Today's News

  • Cerro Grande Timeline

    May 4, 2000

    Despite unfavorable spring conditions, a “controlled burn” begins at Bandelier National Monument near Cerro Grande peak. The burn is started by the National Park Service.

    May 5, 2000

    High winds cause fire to jump perimeter of controlled burn.

    May 7, 2000
    The now out-of-control wildfire, which has spread to approximately 3,000 acres, threatens residents in Los Alamos. As a precautionary measure, Western Area goes under a voluntary evacuation.

    May 8, 2000
    Los Alamos Fire Department is called in to aid in the firefighting efforts.

    May 9, 2000
    Air support is called in to fight fires in Water Canyon.

    May 10, 2000
    A general voluntary evacuation of Los Alamos is called. Gusting winds of up to 75 mph have pushed the fire into Los Alamos Canyon. The town is almost fully evacuated in less than five hours.

    That night, the fire hits the townsite and burns more than 200 buildings, mostly houses in Western Area.

    May 11, 2000
    At approximately 1 a.m., a general evacuation of White Rock is called. Residents mostly evacuate to surrounding areas.

    May 12, 2000
    Initial damage assessments are released from the fire.

  • Impressive...

    A pair of young Jedi brave the wind gusts as they head into Mesa Public Library for its “Star Wars” celebration Sunday. “Star Wars” Day, which is celebrated on May 4, is an unofficial holiday for fans of the films, so they can greet each other with “May the Fourth be with you.” The original “Star Wars” film from 1977, “A New Hope,” was screened at the library and “Star Wars” themed games followed the screening.

  • Local GOP elects 2015-16 officials

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos elected its officers during its county convention late last month.
    The new officers include Bill McKerley, chairman, James Chrobocinski, first vice chair, James Robinson, second vice chair, Mary Wilhoit, secretary and Jane Gordon, treasurer.
    At the convention, chairman-elect McKerley, a 2014 candidate for county council, acknowledged the hard work and contributions of the outgoing officers, including Robert Gibson, JoAnn Johnson, Norma Tech, Lawry Mann, and expressed his sincere appreciation to each.
    The county contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also was elected at the meeting.
    The county contingent includes McKerley, Chrobocinski, Robinson, Wilhoit, Gordon, John Bliss, Bethany Douglas, Jaret McDonald, Francine Mendoza, Gibson and Johnson.
    According to its statement of principles, the GOP “must elect — and hold accountable — leaders who will refocus governments on executing their legitimate tasks well instead of enslaving bankrupting us and our progeny.”
    The Los Alamos Republican party meets on the third Thursday of the month at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Meeting times are 7 p.m.

  • Worker burned in lab accident

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is starting an investigation into the cause of an electrical accident that injured nine workers Sunday at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, two of them critically.
    Sunday, during preventive maintenance operations at LANSCE, a LANL employee was burned while working at an electrical substation.
    The employee, who has not been identified, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. As of Monday afternoon, the employee was listed in critical but stable condition, although UNM Hospital would release no other information.
    LANL announced Monday afternoon the accident at the TA-53 substation is currently under investigation. LANL said it would likely have a joint investigation board along with the Department of Energy going within the next three days.
    Of the other eight injuries in the incident, seven of those employees were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, treated and released. The eighth, a 57-year-old male was kept at LAMC for observation. As of Monday, he was listed as being in stable condition.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said he and the rest of LANL are hoping for a full recovery for the employee severely burned in Sunday’s accident at the LANSCE site.

  • Be There calendar 5-6-15

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • Dance classes ongoing at YMCA

    The YMCA announces dance classes for those who love to dance or wish to learn. The center hosts a dance class on Friday at the YMCA gym for a night of social dancing. Free swing lessons are at 7 p.m. and social dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.
    Also, come check out the ballroom classes Mondays held at the YMCA.
    This month is Waltz at 8 p.m. and Salsa at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for Y members, $10 for non-members per month. Cost is $1.25/$2.50 a class.

  • Review: Errors lead in the right direction

    Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his lunch. So what happens if an unintended male eats an especially potent midday curry? “The Lunchbox” (2013, Rated PG) explores the possible consequences of just such a life-changing mix-up.
    The film, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series, begins with a most unlikely occurrence: Despite Mumbai’s nearly flawless lunchbox-delivery service, wherein restaurants and wives can pack hot meals to be dropped off at workers’ desks at lunchtime, a mistake is made. Somehow, the wonderful food Ila (Nimrat Kaur) prepares for her loathsome husband starts landing in the stomach of a stranger.
    Meanwhile, the stranger, Saajan (Irrfan Khan) is set to retire at the end of the month after a 35-year career in accounting. He is not eager to train his replacement (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He is not, it seems, happy about anything — except for the magical, delicious entrees that accidentally end up beside his ledger.
    Ila and Saajan are connected by a bureaucratic error, but as Ila says, sometimes “the wrong train can lead you to the right station.”

  • Youth business grants recently released

    The Youth Business Grants from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation were released recently.
    Youth ages 13-19 are invited to assemble a mini business plan and apply for up to $400 in start-up funds, to launch a summer business.
    “The program allows youth in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities to put together a business plan and have some help along the way,” said Program Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen. “We help youth through the process, try to find them a mentor and assist with publicity.”
    Last year 10 businesses supporting 11 local youth were funded for the summer. As a result, several maintained their sales efforts throughout the year, making funds and building relationships along the way.
    The businesses included landscaping, pet care, chocolate candies, jewelry, fresh roasted coffee beans, handcrafted knitted garments and more.
    The summer ended with presentations by the young entrepreneurs and a chance to win additional funds to further their offerings.
    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) queried contestants to see who had the passion to make their businesses grow.

  • Exploring henna designs at Art on Tap

    Using henna for body art has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The intricate designs can symbolize passages of life and are also applied simply for their beauty. Getting a henna tattoo is preferred by many people over a traditional tattoo because it is not painful and it is not permanent.
    Heather Beemer will be discussing the art of henna tattoos from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday for Art on Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room.  
    Beemer will share some cultural and historical information about henna, talk about how she mixes the henna she uses and answer questions. She may even apply some henna tattoos once participants get the discussion rolling.
    Beemer has been intrigued with henna for many years. By career she is a speech-language pathologist but she still finds time to placate her artistic side by doing henna tattoos on people at events and painting henna designs on objects like candles and skulls. She named her henna business “Hippie Chique.” Visit the website at hippiechiquehenna.com.

  • Words matter, so use them carefully

    In our public and personal discourse, there are some words that must be used only with the utmost care.
    One is “Nazi.” Another is “slavery.” Both refer to horrific historic chapters in human history that called into question our humanity.
    Unfortunately, we sometimes carelessly inject these words into our conversations in reference to something else entirely. By corrupting the meanings of these words, we disrespect those who suffered under fascism and slavery.
    I read that the Los Alamos Republican Party has recently elected a new leadership team. I was shocked to find in “The Adopted Principles of the Republican Party of Los Alamos” a call for “leaders who will refocus governments on executing their legitimate tasks well instead of enslaving and bankrupting us.”
    Americans rigorously debate the proper scope and function of government at all levels, but this claim that Los Alamos Republicans experience repression akin to what slaves in this country experienced for 250 years goes beyond the boundaries of truth and into the realm of the worst possible hyperbole.