Today's News

  • Enjoying a fiesta parade

    Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat running for the House District 43 seat, takes part in the Fiesta parade in Espanola this past weekend

  • HIV Study Could Lead to Vaccine

    Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are among the team recently funded to explore ways to create the precise immune factors needed for effective vaccines against HIV.
    The Duke University-led consortium will largely concentrate on inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infection, as well as on generating protective T-cell and innate immune system responses.
    “A vaccine-elicited broadly neutralizing antibody response has the potential to block HIV infection; T-cell responses will support that response, and are likely to be able to help control and contain the virus if it breaks through the neutralizing antibody response,” said Bette Korber, one of the LANL researchers.

  • Police Beat 07-17-12

    Police Beat Items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 5

    10:10 a.m. – Police turned in a stray cat to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. When the shelter identified the cat’s owner and made contact, the owner agreed to give the cat up and it was adopted by a new owner.

  • Update 07-17-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

  • Hunting bill stirs up Senate race

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An environmental group that is part of a coalition behind a $2 million dollar advertising blitz supporting U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate has joined sportsmen groups in pushing his legislation to improve access to millions of acres of public land.
    The measure introduced by Heinrich, D-N.M., calls for an inventory of all public parcels larger than a square mile where hunting, fishing and other recreation are allowed but where access is blocked. It also asks agencies to acquire easements and rights of way for improving access.

  • Coalition insists no lobbying efforts for CMRR project

    Rev. Holly Beaumont of Santa Fe stood up near the end of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday in Española and asked a question that seemed to be making the rounds in Northern New Mexico.

    Apparently, a rumor had been circulating that the coalition has been lobbying lawmakers to restore funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The Obama administration and the National Nuclear Security Administration had made the decision to defer the CMRR project for five years. But there are other house and senate committees that are trying to bring the project back to life.

    “So what’s the coalition’s position on CMRR?” she asked.

    Moderator David Abelson was quick to respond.

  • Trail Restoration Withstands Heavy Mountain Rainfall

    Trail restoration after the Las Conchas fire was put to the test last week, when NEXRAD (radar) recorded at least 1.5 inches of rainfall in the canyons east of Pajarito Mountain. Open Space Specialist Craig Martin measured 2.5 inches in a bucket in his truck, parked at the Pajarito Canyon trailhead.

    That rain–most of which fell within a 15-minute period–would put even the sturdiest terrain and trails to the test. On mountainsides scarred by last year’s devastating fire, the challenge becomes even more intense.

  • Rahn released from Montana jail

    Los Alamos resident Thomas Rahn was released from a Bozeman Mont., jail at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday after posting a $50,000 bail in New Mexico. According to Rhonda Goyem, the clerk for the judge that presided over his release, Rahn was freed in Montana on his own recognizance.

    Rahn was arrested in Montana July 6 after the Los Alamos Police issued a warrant for his arrest. Rahn was arrested on charges of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration on a child under 13. And two counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact with a child under 13.  He was reportedly on business for the Los Alamos National Laboratory when he was arrested.

  • When in doubt, keep riding

    Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers has been a hit on the speaker circuit with the Cowboy Code of Ethics.
    A few years ago, business schools at UNM and NMSU received grants from the Daniels Foundation to develop ethics programs. The challenge became how to convey ethical principles simply and effectively.
    Carruthers, dean of NMSU’s business school, took his inspiration from the book “Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West,” by James P. Owen, a former Wall Streeter grown weary of corporate scandals. The solution, Owens said, was not more laws and regulations but a return to basic values. From a lifelong interest in the West, Owen wrote Cowboy Ethics.

  • Requiem for a canyon

    Recently, we walked up what’s left of Valle Canyon.  In my memory, there are three Valle Canyons — the lovely one pre-Cerro Grande ever changing, ever beautiful, every diverse, the post Cerro Grande one, still intact at least in the lower part, and now the post Las Conchas one, which has lost its entire forest and most of the canyon bottom.
    It’s hard to describe the difference.  Although Cerro Grande left the cathedral-like trees and the riparian shrubs and plants, few trees are left now, and the canyon bottom has been almost totally rearranged by the flooding (as is Frijoles Canyon only worse).  It’s hot, no shade; it’s rocky or silty, no undisturbed soil; it’s quiet, few birds.