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Today's News

  • Mountaineers to host talk March 27

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a talk by local adventurer Ron Morgan at their next meeting at 7:15 p.m. March 27 at the Nature Center.

    In 2017, Morgan set out with his climbing partners to climb mountains around the world. He began in June with Mount Rainier in Washington state and Tocllaraju in Peru and ended his journey in Mexico in December by climbing Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccíhuatl.

    “My climbing partners and I summited a number of the world’s most beautiful mountains and were turned back only once. ... Lady Luck smiled from high places, and it was an awesome year,” Morgan said.

    Morgan has been a member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers since 2005 and his lifelong addiction to adventure and the outdoors has been enhanced by the “LAM Characters Club.” He took the Climbing School in 2009 with Bill Geist.

    This event will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free. For more information about this event, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • DNCU employees give to Food Depot

    Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative finishes strong during an annual Grateful Gram campaign between employees.

    The initiative aims to raise funds for one of the leading organizations that feed underprivileged families across northern New Mexico, The Food Depot.

    “The goal is to remind each other of the great work that we do for our members and the communities we serve”, says Talent Development Specialist, Kathy Ritschel. “Together we can show appreciation while being kind to one another.”

    Employees are able to purchase grateful grams for a small donation, write a thoughtful note to the receiving employee about a time when she or he helped or inspired them during the year. The recipient is also given a Del Norte Credit Union star sticker, entitling them to a casual dress any day of the week. In total, $787 was raised from $1 donations – all from DNCU employees.

    “The success of this campaign is meaningful as it shows that our employees are willing to get involved for a good cause, but it also speaks of great team-work throughout the year – and the celebration of those accomplishments”, says Del Norte Credit Union CEO and President Chuck Valenti.

  • LAHS students to sell March for Our Lives shirts

    Los Alamos High School students will be selling March For Our Lives shirts during lunch today and Thursday.

    Students at the high school and middle school will participate today in an observance of 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida from 10-10:17 a.m.

    Instruction will be paused during the student event.

  • Lunch with a Leader set for March 20

    This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will be on March 20 at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    This month’s speaker will be analyst Robert Gibson. He will briefly recap the most recent legislative session, but will focus on what he has learned about the legislative process beyond Civics 101 in an innovative manner as you might surmise from the title: Making Sausage:  Observations of a Fly on the Wall at the Merry Roundhouse.

    Gibson has served on the Los Alamos County Council, Board of Public Utilities, Transportation Board, the first Charter Review Committee, and most recently the Future Energy Resources Committee. For the past four sessions of the New Mexico State Legislature, he has been a bill analyst, researching proposed legislation for three different House committees and the Senate minority caucus.

    When not engaged in developing public policy, Gibson is a physicist and engineer, retired from LANL but pursuing other projects. He also continues to fly part-time as a professional pilot and pursues several hobbies. He and his wife Lori Heimdahl Gibson, an educator and artist, reside on North Mesa.

  • Community Calendar 3-14-18

    TODAY
    Los Alamos Chapter Order of the Eastern Star meeting at 7 p.m. in the Mason Lodge, North Sage Street, (on the corner of 15th and Canyon). For more information, contact Worthy Matron Mary Ethel Plotner, 661-4233, or Past Matron Judy Goldie, 662-3797.

    Brent Vernon in concert with Sam at 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock. Free with offering.
    THURSDAY
    Night with a Nerd at 6 p.m. at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square. BSMA members are free, cost is $10 for others. Alan Carr, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s historian, will talk about how the lab originated and how it evolved into the institution it is today. The talk will be followed by a reception and light refreshments. Register at Bradburyassociation.org.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Olions will present the musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 6.

  • Workshop points small businesses toward government contracts

    FINANCE NEW MEXICO

    The federal government is the world’s biggest customer and a major driver in New Mexico’s economy.

    While only a fraction of the $8.2 billion that Uncle Sam spent in New Mexico in fiscal year 2017 benefitted local companies, advisers at the state’s four Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) work to increase the flow of federal dollars to small businesses that offer products or services the government wants.

    To that end, the Clovis PTAC is hosting a workshop March 20 at Clovis Community College for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about becoming a government contractor.

    “The workshop is to educate business owners on how to do business with Cannon Air Force Base and other government agencies,” said Jonnie Loadwick, procurement technical adviser at the Clovis PTAC and a certified VA verification counselor. “Cannon has been growing the last few years, and there is a lot of opportunity for government contracting in this area.”

    Obtaining government contracts can be just as onerous as securing contracts in the private sector: Businesses must aggressively market themselves, because competition is fierce.

  • Lujan Grisham wins Dem preprimary vote, land commissioner proxy battle set

    Joseph Cervantes (joe4nm.com ) offered substantive ideas to the Democratic Party preprimary convention March 10 in Albuquerque and got 10 percent of the votes.

    Jeff Apodaca (apo18.com), with his promise of 225,000 new jobs, attracted 21 percent of the votes.

    Peter DeBenedittis (peterd4gov.com) had the truth, drew 1.9 percent of the votes and endorsed Apodaca.

    Michelle Lujan Grisham (newmexicansformichelle.com) won the audience sign waving battle and 67 percent of the votes.

    The four candidates for governor and candidates for other offices spoke to a full house in a hall on the top floor of Albuquerque’s convention center. The show-biz part might have swayed one or two delegates. As the candidates pitched, delegates completed ballots in small voting booths in an adjacent room.

    The convention was about candidates getting enough delegate votes—20 percent—to be on the primary ballot.

    Candidates not making the delegate vote cut can get more petition signatures to get on the ballot. The six contested races attracted 21 candidates.

    It was show biz with a ritual of a video and supporters packing the stage and waving signs. DeBenedittis did it differently. His fiancé, Tracy Juechter, introduced him and was the only person on stage as he spoke.

  • Council OK’s business park rezoning

    Los Alamos County Council passed a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation Feb. 27 to rezone the two buildings at a Los Alamos business park from professional office to mixed use to allow for the building of a mixed-use complex.

    The approval did not come without some hard questions about the county’s land use map and Comprehensive Plan. 

    A company is proposing turning the top two floors of 557 Oppenheimer Business Centre into 16 apartments.

    Los Alamos Professional Housing Partnership owns the building. The plan calls for a mechanical room to be added onto the first floor of the building, and the second floor be renovated to house eight residential units. A third will floor will then be added to accommodate another eight residential units.

    Los Alamos County Housing and  Special Projects Director Andrew Harnden told the council.

    The plan fits in with the county’s agenda to help the housing shortage in the county.

    “The applicant’s proposal conforms to the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan and is consistent with the county’s Leadership Plan goals in creating a variety of housing options for all segments of the Los Alamos Community,” Harnden said.

  • Progressive Democrat ends New Mexico gubernatorial candidacy

    SANTA FE (AP) — Progressive gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe is ending his campaign for governor in the June Democratic primary and endorsing one of three remaining candidates.

    DeBenedittis announced Wednesday that he was fully throwing his support behind former media executive Jeff Apodaca.

    DeBenedittis, an alcohol prevention counselor from Santa Fe, says he and Apodaca see eye-to-eye on efforts to provide universal health care, legalize recreational marijuana and seek a statewide $15 minimum wage.

    Apodaca is leveling accusations about underhanded favoritism toward Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in the primary-election process.

    Limited support from Democratic county delegates has forced Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces to collect more registration signatures to stay in the primary race.

  • LA Democrats make a showing at convention

    Stephanie Garcia Richard grabbed first position on the ballot in her bid for state land commissioner in a tight race at this year’s pre-primary convention in Albuquerque Saturday as Los Alamos Democratic delegates joined other delegates from across the state to prepare for the June primaries.

    Richard has served Los Alamos and the neighboring counties of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe as state representative of the 43rd district for six years.

    At the pre primary convention, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Richard got top billing on the June ballot with 618 votes. Following a close second was Garrett VeneKlasen with 553. VeneKlasen was boosted by a strong endorsement speech by Sen. Martin Heinrich.

    Richard said her experience as state representative has prepared her well for the office of land commissioner.
    She said she felt her political experience and background as an educator resonated most with the delegates.

    “First and foremost the qualifications and expertise that I bring being in the state Legislature, but also having and educator in the land office that knows what’s at stake,” Garcia Richard said.

    She also thanked the delegates for their support in getting her to the top of the primary ballot