clinic, the vets and technicians went to work and spent the night hovering over the four-to-six-week-old baby. The kitten named Milagro (Milly for short) survived the night.
    Mills picked her up from the emergency clinic the next afternoon and brought her to some experienced foster parents.
    Milly is thriving now and she is eating and starting to play. Friends of the Shelter would like to acknowledge the good people who rescued Milly, the quick response of the police department to a critical situation and Mills and Timmers for taking time to transport Milly to Santa Fe.
    Milly will be available for adoption once she is big enough to get all her shots and be spayed.

  • Food drive Saturday

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday, to benefit LA Cares Food Bank in Los Alamos and St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Española.
    The annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Los Alamos and White Rock and is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112), the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America, LA CARES and the LA Community Food Banks with the support of the National Letter Carriers Union, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Smith’s Food and Drug Stores, the Los Alamos postmaster and many individual volunteers.
    Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).
    Cub Scouts will also collect donations at both Smith’s supermarket locations in Los Alamos and White Rock on Saturday only.

  • Gonzales nominated for federal court

    President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.
    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.
    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.
    Gonzales has served as U.S. attorney since 2010. Before that, he spent 11 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney.
    He also is a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
    A graduate of the University of New Mexico law school, he began his legal career as a clerk for Joseph Baca, chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded the nomination of Gonzales.

     

  • Recycling takes center stage

    Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind people about the importance of recycling. New Mexico has seen continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.
    In Los Alamos County, a glass drop-off recycling program was established. This program began at the end of September and has seen great participation from residents. The program is estimated to help keep more than 100 tons of glass out of the landfill every year, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs.  
    Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.   

  • Update 11-15-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 21 for collection. 

    Arts Fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Food drive

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday. Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).

    Holiday bazaar

    The Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, McLaughlin Hall. There will be hand made items and food available for purchase.

  • NM income gap continues to grow

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released this week.
    From 2008 to 2010, the richest 5 percent of households had average incomes that were nearly 17 times higher than the bottom 20 percent of households, according to the report from the Washington, D.C.-based groups Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. That’s a jump from two years earlier, when the difference was around 14 times.
    In addition, household income for the richest 20 percent of households in New Mexico was 9.9 times greater than for the poorest 20 percent, the report said. That’s the highest ratio in the nation.
    Arizona had the second highest ratio, at 9.8-to-1, followed by California, with a ratio of 9.5-to-1.
    Across all states, the average income of the richest fifth of households was eight times higher than the poorest fifth, the study showed.
    Elizabeth McNichol, a fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a co-author of the report, said growing inequality in New Mexico follows a trend that began in the 1970s and has gotten progressively worse as the state’s economy struggles.

  • The Hive seeks path forward

    The Hive opened its doors on Dec. 7, 2011 as a community project space, an experiment in providing co-work space and facilities, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities to anyone looking for a way to develop an idea.

    Less than a year later, 22 of The Hive’s supporters petitioned council for $36,000 to sustain its operations through February 2013 and the opportunity to develop an expanded grant application for its continued operations.

    Without some source of revenue, The Hive may have to close its doors at the end of this month.

    “The Hive is at a crossroads. Our initial funding is exhausted,” The Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

    “We believe there is a big payback for the county of Los Alamos,” Jones continued. “In my estimation, this is the kind of economic development that this county needs. We need to diversify, we need to develop products or services for sale outside of the county.

    “Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and catalyze people trying to get things done. Startup businesses would be at the top of the list, but it can be organizations, clubs, even hobbyists or artisans. But our ultimate goal is to further real and sustainable economic development.”

  • Junior Hilltalkers chalk up points

    The Los Alamos Middle School debate team, otherwise known as the Junior Hilltalkers may be just over a year old, but they are acting like old pros, chalking up high scores in most speech and debate competitions they enter, according to Sherri Bublitz, their teacher and coach.

    At a  recent speech and debate competition at East Mountain High School in Sandia Park,  they combined forces with the  Los Alamos High Hilltalkers and the entire team managed to score second place overall against the 10 schools that took part in the competition.

    Along with the high school Hilltalkers, the middle schoolers competed in four types of debate: “congressional,” “Lincoln/Douglas,” “public forum” and “policy,” a type of debate that the U.S. Congress commonly uses, Bublitz said.

    The team also excelled in the speech categories.

    The team even had a first place winner in the “humorous interpretation” category, where LAMS student Trevor Nickless did his interpretation of Eric K. Kimmel’s  “The Three Samurai Cats.”