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Today's News

  • PACs defend attack ads

    Campaigning by Political Action Committees in the New Mexico House District 43 race between incumbent Rep. Jim Hall-R and challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard-D continues to escalate.

    Questions to PAC representatives about some of their campaign tactics quickly led to finger-pointing.

    Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director Scott Forrester asked why questions were being raised about a mailer attacking Jim Hall when Reform New Mexico Now continues its attacks on Garcia Richard.

    When asked why RNMN is largely funded by out-of-state donors, consultant Jay McCleskey wrote, “The left wing special interest group Patriot Majority is funded by Washington, D.C. unions and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Republican legislative candidates, including Hall.

    “Patriot Majority reported having almost $1 million in special interest money on hand last month to be spent on legislative races and we are not going to stand by and allow national unions to buy this seat, so they can push their left-wing agenda in the legislature.”

  • Lab’s community plan soldiers on

    Back in September, the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Security, LLC unanimously approved recommendations to continue its $3 million a year contribution to support a Community Commitment Plan.

    It was not a total slam dunk and there was some uncertainty about whether the program would carry forward.

    According to Connections, the Los Alamos National Lab’s in-house magazine, LANS approved the plan even though it was not contractually obligated to continue the CCP, as it had been for the first seven years of its contract with NNSA.
    The plan provides the lab’s Community Programs Office with funding from LANS’ management fee to invest in regional education, economic development and charitable giving programs.

    “Reasons to approve a new plan were many, and I’m especially appreciative of the board’s decision because the plan is no longer a specific contractual obligation,” said the lab’s Community Programs Office director Kurt Steinhaus.

    “We listened to many Northern New Mexicans and worked diligently to demonstrate that the previous $3 million LANS spent each year since 2006 in education, economic development, and community giving had a meaningful return on investment for the community and LANL.”

  • Board mulls draft strategic plan

    About three years ago, the Los Alamos Board of Education took a look at how the Los Alamos Public Schools were doing and saw room for improvement.

    At the time, the board said the district’s students and staff should have more opportunities to maximize their potential.

    That’s pretty strong stuff when you realize that Los Alamos has a university campus, as well as a national laboratory, that got its start building the world’s first atomic bomb.

    So with that in mind, the school board set about the next two years creating a five-year plan called “Advancing Lives, the Los Alamos Excellence Journey.” At a recent board meeting, LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt presented a 24-page rough draft of the plan.

    “This is a work in progress and so it’s incomplete,” Schmidt said to the board. “The reason it’s incomplete is because I seek guidance from the board on the direction we are going.”

    Schmidt also advised the board to keep giving him feedback and really study the rough draft to see if this is actually the plan they want.

    “Eventually, you will own this plan and the importance is that this will set us on a course for the next five, 10 to 20 years,” Schmidt said.

  • Update 10-28-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

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

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Conservation PAC tells all

    A Santa Fe-based PAC called Verde Voters ($203,483.74 to date) was most forthcoming with direct answers when it comes to their mailings.

    Verde Voters has issued three mailers so far. All cite the sources the mailers are based on and all carry the disclaimer “Paid for by Verde Voters PAC, a committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico.”

    “We are an issue organization, so all of our messages and voter contact is based on the issues and the facts, votes that were cast,” said Conservation Voters New Mexico Political Director Leanne Leith. “We don’t presume to know what people will do in the future, so every single assertion we make is based on something on the record.”

    Verde Votes has raised $70,000 from the League of Conservation Voters and $15,000 from the America Votes Action Fund, but the bulk of its donors are New Mexico residents.

    “We’re very proud of that,” Leith said. “We get some support from our national organization, but they also fundraise here in New Mexico. So even the ones that appear to come from our national, a lot of that is derived from New Mexico.

  • Paving begins in Eastern area

    The Eastern Area Phase 2 project is inching toward completion.
    RMCI will begin paving Monday on Myrtle, followed by 9th, Canyon and 5th.
    Paving operations should be completed on or before Nov. 2 assuming there are no weather or mechanical delays. Work is anticipated to start at 8:30 a.m. each morning.
    Do not park vehicles in the street in the active construction areas.
    RMCI staff will be on hand to assist motorists with vehicular access while paving is ongoing.
    However, there may be delays, especially if the paving operation is crossing a driveway or an intersection. Motorists should not attempt to drive over the hot, fresh pavement until the contractor has removed barricades.
    In addition to the paving operations, RMCI will be constructing a concrete valley gutter across Myrtle at 15th Street.
    Once built, the fresh concrete must cure for seven days before vehicles can be driven over the valley gutter.
    Therefore, Myrtle at 15th Street will be closed starting 8:30 a.m. Monday to Monday, Nov. 5. Detours will be established to direct motorists east on Myrtle.
    Residential access and routine deliveries, as well as trash/recycling collection will be maintained.

  • Trick or Treat

    Friday night was Trick or Treat on MainStreet night in Los Alamos.

  • Hell In A Cell

    Alleged hauntings and ghost sightings of places where accidents and tragedies occurred is not uncommon. In fact, there are many places throughout the state that are said to be haunted, so it should come as no surprise that the New Mexico State Penitentiary’s Old Main facility is on that list — especially since it was the site of a vicious riot in 1980.

    Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, overtook prison guards in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 1980. Fed up with airing grievances about overcrowding, substandard food and the treatment of some prisoners — that seemed to fall on deaf ears — they decided to take action.

    During a routine inspection in one of the dormitories, the inmates overtook four prison guards and took them hostage. They then went to another dormitory, where another four guards were taken hostage. They continued to take hostages until they had acquired a total of 12. 

    During their initial assault, they were able to gain access of the control center, where they were able to get keys for the five grill gates in the prison. What happened after that will forever be etched in New Mexico history. For 36 hours, prisoners and guards alike, were tortured, beat, stabbed and raped. There were also several overdoses after the rioters gained access to the prison pharmacy.

  • Animal Shelter 10-28-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

  • News for Retirees 10-28-12

    Oct. 28-Nov. 3
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef stew
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Catfish
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n sour pork
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Tire pressure check
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:45     a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken pot pie
    11:30 a.m.    Community Health Council