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Today's News

  • ‘A loss of freedom’

    Citizens in Action, a group of residents looking to reform Los Alamos County’s nuisance ordinance told Los Alamos County Council Tuesday the ordinance is taking away the small-town sense of community.

    Many have complained that the ordinance, which was designed to promote beauty and eliminate safety hazards, is too heavy handed when it comes to residential properties, where enforcement officers are quick to write up frequent notices for minor infractions, yet they claim the same officers overlook more egregious offenses being committed by businesses and commercial development.

    One of the group’s leaders, Heather Ortega, said many residents told them the ordinance made them feel they no longer have control over their own property.

    “There’s a feeling of a loss of freedom… to have things and to do things in their private yards,” Ortega said. “Be it gardening, various flowers, strollers, bikes, toys, campers parked in their driveway, project vehicle cars, woodworking, landscaping choices, yard decor and people are very worried about their paint choices.”

    For the past year, Citizens in Action has been gathering data, and seeking opinions from residents and county officials on how they can all make the nuisance ordinance more balanced and fair.

  • 3 Santa Fe High students arrested over threatening letter

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say three Santa Fe High School students have been arrested for a letter that described plans for a school shooting.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the students told Santa Fe police that the letter as a joke.

    Santa Fe Public Schools spokesman Jeff Gephart says students found the letter Tuesday and notified school officials.

    The Journal says the letter had a list of student and teachers names that were intended "targets."

    It also reportedly included a map of the school showing where the shootings would take place and noting the best location in the school to kill.

  • SFNF Christmas Tree permits go on sale

    Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday at forest headquarters at all ranger district offices and select third-party vendors.

    As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth-grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at everykidinapark.gov.

    Once the pass is printed out, the fourth-graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit. The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

    The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

    One tag is valid for a tree up to 5-inches in diameter and 10-feet in height. Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than 5-inches require an additional tag. For example, a 15-foot tree requires two tags.

    The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person.

  • Sipapu Ski Resort delays opening day

    Sipapu Ski Resort’s ski area’s opening day has been postponed ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures, resort officials announced Tuesday.

    The resort was originally scheduled to open on Saturday, one of the earliest openings in resort history.

    Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow was in the forecast for Tuesday. Cold temperatures have allowed Sipapu’s crews to make snow already on beginner and intermediate trails: Thumper, Lower Bambi and Butterfly. They will continue snowmaking efforts as temperatures allow.

    “Our mountain crews continue to monitor temperatures and we’ve made snow whenever we could,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu.

    The team was continuing to prepare the mountain for opening day, which was targeted as Nov. 18, as conditions allow, Bradley said in a release.

    “We feel confident with the progress we’ve already made that we’ll be able to open on the 18th,” he said.
    Sipapu Ski Resort is known for being the first resort to open and the last to close in New Mexico. Last year, Sipapu opened on Nov. 19, 2016, continuing the 14-year trend as being the first to open in the state.

  • LA History Museum to host lecture on Ranch School at 7 p.m. Tuesday

    The Los Alamos History Museum will present a lecture by Sharon Snyder at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge, called “How Los Alamos Became a Ranch School:  A Homesteader’s Farmhouse, a Few Sheds, and a Muddy Puddle of Water.”

    The lecture is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2017-2018 lecture series “100 Years on the Pajarito Plateau.” This lecture series is sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kiebert.

    The ranch school that existed here between 1917 and 1943 was special, and developed into one of the best schools of its kind throughout the West, earning a national reputation among all prep schools. Sharon Snyder will be presenting a talk on topics ranging from how Ashley Pond Jr. ended up in New Mexico and became the partner of Harold Brook, the homesteader whose land eventually held the school, to who financed the expansion of the school as it grew, and why did the boys wear shorts in the winter and sleep on screened porches year round? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the third lecture in the 2017-2018 Historical Society’s lecture series this Tuesday.

    Snyder is the award-winning biographer, author and poet of Peggy Pond Church, as well as the Publications Director of Bathtub Row Press, the publishing house of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Register now for the WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade

    Registration is now open for the annual WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. This year’s “Woodland” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec 2.

    The official tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    To participate in the parade, visit eventbrite.com/e/los-alamos-winterfest-holiday-lights-parade-2017-registration-37288847948.

    Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town, and The Holiday Lights Parade is the highlight of the WinterFest weekend. For more information and a full schedule of WinterFest events, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/winterfest/.

    Los Alamos MainStreet, and the LACDC, would like to extend a sincere thanks to the WinterFest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County. 

    MainStreet welcomes more WinterFest sponsors, and those interested in sponsoring should contact Suzette Fox, MainStreet executive director at suzette@losalamos.org, or KayLinda Crawford, MainStreet event coordinator at kaylinda@losalamos.org.

  • Community Calendar 11-8-17

    TODAY
    Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Hear about the geology of Pueblo Canyon from Elaine Jacobs while hiking the gentle Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Fall prevention presentation
from 2-3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court in the Recreation Room. Presenters will be Donna McHenry, EMS, Pauline Schneider, the senior center director, and Cynthia Goldblatt, Los Alamos Retirement Community community liaison. Community is invited.  Refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. Contact Goldblatt at 695-8981 for information.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The program will be presented by Irma Holtkamp. The subject will be “Using Clues in Census Records to Find Your Family in Other Sources.” The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy Show: Inside the Sun at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Explore our local star with Dr. Joyce Ann Guzik. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY

  • Scenic hike for health

    El Centro Family Health Clinic and the Santa Fe National Forest are sponsoring a hike along Window Rock Trail on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative for “Forest Your Health.” The biannual hike to scenic Window Rock is an 8-mile round-trip trek to one of the most state’s largest rock spans, a “window” worn out of igneous rock.

    The hike is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the trailhead north of Española on the road to Abiquiu – with the hike ending at 5 p.m., after sharing hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire. Dress accordingly with long pants, hiking boots and leather gloves – participants will be picking up trash along the hike.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Sublett, at jsabulett@fs.fed.us or 753-7331.

  • House speaker: Session to focus on public safety, budget

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf says his Democratic colleagues hope to consider legislation during the upcoming session that will help cities hire more police officers.

    Another consideration for the 30-day session will be legislation that will make it easier for the state's courts to keep certain defendants locked up while they await trial.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Egolf made the comments while addressing a group of business leaders Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Egolf expects the session to focus on public safety, the budget and tax policy.

    He said Democrats also will push for a scaled-back plan to put an extra $50 million into early-childhood education programs. Unlike previous plans that called for tapping New Mexico's land grant permanent fund, the new plan will involve severance tax funds.

  • LAHS XC teams finish in top three at state

    Every year, the Los Alamos cross country teams are among the top competitors at the Class 5A state meet. And this year was no different, as the Hilltopper girls took the second place prize, and the boys finished in third place.

    Heading into the boys race, everyone expected it to be a three-team battle between Albuquerque Academy, Kirtland Central and LAHS. And the meet lived up to expectations, with those three teams finishing well ahead of every other team in the race.

    Academy took home the state championship with 37 points, while Kirtland Central took second place with 61 points.

    The Hilltoppers finished just two points behind Kirtland Central with 63 points.

    Two weeks ago, following the Hilltoppers’ home meet, head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood explained that whichever of those three teams was able to put together the most complete meet would walk away as the champions, and on Saturday Albuquerque Academy proved to be up to the task with its decisive victory.

    Despite not accomplishing its goal of a state championship, the Hilltopper runners all put together impressive performances.

    Freshman Rafael Sanchez was the team’s top finisher with a time of 17:03. He finished in fifth place overall, and earned All-State honors.