Today's News

  • Kite Festival trying again Sunday

    After scheduled events were washed out by rain Friday and Saturday, Los Alamos Arts Council said it will try to get things going again Sunday.
    A kite-building workshop is scheduled from noon-2 p.m. at Overlook Park. The workshop is still dependent on Sunday’s weather, however.

  • Report: Schools' strategy unclear on dealing with teen pregnacy

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico has no clear strategy on how to keep decreasing what is currently the second-highest rate of teens giving birth nationwide, according to a legislative report out this week.
    The Legislative Finance Committee report said inconsistent implementation of comprehensive standards for sex education may be a contributing factor. Public schools are required to instruct students on various ways to prevent pregnancy, but not all of them do, the findings stated.
    Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, serves on the Legislature's appropriations committee and plays a role in funding state agencies that address teen pregnancy.
    "Year after year, we fund agencies, and it's supposed to be needs-based. But we don't always ask what success looks like," Lundstrom told the Santa Fe New Mexican.
    It appears that even in counties with sold school-based health clinic programs, teen pregnancy seems to occur at a higher rate, Lundstrom said. Some clinic programs offer health screenings and treatment but not contraception, according to health officials.
    "Obviously they're not getting enough support, including referral support," Lundstrom said. "If a school-based program had additional support for referrals to other agencies, I think they'd be much more successful."

  • Key IS figure killed in raid

    BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved.
    A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness Saturday aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, according to a U.S. defense official knowledgeable about details of the raid. The official was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
    The Americans intended to capture a militant identified by U.S. officials as Abu Sayyaf. When they arrived at his location, a multi-story building, they met stiff resistance, the U.S. official said, and a firefight ensued, resulting in bullet-hole damage to the U.S. aircraft.
    Abu Sayyaf was killed, along with an estimated dozen IS fighters, U.S. officials said. No American was killed or wounded.

  • ‘Time Lapse’ makes its digital debut

    A former Los Alamos resident now has his debut feature film ready to be rented or streamed online.
    “Time Lapse,” the freshman effort from director Bradley King, made its U.S. premiere online. The film, which had a critically-successful run on the film festival circuit in 2014, is now available at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, among other options.
    The film, which stars Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash,” “Mad Men” and “Bones”) as Callie, involves a trio of twentysomethings sharing an apartment. Callie discovers their neighbor (John Rhys-Davies) has constructed a machine that takes Polaroid photos 24 hours into the future.
    Callie, Finn (Matt O’Leary) and Jasper (George Finn) try to take advantage of the newfound machine after the neighbor is nowhere to be found, but get in over their heads with a shady bookie (Jason Spisak) and big trouble ensues.
    King graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1994 and, after attending film and animation school in Colorado, ventured out to Los Angeles. He said in an interview last year making a feature film had always been a dream of his.
    “Time Lapse” piled up the awards on the festival circuit, winning prizes in Brazil, Hawaii and taking five awards at the Other Worlds Austin festival, among its 24 honors.

  • Wood’s bond set at $35K by judge

    SANTA FE — After seeing what happened in court Friday, Robin Wood might now have wanted to try to delay his proceedings.
    Wood, the 36-year-old Los Alamos man accused of killing a woman in November of last year when his car wandered into the opposite lane of N.M. 30 and hit hers head on, was arraigned in district court.
    Last month, Wood was indicted by a grand jury for homicide by vehicle and great bodily injury by vehicle. If convicted, the maximum penalty Wood could face is nine years of incarceration and $10,000 in fines.
    Friday’s proceedings didn’t go well for Wood, who showed up without his lawyer, Jonathan Miller. This is the second time Wood showed up for the same arraignment — the first time, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself, as she felt she was too familiar with Wood and his struggles with drug addiction to be impartial.
    Friday, Wood tried to explain to the new judge in the case, T. Glenn Ellington, why Miller failed to show yet again.
    “He called the public defender’s office because he said he wasn’t going to be able to make it today. He told us yesterday that he was going to have a public defender here for me this morning,” Wood told the judge.
    Ellington, then addressed Wood on court procedure.

  • Playing In the Rain

    The first show of the Gordon’s Concert Series for 2015 took place Friday night at Overlook Park. Eric McFadden (far left) and his band took the stage despite cold and rainy conditons. A sparse crowd was there at the start, but it grew a bit as the evening went on. The next show is this coming Friday at Ashley Pond.

  • Efforts starting to help victims

    A pair of funds have been set up for victims of recent tragedies in Los Alamos County.
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 611 has set up an emergency fundraising site for the worker critically injured earlier this month in an electrical accident at TA-53 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The worker, Julian Trujillo, as of last report remains in critical but stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
    The accident, which sent a total of nine workers to the hospital – seven of which were released shortly after the accident and the eighth was released May 5 after two days of treatment and observation.
    The cause of the accident, which occurred at an electrical substation at TA-53, is currently under investigation.
    The fundraising efforts for Trujillo are being done online at youcaring.com.
    Also announced on Friday, Los Alamos County announced it was setting up an account at Los Alamos National Bank for the victims of the house fire on Cheyenne Avenue Friday.
    County officials said both the victims were in the hospital as of late Friday, so only financial donations were recommended at this time.

  • Iran: The gulf region bully

    Iran acts like a Persian Gulf hegemon because it can. Tehran’s military, while capable of making a less-than-concerted attack costly, would be overmatched by the armed forces of the United States and those of the Persian Gulf states and crumble quickly along with its regime
    The window of opportunity is closing with Russia’s announced intention to deploy S-300 anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missiles. Furthermore, if Tehran bamboozles Washington into a nuclear arms deal involving the lifting of economic sanctions look for Russia, China and some European defense companies to provide a cornucopia of modern arms. Nevertheless, it takes time to develop a defense system capable of thwarting U.S. “hyper-war” capabilities.

  • Births 5-17-15

    April 30: A boy, Callum Jude Ferguson, born to Kim and Jim Ferguson
    May 5: A boy, Lucas Li, born to Shan Li and Hongbo Li
    May 10: A boy, Anthony Harold Lee Kedge, born to Amanda and Anthony Kedge

  • People in the News 5-17-15

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces that James Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wendelberger was initiated at The University of New Mexico.

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    Aubrie Powell, of Los Alamos was among a talented group of student composers, choreographers and dancers who produced Baldwin Wallace University’s “fyoo zh en ‘15: new music + dance” this spring. The annual “fyoo zh en” dance concert pairs choreographers from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Dance Program with composers from the Conservatory of Music. Together they create new works inspired by an academic research project. Baldwin Wallace University is in Berea, Ohio.

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    Sarah Tripplehorn, a University of Dallas freshman from Los Alamos, mentored students at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center this past year.
    Tripplehorn, along with 39 other undergraduates, met with her “mentee” each week for lunch and conversation. Mentors offered guidance and advice — and most importantly, friendship — to their mentees, acting as “big sisters.”

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