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Today's News

  • Reading playdate at Mesa Public Library Aug. 29

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) Family Resource Specialists and Mesa Public Library children’s librarians will host a community playdate for children ages newborn to 5-years-old.

    This drop-in event will be from 10:10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Youth Services rooms at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue.

    The community playdate is to kick-off two early childhood literacy programs – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

    In addition to offering the opportunity to sign up for the literacy programs, this event will also feature play, movement, music and art activities for the children, and social time for adults.

    Snacks will be provided.

    Other local agencies participating in the community playdate include: Family Strengths Network, First Born Program of Los Alamos, PEEC Nature Center, the Many Mothers’ Baby Boxes program. The event is free.

  • Assets in Action: Here’s to a positive start to the school year

    I wish you a new start filled with positivity tomorrow, as we head back to school. It begins a new chapter in many ways and hopefully we will encourage our children to take charge in writing their story.

    I look ahead to a new year of building Assets, helping community members to see the importance of building them each and every day, with the smallest of efforts. Since there are 40, the work is easy.

    The relationships we have throughout our lives, even into adulthood is what encourages us to want to learn, to keep on learning and to find the spark that lights the passion within each of us.

    It doesn’t matter what brings you passion, this year try and put it into play. It may come in a form you never considered or require that your life changes completely in order to fuel the desire to achieve it.

    I am elated that once again the Los Alamos County Council will proclaim the month of September “Assets Month,” with the goal of building Assets throughout the year.

  • Conference to feature business opportunities in local film industry

    BY DAMON SCOTT
    Finance New Mexico

    The New Mexico film industry has been an economic bright spot for the past several years, helping businesses grow and weather the recession. After state tax incentives for the industry kicked into gear in 2003, opportunities for individuals and businesses have been continually created. And industry leaders say there’s still room for growth.

    Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office, said the industry is “as strong as it’s ever been,” with 2017 shaping up to be the third-consecutive year of record activity – defined by overall economic impact and job creation, among other markers.

    Maniatis and his staff are preparing for the 2017 Film & Media Industry Conference, which draws hundreds of people to sessions, panels and exhibitors. The conference, slated for Aug. 25–26 in Albuquerque, highlights the many ways individuals and businesses can be part of the growing industry.

    More than actors and crew

    Karl Kirsch of O’Malley Glass is a believer. The Albuquerque business owner said he’s worked hard to make connections with producers and crews over the years, and it’s paid off.

    Kirsch said he works with three different departments in the industry – set design, special effects and construction.

  • Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans.

    But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients.

    About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More than 33,000 deaths that year were blamed on opioid overdoses.

    Express Scripts launched a yearlong pilot program in 2016 aimed at reducing patients' dependency on opioids and the risk of addiction, said Snezana Mahon, the Missouri-based company's vice president of clinical product development.

    Mahon said analysis of 106,000 patients in the pilot program showed a 38 percent reduction in hospitalizations and a 40 percent reduction in emergency room visits, compared to a control group. The program is scheduled to take effect nationwide on Sept. 1 for Express Scripts members whose employer or health insurer has enrolled to participate.

  • Ski club approves Pajarito sale proposal

    Los Alamos Ski Club members voted in favor of a proposal to transfer ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area from the Los Alamos Ski Club to the Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership at a special meeting held Thursday.

    In a statement, the ski club board said, “This is a big step forward for the ski club in order to complete a transfer of ownership and operations that began back in 2014.”

    If negotiations succeed, PRLP, which has been operating the ski area for three years, would acquire all 750 acres of the Pajarito Ski Area land in Los Alamos County, and assume all of the ski club’s outstanding debt, which totals $1.25 million.

    According to ski club member Michael Altherr, more than 90 members attended the meeting.

    He said that the board did a good job of answering questions and addressing concerns before the vote.

    “Everyone got their say,” Altherr said. “By the time we got to the vote, there was no additional discussion needed.”

    The vote passed with a two-thirds majority, as is required in the ski club bylaws.

    One of the main reasons for wanting to get this deal done is the need for substantial improvements in the area, which PRLP have been reluctant to make due to the lack of ownership of assets.

  • Yates back in court after violating parole

    Trevon Yates, 22, of Santa Fe, is scheduled for an appearance in district court Friday concerning the most recent probation violation after a string of violations.

    Yates was arrested in Los Alamos as part of a massive drug sweep in early 2015 that yielded a total of nine arrests.

    Yates was charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

    The drug sweep, called “Operation Genesis,” was started in October 2014 and headed up by the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division.

    It was a way for LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone to put the community on notice about drug use in Los Alamos.

    According to court documents, Los Alamos Police Department learned that suspected Santa Fe drug dealer Yates was selling drugs in the area.

    As part of Operation Genesis, police started tracking Yates through various forms of surveillance.

    Between Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015, LAPD set up a number of deals between Yates and a police informant in which 1.1 grams of heroin, 8.7 grams of marijuana and 1.8 grams of marijuana “wax” were obtained.

  • Middle-schooler gets new bike from local group

    Representatives from the Los Alamos Public Safety Association, Los Alamos Police Department Commander Oliver Morris, LAPSA vice president, and Jeff Dare of Los Alamos National Lab Emergency Response (President of LAPSA), presented 13 year-old fundraising winner Xavier Chalkley with his Coleman mini-bike.

    Chalkley will be going into eighth grade at the Los Alamos Middle School. Chalkley purchased the winning ticket following the Rodeo Parade on Saturday and told Cmdr. Morris and Jeff Dare, “I like my odds.” Needless to say, he was right.

    Los Alamos Public Safety Association has representatives from LANL, LAPD, LAFD, Bandelier, Santa Clara Fire Dept., FBI, etc.

    LAPSA is a forum for senior members in public safety in the Los Alamos area to get together in order to build relationships, recognize public servants and give back to the community. All summer LAPSA members raised money through raffle sales to help fund local scholarships related to public safety.

    Morris said, “I am happy a local kid won the bike; Xavier was very excited.”

  • Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale

    Researchers using Los Alamos National Laboratory’s unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

    The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

    “Normally, we look at a variety of thick, dense objects at Los Alamos for defense programs, but the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science was interested in imaging a very large fossil to learn about what's inside,” said Ron Nelson, of LANL’s Physics Division.

    Nelson was part of a team that included staff from LANL, the museum, the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh.

    The results helped the team determine the skull’s sinus and cranial structure.

    Initial viewing of the computed tomography (CT) slices showed preservation of un-erupted teeth, the brain cavity, internal structure in some bones, sinus cavities, pathways of some nerves and blood vessels, and other anatomical structures. 

  • Community Calendar 8-13-17

    TODAY
    Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Change Is Our Choice provides an opportunity to discuss the implications of climate change on our past, present, and future. Learn how to mitigate the effects and ensure a greener, more sustainable future. Participation is FREE, but purchase of the coursebook is REQUIRED.

  • Comcast to improve lines on Trinity Drive next week

    Beginning on Monday, Comcast will remove and replace aerial cable lines located along Trinity Drive from 37th Street to Canyon View as part of a network improvement project for Los Alamos area customers.  

    Work will take place from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

    There will be single lane closures and a flagging operation guiding traffic through the work zone.
    All residents and businesses along the work corridor will receive door tags informing them of the project dates and times.

    For questions about this project, contact CableCom project supervisor Tim Stroman at 505-417-0219.