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Today's News

  • Council approves Canyon Rim Trail Alternative 3

    In additional business Tuesday night, Los Alamos County Council approved the Canyon Rim Trail Alignment Alternative 3. The vote allows staff to move forward on an extension connecting the existing trail to a new section constructed by Smith’s Marketplace.
    The approved alternative will cross DP Canyon near Fire Station No. 6, avoiding residential neighborhoods, which the other two options would have impacted. It also has the lowest cost, with an estimated preliminary cost of $1,745,000.
    The county received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant for $75,000 to design the trail extension, and has been awarded an additional $212,000 for construction. Construction of the trail will commence in 2015.
    Council unanimously approved a change to the county code that will allow the hospital to build a heliport and permit pet training or breeding kennels in zones that allow veterinary services. Both changes are restricted to certain zones and require a special use permit.
    Rob and Kathy Hipwood were given a proclamation honoring their girls’ cross country National Coaches of the Year award and declaring Dec. 17 as “Rob & Kathy Hipwood Day.”
    Outgoing Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Frances Berting were recognized for their years of service on council. Their terms end Dec. 31.

  • Two sought in separate embezzlement schemes

    Police recently issued an arrest warrant for an employee who worked at Smith’s Grocery on Trinity Avenue.
    The employee, a cashier named Theresa J. Watson that worked at the Los Alamos store, is accused of stealing about a thousand dollars through a scheme that involved voiding out items she scanned through her register, according to store management.
    Her managers caught onto her scheme in September, when they noted Watson was racking up a high number of voided transactions at her station.
    According to police, a videotape revealed how she carried out her plan. Watson would scan in all of the customer’s items, then she would then give that price to the customer.
    Then, when the customer was not looking, Watson would void out an item, but the customer would still pay the full price for their groceries and other items.
    The management also noted Watson only did this with cash transactions, allegedly in order to better cover her tracks.
    Another odd detail that gave away Watson’s embezzlement scheme is that Watson would total the transactions in such a way that the customers always seemed to have exact change. Management apparently recorded over a hundred transactions that occurred this way.

  • YMCA hosts junior wrestling

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its junior wrestling program starting Jan. 5.
    The program is for boys and girls in grades 1-6, although those in grade 7 and 8 with no previous wrestling experience are also welcomed.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. For information, call 662-3100.
     

  • Ski Report 12-18-14

    Angel Fire
    23-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    9-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 12 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    No base report. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu
    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 20 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    25 inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    42-inch base. 8 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Taos
    46-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 8 lifts open.

    Chama XC
    18-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest XC

    12-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Saturday.

  • 'Topper boys, girls return to action at home this weekend

    After getting a little bit of time off for finals, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will get back to action this weekend.
    Neither Los Alamos team has had a scheduled contest since Saturday, which was the final round of their two tournaments in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ boys will host the Rio Grande Ravens Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Then, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Hilltopper girls will host Artesia.
    This will be the second consecutive year the Hilltoppers and Bulldogs have played each other. Last season, Los Alamos’ last game at the Joe Armijo Invitational in Albuquerque was nixed due to travel conditions, leaving the team scrambling to find another game to fill a hole in its schedule.
    The only taker for Los Alamos’ rescheduled game was Artesia, which is in the extreme southeast part of the state. For last season’s game, the two teams split the travel difference and played that contest in Vaughn.
    This year, the Bulldogs are making the long trek to Griffith Gymnasium.
    So far, the Bulldogs are 4-1 heading into their Friday night contest at Belen. They have wins over two different Class 5A opponents, including having beaten Santa Teresa twice, as well as Moriarty.

  • Be There 12-18-14

    Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Sean Dolan, a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will talk about obsidian and the work that archaeologists are doing with it.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall. “Arthur Christmas.” Come at 5:30 p.m. for arts and crafts projects.

    Candlelight Service. 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. For more information visit bethluth.com.

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

  • Dangers of texting and driving

    Los Alamos High School Driver’s Education instructor Scott Pomeroy has students educating other students before the holidays with posters throughout the school. Students are encouraged to text friends #X to let them know they will be driving and won’t respond until it is safe.

  • Bandelier hosts Winter Solstice Sunrise walk

    Sunday is Winter Solstice. All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.
    At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes.
    One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon.
    It will be the annual ranger-guided walk to watch as the sun rises over the canyon walls and casts shadows in alignment with Tyuonyi’s entry walls. 
    There is no way to be sure that the pueblo was built that way on purpose, but Winter Solstice is an important date to many cultures. 
    In the northern hemisphere, it is the day that the sun turns back northward and days begin to lengthen, promising the return of warm days and growing crops.
    The walk begins from the front of the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. and lasts about an hour; the trail is level and paved, and only about 400 yards each way. 
    No sign-ups are required.  Participants should dress warmly, in layers and with warm shoes. If the sky is overcast, the walk will be rescheduled for the next day. 
    For more information call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 

  • What is PNM thinking?

    New Mexicans breathed a sigh of relief last year in hearing that PNM would be closing down two of the dirtiest coal-fired plants in the nation.
    Those two generators at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico are responsible for six million tons of carbon pollution in our skies every year, not to mention other pollutants like mercury, sulfur dioxides, etc.
    Unfortunately, our relief was short-lived. PNM has a backward plan to make up for its loss of generating capacity from closing half of the San Juan coal plant. Rather than making an investment in clean, abundant solar and wind power, PNM has stuck with what it knows best — dirty, expensive and dangerous coal and nuclear generators.
    PNM proposes to derive more than 40 percent of its total generating capacity from coal through 2053! In addition, it will increase its use of nuclear power (created at the Palo Verde site in Arizona) to 30 percent, while getting less than 4 percent from solar and no new wind.
    At a time when the rest of the world is in a race to develop the most efficient technologies to lead the world into a cleaner and prosperous energy future, the powers at PNM are stuck trying to extract every bit of profit from coal and nuclear.

  • 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.