Today's News

  • Pound Puppy

    Panda gets some special attention at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter during its special puppy adoption event Friday. The adoption continues today at the shelter. It is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. The adoption fee for puppies is $100. Call the shelter with questions, 660-1648.

  • Hitting The Trail
  • Gov. visits Aspen students

    As the governor says, “You can’t win if you don’t read.”
    Gov. Susana Martinez showed up at Aspen Elementary School Friday to tout the state’s summer reading program the “2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge.”
    New Mexico children ages 5-12 are eligible to participate, from any type of schooling situation, whether that’s public, private, charter or home school.
    Participants in the contest must read 12 books by July 31 as well a write an essay about “Why I Love New Mexico.”
    Students then need to submit their lists. Students with the best essays are eligible for top prizes, which are pretty sweet. Those prizes include a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a family fun day at the New Mexico State Fair or a balloon ride with Martinez and First Gentleman Franco.
    For more information, log onto readingchallenge.ped.state.nm.us.
    Martinez arrived at the school a little past noon Friday and met up with Aspen Elementary School’s principal, Kathryn Vandenkieboom and students playing outside at recess, where she took “selfies” with the students and talked with them about what they were doing in school.

  • Supporters of bag ban pull request

    Within minutes of Environmental Sustainability Board Chair Stephen Boerigter opening the floor for debate on Thursday as to whether Los Alamos County should “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags,” supporters asked the board to withdraw the option of an outright ban.
    “After studying the comments, we concluded that there are very few objections to limiting bag consumption,” said Sierra Club member Jody Benson, stating that she was relating a consensus arrived at before the meeting. The Pajarito Chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) initially presented the citizens’ petition to council requesting a study and public debate of the issue.
    The comments Benson referred to were posted on Los Alamos County’s Open Forum.
    “Therefore, rather than banning the bag, we would rather have Los Alamos County mandate pay-per-bag for both paper and single-use plastic. This will give all of us, environmentalists and free choice consumers alike, pretty much what we want,” Benson continued.
    Benson pointed out that several countries have successfully reduced plastic bag usage by imposing a fee or tax, noting that Ireland in particular has seen a drastic reduction in single-use bags since levying a 5p (approximately 8 cents) tax on them.

  • BB King's family and friends go to Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • Animal Shelter 5-24-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:


    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.


    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • News for Retirees 5-24-15

    May 24-30, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    Closed for Memorial Day


    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis


    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge


    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge


    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)

  • Lewis & Todd 5-24-15
  • Word on the Street 5-24-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “How do you plan to celebrate the end of school?”

  • Book review: 'Holistic' will make you laugh and think

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an astonishing mishmash of genres on a level with author Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Meet Richard MacDuff, a heron-like computer scientist who is fascinated by music and physically impossible sofas.
    At first, all is perfectly well with the universe. Richard reunites with his old professor Reg for the first time in 10 years, getting together for a pleasantly boring dinner at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge, at the same time that a certain Electric Monk stands looking down on a faraway valley and fervently believes that it is a uniform shade of pale pink (the Electric Monk, for those who might not know, is a labor-saving device that specializes in believing all the things its owner cannot be bothered with).
    Before long, though, a number of somewhat strange events begin to occur: Richard realizes that he accidentally forgot his girlfriend once again, a horse spontaneously appears in Reg’s bathroom, and someone is inconveniently murdered.