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Today's News

  • Medicare costs to reduce Social Security increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — That didn't last long. About 55 million Social Security recipients will get their first increase in benefits next year since 2009 — a 3.6 percent raise. But higher Medicare premiums could erase part of it.

    For some, higher Medicare Part B premiums could wipe out as much as a fourth of their raise from Social Security, according to projections by the trustees who oversee the programs.

    Medicare is expected to announce 2012 Part B premiums as early as next week. The premiums, which cover doctor visits, are deducted automatically from monthly Social Security payments.

  • Be There 10-18-11

    Thursday
    In place of the October board meeting, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is hosting a retreat titled, “Making the Connection: Engaging and Communicating with Youth,” from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.
     
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Spooky Buddies,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

  • Assets in Action: Preparing kids for the real world

    This week, I’m off topic again as we are still in the asset category of support.
    I will also say that I may be getting on my soapbox, so proceed with caution.
    This week, I’d like us, as a community, to prepare our children to be losers. I don’t mean I want them to be losers, I just mean it is a reality they must be ready to accept.
    When I see so many adult examples of not being a gracious loser, combined with children who seem to crumble when they suffer the smallest setback, I worry.
    I tend to indulge in an occasional cooking show on the weekend. I’m usually just hoping to find a new recipe idea, try a new ingredient or see a cupcake I’d like to make.

  • Piñon and Chamisa join forces

    It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning colors, there’s a chill in the air, fall is officially here and so is the 6th Annual Piñon Pumpkin Patch. This year, they are joining forces with the Chamisa Arts and Crafts Fair, forming the first ever White Rock Fall Festival. Events will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Piñon Elementary Saturday at 90 Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock.
    This year, not only will they sell pumpkins and baked goods, but they will also have Chamisa’s Arts and Craft Fair tables in the Piñon Gymnasium. A variety of items will be available, including jewelry, Scentsy products, fashion and clothing, children’s items, decorative silverware, baskets and photography.

  • Update 10-18-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 tonight at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room at 5-6 tonight.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station.

  • LACA Concert

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan, second from left, and his wife Janet McMillan, right, with Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin, left, at an after party at Central Avenue Grill Sunday evening following a concert by the seven multi-instrumentalists who comprise “Piffaro.” They are dubbed the pied pipers of early music and the nation’s finest Renaissance wind band. The concert included works by several composers, some anonymous, active in the 16th and 17th centuries in Portugal, Spain and the New World. LACA’s next concert will feature pianist Haochen Zhang at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan 22.

  • Police Beat 10-18-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Oct. 6

    9:14 a.m. – Hillary Salazar, 22, of Española was arrested near Camino Redondo and San Ildefonso Road and charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked.

    11:35 p.m. Vincent Griego, 28, of Albuquerque was arrested on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.    
    Oct. 7

    8:54 p.m. – An 86-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of larceny in the 1000 block of Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

  • Update 10-18-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 tonight at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room at 5-6 tonight.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station.

  • Recounting a battle against cancer

    Looking down at her cup of Good Earth tea, she explains that her father had been buried just six months before she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but looking at the sun illuminating her face — that healthy glow of satisfaction and stability — no one would ever know that she had once been nearly too weak to even get out of bed. It was only by choosing to accept her circumstances, that Peggy Reneau has made it back to the bright side of life.

  • Front-runners emerge in Senate primaries

    Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich are amassing substantial war chests in their respective battles against Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas and Republican Lt. Gov. John Sanchez in next spring’s U.S. Senate primaries.
    Wilson, a former congresswoman from Albuquerque, raised $532,000 from July 1 through Sept. 30 and said Tuesday that she has nearly $1 million in campaign funds on hand in her fight to win retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s seat.