Today's News

  • Community Charity Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Bring the kids to the event is free where everybody gets a pumpkin, as well as Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hayride and a petting zoo.

  • Beer co-op looking 300 new members to open first cooperative craft brewery

    Los Alamos will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.
    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer and cider.
    A co-op brewery is different from traditional breweries in that members own part of the business. Therefore, each member has the power to vote on how the business should be run, what types of beers should be offered, and other decisions which independently-owned craft breweries don’t allow anyone other than the owners to make. Unlike traditional breweries, any revenue has to be reinvested or returned to the members/owners.
    There are currently only three co-op breweries in the country and the idea is fast becoming the preferred business model for startup breweries who are tapping their communities for the funds and sweat equity it takes to get the brewery off the ground.

  • Nature on Tap tackles prescribed burning and wildfire training

    No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.
    But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10 years.
    In response, organizations around the country are conducting Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX). Ecologist and PEEC board member Karla Sartor is fresh off the lines of a two-week, bilingual TREX in the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument. Sartor will introduce this topic at the next Nature on Tap, which will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.
    Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    Each month a different topic about nature is introduced by a facilitator, and then the topic is opened up to the group for informal discussion.
    The fourth Spanish-language international prescribed training exchange wrapped up its work burning and learning on and around the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument last month.

  • Piñon Carnival

    Piñon Elementary had their Halloween pumpkin patch on Saturday. Activities included a hay maze, bouncy house and slide, face and fingernail painting, a number of games, arts and crafts from Chamisa Elementary and a cake walk.

  • Cone Zone 10-22-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The library driveway was scheduled for paving Friday; however, the driveway remains closed through Wednesday.
     Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central. Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.
     (Directions starting from westbound Central: right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto Bathtub Row. Directions starting from eastbound Canyon: left at Rose, left at Peach, and a quick right onto Bathtub Row). This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks. Expect intermittent flagging operations at the Central and 20th intersection; in order to avoid delays, use alternate routes whenever possible.
    Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work. Due to weather delays, substantial completion is expected on Friday, Nov. 7.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
    Expect the contractor to be working on punch list items and general clean up throughout the project area.
    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:

  • Officials to brief lawmakers on Ebola preparedness

    SANTA FE (AP) — State officials are to brief legislators on whether New Mexico is prepared to handle a potential case of Ebola or other public health emergency.
    State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Gregory Myers are among the officials scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon at a legislative committee hearing.
    Their appearance comes a few days after Gov. Susana Martinez directed the department to coordinate a plan with state and local government agencies and health care providers to ensure New Mexico is ready if a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the state.
    The department says it has epidemiologists on call around the clock to answer questions from health care providers and provide guidance if a patient with Ebola symptoms seeks treatment.

  • Update 10-22-14

    Farmers Market

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

    Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Brown Bag

    The Pajarito Astronomers will have a County-Sponsored Dark Night. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. Weather permitting, the public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. There will be a tour of the fall constellations. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Voter meeting

    The League of Women Voters’ will be having a meeting to discuss the Education Study Committee’s research and how it is progressing. The public is welcome, 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, building 2, room 230.  

  • REDI Net ribbon cutting

     County councilors and other officials joined the General Manager of REDI Net, Duncan Sill (third from left), and others from the County’s IT Division, Attack Research and business members involved in the REDI Net project. The photo opportunity in White Rock marked the start of construction with a ceremonial “turn of the dirt” for the project.

  • PAC money pours into House District 43 race

    With only a 37–33 Democratic majority in the New Mexico State House of Representatives, stakes are high on both sides of the aisle for control of that legislative body.
    District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) is one of the races Republicans hope to win. And, just as in 2012, Political Action Committee (PAC) money from both sides of the aisle is flowing into the race to influence the outcome.
    Significant amounts of PAC money is going directly into the campaigns of incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) and challenger Geoff Rodgers (R).
    But unknown amounts of money are also being channeled into the election, largely in the form of mailers issued by outside PACs.
    Both campaigns are opposed to PAC advertising. Republican Party of Los Alamos Chair Robert Gibson said it most succinctly.
    “These kinds of advertisements may have some kernel of truth in them, but it is so selective, twisted, contorted, etc., that they are not really helpful to the voter in understanding the candidates’ positions,” Gibson said.
    “I encourage voters to pay attention to what the candidates and the campaigns say, not the PAC ads, so we can focus on the real issues.”

  • New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majority

    SANTA FE (AP) — The last time New Mexico Republicans controlled the state House of Representatives, they rode the coattails of Dwight Eisenhower’s landside 1952 presidential victory.
    The national political mood once again may help Republicans, and the party hopes to pick up enough seats in the general election to secure a House majority for the first time in 60 years.
    If that happens, Republicans would set the legislative agenda in the House and could help advance GOP Gov. Susana Martinez’s policies if she wins re-election.
    With Democrats clinging to a slim 37-33 edge, the GOP needs at least a net gain of three seats. There are competitive races in at least 10 House districts, with each party holding five of the seats.
    Democrats control the Senate, but its members aren’t up for election until 2016.
    The GOP’s House majority during Eisenhower’s term was brief. Democrats reclaimed control in the 1954 elections and have maintained a majority ever since.
    But this year’s political landscape potentially favors the GOP, and could provide the boost the party will need in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans in voter registration 1.5-to-1.
    With President Barack Obama’s popularity sagging, Democrats across the country are bracing for difficult midterm elections.