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  • Thank you letters 11-8-12

    Pumpkin Glow Thanks

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the Pumpkin Glow. The LAAC would not be able to produce this event without the help of the following people: Lisa and Joe Lloyd, Marlane Hamilton and the board of the Los Alamos Arts Council.
    I also appreciate the help from Sara Del Valle and others who helped set up and keep the pumpkins lit during the event. In addition, thank you to the following organizations and families for putting together displays for their pumpkins: House of Boo, Cub Scout Pack 20, the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Apgar family and the Urbatch family.  
    I would like to thank the County Parks Department for loaning us straw for the event.
    Thank you to Smith’s who donated pumpkins for the community carving party at Fuller Lodge and Los Alamos National Bank for the glowing necklaces at the event.
    Thank you also to Jeremy Varela for producing the special effects at the end of Fuller Lodge and MainStreet for sponsorship through the Small Projects promotion.

  • Biofuels construction update
  • Mental Health Month aims to erase stigma

    Los Alamos County has proclaimed the month of November as Mental Health Awareness Month. As such, the Los Alamos County Health Care Program is raising awareness of trauma, the devastating impact it has on physical, emotional and mental well-being and how therapeutic techniques based in neuroscience can mitigate these effects and create dramatic changes in people’s lives.

    A traumatic event — which threatens lives, safety or personal integrity — can affect individuals profoundly.

    “Most people think that ‘trauma’ refers to physical trauma that occurs as a result of a car accident or assault,” said Therese Baca, Health Care Coordinator.  “But it’s much more than that.”

  • Dems gain control in House, lose ground in Senate

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election, but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

    The GOP waged a fierce legislative campaign battle in hopes of knocking off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

    Although several races remained tight and the outcomes uncertain, Democrats expect to see a net gain of three seats for a possible 39-31 majority. House Democrats currently hold a slim 36-33 edge and there’s one independent.

    One of the races where Democrats picked up a seat was in District 43, where challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard knocked off Jim Hall by 309 votes out of more than 13,000 votes cast.

    Hall carried Los Alamos by 770 votes, but Garcia Richard won the Santa Fe precincts, gaining 1,000 votes out of 1,200 cast and she won in Sandoval County by 400 votes. Hall carried Rio Arriba County by 36 votes.

    “As we look to the future, I’d also like to recognize and thank Representative Hall for his service over the past year,” Garcia Richard said.

  • Fire danger still high

    Just because there seems to be a little nip in the air doesn’t mean the fire season is over.

    According to the Los Alamos Fire Department, now more than ever, residents must be vigilant of fire hazard conditions.
    Even though Los Alamos had a fairly soggy spring, average rainfall has declined by eight inches according to fire officials — and that’s not good.

    “We had some very good monsoons come through in the spring, which promoted the growth of the grass, the trees and the shrubs,” Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.

    “But since then, we haven’t had any steady moisture come through, so now we have dead and dying grass … all someone has to do is flick a cigarette and a fire could potentially take off.”

    It may get relatively cool at night, but temperatures are still hitting the mid 60s during the day and that has Grider and the rest of the fire department fairly worried.

    But, Grider added, there are steps residents can do to minimize the risk, by perhaps getting ready for spring right now.
    That would include cutting the dry grass and the branches of trees back in preparation for next spring.

    “It would be a great time to cut down those grasses as well to make a defensible barrier around your home,” Grider said.

  • Voters OK charter changes

    Voters approved Charter amendments for initiative, referendum, recall of elected officials and the process for future charter amendments during Tuesday’s election.

    All four ballot questions address how voters may utilize a petition process for direct citizen action. For initiatives, voters may collect enough signatures to propose an ordinance, while a referendum uses the petition process to repeal an ordinance enacted by council. If sufficient signatures are collected, the question must be placed before the voters.

    In response to complaints by previous petitioners that the process was confusing and difficult, the Charter Review Committee assigned a subcommittee to clean up confusing and inconsistent language on these sections and to address substantive issues as well.

    The subcommittee conducted about 15 to 20 meetings over a nearly three-year period. With the exception of a provision that would have required legal review of all petitions, council approved the committee’s recommendations in May.

    “We had a diverse group of citizens study this over two years and put a lot of work into it, and I think once people understood what it was all about they supported the changes,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said.

  • Sports update 11-8-12


    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 18

    The CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring the Turkey Trot Nov. 18.

    The Turkey Trot is an annual 2.57-mile race starting at Los Alamos Middle School. Race time is 2 p.m.

    Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 runners and drawings will be held for a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies.

    More information is available by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

    State championship tickets for sale online

    Tickets for all the New Mexico Activities Association fall state championship events are available online.

    Interested fans can purchase tickets prior to the events at nmaa.ticketleap.com.

    More information on ticket sales and state championship schedules can be found at nmact.org.

  • LAHS volleyball team awaits winner of tonight's match

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will find out tonight which team it will face for the District 2-4A tournament title.
    Los Alamos will take on the winner between the Santa Fe Demons and the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday. That match, for the district tournament championship, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Santa Fe, the No. 3 seed in the 2-4A tournament, advanced to tonight’s semifinals by defeating Capital, 3-0, Tuesday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. Capital hung close through the three sets, but the Demons earned a 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 victory.
    The Demons (11-10 overall, 5-3 in district) were the only team to defeat the Hilltoppers (14-6, 7-1) during the 2-4A season.
    The Sundevils and the Demons split their district contests in 2012, with the Sundevils winning 3-2 at Española Valley Oct. 3 and the Demons winning 3-2 at Santa Fe Oct. 20.
    The winner of the district tournament earns a spot at next week’s state Class 4A tournament. Los Alamos already clinched a berth at state with its regular season championship.

  • LA boys, girls favored at Class 4A state meet

    It’s an unusual position for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team to be in: on the top looking down.
    After many years of, more often than not, playing also-ran to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, the Hilltoppers will go into Saturday’s Class 4A championship race as the favorites to win it all.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls take part in the state championship meet, which will be run around the campus of Rio Rancho High School. The Hilltopper boys will race at 11 a.m. and the Hilltopper girls are scheduled to run at 1:45 p.m.
    The Hilltopper boys will have a shot at winning their second straight Class 4A team titles, a feat that has never been accomplished in the program’s history.
    And while Los Alamos has had the edge over its main rival all season, the team’s runners are going to keep an eye out for Academy.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls, who are also expected to win this season, are not as heavily favored as are the boys, largely because of St. Pius X.
    The St. Pius Sartans have strong runners at the top of their lineup — including Julie Giannini and Marissa Nathe, who could contend for an individual title — but haven’t yet found the runners on the back end to contend with the deeper Los Alamos squad.

  • Merilee Dannemann: Advertising hits legislature

    The campaign for the Legislature reached a point this season I hoped I would never see.

    Four years ago I saw a billboard on I-25 in Albuquerque, advertising for a candidate for the state Senate. I thought this was way over the top. 

    Billboard advertising for legislative seats might make sense in more rural, geographically larger districts, where it will reach primarily district residents and where the cost is appropriately lower. But not on the freeway in Albuquerque. It’s a waste of money, unless the candidate has a brother-in-law in the billboard business or has raised enough money to waste a lot of it.