Local News

  • Today in history March 12
  • Single-car accident on Main Hill

    There was a single-car crash on N.M. 502 Thursday morning that slowed traffic.
    There were no injuries reported in the crash and crews were on-hand for traffic control as the road went down to a single lane until the wreckage was cleared.

  • Empty Bowls Project

    The community gathered Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the Empty Bowls sale and to enjoy some soup, along with some music by the Craig Martin Experience. The bowls are handmade by members of the community throughout the year. Proceeds benefit Self Help, Inc.

  • Update 3-11-15

    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.

    Art show

    Los Alamos Public Schools and Mesa Public Library is hosting a Student Art Show. The show is daily from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the library’s upstairs rotunda.

    APP board

    There will be a special meeting of the Arts In Public Places Board. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Municipal Building.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Farmers Market

    The Winter Farmers Market is set for Thursday. The market runs from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Warm Water

    The next Warm Water Weekend is scheduled for March 21-22 at the Larry R. Walkup Center. The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 1-5 p.m. March 22.

  • Going Bald for St. Baldrick

    Members of the Los Alamos Fire department, along with Local 3279 will be volunteering to raise money for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and has grown from one event to more than 1,300 separate events. Those wishing to help can do so on St. Patrick’s Day at Fuller Lodge. LAFD also is selling special T-shirts for the event, donated by the Local 3279 Firefighters union.

  • Senate tables Right-to-Work bill

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico Senate panel has voted along party lines to stop the advance of a bill that prohibits requiring workers to pay fees as a condition of employment.
    The Public Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Tuesday to table the measure that has drawn scores of people to the Capitol for hearings.
    The vote effectively blocking the bill came after hours of testimony and debate over weeks on a hot-button issue that has taken center stage during this legislative session. The proposal also included a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage increase to $8 and would have applied to the public and private sectors.
    The GOP-controlled House passed the legislation 37-30 last month. The Democratic leadership in the Senate said it was united in stopping the bill.
    The measure was referred last week to three Senate panels over the objection of Republicans, who were unsuccessful in forcing a hearing before the full Senate.
    “It’s extremely disappointing that the Democrat-controlled Senate would choose obstruction over a common-sense compromise that would raise the minimum wage and give our workers the freedom to choose whether they financially contribute to a union,” bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, said in a statement.

  • 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