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Today's News

  • Remembering all who sacrificed on D-Day

    By T. DOUGLAS REILLY
    Columnist

    Thursday, June 6, 2019, was the 75th anniversary of D-Day (D meaning “Decision”), the Allied assault on Normandy that began Operation Overlord. There have been many news stories on all media forms to report on the celebrations in Europe and the U.S. Very few of these mention the role of the Soviet Union (Russia) in this; the only one I heard that did was the BBC.

    Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t mean to take anything away from the brave Americans, British and Canadians who fought and died on beaches like Omaha, Juno, and others. Over 10,000 allies died during the first day of the assault. The BBC quoted the line below from General of the Army (5-star) Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the European Theater of Operations.

    Eisenhower after D-Day

    General Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of Allied forces during the campaign following D-Day...Here he broadcasts to the people of Western Europe in a statement prepared for D-Day. For many of those people of western Europe a difficult struggle still remained...

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  • Slower growth expected with economic policy

    The Wall Street Journal published this editorial June 4 on U.S. economic policies.

    As the election results became clear in 2016, financial markets rose amid a surge of economic optimism. That surge continued for two years as Donald Trump and Republicans pursued a pro-growth agenda of tax reform, deregulation and encouraging domestic energy production. But with Democrats now controlling the House and Mr. Trump already campaigning for re-election, Washington is again taking an anti-growth turn. Don’t be surprised if slower growth follows.

    That’s the disappointing big picture if you step back from the daily fray and look at the direction of U.S. economic policy. Mr. Trump’s first two years were focused relentlessly on ending the economic malaise of the Obama years. Nearly every policy was seen through a growth prism.

    But as he focuses on re-election, Mr. Trump is returning to the issues that marked the worst moments of his 2016 campaign. He is restrictionist on immigration, increasingly protectionist on trade, and more interventionist in regulating business. He favors price controls on drugs, a mandate for paid family leave, and his regulators are revving up what looks like it could become the largest federal antitrust campaign since the 1970s.

  • Self Help serves families in need

    Maura Taylor, executive director of Self Help, Inc., spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the work of this local non-profit founded in 1969.

    Beginning as a collaboration led by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and others in the faith community, Self Help’s mission today, as 50 years ago, is to assist residents of northern New Mexico who struggle with basic needs, providing them with a bridge to self-sufficiency.  

    Self Help, Inc. serves Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. In addition to helping those in financial need, such as payments for a utility bill or car repair, Self Help offers services to help disabled persons, victims of domestic violence, those with citizenship issues, and those with behavioral and mental health concerns.

    Last year, Self Help directly served 400 families, provided 1,700 consultations, and made 2,100 referrals.

    Self Help is now planning to open an office in Española, expand its board and volunteer opportunities, and re-energize its programs.

    In honor of its 50th anniversary, Self Help is preparing a celebration for the community in September. 

  • Pet of the Week: Chibi 6-9-19

    Chibi’s tail never stops wagging, even though the 1-and-a-half-year-old Labrador mix is a surrender who doesn’t quiet understand why his original owners aren’t coming back to get him.

    While he is enjoying his time at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, Chibi hopes to find his forever home.  

    Chibi arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter May 25.

    Chibi has a microchip, and is in good health. Chibi is a bit curious, and likes to explore, especially friendly folks and friendly animals. Chibi walks well on a leash, and responds when his name is called.

    Call 662-8179 for more information. Or email police-psa@lacnm.us.
     

  • Blackstocks celebrate 64 years

    Longtime Los Alamos residents Al and Doris Blackstock celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary June 3.

    Their celebration was made even more special when their daughter, Ann, treated them to an anniversary dinner at the Blue Window Bistro in downtown Los Alamos.

    Al Blackstock, who was born in Waco, Texas, married his bride Doris, a native of San Angelo, Texas, in Oakridge, Tennessee.

    Their wedding was held in a local church with six witnesses in 1955. Al worked at the laboratory in Oakridge at the time.

    The two soon packed their belongings and headed up to Los Alamos, where Al took a job as physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory He worked on general physics problems for the rest of his career as a dedicated worker for the lab.

    Doris stayed at home and was a faithful homemaker, caring for their children.

    They also liked to tend to their garden, and tulips still pop up now and again as the sun shines on the ground around their home that they still share in town.

    Besides their daughter Ann, who lives in Los Alamos, they also have a son, Alan, who lives in Utah, and a granddaughter, Claire, who is a nurse in Los Alamos.

  • Summer concerts lose that community feeling

    The start of the summer concert and event season is just getting underway in Los Alamos and it promises to be another banner year.

    But I wanted to just make one observation that I have heard echoed a few times in the past week.

    The new vendor of the free Ashley Pond Park summer concert series, Sancre Productions and its Los Alamos Summer Concerts, can sure bring in the crowds with the big-name bands. The last group, “Big Head Todd and the Monsters” had the grass area at the Pond so full that it appears there was standing-room only with the estimated 5,500 people in attendance.

    This type of crowd would usually be applauded. And, I do support more tourism for the county.

    However, I feel that this type of temporary, two-hour crash and burn party-type crowd is not a winner for Los Alamos.

    These concerts have been a community event, meant to bring families and neighbors together to enjoy a fun evening out. We would bring out lawn chairs, take the kids to sing and dance in the open air and do cartwheels in the grass.

    Some parents are now reluctant to bring their kids to the concerts with these types of out-of-towners smoking and crowding up the lawn area.

    How much extra revenue is the county realizing from this enterprise?

  • Tax deferment proposed for Pebble Labs expansion

    The Los Alamos County Council is expected to decide at its regular meeting Tuesday about a major economic development project involving a Los Alamos startup.

    Part of the package would include deferring county property taxes for 20 years.

    The startup plans to use $60 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance its expansion at Entrada Business Park.

    The startup, known as Pebble Labs, is asking the county to issue $60 million in industrial revenue bonds to help in its expansion. The bond term will be for up to 20 years.

    Pebble Labs, headquartered at the New Mexico Consortium, recently announced its intent to take over the entire New Mexico Consortium building at Entrada Business Park on N.M. 4 while the New Mexico Consortium relocates to new headquarters behind the Los Alamos Research Park.

    If county council approves the project, the county will lease back the 3 acres of land the New Mexico Consortium building sits on, forgoing 49.5% of the property taxes the county receives from the consortium.

    Pebble Labs has agreed to continue paying the county 50.5% in property taxes that will go toward funding the Los Alamos Public Schools and the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos campus.

  • Atomic City Update: LA native’s chance to play pro baseball finally arrives

    After years of being seen as one of the top baseball prospects in New Mexico, I am so glad to see Jared Mang get his opportunity to play professional baseball. This week, he was drafted in the 18th round of the MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers, allowing him to fulfill a lifelong dream. 

    Mang, who played his high school baseball at Los Alamos High School, is one of the greatest guys off the field that you will ever meet, and he backs it up with his play on the field. 

    Coming out of LAHS, it was assumed that he would either be drafted right out of high school, or that he would be picked high after his sophomore season. 

    However, until now that opportunity has not presented itself. After not being drafted immediately after high school, he excelled his first two years at the University of New Mexico, becoming a full-time starter in the outfield almost right away.

    He batted .291 as a freshman while showing occasional extra-base power, and playing great defense. 

    The following season, he took his game to the next level, batting .373 with nine home runs and 62 RBI’s. He also made only one error in the outfield and was named to the All-Mountain West team. 

  • New LAHS basketball coach ready to ‘surprise a lot of people’

    For more than a decade, Benito Maestas has made a career out of bringing struggling basketball programs back to life. Now, as he prepares to take over the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team, he faces one of his toughest challenges yet. 

    Maestas inherits a team that went just 9-20 last season, and has won only two regular season district games in the past two seasons combined. That’s not intimidating for him, though.

    “I think we are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” Maestas said. 

    He thinks the key to turning the program around is getting the players to believe in themselves and believe in the coaching staff. 

    “If we can get the kids to buy in, and I think they are already starting to do that, then the sky is the limit,” Maestas said. 

    If anyone knows what it takes to be a successful basketball player, it is Maestas. He began playing basketball at the age of 5 and fell in love immediately. 

    “I was always outside playing until my mom would call me inside, when it was already dark outside,” Maestas said. “Whether it was snowing, raining, whatever, I just loved playing.”

  • LAPD main dispatch line down

    The Los Alamos Police Department reported Monday morning that its main non-emergency dispatch line, 662-8222, is not working. Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said residents should use the alternative 662-8220 number for non-emergency calls instead. The county’s 911 line has not been affected.