Today's News

  • A&M's Johnny Football is AP's Player of the Year

    Johnny Manziel ran for almost 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback his senior year of high school at Kerrville Tivy.

    Who would have thought he'd be even more impressive at Texas A&M when pitted against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference?

    On Tuesday, Manziel picked up another major award for his spectacular debut season. He was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year. As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.

    Manziel's 31 votes were more than twice that of second place finisher Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's start linebacker. He is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.

    Manziel erased initial doubts about his ability when he ran for 60 yards and a score in his first game against Florida.

  • Be There 12-18-12


    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6:15 p.m. at Pajarito Cliffs Site, Building 1, Camino Entrada.
    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.
     Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.
    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
    Dec. 24
    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Greet the holy family, the shepards and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. with the Christmas choir and communion will be served.
    Dec. 27

  • Assets in Action: Keep a positive attitude

    If you have elementary age students, this week, I hope you look at your teachers a little differently.
    If you have been mad because there was too much or not enough homework; if you push too hard and they don’t push enough, or the other way around, I hope you stop and think.
    Who would have thought that there would ever come a day that the teacher on whose doorstep you dropped your children off at this morning, could become the shield between them and a gunman?
    The questions won’t be answered simply or quickly, but we need to have some discussions.
    We need to stop complaining about everything and everyone, all the time. We need to stop posting every negative thought and idea on Facebook and Twitter.
    Pick two or three friends that you have hard conversations with, the conversations when you pour your troubles and travails out and then keep your thoughts to yourself.
    Stop the vitriol that every negative thought has to be broadcast every minute of everyday. If you need a place to vent frustrations, if nothing seems to remedy itself, then find a member of the clergy no matter what your background or talk to a counselor or a psychiatrist.

  • Monday morning car accident snarls traffic on Trinity Drive

    Shortly after 7 a.m., officers from the Los Alamos Police Department didn’t have far to go as they responded to an accident at Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer, near the Justice Center.

    According to LAPD Cpl. Jaime Gonzalez, a Nissan Sentra, driven by Elena Hamburg, 28, was behind another car that was slowing down to turn into an apartment complex. Hamburg decided to pull around and that’s when the front of her car struck the front of a Honda Accord driven by Lorraine Dominguez.

    There were no injuries and Gonzalez said Hamburg was cited for failure to yield.

  • GOP committee to have special election

    OP Chairman Jordan Redmond has tendered his resignation.
    First Vice Chairman Bill McKerley has called a special election for 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Church of Christ building, 2323 Diamond Dr., to elect a chairman, first vice chairman, second vice chairman and secretary of the Central Committee.
    Any Republican registered in Los Alamos County may be considered for election but only members of the Central Committee elected at the 2011 Biennial Organization Convention may vote. Republican elected public officials are considered ex-officio members of the County Central Committee with full voting rights.
    Nominations will be made from the floor. Nominees must be present or provide written consent to be nominated if unable to be present. Contested races will be determined by secret ballots and uncontested races by voice vote.
    Officers elected at this special meeting will hold office until the 2013 Biennial Organizational Meeting is held. The week of this meeting will be set by the State Party Chairman.
    For more information contact Bill McKerley 505-331-3686.

    From a press release

  • Red Cross offers tips for holidays

    While people are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross in New Mexico has tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies.
    “Following a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable,” said American Red Cross in New Mexico CEO Rahim Balsara.
    Holiday decorations and parties
    • Place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and exits. Water the tree daily.
    • Don’t overload electrical outlets and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
    • Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.
    • Pick a designated driver when attending a party and provide non-alcoholic beverage options if hosting a party.
    • Keep children and pets away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners if leaving the kitchen.
    Holiday travel
    • Make sure vehicles are in good working order before holiday trips. This includes checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid, and cleaning lights and windows.
    • Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit with water, snacks, flashlight, first aid kit and blankets.
    • Check weather and road conditions before traveling.

  • Bandelier rolls out holiday schedule

    With the new snow and holidays coming up, the rangers at Bandelier are looking for people to come and enjoy the park.
    “Winter days can be beautiful in Bandelier,” said Park Superintendent Jason Lott. “Over the holidays with everyone looking for places to go with family and friends, we hope they’ll come on down.”  
    The shuttle buses have ended until next March, so visitors can now drive directly to the Visitor Center area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, gift shop and snack bar are open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the canyon area is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    The Frijoles Canyon section of the park is open except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, or in case of hazardous weather conditions.
    There will be no Nightwalk this holiday season, but on Dec. 21, the park will offer the annual Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk.
    Local Pueblo people and other groups all over the world built structures that relate to positions of the sun, moon and stars. Winter Solstice is important to many cultures, since it is the shortest day of the year and the point when the days begin to lengthen and promise the return of spring.  
    For anyone standing in the plaza of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon on that morning, the entryway walls align with the rising sun.

  • Police Beat 12-18-12

    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.
    Dec. 8

    4:45 p.m. — A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of larceny (less than $200) in the 2000 block of 47th Street.
    Dec. 10

    6:45 p.m. — Geraldine Quintana, 58, of Santa Fe, was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI and child abuse in the 3000 block of West Road.

    11:25 p.m. — A 76-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of the fraudulent use of a credit card, as someone attempted to charge $300 to his account.
     Dec. 11

    1:33 p.m. — Martin Dominguez, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested in the 100 block of Central Park Square for an outstanding warrant in another jurisdiction.
    Dec. 12

    8:43 p.m. — Salvador Calderoncintora, 41 of Alcalde was arrested on San Ildefonso Road for an outstanding warrant in another jurisdiction.

  • Update 12-18-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because of weather and the forecast for possible snow in Los Alamos later this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • Los Alamos National Lab, NNSA donate $3.1 million

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have again demonstrated concern for their communities and those in need by pledging a record $2.13 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs.

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $3.1 million.

    “I am again touched by the generosity of our employees,” said Los Alamos Director Charlie McMillan. “In a challenging year for the Laboratory, they have come through for Northern New Mexico. It speaks to their pride in where they work and live.”

    “I am truly impressed with the level of participation we achieved during this year’s employee giving campaign. The leadership and dedication across the lab in supporting the campaign along with all the special events, really made a difference,” said Paul Henry, Los Alamos’s principal associate director for Capital Projects and this year’s campaign champion.

    “The employees at the Lab should be very proud of the fact that we achieved 21 percent participation and raised more than $3.1 million.”