Today's News

  • A Big Slice of Pi

    Tazler Smith was celebrated for his accomplishments at Los Alamos Middle School. Smith memorized the first 113 digits of pi, the famous irrational number, represented on the poster behind him. Smith was heralded by the math department for his efforts.

  • Local Briefs 5-20-15

    Party for Washburns is set for Thursday

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a going-away party for Gerry and Audrey Washburn Thursday at the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium.
    Gerry Washburn is a longtime teacher, basketball coach and administrator at LAPS, while Audrey Washburn worked for many years in the schools’ transportation department.
    Gerry Washburn recently announced his resignation as the assistant superintendent and human resources director at LAPS to take a superintendent position in Oregon.
    The ceremony will be from 4-6 p.m. at the school. Light refreshments will be served.

    Artists program deadline approaching

    Bandelier National Monument announced the deadline is approaching for its Artists in Residence Program.
    The program, for those in the fields of writing, composition, visual arts and performing arts must apply for the program by June 1.
    The residency is scheduled between mid-September and mid-December.
    For more information, visit Bandelier’s website, nps.gov/band.

    Surplus sale is canceled

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced it has canceled its monthly surplus property sale.
    The sale was originally scheduled for Thursday. A LANL official said the next scheduled sale will be June 18, weather permitting.

  • Update 5-20-15


    Bandelier National Monument will have a Night Sky Program Friday at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. It will take place at 8 p.m.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have a plastic bag ban discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Science Museum

    The Bradbury Science Museum will have a special presentation Friday, “Exploring the Solar System.” The event will be part of the Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays initiative. The presentation will be from 4-6 p.m. at the museum.

    Community Winds

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a Memorial Day Concert. 2 p.m. Monday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is scheduled from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

    Science On Tap

    Science On Tap will present “Attack of the Drones!” Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. James Privette, will discuss how the lab is working to counter the risk of drones. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

    Concert Series

    James Carothers and his band will perform at Friday night’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The show will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

  • Oil spill clean-up efforts underway

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup crews fanned out Wednesday along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from a broken pipe and flowed into the Pacific Ocean.
    Workers from an environmental cleanup company strapped on boots and gloves and picked up shovels and rakes to tackle the gobs of goo stuck to sand and rocks along Refugio State Beach on the southern Santa Barbara County coast.
    The accident Tuesday happened on the same stretch of coastline as a 1969 spill, which was the largest ever in U.S. waters at the time and is credited with giving rise to the American environmental movement.
    Members of the International Bird Rescue organization were also on hand Wednesday to clean any birds that become covered with oil, though none were immediately spotted in the calm seas that produced small waves.
    Fan Yang, 26, of Indianapolis, stood on a bluff overlooking the beach, where the stench of petroleum was heavy.
    “It smells like what they use to pave the roads,” said Yang, who was hoping to find cleaner beaches in Santa Barbara. “I’m sad for the birds — if they lose their habitat.”

  • Foundation receives recognition

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation was the recipient of the 2015 Dennis J. Woywood Compañero Recognition from Quality New Mexico (QNM).
    LANL Foundation was nominated by Gene Schmidt, former Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, for the work of Foundation Board Chair Dr. Bill Wadt in assisting the district with its continuous improvement process and application to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards.
    Quality New Mexico provides tools for businesses and organizations to successfully accomplish their mission and vision by driving performance excellence.
    The Dennis J. Woywood Compañero Recognition is awarded by QNM to organizations that partner with others to assist and guide them on their performance improvement journey.
    “We are proud to receive this award from Quality New Mexico. Many have helped the LANL Foundation on its journey towards excellence, and we are happy that Bill Wadt and his technical expertise could guide the Los Alamos Public Schools with their continuous improvement process,” said Jenny Parks, LANL Foundation CEO. “Bill’s volunteer work with the district aligns with the Foundation’s ‘pay it forward’ spirit. We hope to continue to lead by example and assist other organizations in a similar way in the future.”

  • Police release crime report

    The Los Alamos Police Department has released its annual report, which is packed with some revealing statistics that make for a fairly interesting snapshot of Los Alamos in 2014.
    The report is available online to the public through the department’s website, losalamosnm.us/police.
    While property crime continues to rise, and continued to rise into the first quarter of 2014 overall, Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation, according to the police department’s latest statistics.
    “The community continued to benefit from a relatively low crime rate, making Los Alamos County one of the safest communities in the nation,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone in the report. “While violent crime fell 37 percent to 28, total Part One crimes, property crime rose 17 percent to 179, largely due to vehicles and homes left unsecured. Our overall investigative clearance rate remained outstanding at 63 percent.”
    The 32-page report is fairly comprehensive, providing a clear window into how the department is working to reduce drug abuse and domestic violence.
    In 2014, the department organized a forum that helped make the public aware of just how extensive the abuse of illegal drugs and trafficking is in the community, especially among young people.

  • Governor to visit Aspen School Friday

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera will be at Aspen Elementary School Friday to kick off the governor's Summer Reading Challenge.
    Martinez and Skandera will be at the Aspen library at noon Friday to kick off the challenge.
    The Summer Reading Challenge is for all students ages 5-12.

  • Proposal still drawing controversy

    The Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board holds the first of two public hearings on a possible ban on single-use plastic bags Thursday.
    The ESB first considered the issue in November 2014, when they approved a motion to “support a plastic bag ban, beginning with a petition and resulting a draft ordinance and with further discussion from the ESB.”
    A citizen petition with 153 signatures was presented to the Los Alamos County Council April 14.
    After considerable debate, council approved a motion that directed the Environmental Sustainability Board “to conduct two public meetings regarding an ordinance to ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags in Los Alamos County and to return to Council with options and/or a proposed ordinance.”
    Most of the councilors in favor of the motion argued that considering the number of signatories on the petition, further discussion on the issue was warranted. Councilors James Chrobocinski, Steve Girrens and Rick Reiss voted against the motion.
    The question of whether the county should impose a plastic bag ban was posted on Open Forum (losalamosnm.us/gov/Pages/PublicCommentForum.aspx#peak_democracy) April 23.
    When the forum closed Tuesday, 653 people had visited the site and 411 had responded to four questions posed.

  • Community briefs 5-20-15

    Bradbury part of Blue Star program

    The Bradbury is again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 25 through Labor Day Sept. 7.
    “We are excited and proud to be a part of the 2,000 museums throughout the United States participating in the Blue Star Museum program to thank our nation’s military personnel — and their families — for their service. The museum already has a free-admission policy, but we’re participating in this program to raise awareness of the importance of honoring members of the U.S. armed services, as we share our collective history,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.
    Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide that offer free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    For a full list of participating museums nationwide, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

    Puppy adoption set for this weekend

  • Memberships now avaiable for White Rock pool

    Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2015 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Ave., has been a part of the White Rock community for 49 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships based upon number of swimmers. A one-person membership cost $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes. A family membership is $450 guest packages and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit toward his or her 2016 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grill for picnic, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area and snack bar.
    It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme night and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 20-24 for all levels for both members and non-members.
    The cost is $30 per swimmer for members and $40 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.