Today's News

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  • Video:Heinrich pushes for wildfire reform


     During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) continued to push to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires.

  • Be There 07-15-14

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. Musical performance by Wise Fool. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Making Adobe and Mud. 6:30-8 p.m. With imagination, mini adobe bricks, and mud plaster, you can create the mini adobe building of your dreams. Instruction by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. No advance registration required. $5 for non-member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

  • Alzheimer's program available for caregivers

    Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe. The course is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday.
    The evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 
    To register or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 473-1297, or email amontoya@alz.org.
    Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. 

  • Lott to speak at Mountaineers meeting

    Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Lott’s talk will follow the business portion of the meeting, which will include information on recent and upcoming Los Alamos Mountaineer-sponsored trips and outings.
    Among the topics Lott will cover are the conceptual 30-mile hike/bike trail for Bandelier, the monument’s recovery from the Las Conchas Fire, upcoming trail modifications and information on some of Lott’s favorite areas of Bandelier.
    Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument.
    Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent.
    In 2005, he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers, founded in 1952, promotes a variety of outdoor-oriented activities.

  • Assets In Action: Staying loyal to local businesses

    I have to confess, I am very excited about the new Smith’s Marketplace opening this week, aren’t you?
    I think I may visit long after the “rush hour” traffic, when things have calmed down and are a bit slower. I want to be able to take it all in at a slower pace.
    One reason I am excited about the new Smith’s is for more money to stay local.
    One former Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Director, Kevin Holsapple, used to give an excellent presentation about how spending money off the Hill was similar to holes in a bucket of water. The leaking water represented the drip, dribble, or flow of money going off the hill.
    When we keep our money local, more community programs benefit from our spending.
    So whether those are library or parks and rec programs, free busses, teen center or Assets programs, your spending allows more things to happen locally. In this time of budget cuts, that is particularly important, but I’ll save that for another column.
    My column isn’t really just about spending locally, but also about loyalty.
    For those that don’t know me very well, I’m a White Rocker. That’s right; I live twice as far from Los Alamos as you live from White Rock.

  • Oil boom in New Mexico? Well, we knew that already

    Thoughts from ConocoPhillips count for New Mexico. That’s because CP accounts for around 40 percent of the gas produced in the San Juan Basin and has at least two locations in Farmington with three nice looking offices and sundry outbuildings.
    A CP senior economist, Helen Currie, brought her Ph.D. to Farmington July 9 to outline the outlook for oil and gas markets. Her audience was 25 or so legislators attending a joint meeting of the Legislative Finance Committee and the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy committee.
    A national overlay is an oil boom in New Mexico. Our oil production is way up — Currie expects maybe another 30 percent growth by 2020 — Currie just didn’t call it a boom.
    In the state briefs section July 10, USA Today said, “Federal statistics show that (New Mexico) is in the midst of an oil boom. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.”