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  • Community Calendar 6-24-16

    TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • UNM-LA summer youth program set

    The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • Ex-pastor faces child pornography charges

    The former Los Alamos First Baptist Church pastor facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography remained in the county detention center Thursday.  
    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 17 on one count of possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of children) and one count of distribution of child pornography.
    Church officials dismissed Pastor Cunningham March 31 after they learned the Los Alamos police and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office were investigating his online activities on the suspicion that he was downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a statement released by the church Thursday.
    Special agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated over 400 images and nine videos depicting child pornography from his home during the investigation.
    Church officials said their first concern was for the children associated with their church and the community at large.
    The First Baptist Church released this statement: “We were grieved to learn about the investigation and charges filed against Paul Cunningham, but more importantly we are concerned for the safety and protection of minors in our church and community.”

  • Los Alamos High School band practices for parade

    To prepare for their participation in a parade coming up in Washington D.C., the Los Alamos High School Band will be practicing their marching skills on County roads from 9:30–10 a.m. June 29.
    The band will be led by police escort, and the students will march down Nectar Street, continue on to Rose Street, then travel down Canyon Road to the high school.
    Motorists can expect a moving operation and should use caution in these areas during this time.

  • Tourism discussion continues

    The Los Alamos County Council continued its discussions about a tourism master plan/economic development strategy at its Tuesday work session.
    Vice Chair Susan O’Leary first introduced the idea at council’s March work session. She came back on Tuesday with examples of other master plans that the county might model its own after.
    O’Leary defined the reason for developing such a plan with the questions, “How do we turn these tourists into an economic development opportunity that provides strong benefit to residents and businesses?” and “What do we need to do to manage this opportunity in a coordinated, efficient and focused way?”
    O’Leary provided tourism master plans from Southlake, Texas, Tompkins County, New York and the Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan for councilors to review, but suggested using the White Rock Master Plan (WRMP) as a model. Copies of those plans are posted with Tuesday’s agenda at losalamos.legistar.com.

  • 'Solar Tree' dedicated
  • Henderson’s main issues are housing, new park

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Housing is a key issue for Kristin Henderson, who is running for reelection to the Los Alamos County Council. Housing stock and prices are two of those concerns.
    “Obviously, it’s not the job of the council to build houses,” Henderson said. “But there are a couple of things we can do.”
    Henderson has been working with staff on a plan for getting empty house back on the market that she would like to see to fruition.
    “Depending how you look at it, we have between 80 and 500 empty houses. So even if it’s just 80, that’s a lot of houses in a small town,” Henderson said.
    According to Henderson, the county must first determine whether there are patterns to so many houses sitting empty and then come up with programs to address those issues.
    One possibility Henderson suggested is a program for homeowners who need help making a dwelling livable.

  • Bomb squad called out to Hacienda Street

    A welfare check on a Hacienda Street homeowner Wednesday morning turned into an investigation involving the Los Alamos Police Department bomb squad.
    Officers were called out to a home at the 70 block of Hacienda Street at 11:15 a.m. for a medical episode, according to a statement released by LAPD.
    “While at the scene, officers located suspicious items and notified the LAPD Bomb Squad to assist. Upon their arrival and examination, a district court search warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the FBI and ATF,” according to LAPD spokesman Preston Ballew.
     “The case is active and the investigation and ongoing,” Ballew said.

  • Public turns out for neighborhood discussion
  • Artists bring memories to White Rock pots