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Today's News

  • LA Visiting Nurse Service named top agency

    Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service  announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
    Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
    Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.
    “The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare.
    “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.

  • A fairytale come true

    When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. The rest is, as they say, history.  
    The storybook ballet, “Hansel and Gretel,” being performed WinterFest Weekend at the Duane Smith auditorium, is an original ballet directed and choreographed by Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and Ballet Instructor Lisa Jaegers.
    “Hansel and Gretel” tells the story of the young siblings Hansel and Gretel, as they go through a journey, overcoming adversity and challenges.  
    This ballet features enchanting woodland fairies and pixies, colorful candies and bunnies, butterflies and gingerbread girls, who guide them along the way.  
    Severini’s career with ABT gave her the opportunity to perform in numerous full-length story ballets and she said she is delighted to bring this talent to the Los Alamos community.  

  • Gutierrez named Rotary Student of the Month

    Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.  In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and in particular, their service to the community.
       Community service has been an important part of Gutierrez’s academic life. For the past two summers, he has volunteered at the medical offices of Dr. James Ziomek, assisting with office work and minor procedures, as part of a physician-shadowing opportunity. Service trips to orphanages in Honduras and Colorado inspired him to coordinate a school-wide toy and school supplies drive at LAHS, to benefit these children and resulted in the collection of donations large enough to fill seven suitcases.

  • Chiefs player kills girl friend, himself

     

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

    The two men rushed through the glass doors of Chiefs headquarters and came face-to-face with linebacker Jovan Belcher, holding a handgun to his head.

    Belcher had already killed his girlfriend and sped the short distance to Arrowhead Stadium, right past a security checkpoint guarding the entrance. Upon finding his bosses, Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel for giving him a chance in the NFL. Then he turned away and pulled the trigger.

  • Today in History for December 1st
  • Semi-Final Scores for Prep Football

     

    PREP FOOTBALL
    Class 5A
    Semifinal

    Sandia 37, Volcano Vista 5

     

    Class 4A
    Semifinal

    Goddard 35, Belen 7

     

    Class 3A
    Semifinal

    Silver 37, Ruidoso 10

     

  • Friday Prep Basketball Scores Roundup

     

    Boys Basketball

    Bosque School 71, Monte del Sol 31

    Canyon Randall, Texas 65, Lovington 38

    Chaparral 46, Clint Mountain View, Texas 28

    Dora 62, Elida 29

    EP Coronado, Texas 57, Cleveland 38

    Espanola Valley 49, Mora 39

    Gallup 57, Farmington 54

    Hereford, Texas 53, Lovington 38

    Hobbs 102, EP Franklin, Texas 80

    Kirtland Central 54, Bloomfield 30

    Las Cruces 71, Fabens, Texas 59

    San Juan Blanding, Utah 83, Piedra Vista 62

  • LA knocks off Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held off several comeback attempts by the Pojoaque Elks to win Friday night.

    Los Alamos went up early in its home opener and never relinquished the lead despite a big night from Pojoaque's Cheyenne Cordova.

    Hilltopper Hayley Each dropped in 17 points and had six rebounds in the second half as the Hilltoppers won 53-47 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos (1-1) spoiled the Griffith Gymnasium debut for the new team of Ron Drake with his new team.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers' win in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Heavy smoke damages Orange St. duplex

    Fire officials said it all started when duplex owner Maria Mojica heard a “popping sound” downstairs.

    “She went down to investigate and she saw smoke and flames coming from the side of the dishwasher,” said Los Alamos Fire Department Capt. Jason Lopez.

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews were dispatched around 1 p.m. Friday to respond to a call in the 3000 block of Orange Street.

    “We made entry into the house at about 1:12 p.m.,” said Battalion Chief Justin Cassel.

    No one was hurt during the fire, though the kitchen sustained heavy fire damage. The entire house also received a lot of smoke damage.

    “The whole house was full of smoke when we arrived and flames were rolling out of the kitchen by the time we made entry,” Lopez said.

    Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the situation was under control by 1:20 p.m.

    Grider said the heavy smoke affected two families and the homeowner was the one who made the 911 call. Mojica was outside the duplex when fire crews arrived on the scene, and no one was injured in the fire.

    Lopez said electrical fires are pretty rare.

  • Small Business Saturday benefits United Way

    Andy Fox presents the United Way’s Kristy Ortega with a check for $2,025.61 Saturday. C.B. Fox broke the single-day sales record that day in its 32-year-history.