Today's News

  • LA tops Española Valley; can win 2-5A title Saturday

    A crazy play finished off a crazy game between Los Alamos and Espanola Valley in their battle for the top spot in District 2-5A softball.
    With Los Alamos down by two and down to its last out, the team came up with three runs to knock off Espanola Valley’s Sundevils 10-9 at Overlook Park Wednesday.
    Espanola Valley, which had never trailed in the game until the final play, made two critical errors at the close of the seventh inning that allowed those three Hilltopper runs to score and give them the ballgame.
    On the game’s final play, Hilltopper center fielder Alicia Gonzales hit a long fly ball to deep left field. Sundevil left-fielder Sidnee Pollard, who had been rock-solid defensively during the three-game series between the two teams, misplayed the fly ball that she normally would’ve caught, and the ball hit the ground.
    That miscue allowed both pinch-runner Shelby Milligan and Janessa Gonzales to score the game-winning runs.
    With that play, and a bizarre play one batter earlier, also involving Milligan that led to a run, the Hilltoppers managed to secure the lead in the district standings outright and are now just one game away from clinching the 2017 district title.

  • Time Out Pizzeria settles on new location

    Omar and Trisha officially signed the papers to their new location in Central Park Square next to Pet Pangaea. They recently moved out of their former location on Central Avenue and wanted to find a new space in town, which they were able to achieve. They are hoping to re-open by August or September of this year.
    Trisha said, “People are happy that we’re going to still be up here. I think it’ll be a good change for us.” There is no doubt, the Central Park Square location will offer better parking and convenient access to Bathtub Row Brewing, which is only a few steps away. The White Rock location is still offering free delivery for larger orders with a $35 minimum. Time Out Pizzeria will also have the same phone number.
    According to Omar, the complex owner, Philip Kunsberg, has been very helpful during the whole process. He expects to start seeing some commotion in that area in the coming days and weeks as Philip’s contractors begin working on the interior and exterior of the space. “Once they get all that stuff done we just have to plug in,” Omar remarked. He also mentioned that they would hang banners on the windows of the Central Avenue location to let people know where they are going.

  • Candidates for LAHS principal meet the public
  • ‘Green Team’ opens garden in White Rock

    The Los Alamos “Green Team” cuts the ribbon, above, on the “Demonstration Garden” in White Rock. The Green Team is comprised of Los Alamos County employees interested in implementing “green” environmental practices in trash reduction, irrigation, energy use and other practices. The White Rock Demonstration Garden was created by the team with native plants that require little to no water. The plants are labeled so visitors to the garden will know what they are and perhaps use them in their own gardens. Included in the picture are county employees, Matthew Allen, Anita Barela, Kirsten Bell, Leah Frazier, Benjamin Gonzales, Angelica Gurule, Jonathan Henley, Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Robert Martinez, Lea Ortiz, Tim Shrayer and others.

  • Local political action group discusses March for Science, immigration resolution

    Voices of Los Alamos is a relatively new political action group affiliated with the Indivisible Movement that focuses on fueling a progressive grassroots network. According to their Facebook page, their priority is to resist the incoming administration anti-environment, anti-regulation and anti-ethics agenda and get involved in the upcoming local elections. They achieve this by sharing action items like phone calls, petitions, town hall meetings, flyers, door-to-door activism, and more.
    The meeting on Monday evening began with an overview of two major events: March for Science and the immigration resolution. Christina Olds, one of the administrators of the group, said the march in Santa Fe seemed like a success. There was great turnout of people and booths, especially from Los Alamos. She also mentioned strong speakers that gave high-powered speeches, including one from Dr. Bette Korber.
    When asked if such marches would be annual, Olds said, “I personally feel that they should do a women’s march every year and a march for science every year… at least for the next four years.” Some members from the group helped to organize the March for Science along with main coordinators in Santa Fe.

  • LAFD rescues dog stranded on cliff in Española

    The Los Alamos Fire Department was called at 10 a.m. Wednesday to assist with a technical rescue with Rio Arriba County Emergency Services. Captain Manny Pacheco was head of the response team and explained that there was a report of a dog stranded on a cliff edge 200 feet down. With the help of Pacheco and his team, the scared pup named Smiley was safely rescued.
    The brother of the dog’s owner was watching the dog when Smiley reportedly escaped. The last time Smiley had been seen was Tuesday during the day, and the owner believes he was out on the cliff overnight.
    About 10 people came to help, which included four firefighters from LAFD, two personnel from Espanola Fire Department, two personnel from Rio Arriba County Fire Department, and one Rio Arriba County Animal Control Officer. The rescue took about one to one and a half hours to complete.

  • UPTE meets with public about contract change

    Representatives of the University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE), which has a chapter at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, urged people at a town hall meeting to help it make changes to the laboratory’s management and operations structure.
    “We put together this panel to initiate this discussion, which we hope will turn into an ongoing discussion over the next number of months as the requests for proposals for the next LANL contract is being composed and created within the DOE (Department of Energy) and the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration),” said UPTE System-wide Executive Vice President Jeff Colvin.
    When the lab’s operations and management contract comes up for rebid sometime this year, UPTE is hoping a non-profit entity takes it over, instead of a for profit entity, which is what the lab has now under Los Alamos National Security LLC. Representatives at the meeting told the audience the for-profit model has led to a LANL being a national lab without a sense of mission, like it had in the days of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War.

  • Council adopts $200.1-million budget for ‘18

    Los Alamos County Council Tuesday adopted a $200.1 million budget for fiscal year 2018, but not without a lot of soul-searching and debate about what to cut. The goal was to get the budget to within an acceptable range of a 20-percent funding reserve in the General Fund unassigned balance. The council made it to 19.9 percent. There will be $51.7 million in General Fund expenditures for FY2018.
    Several items council tentatively agreed to fund during its budget sessions were officially cut, including a 1 percent “cost of labor” increase for county employees that council initially agreed to fund at ½ percent, or $186,500.
    But when it came time to do so Tuesday, council cut the raise to zero. The reasons had to do with the 2 percent raise previously approved. The council also had already made a $500,000 cost of living adjustment to county employees’ salaries last year.
    “In order to do that, we would have to cut so many other things out,” Councilor James Chrobocinski said. “I think that’s something that can be deferred… If looked at, 1 percent next year rather than a half percent this year, we’re still going to be keeping up,” he told the council.

  • HOME & GARDEN: Garden Club hosts pruning workshop to prepare for spring

    On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, a few local ladies (and a few men) gathered in the Memorial Rose Garden with Extension Officer Carlos Valdez to learn tips and tricks for pruning rose bushes. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has been working with the Garden Club every year for 30 years on this particular talk.
    “It’s been a great relationship that we’ve had,” Valdez said, and thanked the Garden Club for providing all the beautiful roses in the garden. The Los Alamos Garden Club has been in place since the mid-1940s and has taken care of the Memorial Rose Garden since 1957.
    Although the workshop focused on pruning rose bushes, Valdez began the morning with general information concerning planting and rose care.
    Extra tip: It is best to ease into the growing season with water and fertilizer. In the same way, ease out of the season gently with those things.
    Plantings Roses: To explain most of his tips, Valdez used the example of bare root roses. “Find yourself a reputable rose supplier. You want to purchase the highest grade of rose that you can get,” he said. Once the rose bush is purchased, soak overnight in a bucket of water and plant it the following day.

  • HOME & GARDEN: Gardening is tough in Los Alamos, but there is help

    Green thumbs moving to Los Alamos often get a shock. Not only is the soil difficult to work with, but the water situation is a little tough, too.
    One can go all winter without a drop and a very expensive water bill, and then suddenly wake up to a deluge when the spring arrives. It can destroy all the hard work of nursing that flower or vegetable garden through yet another tough year. With the lowest annual precipitation count of six inches and a high of 30(!) inches, New Mexico is indeed a land of contrasts.
    So.. what to do? The New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office suggests the key to lessening water bills and frustrations is to just go with the flow. Instead of planting Touch Me Nots, Black-Eyed Susans and Spiderworts, try for something a little closer to home, plants native to New Mexico that are just as pretty and can thrive on little to no water.
    For vegetable gardening, a little research into how the Native Americans thrived up here on the Pajarito Plateau can go a long way. They did it on just a little water and very little work. The Three Sisters technique has been used by the pueblo indians for centuries. They discovered that planting beans, squash and corn together results in a garden that’s virtually maintenance free, even in the driest and toughest of conditions.