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Today's News

  • Money management could ease personal spending woes

    A recent story from the Washington Post described Black Friday, and all the news coverage of that shopping extravaganza, as a spectacle of the poor performing for the entertainment of the rest of us.
    The writer likened Black Friday to “The Hunger Games,” the science fiction movie series. In that story line, the provinces that lost a war are forced to send their best young people to a competition where they are televised as they hunt and kill each other, for the amusement of the pampered dilettantes of the winning country.
    The story suggested people of higher income don’t have to bother with the frantic bargain hunting of Black Friday. Only poor people will fight each other for cheap television sets and video games.
    None of the news coverage I saw reported how much of that Black Friday shopping was done to purchase necessities, how much was spent for things not really needed, or how much was spent with borrowed money that the borrowers couldn’t afford to pay back.
    A few days earlier, the financial website Wallethub reported that New Mexico ranks third highest nationally in the amount of money individuals spend compared to their earnings.

  • Surplus sale canceled

    Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale which was scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is Jan.15.

  • Police dept. honors its top performers of year

    The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday at Fuller Lodge to honor employees for their performance and service to the community.
    A total of 35 awards were handed out for those displaying outstanding customer service and initiative. Awards included recognition for developing programs to assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence, locating lost and injured hikers, solving several crime sprees, and maintaining excellence in various administrative duties.
    Further, LAPD recognized eight employees in seven different categories at the banquet for being the best in their fields for the year.
    Chief Dino Sgambellone, who handed out awards, said it was important to recognize those who went “above and beyond” while performing day-to-day operations.

    Here are the top awards given at the LAPD banquet:

    Civilian of the Year

    Connie Salazar, senior office specialist

    Public Service Aide of the Year

    Tom Beyer

    Detention Office of the Year

    David Bradshaw

    Dispatcher of the Year

    Angela Cordova

    Detective of the Year

    Ben Hinrichs

    Officer of the Year

    David Boe

    Supervisor of the Year

    Kate Stoddard, consolidated dispatch center and Sgt. Oliver Morris

  • On The Docket 12-17-14

    Dec. 11

    Natalia Friedland was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, starting or turning of a vehicle. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Delbert P. Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to appear in court and for not properly displaying a current, valid registration plate. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Raquel M. Am pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until Feb. 8. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant was also ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Zachary Sanchez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Dec. 12

    Carl E. Johnson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Dec. 15

    Nicolle L. Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone one to five miles an hour over the limit.

  • Update 12-17-14

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    SFNF offices

    All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed for the holidays on Christmas day and the following day, as well as New Year’s Day. For information, contact Forest Headquarters at 505-438-5300.

    Skate with Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the county’s ice rink. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Farmers Market

    A Holiday Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will run from. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Study: E-Cigarettes are catching on with teenagers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s annual drug use survey finds.
    Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey’s first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
    Nearly 9 percent of eighth-graders said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report released by the National Institutes of Health.
    Use increased with age: Some 16 percent of 10th-graders had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, and 17 percent of high school seniors. Regular smoking continued inching down, to 7 percent of 10th-graders and 14 percent of 12th-graders.
    “I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston, who leads the annual Monitoring the Future survey of more than 41,000 students.

  • Tools stolen from secure LANL site

    Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.
    The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab’s campus in northern New Mexico.
    Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.
    A national expert on radiation exposure says the tools likely pose little health risk but could be dangerous if they were exposed to toxic chemicals present in the area where the tools had been used.
    Los Alamos police were forced to close the case because the lab refused to give investigators the names of workers who had access to the area.

  • Lights to go off for luminaria viewing around the county

    The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division is planning on turning off power to various streetlights to enhance viewing of holiday luminarias in neighborhoods.
    The streetlights are scheduled to be turned off Dec. 24 and 25. The streetlights will be operational again Dec. 26.
    For safety purposes, Los Alamos County is asking residents to move vehicles and trailers to off-street parking during those days, or that, if they cannot be moved, to have those vehicles silhouetted by luminarias.
    Also, due to limited visibility during those nights in those areas, drivers are requested by Los Alamos County to slow their vehicles to 15 mph.
    There will be three areas affected by the powering-down of the lights. Those are as follows:
    • Barranca Mesa (including Barranca Road, Los Pueblos, San Juan, Totavi and Navajo Roads)
    • North Mesa (Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, Cumbres Patio)
    • White Rock (Cañada Way, Cañada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Avenue, Brighton Drive and Briston Place)

    Questions about the power-down should be directed to the public works department. The department’s phone number is 662-8150.

  • State basketball scores 12-17-14

    Boys

    Academy for Technology and The Classics 90, NMSD 47
    Carlsbad 56, Goddard 43
    Española Valley 57, Santa Fe 56
    Eunice 56, Tatum 38
    Farmington 63, Durango, Colo. 37
    Oñate 44, EP El Dorado, Texas 42
    Piedra Vista 57, Shiprock 56
    Red Valley-Cove, Ariz. 63, Shiprock Northwest 34
    Ruidoso 59, Tularosa 48
    Socorro 44, Los Lunas 43
    Texico 68, Melrose 64
    Tucumcari 45, Portales 39
    Valencia 53, Moriarty 49

    Girls

    Aztec 40, Bayfield, Colo. 24
    Bloomfield 70, Cuba 39
    Canyon, Texas 42, Portales 28
    Deming 43, Centennial 41
    Española Valley 51, Valencia 41
    Gadsden 63, Silver 32
    Miyamura 37, Belen 33
    Morenci, Ariz. 61, Lordsburg 57
    Navajo Pine 56, Newcomb 23
    Onate 46, Chaparral 26
    Raton 53, Trinidad, Colo. 7
    Santa Fe Indian 57, Taos 40
    Shiprock Northwest 66, Red Valley-Cove, Ariz. 42
    St. Michael’s 46, Bernalillo 41
    Tatum 55, Eunice 43
    Texico 50, Melrose 33
    Trinidad, Colo. 53, Raton 7
    Tularosa 74, Ruidoso 54

  • U.S. to bid on 2024 Olympics

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.
    Which city will it pick? Stay tuned.
    After hearing presentations from the four candidates Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — USOC board members voted to join the race, but not until they have a chance to mull over the candidates during the holidays.
    “It’s a four-way tie,” CEO Scott Blackmun said, not diverging from the federation’s closed-lip policy on this yearlong selection process. “We had great presentations, now we have an opportunity to explore how everyone felt about the presentations. We’ll reflect, come back after the holidays and see what’s in the best interest for the United States.”
    This was the expected move from a federation that lost badly the last two times it bid for the Games — New York for 2012 and Chicago for 2016 — and hasn’t played host to the Summer Olympics since the Atlanta Games in 1996.
    The 2016 Olympics are set for Rio de Janeiro. The 2020 Games, which the United States did not bid for, will be in Tokyo.