Around the Area

  • Paul Andrus selected as Community Development Department director

    Los Alamos County just announced that Paul Andrus has been chosen to fill the Community Development Department director vacancy left by Anne Laurent, pending council approval at their Jan. 26 meeting. Andrus has been serving as acting director since Laurent left in September. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • Artists-in-Residence showing at Bandelier

    Even those intimately familiar with Bandelier National Monument may find unexpected insights in “Three Visions of the Landscape,” a Pop-Up show featuring photographs from three of Bandelier’s first Artists-in-Residence.
    This was Bandelier’s first year hosting an Artist-in-Residence program. David Halpern (davidhalpern.com), one of “Three Visions’” featured artists, helped to develop the program.
    With 11 previous national park artist-in-residencies under his belt, Halpern was the logical choice to help launch Bandelier’s program.
    “The more understanding one develops of a place overtime, the more likely it will be that one’s photography will define the character of that place,” Halpern said.
    All Artists-in-Residence are volunteers. In exchange for the opportunity to spend two weeks to a month in a park, artists share a portion of what they create, usually by donating a single piece of work for educational and interpretive use.
    “We get our benefits, but it’s not in terms of a salary,” Halpern said.

  • The Force awoke

    The much-anticipated Star Wars: “The Force Awakens” opened Thursday night, beginning with a 7 p.m. show at the Reel Deal in Los Alamos.

  • Capital Improvement Project meeting tonight

    The Los Alamos County Council holds a special meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in council chambers to discuss the selection and funding of Capital Improvement Projects. This is the only item on the agenda. Public comment will be accepted only at the end of the meeting.

  • United Way LANL campaign ends Friday

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega wrote the following appeal to donors.
    “The United Way of Northern New Mexico is approximately one quarter of the way to the amount asked for by non-profits in our community and we need your help.
    “Last year, because of investments to the UWNNM Community Action Fund, our neighbor Kathy was able to change her life and the life of her family for the better. She is just one example of the over 10,000 people you helped.
    “If you are an employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory, please do not forget to log in to your Oracle to make your pledge. We are grateful to LANS/LANL for their continued Community Investment in UWNNM and to their employees for being the heroes through contributions to the UWNNM Community Action Fund.
    “If you are able, we ask you to give. Contributions can be made online at unitedwaynnm.org, or you can find pledge envelopes at the following locations:
    • Los Alamos National Bank
    • Fusion Multisport
    • Ruby K's Bagel Café
    “And a reminder, pledges of $100 or more get entered into the drawing for the Helicopter Rides courtesy of Classic Air Medical.
    “Thank you for your continued support!”
    The LANL United Way campaign ends Nov. 20.

  • United Way community partner spotlight − YMCA

    The ultimate goal of United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) is to positively impact members of the community who are in need of assistance. UWNNM does not do that directly but through grants it provides to community partners to fund programs focused on education, financial stability and health.
    But sometimes, through its partners, UWNNM hears individual stories about how programs funded through community donations to United Way have made a difference in someone’s life.
    One such story came from “Kathy” (a pseudonym to protect privacy), whose family that received assistance through the YMCA scholarship program.
    “The YMCA provides scholarships for families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in programs that they offer,” said UWNNM Program and Marketing Coordinator Jeremy Varela.
    “This particular story about the YMCA had to do with domestic violence as well, and how a family had to start from scratch, basically. Some people find their help within families or whatever. These particular people actually found their help within YMCA. They were able to get back on their feet through the YMCA’s help.
    “I would never expect somebody to get that kind of help from the YMCA and their programs.”
    This is Kathy’s story in her own words.

  • Art on Tap cancelled

    Tonight's Art on Tap has been cancelled.

  • Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet Mockumentaries due Friday The 13th
  • Bandelier shuttle service ends today

    Atomic City Transit’s Bandelier shuttle service wraps up for this season at the end of today. After that, visitors will be able to drive directly to the Bandelier Visitor Center parking lot throughout the day. A contractor has been working since August on the flood-damaged picnic and parking area on the far side of the creek, cleaning up the flood debris and preparing to construct a concrete box culvert to provide automobile access. With the arrival of winter weather, it will likely be spring before the work can be completed. The Bandelier Visitor Center will continue to be open 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., along with the Bandelier Trading gift shop and snack bar, while the trails are open dawn to dusk. On Nov. 1 the White Rock Visitor Center will go from their summer hours, 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. to their winter hours, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, go to nps.gov/band, Facebook or Twitter at BandelierNPS, or call 672-3861, x 517.

  • Boutique Air flights start Nov 1

    Los Alamos, NM – Los Alamos County and Boutique Air jointly announced this afternoon that flights between Los Alamos (LAM) and Albuquerque’s Sunport (ABQ) are now available for booking. Service begins Sunday, November 1. Fares will start at an introductory rate of $49 from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. The schedule will feature three daily round trip flights between the cities. The schedule can be found at www.boutiqueair.com.