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Today's News

  • Today in History for Jan. 16th
  • Armstrong Teammate: Admission a 'Huge Step'
  • Eaton named event chair

    The American Cancer Society has selected Cindy Eaton to serve as event chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.
    Eaton was selected because of her past experience on the Relay committee.
    She was the event chair a couple of years ago and has knowledge of the event.
    “Cindy brings leadership and organizational skills with a passion to fight against cancer,” Gloria Martinez, event manager for the Relay for Life of Los Alamos said.
    “The American Cancer Society is truly blessed to have Cindy come back on board as event chair.”
    Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
    Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.
    Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold fundraisers at their campsites during Relay.

  • Be There 01-15-13

    Today
    The MOWW will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel, third floor.
    Wednesday
    “Metal Menageries: Sculptures by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo” opens with a public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda and art gallery at Mesa Public Library. Peggy Pendergast will cater refreshments. This is a Chamber of Commerce FAN Club event in conjunction with the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours, through Feb. 27.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.
    Thursday
    Collaborative Restoration of the Jemez Mountains. Come to PEEC to hear about The Nature Conservancy’s restoration and conservation projects in the Jemez. Forest Conservation Program Manager Anne Bradley will discuss their partnership with “Conservation Canines” to study Jemez Mountain Salamanders. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Los Alamos County GOP meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel, in the Acoma Room.

  • Assets in Action: 'Tis the season for the flu

    Ahh, it is that time of year again, time for my annual germ column.
    No, I didn’t go back to find what I wrote last year, but usually around this time, I attempt to write something about germs.
    For those of you that haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, please do so, as we still have a long way to go. I hear many people say, “well I never get a flu shot and I have never gotten the flu.” My answer to that is, your fortune is due to the 97 percent of people around you that probably do get it — and that is why you are healthy.
    If I had the time to investigate it, I would research the number of shots given out in our community through various resources. Blue Cross Blue Shield providing flu shots at our local Smith’s grocery was such a great resource to the community.
    While I’m pretty sure that we still don’t have a local public health nurse, probably going on the third or fourth month, I’m sure arrangements can be made with them.
    I used to babysit for a doctor and she said she picked me because she knew I would spray the handle of the grocery store cart with Lysol before putting my baby in it. You only have to see a baby suck on that one time to actually feel your skin crawl. My advice — unless you really have to take them to the store — don’t do it!

  • Don't expect much from this Legislature

    SANTA FE — What should we expect from New Mexico’s 2013 Legislature? Our chosen leaders have promised to work together but the chances don’t look good.
    Former Gov. Bruce King’s campaign slogan was “Working Together,” But Bruce had been on the county commission, was a former House speaker and a three-time governor. He knew how to make it work.
    Today we are faced with more than 30 of our 112 lawmakers being new to their jobs and a governor whose experience is as a prosecutor — a job not known for working together.
    Add to those problems new leadership in both the House and Senate. House Speaker Ben Lujan retired and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was beaten in a bitter battle. So we have no steady hand of longtime leadership plus a number of first-time committee chairs.
    And it doesn’t end there. The recent elections were the most expensive ever -- and probably the dirtiest. Everybody claims dirty elections but this is the first time we have had GOP money being used to defeat Republicans in the Republican primary and Democrats in the Democratic primary. And it was the governor’s PAC that was behind it all.

  • Keeping funeral costs affordable

    Anyone who’s put a loved one to rest knows that death is not cheap. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average adult funeral cost $6,560 in 2009 (their most current data).
    That doesn’t include such common add-ons as a cemetery plot, headstone, flowers, obituaries and limousine, which can add thousands to the bill.
    Because death is a frequently avoided topic, many people aren’t armed with information about the many variables — and costs — involved in planning a funeral.
    Thus, just when survivors are grieving and most vulnerable, they’re bombarded by decisions that must be made quickly, often without even knowing what their loved one would have wanted.
    The key message for the living is to decide on preferred funeral arrangements ahead of time and to convey those wishes to your family – ideally in your will.
    Another important lesson: Know your legal rights and what funeral-related goods and services cost so you — or your survivors — don’t feel pressured into buying things you don’t want or need. The Federal Trade Commission oversees “The Funeral Rule,” which regulates how funeral providers must deal with consumers. Among its provisions:

  • Police Beat 01-15-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 3

    8:36 a.m. — A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported to damage to his property (less than $1,000) in the 100 block of Mariposa Court.

    12:20 p.m. — C.B. Fox Department store reported the retailer received a series of bad checks.

    Jan. 4

    3:05 p.m. — Gary Shaw, 41, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction in the 2400 block of East Road.

    4:12 p.m. — Tamarah Singer, 53, of San Juan Pueblo, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Jan. 5

    2:05 a.m. —­ Alfred Madrid, 41, of Hernandez, arrested on a charge of aggravated DWI (refusal to submit to chemical testing) in the 100 block of Central Avenue.

    8:46 a.m. — William Lopez, 42, was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

    4:22 p.m. — Pablo Morenoholguin, 36, of Albuquerque, was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended or revoked license on Diamond Drive.

    Jan. 6

  • Deadline approaches for charter committee

    The deadline to apply for the five member committee to study utilities-related sections of the County Charter is quickly approaching.
    So far, the county has not received any applicants.
    The committee will include one member of the county council, one member of the Dept. of Public Utilities’ Board, and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:
    • A member of the community with management experience;
    • A member of the community with accounting experience; and
    • A member of the community “at large.”
    Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the committee are asked to send a one or two-page letter to the county council with their name, address, phone number and email address.
    They are asked to state which of the three positions they are interested in and should furnish information about their employer (if applicable), as well as a listing of their qualifications and experience.
    In addition, they are asked to submit a paragraph stating “why” they would like to serve on the committee.
    Letters may be emailed to lacadministrator@lacnm.us or mailed or hand-delivered to the county administrator’s office at 133 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
    The deadline for letters of interest is 5 p.m. Jan. 21.

  • Local developer pleads guilty

    A local developer walked into Los Alamos Magistrate Court for his arraignment by himself Monday, and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against a household member.

    Without a lawyer and just a packet of papers in his hand, Stan Primak quietly answered a series of questions asked by Judge Pat Casados, before entering the guilty plea.

    When asked why he decided not to fight the charges, Primak, 61, simply said, “I have no comment.”

    The charges come from a domestic case filed on Jan. 4 in response to a police call in the 1300 block of 44th Street.

    On that day, Primak was arrested and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center. He was later released on a $3,000 surety bond.

    Primak is a prominent developer in Los Alamos, and he’s also served on many local boards and committees in the past, including on the board of directors of Trinity Corp. and Los Alamos National Bank.

    In 2008, he was the lead builder in a Habitat For Humanity House in Española.

    Primak is due to be sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Feb. 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 364 days probation plus a $1,000 fine. No matter how the judge rules Feb. 5, Primak is ordered to enroll himself in a 52-week domestic violence treatment program.