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Today's News

  • Bebop with Greg Abate at Ashley Pond

        Greg Abate, considered one of the top saxophonists in the world, will play bebop jazz at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in the mid 70s, he started his own ensemble called “Channel One,” but soon quit to play lead alto sax for the Ray Charles Orchestra.
    He stayed on with the orchestra for a couple of years then went back to his own band and sound, and then joined the Artie Shaw Orchestra, where he played tenor sax.
    However, he ran into problems with both bands because he was unable to improvise. The bands were too structured and Abate considered himself a very cool jazz musician.

  • Get up close and meet the PEEC critters

    What is a turtle’s favorite food? Does a snake feel smooth or rough? What does a scorpion look like under ultraviolet light? Join animal care expert Jennifer Macke from 10-11 a.m. June 24 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center for an informative class about the live animals on exhibit. Macke will discuss what each animal eats and share some facts about each one. The program will answer many questions about local reptiles and amphibians.
    Kids of all ages will get to touch and feed some of the animals. They will dig worms from PEEC’s worm farm, to feed Elf the turtle. They will compare how an animal’s skin is different, depending on whether it lives in water or on land.

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner

    Key Club President William Sky Korber, was awarded a Kiwanis scholarship. He will attend the Univserity of California at Berkeley and study pre-med.  His parents are Bette Korber and James Theiler. Pictured from left to right, Kiwanis President Fran Berting, Key Club Mentor Don Casperson, Bette Korber, William Sky Korber, James Theiler and Key Club Mentor Morrie Pongratz.

  • Update 06-16-11

    Democrat meeting
    From 7-8:30 p.m. today  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Room. 3.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The venue is yet to be determined.

    WR Family Film Series
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “The North Avenue Irregulars,” at 7 p.m. today in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    Girls circle canceled

  • Smart House site plan scores approval--see attachment

    A project designed to forever change the way power is managed around the world cleared a major hurdle Wednesday evening. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site plan on which to construct a “Smart House” at 1925 Trinity Drive, behind the county’s public works modular buildings.

    Planning and Zoning Commission approval was needed to ensure the project met the criteria for site plan approval, said Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger.

    “This demonstration project went through a well structured and rigorous approval process and we’re excited to get underway,” Brugger said.

  • Wedding reception grows into Rave near Camp May

    A couple requested and was granted a permit to hold their wedding at Camp May last Saturday. The wedding took place. The twist in the story is the fact that the couple decided to spread the word to about a thousand of their Facebook friends in an effort to raise money for a honeymoon.

    About 300 people showed up and paid a fee to enter the event Saturday.

    Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said police conducted additional patrols in the Camp May area near the ski hill Saturday night.

    “We did not receive any calls for service and we did not make any arrests at the event,” Purtymun said.

  • Feds arrest local man for making death threats

    The FBI, New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to arrest a man suspected of sending threatening e-mails to U.S. District Judge John Conway. The e-mails included death threats, according to the FBI.

    The law enforcement officers arrested Brian Stacy, 30, at his place of employment at a local retail store.
    Stacy was transported to Albuquerque where he appeared in U.S. District Court this morning.

    “The agencies notified us of the joint operation that they would be conducting and let us know that they had sufficient resources to arrest Mr. Stacy,” Los Alamos Police Lt. Preston Ballew said during an interview this morning.

  • DPU Needs Sewer Rate Hike To Get Flush

    Escalating maintenance and debt service costs are propelling the push for a 10 percent sewer service rate hike by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.

    Aside from board applicants David Powell and Steve Tenbrink, no members of the public attended the Board of Public Utility’s hearing concerning the sewage service rate schedule Wednesday.

    Staff was disappointed in the turnout, since board meetings are where the public can have the greatest impact.

    “The issues are addressed with the greatest expertise and depth at board meetings, and the restructuring of rates is done at utility board level,” said DPU spokesperson

  • CMRR faces possible budget cut

    The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to cut $100 million in FY 12 funding for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The committee recommended allocating $200 million for the project, 33 percent below the budget request.

    It’s nowhere near a done deal.

    The Energy and Water appropriation bill must now be passed by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.

    In his report, subcommittee chairman Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ) said the National Nuclear Security Administration has a lot of work to do.

  • Kayaking: Calm waters

    Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center was inundated with kayaks Tuesday evening. Kayakers paddle the pool waters every week through August starting at 7:45 p.m.

    Price for participation is $5. For more information, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.