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Today's News

  • Update 4-29-15

    Grand Opening

    The Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building and the Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant will have a grand opening ceremony Thursday. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    Closed session

    There will be a close 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. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Star Wars

    Mesa Public Library will host Star Wars Day Sunday. “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to attend a showing of the original 1977 film from 1-3 p.m. and play “Star Wars” games from 3-5 p.m.

    "Avenue Q"

    The Los Alamos Little Theater is presenting “Avenue Q,” along with the Dixon Community Players. Performances start 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at lalt.org or at CB Fox, and at the door.

    Performance

    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.

    Future Energy

  • Sheehan: things are better

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than two decades after taking over in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, retiring Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.
    The archdiocese now has a zero-tolerance policy, and New Mexico is more open and transparent regarding abuse investigations, Sheehan said Monday.
    “There were problems. Yes. Lots of them,” said Sheehan, 75, who is retiring in June as head of New Mexico’s largest diocese because of age requirements. “But we have zero tolerance for any of that stuff now.”
    Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City bishop and immigration-reform advocate John Wester as Sheehan’s replacement.
    Sheehan was installed at the 11th Archbishop of Santa Fe in 1993 following the resignation of Archbishop Robert Sanchez, who stepped down right before “60 Minutes” was to broadcast a story naming several women who say they had sex with him.
    Sanchez, the first Latino archbishop appointed in the United States, also came under scrutiny for failing to prevent and investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.

  • Dog Days of Spring

    Plenty of dogs and their owners hit the road for the annual Dog Jog competition Saturday in White Rock. The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter program.

  • Park officials to meet with public

    The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) in Denver announced it will hold three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next month to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS.
    The meetings are scheduled for May 11-13, in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos. Each meeting runs from 6-8:30 p.m.
    “This is an opportunity for the National Park Service to get to know the communities around the Valles Caldera, and for us to begin to establish the kind of strong working relationships that are at the heart of effectively managing the preserve,” said Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica.
    In December, Congress designated the preserve as a new unit of the National Park System. The legislation requires that the Valles Caldera Trust be terminated and the management of the area be turned over to the National Park Service.
    The listening sessions will include a brief presentation with a time for questions, followed by multiple small group discussion circles, each assisted by a Park Service facilitator.
    Circle participants may include partners of NPS and the Trust as well as members of the general public and various stakeholders, from local governments and businesses to recreation and conservation interests.

  • Underground line in Western Area fails

    A bad underground cable left approximately 1,000 local customers were without power for about 30 minutes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities announced Tuesday that linemen discovered a faulty cable at 39th Street was the culprit of the outage.
    The outage affected residents in Western Area. It occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Crews had power restored before noon.
    The county said its crews completed repairs at about 3:30 p.m. and that the distribution system was scheduled to be placed to its original configuration today.
    DPU can be reached by calling 662-8333 or by emailing DPU@lacnm.us.

  • Summary of Budget Amendments

    The approved FY2016 budget is $336,400 higher than the budget proposed by staff. The amendments made to the original proposal are:

  • Expert presents facts about N.M. waterfalls

    There are hundreds of perennial-flowing waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, and Doug Scott is widely recognized as the expert on the subject. Scott returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to give a presentation starting at 7 p.m. May 5 at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. The talk is free and open to the public.
    Scott is a outdoorsman who has been exploring New Mexico since he was a young child.  
    He started the Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972 and was a commercial whitewater rafting guide and ski touring guide for many years, besides being a successful artist.
    Scott loves discovering waterfalls and sharing them with others. Attendees of his programs have said they are always greatly inspired to become “Waterfall-lovers” and begin “Waterfalling” immediately.
    All four of Scott’s outdoor books will be available to be signed and personalized: Taos Waterfalls, Taos Mountains, New Mexico Waterfalls and New Mexico Waterfall Handbook.   
    The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Property taxes heading up

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a $193,163,741 FY2016 budget on Tuesday by a 5-2 vote.
    The final version of the budget includes a 2.25 mills property tax increase, which will increase revenues by $1.5 million. Taxes on a $300,000 home will increase $225 per year.
    Councilors James Chrobocinski and Pete Sheehey voted against the motion.
    Chrobocinski strongly opposed the property tax increase. A motion he made to approve the budget without the tax increase failed by a 5-2 vote, with Sheehey also voting for the motion.
    “I don’t think this takes into account the potential for increased economic activity from the Manhattan Project National (Historical) Park. I’m already seeing increased commercial activity going on,” Chrobocinski said. “I don’t think the prospects are nearly as doom and gloom as this puts it forth.”
    Chair Kristin Henderson was not as optimistic as Chrobocinski.
    “I think it’s possible our GRT (Gross Receipts Tax) is going to increase, but I don’t think it’s anything compared to the revenue we get from the lab and I don’t see it happening this particular year and I don’t think we can count on it next year,” Henderson said.

  • Community briefs 4-29-15

    LAMS fundraisers to aid ill staff members

    Los Alamos Middle School is currently conducting two fundraisers for staff members fighting serious health battles. On Friday, students can donate $1 for the opportunity to wear their hats in the building throughout the day.
    Students can donate their dollar before school or during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    On Friday, they stop by our booth in the main office for their official hand stamp. Tickets will still be available Friday.
    For any questions or more information, call 663-3252.
    The funds will benefit teachers Sherri Bublitz and Ryan Finn.
    Olions to perform Shakespeare

    The Los Alamos High School Olions presents its annual spring production this weekend. This year, the students will perform William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    A preview performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, there will be two shows 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Sunday.  
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and the preview show is $5.
    For more information, contact Rosemary Vigil at 500-5983.

  • Be There calendar 4-29-15

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    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.
    Thursday
    “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.