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Today's News

  • Chamisa gears up for fun fest this weekend

    The Chamisa Elementary PTO is working on its annual carnival, which is open to the community and takes place this weekend.
    The April 20 event is a fundraiser for a major school project as they ready for end of the year activities.
    “We have brought in new games and have gotten some of the teachers to agree to going into a dunk tank,” said President Trisha Conlin. “There will be food and plenty of fun.”
    The PTO has been working on fundraising to acquire new shade structures for the school. The hard working crew has raised enough money from fundraisers to put 3 canopies up in the upper team playground with hopes to inspire raising additional funds for another playground, in the future.
    The fun fest will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a $7 admission fee that allows students to have four hours of non-stop games and play.
    Parents can watch for free or contribute to the $2,000 goal by paying a $3 fee to play or take some throws at the dunk tank.
    Cheetahs are currently collecting change in small boxes for teachers to see who gets to take the plunge on Saturday.
    The fun doesn’t just stop with games, but includes a cupcake walk, bounce houses and prizes and Chamisa hopes the whole community will support this worthwhile effort.

  • Locals recount marathon

    All of the runners from Los Alamos that participated in the Boston Marathon seem to be okay. In fact, some of them, like John Erickson, only heard about the explosions on the radio. He was injured, so he couldn’t participate that day. However he did watch the event.

    “I was at the halfway point at Wellesley and I had no idea what happened until I heard it on the radio,” he said in an email to the Los Alamos Monitor.

    However, for some, like the Dreiers, the experience was a little more vivid.

    This was both Matt and Whitney Dreier’s second time running the Boston Marathon, their first time as a couple. Everything went relatively smoothly, with Whitney finishing in 3 hours and 23 minutes and Matt finishing in three hours and 53 minutes. They proceeded through the finishing chute on Boylston Street to receive water, Gatorade, mylar blankets and any clothing they dropped off.

    They were two blocks from the finish line and were just getting ready to leave when they heard the explosions.

  • Councilors to debate 'parking lot' items tonight -- photos added

    Tuesday’s budget hearings were relatively quiet, but Los Alamos County councilors accrued a substantial list of “parking lot” items to be discussed tonight.

    In tandem with the budget, council approved an ordinance authorizing the county to refund $41 million of the existing Gross Receipts Tax Improvement Bonds, which mature on and after June 1, 2019 and are callable as of June 1, 2018. The ordinance authorizes up to $44 million in new refunding bonds and investing $6.7 million from the debt service fund to pay the debt service on the refunded bonds until they are called and paid.

    The current low interest rates and paying the debt off early is projected to save the county approximately $1.7 million.

    The ordinance gives general authorization for staff to proceed with the refunding. Council must give final approval of the actual bond sale agreement when it comes before them on May 21.
    Councilors asked for assurances that the bond sale agreement would not be finalized unless rates remained low enough to provide substantial savings, then passed the ordinance by a 7-0 vote.

  • Tax deal violates open government

    The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process.
    HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico’s economy.
    Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation, and other effects.
    Open discussions on these important matters should have taken place before and during the session. Much more time was spent on congratulatory memorials than on examining the various aspects of this major bill. Committee hearings and floor sessions on many inconsequential matters slogged on for most of the session. In the last few days of the session, legislators had to work unreasonably long hours and vote on legislation that they had never seen, much less studied.
    They were under tremendous pressure trying to arrive at a grand bargain that the governor would sign.

  • N.M. shown to have weakest gun laws

    Since the December shooting of 20 first graders and 6 teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., more states have enacted legislation weakening their gun control laws than have strengthened them.
    New Mexico has neither weakened its gun laws nor strengthened them.
    This, even though a 2012 overall state ranking of gun laws by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence found New Mexico to be one of 10 states with the nation’s weakest gun laws. And according to a report released earlier this month by the Center for American Progress, it also ranks among the 10 states with the worst rates of gun violence in America.
    One and one still makes two, it seems.
    At the 2013 session of the legislature, attempts were made in the Senate to beef up gun controls in New Mexico, perhaps the toughest proposal being an outright ban on the kind of assault-style weapons used to massacre those youngsters at Sandy Hook, and to kill 12 moviegoers and injure 58 others at a theater in Aurora, Colo., last July. The proposal also would have banned cartridges in excess of 10 rounds.
    Both of those measures died in a Senate committee.
    In the state House of Representatives, however, efforts to enhance gun safety in New Mexico fared considerably better with the passage of House Bill 77.

  • Be There 04-17-13

    Today
    • Natural History of Bats: Masters of the Night Sky. Wildlife biologist Debbie Buecher will give an overview of the amazing natural history of bats, play bat calls and discuss her research. She will also show live captive rehab bats. 6 p.m. at PEEC. $5 per person/$10 family. Free for PEEC members. No registration required. Designed for adults and kids ages second grade and older. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    • Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Jennifer Weiss, executive director of the Heroin Awareness Committee will present “Opiate Addiction — No Exceptions” — a presentation and discussion regarding the current reality of drug addiction in New Mexico and the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among our youth. The public is welcome.
    Thursday
    • Poetry Potluck. 6:30 p.m., at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda. Special open mike event — all are welcome.

  • Sports Briefs 04-17-13

    LAHS seeks “Rally4Reward” votes

    Los Alamos High School, along with other schools in the state, is taking part in the New Mexico Activities Association’s “Rally4Rewards” program.
    In the NMAA program, one school from each of the state’s classifications will receive part of a $15,000 donation from U.S. Bank.
    Winners of the donation will be determined by an online or drop-off vote.
    Voters can place their votes online at facebook.com/usbank/app_471367646245378 or in any U.S. Bank branch office.
    Schools will earn more points for drop-off votes than for online votes.

    Nukes take on Volcano Vista

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby team will host a home game Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Nukes will take on Volcano Vista. Game time is noon Saturday.
    Admission to all Nuke home games is free. 

  • Isotopes rally to win, 3-1

    Tuesday was a busy day for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
    Along with making two big roster moves, the Isotopes went into extra innings to defeat Omaha.
    Albuquerque trailed 1-0 after seven innings in Omaha, but a solo home run from right fielder Alex Castellanos tied the game. In the top of the 10th, Tim Federowicz and Rusty Ryal came through with RBI hits to give Albuquerque a 3-1 win.
    Matt Magill started the game for the Isotopes (8-5), going six strong innings before being replaced by Steve Smith. Smith (1-0) set down all nine batters he faced to earn the win.
    Earlier Tuesday, it was announced that relief pitcher Josh Wall, who led the PCL in saves last season, was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Replacing him on the pitching staff is lefty Kelvin De La Cruz, who hadn’t been scored upon this season pitching for Double-A Chattanooga.

  • Arriba Sol qualifies for national tourney

    A local club volleyball team earned a trip to the Amateur Athletic Union’s national championship tournament this summer.
    The Arriba Sol 17 volleyball team topped Synergy of Oakland, Calif., in the championship match of the Grand Prix Tournament, hosted by the AAU in Las Vegas, Nev.
    The Arriba Sol team is made up of players from Los Alamos and Española. Los Alamos players include Samantha Melton and Brianna Montaño.
    The Grand Prix tournament included pool play and bracket play competition. In pool play, Arriba Sol defeated Juno (Phoenix), LVVBC (Las Vegas, Nev.) and defending tournament champion SUVA (St. George, Utah).
    Arriba Sol went 4-2 in the tournament’s pool play, losing the two sets it played against SUVA, but qualified for the gold bracket with the second-place pool play finish.
    In the championship bracket, however, Arriba Sol bounced back to top SUVA in the semifinal, winning in two sets.
    In the final, Arriba Sol topped Synergy 2-1 to take the tournament title and qualify for the national AAU tournament.
    The national championship will be in Orlando, Fla., in June.
    Other Arriba Sol players include Celina Naranjo, Victoria Valdez, Samantha Fredricks, Elana Salazar, Christina Naranjo and Jackie Avitia, all from Española.

  • Romero, Pope win Run For Her Life 10K

    More than 60 competitors took part in a benefit fundraiser for breast cancer research Sunday at East Park.
    The local chapter of Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners sponsored Sunday’s Run For Her Life, a 5K and 10K race. All proceeds from the race went to organizations conducting breast cancer research.
    In the event, Ted Romero and Alicia Pope were the top finishers in the 10K and Paul Daw and Jill Mauldin were the top 5K finishers.
    Romero won the 10K with his time of 42 minutes, 28 seconds. Pope was the top women’s finisher with her time of 57:47.
    Daw was the first to cross the finish line in the 5K race. Daw posted a time of 28:14. Mauldin was the top women’s finisher in the 5K, crossing in 29:32.
    Here are the results from Sunday’s Run For Her Life. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Women’s 10K

    19 and under
    1. Analicia Ronquillo, Española, 1:42:40; 2. Erin Kirk, 1:42:41.

    20-29
    1. Jacqueline Shen, 1:09:10.

    30-39
    1. Alicia Pope, 57:47; 2. Carene Larmat, 1:00:35; 3. Lesilie Schenk, Santa Fe, 1:12:22.

    50-59
    1. Ruth Doyle, 1:26:53.

    Men’s 10K

    30-39
    1. Roland Koeskerg, Santa Fe, 52:20.

    40-49
    1. Will Dearholt, 55:59.