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Today's News

  • Pitching and defense to lead Los Alamos softball

    The Los Alamos softball team is as ready as it can be to start its season.
    Manager Roger Anaya said the team’s off-season went really well with a lot of participation.
    During the first couple weeks of its spring season, the team was able to get on the field and work on its fundamentals.
    After that, however, the weather forced the team to practice at 5:30 a.m. in the gym. Even with changes in practice times and locations, Anaya said the girls were always there ready to work.
    Doing outfield work was tough in the gym, but the team was able to get in a lot of infield practice, batting practice and its pitchers have been able to throw plenty. Anaya also said he used a whiteboard some days to go over game situations.
    A sunny Tuesday let the team get back on the field once more before its first game today at Cleveland.
    The Cleveland game will begin the team’s competitive pre-district schedule.
    “Our goal is to play a tough schedule early on and learn from it so it prepares us for the district,” Anaya said. “Our goal every year is to win the district.”
    The Hilltoppers finished second in its district behind Bernalillo the last two seasons. Before that the Hilltoppers won three district titles in a row.

  • NM 4 is now open

    NM 4 has been reopened, but the mobile home that had been blocking it is still very near the road.

    The incident occurred at the intersection of NM 4 and the Truck Route before 6 p.m. A truck that had been towing the mobile home broke down and traffic was obstructed before crews were able to move the home.

  • Brown Bag performance Wednesday

    Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents Belisama- Irish Dancers
    Noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Chilean volcano erupts, thousands flee

    PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.
    The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top, glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava. Authorities worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities.
    The 9,000 foot volcano in Chile’s central valley, 400 miles (670 kilometers) south of Santiago, sits above the small city of Pucon, which has a population of about 22,000 people.
    “It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” 29-year-old Australian tourist Travis Armstrong said in a telephone interview from Pucon. “I’ve never seen a volcano erupt and it was spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Lightning was striking down at the volcano from the ash cloud that formed from the eruption.”

  • Update 3-3-15

    County Council

    A Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. today in council chambers. On the agenda is contract for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to manage the new Nature Center.

    Fuller Lodge

    A regular meeting of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board is scheduled for Wednesday at the Municipal Building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Public Schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will hold a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the public to hear from superintendent candidate Kurt Steinhaus.The forum will be at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will go into closed executive session Thursday at 5 p.m. Following the session a motion may be made to present a job to one of the two finalist candidates. The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration building.

    P & Z meeting

    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 11. The meeting will be at the Municipal Building.

  • Be There calendar 3-3-15

    Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Guest speaker will be Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board. Public is welcome to attend.
    Thursday

  • Mindfulness class helps teens deal with stress

    For teens that are experiencing the effects of stress and pressure, or having trouble concentrating, it can seem impossible with the constant distractions all around. There is a different way to deal. Without leaving the obligations of everyday life behind, teens can learn to manage stress and increase ability to focus. All with the next mindfulness class available this week.  
    The class allows time for learning the foundations of mindfulness training, weekly practice and thoughtful discussion. No experience necessary.
    Space is still available for the eight-week class. Register online or download the Teen Mindfulness Class Registration Form (losalamosjjab.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/teenMindfulnessClass_registration.pdf.)
    Classes begin from 7-8 p.m. today through April 28. There will be no class April 7. Classes will be held at UNM-LA, lecture hall, room 230, building 2 unless otherwise announced.
    This class is for high school teens. The class for adults is full.
    Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness and curiosity to breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.

  • Workshop helps people cope during elder years

    A day-long workshop in collaboration with the Betty Ehart Senior Center is a program and a perspective that helps older people develop a balanced plan for their elder years. The workshop, “Awakening the Sage Within” is presented by Drs. Gary and Charlotte Carlson, Ph.D., Jungian Analysts.
    The workshop is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Cost is $60, $70 with CEUs.
    The goal is an elder lifestyle that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.
    The highly interactive workshop will introduce “sage-ing” concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. It will help participants explore feelings about aging and the role of spiritual development in later years. Finally, it will begin the development of a personalized plan for elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.
    Today, most people approaching their elder years can expect to live another 20 or 30 years. But how do we want to live those years? “Sage-ing” (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately.

  • Assets in Action: Kudos to the people on the Hill

    The column this week is all about kudos. There are so many kudos that need to be handed out and sometimes we get so mired in muck that we forget to be grateful.
    Let us start with the Olympic-sized event that kind of took place at Los Alamos Middle School this weekend. Well, almost the whole weekend.
    The State Speech and Debate tournament kicked off on Thursday as students graciously left early, teachers readied their rooms and volunteers poured in by the droves.
    Margo Batha, Sherri Bublitz, Christine Engelbrecht along with the homeschool community pulled together their finest competitors and volunteers to amass the needed determination and willpower to pull off the coordinating, hosting and judging of about 900 hours of speech and debate.
    How lucky for New Mexico that we had more snow than most of us have seen in quite a number of years. How sad for such a terrific team, their talented teens and a large number of folks willing to step up and lend an ear.
    While it may not have been a perfect weekend you all did, “Own the Room.”
    Let’s stay on the topic of snow.
    There were plenty of good neighbor stories to be found throughout the community. I know that I was witness to two such acts of kindness.

  • Plastic bag bans are full of misconceptions

    I’m writing to voice my opposition to the idea of a plastic grocery bag ban that’s been going around lately.
    Bag bans have become the latest Eco-Fad for people that don’t have anything better to do than to punish everyone for the actions of a few. They are just a warm fuzzy feel good idea that’s completely ineffective.
    Most of the time I shop at Smith’s I bring my own cloth bags since they are sturdy, carry more, and I get bonus rewards points for doing so.  However, I don’t keep any cloth bags in my truck for various reasons, so if I’m driving my truck I need the plastic or paper bags available at the store. Today I rode with a friend to Smith’s to get some lunch. I don’t carry my cloth bags in my wallet, so used plastic provided by Smith’s.
    I re-use my grocery bags for many things. I’ve actually run out of bags at the house and had to intentionally leave my cloth bags in the car on the next shopping trip just so that I could obtain more.
    Plastic bags are likely the most re-purposed and reused product that people bring into their home! If there is a bag ban, I’ll just have to buy them from Amazon.