Today's News

  • School district looks over funding snafu

    The Associated Press is reporting that New Mexico’s Public Education Department made a clerical error that added S218,076.73 in extra funding to the Los Alamos Public School District’s “at-risk” students fund.
    Each year, the PED gives schools a certain amount of funding to aid the district’s “at-risk” students. The funding amount is supposed to be based on the number of students the district has at that time. At-risk students are considered to be students who don’t attend school regularly, cannot speak English, or are considered living below poverty level.
    In the article, the PED is said to have made an alphabetical error in its annual list, due to where they placed West Las Vegas. This resulted in Los Alamos as one of the districts that received more funding than it should and others to have received less than they should, according to the article.

  • Update 05-23-13

    Author series

    Steve Sheinkin, who recently wrote “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” will be at Mesa Library from 7-8:30 p.m. today.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Memorial Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. Put roll carts out on Wednesday.

  • Tornado hits close to home

    The Oklahoma tornadoes earlier this week hit way too close to home for Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Patrick Massara.
    Massara’s mother, Candace Jenkins, lives just a mile and a half from Moore, Okla., which was devastated by the powerful twister that killed 24 people and leveled an elementary school and hundreds of homes.
    “Mom is OK,” Massara said. “She got lucky. She is retired from the Air Force base that is located near Moore. She never left the house all day. But the following day, she went to check on friends and she said it was absolute devastation.”
    The tornado missed Jenkins’ house and Massara was asked if his mother heard anything.
    “She just heard the warning sirens,” Massara said.
    Massara said his mother grew up in Los Alamos.
    “She was raised here and she was a Hilltopper,” Massara said.
    Massara, meanwhile, was working the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift Monday and did not know what was going on until the late afternoon.
    During a break, Massara watched the news coverage.
    “A member of the family got a hold of her around 4 p.m., Massara said. “I ended up talking to her later.”

  • Be There 05-23-13

    At 5:30 p.m., parents and children are invited to Ruby K’s Bagel Café to create a bagel birdfeeder. Little Forest Playschool will host this craft. Secilly Keeler, a teacher at Little Forest, will bring the supplies and provide hands-on instruction. For more information call 515-7001.

    Authors Speak Series presents Steve Sheinkin, author of “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.” Teens are invited to a pizza party to meet the author at 5:30 p.m. before the talk. Both Upstairs at the Mesa Public Library.
    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Ashley Pond: Red Elvises; Siberian rock from Los Alamos. For more information visit gordonsummerconcerts.com.

  • Three-planet alignment in night sky

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a three-planet event.
    Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will come very close together. PEEC and the Pajarito Astronomers will be there with telescopes to help viewers enjoy this event.
    The telescopes will be set up for twilight sky viewing starting about 8:45 p.m., about 45 minutes after sunset. Besides these planets, there will also be some galaxies to view.
    Public is invited to dress accordingly and if the viewing is good, the event will last until around midnight.
    The three planets will form a tight triangle that will fit into a 2.5 degree circle above the western horizon. After they set at around 9:35 p.m., the rings of Saturn and then the galaxies can be observed.
    For more information, call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • Scouts run food drive

    Cub Scouts from Pack 22 and 27 worked to collect canned goods on May 11 at Smith’s location in Los Alamos and White Rock. Donations were accepted throughout the day in addition to the box collection by the United States Postal Service. Cub Scout and Boy Scouts participated in the community event.

  • Bradbury to honor military personnel

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum is again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    “In this the 70th anniversary year celebration of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Bradbury Science Museum is once again excited and proud to be part of the 1,800 museums throughout the United States participating in the Blue Star Museums program to thank our nation’s military personnel — and their families — for their service,” Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck said.
    “The museum already has a free-admission policy, but we’re participating in this program to raise awareness of the importance of honoring members of the U.S. armed services, as we share our collective history,” Deck said.
    The Bradbury Science Museum features films and interactive exhibits interpreting LANL’s contributions to modern science, research and technology, including its role in the Manhattan Project and current mission in national security. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  • Beware of hidden flight, hotel fees

    The last few years have been tough economically for many people. Unemployment fears combined with plunging home, stock and retirement account values caused many to forgo big vacations — even though stressful times are when we most need to recharge our batteries.
    But with the economy turning around, many families are cautiously dipping their toes in the travel pool once again.
    Hotel occupancy rates have risen in many areas and airports are as crowded as ever.
    Airlines and hotels are notorious for tacking extra charges onto their bills. Here are a few to watch out for:
    A few airlines allow one free checked bag (Southwest still allows two), but most charge up to $25 for the first checked bag each way, and even more for additional pieces.
    Plus, most now tack on hefty fees for overweight and over-sized checked and carry-on luggage, so measure and weigh your luggage carefully.
    Expect to pay extra for things like changing flights, extra leg room, priority boarding, unaccompanied minors, pets, Wi-Fi access and food.
    Some airlines even charge extra to speak to a live person, or to buy your ticket at the airport counter or by phone.

  • Watch for big money in politics

    Do you remember the days when we had a year off between election campaigns? Even better, we had a year off from negative political advertising.
    No more. Announcements for next year’s gubernatorial campaign began even before the 2012 elections. Governor Susana Martinez never quit fundraising. She just had a big fundraiser in Taos and Palm Desert, Calif., that made the news. It isn’t unusual for first-term governors to raise money year-round for four years.
    Attorney General Gary King announced for governor long before the 2012 elections. He had been asked to make a politically controversial investigation and decision so felt he had to reveal his conflict.
    Soon after the 2012 general election Sen. Linda Lopez, of Albuquerque, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield announced their Democratic candidacies for governor. There likely will be several more announcements shortly.
    In fact, some possible candidates, such as Howie Morales, of Silver City have announced they may announce for governor.
    Most confounding of all is a negative Republican campaign that has already begun against Democratic Sen. Tim Keller, of Albuquerque. Keller has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate but has not announced.

  • Chimayó art fair brings Northern New Mexico artists together

    The Spanish Colonial Master Show will be featuring 20 of some of the most renowned Northern New Mexican Spanish Artists.
    This show will bring together the Northern New Mexican art, and cuisine in one special place. Hosted by Byron Martinez and Joseph Sisneros, owner of the Rancho Chimayó Collection Galeria, which is located inside the Rancho the Chimayó Restaurante.
    Artists’ reception is 6 p.m., May 31.
    The art fair is 8 p.m., June 1 and 2.
    More of the award winning artists participating include: Antonio Roybal, Marco Oviedo, Lisa Trujillo, Irving Trujillo, Lee Valdez, Ray Montez, Cleo Romero, Toby Morfin, Floyd Jose Lucero, Charlie Carrillo, Matthew Duran, Gabriel Vigil, Arlene Sisnernos-Sena and Cruz Lopez.
    For more information, call 351-4455.