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  • SF Symphony to ring in holidays with free concert Dec. 2

    The Santa Fe Symphony will ring in the holidays with “Carols and Choruses” in the majestic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Dec. 2.
    The audience will be able to sing along to some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time as they enjoy the angelic voices of The Symphony Chorus, accompanied by the glorious sounds of The Symphony Brass and organ. This concert starts at 7 p.m. and is the symphony’s gift to the Santa Fe community during the holiday season.
    No tickets are required. Admission is free.
    The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is located at 131 Cathedral Place in Santa Fe.
    Executive Director Gregory Heltman notes “members of The Symphony Brass are passionate about their instruments and music.” Over the years, the group has performed at many community and donor events as well as their holiday appearances at the Cathedral Basilica.

  • One more fee-free day at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Manhattan Project National Historical Park have announced that the National Park Service and other federal agencies will offer one more Fee Free Day this year on Thursday, Veterans Day.
    On that day, federal areas nationwide, including Bandelier and the Valles Caldera, will offer free admission to everyone. Manhattan Project NHP has no entry fee.
    Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954 it was officially renamed Veterans Day in the U.S. to expand it to honor all veterans, not just those who fought in World War I.  It still coincides with the Armistice Day holiday celebrated in many other countries. 
    As Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Veterans Day is a very appropriate day for the parks to honor all our veterans, by inviting people all over the country to enjoy and celebrate the lands that these brave men and women have valiantly protected and defended.”  
    The Manhattan Project NHP is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    At Bandelier, the shuttle service has ended for this year, so visitors should just drive on down to the parking lot at the monument Visitor Center. 

  • PEEC offers drawing, painting class with local artist

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a two-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects. The class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Coddington’s class is open to all, from beginners to advanced artists.
    Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals in this hands-on workshop. With easy to understand demonstrations and Master artist examples, Lisa will work to reinforce confidence in creating dimensional Autumn-themed subjects.
    A minimum of eight students is required for the class, so those interested in the workshop are encouraged to register on the PEEC website by Thursday. Otherwise, the class will be canceled if there is not enough interest.
    Artist/instructor Coddington earned her master of art degree at Syracuse in Illustration. She has illustrated a children’s book and has received commissions by regional and national firms for her artwork and art instruction.

  • LA punk rocker turns to classical music

    A Los Alamos punk rock musician hopes to shake up the classical music world with three compositions he has produced into YouTube videos.
    K.L. Fortson hopes his creations will make people think differently about orchestral music.
    The videos of “Untitled for Guitar and String Quartet,” “Arecibo Calling Kafka” and “Whales Floating Belly Up” can be found at klfortson.com.
    Classical music is a bit of a departure for Fortson, who has toured extensively for punk rock bands before embarking on the project.
    “I wanted to do more complex music, and I also wanted to more non-lyrical music,” he said. “I was also drawn to the fact that it doesn’t have any concrete meeting.”
    Fortson is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Mexico. He majored in criminology and has always been interested in the arts, especially music and painting.
    “I took a class called ‘Deviance’ based on the name. It sounded really fascinating. I just liked how psychology, sociology and business were really studying the same facets of humanity but through a different lens,” he said. “I’ve always liked propaganda and media, and that’s what drew me to those.” Those interested can find more of his art on the website.

  • Today in history Nov. 10
  • Location change for Planning and Zoning

    Due to special sessions of the Los Alamos County Council to hear an appeal on a contract claim, tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge instead of council chambers. The agenda includes a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan.

    No video streaming or recording will be available for either Planning and Zoning or Thursday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The council special sessions will be streamed and recorded.

    Parks and Recreation meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at its regular location, room 110 at the municipal building. The board will receive an update from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) on the 2017 recreation bond projects.

    D/P/S will also hold a town hall meeting on the bond projects at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Fuller Lodge.

  • DOE to hold meeting to update public about legacy waste cleanup

    The Environmental Field Office and the U.S. Department of Energy will update the public about the progress of the toxic waste cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory at a public meeting scheduled for Nov. 16 at Fuller lodge.
    The New Mexico Department of Environment Department and the DOE signed a new agreement with LANL June 24 to clean up legacy waste from the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. The agreement details the goals, objectives and methods the DOE will use to remove the waste.
    NMED will facilitate next week’s meeting.
    “The consent order’s requirement for this public involvement meeting is to review progress, targets and milestones enhances transparency of LANL’s cleanup activities,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said. “The agreement governing cleanup that was used prior to 2016 had no such requirement.”
    Tongate is referring to the original 2005 consent order that the state signed with the DOE and LANL to improve ongoing cleanup operations.  
    The 2005 agreement was revised for 2016 to accommodate new discoveries of waste deposits on lab property. It was also revised in acknowledgement of new  techniques and technologies that occurred between the signing of the 2005 agreement and the 2016 agreement.

  • County voters decide to keep sheriff’s office

    Los Alamos voters decided against the ballot question Tuesday that would have eliminated the county the sheriff’s office, marking the end to a hotly contested debate that has existed in the community for years.
    The final vote was 5,284 against Question 1, and 4,825 in favor.
    Sheriff Marco Lucero said he was happy to hear the news Tuesday night, but he thinks the issue to keep or abolish the office never should have reached the voters.
    “I’m still questioning the legality of even having the vote,” Lucero said earlier Tuesday, before the vote was known. “It is still a concern for me. We are definitely happy with the results. It makes me hope that members of council and the new ones that are coming in will listen to the voting people of Los Alamos again. It would be nice that the council start recognizing and respecting the office of the sheriff.”
    Lucero also said he was proud of the work he did in trying to convince voters to keep the sheriff’s office. He also thanked his supporters.
    “We worked really hard. I want to thank all the people that worked really hard for us to support the office of the sheriff,” he said.

  • Democrats sweep council

    Election night results for Los Alamos County crawled in on Tuesday, due to challenges from both international and local observers.
    Early on, the night looked promising for local Republican candidates. The Election Day vote count, absentee ballots and early voting results from White Rock favored Democratic Candidate Pete Sheehey and Republican candidates Steve Girrens and Jaret McDonald to win the three open seats on the Los Alamos County Council.
    According to one observer, it was “pins and needles” at Democratic campaign headquarters.
    But when the final count came in, which included early voting at the county municipal building, the three Democratic council candidates had swept the ticket. Pete Sheehey, running for reelection, topped the ticket with 5,429 votes. Antonio Maggiore netted 5,063 and Chris Chandler came in third with 4,794 votes.
    “We knew all along that Democrats turned out a lot higher for the early vote, but I wasn’t sure it was going to make this big of a difference,” said Robyn Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos. “It was the bright spot in our night, because people are not extremely happy over there right now with the nationwide results. It erupted in screams when we found out we got three on council. It’s just fabulous.”

  • Trump claims astounding victory as America's 45th president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.

    His triumph over Hillary Clinton, not declared until well after midnight, will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. Trump has pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama's landmark health care law, revoke America's nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.

    As he claimed victory, Trump urged Americans to "come together as one united people" after a deeply divisive campaign.

    He said he had spoken by phone with Clinton and they had exchanged congratulations on a hard-fought race. Trump, who spent much of the campaign urging his supporters on as they chanted "lock her up," said the nation owed her "a major debt of gratitude" for her years of public service.