Today's News

  • Recital highlights Indian dance

    The Family YMCA holds many different types of dance classes. One class that focuses on Indian dance is taught by Kavita Nandakishore, who has been an instructor with the Family YMCA in Los Alamos for eight years. The Bharatanatyam type of dance will be performed by students in the class instructed by Nandakishore. The show is entitled “Kala Vandana.”
    Nandakishore has been a part of “Dances with India,” since 2007. “Dances with India” is an annual show, which performs familiar stories adapted for Indian culture with many different styles of Indian dance. In the past few years, “Dances with India” has adapted the stories of “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Snow White.” Those performances are in October. Nandakishore helps organize the event with colleague Alina Deshpande.
    “This dance performance is more of a small recital for the students in the class,” Nandakishore said of the show that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
    Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance, which adheres to the scripture of classical Indian dance.

  • Clinton will travel to New Hampshire

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will make her first trip as a presidential candidate to the early voting state of New Hampshire next week.
    The Clinton campaign said the former secretary of state will participate in small events Monday and Tuesday, including roundtables with students and small-business employees. She will also hold private meetings with elected officials and activists. The campaign did not provide more specifics of her schedule.
    Clinton announced her second White House run Sunday before traveling to Iowa, where she held similar small-scale events.
    Clinton won the New Hampshire primary in 2008 after placing third in the Iowa caucuses, jumpstarting a lengthy and bruising Democratic nomination contest won by Barack Obama on his way to the presidency.
    The Clintons have long been popular in New Hampshire, where Bill Clinton’s second-place finish in the 1992 primary helped propel him to the nomination and the White House.
    Hillary Clinton last visited New Hampshire in November to stump for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan. Her New Hampshire operation is drawing heavily from Shaheen’s reelection team, with the senator’s campaign manager, Mike Vlacich, serving as Clinton’s New Hampshire state director.

  • Bandelier plans events for National Park Week

    All over the country, units of the National Park Service will be celebrating National Park Week, starting Saturday and continuing through April 26.
    The week will begin with fee free days this weekend, with no entrance fees being charged at Bandelier National Monument and other park areas nationwide.
    Everyone is invited to the Visitor Center theater at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to see all the entries for the Bandelier Centennial logo contest and the winner is announced.
    Saturday is also National Junior Ranger Day, when kids and adults will have an opportunity to do a special scavenger hunt in and around the Visitor Center, as well as the regular Junior Ranger booklet that is available throughout the year. On fee free days throughout the year the park bookstore offers a 15 percent discount throughout the store, and the Bandelier Trading Company gift shop offers 10 percent off on selected items.
    During the week, craftspeople from local pueblos will be demonstrating their work on the porch behind the Visitor Center, and some will also have items for sale.
    Saturday and Sunday, the Lovato family from Santo Domingo Pueblo will be showing traditional jewelry and also the making of turkey feather blankets.

  • State Briefs 4-16-15

    New manager appointed to lead troubled nuke waste dump

    CARLSBAD (AP) — A nuclear expert from Idaho has been named the new president and project manager of the company that oversees the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.
    Nuclear Waste Partnership announced the change Thursday, saying Philip Breidenbach will replace Bob McQuinn next week.
    McQuinn came on board in 2014 shortly after a radiation release forced the indefinite closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and stalled the cleanup of Cold War-era waste at facilities around the country.
    McQuinn was among those who developed a recovery plan for WIPP and implemented corrective actions over the past year.
    Breidenbach comes from the Idaho National Laboratory where he served as head of nuclear operations at the Materials and Fuels Complex. He also worked at Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

    Gains cited from Albuquerque
    Public Schools truancy program

  • Update 4-16-15

    Wild Day

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership will have its annual Wild Day program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium Saturday. Visit losalamosjjab.com for info.


    The fourth annual Fiesta de la Primavera is scheduled for Sunday. It will be at 3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room. It will feature a Spanish music and dance concert with acts from around northern New Mexico. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under.


    A “thank you” reception for Gene and Wendy Schmidt is scheduled for April 28. The event will be at Fuller Lodge from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


    The Ethos Percussion Group will perform Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is hosted by the Los Alamos Concert Association. Event time is 4 p.m. Tickets are $35.

    Dive-In Movie

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Dive-In Movie Friday. The movie will be “Big Hero 6.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale. Call 662-8173 for details.

    Run For Her Life

  • Bush: ’16 decision to come shortly

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jeb Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind “in relatively short order” whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
    The former Florida governor will be in New Hampshire this weekend to speak at town hall-style meetings at two businesses and at a GOP event. He will also attend a night event called Politics and Pies and a morning event called Politics and Eggs, he said.
    “Typical day in New Hampshire, apparently,” Bush told reporters Thursday in Jackson, where he attended a bill signing ceremony with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.
    Bush said he’s not concerned that several other hopefuls are ahead of him in launching their campaigns.
    “I’m on a journey to kind of measure support,” Bush said. “Other people’s processes are not really that relevant to me. I’ll make up my mind in relatively short order. I’m excited about just the possibility of being in a position to consider it.”
    He said his family supports his exploration of a presidential bid.

  • School board recognizes Schmidt

    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos School Board meeting, the board honored outgoing superintendent Gene Schmidt for his service to the community.
    Schmidt received a plaque for his efforts.
    “Los Alamos Public Schools recognizes Dr. Gene Schmidt for his dedication to the quality of education as superintendent of schools from 2009 to 2015,” read an inscription on the plaque.
    After accepting his award, Schmidt, in turn, honored his colleagues and staff that helped him carry out the programs and goals he implemented during his time as superintendent at Los Alamos Public Schools. He also acknowledged his successor, Kurt Steinhaus.
    “Anything that’s accomplished, is accomplished in partnership,” Schmidt said. “These are wonderful colleagues and as Dr. Steinhaus takes over, he can look forward to working with a wonderful board. I applaud the boards that I’ve worked with, and I also applaud all of the staff and administrators. These things don’t happen without the dedication and excellence our educators and staff have given.”

  • Community office gives an update

    On Friday, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities heard on update on the Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Community Commitment Plan (CCP) from Community Programs Office Deputy Director Carole Rutten.
    Rutten’s presentation highlighted last year’s accomplishments.
    Funding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs is a major priority for CCP funding.
    Last year, 60 STEM programs received $74 million, impacting more than 4,000 students and 341 teachers. Those programs were either coordinated by LANL or sponsored through other partners.
    Two of the most successful programs were RoboRAVE, a robotics competition in its second year, and the Math and Science Academy.
    This year’s RoboRAVE competition drew 1,480 students competing in 85 teams. Only 35 teams competed the first year.
    The Math and Science Academy — a three-year program that helps teachers better understand and deliver math and science to their students−has graduated 1,440 participants.
    The CCP also offers regional business support. In 2014, program results included:

  • SOC may have work stoppage

    A potential work stoppage by the company that is charged with providing security at Los Alamos National Laboratory may be looming.
    SOC-Los Alamos, the protective force contractor, is currently tied up with its union in a labor dispute, lab officials announced Wednesday after being contacted by the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Lab spokesperson Kevin Roark said LANL is currently in the process of recruiting a “security police officer augmentation force” to patrol LANL property in the event of strike and work interruption. That force would be comprised of current LANL employees who are trained and certified to act as protective force officers.
    The augmentation force could be called into action on April 25 if the labor negotiations aren’t resolved.
    Several messages left for SOC LLC, the parent company of SOC-Los Alamos, weren’t returned as of press time.
    LANS is not involved in the current negotiations between the SOC and the International Guards Union of America, Local 69.
    Roark said SOC-Los Alamos and the National Nuclear Security Administration have been working together to build the augmentation force, if needed.

  • Be There calendar 4-16-15

    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Laboratory scientists will talk about fabricating high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will have a bake sale from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. The team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Proceeds go to raising money to send nine students to the national tournament in Dallas this June.

    Senior Volunteer Appreciation Day. 3-5 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Los Alamos High School NJROTC Boosters Club will host a waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 6, and are available from any NJROTC cadet or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 662-0980.