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  • Los Alamos NJROTC rifle team wins honors


    NM VFW state chaplain, Mr. Lawrence Vargas, will be presenting an award to the LAHS NJROTC Precision Gold Rifle Team for winning the 2012-1013 national VFW-NRA Smallbore and Air Rifle Postal Matches. This is a great honor and outstanding achievement. There will also be a short presentation tonight at 6 p.m. at VFW Post, 1793 Deacon St.

  • National Weather Service reporting high fire hazard conditions for Los Alamos County

    The Albuquerque office of the National Weather service has issued for a “red flag”  fire hazard warning for parts of New Mexico, effective until 9 p.m. According to their website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/ Los Alamos is in the middle of this danger zone.

    “The most critical fire weather conditions are expected from the central highlands to the northeast plains where single digit humidities will combine with gusty westerly winds” said a statement in its report.

    Those ramp up once an expected cold front hits, according to the NWS Albuquerque office.

    “A vigorous cold front will then punch into the four corners region by early evening...advancing eastward tonight into Tuesday morning. This front combined with strong winds aloft will further enhance the potential for strong winds to the lee of the central mountain chain overnight into tuesday morning,” continued the statement.

    So far the Los Alamos Fire Department hasn’t issued any restrictions yet, but that could change as the day goes on. They have also urged residents engaging in recreational activities to be aware and use caution when it comes to the use of fire or flammable materials.


  • Thousands make Good Friday trek to Chimayo


    CHIMAYO (AP) — Before dawn, thousands of pilgrims set off on a Good Friday march to El Santuario de Chimayo as part of a centuries old tradition.

    Some of those making the trek were weighed down by wooden crosses, while others carried rosaries, photographs of sick relatives and requests for miracles. Some came from more than 90 miles away, having walked for days.

    Dustin Nguyen, a 17-year-old who emigrated from Vietnam to New Mexico with his family several years ago, made a 10-mile trek to the shrine Friday morning with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Albuquerque.

    "It shows we're one under God," Nguyen told The New Mexican.

    For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have made spiritual journeys to Chimayo, one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the Americas. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit the National Historic Landmark each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

    The draw is a shrine at the adobe chapel that houses "el pocito," a small pit of holy dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.

  • News Briefs 04-18-14

    Chamber workshop scheduled

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host a free workshop 1-3 p.m., April 24 at UNM-Los Alamos, Lecture Hall 2.
    The topic is “Introduction to Entrepreneurship — Starting or Re-inventing a Business.” The information presented will be suitable to both startups and established businesses. The presenters are principals in a Los Alamos-based business called “LABi” for “Los Alamos Business incubation.” They include Andy Andrews, Martin Bidus, Ralph Chapman and Robert Nolen, all of whom bring a wide range of business experience and acumen to their presentation.
    They will cover topics such as defining your market, the concept of value, the continuing transactions list, and starting points for networking. Handouts will include a startup/reinvention checklist and a short list of resources and where to find them.
    The workshop is free and open to the public. Register by going to the Chamber website, losalamoschamber.com, and clicking on the registration link under the calendar.
    Contact Katy Korkos, katyk@losalamos.org, 661-4816.

    Budget talks at LAPS

  • Update 04-18-14


    Waffle Breakfast to benefit Los Alamos High School Choirs. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Lodge No. 66 AF & AM, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 adults, $3 age 6 and under.

    Egg hunt

    Los Alamos Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond.

    Wild Day

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership Wild Day. 9:30 a.m. Saturday at LAHS Griffith Gym. Wild Day has been an ongoing annual event for elementary students to enjoy themselves and have fun with the safety and supervision of the LAYL students.


    * “Adventures with Ed.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. PEEC Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jack Loeffler will give a talk on Edward Abbey.
    • Brown Bag Lecture: Terry Fox, “What I Learned from Trees and Flowers.” Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum.


    Los Alamos County is having a pruning workshop 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be in the Memorial Rose Garden near Fuller Lodge. County Extension Agent, Carlos Valdez, will lead the workshop.  

  • Nature Center groundbreaking, Earth Day festivities on tap

    Enter a raffle to “take wing” from Los Alamos Airport over the Jemez Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, Los Alamos and other points of interest for up to an hour with local pilot Robert Gibson.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be selling raffle tickets through May 3, and proceeds of the raffle will help fund indoor and outdoor exhibits for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    PEEC will be holding the raffle between now and May 3, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    Raffle tickets are currently being sold for $10 each and can be purchased at PEEC, online at PajaritoEEC.org, at the Los Alamos Co-op Market and at Fusion Multisport. There is no limit to how many tickets an individual can purchase.
    The flight will be scheduled at a time that is mutually agreeable to the raffle winner and the pilot. The number of people that can go on the flight depends on a weight limit, but it typically includes two adults or one adult and two children.

  • Crews find suspected area of the WIPP radiation leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government’s half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.
    Tammy Reynolds, the U.S. Department of Energy’s deputy recovery manager, told a community meeting in Carlsbad that more trips need to be made into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to further investigate the accident, but officials hope to have more information next week.
    Crews on their fourth trip into the mine Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, Reynolds said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said.
    But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low.
    Waste at the plant is stored in panels, which are a series of rooms cut out of underground salt beds. Five of those panels are full and have already been sealed. Panel 6 is full but has not yet been sealed. Panel 7 is the current active storage area.

  • 7.2 earthquake shakes Mexico


    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant faultline northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

    It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it collapsed several walls and left larges cracks in some facades. Debris covered sidewalks around the city.

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