Today's News

  • Hike Anniversary Trail with Craig Martin

    Are you fascinated by the history of Los Alamos? On July 15 at 9 a.m., join Craig Martin for a one-mile hike along one of the original roads used during the Manhattan Project. Once traversed by Dr. Oppenheimer and General Groves, Anniversary Trail features remnants of Project Y and the Los Alamos Ranch School. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to walk the path of history.

    Anniversary Trail encompasses the origins of Los Alamos. Retrace the steps of scientists, learn about the transportation of atomic materials, and identify the Los Alamos Ranch School’s Breakneck Trail.

    The outing is expected to last an hour and a half, and space is limited to 20 participants. Register now to save a spot on this unforgettable historic journey.

     Craig Martin is the former Open Space Specialist for the County of Los Alamos.
    He is a writer, musiciand and an avid hiker. His books include Los Alamos Place Names, Valle Grande, A History of the Baca Location No. 1 and 100 Hikes in New Mexico, all of which have helped preserve the history of the area and acquaint us with the importance of the landscape.
    The Los Alamos Trails app is a result of his many years of exploring.

  • PEEC sponsors Summer Family Evenings

    Join PEEC on Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a special visit from the New Mexico Wildlife Center. This Summer Family Evening program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union, is perfect for families who want to learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation, conservation and biology, and what to do if you find an injured wild animal. The Wildlife Center will also bring along its rescued raptor and owl ambassadors, allowing participants to meet these amazing creatures in person.

    The New Mexico Wildlife Center, located in Española, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. It has grown from its original purpose of rehabilitating birds into its current mission to treat all animal species in New Mexico.

    Because many animals cannot be released back into the wild, the Wildlife Center also operates a wildlife sanctuary, housing over 30 animals. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    PEEC’s final Summer Family Evening, Eclipse Night, will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

    Join local astronomers to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse, including its historical and scientific roots.

  • PBS Science Cafe: Invisible Universe Discovered

    Want to learn more about the Hubble Telescope? On July 15 at 10 a.m., come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments.

    After watching NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomical significance of the Hubble’s findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes.
    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to uncover the invisible mysteries of our Universe.

     Rick Wallace has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Lick Observatory), with concentration in numerical calculations of stellar explosions, nuclear fusion, and formation of the elements.

    He has also served as a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 30 years.
     A reservation is required for this event, so please RSVP to Rose Poston at (505) 277-2396 or rposton@newmexicopbs.org.

    Admission is free. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460. This program runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • The real value of our public lands

    By James Jimenez

    Camping is one of this nation’s great equalizers. Whether you camp with the latest, most expensive gear, or you hang a tarp and sleep in the bed of a pickup truck, there is a camping style to fit most every budget. It continues to be, for many families, one of the cheapest ways to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping is becoming an equalizer in a different way, as more and more racial and ethnic minorities are pitching tents.

    A recent survey showed that of the one million U.S. households that went camping for the first time in 2016, nearly 40 percent were either Hispanic (13 percent), African American (12 percent) or Asian American (14 percent). Non-white campers now comprise more than a quarter of all campers—an increase of more than 100 percent since 2012. Much of this shift is due to millennials, who make up a growing share—now 38 percent—of households that are active campers, according to the survey.

  • More logging means less firefighting

    By Bob Hagan

    Along the road from Reserve into the Gila National Forest, you drive for miles through a dismal landscape of blackened stumps, thousands of dead trees standing like a surreal forest of telephone poles.

    Five years ago this summer, the Whitewater-Baldy Fire swept through more than 465 square miles of the Gila. Ignited by lightning strikes, fanned by high winds and fueled by a tinder-dry mixture of ponderosa, piñon and juniper, the conflagration defied the efforts of more than 1,200 firefighters for more than a month before it was finally brought under control.

    It was New Mexico’s worst wildfire, so far. Counting the loss of timber, damage to watersheds and ongoing stabilization and burned area rehabilitation work, the final bill was around $100 million.

    The good news is that nature is stubbornly resilient. While there are still ugly drifts of black ash in the gullies, there is green on the slopes. Fire, we are constantly reminded, is a necessary part of the forest ecosystem. But looking over the thousands of acres of charred logs littering the landscape, it’s worth asking whether we would not have been better off cutting those trees ourselves rather than waiting for nature to take its course.

  • Naturalized Americans stand proud


    The annual Fourth of July naturalization ceremony here on Tuesday was a little more crowded than usual, said Los Alamos resident Nancy Bartlit.

    “I think more people have children and they’ve brought their families,” said Bartlit. She and her husband, John, were among about 150 people attending the ceremony.

    Fifteen new citizens of the United States, and a young woman who wished to affirm her citizenship as an adoptee, took an oath dispensed by representatives of the New Mexico Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Naturalization Service, with full addresses from Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz.

    The ceremony was one of 65 scheduled throughout the United States on Monday and Tuesday. The new citizens in New Mexico were among approximately 15,000 nationwide preparing to take the loyalty oath. Bandelier has been a site for the Fourth of July naturalization ceremony for about six years. Natives of eight countries became U.S. citizens on Tuesday at the national monument.

  • DPU set to present the future of power

    As a couple of major developments in Los Alamos County’s power supply looms,  Department of Public Utilities officials will have a discussion with the public this week on the future of the county’s power supply.

    DPU officials will be presenting details of a plan of what that future may look like during a townhall-style meeting at the White Rock Public Library on Wednesday.

    “I want to stress that this is a plan, that these are just recommendations. This is not something that the Board (of Public Utilities) and County Council actually adopt,” Utilities Manager Tim Glasco said. “This is just advice from experts to help us use that information for making decisions in the future on what resources we’re going to buy and and how we’re going to run things.”

    The pending retirement of power plants in DPU’s supply chain that no longer keep up with the market, the uncertain viability of new nuclear technology and the uncertain future of an energy agreement between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the DPU are driving factors behind the report.

  • Man gets 8 years for sex with minors

    Christopher Davis, 24, was sentenced Thursday afternoon to eight years in prison following his admission that he had sexual encountered with two underage girls.

    District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer sentenced Davis following a plea agreement. The maximum she could have imposed under the agreement was 10 years.

    Davis was arrested on June 17, 2014 in Los Alamos. He was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual communication with a child and child solicitation by an electronic communication device.

    The case began when the sheriff’s office in Anoka County, Minnesota, investigated a report of sexual assault against a 14-year-old female. As a result of the investigation, the police recovered a cell phone and Internet conversations between the young girl and an adult male identified as Davis, who was living in Los Alamos at the time.

    Anoka County then involved the New Mexico Attorney General’s office in furthering the investigation. After Davis was picked up in Los Alamos following a search warrant, he admitted to sexual encounters with two local underage girls whom he had met at the White Rock Kite Festival.

  • 21-year-old male arrested after flipping truck

    At approximately 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening, a truck flipped at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department Commander Preston Ballew, the driver was a 21-year-old male from Hernandez, Bobbyray Sisneros. He had two passengers, 20-year-old Irene Garcia-Gandara from Los Alamos and a 22-year-old male from Hernandez.

    Sisneros and his passengers were all transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for minor injuries.

    “Sisneros was cited for speeding, open container and arrested for suspicion of DUI,” stated Ballew.

    Garcia-Gandara was issued a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.

    The vehicle was towed from the scene.

  • Hazmat Challenge to test responders’ skills

    Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri will test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 21st annual Hazmat Challenge Saturday through July14 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “The Hazmat Challenge provides a training venue for laboratory and regional Hazmat responders where they are able to test and expand their technical response capabilities in a demanding but safe environment,” said Jeff Dare, Group Leader for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Response Group. “The scenarios this year will provide unique challenges for the teams.”

    Held at Los Alamos’ Technical Area 49, the event requires participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving aircraft, rail and highway transportation, industrial piping, a biological lab and a confined space event. The finale of the Hazmat Challenge is a skills-based obstacle course. Teams are graded and earn points based on their ability to perform response skills through a 10-station obstacle course while using fully encapsulating personal protective equipment.