Today's News

  • Tea, fashion show supports local mission group

    Tea drinkers and fashion lovers are invited to a Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church this Saturday at 2:30 pm, the proceeds of which will help send a local mission group to Mexico.

    Attendees will be able to sip tea at a beautifully decorated table while they watch a fashion show with handpicked outfits from the Shop on the Corner thrift store.

    Jeff Favorite of the Hill Stompers and auctioneer fame will be the emcee.
    A silent auction of donated gifts will be held during the afternoon and the modeled fashions will also be available for sale.

    Nancy Coombs, who is a member of the House of Hope team, said of the fundraising event, “It is really a fun experience. We set the tables with china teapots and plates and serve tea sandwiches, sweets and other goodies.” Over the years, the group has collected enough china and teapots that all of the tables are bedecked with the essentials of a high tea.

    Continuing the tradition of savory and sweet selections, the delicious menu will feature locally grown items as well as copious amounts of tea. Gluten free options will be available.

    The tea and fashion show will be a fun event for mothers, daughters and grandmothers, but, of course, men are welcome to join the festivities, too.

  • Businesses, county push to pave scenic mountain dirt road

    Los Alamos County businesses and officials are requesting that the state pave a scenic dirt roadway that runs from Cuba to La Cueva in the Jemez Mountains as a way to draw tourists to the county.

    The goal would be to have NM 126 included on a list of roads that are improved when the New Mexico Department of Transportation starts planning its construction projects for 2018 through 2023.

    County businesses and officials would like to see the NMDOT pave the last eight miles of the road, a move many think will bring more tourists into the county, they say.

    The 40-mile route winds through the Jemez mountains and the Nacimiento Mountains. The road is part of the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. The road starts in Cuba and ends in La Cueva in the Jemez Mountains, close to Los Alamos.

     “Tourism is still the lowest hanging fruit for advancing the Los Alamos economy, in my opinion,” Fox said.

    With the recent addition of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park to the county, many think it is time.

  • SF committee mulls halt to plutonium program

    The City of Santa Fe Finance Committee considered a resolution Monday night that, if implemented, could seriously impact the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s growing plutonium pit manufacturing program.

    The city is looking to change an order of consent agreement between the state and the lab that governs legacy waste cleanup.

    The committee is seeking to rescind the consent agreement, finalized in 2016, and halt the lab’s pit manufacturing program until safety and cleanup issues are resolved.

    The resolution requests that the Department of Energy improve surface and groundwater monitoring and reconsider the plutonium pit production mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The resolution was presented at the city finance committee’s Monday meeting. City councilors Renee D. Villarreal and Joseph Maestas introduced the resolution. Villarreal could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

    After brief consideration Monday, the resolution was postponed for a later date, according to Finance Committee Chairman Carmichael Dominguez.

    “The sponsor has agreed to work with the rest of the committee to work on some language improvements,” Dominguez said.

  • LA schools receive state PED grades

    The Public Education Department released 2017 grades for New Mexico schools Tuesday.

    Los Alamos Public Schools remains at the top in the state. The grading system is primarily based upon PED-defined growth in math and reading test scores.

    Nearly every Los Alamos school improved its grade from the previous school year, with the exception of Los Alamos Middle School.

    Los Alamos Middle School’s grade dropped from a C to a D, with the most dramatic decrease in points in the category of academic progress of the school as a whole. Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus pointed out that the middle school received a D by six tenths of 1 percent.

    “It’s something that we’re going to look at and analyze,” Steinhaus said. “We’re going to roll up our sleeves and look at the data, look at the tests and see if we can figure out why.”

    Steinhaus expressed his pride in LAPS teachers and said, “We’re always trying to improve, so these data from the PED give us information about growth. I think its useful information as work to do better.”

    While more than a third of schools in Albuquerque earned F’s, Los Alamos Public Schools remains at the lead of the pack with nearly all A’s across the board.

  • Española police chief to retire following indictment

    ESPANOLA (AP) — Española Police Chief Matthew Vigil will be retiring next month following his recent indictment on charges from domestic incidents.

    City of Española Human Resource Director Sally Baxter tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that Vigil's retirement is effective Sept. 1. She did not say why the 41-year-old was leaving the police force. Vigil did not respond to phone calls from the newspaper seeking comment.

    Mayor Alice Lucero placed Vigil on administrative leave after he was indicted by a Taos grand jury last week. Vigil is accused of touching his wife in an "angry manner" and throwing a pair of shoes at his 13-year-old daughter. Attorney Alan Maestas, who is listed as Vigil's lawyer on court documents, was out of office Monday and could not be reached for questions.

  • 50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

    By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

    The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

    "It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time."

    Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn't be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.

    The fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.

  • $1M lottery ticket sold in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico lottery officials say an Albuquerque man has claimed a $1 million Mega Million prize.

    The lottery announced Tuesday that Leonard Bulmer had initially purchased two wagers for the Aug. 11 drawing. When he didn't win, he returned to the grocery store and purchased a couple more tickets for the Aug. 18 drawing.

    He learned Friday night that he had a winning ticket with the numbers 1, 31, 34, 40, 75 and Mega Ball 6. He had to wait until Monday to claim the prize since lottery headquarters was closed over the weekend.

    Lottery officials also noted that the jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing has reached $700 million, the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

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  • Learn more about Wicca; classes start Wednesday

    Community members who are interested in learning more about Wiccan beliefs, practices and its history have the opportunity to do just that at the Wicca 101 workshop series beginning this week.

    The Coven of Our Lady of the Woods will be teaching a six-week series on Wiccan beliefs and practices on Wednesdays, starting Aug. 23 through Sept. 27.

    The classes are free of charge and open to everyone.

    “Our intention is to provide information to the public about the religion and spiritual practice of Wicca,” said Laura Liles, a member of the group, “because there is a lot of incorrect information out there.”

    During these classes, curious individuals will get the chance to learn the difference between a “Wiccan” and a witch, whether Wiccans believe in a god or gods, if some form of magic is real and much more.

    “There are a good many misconceptions about Wicca, and we offer this series periodically so that the public has access to correct information.”

    “Proselytizing is not part of Wiccan practice,” she continued. “Practitioners of Wicca, which is also called the Craft, believe that there are many paths to the center and that each soul finds its own way.”

  • Youth resiliency committee discusses ideas, strategies

    The Youth Resiliency Committee met Monday to review this month’s newsletter and talk about strategies for creating resilient youth in the Los Alamos community. The Youth Resiliency Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos community health council whose motto is “well being through awareness.”

    Their mission is to promote wellbeing for youth and their families by bringing awareness to issues, highlighting activities and promoting resources in and around this community.

    Kristine Coblentz, the Healthy Schools Initiative Program Director, lead the committee meeting, and after introductions from the various community organization representatives, they reviewed the August newsletter.

    Coblentz told the group that she took suggestions from last month and incorporated them into this month’s newsletter, like focusing on one theme of resources. “It can’t be an exhaustive list,” Coblentz said.

    The newsletter included information like back to school transition tips, LAPS open house dates, and resources for families, kids and teens.

    In addition to the newsletter, Coblentz also included a handout with “The Seven C’s: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience,” which are competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.