Today's News

  • Irish dance fundraiser set for Feb. 25

    Belisama Irish Dance will host a fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St.
    The lively afternoon will include ceili dancing (Irish social dance), live music, a short Irish dance demonstration and refreshments to help fund the Belisama Irish Dance Company’s future performances and new costumes. A Girl Scout Fun Patch will be offered for those Girl Scouts joining the fun.
    Meet the dancers, then participate and learn some ceili dance. Special guests Billy Turney and Lucinda Sydow of Chili Line Accordions will provide traditional tunes in a fun environment for the whole family.
    Tickets priced at $10 for children, $15 for adults, and $50 for families with 4+ members (plus a young guest). Ages 4 and under are free. Call 795-8011 for tickets or stop by CB Fox in Los Alamos.

  • Community Calendar 2-5-17

    Española Valley and Los Alamos for a Super Bowl fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Pajarito Brew Pub. Kickoff is scheduled for local time. If your team did not make it to the Big Game, drown your disappointment with one of 30 beers on tap or 52 in the bottle. Pajarito Brew Pub General Manager Patrick Mockler-Wood, a long-time nail banger for Habitat for Humanity, has agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity on all food and drink orders during the game.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Christa Tyson, the volunteer coordinator for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will be our speaker. She will outline the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities available at PEEC.

  • Will Trump sink pipeline projects with protectionist impulses?

    The Wall Street Journal on reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines:

    President Trump is making short work of campaign promises, and on Tuesday he signed executive orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The resurrection is good news for the economy, but one question is whether he’ll sink the projects with his protectionist impulses.
    Mr. Trump signed an executive order inviting TransCanada to apply again for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama Administration rejected to indulge the anti-carbon obsessions of Democratic campaign donors. Another Trump directive aims to expedite the Dakota Access pipeline, which is 90 percent finished but was halted by President Obama amid protests. A federal judge ruled that the government had met its legal obligations, but the Obama Administration suspended work anyway.
    Such carve outs for progressive constituencies are one reason voters rejected Democrats in November, and the pipelines promise broader prosperity. Keystone is predicted to spin off 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, many of them to be filled by union workers, and add $3 billion to GDP.

  • Looking ahead

    This is the final article on why I am running for re-election to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board.  My first article provided basic information about LAPS as an institution, the Board, and some major accomplishments of the Board and administration. The second article focused on current issues facing LAPS. This article focuses on my compelling vision: the staff, programs, parents, and community working together to enable all students to love learning, have great skills, and know basic facts.
    LAPS has three major challenges that have to be addressed in progressing toward this vision: funding, the technology revolution’s impact on learning, and student and staff well-being.  Each is discussed below.
    Funding first: Over 90 percent of school operational funds are allocated to school districts based on a complex state formula. Local communities cannot vote for additional operating funds, and our state budget, heavily dependent on oil and gas production and federal funds, may be constrained for years to come. Yet LAPS must increase compensation for all employees, grow program diversity, and maintain our commitment to long term fiscal stability and educational excellence.  

  • Pet Talk: Horse farriers play important role

    Though some may consider a horseshoe a symbol of luck, many horse owners depend on horseshoes to help keep their horse’s hooves healthy. In turn, healthy horse hooves can result in a happy and performance-ready horse.
    The skilled tradesman that make horse shoes and apply them to horses’ hooves are called farriers. Jason Maki, farrier for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the important role of his job.
    “Farriers manage and provide protection for horse hooves,” Maki said. “Protection for the hoof is frequently a steel shoe which is formed and fit to the horse’s trimmed foot. The hoof also grows over time and often does not wear evenly or enough to allow the horse to remain comfortable. Thus, farriers trim excess growth and restore the hoof to a functional form.”
    Though Maki said a few horses may be able to self-maintain their feet, horses who perform repetitive motions, such as working or show horses, require horse shoes. If horse hooves are not trimmed and fitted for shoes, the result could mean lameness.

  • Shelter Report 2-5-17

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries. This is surely a good time for him to find a permanent home! If you would like to take on this special boy and possibly win him over, call for more information and visit him at the shelter.

  • Today in history Feb. 6
  • Bond election website updated with latest renderings and costs

    Los Alamos County voters will have a chance to vote on a $20 million recreation bond package with a mail-in ballot in May.

    The bond package includes funding to build a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a multipurpose activity center that houses two gymnasium spaces, a running track and indoor ice arena.

    The bond package would also provide for golf course and softball field improvements.

    The Los Alamos County Council will vote on the election resolution at the Feb. 14 regularly scheduled Council meeting.

    The Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) team is updating the Los Alamos Bond Projects website with the latest renderings and information.  The updates will be live by the Feb. 14 council meeting.

    If residents have questions, or need more information, they can email info@losalamosbondprojects2017.com.

  • Council nixes plan to get real estate agent

    The Los Alamos County Council voted 6–0 to reverse a decision made by last year’s council in December to market parcels A-8 and A-12/A-13 through a real estate agent. Councilor James Chrobocinski recused himself from the proceedings.
    Councilor Rick Reiss introduced motions to suspend council rules and reconsider the matter, after which County Manager Harry Burgess presented several arguments for marketing those properties directly.
    Burgess’s two key points were that the county has a new economic development administrator who is versed in property development issues and that the market has changed significantly.
    According to Burgess, the county has received numerous expressions of interest from developers on the parcels in question, and also inquiries about A-9, a property across from A-8 on DP Road.
    He attributed the surge of interest to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s intention to fill approximately 2,000 positions in the next five years and an extremely tight housing market.
    “We are looking at an opportunity unprecedented in the county’s history, primarily for the ability to grow somewhere towards the goal set by prior councils of 20,000 people by 2020, if we can just get moving on these properties,” Burgess said.
    Staff has calculated a maximum need for 2,800 new homes.

  • Rep. Grijalva stirs interest in federal land issues

    Residents upset and concerned by what they perceive as threats to America’s national monuments and protected ancient sites due to a change in presidential administrations got some comfort and support from Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-3) of Arizona last week.
    Grijalva visited Fuller Lodge Jan. 27 to reignite interest and awareness of the federal Antiquities Act. He said he also came to let people know how letting their Congressional representatives know how they feel about their national historic sites and antiquities will keep them protected.
    He encouraged audience members to write to Congress members outside their districts.
    “It doesn’t matter what zip code you’re in, it doesn’t matter what color you are, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here 10 generations or one generation, you own a little piece of all those public places,” Grijalva said.
    Many came to hear Grijalva because they think President Donald Trump may try to undo much of the protection status former President Barack Obama granted through presidential proclamation and the Antiquities Act to several national sites before he left office.