Today's News

  • Mountaineers to meet July 25 about Shackleton traverse

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers will meet at 6:45 p.m. July 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Rich Spritz, as he shares his experience recreating the Shackleton traverse.
    “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success,” Spritz said of the adventure.
    The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 was a Grand Failure, from which Sir Ernest Shackleton emerged as a great leader.
    Spritz took part in a National Geographic mini-expedition to recreate the historic Shackleton traverse of South Georgia for the 100th anniversary. Safe return doubtful.
    Social starts at 6:45 p.m., followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • MOWW to meet at Sheriff’s Posse Shack Tuesday

    The Military Order of the World Wars will meet Tuesday for its annual picnic.
    The meeting will be in the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Shack on North Mesa. (Note the change in location for this month’s meeting only.)
    This month’s speaker is Rick Wallace, Ph.D., who will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice and its resulting seasons. He will also talk about eclipses especially the one that will cross the United States on Aug. 21.
    The Posse Shack is on North Mesa Road. Take Diamond Drive east through the Golf Course and straight through the traffic circle and up the hill. Follow the road around for about one mile. The shack is on the left, and there is parking on both sides of the street.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
    Call Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 for reservations. A reservation is a commitment to pay. Dinner is scheduled to be Smokin Bear BBQ with appropriate sides.

  • Community Calendar 7-16-17

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.

    Feature Film: From Earth to the Universe at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    The New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association will offer a one-hour session from 1-2 p.m. on July 17 in the lower level classroom of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The session will focus on the early stages of Alzheimer’s to include symptoms, coping strategies for caregivers and resources to help families who are challenged with dementia. For more information, contact David Davis 505-473-1297 or dldavis@alz.org.

    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Pet Talk: Protecting your pet from the summer heat

    Summer time in Texas means more time to play outside, go swimming, and soak up the sun. However, warmer temperatures also mean that pets may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To help pet owners avoid these risks, Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight.
    “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are major problems for pets in the summer, especially in short nosed breeds, such a pug or a bulldog,” Eckman said.  “These conditions can occur during hot and humid days and even cooler days, if your pets aren’t accustomed to the heat.”

    Heat exhaustion is the early stages of a heat stroke and causes lethargy, vomiting, and weakness. Following continued exercise or exposure to heat, Eckman said a heat stroke can occur with more severe signs, including extreme lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and pale mucous membranes.  This can lead significant problems up to and including death if not recognized and treated immediately.

  • 3 N.M. congressional delegates sponsor bill to repeal Trump’s election commission

    U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham touted a bicameral bill they introduced Friday to repeal President Donald Trump’s election commission order that they said especially intimidated “people of color.”

    “The bill is supported by more than 90 members of Congress, including every Democratic Senator of color,” according to the joint press release issued by the three New Mexico congressional members Friday.

    “The right to vote is one of the most sacred and fundamental rights in our democracy,” Udall said. “President Trump’s voter suppression commission is nothing more than a cynical and shameful attempt to intimidate voters – particularly people of color – delegitimize our electoral process, and discourage participation in government.

    New Mexico’s Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has refused to comply with the Presidential Advisory Commission’s request to share sensitive voter roll data.

  • Bandelier senior pass price to increase

    Then Senior Pass is a lifetime pass that gives people who are 62 or over, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States, lifetime access to more than 2,000 federal sites and parks nationwide, administered by the National Park Service and five other federal agencies. The pass can be used at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The price of a Senior Pass has been only $10 ever since 1994, and that price will still be good through Aug. 27. However, starting Aug. 28, the price of the Lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80, which is the same as the price for the one-year pass available to persons not yet 62.

    Those eligible for the Senior Pass can buy an Annual Senior Pass each year for $20, and on the fourth year turn in their annual passes for a lifetime one. Golden Age or Senior Passes purchased before Aug. 28 will continue to be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. More information is available at nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

    For those wishing to buy a Senior Pass for $10 before Aug. 28, they can be found at national parks or other Federal recreation areas that charge an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee.

  • Teachers discuss Barranca design

    Barranca Mesa Elementary School staff and community met Tuesday evening in an intimate, informal setting to once again review the proposed schematic designs for renovation.

    Similar to the community meeting on June 27, the purpose was to review the design options and receive feedback, but without the architects in attendance this time.

    Some attendees appeared at the last meeting, but many teachers were hearing and seeing this information for the first time.

    Those in attendance were Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and multiple Los Alamos Public School board members. Barranca Principal Virginia Terrazas was also there to help answer teachers’ questions.

    Herb McLean, Construction Manager for the district, went over the two designs along with the pros and cons of each. He stressed to the group to look at the meeting as preliminary idea gathering.

    “We’re not asking you to decide, just to get comments,” said McLean. “We just want to make sure we get everyone’s questions answered.”

    He then went over the two different layouts; one is a single story option and the other is a two-story floor plan. With either plan, construction will take about 16 months, roughly from March 2018 through August 2019, and Barranca will gain almost 10,000 square feet after renovations.

  • Council to mull codifying sheriff’s role July 26

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider on July 26 a resident’s petition to write the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff and the Los Alamos County Police Department into the County Charter.

    Petitioner Greg White requested the council action Tuesday at a regular council meeting. White said by adding language to the County Charter, it would end the perennial argument the community seems to have about whether to have a sheriff.

    White noted that for at least the last 48 years, voters have considered the issue seven times.

    The seventh vote occurred last year, after County Council transfered nearly all sheriff services to the Los Alamos Police Department, including process serving. The council also removed the sheriff’s administrative and deputy sheriff staff.

    They also voted to reduce the office’s budget to $15,000.

    However, county voters decided to restore the office.

  • Taco Troubles: Man threatens to get gun over wrong order at Rigoberto’s

    Los Alamos resident Lex Norman Deines, 48, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at Central Park Square.

    Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched to Rigoberto’s Taco Shop for a male individual that was being loud and disorderly.

    Montoya arrived on the scene and found Deines at the counter being argumentative with workers behind the counter. While standing next to Deines, Montoya said he noticed a strong scent of liquor emitting from his person.

    Deines began to be aggressive with the workers, making the patrons very uncomfortable. When Montoya moved closer, Deines noticed the police officer and reportedly said, “Oh, it’s come to this.”

    Montoya spoke with Deines outside the restaurant to get a sense of the situation. Apparently, Deine’s food order was wrong and the restaurant employees would not change it.

    Montoya spoke with one of the employees, who told the officer that Deines threatened to retrieve a gun out of his car if he did not get what he wanted.

  • County responds to IPRA complaint

    Los Alamos County is seeking to dismiss a complaint from Patrick Brenner and Lisa Brenner, who are suing the county and County Custodian of Records Barb Ricci, claiming violations of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

    “Defendants reasonably assessed and responded to all requests by plaintiff Patrick Brenner as required by IPRA,” the response said.

    On July 7, the county filed an answer to their complaint and also filed a motion to dismiss Lisa Brenner from the case. Lisa is Patrick’s mother.

    The Brenners are accusing the county of withholding emails sent out by some council members on May 15.
    According to the defendant’s lawyer A. Blair Dunn, the county was required to supply the emails requested, including those from private addresses, by May 31.

    On May 25, Ricci sent an email to Patrick Brenner indicating that the case had been closed.

    “They closed the case before the May 31 deadline. That closure of my request was an improper denial at that point,” Patrick Brenner said. “They improperly denied my request by closing my request early.”

    On that day, Patrick Brenner sent out an email to County Council criticizing some of them for their alleged support of a $20 million bond voters were to vote on May 23.