Today's News

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra concert will be All American

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert under the direction of local composer and conductor, Ted Vives. Vives is the conductor of the Los Alamos Community Winds, whom recently gained praise from the American Prize national music award. The LA Community Winds earned third place.
    This year’s symphony will be an “All American” program that will demonstrate the diversity of American music, just like the diversity of the American population.
    The show starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The first half of the program will highlight patriotic music with Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” show music with Henry Mancini’s “Themes From ‘Victor Victoria’” and ballet music with the “Paul Bunyan Suite” by William Bergsma.
    The second half of the program will feature the Symphony No. 2 by George Whitefield Chadwick.
    It is the first full symphony written by an American composer that was published and it “fully uses the sounds of America, put in the framework of a symphony.” For the 60-plus musicians in the orchestra the work has been a challenge as no one was familiar it. Vives and the 60-plus musician have expressed how delighted they were that everything has come together so well.

  • Be There 10-30-14

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

    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Drive at the Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire? 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Using maps he will summarize work already done and projected future plans. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes will also be present to answer questions and hear concerns. The public is welcome. Sponsored by the local branch of AAUW.
    A Nature-Themed Halloween. 1-3 p.m. Drop-in on Halloween for some not-too-spooky, nature-themed activities for kids of all ages. Costumes are optional. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No advance registration required. $5 per child. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • New exhibit set for MPL

    Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is an award-winning photographer and artist who has prepared an extensive new body of work for her show in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery. The show, called “No Limitations,” will be displayed for the month of November. The Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours.
    There will be a reception for the artist in the Gallery, 5-8 p.m Nov. 6, . All are welcome to come and meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
    Wallwork-Heineman has achieved prominence in the world of photography, having her won first place in New Mexico Magazine photography competition “Only in New Mexico” category in July, 2014, first place in the 2010 New Mexico Magazine annual competition in 2010, and the Grand Champion award in the 2009 New Mexico “No Frills” photo contest. The work being shown in this exhibit will include many of those award-winning photographs, alongside work that begins with those photographed images but then evolves into painting. Her subject matter includes a wide range of

  • Explore the small canyons of WR

    While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.
    Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m. Saturday to discover the wonders of some of these canyons.
    Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.
    The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed (roughly) adjacent to Route 4 for approximately 2.5 miles, before turning east along a small wooded canyon south of Water Canyon.
    The group will then proceed through Water Canyon and have a short rest and snack at a spectacular promontory overlooking Water Canyon (and a bit of the Rio Grande Gorge).
    The hike will then gradually turn back toward the beginning, while going up another lovely small wooded canyon that eventually rises up onto Power Line Mesa.
    The hike is expected to end at roughly 1 p.m.
    Arendt, who leads many hikes for PEEC, enjoys hiking and climbing in the White Rock Canyon, the western U.S., Europe and South America.
    This hike is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited to only 20 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register soon.

  • LA teen to compete in divisional piano competition

    Presley Gao, of Los Alamos and Gavin Laur, of Santa Fe will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California, in January to compete as division finalists in the Music Teacher National Association Piano Competition. Gao will be competing as a finalist in the Junior Piano Competition and Laur will be in the Senior Piano Competition.
    Gao is the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian.
    Gao earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.
    An eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School, he has been studying piano for six years and currently is a student of Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin.
    Laur is the son of Ruth and Paul Laur and won the senior division of the competition. He is a junior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. He has been studying piano under the direction of Helin for 10 years.
    Gao was awarded the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Danfelser Scholarship in 2012 and has won many other awards, including first place in the State Honors Level One (2010) and Level Two in 2012. He had first place in District Honors for a consecutive three years in 2010-12. Gao had won the MTNA junior competition previously and also achieved the highest level of Santa Fe Sonata Contest. He is currently an Epik Artist of Performance Santa Fe.

  • Early childhood home visiting programs have lots of value

    “Home visiting” is a program strategy designed to promote child wellbeing through the delivery of a variety of informational, educational, developmental and support services to families. It would be a shame for good practice to become jeopardized by misinformation distributed as part of political campaign. It seems that some clarification is needed.
    New Mexico has several models of home visiting programs serving communities throughout the state including First Born, Parents as Teachers, Nurse Family Partnership and Early Head Start, to name a few.
    It is a misconception that these are radical, government-monitored programs. Home visiting in New Mexico is funded by several sources including private philanthropy as well as government through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Programs are run by teams of trained healthcare workers and parent educators who are caring, culturally sensitive and supportive of children and families’ individual needs.

  • Uncle Sam only one seizing public lands

    In a recent New York Times editorial, New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich asserted that supporters of a transfer of some federal lands to the states are engaged in a “land grab.”
    He’s not just wrong he’s inverting the truth completely. It is actually the federal government that has “grabbed” New Mexicans’ lands. In the past two years, Heinrich endorsed the federal government’s placing of more than 783,000 acres of New Mexico land, much of it private or “multiple-use” in two highly restrictive “monument” designation (the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountain monuments).
    Ironically, while any effort to return some federal lands to New Mexico control would require the support and buy-in of large numbers of state and local officials, these two wilderness areas were declared by the Obama Administration without so much as a single vote in Congress.
    It is no surprise that Heinrich would support such a real land-grab as he is known for reflexively supporting the radical environmental lobbying groups in Washington. He has a 93 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters and boasted a 100 percent score in 2013.

  • Giants win third MLB title in five seasons

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager.
    Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday.
    Bochy doesn't have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick.
    "Dynasty" blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.
    The Giants closed it out with a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, sealed by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner's five shutout innings as a reliever this time.
    "A lot has to go right. First off, it starts with the talent," Bochy said. "I mean, you need that, which we have. Then you have to deal with a lot of things maybe during the season. Every manager says, 'Hey, we're fine, we have a good chance to get there if we stay healthy.' But that doesn't always happen."
    In a remarkable every-other-year pattern, San Francisco somehow finds its best form in even years. With new faces and old ones, with castoffs and misfits and some key midseason acquisitions.

  • LA has a shot at a 2nd straight win

    It was a scenario that, just a few days ago, seemed improbable.
    Now, after its first win of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team has a chance to put itself in a position to play for a District 2-5A title.
    Followings its win last Friday over the Española Valley Sundevils, the Hilltoppers have a very winnable game this Friday, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans. A win over the Spartans would put the Hilltoppers at 2-1 on the season and only Del Norte standing in their way of a potential district championship.
    While that’s easier said than done, it wasn’t a situation Los Alamos fans would’ve expected the team to be in after a 0-7 start to the season.
    Los Alamos finally broke into the win column at Española Valley Friday night. The offense scored on its first two possessions of the game — prior to that, Los Alamos hadn’t scored in the first quarter of any game or scored twice in the same game, let alone on back-to-back drives — to jump out to a 14-0 lead.
    Española Valley, which was playing for its playoff life, got back into the game by halftime, but the Hilltopper defense came up with stops on two crucial drives, as well as what might have been a game-changing 2-point conversion try, to help preserve the win.

  • 'Toppers looking for another sweep

    For being such a crucial race, the district championships are almost anti-climactic where the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams are concerned.
    Friday afternoon, the District 2-5A championship race is scheduled to be run at Bernalillo. Races are set to start at 3 p.m.
    At the district meet, teams can enter as many as nine runners into each varsity race — usually, teams are limited to seven entries — and Los Alamos may have a shot to put 18 participants onto the All-District team.
    Since the Hilltoppers moved into District 2-4A in 2000, they have gone undefeated at the district championships on both the boys and girls sides. There hasn’t even been a particularly close race for the district titles during that streak.
    That’s not likely to change this season, either. Both Los Alamos teams are expected to vie for a state championship title this season, with the girls team seemingly the team to beat heading into the title meet.
    However, last week’s Los Alamos Invitational didn’t see the Hilltopper girls at their best. The Hilltoppers were defeated for the first time this season by a Class 5A team — two of them, in fact.