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Today's News

  • ‘Longmire’ filming in Los Alamos Monday

    “Longmire” will be filming in Los Alamos Monday morning.

    Residents and commuters will see the familiar gold and black directional signs with the letters “LM” leading from Santa Fe up the hill through Los Alamos leading film crews and talent to locations for the filming.

    The crews will be filming a scene at a private home in a Barranca Mesa neighborhood and another outside the gates at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

    All activities are being coordinated with Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Traffic divisions. Film crews are expected to wrap at about 5 p.m. and leave the area.

    Look for Los Alamos locations in episode 2 of the final season 5 of “Longmire.”
     

  • New fishing season underway

    SANTA FE – A new fishing season began April 1 in New Mexico and anglers are reminded to buy a new license before venturing out to their favorite waters.
    The fishing license-year runs April 1 to March 31. Anglers can buy a new license online, over the phone or from a vendor.
    Starting this year, resident military veterans or active-duty members receive a 50 percent discount off their fishing license and stamps. New Mexico residents who are 100 percent disabled as a result of having served in the armed services will remain eligible for a free fishing license.
    Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents.
    Most anglers also are required to purchase a $4 Habitat Management and Access Validation Stamp.
    Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands also will need a $5 federal Habitat Stamp.
    Children younger than age 12 do not need a license to fish, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license.
    Please consult the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet at wildlife.state.nm.us for more information. Printed versions are available from vendors or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area offices.

  • New Mexico senator seeks opinion on student testing

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

    Democrat Howie Morales of Silver City says parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children and that includes whether they take assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Morales sent a letter to Balderas on Thursday, asking for a formal opinion.

    Balderas' office confirmed it is reviewing the request.

    Testing will begin for some students next week, while others will start taking the exams later in the month.

    Morales said there's confusion because some school districts are telling parents they don't have a right for their children to opt out.

    Officials with the state Public Education Department said state and federal law is clear that all students without a medical exemption must participate in the annual statewide assessment.

  • First ladies, both real and imagined

    I come from a long line of Republican matrons. These were ladies whose courtesy toward those with political differences at odds with their own was nonetheless genuine and sincere.
    Mind you now, neighbors were courteous to one another, irrespective of partisan differences.
    Still, they were born and bred to hold their tongues, keep the peace when in the company of persons with political opinions significantly different from their own.
    One of my grandmothers even learned to tolerate the brash young Democrat her pretty daughter, Elizabeth, brought home during spring break from college and who shortly joined the family as her new son-in-law.
    They may have exchanged diverse views on social and political matters, but they were muted and circumspect, never confrontational. The president, “Ike,” was always spoken of admiringly and with respect for his courage and wartime heroism.
    Mrs. Eisenhower, the first lady, was routinely admired for the fussy little hats with which she adorned herself. Otherwise, she was simply Mrs. Eisenhower, the “first lady” who as far as my parents were concerned was known to be a “smoker.”
    As a child that was a shocker.

  • On the Docket 4-1-16

    March 23
    Claire J. Archuleta  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Betty Spinelli was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding in a school zone six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Anita Boshier  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Abby M. Smalz  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Joshua Carmichael paid a $50 fine for improper stopping, standing or parking.   

    March 24
    Steven A. Montano  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • DiRosa leaves UNM-LA board

    The University of New Mexico, Los Alamos Advisory board is looking for a new member, and those interested are urged to send in a letter stating their interest to UNM-LA Administrator Kateri Morris at katerim@unm.edu.
    All letters must be in by the end of the workday today. Those interested in serving are also urged to attend Monday’s meeting of the advisory board. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
    The other board members, which include Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter and members Micheline De Vaurs, Michelle Hall and David Sutton, plan to choose a replacement for Michael DiRosa at meeting Monday, following a discussion and presentations from the candidates.
    DiRosa won the Position 4 seat in the election of 2015, which took place in February of that year.
    He said that it was his commitment to the school and the community surrounding the school that made him want to run for the position in 2015.
    “It was a dedication to higher education as well as seeing our own contribution to it here in Los Alamos flourish,” he said.
    He added that what he liked most about being a member was that he got to champion and shape UNM-LA’s role in the community.

  • Museum opens classroom to public

    The Los Alamos Historical Society has opened its new museum classroom to the public. The new learning space allows LAHS to bring more programs and events about the history of Los Alamos to children, teens and adults.
    “For a while we’ve wanted to expand the educational outreach programs the historical society can do, both for local groups and for groups that are visiting Los Alamos,” Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter said.
    Los Alamos County is allowing LAHS to utilize a space on the second floor of Fuller Lodge, where the society’s archives were formerly housed. Those are now in a climate-controlled environment at the municipal building.
    The classroom – which seats 24 – was furnished with help from Los Alamos County Library, the Emily L. Bradley Memorial Fund and LAHS’ capital campaign. The adult-sized desks are reconfigurable to arrangements such as activity pods or lecture space for flexible programming.
     “So it’s really flexible for the type of activities that we can do in there,” Slaughter said.

  • Sheriff’s Posse Lodge back in business

    Starting this weekend, the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will be back in business with its famous Cowboy Breakfasts. The lodge was out of commission for a few months, as it had to upgrade its kitchen.
    The upgrades were necessary as two years, ago, the New Mexico Health Department informed the Posse that if the group was planning to continue using its kitchen for the Cowboy Breakfasts, it would need to upgrade the equipment to commercial standards in order to better reflect the Lodge’s role as frequent provider of cooked and prepared food to the community.
    The posse complied, but is now appealing to the public to help cover the cost of the equipment and upgrades.
    A few months ago, the group set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to raise $5,000. The public can log onto lasheriffsposse.com and click on the “news” category, and then click on the link to the “Kitchen Upgrade” item. Those interested in donating can also log onto Facebook, and type in “Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse” into Facebook’s search function. When there, look for the news item on the page.

  • Library receives high marks

    The results of the Los Alamos County Library’s fiscal year 2015 Community Perception Survey were once again impressive.
    Of those surveyed, 87 percent had used the library within the last 12 months, 97 percent of those who use the library rated services as good or excellent and 98 percent rated availability of materials as good or excellent.
    This year, the library is projected to check out more than 380,000 items, have approximately 340,000 visitors, support about 27,000 computer uses and provide wireless access to many additional patrons, answer more than 25,000 reference questions and have more than 21,000 citizens attend programs.
    Library Board Chair Michelle Griffin presented the results of the survey as part of her annual report to the Los Alamos County Council at its March 15 work session. Council Chair Rick Reiss asked how library usage and satisfaction compared with other cities.
    “In general, when you run those statistics, we tend to be roughly double or triple the national average. We also, in terms of door count this year, will match – possibly exceed – our all time record on both those fronts,” Library Manager Steven Thomas said.

  • Bradbury named new UNM women’s basketball coach

    Mike Bradbury, previously the head coach at Wright State University for the past six seasons, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach by Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. The hire is pending final HR approval, and Bradbury was introduced at a press conference Thursday at WisePies Arena in the U.S. Bank Club Level.
    Bradbury brings with him to Albuquerque nine successful years as a Division I head coach, the past six with Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. With the Raiders, Bradbury led his squad to five 20-win seasons, including each of the last three seasons. In the last three seasons, Wright State has amassed a 75-28 record, the best amongst the 13 Division I programs in the state of Ohio.
    “I am excited to have Mike Bradbury lead our women’s basketball program,” said Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs. “We looked at a lot of candidates, and Mike rose to the top with his past successes, both as a head coach at Wright State and Morehead State and as an assistant. Mike has a great reputation as a recruiter, as a coach and as an educator, and I’m proud to welcome him, his wife Christy and his two children Alex and Sena Nicole to the Lobo family.”