Today's News

  • Summer camps blend science and art

    It is the thought that children learn best when they are having fun. A summer camp where art and science merge is now accepting applications for kids in Los Alamos. The camps start in July. Registration is now underway for Big Sky Build It! in Los Alamos.
    Camps in Santa Fe start in June and vary slightly from the Los Alamos schedule. For details about the Santa Fe programs, visit bigskylearning.com.
    Developed in 1996, Big Sky Learning has provided innovative, hands on programs for children, teens and teaching professionals. Campers learn to make high-flying rockets, designing and building their own robots and soldering music systems for their iPods.
    “The classes are a small ration of teacher to camper,” said Michael Sheppard, Big Sky Learning founder and director. Big Sky Build It! is the camp that branched out to Los Alamos three years ago. “We are seeking participants to keep the program going,” he said.
    Courses are scheduled at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each program is a week long and goes for three weeks. The current schedule for the Los Alamos program is July 13-23.
    Instructors consist of teacher and teen educators. The program is partnered with Santa Fe Public Schools and Sheppard said the program is in the process of partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • ‘It Was a Real Killing Field’ — Remembering Iwo Jima

    On Feb. 19, 1945, 20-year-old Bill Young of Mooresville, North Carolina, disembarked an LST on a miserable hunk of black rock called Iwo Jima. He was part of a 75-mile-long convoy of ships preparing to dislodge the Japanese from this volcanic remnant of an island. The territory was formally part of Japan, meaning it was considered literal sacred ground to Japanese soldiers.
    Just how many Japanese were there, and where, was a mystery to Young and the approaching Marines. It took his crewmen six weeks to arrive. They slept in cots under a tarp erected on the deck — all beds below were taken up by as many men as the U.S. military could jam on one boat. But that little bit of discomfort was nothing compared to what was unexpectedly awaiting them.    
    “The plan was to be at Iwo Jima just a few days to mop it up — less than a week we were told,” Young told me. They would tidy up things and then move on. The Japanese, however, had other plans.      
    “I ended up there for 37 days,” Young said, who stayed for the full duration of the unforeseen hell ahead. “We ran into more resistance than we ever thought imaginable. It was a real killing field.”    

  • Moral Monday lacks true morality

    Ethics and morality are different.
    Ethics involves “developing personal qualities of excellence.” The big picture, morality, “requires command-issuing universal law… willingness to obey the laws of God and nature.” The distinction comes from Eva Brann, a teacher at St. John’s College.
    Now comes the advent of Moral Monday, a construct in New Mexico of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, according to New Mexico Voices for Children, which used the Feb. 9 event to pitch its agenda through 10 speakers.
    Wikipedia calls Moral Monday “a grassroots social justice movement” that began in 2013 in North Carolina in response to the evil (my word) conservative deeds of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, elected in 2012 along with Republican majorities in both houses of the legislature. Getting arrested seems part of the North Carolina approach.
    The approach here seems more laid back, from what I can deduce from the Voices release.
    Still, the whole thing is fraught with arrogance. Nothing seems to be happening that has passing acquaintance with the laws of God and nature. Pope Francis seems to have cornered this topic with his continuing message of pastoral work.
    Government is quite different. Go way back to 1690 and John Locke, who provided an early articulation of today’s approach.

  • 'Toppers down Spartans, 67-53

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept pace with the Del Norte Knights for second place in the district standings Tuesday.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead after one quarter and held it the rest of the way. Bernalillo’s Spartans tried to make a late push, but was well out of contention at that point and the Hilltoppers prevailed 67-53.
    The Hilltoppers (21-4 overall, 5-2 in 2-5A) outscored the Spartans (6-18, 2-5) 24-8 in the first quarter and added to that lead for both the second and third quarters.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte will battle Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium with a potential runner-up spot on the line.
    Also Tuesday, Española Valley (21-3, 6-1) clinched no worse than a tie for first place in the regular season district race by pounding Capital 72-34.

  • Ski Report 2-19-15

    Angel Fire
    43-inch base. No new snow reported. 73 trails and 6 lifts open.

    27-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    34-inch base. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails and 4 lifts open.

    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 39 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    30-inch base. No new snow reported. 52 trails and 7 lifts open.
    Ski Santa Fe
    42-inch base. No new snow reported. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    42-inch base. No new snow reported. 83 trails and 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    5-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    46-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    2-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 trails open.

  • LA teams are set for the state title meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams will be looking to make a splash this weekend at state.
    Both teams will be well represented at the state meet, which starts Friday morning and continues through Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers have entries in all but two categories in both the boys and girls competitions.
    Last season, Los Alamos’ girls finished sixth at the state meet, while Los Alamos’ boys were 10th overall.
    The Hilltoppers are looking to improve on those finishes and might be in line to finish with a trophy if they can put together a good showing.
    One of the swimmers Los Alamos will be relying on heavily for a good showing this weekend is senior Michael Moore.
    Moore, who went the entire season not losing an individual race, is entered in the long freestyle events, the 200 and the 500.
    In both of those races, he will be among the favorites. In the 200-yard version, Moore clocked a 1:44.91 during the season, which places him just a little over half a second of the best time recorded by Jacob Harlan of Cibola, who is the top seed with a 1:44.33.
    There’s considerably more work to be done in the 500 freestyle, however. Harlan is again the top seed and went 10 second below Moore’s best recorded time in that event this year.

  • Update 2-19-15


    Pajarito Mountain will hold another of its ‘Beer & Bands’ promotion Saturday. Marble Brewing will serve at Pajarito starting at noon Saturday.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation on “Global Warming Science: Where we are Now” by Chick Keller.

    School Board

    The Los Alamos School Board wil hold a work session Feb. 26 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. An intial report on the 20-Year Facilities Plan will be discussed. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Engineers' Dinner

    The Los Alamos Engineering Council will host a dinner featuring guest speaker Cleve Moler, Feb. 25 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. To RSVP, call 667-5772.


    There will be a breakfast fundraiser at Pajarito Lodge, 15th and Canyon Road, from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature will be raised for the weekend. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Wal-Mart offering pay raises

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering what it says are more opportunities for advancement.
    Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that as part of $1 billion its spending to change the way it trains and pays workers, the company will give raises to nearly 40 percent of its 1.3 million U.S. employees in the next six months.
    In addition to raises, Wal-Mart said it plans to make changes to how workers are scheduled and add training programs.
    The company said the changes, which were announced Thursday as Wal-Mart reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, will hurt profits this year.
    “We are trying to create a meritocracy where you can start somewhere and end up just as high as your hard work and your capacity will enable you to go,” CEO Doug McMillon told the AP during an interview this week at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
    The changes come at a time when there’s growing concern for the plight of the nation’s hourly workers.

  • State Briefs 2-20-15

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers say they want to establish a statewide 500-mile recreation trail from Colorado to Texas weaving through many of the Land of Enchantment’s iconic vistas, monuments and cultural areas.
    A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill Thursday to create a commission to define the best routes and reach necessary agreements to designate a path through the many jurisdictions along the river. The body will make recommendations for the Appalachian Trail-style multi-use pathway.
    The trail would only cross land with the agreement of owners and will link pathways that already exist along the Rio Grande, including the Bosque in Albuquerque, Taos, Elephant Butte and Las Cruces.
    The idea is not new but the magnitude of the project has previously deterred construction.

    Boston-based ad agency chosen to promote Santa Fe

  • Chinese welcome in Year of the Sheep today

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese were seeing in the Year of the Sheep on Thursday, but with fortune-tellers predicting accidents and an unstable economy and some parents-to-be fretting over the year’s reputation for docile kids, it wasn’t exactly warming everyone’s heart.
    This animal sign, which comes once every dozen years, can be said to have an identity crisis. Known variably as the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, the sign’s confusion stems from its Chinese character, “yang,” which broadly describes any of the ruminating mammals, with or without horns.
    Many Chinese prefer to translate it as the “Year of the Sheep” because sheep are more cute and cuddly, and large sheep figures have appeared around the capital’s shopping areas in recent weeks.
    The goat, however, is more likely to be the original meaning because it was a popular farm animal among Han Chinese who started the zodiac tradition, Huang Yang, a researcher on the roles of sheep and goats in Chinese culture, was quoted by the official Xinhua News agency as saying.
    Still, Xinhua is going with “Year of the Sheep” in its English-language reports rather than “Year of the Goat.”