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Today's News

  • Bird walk in Lower Rendija Canyon

    To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, long-time resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a three-mile hike at 7 a.m. July 10 at the Nature Center.
    Adults and children who can hike quietly are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to spot, identify and admire local species of birds. Potential sightings may include white-throated swifts, red-tailed hawksand sapsuckers.
    Fitzgibbon is passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2013, he holds the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos.
    This hike is limited to 12 people, so register now. Admission costs $5/non-member and $0/member.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • News for Retirees July 3-9

    June 3-July 9
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    BESC Closed July 4th

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m.        Options Trading                 Group    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mussels over Saffron
            Risotto
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

  • Community Calendar 7-3-16

        TODAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    “Fireworks Extravaganza” from 2-11 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration will have food, activities and fun for the entire family.
    TUESDAY
    “We are Stars” Planetarium Film at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. What are we made of? Discover how life on earth is linked to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Cost is $6 adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. “Minons.” Free. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch a movie under the stars. Weather cancellations are made an hour before showtime.

  • Shelter Report 7-3-16

    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, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Maggie is a 13-year-old gray tabby that was recently surrendered to the shelter. She’s hanging out in a larger kennel, since the kittens are a bit too rambunctious for her, but she loves company from visitors and volunteers. Maggie just wants a quiet home with someone to snuggle with! This sweet kitty is declawed, so she will need to be an indoor-only cat (as we prefer that all of our cats be, declawed or not).

  • Yes! We have no bananas

    “Bananas –59¢/lb.” Bananas are rich metaphors for the untold oddities that lurk deep in nature and in humans.  
    People see different things in a banana plantation. You hear them called banana “plants;” others call them “trees.” Botanically, bananas grow on a plant whose “trunks” of tightly-woven leaves look to all the world like trees. Say what you will.
    Equally strange, the heavy bunches of bananas grow upwards from their stem-end, which looks upside down to our eyes. Nor is that surprise the last.  
    In the early 1800s, sailors returning from trips to the tropical Americas would earn a little extra profit by loading on board the mostly unknown long, yellow fruit. In 1866, one Carl B. Frank began the first planned importing of bananas from northern Panama to New York City.
    That same decade saw the birth of banana republics, a name coined in a 1904 book of short stories by O. Henry.  
    Bananas are now as common as fish, but the exotic fruit is still popular in today’s markets. Nothing grows a tougher wrapper that makes peeling and eating so easy. Nothing else has a bite-size cross section that neatly reseals the end where it is bitten or cut.

  • Conscience and Republican Convention delegate voting rules

    BY DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL
    Visions and Values

  • On the Docket 7-3-16

    June 20
    Wayne Hebert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of battery. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    Matthew G. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3.

    Andres B. Serna  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Wayne Montoya pled no contest to failing to use seatbelts. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 18.

    Hannah M. Cunningham was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fiend $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sarah Evans was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Doris Ludwig was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 21

  • Police Beat 7-3-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 22
    8:32 a.m. — Danielle Padilla, 20, of San Juan was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:07 a.m. — Bill Lopez, 52, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of proof of financial responsibility at the Los Alamos police station.

    5:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 43-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of following too closely at the intersection of East Drive and Tewa Loop.

    June 23
    7:02 a.m. — Anthony Lambson, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for abuse of child on Kilby Avenue.

    2:29 p.m. — Police reported that a 55-year-old Espanola woman was in a car accident with injuries at the intersection of Casa Grande and West Jemez Road.

    6:59 p.m. — Georgia Chavez, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Yucca Street.

  • Man booked for giving heroin to minors

    A 21-year-old Los Alamos man was recently arrested for allegedly giving heroin to two minors.
    The suspect, Anthony Lambson, was arrested June 19 and initially charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. In that incident, one of the minors he allegedly gave the heroin to overdosed.  
    Lambson was also charged on June 23 with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts of abuse of a child and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after officers interviewed one of the minors Lambson reportedly provided heroin.
    Shortly after his arrest, Los Alamos Police Department Detective Matt Lyon interviewed Lambson about the incidents leading up to the overdose and his arrest.
    Lambson reportedly told officers, he went to Santa Fe and purchased heroin and cocaine. He later made contact with one of the minors and gave the minor cocaine. That same day, the minor apparently overdosed after using the cocaine.
    In a police report filed by Lyon, one of the minors told the mother that Lambson “had been giving (them both) heroin and other drugs for the past four months.”
    One of the minors also told Lyon that sometimes Lambson would allegedly give the minors syringes and also inject them directly.

  • Thrill of the grill

    Grilling a good piece of meat, any kind of meat, whether that is beef, chicken or ribs, can sound intimidating to the uninitiated.
    Luckily Los Alamos has a couple of expert restaurateurs and meat experts to help get the grilling off to a good start this holiday weekend.
    Patrick Mockler-Wood, partner of Los Alamos’ Cottonwood on the Greens and Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, said for the novices out there, it’s best to start with something easy, like hamburger, because it’s very hard to “screw that up.” Chicken can also be easy, he said, but only if you leave the skin on.
    “Try and grill chicken with the skin on. It keeps all the fat that keeps the chicken nice and moist on the inside as you’re blazing it and cooking away all the moisture,” Mockler-Wood said.
    He also suggests you stay away from the tinfoil, to go ahead and put whatever meat that’s on the menu directly on the grill.
    If it’s chicken, chicken takes longer than any other meat to cook. He suggests brushing on some olive oil for extra protection, and use a meat thermometer to get the temperature right, which should be around 165 degrees from the middle of the bird.
    “The thermometer should not touch the bone,” he said.