Today's News

  • Bug museum to visit PEEC

     Summer Family Evenings continues with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. July 6.
    Families are invited to discover the amazing selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has kept strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia, for 12 years.
    He is currently the president of the American Tarantula Society. In 2011 Harrell, his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • Record number of fireworks for event planned

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  • Habañero diving team gears up for this year’s event

    Roger Handrahan said one year he looked down at the crowd in Overlook Park and wondered what all of the sparkle was. It turned out to be cameras flashing back at him as he floated to the ground with the American Flag flying behind him.
    This Fourth of July, he hopes to do the same again.
    With Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” blasting away, Handrahan and the Habañero Sky Diving Team plans to entertain the community gathering Monday night.
    The skydiving event is part of a Kiwanis Fourth of July night of family fun that starts at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The longtime White Rock resident and Army veteran said he spends months planning the skydive. He also enjoys helping the Kiwanis.
    “I always try to dedicate the jump itself to all of the men and women who either have served or are serving,” Handrahan said. “I do have a soft spot in my heart for military. It also helps draw a little bigger crowd for the Kiwanis. It’s their only fundraiser they have all year, and I do believe in what they do.”
    The cost can be expensive to pay for the divers, ground crew the planes and pilot, he said, but he it is a way of giving back.

  • Community Calendar 6-29-16

     Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community, Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and LAMC present “Bone and Joint Health in the Senior Population” with Culley Christensen, M.D. at 3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed. For information, call Cynthia Goldblatt, community liaison, at 662-4300.

    Summer Family Evening: Goats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.

    DK & the Affordables with Eddy and the Nomads at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
    Rain or shine Los Alamos Farmers Market is from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at 2400 Central Ave.

    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Assets in Action: We still need the old-school ways

    The weather has been hot lately, so perhaps my brain is working properly, but I have been thinking a lot about technology.
    There is a particular commercial that highlights a car that detects what could happen and stop the vehicle for you if the driver is unaware.
    I guess I am feeling a little old school about the need to learn how to do things the “hard way.”
    When I was a teenager, we learned to count back the change when you worked with money. I vaguely remember the discussion that there would always be calculators and there isn’t a need to count back money.
    Flash forward and now. Kids are doing math with not just their calculators, but their phones. Then there comes a time when they need to do math, but don’t have access to either or have to show their work.
    Old school. Sometimes we just need to learn things old school.
    It is the same reason that when the opportunity avails itself, you should learn how to drive a stick shift. There may come that time when you find yourself in a situation where that may be your only choice.
    Today’s cars are on the verge of doing the driving for you. You might not ever need to parallel-park again. There are even cars that may allow you to just sit inside while they do the driving for you.

  • Save New Mexico’s historic sites!

    New Mexico is about to fire Billy the Kid.
    Coronado, Victorio, the conquistadores, and the U. S. Cavalry are getting the sack, too.
    Visitors come here to see these icons at the state’s seven historic sites. Just in time for peak tourist season, the state Cultural Affairs Department announced a draconian plan to kick out the very people who know the most about these sites – their managers.
    The department announced a plan in late May to save money by reorganizing the Historic Sites Division, combing six sites into three regions with new managers. This would affect Jemez, Coronado, Fort Selden, Camino Real, Lincoln and Fort Stanton historic sites. Bosque Redondo and Los Luceros aren’t affected (yet). Another six positions department-wide are also on the block. But the department wants to hire 13 “critical employees,” including three PR people.
    Terminations are effective Aug. 3, if the State Personnel Board approves the plan at its July 21 meeting.
    Let’s recall that during the legislative session, declining revenues forced lawmakers to shrink the budget and give the administration permission to do more cutting, if necessary.
    It’s always a grim process, but in reducing costs, two principles ought to be at work. First, spread the pain evenly.

  • Making a well requires luck and science

    As a rule, New Mexico oil and gas production is out of sight and, therefore, out of mind. Even in the production areas of the southeast and northwest, I suspect a goodly proportion of people not directly involved have only a general sense of what happens.
    Even the financial impacts manifest only in a general way. In good times, state government gets oil and gas money and expands. In less good times, such as today, less money appears and government, though crunched, expands anyway. Local effects, though, are immediate for good or bad.
    At the recent Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Artesia, staff at Elite Well Services and Nick Agopian of Devon Energy walked through the steps in making an oil well. Overall, the Delaware Basin in New Mexico and Texas within the Permian Basin is a “world class oil and gas play,” Agopian said. The term “play” means (thank you Wikipeda) an area with the same geology (to over simplify).
    Each well costs from $1 million to $8 million. In most communities, an $8 million business investment merits a headline.
    The tasks are complicated, difficult, technical and not obvious to the passerby. The work requires much science and a fair amount of luck.

  • Road closures today for Model Ts

    Motorists should expect road closures around Los Alamos for a special visiting tour of Model Ts today.
    There will be about 85 1909-27 Model T Fords and about 200 people touring around Los Alamos County.
    The group will depart from Buffalo Thunder Resort at various times in the morning, passing through White Rock on their way to Bandelier National Monument.
    From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Model Ts will travel from Bandelier to the Back Gate and then along West Jemez Road, through the back security gate and past the main security gates before turning onto Diamond Drive and going to Fuller Lodge.
    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Model Ts will park in the reserved east parking lot of the library (the “Farmers’ Market” lot), and along Central, which will be closed between 20th Street and the Justice Center driveway.
    From about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Model Ts will be poking their way (5-25 mph) down the Main Hill Road. Commuters who want join are welcome to do so. Others needing to get off the Hill faster are advised to take the Truck Route or Pajarito Road.

  • Bandelier plans activities for Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July weekend promises to be full of exciting activities in Bandelier National Monument, with activities of all kinds.
    The activities begin Thursday, when the Candelaria family from San Felipe Pueblo will demonstrate traditional pottery making behind the Visitor Center. Other activities will include solarscope and binocular viewing in that area. 
    A Night Sky Program at the Juniper Campground amphitheater opens with an astronomy talk at 8:30 p.m., followed by celestial viewing with giant telescopes.
    On Friday, the Candelarias will again demonstrate pottery behind the Visitor Center, and that evening is the first Night Walk of the summer. 
    This is a silent walk among the Pueblo sites in Frijoles Canyon in the dark, evoking a feeling of what life might have been like there for the Ancestral Pueblo people. Space is limited, so signups are required; call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.  Nightwalks will be offered on Friday nights throughout July and August.
    At Bandelier’s new NPS neighbor, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in downtown Los Alamos, Friday will also be the first of daily ranger talks on the Manhattan Project. They will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the temporary History Museum on 20th Street by Ashley Pond.

  • Captured cubs in rehabilitation

    Staff and wire reports