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Today's News

  • National Merit semifinalists

    Officials recently of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Los Alamos High School is pleased to acknowledge that 14 members of the Class of 2015 have received this distinction. They are Leyla Akhadov, Daniel Ben-Naim, Sally Grindstaff, Andrew (AJ) Makela, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy, Colin Redman, Benjamin Reichelt, Sara Stubben, Alexander Swart, Vincent Tang, Sarah Wallstrom, Harrison Williams and William Zhao. Alexandr Wang, who was graduated with the Class of 2014, was also named a semifinalist. “This is a very prestigious accomplishment attained by these students,” said Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist. “We are very proud of them.”

  • Council considers changes to animal code

    The Los Alamos County council holds its first public hearing on proposed changes to the Animal Code on Sept. 30.
    A second ordinance regarding keeping poultry in residential areas will be introduced on Tuesday, with the public hearing scheduled for Oct. 10. Public comment will not be taken on the poultry issue until the hearing.
    The changes to the Animal Code generally address a shortened holding period for animals prior to adoption, increased adoption fees and mandatory sterilization prior to adoption.
    According to the staff report, stakeholders such as the Friends of the Shelter, Animal Control Officers and the Animal Shelter staff have requested amendments to the code “to address concerns and to better serve both animals and humans in our community.”
    The stakeholders approved the changes and believe they will “significantly improve the welfare of animals during their stay at the shelter and improve their prospects for a successful adoption.”
    The proposed changes under consideration on Tuesday include:
    • Barking or other noises causing annoyance to the neighborhood is defined as “continuously for more than ten (10) minutes or intermittently for more than thirty (30) minutes, either day or night.”

  • Rael pleads not guilty

    Los Alamos resident David Rael, accompanied by his private attorney, Bill Snowden, entered a “not guilty” plea in Los Alamos District Court yesterday.
    Rael was arrested back in May of this year as a result of a year-long investigation conducted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s office and the Los Alamos Police Department.
    The investigation centered around the Ares peer-to-peer file sharing network, and its usage by some to distribute child pornography. During their investigation, the investigators from the AG office discovered a user from Los Alamos who downloaded several files that depicted boys and girls under the age of 18 involved in various sexual situations with adults.
    With help from the LAPD and Internet service provider CenturyLink, investigators were able to track the downloads to Rael’s apartment on Gold Street.
    When brought in for questioning, Rael told police that he is not “into” child porn, that it was all an accident. When asked about the files on his computer, Rael attributed that to being blind in one eye, as well as being intoxicated at the time of their download.

  • DOE EM to take over cleanup work at LANL

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz directed the Office of Environmental Management and the National Nuclear Security Administration to develop a plan for the transition of legacy environmental cleanup work at the Department’s Los Alamos site from NNSA to EM.
    A statement released Friday by a DOE spokesperson said, “the safe and efficient cleanup of the Los Alamos Site in New Mexico is a high priority for the Department of Energy. The Secretary of Energy has directed the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Environmental Management (EM) to develop a plan for the transition of the Los Alamos Site legacy environmental cleanup work from NNSA to EM.
    “This will align the focus and accountability of cleanup work with the Department’s environmental management program and enable the Los Alamos site prime contractor, Los Alamos National Security, to continue its focus on the core national security missions at the site. NNSA and EM will work together to evaluate all elements necessary for an effective transition including federal oversight, acquisition strategies, and quality, safety and security.”

  • Church Listings 09-26-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Christian Church celebrates 60 years

    The Christian Church of Los Alamos has been serving the Lord Jesus since 1954. The public is welcome to the celebration this weekend.
    There will be reunion in Rayburn Hall at 6 p.m., Saturday.
    Sunday’s events will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a talk led by Pastor Doug Partin. At 10:30 a.m., former Pastors James Shelburn will deliver a message about God and how he has blessed this church. Former Pastor Lloyd Dunn will lead the communion meditation. Services followed by dinner. 

  • Bible Answers: Do only true believers go to heaven?

    “Aren’t only believers in Christ going to heaven and no one else?” — Rachel
    Christianity is often criticized for being exclusive in its rejection of other religions that profess to be alternative paths to God. This critique has legitimacy. The fact is Christianity, by definition, makes the direct claim that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
    Here is a sampling of what the Bible says. In the Hebrew text, which Christians accept as authoritative and inspired, Israel is adjured to choose God and His way (e.g., Deut. 30; passim). In the New Testament, Jesus said, “I am the Way . . . no one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn. 14:6). Those who believe in Jesus receive everlasting life; they become the children of God (Jn. 1:12; 3:16).
    In one of his early sermons, Jesus’ disciple Peter declared, “Salvation is found in no one else . . . there is no other Name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Later he wrote, “We are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Pet. 1:3). The Apostle Paul said, “In Christ there is no condemnation . . . if Christ is in you, your spirit is alive . . .” (Rom. 8:1ff).

  • Protect pets from rabies

    Although the rabies virus is commonly known for causing a life-threatening disease, many people are unaware of what exactly it entails and how to prevent its transmission. In honor of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, here is some information to help further raise awareness about rabies and how to help protect your family and pets from this deadly disease.
    Rabies is an infection affecting the central nervous system, or brain and spinal cord, of humans and animals. This infection is caused by a virus that is transmitted primarily from bites wounds, scratches, or tissue from an infected animal. It is nearly always deadly if not treated before the beginning of symptoms.
    “Symptoms include fever, lethargy, seizures and ultimately paralysis,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “This paralysis can include paralysis of the muscles that control swallowing, leading to a ‘fear of water,’ or ‘hydrophobia’ that is often described with rabies.” Behavior changes leading to abnormally aggressive behavior may also occur.

  • A dream not yet realized

    Last week, I read Thalia Gibbs-Jackson’s letter to the editor with great interest and equally great sorrow. In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed a lot of racism and every now and then, I make the mistake of thinking that things are getting better in this world.
    I suppose with age comes blind hope, but the simple fact is that we haven’t come as far in the past 50 years as one might think. In fact, at times I think we’ve regressed.
    First, let me say that my criticism of racist attitudes is not meant to single out Los Alamos. Whether Democrat and Republican, rich or poor, educated or not, anyone can be a bigot. One thing positive you can say about racism is that it is an equal-opportunity social disorder.
    Sadly, it’s all too human to have these feelings. We all have prejudices that are tattooed into our psyche at a very young age and which can take a lifetime to shake off.
    My earliest memory of racial differences goes back to Kindergarten. I was playing in the apartments courtyard and I saw a black kid standing on the other side of the road. I walked over and yelled out, “Chocolate bar!” He yelled back, “Vanilla bar!”
    We then both ran home crying.

  • LA soccer teams will face Taos on Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams have a home-and-away doubleheader against Taos set for Saturday.
    Both Hilltopper teams will face Taos, a former district rival, Saturday afternoon. The Hilltopper boys will be at Eco Park in Taos, while the Hilltopper girls will host the Tigers at Sullivan Field.
    Taos’ boys (5-4) have been a formidable group this season, although they were blasted by Santa Fe Prep earlier this month, 5-0, and have lost three straight heading into Saturday’s game.
    For the Tiger girls, they had won seven straight to start the season, but dropped their last two contests. They fell to Santa Fe Sept. 16, then dropped a 3-1 decision at St. Michael’s Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ boys are 3-7-2 and are winless since Sept. 5.
    The Hilltopper girls blasted Capital 10-0 their last time out to improve to 5-6.