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Today's News

  • Update 7-21-15

    Movie

    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park at sunset Wednesday. The movie is “Big Hero 6.” It will be at East Park in Los Alamos. All Movies in the Park are free.

    Butterflies

    The Los Alamos Nature Center is hosting a presentation, “Meet the Butterflies of Los Alamos,” tonight. The event will start at 7 p.m. today. Biology, behavior and life cycles will be discussed.

    Fourth Friday

    Fourth Friday Downtown is scheduled for this week. The theme is “Under the Microscope.” The event will be from 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Lifeguard course

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Red Cross lifeguard training pre-course at 6 p.m. Thursday. Standards for the pre-training course are listed on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    VCNP

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host its Preserve Days Celebration Friday through Sunday. This weekend, there will be guided hikes and staff presentations on the caldera. There will also be the Jemez Mountain Storytelling Jamboree on Saturday. Entry into the VCNP will be free this weekend.

  • Cloudy Commute

    Fog was heavy this morning as people came up the hill on East Road. Clouds are expected all throughout this week

  • Muddy Waters

    Several teams gathered together to take part in this year’s Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament Saturday. The tournament was held at the pits on North Mesa. Following play, teams were hosed off by members of the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Taking back the forests from the feds

    With all the uproar surrounding the Confederate flag these days, perhaps it’s time to take another look at secession.
    Certainly, there are more than a few New Mexicans, and not just in Rio Arriba and Catron County, who believe the Land of Enchantment would be better off out from under the heavy hand of the federal bureaucracy.
    Actually exiting the “one nation, indivisible” is not a viable option, of course. Even if Washington took a more relaxed view of the question than it did 150 years ago, New Mexico could scarcely survive economically without the dollars flowing in from all those good people in Ohio, New Jersey and other states that pay out more than they get back from the federal coffers.
    According to usaspending.gov, Washington dispensed $14.1 billion in New Mexico in the last fiscal year through 28,974 contracts, grants, loans and other financial assistance. That’s somewhere between a fifth and a quarter of the state’s total gross domestic product. If you think we’re poor now, wait until we send the feds packing.
    The lion’s share is funneled through the Department of Energy, which spent $4.8 billion in the most recent fiscal year, followed by $4 billion in Social Security, $2.5 billion to Health and Human Services, and $981 million in veterans’ benefits.

  • Udall, Heinrich announce TRIO funds

    In a joint statement last week, New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced grants totaling more than $3.3 million to 13 schools of higher education in New Mexico.
    Grants valued between $219,970 and $390,463 were awarded to the schools, which are located all around the state.
    The two closest schools to Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico College, however, were not among the 13 recipient schools.
    The grants will go to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities, according to the senators’ offices.

  • Bandelier takes part in photo contest

    Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Foundation are looking for photographs for its new photo contest.
    The contest, “Share the Experience,” invites amateur photographers to show off their photos from public lands.
    According to Bandelier, judges are seeking “amazing photos that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites.”
    Images will be judged in the following categories: Adventure and Outdoor Recreation, Historical and Cultural, Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes, Every Kid in a Park, Wildlife and Night Skies.
    Photos must be taken on lands administered by the sponsoring agencies, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
    The grand prize is $10,000 and the winning image may appear on the 2017 Federal Land Pass. Second and third prizes will also receive cash awards, as will the two “Fan Favorites.”
    Winners will also receive Federal Recreation Lands Passes and prizes from the co-sponsors, which include Celestron, Historic Hotels of America and the Active Network.
    Photographers must be 13 years of age or older and photos must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Susana’s Tax and Rev Woes?

    Back in January, as he was about to be sworn in as New Mexico’s attorney general, Hector Balderas reminded an Albuquerque Business First reporter that during the previous eight years as state auditor he had exposed corruption in a number of state agencies.
    As attorney general, he will be no less vigilant, Balderas pledged.
    The “Attorney General’s Office has powers,” he noted. “That’s what’s exciting about the Attorney General’s Office.”
    Roughly two weeks ago, Balderas’ successor as state auditor, Tim Keller, handed the new attorney general a preliminary investigation conducted by an independent, certified forensic investigative accounting firm indicating that top officials of the state Taxation and Revenue Department “improperly intervened in tax matters.”
    It was subsequently reported that one of the top Tax and Rev officials under scrutiny is none other than the department’s cabinet secretary, Demesia Padilla, about whom Keller said in a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez, “there is reasonable basis to open an investigation into” whether “the secretary improperly influenced, or attempted to influence the tax audit of a former client.”

  • LAPS hires new administrators

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced two new appointments to its administration, one at Barranca Mesa Elementary School and one at Los Alamos High School.
    Gina Terrazas will be the new principal at Barranca Mesa for the upcoming school year. Renee Dunwoody will be the new assistant principal at the high school.
    Both administrators started at their positions Monday.
    Dunwoody, who is originally from the Chicago area, has been with LAPS in several different functions, including a parent volunteer, instructional assistant and special education teacher.
    She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University and took part in the New Mexico Highlands University-LAPS partnership to offer advanced employment degrees. She has begun Educational Leadership Program and completed an internship at LAHS.
    Prior to working for LAPS, Dunwoody stayed at home to raise her sons.
    During that time, Dunwoody was active in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
    As for Terrazas, she has been an administrator for the past nine years, serving at the Mesa Vista school district at the elementary and high school levels.
    Terrazas earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 and a master’s degree, both from Highlands.

  • Hintze will head EM at field office

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that Douglas E. Hintze will be the new manager as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office (LAFO).
    Hintze comes to Los Alamos after serving as the assistant manager for Mission Support at the DOE Savannah River Operations Office since September 2012.
    “Doug’s experience in helping to manage work at one of our largest cleanup sites makes him an excellent choice to head up (Emergency Management at LAFO) as we continue to assume direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” acting EM Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said.
    EM established the EM-LA Field Office in March as part of transitioning direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup at the laboratory from the National Nuclear Security Administration to EM.
    The work includes transuranic waste disposition, soil and groundwater remediation and decommissioning and demolition of aging facilities.
    Christine Gelles, EM associate deputy assistant secretary for Waste Management, headed the office in an acting capacity before Hintze was named manager.

  • After two big wins, Isotopes blow big lead

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (43-53) belted a trio of home runs, including an inside-the-park homer from Roger Bernadina, but the Reno Aces (45-51) scored thee runs in each the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Isotopes 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion. Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball for the Isotopes.

    Right-hander Boone Whiting kept the Aces face down through seven innings, and allowed Albuquerque to jump out to a five-run lead.

    The Isotopes first struck with a solo home run from Kyle Parker in the fourth inning.

    Just two batters later, Jeremy Barfield tripled in Angelys Nina with two outs to push the 'Topes lead to 2-0.

    Trevor Story mashed a one-out solo shot in the fifth, and Roger Bernadina followed with an inside-the-park two-run home run as Albuquerque jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

    Former Isotope Jamie Romak hit a three-run home run for Reno in the eighth inning to give the Aces their first offense of the night. Romak struck again with a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game before Mike Freeman singled in the winning run.