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Today's News

  • LA boys tennis gives Robertson its first loss

    The Los Alamos boys tennis team gave Robertson its first loss of the season Tuesday. The ’Toppers took down the defending A-4A state champion, 6-3.
    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, however, gave the Hilltopper girls just their third loss of the season, 6-3, to stay undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark.
    The Fulgenzi family led both Robertson squads and played in eight of the nine matches Robertson won Tuesday.
    Warren Fulgenzi beat George Margevicius 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
    At No. 2 singles, Andrew Aboshousha won his first set against Andres Garcia, 6-4, but Garcia came back and won the next two sets to take the match.
    Besides those two matches, the Hilltopper boys won the rest of the singles contests and two of the three doubles matches to take down the Cardinals.
    Andrew Tang scored a 7-5, 6-1 win against Dylan Moore at No. 3 singles.
    Thomas Chadwick beat Ali Shabaneh in three sets at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
    At No. 5, Junseo Kim beat Gabe Gregory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
    At No. 6 singles, JD Downing shut out Deandre Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0.
    Fulgenzi and Garcia teamed up to beat Margevicius and Tang at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 doubles, Aboshousha and Chadwick beat Moore and Shabaneh, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Community Calendar 4-22-16

    TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! $10/adult and $8/child. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
     Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Free.

    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 11 a.m. at Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at noon at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Young at Heart Hike. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • Volunteers needed to collect storm debris

    Following the recent ice and snow storm Monday, the Environmental Services Division is seeking volunteers to help collect and dispose of branches in areas that have already received bulk item collection on the quarterly pick up schedule.
    Residents are encouraged to help with branch clean up and ask others to help in neighborhoods.
    Trees around many properties sustained damage and breakage due to the wet, heavy snowfall, and many individuals aren’t capable of cleaning up the debris around their property.
    Free gloves and bags are available to everyone participating in this effort and the 13th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day on April 30.
    Volunteers who participate in this particular tree branch removal effort are asked to go online and register with Environmental Services so that county resources for extensive, large piles of branches can be staged in areas that can be easily retrieved by county vehicles and scheduled for pick up that day.
    For smaller loads collected by volunteers, branches and other debris brought down by Monday’s storm should be taken to the Eco-Station, which is offering free load disposal on an unlimited basis on Saturday – as part of planned Clean Up Los Alamos Day promotional events.
     Volunteers can register at losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

  • Y Camp, afterschool sign-ups drive end May 8

    The Family YMCA’s registration drive, where the $25 registration fee is waived, for  Y Camp, iCare Camp and 2016-2017 Afterschool care closes on Sunday, May 8. Parents may continue to sign up for the programs after that date, but will only have through that day for the per/child registration fee to be waived. Y Summer Camp is offering additional discounts to those registering by this date.
    The YMCA’s “Best Summer Ever” Camp will be based at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, as will LAPS’s summer school. Camp’s theme is Most Excellent Adventure and will focus on a wide range of adventurous experiences and places where youth will be in peer age-groups as they make explorations into science, art, reading, sports, swimming, field trips and community service projects.
    The registration fee will also be waived for the YMCA’s iCare camp, which is an outdoor free-play based, nature-focused summer camp. This program’s basecamp will also be at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

  • What’s the deal with a $15 minimum wage?

    BY DR. TRACY MILLER
    Center for Visions and Values

  • WWII glider pilots braved primitive training conditions

    New Mexico’s air space has blessed us with three Air Force bases, but it didn’t just happen. Civic leaders pitched their communities as the nation was gearing up for World War II, and for a time the state was dotted with airfields.
    Fort Sumner snagged an installation that became Fort Sumner Army Airfield. This one trained glider pilots.
    Glider pilots?
    This had to be one of the Army Air Force’s more unusual programs. The boxcar-like WACO CG-4A gliders could carry 15 men – a pilot, co-pilot, and 13 heavily armed troops called “glider riders.” It could also carry a Jeep, an anti-tank gun or medical supplies and food. On release, the glider coasted down and made something like a controlled crash landing. The pilots, trained as commandos, then became infantry troops. The Brits had similar aircraft, and they all saw service in the D Day landing.
    “The center of glider training was Eastern New Mexico and West Texas,” said John McCullough, of Lubbock, during the New Mexico Historical Society conference last weekend in Farmington.

  • Delectable show opens at Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend

    Art and food enthusiasts will be delighted with the creations on display beginning Friday at the opening of DIGEST THIS! At Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    DIGEST THIS! opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Inspired by all things edible, the show is a tasty mix of 3D, mixed media, traditional oils, textiles and ceramics. Anyone who hungers for eclectic art should be well satisfied.
    Culinary-related creations by artists from northern New Mexico include media ranging from Wonder Bread to clay to taxidermy. An “Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” doll by fiber artist Fran Black and a pen-and-ink spread of “Rainbow Cupcakes” by Trish Ebbert, offer an energy boost while Jeri Burzin’s photograph of squash “Blossoms” and Celia Cortez’ pencil drawing of artichokes, “Violetta and Friends” add fresh produce to the menu.
    Watercolor artist Patricia Gould contributed another healthy-eating entry, “Lemon and Kale,” and said: “I just liked the way the lemon was reflective and juicy and the kale was rough and curly.”

  • New book illustrates Bandelier story in images

    As Bandelier National Monument celebrates its centennial year, a newly released book titled “Bandelier National Monument” offers a visual celebration of the history of the park.
    The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Author Paul R. Secord has drawn together historic photographs, images of San Ildefonso artist Pablita Velarde’s murals and historic documents to illustrate Bandelier’s signature moments.
    The book’s content was drawn from archival sources, private collections and the Bandelier library’s recently catalogued collection of more than 14,000 images spanning 135 years. Volunteers have spent two-and-a-half years digitalizing the collection.
    The fascinating trek back through time gives readers an opportunity to see images of long-gone places and people of Bandelier.
    Photographs such as two of the Lodge of Ten Elders, built in 1909 by Judge A. J. Abbott of Santa Fe, of women rangers dressed like airline stewardesses and one of a flock of sheep spanning the bridge over the Rio Grande near the Buckman railhead help to characterize each era of the park’s history.

  • Community Calendar 4-20-16

    TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. Cynthia Delgado, Mandy Marksteiner and Kelly Stewart will be featured on a panel. The topic will be “Preparing Los Alamos Businesses for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season.” Breakfast will be pastries from Rose Chocolatier.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on the state of the Bandelier back country and trails post Las Conchas fire by Kevin Stillman. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is rebuilding the trail system.

    The Forest Stewards Guild, county officials and stakeholders will have their first public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 100 Central Ave., to discuss the update of the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input. For more information, visit forestguild.org/losalamosCWPP, or contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 983-8992.  

  • LAHS to present ‘Spamalot’

    Los Alamos High School Olions will proudly present Monty Pythons “Spamalot” beginning with an opening night show at 7 p.m. Friday.
    In this musical retelling of the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” King Arthur and his trusted knights seek the Holy Grail.
    Arthur and his knights encounter famous friends and formidable foes from the Lady of the Lake to the Killer Rabbit.
    Directed by David Daniel and starring Devon McCleskey as Arthur, Evelyn Wohlbier as the Lady of the Lake, and a student pit orchestra. The Olions cast and crew has poured their hearts and souls into the production, they said.
    All showings will take place in Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and under.
    The play has PG-13 content.
    Spamalot’s performance dates and times are:
    • 7 p.m. Thursday, special dress preview
    • 7 p.m. Friday, opening night
    • Noon Saturday pre-prom matinee
    • 7 p.m. April 29
    • 2 p.m. matinee April 30; 7 p.m. evening show
    • 2 p.m. May 1 closing matinee.