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Today's News

  • Be There calendar 12-16-14

    Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Past presentations can be reviewed by joining the Yahoo group for LAPC found at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/la-photoclub/info. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    Holiday Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The eighth grade WEB Crew leaders will be hosting a free movie (“Maleficent”) for all seventh graders right after school. Seventh graders are asked to bring a snack to share and WEB Crew will have free drinks. The movie starts right after school and students must be picked up by 5 p.m.

  • Update 12-16-14

    Ribbon cutting

    Pleateau Property Management will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Ponderosa Pines and The Cottonwoods at Gold Street Wednesday. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at 3000 Trinity Drive, No. 62.

    Service

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

    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. it will be from 2:15-4 p.m. Dec. 21. 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.

  • New faces grace Los Alamos Co-op Market

    Recently the Los Alamos Co-op Market welcomes two senior managers to the staff. Jose Peraita has been hired to take on the front end manager position, while Theresa Westfall is taking the reins of deli manager.
    Peraita worked in the deli and has fully embraced the spirit of co-ops in his interactions with customers and staff.
    He will take over as front end manager from Tim Morrison who was part of the original management team. Morrison is leaving the co-op to start graduate school abroad.
    Westfall has restaurant kitchen management experience along with a great attitude and enthusiasm for learning about co-ops, which will help her transition into her role as deli manager.
    She will be attending deli operations training in mid-January to hone her skills and transfer her knowledge of restaurant kitchens to grocery delis.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central across from CB Fox. Check the website losalamos.coop or call 695-1579 for more information.

  • Pile burning continues at VCNP

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve announced it was implementing prescribed pile burning that started today and is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
    The prescribed pile burn will take place on 75 acres of the VCNP north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30.
    The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire and for the restoration of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, according to a VCNP press release.
    Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.
    Smoke may have variable effects on neighboring communities including La Cueva, Sierra Los Piños, Jemez Springs and other areas near N.M. 4.
    The burn activity, according to VCNP, is not expected to impact recreation sites or necessitate road closures.
    VCNP officials said the pretreatment of the forest substantially reduced the amount of fuel in the project area and lessened the associated production of smoke.
    However, smoke could be a nuisance to some people. It may be a health concern for children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

  • E.T. game goes to Smithsonian

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — One of the “E.T.” Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.
    Museum specialist Drew Robarge made the announcement Monday in a blog post. He included a photograph of the crinkled cartridge along with the official serial number assigned to the game by the city of Alamogordo.
    The game was one of hundreds recovered at the city’s landfill last spring as a team of documentary filmmakers investigated a decades-old urban legend that centered on Atari secretly dumping the cartridges. The “E.T.” game had the reputation of being the worst game ever, and it contributed to the demise of the company.
    Robarge said the Smithsonian has some amazing artifacts that represent big moments in video game history, including Ralph Baer’s “Brown Box” prototype for the first video game console and a Pong arcade cabinet. However, missing was something that represented what he called “the darkest days” of the early 1980s when the U.S. video game industry crashed.

  • Comedian is most 'Googled'

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
    The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet video craze to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
    Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game “Flappy Bird,” bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie “Frozen” and the Winter Olympics in Russia.
    Williams, Ebola, the World Cup and the Ice Bucket also ranked among the most-discussed subjects this year on Facebook, which released its list last week. Google released its list Tuesday.

  • Assets in Action: Deadline looms for Asset Award nominations

    I needed to write about something positive prior to the winter break.
    Please consider this the final reminder for nominations for the Community Asset Awards are due on Monday.
    This will be the sixth annual event where we recognize all ages, various businesses, clubs and programs that make our community and the world a little better.
    I know this is a busy time of year with finals week, things to bake, picking up, dropping off and the general things associated with daily life.
    It only takes about 10 minutes, five of which could be done thinking about it while you’re in the shower. The other five would consist of you writing a paragraph or two about a deserving nominee, that I read while they stand in front of a crowd of do-gooders.
    You may regret it if you don’t just do it and the boost on their end is not measureable. It is a joyous time, every year.
    So think about who makes this community a better place to live or work. Who is doing something that makes a difference in their school, their community, or the world?
    You can request a form at 695-9139 and yes, I text. I’d even be willing to fill it out for you if you happen to catch me. You can also request a form via email at AssetsInAction@att.net or go online and fill in the blanks at AssetsInAction.info.

  • Preserve will need to prepare for transition

    The name won’t change, but some very significant things could now that the 88,900-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is transitioning from a trust under the auspices of the National Forest Service to a National Park Service property. The park became the 18th national park preserve on Friday as part of a public lands bill passed with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
    “The board is very pleased with the passage of the bill that will safeguard the Valles Caldera as a national park preserve, keeping intact such programs as grazing, hunting, allowing increased access to the public while still preserving it and all the tribal sacred sites and the ability to work with tribes,” said Kent Salazar, chair of the Valles Caldera Trust Board.
    “So we’re very pleased that it’s transitioned to a permanent preservation of this area, which is a magnificent gem of national land. We’re also committed to making a vey seamless transition with the park service.”
    The preserve status means several significant things will not change.
    The legislation, first introduced by then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman and now sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (all D-N.M.), requires that hunting, fishing and grazing continue, along with recreational access.

  • Learning about proposed electric rate ordinance

    The Power Rate Adjustment provision currently in the proposed electric rate ordinance should be removed. There are sound policy reasons for opposing the provisions. But more importantly the provision violates Charter Art. 504. I apologize for the length, but I am attempting to provide useful background and analysis to help council make a considered decision.
    Background: The Charter (Art. 504) defines the role of council and Board of Public Utilities in the rate process. Perhaps because there was concern about abuse of the rate process, all actions on rates must be done after public hearings by both the BPU and the council. The language in the charter is mandatory. In addition, there is no latitude for either body to deviate from charter process or to create alternate processes than may be more facile.

  • Raphaelson must leave bench

    SANTA FE — The Supreme Court of New Mexico has determined that Los Alamos District Court Judge Sheri A. Raphaelson will have to leave office Jan. 1, the date that her six-year term ends.
    Judge Raphaelson lost a Nov. 4 retention vote when 44.02 percent of the voters in the counties she serves, which include Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba, opted not to keep her on the bench for another term.
    According to New Mexico election laws, Raphaelson needed at least 57 percent of the vote in order to stay in office. She only received 55.98 percent.
    Raphaelson lost her retention vote largely on the strength of Los Alamos County’s results. The county cast 343 more votes not to retain her than wanted her back — she won the retention vote by a narrow 41-vote margin in Rio Arriba County, but by a relatively comfortable margin in Santa Fe County.
    After the election, Raphaelson immediately challenged the judicial system’s reasoning to put her on the ballot in the first place through a letter to Chief First Judicial Judge Raymond Vigil.