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Today's News

  • NMSU harnesses intellectual capital

    Entrepreneurs don’t have to live in or near Las Cruces to take advantage of the many services offered by Arrowhead Center — a business development hub launched in 2004 by New Mexico State University to stimulate economic development for the betterment of all New Mexicans.
    The center’s resources are open to any state resident who needs help turning an idea into a commercial venture or taking an existing business to the next stage.
    The Enterprise Research service draws on students, business mentors, entrepreneurs, faculty researchers and research partners to create and validate research studies for startups and existing businesses.
    And the Arrowhead Technology Incubator links technology-based firms with the resources they need.
    Enterprise Research
    Arrowhead Center accepts applications three times a year from businesses that need help analyzing the commercial potential of new technologies and products, formalizing business plans to attract investors and identifying resources for startups.
    Student innovation teams help write business plans, test technologies, research market potential and explore licensing opportunities with potential investors.

  • The future of health care mandates

    The future of health care — or at least how we pay for it — is confusing, to say the least. One question is what happens to state authority under the Obamacare law.
    New Mexico contains quite a few mandates — services insurance companies are required to cover.
    For example, some years ago a prospective adoptive parent found that state regulations required health insurance for the adopted child, but insurance companies weren’t covering adopted children.
    A legislator was asked for help, and a law was enacted to require that coverage. Hence, a mandate.
    Current law mandates coverage for mammograms, colorectal screenings and a whole list of other treatments.
    Some of them are quite narrowly written — a specific treatment for a specific cancer, for example.
    Heartbreaking stories may lie behind some of these provisions — a badly needed treatment denied, a call to a legislator and a new mandate written into law.
    Whether mandates add to the cost of insurance can be argued. One side says people should pay for their own routine preventive screenings.
    The opposing argument says screenings catch serious health conditions early, saving money because early treatment is so much more cost-effective.

  • LA residents take a bite out of Dracula's vet bills

    When Lauri Houlton received the call from the Española Valley Humane Society’s Linda Sanchez, she had no idea what she was in store for. After all, she began fostering dogs in April 2011, so it was no surprise that she was being called on to foster another pup.

    Dracula, a black-and-tan puppy came to stay with Houlton and her boyfriend Ross Van Lyssel on Oct. 4, because he was too small to go to the mobile adoption scheduled for that weekend.

    Van Lyssel has a Shepherd/Husky-mix named Beth and Houlton has two dogs she kept from her first fostering, brother and sister, Knut and Klondike.

    Plus, fostering dogs is nothing new for the couple. They have fostered 129 dogs.

    Dracula, however, was not their typical foster pup.

    “The very first day Drac came home, we noticed he got sick every time he ate his Puppy Chow. He couldn’t keep anything down,” Houlton said.

    “He was returned to the shelter on Friday the 5th so the vets could check him out. I called all weekend to check on him. Linda then had me meet with Dr. Parker, a vet at EVHS. He explained that he believed Dracula had an aortic arch. That is a blood vessel that has grown around and encircling the esophagus instead of next to it.”

  • Get an introduction to obsidian analysis

    Learn about how archaeologists study ancient sites in the wake of forest fires, from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Dr. Anastasia Steffen will give a hands-on introduction to archaeological obsidian analyses and an overview of current projects underway at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The large forest fires of the last few decades have burned much of the eastern Jemez Mountains, including about one-third of the Valles Caldera. Culminating with the recent Las Conchas Fire, this spate of wildfires burned hundreds of archaeological sites, including more than 80 percent of the prehistoric obsidian quarries.
    In this talk, Steffen will consider the methods archaeologists can use to understand how past peoples made tools, when they were making them, how past forest fires may have affected the archaeological sites, how the soil deposits at these sites have changed over the centuries, and ways that the volcanic glass was transported and traded across the continent.
    Steffen is cultural resources coordinator at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and adjunct faculty in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico. She has worked in the Jemez Mountains since 1990 and has led archaeological inventory and research at the preserve since 2001.

  • People In the News 01-20-13

    The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2012. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    Los Alamos resident Stephanie Bronkhorst, is attending the College of Liberal Arts, seeking a bachelor’s degree in English. Bronkhorst was named to the dean’s list.

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    Emily Katherine Funsten, daughter of Herbert and Ann Funsten of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list during the fall 2012 term at Middlebury College. The dean’s list is the second highest recognition for academic achievement at the liberal arts institution in Vermont. Funsten is majoring in neuroscience.
    To be selected for the dean’s list, students must carry a full course load of four or more classes during the semester, achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and earn no grade lower than a B-.

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    Michelle Boerigter, daughter of Dr. Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2012-13 school year at Hope College. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. 

  • Births 01-20-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Jan. 2: A girl, Ilianna Marie Huerta, born to Celina Trujillo and Paul Huerta
    • Jan. 4: A boy, Thomas Quinn Houlton, born to Paige and Andrew Houlton
    • Jan. 10: A boy, Dash Ilir Harris, born to Morgan and Joseph Harris

  • News for Retirees 01-20-13

    Jan. 20-26, 2013
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    BESC closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Meatloaf
    Noon AARP meeting
    1:30 p.m. Friends meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon
    pepper cod
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk in the woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sweet ‘n sour pork
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9 a.m. Screeing for Strong People program
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon B-days celebrated
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “In Your Wildest Dreams,” 1991

  • Ahrens receives award

    Daniel Ahrens displays the first-ever Hubba Bubba Junior Award. Ahrens responsibility and quick thinking has caused Los Alamos High School, in conjunction with Assets In Action, to recognize students nominated anonymously by LAHS staff for making the school a great place everyday.

  • DA seeks witnesses

    The Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office is continuing its investigation into the deadly N.M. 4 crash that took the life of Los Alamos teenager Nik Ventura Arencon and seriously injured his girlfriend Divine Fellers, Nov. 21.

    The DA is also looking for witnesses in the crash that injured both drivers — Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo of White Rock and Dennis Bernal of Santa Fe. Both drivers work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In an email, Ventura-Trujillo talked about a woman who helped her right after the crash. The woman has not been located by the DA’s office.

    “The lady was holding my hand and talking to me while we were waiting for the paramedics. I believe she had brown hair and a blue sweater on,” Ventura-Trujillo said.

    “She must have been two or three cars behind Bernal. All I know about the black car is the color and what various witnesses have said. It was ahead of me on the other side on the curve and swerved to avoid being hit prior to him coming around the curve.”

    The DA’s office had plans to talk to Jose Archuleta, who was driving behind Ventura-Trujillo. Archuleta recounted the accident for an article that published in the Los Alamos Monitor back in December.

  • Security worker's murder charge dropped

    On Friday, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella announced the arrest of Kaiwee Martinez, 35, who was charged with an open count of murder in the Nov. 3, 2012 shooting death of Lawrence Sandoval at the woman’s Alcalde home.

    Securing our Country (SOC), the lab security force that employs Martinez, released the following statement.

    “Kaiwee Martinez is employed by SOC Los Alamos (a subcontractor to LANS, LLC) as an unarmed security officer,” SOC spokesperson Liddie Martinez said. “She has been on leave without pay since the day of the incident in November 2012.

    She has not had access to Los Alamos National Laboratory since that time.”

    “We conducted a comprehensive, detailed investigation into Mr. Sandoval’s homicide over the course of the next 10 weeks,” Rodella said. “Early on in our investigation we determined that the defendant’s account of events preceding the shooting was not credible.”

    It was reported in Saturday’s Albuquerque Journal that District Attorney Angela ‘Spence’ Pacheco dismissed the case against Martinez without prejudice — meaning charges could be refiled by the DA’s office in the future — pending further investigation into the case.