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Today's News

  • County rodeo returns Aug. 9

    Los Alamos County Rodeo is returning Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 10.
    The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
    The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips.
    The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.
    Proceeds from the dinner and dance benefit the Posse Lodge.
    The Rodeo continues on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.
    Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted for admission. 
    For more information, call Suzette Fox at 661-4844, or visit the county’s recreation devision website, losalamosnm.us/rec.
     

  • Sinkhole opens on NM 4

    Los Alamos Police keep watch over a sinkhole discovered on NM4 between 59 and 60. According police, utility crews will be on the scene soon to see if they can patch it up, So far, that section of NM 4 remains open. Police said it was discovered around 1 p.m.

  • Look up at the sky for PEEC's Star Party

    Look up on a summer night in Los Alamos and there is so much to explore. That’s exactly why the Pajarito Environmental Education Center decided to host a star party for its final Summer Family Evening of 2014 on July 29.
    Those wishing to attend should meet at PEEC by 8:30 p.m. to drive to the viewing site.
    The star party will have learning opportunities for both kids and their parents, with instruction and stories by Chick Keller.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. 
    During the star party, Keller will talk about what we know of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects and discuss what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more. And of course, they will be able to look at whatever planets are in the sky, certainly Mars and Saturn.
    In case of rain, this program will be rescheduled for July 30. The event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.  

  • Identifying animals of the Southwest

    Volunteers from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Wildlife Center in Española teamed up for “Animals of the Southwest” July 11 at Bradbury Science Museum. 

  • Be There 07-23-14

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

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Green Hour Hikes. 9 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace. Join the PEEC Family Nature Yahoo Group to learn the location each week. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Steven F. Havill. Novelist will discuss recently released “Night Zone, a Posadas County mystery.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

  • 'Manhattan' viewing party starts Sunday

    Los Alamos is now featured in a major television series. “Manhattan,” the story about the Manhattan Project and the building of the atomic bomb will air on WGN American Sunday night.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria on Central Avenue are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes. The premiere is 7 p.m. Sunday, with subsequent episodes will air 8 p.m. Sundays.
    According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as what was it like for wives not knowing about their husbands’ work.
    The writers and producers of “Manhattan” have noted that the show is fiction, but based in the time period of the Manhattan Project.
    Because of the crossover between history and fiction, Los Alamos Historical Society staff will be on hand for a post-show discussion each week to talk about things that really happened, things that could have happened and things that are completely made up.

  • Open N.M. primaries to get better government

    In a primary election in the not-too-distant future, a handful of voters will come tottering into the polls on walkers and canes and decide which candidates everyone will vote on in the general election.
    OK, I’m exaggerating a little.
    Only one in five voters — those declaring themselves either a Democrat or Republican — marked a ballot in the June primary, and yet more New Mexicans consider themselves independents. “Declined to state,” or DTS, in bureaucratese. Nationally, independents now make up 45 percent of the electorate.
    Studies show that young Americans increasingly describe themselves as political independents, and recently an Albuquerque Journal poll showed the same trends in New Mexico. For 18 to 24-year-olds, 38 percent are independents, compared with 36 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republicans. The older the voter, the more likely they are to occupy a party camp.
    Our younger generation is disgusted by the deadlocks in Congress (aren’t we all) and they don’t want to be hemmed in by the narrow ideologies of either major party.
    Who can blame them?

  • Isotopes shut out in short game

    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ four-game winning streak was snapped in a rain-shortened contest Tuesday.
    Fresno’s Grizzlies came up with the lone run of Tuesday’s contest in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the game was washed out in the top of the sixth after it had become official, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 victory at Isotopes Park.
    Prior to the short contest, Albuquerque had won four of five contests — all four wins coming in a row — to start the second half of its season.
    Albuquerque (48-56) is trying to make up some ground on the Las Vegas 51s, who lead the Pacific Southern division by a wide margin.
    But Tuesday, the Isotopes managed to pick up just four hits in five trips to the plate. Fresno’s Jason Berkin (8-6) kept Albuquerque off-balance, striking out seven Isotopes batters in five innings to pick up the win.
    The only run of the game was given up by Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-5), who actually struck out five batters himself and allowed six hits. The game-winner was a double by Fresno’s Chris Dominguez that drove home Brandon Hicks.
    Albuquerque center fielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Ryan Goodman.

  • Lobos picked to finish 5th in 6-team Mountain division

    There was some good news and some bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos coming out of Mountain West Media Day Tuesday.
    The good news: the Lobos have a pair of the conference’s top players in LaMar Bratton and Carlos Wiggins.
    But the bad news is that Wiggins and Bratton don’t appear to be enough to make up for the team’s downsides in the MW race this year.
    The Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mountain Division of the conference — the MW is split into two six-team divisions, the other being the West Division. In all, the Lobos earned 56 points, the third-lowest total among the 12 conference teams.
    In the Mountain Division, only Air Force, one of the three teams UNM defeated in 2013, was rated lower, with 53 points.
    UNM is coming off a rough season. It finished 3-9, with those three wins coming against Air Force’s Falcons, UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico State University.
    This will also be the third year for the program under head coach Bob Davie.
    Since Davie took over in 2012, the Lobos have gone 7-18, which, while hardly an impressive haul, is considerably better than the 3 wins in 3 years posted by predecessor Mike Locksley, who was fired midway through 2011.
    UNM will open its 2014 season Aug. 30 against UTEP.

  • Medin is top finisher at Pace Race

    Zach Medin was the top predictor in Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. Pace Races are scheduled throughout the Daylight Savings Time hours at various spots across Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on North Mesa.
    Medin finished his race 33 seconds off his predicted finish time, which topped Paul Elkins by 8 seconds and Jackie Marr by 27 seconds. No one else among the 40 runners and walkers taking part finished with a prediction error of less than 1 minute.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course were Ted Romero, who completed the course in 19 minutes, 10 seconds, and Roxana Candia, who came in with a time of 23:22.
    On the 1-mile course, Tad Hughes finished in 7:31 and Heather Hughes finished in 11:41.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Rocket Park in White Rock. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.