Today's News

  • Lab offers pricing preference to New Mexico businesses

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A national research and development laboratory announced a 5 percent pricing preference for qualified New Mexico small businesses.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports Sandia National Laboratories' Supply Chain Integration Department Senior Manager Delfinia Salazar says the preference could apply to about $100 million in competitive subcontract awards during the first year of the program.

    The program would apply to subcontracts for research and development, customized equipment, professional services, commercial items and information technology.

    Sandia will apply the 5 percent preference while evaluating subcontract awards worth $150,000 to $5 million. When a qualified New Mexico small business submits a bid, the labs will add 5 percent to the bids of other businesses that don't qualify as New Mexico small businesses.

  • Gardening class at Nature Center set for March 18

    March is the perfect time to learn the tricks to extend the growing season for your garden. Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start and care for your veggies and annuals before the last frost from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    This class will teach gardeners how to start seeds indoors, transplant successfully into the garden, and start some veggies directly in the garden.

    There will be handouts and demonstrations, but no seed planting during class.

    Steinberg has taught this class for 20 years at a nursery/greenhouse in Boulder. She had a large vegetable garden on her farm, and she sold produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. Steinberg also raised and sold bedding plants.

    The cost is $25, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center members save $5. Advance registration is required. To register or learn more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LACA presents Venice Baroque Orchestra Friday

    The Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles, will appear in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the ensemble will bring with them recorder virtuoso Anna Fusek.

    LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.  Concert attendees are encouraged to carpool and arrive early as parking in the Crossroads Bible Church parking lot and surrounding vicinity is limited. 

    Fusek, a native of Prague, has a distinguished career throughout Europe as both recorder soloist and in Baroque opera production. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is a much-admired exponent of the Italian Baroque and is notable for its rediscovery of many 17th and 18th century masterpieces several of which will be included in its Los Alamos program.

    Anna Fusek will perform one of those discoveries, a sonata for recorder and basso continuo by the all-but-forgotten Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli.  She will also be featured in two concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, one a double concerto in partnership with concert master Gianpiero Zanocco.

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center has new artist, teacher for spring

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center has a long list of classes for students of all ages this spring.

    Many of the instructors have become a household name within the art community. This year, the center would like to introduce another fantastic artist and teacher, award-winning artist Roberta Remy, whose work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S., Brazil and Europe.

    Remy, who will be teaching an upcoming pastel course designed for adults and teens, attended Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League of New York.

    There, she studied painting with master painters Frank Mason, George Passantino, David Leffel, and Sherrie McGraw, and drawing and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale.

    Formerly a New York-based illustrator whose clients included Macmillan Publishing, Playskool, Cabbage Patch Kids and McDonalds, she now makes Santa Fe her home base, where she’s been expanding her teaching activities since 1995.

  • Cabin Fever Festival at Jemez Springs set for March 24

    The Village of Jemez Springs is gearing up for a second attempt at its 2018 Cabin Fever Festival.

    A forecast of inclement weather forced postponement of the original date of Feb. 24. Now that a new date has been set organizers are anticipating better weather as they finalize preparations for the annual celebration.

    “Most weather reports were forecasting highs in the low 30s and gusty winds on the day of the event, so to be prudent and fair to our visitors and vendors, we postponed the event,” said Mayor Bob Wilson. “We apologize to those who had planned to attend our Cabin Fever Festival but we hope they will still attend (later this month).”

    The new date for Cabin Fever Festival is March 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The annual event includes a variety of fun activities, including chain saw carving demonstrations by Sandia Bear Company, a dog costume contest, pie-baking competition, live music and arts and crafts.

    “What we shoot for is a fun community event,” said Wilson. “We bring in some bands and have mostly local vendors. Some of the non-profit groups from the area participate and the forest service always shows up with some of their demonstrations. It’s just meant to be a fun community event.”

  • Hecker to speak at elegant dinner and talk March 19

    President Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University Research Professor Dr. Sig Hecker will be the guest speaker at an elegant dinner and talk set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 19 at Las Campanas Clubhouse, 132 Clubhouse Dr., Santa Fe.

    Seating is limited at this event and reservations are required by March 16.

    Hecker will offer his thoughts and opinions on the exclusive “nuclear club,” focusing on North Korea, Russia, and the Iran deal among many other urgent issues in a presentation entitled, “A Tour of the Nuclear World.”

    Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

    As discussed recently on 60 Minutes, Hecker has made some extraordinary visits to North Korea to assess its plutonium programs and advances in nuclear weapons – a development that now directly threatens the United States.

    Hecker is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He was co-director of Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • BREAKING: Gov. Martinez vetoes gross receipts tax bill

    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Wednesday that would tax the gross receipts of certain non-profits, including any new non-profit contractor to take over management of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In her message to the senate explaining the veto Wednesday, Martinez said the bill was "poorly crafted tax policy." A proposed amendment would have required all non-profits that make over a certain threshold to pay gross receipts tax, but it was withrawn, she said. Also, she said the bill was another "piecemeal attempt at tax reform."

    Los Alamos County may see a loss of about $22 million a year in gross receipts tax revenue, according to some estimates, if the contract to manage and operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory is awarded to a non-profit entity. Martinez said that while the loss of gross receipts tax is a concern, it may be less than what some claim it will be, as subcontractors will become taxable.

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) said the amendment, which she said was recommended by State Rep. and House Taxation and Revenue Committee member Jason Harper (R-57) would have left Los Alamos without GRT revenue for a year if the bill included it.

  • SF Native Plant Society lecture March 21

    Richard Cahal Thompson, Santa Fe parks division director will give a free talk during the Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico meeting at Christ Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. March 21.

    The talk is entitled “The Face of Change.” It concerns the possibility of planting more native plants in Santa Fe.
    Cahal earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from TAMU Kingsville. Upon graduation, he moved into municipal forestry with the City of San Antonio.

    He was then promoted to River Walk horticulturist, River Operations supervisor, horticulturist II, and then senior horticulturist.  Since leaving San Antonio, he worked as a contract Forester, Urban Forester, parks superintendent, project manager, and is now parks division director in Santa Fe.

     The meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, at 1701 Arroyo Chamiso, located in the triangle of Old Pecos Trail, St. Michael’s Drive and Arroyo Chamiso. It is directly across the street from Fire Station No. 4. Meetings and talks are free and open to all. For more information, email Dr. Tom Antonio: tom@thomasantonio.org or call 690-5105.

  • Audubon NM picks new director

    Audubon New Mexico announced March 1 the appointment of Paul Tashjian as Associate Director of Freshwater Conservation.

    Tashjian will further bolster Audubon New Mexico’s innovative freshwater conservation program to address the many challenges the state is facing regarding significant declining river flows, and the impact it has on birds, wildlife and New Mexicans.

    Tashjian, a longtime resident of New Mexico, will lead Audubon New Mexico’s multi-faceted Freshwater Conservation Program along with Beth Bardwell, Director of Conservation effective March 5, 2018. He will direct efforts to develop and implement policy, market-based, restoration and strategic engagement strategies to protect and restore natural ecosystems for communities, birds and other wildlife on New Mexico’s major rivers and tributaries, with a focus on the Rio Grande and Colorado River Basins.

    “I’m very excited to be working with Audubon New Mexico on water and wildlife conservation issues, said Paul Tashjian. “I love our State’s rivers and wetlands and have spent much of my time stomping around these magical places.”

  • Pen fair set for Saturday at DeVargas Mall

    Santa Fe Pens is hosting the 23rd Annual Santa Fe Pen Fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the store located at DeVargas Center, 179 A, Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.

    Following a 20-year run at the now-closed Sanbusco location, Santa Fe Pens, as part of the event, will unveil its Santa Fe Edition XX fountain and roller ball pens.

    “This year, we’re bringing back our free calligraphy seminars for children (age 8 and up) and adults. Our newest employee, Shawn Hayden, will teach basic calligraphy lettering techniques at 1:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,” said Neal Frank, Santa Fe Pens owner.