Today's News

  • Spring prescribed burns planned on Jemez District

    Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest may take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns between April 17 and May 21. 

    That time is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
    Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half-mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

    These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The Virgin Mesa and West Mesa prescribed burns, located within the boundaries of the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, are designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.

    Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

    Smoke from both the Virgin Mesa and West Mesa prescribed fires will likely be visible from Jemez Springs, NM 4 between La Cueva and the Jemez Pueblo, US 550 from San Ysidro to Bernalillo, Albuquerque and Interstate 25.

  • Parents, students prepare for upcoming year at Round Up

    Parents and preschoolers entered the hallways of their soon-to-be school for Kindergarten Round Up last week at Aspen Elementary School.
    As the name suggests, each elementary school invites parents and students to gather together in order to take a look at their grade school for the next year.
    The transition from preschool to kindergarten can be a scary time for parents and students alike, so the goal of this annual event is to introduce them to the elementary environment. According to Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, “31 soon-to-be Kindergartners and their parents were in attendance.” Other Los Alamos County schools had their own Round Up on Wednesday including Barranca, Chamisa, Piñon and Mountain Elementary.
    Parents, students and siblings entered the school and picked up a nametag while staff members happily greeted the newcomers. Friendly faces and open classroom doors created a welcoming environment for curious attendees to investigate. Next, everyone met in the school library for opening statements and introductions of staff personnel with Vandenkieboom.
    In attendance were the school resource officer, kindergarten teachers, other grade teachers, special education staff, support staff, language pathologist, nurse, clerks, counselors, technology staff and more.

  • Safety tips for pilgrims, drivers

    The number of pilgrims traveling to El Santuario de Chimayó will increase over the next three days.
    Beginning Thursday, the state Department of Transportation will provide some assistance and tips to help keep pilgrims and drivers safe.
    NMDOT will begin setting up traffic control devices and pedestrian walking signs Thursday morning along typical pilgrimage routes.
    Walkers will be guided to the on/off ramps at each interchange between Santa Fe and Cuyamungue.
    At the Cuyamungue Interchange, orange barrels and signage will guide the walkers away from the mainline and onto the east frontage road.
    Temporary stop signs will be placed at interchange locations to allow walkers to pass.
    All cattle guards along the routes will be covered.
    Additional signage and electronic message boards will be placed along parts of NM 76 and NM 503 to alert motorists of the high volume of pedestrians on the roadway. Portable light plants will be placed at the intersections of NM 503 and CR 84; NM 503 and CR 98; NM 103 and NM 76 to provide additional lighting for those walking at night. 
    Safe trek
    Here are some safety measures walkers should keep in mind per NM DOT:
    • Dress weather-appropriate and wear layers to adjust to the changing weather.

  • Family carries on Chimayo pilgrimage tradition

    Special to the Monitor

    Organizing pilgrims for the annual Good Friday walk to the sanctuary at Chimayó is a tradition for one area family.
    The late Karen McLaughlin, mother of five and a religious education program leader at the local Catholic church, began organizing the walk to appeal to youth back in 1980.

    “It was really her and the older youth in the religious education program, and several parents,” said her husband, Thomas McLaughlin, 73, of White Rock.

    Holy Week brings thousands of walking pilgrims to El Santuario de Chimayo in the historic village of Chimayó east of Española.

    The annual “walk” brings Christians from all parts of New Mexico, the United States and internationally to prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Good Friday is the height of the pilgrims’ progress to the Santuario, which features two chapels and a room dedicated to the dispersal of sanctified dirt. The holy dirt is thought to have healing powers.

    Last year about 30,000 pilgrims arrived at the Santuario between Wednesday and Good Friday, said Annabelle Espinoza, secretary at the Santuario. Weather often plays a role in the number, she said.

  • County to bring brand plan directly to residents, world

    Los Alamos residents are about to become much more familiar with the town’s new brand and logo, the one that has been seen around town on county vehicles and other places.
    Council voted April 4 7-0 to enact the next phases of a plan to help further educate residents about the town’s new brand and logo.
    For fiscal year 2017, $85,000 has been spent on the plan, and the county will spend about $85,000 in the next two fiscal years to implement the plan’s other phases.
    Design and advertising consultants hired by the county unveiled new steps, which are about how the county plans to educate residents on what the logo, which incorporates an atom and a leaf into its design, is all about and how it represents Los Alamos County. For about a year, the county has worked to design a brand, a logo and an identity it can use as a promotional tool to attract more tourism and business to the county.
    Their next step is to get residents onboard with the Los Alamos brand. A big part of that is incorporating the town’s slogan, “Where discoveries are made.”

  • Recreation bond ballots arrive May 2

    Clarification: In an article titled “Recreation bond ballots arrive May 2,” that appeared in the April 12 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, there was a calculation of the annual tax rate by month.  One example was “Residents that own property worth $200,000 can expect to see an increase of $12.24.” It, and subsequent calculations made in the article did not include the word month, as in “$12.24 a month.” To clarify, a yearly property tax bill on a property worth $200,000, the increase would be $146.88 a year, $12.24 a month.

  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 4-12-17

    Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

    The Museum of International Folk Art will host the national touring exhibition Quilts of Southwest China, beginning July 9 through Jan. 21, 2018. While both highly valued and culturally significant, Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, and museums and little is known about them outside of the communities that make them. Works featured in the exhibition come from the collections of MOIFA, MSUM, the partnering Chinese museums and private lenders. A new bilingual publication (in English and Mandarin) accompanies the exhibition. Museum location is 706 Camino Lejo.

  • PEEC, Reel Deal to bring documentary to LA

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater will show “Racing Extinction,” an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.
    Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life. This highly charged, impassioned collective of activists sets out to expose the two major threats to endangered wild species across the globe. The first comes from the international wildlife trade, and the medicinal “cures” and tonics that are marketed to the public at the expense of rare creatures. The second threat is carbon emissions and acidified oceans that are incompatible with existing animal life. Both threats are made clear in “Racing Extinction” through investigative reporting, undercover photography and covert operations.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Artists to open exhibit at Abiquiu Gallery

    Artists Jamie Winslow and Elaine Bradshaw will celebrate spring in O’Keefe country with the exhibit “A Sense of Place,” a show of engaging paintings and 3D works.
    Free and open to all ages, the art can be viewed daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. from April 29-May 28 at the Galleria Arriba at Abiquiu Inn.
    A public reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. May 5. During this time (and other times by appointment), the artists will be available to explain their techniques, answer questions and help visitors select pieces.
    About the artists
    Bradshaw paints “to celebrate the life force of the natural world, especially here in the high desert.” Through her energetic, colorful acrylic images, she hopes to help viewers to become more aware of and to connect with their own environments. She will display some fused glass works, as well.
    Winslow is a painter and sculptor who aims to intrigue viewers and to draw them into thoughtful dialogue with her pieces. She uses various media to express herself, and notes that her work  “has been described as organic, ethnic, contemporary and sometimes whimsical.” She delights in the joy that her art brings to her own life and to her collectors.

  • Gordon Summer Concert Series lineup announced

    Russ Gordon has released his list for the upcoming 2017 that promises to be his “best series yet.” This year will be his 28th year, and his last.
    The free concerts are Fridays in Los Alamos from May 19 through Sept. 8. Shows are from 7- 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.
    The tentative lineup is:
    May 19: Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban jazz from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico. Master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. Los Alamos Kite Festival Night.
    May 26: Deke Dickerson. Alt-Indie Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots-Rock, Hillbilly, Surf, Jump Blues and instrumental rock. The King of the Geek Guitar! From Los Angeles.
    June 2: The Coral Creek Band. Americana/Country Rock, bluegrass, Cajun, fol and Island rock from Colorado. Some of the musicians and friends of Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain string Band and Railroad Earth.
    June 9: Western Centuries Alt./Country-rock, with early R&B, Honky-Tonk twang. Reminiscent of the classic country rock bands like The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. Los Alamos Chamber Fest Night.
    June 16: The Red Elvises. Russian Rock ‘n’ Roll and Siberian Surf Rok. From Moscow and Santa Monica, California. Los Alamos’s favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll band!! LA Daily Post night.