Today's News

  • Update 3-29-15

    Future Resources

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Municipal Building, room 200.

    County Council

    The next meeting of Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Egg Splash

    The annual Egg Splash event will take place at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center April 4. It will start at 1 p.m. There is a limit of 150 participants 16 years of age and younger. Tickets are on sale. For more information, call 662-8170.


    There will be an opening reception for the Los Alamos Photographers Show Monday. The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The show will run through May 2 at the library.


    Bradbury Science Museum will take part in the nationwide NanoDays event that starts Friday. The event focuses on nanotechnology, which is technology built the size of atomic or subatomic particles. Both presentations and hands-on demonstrations are planned at the Bradbury. NanoDays events run through April 12.

  • Local Briefs 3-29-15

    ‘Caballo Blanco’ movie showing April 21

    The feature-length documentary “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco” will premiere at the Reel Deal Theater April 21.
    ‘Caballo Blanco,’ whose real name is Micah True, is most famous for his work with the Tarahumara Indian tribe of northern Mexico and was a chief organizer of the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, which has been competed in by local runners in the past.
    True died in southern New Mexico, in the Gila wilderness in 2012, shortly after the 2012 Copper Canyon race.
    Sponsoring the premier is the Los Alamos running club, High Altitude Athletics. That group sponsors local events such as the Jemez Mountain Trail Run and the Valles Caldera runs.
    Proceeds from the premiere will go to benefit the Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship and the Aaron S. Goldman Scholarship, as well as Volunteer Task Force work and other local causes.

    Meeting on resiliency is Thursday

  • Pace Race Season Returning

    Runners take off from the start of one of the late Pace Races of the 2014 season. The 2015 Pace Race season is scheduled to begin April 7 and will be run along the Canyon Rim Trail. Pace Races are open to anyone interested. For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • 'Toppers take two from Miyamura

    The Los Alamos baseball team finished its non-district schedule by sweeping Miyamura in a doubleheader on Saturday. The ’Toppers beat the Patriots 7-3 and 10-0.
    More important than getting the wins to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill was how the ’Toppers played against Miyamura, especially after they struggled in a win against Moriarty earlier in the week.
    “We went back to who we are,” Gill said. “We want to be a process driven team, not a result driven team, and if the byproduct of that is a win — awesome.”
    Lane Saunders and Nick Sgambellone pitched the first game for Los Alamos. Then Connor Mang shut the Patriots down to win the second game.
    Mang struck out eight batters in the first three innings and finished with 10 strikeouts. In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings Miyamura only managed to get one runner in scoring position, and Mang got an easy ground-ball out to get out of that inning.
    The team’s bats were equally impressive on the day.
    “That was probably the best two games we’ve put together hitting the ball as a team,” Gill said.
    After the team’s 7-run performance in the first game, its bats were wide-awake for the second game.

  • State Briefs 3-29-15

    ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 premiere to screen in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — HBO and author George R.R. Martin are giving fans in Santa Fe an early look at the fifth season premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
    The network is holding an invitation-only screening Saturday night at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which is owned by Martin.
    Mayor Javier Gonzalez and cast members of the movie, “The Magnificent Six,” are also expected to attend.
    There will be a reception before the 7:30 p.m. screening.
    Martin is the author of the fantasy book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” that inspired the television show about royals and renegades fighting for the Iron Throne. The season premiere is set to air on HBO on April 12.

    Gov. has until April 10 to sign bills

  • Stance on immigration issues for GOP presidential hopefuls is hard to pin down

    DENVER (AP) — It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.
    Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
    He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Others, too, have shifted on the matter.
    Now it’s oops for Walker.
    In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens “makes sense.” Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports “amnesty.” Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with “amnesty.” Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that he actually said he favored a path to citizenship, though Horn denies Walker said that.
    Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has a strong voice — and a book — on immigration, has wiggled.

  • Be There 3-29-15

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.

    Nature Playtimes. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker Ruby Selvage will speak about her documentary for National History Day.

    Gals Gab Group. 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the White Rock Senior Center. It is intended to appeal especially to women who live alone and don’t get to talk much with other women.  Rides are available through the Senior Center 662-8922.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

  • Violent Somali hotel siege ends, 24 are dead

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.
    Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel Saturday, more than 12 hours after gunmen, believed to be six in number, from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab stormed into the hotel.
    The gunfire has stopped and security agents have gone through the whole building, said senior police officer Capt. Mohamed Hussein.
    He had earlier said the gunmen were believed to have occupied the third and fourth floors of the hotel in the capital Mogadishu.
    “The operation has ended. We have taken full control of the hotel,” Hussein said.
    Eighteen people were killed in the attack, including one solider, said Hussein. At least 28 were wounded, according to Hussein Ali, an official of Mogadishu’s ambulance service.
    Officials claimed to have killed six attackers but only displayed the bodies of three and did not give the location of the bodies of the other attackers.

  • NCRTD has extra routes

    The North Central Regional Transit District will be running an extra route Friday to accommodate walkers to Santuario de Chimayó.
    NCRTD’s “Blue Buses” will have additional buses going along its regular Española-Chimayó route, district officials announced.
    This coming Friday is Good Friday, a day commemorated by Christians as the traditional day Jesus Christ was put to death, just prior to Easter Sunday. Numerous Christians in New Mexico observe the day by trekking on foot to El Santuario on Good Friday and the days leading up to it.
    NCRTD said two ADA-accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day. The buses will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with the first bus leaving at 8 a.m. and the second leaving at 8:30 a.m.
    The buses will depart from the Santa Claran Hotel in Española. The route will run from N.M. 76 with designated stops to and from Chimayó.
    The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center at the County Road 98 turnoff.
    NCRTD said delays are likely on those routes to accommodate the pilgrims walking toward Chimayó, so normal bus riders should plan accordingly.
    NCRTD provides free service in several counties and pueblos around northern New Mexico, including Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos.

  • HAWC observatory to study the most energetic phenomena known

    Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe.
    These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances, making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy.
    Construction is now complete on the newest tool available to study these explosive events and learn more about the nature of high-energy radiation. The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, located 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra, will soon begin collecting data at full capacity. The milestone was marked with an inaugural event at the observatory last week.
    “The HAWC observatory will detect the highest energy photons ever observed,” said Brenda Dingus, the principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Energy funding for HAWC and a research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “These photons point back to astrophysical sources that accelerate particles to energies millions of times higher than man-made particle accelerators. These photons could also be produced by dark matter, which would tell us about these as yet unknown type of fundamental particles that compose most of the mass of the universe.”