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Today's News

  • Whitewater river rafting fun

     

    The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, in Pilar, N.M., just southwest of Taos, and is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association. 

    This also launches the inaugural river event for the Rio Grande del Norte national monument. It is the second oldest kayak and river raft race west of the Mississippi. Public is invited to gather at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, near the Orilla Verde Recreation area. 

    Under the leadership of the BLM’s Taos Field Office, the recent celebration of The Rio Grande del Norte national monument protects 242,555 acres including the wild and scenic Rio Grande Corridor from the Colorado border to Pilar. 

  • New magazine celebrates Indigenous life

     First American Art Magazine announces its pilot issue is now available online at firstamericanartmagazine.com. 

    A new publication, First American Art Magazine explores all aspects of Indigenous American art, from the visual to the literary. 

    Unlike any other magazine on the newsstands, its focus is on Indigenous art of the Americas from an Indigenous perspective, presenting Indigenous critical theory in a way that’s accessible to the general public — both Native and non-Native.

    “We want to get to the content and context of the art,” editor/publisher America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) said, “We provide reviews of Native American art shows by Indigenous art writers and profile established and emerging artists from a wide range of media, geographic region and tribal affiliation.”

  • 'Elements' mix science with art

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center has an element for everyone in the new exhibit “Periodic Table” runs through early June. Dozens of artists from across New Mexico have taken on, and interpreted the Periodic Table in an entire spectrum of reflections, and the result is a truly eclectic collection. 

     The Elements have been described as the basic building blocks that make up our world, and what could be more fun to an artist than playing and rearranging those blocks? 

    Really, it’s only fitting in a show based on understanding the world through categorization, an attempt should be made to categorize the exhibit itself. 

  • Restaurant inspections 05-09-13

    Los Alamos

    Fabulous 50s Diner, 1325 Trinity Place

    Date inspected: April 29

    Violations: One high-risk violation, freezer at wrong temperature.

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. 

     

    American Legion Post No. 9, 1325 Trinity Place

    Date inspected: April 29

  • Bandelier seeks public input on fire management plan

     

    Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is initiating a planning effort to prepare a new fire management plan and environmental assessment (EA).  The resulting decisions will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives.

    According to Park Superintendent Jason Lott, “We invite everyone who is interested in the future of the Bandelier Fire Program to participate in this planning process..”

     The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the project, have discussions with park staff, and provide comments.  There will be two opportunities to attend a public meeting: 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • P and Z green lights WR's A-19 zoning

     

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning commission unanimously approved the rezoning of the 60-acre A-19 parcel from a P-L (Public Land district) to DT-NCO (Town Center Overlay) and R-1-5 (Single-Family Residential) during its Wednesday meeting. 

    The rezoning brings the property into conformance with the 2008 White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy adopted by council in June 2008 by providing appropriate districts for the future development of the property.

    The parcel was transferred from the federal government to Los Alamos County approximately five years ago for the express purpose of generating additional economic development in the White Rock area. The P-L designation was to serve as a placeholder until a plan for development could be formulated.

  • UNM-LA grads get their degrees
  • Forum focuses on business issues

    A business forum hosted by Ken Nebel of the Village Arts gallery revealed some pretty harsh truths about being a small business owner in Los Alamos.

    According to Nebel, the forum was for the public. Nebel said he put the forum together because he and other small business owners were always getting asked about how they’re doing financially and how others could start a business, too. 

    “We have so many of our customers ask us ‘how we’re doing’ and how to get started in a business,” he said. So, he got some of his fellow entrepreneurs in the same room with the public, where the business owners answered questions and even learned a few things as well.

  • Livermore announces Voluntary Separation plan to employees

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will offer a voluntary separation program for up to 600 employees, Director Parney Albright announced today.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has approved the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program (SSVSP), which will be available to all career employees and will offer one week of “consideration pay,” or base salary per year of continuous service, up to 26 weeks.

    The SSVSP is being offered as a means to address budget challenges in fiscal year 2014.

    “Although there remain a number of unknowns about how the president’s budget request for FY14 would flow down to our Laboratory, it is clear the budget proposal will face an uphill battle in Congress this summer, with continuing debates about reducing federal spending, a possible FY14 sequester and the debt ceiling,” Albright explained.

    “It is our hope that implementing the SSVSP now, rather than waiting for additional details on the FY14 budget, will put the Laboratory in a better posture to address whatever budget realities we’ll face in FY14 and beyond.”

  • LAFD issues Stage 1 fire restrictions

     

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday morning it is under Stage I fire restrictions, effectively immediately.

    "When we implement Stage 1 restrictions, what we're looking to do is try and get ahead of the fire season a little bit,” Los Alamos Fire Department’s deputy chief Justin Grider said.

    “"Even though we got cloudy skies right now and relative humidity...next week it's expected to dry out and be a little bit more windier and a lot warmer, and we'll be back to very high to extreme fire conditions next week and into the weeks after."

    According to a release from the county, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

    Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)

    Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

    Stage I Exemptions: