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  • LAFD Clipped For a Cause

    Things got a little hairy at Los Alamos Firehouse No. 3 Saturday as many of Los Alamos’ finest lost their locks to a good cause. Many showed up to the firehouse to get their heads shaved, thanks to some quick thinking by firefighter Micah Brittelle.
    It all started when Brittelle heard that some of his colleagues with the Santa Fe Fire Department were going to a St. Baldrick’s “shave-a-thon” in Rio Rancho to help raise money for cancer research.
    The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money to research cures for childhood cancer through many events. Their trademark event, though, is where people in a company or an organization can come together and raise money for the foundation by getting their heads shaved.
    “They created a team and were going to go to Rio Rancho, but when I hear of events going on like that, I like to bring it back here to our community,” Brittelle said. “Instead of having our fire department solicit donations in Rio Rancho we can do an event here in Los Alamos and have public support from our community,” he said.
    And support they did get. The event raised at least $4,925, with more sure to come in.

  • LA man faces sex charges

    Police arrested a 29-year-old Los Alamos man for allegedly sexually assaulting another employee while working an overnight shift March 13 at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive.

    According to police, the suspect, Carlos Martinez, allegedly trapped the woman in a walk- in freezer and allegedly abused the victim before letting her go.

    Martinez faces three felony sex charges and a kidnapping charge, since he forcefully kept her in the freezer until she complied with his demands.

    He is currently being held in the Los Alamos Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

    Get more on this developing story in Wednesday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Congress works on budget for both 2013 and future

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally cleaning up its unfinished budget business for the long-underway 2013 budget year with a bipartisan government-wide funding bill, even as the combatants in the House and Senate gear up for votes this week on largely symbolic measures outlining stark differences between Democrats and Republicans about how to fix the nation's long-term deficit woes.

    The Senate is positioned to approve the catchall spending bill Tuesday after it cleared a procedural hurdle Monday by a strong 63-35 vote. The House, which approved a narrower version two weeks ago, is expected to quickly clear the measure and ship it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    On a separate track, the GOP-controlled House and Democratic Senate are gearing up for votes this week on sharply different budget blueprints for next year and beyond. The dueling, non-binding blueprints veer off in opposite directions at the same time President Barack Obama seeks to nurture a future compromise blending new tax revenues with spending cuts beyond what his Democratic allies are willing to offer now.

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  • High Stakes Competition for Local Couple

    If by any chance you’re out and about at the Farmer’s Market or happen upon a young, adorable-looking couple sitting at a table outside Starbucks or Ruby K’s over the next few weeks, by all means, go up and say “hi.”

    By doing so, you could impact a lot of lives for the better.

    You see, Chris Rondeau and Jeanette Trujillo have entered a contest. Not just any contest mind you, but a contest that if won, will give the newly-engaged couple the wedding of their dreams, as well as a honeymoon they will likely remember for the rest of their lives.

    And while that alone is spectacular, the best part is that the money they raise through their participation in the contest, goes to the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital.

    It all started a few months ago when the two were persuaded by one of Trujillo’s friends to enter the “$50,000 New Mexico Dream Wedding Giveaway,” an annual contest and charity run by Susan Caplan, the event’s executive producer.

    Engaged couples that meet the qualifications can sign up to be in the contest between January and February. The top prize is a wedding that’s supplied and serviced by about 20 sponsors, who supply everything from the wedding rings to the stationery for the bride’s big day.

  • State legislature wraps up session

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature wrapped up work Friday night on three key issues, sending to the governor bills to raise the state’s minimum wage, establish a state-run health insurance exchange and shore up the solvency of a pension plan for educators.
    The state’s minimum wage would increase to $8.50 an hour — the fourth-highest rate in the nation — under the measure approved largely along party lines as lawmakers rushed to beat a Saturday deadline for adjournment. The bill is opposed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The state minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009, and supporters said the proposed increase would help workers cope with rising prices.
    “This is about the people,” said Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat. “This is about an extra $40 in the pocket every single week.”
    “This is certainly the right thing to do,” said the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Richard Martinez (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe). “If the Governor truly wants to help people, this is her chance to do it. There are many poor people out there who will really be helped by this.”
    Opponents warned that the wage increase could hurt businesses and cause them to cut jobs.

  • Update 03-17-13


    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Shari Kelley,  a geophysicist and field geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro and an adjunct professor of geology at New Mexico Tech.

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    Sock Hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Deptartment of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    GOP meeting

     The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 220. All Republicans are welcome. Central Committee members are encouraged to attend.