Today's News

  • School super search continues

    According to Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the search for a new superintendent is proceeding as planned. The board recently held an executive session to discuss the search. During this session, the board decided to widen it’s search as well as set criteria.
    Bjarke-McKenzie said the board is still considering local candidates, but also established that it will definitely be accepting applications from outside candidates.
    “We’ve decided to go forward with the search, as well as develop criteria and a timeline within the next couple of days,” she said.
    While some board members suggested a couple of local candidates, Bjarke-McKenzie said that they’ve also decided to do a regional search as well as a national search.
    She added that in the next couple of weeks, they will be focusing on getting input from the public through some questionnaires.
    “We will be also be looking to get some input from the public, to get a better idea of what they want,” she said.
    The school board also is looking for a replacement for District 3 member David Foster. Foster recently resigned his position, after having sold his house and moved out of district.
    The board recently listed in the Los Alamos Monitor the basic requirements for all District 3 candidates, including:

  • PEEC reaches 90 percent

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center's “Flyometer” measures how close PEEC is to reaching its goal of raising $1.2 million to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits and a professional planetarium projector for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The new center, which will open next spring, is a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC. The county is spending $4.3 million to build the new facility, while PEEC is raising $1.2 million for the professionally designed exhibits, which will belong to the center. The dragonfly has become a symbol of the new nature center, because some say the building itself resembles a dragonfly, so PEEC has adopted the term “Flyometer” for the instrument to mark the progress of its campaign. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org/takewing.

  • Sheriff's office looking closely at accident victim's claims

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a recent accident on N.M. 502 has intensified, due to discrepancies found in one of the victim’s descriptions on how the accident happened.
    Around 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 25, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Alamos fire and police departments responded to an accident on N.M. 502 just west of Anderson Overlook. When they arrived they found a late model, maroon Nissan Sentra at the bottom of a ravine on the westbound side. There is no guardrail in that section of N.M. 502.
    Though one of the victims, Zachary Sanchez, 30, said his girlfriend, Andrea Harvier, 31, was driving, the sheriff’s office took out search warrants to further investigate the accident .
    Sheriff’s office personnel said before being transported to the hospital, Sanchez was saying he was the passenger.
    However, as personnel examined the accident scene further, they determined it was Sanchez who was the driver, not Harvier.
    “...it was determined based on several factors that the driver of the vehicle was Zachary Sanchez and not Andrea Harvier as initially reported,” said a statement in one of the sheriff’s warrants.

  • Be There 09-04-14

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Motorcycle Diaries,” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

    College/Military Day. Community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of lifelong learning. Take a photo and email them to AssetsInAction@att.net, or post them on the Assets In Action Facebook page.

    Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Days. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    ScienceFest. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in various places around Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • Film tells story of young revolutionary's journey

    Why do some of us only think or want, while others do and make? How do the seeds of true revolution first begin?
    Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004, Rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library, examines a young Che Guevara’s journey across South America, where the aspiring doctor witnesses continent-wide poverty, disparity, and injustice, the magnitude of which might have been enough to inspire his future.
    Toward the end of 1951, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) set off from Buenos Aires to explore the continent. Because Guevara is a medical student and Granado, a biochemist, the two are going in part to volunteer at a leper colony in San Pablo, Peru. But of course, a 5,000-mile motorcycle trip is never just about a job.
    After the motorcycle, dubbed “The Mighty One,” suffers its last mile, well before the men reach their ostensible destination, Guevara and Granado continue on foot, hitching rides with Incas, cows, miners and Communists.

  • Discussion covers N.M.'s hottest harvest

    Chile peppers have a long and rich history in New Mexico, and actually were grown in this area hundreds of years before New Mexico’s statehood.
    Dr. Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist from New Mexico State University, will discuss the story of chile in the southwest from its ancient origins to modern production. The talk begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from NMSU in biology, specializing in microbiology. She then worked in Quality Control and Research and Development at the Old El Paso processing facility in Anthony, Texas for more than 10 years.
    She was accepted into the Chile Pepper Breeding program at NMSU, and earned a master’s degree in horticulture in 1997, working on the genetics of resistance to phytophthora root rot and foliar blight of chile peppers. She earned a Ph.D. in agronomy in 2007, working on breeding red chile for mechanical harvest efficiency.
    Walker has served as extension vegetable specialist in the Extension Plant Sciences Dept. at NMSU since 2004 where she concentrates on providing assistance to commercial vegetable growers and related industries in enhancing sustainability and profitability of vegetable production in New Mexico.

  • Local playwright work takes LALT stage Friday

    For most of us, our lives are filled with routine. It usually involves getting up at about the same time every day, going to work, coming home and eating dinner, unwinding after a busy day and going to sleep. This routine is repeated and repeated day in and day out. We try to find things to do that we enjoy, but how many of us really try to fulfill our dreams? There are a select few that break the routine and live life for one thing: Joy. Tess Light does this, and this joy shines in her play “Tower of Magic.”
    “Tower of Magic” is about a girl named Sue who strives to fit in with the world. She’s a professor of civil engineering who is engaged to be married. Sue now has to tell her family that she is engaged, but her family doesn’t even know she has a boyfriend. When Sue is gone longer than expected, her fiancé Felix surprises her by showing up at her family home. There are a lot of things about Sue she doesn’t want Felix to know. Her real name is Solstitia. Her family consists of an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano who sings instead of speaks, a murderous chef, an occasionally mute savant and a linguist. Felix learns about each of the members of Solstitia’s family, and realizes that she should do nothing more than be herself, live life in joy and always try to spread joy to others.

  • Social Security to resume mailed benefit statements

    Call it a paperless experiment that didn’t quite pan out. In 2011, a budget-strapped Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped mailing annual benefit statements to workers over 25 in order to save $70 million on annual printing and mailing costs.
    In return, the agency launched the “my Social Security” online tool that allows 24/7 access to your statement, as well as other helpful information. (Your statement shows a complete record of your taxable earnings, as well as estimated retirement, disability and survivor benefits.)
    Although more than 13 million people have opened accounts, that’s only about 6 percent of the American workforce. With millions of Baby Boomers at or approaching retirement age, Congress was justifiably concerned that not enough people were accessing this critical retirement-planning tool.
    That’s why this month SSA will resume mailing paper statements every five years to workers from ages 25 to 60, provided they haven’t already signed up for online statements. The expectation is that more people will migrate to electronic services over time, as Social Security continues to close field offices and reduce in-office paperwork services — thanks to years of funding cutbacks.

  • Fix social issues by legalizing pot

    New Mexico has a mix of fermenting social problems that could be fixed by the passage of a bill that would regulate marijuana like alcohol.
    Legalizing recreational marijuana use and possession for adults would provide users with a safer alternative to alcohol given the likelihood of it creating safer access for them.
    Safer access means consumers buying their product from a state and county-licensed retailer instead of an anonymous street dealer with cartel connections.
    Generally, marijuana has been a safer alternative because users tend to remain in control of their behavior and don’t generally commit acts of violence, or sexual assaults as people occasionally do when they are drinking.
    Reported sexual assaults, murders, and robberies have all decreased in Denver, since marijuana was legalized in January 2013. My hunch is that there are fewer black-market drug deals going bad. More people socializing with weed means less women are being sexually assaulted by aggressive drunks at parties.
    In New Mexico, drinking alcohol is ingrained as a cultural norm.
    During the last 30 years that the United States Census Bureau collected comparable data, New Mexico was among the top-three states for total alcohol-related deaths.

  • Sun Devils see UNM as a step up

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Despite his small-program background, Todd Graham is not a proponent of facing schools from college football’s lower ranks now that he’s at Arizona State.
    Win and, well, you were supposed to. Lose or even play poorly, things can get ugly. And, regardless of the outcome, the games almost always get sloppy in the second half.
    Despite his disdain for facing FCS opponents, Graham didn’t mind the 19th-ranked Sun Devils opening this season against Weber State.
    Arizona State won in a blowout, as it should have, but also gave its young defensive players a confidence boost and allowed the entire team a chance to identify areas that need to be worked on before the schedule starts getting tougher. It was almost like a preseason game for the Sun Devils.
    “I’m glad we had that opponent first because we needed that kind of experience there,” Graham said.
    As openers go, the Sun Devils couldn’t have asked for a much better start against Weber State.
    Arizona overwhelmed an overmatched opponent 45-14 and came away relatively healthy.
    The offense revved up after some miscues the opening two drives, racing to a 31-0 halftime lead, allowing Graham to rest most of his starters in the second half.