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Today's News

  • Get into the spirit of holidays with Festival of Trees

    The time has come to look to the future and the holiday season. Head on over to kick start the joy of the holidays at the annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    The trees are up and on display now through Thursday during normal business hours with a grand finale Saturday for final bidding.
    More than 70 items, including trees, wreaths, ornaments and decorations on display and available through silent auction and bidders need not be present to win. The Saturday showcase will feature a craft fair, free pictures with Santa and musical talents of local artists.
    While admission is free, donations of lunch and snack items or pre-packaged cookies are a suggested donation to benefit local school children.
    The funds raise money for two local non-profits, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    “There is a bear tree with a sign that says ‘Don’t feed the bears – they are already stuffed,” says LARSO Executive Director Pauline Powell Schneider. “There are trees with birds, snowmen, angels, Sweet Christmas, it’s a Gingerbread World, wreaths that are rustic, some that sparkle, others with berries or holly, and centerpieces with snowmen and candy canes.”

  • On the Docket 11-9-16

    Oct. 19
    Mario L. Mares was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Francisco Trujillo was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Antonio G Rael was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel Edward Judge Sr. was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Michael D. Johnson was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Oct. 20
    Mark A. Hoffbauer was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 11-9-16

    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.

    Oct. 24
    1:08 p.m. — Crystal Padilla, 33, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station.

    3:10 p.m.—William Garrett, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance on March 29 on Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 25
    8:31 a.m. -- Police reported that a 46-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a petty larceny ($500 or less) at Kiva Street.
    3:15 p.m. — Kasey Katcher, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Rover Boulevard on June 11.

    4:35 p.m. -- Joshua Lopez, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station.

  • RTD to suspend service Friday for Veterans Day

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and RTD Mountain Trail Route will not be in service on Friday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
    The NCRTD thanks and honors all veterans for the time they served and the sacrifices they and their families made for our country.

  • LA Historical Society to feature new lecture series

    The Los Alamos Historical Society announced its 2016-2017 lecture series, “Multiple Perspectives of the Atomic Bomb.”
    Visit losalamoshistory.org for a listing and schedule of lectures and events.
    The lectures are at Fuller Lodge on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s November lecture will feature a panel on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, including the first Los Alamos appearance of new MPNHP Superintendent Kris Kirby.
    The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge
    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was established in November 2015 to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons.
    Managed in partnership with the Department of Energy, the three sites that make up the park are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos and Hanford, Washington.
    Kirby is a veteran National Park Service employee, most recently designated as permanent superintendent of the new park. She has extensive experience in NPS partnerships, including her most recent assignment at Yosemite National Park as chief of Business and Revenue Management. Before that, she served as chief of commercial services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and previously worked in concessions management at Glacier National Park

  • SF Symphony to ring in holidays with free concert Dec. 2

    The Santa Fe Symphony will ring in the holidays with “Carols and Choruses” in the majestic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Dec. 2.
    The audience will be able to sing along to some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time as they enjoy the angelic voices of The Symphony Chorus, accompanied by the glorious sounds of The Symphony Brass and organ. This concert starts at 7 p.m. and is the symphony’s gift to the Santa Fe community during the holiday season.
    No tickets are required. Admission is free.
    The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is located at 131 Cathedral Place in Santa Fe.
    Executive Director Gregory Heltman notes “members of The Symphony Brass are passionate about their instruments and music.” Over the years, the group has performed at many community and donor events as well as their holiday appearances at the Cathedral Basilica.

  • One more fee-free day at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Manhattan Project National Historical Park have announced that the National Park Service and other federal agencies will offer one more Fee Free Day this year on Thursday, Veterans Day.
    On that day, federal areas nationwide, including Bandelier and the Valles Caldera, will offer free admission to everyone. Manhattan Project NHP has no entry fee.
    Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954 it was officially renamed Veterans Day in the U.S. to expand it to honor all veterans, not just those who fought in World War I.  It still coincides with the Armistice Day holiday celebrated in many other countries. 
    As Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Veterans Day is a very appropriate day for the parks to honor all our veterans, by inviting people all over the country to enjoy and celebrate the lands that these brave men and women have valiantly protected and defended.”  
    The Manhattan Project NHP is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    At Bandelier, the shuttle service has ended for this year, so visitors should just drive on down to the parking lot at the monument Visitor Center. 

  • PEEC offers drawing, painting class with local artist

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a two-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects. The class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Coddington’s class is open to all, from beginners to advanced artists.
    Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals in this hands-on workshop. With easy to understand demonstrations and Master artist examples, Lisa will work to reinforce confidence in creating dimensional Autumn-themed subjects.
    A minimum of eight students is required for the class, so those interested in the workshop are encouraged to register on the PEEC website by Thursday. Otherwise, the class will be canceled if there is not enough interest.
    Artist/instructor Coddington earned her master of art degree at Syracuse in Illustration. She has illustrated a children’s book and has received commissions by regional and national firms for her artwork and art instruction.

  • LA punk rocker turns to classical music

    A Los Alamos punk rock musician hopes to shake up the classical music world with three compositions he has produced into YouTube videos.
    K.L. Fortson hopes his creations will make people think differently about orchestral music.
    The videos of “Untitled for Guitar and String Quartet,” “Arecibo Calling Kafka” and “Whales Floating Belly Up” can be found at klfortson.com.
    Classical music is a bit of a departure for Fortson, who has toured extensively for punk rock bands before embarking on the project.
    “I wanted to do more complex music, and I also wanted to more non-lyrical music,” he said. “I was also drawn to the fact that it doesn’t have any concrete meeting.”
    Fortson is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Mexico. He majored in criminology and has always been interested in the arts, especially music and painting.
    “I took a class called ‘Deviance’ based on the name. It sounded really fascinating. I just liked how psychology, sociology and business were really studying the same facets of humanity but through a different lens,” he said. “I’ve always liked propaganda and media, and that’s what drew me to those.” Those interested can find more of his art on the website.

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