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Today's News

  • Today in History for August 18th
  • County, Stepan reach settlement

    Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan have reached a settlement.

    According to a statement released late Friday, the settlement was reached Aug. 1.

    The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the county and former acting county administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment.

    The statement read, “the county was represented in the settlement by the New Mexico Self-Insurer's Fund, an insurance pool of New Mexico municipalities and other political subdivisions, including the County, through an arrangement with the New Mexico Municipal League.

    Under the agreement, the New Mexico Self-Insurer's Fund will pay $800,000 to Stepan. The county will pay $175,000 of that settlement, which includes a $25,000 deductible.”

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed in favor of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan in her case against Los Alamos County back in June.

  • ABQ Police: Officer Uses Stun Gun, Punches Suspect

    An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced.

  • State revises Medicaid overhaul plan

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico's population.

    The Human Services Department's latest Medicaid proposal comes nearly six months after the administration initially unveiled a blueprint to improve health care for needy New Mexicans while slowing the growth rate of a program costing nearly $4 billion a year. About a fourth of the money comes from the state budget, with the federal government paying the remainder.

    The administration hopes to implement the Medicaid overhaul in January 2014.

  • County line 08-17-12

    EVENTS:
     
    Summer Concerts - a "Wonderland" at Rover Park Tonight!
     
    Enjoy the blues  rock sounds of Carolyn Wonderland in White Rock this evening - the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the park! Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family!
     
    Council Meeting on Tuesday
     
    What's on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7:00 p.m. - streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! ...download the agenda... <http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx>
     
    Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday
     

  • NCRTD dedicates Jim West Regional Transit Center

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) today has dedicated the Jim West Regional Transit Center, its new headquarters, in a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the building located at 1327 N. Riverside Drive, Española, NM  87532.

    In dedicating the building, NCRTD Chairman and Taos County Commissioner Daniel Barrone stated that, “This Transit Center serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government officials, NCRTD Board and the staff, both past and present, who believed that one day a transit system could connect a 10,000 square mile area of north central New Mexico and create mobility options for people in most cases where none had existed before.”

    “We are thrilled to be located in our new headquarters,” commented Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD Executive Director. “This now consolidates the administrative offices with the operations and fleet management divisions which previously had been spread out over three locations in Santa Fe and Española.  The move will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively as we position ourselves for the future.”

  • Church Listings 08-17-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church

  • Ask Fr. John: Understanding ethnicity and orthodoxy

    Why do people think that Orthodoxy is an ethnic thing?  — B.A.

    Christianity is not of this world. It is about heaven. It is about a tangible encounter with the living God. Thus, the more connected to Christ himself and to the fullness of belief and spirit, the more it will seem foreign to the worldly, regardless of ethnicity.
    As we know, the apostles and their disciples went to different countries and proclaimed the good-news of Christ. As semitic people, they must have appeared foreign to all they met, but this external didn’t prevent the people.
    As a result of massive growth, gatherings of Orthodox Christians continuing as the ancient church, became identified with nationality. Thus, the orthodox believers within the nation of Greece, became known as “Greek Orthodox.”
    We know that the Greeks were the missionaries to Russia. They proclaimed Orthodox Christianity and naturally had a Greek “flavor.”
    It would have been easy for Russians to think, “Oh, that’s that foreign religion. We don’t go there.”

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 08-17-12

    August 7

    • Seaux L. Michelle was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs.
    Judge Pat Casados ordered Michelle to pay $241 in court costs and undergo supervised probation for 364 days.
    Probation conditions are: avoid being arrested or convicted of any other offense and compliance with all court orders concerning probation; defendant is required to enter and complete an alcohol/drug counseling program and complete at least six sessions; complete DWI school within 90 days; complete the Victim Impact Program within 90 days and have an ignition interlock device installed on all vehicles driven by Michelle.
    Michelle’s also not allowed to possess or consume alcohol or enter an establishment where liquor is served while on probation.
    Michelle cannot possess or own a weapon while on probation. Michelle must also meet with his probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as required. Michelle will also perform 24 hours community service under the supervision of a probation officer.

    • Luis Ponce Chitica was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court of driving with an expired registration plate and without evidence of registration.
    He was ordered to pay $142 in court fees.

  • Posse Lodge wins historic status

    Supporters of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Shack (now called the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge) won their bid to have the lodge placed on the State Historic Register. The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee approved the petition last Friday.
    Posse Lodge President Carey Grzadinski is behind the effort to place the lodge on the historic registry and supplied much of the historical information about the building. Kelly Myers began preliminary investigations into the requirements for registry.
    The project was turned over to Debe Braden in February. Braden did the bulk of the research and developed the presentation for the review committee. She searched the library, Los Alamos Historical Society records and spoke to anyone who might have information about the Posse or the lodge.
    “I told my kids I thought I was doing a term paper,” Braden said. “When I was doing all this, I thought, I should have been an investigative reporter, because it’s really fun to dig and find facts and one thing leads to another. I’ve enjoyed that a lot.”
    The name, the Posse Shack, as it is known to most locals, derives from the building’s original incarnation.