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Today's News

  • Teatro Paraguas presents ‘Our Lady of Mariposas’

    Teatro Paraguas launches its 12th season with a premiere production of Santa Fe playwright Alix Hudson’s play “Our Lady of Mariposas.” The show runs Sept. 3-13 at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe.
    The play builds a story of a family in southeastern New Mexico around the massive die-off of monarch butterflies in the winter of 2002.
    Manuel (played by Jason Jaramillo), an immigrant from Mexico, is trying to raise his 7-year-old daughter Esperanza (played by Maya Sanchez) alone after his wife, Estrella, has inextricably disappeared. The only clue to her whereabouts are cryptic postcards without return addresses posted from different cities.
    The play unfolds as a memory play related by Esperanza as a grown woman (played by Rosario Roybal). The next-door neighbor in the run-down apartment complex, Kate (played by Liza Frolkis), tries to help the father and daughter as they wait and hope for Estrella’s return. The three are also waiting for the return migration from Mexico of the monarch butterflies. The cast is rounded out by Manuel’s work buddies, Dave (played by Tomás Rivera) and Eulogio (played by Rick Vargas). Guitarist JoJo Sena de Tarnoff performs original music throughout the play. The cast are regulars from other Teatro Paraguas productions.

  • Author Speak Series covers Chaco history

    Author Dr. David Stuart, one of the foremost experts on Chacoan culture, brings his latest discoveries to Mesa Public Library Thursday as part of the monthly Authors Speak series. The talk will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
    Stuart is an internationally recognized anthropologist whose most cited books are “Prehistoric New Mexico,” “Anasazi America,” “The Guaymas Chronicles,” and the recently released, “Ancient People of the Pajarito Plateau.”
    He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico and he served many years at UNM as associate provost for academic affairs.
    Stuart has been a lecturer at SAR and in Edinburgh, London, Mexico City and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is also the author of “The Ancient Southwest: Chaco Canyon, Bandelier and Mesa Verde” and “Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau: Archaeology and Efficiency.”
    “Anasazi America: Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place,” draws parallels between the decline and fall of Chacoan civilization and the culture of the first world today. Stuart has researched the economic, public health and agricultural indicators, and has come to the conclusion that the inhabitants of Chaco failed to adapt to rapid growth.

  • Seniors enjoy a frozen treat at BESC

    Senior citizens of Los Alamos who are age 90 and over, were treated to an ice cream social at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Aug. 14. Pauline Schneider said the oldest participant was 99 years old. The ice cream social is a regular occurance at the senior center and always forms a good crowd. 

  • Cyclists ride to rid world of MS

    Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will unite an estimated 425 cyclists and hundreds of volunteers and supporters on Saturday and Sunday.
    The annual two-day, cycling event features multiple route options for cyclists as they journey through northern New Mexico and its pueblos.
    The society aims to nearly $220,000 this year to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS.
    Established in 1980, the National MS Society’s Bike MS program is the largest organized cycling series in the country with nearly 100 Bike MS rides offered nationwide in 2015.
    Last year, cyclists raised nearly $83 million to support MS research and programs delivered by the society’s 50-state network of chapters. Bike MS has raised over $1 billion since its inception. For cyclists and all those seeking a personal challenge and a world free of MS, Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation.

  • Join seed collection hikes along Frijoles Creek

    Since the Las Conchas fire, many areas of the Pajarito Plateau are in stream channel stabilization and floodplain restoration.
    To help in this effort, join Chick Keller to collect grass seeds and look at other interesting native plants. These seeds will be used next spring in the post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek near the Visitor Center in Bandelier National Monument.
    The project, managed by Keystone Restoration Ecology, is part of a New Mexico River Stewardship grant to protect New Mexico’s water quality and resources.
    Three seed collection hikes are currently scheduled. The first will be Friday, with more to follow on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
    The hikes will be as easy to moderate and the pace will be slow as the group gathers seeds. Bring water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes. Hikes will be in various locations around the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center and Campground areas. Admission cost to Bandelier is waived for participants.
    Participants are asked to meet 8 a.m. Friday at the Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument. Hiking time will depend on location, but each seed collection hike will last approximately half a day.

  • TRAFFIC ALERT FOR EVENING COMMUTERS

     This just in from Los Alamos County Communications Office:  

    LAPD is reporting that a paint spill involving fifteen 5-gallon buckets of white paint has occurred at the bottom of NM502 in the eastbound lanes – use caution if leaving Los Alamos eastbound. LAPD is assisting Santa Fe County and DOT is on scene cleaning up the spill. Expect possible delays during the evening commute.

     

      

     

  • LAPS says it conducts proper background checks

    Los Alamos Public School Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus issued a statement about the background checks for the district’s employees just hours after the state ordered an immediate check for districts’ compliance to state standards.
    In the statement released Wednesday, Steinhaus let the community know LAPS conducts background searches on each of its new applicants and makes those wishing to work for the district sign a statement authorizing such a check.
    “When a person is hired by LAPS, the standard intake process includes submitting fingerprints through the criminal background check system called 3M Cogent,” Steinhaus said in the release.
    Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez ordered compliance investigators with the state’s Public Education Department to conduct immediate reviews of background check policies for each of the state’s 89 public school districts.
    Martinez’s order came on the heels of the discovery that Albuquerque Public Schools’ instruction and technology supervisor, Jason Martinez, had been brought up on child sex abuse and domestic violence charges in the state of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.
    The governor and the accused APS official are not related.

  • 'Discoveries' is still most popular

    The next phase of Los Alamos County’s branding saga is coming to a close, but Los Alamos residents still have time to weigh in on which strapline (or tagline) best summarizes the county’s unique qualities.
    After residents rejected “Live Exponentially”— a strapline developed by North Star Destination Strategies — councilors voted to amend a contract with Atlas Advertising to include another effort to develop a tagline.
    Atlas was directed to include “Where Discoveries Are Made,” as one of the options, to select one of North Star’s alternative options and to suggest three new choices.
    Atlas chose “Never Stop Questioning What’s Possible” for the North Star option and arrived at “All the Elements of Imagination,” “Limitless Horizons” and “Peak Experience” for its own offerings.
    Residents can go to the county’s webpage, losalamosnm.us, and click on the Open Forum link to vote on those five options.
    The forum closes at 5 p.m. Friday.
    “Where Discoveries Are Made” is the overwhelming favorite at this point.

  • AG: accused man broke court order

    The attorney general’s office recently filed a complaint in district court against Christopher Davis, 23, a Los Alamos suspect who’s accused of multiple sex crimes against minors.
    The attorney general’s office is alleging that Davis, who was arrested in June 2014 broke his conditions of release when he accessed a computer to log onto the Internet, something he was not allowed to do under his order.
    “On Aug. 21, 2014, the defendant was ordered to refrain from accessing the Internet,” a statement from the attorney general’s office read. “On July 10, 2015, the State of New Mexico received information that the defendant was accessing the Internet and engaging in social networking websites.” The statement did not elaborate further.
    A hearing to decide his punishment will be held Sept. 2 at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Davis was arrested June 17, 2014. He’s accused of having criminal sexual contact with two girls, who at the time were aged 13 and 14.
    A few weeks before the arrest was made, the Los Alamos Police Department, along with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force opened up an investigation on Davis, triggered by a warrant for his arrest by the Anoka County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office.

  • School board has a meeting Thursday

    The Los Alamos School Board has a work session, special meeting and executive session all planned for Thursday at the Administration Building on Trinity Drive.
    Time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.
    Following the adjournment of the work sessions, the school board will go into closed session. The purpose of the closed session, according to the Los Alamos Public Schools’ meeting agenda, is to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of a leased property and “limited personnel matters,” which are the superintendent’s goals, and to discuss matters pertaining to pending or threatened litigation in which LAPS could be involved.
    Prior to the executive session, there will be a presentation by Mike Johnson on the schools’ dual credit program, an update on truancy presented by Carter Payne and preliminary enrollment numbers for the current school year, which will be presented by Diane Delgado.
    Also scheduled for the meeting is an appointment to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and a public comment period, among other agenda items.