Today's News

  • Business focuses on pet health and well-being

    In a pet friendly town such as Los Alamos, it is comforting to know pet parents can get quality food and supplies without having to go off “the Hill.”

    Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells has provided natural, healthy food and supplements for a wide range of animals. The store sells food for not only dogs and cats, but horses, chickens, reptiles, fish, birds, alpacas and much more.

    “You name the animal, we got stuff for them,” Wells said.

    Wells opened the business in 2008 when Pete’s Pets closed its doors. Her small staff of employees is required to go through a training program for three to four months prior to being hired. The program teaches employees all about pet nutrition.

    “Pet nutrition is crucial to its health and well-being,” Wells said. “My supplies are based on what the community needs.” Her business motto is “Just do the right thing and the business will follow.”

  • Doctor free, must leave LA by July 1

    A Los Alamos resident recently found guilty of harassment, battery and animal cruelty was released from the Los Alamos County Detention Center through a plea agreement Thursday. Pavel Mourachov, a former medical doctor who once had a thriving urology practice in Los Alamos, was sentenced for time served and put on a year and a half of tightly supervised probation.

    When Mourachov was released from the jail Wednesday, he was ordered by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and go straight to his house to pack his things.

    According to prosecutor Kent Wahlquist, the neighbors that Mourachov threatened and Mourachov’s estranged wife were reluctant to agree to a plea deal, but once it was understood that Mourachov will be monitored by a GPS device and that he must leave Los Alamos County by July 1, they accepted terms of the plea agreement.

    “The spirit of this agreement is, he wants to leave, everyone else wants him to leave, they are all on board with this,” Wahlquist said.

    In May of this year, Mourachov was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals.

  • LAFD puts out WR brush fire

    A small brush fire in White Rock broke out near the Messiah Lutheran Church at 172 Meadow Lane Thursday.
    The fire was about 20 feet by 60 feet and it started at 2:50 p.m. and was extinguished within minutes by the Los Alamos Fire Department.
    LAFD has launched an investigation into the cause. 

  • Lab halts some work at plutonium facility

    In a memo to employees Thursday, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced that certain work operations at the Plutonium Facility would temporarily pause programmatic activities.

    McMillan’s action comes on the heels of another federal report criticizing Los Alamos for not doing enough to protect the public from dangerous releases of radiation in the event of wildfires or an earthquake.

    An audit released Thursday by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General reiterated concerns that watchdogs and a federal oversight board have long expressed about the lab’s main plutonium facility — which sits atop a fault line — being able to withstand an earthquake. And the Las Conchas Fire that burned its way to the edges of lab property two years ago highlighted the dangers of storing on-site thousands of barrels of toxic waste.

    The audit pushes the lab to move more quickly in securing the plutonium lab (PF-4). It also asks for more effective fire protection for the barrels, which are scheduled to be removed by the end of next year.

    “Because of the nature and importance of the work we do, it is important to regularly assess all aspects of our operations to ensure we are executing our procedures and operational processes appropriately,” McMillan said in the memo.

  • War hero support truly lacking

    Sometimes, I find myself speechless, amazed at the depth of feeling and insight some people have for the world around us.
    Okay, maybe not speechless. That would be too unbelievable. But amazed, yes.
    Patrick Stewart’s father, Alfred, was a war hero, one of the last to be evacuated at Dunkirk in 1940. He parachuted into Crete and Italy and fought in Monte Casino (75,000 casualties).
    Alfred was a soldier in the British army from 1925 to 1933. When World War II erupted, he rejoined and headed with the Yorkshire Light Infantry out to the front in Abbeville, France. He was injured, but went back to war in Britain’s parachute regiment, dropping into southern France in support of seaborne landings.
    How can you not admire a person like that?
    But when the war ended, Alfred brought the horrors of battle home with him. He began having outbreaks of violent tendencies. He became an alcoholic and his wife endured regular beatings from him.
    Patrick grew up hating his father.
    Over time, Patrick learned that his father had post traumatic stress disorder, which at the time was called “shell shock.” Years of intense battles with no followup treatment after returning home. He “looked fine” and that was enough to release him back to civilian life.

  • A myraid of jeans, genes

    I have 26 pairs of jeans, mostly ones I’ve inherited: blue, black, bleached white (accidental contact with chemicals which didn’t turn out too well) and a moth eaten pair with a gaping hole which no longer functions to protect the body part it should.
    They’re my jeans, I own them. The unintentional patterns I’ve created are mine too. I only think that’s fair.
    I can even go onto a myriad of fashion websites now and create new jean patterns. The site critiques my design and tells me whether I’m good to go, or shouldn’t be seen dead in them. But wouldn’t it be terrible if just one company had the sole right to do that.
    Every time an invading moth ate a hole in my jeans, I would have only one company to choose from to find out whether it was fashionable, or a terrible faux pas. But that’s OK, because if we opened the market up so anyone could tell us whether our design was good or not, there’d be no more incentive for the company to develop new ways to give us expert advice; maybe tell us how bad our husband’s smoking jackets were or whether the ankle length skirt I’m wearing to hide that hideous irregular brown mark on my leg is a good idea.

  • Church Listings 06-28-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; bethluth.com. Summer worship is 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • July Bible camps

    July 15-19 Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr., 662-3104
    Theme: Yangtze River Adventure
    9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, ages four through just completed sixth grade, no charge. Register by calling Lyn Haval, 695-0745 or lhaval@hotmail.com
    July 22-26 First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., 662-6277
    Theme: Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God
    9 a.m. to noon, Come at 8:45 a.m. the first day to register, for ages three through just finished sixth grade, no charge. Contact Julie Dare 662-4879 (juliedarefumc@gmail.com) or register online groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/fumcvbs2013
    July 22-26 Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2000 Diamond Drive, 662-0782
    Theme: From Above
    For children who have just finished kindergarten through just finished fifth grade
    9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call Andi Kachelmeier at 661-9719 or contact the church.
    The Los Alamos Public Schools neither endorses nor sponsors the organizations or activities.  

  • Bible Answers: Many subjects missing from Bible

    “Why aren’t dinosaurs in the Bible?”

  • Softball team takes on Española

    The White Rock-Los Alamos 11- and 12-year-old softball team will face off with Española in a three-game series for the district championship starting Saturday.
    The WR-LA team will host the series, which gets going at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    The tournament was originally supposed to include a third team but Santa Fe dropped out late.
    Española, according to WR-LA manager Roger Anaya, will give his team a test.
    The WR-LA team is comprised of about half junior-aged players and half senior-aged players that were combined together for the regular season. WR-LA squeezed in a dozen games in about three weeks to get itself eligible for postseason competition.
    All three games are scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock. Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. If needed, the third game will be played Monday.