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  • PEEC hosts wetland discussion

    Southern New Mexico has many desert grasslands, which are home to a number of bird and plant species. However, some environmentalists feel the habitat is threatened by overgrazing and climate change.
    In a free presentation hosted at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Karla Sartor will discuss this topic, including techniques to restore wetland and grassland habitats in southern New Mexico, which can also be applied to the Pajarito Plateau.
    The talk is at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    Sartor is an ecologist who worked as a restoration and conservation ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico from 2011-2014. She managed a collaborative conservation project to restore sloped wetlands in the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands, engaging support from surrounding ranchers and agencies.
    Originally from Alaska, Sartor received a master’s degree in land resources and environmental sciences from Montana State University and Cambridge, Massachusetts where she worked with the Harvard Center for the Environment studying biofuels and the effects of climate change on human health. Now she works with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Resources Management Team, protecting the cultural and biological resources of the Pajarito Plateau.

  • Spanish artists discuss traditions and challenges

    Four prestigious traditional Spanish artists took the stage at Fuller Lodge on Tuesday for the “Made in New Mexico” lecture series sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos National Bank.
    The artists spoke about both the heritage and the threats to their chosen art forms.
    Charlie Carrillo moderated the panel. Carrillo is a santero — one who makes images of saints — as well as an art historian and author. His numerous awards include a Museum of International Folk Art’s Hispanic Heritage Award, the 2006 Spanish Market Lifetime Achievement Award the nation’s top honor, a NEA National Heritage Fellowship.
    His work can be seen at the Smithsonian and other museums.
    Andrew Ortega’s heritage has been passed down through seven generations of men in his family since the early 1700s.
    Ortega’s work is in permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the Albuquerque International Sunport. He specializes in large 54-inch by 84-inch Chimayó rugs woven on the same type of loom his ancestors used.
    In fact, the curtains in Fuller Lodge were woven at Ortega’s Weaving Shop.

  • Bandelier releases calendar of events

    Fall Fiesta and Night Sky Fiesta in September are among the highlights of events planned for the year and Bandelier National Monument.
    Bandelier announced its 2015 event schedule last week, with event starting next month and continuing through fall.
    “We hope that local people as well as visitors from farther away will come and enjoy the park this year,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “It’s a beautiful, fascinating place, with events and activities for people of all ages and interests.”
    September is the busiest month for Bandelier in terms of things happening.
    Along with the Fall Fiesta — which is set for Sept. 5 and features many Native American craftspeople showing off their work — and the Night Sky Fiesta the following week, there will also be the “Opera on the Rocks,” which will be Sept. 26.
    The opera is sponsored by local opera guilds and offers a unique setting in which to see performances.
    Prior to that is National Parks Week, which starts April 18, which Bandelier and other areas in the National Park System celebrate. There will also be a celebration Aug. 25 to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the NPS.

  • Today in history March 11
  • Obamacare ruling may affect 8 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 8 million people could lose up to $24 billion a year in health insurance subsidies in a Supreme Court case threatening President Barack Obama’s law, according to a government report released Tuesday.
    The estimates by The Associated Press show what’s at stake in the case. Health overhaul opponents argue that subsidies are illegal in some three dozen states where the federal government took charge of running the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges. The justices heard arguments last week, and the court’s decision is expected in late June.
    Tuesday’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that about 7.7 million people in the 37 states with federally-run markets are getting an average of $263 a month to help pay premiums. That works out to around $2 billion a month, although it may drop over the year as the number of people insured fluctuates.
    The biggest potential loser would be Florida, with nearly 1.5 million residents getting an average of $294 a month. That works to $440 million a month currently, or up to $5.3 billion a year for the state. The subsidies are delivered in the form of tax credits.

  • Update 3-10-15

    Lecture

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture by artists Fred Lopez, Andrew Ortega and Debbie Carrillo at 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    LWV lunch

    The League of Women Voters will host a Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. March 17 at Mesa Public Library. Special guest at the lunch is councilor David Izraelevitz. Those wishing to buy a lunch for $10 (from the Co-op) please call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email kaskacayman@gmail.com for the menu. Lunch orders must be in by noon Saturday.

    Construction

    The project manager overseeing Western Area Phase 3 construction will speak at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Possible quorum

    Los Alamos County’s Board of Public Utilities has issued two notices of possible quorums, one for Thursday and one for March 26. There will be an APPA Distributed Generator webinar both days. No action by the BPU will be taken at either webinar.

    GOP women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting Thursday from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Christ. The public is invited to attend.

    P & Z meeting

    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Building.

  • Manhattan Project scientist is ’On Tap’

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow. The On Tap event will be at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Thursday’s conversation will include Roger Rasmussen, the United States Army’s Special Engineering Detachment in Los Alamos, during the Manhattan Project. Rasmussen will share his recollections of the Manhattan Project, viewing the Trinity Test of the first atomic weapon and of his nearly 40-year career as a physicist at the lab after the war.
    The event will be just ahead of the yearly opening of the Trinity Site in White Sands in early April. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the White Sands test.
    The Los Alamos Creative District hosts On Tap at various locations downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month.
    First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.

  • Secret Service continues experiments with drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is conducting middle-of-the-night drone flights near the White House in secret tests to devise a defense against the unmanned aircraft, The Associated Press has learned.
    The government-controlled drones will be flown between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. during the next several weeks over parts of Washington —airspace that’s usually off limits as a no-fly zone, according to a U.S. official briefed on the plans.
    The official said the Secret Service is testing drones both for its own use in law enforcement and protection, and to identify how to defend against hostile drones. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the plans. The Secret Service has said details are classified.
    Among the tests is the use of signal-jamming technology to thwart control of a remotely piloted aircraft, the official said.
    Researchers at the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the Secret Service, have been testing methods to combat drones at remote sites. But testing in a real-world environment around the White House will help understanding of how radio waves are affected by buildings, monuments and even tall trees.

  • Garcia Richard has WR meeting

    There were more than a few residents who were concerned about the New Mexico Legislature’s bill about the mandatory retention of third graders.
    And they let Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard know their concerns at a coffee conference this morning in White Rock.
    Garcia Richard hosted the event at Rosebud Café, where about 20 locals showed up to get an update on the current Legislative session.
    Much of that time was taken up by concerns about HB 41, a controversial bill being pushed by Gov. Susana Martinez that would force third graders who are not reading at an appropriate level to be held back.
    The bill would end “social promotion,” in which students would be passed to the next grade so they won’t be left behind from their peer groups.
    Garcia Richard, who was teaching at the elementary school level in Pojoaque until this year, said she was adamantly opposed to the bill as written.
    “There is a lot of strong evidence linking retention and a failure to graduate,” she said.
    She also said the bill would also affect few students around the state — there are already procedures for retaining students by the public schools.

  • Today in history March 10