Today's News

  • Local golfers defend home turf in NNMSMGA event

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association held its annual championship at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this month.
    Ninety-six golfers from New Mexico and Colorado showed up to compete, but Los Alamos golfers stepped up and defended their home turf in the event.
    Local golfers won four of the six flights and finished second in the other two.
    The championship differed from most of the other NNMSMGA events. The golfers usually compete two days in a row, but at different golf courses with stand-alone scores.
    For the championship, they played the Los Alamos Golf Course on Sept. 9-10, and then combined their scores from both rounds to determine the winners.
    Local Bruce Norman won the championship flight, and nobody even came close to his two-day 145 gross score.
    On the first day of the competition, Norman shot a 68 — the lowest round any golfer has shot on the tour this year. The 68 was also six shots lower than any other golfer managed on the first day.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider gained two strokes on Norman with a 75 on the second day, but Norman still won the title by four shots with a 145.

  • Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild

    Looking for something interesting to do today? The Los Alamos Piecemakers are having their 2015 Quilt Show today and Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E. Road. Vendors from all over New Mexico will be on hand. Tickets for adults are $2 and children are free.

    The L.A. Piecemakers alternate each September between with a Quilt Show and Quilt Market. Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of the new Atomic City Quilts, is the chairperson for this year’s Quilt Show.

    Quilt Guild members have made quilted items that will be on display. Bed Quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the things on display.

    The donation quilt this year is entitled "Ravena" and was pieced by Donna Smith and quilted by Nicole Dunn. This beautiful quilt will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Show. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale at the show.

    There will also be a Silent Auction at the Quilt Show. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Show.

    The LA Piecemakers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.  For more information, visit vla.com/lap. The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild is active in the community by doing service projects throughout the year.

  • Saturday Free Fishing Day

    The New Mexico State Parks Division and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will observe Free Fishing Day in recognition of National Public Lands, Hunting and Fishing Day.
    As a result, Saturday is a free fishing day in New Mexico. This is a special day when all anglers – residents and nonresidents of all ages – can fish without a license at public waters statewide.
    All other fishing regulations apply.
    “We invite you to join us Saturday for Free Fishing Day at all 35 New Mexico State Parks and throughout New Mexico’s rivers, streams and lakes,” said Christy Tafoya, Director of New Mexico State Parks.
    “We want to encourage New Mexicans to get out with their families and enjoy their natural resources by celebrating National Public Lands, Hunting and Fishing Day; a free fishing day is a great way to do that,” said Alexa Sandoval New Mexico Game and Fish Department Director.
    The Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are partnering to provide a day of family fun at all New Mexico State Parks.
    All state park fees apply, but it’s only $5 per vehicle for day use from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Walk-in entry to state parks is free.

  • Borrego burn in works next week

    The Camino Real District of the Carson National Forest is planning to ignite the Borrego Mesa prescribed burn next week as early as Monday.
    Early fall provides a window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns on days when conditions such as wind, relative humidity, temperature, expected weather patterns, available resources and other factors are in alignment.
    The Borrego Mesa prescribed burn consists of 200 acres and is 3 miles northeast of Penasco and a half mile west of New Mexico Highway 518.
    This project uses hand ignition. Roads and other natural barriers to contain the fire within a well-defined area.
    Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The burn is to reduce fuels, help with the restoration of meadows and reduce the potential for a high intensity stand replacing fire.
    Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
    Smoke from the Borrego Mesa prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are met.

  • Rx take-back event is Saturday in N.M.

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Thursday encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and to return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions for safe disposal.
    The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and provides free anonymous drop–off sites throughout the state for New Mexicans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Residents can search online by county, city or zip code for the collection site nearest them or calling 1-800-882-9539.
    Prescription drug abuse and misuse pose serious health and law enforcement issues for New Mexico communities. Udall continues to work to create more ongoing opportunities for safe drug disposal, and has introduced legislation to increase the safety of prescription drug use.
    “Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic nationally, and while we’ve taken strong steps to combat this abuse in New Mexico, we must keep up the fight,” Udall said.

  • Tularemia, ‘rabbit fever,’ a danger

    Los Alamos is filled with wildlife, and many of us may have animal companions that live within our homes.
    Because of this, we must always keep in mind the different dangers of having these animals around. In New Mexico, there have been cases of Tularemia in humans..
    Tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” is categorized as a rare, zoonotic disease. This disease can be carried in animals such as rabbits, hares, rodents and domesticated animals.
    This disease can spread to humans through tick and deer fly bites, skin contact with infected animals, ingestion of contaminated water, laboratory exposure, and inhalation of contaminated dusts or aerosols.
    Some precautions include the use of insect repellent, avoiding contact with sick or injured animals, and keeping domesticated animals inside or on a tick preventative.

  • Volunteer Association Quilter’s group travels to Santa Fe, Albuquerque

    Recently several members of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association Quilter’s group traveled to Santa Fe and Albuquerque to deliver quilts to the Youth Shelter and Ronald McDonald House, respectively. Sixteen quilts and three layettes were donated to the Youth Shelter and received with much appreciation. The Santa Fe Youth Shelter provides housing and educational opportunities to youth.
    The Ronald McDonald House gives the quilts as gifts to new clients and were delighted with the 24 quilts and knitted booties, complete with buttons and a matching beanie that were donated by the quilter’s group.
    The Association would like to give special thanks to Dick Tatro, a LAVA volunteer, for driving the quilters to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the use of their van.

  • Community Calendar 9-25-15

    Fourth Friday Downtown: Illusions of Light and Reflection. Celebrate the International Year of Light by experimenting with kaleidoscopes, mirrors and shadows. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

    Absinthe Minded: Elena Georgi. today through Nov. 14. Opening reception 5-7 p.m.
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Opera on the Rocks. 4 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. Opera Alta Presents Mozart’s “Bastion and Bastienne” and Selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastion and Bastienne” was composed by a 12-year-old Mozart. For tickets and information, visit Guildsofsfo.org/LA. Guild members $10/Family (4) $20 — Non-Guild $15/Family (4) $35. Shuttles available from White Rock Visitor Center and Los Alamos Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

  • Assets in Action: Through adversity can come strength for the community

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about how often when things seem to go wrong, they can still end up incredibly right.
    Ten years ago, the news was all abuzz with the story of Hurricane Katrina.
    As a sister of the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, a “sister,” had recently moved into town.
    Dawn Brown, husband Art and daughter Ariana were new to Los Alamos and they became family to the community in many ways, but more on that later.
    Dawn’s mother Melba Lee and her daughter Stephanie were still back there and tensions were high.
    The next thing I knew, Dawn was loading the car up with bottled water and on her way to the area.
    As we fast forward, Melba Lee decided to make Los Alamos her home as she figured out the new ripple in her life. Also a sorority sister, Melba was greeted with open arms and soon began to make herself at home.
    The children of our community received a special blessing as someone like Melba Lee greeted them warmly and returned hugs when requested from the children. Don’t tell her I said it, but it was like the youth of Los Alamos and White Rock got to spend afternoons with “grandma” over at the Youth Activity Center.

  • State’s new energy policy: We’re all in this together

    For years, New Mexicans have said we’ve got it all when it comes to energy – oil, gas, coal, geothermal, solar, wind – and now we have a new energy policy that reflects this.
    Maybe now we can end the pointless jousting between supporters of renewable and traditional sources.
    Last week, the governor announced a plan developed over the past year by the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department after listening to sessions held around the state. The first energy plan since 1991 embraces all sectors and emphasizes jobs, economic diversity and energy independence.
    The big shift is “promoting greater production of ALL sources of energy, especially low-carbon sources,” which the governor’s news release describes as an “‘all of the above’ approach to energy development.”
    What I especially like about the plan is its solid statements of policy backed up by proposals rather than puffery. Here are the key points:
    Building or improving pipelines, electric transmission and rail from the Four Corners to I-40, and adding a third oil refinery.