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  • Senior center play touches on aging issues

    The Los Alamos Little Theater performed a short, 10-minute play on Wednesday at the Los Alamos Senior Center called “Dead Right,” written by Elaine Jarvik.
    Director Pat Beck welcomed everyone to their theater and introduced the actors to the audience. She explained that this performance was a partnership between the Los Alamos Little Theatre, the senior centers and local playwright Robert Benjamin. “It’s not only a short play that you get to enjoy, but also a discussion with me and the actors,” said Beck. She explained that this staged reading touches on issues relating to aging and then briefly set the scene: “This play is about a couple who are having breakfast and reading the paper.”

  • Meet Topper Freshman Academy candidates

    The community will get a chance to meet the two candidates for Topper Freshman Academy Principal on Monday in the Speech Theater.
    The position became available after the academy’s principal, Carter Payne, was selected as the new principal at Los Alamos High School. Payne will start as principal at LAHS July 1.
    To meet candidates for the Topper Freshman Academy, visit the Speech Theater at these times:
    • 5:30 p.m.: Jill Gonzales is the principal of Piñon Elementary School at Los Alamos Public Schools.  She has 10 years of administrative experience, which also includes Assistant principal of Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, California.  Her teaching experience includes US History and AVID at the High School and served as an Educational Advisor and Activities Director in Redondo Beach, CA.  Jill received a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from the University of California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University.

  • Perraglio named county CFO

    Helen Perraglio will be the new county chief financial officer, replacing Joe D’Anna who will retire in July. Helen joined the County a little less than five years ago, after working for Santa Fe County where she was the Accounting Oversight and Financial Reporting Manager.
    Perraglio is also a Certified Public Accountant with an extensive background in governmental accounting, reporting and auditing. She is currently the deputy chief financial officer.
    Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne said this morning that he was delighted that Helen has accepted the position.
    “Helen has done great work at the County since she joined us and I know that she will continue to add tremendous value to the Finance division and the entire County in this new position,” he said.
    Helen will move into her new position on Monday to begin the CFO transition process with D’Anna and will be earning a yearly salary of $124,224.

  • VP Pence avoids political fray surrounding him

    BY KEN THOMAS AND CATHERINE LUCEY
    Associated Press

  • Cancellations, postponements caused by today's weather

    Bike To Work Day events cancelled 

    This afternoon's Bike to Work Day events have been cancelled for today due to snow, according to county reports.

    Summer Concert Series moved to Fuller Lodge

    The Gordon Summer Concert Series featuring Chuchito Valdes, scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond, has been moved to Fuller Lodge. Show is still free.

  • New Mexico mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus

    SANTA FE (AP) — State health officials say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in Dona Ana County.

    The New Mexico Department of Health says it's the first time this season that the mosquito species has been found in that part of the state.

    Mosquito surveillance in New Mexico's southern counties is part of an ongoing joint project to map the range and distribution of the species that can transmit the Zika virus.

    Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito.

    The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus.
    Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

    Ten cases of Zika virus disease were reported in New Mexico last year.
     

  • Sportsmen gain new access, campsites on state lands

    Sportsmen have 141 new access points in 14 counties and two new campsites near Carlsbad on state lands, the State Land Office announced today.

    Of the new access points, 124 are open to walk-ins and 17 are accessible by vehicle. In all, there are now 345 access points and 11 campsites on state lands.

    “Land ownership patterns in New Mexico tend to lock sportsmen out, but as promised I have been working with our lessees to create a more open and positive experience for hunters and anglers,” said State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. “Hunting is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage and my office is doing all we can to preserve these traditions.”

    Nearly all of the 9 million acres of surface estate managed by Dunn and the State Land Office are leased for livestock grazing and cropland production, and during New Mexico’s hunting season are open to hunters, anglers and trappers with a valid license and all applicable permits, stamps or validations.

    The State Land Office is partnering with the state Department of Game and Fish and the Bureau of Land Management to offer mobile maps of New Mexico’s big-game hunting units, hunting access points, and more through the “CarryMap” application.

  • Kite Festival takes flight this weekend in WR

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 20th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spirio Soccer Fields in White Rock.

    Thanks to generous funding by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry and individual supporters, admission to the Kite Festival is free.

    The Festival kicks off Friday night with the start of Gordon’s Summer Concert Series and a night kite fly demonstration.

    In this event, small lights are attached to kites before they are launched into the night sky. Winds permitting, it should be quite a light show over White Rock. The concert will feature Chuchito Valdes, an Afro-Cuban jazz band from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico.

    On Saturday, the Kite Festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday the festival will be from noon to 4 p.m.

    The ever-popular Candy Drop, which began in 2002, will be back, winds permitting. A plastic bag is filled with wrapped hard candy and is launched on a kite like a giant kite piñata. The bag is eventually split open and candy falls from the sky, but not until the children have chased the kite all over the field. This calorie-burning event is almost as popular with parents as it is with kids.

  • LAPD honors officers killed in 2016

    Los Alamos Police Department staff, family, friends and community members gathered Monday morning in the Justice Center’s parking lot to honor and remember those who had lost their lives over the past year, including three police officers from New Mexico.

    Police Chief Dino Sgambellone began the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance and also recognizing a recent loss from the community.

    “Although she wasn’t a police officer, we lost one of our own last year, Connie Salazar,” Sgambellone said. “For those of you who knew Connie, you know what a wonderful and giving person that she was.”

    Salazar was fighting a courageous battle against cancer and passed away in 2016. She was employed by the county for over 20 years and had recently retired. “Connie was part of our family and will always be missed. We are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we shared.” Sgambellone iterated that her loss will be felt by not only the LAPD, but also all of Los Alamos and asked for a moment of silence on Salazar’s behalf.

  • Organizers serve up food for thought at Bear Feast

    The first–ever Bear Feast at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center drew a crowd Friday that munched on salmon, grapes, watermelon, celery, peanut butter, candy worms, candy mushrooms, candy acorns and honey-dipped cornbread shaped like a beehives.

    The bear buffet menu featured the kind of food bears liked to eat, candy being substituted for what wasn’t edible by humans.

    Residents also got to feast on some bear knowledge from wildlife expert Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and bear attack survivor Karen Williams.

    Ramsay was linked to William’s attack when the surviving cubs from the attack were sent to Ramsay’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Española. Shortly after the attack, which happened in June 2016, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish tracked and euthanized the attacking sow to check for rabies.

    The sow’s two bear cubs were released from the wildlife center this year, weighing in at a healthy 160 and 140 pounds.

    Ramsay talked about the expensive and complicated process of teaching the cubs that arrive at her center how to hunt for their own food and survive on their own in preparation for their eventual release out into the wild. She also talked about their fixation on food and why it’s so important.