Today's News

  • Guitarist Mohit Dubey returns to library Thursday

    Mohit Dubey returns to Mesa Public Library for his annual summer concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Dubey is a young classical guitarist from Los Alamos. A student of Roberto Capocchi at New Mexico School for the Arts and Stephen Aron at Oberlin Conservatory, Dubey has played concerts across the world - from Santa Fe to Italy to Jordan to India – and has been a semifinalist in the Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition for three consecutive years.
    As the son of Indian and German scientists, Mohit is excited about using music as a means of expression and storytelling across cultural differences and exploring the many ways the guitar has been used throughout the world and throughout history.
    His program for the evening is entitled “Classical Guitar: Around the World and Through the Ages.” In the notes for the program, he writes “The classical guitar is more than just a piece of hollow wood and six strings, it is an instrument that traces a deep history stretching around the entire globe. The performance will carry listeners from Bach’s baroque Germany to Lauro’s modern Venezuela with many surprises in between. This hour-long show, followed by a question and answer session with the performer, will surely leave you relaxed by the sweet sound of the guitar and enchanted by its history.”

  • Registration now open for Chamber Golf Tournament

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Chamber Golf Tournament Benefitting United Way of Northern New Mexico Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    Early registration is $400 per foursome until Aug. 4. After that date registration is $500 per foursome.

    Individual golfers can register for $125.
    Registration includes breakfast, golf, cart and lunch. Sign up now at losalamoschamber.com/events.

    Sponsorships are available for holes, beverages, lunch, breakfast and at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. For more information contact Chamber Director Nancy Partridge at 661-4872 or email her at Nancy@losalamos.org. Sponsors can register at losalamoschamber.com/events.

    Check-in for the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. while breakfast is served. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and is followed by lunch, awards, and door prizes at 12:30 p.m. or end of play.

    The tournament is a four-person scramble and will feature a few prize and contest holes. Mulligans will be available for a small fee.

    The Chamber Golf Tournament is an awesome opportunity to wrap up your workweek by having fun while raising funds for a good cause. Players can also do a little business networking at the same time.

  • Athletes take part in Splash N Dash

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club hosted its second Splash N Dash of the summer this week.

    The event gives athletes from around the area a chance to test themselves on land and in the water.

    Athletes of all ages and abilities came to the Splash N Dash, which began at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    There were several different courses available to the competitors depending on their abilities.

    Two people could also team up for a relay.

    For the heartiest competitors, the course included a 400-yard swim followed by a three-mile run.

    The shorter course included a 200-yard swim followed by a 1.9 mile run.

    Young kids had the option of doing a 100-yard swim followed by a 1.3 mile run.

    Competitors are informed of their finishing times, but there is no prize for winning.

    Time is kept as a way of letting the racers keep track of their progress throughout the year, not for competition purposes.

    There will be two more Splash N Dash events this summer, on July 5 and July 19, both of which will begin at the Aquatic Center.

    Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.

    In addition, the Triatomics host a time-trial race every Tuesday evening that the public is welcome to attend.

  • LANL defends plutonium facility after critical report

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is fighting back this week in the wake of a critical report on safety issues at its plutonium production facility.

    The report by the Center of Public Integrity was published beginning Sunday and describes a safety review shutdown in 2013 that has slowed work on the manufacture and testing of new and existing plutonium pits at LANL.

    An internal LANL memo obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor sent to employees Monday at the facility assured PF-4 employees that the facility is safe and ready to expand its plutonium pit manufacturing program.

    “Since 2013, PF-4 programmatic operations and safety management programs have successfully completed seventeen independent external assessments – nine Contractor Readiness Assessments and eight Federal Readiness Assessments,” said LANL Principal Associate Director of Operations and Business Craig Leasure in the memo.

    Leasure also assured workers that PF-4 has the full support of the Department of Energy in its efforts to ramp up plutonium pit production.

    The facility is currently manufacturing three to four plutonium pits a year, but at a recent Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting in Santa Fe earlier this month, LANL officials indicated their plan to ramp up production to 80 pits by 2027.

  • Fireworks show still on despite restrictions

    As Los Alamos County struggles through its first heat wave of the summer, the county is taking no chances when it comes to fire hazards. The county issued stage 2 fire restrictions Thursday, urging all county residents to use care when smoking and cooking outdoors.

    The only exception the county has made was to the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and its annual July 4 Fireworks Show in Overlook Park.

    The Kiwanis have a state permit to have fireworks at the show. The Kiwanis also have a long association with the Los Alamos Fire Department in planning the show, according to Kiwanis Club members involved with the fireworks show.
    The fire department also performed cleanup operations and evaluation of the area for fire hazards at Overlook Park earlier this month.

    “We sent our recruits down there and already mitigated the area,” Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland said. “The recruits cleaned up garbage and cleared the area of dead foliage that would easily catch.”

    The Kiwanis have a strong relationship with the LAFD as a result of planning past shows.

  • Baby’s first bake sale nets nearly $600

    Twelve-week old Rachel Parkison and mom Laura, a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School assisted with a bake sale for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry on Monday. with a successful community fundraiser.
    Handsberry has had a re-occurrence of her cancer and community members and former students rallied to support with, “better living  through baked goods.”
    A GoFundMe account has also been set up by a friend.
    The sale raised $592.55.

  • Assets in Action: Teaching children to step up

    As a society, I think we are in a crisis situation, for which many may be unaware.
    Words really do matter and we need not only be aware, but have the discussions, teach our children and step up when we see ugly things taking place.
    The news this week highlighted 17-year-old Michelle Carter and the role she played in her boyfriend’s suicide.
    I find so many things wrong with this situation, but think there needed to be a consequence in order to ignite a nationwide conversation. We need to have the conversation!
    Recently at a community meeting, I was approached by a health professional that asked what we are going to do locally to make a change. I believe that many don’t even know one needs to be made here.
    We still need to teach children the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” At the same time, we need to teach kids that what you say can have a dramatic impact on another person.
    There are many local youth that don’t hesitate to tell a peer, “You should just drink bleach and die.”
    You might think it would be a certain type of student that would say that, but it can be anyone. That is why we need to have the conversation with all of our kids.

  • Community Calendar 6-21-17

    Chamber Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, building 2, room 230. Panel discussion on progress on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Summer Family Evening: Orienteering
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn to find your way with a map and compass and take a journey by following clues along the way. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $0 for member families, $5 for non-member families.
    Lenton Malry will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak series.
    Summer Constellations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this summer, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children
    Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Malry to speak at library Thursday

    “Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service.
    It was his passion for education that led him to first become a teacher, then to become the first African American to receive his Ph.D. in education from the University of New Mexico, and on to become the first African American school principal in Albuquerque.
    He was the first African American elected to the New Mexico Legislature and the first African American Bernalillo County Commissioner.
     He served in the New Mexico legislature from 1968 to 1978, where his proudest accomplishment was a bill that provided for kindergartens in all New Mexico public schools. Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
    Malry’s talk will be followed by a book-signing.

  • UNM football assistant resigns to accept upstart prep position

    Charles McMillian, defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach, has stepped down from his post after three seasons to become the first head coach at St. Francis Episcopal, a new prep high school in the Houston area, announced head football coach Bob Davie.

    McMillian was a key factor in helping UNM’s improved defense. The team recorded just four interceptions prior to his taking over as the defensive passing game coordinator.  
    Since then, they have recorded 33, and the safeties have exactly half of all UNM interceptions over the last two seasons. Last year UNM’s passing defense shaved over 20 yards off its average from a year ago, down to 222.3 yards per game.

    Overall, that defense helped UNM to a school record-tying 16 wins over the last two years, and a school record 11 conference wins over that same span.

    “It’s really the perfect opportunity for my family,” said McMillian.  “I have always wanted to be a head coach at the high school level.  It will be a chance to take many of the things I’ve learned from New Mexico and my other coaching stops and implement them with a brand-new high school program. It’s a very exciting time.”