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Today's News

  • Storm on its way to Pajarito

    February is typically the snowiest month of the year, and Pajarito Mountain looks like it will begin the month with a storm that's expected to peak on Monday.
    Snow is in Pajarito Mountain's forecast for the next few days. The National Weather Service is reporting a 50 percent chance the mountain will get fresh snow tonight (Jan. 30). On Sunday, the probability increases to 70 percent. It hits 90 percent Monday and then goes down to 70 percent Monday night and there's 50 percent chance the mountain will get more snow Tuesday.
    The ski area has received 78 inches so far this season, enabling it to open almost all of its terrain, including the runs under the Townsight lift for the first time since the 2010 season. In 2011, the Las Conchas fire burned the top terminal of the area, as well as several acres along the eastern edge.
    Pajarito plans on spinning the Townsight lift every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the season.
    The ski area also has events planned for the first three weekends of February.
    On Feb. 5-7, K2 Women's Weekend will take place, featuring on-hill clinics, demos, a silent auction and a Blizzard of AAAHHs dance party.
    The event benefits the Anita Salas Memorial Fund.
    Also taking place during the K2 Women's Weekend is a Beer and Bands event on Feb. 6.

  • Swimmers qualify for state ahead of district meet

    As the Los Alamos swimming and diving teams prepare for this weekend's District 1 championships, several of the athletes have already secured a spot at the state championships with qualifying times.
    For the rest of the team, the district championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe's Genoveva Chavez Community Center, will be the last chance to earn a spot at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls, however, already have at least one swimmer in every event that's qualified for state.
    Sarah Lott has led Los Alamos' charge by qualifying in six individual events. Lott's highest state seed so far is in the 100-yard freestyle. Lott's time of 52.21 seconds is the No. 3 fastest seed time. The University of Utah commit has also qualified for state in the 50 free (fourth, 24.11), the 200 free (fourth, 1:56.76), the 200 individual medley (ninth, 2:17.82), the100 butterfly (fifth, 1:00.70) and the 500 free (eighth, 5:22.64).
    Several other Hilltopper girls have qualified in those events and some others, as well.
    Also qualified in the 200 free are Kaitlynn Bennett (17th, 2:03.51) and Isabelle Runde (25th, 2:05.90).

  • Climate change lecture series starts

    Rapid changes in our climate are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot we can do. Dr. Chick Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about how we how we can move forward at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Nature Center planetarium. This talk is part of a lecture series on climate change.
    Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting with the leading scientists in the field. He has written several review articles trying to make sense of the hundreds of scientific papers on aspects of the subject.
    PEEC’s Climate Change Lecture Series:
    • Feb. 16: Effects of the Southwest with Keller
    • March 1: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas with Marie Westover
    • March 15: TBD
    • March 29: Understanding the Impact of Drought, Wildfire, and Infestation with Dr. Richard Middleton.
    • April 13: Where Do We Go from Here with Dr. Cathy Wilson and Dr. Keller at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    These lectures will be at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, except the April 13th event. They are free to attend, and no registration is required.

  • Recreation reservation software now online

    Los Alamos County’s Community Services Division has announced the roll out of the second phase of the public interface for its new recreation reservation software WebTrac on Feb. 1.
    The new website is user-friendly and allows customers to explore and sign up for recreation activities from home. Phase I was rolled out in November.
     As of Monday, patrons will have access to information and availability for camping and vendor permits; parks, pavilions and shelters; fields, courts and arenas and indoor facilities. Users can also place reservations for parks, pavilions and shelters as well as camping and vendor permits.
    Access the website at https.web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/nmlosalamoswt.wsc/splash.html or via the link from the recreation page of the county’s website at losalamosnm.us.

  • Tech Trek summer camp deadline is Sunday

    Seventh-grade science and math teachers in New Mexico are encouraged to nominate up to five students for Tech Trek, an exciting week-long summer camp focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is coming to the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro from June 19-25. Cherie Burch is the camp director.
    The deadline for nominations is Sunday. After being nominated, students complete an application and interview process before final selections are made in early April. Cost for the camp is $50 per student, as the program is funded by AAUW, a national organization dedicated to empowering women and girls, and by New Mexico businesses and individuals.
    The Tech Trek summer camp is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), nationally and in New Mexico. It builds on AAUW’s research report “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” which demonstrates that camps like Tech Trek improve girls’ interests in STEM.  
    Forty-eight to 60 girls will be selected from New Mexico to attend the camp, where they will gain first-hand knowledge of real-world applications of STEM, in a fun-filled, hands-on college environment. More information can be found at TechTrek-NM.aauw.net.

  • Community Calendar 1-29-16

    TODAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. 7:00 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.

  • Last chance to see ‘Once A Ponzi Time’

    Don’t miss the last opportunity to see this zany, madcap play at Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday and Saturday.
    “Once A Ponzi Time” is a fantastic frenzied, financial farce by Joe Foust. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar.
    Tickets are on sale at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain. More information is available at lalt.org.
    Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this comedy. For years, Harold (Michael Adkins) has helped his friends with their investments but now he is up to his neck in a scheme he never wanted to start in the first place. His artful dodging is about to collapse around him. With the help of Gramps, his flaky father (Rich Hassman), and naïve nephew (Stuart Rupprecht), he tries to hoodwink the Russian mob (Pete Sanford), bamboozle the SEC agent (Linda Taylor), and swindle the bossy, rude, and arrogant multi-millionaire (Dennis Powell) and his trophy wife (Holly Robinson). He also has to maintain other investors at bay (Justin Smith and Katrina Koehler) to keep his world from falling apart. All the while, his wife (Joy Reynolds) lovingly stands by. Throw in a sassy dummy and you will be rolling with laughter!

  • Court weighs practice of prayers at meetings

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether local government leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings – the first time a court at that level has addressed the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a town government’s favor in a similar case in 2014.
    An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court’s ruling that the Rowan County Commissioner’s practice of opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity was “unconstitutionality coercive.”
    But a lawyer for the Rowan County Commission said the recent Supreme Court decision supports its case and asked the judges not to engage in “difficult line drawing” between the church and state.
    The Supreme Court has already ruled that it’s appropriate for local clergy to deliver predominantly Christian prayers and town meetings in New York. At issue now is whether it makes a difference that the Rowan County prayers are being given by the commissioners themselves and whether their invitation for the audience to join them in prayer should be seen as coercive.

  • Ted and Trump take different tracks on ethanol debate

    BY MARITA NOON
    Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

  • Maybe New Mexico is finally ready for an ethics commission

    I used to joke that my late husband was the last honest man in the New Mexico Legislature.
    He was not the last, though. Most legislators do not take illicit money or otherwise profit from their public service.  
    I have known a few legislators who, after their service was over, out of the glare of publicity, quietly went bankrupt. Their years of honest volunteer service had cost them dearly.
    New Mexico’s past reputation was that there was lots of corruption but most of it was small-time.
    We were only slightly outraged when politicians did favors for their friends. If you won a local election as a county commissioner or a school board member, your reward was jobs for needy relatives. When the other guy won, his relatives might replace yours.
    In low-income counties with few good-paying jobs, this was a way to spread the wealth.
    When an influential legislator-lawyer represented clients before boards and commissions – perhaps using bullying power to influence a licensing decision - it didn’t even make the news. When legislators vote on issues that affect their own professions, we barely notice.
    After all, we rationalize, our unpaid legislators have to make a living doing something other than legislating.
    But we have been troubled by the influence of special interests on legislation.