Today's News

  • 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.

  • Topes Notes 07-17-12

    Isotopes rally to win

  • Olympics officials: All is OK

    LONDON (AP) — Apart from a wrong turn by a bus driver, a snarky tweet by a U.S. athlete, a few waterlogged venues and a scramble to find enough security guards, everything is fine at the London Olympics less than two weeks before opening ceremony, organizers insist.
    Still, they had to scramble Tuesday to put the best face on an unfolding security debacle — as well as other concerns — afflicting the games, which start in 10 days.
    “Let’s put this in proportion,” games chairman Sebastian Coe told reporters. “This has not, nor will it, impact on the safety and security of these games, that of course is our No. 1 priority.”

  • Results from first two Splash 'n' Dash events

    With half the Splash ‘n’ Dash schedule over, it appears local athletes Clay Moseley and Gabe Katko are among those who are in pretty good shape.
    The Splash ‘n’ Dash is a bi-weekly event held during the summer months. The non-competitive races are geared for those trying to get in shape for the mid-August Los Alamos Triathlon and are hosted by the Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club.
    Both Moseley and Katko were the fastest finishers in the first Splash ‘n’ Dash June 25, then finished as runners-up in Wednesday’s event.
    The next event is scheduled for July 25. All the events are free but day-of registration is required and they are limited to 75 competitors.

  • Fed Chief Says U.S. Economy Has Lost Strength

    Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sour assessment of the U.S. economy Tuesday and said the Federal Reserve is ready to take further action if growth doesn't pick up.

  • At Least 17 Injured in Ala. Bar Shooting
  • Gov. Martinez set to tour flood damaged Santa Clara

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is set to visit Santa Clara Pueblo to get a firsthand look at flood damage and recovery efforts on the tribe's land.

    Martinez and state emergency management officials will meet with pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno on Tuesday afternoon.

    Dasheno has been pressing federal officials to release funding that will help the tribe repair roads, remove debris and build infrastructure to control runoff from the burn scar of last year's Las Conchas Fire.