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Today's News

  • Optimism about the state but the nation, not so much

    We hear a lot that civility died in the recent election, but it survives here and there.
    Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and Democrat Alan Webber, former candidates for governor, proved that speaking recently to New Mexico Press Women.
    On New Mexico elections:
    “The truth lost,” said Arnold-Jones, a former state representative. “I have never seen such complete willingness to abandon the truth – on both sides.” She said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, the target of the governor’s political broadsides, “was a thorn in the side but a decent human being.”
    “Michael Sanchez was defeated by a scurrilous campaign,” said Webber. “It was a dark spot on the election.”
    He said the crime bills introduced in the special session “were a carefully laid trap to go after Democrats, in particular, Michael Sanchez.” The reality is that legislators “are too close to voters to be soft on crime,” he said.
    On New Mexico’s economy:
    Despite continuing bad news, the two describe themselves as optimistic. The way forward, both say, is to focus on infrastructure.

  • NM ranks 47th in ratio of employment to population

    New Mexicans don’t especially like work, or at least work captured in official statistics.
    This work aversion is a continuing theme here. It’s something cultural, one of those rents in the social fabric that is central to our systemic troubles.
    The state Department of Workforce Solutions recently provided valuable additional insight by reviewing the propensity for work in our 33 counties. The measure is the ratio of employment to population (E/P). The ratio reports the percentage of the population age 16 and over that is not in an institution such as a jail and not in the military.
    The states stacking on top of Oklahoma lead in diligence. With 68 percent of its population employed in 2015, Nebraska has the highest employment-to-population ratio. Minnesota follows with 67.6 percent and Iowa has 67.3 percent. The other end of line finds West Virginia at 49.4 percent; Mississippi, 52.2 percent; and – ta da – New Mexico, 53.5 percent.
    “For the five-year period 2010 to 2014, Los Alamos County posted the highest E/P ratio, at 62.3 percent,” DWS said. For the 2010–2014 period, the national rate was 57.7 percent, with New Mexico at 53.9 percent.

  • Garden Club wreath sale Dec. 2

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will hold an annual fresh Christmas Wreath Sale, from 9 a.m. until they are sold out, Dec. 2 in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The wreaths are made of fresh green cut in the Jamez Mountains.  
    The proceeds from the sale support a scholarship fund.
    The club awards a scholarship to a local  graduating senior each year.  
    For more information, contact Sally Warner at 662-9473.

  • C’YA nominations now accepted

    The time of year has arrived to submit nominations for the Community Asset Awards annual program, aimed at recognizing the good efforts, great deeds and often not heralded acts of generosity in the community, the nation and the world.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) coordinates the annual ceremony to recognize the contributions of the young, young at heart.
    “This is the highlight of the calendar year for us,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA executive director. “The program tells the stories you don’t often get to hear, but that make our community a great place to live.”
    The program is once again co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), where the Assets received a firm foundation for the work in the community.
    The love of the work grew into a local non-profit 501-c-3 and today runs multiple programs to benefit the youth of the community with some grand plans for 2017.
    The 2015 ceremony highlighted the work of more than 30 individuals and organizations that contributed to better the community and the world during the previous year.

  • Christmas Bazaar set for Dec. 3

    The Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is set for 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 3.
    The bazaar is a child-friendly community event for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, where children shop and have their gifts wrapped.
     Help is available from elves for children who need a little assistance. Elves wrap the gifts after they are selected.
    The event is about giving and empowerment for children. Parents are not allowed in the shopping area. Last year, a little girl walked into Kelly Hall and said “I am finally old enough to shop!” It was a rite of passage moment for this child and she exuded confidence. Her parents were empowering her to select and give gifts. Empowered children learn the process of informed decision-making and problem solving.
    For the bazaar, children start in Sherrill Hall, where they prepare their list of people to shop for, complete their gift tags and get a shopping bag. Parents and younger children remain in the old parish hall where they enjoy coffee, treats and coloring. In Kelly Hall, children shop and pay for their gifts and elves wrap them!
    Adults are reminded that it may take children time to choose those special gifts and have their purchases wrapped.

  • Find something that floats your boat

    As Wednesday dawns, many people will wake up a little more bright eyed and bushy tailed when they realize they don’t have to go to work or school.
    What I see is a sense of burn out and doneness more commonly seen in the week leading up to spring break.
    So what I hope the beginning of the holiday season is for you is my annual whole lotta nothing. That’s right, what I feel many are needing is to do a whole lot of nothing for a day or two days to if you are lucky, the next five days.
    I realize that you may still need to do some laundry cook some meals or unload some dishes, but at least try and put a few of the things that you would like to do at the top of the to do list.
    We try and teach our children that they have to do something that “floats the boat,” or “re-fills the well,” we need to remember yet again to model the behavior as much for ourselves as for them to witness you doing it, too.
    What are you thankful for? Well, let them know and ask them what they are thankful for? Then no matter what the answer is, be joyful about it.

  • Ice rink open for business

    Skaters enjoy a lap around the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Sunday. The rink opened Nov. 15. The rink has many events happening this season, besides public skating. There’s stick and puck sessions, pickup pond hockey, skating lessons and private arena rental. Special upcoming events in December include: “Skate With Santa” Dec. 17 and 18; Luminaria Skate Dec. 24 and Adult Broomball Jan. 5. For other events times and admission prices, stop by the rink and pick up a free program guide at 4475 West Road, call 662-5500, or visit losalamosnm.us/rec.

  • US court blocks overtime expansion pay rule

    LAS VEGAS — A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.
    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation’s legality is examined in more detail by the court. The order comes after 21 states sued the agency to block the rule before it took effect.
    “Businesses and state and local governments across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that this rule has been halted,” said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the coalition of states fighting the rule and has been a frequent critic of what he characterized as Obama Administration overreach. “Today’s preliminary injunction reinforces the importance of the rule of law and constitutional government.”

  • LANB evacuated Tuesday

    Los Alamos National Bank was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after someone noticed an odor like burnt rubber in the building. “The fire department responded quickly. They walked the entire building and can’t find any indication of smoke or heat,” said LANB President and CEO John Gulas.  Trane Heating and Air HVAC specialists were called to inspect the building’s HVAC system after it was cleared for reentry. “So everybody did what they were supposed to do,” Gulas said. 

  • Turkey Trot raises over $6,000 for charity

    All that running  and walking over 100 Los Alamos County residents did Sunday evidently paid off. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot  raised over $6,000.
    Twenty five percent of the funds will help “LA Cares,” a local food bank and charity. The remainder of the funds will benefit the Church World Service’s relief fund.
    The weather could not have been more perfect for the event, as runners and walkers of all types headed out  of the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot and onto San Ildefonso Road under a cobalt-blue sky and warm breezes to raise money.
    The two-and-half mile route took the runners over to the North Mesa Stables, then to the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa and back to the middle school parking lot. Following the event, participants had a ticket raffle for 25 frozen turkeys, 20 pumpkin pies and other items. Anyone who made donations on the spot received a free t-shirt. The event ended with a potluck dinner.
    While the participants had their reasons for participating, many were happy to help those in need.
    “It’s a great cause, especially at this time of year. I live down the road so it’s a good excuse to get out and be with some friends and get some exercise in,”  resident Neil Henson said.