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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rules for predatory lenders must reflect letter, spirit of law

    An elderly woman got a small loan from a storefront lender and couldn’t understand why she could never manage to pay off the loan even though she made payments.

    Leonard Gorman, executive director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, explained the basics of principal and interest and renewal language in the loan agreement. Once she understood, she cried inconsolably.

    Last year, when the Legislature finally reformed laws governing storefront lenders – also called predatory lenders or payday lenders – there was a sense of accomplishment that they had dispatched a nagging problem after years of complaints.

    A recent hearing in Gallup made it clear there’s still work to do. Gorman blamed the lenders’ deliberately confusing communications for financial burdens on Navajos, but the small lenders trap Indian and non-Indian people alike.

    This is one reason New Mexico is poor. Thousands of people can’t get out from under these debts with their spiraling interest rates, so they don’t participate fully in the economy.

  • Central Avenue Accident
  • Community Calendar 5-25-18

    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: National Parks Adventure
at 2 p.m. at the Nature center. Watch the most critically acclaimed giant screen film of the year on our new planetarium projector. This film is brought to Los Alamos by our sponsors: CB Fox, Metzger’s Hardware, and the Delle Foundation with additional funding from the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    White Rock Artist Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the White Rock Visitor Center, 15 NM 4, in White Rock.
    SUNDAY
    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.
    MONDAY
    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a commemorative Memorial Day Concert at 1 p.m. Monday on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Patriotic selections, as well as fun tunes and medleys for the entire family, will performed. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some great music.

  • Memorial Day Events

    LA Community Winds to host concert

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a commemorative Memorial Day Concert at 1 p.m. Monday on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.
    Patriotic selections, as well as fun tunes and medleys for the entire family, will performed. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some great music.
    Please note that this is a change from the original posted time and place.

    Memorial Day Ceremony set for Monday

    The community is invited to the Memorial Day Celebration to be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos.
    A lunch will follow the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Drive.

  • Council votes to exit coal-fire agreement

    The Los Alamos County Council, acting on the Department of Public Utilities’ recent recommendation to the Board of Public Utilities, voted Tuesday night to authorize the utilities manager to notify the San Juan Project participants of the county’s intentions to exit the station at the end of the current project participation agreement in 2022.

    In the mid-1980s Los Alamos County entered into a plant participation agreement with eight other owners of the San Juan Generating Station, a coal-fired plant in the Farmington area.

    Four of the owners voluntarily exited the plant with a penalty in December 2017, after an agreement was reached with the State of New Mexico and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shut down two of the four units to meet a regional haze rule.

    The remaining owners, one of which is Los Alamos, negotiated a new coal supply agreement with San Juan Coal Company, the fuel provider to the plant. As part of the new coal supply agreement, San Juan Coal requires notice by June 30 from the owners of their intent to either exit or remain in the plant after the 2022 expiration of the plant participation agreement.

    During the BPU’s May 16 meeting, the DPU recommended letting the county’s contract for a three-percent ownership share expire in 2022.