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Today's News

  • Sportsmen gain new access, campsites on state lands

    Sportsmen have 141 new access points in 14 counties and two new campsites near Carlsbad on state lands, the State Land Office announced today.

    Of the new access points, 124 are open to walk-ins and 17 are accessible by vehicle. In all, there are now 345 access points and 11 campsites on state lands.

    “Land ownership patterns in New Mexico tend to lock sportsmen out, but as promised I have been working with our lessees to create a more open and positive experience for hunters and anglers,” said State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. “Hunting is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage and my office is doing all we can to preserve these traditions.”

    Nearly all of the 9 million acres of surface estate managed by Dunn and the State Land Office are leased for livestock grazing and cropland production, and during New Mexico’s hunting season are open to hunters, anglers and trappers with a valid license and all applicable permits, stamps or validations.

    The State Land Office is partnering with the state Department of Game and Fish and the Bureau of Land Management to offer mobile maps of New Mexico’s big-game hunting units, hunting access points, and more through the “CarryMap” application.

  • PEEC hosts grrreat Bear Festival

    On Saturday morning, the Nature Center was packed with booths, families and bear paraphernalia.

    The Pajarito Environmental and Education Center (PEEC) teamed up with the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF) to host New Mexico’s first Bear Festival.

    This festival brought national, state, local and independent organizations together with the sole mission of bear education and appreciation.

    PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel explained that their hope is to be “raising awareness of how to coexist with bears,” like the steps to take in bear proofing your home and life.

    Creel gave credit to their partnership with LEWF and said, “The Land of Enchantment was huge in this whole thing. They put in a lot of time and effort, especially with the bear dinner the night before.”

    Dr. Kathleen Ramsay launched LEWF in order to assist bear rehabilitation efforts across New Mexico. Similar to PEEC, their mission is to make Los Alamos bear friendly and bear aware. Because bears are such intelligent, habitual creatures,

  • Organizers serve up food for thought at Bear Feast

    The first–ever Bear Feast at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center drew a crowd Friday that munched on salmon, grapes, watermelon, celery, peanut butter, candy worms, candy mushrooms, candy acorns and honey-dipped cornbread shaped like a beehives.

    The bear buffet menu featured the kind of food bears liked to eat, candy being substituted for what wasn’t edible by humans.

    Residents also got to feast on some bear knowledge from wildlife expert Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and bear attack survivor Karen Williams.

    Ramsay was linked to William’s attack when the surviving cubs from the attack were sent to Ramsay’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Española. Shortly after the attack, which happened in June 2016, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish tracked and euthanized the attacking sow to check for rabies.

    The sow’s two bear cubs were released from the wildlife center this year, weighing in at a healthy 160 and 140 pounds.

    Ramsay talked about the expensive and complicated process of teaching the cubs that arrive at her center how to hunt for their own food and survive on their own in preparation for their eventual release out into the wild. She also talked about their fixation on food and why it’s so important.

  • LAPD honors officers killed in 2016

    Los Alamos Police Department staff, family, friends and community members gathered Monday morning in the Justice Center’s parking lot to honor and remember those who had lost their lives over the past year, including three police officers from New Mexico.

    Police Chief Dino Sgambellone began the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance and also recognizing a recent loss from the community.

    “Although she wasn’t a police officer, we lost one of our own last year, Connie Salazar,” Sgambellone said. “For those of you who knew Connie, you know what a wonderful and giving person that she was.”

    Salazar was fighting a courageous battle against cancer and passed away in 2016. She was employed by the county for over 20 years and had recently retired. “Connie was part of our family and will always be missed. We are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we shared.” Sgambellone iterated that her loss will be felt by not only the LAPD, but also all of Los Alamos and asked for a moment of silence on Salazar’s behalf.

  • Kite Festival takes flight this weekend in WR

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 20th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spirio Soccer Fields in White Rock.

    Thanks to generous funding by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry and individual supporters, admission to the Kite Festival is free.

    The Festival kicks off Friday night with the start of Gordon’s Summer Concert Series and a night kite fly demonstration.

    In this event, small lights are attached to kites before they are launched into the night sky. Winds permitting, it should be quite a light show over White Rock. The concert will feature Chuchito Valdes, an Afro-Cuban jazz band from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico.

    On Saturday, the Kite Festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday the festival will be from noon to 4 p.m.

    The ever-popular Candy Drop, which began in 2002, will be back, winds permitting. A plastic bag is filled with wrapped hard candy and is launched on a kite like a giant kite piñata. The bag is eventually split open and candy falls from the sky, but not until the children have chased the kite all over the field. This calorie-burning event is almost as popular with parents as it is with kids.

  • Key LANL programs funded with spending package

    Several of Los Alamos National Laboratory defense and environmental program received vital funding with  the $1.1 trillion spending package that was passed by Congress May 4 and signed by President Donald Trump May 5.
    The funds in the appropriations bill will last through September.
    LANL’s legacy cleanup, the replacement of LANL’s Chemical and Metallurgy Research Center and the life-extension program of the B-61 nuclear weapons program received funding.
    “This bipartisan agreement makes robust investments in our economy and will create and preserve jobs in New Mexico at a time when we truly need them. New Mexico’s national laboratories, military bases, and WIPP will all receive critical federal investments”, said Sen. Heinrich (D-NM).

  • AG Balderas won't be entering race for New Mexico governor

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will not be entering the race for governor and instead will focus on his re-election as the state's top prosecutor.
    The Democrat ended the speculation Tuesday with a statement that detailed the work his office has done — from pursuing internet criminals who target children to recovering Medicaid fraud dollars.
    Balderas also said his office has a responsibility to hold the federal government accountable. He pointed to recent filings against President Donald Trump's travel ban and the sale of federal coal leases.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is limited to two terms. No Republican has entered the race, though U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says he may pursue the GOP nomination.
    The Democratic nomination is being sought by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, former media executive Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe.
     

  • Republicans propose fix for New Mexico state budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Leading Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Tuesday outlined a proposal to resolve the state's budget crisis by suspending construction projects and withdrawing money from a state pension fund.
    Democrats who hold the majority of seats in both chambers have yet to come forward with a budget plan for a special legislative session that begins May 24. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has called lawmakers back to the capital to resolve a feud over how to solve the state's budget crisis, and signaled her support Tuesday for the House Republican plan.
    The governor last month vetoed all spending for the legislative branch and institutions of higher education for the fiscal year starting July 1, emphasizing her opposition to companion tax increases. Martinez has since indicated she would consider select tax revenue increases if they lower overall rates.
    The House Republican budget plan would shift $63 million in capital outlay money to bolster the state general fund, said GOP House minority leader Nate Gentry of Albuquerque. It would also claw back $12.5 million in pension money set aside for the state's unsalaried legislators.

  • Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico

    Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning about increased fire danger in New Mexico thanks to more dry and windy conditions.
    A red-flag warning will be in effect Tuesday from noon until the evening hours for the northeast and east-central plains.
    Forecasters say a low-pressure system racing from Southern California toward New Mexico is expected to reach the state late Tuesday.
    Ahead of the system will be strong winds and very dry air that will combine for critical fire weather across much of the central and southern parts of New Mexico. The winds are expected to shift further to the east later Tuesday.
    Officials say any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, and outdoor burning is being discouraged.
     

  • Kerr to host meeting Thursday on new LA Ambassador program

    Longtime Los Alamos County resident Vernon Kerr is hosting a special meeting at the Mesa Public Library Thursday and residents are invited.
    A free hat is involved, but there’s one catch – he would like those interested to know a little something about Los Alamos and be willing to share it. Experts on the Manhattan Project can apply, as well as those who know what the best time to visit the dog park in Overlook Park, or what flavor of bagel to wrap a Ruby K’s sandwich in.
    “One of the things I’ve noticed, sitting waiting for the bus, watching people go by… there are tourists in this town,” Kerr said. “I figured we’ve got enough retired people around here that if they have the kind of time where they could talk to people, I’m offering them, and others in similar circumstances, to come downtown and talk to the tourists.”
    While Kerr is mostly looking for retirees with a lot of free time during the day, anyone can apply.
    “Whoever shows up I’m going to enlist, and I’m going to give them a red cap,” Kerr said. Each person that shows up will get a red baseball cap with gold lettering on it that says “Los Alamos AMBASSADOR.”
    Kerr hopes all 46 or 50 of the hats go swiftly. There is a lot at stake.