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Today's News

  • LA tripped up by Los Lunas in The Pit

    ALBUQUERQUE – A barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a deficit going into the break Tuesday afternoon.
    Despite a couple of pushes in the second half, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain enough offense to make their opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers, really sweat.
    Los Lunas, the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A tournament, bounced Los Alamos in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at The Pit, winning 57-44.
    Despite the loss in the one and only game of her career in The Pit, Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk said she wasn’t terribly disappointed with the outcome because of how far the Hilltoppers had gotten.
    “Looking back on our season, we shouldn’t have been in the top 9 at all,” said Kirk, a three-year starter for Los Alamos. “With the tightness of this team, with us trusting each other, that’s what it took for us to get here.”
    Los Alamos’ stated goal since head coach Ann Stewart took over the program in January was to get to the quarterfinal round and the team was able to do just that this season, the first time the Hilltoppers had advanced beyond the opening playoff round since 2009-10.

  • Obedience class registration

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin March 11. Classes will begin the week of April 1. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 22.

  • Thanks for supporting the Cowboy Pancake Breakfast

    Once again, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank our many friends in the community for their recent support of this month’s Cowboy Pancake Breakfast, which benefited our club’s local and international projects.
    More than 250 tickets were sold to the hungry breakfast crowd Sunday morning.
    We would also like to give a standing ovation and long round of applause to all the dedicated members of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse who made the event possible. Not only did they help us set up tables and chairs the evening before the breakfast, but they were back again at daybreak to bring the kitchen to life with the enticing aromas of bacon sizzling and coffee brewing, all against the backdrop of mixing bowls clattering and pancake batter hissing on hot griddles.
    The Posse members also cheerfully helped serve breakfast throughout the morning and then stayed to help us with every step of clean-up chores. After the deduction of food costs, the Posse donated all the profits from breakfast to our Club, a remarkable and greatly appreciated gesture of generosity.

  • Thanks for helping veterans

    Members of the VFW Post 8874 and their Ladies Auxiliary, the Military Order of the Cooties and their Auxiliary, the Patriot Guard Riders, Paws and Stripes, the Blue Star Moms, the American Women Riders and Santa Fe Harley Davidson visited the Albuquerque Veterans Hospital on Feb. 17.
    As part of the Valentines for Vets program, we distributed many amenities to our hospitalized veterans on the spinal cord injury ward. This could not have been possible without the generous contributions of many in our community.
    We wish to express our deepest appreciation to these supporters for their devotion, thoughtfulness and charity.
    Santa Fe Harley Davidson donated $500 in Harley Davidson T-shirts (a veteran favorite); the Patriot Guard Riders hand-made 20 lap blankets, baked goodies for the nursing staff and contributed boxes of additional supplies; Paws and Stripes brought a therapy dog that was a big hit with the veterans; the Blue Star Moms brought T-shirts; the American Women Riders brought tube socks; and Drs. McDonald and Lewis donated all of the requested dental supplies.
    These generous donations allowed the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary to purchase $100 in canteen books (for commissary supplies), in addition to numerous other supplies and toiletries.

  • Be There 03-13-13

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. For more information, visit lamainstreet.com/farmers-market.htm.

    Raptor Migration in Veracruz. Come to PEEC to see the raptor migration through Veracruz, Mexico. Robert Templeton will provide photos and video of the annual “super-flocking” phenomenon, where half a million raptors fly by in just four hours. Free. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:40 a.m. at Mesa Library. The community is welcome to attend. The speaker will be Gary Leikness, principal planner of the Community and Economic Development Department. To attend and order lunch from the co-op for $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster 661-6605 or email her at kaskakcayman@gmail.com for the menu selections. Orders for lunch need to be made by March 12. You do not need to purchase lunch to attend.

    Poetry Gatherings with Jane Lin will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in room 3 at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp. She will speak on “Using Ancestry and Ancestry DNA to Research Your Family History.” The public is invited.

  • Belisama Irish Dance comes to SF

    Belisama Irish Dance presents “Rhythm of Fire,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. Belisama Irish Dance Company includes 14 dancers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe, with five past and present National and Open Champions. This year’s show will also feature two-time World Champion and former Riverdance lead Michael Patrick Gallagher and musicians Jono Manson, Mark Clark, Adrienne Bellis (also artistic director of Belisama) and Maria Jones. Tickets are $20 at ticketssantafe.org, or call 988-1234 (discounts available). The Lensic box office and theater are located at 211 West San Francisco St. 

  • Organic food movement still continues to grow

    There’s good news and bad news about the future of edible food in the world and, specifically, in New Mexico.
    One item of bad news is that the New Mexico Senate rejected the bill to require labeling of genetically modified food (SB18, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe), deciding that you don’t have the right to make informed choices about what you’re eating.
    This was a disappointment but not a surprise; New Mexico rarely does well at resisting powerful lobbies.
    The good news is that New Mexico is seeing growth in organic farming and local marketing of farmed products. According to state Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte, organic farming in New Mexico brought in about $53 million in 2011.
    The organic food movement reflects several overlapping themes about healthful food and environmental sustainability.
    Public concern is growing over the long-term safety of genetically altered food, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, the health of the soil, toxic chemicals in the water, humane treatment of farm animals, and even the health of those essential pollinators, bees.
    As the concern grows, so does support for local farmers who choose to grow organic.

  • Time running out for lawmakers

    Three days to go and a thousand bills to cover. That’s a tall order and it won’t be filled.
    At the beginning of this session, when the leadership battle between Democratic candidate Sen. Pete Campos and conservative Democrat candidate Mary Kay Papen was fought, it was explained that the president pro tem of the Senate appointed all the committees. To many, that didn’t seem like a crucial power.
    But it is. The committee chairman can hold a bill in his/her committee for the entire session without hearing it. The old accounting principal of first-in, first-out doesn’t apply. An important bill simply can be ignored.
    Occasionally it gets less simple. Back in the 60s, Fred Foster, chairman of the House Education Committee, grabbed a bill he didn’t like, placed it in the bottom drawer of his desk. Locked the drawer and proclaimed it would never see the light of day. The action really wasn’t necessary but Fred wanted to make a point.
    Sen. Tom Benavides wasn’t even a committee chairman but somehow he got hold of the original copy of a bill, which is the only copy that counts. He got in his car and drove it to Juarez, where it remained for the rest of the session.

  • The Heinrich maneuver

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Energy nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz:
    “Secretary of Energy nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz and I met today in my office to discuss issues important to New Mexico, and his qualifications and vision to lead the U.S. Department of Energy.
    “New Mexico’s Sandia and Los Alamos labs heavily depend on strong leadership from the Department of Energy to support the lab’s energy research and nuclear stockpile programs. Dr. Moniz’s expertise, knowledge of New Mexico and service as the former Undersecretary of Energy make him a well versed and qualified candidate.
     “I look forward to continuing my discussion with Dr. Moniz during his confirmation hearing and learning more about his qualifications for this important post.” 

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 03-13-13

    March 5

    Dustin Herbert was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct. The original charge was use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to pay $73 in court costs.
    The defendant was assigned 182 days of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact.
    The victim must also pay $25 a month in probation fees to the court.
    March 6

    Chelsea Cavasos was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper turning. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Benjamin G. Stewart was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 miles per hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    March 7

    Los Alamos Municipal Court found Barbara Pacheco-Gonzales guilty of failing to yield or stop at a sign and failing to pay. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.