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Today's News

  • Hidden history: Sawyer's Road meets N.M. 4

    N.M. 4 is a picturesque journey through pine forests, high desert mesas and quaint mountain towns.  From the junction of Highway 501, N.M. 4 gently ascends the slopes above Water Canyon before winding gently into the Jemez Mountains. This highway travels effortlessly through the forests to many popular outdoor destinations and is even used as an alternative route to Albuquerque. However, this popular scenic byway began as a dusty wagon trail carved out of the rocks with picks by local settlers nearly 100 years ago.  

    Historical Origins  

  • Don't let courts redistrict

    State legislators assume they’ll be back at the  Roundhouse in a couple of months for a special session devoted to redistricting New Mexico’s three U.S. House seats, along with the five seats that comprise the Public Regulation Commission and, of course, the legislature itself.
    Their target date for this late-summer conclave is Sept. 12, after Labor Day when the tourist season has waned, and hotels, motels and other accommodations will be available during their Santa Fe sojourn.
    This will be Gov. Susana Martinez’s first special session, and it is she who will set the date for the legislature to convene.
    Nor has she indicated whether that mid-September date suits her fancy.

  • Blackened land and red ink

    Clearing out old magazines last week, I came across a National Geographic (May 2010) story summarizing simply and graphically how, exactly, the 230-square-mile blast zone around Mount St. Helens is recovering.
    If life can return on this most damaged of lands, it’s encouraging for us.
    Ecologists expected most growth to begin on the margins.
    Instead, it’s recovering from the inside out. Surviving pocket gophers pushed soil to the surface, where wind-blown seeds landed and took root; perennials poked through the ash, shrubs resprouted.
    Other burrowing creatures, like toads and mice, emerged. As new plants appeared, insects returned; elk hooves broke up the crust and mixed ash and soil. It will take 50 years for a forest to reappear.

  • Community announcements 07-14-11

    Basketball camp
    Coach Justin Black will run a basketball skills camp for grades 3-8 July 18 through July 21. The event will be held at Chamisa Elementary with a high school option available. The camp will run in the afternoons and varies depending upon age. Black has 13 years of basketball coaching experience ranging from junior high through high school levels. The cost is $45.
    For more information email Black at j.black@laschools.net or call 505-716-1149

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides important services to the community. One important activity is the HELP program, which  provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.  

  • Uncle Lucius brings Southern-style rock to LA

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, starring the Texas Southern rock band Uncle Lucius, moves to Los Alamos National Bank Friday.
    Their lead singer, Kevin Galloway left his banking job in East Texas in 2002, moved to Austin and two years later had one of Austin’s top rock bands.
    “What do you think, LANB staff, shall I book you some gigs? Steve Wells on lead guitar? Bill Enloe as a country singer? I can picture that,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon.
         Uncle Lucius took rock ‘n’ roll from it’s roots in R&B, blues and country and came up with a Southern outlaw, soulful rock band.

  • Opera Guild thanks heroes with music

    The Los Alamos Opera Guild will honor those who were instrumental in saving the Los Alamos community from the ravages of the Los Conchas fire.
    The Los Alamos County Council and members of the fire and police departments will be the special guests at the Guild’s open house from 3-6 p.m. Sunday.
    Two rising young singers from the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program, soprano Maria Lindsey and tenor Matthew Newlin, will perfora for the group at 4 p.m.
    Individuals that are interested in learning more about the Los Alamos Opera Guild and their activities that support The Santa Fe Opera, as well as music in the Los Alamos community are welcome to attend.  

  • Be There 07-14-11

    Today
    A poetry gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Talk on Climate Change by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free and open to the public.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a barbecue at 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Ann Wadstrom, 253 San Juan.  Members and potential new members are invited. Hamburgers and drinks will be supplied. Members, please bring a salad or dessert. Spouses, friends and family are welcome. For more information call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 or Wadstrom at 662-7578.

    Friday

  • Local merchant helps Los Alamos say 'thanks'

    What started as a family project to put a thank you banner into the window of a local business has morphed into a project to help the community at-large express their thanks for the work done by firemen and other emergency workers, and to all of the supporters and well-wishers throughout New Mexico.
    “My daughter Hannah and her friend Kris Kupchella worked on designing a banner for the window of our store,” said Don Taylor, owner of Don Taylor’s Photography on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. “When I saw what they had done, I liked it so much that I decided to take the initiative to share it with others.”

  • CRC discusses oversight issues

    The focus of Tuesday night’s Charter Review Committee (CRC) meeting was the balance between autonomy and oversight for the utility board and utilities manager.
    A proposed change to the charter would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager, including compensation or other contractual items, and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s only power is to have an up or down vote on board recommendations.
    Those opposed to the change fear it has the potential for political interference with the utilities board and department. Morrie Pongratz was the sole subcommittee member opposing the change. Pongratz reiterated points he had made in a written statement. These were:

  • Hotel Eklund volunteers pack cookies

    Volunteers at the Hotel Eklund in Clayton compiled 800 cookie packets last week for firefighters battling the Las Conchas Fire fighters. Christian Church of Los Alamos volunteers delivered the cookie packets and 450 other desserts to Hill Diner for distribution to the firefighters.
    Contributions from Clayton included baked goods from the Rabbit Ear Restaurant, Issac’s Hardware and the Kokopelli Best Western motel.
    Packaged cookies arrived from the Ranch Market and the Hotel Eklund kitchen staff provided 350 raspberry shortcakes.