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  • Garcia Richard tops Rodgers in District 43 fundraising

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) is topping Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers’ fundraising efforts by almost a three-to-one margin.
    Garcia Richard’s cumulative contributions total $162,127 since the start of the primaries, with her expenditures at $111,240.04.
    Rodgers has brought in $55,765.52 and spent $33,113.61.
    Both candidates have received contributions from their respective parties as well as party PACs (Political Action Committees).
    Other New Mexico Democratic campaigns have donated $22,401 to Garcia Richard, as well as in kind contributions valued at $5,835. Democratic PACs, such as the Ken Martinez Leadership Fund and Sen. Tom Udall’s Southwest Leadership Fund, have given another $11,400.
    In contrast, Rodgers has received just $7,345 from state GOP committees and an additional $3,500 from Republican PACs such as GOPAC and SFFRW (Santa Fe Federated Republican Women).
    The candidates’ other major donors show a sharp contrast.
    Garcia Richard is receiving union support, with contributions ranging from $50 from IATSE Local 423 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) to $2,400 from AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) and $2,600 from the American Federation of Teachers COPE.

  • Longtime museum volunteers retire

    The volunteers, staff and board members of the Los Alamos Historical Society bid farewell Wednesday to two of the Historical Museum’s longest serving volunteers, Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman.
    “Ann and Ruth have been true stalwarts,” said Kathy Ankeny, Museum Shop manager for the Historical Society. “We are going to miss them, and our visitors won’t have quite the same experiences without these two ladies sharing their vast knowledge and wonderful storytelling.”
    Beyer has worked with the museum nearly 23 years, volunteering after her retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research librarian. “I have a closet history major, and my uncle was president of the Wisconsin Historical Society. With my experience as a librarian, I felt I could answer visitors’ questions,” she said.
    Sherman, a retired chemist, began volunteering nearly 12 years after she was turned down for the job of museum shop manager. “I didn’t get it, but I went ahead and volunteered. It turned out to be a good thing. I found I really enjoyed it,” she said.
    Both Sherman and Beyer say their favorite part of the job was meeting the people coming into the museum. In the last year, more than 35,000 visitors from 41 countries and every state in the union visited the Historical Museum.

  • Update 10-19-14

    Trail Sale

    The Annual Jemez Trail Sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today along N.M. 4. Take a four-mile detour at Mile Marker 27 and just follow the signs.

    Library event

    Authors Speak Series presents a special reading of young adult fiction. “The Night of Pan,” by Gail Strickland. 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    High Tea

    High Tea on the Hill. 1-2:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos High School lobby. $20 per person. RSVP preferred but not required. Call 662-0800.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due today.


  • Bandelier marks Wilderness Act anniversary

    For the past nearly three months, a crew from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) has been working on the trails at Bandelier National Monument, helping repair effects of the Las Conchas Fire and resulting flooding.
    The crew is one of several sponsored by the Taos-based RMYC. Bandelier’s crew has consisted of seven crew members and a crew supervisor, with crew members ages 18-25.
    They come from all over northern New Mexico, including Zia Pueblo, Espanola, Los Alamos, and the Mora area. They work eight days on, six days off, and while at the park they camp at the group campground.
    One of their projects this year was repairing the switchbacks on the trail between Ponderosa Campground and Upper Crossing. After the rainy season had passed, they replaced the two footbridges on the Falls Trail and the four on the trail to Alcove House, which had been repeatedly washed out by high water events during the summer. In early October, members of other RMYC crews, the Bandelier crew, and volunteers from the Wilderness Society spent a service day doing trail work in the Upper Crossing section of Frijoles Canyon.

  • Today In History, Oct. 18
  • Today in history Oct. 18
  • Ex-POWs visit Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — The prisoners of war held in Tokyo's Omori POW camp saw some of the most horrific destruction during the last months of World War II, as American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs that obliterated much of the city.
    But in those hungry times, they also were among the luckiest, says Bill Sanchez, 96, who along with two other former prisoners visited on Thursday the Heiwajima Kannon, a statue of the Goddess of Mercy built near the site of the former POW camp to mourn the war dead.
    Like many other POWs held in Omori, Sanchez was put to work loading and unloading cargo on the docks.
    "Which was great work because we had a lot of opportunities to pinch food. We learned real quick," said Sanchez, of Monterey Park, California, who watched as American fire bombs incinerated nearby neighborhoods.
    The Omori camp's barracks once occupied nearly half of a tiny island reclaimed from Tokyo Bay with help from prisoners like Sanchez. Today Heiwajima, or Peace Island, is barely distinguishable from the rest of Tokyo. The camp's former site is now a boat racing venue surrounded by bland office buildings.

  • State Briefs 10-17-14

    Land Office nears
    record with $78M

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.
    September’s earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.
    Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office is working with the private sector, Native American tribes and federal agencies to boost the economic return of trust land through leases, renewable energy development and other projects.
    Of the most recent earnings, more than $65 million went to public schools and nearly $2 million went to state colleges and universities.
    More than $1.1 million went to special hospitals within the state, while $2.2 million went to public buildings, the state penitentiary and water reservoirs.

    Police: Food fight
    turns violent

  • Update 10-17-14

    Ski Swap

     1-4 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School. Public drop off 8-11 a.m.

    Crafts fair

    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s 37th Annual Juired “Gateway to the Holidays” Arts & Crafts Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due Sunday.


    Mountain Elementary Halloween Carnival. 4:30-7:30 p.m. today. Weather permitting, game booths will be outdoors on the upper playground. Festivities include the haunted house, book fair, cake walk, face painting, game booths and prizes. Tickets are $5 for 20; games are three tickets each, cake walk is four tickets and haunted house is five. All proceeds benefit the students of Mountain School through the PTA. 

  • Trinity design at 60 percent

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, Project Manager Bryan Aragon presented the 60-percent design for the N.M. 502/Trinity Drive project. The project parameters are from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop.
    This is a New Mexico Department of Transportation project. Souder, Miller & Associates has been contracted as the design engineer.
    The $4.925 million project is funded through the FY2014 NMDOT District 5 State Transportation Improvement Program in the amount of $3.8 million, with a $1.125 million dollar match from the county Capital Improvement Program.
    The major features of the redesign are a roundabout at the Trinity Drive/Central Avenue intersection and expanding the roadway between Tewa Loop and Central Avenue to four lanes, with medians and left turn lanes.
    The section north of Central Avenue will remain one-lane for a short distance, but the southbound road between Smith’s Marketplace and Central will be widened to two lanes.
    The Canyon Road intersection will be redesigned to meet Trinity at a 90-degree angle directly across from Arroyo Lane. DP Road will be widened to include a left turn lane.
    The design includes improved and extended sidewalks as well as bike lanes. The bike lanes will be redirected to the sidewalk in the roundabout.