Today's News

  • Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81


    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

    Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

  • Tesla decision sparks campaign criticism

    SANTA FE (AP) — Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors’ a battery factory.
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn’t select New Mexico because of “a failure of leadership” by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.
    Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, said in a statement that King was trying to “score cheap political points” and his criticisms “completely ignore the state’s bipartisan efforts that have allowed us to compete for jobs like those offered by Tesla and other companies.”
    Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the state hasn’t heard officially from Tesla. An announcement was scheduled Thursday in Nevada.
    The Associated Press reported that Tesla still plans a second site in case Nevada can’t deliver promised incentives or possibly to build a second factory.
    King said in a statement “it’s not our location or lack of resources” that caused the state to lose out to Nevada. He criticized Martinez administration education policies and said New Mexico needs to better fund schools to produce highly skilled workers necessary for attracting manufacturers like Tesla Motors Inc.

  • Briefs 09-04-14

    NNMCAB elects new officers

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB), held elections at its July board meeting in Santa Fe.
     Doug Sayre, who has served as the vice chair, was elected to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. Sayre is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since September 21, 2011. Allison Majure, a Los Alamos resident, was elected to serve as the Vice‐Chair. Majure has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012. Officers are elected for one year terms that begin Oct. 1t.
    The board also approved Draft Recommendation 2014‐02 “Institution of Measures to Help Ensure WIPP and LANL Transuranic Disposal Operations Remain Continually Operational.”
    According to a press release, the intent of the recommendation is to assure that operations at DOE and LANL regarding the handling, transport, and disposal of transuranic waste from LANL, as well as other generator sites to WIPP, establish policies and procedures that will ensure safe and secure operations that prevent shutdowns of waste disposal operations for any extended period.

    LANL Foundation gets
    new communications officer

  • Judge: BP 'acted recklessly' in oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.
    BP’s market value plummeted by $7 billion after the ruling as its shares suffered their worst percentage decline in almost three years. By Thursday afternoon, company shares had fallen almost 6 percent to $45.05.
    BP PLC, which vowed to appeal, already agreed to pay billions in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” deals instead with civil responsibilities, and could nearly quadruple what the London-based company has to pay in fines for polluting the Gulf of Mexico.
    The judge held a non-jury trial last year to apportion blame for the Macondo well spill, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and spewed oil for 87 days in 2010.
    He ruled that BP bears 67 percent of the blame, Swiss-based drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. bears 30 percent, and Houston-based cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services is responsible for 3 percent.

  • Pino Fire update
  • Update 09-04-14

    Viewing party

    "Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Military gear

    On Friday, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of lifelong learning. Email pictures to AssetsInAction@att.net.

    Open house

    Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.


    A family night for the upcoming Homecoming festivities and a chance to meet the Hilltoppers and play games. 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos High School overpass. $20 adults/senior, $10 youth ages 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Call 662-0800 or email info@UnitedWayNNM.org.  

  • Former LA resident killed in Colorado crash

    Ryan Pappas, 18, of Monument, Colorado and a former Los Alamos resident, was one of two teens killed in a single vehicle accident early Monday morning. Pappas grew up in Los Alamos and attended Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.
    According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, two Monument students died in the accident and also injured classmate Mitchell Clark, 17, who remained in critical condition Monday night at Penrose Main Hospital.
    According to the newspaper, the Colorado State Patrol said a 2008 Mini Cooper convertible was speeding eastbound on Baptist Assembly Road about 1 a.m. when it ran a stop sign at Roller Coaster Road. The car then went airborne as it crossed the intersection, and the driver lost control. Investigators said the car then crashed into some of trees.
    Troopers said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
    The newspaper reported that the driver, a 17-year-old male from Parker. Colorado, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center on suspicion of vehicular homicide, the State Patrol said. His identity has not been released. Authorities were still debating whether to try the driver as an adult or a juvenile.
    Also killed was Beau Begier, 17, of Monument.

  • Author, poet to teach creative writing at UNM-LA

    Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be teaching a Creative Writing class at UNM-LA. The class will meet 9–11:45 a.m., Fridays from Sept. 12–Dec. 5.
    Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction. This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style. You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir, writing a Malayan pantoum in poetry, or a sudden fiction based on a real childhood memory,” she said.
     The Singing Bowl (University of New Mexico Press) and Love & Death: Greatest Hits (Tres Chicas Books) are Logghe’s two recent books, the later with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio and winner of a New Mexico Book Award.
    Logghe has won a National Endowment for the Arts, years of support from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, has three children and three grandkids, and for twelve years has been poet-in-residence at Santa Fe Girls’ School.
    There are still seats available and those wishing to enroll in Logghe’s class (ENGL 224) should contact UNM-LA Student Services at 662-0332.

  • School super search continues

    According to Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the search for a new superintendent is proceeding as planned. The board recently held an executive session to discuss the search. During this session, the board decided to widen it’s search as well as set criteria.
    Bjarke-McKenzie said the board is still considering local candidates, but also established that it will definitely be accepting applications from outside candidates.
    “We’ve decided to go forward with the search, as well as develop criteria and a timeline within the next couple of days,” she said.
    While some board members suggested a couple of local candidates, Bjarke-McKenzie said that they’ve also decided to do a regional search as well as a national search.
    She added that in the next couple of weeks, they will be focusing on getting input from the public through some questionnaires.
    “We will be also be looking to get some input from the public, to get a better idea of what they want,” she said.
    The school board also is looking for a replacement for District 3 member David Foster. Foster recently resigned his position, after having sold his house and moved out of district.
    The board recently listed in the Los Alamos Monitor the basic requirements for all District 3 candidates, including:

  • PEEC reaches 90 percent

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center's “Flyometer” measures how close PEEC is to reaching its goal of raising $1.2 million to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits and a professional planetarium projector for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The new center, which will open next spring, is a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC. The county is spending $4.3 million to build the new facility, while PEEC is raising $1.2 million for the professionally designed exhibits, which will belong to the center. The dragonfly has become a symbol of the new nature center, because some say the building itself resembles a dragonfly, so PEEC has adopted the term “Flyometer” for the instrument to mark the progress of its campaign. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org/takewing.