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Today's News

  • Bird count at Chaco Canyon

    Chaco Culture National Historical Park will conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center lobby. Members of the public are encouraged to join park staff for a day of birding.
    This event provides valuable information on local bird populations, and is a great way for volunteers to experience more remote areas of the park.
    Experienced birders from the Four Corners Bird Club of Farmington will be assisting with bird identification. Participants need not be experts, but must be prepared to hike several hours off trail across semi-rugged terrain.
    Plan to bring a field lunch and snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera, field guidebook, and binoculars are also suggested.
    Participants must arrive at the Visitor Center by 9 a.m. to join in the bird count. To sign up contact Jessica Guenther, Jessica_guenther@partner.nps.gov or 505-786-7014, ext. 242.
    Winter is a great time to visit the park and wander through the Chacoan structures. Wildlife is much easier to view this time of year. The park will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, however the campground will remain open.

  • Christmas Tubas

    Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums. The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then.
    The choir is made up of a core of adult musicians from other groups in Los Alamos (Big Band, Symphony, etc.) and is augmented by high school students. They play an mix of arrangements specifically created for a tuba choir. The concert will be 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge. Admission is free and is sponsored by The Los Alamos Arts Council.
    Top from left, Larry Bronisz, Dave Korzekwa, Ryan Finn, Sally Grindstaff, Jenny Lee, Jerry Morzinski and Deniece Korzekwa.

  • A moment to shine

    Savanna Strother may only be 7 years old, but she dreams big. The first grader at Mountain Elementary says wants to be a rock star when she grows up and she may already be on her way to success.
    During the Chamisa Carnival in October, Strother’s stepmother Nicole put in a bid to the silent auction where one of the prizes was “Be a Pop Star For a Day.” Savanna’s name was chosen and she showcased her talent during a lunch time performance Nov. 14 in the Mountain Elementary School cafeteria. Her and three friends sang “Let It Go,” from the movie “Frozen.” Sophie Saenz, Sydney Buck and Brooke Smit joined Strother in song. “Everyone knew how to sing that song,” Strother said.
    “We thought she might get scared and freeze up,” Strother’s grandmother Celia Browne said. “But no, she sang loud and clear. We were very proud. We could even hear her more than the other girls.”
    In addition to the performance, the Pop Star For a Day prize gave Strother a chance to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read the day’s announcements.
    After the performance, Strother was escorted to a “pop star” throne, decorated bright with sequins and glitter and received the entire pop princess experience — sporting rock star sunglasses.

  • Grand opening at Ponderosa Pines apartments

    All at the Ponderosa Pines apartment complex had good times yesterday as the team at Plateau Property Management celebrates its acquisition of its new apartment complex at 3000 Trinity Dr., as well as its other complex on Gold Street, which will be called “The Cottonwoods.” The celebration consisted of a live band, hors d’oevres, sign unveilings and tours of the newly-renovated apartments.
    From left, Jeanne Bridge, office manager; Hope Jamarillo, office assistant, Bruce Norman, owner, Mike Lippiatt, property manager; Michael McNiel, construction and maintenance and Julie Smith, property specialist.

  • State Briefs 12-18-14

    Mom driving van of kids
    pleads not guilty in chase

    ALBUQURQUE (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.
    KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court had dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn’t have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.
    The officer shot at Farrell’s van carrying her five children after she twice sped off and was stopped by another officer for speeding. Dashboard video of the shooting gained national attention, and the officer was later fired.
    Defense attorney Alan Maestas has said the charges aren’t justified.

    New Mexico official:
    Flu season could be difficult

  • Update 12-18-14

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. today. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    Skate With Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon at the county’s ice rink. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Swearing In

    The public is invited to the official swearing-in ceremony for incoming officials. That ceremony will take place Friday in council chambers. It will begin at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

  • Los Alamos names new laboratory Fellows for 2014

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expanded by five this week as a new group of high achievers was named.
    The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.
    “The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,” said laboratory director Charlie McMillan. “I applaud each of them for being recognized by their peers for considerable high-level achievements and congratulate them for this very distinguished and honorable career milestone.”
    The committee ranked this year’s nominations on several factors, including sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to LANL, fundamental or important discoveries that have led to widespread use, having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

  • Council approves Canyon Rim Trail Alternative 3

    In additional business Tuesday night, Los Alamos County Council approved the Canyon Rim Trail Alignment Alternative 3. The vote allows staff to move forward on an extension connecting the existing trail to a new section constructed by Smith’s Marketplace.
    The approved alternative will cross DP Canyon near Fire Station No. 6, avoiding residential neighborhoods, which the other two options would have impacted. It also has the lowest cost, with an estimated preliminary cost of $1,745,000.
    The county received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant for $75,000 to design the trail extension, and has been awarded an additional $212,000 for construction. Construction of the trail will commence in 2015.
    Council unanimously approved a change to the county code that will allow the hospital to build a heliport and permit pet training or breeding kennels in zones that allow veterinary services. Both changes are restricted to certain zones and require a special use permit.
    Rob and Kathy Hipwood were given a proclamation honoring their girls’ cross country National Coaches of the Year award and declaring Dec. 17 as “Rob & Kathy Hipwood Day.”
    Outgoing Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Frances Berting were recognized for their years of service on council. Their terms end Dec. 31.

  • YMCA hosts junior wrestling

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its junior wrestling program starting Jan. 5.
    The program is for boys and girls in grades 1-6, although those in grade 7 and 8 with no previous wrestling experience are also welcomed.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. For information, call 662-3100.
     

  • Ski Report 12-18-14

    Angel Fire
    23-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    9-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 12 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    No base report. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu
    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 20 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    25 inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    42-inch base. 8 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Taos
    46-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 8 lifts open.

    Chama XC
    18-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest XC

    12-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Saturday.