Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Fighting Internet injustice in rural N.M.

    The digital divide in America — those who do and those who do not have access to the Internet — runs especially deep in rural New Mexico. Is it digital injustice or just the painfully slow development of the necessary infrastructure?
    Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, visited New Mexico recently. He confronted that question and a challenge on the confusing issue of net neutrality, the argument over whether some content providers can get favorable high-speed access to the network at the expense of other users. Though he spoke with obvious conviction, some audience members were unsatisfied with his answers.
    After visiting Acoma Pueblo, Wheeler spoke and answered questions at a forum sponsored by the New Mexico Media Literacy Project and other organizations belonging to the New Mexico Digital Justice Coalition.
    “Digital Justice” is fighting terminology. It implies that the lack of access is a political decision rather than the absence of resources.

  • Night drilling in Mortandad Canyon

    Faint light may be visible in the night sky during the next month as Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program drills a well in Mortandad Canyon as part of a groundwater remediation project.
    The work began July 4 and will continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the work is complete in mid-August.
    “Due to its remote location, the nighttime drilling should not have noise or light impacts, but we wanted local residents to be aware of the project in case they notice our light plants,” said Project Manager Stephani Swickley.
    Access to Mortandad Canyon is limited to project traffic due to construction activity, Swickley said, and pedestrian and other traffic is restricted.
    For more information, contact envoutreach@lanl.gov.

  • Forty immigrants deported

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — About 40 Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico were deported Monday, officials confirmed.
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the immigrants were placed on a plane in Roswell and flown to Honduras, but the agency did not say when they arrived.
    The adults and their children previously were housed at temporary detention center in Artesia, the agency said.
    More immigrants being held in Artesia will be sent back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon, as part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said.
    “As President Obama, the vice president and (Homeland Security) Secretary (Jeh) Johnson have said, our border is not open to illegal migration, and we will send recent illegal migrants back,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.
    The deported immigrants are part of the nearly 82,000 migrants from Central America who have already been returned this fiscal year, she said.
    Last month, the Obama administration announced plans to convert the Artesia facility into one of several temporary sites being established to deal with the influx of women and children fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America.

  • Police Beat 07-15-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    July 3

    9:59 a.m. ­— Jason Willis, 34, of Albuquerque was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    4:21 p.m. — Jonathan Wilke, 34, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of a drug on State Road 4.
    July 4

    9 a.m. — Christopher Jones, 32, of Jemez Springs was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2000 block of E. Jemez Road.

    2 p.m. — A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Connie Avenue.

    11:30 p.m. — Gabriel Wadt, 24, was arrested for resisting/evading/obstructing a police officer and fleeing in the 3800 block of Arkansas Street.
    July 5

    10:17 a.m. — A 47- year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a car burglary or other structure on Bryce Avenue.