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Today's News

  • LAPD honors officers killed in 2016

    Los Alamos Police Department staff, family, friends and community members gathered Monday morning in the Justice Center’s parking lot to honor and remember those who had lost their lives over the past year, including three police officers from New Mexico.

    Police Chief Dino Sgambellone began the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance and also recognizing a recent loss from the community.

    “Although she wasn’t a police officer, we lost one of our own last year, Connie Salazar,” Sgambellone said. “For those of you who knew Connie, you know what a wonderful and giving person that she was.”

    Salazar was fighting a courageous battle against cancer and passed away in 2016. She was employed by the county for over 20 years and had recently retired. “Connie was part of our family and will always be missed. We are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we shared.” Sgambellone iterated that her loss will be felt by not only the LAPD, but also all of Los Alamos and asked for a moment of silence on Salazar’s behalf.

  • Kite Festival takes flight this weekend in WR

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 20th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spirio Soccer Fields in White Rock.

    Thanks to generous funding by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry and individual supporters, admission to the Kite Festival is free.

    The Festival kicks off Friday night with the start of Gordon’s Summer Concert Series and a night kite fly demonstration.

    In this event, small lights are attached to kites before they are launched into the night sky. Winds permitting, it should be quite a light show over White Rock. The concert will feature Chuchito Valdes, an Afro-Cuban jazz band from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico.

    On Saturday, the Kite Festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday the festival will be from noon to 4 p.m.

    The ever-popular Candy Drop, which began in 2002, will be back, winds permitting. A plastic bag is filled with wrapped hard candy and is launched on a kite like a giant kite piñata. The bag is eventually split open and candy falls from the sky, but not until the children have chased the kite all over the field. This calorie-burning event is almost as popular with parents as it is with kids.

  • Key LANL programs funded with spending package

    Several of Los Alamos National Laboratory defense and environmental program received vital funding with  the $1.1 trillion spending package that was passed by Congress May 4 and signed by President Donald Trump May 5.
    The funds in the appropriations bill will last through September.
    LANL’s legacy cleanup, the replacement of LANL’s Chemical and Metallurgy Research Center and the life-extension program of the B-61 nuclear weapons program received funding.
    “This bipartisan agreement makes robust investments in our economy and will create and preserve jobs in New Mexico at a time when we truly need them. New Mexico’s national laboratories, military bases, and WIPP will all receive critical federal investments”, said Sen. Heinrich (D-NM).

  • AG Balderas won't be entering race for New Mexico governor

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will not be entering the race for governor and instead will focus on his re-election as the state's top prosecutor.
    The Democrat ended the speculation Tuesday with a statement that detailed the work his office has done — from pursuing internet criminals who target children to recovering Medicaid fraud dollars.
    Balderas also said his office has a responsibility to hold the federal government accountable. He pointed to recent filings against President Donald Trump's travel ban and the sale of federal coal leases.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is limited to two terms. No Republican has entered the race, though U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says he may pursue the GOP nomination.
    The Democratic nomination is being sought by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, former media executive Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe.
     

  • Republicans propose fix for New Mexico state budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Leading Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Tuesday outlined a proposal to resolve the state's budget crisis by suspending construction projects and withdrawing money from a state pension fund.
    Democrats who hold the majority of seats in both chambers have yet to come forward with a budget plan for a special legislative session that begins May 24. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has called lawmakers back to the capital to resolve a feud over how to solve the state's budget crisis, and signaled her support Tuesday for the House Republican plan.
    The governor last month vetoed all spending for the legislative branch and institutions of higher education for the fiscal year starting July 1, emphasizing her opposition to companion tax increases. Martinez has since indicated she would consider select tax revenue increases if they lower overall rates.
    The House Republican budget plan would shift $63 million in capital outlay money to bolster the state general fund, said GOP House minority leader Nate Gentry of Albuquerque. It would also claw back $12.5 million in pension money set aside for the state's unsalaried legislators.

  • Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico

    Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning about increased fire danger in New Mexico thanks to more dry and windy conditions.
    A red-flag warning will be in effect Tuesday from noon until the evening hours for the northeast and east-central plains.
    Forecasters say a low-pressure system racing from Southern California toward New Mexico is expected to reach the state late Tuesday.
    Ahead of the system will be strong winds and very dry air that will combine for critical fire weather across much of the central and southern parts of New Mexico. The winds are expected to shift further to the east later Tuesday.
    Officials say any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, and outdoor burning is being discouraged.
     

  • Kerr to host meeting Thursday on new LA Ambassador program

    Longtime Los Alamos County resident Vernon Kerr is hosting a special meeting at the Mesa Public Library Thursday and residents are invited.
    A free hat is involved, but there’s one catch – he would like those interested to know a little something about Los Alamos and be willing to share it. Experts on the Manhattan Project can apply, as well as those who know what the best time to visit the dog park in Overlook Park, or what flavor of bagel to wrap a Ruby K’s sandwich in.
    “One of the things I’ve noticed, sitting waiting for the bus, watching people go by… there are tourists in this town,” Kerr said. “I figured we’ve got enough retired people around here that if they have the kind of time where they could talk to people, I’m offering them, and others in similar circumstances, to come downtown and talk to the tourists.”
    While Kerr is mostly looking for retirees with a lot of free time during the day, anyone can apply.
    “Whoever shows up I’m going to enlist, and I’m going to give them a red cap,” Kerr said. Each person that shows up will get a red baseball cap with gold lettering on it that says “Los Alamos AMBASSADOR.”
    Kerr hopes all 46 or 50 of the hats go swiftly. There is a lot at stake.

  • Derby Dames come up short in home opener

    In its season home opener, the Los Alamos Derby Dames fell to Albuquerque Roller Derby 212-71 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    It was the first time the Derby Dames had competed in nearly a month, dating back to April 22.

    The game remained close toward the beginning, as Albuquerque led just 27-21 10 minutes in.

    This was due to the strong work of Los Alamos’ Super-Ova, as well as strong blocking from the entire team. This blocking did not allow Albuquerque to utilize its superior speed to its advantage.

    With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, the Derby Dames continued to keep the game close. A series of penalties led to power jams for the Derby Dames, which Acute Pain cashed in for 10 unanswered points, keeping the score within striking distance at 55-45.

    Toward the end of the first half, however, Albuquerque began asserting its will as its jammers began breaking through the blocking of the Derby Dames and earning lead jammer status.

    This allowed the Albuquerque jammers to score points without allowing the Derby Dames to score, by ending jams before the Los Alamos jammers could reach the pack of blockers.

  • Holy Fire from Jerusalem arrives in Los Alamos

    Father Theophan and parishioner Emrys Tennessen, of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos traveled Wednesday to Alamosa, Colorado to rendezvous with Jordanna Lynch Perry of the Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Pueblo, Colorado to receive the flame which originated this year in Jerusalem on Pascha night.
    They also stopped at the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael in Canones, New Mexico, on their way home, to pass the fire to the brothers there.
    The Holy Fire is a miracle that occurs on the eve of Pascha each year. At the appointed time, the Patriarch of Jerusalem enters the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus Christ was buried for three days, without any fire-making implements and unlit candles.
    There he waits for the Holy Fire to descend and ignite the candles, after which he emerges from the sepulcher and the fire is passed to the faithful.
    Lamps lit from this fire are sent all over the world to Orthodox churches. This year is the first time a concerted effort was made to make it available in the United States.
    Over the past three weeks it has spread, person to person, parish to parish, all across the country, and now to Los Alamos.

  • Derby Dames prepped for home opener

    For the first time in 2017, the Los Alamos Derby Dames roller hockey team is gearing up to play in front of its home crowd.

    The team will play its home opener against Albuquerque Roller Derby at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

    “I think the excitement is pretty high,” team member Rachel Adler, known on the derby track as Latzah Balls, said. “Just because we haven’t played in a month and it’s our home turf.”

    The team last competed on the road in Flagstaff, Arizona on April 22, a game they lost to High Altitude Roller Derby.

    Adler believes that first game of the year will allow them to be more prepared heading into Saturday’s matchup.

    “We all got together after our last game, and we talked about what worked and what didn’t work, and we talked about what we know about the team that’s coming to play us on Saturday,” Adler said. “We nailed down some pretty specific strategies that we think are going to work really well.”