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Today's News

  • (Lack Of) excellence seen in nuke museum

    Mediocrity is on full display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. I assume that the mediocrity, an aggregation of little things, wasn’t there on purpose. But it was there.
    Lured by well executed publicity, I went to see the underwhelming (small and crowded) exhibit, “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66,” that opened May 14. My idea was to consider New Mexico as a road, no particular beginning or end, nothing specific happening except magnificent sunsets to inspire political rhetoric and cultural impressions on the horizon.
    First, let’s be certain; the museum (nuclearmuseum.org) is well worth seeing for the history of the Manhattan Project and of the atomic bomb. It is on Eubank Blvd., a few minutes south of I-40.
    In the Route 66 exhibit this sentence grabbed. “Route 66 became an icon for travel in the 1950s.” I think that means Route 66 became a symbol for travel, similar to a religious icon in church. The signs describing Route 66 items were loosely mounted and just enough askew that I noticed.

  • How do we save our smallest towns?

    BY BOB HAGAN
    Coffee on a Cold Morning

  • Locals stand out in annual Jemez runs

    Runners from all over the country came to Los Alamos to challenge themselves in Saturday’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
    The 50-mile, 50-kilometer and 15-mile runs had 508 finishers representing 20 different states and Washington, D.C.
    The four corners and neighboring states Texas and Oklahoma were well represented, but runners also came from Illinois, California, Alaska, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Kansas and Michigan to compete on the local trails.
    The 15-mile run was the most popular option. The majority of the 252 runners who finished were from New Mexico, including all of the top-25 finishers.
    The 175 finishers in the 50-kilometer run and the 81 finishers in the 50-mile run, however, were pretty evenly split among local and out-of-state runners.
    Despite some athletes traveling 2,000 miles or more for the races, Los Alamos proved it has some of the top mountain trail runners anywhere.
    Erica Baron and Logan Ott led the Los Alamos contingent with first-place finishes.
    Baron won the women’s division and finished third overall in the 15-mile race while Ott won the 50-kilometer race.
    Baron’s winning time was 2 hours, 2 minutes and 56 seconds, which placed her above 249 other runners.

  • Shelter Report 5-22-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Question – employee or contractor – gets more complicated

    A commentator on a TV news show recently talked about new developments involving the ride company Uber. The commentator remarked that Uber has made sure to set up its procedures so drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
    The dilemma over independent contractors versus employees is nothing new. It’s just expanding and affecting more of us with changes in the way Americans do business.
    This was cited as a major trend at a national conference of workers’ compensation professionals. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), meeting in April in Santa Fe, noted how new businesses like Uber are blurring the lines between employment and self-employment. This could lead, some participants said, to significant changes in how workers are protected, if they are protected at all.
    Workers’ compensation is provided by almost all employers to employees. Employees injured at work are entitled to medical care with no deductibles or co-pays and, if unable to work due to the injury, cash benefits as a partial wage replacement.  

  • Community Voices: The pitfalls of social media

    BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • Births 5-22-16

    April 28 — A boy.  Elijah Dexter Sutherland. Born to Liese-Mrie and Landon Sutherland.
    May 2 — A girl. Michaela Carolyn Lopez. Born to Christina McCormick and Robert Lopez.
    May 5 — A boy. Locas Yucheng Wang. Born to Juan and Peng Wang.
    May 6 — A girl.  Brinley Paige Hofer. Born to Melanie and Dacotah Hofer.
    May 13 — A girl. Corinne Annelise Bakosi. Born to Lisa and Jozsef Bakosi.

  • LAPS rolls out active shooter plan

    Whether you think it’s sad, terrifying or a step in the right direction, a cross section of school employees tasked with keeping kids safe in the event of a “school shooter” scenario presented it’s plan for the future at a school board meeting May 10.
    The six-member group, known as the “District Safety Team” not only outlined their plan for the school board and the administration, but they also explained how it’s going to be implemented between now and the next school year.
    The first thing the team said they did was develop a “standard response protocol” for all the schools. The group reported that when they started their project, each school had different and varying amounts of emergency supplies, radios, even the vocabulary and alert system varied from school to school.
    “It became very obvious that we needed to do something,” Gonzales said.

  • Parks and Rec reviews spraying policies

    The Los Alamos Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has announced plans to suspend spraying herbicides on several parks.
    The plan was to spray Roundup and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer on Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Spraying was to start May 16 and continue through Friday.
    On May 13, Parks and Rec sent a notice that spraying in those parks would be postponed indefinitely. However, a press release issued May 20 clarified that spraying would continue in other areas. The notice reads:
    “County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so county departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.”
    The decision to suspend spraying in the parks was reached after citizens raised concerns about health impacts of those herbicides.

  • Sports Briefs 5-22-16

    LAHS tennis clinics
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will host two clinics this summer to help players improve their skills and raise money for the high school programs.
    Los Alamos High School’s tennis coaches and players will teach both clinics.
    The first clinic is June 6-10 and the second clinic will take place Aug. 1-5.
    Both clinics are open to kids ages 4-15, which includes a USTA Quick Start option for kids ages 4-10.
    Kids ages 4-7 will play from 4-5 p.m. and then the older kids will hit the courts from 5:15-6:45 p.m.
    Cost is $40, which includes a clinic T-shirt.
    For more information, call coaches Lloyd Wilton at 660-5714 or Bruce Cottrell at 670-3379 or email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.

    Kirk camps
    Alex Kirk will return to Los Alamos to host two basketball camps this summer.
    The camps, which are open to kids in fourth through ninth grade, will take place from 1-5 p.m. on June 9 and June 15, at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Register at alexkirkfoundation.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
    Cost is $60 per camper, which includes gear and autographs.
    Call 505-699-9025 for more information.