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  • Homeschoolers to visit Art Center

    This year, an informal group of educators put together a schedule of monthly experiences for families who home school their children.
    This month, Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer a “field trip” experience and the art center is inviting not only the students but their parents as well.
    From 1-3 p.m. Thursday, children are invited to come to the Art Center. Children can attend with or without their parents.
    The introductory part of the afternoon involves taking a quick trip around the gallery to look at the art in the current exhibit “Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies,” and try to see the differences between art created while looking at nature and art created by looking at a photograph of nature.
    The practice of working outdoors and experiencing the fresh air while painting is called “plein-air.” The participants will gather some art supplies and walk over to Ashley Pond where Art Center Director Ken Nebel will teach them how to use their fingers to create “view finders” to frame their scene, and then they will paint.
    The experience is timed near Earth Day to help students gain a different appreciation of how the environment influences lives.

  • Local Briefs 4-15-15

    Meeting on human trafficking set for April 30

    The American Association of University Women will present a discussion of human trafficking April 30 at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting rooms.
    The discussion will be presented by Maria Sanchez-Gagne, the director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division and Lynn Sanchez, program director for Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link.
    Topics such as the United Nations’ anti-human trafficking protocol, New Mexico trafficking laws and outreach are scheduled to be discussed.

    Bear Camp registration is Saturday

    Registration for the 2014 Bear Camp will start Saturday morning at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Bear Camp is a popular day camp program run by Los Alamos County. Registration for the camp is limited and residents often get in line to register in the wee hours of the morning to do so.
    As such, Los Alamos County will open the aquatic center at midnight so those wanting to may wait inside. Registration numbers will be issued for interested participants starting at 6:30 a.m.
    For more information, call the Walkup Center at 662-8173.

    Letters of Interest for committee are due

  • Update 4-15-15

    Grand Opening

    The public is invited to the grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center April 22. The dedication and ribbon-cutting will be at 2 p.m. at the new facility, located at 2600 Canyon Road. Those attending are asked to carpool or ride the Atomic City Transit, due to parking constraints.


    The fourth annual Fiesta de la Primavera is scheduled for Sunday. It will be at 3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room. It will feature a Spanish music and dance concert with acts from around northern New Mexico. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under.

    Job fair

    UNM-Los Alamos will host a job fair for students and the public from 1-4 p.m. April 24. Call 663-3402 for more information.


    Then Environmental Sustainability Board will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Dive-in Movie

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Dive-In Movie Friday. The movie will be “Big Hero 6.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale. Call 662-8173 for details.

    Run For Her Life

  • The Truman Show

    Noel Pugach, former history professor at the University of New Mexico, stepped into his alter ego, Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States, in front of a packed house at Fuller Lodge Tuesdsay night. Pugach, in the character of Truman, told the audience about Truman’s life, decision-making process, and his decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. The show was hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • LAYL's Wild Day is set for Saturday

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership will have its annual Wild Day program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium Saturday.
    The project’s lead coordinators for this year are Carmen Bouquin and Nic Gonzales. The event is for students in grades K-6.
    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the purchase of gardening equipment for the Hilltop Garden.
    Activities will include crafts, games, police and firefighter meet and greet. Lunch will be provided.
    Registration is $20. Download the registration form at losalamosjjab.com and drop it off at the Los Alamos YMCA.

  • Standoff continues in Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation empowering Congress to reject an emerging Iran nuclear pact is expected to sail through both houses of Congress, leaving President Barack Obama with the tough task of selling the deal to skeptical lawmakers.
    “I don’t know how you cut a deal with the devil and think the devil is going to keep his end of the deal,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday after Obama bowed to pressure from Republicans and Democrats and agreed to sign compromise legislation.
    The legislation, unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would give lawmakers a say on what could be a historic deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In exchange, the influential Islamic nation in the Middle East would get relief from economic sanctions stifling its economy.
    The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress came after the White House maintained for weeks that congressional interference could jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Tehran. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China reached a preliminary agreement with Iran on April 2 to curb its nuclear program and hope to finalize a pact by June 30.

  • Hilltalker team will have a bake sale

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Drive.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads, and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send nine students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, Texas this June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among the students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis and Aniruddha Nadiga; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang and William McCumber; and sophomores Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones. “It’s tough to qualify for the National Tournament and these students did an outstanding job,” Batha said.
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” said Engelbrecht.

  • LA man indicted in deadly crash

    Robin Wood, the Los Alamos man who allegedly was drunk when he drove his car into oncoming traffic Nov. 29. 2014, has been indicted by a Santa Fe grand jury for vehicular homicide (driving while intoxicated and reckless driving) and causing great bodily injury by motor vehicle (driving while intoxicated and reckless driving).
    The accident happened on N.M. 30 at about 5 a.m.
    Wood, who was driving northbound in a Chevrolet Impala, allegedly swerved into the southbound lane and ran into a 37-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Cavalier. The woman was later identified as Elizabeth Quintana.
    According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, she was on her way to work in the bakery department at the Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Wood, as well as his passenger, Mari C. Gaetgens, 40, were traveling to a residence in Española.
    Gaetgens was seriously injured in the crash and Wood was also injured. Wood was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent Hospital and Gaetgens was transported to a hospital in Española.
    After being treated for his injuries, Wood was held on an unrelated parole violation in a 2012 case, but was eventually released on bond.

  • Leisure pool backers try again

    When a supporter asked for a show of hands for the number of people at Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting there to support the construction of a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, a large number of audience members raised theirs.
    Council voted unanimously to include the project in future Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) considerations.
    Supporters of the leisure pool have been slowly gaining momentum since voters rejected the question of whether to approve a $3 million general obligation bond to finance the project in November 2011. Council had allocated $3.1 million to for the $6.1 million dollar project and asked voters to approve the General Obligation bond the balance.
    The bond — which would have increased property taxes by $32.35 on a $300,000 home — was rejected by a vote of 3,851-2,239.
    On March 27, Shelby Redondo submitted a citizens’ petition with at least 715 signatures requesting that council construct the pool.
    Redondo herself asked council to designate the pool the next major capital improvement project (CIP), “funded in the manner of past capital improvement projects.”
    Leisure pool supporters continue to protest the fact that this was the only CIP project for which voters were asked to approve a bond to pay for it.

  • Today in history April 15