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  • The Far West gallops in for a show

    Gordon’s Summer Concerts returns tonight with The Far West, which will perform at Ashley Pond. Tonight’s concert is set for 7 p.m.
    The Far West has been described as an “authentically Americana sound…as something like Waylon’s band jamming with Wilco.”
    Interestingly, The Far West origins can be traced back to a Waylon Jennings YouTube video.
    According to the band’s official website, singer Lee Briante posted a late-night Waylon Jennings video onto Craigslist with an ad asking for musicians who were “looking to do something like this.”
    Following tonight’s concert, The Far West will travel to Tucson, Arizona, and Washington state for upcoming shows.
    Last week, the 531st Air Force Band played at Ashley Pond, belting out patriotic tunes in celebration of Independence Day.
    Tonight is “Keep It Co-Op Night,” with sponsors such as the Los Alamos Co-Op Market, Bathtub Row Brewing, Little Forest Pre-School and three local credit unions taking part.

  • Man faces eight charges in stop

    While the state had a book to throw at Hector Santana in Magistrate Court Tuesday, accusing him of several charges involving moving violations and drug offenses, Santana tried to throw the same book back at them.
    He was not successful, as the hearing determined that Santana indeed violated the law and his case will be heading to district court.
    Santana, 33, of Santa Fe, is being accused of false evidence of registration (fourth degree felony), distribution of a controlled substance (fourth degree felony), possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, evading and/or obstructing a police officer, concealing identity, false evidence of title or registration (forging), driver must be licensed and display of registration plate.
    The charges were filed shortly after he was pulled over in the parking lot of the Bathtub Row Brewing June 15.
    After the charges were read to him in court, Santana leveled a few charges of his own in his opening statement. Santana did not have an attorney, as he chose to represent himself.

  • Today in history July 10
  • Evening Entertainment

    The Los Alamos Jazz Project hosted three performance groups at the Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op Tuesday night, including this group from Los Alamos High School. A big crowd was on hand to check out the performances. The Los Alamos Jazz Project is an organization which promotes jazz as an art form in the community.

  • On The Docket 7-9-15

    July 2

    Scott A. Breshears was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely. Sentence was deferred until Aug. 30. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. The sentence was defensive driving school.

    Shelley A. Olguin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a traffic signal. Sentencing was deferred until July 31. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Danielle M. Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until July 31. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kyle R. Smith was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to wear seat belts. Sentencing deferred until Jan. 5. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    George Weissenburger was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Tomas R. Medina was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit Sentencing deferred until Aug. 31. The sentence is defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Update 7-9-15

    Random Fandom

    There will be a Random Fandom meeting tonight at Mesa Public Library. The event is for anyone in seventh grade and older to discuss pop culture fandom. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor.


    There will be a regular meeting of the Board of Public Utilities July 15 at the municipal building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Dark Night

    Los Alamos County will sponsor a dark night event Saturday at the Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park. Several telescopes will be set up for the public to view. It starts at 8:30 p.m.


    Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue will be on-hand at Starbucks for a dog adoption Saturday. The adoption will be from noon-3 p.m.


    Gordon’s Summer Concerts will feature The Far West Band Friday evening. The Far West Band will play at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.

    GOP Women

    Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet for its summer picnic Saturday at Ashley Pond. The picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • WR branch gets prepped for move

    County Library officials Steven Thomas and Veronica Encinas announced Wednesday they are in the final stages of planning for the move from the current branch library to the brand-new building at the corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4.
    The new White Rock branch will be more than twice as large as the current branch, accommodating more books and other materials, more room for programs, and more room for seating for children, teens and adults.
    According to the county, Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries have donated a substantial opening day collection of new materials.
    The movers will begin work transporting materials July 20. As such, according to the county, the current White Rock Branch will have to close for about a week in order to move more than 30,000 items to the new building.
    That time will also be used to complete the installation of the building’s computers and hardware.
    The new branch will open as soon as possible after the movers are done, with a soft opening tentatively scheduled for July 27.
    “As soon as we are able to solidify our re-opening plans, we will send out additional information,” Thomas said, noting that residents can stay up-to-date at the library’s website, losalamosnm.us/library.
    The Grand Opening celebration is slated for 11 a.m. July 31.

  • Mora is president elect of Geological Society

    The Geological Society of America elected Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Claudia Mora as vice president/president elect.
    Mora is a stable-isotope geochemist whose research spans the traditional fields of geology, soil science and climate science, LANL said in a press release today.
    At LANL, she heads the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division’s (EES) largest group, Earth System Observations. This group’s research is broad and far-reaching, intersecting geology, ecology and atmospheric sciences.
    “GSA welcomes Dr. Mora and we are confident that she will provide excellent guidance and representation to the Society and its members,” said GSA Executive Director Vicki S. McConnell.
    Mora joined Los Alamos in 2007 and established a stable-isotope analytical laboratory that has supported programs in climate science, biofuels, forensics and nonproliferation. Prior to joining the lab, she was the first woman on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville geoscience faculty, where she was head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science for 18 years and won awards for research, teaching and leadership.

  • County to install 'sharrows'

    Los Alamos County said that Public Works Department crews will be repainting crosswalk markings and placing sharrows on Central Avenue on Saturday, weather permitting.
    Sharrows, or shared lane pavement markings, are used to indicate the travel lane is shared use for motorists and bicyclists. These new pavement markings are part of the county’s complete street program.
    Crews will install the county’s first sharrows on Central Avenue, between 15th Street and Oppenheimer Drive. Work will begin early Saturday, and is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
    Crosswalk and sharrow placement will require short-term closures of Central Avenue between 15th Street and Oppenheimer Drive during the morning hours, and will transition to flagging operations to allow access to local businesses by mid-morning, the county said. Drivers should expect delays in the area.
    For questions about the work, contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150, or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.
    Sharrows are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road.

  • P and Z approves heliport plan

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for Classic Air Medical Service (CAMS) to locate a medical heliport at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    CAMS currently operates a helistop at LAMC, which allows the helicopter to land and take off for the transport of patients.
    The new zoning allows for expanded use, which could include fueling, defueling, maintenance, repair, additional structures related to the use, employees based at the heliport location and other related facilities.
    The only intended use for the immediate future is parking and storage the helicopter. With P and Z’s approval of the special use permit, CAMS will be applying for a building permit in order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for that purpose. The proposal must be in compliance with Building and Fire Codes, IBC 2009 and NFPA 101 to obtain those or any permits for future uses.
    CAMS Base Manager Geoff Rodgers explained the reason for the request.