Today's News

  • Brown Bag lunch features two pianists

    The March Brown Bag lunch March 7 at Fuller Lodge will feature two pianists from Taos, Kim Bakkum and Claire Detels, who will perform music by Romantic-era composers, Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and Florence Price (1887-1953).

    Some of the music will be played “four-hands,” two players on one piano.

    These lovely compositions were not well received at the time, simply because women composers were not acknowledged. But times have changed!

    Hopefully, this concert will inspire the audience members to research more music written by accomplished women.

    Bakkum and Detels are professional pianists who have established an international performing careers. Now residents of Taos, they are performing inspirational concerts around New Mexico, and maintaining private teaching studios.

    Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the free Brown Bag performances once each month at noon to enthusiastic audiences, who enjoy the warm acoustics and atmosphere of Fuller Lodge, almost every month since 1973. Join in supporting talented performers by spending your lunch period every first Wednesday of the month at the Lodge.
    Visit LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org or call 663-0477 for more information.

  • The life of a hero
  • History on Tap to feature the FERMIAC

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap Tuesday to learn about the FERMIAC.

    History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for an engaging discussion over food and drinks with Dr. Todd Urbatsch about the FERMIAC.

    Urbatsch will demonstrate LANL’s museum-quality replica of this analog computer. Enrico Fermi and L.D.P. King created the FERMIAC in 1947 to study the paths of neutrons using the Monte Carlo method.

    More information about History on Tap and other Historical Society programs and events can be found at losalamoshistory.org and by following the Los Alamos History Museum on Facebook.

    History On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Los Alamos History Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion.

  • Sombrillo’s new director settles in

    Some people might find it a little unnerving to be hit with a government inspection of their operations a handful of days after stepping into the role of the director of those operations.

    That wasn’t the case for Linda Bullock, who started as the executive director for Sombrillo Nursing and Rehab Center and Aspen Ridge Lodge in early January, about a week before the state came in to conduct its annual survey of the facilities.

    “I started on Jan. 8 and they walked in about a week later,” she said. “We weren’t due for our survey until the latter part of April through July, but they came early because a lot of the facilities in New Mexico were sick with the flu and we weren’t.”

    For Bullock, who for over 25 years has worked in the field of elder health care, the early survey simply meant hitting the ground running at a quicker pace than the already fast past she had started.

    “First we’re clearing the minor things that were identified by the state survey,” she said. “That’s my primary objective right now, just managing the survey process. We have a few minor improvements that were identified that we need to work on to make things better. So I’m working on those things.”

    That’s just the start of her list.

  • Izraelevitz announces bid for 2nd term

    When David Izraelevitz was first appointed to the council in July 2011 Smith’s Marketplace was just a plan. He ran and won a seat in 2014, and now, he wants to continue to see how far he and the rest of council can go.

    Izraelevitz said Monday the council, as a group, has managed to maintain a certain path for the county to follow, and he would like to see that continue.

    “We’ve accomplished a lot in the last seven years, and I’d like to continue moving our community forward,” Izraelevitz said. “It’s been a great privilege, and actually a lot of fun.”

    Speaking just for himself, Izraelevitz said whatever path the council sets for itself after the next election, the Los Alamos National Laboratory must be a priority in any plans the council makes.

    “It is, and always will be, the economic engine that drives the community,” Izraelevitz said.

    He also said it’s important that the community and the Los Alamos National Laboratory find ways to continue to support each other and grow the relationship. When that happens, he says, everybody wins.

    “We need to make sure the community is an asset for the laboratory and not a liability, as far as recruitment is concerned,” Izraelevitz said.

  • PEEC raising funds for projector

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and a group of expert astronomers are raising funds for a new $80,000 projector for the planetarium that would double the brightness and resolution.

    Opening in 2005, the quality of planetarium shows has been hampered by the limitations of the planetarium projector, according to Sandra West, spokeswoman for PEEC.

    “During star shows, astronomers are unable to show the audience the different colors of the stars or their relative brightness, as the projector’s resolution is too poor. Films often appear dull, or washed out, their colors pale and uninspiring,” West said in a release late Tuesday.

    A group of expert astronomers who volunteer in the planetarium decided to do something about this.

    They are raising $80,000 for the new Digitarium Lambda Plus projector and plan to have the projector installed by Earth Day 2018, just in time for the opening of the award-winning National Parks Adventure film narrated by Robert Redford.

    As of Tuesday night, nearly $39,000 was raised. The new projector will give people a WOW experience – the kind that inspires children to pursue a career in astronomy or other sciences, West said in the release.

  • Santa Fe man arrested in connection to Pajarito Cliffs break-in

    The Los Alamos Police Department investigators arrested a Santa Fe man Monday on several charges related to an attempted break-in at the Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site on Feb. 17.

    Police are searching a second suspect, according a press release issued by LAPD Wednesday.

    Antonio Trujillo, 31, of Santa Fe, was arrested and charged with five counts of burglary; four counts of larceny; three counts of receiving/transferring stolen vehicle; two counts of breaking and entering; two counts of criminal damage to property; and one count each of unlawful taking of a vehicle; attempted burglary; aggravated fleeing and conspiracy to commit burglary.

    Arrest warrants are active for Gregorio Trujillo, 29, of Santa Fe. He is charged with one count each of receiving/transferring stolen vehicle; burglary; breaking and entering; criminal damage to property; and larceny.

    “LAPD investigators are still working with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police to determine if others were also involved in these crimes,” said LAPD Commander Preston Ballew. “Leads are being followed up on and future arrests are imminent in regards to these crimes and those committed at the storage rooms located at 1265 Trinity Dr.”

  • Fake news: An old problem is new again

    Despite what some may think, fake news is not something new to the 21st Century. Then again, neither is the best way to combat fake news.

    The unfortunate twist is that the lack of use of the latter is allowing the former to rage out of control.
    Journalist and author James McGrath Morris discussed that matter Monday night at the monthly meeting of Voices of Los Alamos.

    An audience of approximately 70 people met at the Unitarian Church to hear Morris speak on the topic of “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate.”

    He said the status of fake news today is as big an issue as it was back in the dawn of newspapers.

    “It is a seismic tremor comparable to that in the 19th century when the modern mass media emerged from the debris in that we’re going through a period of immense change in journalism,” he said. “And what will come out of it we don’t know.”

    Morris said there’s a “huge danger” in fake news today.

    "The fact that people are ready to believe what you and I know is not real news, and a large part of the population is believing it, undermines your work as a journalist and undermines our work as citizens because what can we trust?" he said.

  • LANL Coalition in disaray after audit

    Los Alamos Monitor

    As of today, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities may be operating without an executive director.

    The contract with Executive Director Andrea Romero officially expired today, leaving the regional group without someone at the helm.

    Meanwhile, the coalition remains entangled in an organizational mess and seeking legal advice following an internal audit completed earlier this month that uncovered questionable expenditures made by Romero.

    The internal audit was published by Los Alamos County Feb. 21 was prompted by a complaint by a state group seeking information on travel expenditures.

    During a review of the audit Monday, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities was told it never had the authority to hire Executive Director Andrea Romero, and her supporting staff through Romero’s consulting company, Andrea Romero Consulting. 

    The audit of the travel expenditures was prompted by a complaint from Northern New Mexico Protects, which requested the organization’s internal emails and receipts for examination. The audit found Romero spent $1,850 on a dinner in Washington, D.C., $307 for a dozen Major League Baseball ticke

    ts and other gatherings where alcohol was purchased.

  • Utility reaches agreement in Texas over proposed wind farms

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A utility has reached an agreement with rural electric cooperatives and others as it looks for regulatory approval to build two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

    Xcel Energy on Tuesday announced the proposed deal with several parties in Texas, which would guarantee customers see a positive net benefit from the wind farms for the first 10 years of operation. The agreement also caps related construction costs that could be recovered through customer rates.

    A similar agreement was reached in recent months with the New Mexico attorney general's office, consumer advocates and others in New Mexico. It's now up to utility regulators in both states to approve the $1.6 billion project. Final decisions could come as early as March.

    Xcel officials say the proposed wind farms would take advantage of what has become the least expensive generating resource in the region to reduce fuel costs and ultimately save customers money on their monthly bills.

    "We know these projects will deliver lower-cost electricity, protect the environment and stimulate local economic development," David Hudson, Xcel's New Mexico and Texas president, said in a statement.