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Today's News

  • Fourth Friday Fractals Aug. 26

    Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
    This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.
    Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Constitution Day essay contest call for entries

    Students of Los Alamos County in grades 4-12 are invited to enter the second annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    The cash prizes are $300 for the high school winner, $200 for middle school and $100 for the winner from grades 4-6. Entry is free and judging is blind.
    The contest is sponsored by the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women, and all students are invited to enter.
    The awards ceremony will be Sept. 24 at the Constitution Day Dinner, sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.
    Winners will be notified by Sept. 14, and will be invited to bring one guest and attend the dinner at no cost. The winners will be invited, but not required, to read their essays at the dinner.
    The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing. Essays will be judged on how completely and clearly the ideas are stated and supported. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will also be considered. For more information, including the essay questions, go to losalamosgop.com.

  • Assets in Action: Start year off with positive thoughts

    This is the time of year when secretly I may be singing to myself, Andy Williams, It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
    I have never been fond of heading back to school, because I enjoy being at home with my kids. However, I do enjoy seeing everyone else’s children again. I miss those faces during the summer.
    I remember being a first grade parent outside the door and being so excited to see everyone again.
    I want to encourage everyone to start the year on a positive note. Try to find kind and encouraging words to say and start off on a positive note because it really does set the tone for the day.
    If you have seventh grader or a freshman, make sure they attend the orientations planned for them at Los Alamos Middle and High School. More than 125 students and countless adults have spent many hours in leadership training to welcome them and ease their transition.
    One reason I love the WEB and Link Crew programs is that they are grounded in the 40 Developmental Assets framework.
    Make sure you attend open house events, meet key people, hear important information and demonstrate to your children that parent engagement matters. They to see you care, so they care too.

  • Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson to hold Albuquerque rally

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to hold a rally in the state that launched his political career.
    The former New Mexico governor is scheduled Thursday to hold a rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a similar campaign event at the same location in May. That rally turned violent and caused thousands of dollars of damage.
    Johnson is running with former Massachusetts governor William Weld.
    Libertarians including Johnson are pushing for reduced spending and taxes, saying the federal government has gotten too big across the board.

  • Today history Aug. 10
  • Comp plan sessions continue tonight

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning commission held its first work session on the comprehensive plan update on Saturday. Discussions became heated at times as commissioners discussed the three core themes of the plan: “housing, neighborhoods and growth,” “open space, trails and mobility” and “development, redevelopment and downtown.”
    During public comment, Chris and George Chandler questioned whether the material that Community Development Department (CDD) Principal Planner Tamara Baer presented even related to the comp plan.
    “None of these criteria mention the comp plan as a basis for changes, at least very few,” Chris Chandler said. “For example, for special use permits, something very near and dear to my heart, there’s no mention of the criteria that the change has to comport with the comp plan.
    “So all of these people who’ve been coming to all these meetings thinking the comp plan was going to inform the development of the town may be disappointed to learn that the comp plan – if you look at this criteria – is being minimized and barely referenced.”

  • Standoff ends peacefully

    An incident involving an individual who had barricaded themselves inside a home on Rover Boulevard Monday ended peacefully, according to a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman.
    According to Commander Preston Ballew, the incident involved a person with a medical issue, and there would not be any charges filed. No hostages were involved in the incident, Ballew said.
    “The incident was contained and the general public was not in danger,” Ballew said Tuesday.
    Officers responded to a welfare check and located the individual, Ballew said. That person was referred to “appropriate professional services,” he said.
    When the incident started around 2 p.m., police immediately took precautions and ordered an evacuation of a section of Rover Boulevard between Kimberly Avenue and Kendall Avenue.
    The LAPD issued a shelter-in-place order for the White Rock community. Piñon and Chamisa elementary schools were placed on temporary lockdown.
    About six officers had surrounded the house on Rover Boulevard earlier in the afternoon, while firefighters and paramedics stood by to render assistance, if needed.

  • Activists stage annual protest

    Two dozen anti-nuclear demonstrators dressed in sackcloth and ashes gathered Saturday at Ashley Pond – at the site where the Manhattan Project laboratories once stood – to protest Los Alamos National Laboratory’s continuing nuclear weapons program.
    The protest, staged by PAX Christi New Mexico and led by Rev. John Dear, was in its 13th year. The demonstration was considerably smaller than last year’s, when 300 people commemorated the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 8, 1945. Dear took it in stride.
    “It’s just very hard to face Los Alamos on this day alone,” Dear told the group. “And we’re not alone. I count 28 of us, including the animals, who are peacemakers, as well.”
    Dear admitted that “it’s just so darn strange and ridiculous to be sitting in sackcloth and ashes,” but noted that it is the “oldest form of protest,” dating back 3,000 years and cited in the Bible.
    Dear would like to see a worldwide boycott of the United States to force it to end its nuclear weapons program.
    “I hold a vision for all religions to reclaim the nonviolence at the heart of every religion,” Dear said.

  • Española Walmart to close for 8 weeks

    Citing  “ongoing foundation and drainage issues,” the Española Walmart will close its retail operations in mid-September.
    The pharmacy will remain open during the repairs to the foundation and to fix problems with drainage. All store employees will remain working, according to a store spokeswoman.
    The closure is expected to last eight weeks, with some areas of the store remaining closed longer.
    “We anticipate some areas may remain closed to customers longer than that, but we won’t know which areas or how long until we get in and start doing that work,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia.
    The Walmart in Española is known as a “Supercenter” Walmart, where not only does the store sell a variety of goods and services, but also groceries.
    The Los Alamos small business community had mixed reactions to the news. Chamber Director Nancy Partridge said the temporary closure could bring new customers up to Los Alamos, being first drawn to Los Alamos’ Smith’s Marketplace, one of the major grocery stores in the region.

  • New Mexico governor orders agency spending reductions

    SANTA FE (AP) —Gov. Susana Martinez directed most major state agencies on Tuesday to institute spending cuts in response to a sharp downturn in tax receipts and other state revenues tied to weak energy prices.

    In a memo to state agencies under her control, the Republican governor called for preparations to reduce general-fund spending by at least 5 percent during the budget year that began in July. Executive agencies also were directed to spend no more than 45 percent of their general-fund budgets during the first half of the current fiscal year.

    Martinez said she expects the directives to involve changes to hiring practices, overtime, travel and many other aspects of agency management. Some exceptions may be made to preserve public health and safety.

    Martinez recommended identical spending reductions at agencies outside her direct control that are overseen by the Legislature, judiciary or other elected officials. She attributed faltering state revenues to a downturn in the energy sector, describing "the largest crash in oil and gas prices in our lifetime."