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Today's News

  • MADD presentation tonight in White Rock

     

    Parents, caregivers and those working with youth are welcome to attend a free presentation by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The presentation will be 6 p.m. tonight at White Rock Town Hall and hosted by Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate.

    Hardy started with MADD-NM in December, as a Program Specialist, but has worked in statewide programs, for the past five years.

    "The prevention work holds a special place in my heart," Hardy said, whose husband was hit by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle home in July 2012. "Yes, the name is Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, but it is so much more than mothers, its sisters, brothers, friends all living in a community where there is an issue."

    According to Hardy, the latest data shows that parents that send a clear message that underage drinking is unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink underage.

    "This announcement solidifies the importance of the Power of Parents program as a means to empower parents with the tools they need to begin an ongoing and intentional dialogue about teen drinking in their homes."

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  • Bubba Watson wins second Masters

     

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

    The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn't need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

    Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elusive group as the 17th player to win the Masters more than once.

  • Kansas shooter identified

     

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks Sunday in Overland Park.

  • Missing juvenile hiker found

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A teenager who was lost while out hiking near Los Alamos has been located.

    Los Alamos County spokeswoman Julie Habiger said rescue crews helped the 15-year-old girl out of White Rock Canyon, just a few hours after she had been reported missing.

    Habiger says the girl suffered a minor injury.

    She says the teen was found on the Red Dot Trail through a rescue effort coordinated by the Los Alamos police and fire departments.

    Habiger says the 1-mile trail descends at a steep rate into the canyon and is known for loose rocks.

  • Utilities manager appointment fulfills lifelong dream for Glasco

     

    Pending council approval, the Tim Glasco, the Deputy Utility Manager for Gas, Water and Sewer Services for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will become the next DPU manager for the county. 

    BPU Vice-Chair Chris Ortega, who made the announcement about the board’s choice Thursday, remarked on the quality of all five candidates that were interviewed. 

    “They all brought different skill sets to the table and had very, very good experience in certain areas,” Ortega said, then noted some of things that weighed in Glasco’s favor. 

    “He has broad experience. He’s been in the utilities business most of his career. I hired him in 1995 to help us acquire the water production system,” Ortega said. 

    “Tim has got an extremely good background in dealing with federal agencies, as well, like NNSA, EPA. And I think we need that in the future. He’s also got a good perspective on alternative energy, which we’ll be looking at in the future.

    “So I think all those things combined made him the top candidate. I think Tim will do really, really well. He’s really versatile, and he’s got a lot of background. He’s excellent at delving into matters and solving problems. So I think it will all work out.”

  • County updates hazard mitigation strategy

     

     Los Alamos County is halfway done with its update of its original Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan originally created in 2006 in response to the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The county is updating the plan to keep it eligible for federal mitigation funds but to asses the recent changes in Los Alamos since 2006. 

    According to Phil Taylor, emergency management coordinator for the county, no plan is invulnerable, but another point to making a plan is to reduce future losses to life and property.

    “You can’t absolutely guarantee we’re never going to have a fire here, we’re never going to have an earthquake here, but what we can do is mitigate the impact of those events,” Taylor said. “ We can practice defensible space, we can have a good evacuation plan, we can have a robust way of notifying the community when bad things happen and give them good solid direction and information on what to do.” 

  • Smoke signals

    By Alexandra Hehlen and Owen Bradbury Aranda

    Teen Pulse Staff Writers

    From what teenagers see on the big screen and in the media, cigarettes have often been presented as an alluring product for young adults.

    In many ways, the stigma associated with smoking has lead many young people to try their first cigarette as an act of rebellion or because it seems the “cool” thing to do. Smoking is addictive because of the high nicotine content produced by burning tobacco.

    Even more, “Nicotine improves alertness, helps you concentrate, reduces anxiety, it boosts your mood, it can even relieve minor depression a little bit, can be a little bit euphoric and it suppresses your appetite. Sounds like a fantastic drug, right? Wrong,” said Dr. Eric Bernstein during his presentation for the March 19 Kick Butts Day at Los Alamos High School.

    Bernadette Lauritzen, the Prevention Specialist at LAHS, brought in Bernstein and organized the day to spread the word about the dangers of teenage smoking.

  • High school athletics schedule

     Monday

     

    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

     

    Track and Field: Los Alamos at Marilyn Sepulveda Invite (Albuquerque), boys and girls varsity, 3:30 p.m.

     

    Tuesday