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Today's News

  • 21 US states sue to block expansion of overtime pay law

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A coalition of 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach from the Obama Administration.

    Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas, urging it to block implementation before the regulation takes effect on Dec. 1. Laxalt, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's policies, said the rule would burden private and public sectors by straining budgets and forcing layoffs or cuts in working hours.

    "This rule, pushed by distant bureaucrats in D.C., tramples on state and local government budgets, forcing states to shift money from other important programs to balance their budgets, including programs intended to protect the very families that purportedly benefit from such federal overreach," he said in a statement.

    Labor Department officials did not immediately respond to telephone and emailed requests seeking comment.

    The measure would shrink the so-called "white collar exemption" that exempts workers who perform "executive, administrative or professional" duties from overtime and minimum wage requirements.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers trounce Bloomfield

    Despite not playing for a week, the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team didn’t miss a step on Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers shutout Bloomfield 6-0 at Sullivan Field, marking their second win against the Bobcats this season. With the win, Los Alamos improved to 8-2 on the season, pending a game against Piedra Vista.
    “We worked hard this week because you can’t take any team lightly,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “It was a bit difficult for us to maneuver the ball in the first half. But, they (Bloomfield) are a tough team and we slowly wore them down.”
    The Hilltoppers led 2-0 at halftime, after getting a pair of goals from senior forward Sienna Ahlers.
    “I felt pretty good,” Sienna Ahlers said. “Some of my shots were a bit off but it was good.”
    Sienna Ahlers completed her third hat trick of the season by scoring another goal in the second half.
    Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior campaign by scoring the other three goals for Los Alamos. It was her second time scoring at least three goals in a game this season.
    Thursday was also the fifth shutout this season for sophomore goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense.

  • Today in history Sept. 19
  • Jemez Mountains fire contained

    A fire that started in the Jemez Mountains Sept. 8 was put out Monday night, fire officials said.

    The fire burned about 329 acres. The fire was located in Bear Springs Canyon, south of Forest Road 266. No structures were damaged or injuries reported. Due to precipitation in the area, the U.S. Forest Service decided to manage the fire to burn off extra fuel, rather than put it out right away.

    That changed recently when the area began to dry out.

    “We’ve gotten a lot of moisture and precipitation, and it was pretty dormant for quite a while,” said U.S. Forest Service Assistant Public Affairs Officer Clifton L. Russell “It wasn’t until last week it started to dry out and that’s what started causing a lot of smoke.”

    Using a burn scar to the north from the Las Conchas Fire, firefighters used that and an old logging road to hem the fire in and put it out.

    “We saw a very good opportunity to take advantage of the fire,” Russell said. “We were going to go for a bigger area, but it started to dry out over the weekend so they decided to go for total suppression.”

  • Police seek public's help to identify suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking for the public's help in identifying a female suspect in a fraud case. LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect. Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282. Those who make reports can remain anonymous.

  • Classes canceled at Albuquerque school because of threat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Classes are canceled for the day at an Albuquerque middle school that was evacuated because of what police said was an emailed threat.

    Officer Tanner Tixier said the emailed threat sent to law enforcement said there might be an explosive device or active shooter at Eisenhower Middle School but that nothing was found immediately.

    The school district said earlier Monday the school was evacuated because of a bomb threat.

    Tixier told the Albuquerque Journal that police took into account weekend incidents that occurred in New York City and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    District spokeswoman Monica Armenta says officials decided to cancel classes after police said their investigation might take hours.

    Armenta says all but a few of the school's more than 800 students have been handed off to their parents.

  • Community Calendar 9-18-16

    TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll while learning about our local wildflowers. Free.
    WEDNESDAY
    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to May 16 at the Nature Center. Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes and local geology. For youth ages 5-9. Cost is $190 for non-members, $160 for PEEC members.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Susan and Jeff Mather, Rotarians from Fiji, will speak.  

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Meeting agenda to be announced.

  • Births 9-18-16

    Aug. 28 — A girl. Margaret June King. Born to Katharine Garduño-King and Graham King.
    Aug. 28 — A girl. Born to Emerson Evangeline Betts. Heidi and Stephen Betts.
    Sept. 10 — A girl. Leah Vigil. Born to Maureen Armijo and Vincent Vigil.

  • News for Retirees Sept. 18-Sept. 24

    Sept. 18-Sept. 24
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Pot Pie
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Egg Salad
            Sandwich on Rye    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)

  • Sign ups start now for Trick-or-Treat MainStreet

    Halloweekend will haunt downtown Los Alamos once again Oct. 28-29.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Oct. 28 in downtown Los Alamos.
    Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, will be closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area from 4-6:30 p.m., where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families.
    While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved.
    Last year an estimated 4,000 people took part in the weekend’s festivities.
    Other activities Friday will include Trick-or-Treating at Los Alamos Medical Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Pet Costume Parade will march down Central Avenue at 5:30 p.m., and the YMCA Costume Climb is set for 6-8 p.m.
    Halloweekend festivities will continue Oct. 29, beginning with pumpkin carving at the Smith’s Marketplace from 10 a.m. to noon.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will provide live entertainment inside Fuller Lodge from 6:30-9 p.m.