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Today's News

  • Update 3-4-15

    Public Schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will hold a forum at 7 p.m. today for the public to hear from superintendent candidate Kurt Steinhaus.The forum will be at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will go into closed executive session Thursday at 5 p.m. Following the session a motion may be made to present a job to one of the two finalist candidates. It will be at the Public Schools administration building.

    Construction

    The project manager overseeing Western Area Phase 3 construction will speak at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 11.

    'Mister Roberts'

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will host a promotional event for Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Mister Roberts” at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Free Film Series

    The Free Film Series will feature the movie “Of Gods and Men” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    P & Z meeting
    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the Municipal Building.

  • What’s up with prices at the pump?

    After initially driving down the price of oil by increasing its production, which gave Americans a welcome drop in prices at the pump, could Saudi Arabia now be pushing them back up?
    Prices at the pump have gone up nearly 40 cents a gallon from the January low. Every year, at this time, refineries shut down to make adjustments from the “winter blend” to the “summer blend.”
    However this year, the increase is exacerbated.
    The unexpected extreme weather in the south has caused some of the refineries in the south to shut and restart, resulting in disruption for a couple of days. There was a California refinery explosion.
    Then we have the expanding steelworker’s strike — the first in 35 years.
    Opinions vary on why the United Steelworks chose now to strike — especially in a time when labor unions, according to the WP, “rarely exercise that right.”
    The paper explains, “There were only 11 strikes involving more than 1,000 workers last year, down from hundreds annually in the 1970s.”
    What if the union workers chose this time to strike because of outside influence — specifically Saudi Arabia? There are many coincidences that seem too obvious to ignore.

  • Native American businesses receive grants

    Los Alamos National Security announced Tuesday six Native American-owned businesses have been awarded grants through LANS’ Native American Venture Acceleration Fund.
    The grants awarded by LANS totaled $60,000.
    “Our Native American Venture Acceleration Fund has become an important resource in the region for tribally held businesses,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office. “Funds invested into these entrepreneurs helps sustain and grow employment in and around our Northern New Mexico pueblos.”
    Venture Acceleration Fund grants, according to LANS, are designed to help recipients create jobs and ultimately diversify the Northern New Mexico economy.
    The fund is managed by the Regional Development Corporation.
    LANS said more than $200,000 has been generated by the fund.
    In the past two years, nearly $700,000 in new revenue was generated by Native American-owned companies. The newest grant recipients are as follows:

    • Walatowa Timber, Jemez Pueblo: to develop business and manufacturing plans for timber products and expand into the wood pellet industry.

    • High Water Mark, Cochiti Pueblo: to purchase geographic information operating software.

  • Luján Grisham offers platitude for the ‘War on Poverty’

    A legislative tradition is a speech by each member of our congressional delegation to a joint gathering of the two houses.
    The exercise is useful. It puts the people self-selected to live on airplanes flying between New Mexico and Washington, D.C., in front of a bipartisan political audience. A chance exists of something useful or revealing.
    From Albuquerque Rep. Michelle Luján Grisham, a Democrat, on Feb. 17 came the charge, “It’s time you declare a war on poverty in New Mexico.”  The comment was in an Albuquerque Journal story.
    The sentiments are noble. Questions arise, however. (I can hear the liberal knives sharpening. Gasp! Question a principle of pious liberalism?)
    It’s not that Luján Grisham is wrong. It would be nice to eliminate poverty. The trouble is that such words are easy to say and tough, if not impossible, to execute. This would be a state level war, I suppose.
    To talk of solving a social problem such as poverty, Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson once observed, is itself a problem. “‘Solution’ implies a perfect resolution, but many social problems do not admit to that.” Poverty is one of the “conditions with which we have to struggle, for better or worse.”

  • Vaccination resolution passes

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed a resolution urging parents to vaccinate their children Tuesday night.
    Councilor David Izraelevitz introduced the resolution due to concern about the high number of vaccination exemptions in the county.
    Requests for exemptions have been rising statewide, going from 2,845 in 2012 to 3,335 in 2014.
    Although the county’s overall immunization rate is at 93 percent, with the highest rate in the state for adult immunization, the data is less encouraging for children.
    Los Alamos is second in the state for the number of vaccine exemptions, with 30.6 exemptions per 1,000, or 3 percent, for children 4-18 years.
    Los Alamos Public Schools physician Dr. Mike Nichols, who is also a physician at the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic, believes that number may be even higher among homeschooled children.
    “Given that Los Alamos is an employment center, with a lot of people commuting from all over Northern New Mexico, we have a fairly high number of out-of-district kids that travel out of the county and for business and pleasure there’s a high rate of international travel, it seemed appropriate to consider this in Los Alamos because this risk would be magnified and spread once it reached us,” Izraelevitz said.

  • Pitching and defense to lead Los Alamos softball

    The Los Alamos softball team is as ready as it can be to start its season.
    Manager Roger Anaya said the team’s off-season went really well with a lot of participation.
    During the first couple weeks of its spring season, the team was able to get on the field and work on its fundamentals.
    After that, however, the weather forced the team to practice at 5:30 a.m. in the gym. Even with changes in practice times and locations, Anaya said the girls were always there ready to work.
    Doing outfield work was tough in the gym, but the team was able to get in a lot of infield practice, batting practice and its pitchers have been able to throw plenty. Anaya also said he used a whiteboard some days to go over game situations.
    A sunny Tuesday let the team get back on the field once more before its first game today at Cleveland.
    The Cleveland game will begin the team’s competitive pre-district schedule.
    “Our goal is to play a tough schedule early on and learn from it so it prepares us for the district,” Anaya said. “Our goal every year is to win the district.”
    The Hilltoppers finished second in its district behind Bernalillo the last two seasons. Before that the Hilltoppers won three district titles in a row.

  • Today in history March 4
  • NM 4 is now open

    NM 4 has been reopened, but the mobile home that had been blocking it is still very near the road.

    The incident occurred at the intersection of NM 4 and the Truck Route before 6 p.m. A truck that had been towing the mobile home broke down and traffic was obstructed before crews were able to move the home.

  • Brown Bag performance Wednesday

    Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents Belisama- Irish Dancers
    Noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Chilean volcano erupts, thousands flee

    PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.
    The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top, glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava. Authorities worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities.
    The 9,000 foot volcano in Chile’s central valley, 400 miles (670 kilometers) south of Santiago, sits above the small city of Pucon, which has a population of about 22,000 people.
    “It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” 29-year-old Australian tourist Travis Armstrong said in a telephone interview from Pucon. “I’ve never seen a volcano erupt and it was spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Lightning was striking down at the volcano from the ash cloud that formed from the eruption.”