Today's News

  • Benefit concert organized for Las Conchas Fire victims

    Kevin Albright, the owner of Morning Glory Baking Company in Los Alamos, wanted to help those affected by the Las Conchas Fire.
    Albright decided to organize a benefit concert, which will be held in the parking lot of his business, on Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    The headline event will be Shona Slovakia, an Afro Gypsy Fusion Dance Band based in Santa Fe. Other performers include Jonathan Dowell, Celtic dulcimer player, Bob Field guitar picker and singer, and Dave Wood.
    “We have invited the US Forest Service, BAER, LAPD and LAFD to come,” Albright said.
    “All benefits will go to our neighbors who did suffer loss of homes and land in the fire.”

  • Valles Caldera reopens

    Summer recreation returned to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) Saturday more than a month after the Las Conchas Fire suspended all activities on the preserve.

    The Santa Fe National Forest eased fire restrictions for the preserve and the surrounding Jemez Mountains, which were under Stage III restrictions since June 24. The new Stage I restrictions limit some activities such as campfires and smoking because rainfall has yet to compensate for the effects of the drought. All areas burned in the Las Conchas Fire will remain closed.

  • Fire Marshal Thompson retires

    Clearly not delighted to be the center of attention during a Friday farewell event held in his honor, Los Alamos Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Michael Thompson thanked others.

    He spoke of his gratitude for being allowed the opportunity to serve his community and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he told officials and colleagues gathered inside the Fire Administration Offices. “I have fond memories of so many of you. With time, maybe the memories will fade for you but not for me.”

    Acting County Administrator Randy Autio presented Thompson with a Nambe plaque at Friday’s event. He spoke of Thompson’s calming manner when he joined him in his truck to survey the Las Conchas Fire.

  • For staff, it’s all about acting

    Randy Autio became Los Alamos County Attorney in July of 2010. In less than five months, the county council terminated Anthony Mortillaro and named Autio Acting County Administrator. Autio has now held that role longer than his official one.

    “I came up here to have a little bit slower pace, and that is not what happened at all. It’s been quite a year,” Autio said.

    Autio soon made the difficult decision to dismiss Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan and asked Steven Lynne and Anne Laurent to serve as Acting Assistants. Their staff is filling their positions. Other key positions have also become vacant and have interim staff until a new administrator is hired. Autio calls it “the cascade effect.”

  • Bicycle commuting talk and workshop offered at PEEC

    Khalil Spencer will give an illustrated talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center about bicycle commuting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He will follow his talk with a hands-on workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 6. The talk is free and open to all. The workshop is $15 or $12 for PEEC members and is open to people ages 16 and older.
    Spencer is a League of American Bicyclists certified bicycling instructor.
    He has raced and commuted via bicycle for 32 years and has been active in bicycling advocacy for 20.
    He recently completed a term as chair of the Los Alamos County Transportation Board and has been on that board for four terms.

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 07-31-11

    Monday — Decorate the birthday board
    Tuesday — Relays (team competition)
    Wednesday — Movies and Munchies
    Thursday — Beads and wires (jewelry making)
    Friday - Ceega, Mancala and Othello (learn new board games)

    All children promoted to third through eighth grade are welcome to join free of charge. The centers are located at 475 20th St., by Ashley Pond; and 10 Sherwood Blvd., near Piñon Park in White Rock.  Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 for information.

  • Animal Shelter 07-31-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • News for Retirees 07-31-11

    July 17-23, 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef brisket
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • Coffeehouse tickets on sale

    On Aug. 19, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Coffeehoue at Fuller Lodge. The chamber music coffeehoues features University of New Mexico Professor Erica Otero on French horn; South African pianist Anthony Maroudas; and violinist and Los Alamos native Kay Newnam. Newnam, along with her father Karl Johnson and Anthony Maroudas are pictured above. Tickets for the event are $30 and are available at CB Fox Department Store.

  • Births 07-31-11

    The following births were reported by Los Alamos Medical Center:

    • July 15: A boy, Elijah Sanchez, born to Savannah Salazar and Jerome Sanchez
    • July 21: A boy, Christopher Dylan Martinez, born to Jackie Montoya and Christopher Martinez