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  • Update 6-26-15


    There will be free camping at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground Saturday. Reservations are not needed but park entrance fees apply. Call 672-3861 for details.

    Swim meet

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host the Nick Nogar Invitational swimming meet Saturday and Sunday. The facility will be closed to the public both days, but will resume its normal schedule Monday. Call 662-8170 for information.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Co-op Farmers Market will return Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op on Entrada Drive.


    The Los Alamos Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” Monday at the Morning Glory Bakery on Diamond Drive. The public can meet with the police officers from 8-10 a.m.

    Science Cafe

    The PBS Science Café will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Bioligist Stephen Fettig will host a talk about birds and their lives, which will be followed by a screening of the first episode of “Earthflight.”
    in the planetarium. Registration is required at PBS’ website but the event is free.


  • Atomic City Transit running to 4th of July festivities

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday the schedule for the Atomic City Transit buses going to and from the annual fireworks show.
    The Independence Day celebration, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will again be at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    According to the county, buses will start running at 4 p.m. and run continuously between Sullivan Field, the White Rock Visitor Center and Overlook Park.
    Immediately following the fireworks show, buses will shuttle attendees back to the visitor center and Sullivan Field as quickly as possible, until all people who road the buses to the show have left Overlook Park.
    “This is a terrific event for the community, and Atomic City Transit is pleased to provide transportation support,” said Ken Smithson, the county’s transit manager, in a press release announcing the schedule. “An event like this is often the first time — perhaps the only time — that individuals are exposed to public transportation, and our intent is to make it a pleasant experience for all.”
    The county will roll out three new 35-foot-long, low floor transit buses for July 4.
    Check Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the Independence Day celebration events.

  • WhiteWater Ramble is tonight

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series will return to Ashley Pond tonight after an excursion to Pajarito Mountain.
    The concert, which will feature WhiteWater Ramble, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Last week, folk singer Dan Bern played for Pajarito Mountain Night in front of a good crowd at the ski lodge.
    WhiteWater Ramble, which is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been described as “high-octane Rocky Mountain ‘dancegrass.’” The five-man band includes fiddle, upright bass and mandolin.
    Following tonight’s concert, WhiteWater Ramble will take a swing through Montana in early July.
    Also tonight at Ashley Pond, representatives from the Los Alamos county clerk’s office and the Los Alamos Association of Realtors will have a booth open until 8:30 p.m. for those wanting to register to vote.

  • ESB fails to reach recommendation

    At its June 18 meeting, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board failed to reach consensus on a recommendation for council on whether Los Alamos County should “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    In response to a 153-signature petition presented by the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, the county council voted to refer the matter back to the Environmental Sustainability Board for further research and a recommendation.
    Council’s motion required the board to hold two public meetings.
    The first public hearing, May 21, was dedicated to public comment. At that meeting, supporters — responding to opposition on the county’s Open Forum — withdrew their request for a bag ban and instead asked the board to consider a fee per bag alternative.
    As of the second meeting, Open Forum comments were 72 percent against actions to “reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    The agenda for the second hearing included prepared statements from both sides, the results of board members’ surveys of local businesses and a report by Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule regarding information obtained from the state’s largest recycling company, Friedman Recycling.

  • Wolfe is new CAP commander

    Monday evening was bittersweet for the cadets of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron.
    The patrol meets every Monday evening at the Los Alamos Airport from 6-8 p.m., and usually, meetings are where the cadets learn about flying, aerospace and aeronautics and prepare for upcoming events such as glider training and powered flight meets happening within the state.
    This Monday, however, was where the cadets and senior officers of the patrol witnessed what was for many their first “Change of Command” ceremony, where long-time commander, Maj. Annette Peters, stepped down and 2nd Lt. Bill Wolfe assumed command.
    On hand to officiate the ceremony was Air Force Col. and N.M. CAP Wing Commander Mark Smith. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
    At Monday’s ceremony, Smith explained why the Change of Command ceremony is so important to military organizations.
    “The Change Of Command is something that goes back centuries,” said Smith at the ceremony. “It connotates folks having a clear understanding of who the boss is. It connotates an appropriate level of pomp and circumstance. It pays homage who has been serving as commander and to the person who is becoming commander, as well.”

  • Supreme Court extends gay marriage country-wide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

    Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

    Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after the decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

    "No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices.

    The stories of the people asking for the right to marry "reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond," Kennedy said.

    As he read his opinion, spectators in the courtroom wiped away tears after the import of the decision became clear.

  • Today in history June 26
  • State Briefs 6-25-15

    Regulators give utility more time

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is giving the state’s largest electric utility more time to finalize agreements related to the future of the San Juan Generating Station.
    As part of an agreement with the state and federal government, Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down part of the coal-fired power plant to curb haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.
    The plan also calls for PNM to install pollution controls on the remaining two units and to fill the resulting void with a combination of coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar power.
    The commission on Wednesday gave PNM until Aug. 1 to file agreements that the panel will consider before making a final decision.

    Spaceport America celebrates opening of visitor center

  • Update 6-25-15

    Fourth Friday

    The Los Alamos Creative District will host a Fourth Friday event from 4-6 p.m. Friday in the downtown area. Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer special programming, among other locations.

    Swim meet

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host the Nick Nogar Invitational swimming meet Saturday and Sunday. The facility will be closed to the public both days, but will resume its normal schedule Monday. Call 662-8170 for information.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.


    A pair of apprentice singers from the 2015 Santa Fe Opera will perform in the United Church Sunday. The performance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are free for Opera Guild members, $10 for non-guild members. A guild membership can also be purchased for $35.

    Gentle Walks

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host a Gentle Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The walks consist of short hikes that feature less than 300 feet of elevation change. For more information about the walks, call the Nature Center at 662-0460.

  • Caregivers Fair

    The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair was Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Among the activities were presentations and prizes, free massages and a screening of the film, “Being Mortal.” Information booths from various senior-oriented organizations were on hand including Comfort Keepers, Sandia Senior Placement, Beehive Homes, Home Instead, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, the Alzheimer’s Association, A Nurse in the Family, AARP-Los Alamos Chapter, Los Alamos Medical Center, Compassion and Choices and the Day Out Program. The event was organized by the Los Alamos Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the sponsored by Casa Mesita Thrift Shop.