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  • Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for anti-bias training

    By TERRY TANG and JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press

    Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 U.S. stores for a few hours Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training in the company's latest effort to deal with the fallout over the arrest of two black men at one of its shops in Philadelphia.

    After the incident last month, the coffee chain's leaders apologized and met with the men but also scheduled an afternoon of training for 175,000 employees.

    "We still aspire to be a place where everyone feels welcome," Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said in an open letter Tuesday. He said the instruction will become part of how Starbucks trains all its workers.

    According to a video previewing the session, Starbucks executives and rapper-activist Common were to deliver recorded remarks. From there, employees were to "move into a real and honest exploration of bias" where, in small groups, they can share how the issue comes up in their daily work life.

    Developed with feedback from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Perception Institute and other advocacy groups, the four-hour session was designed to give workers a primer on the history of civil rights from the 1960s to the present day. The agenda included a short documentary film.

  • Police Beat 5-27-18

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 16
    12:04 p.m.-Los Alamos police investigated a residential burglary. The case is still active.

    May 17
    9:28 a.m.- Los Alamos police responded to an informal case at LANL TA 3 Badge Office.
    12:30 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a bomb call out.
    4:25 p.m.- Aleah B. Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    5:42 p.m.- Mario Cervantes Ortega, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    5:51 p.m.- Los Alamos police issued a summons to an individual for battery on a household member.
    6:08 p.m.- Elijah J. Meason, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    11:13 p.m.-Los Alamos police physically arrested an individual for shoplifting at Smith’s.

    May 18
    12:45 a.m.-Shelby Marie Kokalis, 24, of White Rock was arrested at Sherwood for shoplifting less than $500.

  • Scott hopes to draw on work experiences as county councilor

    Working inside a granite mountain in Russia that housed three nuclear reactors may not be comparable to serving on the Los Alamos County Council, but Sara Scott believes there are similar processes to be used for achieving positive results in each situation.

    Scott, an inorganic chemist who retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory about five years ago, is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council as a Democrat in the June 5 primary.

    She has lived in Los Alamos for about 30 years with her husband, Brian, and children Jennifer, Benjamin, Luke, Anna and Nora.

    “I love Los Alamos. It’s a great place.” Scott said. “I’ve raised kids here, I’ve worked here, I’ve volunteered here and I want to give back. I’m taking this very seriously and I’m working really hard as a candidate.”

    Scott started with LANL doing research, then moved into analytical chemistry work and then over to the nonproliferation portion of the lab.

    One of the projects she worked on was a joint effort between the United States and Russia.

  • YMCA to host annual Golf Classic Friday in LA


    Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, the YMCA will host the Y Annual Golf Classic at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    The event will begin with a shotgun-style start, with each group teeing off from different holes. In order to promote fun, the event will be played scramble-style. Every player in the group will tee off, but the players will all take their next swing from the location of the best shot.

    This year Kelly Myers, a realtor at RE/MAX, and Lou Santoro, an insurance agent at State Farm will sponsor the Y Annual Golf Classic.

    Registration will be available online up until June 1 at https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/the-family-ymca-annual-golf-classic. The cost is $95 per player.

  • LAPS School Board approves new pre-K program

    New Mexico’s pre-K initiative is coming full circle for Kurt Steinhaus. And he couldn’t be more proud.

    Steinhaus, the superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, played an integral part in getting the initiative passed in 2005 when he was serving as the Deputy Secretary of Education under then-Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The program is now being implemented in the district Steinhaus oversees for the first time following Thursday night’s vote of approval by the school board during its meeting held at Piñon Elementary School.

    “It feels really good to have been a part of getting it launched at the state level and now, as a school district superintendent, I get to implement it,” he said. “I’m really excited to get to do that.”

    The program was launched statewide to ensure that every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood education program before moving up to kindergarten.

    “One of my jobs was to conduct the research, write the pre-K bill and then testify in the Senate and House Education Finance Committees in getting the bill passed,” Steinhaus said. “But it was a team effort. A lot of people worked on it together.”

  • L.A. Liquors officially opens Friday

    L.A. Liquor had its grand opening Friday, just in time for the May kickoff of the concert series at Ashley Pond Park and Memorial Day weekend.

    Whether it was behind the register or outside serving their customers free Indian food, co-owners John Chhina and his son Ricky were happy their customers were happy. Though Friday was the store’s official opening, L.A. Liquor has been open for three weeks.

    The Chhinas just didn’t open a regular liquor store, though. Like a fine cocktail, they put a twist of their own, by adding an Indian grocery to it.

    “They love it,” John Chhina said.

    John Chhina is retired, but when he saw the success his daughter Many was having with the Subway store on Central Avenue, he decided to try his hand. He loves Los Alamos, saying he likes how quiet it is and friendly.

    Ayan Biswas and friend Supratim Basu said the store has been a lifesaver to them.

    They said before L.A. Liquors arrived, they and their families would have to take four-hour, monthly trips to Albuquerque to get the ingredients they needed.

    “We’ve been waiting for this,” Biswas. “We would buy things to last a month. Now, we can come here and buy in smaller amounts. Biswas said it has saved them so much in time and gas that it’s worth it.

  • Debate breaks out over nuclear waste shipments

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations debated Thursday whether to use a site in southeast New Mexico to temporarily store the nation’s nuclear waste.

    Heated words were exchanged as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to block funding for a nuclear waste interim storage program touted by Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

    Graham, upset over U.S. Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry’s order to shutter the MOX facility at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site, said the committee and the rest of Congress needed to support the facility and its original purpose, which was to recycle nuclear reactor waste.

    Graham and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) voiced their opposition to the DOE’s plan to reuse the MOX facility for plutonium pit manufacturing.

    Plutonium pits are used as triggers for certain weapons.

  • Robert Ward arrested for domestic battery

    Robert M. Ward, of Santa Fe, was arrested and charged on multiple charges Saturday related to his third offense of aggravated battery of a household member.

    He was booked into the Santa Fe Adult Detention Facility in Santa Fe at 5:03 a.m. Saturday. Ward was denied bail and remained in custody Sunday, according to the detention facility website.

    Ward’s charges include aggravated battery of a household member and conspiracy of aggravated battery of a household member, both are third offenses; false imprisonment and interference with communications. Bond was denied for the false imprisonment charge.

  • State game agency: Bears on the move as they look for food

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says drought conditions may prompt more encounters between bears and humans.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a lack of green growth that provides food for bears means they may move around more, resulting in so-called "conflict activity."

    The department on Friday warned campers of increased bear activity in the Jemez Mountains, including multiple sightings of bear cubs.

    Meanwhile, department bear and cougar biologist Rick Winslow says there have been other bear-related reports in other areas of the state, including killings of chickens in Placitas and Raton.

  • Central Avenue Accident