Today's News

  • Church youth to give presentation on Mexico house build trip

    The United Church of Los Alamos and the Universalist Unitarian Church will host a joint program at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, during its services, hosted by the youth.

    The youth were part of the recent delegation that spent their spring break with adult counterparts in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. The group built an incredible three homes in a one-week time period, changing the lives of three Mexico families forever.

    “Our kids in LA are great kids, always enjoy being around them in any setting,” said the Reverend Keith Lewis, the Pastor for Youth and Congregational Ministries, at the United Church. “This bunch especially, no gripes or complaints, just good old fashion sweat and hard work.”

    After a long journey and an overnight stay on the floor of a Phoenix church, the teams crossed the border, unpacked their campsites and prepared for the work ahead. The work includes mixing concrete by hand for the three build sites, followed by framing day, roofing day and stucco day. The final day was a beautiful bilingual passing of the keys to a new home, the first set of keys they have ever owned.

    According to Lewis, their hard work was so well done that teams not only finished their daily projects on time each day, but on some days, even finished early.

  • The consequences of Susana Martinez’s decision to destroy higher education

    A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

    Since then, neither she nor House Republican leaders have proposed a plan to restore it. Because every public school relies on New Mexico for 30 percent-50 percent of their budgets, if not changed this decision will annihilate them.

    What does this mean for you? Plenty.Without funding, schools will either completely shut down or offer dramatically less education for much higher tuition; meaning many of our kids will have to go away for university. We will then have a less educated workforce, like engineers to design our roads, accountants for our businesses, and doctors to take care of us when we are sick.

    Furthermore, two-year schools provide technical programs for well-paid, steady careers like commercial truck drivers, welders, and X-ray techs. Those, as well as specialized classes for wind energy at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari and aviation maintenance at ENMU-Roswell, could disappear.

    And does your child participate in a high school dual-credit course? Those are probably gone.

    The governor’s veto will obliterate jobs. Businesses start and grow where they can find people educated in areas like the ones described above; so they won’t start or grow here when those programs vanish.

  • Community Calendar 4-21-17

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for an exhibit opening from 3-5 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos History Museum Rotating Gallery. Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos/Japan Project explores the goals of this unique intercultural initiative to create understanding through shared history, partnerships, dialogue, multiple perspectives, and collaboration. On display through July 9.

    Astronomy Show: Solar System Revelations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Galen Gisler uncovers new revelations about our Solar System. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where there will be engaging activities, fun entertainment, and delicious food. Free.
    Saturday to March 5:
Earth Day Feature Film: We are Stars
at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.

    Starbucks' entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson. He posted a video (now-deleted) on Twitter after his shift complaining that it was difficult to keep up with orders for the drink and he's "never been so stressed out" in his life.

    The Unicorn Frappuccino is a sweet and sour pink and blue cream swirl topped with what Starbucks calls "fairy powder." Burson says in the video that a day of making the treat left him with sticky hands and residue from the drink stuck to his clothes and in his hair.

    Burson tells The Associated Press that he didn't think his rant would get this much publicity and he didn't intend to "downgrade" the drink.

    "It's a great drink. But it is difficult to make when there are like 20 fraps all at once both front and drive thru," he wrote in a Facebook message.

  • Science on Tap explores Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown tonight

    In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed.

    The public is invited to a special Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, where Chris Morris, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, will talk about how LANL scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

    Accurate answers to questions about the fuel rods could help reduce recovery efforts by more than a decade and save billions of dollars. Join us for a short, informal presentation, followed by lively discussion.

    Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome.

  • Council votes for sheriff's budget, plus one extra position

    It was a tense but civil discussion Monday night as Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero addressed his budgetary needs for next year with the Los Alamos County Council. The council is currently reviewing the needs for each county department, and is also considering extra requests each department has made as it gets ready to adopt a county budget for fiscal year 2018. 

    Last year, council voted to transfer many of the sheriff’s duties to the Los Alamos Police Department, and put a referendum out to residents on whether Los Alamos County needs a sheriff, since the town of Los Alamos and the county of Los Alamos are one in the same. 

    Residents voted to keep the sheriff’s office, and Monday night, Lucero made that point clear.

    Many of his “extra” requests had to do with putting back what the council took away last year. 

    Among Lucero’s extra requests was a full-time “office specialist” at $58,911 a year, three part-time deputies at $29,565 a year and an undersheriff at $130,000 a year.

  • Derby Dames hit the big leagues

    The Los Alamos Derby Dames have roller skated into the big time at last. Actually, they’ve always been pros, but the league they were apprenticing in, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, recently made it official by making the Los Alamos league an official member of the WFTDA. The team started as apprentices in April of this year, and graduated into full membership this year. 

    Part of the requirements included having a mock sanctioned game, which they did with the High Altitude Roller Derby team from Flagstaff. Altitude came up in the ranks with the Dames, and they became full members around the same time. 

    The Dames will be playing them again on the Altitude’s home turf in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Saturday. 

    The game will be the first time the two teams have met since becoming full members.

    “They’re a full member and we’re a full member, and we’re going to have a full, sanctioned game on Saturday,” LA Roller Derby Dames member Michele Holtkamp said. “It’s going to be exciting.” 

  • ‘The more confidence you have, the quicker you’ll go’

    By Wrenn Propp

    Robert Taylor’s advice – delivered in a voice lightly threaded with an Irish brogue and immigrant Australian – is pretty good if you’re riding a pony or poised on horseback.

    “The more confidence you have, the quicker you’ll go,” urged Taylor, an internationally known riding and jumping instructor, during a jumping clinic April 8 at the Rodeo Grounds in Los Alamos.

    It’s also applicable for the rest of us.

    For example, when you’re coming down from a big jump, lean back, or it is certain you will fall.

    “Shoulders forward and it’s not a matter of when, it’s a matter of where,” you will go down, he said.

    About 20 riders participated in activities sponsored by the Los Alamos Pony Club last weekend, including 11 riders for mounted game competition April 8. Taylor, who has lived in the United States for 20 years and operates TaylorMade Stables in Maryland, has taught annual clinics in Los Alamos four times in the past. He also presents clinics in Albuquerque and Taos.

    With an estimated 300 to 350 horses, ponies and other equines in Los Alamos County, his clinics have been popular. And appreciative spectators abound.

  • Second suspect nabbed for Bealls theft

    The second suspect in a March 9 shoplifting incident, where a male bystander was struck by a fleeing vehicle, is now in custody in the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    The shoplifting incident took place early afternoon at Bealls Department Store. 

    Stephanie Garcia, 31, was transported from Española Tuesday to the center. Before being booked, she was charged with shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2,500) and conspiracy. Both charges are fourth-degree felonies. Garcia is being held without bail until her initial hearing before a judge, which is expected to be this week. 

    Police arrested the second  suspect, Ashley Garcia, 23, of Hernandez, March 13. Garcia remains in custody at the LADC pending her preliminary hearing May 4. 

    The two women are not related. Garcia was charged with shoplifting (over $500 but not more than $2,500), aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and failure to give and render aid.

    Ashley Garcia described Stephanie Garcia as a “friend” in an interview with police about the incident. Ashley Garcia was arrested Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies March 14 for the March 9 incident. 

  • DOE outlines priorities for cleanup

    The Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office outlined its immediate priorities for safety and cleanup this week at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Those projects included the remediation of a chromium plume under Mortandad Canyon, and dealing with the 60 barrels of toxic waste and nitrate salts involved in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant accident in 2014.
    “The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office’s biggest priorities right now are the safety of the workers and the public as we execute our mission,” said Steven Horak, the field office spokesman said in a written statement Thursday.
    Lab to start treatment of barrels this spring
    The 60 barrels of transuranic waste are stored at Area G in an air conditioned and filtered facility that’s kept at a constant 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Lab workers have also installed a special filter and venting systems on the barrels’ lids as further prevention against the type of accident that happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad in February 2014.
    The 60 barrels were ready to be shipped to WIPP when the accident occurred.