Today's News

  • ATHENA and surrogate human organs topic for Science on Tap today


    New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

    Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems – such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney – and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs. Such research could lead to faster approval and fewer potential side effects for new medications coming onto the market.

    Join Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Jennifer Harris, with the lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, as she takes you through the research being carried out at the laboratory in this important field. Science On Tap is today 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

    Bring your Bradbury Science Museum Association membership card (or join on the spot – at very reasonable rates) and get $1 off your food and/or drink at Science On Tap.

  • Man who died in Yellowstone in 2017 was looking for Fenn’s treasure


    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels.

    KULR-TV reports that Jeff Murphy of Batavia, Illinois, was looking for the treasurer that antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn says he stashed somewhere in the Rocky Mountains several years ago.

    The investigation by Yellowstone officials into Murphy’s death was kept private, but KULR obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The investigative report reveals Murphy’s wife told park authorities that Murphy was looking for the treasure when she called to report him missing.

    Murphy’s body was found June 9, 2017.  He had fallen about 500 feet down a steep slope.

    The report ruled the death an accident.

  • Hungrytown to perform at Fuller Lodge


    The Los Alamos County Library System will present the celebrated acoustic duo Hungrytown at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave. 


    Last July, they returned from a successful six-and-a-half-month tour of the US, UK and New Zealand, covering over 16,000 miles in the U.S. 

    Hungrytown is currently on a four-month tour of the American south and southwest.

    Vermonters Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, who make up Hungrytown, have been touring professionally for nearly 15 years. 

    Hungrytown’s songs and music have appeared in numerous television programs, including IFC’s “Portlandia,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and Neftlix’s new comedy, Lady Dynamite,” as well as various documentaries and major sporting events ranging from NASCAR to Hockey Night in Canada.

    Their third and latest album, “Further West,” made the top 10 on the American Folk DJ charts for two months, and at least 14 “Best of the year” lists. 

  • Lecture on fake news set for Feb. 26

     Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

    Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate.”

    “Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” said Morris. “The recent and far-reaching changes in journalism, however, require more from citizens who want remained engaged in civic life.”

    The evening presentation will focus on the development of the mass media, look at how fake news has been part of the media for more than a century, discuss the ethics of journalism, and provide insights on ways to evaluate news. 

    “There are plenty of simple and easy ways citizens can remain in touch with events today despite the worry about so-called ‘fake news,’” Morris said.

  • LA Community Winds to present ‘Joyride! A Journey in Music’ Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church


    The Los Alamos Community Winds will host “Joyride! A Journey in Music” Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church.

    LACW, an amateur wind ensemble formed by members of the greater Los Alamos community, will perform several popular selections such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade, op. 35 - IV. The Thief of Baghdad,” Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture,” and Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry” and Shepherd’s “Hey.” 

    The Winds will also showcase several obscure pieces such as “On Parade,” by John Philip Sousa, Michael Markowski’s “Joyride,” Robert W. Smith’s “Songs of Sailor and Sea,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Slava!” 

    In agreement with the title of the concert, the program provides a journey in music through the inclusion of operettas, symphonic suites, folk tunes and marches. 

  • Community Calendar



    Today- March 14 —
    Galactic Adventurers
    from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore stars, planets, robots, satellites, and solar systems with PEEC! This four-session class is for upper elementary age (third- sixth-grade) and meets every Wednesday. Cost is $75 for non-members, $60 for PEEC members. 


    Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Join the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Jennifer Harris, with the lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, as she takes you through the research being carried out at the laboratory in this very important field. 


    Coffee and Connections at 10 a.m. at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. Come join the group for an hour of caffeine and networking. Coffee Connection is a fun, monthly morning networking event for chamber members only. It’s not just coffee; it’s about fostering relationships and building up a strong professional network.


  • Search for suspect continues in road rage incident

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has followed some tips but is still searching for the suspect who fired shots into the vehicle of a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, striking him in the back of his head Feb. 2 as he was driving home to Santa Fe.

    According to initial reports, the victim, a 40-year-old man, called 911 from the Phillips 66 gas station at 67 Ogo Wii Road in Pojoaque Feb. 2 following a road rage incident. 

    The man described to police that he had an exchange on NM 502 with a person driving a white Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler had reportedly driven in front of his vehicle and pulled over to let him pass. The Jeep then pulled behind him and then alongside the victim, yelling and making hand gestures.

    The victim heard two loud pops somewhere between Pojoaque High School and the Rio Grande River. He said he was pretty sure the pops were gunshots, but he could not be sure. He then sped up and left the area.

    The victim was struck in the back of the head and sustained injuries. A bullet fragment was lodged in his skull, according to police reports.

  • No Labels N.M. to hold lecture March 12


    No Labels New Mexico State Director Francisco Figureoa will examine a bipartisan path to fixing America’s most pressing problems with a presentation titled “Stop Fighting! Start Fixing!” at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St., in Los Alamos. 


    No Labels believes the state needs elected officials who combine ideological independence and common sense with a willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done. 

    The talk will delve into the historic political landscape that has brought America where it is today; touch upon the value of consensus and compromise; provide an overview on the No Labels organization; and a look into a growing interest in more centrist politics.

    For information, contact Cristina Olds at wmwlosalamos@gmail.com, or call 944-6525.

  • Santa Fe watershed prescribed burn planned for Monday


    Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed.  Possibly starting Monday.  

    The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular area.

    Historically, low- to moderate-intensity wildfires burned through southwestern dry conifer forests like the SFNF every seven to 15 years on average as part of a natural cycle that removed leaf litter, eradicated disease and thinned the understory, making room for new growth. 

  • LA Rotary Club accepts local funding requests


    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is looking to fund, up to $500 each, service projects in Los Alamos and around northern New Mexico. 

    This is following a successful round last fall, during which four grants were appropriated for $500 each. 

    Applications for the spring round will be accepted now through March 31. The application form can be found on the Rotary Club’s website at rotarylosalamos.com/grant-application.

    All projects will be considered, but particular attention will be given to projects that fall into one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, including maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, peace and conflict resolution/prevention, disease prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation. 

    Besides funding, organizations will also be able to specify whether there are opportunities for members of the Rotary Club to volunteer their time to assist with the project or initiative.