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Today's News

  • LACDC selects new board

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced the appointment of its new board of directors.

    John Gulas, Los Alamos National Bank CEO has been appointed the new chair of the board. Jim Hall, local property owner is the vice chair. Steve Winegeart, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO is the treasurer, and Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos

    Historical Society Executive Director is the secretary.

    “This slate of officers reflects a diverse cross section of the local business community. I’m excited to work with a great group of professionals who are dedicated to improving our economy”, said Patrick Sullivan, LACDC Executive Director.

    The LACDC Board of Directors is comprised of 17 individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic progress in Los Alamos and the region.

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization, which has served the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting and Visitors Bureau, Small Business Center, projectY cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.

  • Discuss recent discoveries in astronomy at Nature on Tap

    Are you fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies? Come to Nature on Tap Thursday, to discuss the latest findings in astronomy. Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler, and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA’s latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature, and science.

    Nature on Tap will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square.

    Guzik is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University and has been investigating the interior structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars since 1986.

  • Protect your pet from Canine Influenza

    At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) veterinarians are working to educate pet parents about the recent outbreak of canine influenza in Georgia and Florida that could affect dogs in Texas.

    Just like humans, pets can be affected by strains of influenza and experience flu-like symptoms. The strains of influenza that affect dogs are highly contagious and spread through particles in the air. However, the disease is typically not life-threatening when treated and is not transmissible to humans.

    “The most common symptoms of canine flu include coughing and lethargy, as well as decreased appetite and fever,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the CVM. “In some cases, the infection can progress to pneumonia, especially when the flu is complicated by other respiratory bacteria or viruses.”

    The canine flu should be treated as soon as possible. If you are worried your pet is experiencing symptoms of the canine flu, contact your veterinarian before going in to their office. This allows the veterinarian to prepare for the visit and potentially decrease exposure to other pets.

    If you live in an area where the canine flu has been reported, consider keeping your dog away from other dogs by staying clear of the dog park or kenneling your dog.

  • Bandelier to host naturalization ceremony on Fourth of July

    For Americans, the Fourth of July is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence.  For the sixth year,  Bandelier National Monument will partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day. 

    Sixteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  

    The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. behind the Bandelier Visitor Center. Every year, this event involves a variety of people, local, state, tribal and federal, working together to welcome these new citizens into our national community. This year speakers will be Los Alamos County Council Chair David Israelevitz, himself an immigrant (at age 11 from Uruguay) and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, as well as Michele Jacquez-Ortiz representing U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Dave Nezzie representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, and Nicholas Maestas representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.  

    Alicia Solomon, noted soloist with the Santa Fe Opera, Symphony, and Desert Chorale, will sing the National Anthem.

  • Better economy key to brighter future for N.M. kids

    By Rebecca Dow, New Mexico House of Representatives R-Dist. 38

    Republican and Democrats agree – too many children in New Mexico are growing up in unacceptable circumstances 
    Earlier this month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual “Kids Count” report on the status of child well-being in each state. The news for New Mexico was disheartening. 

    While our state showed improvement on most measures, we are not keeping up with other states. Once again, we came in at 49th overall, placing ahead of just one state, Mississippi. 

    Reports like this one motivated me to start AppleTree Educational Center in Truth and Consequences back in 1999. I believed New Mexico could do better, and I felt that focusing on early childhood education was the key to helping our state’s children overcome any circumstances. 

    AppleTree serves hundreds of families with children prenatal through 24 in Sierra County each year. Our evidence-based programs have positively impacted many key health and well being indicators for our county. More kids are entering school ready, avoiding risky behavior, graduating on-time, and going to college. Yet in 2015 Sierra County became the poorest county in the state. 

  • Wonders of wood bloom anew

    Foolish Pig No. 2 of the Three Little Pigs built his house of sticks. The Big Bad Wolf quickly did his famous thing. He huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down. 

    So the fourth Little Pig researched the latest construction news. He went online and landed a job as a sales agent for cross-laminated timber.

    Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a high-tech product made from the prehistoric building material that trees supply.

    CLT is made by gluing and pressing together a row of boards to form a sheet of wood. Sheets are stacked in layers, so that boards in adjacent layers crisscross, then are glued and pressed together. The product is then cut as needed. It has been called “plywood on steroids.”

    Surprising utility comes from the natural strength of wood bundled in different directions. A tree trunk or a long log can be broken by bending it sideways hard enough, as you would a toothpick. Now imagine trying to break a log by pushing the two ends toward each other. The task is harder by far.

    When the directional strengths of wood are stacked up to their best advantage in CLT panels and beams, their ability to bear loads defies old logic. Trees are still yielding fresh mysteries.   

  • Woman charged with shoplifting; turns up high in court

    Aleah Stahl, 30, of Los Alamos was seen before Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Wednesday morning and she admitted to the judge she was “high” in court.

    Stahl was charged on April 12 with shoplifting $250 or less, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance, the last two of which are a fourth-degree felony.

    Casados asked Stahl to take a drug test prior to her preliminary hearing, but Stahl refused.
    Probation Officer Linda Pena said, “Your honor, she is unable to submit but it is my professional opinion that she is actually high right now,” and then informed Casados that Pena had observed “fresh injection marks” on her arm.

    Defense attorney Mary V. Carmack-Altwies stated her client had not made this admission in her presence, but Stahl eventually admitted before the judge to ingesting THC that morning.

    Casados decided to wait for urine analysis to confirm, but Stahl was taken into custody.

    The judge informed Stahl that she would remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center “until we get a clean sample.”

    State attorney Kent Wahlquist asked for supervision of Stahl upon release and Casados agreed.

  • Police offering training in ‘active shooter’ scenarios

    Five minutes. That’s the average amount of time victims will have to spend alone during a mass shooting before help arrives. It’s also the timeframe when most people are killed or injured, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.

    To help counter that grim statistic, the LAPD is offering a free class to any business or organization on how to survive those first five minutes.

    “If you don’t think this can happen anywhere in the world, then you haven’t been paying enough attention to recent events,” said Active Shooter Training LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross.

    Ross, along with Cpl. Jack Casias and Sgt. Daniel Roberts taught a refresher course at the County Municipal Building Wednesday.

    Cpl. Jack Casias, Sgt. Chris Ross and Sgt. Daniel Roberts taught a group of county employees what to do and not do during an active shooter situation using videos and hands-on scenarios.

    The employees learned how to disrupt an attacker by using “OODA (observe, orient, decide, and act) Loop” and other techniques to defend themselves.

    The officers also equipped some of the employees with Nerf guns and told the others to fight them off as best they can to see the techniques in action.

  • Safety Town graduates 70 students

    On Friday afternoon, parents gathered at Mountain Elementary Gymnasium to celebrate the 70 students who participated in this year’s Safety Town. 

    The two-week program was created for incoming kindergarten students in the school district to learn how to traverse the town in a safe manner with regards to walking, taking the bus or riding a bike.

    Kids are introduced to bus drivers, teachers, police officers, fire fighters, animal control officers and other local organizations, all of who discuss safe ways for children to interact in their environments.

    The kids brandished their homemade police hats as they began the graduation ceremony by performing songs about safety on stage.

    After the students shuffled off stage, Mountain Principal Jennifer Guy recognized the police officers that helped out with Safety Town every day, which were Adele McKenzie, Chris Ross and Robert Stephens. “They did a fantastic job.”

    She also thanked the teachers, staff and every person that helped to make Safety Town such a success.

    Proud parents and younger siblings got the chance to relive the highlights of the last two weeks with a slide show of pictures depicting the kids involved in different activities.

  • Bigger, better Fourth of July event planned

    Residents can expect more boom for the bucks this year at the annual Kiwanis Los Alamos Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.

    The chapter has added 700 shells to the fireworks show, which starts at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at Overlook Park, just as the sun goes down.

    “This year, we’ve managed to have over 4,000 shells, which is 700 more than last year,” Kiwanis Fourth of July Festivities Chairman Steve Boerigter said. “We want to provide the community a little bit more excitement, as we got a good deal on our purchase. We’ve decided to up the game.”

    The one exciting moment the crowds will not get to experience this year is the skydiving “flag jump,” usually performed by the Habanero Sky Dive Team. Longtime White Rock resident and Army veteran Roger Handrahan usually spends months planning the skydive, but this year, family issues and a foot injury will prevent him from participating.

    “I’ve got a couple of issues to deal with,” Handrahan said. “My dad just turned 91 and he’s got dementia, and I don’t have anybody to look after him while I do this, and it’s an all-day event.”