Local News

  • PEEC gearing up for new nature center


    Mark your calendars for Earth Day next year. April 22 is the scheduled opening for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Construction crews are working hard to meet their January completion date and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is preparing to mount exhibits throughout the building. 

    PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson can obviously already see the exhibits in her mind’s eye.

    “Our mission is enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies,” Watson said. “So the exhibits are going to focus on are canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.”

    Each will have a separate exhibit space, with special features for each. The mesa exhibit will have an ant farm embedded in it. The mountain area will have a model of the Valles Caldera and exhibits on forest succession and bird migration. 

    The canyon exhibit will have a native fish tank and an exhibit called “If these rocks could talk,” which will have photographic illustrations of rocks with real rocks embedded in them. The rock will talk about itself when someone touches it. Local residents will supply the rock voices. 

  • 'Paws and Stripes'
  • Hilltopper girls open season Tuesday


    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team opens its season Tuesday night when it faces the St. Michael’s Horsemen.

    Los Alamos and St. Michael’s will meet at 7 p.m. in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Tuesday night’s game will mark the debut of the new head coach for Los Alamos, Nestor Trujillo. Trujillo was hired last spring following the promotion of last year’s coach, Ann Stewart, to the school’s athletic director.

    Trujillo comes to the Hilltoppers after being an assistant coach at the Hilltoppers’ main rival, Española Valley, as well as a basketball scout for Northern New Mexico College in Española.

    Along with Trujillo, he will also bring in his daughter Ashlynn, into the Hilltopper fold.

  • Man gets plea deal in DWI


    Matthias A. Jaramillo, 20, of Los Alamos, was sentenced last week in magistrate court for reckless driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs.

    In May of this year, Jaramillo was pulled over and arrested for driving through a construction zone on Trinity Drive.

     When he was stopped, police noted that his car was damaged and his windshield was shattered. They also noted his car smelled of alcohol and his shirt was inside out and put on backwards. A field sobriety test taken at the scene determined that Jaramillo was intoxicated. 

  • McMillan responds to reports of alleged missteps by LANL


    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan denounced a published report earlier this week that exposed missteps at the lab that played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    In an internal memo to staff, obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, McMillan dismissed suggestions that the lab was withholding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    “I want to assure you that nothing is further from the truth, and scientific integrity is valued above all else at this institution,” he said in the memo.

  • VIDEO: Principal Gonzales rewards students

    For raising a lot of money for Paws and Stripes, Principal Jill Gonzales runs a gauntlet of ketchup and mustard on a tricycle while singing karaoke tunes.

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  • Register now for Lights parade



    Registration is now open for the annual Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. This years “frozen” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating in the Winterfest Light Parade. To register for the parade, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/

    From Breakfast with Santa to the “Snow Queen” ballet, Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town. 

    Los Alamos MainStreet would like to thank all the Winterfest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, The Education Plan and Los Alamos County.

  • Bandelier announces holiday schedule


    Bandelier National Monument has announced its schedule for the upcoming holidays, plus two special events.

    Bandelier’s Artist-in-Residence, photographer David Halpern, will be offering a photo hike in Frijoles Canyon on Dec. 13. 

    Sign up now due to a limited number of spaces available. To register, call the park Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 51 to sign up. There is no charge for the walk beyond the park entrance fee. 

    The annual Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk will be Dec. 21, with participants meeting at the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. 

    Participants walk up the canyon to watch the sunrise in alignment with the entry walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo. No sign ups are necessary for this walk.

  • Church listings 11-20-14


    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian