Today's News

  • Opera returns to Bandelier next month

    Opera on the Rocks has become one of Bandelier National Monument’s most popular events. This year’s opera features Opera Alta performing Amadeus Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienne” and selections from the “Magic Flute.”
    Activities begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Juniper Campground amphitheater.
    Mozart was 12 years old when he composed “Bastien and Bastienne,” the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician. Selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” will include “The 3 Spirits and Papageno” and arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    This family-friendly event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera — as well as opera enthusiasts — to enjoy a performance in a special venue.
    “We are very proud and honored to sponsor this event,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “It brings music back to this area where Ancestral Pueblo people played their own music for millennia.” 

    Cochiti Pueblo drummer Arnold Herrera leads off the event at 4 p.m. Local opera singer Alicia Solomon will coordinate a sing-along and welcome at 5 p.m., followed by the main performance.

  • Bandelier will have moon viewing as part of an international event

    It comes out most nights, but very often the moon goes unnoticed.
    But the moon is going to get noticed on Sept. 19 all around the world, including at Bandelier National Monument.
    Bandelier is taking part in the International Observe the Moon Night Sept. 19. The event is organized by the InOMN Team, a group of scientists, educators and lunar enthusiasts.
    The event is held annually to encourage “observation, appreciation, and understanding of our moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration,” according to the event’s website.
    Locally, Bandelier’s event will be at the Juniper Campground amphitheater. Activities will start at 8 p.m.
    One of the volunteers for the night is Kelly Ricks, a relative newcomer to Bandelier. She said there’s no real set agenda for the event right now, but it will be a night for astronomers and others to view the moon and even learn some interesting facts about it.
    Ricks said she’s studied the moon and the mythology around it, which is quite a bit, and is eager to let everyone know where some of that mythology came from.

  • September, October busy at Bandelier

    Here is a list of upcoming events at Bandelier National Monument. For more information on any of the listed events, call Bandelier National Monument at 672-3861.

    Sept. 5: Introduction to wildnerness hike, 7:30 a.m.; Evening Ranger Talk, Juniper Campground Amphitheater, “Pueblo Connections”

    Sept. 6: Tsankawi Sunset Walk

    Sept. 4-7: Crafts demonstrators from the Fragua family from Jemez Pueblo, Visitor Center; Evening Ranger Program at Juniper Campground Amphitheater, 8 p.m.

    Sept. 9-12: Night Sky Fiesta

    Sept. 12: Introduction to wildnerness hike, 7:30 a.m.; Fall Crafts Fiesta; Seed Hike, gathering grass seeds for a rehab project.

    Sept. 13: Tsankawi Sunset Walk

    Sept. 19: Introduction to wildnerness hike, 7:30 a.m.; International Observe the Moon Night, 7 p.m.

    Sept. 26: Fee Free Day, no entrance fee; Opera on the Rocks, Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

    Sept. 27: Tsankawi Sunset Walk; Lunar eclipse program and observing, Juniper Campground Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m.

    Oct. 2: Solar & Star Talk, 6:30 p.m.

    Oct. 3: Solar & Star Talk, 6: 30 p.m.

    Oct. 10: Seed Hike; Star Talk, 6:30 p.m.

    Oct. 20: Bandelier Wilderness Day.

    Oct. 27: End of shuttle buses for 2015

  • ‘Movie Tour’ is Sept. 13 at VCNP

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve will have a guided tour of movie set locations in the area Sept. 13.
    Movie buffs and other interested people can check out the tour, which is approximately 36 miles long within VCNP. The tour will make stops at movie set locations and hear the history of movie making at the caldera from the early 1970s to the present. Hollywood, Bollywood and many other movie and TV locations.
    Reservations are preferred. For information about the tour, call 661-3333.

  • Caldera hosting youth and adult fly fish clinics in Sept.

    A pair of fly fishing clinics, one for youth and one for adults, will be the weekend of Sept. 15 at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Volunteers from New Mexico Trout will conduct fly fishing clinics for youth Sept. 15 and adults Sept. 16 at the caldera.
    The clinics, which will both be at 8:30 a.m. allow for up to 20 participants. Those taking part will have the opportunity to fish the headwaters of the East Fork of the Jemez River on the VCNP.
    Participants will spend a half-day learning about equipment, tackle, knots, stream insect sampling and identification.
    Participants will be allowed time to practice their casting in the morning and then head for the fishing areas in the afternoon.
    Those wanting to take part should bring a lunch and be prepared for inclement weather.
    VCNP said on its website that the clinics are very popular, so those interested in taking part should sign up early.
    Those with rod, reel and tackle are advised to bring those, however, there will be some equipment available for those clinics. Also, those aged 12 and over must have a valid New Mexico fishing license.
    This youth clinic is designed for kids between the ages of 8-16 and the adult clinic for those 16 years and older. Participants will meet at the Valle Grande Visitor Center.

  • 'Toppers reach tonight's championship game

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team and Bosque Prep will meet for the second time this season tonight.

    After tying 2-2 on Tuesday, the two teams will play again in the championship game of Los Alamos' Louie Cernicek Tournament. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.

    After beating Clovis in overtime, 2-1, Los Alamos scored another 2-1 victory in the semifinals against Goddard.

    Los Alamos fired shot after shot on goal, but Goddard's goalkeeper Miguel Robles made some incredible diving saves to keep the Rockets in the game.

    Joe Singleton scored in the first half for Los Alamos and it remained 1-0 until the 79th minute. Los Alamos' George Steinkamp then took an Eric Burnside pass and knocked it in the goal to put Los Alamos up by two. 

    Less than 20 seconds later, Goddard got on the scoreboard, but the final whistle blew before Goddard had a chance to tie it.

    Bosque beat Santa Fe Prep and Roswell to reach the championship game.

  • LA prevails in season opener

    JACONA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team scored three times in the second half after falling behind in the first half to prevail over the Pojoaque Valley Elks in its 2015 season opener.

    Fullback Derek Selvage scored three times, including what would be the game winner with 4:13 remaining, to help lead Los Alamos to a 19-13 win against the Elks.

    The Elks, using their two-pronged attack of Chris Quintana and Daniel Rael, put together some long, clock-chewing drives, but had trouble punching the ball into the end zone.

    Los Alamos had several chances in the ballgame, but likewise couldn't get to paydirt until the second half. Selvage's third touchdown was the only time the Hilltoppers had the lead in the game.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday's game.

  • Seeing stars in America's backyard

    One of Bandelier National Monument’s most striking features is its night sky.
    The light of a full moon is almost brilliant enough to read by and a moonless night reveals an endless array of stars.
    Although Bandelier closes at dusk, you do not have to be a camper to experience the park’s nighttime treasures.
    The summertime Nightwalks and Night Sky programs have long been popular, but nocturnal offerings have been stepped up a notch since Night Sky Ranger Geoff Goins arrived.
    Bandelier’s first Night Sky Fiesta is scheduled to Sept. 10-12. Goins describes the event as “the Night Sky program on steroids.”
    The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 with a showing of Ian Cheney’s “The City Dark” in the Bandelier amphitheater, which Goins’ characterizes as “a story of Earth’s disappearing night sky.”
    The film documents Cheney’s journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.
    Daytime activities Sept. 10-11 include solar viewing through Bandelier’s new solar telescopes, which are specially filtered for safe viewing of the sun. The telescopes will be set up from noon-3 p.m. Scale model solar system walks start at 1 p.m. both days.

  • Police Beat 8-30-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 20

    9:39 a.m. — Police reported that an 80-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries on Aztec Avenue.

    Aug. 21

    8:39 a.m. — Police reported that a 67-year-old Los Alamos man was a victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Rover Boulevard.

    5:30 p.m. — Fernando Trujillo, 23, of Española was arrested through a district court warrant. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance at N.M. 502 June 17.

    9:46 p.m. — A 35-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at Hawk Drive.

    Aug. 22

    10:50 a.m. — John Guitterrez, 33 of Cordova was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of 47th Street and Trinity Drive.

  • Local MainStreet program gets awarded by N.M. for its efforts

    Los Alamos MainStreet announced last week it was the recipient of the Spirit of Preservation Award from the New Mexico MainStreet Program.
    According to New Mexico MainStreet, the award was for Los Alamos’ performance in its advocacy of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which was established in 2014.
    Earlier this month, representatives of New Mexico MainStreet met in Artesia to celebrate 30 years of the group’s economic, development and revitalization efforts in New Mexico.
    The New Mexico MainStreet’s anniversary awards ceremony recognized the “outstanding achievements and exceptional leadership among the state’s local MainStreet organizations and partners,” according to the group.
    “Los Alamos MainStreet provided support in the advocacy efforts of the Los Alamos Historical Society for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park by mobilizing our citizens via email, mail and phone to contact our legislators to support its creation,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director of the local MainStreet’s efforts.