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Today's News

  • Obama expected to veto pipeline bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now.
    The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning from Capitol Hill, where Republicans pushed the bill quickly through both chambers in their first burst of activity since taking full control of Congress. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would veto it in private “without any drama or fanfare or delay.”
    Obama’s veto notwithstanding, the White House said there was no “final disposition” on whether a permit will be issued for the pipeline, which has become a major flashpoint in the national debate over climate change. Rather, Obama is rebuffing a congressional attempt to circumvent the executive branch’s “longstanding process for evaluating whether projects like this are in the best interests of the country,” Earnest said.

  • Update 2-24-15

    Volunteers

    Volunteer judges are needed for the state speech and debate tournament starting Thursday in Los Alamos. Those interested are asked to email m.batha@laschools.net.

    School budget

    TThe first meeting of the LAPS 2015 Budget Committee will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos High School speech theater.

    Fire and Ice

    Santa Fe National Forest will host its Fire and Ice Festival Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts and a cross-cut saw contest.

    APP board

    Los Alamos County’s Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board wil hold a work
    session Thursday at
    Barranca Mesa Elementary School. A report on the 20-Year Facilities Plan will be discussed. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Engineers' dinner

    The Los Alamos Engineering Council will host a dinner featuring guest speaker Cleve Moler, Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. To RSVP, call 667-5772.

  • Bill aims to help do away with bullying

    SANTA FE (AP) — A committee of New Mexico lawmakers has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.
    The bill calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools and colleges. It garnered bipartisan support Monday in the Senate Rules Committee with a unanimous vote.
    The legislation, called the Carlos Vigil Memorial Act, would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
    Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that “warrants a state response.”
    A Twitter post by 17-year-old Carlos Vigil of Los Lunas about enduring bullying garnered widespread media attention after he committed suicide.
    According to published reports, Vigil was an anti-bullying advocate but in his last post on Twitter he noted, in part, “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with. I’m sorry for not being a person that would make someone proud. I’m free now.”
    Among purposes of the Carlos Vigil Act is to “cultivate a statewide culture where bullying is not accepted,” the bill states.

  • Moore is long-distance champ

    Los Alamos’ Michael Moore picked up a state championship in the final individual race of his career Saturday.
    Moore, a senior with the Hilltopper boys swim team picked up a decisive victory in the 500-yard freestyle to upset the No. 1 seed in the state at the championship meet.
    The state title meet was Friday and Saturday. It was hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    In the 500 freestyle championship, Moore completed the race in 4 minutes, 40.19 seconds, that was nearly 4 seconds better than Cibola’s Jacob Harlan.
    Moore, who went through the regular season undefeated, suffered his one and only loss earlier in the day when he placed third in the 200 freestyle, but came back with the big victory in the long race.
    Harlan had the best time of anyone in the state heading into the event, about 2 seconds better than Moore’s best time during the regular season, but he only finished fourth in Friday’s preliminary round behind Lee Moffett, another top-seeded swimmer from Sandia, Moore and Paden Simms of Clovis.
    In the championship, however, both Moore and Harlan got off to a fast start. Harlan had the fastest 50-yard split at 24.63, but Moore was right behind him at 24.88.
    The two were neck-and-neck until about the final 150 yards when Moore started to pull away.

  • Long-range planning is still going on

    Where and when the North Central Regional Transit District’s Blue Buses run, what riders want transit to accomplish in the community and what services would riders like to see from the NCRTD 20 years from now are questions being asked as NCRTD develops its Long Range Strategic Plan.
    The plan is being formalized to address the challenges NCRTD faces between now and 2040. Los Alamos stakeholders had a chance to weigh in on those issues at a public meeting last Thursday.
    “This is really setting a blueprint for the future,” said facilitator Polly Buck. Buck is part of a team from transportation planning consultant Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig (FHU), which is conducting the study for NCRTD. “I refer to the short-range plan (the 5-year plan currently being implemented) as great for the efficiency of what’s happening today But you really need to have a vision of what you’re trying to accomplish long-term, so that you can guide the actions that you take today.
    “It’s like going to college and taking a bunch of classes and having no idea of what degree you’re going to end up with. You have to have some goal in mind, so you know every day, day-to-day, when you’re expending your resources, what you’re trying to achieve with that.”

  • LA boys basketball falls in opening round of tourney

    SANTA FE — Despite some late-season improvements, finding those elusive wins never materialized for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos, as it has done for a good portion of the final three weeks of the season, had a solid game against a vulnerable team Monday night, the Capital Jaguars. Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it still wasn’t enough to get a win or to keep its season going.
    The Hilltoppers led by a point at the half against the Jaguars in the opening round game of the District 2-5A tournament, but couldn’t keep their momentum going in the third quarter as the Jaguars took over control of the ballgame.
    Ultimately, the Jaguars would prevail 61-48 at Edward Medina Gymnasium. They will now move on to play the Bernalillo Spartans tonight in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
    The Hilltoppers end their season with a record of 2-25.
    Even with the improvements the Hilltoppers made down the stretch — the offense was considerably more willing to attack the basket in the latter half of the season, a big part of that improvement — there were still the lapses that haunted the team throughout, another of which occurred Monday.

  • Saunders wins his 2nd state title in overtime

    RIO RANCHO — Before 2013, it had been close to 20 years since a Los Alamos wrestler had won a state individual championship.
    Before last season, it had been close to 20 years since Los Alamos boasted a two-time champion.
    But Saturday, Lane Saunders became the second consecutive state champion for the Hilltoppers.
    Saunders capped a 1-loss junior year Saturday by knocking off the only wrester to have beaten him in 2014-15, Andres Villa of Goddard, to win a second state title.
    To say Villa and Saunders are familiar with one another is an understatement. Little either does surprises the other and on the mat they let each other know about it.
    “He shot a double-leg at me and I told him, ‘I knew you were going to do that,’” Saunders said. “Then I shot a single-leg and he said ‘I knew you were going to do that.’”
    But in the end, Saunders earned the victory, although he had to do it the hard way, taking a 1-0 triple-overtime victory over his toughest foe.
    The two wrestlers trudged through a relatively uneventful regulation time, although Villa very nearly escaped from the bottom early in the second period, which would’ve ultimately won him the bout, before Saunders dragged him back to the ground.

  • Applications available for Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new house in Los Alamos.
    Applicants must currently live or work in Los Alamos to qualify.This is the first time in 20 years Habitat for Humanity is able to build an affordable home in Los Alamos. It is an opportunity to become a homeowner.
    Call 505-747-2690 or 505-614-5853 for more information. Stop by the ReStore at 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española for an application.

  • Be There calendar 2-24-15

    Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Wednesday
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Transitioning to a new energy paradigm

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present its On Tap series with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosting Nature on Tap with a brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Positive Energy Solar employee owner and Marketing Director Karen Paramanandam will lead the informal gathering and talk about transitioning Los Alamos toward a new energy paradigm.
    The discussion will cover the current energy mix on the municipal grid and pose questions related to the steps, impacts and consequences of moving off of fossil fuels.
    The Los Alamos Creative District brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month.
    First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.