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Today's News

  • Bandelier National Monument hosts stamps’ first day of issue ceremony

     Bandelier National Monument hosted a local dedication ceremony Thursday to mark the issuance of a stamp depicting the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier.
    The stamp is one of 16 stamps commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.
    The ceremony took place at the Bandelier Visitor Center and was one of more than a dozen taking place at National Park locations nationwide.
    It was the first of two such events in New Mexico, with a stamp honoring Carlsbad Caverns National Park being issued later Thursday.
    “Deeply rooted in American life and thought, our parks, monuments, historic sites, memorials, battlefields and even seashores and lakeshores are magnificent views and landscapes of unparalleled beauty,” said USPS Vice President of Finance and Planning Luke Grossmann during the ceremony.
    “Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged canyon and mesa country. Rugged but beautiful,” Grossmann said. “Indeed, Bandelier is a true American treasure worthy of the stamp that we present today.”

  • White Rock Artist Market returns Saturday

    The White Rock Artist Market returns Saturday, outside the White Rock Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    The June market will feature artists and artisans from the Los Alamos, White Rock and Northern New Mexico area and is the first of four Artist Markets this summer.
    This is the fourth year of the market, which takes place on the lawn outside the White Rock Visitor Center located at 115 NM State Road 4. Artists will feature fused glass products, jewelry, natural beauty products, knitted items, paintings, Native American pottery, natural stones, handmade birdhouses and much more. The June’s Artist Market will include “The Spot” food vendor who will be selling food and drinks.
    The LAHS Band will also be selling snow cones as a fundraiser for their Washington, D.C. trip later this summer.
    The White Rock Artist Market is held the first Saturday of every month in summer. Space is available for artisans to sell their work for the July, August and September Artist Markets. The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information, call Melanie Pena at 661-4836, or email her at melanie@losalamos.org.

  • Community Calendar 6-3-16

    TODAY
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-3 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

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

    Aaron Lee Tasjan Bank will play alternative rock and outlaw country from Ohio at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos at 7 p.m.

    June Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Aaron Lee Tasjan Bank present alternative rock and outlaw country from Ohio at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Loan Fund expands to state’s creative entrepreneurs

    In the first 15 months of its CreativeFund program, The Loan Fund helped more than 100 creative entrepreneurs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe secure a loan or receive training or advice to help turn their creative talents into successful business ventures.
    The program has been so successful, in fact, that The Loan Fund is planning to expand its offerings statewide.
    It’s all part of an effort by the nonprofit – a community development financial institution with an economic and social improvement mission – to serve a group of typically debt-averse individuals who support themselves through creative endeavors of some form, said Matt Loehman, The Loan Fund’s director of development and special projects.
    Changing mind-sets
    Creative enterprises are the primary source of income for more than 43,000 New Mexicans, according to a 2015 report by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. That’s equivalent to the number of New Mexicans who work in construction and 50 percent more than the number of manufacturing workers.

  • Presidential campaign turns into a pie-throwing contest

    Gary Johnson is saying something worth listening to. It’s about the conduct of the presidential election.
    New Mexico’s former governor is running for president again as the candidate of the Libertarian Party. He probably will be the only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. I am not a fan of Johnson or his political philosophy, but he’s absolutely right about the process.
    He tried to run as a Republican but was not given a chance to appear on Republican debate stages because he was not high enough in the polls. As he has said, the only way to get higher in the polls is to get enough exposure on TV. Debates are one critically important way to do that. The other way is through all the interviews Johnson didn’t get.
    Last fall and into the spring, when Republican candidates were interviewed, they were usually asked to comment on Donald Trump, and were not given a chance to talk about their own views on national policy. It was disgraceful.
    Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t get much exposure, either, you recall.
    Way back before the public was invited, a few network executives apparently decided which candidates were going to get coverage and which would be ignored.

  • Accident in Rendija Canyon; 1 injured

    A car accident involving four boys occurred in Rendija Canyon, just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.
    The crash took place on a dirt road leading into the canyon, just north of the entrance to the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    When police arrived, they found a yellow, 2001 Ford Escape SUV resting on its roof. Police and paramedics were able to safely remove the boys. Three escaped serious injury, but one had to be flown out of the canyon by helicopter to a local hospital.
    “One juvenile was ejected and later flown to an area hospital with unknown injuries. This case is active and the investigation into the crash is being conducted,” Ballew said.

  • Candidates for DA take positions on DWI, sentencing

    At last month’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for primary candidates, three Democrats in contention for the First Judicial district attorney seat responded to voters questions.
    Jennifer Padgett, who is seeking to keep the seat she was appointed to in December 2015, squared off against Maria Sanchez-Gagne and Marco Peter Serna.
    For more on the candidate’s backgrounds, see “DA candidates address Kiwanis” in the May 13 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    In response to a question by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, all three candidates promised to appoint a full time district attorney to Los Alamos.
    Padgett also promised to appoint an additional prosecutor and support staff if the need arose.
    Serna stressed the need to have a prosecutor available to help police investigate a case, and also promised to provide a support person.
    Sanchez-Gagne believes the county should also have a victims’ advocate.
    Candidates were asked what the district attorney could do to assist victims.
    Padgett noted that New Mexico’s Victims’ Bill of Rights requires that victims be notified of upcoming court processes.

  • State, LANL partner in radioactive removal

    Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn held a press conference Thursday at the Los Alamos Laboratory to announce the successful removal and transport of a drum of radioactive material from Santa Fe to the lab.
    The drum was discovered in May 2015, during an inspection of a warehouse by NMED. The warehouse, owned by Thermo Fisher, a company that manufactures medical instruments and smoke detectors, is located on Airport Road in Santa Fe.
    The drum contained 8.63 curies of Americium, a highly radioactive material used in the manufacture of smoke detectors.
    According to officials the drum had been stored at the warehouse for over 10 years. Though the material was stabilized and in a secure location, the warehouse is located in a residential area next to a church and a school.
    “This material is not waste,” Flynn said. “It was stable and secure, but it was in a location we believed was not ideal, since it was in a residential area next to a school.”
    LANL agreed to accept the radioactive waste and the state negotiated with Thermo Fisher to transport it at no cost to taxpayer, Flynn said. NMED estimated the cost of the operation would be more than $6 million, but most of that would be in transporting and securing the material.

  • Heinrich, colleges look at filling LANL jobs

    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D–N.M.) wants to boost New Mexicans’ chances of filling approximately 2,000 vacancies at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the next five years.
    To facilitate that goal, Heinrich gathered representatives from LANL and seven northern New Mexico colleges for a roundtable on Wednesday to discuss ways to tailor programs to meet the lab’s needs and better prepare students to compete for those positions.
    “With thousands of jobs turning over at Los Alamos in the next five years, we need to make sure we’re leveraging every one of those that we can get to come from a New Mexico institution,” Heinrich said.
    LANL’s Acting Deputy Director of Human Resources Johnny Herrera gave statistics on the number of vacancies anticipated between now and 2020. The lab projects the need for 675 new people in research and development, 375 in science and engineering support, 700 in the business service sector and 675 in operations support.
    Herrera noted that those numbers do not include craft workers, such as electricians and pipe fitters, since those positions are filled through the unions. He stressed that there is an ongoing need to fill those positions as well.

  • Bank evacuated after chemical smell

    Employees at the Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock were temporarily evacuated from the building Thursday morning after an employee complained of dizziness.

    Los Alamos Fire Department officials said the smell was from an unidentified chemical. The employee was not hospitalized. As of press time, the incident is still under investigation.