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  • Berting's congressional testimony


  • Update 04-30-13

    Teen talk

    High school age teens interested in increasing their suicide awareness and learning about how to encourage others to seek help are invited to join in a talk and open discussion at at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Teen Center.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Museum meeting

    The April meeting of the recently-formed Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society (LABSMS) will take place at 7 p.m. today at the LDS Church, 1967 18th Street.

    DPU charter

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Training Room of the Community Building.  

  • Therapist reaching out to teens, adults

    Of all the threats to daily existence, crime, disease, accidents, suicide, the one that has the most taboo attached to it is suicide. That’s probably because it is the one threat that is seen by society as something that one is in complete control of, making it much harder for those left behind to comprehend and deal with.

    Los Alamos itself is not immune from having to deal with this subject, having just suffered some recent losses in the teen and young adult community.

    According to statistics provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent being 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people (10-44 years) in New Mexico. The state overall has been in the top five since 1997.

    “The suicide rate in New Mexico has consistently been 1.5 to two times the U.S. rate,” according to a statement on the department’s website. “Suicide rates in New Mexico have not changed significantly over the 1995-2009 period, while the U.S. rate has declined slightly.”

  • Water main break on N.M. 4

    A water transmission line ruptured at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route Tuesday night.
    DPU and emergency crews were on the scene by about 6:30 p.m., cleaning up the mess and trying to access the line.
    “Crews worked all night trying to access it and clamp it off,” DPU spokeswoman Julie Williams-Hill said. “They just received the 16-inch pipe to make repairs and they said they should be done by noon.”
    Williams said one of the lanes on N.M. 4 is partially closed but the road is open in both directions.
    Nobody in White Rock was without water and there was no change in water pressure, Williams-Hill said.
    “They are unsure of a cause,” Williams-Hill said.
    But a worker at the scene Tuesday night said there was a corroded pipe.
    DPU also reported a power outage in White Rock Tuesday night as well.
    According to the DPU facebook page, “We are currently investigating reported outage in the Todd Loop area of White Rock, and will post here as soon as we have further information. Preliminary customer reports indicate the outage started a 9 p.m. last night, but this has not yet been verified.”

  • Manhattan Project park moves one step closer

    The Manhattan Project Historical Park (MPHP) moved one step closer to becoming a reality last week when the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1208 by unanimous consent.

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) joined Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in reintroducing the bill, which had failed to achieve the two thirds majority necessary for passage in the previous congress.

    Councilor Frances Berting testified before the committee as Los Alamos County’s representative. Mayor Tom Beehan from Oakridge, Tenn., and Mayor Steve Young from Kennewick, Wash., also testified. The three provided a united front as the board of the Energy Communities Alliance, of which Beehan is president, Young is secretary and Berting is treasurer. A National Park Service representative provided testimony as well.

    Berting gave a three-minute presentation before the committee and submitted a lengthier written statement. She stressed the historical significance of the Manhattan Project, the National Park Service’s ability to tell all sides of the story and the economic impact on Manhattan Project Park communities.

    Berting also stressed her support for a section of the bill that allows the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy to accept monetary or service donations for the park.

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  • Hiker hospitalized after hit by a boulder in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman is hospitalized in stable condition after being hit on the head by a 2-foot-long airborne boulder while hiking in east Albuquerque.

    Albuquerque police say 56-year-old Judith Ludwig-Keller was struck about 6 p.m. Sunday on the foothills trailhead at Cooper Avenue.

    Carol Siner says she was hiking with Ludwig-Keller, who suffered a bleeding head wound and lost consciousness.

    The women had stopped their hike to rest and talk when the boulder struck Ludwig-Keller.

    A passer-by administered first aid while Siner hiked back down to the parking lot to get help.

    Police say they didn't find any evidence that foul play was involved and Ludwig-Keller is expected to survive.

  • Raw: Lava Spews During Mount Etna Eruption

    Mount Etna put on another spectacular display on Saturday, shooting bursts of lava and columns of ash high into the air. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the eruption posed no risk for the population.

  • Man charged in Albuquerque church stabbings--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, a man vaulted over pews and lashed out at the singers, sending several churchgoers to the hospital with stab wounds, authorities said.

    Worshippers screamed as the shocking and chaotic scene unfolded Sunday with the attacker continuing the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members for officers, who raced to the scene, police said.

    Four parishioners were injured, including church choir director Adam Alvarez and flutist Gerald Madrid, police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. All four were treated at hospitals and listed in stable condition.

    Three other church members also were evaluated by Albuquerque Fire Department on scene and didn't go to the hospital, investigators said.

    Police identified the suspect as Lawrence Capener, 24. He was charged late Sunday on three counts with aggravated battery and ordered held on $75,000 bail.

    Court records do not list an attorney for Capener.

    It was not immediately known what sparked the bizarre attack at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on the city's west side.

    St. Jude Thaddeus' pastor, the Rev. John Daniel, said Capener's mother was "very active" in the parish and serves as a Eucharistic minister there.