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Today's News

  • On The Docket 7-2-15

    June 24

    Colin W. Redman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 25

    Laurence W. Goddard was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving (accident). Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 24.

    Xavier A. Nelson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper operator/chauffeur license. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    June 26

    Yvonne R. Dashero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court through Citepay of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65.

    June 29

    Christina Y. McCormick pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving without a current, valid registration plate. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tanner J. Kennedy was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Counterterrorism policy faces mounting criticism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.
    The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of them turned out to be Nasser al-Wahishi, about as important a figure as agency man-hunters could hope to eliminate. He had been both al-Qaida’s second in command and the leader of the group’s dangerous Yemeni affiliate.
    American officials touted the death as a big victory. But did the demise of another senior extremist, the latest in a long line to be taken off the battlefield, make the United States and its allies any safer?
    To many experts, including a growing number of former Obama administration national security advisers, that proposition is less convincing by the day.

  • Update 7-2-15

    Gordon's Concert

    This week’s Gordon’s Summer Concert will be the 531st Air Force Band. The band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be at Ashley Pond. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op farmers market will be Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op’s location on Entrada Drive.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will be in council chambers.

    Firecracker 5K

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its Firecracker 5K race Saturday at 8 a.m. The race will start and end at the YMCA’s facility. Registration is open. Call 662-3100 for information.

    Artists Market

    There will be an artists market Saturday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Artists markets are held once a month at the Visitor Center through October. It goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information, call 661-4836.

    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.

  • Services return to the United Church of LA

    The membership of the United Church of Los Alamos was thrilled recently as they resumed their Sunday services in the main sanctuary.
    Phase two of a multi-phase project was recently completed with a vast number of improvements made to the interior and the exterior of 2525 Canyon Rd.
    According to Pastor David Elton, the interior work included a new entrance, renovated reception area, the addition of new hardwood floors and new restroom facilities.
    The exterior enhancements found workers leveling the ground between the education building and sanctuary and creating a significantly larger parking lot behind the sanctuary off of Rose Street.
    Mich Rich Contractors, Inc., of Albuquerque was the builder for the sanctuary construction project and both staff and committee members enjoyed working with them and are pleased with the outcome.
    “This is the second phase, however, because of the generous giving of the congregation we were able to combine a number of phases of the master site plan,” said Elton. “I’m proud of the fact that the church fulfilled their top priority in the completed work to make our facilities more accessible for everyone.”

  • Night activities at park cranking up

    Beginning this weekend, Bandelier National Monument will be offering their summer slate of weekend evening ranger programs.
    Friday nights throughout July and August will feature the long-popular Nightwalks.
    Nightwalks are silent walks in the dark through the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, with poetry and storytelling.
    Numbers are limited so Bandelier is requiring sign-ups. To do so, interested participants can call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    “We hope everyone will join us sometime this summer,” Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Summer evenings are so special at Bandelier. Don’t miss the opportunities to come enjoy the programs and the park.”
    There is no minimum age, but anyone attending must be able to refrain from talking throughout the hour-long program.
    Saturday nights alternate between Night Sky talks and Evening Programs.
    Night Sky talks include a presentation on astronomy, followed by viewing with telescopes. Evening Programs are ranger talks about various aspects of Bandelier, accompanied by pictures on the big amphitheater screen.
    This Saturday, the Evening Program will be “Wild About Bandelier,” exploring the diversity of life in the many life zones found in the park.

  • Bandelier hosting citizens' ceremony

    For the fourth year in a row, Bandelier National Monument is partnering with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on Independence Day.
    For Saturday’s ceremony, 18 candidates from 9 countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.
    The candidates come from China, France, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, the Phillipines, South Korea, Ukraine and Vietnam.
    The ceremony begins at noon behind the Bandelier Visitor Center. Keynote speakers will be noted author, poet, music teacher and Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoriak, herself an immigrant — originally from Ukraine in 1913— and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.
    In addition, Michele Jacquez-Ortiz will also be speaking, representing New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation.
    Alicia Solomon, noted soloist with the Santa Fe Opera, Symphony and Desert Chorale,  will sing the National Anthem and Eagle Scouts from Troop 129 will parade the colors.
    Refreshments will be provided by the Rotary Club and there will be flags, gifts and flowers for the new citizens.

  • Schools excited about real estate deal for land

    For the past several years, the Los Alamos Public Schools has kept a wary eye on its declining enrollment levels, wondering if and when the decline was going to stop.
    The decline has been so steady that there has been talk of closing either Piñon Elementary School or Chamisa Elementary in response to the decline, or even expanding one school to accommodate the other’s student population.
    However, thanks to a recent real estate deal between the county and a company known as the A-19-A-1 Site Acquisition Group, LLC, that choice may never have to be made.
    According to county documents concerning the land deal, the name refers to the number assigned to a 70-acre parcel of land next to the White Rock Visitors Center. The land once belonged to the U.S. Department of Energy, but was sold to Los Alamos County in 2002.
    Recently, the county sold it to A-19-A-1 Site Acquisition Group, LLC. According to the county’s requests for proposal, the county was looking for a developer that could develop the site for a mixed use of apartments and shopping areas on the site.

  • Elevator at Lodge under review

    The usually serene Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board (FLHDAB) meeting was filled with roused citizens last month after a plan to install a glass and steel elevator on the outside of Fuller Lodge was announced.
    The board heard on an update on elevator options last night.
    The elevator was Mullen-Heller Architecture’s proposed solution for providing ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessibility to the second floor. The architectural firm has been contracted to design a $3 million renovation for the lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum. The current elevator footprint is too small for ADA specifications.
    At last month’s meeting, the architects and Los Alamos County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust explained the challenges of installing an inside elevator: reduced floor space in key rooms, major fire risers — part of the sprinkler system — running through potential locations and the possibility that the elevator would extend beyond the roof.

  • ’Topes use big innings to beat Reno

    It was a night for big innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-45) used a pair of five-run frames, including a five-run sixth, to beat the Reno Aces (37-43) 11-8 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
    Kyle Parker drove in a team-high four runs on the evening.
    Reno and Albuquerque traded five runs each in the second inning as both teams batted around. The Isotopes’ half of the inning was capped by a two-out, two-RBI triple from Parker.
    The Aces regained the lead with single runs in the third and fifth before the ’Topes answered with a run in their half of the fifth courtesy of Angelys Nina’s sacrifice fly.
    Albuquerque again exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. There were six singles in the frame, including a two-run, go-ahead knock from Parker.
    Matt McBride was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday afternoon and backed it up by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks Wednesday night. McBride extended his team season-longest hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .411 (25-for-59) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, three homers and 15 RBI during that stretch.

  • Ball makes the cut at tournament

    Los Alamos’ Ted Ball reached the final of the 39th New Mexico — West Texas Amateur Championship at New Mexico State University golf course on Sunday
    Ball shot a 77 on his first round and an 80 in his second round to move on to the final day.
    He was ahead of six golfers, tied with six other golfers at 157 and within two strokes of seven other golfers.
    In his third round, however, Ball shot an 88 to slip multiple spots. He finished 41st overall in the tournament.
    Paul Cook also represented Los Alamos in the amateur championship. He failed to make the final after shooting a 90 and 92.
    New Mexico State University’s Kenneth Fadke held on down the stretch to claim the tournament’s title.
    The Hobbs native made par on the first playoff hole following an impressive final round 67 to come out on top. Fadke stumbled with a second round 73, but sandwiched a 65 and 67 on either side of it finishing at 11-under.
    A final round seven-under 65 vaulted El Paso’s Devin Miertschin back into the race with a 15-foot birdie exclamation point on the final hole that forced a playoff with Fadke. But, in the end, Fadke was able to hold off the hard-charging Miertschin following a his three-putt bogey in the playoff.