Today's News

  • Balloons blast off

    Photographer John McHale captures this image from Balloon Fiesta held this past weekend in Albuquerque.

  • FBI looking for bank robbers in Santa Fe, Clovis

    SANTA FE (AP) — The FBI is investigating the robberies of U.S. Bank branches in Santa Fe and Clovis. Both banks were robbed Tuesday.
    The FBI says a man wearing a cowboy hat walked into a U.S. Bank branch in Santa Fe at about 4:30 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect ran away.
    The man who robbed the U.S. Bank branch in Clovis just after 9:30 a.m. wore a green cloth over his face and showed a teller a silver handgun and demanded money.
    The FBI says it may offer rewards for information on the suspects.  

  • WGN America orders second season of 'Manhattan'

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Executives at WGN America have ordered another season of the TV drama “Manhattan.”
    The announcement came Tuesday as the cable network prepares to air the first season’s finale this weekend.
    The network’s president and general manager, Matt Cherniss, says he’s thrilled with the show’s success so far.
    Cherniss says writer-producer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme have brought to life the World War II-era Manhattan Project in a brilliant way.
    The drama follows a group of scientists and their families as they attempt to navigate a world of secrets and lies while developing the first atomic bombs.
    The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate community in northern New Mexico.
    At its peak, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 workers, but it was kept largely secret and out of public view.

  • Update 10-15-14

    Farmers' Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. today in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due Sunday.


    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its last regular monthly meeting before the election at 7 p.m. Thursday at Party Headquarters, 1362D Trinity Dr. Final campaign plans and actions will be discussed. For more info, contact Robert Gibson at 662-3159.

    Game Night

    5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  

  • Crews respond to water leak at LANL's CMR

    Emergency crews and the lab security force responded to a call at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building Wednesday.
    According to a lab spokesman, there was a report of a leaking pipe at the CMR facility, located at Technical Area 3.
    The spokesman later said there was a fire suppression leak from a faulty sprinkler head.
    “Major clean-up done and fire suppression system back on line yesterday evening,” a statement from the lab.
    The spokesman added, “there was no contamination in the water, which is removed by the building’s drainage system.”
    According to the lab website, the CMR facility totals 550,000 square feet, including an administrative wing, an office wing, six laboratory wings, and one area that includes hot cells that provide heavy shielding and remote-handling capabilities for work on highly radioactive materials. Three laboratory wings are in various stages of shutdown.

  • Greenglass of Rosenberg spy case dead at 92

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92.
    Greenglass — who admitted decades later that he lied on the stand about his own sister — died in New York City on July 1, according to the Rosenbergs’ sons, Michael and Robert Meeropol.
    After his release from prison in 1960, Greenglass lived under an assumed name in Queens, hoping to be forgotten for his part in a McCarthy-era cause celebre that is still furiously debated to this day.
    A spokeswoman for the Meeropols, Amber Black, said Tuesday that the brothers were aware of their uncle’s death last summer, but did not seek media attention and received no inquiries at the time.
    The Rosenbergs were convicted in 1951 of conspiring to steal secrets about the atomic bomb for the Soviet Union and were executed at New York’s Sing Sing prison, insisting to the very end that they were innocent.

  • House candidates square off in variety of issues

    The differences were stark between Democrat Ben R. (Ray) Lujån, who is running for reelection for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3, and his Republican opponent Jefferson L. Byrd at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum last week.
    These are key points from the candidate’s responses to questions. See “Fact-checking the candidates” for some research into the candidates’ competing claims.
    What action should Congress take regarding social security?
    Lujån opposes the privatization of social security, as well as raising the age for retirement or reducing benefits.
    “The way we strengthen social security is we strengthen the economy. We bring more people in, we get more people working and contributing to the program,” Lujån said. “It’s solvent. We just celebrated 75 years, and with all of us working together we’ll celebrate 75 more.”
    Byrd countered, “According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office), social security is going to fail…We all have to take actions now before that occurs.”
    Did either candidate support a higher minimum wage?
    Byrd does not. He advocated instead for “protecting employers” and creating mining and drilling jobs.

  • Catholic church robbed

    Apparently, the saying is true, nothing really is sacred anymore.
    At least, that’s the conclusion Father Glenn Jones reached Tuesday after learning someone had made off with the total weekend collections for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 3700 Canyon Drive.
    Both checks and cash were stolen, so church attendees are urged to check their bank accounts closely over the next few days.
    Jones said that it’s a bit of a mystery how the alleged thief or thieves entered the building. All six entrances to the building, as well as the entrance to the office where the safe was kept, did not appear damaged.
    The safe however, is totally destroyed. It appeared the thieves used some sort of tool, perhaps a crowbar, to pop the hinges off to get what was inside.
    “We didn’t see any marks around the place, so we don’t know how they got in,” Jones said.
    Jones suspected some sort of bump key or lock picking kit was used. He’s currently consulting with a locksmith to get all the locks updated and changed.
    If there’s a bright spot in all this, Jones said, it’s that it appears only money was taken. All altar items used to conduct services as well as other items of value seem to be still in the church. from this past Saturday and Sunday, checks and cash.

  • Scarecrows coming to town

    Los Alamos Arts Council is once again sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest Oct. 18-26 in downtown Los Alamos. The registration fee is $10. Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square. Applicants will be received from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Scarecrows will be on display through Oct. 26. 

  • Be There 10-15-14

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. LuzMarina Serrano, the New Mexico Gay Straight Alliance Network Program coordinator, will give a presentation about Super Allies: How to Support LGBTQ Youth.

    Part of Take Wing Week! Silver-Winged Acrobats of the Sky. 7 p.m. Relf Price will give a non-technical talk on the amazing lifestyles of dragonflies and damselflies. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.