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  • Bandelier opera scheduled for Sept. 20


    This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents “Don Giovanni,” one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by  Bandelier National Monument. Join music lovers of all ages on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater. 

    Opera Alta will present an abridged performance this classic Mozart production starting at 5:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.  Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.

    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue by the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance.

  • LANL achieves low radioactive emissions rate


    Los Alamos National Laboratory achieved its lowest radioactive air emissions rate in 20 years in 2013, according to annual air quality results released recently.

    According to a lab press release, each year, the laboratory measures air emissions through a comprehensive system of 40 air monitoring stations located at the laboratory and in neighboring communities that provide data about ambient air quality. The laboratory monitors 80 minor sources and 29 major sources at the laboratory, such as exhaust stacks from radiological and nuclear facilities.

    In 2013, the Los Alamos offsite dose rate was 0.21 millirem, about 2 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act limit of 10 millirem. This 20-year low is attributed to focused, more efficient operations and the cleanup of legacy environmental sites.

  • On the Docket 9-11-14


    Records derived from Los Alamos Magistrate and Municipal Court:


    Sept. 3


    Andrew Benjamin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids (less eight ounces). Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $201 in court costs.


  • Local briefs 9-11-14


    Drug takeback day slated for Sept. 27


    The Los Alamos Police Department will facilitate its bi-annual DEA drug take back initiative in two locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

    Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot 3917 West Road, specifically the lot along Trinity Drive.

    Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center Parking Lot, 115 State N.M. 4.

    Collection sites are registered on the DEA’s website: deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

  • Hawktalkers appeal to school board for funds


    What’s the point in having a speech and debate team if you can’t debate or make a speech in public?

    That was  basically the  question members of the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, the school’s award-winning debate team, posed to members of the Los Alamos School Board at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. 

    They were there to try and get the board to make them a priority when it comes to funding their transportation to the tournaments they need to go to in order to keep their skills up as well remain relevant in the competitive world of speech making and debating.

  • Council approves changes to temporary use permits

     On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved changes to the “Temporary Use” section of the county code that increases access to permits for events and activities. 

    The staff report states that “allowing for temporary special events and activities that activate our downtown community supports local business, promotes tourism, enhances the services and entertainment provided to Los Alamos residents locally, and allows new business to test the market on a temporary basis which could lead to a permanent new investment in the community.”

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  • King refunding sex offender's contributions

    SANTA FE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King said Tuesday he’ll return more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who’s a convicted sex offender in Florida.
    The contributions came from companies with a Virgin Islands address that Jeffrey Epstein lists as a place of business or a residence in government documents, including a New York sex offender registry and New Mexico corporation records.
    Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to a charge of soliciting prostitution, and served just over a year in jail. Epstein made the plea after federal authorities dropped an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused dozens of underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach.
    “My campaign has had an ongoing rule that I would not accept any contributions directly from Mr. Epstein and upon further review, we have learned that he has an interest in the companies in question,” King said in a statement. “Unfortunately my fundraising staff missed this in the vetting process. I believe the right thing to do is to return the contributions from all companies in which Mr. Epstein has an interest. This will be done immediately.”

  • Small gas leak on Central Avenue

    Personnel from Los Alamos Fire and Police responded to a gas leak this morning on Central Avenue. A construction crew working in the eastbound lane apparently ruptured an unmarked gas line, which caused an evacuation of all of the small businesses in the area. However, the rupture was quickly brought under control without incident and employees were allowed to go back to work about an hour later at 10:50 a.m.