Today's News

  • Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

    The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."

    That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children's charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.

    He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he'd served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.

  • Ala. Gov: 'We Know of Six Tornados'

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren't sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

  • Recurring meetings

    Recurring meetings

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge.  

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting  on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Norm Wilson, USAF retired, at 662-9544.

    The Los Alamos Photography Club meets the third Tuesday of the month upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The meetings are from 7-9 p.m. Annual dues are $12 per year. For more information, visit tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/la-photoclub/.

  • Be There 12-27-12

     The Los Alamos Big Band will present its annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
    Jan. 4
    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com.
    Jan. 7

  • Registration for dog training classes


    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the  Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin Jan. 7.  
    Classes  this session include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation, Competitive Obedience and the paRENT Free Club, and will begin the week of Jan 28.
    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 Jan. 18.

  • Celebrate winter with PEEC

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater will team up once again for the annual showing of the Backcountry Film Festival, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10.
    Celebrate winter with these backcountry films of the year. As a special addition this year, the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will sell wine and beer during the showing.
    Winter is here and once again, the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival is sure to live up to its reputation.
    Wax those skis, tune those boards and gather your friends. The film festival celebrates winter, telling stories of the season’s action and play through seven films.
    They come from filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short.
    A panel of judges picks the best films, which are assembled into this 90-minute program.
    This year’s Backcountry Film Festival event will serve up a raffle, ice-cold brews and mountains of winter inspiration.
    Raffle prizes will include outdoor gear, coupons and gift certificates from places like Mountain Khakis, Sierra Trading Post, REI, Pajarito Mountain and more.  

  • NNSA does more than $290 million in contracts

    In recognition of its commitment to working with small businesses, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it provided more than $290 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2012.

    Almost 80 percent of new federal award actions went to small businesses. NNSA’s Management and Operating contractors provided an additional $1.65 billion to small businesses in FY 2012, equal to 49 percent of all money subcontracted by the M and Os.

    “Small businesses are the heart of the American economy, and we’re proud of the strong partnerships we’ve forged as we work to implement the President’s nuclear security agenda,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Our small business partners are an integral part of our efforts to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and we would not be able to execute our mission without them.”

    NNSA’s use of small business companies has led to more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, reduced overhead and operating costs, and opportunities for small businesses to gain exposure within the nuclear security enterprise throughout the nation.

  • N.M. officers watching for drunken drivers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers around New Mexico will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers through the holiday season.

    The increased patrols, DWI checkpoints and constant pleas from elected officials to celebrate responsibility have become part of New Mexico’s fabric as the state continues to fight the pervasive problem of drunken driving.

    “Too often we hear about the pain and heartache caused by a DWI fatality around this time of year,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. “Law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers so I hope all New Mexicans will do the right thing by not drinking and driving.”

    New Mexico was once among the worst states in the nation for DWI-related deaths. Efforts to toughen the laws began to get serious traction following a Christmas Eve crash in 1992 in which a wrong-way drunken driver smashed head-on into a family on their way home from midnight Mass. Melanie Cravens and her three young daughters were killed, and her husband was seriously injured.

    The Cravens case changed the way people in New Mexico thought about drinking and driving, and her family members were instrumental in leading the crusade to change things.

  • County offers tips on winter weather

    Winter weather is here, county officials offer residents some safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.
    Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:
    • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
    • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
    • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
    • At the dead end of Gold Street/Arroyo Lane
    • Near the intersection of N.M. 4 and Rover in White Rock
    • Near the intersection of North Road and Quemazon
    • Other locations within Quemazon
    Streets may be snow-packed and slippery dur­ing winter storms. Road condition updates will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations when streets become so hazardous that motorists might encounter delays.
    It is the responsibility of every motorist to have their vehicle properly equipped and serviced to handle such condi­tions, and to drive their vehicle carefully and courteously during adverse conditions.  

  • Henderson sees tough choices ahead

    Second of a series

    Municipal Judge Alan Kirk swore in new Councilors Steve Girrens, Kristin Henderson  and Pete Sheehey, along with new County Clerk Sharon Stover last week.

    The priorities each of the new councilors has established as they prepare to take up the reins may cause some alliances to shift and also shed some light on how they will govern the next four years.

    Kristin Henderson

    “I think we need with every decision to try to evolve the town and to try to take into account the families who want to see the town evolve a little bit, to see some progress,” Henderson said.

    “I think we’re going to have to make some tough choices coming up, not having they level of funds that we thought we were going to have. And that’s okay. I think we need to prioritize. And that can be a good thing.

    “But my goal will always be to keep the families in mind when we make these decisions. Let’s not have that be the overlooked contingent.”

    Henderson plans to measure the CIP projects under review with that yardstick.