Today's News

  • LAHS grad elected as new Croatian president

    A 1986 graduate of Los Alamos High School has been elected president of Croatia.
    Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, 46, was elected Monday as the nation’s first woman president, beating out her opponent and incumbent Ivo Josipović by a close margin, garnering 50.5 percent of the vote.
    “Our community is very proud of her many accomplishments that include serving as Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia.  We wish her well in her new duties as President of Croatia,” Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said to KOB-TV.
    While attending LAHS, she took the following courses. English, American Literature, World Literature, History, History of Art, European History, Law and Government, Math, Foreign Language, Art, Business and Typing.
    She maintained at 3.9 GPA.
    According to the superintendent’s office, she was very enthusiastic about learning about New Mexico culture, she was not shy and was interested in all things American. She was a part of the Homecoming staff.
    After high school, she went on to receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Zagreb in Croatia, in 1992 and 2000.

  • Bjarke-McKenzie exits race

    Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, president of the Los Alamos School Board, announced her decision Wednesday that she would not be seeking reelection. She said her decision was based on medical and personal reasons.
    “I liked working on the school board because I wanted to make a difference in education,” she said. “I’d like to still work in the field of education, but I’m afraid I will not be able to still contribute to the board.”
    Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt said that Bjarke-McKenzie was a valuable liaison between the board and the administration, and that she was a valuable asset during the reconstruction of the high school, the middle school and Aspen elementary.
    “She was a very committed believer in education,” Schmidt said. She was very focused on strategic planning and was very involved in our school construction projects. She can be proud of the work she did to help those projects come to fruition.”
    Bjarke-McKenzie was elected to the school board in 2011, and has been serving on the board every since. She joined a year after she retired from teaching in 2010.
    According to McKenzie she made the decision to retire so she could take care of her father.

  • State police closes U.S. 550 near Lybrook

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities have extinguished a fuel fire that closed U.S. 550 in both directions near the northwestern New Mexico community of Lybrook.

    KOB-TV reports that two 500-gallon propane tanks and a hot oil tank caught fire around 11 a.m. Thursday.

    New Mexico State Police say it's still unclear how the fire started.

    Lybrook is located in southwestern Rio Arriba County.

    State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce says the multiple agencies reported to the scene.

    He says northbound and southbound traffic is stopped at locations four miles apart and that residents aren't allowed in the area until the fire is completely contained.

    KOB reports that businesses near the fire were evacuated.

  • Be There calendar 1-15-15

    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room. The speaker will be Sara Del Valle talking about using social media to forecast the spread of infectious diseases.

    Atomic Film Festival. “On the Front Lines: The War Years.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Free. On Dec. 8, 1941, the Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. Disney spent the next four years creating training, propaganda, and educational films for the Armed Forces.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    “Murdered to Death.” 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater. $12-14. Tickets available at CB Fox, online or at the door.
    Kiwanis aluminum can collection. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Free.

    “North Korea Beyond ‘The Interview’ and Russia Beyond Crimea.” Sig Hecker from Stanford University will present a free public lecture. 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St.  

  • Community briefs 1-15-14

    Assisted Listening System to debut at LALT on Friday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will unveil its new assisted listening system at the opening performance of “Murdered to Death” by Peter Gordon on Friday.
    The induction loop system generates a signal that can be picked up by persons wearing a common type of hearing aid. It will be fed by microphones that pick up the dialogue and sound effects generated on stage.
    “This is new technology for us and I expect there will be fine-tuning as we go along,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “We would enjoy feedback from audience members who make use of the system so we can optimize its performance.”
    Cainelli said the system’s purchase and installation was made possible by a generous grant from Los Alamos National Bank and significant donations from a number of LALT patrons.
    LALT also purchased five headsets that can be checked out during performances, for use by persons who do not have compatible hearing aid technology.
    “Murdered to Death,” a spoof on Agatha Christie mysteries, performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 16-31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 25. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, CB Fox or at the door. For more information visit lalt.org.

  • ‘Avenue Q’ auditions in Los Alamos, Dixon

    Auditions for “Avenue Q” will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Toolshed in Dixon, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos and again 6 p.m. Monday.
    “Avenue Q” is a Tony Award-winning musical about 20-somethings trying to make it in the real world, which can be hard for both humans and puppets. The show focuses on young adults trying to figure out life in a big city, scrambling for jobs, dates and finding their purpose in life.
    The cast includes eight puppets, operated by actors on stage, and three humans. Holly Haas, from Dixon, is the director and set designer; Sheila Schiferl, from Los Alamos, is the music director. Brian Huysman will lead the orchestra for performances.
    The show contains full-puppet nudity and is not appropriate for children.
    “Avenue Q” is a joint production of the Dixon Community Players and Los Alamos Little Theatre. Holly Haas of DCP (and formerly of the Los Alamos High School Olions) will direct; Brian Huysman is the music director.
    Persons interested in auditioning should prepare a song from the show for the character(s) they are interested in playing.  The script for the play and a CD of its music are available at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon.

  • Hands-on science fun for all ages

    Jane Clements, a Bradbury Museum guide shows Eli Carrasco, 5, how to create slides with water samples from the area, then examines the slides through a microscope.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts the “Scientist in the Spotlight” series every second Saturday of the month. The informal conversations led by scientists and other professionals are hands-on and interactive with kids of all ages and adults.
    Teri Roberts, a software engineer, also showed a group of children how computers work through the entire process from binary digits to supercomputers. Roberts works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. GINA SCHULTZ/Monitor

  • PNM is greenwashing their plan for more coal and nuclear

    I miss the days of truth in advertising. It is amazing to me that PNM gets away with the outrageous claims it makes in its full-scale PR assault on the good people of New Mexico.
    Every time we at Positive Energy Solar see a PNM advertisement these days, it is full of half-truths and exaggerated statistics. 
    “More Sol, Less Coal” is PNM’s latest spin in their “green” campaign, but what it isn’t telling you is that PNM is, in fact, adding more coal and barely scratching the surface in its adoption of “Sol.”
    Here is the truth: it is proposing to bring more coal, nuclear and natural gas into the mix at a cost to ratepayers of $66 million annually. This cost does not include any future carbon or coal regulations that might be incurred, nor does it factor future rises in fossil fuel costs.
    PNM’s claim in the ad that it will have cumulatively invested more than $270 million in solar by the end of 2015 is true, but solar only accounts for a measly 2 percent of the whole. This is a tiny fraction of what PNM could be harnessing, in a state that is recognized as the second-best state in the nation for solar power.

  • Creating jobs in N.M. will be tougher, more competitive

    Process is as important as product in the deliberations of the Jobs Council, a legislative interim committee.
    By mutual consent, council members — Democrat and Republican, business and labor — focused on where they agreed and set aside questions like right-to-work that would bog them down in debate. Their 13-point package shows they achieved a surprising level of consensus.
    Equally important, the council developed a yardstick for measuring all those proposals pitched as economic development. During the session, many such bills will be introduced, and most of them would produce a negligible number of jobs.
    So let’s have a round of applause for council members for doing the hard work and acknowledge that it is hard to get beyond platitudes and pie in the sky to examine actual numbers: How many people will you have in your county in 10 years? How many jobs will you need? What kinds of jobs? In what industries?
    The members summarized the obstacles that keep each community from creating jobs.
    How many more jobs will the community lose by not fixing that obstacle? For example, if Carlsbad and Hobbs need housing before employers can hire more people, why aren’t builders flocking to these communities? Are towns losing opportunities because they lack bandwidth or the workforce isn’t prepared?

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