Today's News

  • Laser concerts to light up museum planetarium

    Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light. Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Oct. 21-Nov. 3 with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience.

    Laser concerts light up. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.
    “We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during Halloween and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.

    For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands.

    Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows, but on one very special night, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud, presented in partnership with AMP Concerts as part of the New Mexico Culture Squared initiative.

  • New flags presented Tuesday
  • Travel: Discover Austria

    Special to the Monitor

    This is the first in a two-part series on Austria. Part two will appear in the Oct. 18 edition of Diversions.

    The act of toasting in Austria is a custom with its own set of rules. As a visitor to this land of sophistication and unassuming elegance, it’s important to know the correct protocol.

    First, make eye contact with each and every person at the table, loosely hold the wine glass by the stem and solidly clink on a slight diagonal plane to achieve the ideal ring. And, remember to never cross paths with someone else’s toast, as this would be considered rude.

    Following these guidelines is trickier than one might imagine – particularly the aspect of eye contact. Austrians believe it’s essential to acknowledge everyone individually, as it gives special meaning to the toast. It’s all about making a personal connection. Know that you’ll get plenty of practice, as it’s common to toast multiple times during the course of a social gathering.

  • LAPD seeks help identifying robbery suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking for the public's help to identity a male robbery suspect connected to a robbery that occurred on Aug. 27 at about 8:30 p.m. at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Drive, in Los Alamos. 

    The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-8-inches to 5-foot-10-inches tall, and possibly between 25-30 years old. A witness told police they observed the male suspect leave in a vehicle that was a cark-colored full-size four-door pickup truck that, at the time, was missing the tailgate. 

    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $300 to anyone who has information on the identity of the male suspect that is depicted in this composite drawing. 

    Anyone with information can call L.A Crime Stoppers at 662-8282, or call LAPD dispatch at 662-8222 and ask to speak to Det. Robinson. 

    Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • New Mexico utility continues plan to stop burning coal

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico utility company says the Trump administration's move to repeal federal regulations won't derail its plan to stop burning coal.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Service Company of New Mexico is still planning to wean off coal by 2031, and it will continue with its efforts to comply with the Clean Power Plan, which the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it intended to dismantle.

    The utility had agreed to shut down two coal-burning units at a power plant in northwestern New Mexico and to install pollution controls on existing units by the end this year. It plans to completely close the facility by 2022.

    Company spokesman Ray Sandoval says the utility doesn't anticipate any changes to these plans.

  • New Mexico considers rule changes for hunting pronghorn

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is considering changing the rules for how pronghorn are hunted in the state.

    The agency has planned a series of public meetings to discuss proposed changes that would align pronghorn hunts more closely with how deer are hunted in New Mexico. Officials say that would allow for more opportunities for hunters on public and private lands.

    The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening in Albuquerque. Meetings will also be held over the next month in Las Vegas, Roswell and Las Cruces.

    If any changes are adopted, they would be implemented for the 2019-2020 hunting season.

    The department says improvements in how the pronghorn population is surveyed have resulted in better data from which to base annual harvest recommendations.

  • US Navy spending $4.3M to support testing at missile range

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to spend $4.3 million on a project at White Sands Missile Range to support future testing for naval operations.

    The funding was recently announced by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's office. The New Mexico Democrat, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, had pushed for more money to revitalize government laboratories and test ranges as part of a defense spending measure.

    With the funds, officials say they will be able to build upon the Navy's research and development test site at the White Sands complex in southern New Mexico.

    Heinrich described White Sands as a national treasure for the U.S. military given its unique terrain, airspace and the expertise of those who work there. In addition to preparing for future testing, he says the project will result in construction jobs.

  • Jail Report 10-8-17

    Detained at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center Sept. 27 through Oct. 3 2017.

    Jeremiah D. Morris, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant at Mesa Verde apartments.

    Russell Trujillo, 42, of Española was arrested on a municipal court warrant. Bond was set at $500. He was arrested at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office.

    Sean Paul Montano, 19, was arrested for drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was arrested at 3000 Trinity Drive.

    Sara Lenore Maxwell, 36, was arrested for offenses related to driving. The arrest took place on Diamond Drive. She was later released from custody Oct. 2.

    Kilee J. Landon, 22, was arrested on a district court warrant.

  • Police Beat 10-8-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Sept. 27
    12 a.m. — LAPD reported that the Santa Fe Police Department arrested a person on a warrant out of the LAPD’s jurisdiction.

    8:50 a.m. — LAPD took a report for lost medication at the La Mesa Mobile Home Park.

    Sept. 28
    1:30 p.m. — LAPD reported that the front door to the vacant gas station at a vacant hotel on Central Avenue was smashed in by a rock. The rock was found inside the station.

    2 p.m. — LAPD’s bomb squad was called out to an undisclosed location to investigate items left behind by the Santa Fe Police Department.

    Sept. 29
    12:33 a.m. — LAPD arrested a person on an arrest warrant.

    2 p.m. — LAPD arrested a person on an arrest warrant from Sandoval County.

    4:32 p.m. — LAPD issued a citation or a summons to a person allegedly involved in an altercation that resulted in a battery and damage to property.

  • Bandelier welcomes new artist

    Bandelier National Monument welcomed Artist in Residence Lisa Grossman this month.

    In the two weeks she will arrive at the national monument, and plans to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. Grossman said she wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archaeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.

    The public is invited to meet Grossman today (Sunday) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Grossman will be on the back porch of the Visitor Center, sharing her work and methods and providing visitors the opportunity to try their hand with brush and paper.

    Grossman was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas City in 1988 to work as an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. During her seven-year stint there, she discovered her true inspiration in the tallgrass prairies and river valleys of eastern Kansas.  The artist has made a career of painting them for over 25 years, focusing on oils, watercolors, and printmaking. She is now based in Lawrence, Kansas.