Local News

  • Update 3-29-15

    Future Resources

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Municipal Building, room 200.

    County Council

    The next meeting of Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Egg Splash

    The annual Egg Splash event will take place at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center April 4. It will start at 1 p.m. There is a limit of 150 participants 16 years of age and younger. Tickets are on sale. For more information, call 662-8170.


    There will be an opening reception for the Los Alamos Photographers Show Monday. The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The show will run through May 2 at the library.


    Bradbury Science Museum will take part in the nationwide NanoDays event that starts Friday. The event focuses on nanotechnology, which is technology built the size of atomic or subatomic particles. Both presentations and hands-on demonstrations are planned at the Bradbury. NanoDays events run through April 12.

  • Local Briefs 3-29-15

    ‘Caballo Blanco’ movie showing April 21

    The feature-length documentary “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco” will premiere at the Reel Deal Theater April 21.
    ‘Caballo Blanco,’ whose real name is Micah True, is most famous for his work with the Tarahumara Indian tribe of northern Mexico and was a chief organizer of the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, which has been competed in by local runners in the past.
    True died in southern New Mexico, in the Gila wilderness in 2012, shortly after the 2012 Copper Canyon race.
    Sponsoring the premier is the Los Alamos running club, High Altitude Athletics. That group sponsors local events such as the Jemez Mountain Trail Run and the Valles Caldera runs.
    Proceeds from the premiere will go to benefit the Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship and the Aaron S. Goldman Scholarship, as well as Volunteer Task Force work and other local causes.

    Meeting on resiliency is Thursday

  • Pace Race Season Returning

    Runners take off from the start of one of the late Pace Races of the 2014 season. The 2015 Pace Race season is scheduled to begin April 7 and will be run along the Canyon Rim Trail. Pace Races are open to anyone interested. For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • State Briefs 3-29-15

    ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 premiere to screen in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — HBO and author George R.R. Martin are giving fans in Santa Fe an early look at the fifth season premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
    The network is holding an invitation-only screening Saturday night at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which is owned by Martin.
    Mayor Javier Gonzalez and cast members of the movie, “The Magnificent Six,” are also expected to attend.
    There will be a reception before the 7:30 p.m. screening.
    Martin is the author of the fantasy book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” that inspired the television show about royals and renegades fighting for the Iron Throne. The season premiere is set to air on HBO on April 12.

    Gov. has until April 10 to sign bills

  • Stance on immigration issues for GOP presidential hopefuls is hard to pin down

    DENVER (AP) — It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.
    Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
    He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Others, too, have shifted on the matter.
    Now it’s oops for Walker.
    In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens “makes sense.” Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports “amnesty.” Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with “amnesty.” Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that he actually said he favored a path to citizenship, though Horn denies Walker said that.
    Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has a strong voice — and a book — on immigration, has wiggled.

  • Violent Somali hotel siege ends, 24 are dead

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.
    Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel Saturday, more than 12 hours after gunmen, believed to be six in number, from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab stormed into the hotel.
    The gunfire has stopped and security agents have gone through the whole building, said senior police officer Capt. Mohamed Hussein.
    He had earlier said the gunmen were believed to have occupied the third and fourth floors of the hotel in the capital Mogadishu.
    “The operation has ended. We have taken full control of the hotel,” Hussein said.
    Eighteen people were killed in the attack, including one solider, said Hussein. At least 28 were wounded, according to Hussein Ali, an official of Mogadishu’s ambulance service.
    Officials claimed to have killed six attackers but only displayed the bodies of three and did not give the location of the bodies of the other attackers.

  • NCRTD has extra routes

    The North Central Regional Transit District will be running an extra route Friday to accommodate walkers to Santuario de Chimayó.
    NCRTD’s “Blue Buses” will have additional buses going along its regular Española-Chimayó route, district officials announced.
    This coming Friday is Good Friday, a day commemorated by Christians as the traditional day Jesus Christ was put to death, just prior to Easter Sunday. Numerous Christians in New Mexico observe the day by trekking on foot to El Santuario on Good Friday and the days leading up to it.
    NCRTD said two ADA-accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day. The buses will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with the first bus leaving at 8 a.m. and the second leaving at 8:30 a.m.
    The buses will depart from the Santa Claran Hotel in Española. The route will run from N.M. 76 with designated stops to and from Chimayó.
    The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center at the County Road 98 turnoff.
    NCRTD said delays are likely on those routes to accommodate the pilgrims walking toward Chimayó, so normal bus riders should plan accordingly.
    NCRTD provides free service in several counties and pueblos around northern New Mexico, including Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos.

  • Open Space plan to be discussed

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council will again consider whether to adopt a new Open Space Management Plan.
    Council meets at 7 p.m. in chambers.
    The plan — which has taken 15 years to come to fruition — came before council in February, but had to be tabled when the hard-stop time of Friday meetings curtailed councilor discussion.
    Councilor questions during that February meeting could indicate some opposition to the proposed plan. The main concern appeared to be a proposal to create open space corridors by adding several parcels to the current open space.
    With the exception of a few small parcels, most of the space included in the plan is already protected by zoning.
    Councilors asked whether having so much open space would leave room for development, room to expand recreational parks and whether it would curtail such things as drilling wells.
    A total of 10 members of the public spoke at the February meeting, including two Planning and Zoning commissioners. One of the P and Z commissioners contended that provisions in the open space plan were “in direct conflict” with other county plans. Another felt the amount of open space proposed would hinder diversification of the economy.

  • Today in history March 28
  • Update 3-27-15

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Visit lalt.org for ticket information.

    LOL Los Alamos

    LOL Los Alamos, a comedy and music show, is scheduled for Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for adults. The show is a fundraising event for the Los Alamos High School band programs.

    Community Winds

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will play at its “Marching In March” show Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. There is a suggested donation of $10. It is scheduled for 7 p.m.


    There will be an opening reception for the Los Alamos Photographers Show Monday. The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The show will run through May 2 at the library.

    Wildfire 2015

    Wildfire 2015 is scheduled for April 4. It will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The event will include an opportunity for residents to register cell phone numbers with the Emergency Management department for emergency notifications. For more information, call 662-8304.