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Today's News

  • Wildlife officers set up cougar traps in LA

    Officers with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department are setting up snares in Los Alamos to trap a cougar they say has killed two dogs and attacked another in the last month.

    They're asking residents to be aware of the traps, which they say pose little or no danger to people or pets.

    It's unusual for cougars to stray from their rugged canyon habitat into residential areas, but department spokesman Dan Williams five cougar sighting have occurred within a one-mile area near Los Alamos County Airport.

    The department is asking residents to keep a close watch on children and pets at dusk, dawn and nighttime hours until the cougar is caught.

    The traps are being set up largely in gated canyon areas not open to hikers.

  • Open For Business

    The new SuperCuts store opened its doors this morning. The new location, at the Smith’s Marketplace center, will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

  • Decision delayed on Farmington plant

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico regulators are giving Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, delaying a decision on whether to approve a plan to close part of the San Juan Generating Station.
    The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 during its meeting Wednesday. Commissioner Valerie Espinoza voted against extending the deadline for PNM, suggesting the utility was trying to submit new evidence in hopes of getting a different outcome.
    Two units of the coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico would be closed under a settlement aimed at curbing haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.
    The utility, business groups and environmentalists disagree about the best way to fill the void left by the partial closure.
    , and concerns have been raised about the lack of a contract to supply coal to the plant.

  • Update 5-27-15

    School board

    Los Alamos School Board will have a work session Thursday. The session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the public schools’ administration building.

    Concert

    The Band of Heathens will play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series Friday night. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library.

    APP board

    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meat 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

    Grand Opening

    Bathtub Row Brewing will have its grand opening celebration Friday at its location in Central Park Square. A ribbon-cutting will be at noon.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

  • LANL hosts DNA meeting

    This week in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting a DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics event, the 10th annual Sequencing, Finishing and Analysis in the Future (SFAF) workshop.
    More than 300 participants from the international scientific community will gather at La Fonda to hear about everything from keynote addresses on the research applications of sequencing data — such as “Evolution and Epidemiology of Anthrax through the Lens of Genome Analysis” — to technical talks that highlight specific strategies such as a comparison of using sequence data from one commercial machine versus another.
    “This meeting is more than just a science meeting where scientists share their discoveries and accomplishments,” said Chris Detter, who founded the conference with a committee of researchers from around the world. “From day one it was meant to be a super workshop that has evolved over the past 10 years to bring leaders in the genomics field together with vendors, applications specialists and especially young scientists to discuss how genome sequencing and analysis plays a pivotal role in health, environment and security. The primary focus is to foster communication and collaborations to better enable use of these rapidly evolving technologies.”

  • Travel ban expires for detainees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.
    The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.
    He recently was charged with desertion.
    U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1.
    But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.
    “In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. “My point all along was that I’m more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12.”

  • Be There calendar 5-27-15

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Los Alamos County Council will be in attendance this week.

    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 1-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday

  • Stalker in front of judge once again

    Los Alamos resident Paul Kubler, 61, who was arrested twice for stalking and once for driving while under the influence of alcohol within weeks of the stalking charge, was sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Tuesday for violating his probation related to both cases.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, Kubler will have to serve 364 days in jail with 364 days suspended. However, in exchange for his plea agreement, Kubler admitted that he did have contact with his victim, even though he was told he could have none as a condition of his probation.
    He must remain in custody in the Los Alamos Detention Center until June 30. After he is released Kubler will be placed on eight months of supervised probation.
    The conditions of his probation will be the same ones Kubler had to obey before he was found in violation of the previous probation.
    Those conditions include no contact with his victim. Kubler will also have to continue his alcohol abuse counseling as well as a victim impact program.
    He was enrolled in both programs due to a prior driving while under the influence of alcohol charge incurred around the same time he was arrested for stalking.
    At the hearing, Judge Pat Casados asked if the victim would like to make a statement.

  • Giving For the Cause

    Los Alamos residents came to the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr., for the community blood drive today. The blood drive will continue from 1-7 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The public is asked to bring a photo ID and donor card. Volunteers are provided by LAVA and there is also free cholesterol testing with every donation.

  • Hilltalkers to hold bake sale fundraiser

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.