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  • Boutique Air, county to award flights to Los Alamos with promotion

    Los Alamos county and Boutique Air are giving travelers a chance to win a free round trip flight from Los Alamos to Albuquerque as part of a “Such a Sweet Deal” promotion Jan. 23 through Feb. 5. Three winners will be drawn and notified by email on Feb. 5.

    The “Such a Sweet Deal” promotion is intended to encourage travelers to spend time in Los Alamos by taking a short 30-minute flight onboard Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, featuring reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300 mph. Travelers park free at the Los Alamos Municipal Airport.

    The drawing is limited to those 18 years old or older. Round-trip vouchers will be mailed to the winning entries and available to use through March 31. Anyone who has signed up for the Fly Los Alamos newsletter is automatically entered to win.

    Winners will be notified by email and all entries will automatically be signed up to receive future issues of the Fly Los Alamos newsletter, which keeps travelers informed of changes to flight schedules, future promotions or new flights and options offered by Boutique Air.

    Entry forms and complete rules are available at flylosalamos.com.

  • Glenallen Hill returns as Isotopes manager

    The Albuquerque Isotopes announced recently Glenallen Hill will return for a second season as manager of the club. The upcoming campaign will mark Hill’s fourth consecutive year as manager of the Rockies Triple-A team.
    Pitching coach Darryl Scott also returns to the Isotopes for a second straight season, marking his seventh in the Rockies organization.
    A new hitting coach will join the Isotopes in 2016, with an announcement to be made within the upcoming weeks.
    Hill led the Isotopes to a 62-82 record during his first year in Albuquerque, which saw the team finish third in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division.
    Before taking the helm of the Isotopes in 2015, Hill managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013 and 2014 after six years as first base coach for the Rockies. The 2016 season marks the 50-year-old’s 13th campaign in the Colorado Rockies organization.
    Hill began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Visalia Oaks. The Santa Cruz, California native also served as interim manager for the Modesto Nuts during the last three months of the 2006 season. Hill has also served on the coaching staff for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006 and on the National League All-Star coaching staff, led by Clint Hurdle, at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

  • The Blizzard of AAHHHs coming to Pajarito

    For the seventh consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Mountain are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits northern New Mexico communities.
    In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 5-7.
    The annual not-for-profit event is presented to raise financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Over the past seven years over $50,0000 has been raised for this charity. The event is open to female skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders of all abilities, including those who have not yet ventured onto the slopes. People can register online at pajaritoskipatrol.com or Pajarito Mountain's website, SkiPajarito.com, under the events tab. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited.

  • Altmann kicks ski at FWT Andorra

    Garrett Altmann was smacking the snow with his pole out of frustration halfway down his run Friday morning.
    In Freeride World Tour's opening event in Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra, Altmann started his run on the feature-packed mountain face with a line through a tight chute. Altmann slid into the opening of the chute and then stepped into position for a double drop that he pointed it through.
    Lower on the course, however, Altmann ran into trouble.
    In a rocky chute above cliffs and a narrow choke, Altmann kicked his left ski as he approached the exit. Altmann then smacked the snow with his ski and shook his fists at the sky, knowing that losing his ski would result in no score.
    Altmann was one of eight skiers who didn't get a score after losing a ski or needing ski patrol's help to get down the run. Norway's Dennis Risvell double ejected after big cliff huck. Other skiers didn't clear the rocks in the landings and ended up doing cartwheels upon impact. Another skier kicked his ski without even falling.
    With so many riders not posting scores, Altmann ended up tying for 19th in the event, giving him 565 tour points.

  • US, New Mexico ink settlements over nuclear radiation leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy have inked $74 million in settlements over dozens of permit violations stemming from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The settlements are the largest ever negotiated between a state and the Energy Department and come after months of negotiations.

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since February 2014, when a container of waste burst and released radiation that contaminated parts of the underground facility. The container came from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The settlements call for the Energy Department to funnel millions of dollars toward road improvements and environmental projects in New Mexico.

    The state initially proposed more than $54 million in penalties against the federal agency and its contractors for numerous violations at the lab and waste dump.

  • Today in history Jan. 22
  • State of two states are markedly different

    As it turns out, Donald Trump tweets.
    I found out about this after President Obama had wrapped up his State of the Union address last week.
    It was a good speech, actually – thoughtful, candid, truthful, hard-hitting and engaging. As most presidential State of the Union orations go, that’s a bit rare.
    Mr. Donald Trump, on the other hand, didn’t like the president’s remarks in the least. Barely had the presidential teleprompter gone black before the real estate mogul was typing out this tweet for the edification of his acolytes: “The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow lethargic – very hard to watch.”
    Then, too, since he embarked upon his quest for the Republican presidential nomination several months back an impressive body of evidence has accumulated to suggest that the only voice Donald Trump truly likes to hear is his own.
    Which probably explains why the voice of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was even more off-putting for Mr. Trump than Mr. Obama’s, when she began her “official” Republican response to the president’s State of the Union.     

  • Bathtub Row Brewing teams with Co-op to offer food

    Bathtub Row Brewing Cooperative is now coordinating with the Los Alamos Co-operative Market to provide sandwiches, soups and shared plates at the popular tap room in addition to the wide range of local craft beers.
    “By offering our patrons some of the healthy, locally sourced products from the food co-op, we have the chance to both complement our beer production and aid in providing the food co-op with more business and exposure,” said Jason Fitzpatrick, general manager at Bathtub Row.
    Bathtub Row Brewing, located at 163 Central Park Square, has had a successful operation since its April 2015 opening, and the next step, that of providing a few in-house meals, was just a logical one, Fitzpatrick said.

  • Creative district’s Fourth Fridays returns today

    Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos today.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming or extended hours at downtown attractions. Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and promotes special offerings from participating businesses. This month Fourth Friday offers:
    •The Bradbury Science Museum, at lanl.gov/museum, will have extended hours and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 1350 Central Avenue.
    • PEEC at The Los Alamos Nature Center will feature Astronomy Show: Mars, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets available at 2600 Canyon Road. For more information, contact Nicole Kliebert at Nicole@losalamos.org.

  • Community Calendar 1-22-16

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

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Astronomy Show: “Mars” from, 7-7:45 p.m. Discover Mars with Rick Wallace from the comfort of the planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
     SATURDAY
    Cañada Bonita Snowshoe Hike from 9-11 a.m. A beginning snowshoe hike from the ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita. PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead the group along a snowshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club. Along the way, look at the effects of the Las Conchas fire on the forest and snowpack and at some of the ecological features of the winter forest. Register in advance. Free.