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Today's News

  • Hidden history: Prehistoric pueblo life in White Rock

    Overlook Park is a popular place for a host of recreational activities in White Rock. The ball fields are alive with the sounds of people playing sports and flying kites and hiking trails boast amazing views of the mountains that encompass the area.
    One of those trails lies just west of the park on a mesa overlooking the ball fields. This trail is heavily traveled but few hikers notice the many historic artifacts scattered at their feet and the pueblo caves and rock carvings along the way.   
    Following the trail west toward the mesa, one might begin to notice numerous caves carved out of the soft volcanic tuft. Upon first inspection, these caves might be mistaken for the modern inventions of children playing in the rocks.

  • Be There 07-21-11

    Today
    Leslie Esquibel will present an “Introduction to Fertilty Care” at 6:15 p.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Join us for a one-hour introduction to the fertility system. Childcare can be provided, if arranged in advance.  For more information, send email to leslie.esquibel@comcast.net or call 661-2352. Drop-ins are welcome.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms to discuss upcoming events. All supporters are encouraged to attend.

    Friday

  • 'Rokenrol' with the Red Elvises Friday night

    The Red Elvises return to Los Alamos for a show at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. If you’ve never seen this band, here’s a chance to catch a group of showmen.
    Lead singer Igor usually wears  pink floral outfits, while the rest of the band wears leopard print outfits. The clothing gives a bit of insight to the band. Just like they’re non-traditional duds, the Red Elvises are not your typical rock band. They are a fusion of rock, Siberian surf, reggae, doo-wop, Russian folk-rock, Russian rokenrol, tango and Klezmer.
    “Besides being excellent musicians, this band of mostly Russian émigrés are tremendous entertainers and a whole lotta rockin’ fun,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon.

  • Another chance to attend the prom

    If you missed your senior prom, don’t worry, there’s still a chance to don your prom duds. On Friday, you can go to the prom with all of the fun, none of the stress and almost none of the cost.
    The Friends of the Senior Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will hold an intergenerational, community prom from 6-8 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    “Seniors often tell me that these events remind them of happy times in years past. It helps us all to connect with each other,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, the Director of Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    Admission is $1 and the donation of one food or other non-perishable item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

  • Brown awarded scholarship

    Ariana Brown was awarded a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club. From left, Art Brown, Dawn Brown, Ariana Brown and Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting. Brown was active in many groups including Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Mexico Mission. She will attend Northern Arizona University and study children’s advocacy.

     

  • Judge says he will be cleared of rape charge

    ALBUQUERQUE— The woman who accused Albuquerque’s top criminal judge of rape did not report the assault and might have been trying to extort the judge by videotaping one of their encounters, authorities said.
    Meantime, the state Judicial Standards Commission on Wednesday sought to suspend state District Judge Pat Murdoch, 57, without pay pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution and its own disciplinary investigation. A hearing is scheduled next Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.
    The lawyer representing Murdoch said he is confident the judge will be vindicated. Murdoch was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

  • LANL's Pet Supply Drive underway

     When the Los Alamos National Laboratory reopened after the Las Conchas Fire earlier this month, director Charlie McMillan wanted to set up a social media approach for a volunteer program that would get the word about fire recovery.
    A Facebook page called “LANL Vecinos Volunteers Las Conchas Fire Recovery” was set up.
    One of the ideas born out of the Facebook page was a pet supply drive, to help the Santa Fe and Espanola shelter replenish after taking care of scores of pets that were displaced by the fire.
    “Shelters went above and beyond and it cost them a lot of money,” said Debbi Wersonick, a community giving specialist at LANL. “People wanted to know how they could help.

  • Update 07-21-11

    CIP oversight

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms to discuss upcoming events. 

    Dances of India

  • DPU opposes proposed Charter changes

    It was difficult to reconcile the group of serious men at the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting with the imaginary board some members of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) envision when they pose worst-case scenarios to justify significant changes to the Charter. Those proposed changes were the main topic of discussion on Wednesday.
    The changes would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s oversight consists of an up or down vote on board recommendations.

  • Flash flood watch, fire update issued

    A flash flood watch has been issued for areas impacted by the Los Conchas Fire until 10 tonight.
    The National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning Wednesday, said thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and tonight and they have the potential to produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall rates from one-half inch to an inch are possible from stronger storms.
    The NWS said flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat with high rainfall rates on recent burn scars.
    Workers at Bandelier National Monument and Santa Clara Pueblo have prepared for a potential flood by placing sandbags in certain areas.
    Close to a month after it began, meanwhile, crews issued the final Las Conchas update this morning.