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Today's News

  • New exhibit to open at Bradbury

    The Bradbury Science Museum unveils a new interactive exhibit at 4 p.m., Wednesday featuring the rich history and current research into archaeology, wildlife biology, local climate and sustainability efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “Our role is to support the mission of the laboratory while being good stewards of the environment,” said Jen Payne, a team leader in the laboratory’s Environmental Stewardship Services Group and exhibit curator. “The National Historic Preservation Act requires us to share our knowledge of cultural resources with the public. This new exhibit helps us to do public outreach and provide virtual access to some of the unique archaeological sites situated on laboratory property.”
    The exhibit is titled “Environmental Research and Monitoring.” Opening remarks start at 5 p.m., and a talk on the laboratory’s annual Environmental Report is scheduled for 6 p.m. During the evening, two of the Bradbury’s Scientist Ambassadors will be “Scientists in the Spotlight,” with engaging face-to-face materials prompting conversations about fresh water and sea ice. Attendees also can play the “Thirst for Power” game that explores the nexus of energy, water and climate.

  • Dem governor candidate loses yet another campaign manager

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.
    Breitbach said in an interview he “no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign.”
    He acknowledged that King’s campaign faced difficulty because it’s struggled to raise money. King reported cash-on-hand of not quite $158,000 at the start of the month while Martinez had $3.8 million in her re-election account.
    With Martinez outspending King 4-to-1 since July, Breitbach said “those aren’t very good odds.”
    “It takes resources to run a good campaign,” Breitbach said.

  • Update 09-16-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's Walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Forum

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    United Way

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.  

  • NCRTD founders reflect on 10 years of service

    The North Central Regional Transit District celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Española, marking 10 years of accomplishments that far exceed the expectations of those who created the district.
    “Many people thought this would not succeed,” said James Rivera, first chair of the NCRTD board.
    Rivera described an incident that occurred while the district was still in the planning stages that motivated him to see the project launched.
    Rivera, from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, saw an elderly man walking along the highway on the outskirts of Santa Fe and offered him a ride. He learned that the retired vet from Dixon had caught the Greyhound in Taos to get to the Santa Fe veteran’s clinic to pick up his medication. He had missed the return bus and was planning to walk 47 miles to Dixon.
    “I thought, this is why we need this service,” Rivera said.
    NCRTD was the first district created after the passage of the New Mexico Regional Transit District Act, in 2003, which enabled the formation of multi-jurisdictional transit agencies.

  • Hawktalkers get funded by school board

    During its annual retreat session Saturday, where the Los Alamos School Board discussed future projects and set priorities for the upcoming school year, the board officially convened to conduct a piece of crucial business.
    The board, with Secretary Matt Williams abstaining, voted to give seed money to the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, the middle school’s speech and debate team.
    The board voted to give the team $7,000. The board also voted to transfer $10,000 to the high school and middle school’s “23,000 Account” to be used by any school club or organization specifically for reserving charter buses just in case a school bus is not available for an upcoming trip.
    According to school officials the practice of using charter buses is a common one for all extracurricular activities, especially at the height of the district’s sports and tournament seasons. It’s hoped that having the extra $10,000 in the account no school club or team that regularly uses transportation for regional competition will be without a bus to get it there.
    Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was glad they were able to provide the funding, knowing what it will be used for.

  • Fun for all at Expo Day

    At Expo Day on Saturday there were plenty of hands-on educational activities for families to participate in, such as the Geodesic Dome Make-a-Thon, robotics, rockets, face painting, educational demonstrations with PEEC and other organizations, including the Los Alamos Fire Department. The chalk walk featured a project by We Talk Chalk sponsored by LANB. The main art was a team effort, installed and finished by artist Lynn Okimura.
     

  • LA couple settles with LANS

    A settlement has been reached in the district court case involving a Los Alamos couple against Anthony Stanford, a former Emergency Operations division leader, and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, according to the couple’s attorney John Day on Monday.
    “We can’t discuss the terms,” Day said. “The lab asked to keep it confidential. The Gormans are incredibly happy with the result and are happy it’s over. They are looking forward to continuing their successful careers at the lab.”
    The lab said in a statement, “the laboratory is pleased that the matter has been settled. Terms of the settlement are being kept private. And, due to employee privacy, we do not discuss specific personnel actions.”
    Stanford retired with full benefits in 2013 from the lab before criminal charges were filed.
    The Gormans decided to file a civil complaint after it was determined that the most Stanford would face if convicted of the assault and battery charge would be probation, according to Day in an earlier article in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Be There 09-16-14

    Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “Off the Cuff,” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.

  • Assets In Action: Hilltoppers unite, show spirit for homecoming

    This is the week when we all are Hilltoppers by the time Friday arrives.
    The schools all celebrate with spirit week, my favorite is pajama day, but I don’t work anywhere holding one of those days.
    Wouldn’t it be fun to see all of the local businesses participating in pajama day one year? Oh what the tourists would think as they drove into town. Maybe it would bring a whole new meaning to, “sleepy little town.”
    Elementary schools make banners and flags to wave as the parade passes by and some will, “wait until the midnight hour,” to get those floats assembled in time.
    It feels good to all be united for a common goal, a common mission and as we head into homecoming, I hope you will wear the green and gold proudly and go one step further.
    Those who know me well must know that I am by no means technology clad. I randomly Facebook, very occasionally Twitter, but I do like to text.
    Well, Friday, there is an electronic social movement called, the It Can Wait movement!
    On Sept. 19, the third annual day of action will take place to teach people of all ages, not just youth, that you shouldn’t text and drive.

  • Foxx combines science with art of storytelling

    Teralene (Terry) Foxx has worn many hats when it comes to her involvement with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Foxx recently stepped down as board president, a position she held for a little over a year and half. Board Vice President Felicia Orth, will take over the Interim President until the next board election in October. Bob Walker has been voted in to take Orth’s position.
    Foxx is a staple around Los Alamos as a fire specialist, storyteller and teacher, while continuing to volunteer at PEEC. “I just finished teaching a plant identification class with Craig Martin,” Foxx said, referring to the four-week, outdoor course that showed participants how to identify plants that are commonly seen around the area.
    She was instrumental in overseeing the start of the Los Alamos County Nature Center and she will continue to help with the preparation of its grand opening in 2015.
    Foxx was raised on a wheat ranch in southern Idaho. She was acclimated to the outdoors and the environment from an early age. “My mom would take us around, talk to us about flowers and pick up snakes,” she said in an interview with PEEC. “I was immersed in the natural world with people who loved the environment.”