Today's News

  • House candidates square off in variety of issues

    The differences were stark between Democrat Ben R. (Ray) Lujån, who is running for reelection for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3, and his Republican opponent Jefferson L. Byrd at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum last week.
    These are key points from the candidate’s responses to questions. See “Fact-checking the candidates” for some research into the candidates’ competing claims.
    What action should Congress take regarding social security?
    Lujån opposes the privatization of social security, as well as raising the age for retirement or reducing benefits.
    “The way we strengthen social security is we strengthen the economy. We bring more people in, we get more people working and contributing to the program,” Lujån said. “It’s solvent. We just celebrated 75 years, and with all of us working together we’ll celebrate 75 more.”
    Byrd countered, “According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office), social security is going to fail…We all have to take actions now before that occurs.”
    Did either candidate support a higher minimum wage?
    Byrd does not. He advocated instead for “protecting employers” and creating mining and drilling jobs.

  • Catholic church robbed

    Apparently, the saying is true, nothing really is sacred anymore.
    At least, that’s the conclusion Father Glenn Jones reached Tuesday after learning someone had made off with the total weekend collections for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 3700 Canyon Drive.
    Both checks and cash were stolen, so church attendees are urged to check their bank accounts closely over the next few days.
    Jones said that it’s a bit of a mystery how the alleged thief or thieves entered the building. All six entrances to the building, as well as the entrance to the office where the safe was kept, did not appear damaged.
    The safe however, is totally destroyed. It appeared the thieves used some sort of tool, perhaps a crowbar, to pop the hinges off to get what was inside.
    “We didn’t see any marks around the place, so we don’t know how they got in,” Jones said.
    Jones suspected some sort of bump key or lock picking kit was used. He’s currently consulting with a locksmith to get all the locks updated and changed.
    If there’s a bright spot in all this, Jones said, it’s that it appears only money was taken. All altar items used to conduct services as well as other items of value seem to be still in the church. from this past Saturday and Sunday, checks and cash.

  • Scarecrows coming to town

    Los Alamos Arts Council is once again sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest Oct. 18-26 in downtown Los Alamos. The registration fee is $10. Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square. Applicants will be received from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Scarecrows will be on display through Oct. 26. 

  • Be There 10-15-14

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. LuzMarina Serrano, the New Mexico Gay Straight Alliance Network Program coordinator, will give a presentation about Super Allies: How to Support LGBTQ Youth.

    Part of Take Wing Week! Silver-Winged Acrobats of the Sky. 7 p.m. Relf Price will give a non-technical talk on the amazing lifestyles of dragonflies and damselflies. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Hilltop Garden gets ready for spring debut

    Los Alamos County and The Family YMCA recently signed a formal agreement that allows the Y to host a Community Education Garden on county-owned property with annually renewable options. This action has provided a home for and will forward previously grant-funded community educational garden efforts. The Y has named staff member David Clark to lead the work and to convene community members to forward the garden.
    Clark is issuing a call for interested parties to attend a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Y-Express.
    Additionally, Clark asks individuals who would like to share garden subjects and skills to contact him. Specifically, he is seeking individuals who want to help provide programs based around growing food, especially practices that can be realistically carried out on long term in the region. He is seeking to provide programs that are educational, for specific age groups or all ages, any duration — from an evening seminar to a multi-year project.
    He opens to gather expertise on teaching soil chemistry, water use, drafting and planning, art, history and other areas that could teach hands-on and meaningful projects.
    Interested individuals may contact him at 662-3100 or via email at dclark@laymca.org.

  • Weh gets a present of 30,000 cancelled health care policies

    Allen Weh got 30,000 presents the other day from President Barack Obama. Weh is the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, trying to unseat incumbent Tom Udall. Weh is given no chance by the experts.
    Remember the president’s oft-repeated claim about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
    The presents were the 30,000 New Mexicans who got a notice that their plans will end Jan. 1, 2015, because of not meeting health act requirements. Most are now with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico with the rest covered by Presbyterian Health Plan. I assume the lucky group chose their current plan for a variety of individual reasons as opposed to government mandate.
    While Weh has generally attacked Udall’s support of the health care act, the 30,000 sounds like a present to me because they are real people hurt by the lie of the claim about keeping “your plan.” Effective candidates are supposed to talk about things that touch real people. The 30,000 bring the health care act’s troubles into the real world of individual New Mexicans.
    Finding some of those 30,000 and putting them in ads seems an obvious way bring the Obamacare effect home to New Mexicans. Of course, I’m hardly a campaign strategy rocket scientist.

  • 'Manhattan' season finale fast approaching

    WGN’s new series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has two episodes left for the season.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to again thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences.
    Every week the society updates a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.
    Previous episodes are discussed on the website, losalamoshistory.org, on its Facebook page and in the museum.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8-9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan (TV-14 rating).
    Episode 11: “Tangier”
    Was there a shooting at the main gate?

  • Lobos are picked to finish 3rd

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team may have something to prove this year according to the media covering Mountain West hoops.
    The Lobos finished third in the preseason media poll, which was released Tuesday. The Lobos earned 270 points in the poll of 35 media members, which placed them just behind poll runner-up Boise State.
    Taking the top spot in the poll was San Diego State by a very comfortable margin. San Diego State’s Aztecs, who won the 2013-14 MW regular season crown, earned 383 points and grabbed all but one of the first-place votes cast — Boise State got the other top vote.
    Boise State’s Broncos just nipped UNM for the second spot, picking up 275 total points, but UNM just edged out UNLV for the No. 3 spot by a single point.
    Last March, the Lobos, led by their big three of Alex Kirk, Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow, won their third consecutive MW tournament title. All three, of those players, however, signed professional contracts during the offseason — Bairstow and Kirk in the NBA, Williams in Europe — and only two starters are returning from that team that went 27-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play.
    The top returning scorer for UNM this season is sophomore Cullen Neal.

  • Kirk has longest outing of preseason Tuesday

    With only a little over two weeks before the start of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2014-15 season, Alex Kirk got a long, hard look Tuesday by his team.
    In the Cavaliers’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks, their third straight victory in the preseason, Kirk played for 21-plus minutes and finished with 8 points, hitting 2 of 6 shots from the floor, and had 3 rebounds. That game was in Cleveland and was Kirk’s longest appearance for the Cavaliers in the preseason so far.
    Kirk, of course, is a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School. Following his standout career with the Hilltoppers, he had a solid career at the University of New Mexico, where he played for 3-plus years.
    Over the summer, Kirk went undrafted, but was signed by the Cavaliers to a free agent deal.
    The career prospects of an undrafted rookie free agent can often be dicey at best, but for those trying to make Cleveland’s squad this season, it may be doubly so.
    Cleveland was one of the most active teams in the offseason. The Cavaliers picked up two huge new players, LeBron James and Kevin Love, who got some hefty contracts.
    James, of course, is considered the best player by many in the NBA and is a four-time league MVP. He was originally drafted by Cleveland but left the team in a controversial free agent move in 2010 to join Miami.

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