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  • Muddy Waters

    Several teams gathered together to take part in this year’s Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament Saturday. The tournament was held at the pits on North Mesa. Following play, teams were hosed off by members of the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Bandelier takes part in photo contest

    Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Foundation are looking for photographs for its new photo contest.
    The contest, “Share the Experience,” invites amateur photographers to show off their photos from public lands.
    According to Bandelier, judges are seeking “amazing photos that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites.”
    Images will be judged in the following categories: Adventure and Outdoor Recreation, Historical and Cultural, Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes, Every Kid in a Park, Wildlife and Night Skies.
    Photos must be taken on lands administered by the sponsoring agencies, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
    The grand prize is $10,000 and the winning image may appear on the 2017 Federal Land Pass. Second and third prizes will also receive cash awards, as will the two “Fan Favorites.”
    Winners will also receive Federal Recreation Lands Passes and prizes from the co-sponsors, which include Celestron, Historic Hotels of America and the Active Network.
    Photographers must be 13 years of age or older and photos must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Today in history July 21
  • Today’s launch brings a close to ScienceFest

    ScienceFest officially wraps up today with its final event, High Powered Rocket Day.
    This will be an out-of-county event, which will be held 8 miles north of Española on N.M. 68 going toward Taos.
    High Powered Rocket Day will give model rocketeers the chance to show off their stuff. Today’s event will go from 1:30-5 p.m.
    Among those scheduled to make an appearance today are the Zia Spacemodeler Rocket Club, which will be demonstrating and launching several of its “G” through “I” motor high powered models. Those models are scheduled to be launched on the hour at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
    Those wishing to launch their own “A” through “F” —low power — rockets may do so, as well. There is a $5 fee to do so.
    Spectators are invited and there is no admission charge. However, organizers warn that parking and shaded areas are limited at the launch site, so spectators should plan accordingly.
    Here are directions to get to the event from Los Alamos:

  • Judge: Academy must release docs in Foster lawsuit

    SANTA FE —A district court judge recently ruled that the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy must turn over documents relating to an investigation into a Los Alamos police officer’s certification status.
    The motion is connected to a lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County by attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who are representing three officers who were with the Los Alamos Police Department. The officers are claiming they were wrongfully terminated or forced out of the department by Los Alamos County in order to appease the officer that was being investigated by the academy.
    The former officers suing the county are Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. Foster is suing for wrongful termination, and Mills and Early are suing for allegedly being forced out of the department for their role into the investigation into former LAPD officer Brian Schamber.
    The investigation was requested in late 2012 by Foster, who was then acting as police chief of the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Update 7-19-15


    The American Legion Post 90 will host a breakfast at its restaurant on Trinity Drive Sunday. The breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and beverage, will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Proceeds go to benefit American Legion programs.


    The July meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic Tuesday at the Posse Lodge. RSVP by today. Call Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544 or Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750.

    'Wimpy Kid'

    Fans of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, in between the ages of 6-12, are invited to an event at Mesa Public Library, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday.

    County Council

    County Council will have a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s municipal building.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series will continue Thursday with Larry Littlefield, who has published a book about New Mexico wildflowers. Littlefield will give a presentation at Mesa Public Library. It will start at 7 p.m.

  • ECA tackles issues of new park’s sites

    When the Energy Communities Alliance held its conference in Los Alamos this week, it did not discuss its usual issues, such as lobbying for nuclear waste cleanup.
    Instead, this conference was devoted to examining various components related to the launch of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP).
    The group of leaders from Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, toured Manhattan era sites behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory, visited the Bradbury Science Museum and spent a day and half exploring various issues related to the creation of the new park.
    Presentations included one by Richard Knox, assistant director of the National Park Service (NPS), who is overseeing NPS’s efforts in developing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy for access and interpretation of sites “behind the fence” at all three locations.
    A session titled, “Implementing the park — A site perspective,” provided insights into the challenges and opportunities related to opening DOE sites to the public. Panelists were NNSA Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Coordinator Pete Maggiore, DOE Oak Ridge Operations Office General Attorney Colin Colverson and Bandelier National Park Superintendent Jason Lott.

  • Update 7-17-15


    The American Legion Post 90 will host a breakfast at it restaurant on Trinity Drive Sunday. The breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and beverage, will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Proceeds go to benefit American Legion programs.


    The July meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic Tuesday at the Posse Lodge. RSVP by Sunday. Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544, or Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750.


    Los Alamos Nature Center will host “Fantastic Fractals” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fantastic Fractals is a planetarium show featuring original music. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Nature Center.


    The High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament is scheduled for Saturday. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Play starts at 8:30 a.m.


    A performance of the one-woman show, “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge,” about Manhattan Project resident Edith Warner, will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Cooperative Market will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It takes place at the Los Alamos Co-Op on Entrada Drive.

  • Funky brass band playing

    Tonight, the Stooges Brass Band, from New Orleans, will be featured at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Tonight’s show is not only a part of this weekend’s ScienceFest festivities, but is Holiday Inn Express-LA Co-op Market-New Mexico Consortium Night.
    “They’ll play and the crowd will party,” series promoter Russ Gordon said. “This is going to be an amazing, high-energy show from ‘Treme.’ Those of you who dug the TV show ‘Treme’ or have been to Mardi Gras or any of the almost weekly parades in New Orleans know you’re in for an incredible night. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably still in for a great time.”
    According to Gordon, the Stooges is a highly regarded brass band playing “an innovative blend of the traditional New Orleans brass band sound with contemporary jazz, hip-hop and funk.”
    The Stooges won the “Best Contemporary Brass Band Award” at the Big Easy Music Awards and an award for being the “Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band.” The band has played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival several times, as well as the Bonaroo Festival, South By Southwest and High Sierra Music Festivals.

  • Southwest gets schools' contract

    If the Los Alamos School Board’s choice for a new school lunch provider is any indication, kids will be eating healthier for the same price when they return to school this August.
    In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the board approved the hiring of Arizona-based Southwest Foodservice Excellence Inc. to take over the district’s lunch program from Summit, the school system’s previous school lunch provider.
    In May of this year, the district issued a request for proposals for a food service provider that will provide school lunches at all the schools, as well as catering services for special events, two responded, Summit and Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
    A committee made up of school district employees and parents met twice in June to pick a provider, according to Regina Mertz, chief procurement officer for the school district. Requirements for selection included service capability, finances, references, experience and the company’s ideas for innovation.
    “The highest score, when all was said in done, was for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, so on behalf of the evaluation committee I’m here tonight to recommend to you that we award the contract to Southwest Foodservice Excellence for the next year,” Mertz said to the board.