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Today's News

  • Oversight committee to steer Creative District

    The Los Alamos Creative District is one step closer to becoming a functional reality. Council gave unanimous approval to both the charter and the membership of a new Creative District Advisory Committee during its meeting Tuesday.

    The major point of contention during discussions was the make-up and size of the committee.

    The charter proposed by staff called for a 12-member board comprised of one person each representing arts, culture, history, science/technology, hospitality, the Art in Public Places Advisory Board, the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board, the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board, the Library Board and three members representing the public-at-large.

    Thirteen members of the public had applied for the new board.

    Councilors had several objections to requiring representation from the boards.

    Councilor David Izraelevitz was concerned that board members would be unable to serve the two years specified in the charter due to expiring terms on their boards.

    Councilor Mike Wismer pointed out that the charter called for the boards to nominate those members. Although members of the APPAB and FLHDAB had submitted applications, no recommendations had been submitted by the boards.

  • NMED agrees to end Chromium settlement

    The New Mexico Environment Department agreed Monday to terminate the Chromium Settlement Agreement that has been in place with Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2007.

    “NMED has reviewed the Agreement and concludes that the terms of the Agreement have been met,” the notification letter dated Oct. 30 from David Martin, secretary of NMED reads.

    In the notification, Martin recaps some of the benchmarks that led up to the termination, chiefly that LANL has “created a publicly accessible database containing information related to the presence and concentrations of contaminants in environmental media (Agreement Item 28).”

    Furthermore, Martin stipulates that lab officials “will maintain, and continue to update, the database in accordance with Section III.Z of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Compliance Order on Consent Dated March 1, 2005 as modified on October 29, 2012 (Agreement Item 29).”

    In conclusion, the letter from Martin said, “NMED hereby terminates the Settlement Agreement and Final Order HWB 07-27 (CO).”

    In 2007, NMED reached a settlement with LANL over the lab’s failure to report chromium contamination in a monitoring well. The department said the lab paid a $251,870 penalty as part of the settlement.

  • Police seek cyber predator

    Los Alamos Police are actively trying to find the true identity of a person who tried to blackmail a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl over some nude photos she sent to the suspect.

    According to Officer Oliver McCartney, LAPD subpoenaed Internet giant Yahoo to see if there is a real name and address attached to a Yahoo email address the suspect allegedly used.

    “We’ve been monitoring things since the crime occurred, but unfortunately, the Internet allows you to be anyone you want to be,” McCartney said. McCartney noted there was a female identity attached to the instant messaging Kik identity. “We’re waiting to see if there was any name attached to the email, but it could be from anybody, anywhere in the world,” McCartney said.

    It all started when the girl started using an instant messaging application called Kik to text her friends with. At some point, she befriended a stranger who she thought was another girl.

    The suspect then started to flatter her, telling the victim she could be a model. Eventually, the suspect persuaded the victim to send “her” nude pictures of herself, even though the victim told “her” she was only 13-years-old. The victim complied.

  • Ski season kickoff

    Skiers are preparing for the upcoming ski season and were buying, selling and bartering at the annual Ski Swap. The Ski Swap was at the Los Alamos Middle School. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures mostly in the normal to above-normal range for the winter of 2012-13 around the north central New Mexico area

  • Judges needed for La Loma Debate Tourney

    The Hilltalkers are seeking volunteer judges for the 50th annual Speech and Debate tournament Friday and Saturday. This year, the tournament will be at Los Alamos High School.  
    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, feel free to call coaches Janet Newton or Toni Batha at 663-2651 or 663-2540 or email Batha at m.batha@laschools.net, Newton at j.newton@laschools.net or judge coordinator Katie Haynes, at katie.haynes@comcast.net. Make sure to provide your contact information.
    Individual Events include Humorous Interpretation (HI), Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp), Duo Interpretation (Duo), Duet Improvisation (Duet), Original Oratory (OO), Expository Speaking (Expos) and Oral Interpretation (OI).
    Debate Events include Policy Debate (CX), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD), and Public Forum Debate (PF).

  • Family YMCA offers training classes

    Red Cross Babysitters Course
    The Family YMCA is now taking registration for the Nov.16 and 17 session of its American Red Cross Babysitters Course.
    The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills and how to manage real-life problems.
    The session will be from 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Participants must be aged 11-17 and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification. Cost is $110, prices are set by Red Cross.

  • Meet Me at Mesa kicks off

    As Director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and as a music therapist, Pauline Schneider sees both the difficulties dementia sufferers and their caregivers face daily and also how music and the arts can help people connect and enjoy the  arts’ effects.
    “I have worked with people in all phases of dementia and even those who seem to have stopped relating to the world around them, remarkably respond to music. One person, who hadn’t spoken for quite some time, began to sing along with a familiar tune from decades ago and knew all the words, stayed on key and stayed focused until it was over,” Schneider said.
    She invited Mary Yamada of the Los Alamos Retirement Community, who has worked with people with dementia for 15 years and Carol Meine of Mesa Public Library arts programming, to get together and create a pilot program for people with dementia and their caregivers to meet in a non-clinical setting to enjoy the arts together.

  • Be There 10-31-12

    Today
    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.
    Thursday
    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) kicks off. Are you game to write 50,000 words in 30 days, a novel in a month? It can be done. Find out more at the kick-off party in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    “Valles Caldera: The Movie, Part 1: The Science.” PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show a brand new documentary about the Valles Caldera. Question and answer session after the showing with the director and LANL scientists that worked on the film. The film starts at 6 p.m. and is $10 for adults and $5 for kids at the door, with proceeds benefiting PEEC. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series continues at 6:30 p.m. with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

    The November meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The program will be open to the public.
    Friday

  • Rinard receives award

    Carole Rinard, a local needlework master, received the Gold Thread Award on Oct. 28 at the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
    This annual award is given to individuals who have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the EGA mission of fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery. Carole is being honored at both the regional and national level for her life-long dedication to fiber arts.
    Upon moving to Los Alamos in 1981, Rinard immediately became active in the Embroiderers Guild at the local, regional and national levels.
    She received the Rocky Mountain Region’s first Clare Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the region. In 2004, she was the chairperson of the EGA 18th National Exhibit, which opened in Los Alamos in April of that year. As an EGA Master Needlework Judge, she has judged fiber arts at venues throughout the country.
    Rinard has exhibited widely and won awards for her needlework in Kansas and New Mexico. In 1995, she was one of 100 EGA needle artists to be selected to stitch an ornament for the White House’s Blue Room Christmas Tree.
    The ornament “New Fallen Snow at the Santa Fe Opera” is in the permanent collection of the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.

  • Elementary School Mile Run results

    Here are the results from Friday’s Elementary School Mile Run:

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. Aspen, 55; 2. Mountain, 65; 3. Piñon, 79.

    Individual results
    1. Alyssa Parker, Piñon, 6:45; 2. Paulina Burnside, Mountain, 6:50; 3. Sophia Salazar, Aspen, 6:52; 4. Marin Kelly, Mountain, 7:08; 5. Linda Appell, Chamisa, 7:09; 6. Brianna Toya, Rio Rancho, 7:17.0; 7. Taylor Roybal, Pojoaque, 7:17.6; 8. Savanna Lucero, Chamisa, 7:25; 9. Sophie Chadwick, Aspen, 7:27; 10. Kaya Krank Piñon, 7:34;

    11. Morgan Lucero, Pojoaque, 7:47; 12. Charlotte Ulrich, Aspen, 7:51; 13. Isabella Bailey, Piñon, 7:52; 14. Jenna Harris, Mountain, 7:56; 15. Natalie Gallegos, Aspen, 7:59; 16. Ellie Oldham, Aspen, 8:06; 17. Estrella Torres, Pojoaque, 8:26; 18. Amaya Coblentz, Aspen, 8:29; 19. Elise Olivas, Aspen, 8:30; 20. Anika Garcia, Aspen, 8:31;

    21. Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Mesa, 8:33; 22. Jenee Montouz, Mountain, 8:40; 23. Manisha Khawas, Mountain, 8:51; 24. Heidi Johnson, Mountain, 9:12; 25. Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Mesa, 9:19; 26. Sophia Mamula, Mountain, 9:23; 27. Michaela Gonzales, Piñon, 9:24; 28. Hannah Gartz, Piñon, 9:25; 29. Emme Mooday, Mountain, 9:27; 30. Rachel Laux, Piñon, 9:28;