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Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Good manners start at home

    Today we focus on improving school climate and I will spend the day with the Aspen Tiger sixth graders, presenting the Change of Heart program.
    I believe that one of the most important things we need to do is to make every school a safe place to learn.
    We present this program at every elementary school and at Los Alamos Middle School for all new students to the district.
    Often, the stories shared by students who come from other schools, is astonishing.
    Just yesterday at Cookies and Conversation, one young man spoke of life at school before coming to the Los Alamos Public Schools District.
    The fact that the classrooms are calm, the teachers are engaged and students don’t rule should be a standard, but I’m confused why the whole country doesn’t have the same standard.
    As families, we should teach our kids to be nice, tolerate others, do unto others — or just ignore someone they don’t get along with at school.
    I assume the hard part is that not everyone comes from the same home, doesn’t have parents that support differences, doesn’t think you should love your neighbor as you love yourself, or maybe even to love yourself in the first place.
    We expect the schools to be able to accomplish the goals we don’t set forth in our own homes.

  • Sign up for the science fair

    The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place Jan. 26, 2013 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Areas. The public is invited to view the projects between 1-3 p.m.
    LAPS and home school students in grades four through 12 will display projects in fourth and fifth grade individual elementary, K-sixth grade elementary class, six through eighth grade junior division and nine through 12th grade senior division.
    The elementary projects are divided into three categories.
    The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place and honorable mention in 17 categories. This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, N.M. March 3, 2013.
    Every student will receive feedback from the judges, which will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity and thoroughness. Therefore, the participation in the County Science Fair is experience for student learning.
    Participation at the science fair helps the students to achieve State Standard I for every student in every grade level. This standard requires students to understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting and validating to think critically.

  • Make a Wish

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 recently presented $8,000 in checks from proceeds raised at their annual Elks Golf Tournament for Charity held in June. “All of the monies given go to children in Northern New Mexico,” Elks Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris said. The Elks presented checks to four organizations $3,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, $2,000 to the UNM Children’s Hospital, $1,500 to the Los Alamos Junior Golf Program and $1,000 to the Special Olympics of Northern New Mexico. From left, Los Alamos Elks Secretary Eppie Trujillo and Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris present a $3,500 check to Bob Biggers of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Police Beat 10-16-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Oct. 4

    2:28 p.m. — A 13-year-old girl reported to police she was the victim of extortion or impugning in the 300 block of El Conejo.

    2:37 p.m. — Peggy Myers, 59, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 15th Street and Central Avenue.

    Oct. 5

    2:30 p.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos woman told police she was the victim of a fraud that cost her between $100 and $250.

    Oct. 8

    4:15 p.m. — Juan Gonzales, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested  and charged with  assault in the intersection of Alamo and San Ildefonso Road.

    Oct. 9

    3:15 p.m. — A 43-year-old man reported he was the victim of someone trying to access his computer with an intent to defraud him. The crime occurred in the 2400 block of Canyon Glen.

  • Update 10-16-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Letter deadline

    The deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new Creative District advisory committee will have until 5 p.m. today. The criterion has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.” 

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Heinrich, Wilson near $6M in Senate fundraising

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich each entered the final stretch of New Mexico’s Senate race with about $1 million in campaign cash, and a new poll shows Heinrich leading the contest.

    According to the latest finance reports, Wilson has raised about $6.2 million since starting her campaign and Heinrich has collected nearly $5.9 million in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

    The Democratic and Republican candidates reported cash-on-hand of slightly more than $1 million at the end of last month. Independent American Party candidate Jon Barrie had a balance of about $1,100 in his campaign account, debts of about $13,600 and has raised about $9,500 so far.

    Heinrich is serving his second term representing the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District. Wilson held the congressional seat for five terms before running unsuccessfully in 2008 for the GOP Senate nomination.

    A poll published Monday by the Albuquerque Journal found 48 percent of likely voters backing Heinrich and 39 percent supporting Wilson. Nine percent of voters were undecided and 4 percent favored Barrie. Bob Anderson of Albuquerque is a write-in candidate.

  • LAMC Hosts 'Teddy Bear Clinic'

    Probably the highlight of the kindergartners’ field trip to the Los Alamos Medical Center was watching hospital staffers Juanita Boyer, Claudette Medina, Julie Richey and Dr. Lorie Whitley whip up a batch of instant ice cream using liquid nitrogen and milk.

    Or, it could have been hearing their own pulse beats through an ultrasound scanner gently applied to their wrists by hospital nurse James Chrobocinksi. Or perhaps maybe it was when Nose Ear and Throat Dr. Jesse Knight squirted a mucous-like hand sanitizer onto the children’s hands through the “nostrils” of a rubber container shaped like a nose.

    Whatever happened at the LAMC’s first ever “Teddy Bear Clinic,” all seemed to have a learning experience seeing how a hospital works, which was one of the main points of the event.

    According to LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, about 350 kindergartners from throughout the Los Alamos School District dropped by the hospital Friday to tour the facility.

  • Challenger out-raises Hall

    Stephanie Garcia Richard is definitely winning the battle for campaign contributions. Garcia Richard has raised a total of $82,856 since the start of the campaign, while Hall’s total is $70,975.

    Of that, $36,085.15 of Hall’s total is a loan that he and his wife Janet, made to his campaign.

    A significant amount of the $11,370 Hall raised in the last two months came from the Republican Party: $2.300, from the Thomas C. Taylor Election Committee; $1,200 from Santa Fe Federated Republican Women; $1,000 from Committee to Elect Nate Gentry; and $100 from the Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee.

    Hall continues to show strong backing from the business community with $1,000 from Yates Petroleum Corporation; $500 from New Mexico Home Builders Political Action Fund; $300 contributed by Enterprise Products Operating, LLC; and $250 each from Admiral Beverage Corporation, Independent Community Bankers Association and Presbyterian Health Plan.

    Hall has spent $11,373.03 on his campaign so far.

    Garcia Richard raised $17,965 this reporting period. Nearly a third of that came from small campaign contributions, with the bulk of her funding coming from union support.

  • Debates a snooze? Open them up

    Last campaign season at this time, my neighborhood had erupted in yard signs, which advocated for an even split of Democratic and Republican candidates. Today, a few lonesome signs hint that voters aren’t as fired up about candidates, and they’re downright sick of this dreary, endless campaign.
    The debates perked things up a bit. Partisans could root for their guy, as they would in a boxing match, but the debates themselves are just one more reminder that our democratic process has been hijacked.
    Former Gov. Gary Johnson, campaigning for president as a Libertarian, has run a spirited race, as we expected him to, and he’s developed a following, despite being shut out of the debates by the two major parties and the networks. So the issues and our choices boil down to two well-worn views.
    Johnson has lately become a hero of the long crusade to open the debates after filing a complaint with the FCC and a lawsuit. He found the walls around the debates more difficult to scale than Mount Everest.

  • DPU analyzes infrastructure needs

    Los Alamos County's infrastructure is aging. In fact, it is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.

    That’s the assessment from the Department of Public Utilities.

    "Our system is typical in rural America. A large part of our infrastructure has aged, and at least on paper, it's operating toward the end of its useful life," said Rafael De La Torre, deputy utility manager for electric distribution at DPU.

    "The overhead system has a useful life of 50 to 75 years and a large majority of our system was built when Los Alamos came into existence, back in the 50s. So if you do the math, our system is operating toward the end of its useful life.

    "The underground system, similarly, a lot of that was installed during the 1970s, and has a useful life of 30 to 40 years. So again we're operating under those parameters right now."