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Today's News

  • Question – employee or contractor – gets more complicated

    A commentator on a TV news show recently talked about new developments involving the ride company Uber. The commentator remarked that Uber has made sure to set up its procedures so drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
    The dilemma over independent contractors versus employees is nothing new. It’s just expanding and affecting more of us with changes in the way Americans do business.
    This was cited as a major trend at a national conference of workers’ compensation professionals. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), meeting in April in Santa Fe, noted how new businesses like Uber are blurring the lines between employment and self-employment. This could lead, some participants said, to significant changes in how workers are protected, if they are protected at all.
    Workers’ compensation is provided by almost all employers to employees. Employees injured at work are entitled to medical care with no deductibles or co-pays and, if unable to work due to the injury, cash benefits as a partial wage replacement.  

  • Community Voices: The pitfalls of social media

    BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • Births 5-22-16

    April 28 — A boy.  Elijah Dexter Sutherland. Born to Liese-Mrie and Landon Sutherland.
    May 2 — A girl. Michaela Carolyn Lopez. Born to Christina McCormick and Robert Lopez.
    May 5 — A boy. Locas Yucheng Wang. Born to Juan and Peng Wang.
    May 6 — A girl.  Brinley Paige Hofer. Born to Melanie and Dacotah Hofer.
    May 13 — A girl. Corinne Annelise Bakosi. Born to Lisa and Jozsef Bakosi.

  • LAPS rolls out active shooter plan

    Whether you think it’s sad, terrifying or a step in the right direction, a cross section of school employees tasked with keeping kids safe in the event of a “school shooter” scenario presented it’s plan for the future at a school board meeting May 10.
    The six-member group, known as the “District Safety Team” not only outlined their plan for the school board and the administration, but they also explained how it’s going to be implemented between now and the next school year.
    The first thing the team said they did was develop a “standard response protocol” for all the schools. The group reported that when they started their project, each school had different and varying amounts of emergency supplies, radios, even the vocabulary and alert system varied from school to school.
    “It became very obvious that we needed to do something,” Gonzales said.

  • Parks and Rec reviews spraying policies

    The Los Alamos Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has announced plans to suspend spraying herbicides on several parks.
    The plan was to spray Roundup and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer on Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Spraying was to start May 16 and continue through Friday.
    On May 13, Parks and Rec sent a notice that spraying in those parks would be postponed indefinitely. However, a press release issued May 20 clarified that spraying would continue in other areas. The notice reads:
    “County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so county departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.”
    The decision to suspend spraying in the parks was reached after citizens raised concerns about health impacts of those herbicides.

  • Sports Briefs 5-22-16

    LAHS tennis clinics
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will host two clinics this summer to help players improve their skills and raise money for the high school programs.
    Los Alamos High School’s tennis coaches and players will teach both clinics.
    The first clinic is June 6-10 and the second clinic will take place Aug. 1-5.
    Both clinics are open to kids ages 4-15, which includes a USTA Quick Start option for kids ages 4-10.
    Kids ages 4-7 will play from 4-5 p.m. and then the older kids will hit the courts from 5:15-6:45 p.m.
    Cost is $40, which includes a clinic T-shirt.
    For more information, call coaches Lloyd Wilton at 660-5714 or Bruce Cottrell at 670-3379 or email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.

    Kirk camps
    Alex Kirk will return to Los Alamos to host two basketball camps this summer.
    The camps, which are open to kids in fourth through ninth grade, will take place from 1-5 p.m. on June 9 and June 15, at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Register at alexkirkfoundation.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
    Cost is $60 per camper, which includes gear and autographs.
    Call 505-699-9025 for more information.

  • Lobos blow by Air Force

    Early in the second inning Thursday, the University of New Mexico baseball team had to wait out a 41-minute lightning delay. As soon as that ended, UNM brought the thunder.
    Lots and lots of thunder.
    Jared Mang went 4-for-5, scored four runs and knocked in 3 RBI, helping UNM beat Air Force 23-2.
    Mang is now batting .299 as a true freshman for the Lobos.
    The 23 runs scored were the most since UNM defeated Coppin State 29-3 on April 18, 2010, and it was the most on the road since May 15, 2009 when UNM beat Air Force in Colorado Springs 25-7.
     

  • LA Senior Olympics wrap up

    The 2016 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games concluded May 13. Thirty-six athletes participated and qualified for the State Games in Roswell, which will be held July 13-16.
    Twenty-one men and 15 women ranging in age from 50-85 participated in 18 local events from air gun to track, and dance, horseshoes, huachas, frisbee throw, table tennis and bowling.
    Don Dudziak won four air gun events in the 80-84 division, including rifle and pistol standing and supported. His best score was a 321/400 on the pistol supported.
    Thomas Schroeder won the rifle supported event in the 65-69 division with a 68.
    Ann ReVelle and Susan Krohn also competed in the rifle supported event. ReVelle scored a 321 to win the 65-69 division and Krohn scored a 16 to win the 70-74 division.
    Abel Castillo sunk 11-of-15 free throws and 3-of-6 3-pointers to place first in the 55-59 division.
    Bowlers Carmen Gill (70-74), Robert Gill (70-74), Ted Williams (65-69) and Cy Jakubowski (70-74) all qaulified.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo (70-plus) and Hiko and Hiko (50-69) competed in the Waltz, the Cha Cha Cha, the Rumba, the Jitterbug and the West Coast Swing. They scored over 60 of the possible 70 points in each dance. Goodwin and Jaramillo also did the Tango and Hiko and Hiko also did the Night Club two-step.

  • Local man helps others fight addiction

    Sometimes you don’t know what your true calling is until you weather the storm.
    Abe Gordon, a resident here in his youth, has returned to the place where the game of life would deal him some hard lessons but create a vision to allow him to help others overcome the obstacles set before them.
    Gordon moved to Los Alamos at the age of 13, from Chimayo, but didn’t have his first experience with drugs until he arrived on the hill.
    He began smoking pot and drinking, was introduced to psychedelics then, in his teens, to meth, cocaine and heroin. He remained an addict until the age of 31, when he fought felony charges that might have caused him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
    He found the Delancey Street Foundation or perhaps they found him. It was where he would begin the fight for his life for four and a half years. The initial fight is just one of many for someone battling to stay clean from drug use and Gordon has been clean for more than nine years.
    Someone overcoming addiction can’t always acclimate back into a society surrounded by the same problems, the same people and the same drug use, but Inside Out Recovery has come to help by opening a Los Alamos office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • White Rock Kite Festival this weekend

    One of the largest kite festivals in New Mexico will take flight once again in White Rock this weekend, with a string of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy.
    The 19th annual Kite Festival begins at 6 p.m. today, with live music by Eric McFadden Band, the first in a series of summer concerts presented by Gordon’s Summer Concerts series, as well as a nighttime kite flying demonstration and glow.
    On Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to tap into their creativity with kite building workshops from noon to 2 p.m., where they can color and design kites, attach line and watch them fly.
    The festival also attracts adult kite enthusiasts from across the Southwest when intricately shaped and hand made kites add color to the skies.
    Along with stunt kite flying, the event includes food, crafts, hands on activities and kites for sale. A “kite hospital” will even be available, staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks, duct tape, and ingenuity.
    The Kite Festival takes place at Overlook Park in White Rock, just eight miles southwest of Los Alamos. Festival hours are from 7–10 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday