Today's News

  • Update 03-23-12


    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Complex Gym. Also on Saturday, the Los Alamos High School Key Club and National Honor Society are co-hosting a pasta dinner to benefit Engleman from 5-8 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • LAPD employee under internal investigation

    A Los Alamos Police Department employee is under investigation for parking in a disabled space and telling a resident that she had the right to do so because she was a police officer.
    Sandra Quintana, however, works in the records department and is not a police officer, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun.
    Dispatch call records state that Quintana told Bill Dunn, who approached her for not having a proper placard, that she was a police officer.
    “It was clear that she wasn’t,” Dunn said.
    He called dispatch to inform the department that someone without a placard had parked in the disabled parking spot at the fire administration building and that he told her that she could get in trouble for parking there.

  • Voting on capital projects laid to rest

    In a twist, the Los Alamos County Council voted to take no action on the issue that prompted the overhaul of the county charter.
    Article 409 would have allowed voting on capital projects with estimated costs exceeding 15 percent of the most recently adopted budget. The amendment was defeated in a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote.
    Council created the Charter Review Committee in response to a petition sponsored by the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative, which called for mandated voting on every capital project of more than $1 million.
    The petition garnered 2,000 signatures, but was rejected due to its questionable legality (it logrolled unrelated amendments together), but council wanted to address the issues it raised.

  • Lab reaches magnet milestone

    Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest magnet facility Thursday met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla, while conducting six different experiments.
    The 100-tesla level is roughly equivalent to two million times Earth’s magnetic field.
    “This is our moon shot, we’ve worked toward this for a decade and a half,” said Chuck Mielke, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.

  • Woman guilty of embezzlement

    A Los Alamos woman has been convicted of embezzling more than $8,000 from her employer, Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico.
    On March 14, Los Alamos District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson found Rebecca Jones, 30, guilty of embezzlement of between $500 and $2,500 — a fourth degree felony — as part of a plea deal.
    Jones was given a conditional discharge, meaning she’ll get no jail time, with two years of supervised probation followed by three years of unsupervised probation and she was ordered to pay $8,769 of total restitution to her employer.

  • Church Listings 03-23-12

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. 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.

  • LA Jewish Center hosts Annual Community Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. April 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.

  • Bible Answers: Sports, violence and idolatry in the Bible

    “I heard someone say recently that ‘God likes sports because they teach character.’ Another person countered, ‘God doesn’t like sports because they foster violence and idolatry.’ What would the Bible say to this argument?”—Adrian

    As with many current issues, the Bible doesn’t make a straightforward value statement on “sports.” Most of the New Testament was written just prior to — and during the time of — the great Roman spectacles (the Coliseum was built circa AD 70-80.) The Greek Olympic games had obviously been around much longer, perhaps as early as the 8th Century BC.

  • Sports Update 03-23-12

    Skurikhin wins Level 7 all-around

    Katya Skurikhin of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics picked up four gold medals at the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges’ optional meet earlier this month.
    Skurikhin dominated the Level 7 junior division, earning first place in the vault competition (9.30), uneven parallel bars (9.35) and floor exercise (9.15). Skurikhin also earned first all-around with her score 35.80.
    The competition was held at Precision Gymnastics in Albuquerque.
    Also at the event LASG Level 7 gymnast Luvina Lucero took third place on balance beam and was fifth in the all-around competition.

    Sr. Olympics sign-ups are open

  • LA sends 2 players to Belen

    Only two Los Alamos Hilltopper golfers were able to attend this spring’s opening tournament Thursday.
    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden and Jin Park took part in the Abbie Paz Invitational, held at Tierra Del Sol Golf Course in Belen.
    Turnout at the tournament was very low due to state standardized testing going on this week. Only one participating school fielded a full team going in.
    Osden shot a 91 on the day, which placed him fourth overall in the boys event. Park finished with a 98.
    Martin Campbell of Belen had the low round of the boys tournament, shooting an 84. Colby Kerr of Los Lunas had an 85.