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Today's News

  • People in the News 1-24-16

    Colorado State University-Pueblo: Eric D. Schmalz, of Los Alamos was one of 991 named to the 2015 Dean's List with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5.

    Hope College: Irene Gerrish and Michelle Boerigter, of Los Alamos, were named to the Dean’s list with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Baylor University: Hannah Nicole Dye, of Los Alamos, a student of the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2015 fall semester. She earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. 

  • Two LA robotics teams participate in NM qualifier

    Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship.  A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.  
    The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.  
    While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
    The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
    The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.  

  • Community Calendar 1-24-16

    SATURDAY
    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. Visit lalt.org.

    Free lecture by Dr. Siegfried Hecker at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St. Hecker will talk about “Doomed to Cooperate,” how American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post Cold War dangers. Free to the public.
    SUNDAY
     Los Alamos Concert Association Presents “Chanticleer: Over the Moon” at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The San Francisco-based, Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, ranging from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres. Tickets are $30 at CB Fox, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Lensic; $35 at the door; or buy online at losalamosconcert.org or ticketssantafe.com Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Bandelier officials warn of hazards from fire-killed trees

    LOS ALAMOS AP) — Bandelier National Monument officials are warning cross-country skiers and others going into forested areas of the Los Alamos-area monument to be aware of hazards from falling trees.
    Stewart Robertson of the monument’s staff says there’s been a dramatic increase of trees killed in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire breaking and falling, particularly on windy days but even on calm ones.
    Robertson says thousands of trees killed by the fire are now weak enough to fall in any direction.
    He also says limbs and branches fall without warning and that one falling tree may hit another and another domino-style.

  • News for Retirees Jan. 24-30

    Jan. 24-30, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Elder Financial Abuse talk
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council Meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 p.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • Control what you can, enjoy the benefits

    BY DR. JOSEPH HORTON
    Visions & Values

  • Shrimp farmers secure USDA grant to expand market reach

    Lemitar is pretty far from the Pacific, but Tim Ott and Abigail “Judy” Armendariz are growing shrimp native to that ocean in a climate-controlled aquaculture plant just north of Socorro.
    Their company, Southwestern Seas LLC, has been selling New Mexico-farmed white Pacific shrimp at the Santa Fe Farmers Market for about a year.
    The business partners in late November received a $49,500 value-added producer grant from USDA that they plan to use to market their unconventional “crop” to other farmers markets around the state and thus increase sales.
    High-altitude ‘ocean’
    Southwestern Seas received its first shipment of young shrimp in the summer of 2014, when Armendariz’s garage served as the nursery. The company then built a 7,000-square-foot facility and equipped it with everything needed to replicate the saline, sea-level ocean environment where these shrimp typically live.
    The shrimp farmers add oxygen to the water in the facility’s giant saltwater tanks so the shrimp can survive at an altitude of more than 4,500 feet. They keep the building’s temperature at 85 degrees and maintain an elevated humidity level.
    Biofilters and recirculators sustain water quality inside the 65,000-gallon tanks, which are replenished regularly with water from an on-site well.

  • Pet Talk: Socializing your puppy is crucial between 2-12 weeks

    Many dog owners have heard that socializing their puppy is important, but many do not know where to begin. It is important to show your puppy that not all people and animals pose a threat. Exposing your puppy to the world through proper socialization will help them develop into a social, obedient, and confident dog.
    The most critical socialization time for your puppy is between two and 12 weeks of age. During this time, it is important to expose your puppy to a variety of people, animals, and situations. Allowing your pet to experience these things early in life will prevent fear and aggression in the future. It will also promote your puppy’s obedience in critical scenarios. A puppy who trusts their owner that there is nothing to fear will more likely obey their owner without hesitation.
    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained why it is important to socialize your puppy. “Socializing your puppy is important because it will enable them to be more at ease and focus on commands from you without distractions,” she said. “Socializing with a variety of people and animals also helps puppies develop socially without fear. It is also very important to socialize puppies with kittens and vice versa.”

  • Shelter Report 1-24-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Fluffy—He is one cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes and mother Sassy. This guy can play all day long! But when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home.
    Milo—He is a sweet and quiet 6-year-old orange tabby. He can be a bit slow to warm up to new people, but with a bit of patience, he’ll be cuddling on your lap in no time. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, he loves to play with laser pointers and chomp down on wet food. This sweet guy does well with other cats and gentle children.

  • Boards and Commissions policy on council liaisons

    The policy Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco referred to regarding the relationship of council liaisons to boards and commissions comes from the “Los Alamos County Orientation Manual for Members of Boards and Commissions.” It reads:
    “Individual councilors, including the liaison, should not assign tasks to a B&C and are discouraged from regularly attending B&C meetings because they would appear unduly influential due to their position as a councilor. Instead, the council liaison and his or her assigned B&C chairs (usually two) should meet together monthly or as needed for communication purposes. The assigned council liaison’s role is to act as the primary information conduit between the B&C and the council as a whole. It is incumbent upon that councilor to provide guidance and advice about which B&C issues to bring to the attention of the council for action and which should be merely information items. However, this does not prevent the B&C Chair, in accordance with an action of the B&C, from bringing a recommendation to the council.”
    Glasco did acknowledge that the Board of Public Utilities has a different relationship to the council than other boards, which has led to more interaction with the council liaison.