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Today's News

  • Drought grips New Mexico

    HATCH (AP) — In southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry — reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Only puddles remain, leaving gangs of carp to huddle together in a desperate effort to avoid the fate of thousands of freshwater clams, their shells empty and broken on the river bottom.
    Across the state’s eastern plains, wells stand empty and ranchers are selling their cattle. In the north, urbanites face watering restrictions while rural residents see the levels of their springs dropping more every day.
    Going on three years, drought has had a hold on nearly every square mile of New Mexico. Now, with forecasts predicting hotter, drier weather ahead, farmers and small and large communities alike are questioning whether dwindling supplies can be stretched enough to avoid costly fights over water.
    From the chile fields and pecan orchards of the Hatch and Mesilla valleys to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and beyond, New Mexicans are facing tough choices and dire consequences.

  • Outreach aims to aid vets

    The Los Alamos RSVP, which gets federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, state funding from the Aging and Long Term Services Department and support from Los Alamos County is hosting a free Armed Forces Veterans Benefits Outreach April 25 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
    Two Veterans’ Service Officers from the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) will be on hand to assist veterans and their families with filing for or answering any questions about VA and state veterans’ benefits — ranging from health care needs, mental health counseling, VA pensions and compensation, finding employment, utilizing a veteran’s G.I. Education Bill, and many other VA, state and privately — provided veterans’ benefits and programs.
    “We encourage all veterans and National Guard or Reserve members to come find out what’s available for them and their families and the proper channels to go through.” said RSVP Director Irene Powell. “There are a lot of great benefits and programs which can really help improve the quality of life for our veterans and their families.”

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 04-24-13

    April 17

    David Pimentel was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Qiang Wang was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Lois Vigil was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to yield/stop at a sign. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Carol E. Ruud was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    April 18

    Rogelio Anaya was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of two counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was fined $200 and ordered to pay $201 in court costs.
    He was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Defendant shall pay $25 a month in probation fees. Defendant will also enter and participate in all alcohol and drug screening programs, with at least six sessions recommended.

  • Update 04-24-13

    School board

    The Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. The board will look at a lease and third grade curriculum. A work session will follow at 6 p.m.

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    P and Z

    Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Park week

    Celebrate America’s national treasures by visiting your national parks. A variety of activities and events will be offered throughout the week. Visit Bandelier through April 26 for fee free days.

    Drug takeback

    The Los Alamos Police Department will host their annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at LAMC parking lot. 

  • Police bust 15 juveniles at party

    Responding to a noise complaint, officers from the Los Alamos Police Department apprehended 15 teens having a party in the 300 block of Aragon Street, April 12.

    When Ofc. Benjamin Irving and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson first pulled up to the back of the house that Friday night around 10 p.m., two individuals, Zachary Martinez, 19 and Zakary Coker, 18 tried to run out the back when a group of other LAPD officers knocked on the front door. However, Irving and Simpson quickly apprehended the suspects.

    Eventually, Simpson entered the house to apprehend more suspects. While waiting outside the back, Irving observed another youth trying to escape out a back exit, jumping from the balcony above him. Simpson ordered the suspect to stop and he did. Simpson then placed him in handcuffs.

    Sgt. Monica Salazar, Cpl. Adam Jung and Cpl. Patrick Massara came in through the front of the house, rounding up several individuals who were hiding throughout the house. Police also noted they observed a strong odor of marijuana, open beer cans, cups containing alcohol and a refrigerator containing two 30-can packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and a 12-pack of Coors Light.

  • Wallace spells out seismic hazards

    One of the highlights at Friday’s meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities was a presentation by Terry Wallace, principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, on “The Seismic Hazard of New Mexico: Earthquakes & Building Codes.”

    Wallace–who has a long list of credentials and awards–specializes in New Mexico seismology.

    Wallace noted that scientists are able to study the area’s seismic history using the exposed geology in the canyons of the Pajarito Plateau, giving them a distinct advantage over other regions.

    “It gives us a three-dimensional picture of what’s happening,” Wallace said. “It’s a snapshot in time.”
    LANL’s presence has also made understanding the seismology of the area a priority.

    “We understand the fault history of this particular area better than any other area of the United States,” Wallace said. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of money in the last 50 years to study the geology of this region.”

    The largest earthquake in New Mexico was just under magnitude 6 near Socorro in 1906.

  • La Cueva takes top prize

    A trio of Albuquerque La Cueva High School students — two who are siblings — took the prize in the 23rd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for their research project that used statistical analysis to identify and analyze topics in human language.

    The team, Ari Echt-Wilson, Eli Echt-Wilson and Justin Sanchez also won the CHECS Teamwork and Cray High Performance Computing awards for their project, “Learning and Analyzing Topics in Human Language.”

    Los Alamos High School freshman Cole Kendrick took second place for his computer simulation project of Saturn’s ring structure. Kendrick, who won the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge’s top prize in 2011 as a seventh-grade student, also received the Technical Poster Award, the Visualization prize from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Professional Presentation Award.

    La Cueva High’s Alexandra Porter received third place for her project “Simulation of Approximate Computing Applied to Numerical Methods.” Porter was part of a La Cueva High team that took last year’s third prize.

    All the finalist teams received plaques for their school, a large banner suitable for hanging at their schools and other gifts.

  • LA man continues fight

    It’s been a long five and a half years for Robert Manzanares and his daughter.

    Five and a half years ago, his daughter was born, and ever since, he’s been trying to reunite with her.

    Before she was even born, his ex-girlfriend went to Utah, had their baby, and then, without Manzanares’ knowledge, promptly gave it up for adoption to her brother, who lives in Utah.

    Manzanares will be appearing on the Ricki Lake Show Thursday to tell her, and the world, all about it. The show airs on 3 p.m. on the Fox KASA station.

    Apparently, given the nature of Utah’s adoption laws, Manzanares’ ex was able to do so without including Manzanares in the decision.

    Manzanares has been fighting for the right to be a father to his daughter ever since, and it seems like his long and complicated legal battle is almost over. Recently, the state of Colorado (where he lived with his ex-girlfriend) gained jurisdiction from Utah, giving Manzanares a free path to pursue visitation rights. He has a hearing in Colorado May 1, and he hopes to gain a lot of ground when it comes to gaining visitation rights to his daughter. He’s hoping for a situation where she will be able to visit him summers and holidays.

  • Be There 04-24-13

    Today
    • The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a general discussion meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. For more information, find us on Facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.
    Thursday
    • Authors Speak Series with David Grant Noble, author of “In the Places of the Spirits,” 7 p.m., Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.
    • Veterans’ Benefits Outreach in Los Alamos. Two NMDVS Veterans’ Service Officers will be available to help veterans with VA and State Veterans’ benefits. 10 a.m. to noon. Mesa Public Library.
    • Community Blood Drive. 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive.
    • Book Fair at the LAMC Auxiliary. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Doctor’s Lobby Area. For more information call Betty Myers, 662-4669.
    • Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club rides every Tuesday and Thursday leaving at 5:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Field parking lot. For more information, go to tuffriders.losalamos.com.

  • Forestry service to host seedling sale in Santa Fe

      New Mexico State Forestry will hold a special two-day sale at its Seedling Tree House from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Santa Fe Thursday and Friday, offering a wide range of tree seedlings, usually available only in lots of 25 or greater to owners of an acre or more of land.

    The State Forestry Seedling Tree House is located at 3250 Calle Princesa Juana.

    Some of the bare-root tree species offered at this year’s sale include: lilac; buffalo berry; prairie sky poplar; native plum and nanking cherry.