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Today's News

  • FDA: Morning-after Pill to Move Over the Counter
  • Flying Disc-throwing Robots Teach Kids Tech

    Thousands of high school students from around the world have put their engineering skills to the test at an international robotics contest. "FIRST" is compared to a "Superbowl of the Mind" mixing math, science and technology with competition.

  • College to christen renovated library

    Northern New Mexico College will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of its newly renovated Ben Luján Library Thursday.
    The public celebration kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with tours of the library and a presentation of Oliver Greer’s Extraordinary Bug Exhibit. The college’s Digital Media department will also be hosting Bug Movies, a workshop where visitors can star in mini films in Northern’s television station studio.
    The formal dedication ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by Northern President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló. The late Speaker Luján’s family, including his son, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, will be present to acknowledge the support and resources that the late Speaker brought to the institution and northern New Mexico.
    The renovations added 7,000 square feet to the library, doubling the size of the original facility. The space includes a new computer lab, study pods, and student meeting rooms.
    Following the dedication, the college will host a luncheon in the Connie Valdez quad, just north of the Luján library.

  • Police Beat 04-30-13

    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.

    April 18

    10:45 a.m. ­— An 18-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that someone had broken into her vehicle in the 100 block of Verde Ridge.

    11 a.m. — A 33-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (over $500 less than $2,500) in the 3000 block of Ridgeway Drive.

    April 19

    7:54 p.m. — Gavin Cata, 19, of San Juan Pueblo was arrested for marijuana possession (less than 1 oz.) on N.M. 502.

    8:45 p.m. — Lloyd Gordon, 61, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1800 block of Calle Mora.

    9:36 p.m.— A Los Alamos teen, 16, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia on 35th Street.

    9:36 p.m. — A Los Alamos teen, 17, was arrested as a minor in possession of drugs on 35th Street.
    April 22

    9:34 p.m. — Amy Justice, 41, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting at the Jemez House Thrift Shop, 13 Sherwood Boulevard.

  • Berting's congressional testimony

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  • Update 04-30-13

    Teen talk

    High school age teens interested in increasing their suicide awareness and learning about how to encourage others to seek help are invited to join in a talk and open discussion at at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Teen Center.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Museum meeting

    The April meeting of the recently-formed Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society (LABSMS) will take place at 7 p.m. today at the LDS Church, 1967 18th Street.

    DPU charter

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Training Room of the Community Building.  

  • Shelter training

    The American Red Cross in New Mexico conducted a shelter training drill Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Members of the Los Alamos and Santa Fe Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) participated in the training. Volunteers learned Red Cross sheltering fundamentals which included registration, dormitory organization and logistics.
     

  • Therapist reaching out to teens, adults

    Of all the threats to daily existence, crime, disease, accidents, suicide, the one that has the most taboo attached to it is suicide. That’s probably because it is the one threat that is seen by society as something that one is in complete control of, making it much harder for those left behind to comprehend and deal with.

    Los Alamos itself is not immune from having to deal with this subject, having just suffered some recent losses in the teen and young adult community.

    According to statistics provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent being 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people (10-44 years) in New Mexico. The state overall has been in the top five since 1997.

    “The suicide rate in New Mexico has consistently been 1.5 to two times the U.S. rate,” according to a statement on the department’s website. “Suicide rates in New Mexico have not changed significantly over the 1995-2009 period, while the U.S. rate has declined slightly.”

  • Water main break on N.M. 4

    A water transmission line ruptured at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route Tuesday night.
    DPU and emergency crews were on the scene by about 6:30 p.m., cleaning up the mess and trying to access the line.
    “Crews worked all night trying to access it and clamp it off,” DPU spokeswoman Julie Williams-Hill said. “They just received the 16-inch pipe to make repairs and they said they should be done by noon.”
    Williams said one of the lanes on N.M. 4 is partially closed but the road is open in both directions.
    Nobody in White Rock was without water and there was no change in water pressure, Williams-Hill said.
    “They are unsure of a cause,” Williams-Hill said.
    But a worker at the scene Tuesday night said there was a corroded pipe.
    DPU also reported a power outage in White Rock Tuesday night as well.
    According to the DPU facebook page, “We are currently investigating reported outage in the Todd Loop area of White Rock, and will post here as soon as we have further information. Preliminary customer reports indicate the outage started a 9 p.m. last night, but this has not yet been verified.”
     

  • Manhattan Project park moves one step closer

    The Manhattan Project Historical Park (MPHP) moved one step closer to becoming a reality last week when the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1208 by unanimous consent.

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) joined Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in reintroducing the bill, which had failed to achieve the two thirds majority necessary for passage in the previous congress.

    Councilor Frances Berting testified before the committee as Los Alamos County’s representative. Mayor Tom Beehan from Oakridge, Tenn., and Mayor Steve Young from Kennewick, Wash., also testified. The three provided a united front as the board of the Energy Communities Alliance, of which Beehan is president, Young is secretary and Berting is treasurer. A National Park Service representative provided testimony as well.

    Berting gave a three-minute presentation before the committee and submitted a lengthier written statement. She stressed the historical significance of the Manhattan Project, the National Park Service’s ability to tell all sides of the story and the economic impact on Manhattan Project Park communities.

    Berting also stressed her support for a section of the bill that allows the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy to accept monetary or service donations for the park.