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Today's News

  • Scouts to host food drive Saturday

    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort and store food donations and supplies during the 24th annual National Food Drive sponsored by the Letter Carriers on Saturday.
    It may be surprising to learn that even in Los Alamos, there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who need help, in addition to those in neighboring communities.
    To help, the scouts ask residents to fill a grocery bag (double it for strength) or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities. Then, on Saturday morning, place it near their mailboxes and letter carrier, a Boy Scout or an adult leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored and distributed by LA Cares.    
    Here are suggestions for donations:
     Macaroni and cheese, 100 percent juices in half-gallon plastic, canned fruits and vegetables, boxed  mashed potatoes, low-fat/salt canned meats. No glass containers.

  • Ingenious donation box arrives at PEEC

    Gordon McDonough, well known artist and educator at the Bradbury Science Museum, offered to create a donation box for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, and it has now arrived, ready to enchant all donors.
    When visitors slide your dollar bill into the slot, a light flashes to check that it’s a bill, not a piece of paper. Then the fun begins. An acorn woodpecker may tap on a tree, an Abert’s squirrel may swish his tail, a bobcat may stick his head up, or a pika may pop out.  
    Even more intriguing, people can look at the mechanisms that trigger the action; they’re visible below the money box, with hand-made wooden gears turning as they produce the action above.  
    In discussing ideas for the donation box with McDonough, PEEC mentioned these four iconic creatures of the Pajarito Plateau and hoped he’d figure out a way to use one. When he came through with all four, the staff was amazed. 

  • North Mesa Dog Park closed

    The North Mesa Dog Park will be closed for the installation of a new irrigation system and new fencing to extend the park and also to include a small dog area. The park will be closed through Friday.  
    The county expects to open the park for the weekend.  For information call the parks superintendent, Jeff Humpton, at 662-8159.

  • NM oil producers find themselves in a price war with Saudis

    Last winter, as legislators were starting to shrink the state budget to match declining oil revenues, Dr. Daniel I. Fine was trying to put his finger on what’s normal for the oil industry these days. He came up with so many variations on normal, it seems there is no normal.
    Fine, who is associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy at New Mexico Tech, predicted production in New Mexico would drop 100,000 barrels per day.
    “That’s how serious this is,” he told the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “OPEC is targeting high-cost producers in New Mexico, Texas and North Dakota… We are the main threat. Every barrel of oil we reduce, they will produce the equivalent.”
    I was trying to get my head around little ol’ New Mexico being a threat, as Fine continued.
    In an oversupplied world market, he said, “Saudi Arabia is in a price war with the United States. The Saudis can continue like this for two years. We’re thinking, how do we return to normal. A colleague in Bahrain said, ‘This is normal: $25 a barrel.’ Our normal is a new normal, and we conflict with what is normal.”

  • League of Women Voters candidate forum Thursday

    The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, building 2, room 230, for candidates with opposition in the June primary election.

    Invited candidates include Michael Lucero and Michael Romero, who are running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3; Jennifer Lynne Padgett, Marco Peter Serna and Maria E. Sanchez-Gagne, who are running for the Democratic nomination for district attorney in the First Judicial District; and Antonio L. Maggiore, Peter T. Sheehey, Chris Chandler and Kristin M. Henderson, the four Democrats running for three county council seats.

    The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. The forum is from 7-9 p.m.

  • Regulatory insight from Colorado, New Mexico

    CHICAGO—Be careful who you talk to in bars. That’s one lesson from a conversation in the elegant bar at the Palmer House hotel in downtown Chicago.
    We talked to a manager from a large nationwide financial institution. This man is a market supervisor (or something like that) for New Mexico, El Paso and Oklahoma. Our discussion considered the differences between Arizona and New Mexico. It included the usual banking structure differences from 30 years ago, but also got to factors including resorts such as the Arizona Biltmore and Camelback and professional golf, which decades ago put a national focus on Arizona.
    The understanding from the conversation is that this manager and, by extension, his very, very large financial institution employer, is mystified by the New Mexico economy.
    The Chicago chat is just one happening from our recent two-week road trip through the Midwest.
    Driving northeast through Colorado on I-76, we came across the welcome center in Julesburg. The men’s restroom was closed. In its place were seven porta-potties.

  • Bandelier Shuttle to start Saturday

    Los Alamos County, in partnership with the National Park Service, will again provide the Bandelier Shuttle for the 2016 peak visitor season.
    Atomic City Transit will operate the service from May 14-Oct. 18, using 40-foot, low floor, ADA-accessible transit buses that are equipped with bicycle racks.
    Buses operate between the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier National Monument for 158 days (including federal holidays), as follows:
    • Monday through Friday – every 30 minutes, with the first bus departing from White Rock at 9 a.m. and the last bus departing from Bandelier at 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sunday and holidays – every 20 minutes, with the first bus departing from White Rock at 9 a.m. and the last bus departing from Bandelier at 5:10 p.m.

  • LA Tourism seeks locals

    Los Alamos County is seeking local talent for an upcoming advertising campaign.
    The commercial video will feature locals “doing” and “seeing” in and around Los Alamos and enjoying attractions.  

    The casting call includes local mountain bikers, individuals to sightsee, and a family of four with parents over the age of 30.
    Those interested should visit the “Visit Los Alamos” Facebook page. Applicants should send a personal message to the Facebook page, including a photo, contact information and a description of which role they would like to play. Those applying to have their car featured should submit a photo of the car, along with the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Those applying must live in Los Alamos County and must apply by May 25. Selected applicants will be notified via Facebook message or by their preferred method of contact by May 31.

  • LA Community Foundation launched

    The newly formed Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) introduced itself to the county’s nonprofit organizations April 8 by hosting a workshop on creative collaboration.
    “You’re very fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals who have been working for a very long time to start a Los Alamos Community Foundation,” said guest speaker Jenny Parks, CEO of the LANL Foundation. Parks has also worked with the New Mexico Community Foundation.
    “Community Foundations are on the rise, not just here but around the world. It is a very effective mechanism for community philanthropy, so having one here in your own community will be a huge benefit, not only to the community but to nonprofits that work with the community.”
    Parks stressed the way community foundations could support local nonprofits and help them build capacity.
    “Don’t see it as competition for your funding,” Parks said. “Yes, they might be fundraising, but the idea is that if they do a good job about teaching the community about the importance of community philanthropy, it will grow the pie for everybody. And they may hold the money and grant it out to you.”

  • Voting begins