Today's News

  • Property taxes heading up

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a $193,163,741 FY2016 budget on Tuesday by a 5-2 vote.
    The final version of the budget includes a 2.25 mills property tax increase, which will increase revenues by $1.5 million. Taxes on a $300,000 home will increase $225 per year.
    Councilors James Chrobocinski and Pete Sheehey voted against the motion.
    Chrobocinski strongly opposed the property tax increase. A motion he made to approve the budget without the tax increase failed by a 5-2 vote, with Sheehey also voting for the motion.
    “I don’t think this takes into account the potential for increased economic activity from the Manhattan Project National (Historical) Park. I’m already seeing increased commercial activity going on,” Chrobocinski said. “I don’t think the prospects are nearly as doom and gloom as this puts it forth.”
    Chair Kristin Henderson was not as optimistic as Chrobocinski.
    “I think it’s possible our GRT (Gross Receipts Tax) is going to increase, but I don’t think it’s anything compared to the revenue we get from the lab and I don’t see it happening this particular year and I don’t think we can count on it next year,” Henderson said.

  • Community briefs 4-29-15

    LAMS fundraisers to aid ill staff members

    Los Alamos Middle School is currently conducting two fundraisers for staff members fighting serious health battles. On Friday, students can donate $1 for the opportunity to wear their hats in the building throughout the day.
    Students can donate their dollar before school or during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    On Friday, they stop by our booth in the main office for their official hand stamp. Tickets will still be available Friday.
    For any questions or more information, call 663-3252.
    The funds will benefit teachers Sherri Bublitz and Ryan Finn.
    Olions to perform Shakespeare

    The Los Alamos High School Olions presents its annual spring production this weekend. This year, the students will perform William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    A preview performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, there will be two shows 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Sunday.  
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and the preview show is $5.
    For more information, contact Rosemary Vigil at 500-5983.

  • Be There calendar 4-29-15

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

  • Thank you to community

    Great community
    outcome for Earth Day

    On behalf of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and as chairperson for the Earth Day Festival at the new Nature Center, I would like to thank the committee, the many volunteers, the staff, the community and the weather for making our Earth Day Festival a wonderful celebration. Fit in amongst the moving, settling and opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center was planning for the celebration of our planet Earth.
    The committee included volunteers and staff of PEEC, the Los Alamos Co-Op Market, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bradbury Science Museum, and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Although we have sponsored an Earth Day Festival for 15 years, this was a new place, which presented new challenges. Each contributor’s ideas and dedication were greatly appreciated.
    Our sponsors included Los Alamos National Bank, LANL, Atomic City Transit, UNM-LA, the Los Alamos Monitor, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sciences and Los Alamos Mainstreet. We could not have done it without their support.
    We would especially like to thank Kristin Henderson, chairperson of the County Council, who took time to be our Master of Ceremonies.

  • Will N.M.’s economy get $260 million-plus boost?

    Back in early April, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez found himself in Roswell speaking to the Chaves County Republican Party’s annual dinner.
    It’s the sort of thing lieutenant governors do, part of the unofficial job description that goes with the position: If the governor can’t or doesn’t wish to make a speech before a group of local party leaders, send the lieutenant governor.
    Normally news coverage of such appearances goes largely unreported except, perhaps, by the local newspaper. In this case, however, after the lieutenant governor made it known to Chaves County’s top Republicans that “pressure is growing for a special session of the Legislature,” the story made a good deal of news.
    Naturally the Roswell Daily Record picked it up, but so did numerous other New Mexico papers and statewide TV newscasts. It even showed up in the conservative Washington Times back in the nation’s capital.
    Which makes a certain amount sense, inasmuch as only a few days earlier Gov. Susanna Martinez made it abundantly clear that she wasn’t keen on a special session. Mixed signals coming out of any governor’s administration make headlines.

  • 51s drop Isotopes with walk off

    For the second time during the opening road trip of the season, the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-11) fell victim to a walk off victory. The Las Vegas 51s (12-8) claimed a 6-5 win after a two-run ninth inning at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev, Tuesday afternoon.
    Deciding Moment:
    The Isotopes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back home runs from Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling.
    Dustin Garneau singled to get the offense started before Tim Wheeler drew a walk. Nina lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall, and Smalling followed with a solo shot of his own.
    The 51s chipped away to cut the ’Topes lead to 5-4 in the seventh.
    After escaping a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque needed just three outs to take the final game of the series. Las Vegas had other ideas as Johnny Monell led off the ninth with a double. Following back-to-back outs, a walk put runners on the corners with two down. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled in both runs to give the 51s the walk-off win.

  • Kratzer has the top prediction in this week’s pace race

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.

  • Lockhart breaks triple jump record at Harper Invite

    Liz Lockhart is now a Los Alamos record holder.
    Lockhart jumped 36 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to break Christina Gonzales’ record that had stood since 2000.
    Her jump was almost two feet longer than her previous state-qualifying mark and was second best performance in a stacked field at the Harper Invitational.
    Twenty-three teams competed in the meet, including most of Class 6A’s powerhouses.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams both made statements with high finishes. The Hilltopper boys finished fourth as a team, placing ahead of Cleveland for the first time ever in a track meet.
    “What an amazing meet,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We did very well as a team, finishing behind the usual 6A powerhouses,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said. Anderson thought the Hilltopper girls finished fourth as well, but hadn’t seen the final team scores.
    With so many tough teams and athletes, a few ’Toppers hit state-qualifying marks in events they placed outside of the top-six in.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ only first-place finish in the meet.

  • Today in history April 29
  • Be There 4-28-15

    “What if… A Parent’s Intro to Wills and Trusts.” 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr. $15 individuals/family. $10 for FSN members. For more information call 662-4515.

    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 3 in White Rock (129 N.M. 4). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

    Bighorn Sheep in Los Alamos. 7 p.m. The Sierra Club and PEEC team up to present a talk on bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Speaker Eric Rominger has worked for the last 19 years as the bighorn sheep biologist for the state. Free.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.