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Today's News

  • Prescribed burn set for southwest of LA

    Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District. The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted today through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.
    A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    Prescribed fires, according to SFNF, are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.
    The Los Griegos prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection, and promote forest health. Smoke from the Los Griegos prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. It will likely be visible from the Sierra Los Pinos community, La Cueva, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and Highway 550.  

  • Business Spotlight: Graphic designer inspired by world travel, nature

    When Brenda Fleming was in Paris, she was studying the cuneiform writings from ancient Mesopotamia. Later she visited the Louvre and discovered an exhibit on Mesopotamia.
    While strolling through the city, she came across a Russian Orthodox Church and L’ Orangerie museum, where Monet’s lily pad paintings fill the entire wall, floor to ceiling, of the gallery.
    At the time Fleming was studying foreign languages at New Mexico State University. She didn’t know at the time that she would go on to own a graphic design firm, but she says her world travel was her biggest inspiration for her career.
    “In Paris, everywhere you look there are historical and well designed buildings,” Fleming said. “I loved taking in all these elements that make things stand out and be beautiful.”
    When businesses hire her to make logos, websites and other printed material, she draws upon her travel experiences, seeing designs from around the world, to come up with her best ideas. She said, “I love learning other cultures and seeing what resonates with other people.”
    She is also inspired by nature, especially the colors, sunsets and textures in the New Mexico desert.

  • LANL scientists test new rocket design flight

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.
    “What we’re trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that’s both very high-energy, as well as very safe,” said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the laboratory. “Typically, when you look at a propellant that’s high-performance, it’s not as safe a material.” See the flight tests and hear how Tappan and his research partners at New Mexico Tech and Penn State accomplished a fully successful flight in a new video on the laboratory’s YouTube Channel.
    Conventional solid-fuel rocket motors work by combining a fuel and an oxidizer, a material usually rich in oxygen, to enhance the burning of the fuel. In higher-energy fuels this mixture can be somewhat unstable, and can contain sensitive high explosives that can detonate under high shock loads, high temperatures, or other conditions.
    The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

  • Los Alamos man, convicted of stalking, gets deal to leave town

    Jack Worel, a man that was convicted in January to a year of electronic surveillance for stalking a former employee of his, will not be serving the rest of his sentence.
    In a deal worked out with the assistant district attorney and the court, Worel will instead serve a year of unsupervised probation.
    According to assistant district attorney Kent Wahlquist, the state was notified by Worel that he will be moving to Washington state soon.
    “In this case, our goal is to protect the victim, and him leaving accomplishes that goal,” Wahlquist said.
    In March, the magistrate court found Worel guilty of one count of misdemeanor stalking, and was sentenced to one-year of probation with electronic monitoring.
    According to court records, Worel was found guilty of stalking an ex-employee of his in January of this year.
    The conviction stemmed from an incident in 2012 where Worel was observed tampering with the ex-employee’s car in the parking lot of De Colores, a restaurant where she worked located on East Road.
    It was later found he had installed a GPS tracking device. Police arrested him at his home two days later after they accumulated enough evidence, which including recently-purchased equipment to track and monitor cell phone calls.

  • LA closes out its season on Friday

    Those wanting to see a preview of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams as they head into the postseason won’t have to look very far.
    Friday, the Hilltopper teams will host their annual home invitational meet. The boys varsity race is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course and the girls varsity race will follow shortly thereafter.
    Los Alamos tends to do its best work toward the end of the year and this year may be no exception after a big showing last week in a key regular season contest.
    The Hilltopper boys finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s Rio Rancho Jamboree, a crowded race that attracts some of the top teams in the state.
    Even bigger than their finish, the Hilltoppers stunned their main rival for the Class 5A championship, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Hilltopper scored a 12-point victory over Academy, their first win over the Chargers this season.
    There had been some question whether Los Alamos, which won three consecutive titles at the 4A level prior to this season, had the depth to compete with Academy in 2014, but that question was answered decisively at Rio Rancho.

  • 'Toppers shut out Knights in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was wise not to take the Del Norte Knights lightly in its final District 2-5A game of the season.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte played to a scoreless tie through the first half. In the second half, the Hilltoppers netted a pair of scores to win 2-0 in Albuquerque and claim their eighth consecutive district championship.
    It was a game Los Alamos felt going in that could be a bit of a trap. The Knights still technically had a chance to force a tie atop the District 2-5A standings with a win, although the Knights (10-8 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) would’ve had to win big in order to do so.
    Nevertheless, head coach AJ Herrera said that, because Del Norte would be fired up and playing at home on a grass field, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for his team.
    “The field was really small and Del Norte was able to move around on defense,” Herrera said. “It made it difficult for us to penetrate.”
    After playing even the first half, Los Alamos finally got on the scoreboard in the 50th minute. Catie McDonald hit a shot that ricocheted off the Del Norte defense and to Charlotte Leonard, who put it away.

  • 'Halloweekend' creeps upon Los Alamos

    Los Alamos is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with the two-day “Halloweekend” featuring events Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween Day.
    “Halloweekend” kicks off 4 p.m. Friday with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue keep its doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A special performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the High Flyers Gymnastics at 5:15 p.m. A “Halloweiner” parade will march down Central Ave. at 5:30 p.m. followed by the New Mexico Dance Theater.
    The Los Alamos Medical Center will be transformed into a giant candy dispenser as they hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters between 3-5 p.m.
    Bradbury Science Museum will bring out their creepiest critters — including owls, millipedes, spiders and snakes — and present an interactive show involving optics, dry ice and lights as part of “High Tech Halloween” from 4-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to be a part of the well-attended event. Finally that evening, the local YMCA chapter will host a “costume climb” from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos YMCA.

  • Music & marionettes highlight concert

    The Los Alamos Concert Association announces a collaboration between a pianist and a marionette theater that will take place on Nov. 1 at Duane Smith Auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m.
    Pianist Orion Weiss will perform works by Schumann and Debussy with the Salzburg Marionette Theater providing a visualization of the stories suggested by the music.
    “This performance is a piano recital enhanced by the artistry of the Marionettes,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “Adults should not imagine that this is fare with appeal only for children. And parents can use this as a perfect opportunity to introduce their young folks to “grown up” music. We expect this performance to be sold out, so we recommend getting your tickets early.”
    The performance in Los Alamos represents a departure for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Noted for productions of complete operas, this program turns instead to ballet. Two short ballets will be featured. Claude Debussy’s “La Boite a Joujoux” (“The Toy Box”) and “Papillon” (“Butterflies”) by Robert Schumann. Between the two ballets, Weiss will perform additional works by Schumann, Blumenstuck from Op.19 and Novelett from Opus 21.
    The program will run about 95 minutes and includes an intermission.

  • No passport needed for wines around the world

    Get your passports ready and enjoy the “Wines of the World” from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host an autumn wine tasting that will pair 10 wines from around the world with 10 hors d’oeuvres.
    Sample scallop and salmon cakes dressed with creamy remoulade and sip on California Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay.
    Plan on Chilean empanadas and a taste of Terrunyo Carmenere. Zig-zag to Italy and Sicilian flat iron roulade with honey-red wine demi-glace coupled with Buglioni, Valpolicella Ripasso.
    Head to the southern hemisphere and bite into spicy prawns peri peri paired with South Africa’s MA N Chenin Blanc. Don’t forget about the friends down-under for herbed lamb chops with a Grenache reduction, served with Yangarra Old Vine Grenache. For the sweet tooth, stop in France for lavender infused crème brulee and Chateau La Riviere, Sauternes.
    This and much more is waiting for taste buds.
    Forget about time-zones and jet-lag, prepare for an evening that will be fully satisfying with a napkin stamped with flavors from around the globe.

  • Learn to draw animals at PEEC

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.
    The class will be from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at PEEC, including a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Cottington will teach pencil techniques that portray animals in a workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait. Various drawing demonstrations offer possibilities for sketching animals in the PEEC collection.
    A minimum of five students is required for the class to go, so those interested in the workshop must register on the PEEC website by today, otherwise the class will be cancelled if there is not enough interest. Space is limited to only nine students.