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Today's News

  • 11-11-12 Births

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    Oct. 25: A girl, MaKenzie Rose Roybal-Shott, born to Alana Roybal and Mark Shott
    Oct. 28: A girl, Anailey Gianna Romero, born to Tristan Lovato and Anthony Romero

       

  • West’s ‘cruel’ attempt

    Every artist or group has at least one album that can be defined as its best. Usually, that album tears through the music industry annihilating any other effort, leaving consumers wondering if what they just heard was real.  

    Jay-Z’s and Kanye West’s collaboration album, “Watch The Throne,” did just that in 2011. Singles off the album were in constant radio rotation, while it sold 436,000 copies the first week, alone.

    West’s follow up collaboration with his G.O.O.D. Music crew consisting of Big Sean, Common, Kid Cudi, John Legend and Pusha T, fails to compare to the massive impact of “Watch The Throne.”

    “Cruel Summer,” proves how critical the music industry can be. Selling 205,000 copies in its first week — 231,000 less than West’s previous effort —“Cruel Summer” leaves a trail of disappointment behind it.

  • ‘Lion King’ comes full circle

    I have been to a few musicals (“Wicked,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”) and each time, I have enjoyed the story depicted on stage and through music — and have been impressed. 

    When I learned that the “Lion King” was coming to Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, I was skeptical at first. 

    The whole concept of actors playing animals characters just seemed far fetched. 

    However, I also used to think that there was no way that I’d enjoy a musical and now I’m hooked, so I decided to attend an evening showing of the “Lion King” with an open mind. 

  • 11-11-12 Word on the Street

    Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “Are you happy with the election results?”

     

    "In the Teen Pulse section of the newspaper, publised on 11/11/2012, Justin Dunn was quoted erroneously. The quote was neither spoken nor suggested by Dunn. It was not meant as an insult, rather as a clever harmless play on words put forth by other students. None of these present knew the actual meaning of the phrase."

     

     

     

     


        

     

  • 11-11-12 Andrew and Mousie
  • Hotel's future uncertain

    The Los Alamos National Bank has put the wheels in motion to foreclose on the company that owns and manages the Hilltop House Hotel.

    The bank initiated the process against Hilltop House, LLC Oct. 19, but the hotel’s managing partner and at least one of its investors remain hopeful a deal can be struck with the bank to restructure the debt.

    The landmark 79-room hotel straddles some of the most high profile commercial property in Los Alamos at the convergence of Trinity and Central Avenue. But the overall economy and increased competition — both on and off the Hill — has left the 40-year-old lodge struggling for survival. 

    The foreclosure documents were filed in First Judicial District court in Los Alamos County by LANB attorney James R. Jurgens.

  • LANB officer explains bank foreclosure process

    Los Alamos National Bank president Steve Wells explained the bank’s foreclosure process in an email response to an inquiry from the Los Alamos Monitor.

    “It is important for anyone examining the foreclosure process to understand that banks are regulated by a state or federal regulator whose prime responsibility it is to ensure depositors funds are protected. 

    “LANB like all other banks and financial institutions make loans with depositor’s funds and manage the risks in lending to protect its depositors as well as those of its shareholders or members.

    “I cannot speak for other banks but know how we work at LANB. Foreclosing on a real estate mortgage we hold as collateral for a loan is always a last resort and a decision arrived at when no other viable option exists.”  

  • United Way update
  • Chamber surveys subcontractors

    Sure, the Los Alamos National Laboratory just may be the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to the town’s economy.

    However, officials with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are saying the picture is more complicated when it comes to a very important segment of the economy, subcontractors who have a major share of business with LANL.

    A few weeks ago, during a forum hosted by the LACC, LANL announced that due to the economy and other forces beyond its control, it will be asking its subcontractors to share more of the overhead costs.

    To many subcontractors attending the forum, it sounded like a death knell for not only them, but the Los Alamos economy as well, since the effect would surely be felt throughout the town’s small business economy that in turn relies on the subcontractors to support local businesses.

  • Dam construction underway at LA Reservoir

    After 12 years of delays, it may seem as though government bureaucracy and Mother Nature have been at war with the Los Alamos Dam and Reservoir. But construction is finally underway and if Deputy Utilities Manager Tim Glasco has anything to say about it, the dam will be completed by the end of the year. 

    The reservoir has been closed since the Cerro Grande fire impacted it in 2000. The Department of Energy transferred the water system to Los Alamos County shortly after the fire. Since the transfer placed the dam under state jurisdiction, the State Engineer Office was required to conduct a detailed analysis of capacity and stability. That analysis called for a redesign of the dam, which was not approved until 2009.