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Today's News

  • Squash Blooms in Season
  • Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks’ hypothetical losses from credit cards increased in the latest “stress tests,” however.

    The first round of the central bank’s annual stress tests, released Thursday, shows that as a group, the 35 big banks have benefited from a steadily recovering economy to gain strength and build up capital buffers against unexpected losses. It was the eighth annual check-up for the banks, mandated by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis that triggered the Great Recession.

    The Fed said it applied its toughest-ever “severely adverse” scenario for the economy in this year’s tests to see how the banks would fare. The hypothetical scenario calls for a severe global recession and a U.S. unemployment rate of 10 percent, compared with the current 3.8 percent.

  • Fire Training
  • Utility work begins on Loma Vista

    After an underground electric line failed June 14, affecting properties on the south side of Loma Vista, line crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities restored power through a temporary repair. 

    Permanent repairs began Wednesday under contract with Paul Parker Construction and will continue through the end of the month. 

    Crews will trench on the south side of Loma Vista between Los Arboles and crossing the north and southbound lanes of Oppenheimer to replace the damaged conduit and cable.

    Construction crews will work from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday but the road will remain open. Traffic will be restricted to one lane around the construction zone as it moves along Loma Vista and then across Oppenheimer.  Driveway ingress and egress will be maintained for residents.  Street parking will be prohibited on Loma Vista during construction hours.

    After construction is finished, a brief power outage will be scheduled to tie the new cable into the existing electric distribution system.

    For questions, call DPU through the Customer Care Center at 505-662-8333 or visit CustomerCare@lacnm.us.    

  • Ex-police chief loses fight with county, insurance co.

    Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy’s three-year legal battle with Los Alamos County and its insurance company over lost benefits ended June 11, after a judge determined he was not entitled to nearly $70,000 in compensation.  

    Torpy lodged a complaint in February 2015 against Los Alamos County for breach of contract and the county’s insurance company, Union Security for unfair trade and insurance practices.

    First Judicial Court Judge Francis J. Mathew decided against Torpy’s claims, saying that the county and the county’s insurance company, Union Security Insurance Company, were right in denying Tory’s claim for lost benefits.

    Torpy claimed the county denied him money the county took out of his paycheck in lieu of Social Security for the eight and a half year’s Torpy was the county’s police chief.

    Torpy claimed that when he started with the county, he was given a written promise that he would be paid 60 percent of his monthly salary through the county’s insurance company, Union Security, if he ever became permanently disabled.

    In 2012, Torpy suffered a heart attack and a stroke, which resulted in him becoming permanently disabled.

  • County to allow some fireworks

    A proclamation enacted by the Los Alamos County Council details restrictions on the use of fireworks while the county remains under the current Stage 3 fire restrictions.

    The proclamation was presented during the council’s June 12 meeting. It did not address the subject of an organized Fourth of July fireworks display.

    “A decision on the Fourth of July fireworks will be made by Friday, June 29,” said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steven Dawald.

    The proclamation detailed the type of fireworks that can be used and where they can be used. The restrictions were imposed as a result of the extremely dry conditions in Los Alamos, as well as the fact those conditions are likely to continue – and even deteriorate – over the next 30 days.

    The proclamation states that “heavy fuel loading, low humidity, heat and wind forecasts in the county increase the danger of wildland, brush, grass and forest fires,” and that these fires “would threaten homes and structures, putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.”

    The council, pursuant to the New Mexico Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act, has authorization to ban or limit the use and sale of certain fireworks when extreme or severe drought conditions exist as determined by the county council.

  • Ranger programs to start at Manhattan Project NMP

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be offering a series of ranger programs designed to help visitors understand and connect with the story of the project.

    Josh Nelson, who began as the on-site ranger for the historical park six weeks ago, will be conducting the programs along with park volunteers.

    “It will be a 20-minute program by Ashley Pond Park and is free and open to everyone,” he said. “We still have the self-guided walking tour program. These ranger programs will not cover the walking tours; they’re just another way for people to better connect with the walking tour. They’re designed to complement one another.”

    The programs will start this weekend and last through July 22. They will be held each Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Visitor Center located at 475 20th Street. Reservations are not required.

    “These are brand new programs that we’re doing,” said Nelson. “We’ve never done these before and we’re looking forward to them. We’d be happy to have anyone from the community or any visitors come for the ranger program.”

    The ranger programs will incorporate the big picture of how the Project Y lab and community fit in with the complex events of World War II.

  • Manned aircraft crashes at Holloman Air Force Base facility

    HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — Officials at Holloman Air Force Base say an aircraft has crashed but the condition of the pilot is unknown.

    Arlan Ponder, a spokesman for the 49th Wing, issued a release saying the crash occurred just before noon Friday at Red Rio Bombing Range.

    The range is about 65 miles north of the base. It is an active Air Force facility that includes 196,000 acres on White Sands Missile Range.

    Officials say an investigation is underway.
     

  • Students awarded George and Joan Bjarke Scholarships

    Three local students have been awarded George and Joan Bjarke Scholarships.  

    The Bjarkes were longtime residents of Los Alamos and staunch supporters of education. A scholarship in their name is awarded annually to students who demonstrate good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program.

    This year’s winners are Anastasija Draganic, Samantha Levings and Desere Martinez.

    The Bjarkes moved to Los Alamos in 1954 and raised six children, all of whom graduated from Los Alamos High School.

    George Bjarke worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and served several terms on the school board. He and his wife, Joan, believed every child deserved a chance to further their education.

    Draganic will attend Portland State University in the fall where she plans to major in economics.

    Levings is the daughter of Daniel Levings and Brandy Land. She plans to study biology and forensics at Eastern New Mexico University in the fall.

    Martinez is the daughter of Santiago and Esperanza Archuleta. She will attend California State University in the fall where she will major in biology.

  • White Rock prepares for Fourth of July festivities

    The annual Fourth of July celebration in White Rock will be held again this year at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon.

    For the second year, arrangements have been made for a U.S. flag to be flown over the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.

    An organized run/walk will transport the flag from Santa Fe that morning and arrive in White Rock in time for the parade.

    To be a part of the run, visit eventbrite.com/e/4th-of-july-memorial-flag-carry-2018-tickets-33532634011?aff=eac2.

    Organizers invite all veterans and current military personnel to join in the final leg of the run/walk from the intersection of Rover Boulevard and Grand Canyon Drive, two blocks east to the church parking lot. There, they will be honored with a short message, the history of the flag will be shared, and the raising of the colors will be followed by the national anthem. Anyone who wants to be part of this group are asked to meet at the intersection at 9:30 a.m.

    The Children’s Parade will begin after the ceremony. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from various area units will lead the parade carrying the colors. Any veterans or military personnel who want to participate in the short parade, will follow the colors, children of all ages will be after that.