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Today's News

  • LAHS coaches, players to lead tennis clinic

    Registration is now open for the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic, which will be Aug. 7-11.

    The clinic is open to kids between the ages of 4 and 15.

    It will take place on the Mesa Tennis Courts, located behind Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos High School boy’s tennis coach Lloyd Wilton has been running clinics like this one for the past three years, and has seen good participation each time.

    Two years ago, there were about 80 participants, while around 70 kids took part last year.

    Wilton said he expects similar participation this year.

    Another clinic was in June, with around 40 kids participating. Wilton expects around 40 new kids to take part in the August camp.

    LAHS coaches and members of the LAHS tennis teams lead the instruction.

    In fact, assisting with these clinics is required for all members of the tennis teams, according to Wilton.

    “It’s a really great opportunity for the kids to teach what they learn in their own practices, and it’s great for us coaches to see what still needs to get worked on,” he said.

    Kids between the ages of  4 and 8 will be on the tennis courts from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each day, while kids between the ages of 9-15 are on the courts from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

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  • Los Alamos County fire to end Stage 1 fire restrictions today

    Los Alamos County Fire Department will lift Stage 1 fire restrictions at noon today.

    Recent rain and milder temperatures have produced a decrease in the fire danger for Los Alamos County.

    The stricter fire restrictions were based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures. Several criteria are utilized to determine when to impose or lift fire restrictions, which include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

    The arrival of monsoonal moisture has eased the dry conditions that led to restrictions and decreased fire danger to moderate, according to the county.

    “LAFD thanks all of our residents and visitors who adhered to the Stage 1 restrictions to help us reduce the fire danger during the recent high fire danger conditions,” said Jeff Wetteland, LAFD fire marshal. “Even though the Stage 1 restrictions are being rescinded, we encourage everyone to remain vigilant and continue to use caution with campfires or activities that can result in a wildland fire.”

    Campfires will be allowed on private property and at the Camp May camping areas in an approved fire ring/burn container with the surrounding areas free of vegetation. However, a water supply must be available, preferably a garden hose or buckets of water.

  • Will global warming change Native American religious practices?

    The Colorado River, one of the longest rivers in the United States, is gradually shrinking. This is partly a result of overuse by municipalities and seasonal drought. The other reason is global warming.

    The decline in the river reservoir will have serious implications for large U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, that depend on the Colorado River as their water source. In addition, this will also have an impact on the Native American tribes who view the Colorado River as sacred to their religions.

    As Ka-Voka Jackson, a member of the Hualapai tribe and a graduate student working to address climate change on the Colorado River and restoring native plant species along its banks, stated, “The Colorado River is so sacred not just to my tribe, but to so many others.”

    As a scholar of Native American religions and the environment, I understand how indigenous people’s religions and sacred places are closely tied to their landscape. For the past 100 years, indigenous peoples have been forced to adapt to changes in their environments and modify their religious rituals in the United States. The U.S. government made certain Native American religious practices illegal in the 19th and early 20th century. Although these policies have since been rescinded, they led to changes in many indigenous practices.  

  • Summer volleyball camp to take place at LAHS

    The 2017 Los Alamos Summer Volleyball Camp will take place the next two weeks inside the Auxiliary Gym at Los Alamos High School.

    The camp is open to elementary and middle school students. No previous volleyball experience is required.

    “Our goal is to help improve their skills and get them interested in playing more volleyball,” Diana Stokes, the head volleyball coach at LAHS, said.

    Instruction will be led by the high school coaching staff, as well as members of both the JV and Varsity teams.

    The camp will be run Monday-Thursday, and July 24-27.

    Activities are tailored to the experience level of the players to reinforce fundamental serving, passing, hitting and defensive skills.  

    The camps introduce new players to the game and challenge players with previous experience.

    Elementary students will be in the gym from 3-4 p.m., while the middle school students will receive instruction from 4:30-6 p.m.

    For elementary students, the camp will cost $35 for one week, and $60 for both weeks.

    The middle school camp will cost $40 for one week, and $70 for both weeks.

    Participants can register either at the door on the first day of the camp, or online at sites.google.com/laschools.net/hilltoppervolleyball/home.

  • Aquatomics dominate final regular season meet

    In their final meet before the state championships, several members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics dominated the competition, proving they are ready for the state’s biggest stage.

    The 2017 Duke Last Chance Meet provided swimmers from around the state a final opportunity to record times that would qualify them for the state championship meet.

    Swimmers that had already qualified for the state meet had an opportunity to either improve their times, or simply stay in shape leading up to the biggest competition of the summer season.

    Unlike all other swim meets throughout the season, swimmers competed as individuals rather than as a team.

    No points were awarded to teams, and no awards were handed out. Swimmers were not broken up into age groups for competition, either.

    This was simply an opportunity for swimmers to compete against pre-determined state qualifying times in a time-trial format.

    Many members of the Aquatomics made the trip to Albuquerque for the meet, and four of them walked away with state-qualifying times.

    The top performers for the Aqautomics were Alex and Ian Jaegers, Ming Lo and Konstantin Nelson.

    All four were already qualified for the state competition before the event, but it offered them an opportunity to see how a high-level meet would be run.

  • Kiwanis Club of LA supports family nights at Nature Center

     The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has once again renewed their support of Family Nights at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Because of Kiwanis, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center can continue to offer Family Nights for free every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. throughout the year.

    This program offers families a chance to spend time together after work, enjoying stories, games, songs, and, in the summer, s’mores around the campfire. Family Nights are led by Melissa Mackey, children’s librarian at Mesa Public Library.

    “The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has felt it a privilege to sponsor Family Nights at the nature center. Our support of Family Nights affords special satisfaction to us as it provides kids the opportunity to combine learning with fun,” said Chuck Kooshian, president of the Kiwanis.

    In addition to PEEC’s Family Night program, The Kiwanis Club supports a variety of events through financial sponsorship and volunteering. Many people associate the club with the Fourth of July fireworks display in White Rock, but their reach extends beyond the Pajarito Plateau.

  • Chamisa Elementary, PEEC named Business Recyclers of Year

    The winners of the 2017 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year were Chamisa Elementary School for Educational Institute and Pajarito Environmental Education Center for Business/Non-Profit.

    The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board.

    The Business Recycler of the Year Award is a great avenue to promote recycling in the business community and get more businesses participating in the recycle program. To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to recycling and waste reduction.

    Los Alamos County Environmental Services received seven nominations for the fifth annual Business Recycler of the Year Award. There were two categories this year, Educational Institute and Business/Non-Profit. Educational Institutes were: Chamisa Elementary School, Los Alamos High School Eco Club, and Aspen K-Kids (sponsored by Kiwanis). Business/Non-Profit nominees were: Merrick & Company, Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, Sirphey and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church Shop on the Corner. The voting was conducted via an online survey.

  • Save on your summer road trip adventure

    By Nathaniel Sillin

    Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017. In fact, 10 percent more families are expected to take road trips this year than last.

    From driving to the tip of Cape Cod, to seeing the Great Lakes all the way to a drive through the Yosemite Valley in California, there are limitless ways to explore on the road.

    Whether you’re going to visit family or taking off on an epic adventure, a road trip can be a great way to make travel about the journey rather than the destination.

    Before you hit the road, make sure your car can handle the trip. Before you pack up your car, it’s a good idea to take your car to a mechanic and ensure that it’s ready for the drive. Having your car inspected and serviced by a mechanic before a road trip can be a worthwhile investment that could both save you money and prevent an untimely breakdown.

    Looking into a rental car is an alternative you may want to consider if you’re hoping to avoid wear and tear that might depreciate your car’s value. Consider your options carefully and choose what makes most financial sense for you.

  • Bipartisan, creative, thoughtful D.C. group provides NM insights

    As governor, Bill Richardson had ideas. He gave us commissions for this and that. There was something about a national football league franchise. Somewhere. He gave us the spaceport and the commuter railroad, both heavily subsidized by taxpayers—me and thee. An added bonus from the railroad is the opportunity for people to die along the tracks.

    Just about all of our so-called leaders have ideas about sunsets and little else.

    There are some people with real ideas in Washington, D.C., of all places. Ideas of substance, not the sniping about the failed policies of Gov. X or Sen. Y.

    The two-year-old Economic Innovation Group (eig.org) seems to have mixed people from across the various spectra.

    The website headline is, “Empowering entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic U.S. economy.” EIG calls itself “a bipartisan public policy organization, ​founded in 2013, ​combining innovative research and data-driven advocacy to address America’s most pressing economic challenges.”

    Notice that it says “bipartisan” rather than “non-partisan.” New Mexico could learn from EIG.

    The distinction recognizes that factions—parties—won’t go away.