Today's News

  • WWII glider pilots braved primitive training conditions

    New Mexico’s air space has blessed us with three Air Force bases, but it didn’t just happen. Civic leaders pitched their communities as the nation was gearing up for World War II, and for a time the state was dotted with airfields.
    Fort Sumner snagged an installation that became Fort Sumner Army Airfield. This one trained glider pilots.
    Glider pilots?
    This had to be one of the Army Air Force’s more unusual programs. The boxcar-like WACO CG-4A gliders could carry 15 men – a pilot, co-pilot, and 13 heavily armed troops called “glider riders.” It could also carry a Jeep, an anti-tank gun or medical supplies and food. On release, the glider coasted down and made something like a controlled crash landing. The pilots, trained as commandos, then became infantry troops. The Brits had similar aircraft, and they all saw service in the D Day landing.
    “The center of glider training was Eastern New Mexico and West Texas,” said John McCullough, of Lubbock, during the New Mexico Historical Society conference last weekend in Farmington.

  • Delectable show opens at Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend

    Art and food enthusiasts will be delighted with the creations on display beginning Friday at the opening of DIGEST THIS! At Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    DIGEST THIS! opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Inspired by all things edible, the show is a tasty mix of 3D, mixed media, traditional oils, textiles and ceramics. Anyone who hungers for eclectic art should be well satisfied.
    Culinary-related creations by artists from northern New Mexico include media ranging from Wonder Bread to clay to taxidermy. An “Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” doll by fiber artist Fran Black and a pen-and-ink spread of “Rainbow Cupcakes” by Trish Ebbert, offer an energy boost while Jeri Burzin’s photograph of squash “Blossoms” and Celia Cortez’ pencil drawing of artichokes, “Violetta and Friends” add fresh produce to the menu.
    Watercolor artist Patricia Gould contributed another healthy-eating entry, “Lemon and Kale,” and said: “I just liked the way the lemon was reflective and juicy and the kale was rough and curly.”

  • New book illustrates Bandelier story in images

    As Bandelier National Monument celebrates its centennial year, a newly released book titled “Bandelier National Monument” offers a visual celebration of the history of the park.
    The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Author Paul R. Secord has drawn together historic photographs, images of San Ildefonso artist Pablita Velarde’s murals and historic documents to illustrate Bandelier’s signature moments.
    The book’s content was drawn from archival sources, private collections and the Bandelier library’s recently catalogued collection of more than 14,000 images spanning 135 years. Volunteers have spent two-and-a-half years digitalizing the collection.
    The fascinating trek back through time gives readers an opportunity to see images of long-gone places and people of Bandelier.
    Photographs such as two of the Lodge of Ten Elders, built in 1909 by Judge A. J. Abbott of Santa Fe, of women rangers dressed like airline stewardesses and one of a flock of sheep spanning the bridge over the Rio Grande near the Buckman railhead help to characterize each era of the park’s history.

  • Community Calendar 4-20-16

    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. Cynthia Delgado, Mandy Marksteiner and Kelly Stewart will be featured on a panel. The topic will be “Preparing Los Alamos Businesses for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season.” Breakfast will be pastries from Rose Chocolatier.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on the state of the Bandelier back country and trails post Las Conchas fire by Kevin Stillman. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is rebuilding the trail system.

    The Forest Stewards Guild, county officials and stakeholders will have their first public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 100 Central Ave., to discuss the update of the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input. For more information, visit forestguild.org/losalamosCWPP, or contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 983-8992.  

  • LAHS to present ‘Spamalot’

    Los Alamos High School Olions will proudly present Monty Pythons “Spamalot” beginning with an opening night show at 7 p.m. Friday.
    In this musical retelling of the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” King Arthur and his trusted knights seek the Holy Grail.
    Arthur and his knights encounter famous friends and formidable foes from the Lady of the Lake to the Killer Rabbit.
    Directed by David Daniel and starring Devon McCleskey as Arthur, Evelyn Wohlbier as the Lady of the Lake, and a student pit orchestra. The Olions cast and crew has poured their hearts and souls into the production, they said.
    All showings will take place in Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and under.
    The play has PG-13 content.
    Spamalot’s performance dates and times are:
    • 7 p.m. Thursday, special dress preview
    • 7 p.m. Friday, opening night
    • Noon Saturday pre-prom matinee
    • 7 p.m. April 29
    • 2 p.m. matinee April 30; 7 p.m. evening show
    • 2 p.m. May 1 closing matinee.

  • Science on Tap set for Thursday

    Glen Wurden of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plasma Physics group will discuss his work with the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator in Germany at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
    Wurden will talk about how this work is allowing researchers to peer in the world of super hot plasmas during the lively program and allow questions from the audience.
    Science on Tap is a project of the Los Alamos Creative District. Discussions take place every Thursday evening at various locations and feature discussions on science, nature, history and art.
    The Bradbury Science Museum website has more information about Science on Tap and other museum activities.
    For more information, call Linda Anderman  at 665-9196.

  • Assets in Action: A time to prevent underage drinking

    Did you know that April is underage drinking prevention month?
    I have known about it for years, since the time my husband Chad and I began volunteering at Chamisa Elementary.
    You see as you drive past the school, there should be tulips and daffodils that call to you from the Pledge Garden, installed some eight years ago, under the tutelage of Principal Kate Thomas.
    That was when the efforts started to take on a more formal shape. Each year, students would plant a promise to make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies. As they graduated and moved on to Los Alamos Middle School, and later Los Alamos High School, the garden would bloom during April and remind them of their pledge.
    You could always count on a lovely time each October, during what is called, Red Ribbon Week. The Sci Guy, as he later became known, was then garden guy and would educate them about making healthy choices. He would tie the lesson into a life of the plant and what it needs, then physically have them plant their own bulb.  They would sign a pledge with then counselor Jen Schmierer and later counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and go on their way, keeping watch until April.
    Today, the DWI Planning Council still tries to drive the message to encourage both youth and adults to make the same healthy choices for themselves and our community.

  • LA softball gets back to .500

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos fell behind Capital in both games of its doubleheader Saturday, but the ’Toppers responded with several big innings to win both contests, 12-1 and 18-9.
    The two wins helped Los Alamos get back to .500 with a 10-10 overall record and a 4-3 District 2-5A record.
    Capital, meanwhile, slipped to 4-17, 0-8.
    “Overall, we’re happy to get these two wins and get back on track,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We hit the ball really well.”
    After falling behind 1-0 in the first game, Los Alamos scored two runs in the second, three in the third and fifth and four in the sixth to eventually enact the mercy rule.
    Taylor Collins had four RBI in the game and Hannah Mojica had three.
    Los Alamos fell behind 3-0 in the second game, but RBIs by Elizabeth Anaya and Jayde Tucker evened the score in the second. Capital went back up by three in the bottom of the second, but a six-run third helped Los Alamos take the lead for good. Lauren Harris hit a two-RBI double, Jordan Jaramillo singled home a run and then Jayde Tucker stepped up to the plate with the game tied and the bases loaded. Tucker rose to the challenge and smacked a three-RBI double off the left-field to put Los Alamos up, 9-6.

  • LA tennis to take top seeds into districts

    Rain and snow in Santa Fe over the weekend dramatically shortened the pre-district tennis tournament.
    Tennis’ pre-district tournaments are meant to decrease travel by pitting every district team against each other in one tournament, making it so they don’t have to travel to play each other during the regular season.
    Los Alamos, however, had already played most of the teams in its district at various tournaments.
    The Hilltopper girls entered the tournament with an 8-1 win against Del Norte and 9-0 wins against both Española Valley and Capital.
    At the pre-district event, the Hilltopper girls played Bernalillo Friday and scored a 5-0 win after the first five singles matches concluded.
    The team then cancelled its remaining rematches with rain and snow in Saturday’s forecast.
    The Hilltopper girls also bumped up a handful of players up for the competition.
    Kayla Parker played at No. 1 singles and was winning 3-2 in the third set when Los Alamos locked up the team win with its fifth win.
    Los Alamos’ other five singles players won their matches in straight sets.
    At No. 2 singles, Mackenzie Cook won 7-5, 6-1.
    Ann Sherrill won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
    Rachelle Stokes scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.
    At No. 5 singles, Anna Lemke won 6-0, 6-2.

  • Los Alamos track teams win the Capital City Invite

    For the second track meet in a row, Los Alamos swept the team titles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ boys and girls both finished first out of 16 teams at Santa Fe High’s Capital City Invite.
    “The weather was not ideal, but I felt the Los Alamos athletes did a great job not letting that bother them,” boys’ head coach Steven Montoya said.
    The Hilltopper girls, led by a pair of state-qualifying performances, scored 112.33 points to win their team title. Moriarty (68.5) finished second, followed by Los Lunas (49.33), St. Michael’s (45.33) and Santa Fe Prep (30.5) in fifth.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, scored more than twice as many points as any of their competition. The Hilltopper boys finished first with 97.75 points, followed by Taos (48.25), Capital (46), Moriarty (40.5) and East Mountain in fifth (36).
    Individually, Sydney Schoonover cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and qualify for state in the event.
    The team’s 4x200-meter relay also qualified for state with a first-place finish. Celeste Levy, Claire Ticknor, Sienna Ahlers and Elena Abeyta finished in 1 minute, 48.20 seconds to punch their ticket to state.
    The team’s 4x100 relay also improved their previous state-qualifying time with a first-place finish. Abeyta, Ticknor, Emily Mercer and Levy finished in 59.95.