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  • LAHS comes to grips with student’s death

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos High School student died Tuesday night and Los Alamos Police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.

    “We did have an unattended death of a 16-year-old male last night,” LAPD Commander Randy Foster said. “It appears to be a suicide.”

    Foster and deputy fire chief Justin Grider confirmed the incident happened at the White Rock home of the juvenile.

    Foster said the juvenile sustained a gunshot wound and his body was taken to the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigation in Albuquerque.

    “That is standard procedure for any unattended death,” Foster said.

    The police activity report said a suicide call came in at 8:29 p.m.

     Los Alamos Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he is working on coordinating with the police chaplain in the hope of meeting meet with the family later today.

    Schmidt also said that high school Principal Sandy Warnock has met with the staff and implemented the district’s “good grief” policy.

    In addition, Schmidt said at least five additional counselors were sent to the high school this morning from other schools around the district.

    “We are adequately staffed to meet the needs of the students,” Schmidt said.

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  • Fuller Lodge to get transformer

    This weekend, Fuller Lodge,  the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer. The Fuller Lodge Art Center, however, will remain open despite the lack of power.

    Department of Public Utilities and Facilities crews will install a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building.  

    Typically, the primary electrical service should be connected to one side of the transformer and the secondary for the building’s power is fed from the secondary side.

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  • US Officials: North Korea poses serious threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An unpredictable North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, stands as a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations, the director of National Intelligence warned Tuesday in a sober assessment of worldwide threats.

    Testifying before a Senate panel, James R. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community's overview of global threats posed by terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the months-long civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations.

    The outlook on North Korea comes as the communist regime announced that it was "completely scrapping" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and has maintained peace on the peninsula for more than half a century. The Obama administration on Monday slapped new sanctions against North Korea's primary exchange bank and several senior government officials as it expressed concern about the North's "bellicose rhetoric."

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  • NM Senate confirms Ward as Health Secretary

    The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.

    “I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.” 

    Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January.  During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”

  • YMCA Express hosts grand opening event

    The Los Alamos YMCA conducted an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the noon hour Monday for its new "Y Express" facility located at 140 Central Park Square.

    The 3,600-square-foot location is a"scaled-down version of our Y--offering space primarily for functional training and group exercise," according to YMCA officials. "The Y Express offers a new kind of workout, along with more of your favorite classes like Zumba and Power-up."

    The impetus for the expansion project came from overcrowding in some classes and programs at the Y's main facility nearby on Iris Street.

    "We have overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up--in fact we turn away folks in some classes. We have classes in less-than-ideal conditions due to lack of space. We are challenged to offer more classes, again due to lack of space. Last winter, we experienced crowded weight room conditions, particularly at lunch time and after work," CEO Linda Daly said in a letter to members regarding the expansion.

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