Today's News

  • Hikers, bicyclists welcome at reservoir

    It has been 16 years since Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir was closed in the aftermath of the 2000 Cerro Grande fire, and county residents are still longing for the restoration of their former fishing hole and picnic area. A generation that grew up learning how to fish at the reservoir has mourned being unable to give their own children the same experience, and now dream of at least being able to provide that to their grandchildren. 

    It does not appear that those dreams will be realized any time soon. 

    Although the area has reopened to hikers and bicyclists, it will be at least a year before even the most basic foundations for creating a recreation area can be completed. 

    The bottom line is that Los Alamos County does not own the land the reservoir sits on. The county has been engaged for several years in an effort to purchase approximately 300-acres of land surrounding the reservoir from the National Forest Service (NFS).

    One of the final steps in that lengthy process is currently underway. 

  • NM Secretary of State: Early voters set new record

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico voters have cast more ballots before election day than ever before.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office said Monday that more than 534,000 residents have voted at early voting centers or by absentee ballot.

    The numbers were reported by county clerks from across the state after early voting ended Saturday.

    The previous record for early voting in New Mexico was set in the 2008 general election when nearly 520,000 ballots were cast before election day.

    Registered Democrats accounted for 49 percent of early votes and Republicans for 36 percent. Absentee ballots continue to be counted ahead the submission deadline on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

    The record for overall turnout in New Mexico was set in 2008 with 833,365 votes cast.

  • Arts Council annouces Scarecrow Contest results

    This year’s Los Alamos Arts Council Scarecrow Contest brought out the best scary and creative straw-stuffed creations again this year. Here are the winners:

    Best Overall: Enderman of Mindcraft, Chamisa Elementary, Mrs. Dopke’s class.

    People’s Choice: Enderman of Mindcraft by Chamisa Elementary, Mrs. Dopke’s class.

    Best Business Traditional: Mr. Voter, County Clerk’s Office.

    Best Business Contemporary: Vault Boy, Aspen Copies.

    Best Organization Traditional: “School Spirit” UNM-LA student.      

    Best Organization Contemporary: Trinity on the Hill Youth Group is Cool!

    Scariest Scarecrow Award: Halloween Ghost Rider, Fusion Multisport

    Hairiest Scarecrow Award: Mr. DJ, AM 1490, KRSN.

    Flower Girl Award: The Flower Lady, Flowers by Gillian.

  • Planetarium to host talk on constellations and Puebloans

    What did Ancestral Puebloans know about stars? What constellations did they use? What do we have in common? 

    Mark Raney will answer these questions and more in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. 

    Raney will describe shared religious concepts between the Pueblos and surrounding cultures. This planetarium show will link images of Ancestral Puebloan constellations to the sky of the past and present.

    Many of the identified Ancestral Puebloan constellations came from sites near Los Alamos, such as Mortendad and Painted Caves. Raney identified the cave artworks as depicting the arrangements of stars and planets. He found that the timing of specific ceremonies correlated with stellar positions. 

    Over the past few years, Raney has taken the Pueblo findings and worked them “backwards” into Mesoamerica, showing a great deal of similarities. 

    During his presentation, Raney will give a brief overview of shared religious concepts between the Pueblos and surrounding cultures, including Mesoamerica. Then, he will share what is commonly known about Pueblo astronomy.

  • Election Day: God has given us a rare privilege

    Even without television in my home, I have not been able to escape the shroud of evil that we have cast over the current election. Sadly, it seems that we could not have come up with two more unqualified candidates for POTUS if we had sat down and plotted a course with that as our end goal.
    It appears that the candidates reflect reasonably well the character and nature of the voters. We have selected candidates in our own image. We have no one to blame but ourselves. God has given us a rare privilege.
    Few in the history of mankind have had, to the extent that we have, the right to select our own rulers. In times past this was a blessing, but at this moment, because of our pettiness, our immorality, our covetousness, our idolatry, etc. it appears to be something less than a blessing. It seems that God has given us over to our own desires.

  • Public art is tool for economic, community development

    Public art has been a force for economic development in New Mexico at least since the Great Depression, when the federal government paid hundreds of unemployed artists to create murals, sculpture and other artworks that grace federal buildings to this day. 

    Nearly a century later, many New Mexico cities are using public art projects to promote economic vitality by creating a foundation for community identity, centralizing disparate neighborhoods with a collective vision and attracting the attention of businesses that value culturally vibrant communities. One of those cities is Rio Rancho.

    “Public art speaks to our culture and how we value the places we live in,” said Daniel Chamberlain, an architect with FBT Architects and chairman of Rio Rancho’s volunteer Arts Commission. “It is a wonderful negotiator of vision. It’s a quality-of-life driver.”

    The payback can be enormous, Chamberlain said, even if it’s hard to measure. 

    Committed to the arts

  • Experts say positive campaigning works

    During recent road trips, I heard two positive political ads. They’re so rare, it’s like spotting a golden eagle. The ads – in McKinley and Sandoval counties – were simple messages from the candidates, who described their backgrounds, said what they hope to accomplish and asked for the listener’s support.

    No mud, no slurs, no innuendos. I wanted to send them both a fan letter.

    We hear from political consultants that candidates go negative because it works. We’ve been told this so long, we reluctantly believe it, but it’s not true.

    In February, two researchers posted a study, “Going positive: The effects of negative and positive advertising on candidate success and voter turnout,” on the website Research & Politics. Their conclusion: “Our results suggest that it is never efficacious for candidates to run attack ads, but running positive ads can increase a candidate’s margin of victory.”

  • Festival of Trees decorating begins at senior center

    The forestation of the Betty Ehart Senior center begins this weekend as trees and wreaths arrive for the annual Festival of Trees. 


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    All are welcome throughout the week to see the displays and bid on items. The week culminates in a four hour event, Nov. 12 with a craft fair and pictures with Santa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • EPA proposes expanded use of new herbicide

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed more than doubling the number of states allowed to use a new version of a popular weed killer on genetically modified crops despite its earlier concerns.

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    Environmentalists are outraged with the proposal to increase from 15 to 34 the number of states that could use Enlist Duo, saying the EPA sought court authority last year to withdraw approval of the weed killer. 

    An EPA spokeswoman took issue with that characterization, saying the agency had “asked the court to vacate” the weed killer’s registration. The EPA had cited information from manufacturer Dow AgroSciences that indicated Enlist was probably more toxic to other plants than previously thought.


  • Teacher attendance requirement for evals sparks ‘surprise’

    SANTA FE (AP) — A revamped New Mexico teacher evaluation changed after a court ruling is drawing surprise and concern from some educators.

    Though the state Public Education Department earlier this year mandated that attendance be factored in teachers’ performance evaluations, Santa Fe and Los Alamos school leaders recently expressed surprise regarding the change, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    The department required attendance to be factored in to teachers’ performance evaluations after a judge ruled the evaluation system needed to be more uniform. 

    Before, state officials gave school districts the option to use attendance as an alternative to considering surveys of parents and students.

    The state says including attendance helps reduce teacher absences, saves money on paying substitute teachers and increases students’ learning time.


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    The department sent out a memo to school officials in January detailing the change and issued a second notice in August.