Today's News

  • BB King's family and friends go to Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • Animal Shelter 5-24-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, 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.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:


    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.


    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • News for Retirees 5-24-15

    May 24-30, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    Closed for Memorial Day


    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis


    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge


    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge


    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)

  • Lewis & Todd 5-24-15
  • Word on the Street 5-24-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “How do you plan to celebrate the end of school?”

  • Book review: 'Holistic' will make you laugh and think

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an astonishing mishmash of genres on a level with author Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Meet Richard MacDuff, a heron-like computer scientist who is fascinated by music and physically impossible sofas.
    At first, all is perfectly well with the universe. Richard reunites with his old professor Reg for the first time in 10 years, getting together for a pleasantly boring dinner at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge, at the same time that a certain Electric Monk stands looking down on a faraway valley and fervently believes that it is a uniform shade of pale pink (the Electric Monk, for those who might not know, is a labor-saving device that specializes in believing all the things its owner cannot be bothered with).
    Before long, though, a number of somewhat strange events begin to occur: Richard realizes that he accidentally forgot his girlfriend once again, a horse spontaneously appears in Reg’s bathroom, and someone is inconveniently murdered.

  • Young people need to learn about importance of voting

    As the 2016 United States presidential elections grow closer and candidates begin their campaigns for the highest office, members of the graduating classes of 2015 will be voting for the presidency for the first time.
    To be a part of the election of a national leader such as the president is a great responsibility, however young people do not seem to be treating it as such.
    According to U.S. News and World Report, voter turnout is a constant issue in the U.S., particularly among the young.
    U.S. News and World Report went on to say that voter turnout decreased in the 2014 midterm elections in most states. The drop in turnout can be partly attributed to the fact that young voters often have an extremely low midterm voter turnout rate.
    Something that needs to be considered when talking about young person voter turnout is whether communities and educators around the country are doing a good job when it comes to teaching the youth about their right to vote.
    Turnout is usually lower during a midterm election, but this finding uncovers what could be a possibly dangerous trend regardless of the type of election.
    One of the primary reasons the United States was first considered a free nation is that its citizens were given the right to elect their own leaders.

  • Sports Briefs 5-24-15

    Hall of fame
    nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Roadrunners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com.

  • Raft season heating up

    When temperatures start to rise this summer, one of the best ways to enjoy nature without over heating is to go float down the Rio Grande.
    The river is diverse enough to accommodate adventure seekers of all ability levels. People looking for nice and easy trips can go on a mellow float. Long sections of big rapids are around for seasoned boaters and adrenaline junkies while a few other sections, like the Race Course and La Junta, have smaller, class two and three, rapids to keep people on their toes without intimidating them.
    The Race Course, which is about 45 minutes from Los Alamos, is the most popular section to float around.
    “It’s great for families and beginners looking for a whitewater experience,” Kokopelli River Adventures owner/manager John Seiner said. “For people looking for more adventure, we recommend inflatable kayaks.”
    Inflatable kayaks, aka funyaks or duckies, provide more of a challenge than rafts because people ride in them alone; they’re in charge of propelling and steering the boat by themselves. Since the boats are smaller, riders also get wetter in them. Rafters, on the other hand, can ride with a guide who helps steer the boat.
    People can also ride Stand Up Paddleboards, but flatter water is best to begin SUP and find your balance on.

  • LAPD releases video of heroic act

    A dashboard camera video shows Cpl. James Keane of the Los Alamos Police Department helping a resident out of his burning home last week.
    Keane, who was on patrol in North Mesa May 15, spotted the smoke coming from the home in Tsikamu Village and notified the county’s dispatch center.
    “Cpl. Keane then proceeded to the residence and located a two Los Alamos citizens that had breached a raised glass door trying to gain access to a 57 year old male that was still inside the residence,” said a press release from the LAPD today. “Cpl. Keane radioed that person(s) were inside the residence.”
    According to the video, Keane entered the building and aided Nat Farnham, one of the residents of the home, to the edge of a glass doorway where he and other nearby residents helped pull Farnham out.
    “I want to commend the citizens, Cpl. James Keane and (Los Alamos Fire Department) for their quick action during this emergency,” said LAPD Commander Oliver Morris.
    See Cpl. Keane's dashboard camera video below.