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Today's News

  • Update 3-26-15

    Authors Speak

    Richard Ruddy will be the speaker at the Authors Speak Series. Ruddy wrote a biography of New Mexico territorial governor Edmund G. Ross. His talk will be 7 p.m. today in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Photographers

    There will be an opening reception for the Los Alamos Photographers Show Monday. The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will hold a meeting Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Building.

    "Mister Roberts"

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present “Mister Roberts” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    County Council

    The next meeting of Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 31 in council chambers.

    Bear Camp

    Registration for Bear Camp for this summer for youth in grades K-6, as well as Bear Camp Unplugged, for grades 5-6 will be held April 18. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The aquatic center lobby will open at midnight April 18 for customer convenience.

  • Native tribes get grants from DOE

    The United States Department of Energy announced last week that it was giving support to 11 tribal communities to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
    The award totals $6 million. One of the communities slated to receive a grant is Santo Domingo Pueblo, from New Mexico.
    These projects are designed to provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options. The DOE estimates tribal renewable energy resources comprise approximately 5 percent of all U.S. renewable energy resources.
    “The Energy Department is committed to helping Native American tribes develop clean, affordable and reliable energy options,” said Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, in a press release announcing the awards. “By harnessing America’s clean energy on tribal lands, tribes across the country can cut energy bills, spur economic development and advance energy solutions in their local communities.”
    The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected tribes. According to the DOE, the Tribal Energy Program has invested $41.8 million in 183 tribal clean energy projects since 2002.

  • Bipartisan agreement on Medicare passes House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
    The 392-37 House vote came on a package that bore victories for Republicans and Democrats alike. It immediately shifted the spotlight to the Senate, where its prospects have brightened as Democrats have muffled their criticism and President Barack Obama has embraced the bill.
    With some conservatives also finding fault with the legislation, its Senate fate remained murky. But the House’s lopsided vote also built pressure on senators to vote “yes.”
    The package was negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who have spent most of the past few years clashing over legislation. It contains funds for health care programs for children and low-income people that Democrats touted as victories, while Republicans won a long-term strengthening of Medicare’s finances, including cost increases for higher-income recipients.

  • Make March Music

    March is Music in the Schools Month and members of the Los Alamos High School choir, directed by Jason Rutledge, and the Los Alamos Middle School orchestra celebrated the occasion by performing in front of the school board at a Los Alamos School Board meeting earlier this month.
     

  • Councilor wants to enhance strategy

    Citing statistics from the 2014 Citizens Survey, Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary, offered recommendations for improving the county’s communication strategies.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, O’Leary pointed out that citizens’ views of county government rate lower than other measurements.
    “The county received extraordinarily high marks from citizens in almost every area surveyed,” O’Leary said, quoting statistics about 9 in 10 residents rating their quality of life either good or excellent and 87 percent rating overall quality of county services good or excellent.
    O’Leary contrasted that to ratings of 65 percent good or excellent for how the county communicates information, 54 percent for providing opportunities for citizen involvement in decision making, 52 percent for providing citizens the information needed to participate in county decisions, 51 percent for openness in the decision-making process and 46 percent for fairness in the decision making process.
    Fifty-six percent of residents found county government trustworthy, with just 12 percent considering it untrustworthy.

  • Drug offenders get probation

    Several suspects connected to a highly publicized drug sweep that took place in January were sentenced Wednesday in Los Alamos District Court.
    Though none of those sentenced received jail time — which was included in their sentence, but most were placed in custody and held for varying lengths of time when initially arrested — for the drug trafficking offenses they committed, each received lengthy probation sentences.
    Those appearing in district court were nabbed during the Los Alamos Police Department’s “Operation Genesis,” which netted nine suspects.
    Suspects sentenced in court Wednesday included Sarah Orr, Nicholas Hagermann and Brendon Brown.
    Hagermann, who was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (a second degree felony), pled guilty in court. For pleading guilty, Hagermann gives up his right to a trial.
    In exchange, he will receive five years of supervised probation with drug court.
    Santa Fe resident Trevon Yates, 21, was also sentenced Wednesday in connection with an attempted heroin deal he tried to carry out in Los Alamos a few weeks after police concluded “Operation Genesis.” He received five years of supervised probation and drug court.

  • In the NCAAs, time doesn't always fly when you're having fun

    The whistle sounds. The horn blows. And the madness grinds to a halt.
    Another stoppage in play. Another lengthy timeout. Another chance for folks at home to grab something from the fridge or be subjected to the 50th iteration of Samuel, Charles and Spike's geography fail across the U.S. on their way to the Final Four.
    If it seems like time stands still during the NCAA Tournament, maybe that's because it does.
    The television breaks are stretched to a seemingly interminable 2 minutes and 30 seconds, a good half-minute longer than the regular season. And that doesn't include the 20-minute halftimes — five minutes longer than usual — or the additional 15 seconds or so the guys in the TV truck occasionally request to fit in one more commercial that helps CBS recoup the billions the company invested to televise the magic of March.
    What you don't see at home? Coaches milling about talking among themselves. Players trying to stay focused. Benchwarmers taking in the band or the crowd when they're not serving as de facto student managers.
    Yeah, for nearly all involved, the tournament is the biggest moment of their athletic lives. And during those all-too-frequent lulls, it's kind of a drag.

  • Special Olympian steals show at Lobo football practice

    Not that a pick me up was needed at the fourth practice of the 2015 Spring Season, but it was most certainly delivered. It was delivered in the form of Special Olympian Abe Assaad, and he was the definitive highlight of the days events.
    The second practice of the week, and the fourth of the spring, started much like all the others, with some special teams periods and a good team stretch. After that stretch, Coach Davie brought the team together, and brought in Abe into the huddle.
    Abe, along with many other Special Olympians, took part in the Mayor’s Invitational, which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 21, and is a part of Special Olympics New Mexico. The UNM football players went down and served as judges, timers, coaches, cheerleaders and anything else for the event, getting to meet all of the Special Olympians, including Abe.
    As a thanks, Abe sent the following note to UNM head coach Bob Davie.
    “Dear Coach Davie,

  • Change to extra points likely in NFL

    The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.
    While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.
    “There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.
    McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.
    Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.
    McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas ... it’s time to make this a football play.”
    “A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”

  • Sports Briefs 3-26-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.