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Today's News

  • 4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans.

    City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital, while the seven others are in stable condition.

    National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the NTSB is investigating. A message left with a Union Pacific spokeswoman was not returned.

    The parade was supposed to end at a "Hunt for Heroes" banquet. The wounded service members were then going to be treated to a deer-hunting trip this weekend.

  • BPU endorses new sewer rates

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Wednesday to endorse an increase in sewer rates proposed by the Department of Public Utilities.

    The hike is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure. The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the critical future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.

    Commercial customers will continue to be charged a variable rate, but under the proposed ordinance these customers will pay the $7 customer fee in lieu of the previous fixed rate. The commercial variable rate will increase from $5.89 to $11.91 and will be based on the winter average of potable water consumed with a minimum 2000 gallons or other measuring period as determined appropriate by the DPU based on seasonal or other non-traditional water use patterns. Commercial customers’ rates will also rise by 8 percent a year through 2016.

  • Volleyball loses to Piedra Vista, splits with Centennial

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team went 1-3 in pool play Thursday morning at the state Class 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos lost both sets to Piedra Vista, the tournament's No. 1 seed, by scores of 25-15, 25-18. Against Las Cruces Centennial, Los Alamos lost the first set 25-20, but bounced back to win the second set 25-14.
    The Hilltoppers will play an elimination match at 3 p.m. Their opponent hasn't yet been determined.

  • Be There 11-15-12

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    Parents may join their middle school students for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Summit Foods invites parents to join their Hawks for turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll and pumpkin pie for $4. Lunchtime begins at 11:30 a.m. and parents can email losalamos@summitfoodservice.com, if they would like to attend the event.

    De Colores restaurant will sponsor a fundraiser for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund from 5-8 p.m. Listen to or participate in Street Singers of NYC — sing karaoke or play. Watch or participate in Arm Wrestling for Sandy, some of the LAFD and LAPD staff members will lend a hand. There will also be a salsa bar, with five kinds of salsa, including Hurricane Habanaro. Minimum donation is $1 per cup. There will also be soft pretzels for sale. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross to help vicitms of the hurricane-stricken regions.

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a volunteer informational meeting to start planning the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos. The meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. RSVP to gloria.martinez@cancer.org by Nov. 14, 2012.  Refreshments will be served.
     

  • North Pole workshop and luminaria walk

    Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.
    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and Stable Owners Association as they create a holiday event for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9.
    The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.
    Dress warmly, wear walking shoes and enjoy the North Mesa stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights.
     The event is free and a photo with Santa costs $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Recreation Division Scholarship Fund. For further information contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173,visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • Worley wins CROP Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest

    The CROP Hunger Walk/ Turkey Trot committee announces the winner of the first-ever Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest.

    The contest was open to all local fourth- through sixth-grade students who live in Los Alamos or whose parents work here. The winner is Sarah Worley,  a 10-year-old fifth grader at Piñon Elementary School.

    Worley said that she has participated in the walk her whole life. “I’ve walked in it with my family, every year of my life except one. So this will be my 10th time walking,” she said.

    Her inspiration for the logo came from the idea that people can win a turkey and a pumpkin pie through the random drawing after the walk, so she decided to draw a person holding those things. In the background, she drew people walking from all around the world because, in her words, “people all over the world have to walk to get something as basic as water.”  

    “We appreciate Sarah’s creativity and the inspiration she gives in being a lifelong walker and thinking about the difficulties facing many around the world. Sarah will receive a free T-shirt, as well as the sincere appreciation of our local CROP Hunger Walk committee,” said CROP Hunger Walk Coordinator Lynn Wysocki-Smith.

  • Good samaritans save kitten

    On a cold Sunday afternoon with temperatures sliding to sub-freezing for the night, a small kitten was found at the Los Alamos land fill. The good samaritans brought the nearly dead kitten to the police department.  
    Friends of the Shelter volunteers were contacted and the kitten was transported to the Emergency Clinic in Santa Fe. Diann Mills drove and Mary Timmers held the nearly frozen kitten next to her body, trying to keep it warm.
    Upon arrival at the clinic, the vets and technicians went to work and spent the night hovering over the four-to-six-week-old baby. The kitten named Milagro (Milly for short) survived the night.
    Mills picked her up from the emergency clinic the next afternoon and brought her to some experienced foster parents.
    Milly is thriving now and she is eating and starting to play. Friends of the Shelter would like to acknowledge the good people who rescued Milly, the quick response of the police department to a critical situation and Mills and Timmers for taking time to transport Milly to Santa Fe.
    Milly will be available for adoption once she is big enough to get all her shots and be spayed.

  • Food drive Saturday

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday, to benefit LA Cares Food Bank in Los Alamos and St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Española.
    The annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Los Alamos and White Rock and is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112), the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America, LA CARES and the LA Community Food Banks with the support of the National Letter Carriers Union, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Smith’s Food and Drug Stores, the Los Alamos postmaster and many individual volunteers.
    Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).
    Cub Scouts will also collect donations at both Smith’s supermarket locations in Los Alamos and White Rock on Saturday only.

  • Gonzales nominated for federal court

    President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.
    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.
    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.
    Gonzales has served as U.S. attorney since 2010. Before that, he spent 11 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney.
    He also is a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
    A graduate of the University of New Mexico law school, he began his legal career as a clerk for Joseph Baca, chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded the nomination of Gonzales.

     

  • Recycling takes center stage

    Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind people about the importance of recycling. New Mexico has seen continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.
    In Los Alamos County, a glass drop-off recycling program was established. This program began at the end of September and has seen great participation from residents. The program is estimated to help keep more than 100 tons of glass out of the landfill every year, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs.  
    Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.