Today's News

  • Dances with India offers adaptation of Cinderella

    Dances of India, a joint group of the Los Alamos Family YMCA Kathak and Bharatnatyam classes, presents an Indian adaptation of Cinderella.
    Performances are from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Written and directed by Alina Deshpande, the production features Indian classical dance forms (Kathak and Bharatnatyam) as well as folk dances, bollywood, belly dance and more.
    A majority of the dances have been choreographed by Deshpande and Kavita Nandkishore, the instructors of the Los Alamos Family YMCA dance classes, however there are also a few guest dances from other members of the Los Alamos community.
    As always, the show promises to be full of color, foot-tapping music and goofy humor. Deshpande has woven the Indian dances into a timeless, universally popular story and just like in years past, this production will showcase the local Los Alamos dancing and acting talent. Last year’s performance was Aladdin.
    “We always want a story that is universally known, although the story does change a little,” Deshpande said.
    The dances always showcase talent from Los Alamos has been performing with a local show for the past seven years. The shows has existed for a total of 10 years, but on a smaller scale.
    Admission is free, but donations in all forms (cash, check) will be much appreciated.

  • Opera Southwest opens new season with lost 'Hamlet'

    Opera Southwest in Albuquerque will present the New World Premiere of the lost opera “Amleto” or “Hamlet” by Franco Faccio, libretto by Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito.
    “Amleto” premiered in 1865 in Genova, Italy to unanimous acclaim and was revived in 1871 at La Scala. There the leading tenor Tiberini had fallen ill and by opening had completely lost his voice.
    After its disastrous reception Faccio was so distraught he withdrew the opera and refused to have it performed again. The faded, torn score in the composer’s own handwriting was found in 2003 in the archives of Casa Ricordi in Milan, Italy, by composer Anthony Barrese, now artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest.

  • Lads of Enchantment show features quartet champion

    The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment (LOE) 2014 Annual Show will feature the 2010 International Quartet Champion — Storm Front.
    Performances will be Oct. 24-25 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    Storm Front is one of the world’s most accomplished barbershop quartets, noted for both its sound and its captivating performances.  
    After qualifying for international competition in 2003 and placing 17th, the quartet placed 10th in the world in 2005 and 2006, sixth in 2008, and third in 2007 and 2009, before winning the gold medal in 2010.
    Storm Front is said to be one of the world’s most accomplished barbershop quartets, noted for both its sound and its performances. After qualifying for international competition in 2003 and placing 17th, the quartet placed 10th in the world in 2005 and 2006, sixth in 2008, and third in 2007 and 2009, before winning the gold medal in 2010.
    Consequently, Storm Front has appeared throughout the US, in Canada, in Great Britain and is scheduled to perform in Japan in early 2015.  The group has also produced four CD albums and two DVDs that will be available for purchase at the show.
    As customary, the LOE Annual Show will have two parts. The LOE will perform in the first part, and Storm Front will perform after intermission and refreshments.

  • Fact checking the House candidates

    Here is a quick fact check of some of the claims made by Ben R. (Ray) Lujan and Jefferson L. Byrd at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum last week.
    Social Security
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) does not state that social security will fail. The CBA projects that under the current system, combined funds for social security and disability insurance will be exhausted in 2031 and the Social Security Administration would be unable to pay full benefits. Without the trust funds to fill the gap, annual outlays will have to match annual revenues.
    Minimum wage
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does state that 4.3 percent of hourly wage workers (3.3 million) earn minimum wage or below minimum wage (i.e. restaurant workers, full-time students, etc.).
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “About 53 percent of all minimum wage earners are full-time workers, and minimum wage workers contributed almost half (46 percent) of their household’s wage and salary income in 2011. Moreover, more than 88 percent of those who would benefit from raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 are working adults, and 55 percent are working women.”

  • Balloons blast off

    Photographer John McHale captures this image from Balloon Fiesta held this past weekend in Albuquerque.

  • FBI looking for bank robbers in Santa Fe, Clovis

    SANTA FE (AP) — The FBI is investigating the robberies of U.S. Bank branches in Santa Fe and Clovis. Both banks were robbed Tuesday.
    The FBI says a man wearing a cowboy hat walked into a U.S. Bank branch in Santa Fe at about 4:30 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect ran away.
    The man who robbed the U.S. Bank branch in Clovis just after 9:30 a.m. wore a green cloth over his face and showed a teller a silver handgun and demanded money.
    The FBI says it may offer rewards for information on the suspects.  

  • WGN America orders second season of 'Manhattan'

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Executives at WGN America have ordered another season of the TV drama “Manhattan.”
    The announcement came Tuesday as the cable network prepares to air the first season’s finale this weekend.
    The network’s president and general manager, Matt Cherniss, says he’s thrilled with the show’s success so far.
    Cherniss says writer-producer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme have brought to life the World War II-era Manhattan Project in a brilliant way.
    The drama follows a group of scientists and their families as they attempt to navigate a world of secrets and lies while developing the first atomic bombs.
    The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate community in northern New Mexico.
    At its peak, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 workers, but it was kept largely secret and out of public view.

  • Update 10-15-14

    Farmers' Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. today in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due Sunday.


    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its last regular monthly meeting before the election at 7 p.m. Thursday at Party Headquarters, 1362D Trinity Dr. Final campaign plans and actions will be discussed. For more info, contact Robert Gibson at 662-3159.

    Game Night

    5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  

  • Crews respond to water leak at LANL's CMR

    Emergency crews and the lab security force responded to a call at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building Wednesday.
    According to a lab spokesman, there was a report of a leaking pipe at the CMR facility, located at Technical Area 3.
    The spokesman later said there was a fire suppression leak from a faulty sprinkler head.
    “Major clean-up done and fire suppression system back on line yesterday evening,” a statement from the lab.
    The spokesman added, “there was no contamination in the water, which is removed by the building’s drainage system.”
    According to the lab website, the CMR facility totals 550,000 square feet, including an administrative wing, an office wing, six laboratory wings, and one area that includes hot cells that provide heavy shielding and remote-handling capabilities for work on highly radioactive materials. Three laboratory wings are in various stages of shutdown.

  • Greenglass of Rosenberg spy case dead at 92

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92.
    Greenglass — who admitted decades later that he lied on the stand about his own sister — died in New York City on July 1, according to the Rosenbergs’ sons, Michael and Robert Meeropol.
    After his release from prison in 1960, Greenglass lived under an assumed name in Queens, hoping to be forgotten for his part in a McCarthy-era cause celebre that is still furiously debated to this day.
    A spokeswoman for the Meeropols, Amber Black, said Tuesday that the brothers were aware of their uncle’s death last summer, but did not seek media attention and received no inquiries at the time.
    The Rosenbergs were convicted in 1951 of conspiring to steal secrets about the atomic bomb for the Soviet Union and were executed at New York’s Sing Sing prison, insisting to the very end that they were innocent.