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  • Bandelier featured in ‘Getaways’

    The National Park Service website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
    Beginning today, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with an article and photos, all submitted by local rangers. 
    The section can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/getaways or by searching “National Park Getaways.”
    The NPS has posted writeups of different park areas at this location since 2009, and at this point there are over 250 available. 
    This is a great source for ideas for upcoming spring break trips, summer vacations, or other chances for a “getaway” to enjoy some of America’s most outstanding places, including Bandelier National Monument.

  • Automatic voter reg changed, stripped of purpose

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • SFNF to hold meetings on new forest plan

    The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will host a one-day technical meeting and four public meetings between today and March 7, on the next phase of the multi-year effort to revise the comprehensive plan that will guide forest management, use and protection for the next 10 to 15 years.
    This round of public meetings will focus on alternatives to the draft plan and management areas.
    • Alternatives to the draft plan. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new forest plan will include analysis of the draft plan and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives will explore different scenarios and priorities to meet the overall goals for forest plan revision.
    • Management areas. Management areas are separate areas identified in the forest plan to be managed differently than the rest of the forest, such as eligible wild and scenic rivers, interpretive heritage trails, wildlife protection areas or oil and gas leasing areas.
    This round of public meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about alternatives and management areas, including the criteria used to define an eligible wild and scenic river, and provide input to the process.

  • Parenting expert Coloroso returns to UNM-LA

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos have announced that Barbara Coloroso will lead the next Parenting University workshop March 18 at the UNM-LA campus.
    In this free workshop, Coloroso will speak about bullying and offer practical advice for breaking its cycle of violence and raising kids that treat others with dignity and respect.
    Participants will learn about the characteristics of bullying, techniques for teaching kids how to deal with bullies, how to hold bullies accountable, and how to parent children that are cyber-savvy, cyber-civil and cyber-safe.
    Coloroso, a widely-acclaimed author, consultant, and parenting expert, has appeared on Oprah, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and NPR, and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications.
    The author of five bestsellers, Coloroso’s book “The Bully, The Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander” became a standard text on the topic when it was first published in 2010. A new and fully revised edition of this title will be available for purchase during the workshop.

  • Senior Olympics coming in April, sign ups begin

    The Los Alamos Senior Games are coming, just in time to clear away those last traces of cabin fever.
    Residents who are 50 and older are invited to sign up at the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Registration, which is $20, starts today and goes through March 31.
    This year’s games will be April 13-May 15. A full schedule of games and events will be included on the registration form.
    Sports will include golf, horseshoes, pickleball, track events, cycling, dance, badminton, airgun, cycling, bowling, disc golf, field events, frisbee accuracy and distance, huachas, racewalking, racquetball, roadracing, soccer ball kicking, softball throwing, shuffleboard, table tennis, regular tennis and a triathalon.
    Most of the events will take place in Los Alamos County. Sites include the Los Alamos Family YMCA, the Betty Ehart Center, the athletic fields of the county’s schools and Sullivan Field. The only event held outside the county will be the bowling competition, which will be held in Española at Big Rock Bowling.
    “We have a motto, and that is, ‘If you’re 50 plus, come play with us,’” Assistant Coordinator Ann ReVelle said.
    ReVelle, and Los Alamos Senior Olympics Coordinator Cy Jakubowski, want as many residents 50 years and older coming out to enjoy the games.

  • Police nab shoplifter with big haul

    Los Alamos Police officers arrested a Santa Fe man Monday after responding to the Smith’s Marketplace on Trinity Drive Monday for a report of a shoplifting in progress.
    There, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson encountered Robert Abeyta, 22, of Santa Fe in a yellow Jeep driving out of the store’s parking lot.
    Abeyta pulled his Jeep over into a parking lot across the street, and was arrested without incident.
    Inside his Jeep, police recovered a Krups coffee pot, a  knife set and a set of pots and pans.
    “We recovered items from a previous encounter, two boxes of kitty litter they think that were taken yesterday,” Cpl. David Boe said.
    Abeyta was charged with shoplifting (less than $500) and unlawful use of a driver’s license.

  • Reelin’ in the green

    Students from the Belisama Irish Dance Company and School descended on the Los Alamos Unitarian Church Saturday afternoon to show residents their latest jigs, reels and step dancing.
    The students and members of the Belisama Irish Dance Company are an award-winning troupe of step dance enthusiasts who have won many awards since it opened in 2006. The event raised more than $1,500 at the event.
    Funds raised through tickets and a raffle at the show paid for new uniforms. Next year, the troupe plans to hit the road and begin competing again.
    “We’ve decided to take a break this year since we have a lot of young dancers,” Belisama Director Adrienne Bellis said.
    The troupe was founded in 2006 and has won awards for their step dancing from numerous competitions across the country. Members have garnered awards from the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships and have featured special guests at shows in the past, such as Riverdance star Michael Patrick Gallagher, former Stomp dancer Seán Curran, choreographer Kieran Jordan, fiddler Laura Cortese and choreographer Ronan McCormack.
    But you don’t have to be a star to be in Belisama, you just have to have passion for dancing.
    Adraic Sparks, 21, joined the troupe a couple of years ago.

  • Scouts looking to tell local history

    All local scouts and former scouts who have Boy Scout experience in Los Alamos and White Rock are encouraged to tell their stories.
    A group is finishing up work on a 100-year history of Scouting in Los Alamos and White Rock, and they are looking for local history.
    This includes stories about experiences in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer/Venturing Scouts.
    There have been many hundreds who have been active either as a scout or as an adult leader, and they are looking for everyone.
    The group is hoping to know how being in Boy Scouts has molded and influenced those involved.   
    Anyone with stories, photos or artifacts about outings, service or achievements, is encouraged to contact Bob Thomsen at 495 Camino Cereza, Los Alamos, NM 87544, or Relf Price at 4774 Brisa del Bosque, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

  • Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

    Opportunity to Own Your Own Affordable Brand New Home Habitat for Humanity Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. is accepting applications for a New Habitat House Partner to be built off State Road 30 in Española.
    If you are a legal resident and live in inadequate housing and want to own a simple affordable new house, live or work in Española or Los Alamos, are low- to middle-income, have current income to repay the affordable Habitat mortgage, are willing to put in 350-500 hours of “sweat equity” on your own new home, contact Victoria Erhart at victoria@habitatevla.org or (505) 423-4982 to receive an application.

  • N.M. PED ‘hopeful’ on new transgender bathroom rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Public Education Department officials say they are “hopeful” the lifting of federal transgender bathroom guidance will allow school districts to tackle the issue.
    Department spokesman Robert McEntyre says state education officials believe transgender bathroom use in public schools should be left to local New Mexico school districts to decide.
    The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.
    The Wednesday decision is a reversal of an Obama-era directive. It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity.
    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he will aggressively enforce laws protecting all New Mexico residents.