Today's News

  • County Briefs 6-7-17

    Parks and Rec meeting to be

    The regularly scheduled Parks, Recreation, Open Space Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1000 Central Ave, Room 110.
    Eric Peterson, Open Space Specialist, will give an update on the Flow Trail Project.

    Summer & Fall Field User Meeting

    The Summer & Fall Field User Meeting has been scheduled for June 28 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  
    Bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured to the meeting.
    Mandatory attendance is required. If you are unable to attend, designate someone in your place. If you have any questions, contact Kim Trujillo at 662-8159. Forms can be obtained on the county web site at lacnm.us.

    No ban on
    fireworks planned this month

    The Los Alamos Fire Department is not planning to request a ban on fireworks this month because of adequate moisture levels, according to city officials Tuesday.
    However, fire officials still urge caution as the county enters fire season. Look for updates in upcoming issues of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Alamos teen remains missing

    Dylan Carman, 16, of Los Alamos, has been missing since Friday.

    He was last seen in Los Alamos and according to Los Alamos Police Department Commander Oliver Morris, “He is a missing person/runaway and he has not returned yet.”

    The family recently moved away from Los Alamos, across the country. According to his father, Chris Carman, Dylan Carman was against the move and wanted to stay in his hometown.

    Dylan Carman was scheduled to board a plane in Albuquerque to meet his father on the East Coast, but never boarded.

    “He is 16, with no resources of his own. Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, I can’t imagine a more dangerous set of circumstances. I know he’s afraid that I’m angry with him for running, but I’m not. I’m only scared of what will become of my son,” said Chris Carman.

    His father mentioned the numerous family members waiting and hoping to see him. He described them as “An entire, loving support system, just waiting for him.”

    Dylan Carman is 6’1”, thin, dark complexion, curly brown hair and brown eyes. According to his father, Dylan Carman is soft-spoken, good natured and humorous.

  • ‘Say yes to the very best’

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2017 gathered one last time Saturday morning, bidding adieu to 12 years of hard work, fond memories, classroom friendships, state championships and their favorite teachers.

    One of their principals also returned to urge his students to take advantage of the many opportunities that will come their way.

    Brad Parker, who was many of the students’ principal at Barranca Elementary School and most recently, Los Alamos High School, was one of the speakers. Parker announced his retirement earlier this year.

    The class’s respect and  love for him was evident as honors student Louisa Era May Belian introduced him using all of his nicknames, including,   “Big Kahuna” and “Bad Brad.”

    “Words have power. One of the words you can say that will change your life is ‘yes,’” he said. “I don’t mean ‘yes, I’m happy to do something illegal, immoral or unethical.’ I mean ‘yes, I’m open to a new opportunity, I’m willing to embrace it. It means examine yourself and having the boldness to say no to a lot of good things, and say yes to the very best.

    “And say yes often,” Parker said.

  • First Occasional LA Pub Crawl
  • Wednesday Evening Market to start at Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

    With the solstice on June 21 comes the grand opening of Wednesday Evening Market from 3-7 p.m. in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta.
    Wednesday Evening Markets will be open from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 21 – Sept. 27.
    In addition to the freshest produce around, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market will host fun family activities, multiple farm-fresh dinner options to choose from, and a diverse array of programming from author and storyteller Joe Hayes to Wise Fool New Mexico (circus entertainment).
    The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market partners with multiple businesses in the Railyard (including galleries, restaurants, and the Violet Crown) to present the weekly “Wednesday Eve @ The Railyard” event series. Come feed your senses with an evening farmers’ market amazing, art, music, dinner, drinks, family movies, African Dance Classes with Elise Gent, and more!
    Opening day on June 21 coincides with “Make Music Santa Fe,” a nationwide music event with a local concert.

  • Exploding Universe talk and film at the planetarium

    Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe On June 30.
    This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, at 2 p.m.
    The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours the rest of June: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
    The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    The nature center will be closed on Independence Day, July 4.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium.
    To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • Public hearing to focus on Los Alamos lab's plutonium work

    SANTA FE (AP) — Members of an independent federal oversight panel are in New Mexico to discuss the risks associated with ramping up plutonium work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where past problems have resulted in safety concerns and costly fines.
    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday evening in Santa Fe. The board advises the president and the U.S. Energy Department.
    Los Alamos last year restarted development of the plutonium cores used to trigger the explosion in nuclear weapons. The U.S. Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 pits per year by 2030.
    The board is looking at actions the lab and the National Nuclear Security Administration have taken to minimize risks as well as the adequacy of safety systems for current and future operations.

  • LA Piecemakers seek new members

    For over 32 years, the Los Alamos Piecemakers (LAP) Quilt Guild has provided inspiration and education for its members.
    The enthusiastic and active group is now inviting community members to join the organization to learn to quilt, become a better quilter, learn new techniques, or to be inspired, and have a chance to give back to the community.
    They are encouraging anyone with an interest in quilting to give the group a try and attend a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
    Meetings alternate between the United Church in Los Alamos and the White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Visit the group’s website for meeting information and membership forms with submission instructions: losalamos.com/lap.
    The Los Alamos Piecemakers invites educational speakers to their meetings to give talks and workshops on their areas of expertise twice yearly. Recent past workshops have been Shannon Brinkley from Austin, Texas, teaching “Techniques for Raw Edge Applique” and Michelle Watts of Roswell, showing them “Triple Stitch Machine Embroidery with a Domestic Machine.”
    Members also share their own techniques, such as how use paint sticks and stencils, color theory, and free motion quilting.

  • ‘With movement…there’s improvement!’

    Los Alamos County partnered with the Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day May 31, which focused on showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. 

    Seniors were encouraged to take advantage of the dance, music and fitness classes offered at the Betty Erhart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center and Aquatic Center.

    Many business offered discounts for seniors that day. East Park putt putt offered buy one set of putter and balls and get one set free. For those interested in real gold, the Los Alamos Golf Course offered 50 percent off for the driving range, nine or 18 holes.

    At Aspen Ridge, a few residents celebrated Senior Fitness Day by taking a walk to the nearby East Park. David Genth, Jenny Reichelt, Helen Benso, Korky Cockburn and John Bradley were in attendance for their walk that brisk morning.
    Reichelt commented on her experience at Aspen. “The food’s good and the people are lovely,” she said.

  • Lightning strikes house on Los Pueblos Road

    By Sarah von Sternberg and Tris DeRoma

    A lightning strike was the apparent cause of a house fire on Los Pueblos Street in Los Alamos Tuesday night.

    Clare Webber was home alone around 7:30 p.m when she heard a loud lightning strike.

    “I screamed it was so loud,” Webber said.

    She started looking around to see where it hit, but found nothing. Her husband Leo later joined her for an evening of TV, when they smelled smoke. They finally located the source and called the police.

    “The house was filling with smoke but we can’t find where it’s coming from,” Webber said. “I was looking out the window, turned around and the ceiling was turning brown above me on the second story.”

    The strike had hit the back side of the tallest roof of their house and caused a ceiling fire. Fire and police got there immediately around 9:30 p.m., shortly after they were called. 

    The crews were able to locate the fire quickly. When they arrived, they found light smoke inside the house, but nothing on the outside. They quickly located the fire in a wall between the upstairs bathroom and hallway area.