Today's News

  • New Mexico fire prompts emergency decree, evacuations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than 3-square miles and forced evacuations, after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.

    The blaze burning in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque prompted Gov. Susana Martinez to declare an emergency, clearing the way for state funds to be used.

    Evacuations continued overnight in Bernalillo and Torrance counties, Bernalillo County officials said. At least 50 residences had been evacuated by Thursday morning, they said, and several people had taken shelter at a community center in Tijeras, which also took in dozens of pets.

    The New Mexico Environment Department and state Health Department of Health issued an advisory, warning that smoke from the fire would affect Albuquerque and the surrounding areas as well as other parts of New Mexico, including Santa Fe, as it drifted north.

    The forecast called for more hot, dry and stagnant weather, and officials said that's expected to contribute to increased smoke concentrations throughout this weekend.

    The governor issued the emergency declaration Wednesday and directed state agencies to offer all available resources to assist local authorities. Martinez said the first priority is the health and safety of New Mexicans.

  • Today in history June 16
  • Carlsbad Caverns adjusts schedule for Obama's visit

    CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico has announced adjustments to its public schedule to accommodate a visit from President Barack Obama.

    Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says the public will be able to enter the park Friday until 11 a.m. when the main gate will close. Visitors already in the park then must exit before 1 p.m.

    Big Room cave tours will be available in the morning, but no other cave tours will be offered to the public that day.

    The Natural Entrance will remain closed all day.

    The park is expected to open again at 4:30 p.m. with the bat flight program taking place as usual at 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater.

    Obama's visit coincides with the National Park Service's celebration of its 100th anniversary.

  • Community Calendar 6-15-16

    Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding our third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation by Glenn Magelssen from the University of Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on “Human Genetics: To be human is to have unique genetics and genetic expression,” followed by a discussion at 7 p.m.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.

    Summer Family Evening: Rattlesnake Museum at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member family and free for PEEC member families.
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • Faith & Science series tonight

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum will hold its third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” today at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.
    The group intends for the lectures and discussions to be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, regardless of religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience.
    All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    Today’s presenter, Glenn Magelssen, has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His scientific research has included solar physics, laser and ion beam fusion, neutral nets, code development and stockpile stewardship. He studied theology most of his life and taken a four-year course called EFM from the University of the South on Old and New Testament.

  • Whitacre, Fuehne earn Eagle Scout pins

    As students raced to the end of the school year, two local men were inducted into a small club with the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.
    Jack Thomas Whitacre and Duncan Jeffrey Fuehne were awarded their medals May 21 with a National Eagle Court of Honor.
    The young men each earned 24 merit badges, a variety of special awards, served in many leadership billets and rounded out their efforts with an Eagle Scout project to benefit their community for years to come.
    The first candidate, Whitacre earned many special awards including; the Arrow of Light, Century Awards: 50 Nights Camping, 50 Hours Service, Mile Swim, Polar Bear, Totin’ Chip.
    Whitacre’s project was to refurbish the high school boys and girls golf team equipment shed at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The effort included moving internal walls, adding shelving, removing and replacing rotted trim, rebuilding the door, priming and repainting the exterior, landscaping and more.
    Whitacre was introduced to receive his honor by LAMS teacher and LAHS golf coach, Andy Ainsworth.
    Whitacre enjoyed directing the project and knows it couldn’t be possible without his fellow scouts. “It took a lot of planning and hard work, but it was worth the effort,” Whitacre said.

  • Assets in Action: Leadership Los Alamos inspires good work

    This week, I choose to write about something positive and that something is Leadership Los Alamos.
    Leadership Los Alamos is a local program for adults that takes students on a journey through the workings of our community.
    I was lucky enough to be in the “Best Class,” the class of 2007, “double-oh-seven” as we like to say. The best class part is just a friendly jab associated with the group, because the current class is really always the best class at the time.
    So perhaps that class, where applications are due on the 25th of this month could include a seat for you.
    I read about the class in the Monitor and needed to wait a full year until I could attend as a student. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship in order to attend, because I was just a mom working part time.
    What I remember most was leaving a class one day and saying to then board member, Marla Brooks, something like, will I ever leave a session without a list of things I want to do? She implied hopefully not.
    I really believe that Leadership Los Alamos helped to make me the person I am today.

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  • Legislative decisions range from schools to crime

    Recently, this column looked at the Legislative Council Service (LCS) report on the legislative session and considered the budget (the biggest part of the picture), listed state government’s major functions, and briefly discussed Medicaid.
    Today we look, from the policy view, as before, at legislative decisions affecting those major functions and touch on a few of the tiny and always interesting items. “Less than very seldom” is how often really big changes happen in state government.
    Scrounging money required considerable creativity during the session. The term “skimming money” isn’t usually associated with doing good, legal things. But skimming money is the LCS description for pulling money from “various reserves.” House bill 311 did the deed.
    Public schools get 44.3 percent of the money budgeted through the General Fund, the state’s operating account. Education changes amounted to bits and pieces, the same as for all of state government in this year of reduced spending. One change, following the precedent from the 2008 recession, allows school districts to change requirements for class size, length of the school day and other factors. This suggests Santa Fe doesn’t know all the details of running the schools.