Today's News

  • Trek through Wyoming mountain to be discussed with Mountaineers

    The public is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ October meeting to hear a first-hand account of the club’s first organized trek to the Grand Teton in Wyoming in more than a decade.
    Speaker Michael Altherr will describe the trip preparations and results at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to the featured talk, the meeting will include refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.
    The Grand Teton, the highest mountain in Grand Teton National Park, is a challenging and technical climb not to be undertaken lightly. Pioneer American climber Paul Petzoldt, while preparing to climb the peak in 1924 (others had reached the summit before), heard the Jackson Hole locals express their incredulity of the attempt by stating, “By god, I ain’t lost nothing up there, so why would you want to climb it?”

  • Assets In Action: Reach out and talk for anti-bullying month

    The month of October is Bullying Prevention Month and many groups are hoping to raise awareness to keep bullies at bay.
    The number one thing to do if you are being bullied, or know someone being bullied is to tell someone… anyone.
    If you are a student that know something isn’t right, find any adult you like and talk about it. Ask someone for help, for yourself or a friend and stand up for doing what is right.
    Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School have tip lines that you can call or email, to make a report. You don’t have to leave a name or a number, just some details.
    If you don’t know the name of the people involved, give a time, a date, a location or some kind of descriptive information about what took place.
    The most interesting thing I hear from time to time, is that someone may be dealing with a bully, but no one reports it. There’s absolutely no reason not to tell, but every reason for wanting to make things better.
    There are so many people that care, so many people trying to make a difference in the lives of children and help for both the bully and the victim.

  • Lunacy governs late campaign attack ads

    They are routinely dishonest, ugly to the eye and offensive to the ear. If that were not enough, they cynically contrive to insult the intelligence of the voters they are designed to seduce.
    Yet, with few exceptions, political strategists skilled at manipulating voter opinion insist that negative campaign television ads work to the advantage of the candidate or party who commission and/or pay for them.
    Simply put, candidates who are subjected to an endless barrage of negative (aka “attack”) TV ads will almost certainly pay a price on Election Day. They may not automatically lose, but at a minimum they will likely see their share of the vote diminished.
    It shames us all that some voters can be so gullible, and it degrades the democracy we profess to cherish.
    This year in New Mexico something akin to lunacy must surely be a governing principle underlying many of the negative ads being leveled against some candidates.
    One of the most unhinged has to be a disingenuous, off-the-wall negative spot brought to New Mexicans’ TV screens by Aubrey Dunn Jr., the Republican candidate for state land commissioner, attacking Democratic incumbent Commissioner Ray Powell Jr.

  • Briefs 10-14-14

    Power outage affects Western area

    A small power outage occurred Sunday evening along 47th St. in the Western Area. High winds caused a nearby tree to come into contact with cable TV lines and electric lines resulting in the failure, reported officials from the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. At 5 p.m. Sunday, about eight residents along 47th St. were without power and had their power restored by 10:50 p.m. following the replacement of the affected overhead electric lines.

    LAFD announces promotions

    The Los Alamos Police Department announced the following promotions Monday: Jennie Martinez from detention officer I to detention officer II, Jude Binion from detention officer I to detention officer II, Joshua Cordova from detention officer I to detention officer II, Erika Bustos from detention officer II to detention supervisor, James Keane from officer to corporal, Ben Irving from officer to corporal, Adele Girmendonk from officer to corporal and Jordan Redmond from corporal to sergeant.

    UNM-LA, JJAB announce parenting class

  • Update 10-14-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.

    Game Night

    5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  

  • Four Corners methane hotspot points to coal-related sources

    A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the U.S. Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.
    “A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA. Our analysis demonstrates that current EPA inventories are missing huge methane sources in the region,” said Manvendra Dubey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project. “We attribute this hot spot to fugitive leaks from coal-bed methane that actually preceded recent concerns about potential emissions from fracking,” Dubey said.
    A team of LANL, NASA and University of Michigan scientists reported these results in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Methane is very efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere and, like carbon dioxide, it contributes to global warming.
    The hot spot, near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, covers about 2,500 square miles (6,500 square kilometers), or half the size of Connecticut.

  • Renovated Aspen almost ready

    If all goes to plan, students will be moved and settled in at the new Aspen Elementary School on Nov. 12.
    According to site project coordinator David Wharram, the school is about ready for occupancy.
    At a recent school board meeting, Wharram noted that already, carpet is being laid in key areas of the school, including the administration area.
    “Carpet is a good sign on a construction site. When the carpet goes in, that’s a sign that there will be no more dirty work going on in that area,” he said at a recent meeting to the board.
    Currently, the students are attending school in a campus of portable buildings next to where the school is being rebuilt on 33rd Street. Move-in day for the teachers and staff will take place over a three day period at the beginning of November, with the moving period beginning Nov. 6. and continuing through Monday. Doors will officially open Nov. 12. (Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11).
    School principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom is in the process of arranging daycare for parents who need it through the Los Alamos YMCA for Nov. 6, 7 and 10 when the move is taking place.

  • Mountain School begins anti-bullying campaign

    Rachel Barber’s sixth grade Language Arts Class hold up high their anti-bullying posters they made themselves as well as the posters of their classmates Friday at the start of their month-long anti-bullying campaign. For all of October, the school has many activities planned, including signing pledges to take a stand against bullying and “Mix It Up At Lunch Day,” where students will be sitting with different peers at lunch and ask “getting to know you” type questions.

  • Solar home units raise issues

    Second in a two-part series.

  • Girls cling to 2-1 win at Capital

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team didn’t have as easy a time handling the Capital Jaguars the second time around as it did the first.
    Los Alamos had a battle on its hands Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field. In what is a very rare occurrence, Los Alamos had to come back from being down in a district game, giving up an early goal to the Jaguars.
    The Hilltoppers would come back to tie the score shortly afterward in the first half, then score again in the second half to escape with a 2-1 victory over the Jaguars.
    It was a surprisingly close outcome for Los Alamos (11-6 overall, 4-0 in 2-4A), which rolled to a 10-0 victory over Capital (6-9-1) in their first meeting Sept. 23 at Sullivan Field.
    “This was probably our worst performance in seven or eight games,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We certainly didn’t play our ‘A’ game, but we understand we need to do better next time.”
    Herrera said he didn’t know if his team looked past Saturday’s game, but even though it netted just one goal in the second half, he said his team’s performance was considerably better in the final 40 minutes than the first 40 minutes.