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Today's News

  • Putting the public first when it comes to public information

    Some years ago, I was present at a Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Silver City. Legislative committees hold some meetings each year outside Santa Fe, to help make government more accessible to citizens around the state.
    Attending the meeting were committee staff plus the usual suspects, state officials and lobbyists. Following committees around the state was part of their job.
     They could have been back in Santa Fe for all the difference the location made. Not a soul from the local community was in attendance, until a dozen or so senior citizens walked in, chaperoned by a staff member of their retirement home.
    The secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration was testifying. As is customary, he was facing the committee, had his back to the audience, and was talking in technical language about technical matters.
     To these visitors, he could have been speaking Klingon. The committee chair never acknowledged the visitors either or changed procedure in any way to accommodate them. They sat in bewildered silence.
    Various state boards and commissions also tramp around the state with their professional followers in tow. Local residents have a chance to participate, or at least watch and say howdy, but rarely do.

  • Sports Update 10-11-12

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.
    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA.
    More information on the group is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Girls soccer goes pink Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will wear pink Saturday and will be collecting loose change to help support breast cancer research.
    Los Alamos will play Bernalillo at 11 a.m.

     

  • Toppers, Spartans to face off Friday

    It’s do-or-die time in District 2-4A.
    And the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will take its first step toward doing or dying Friday night.
    Los Alamos will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in the district opener for both schools. That contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Spartan Field.
    Last week, Los Alamos wrapped up its nondistrict season with a 29-25 victory at Albuquerque Academy, a game which Los Alamos trailed 11-8 at halftime but rallied to win, the clincher coming on a 42-yard touchdown strike from Brice Van Etten to Xavier Dennison.
    The Hilltoppers are seeking a second straight District 2-4A title, but so far this season, no 2-4A team has established itself as a clear frontrunner. The Hilltoppers probably have the upper hand among the three teams with the best shot to vie for the title.
    Los Alamos will have back-to-back contests with the Spartans and the Santa Fe Demons. A pair of wins will go a long way to clinching a title.
    “Our guys are feeling good,” said Hilltopper head coach Garett Williams, who led them to the 2011 district crown. “We’re coming off a win, but it’s a new season. We’re going into district. The guys had a great week of practice and we’re ready to go.”

  • LA rallies to top Española Valley

    Barring a runaway victory in the fourth set by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, the difference between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils in their match Wednesday night was zero points.
    Los Alamos, trying to avoid falling into a big early hole in the District 2-4A volleyball race, hosted Española Valley at Griffith Gymnasium. Española Valley, which came out victorious in its first two district outings, had a chance to take a commanding 2-game lead with a win.
    The Sundevils looked to be on their way after outlasting the Hilltoppers in a grueling, emotional third set, but following that set, which both teams had and lost chances to put away, the Hilltoppers rallied to take the final two sets.
    In the fourth set, Los Alamos libero Danielle Ortiz reeled off eight straight points to start, giving her team a big advantage. The momentum from the fourth set carried Los Alamos through a tough fifth set to take a 24-26, 25-23, 28-30, 25-8, 15-13 victory.
    Like in many of their recent outings, the Hilltoppers had trouble getting things going against the Sundevils early.
    “It was shaky,” said Ortiz. “We were tied at 1-1 and that third game was really tight. We battled it out, but coming down to the wire it was anyone’s game.”

  • Doggy Daycare opens

    Rover I Doggy Day Care opened its doors last week at 212 DP Road, under the ownership of Trish Lind.

     

  • LAMC hosts Teddy Bear Clinic Friday

    The Los Alamos Medical Center will host a Teddy Bear Clinic Friday morning.
    Approximately 350 kindergartners, their teachers and parent chaperones will have the opportunity to tour most areas of the hospital in order to learn about the facility and its departments, all while gaining a comfort level within a hospital setting.
    With the help of Care Flight and Los Alamos police and fire departments the students will also have the opportunity to tour helicopters, police cars and ambulances.
    “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to create an educational experience that our children will never forget” said hospital CEO Feliciano Jiron.
    “As a community organization, we believe that Los Alamos Medical Center can provide a wonderful experience for the children of our community as they develop a strong understanding of the importance healthcare plays in our day to day lives. The entire organization is very excited and cannot wait for the kids walk through our door.”
    “We have invited every kindergarten class in Los Alamos to take part in this wonderful program” said event coordinator Johanna Jiron.

  • LA County forms advisory committee

    Residents, business owners and representatives interested in Los Alamos County’s recently adopted arts and culture district (aka Creative District) are invited to apply to join the Creative District Advisory Committee forming this month.  Letters of interest are due to the county by 5 p.m. Oct. 16. 
     The county administrator is seeking citizen volunteers to join representatives of cultural and business assets operating within the adopted boundary of the Creative District to provide guidance and advice to council and staff regarding the county’s role in the implementation of the Creative District Master Plan — a plan designed for the purpose of achieving economic revitalization of downtown Los Alamos through the preservation, support and promotion of the community’s arts, culture and science and technology assets and attractions.
     Committee member selection will be based on the following criteria:
    • Have a high interest in the county’s arts and culture organizations, businesses and attractions;
    • Represent a wide range of interests and activities (residents or commercial/business owners);
    • Have actively served with local community groups or organizations;
    • Have a fair working knowledge of local government and its services; and

  • Tech company opens

    Brian Kelley, holding his daughter Athena, officially cut the ribbon on Azazo Technologies, “a computer company that can fix any computer or network problem, large or small.” The company also will be selling used computer equipment. Call 672-5105 for more information.
    Helping Kelley open his new business are, left to right, Kevin Holsapple, executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, employee Heather Eichwald, Katy Korkos, member services coordinator at the Commerce and Development Corporation and business advisor Katie Staver.
    Azazo is located at 1907 Central Ave., Suite 207. The email is thepandagiant@live.com.

  • Update 10-11-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 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.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    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. Oct. 16 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. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • 'Pink Skies' to be aired at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is partnering on with Los Alamos Public Schools, Northern New Mexico College and schools in Pojoaque and Española during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
    It’s called “Pink Skies,” a documentary about the empowerment of women and overcoming obstacles as athletes and human beings. The film follows Ruth, a breast cancer survivor, as she hopes to join a team of nearly 200 women from 31 countries to create a world record all Women’s Skydiving Formation. The team also has a goal to raise nearly $1 million for breast cancer research and prevention.
    The award-winning documentary is being screened for lab employees Oct. 16 at LANL, but it’s also being screened for the community.
    In addition to the screening at LANL, “Pink Skies” will be screened four times in Española and Los Alamos.
    • 12:45-2:30 p.m., Oct. 15, Nick Salazar Center for the Performing Arts, Northern New Mexico College; for junior and senior high students from Española, Pojoaque and McCurdy.
    • 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15, Nick Salazar Center for the Performing Arts, Northern New Mexico College; open to the public.
    • 12:15-2:15 p.m., Oct. 16, Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School; junior and senior students.