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Today's News

  • Organizers serve up food for thought at Bear Feast

    The first–ever Bear Feast at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center drew a crowd Friday that munched on salmon, grapes, watermelon, celery, peanut butter, candy worms, candy mushrooms, candy acorns and honey-dipped cornbread shaped like a beehives.

    The bear buffet menu featured the kind of food bears liked to eat, candy being substituted for what wasn’t edible by humans.

    Residents also got to feast on some bear knowledge from wildlife expert Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and bear attack survivor Karen Williams.

    Ramsay was linked to William’s attack when the surviving cubs from the attack were sent to Ramsay’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Española. Shortly after the attack, which happened in June 2016, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish tracked and euthanized the attacking sow to check for rabies.

    The sow’s two bear cubs were released from the wildlife center this year, weighing in at a healthy 160 and 140 pounds.

    Ramsay talked about the expensive and complicated process of teaching the cubs that arrive at her center how to hunt for their own food and survive on their own in preparation for their eventual release out into the wild. She also talked about their fixation on food and why it’s so important.

  • PEEC hosts grrreat Bear Festival

    On Saturday morning, the Nature Center was packed with booths, families and bear paraphernalia.

    The Pajarito Environmental and Education Center (PEEC) teamed up with the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF) to host New Mexico’s first Bear Festival.

    This festival brought national, state, local and independent organizations together with the sole mission of bear education and appreciation.

    PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel explained that their hope is to be “raising awareness of how to coexist with bears,” like the steps to take in bear proofing your home and life.

    Creel gave credit to their partnership with LEWF and said, “The Land of Enchantment was huge in this whole thing. They put in a lot of time and effort, especially with the bear dinner the night before.”

    Dr. Kathleen Ramsay launched LEWF in order to assist bear rehabilitation efforts across New Mexico. Similar to PEEC, their mission is to make Los Alamos bear friendly and bear aware. Because bears are such intelligent, habitual creatures,

  • Aquatomics place well at the VAST Early Bird Open

    A total of 14 swimmers from the Los Alamos Aquatomics competed in the VAST Early Bird Open, which took place in the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque this past weekend.

    The ages of the swimmers from the Aquatomics ranged from 8-14.

    One of the top standouts from the team, as well as the entire meet, was 12-year-old Andy Corliss, who posted the fastest times in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke, as well as the mixed 12 and under 50 meter breaststroke.

    In the backstroke event, Corliss posted a time of 32.62 seconds, which was more than three seconds faster than the next-fastest competitor.

    In the breaststroke event, he posted a time of 36.03 seconds, which was four seconds faster than the next-closest competitor.

    Corliss also finished in the top 10 in both the mixed 100-meter breaststroke and the mixed 9 and over 200 meter individual medley.

    In the breaststroke event, he finished in fifth place with a 1:19.84. In the individual medley event, he finished with a time of 2:42.95.

    Another top competitor for the team was 10-year-old Sophia Pieck, who finished in the top ten in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke and the mixed 12 and under 50-meter breaststroke.

  • LAPD reports a dog attack at Rover Park

    The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public with assistance in identifying the owners of a dog that attacked another dog this past weekend. The incident happened around 11:00 a.m. this past Sunday at Rover Park in White Rock.

    The suspect dog was described as possibly a male “cane corso”, or a very similar looking mastiff type dog that is black in color and weighing around 100 pounds. Reportedly,a couple with a stroller came to get the dog under control after it attacked another dog while being on a leash with its owner. The dog that was attacked suffered injuries that required treatment from a veterinarian.

    Anybody with information concerning this case is asked to call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.  

  • Republicans propose fix for New Mexico state budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Leading Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Tuesday outlined a proposal to resolve the state's budget crisis by suspending construction projects and withdrawing money from a state pension fund.
    Democrats who hold the majority of seats in both chambers have yet to come forward with a budget plan for a special legislative session that begins May 24. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has called lawmakers back to the capital to resolve a feud over how to solve the state's budget crisis, and signaled her support Tuesday for the House Republican plan.
    The governor last month vetoed all spending for the legislative branch and institutions of higher education for the fiscal year starting July 1, emphasizing her opposition to companion tax increases. Martinez has since indicated she would consider select tax revenue increases if they lower overall rates.
    The House Republican budget plan would shift $63 million in capital outlay money to bolster the state general fund, said GOP House minority leader Nate Gentry of Albuquerque. It would also claw back $12.5 million in pension money set aside for the state's unsalaried legislators.

  • AG Balderas won't be entering race for New Mexico governor

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will not be entering the race for governor and instead will focus on his re-election as the state's top prosecutor.
    The Democrat ended the speculation Tuesday with a statement that detailed the work his office has done — from pursuing internet criminals who target children to recovering Medicaid fraud dollars.
    Balderas also said his office has a responsibility to hold the federal government accountable. He pointed to recent filings against President Donald Trump's travel ban and the sale of federal coal leases.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is limited to two terms. No Republican has entered the race, though U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says he may pursue the GOP nomination.
    The Democratic nomination is being sought by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, former media executive Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe.
     

  • Sonic funds local teacher’s coffee bar project

    Sonic Drive-In surprised a teacher from Aspen Elementary School, Jennifer Washnok, with more than $290 in classroom project funding as part of their Limeades for Learning campaign.
    Sonic recognized that public schools in New Mexico are experiencing some of the poorest chances for success among its students in comparison to other states due to factors such as the high poverty rate and low graduation rate, so Sonic decided to help out.
    The lucky recipient, Washnok, teaches the Living Skills program at Aspen elementary, which includes eight students with multiple disabilities. The students work on communication, motor, social and emotional skills and real life academics. Washnok’s students run a coffee bar twice a month for the staff at Aspen Elementary where they take orders, collect money, and make beverages.
    According to Washnok, “This project that we began this spring is very popular with the students and the staff.” Not only does the coffee bar provide beverages for teachers, it also helps the students learn basic accounting and business skills.
    Usually, the supplies for the coffee stand would have come out of her own pocket. With the proceeds, Washnok’s students will be able to replenish their supplies, purchase additional equipment and provide free beverages to staff on their birthdays.

  • Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico

    Forecasters warn of dry, windy weather in New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning about increased fire danger in New Mexico thanks to more dry and windy conditions.
    A red-flag warning will be in effect Tuesday from noon until the evening hours for the northeast and east-central plains.
    Forecasters say a low-pressure system racing from Southern California toward New Mexico is expected to reach the state late Tuesday.
    Ahead of the system will be strong winds and very dry air that will combine for critical fire weather across much of the central and southern parts of New Mexico. The winds are expected to shift further to the east later Tuesday.
    Officials say any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, and outdoor burning is being discouraged.
     

  • PEEC offers new forest explorers program

     The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a new program this summer for 5-8 year olds called Forest Explorers.
    This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes every Wednesday from June 14 through Aug. 9.
    Forest Explorers is a nine-week drop off program that will meet every Wednesday from 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next to the nature center and play in the creek and surrounding forest. They will have time to build forts, make seasonal observations, learn to identify different plants and animals, and create their own nature journal.
    Admission to this 9-week program is $110 for PEEC members and $135 for non-members. Advance registration is required at peecnature.org/events, and space is limited to 20.

  • Births 5-14-17

    April 19 — A girl. Gemma Valentina Rodriguez. Born to Rebecca and Jose Rodriguez.
    May 3 — A boy. Izrael Julian Ezekiel Cole. Born to Lori and Lee Cole.
    May 5 — A boy. Owen Baxter Schmitt Born to Hannah and Kyle Schmitt.