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Today's News

  • Historical Society to host Fall Gala

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host an evening under the stars starting at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge. The fundraising event, which is black-tie optional, will include a three-course dinner, the society’s annual Experience Auction and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band.
    Tickets are $75 each, and many of the 120 available have already been sold. Only a few ticket remain for an exclusive pre-party wine and cheese reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets for both the gala and reception are $125. The public can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak with the first recepient of the annual Los Alamos History Award.
    Tickets are available through the Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org (click on the link to the gala on the right side of the screen) or by check to P.O. Box 43 in Los Alamos. Reservations must be made by Friday.

  • BBBS provide positive role models throughout school year

    Dawn Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico spends a good deal of time during the summer thinking of the new school year and the number of students that could use an adult friend in their life.
    “As the Los Alamos Rio Arriba regional director I reach out to the communities for volunteers, youth for our program, regional board development, public speaking engagements, PR, fundraising and event planning,” Brown said.
    Brown oversees the site-based and community-based programs, which match “bigs” and “littles” for as little as 45 minutes per week or up to six to eight hours per month.
    The one-to-one mentorship programs only vary in the amount of time an adult is available to mentor a local youth. The Northern New Mexico BBBS program offers training, and works hard to match adults and youth based on common goals and activities.
    These relationships help to build a child’s skills, confidence and increase the chances of them staying in school,” Brown said. “A positive role model in a youth’s life helps increase the chances that a child will be able to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.”
    Brown also wants volunteers to know that the relationships are nurtured and supported by their degreed and professionally trained program staff.

  • Time to open eyes to elder suicide

    Elder suicide looks us in the eye, thanks to columns written by Leslie Linthicum in the Albuquerque Journal.
    The facts: In the northeastern community of Roy, Geraldine Ray, 89, was found lying face down on her bed with cotton balls up her nose, plastic filling her mouth, and packing tape across her lips. The state Office of the Medical Investigator called it a homicide, despite two suicide notes in Ray’s own hand. The woman’s daughter was arrested for murder. Her family never believed that for a moment, neither did Linthicum, and science backed them up. Charges were dropped.
    OMI didn’t think a person could kill herself that way. They must never have met a willful woman. I come from a family of willful women, and you’d be surprised what they can do.
    I had just returned from eye-opening visits with elderly relatives out of state, so Linthicum’s column hit me in the heart.
    Cousin Betty (name changed), my role model, was gorgeous, successful in her job, known by everybody in her Roswell-sized town, married with two boys and managed the perfect home. She now has macular degeneration and can no longer drive, she’s diabetic, and she’s had one hip and both knees replaced, not entirely successfully, so she walks with a cane. Four months ago, her husband died.

  • N.M. businesses join national Manufacturing Day initiative

    Manufacturing Day is catching on in New Mexico, with more and more manufacturers lining up to represent the state in a national day of recognition for businesses that make products in America.
    Events are planned at more than a dozen facilities in nine New Mexico communities. Last year, the first time New Mexico participated, seven producers hosted events in three cities.
    New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership — the primary sponsor of statewide events — is scheduling tours in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Hobbs, Silver City, Deming, Farmington, Las Cruces and from Santa Fe to Taos. Each region has a designated day to participate between Oct. 1 and Oct. 3, with kickoffs set for Oct. 1 in Hobbs and the Albuquerque metro area.
    Who’s on board?
    Nineteen businesses have committed to public or private tours, but many more are considering participation in this important event.

  • Sports Briefs 08-27-14

    Gattiker is top predictor at Pace Race

    Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday night. It was held on the trail behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Gattiker earned the win with her prediction error of just five seconds. That prediction beat Jessica Baumgaertel, who was second with a 48-second differential and Jackie Marr, who was off by 92 seconds.
    Marr was the top female finisher on the 1-mile paved course with her time of 14 minutes, 6 seconds. Diego Leonard, who is 4 years old, finished with a time of 12:29 on the paved course.
    On the 3-mile paved course, Nikol Strother was the fastest finisher (19:57). Ted Romero had the top finish on the 3.4-mile trail course and Bob Weeks was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile paved course (16:17).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. The race will start at the Estante Way Trailhead in White Rock.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

    Isotopes drop another contest

  • 'Toppers fall to Bobcats in overtime

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a late goal from its top player to force overtime against the Bosque School Bobcats in its home opener Tuesday.
    Unfortunately, the Bobcats pounced in overtime to spoil the Hilltoppers home debut.
    After a relatively uneventful first half, Bosque scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead, then with about 15 minutes left in regulation, added a go-ahead goal which appeared like it would hold up.
    However, with just seconds left in regulation, Los Alamos’ top scorer, Catie McDonald, scored off a direct kick chance from the right side of the goal to tie the score at 2 and force overtime.
    In overtime, Bosque returned the favor, scoring from 25 yards out on a direct kick to earn the victory.
    Despite his team slipping to 0-2 on the young season, Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said he likes most of what he’s seen so far.
    “We felt like we dominated,” he said. “But right now we have to tighten up some loose ends.”

  • LA drops season opener to Bosque

    In time, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team may turn some heads. But the 2014 season opener was not one of those times.
    Los Alamos dropped its season opener at Sullivan Field Tuesday to the Bosque School Bobcats. The Bobcats, a very tough program, picked up a goal in each half and, after an initial offensive push by the Hilltoppers, limited the home team’s chances in a 2-0 victory.
    There was nothing alarming about Tuesday’s loss, Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said, but there wasn’t much that impressed him, either.
    “It was an OK game,” he said. “Their goals were mistakes of ours. Those were things that are correctable, which is nice.”
    Gartz said a defensive breakdown led to the first Bobcat goal, something which is inclined to happen to teams early in the season. The second goal, however, was a little less acceptable.
    In the second half, Bosque was awarded a corner kick. The kick sailed over the heads of three Hilltopper players and to the far post, where it was knocked in.
    Los Alamos had a notable height advantage over the Bobcats (2-0), but the Bobcats were consistently beating the Hilltoppers to balls in the air, something that displeased Gartz.

  • Feds want to drop charges against Rodella's son

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal prosecutors want to dismiss charges against the son of an indicted northern New Mexico sheriff who was accused along with his father of roughing up a driver during an off-duty traffic stop.
    U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said Wednesday that prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Thomas Rodella, Jr.
    Rodella and his father, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, were indicted this month for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during the March encounter.
    Court papers say the sheriff wasn’t in uniform when he chased down the motorist, jumped out of his personal SUV with a gun and shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.
    Prosecutors say the younger Rodella may lack the cognitive ability necessary to prove the charges against him.
    Federal agents were looking for a New Mexico sheriff’s badge during a May raid to test it for DNA in connection with an encounter with a motorist, newly released court documents said.
    According to unsealed court documents, FBI agents wanted Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella’s badge and silver handgun when they searched his house and car, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
    The indictment says Rodella shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.

  • LANL to receive C-130 airplane for training purposes

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes.
    “This plane will boost our training capabilities for first responders,” Christian Rittner of the Laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division said.
    The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49.
    The C-130 will depart from Kirtland today via flatbed truck and will arrive in Los Alamos. The expected transportation time is six hours and will be transported, under escort by New Mexico State Police, via Interstate 25, north to N.M. 599, to U.S. 84/285, west on N.M. 502 and up N.M. 4 to Technical Area 49.
    Motorists traveling along the expected route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos should be aware that this transportation could cause traffic delays and adjust their schedules, or take an alternate route.
     

  • County Briefs 08-27-14

    GOP to open headquarters Monday

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1Trinity, between Viola’s and the new Subway. The phone number is 695-8080.
    There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Friday. Information on the election, candidates and registering to vote will be available. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    LAFD admin offices closed

    The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices located at 999 Central Avenue, Suite 200 will be closed today through Friday. All administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings, during this time as the department is currently working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.
    Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly.

    DWI checkpoint set for Santa Fe County