Today's News

  • Manhattan Project vets die

    A pair of World War II veterans with ties to Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project died recently.
    The Atomic Heritage Foundation reported in a recent media update that Walter Goodman and Kenneth Pumphrey died in the past few weeks. Goodman passed away on Aug. 22 at the age of 92 and Pumphrey on July 20 at the age of 87.
    According to biographical information from the foundation, Goodman joined the Special Engineer Detachment at Los Alamos in 1943. He worked as an electrical engineer on the implosion bomb with Manhattan Project scientists Luis Alvarez and Harold Agnew.
    In July 1945, after witnessing the Trinity test, he traveled to Tinian to help prepare the Fat Man bomb.
    On Aug. 9, 1945, he witnessed the bombing of Nagsaki from The Great Artiste.
    Goodman, who had a video camera with him, took motion pictures of the mushroom cloud above Nagasaki. The photo at the top of the newsletter shows Goodman, Alvarez, Agnew, Bernard Waldman and an unknown man in front of a shrine on Tinian.
    Pumphrey joined the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1946.
    Pumphrey, according to the foundation, worked as a security guard until 1948, guarding various site facilities and checking ID badges, which were required to enter certain restricted areas and buildings.

  • Romero to run for Luján’s seat

    There will be at least one challenger for the 3rd congressional district seat in the 2016 general election.
    Mike Romero, who lives in Taos County, was scheduled to announce his candidacy for the 3rd congressional district chair today. An official announcement was planned by Romero’s organizers on the steps of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.
    According to Romero’s online biography, he is a fifth generation native New Mexican who has served in both the United States Air Force and the state’s Air National Guard, as well as being a police officer in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and a sheriff’s deputy in Taos County.
    Romero will vie for the Republican nomination for the seat. His road, however, might be a tough one.
    Since the 3rd district, which includes Los Alamos County, was formed in the early 1980s, three of the four seat-holders have been Democrats, starting with Bill Richardson, who was elected in 1982. Richardson was eventually elected as the state’s governor.
    The only GOP candidate to beat the odds was Los Alamos’ Bill Redmond, who was elected finished out the term of Richardson in 1997-1999 after Richardson was named the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by then-president Bill Clinton.
    Redmond lost the seat to Tom Udall in 2000.

  • Local Briefs 9-4-15

    Soccer players pitch in on project

    Players from the Los Alamos High School girls soccer program pitched into paint the over 700 linear feet of handrails at Pajarito Complex, a rental property owned by Los Alamos Public Schools and leased to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The team was interested in a community service project, according to a release from LAPS.
    More than 35 players took part on the paint job, which took less than two hours to complete.
    “We have a phenomenal group of girls this year, they work together as a team both on and off the field,” said coach Gary Ahlers.

    Credit union among top 200 in U.S.

    Del Norte Credit Union, which operates a branch in Los Alamos and is in the process of constructing a new facility in White Rock was recently named to the 2015 edition of the “Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America,” that according to DepositAccounts.
    Del Norte received solid ratings in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas ratio, deposit growth and capitalization.
    The credit union received a ranking of 192 among the top 200. It was the third highest rated credit union in New Mexico and only one of four to make DepositAccounts’ list.

    Visitors center to host artists’ market

  • Today in history Sept. 4
  • Community Calendar 9-4-15

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Final show of the season. DK & the Affordables with Eddy & the Nomads. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Local Arms Control Group Considers Support of Iran Policy. The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union. The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read at lacacis.org/policy.html. The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m. at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road. The public is invited, but only dues-paying LACACIS members may vote on the position.

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • UNM-LA offers two new classes in creative writing, digital photography

    Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The class will meet Fridays from 9–11:45 a.m., Sept. 11–Dec. 4.
    Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction.
    This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style.
    You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir, writing a Malayan pantoum in poetry, or a sudden fiction based on a real childhood memory,” she said.
    Logghe’s classes are known for being so lively students enroll again and again.
    “The Singing Bowl” (University of New Mexico Press) and “Love & Death: Greatest Hits” (Tres Chicas Books) are Logghe’s two recent books, the later with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio and winner of a New Mexico Book Award.
    Logghe has won a National Endowment for the Arts, years of support from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, has three children and three grandkids, and for 12 years has been poet-in-residence at Santa Fe Girls’ School.

  • Assets in Action: Creating healthy youth, community

    Happy Assets Month to you and yours. I thought that this column might spend some time talking about the core of the Assets philosophy in creating a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.
    The thing you hear me prattling on and on about is relationships. I find it ironic when someone comes up with something new they want to do, the essence of the work is essentially Assets and relationship building.
    I think many troubles would be solved if we truly took some time to stop and think about the relationship, not just the academics, not just the sport, not just what everyone is doing or not doing or how someone else could do it better.
    The media it seems is a buzz with so many ugly stories that often it just gets too frustrating to watch.
    Guess what I know for sure?
    There are good cops and bad cops, there are good black people and bad black people, there are good Christians and bad Christians and there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.
    As a matter of fact you can choose a slew of words to insert before “good” and “bad” and the sentence still works, try it. Whites, teachers, doctors, students, gun owners, there are good and bad examples of all kinds of people.

  • Panel of residents discuss WWII experiences

    A panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways will have a discussion starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion. Each individual will discuss what they witnessed 70 years ago.
    The panel is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series, “70 Years Since WWII.”
    Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
    Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.
    As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan.
    Joe’s brother Ivan (Chick) Bergstein entered Europe through Normandy in December 1944 and was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.
    Moderator Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She is the founder and director of Recursos de Santa Fe, dedicated to the exploration of the cultures and environments of the Southwest.
    Bergstein was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the 12th of 14 kids. He enlisted in the Army Signal Corp in February, 1941, went to the Philippine Islands in July, and was captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942.

  • Church listings 9-4-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Pope: Priests can absolve ‘sin of abortion’

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.”
    In a letter published Tuesday by the Holy See, Francis said he was allowing all rank-and-file priests to grant absolution during the Holy Year of Mercy he has proclaimed, which runs Dec. 8 until Nov. 20, 2016.
    The Roman Catholic Church views abortion as such a grave sin that it put the matter of granting forgiveness for an abortion in the hands of a bishop, who could either hear the woman’s confession himself or delegate that to a priest who is expert in such situations.
    Now, Francis is making it possible for women to bypass this formalized process in the approaching special Year of Mercy while putting the stress on “contrite” hearts.
    In a statement after the pope’s letter, the Vatican made clear that “forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects. The newness is clearly Pope Francis’ pastoral approach.”