Today's News

  • S.F. Opera's open house shows off renovations

    All are welcome to join the Santa Fe Opera to see the recent renovations and improvements completed in The Crosby Theatre as part of Phase I of the “Setting the Stage” campaign, a multi-year project that includes major updates to both the front of house and backstage areas.
    Visitors are also invited to take a stroll onstage for a sneak peek of the magnificent set, nineteenth century-era costumes and props being built for “The Daughter of the Regiment,” Donizetti’s romantic comedy, which opens the season on July 3.
    Members from the production team will be present to answer questions, as well as give tours of the newly reconstructed backstage facilities. Should visitors be inspired by the glorious production in the making, special prices will available for select performances of “The Daughter of the Regiment” at the box office.

    Meanwhile on the Opera’s lower grounds in O’Shaughnessy Hall, the Guilds of Santa Fe Opera will be hosting Fledermarket. An array of wonderful items will be on sale, with items priced to move – art, jewelry, furnishings, sporting goods, housewares and decor. All proceeds benefit the “Setting the Stage” campaign.

  • Sangre de Cristo Chorale celebrates American composers

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is celebrating American composers in its spring concert “American Voices.” The chorale will be singing music of beloved American choral composers Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson and others.  The selections have the added inspiration of poetry from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes. The Los Alamos performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 2 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    In addition to the Los Alamos concert, the performance will be repeated in Santa Fe at 3 p.m. May 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.
    The chorale is to introduce Cora Harms as the guest conductor for the spring season. Harms has a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of New Mexico.
    Recently retired from teaching in the Santa Fe Public Schools, her undergraduate degree in music education is also from UNM. Even in retirement she continues to use her teaching skills as music director for Pandemonium Productions (children’s music theater), as a teaching artist for The Santa Fe Opera’s ALTO integrated arts program and Opera Makes Sense program for preschoolers, as well as serving as an accompanist for voice classes and instrumental recitals at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

  • A puppet show for adults

    “Avenue Q” is debuting at the Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday, starring the Dixon Community Players. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8, 9, 15 and 16. There are two matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and May 10. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and students. The show is not recommended for children. Tickets can be purchased at lalt.org, at CB Fox, or at the door prior to the show.

  • Symphony announces spring concert

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its “Classic Closer” concert. The program will begin at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. Albuquerque native, Bill Houston, will be directing the concert, which will include works of Schubert, Brahms, Sibelius and Haydn.
    Asked how he chose the works to be performed, Houston replied, “These are works I love to hear and also love to conduct.”
    Specifically, he pointed out Schubert’s ability “to set the listener up for something and then change it drastically” in his Unfinished Symphony; Brahms’ woodwind lines which he likens to “silver threads moving in and out” in his Tragic Overture; and the predictable “crowd pleaser” aspect of the Finlandia of Sibelius.
    For a solo work, Houston turned to his long time friend Robert Burkhart, a cellist with a busy career in New York. Burkhart will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
    Houston comes to Los Alamos with a diverse background that includes a degree in chemistry, a minor in music and an MBA in finance. Always, through all his studies, his love for music and playing his viola remained a major focus of his life. Eventually he decided to honor that calling and he returned to Albuquerque to pursue a career in music.

  • Middle schooler rebuked for wearing rosary to class

    FARMINGTON (AP) — A middle school student in northwest New Mexico says she was sent to the principal’s office and asked if she sold drugs or was involved with a gang after she wore her rosary to school.
    Eighth-grader Latanyia Clah tells KOB-TV that she and her sister began wearing their rosaries to school after receiving them as Christmas gifts. The administration at Tibbetts Middle School in Farmington said the Catholic prayer beads are inappropriate attire.
    A Farmington Municipal Schools spokesman said they consulted a priest and found a prevalence of gang members using rosaries as symbols, which prompted administrators to ask students to stop wearing them.
    Latanyia’s mother, Delphyina Clah, said she doesn’t see why her faith means her children are in a gang.

  • Santa Fe council approves 10 cent paper bag charge

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe shoppers will be regretting not bringing their own bag to the grocery store this summer after the City Council approved a 10-cent fee for paper bags.
    The Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve the fee after the ban on plastic grocery bags did not motivate enough people to bring their own reusable totes. The amendment to the city’s shopping-bag ordinance will go into effect in 60 days.
    When the plastic-bag ban initially included a fee, the City Attorney called it an impermissible tax. The Council now calls it an “environmental service fee.”
    Retailers will keep one penny of the bag fee and give the remaining 9 cents to the city. The money will be used for environmental education programs.

  • Report on Gray's death turned in

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police completed a criminal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and delivered it to a prosecutor a day earlier than promised Thursday, but the commissioner said his department stands ready to help the state’s attorney gather more evidence.
    As if to drive home that point, a deputy commissioner revealed a piece of information that raises still more questions about what the officers involved have told investigators: The police van carrying Gray to the station made a previously undisclosed stop that was captured on a “privately owned camera.”
    State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby must review the evidence, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who suffered severe spinal injuries after being stopped by police April 12 and died a week later.
    Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took no questions and provided no details about the report, which he said represents the work of more than 30 investigators.
    “I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency,” Batts said. “That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time.”
    Batts said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney. Mosby said her office’s independent investigation continues as well.

  • Correction 4-30-15

    In “Fire, police and other budgets get an initial approval,” published Tuesday, it was incorrectly stated that the Aquatic Center will be closing at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. Monday–Thursday.  The correct closing time is currently 8 p.m. That will be changing to 7 p.m.

  • Update 4-30-15


    A Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

    Closed session

    There will be a closed session of the Board of Public Utilities at 9 a.m. Friday. Part of the meeting may include members of the Los Alamos County Council. It will be at the municipal building.

    County Council

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is set for noon May 8 at the municipal building.


    Los Alamos County will hold a White Rock Master Plan Showcase Event May 4 at the White Rock Visitor Center. The White Rock Master Plan Committee will present information on present and future projects related to the plan. For more information, call Darby Martinez at 663-1727.


    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for Friday night at Mountain Elementary School. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    Clean Up Day

    The 12th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day is set for Saturday. Volunteers may sign up online to receive trash bags from Los Alamos County. All participants in the Clean Up Day are invited to a picnic at 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond. For more information, call Environmental Services at 662-8163.

  • Be There calendar 4-30-15

    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

    The American Association of University Women is presenting a discussion of Human Trafficking. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs meeting rooms. Topic presenters are Maria Sanchez-Gagne, director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division, and Lynn Sanchez, the program director for the Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link. The discussion will focus on The United Nation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol, New Mexico state trafficking laws, strategies for raising awareness about the global human rights issue, outreach and the trauma informed services needed to assist victims of human trafficking.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.