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  • State reports first flu deaths this season

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Thursday confirmed the first five flu deaths of this season.

    The cases involve a 91-year-old woman and a 94-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County, a 67-year-old woman from Bernalillo County, a 57-year-old woman from Lea County and a 56-year-old man from Chaves County.

    The state Health Department doesn’t track every case of flu in New Mexico, but it does track influenza-like illness at dozens of locations statewide to estimate the amount of flu activity. Providers and laboratories reported that nearly 5 percent of patient visits last week were for flu-like illnesses.

    That percentage has fallen for two consecutive weeks, but state epidemiologist Michael Landen was still urging people to get vaccinated.

    “The influenza season started early and rates of flu-related hospitalizations are higher than they have been in recent years,” he said.

    Officials said vaccinations are particularly important for pregnant women, children who are 6 months to 5 years old, adults 50 and older, Native Americans and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

    The first of about 726,000 doses of vaccine began arriving in New Mexico in September.

  • 'Metal Menagerie'

    Mesa Public Library is hosting the show "Metal Menagerie."

  • District financial report gets an 'A'

    Among the more serious findings of a yearly audit of the millions of dollars in state and federal funding that flows through the Los Alamos Public School System: LAPS spent $12 more than it should have in special education. The firm conducting the audit also found that a $78 check that was not cashed, was not taken off the books in a timely manner.

    According to Griego Professional Services LLC, an accounting firm approved by the New Mexico State Auditor’s Office of Management and Budget, that was very good news to the LAPS officials. The auditor was hired by the Los Alamos Board of Education.

    During the presentation, J.J. Griego, principal at GPS LLC, thanked District Finance Officer John Wolfe and others for making the huge task easier.

    “The audit went very well this year and we were able to be in and out earlier than ever this year,” Griego said. “That’s in no short order to Mr. Wolfe, the finance department as well as all the departments we worked with including the federal programs, the state programs and pretty much everybody else.”

    However, Griego also made it clear he works for the school board.

  • Griego to leave LASO

    Juan Griego will be leaving his post as the Los Alamos Site Office acting manager in March for a two-year stint with the New Mexico National Guard.

    Griego, a native of Española and a Los Alamos High School graduate, made the announcement to LASO employees earlier this week.

    And the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office released a statement this morning, confirming his departure in March.

    “I have been blessed with the opportunities to serve with both the Department of Energy/NNSA here in Los Alamos for over 26 years and the New Mexico National Guard for over 30 years. Recently, the New Mexico National Guard requested my service as the Deputy Adjutant General on a full-time basis, for up to a two-year period,” Griego said.

    “I have always valued both my military and civil service, and am honored to be considered to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard.  This request has been vetted through the NNSA up to the administrator level and approved, reflecting the value that NNSA places on military service contributions by federal civil-service employees.

  • We need smaller shoes

     Early last year, the US military announced it was withdrawing 11,000 troops from Germany and Italy, as part of its strategic shift to annoying people in Afghanistan rather than in Europe.
    This was euphemistically referred to as “downsizing our European footprint.”  European footprint.  That kind of sounds like the impression one makes with an overpriced ugly shoe, doesn’t it?
    And perhaps that makes it the perfect metaphor to discuss America’s military presence in countries around the world.  It’s a big footprint.  
    Our military feet are jammed in the doors of over 150 countries around the world.  Nearly 200,000 American troops “police” the world outside US territories.  This does not even include the huge numbers serving in embassies or those aboard naval ships.
    More than 100,000 of those personnel are stationed in Germany, Japan, and South Korea.  WWII ended nearly 70 years ago, yet we still live in the past, patrolling those evil nations out there who might otherwise wreak havoc on the democratic stability instilled by our military presence.

  • Church Listings 01-18-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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 at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    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.

    Buddhist
    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. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Bible Answers: Seeking guidance on dealing with anger

    “What guidance does the Bible give me for dealing with the anger I feel when I’ve been wronged?” — Chris

  • Fishing Report 01-18-13

     Northwest

  • N.M. prep basketball scores 01-18-13

    Boys basketball

    Santa Fe 47, Sandia Prep 62
    Bernalillo 61, Belen 59
    Dexter 77, Cloudcroft 14
    Dora 81, Eunice 47
    Grady 57, Gateway Christian 39
    Hondo 69, Elida 39
    Kirtland Central 73, Kayenta Monument Valley, Ariz. 70
    McCurdy 71, Dulce 51
    Melrose JV 66, Clovis Christian 43
    Mesilla Valley Christian 71, Hot Springs 34
    Navajo Pine 66, Navajo Prep 43
    Rio Rancho 80, Albuquerque High 71
    Santa Fe Prep 63, Santa Fe Indian 46
    Santa Rosa 67, Estancia 51
    Tohajilee 88, Menaul 53
    Tse Yi Gai 77, Red Valley-Cove, Ariz. 74
    Tularosa 59, Jal 21
    Valley 65, St. Pius 57

    Hope Christian Invite

    Hope Christian 74, Zuni 34
    Rehoboth 68, Hatch Valley 43
    Taos 62, Portales 61
    West Las Vegas 77, Socorro 60

    St. Michael’s Invite

    Silver 59, Robertson 36
    St. Michael's 67, Bloomfield 26

    Girls basketball

  • Ski Report 01-18-13

    Angel Fire
    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    32-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Pajarito
    16-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen when conditions permit.

    Red River
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    19-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    30-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    32-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 58 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos
    33-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 82 trails and 13 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    7-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.