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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Torch run raises more than $1,200 for Special Olympics

    Among the more than 25 people lined up at the starting line of Thursday morning’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, none were smiling bigger than the five representatives from the Special Olympics: Addy, Jenny, Sam and Sheylene and Teagan.

    As the five kids stood front and center for a group photo before the event began, event liaison and Los Alamos Police Commander Oliver Morris asked them how much of the 43-mile run they wanted to do.

    He then followed up by asking, “All the way?” to which the kids all nodded in agreement and laughed.

    The torch run took the officers from the Los Alamos Justice Center to Jemez Springs, and lasted approximately six hours. In addition to the Los Alamos County officers who participated, two representatives from the Bandelier Rangers also took part.

    Morris, who has acted as the event liaison since 2004, said he was pleased with how it turned out.

    “I think it went really good, and was a huge success,” Morris said. “We had a really great turnout and raised over $1,200 for Special Olympics.”

    He said that the amount of money raised is on par with the totals from previous years, and said that the department will continue to do fundraisers for Special Olympics throughout the remainder of the year.

  • Ortega leads boys track to fourth-place finish

    The Los Alamos High School boy’s track and field team finished in fourth place this past weekend at the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    Steven Montoya, the team’s coach, said he is “pretty ecstatic” with the result, and that this year was a big success and a strong building block for the program.

    Part of what makes the accomplishment so significant for the program is the fact that the team finished in 13th place just a year ago. Last year’s team finished with 18 points at the state meet, while this year’s squad finished with 44.

    “I think last year was an outlier for us,” Montoya said. “I think we proved this year that we should be in contention at the state level. We should be a top-five team at state every year.”

    He added that on paper, the team did not appear to be strong enough to finish so well at the state level, but that they believed in their coaches, believed in their teammates and worked hard all season to earn their spot near the top of the leaderboard.

    When reflecting on the championship, Montoya felt the performances of two of his seniors stood out from the successful weekend: Liam Johnson and Nathaniel Ortega.

  • Girls track finishes as state runner-ups

    For the second consecutive year, the Los Alamos High School girl’s track team finished as the runner-ups in the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    This year, the team finished in second place by just a half point, finishing with 67.5 total points to Alamogordo’s 68 points.

    Aaron Padilla, the team’s coach, said that both he and the girls are disappointed with getting second by such a slim margin, but that he is proud to say that his team was one of the best in the entire state.

    “We knew that the state meet was going to be tough,” Padilla said. “We did the best job we possibly could.”

    The state championship came down to the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay.

    Los Alamos entered the event leading Alamogordo by 1.5 points, just needing to finish ahead of them to become state champions.

    Ultimately, Alamogordo finished in second place, while Los Alamos finished in third, handing the state title to Alamogordo.

    Despite that, the 4x400-meter relay still finished with a school record in the event.

    For Padilla and the girls on the team, this year’s runner-up finish feels much different than last year’s.