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Today's News

  • Comprehensive plan needed for open space ordinances

    The reason that the Parks and Recreation Board is hearing complaints is that voice and sight control of dogs does not work.
    Revise the animal ordinance to delete Sec. 6-4, and many problems will disappear.
    When one class of people is given more freedom than another, the ordinance does not protect everyone.
    This policy has been the problem since it was created.
    I was appointed as the advisor (non-voting) to the animal ordinance revision committee that created the 2006 ordinance.
    These are my observations of that process: The committee meetings were closed to the public. I was not allowed to lead a public discussion of pet owner responsibilities. The previous ordinance, as well as the last revision, were written by the same person.
    There needs to be real representative membership by a committee of users and experts. As a result of the process, the rules were written to give domestic dogs more freedom (voice and sight control), as well as access to county space with a “trust me” policy inferred.
    I was not in favor of the amended ordinance that designated that privilege (Section 6-4) because it conflicts with Sec. 6-3, which requires leashes for animals off the owner’s property.
    Voice and sight control is not considered a valid means of restraint of dogs in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

  • The Atomic Cafe

    Next! What will you have today, sir?
    Well, I’d like the implosion special with a 400 kiloton yield, and an extra shot of tactical uranium, please.
    Very good. And would you like to be fried with that?
    So, this Aug. 6 is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. How time flies when you’re having cold wars and hot proliferation parties!  Seventy years. What to get as a gift? 25 years is silver and 50 years is golden, so would plutonium be appropriate for 70 years?
    The question asked every year is, “Should we have dropped the bomb?”
    When discussing past wars, people literally go to battle with each other.
    The atomic bomb is of particular interest in our community, for reasons that escape me at the moment. The trouble with debating this issue is that for most people, it’s something they’ve only read about in a book.
    Myself, I still think the Diadochi’s treatment of elephants in the Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC., was inexcusable. I’m still waiting for a formal apology from them!
    World War II began in 1939, lasting six years with 113 countries participating or directly involved. Over 50 million people worldwide were killed.

  • WR Library opening is still on

    The scheduled grand opening of the White Rock Library, which will be at 11 a.m., is still ongoing.

    Los Alamos County confirmed the opening is still going on as planned. The county said police protection will be there for the ribbon-cutting.

    Police are currently searching for a juvenile, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with shoulder-length hair, who is possibly armed.

    Additional information will be posted on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.

  • Isotopes fall to Bees; add multiple players

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (48-58) racked up 10 hits and six runs, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Salt Lake Bees (42-64) Thursday night at Isotopes Park as the Isotopes fell 9-6. Albuquerque will attempt to secure the four-game series victory tonight at 7:05 p.m.

    Salt Lake came out firing, scoring seven of their nine runs in the first four innings.

    Albuquerque could only scratch across three runs during the same frames.

    After the Bees added two more in the sixth, the Isotopes plated a pair in the home half of the inning and tacked on another in the eighth. Wilin Rosario ignited the Topes’ offense with a solo home run in the second. Roger Bernadina and Tommy Murphy also belted a pair of homers.

  • Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.
    An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
    It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.
    Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses, relying on bacteria testing only.
    Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.

  • Fall sport teams ready to begin

    Are you ready for some football?
    How about some soccer, volleyball or cross-country?
    Over the next couple of weeks, Los Alamos High School’s fall sports will all begin practicing.
    On Monday, Los Alamos’ football team will hit the field to get ready for its upcoming season.
    Football is allowed to start a week earlier than other fall sports.
    Los Alamos’ soccer, volleyball and cross country teams can all begin official practices on Aug. 10.
    Less than two weeks after beginning practices, a few teams will begin competing. On Aug. 22, Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will kick off its season against Farmington. That 2 p.m. game will be here in Los Alamos at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will also run on Aug. 22. They’ll get some competition in a scrimmage at La Cueva.
    The football team’s first game is Aug. 28 at Pojoaque.
    The boys soccer team will also host an eight-team field in the Louie Cernicek Tournament Aug. 28. Bosque, Farmington, Goddard, Piedra Vista, Roswell, Santa Fe Prep and Clovis will all participate in the tournament.
    Hilltopper fans can be sure they catch all of the action this year by purchasing an all-seasons pass.

  • Set volunteers needed at LALT

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre are looking for volunteers Sunday to help with the construction of the set for "Harvey." Volunteers are needed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested can email Paul Lewis at plewis0@comcast.net. Part time and walk in help are also welcome. Pizza for lunch provided.

  • Italian artist tops this year's SMART Contest

    Art and mathematics have been linked for millennia. Only relatively recently has there been a chasm created between the two.
    And getting those two disciplines linked back together is one of the underlying themes of the SMART Contest.
    Winners of the SMART contest were announced last week as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest. Noted artist Jean Constant, who works out of Santa Fe, was on hand at Mesa Public Library Saturday to announce the winners.
    Constant, whose works include a variety of digital compositions, said the line between mathematics and art, which had been drawn sharply since roughly World War I, is blurring again, in no small part to the advent of the computer.
    “Math and art have always been one and the same,” he said. “Mathematics, 2,000, even 4,000 years ago used images to explain ideas to us, and to themselves, what they had…Digital art, in many ways, has an intensity, a quality that raised the bar and raised the aesthetic.”
    This year’s SMART contest attracted 260 entries, those coming from almost every state in the union and nearly 30 different countries.
    Constant said people around the world, including artists as well as scientists, knows what it means to compete in Los Alamos.

  • Off the Hill calendar 7-30-15

    Art exhibits
    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show opens from 5-7 p.m.  Friday at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. 4-6 p.m. Friday through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • Summer series horse show in Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Summer Series Horse Show is an experience of horses, hospitality and fun that is going on now through Aug. 9, and provides beauty and excitement for the whole family. The show is free and open to the public.
    Hundreds of top equestrian athletes will perform under vast New Mexico skies and showcase the finest in show jumping. Spectators will also enjoy the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Garden, polo competitions on grassy fields, and an array of local food and musical talent.
    Bring a blanket or purchase VIP Lounge Tickets at hipicosantafe.com.
    The atmosphere will be electric during fast-paced, exciting jumping competitions. Horse and rider performances range from the elegant hunter style to edge-of-your-seat, show jumping thrill.
    The lineup for Saturday includes the Sandia Mini-Cooper Ride-and-Drive contest featuring New Mexico Indy champions Al and Robby Unser.
    The Grand Prix de Santa Fe competition on Aug. 9 features international riders, champagne brunch and benefits local charities for youth and equines.
    The Santa Fe Summer Series is at a new venue, HIPICO Santa Fe, a world-class equestrian venue on 137 dreamy acres in the beautiful Land of Enchantment conveniently located near the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.