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Today's News

  • LA Farmers Market
  • Fun in the mud

    Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation hosted its Mud Fest Volleyball Tournament last weekend at North Mesa Park.

    A total of 10 teams made up of at least three male and three female participants took to the mud pits for games that followed the general rules of normal volleyball with one major exception.

    “You’re in super thick, knee-high mud that you have to jump in, dive in and slide around in,” said Justin Ramsey, the captain of the Urbanites team, which he organized.

    Ramsey said that although it can be quite difficult to move around in the thick mud, he enjoys being able to dive around all over the court without the risk of injury.

    “You definitely get pretty dirty out there,” Ramsey said. He has now participated in two of these tournaments, though this was his first year as a captain.

    Movement was so difficult in the mud pits, in fact, that participants were encouraged to wrap duct tape around their shoes so there wouldn’t be a risk of losing them in the mud during matches.  

    Although the tournament was set up as a double-elimination, round-robin format leading up to a championship round, Mother Nature had other ideas.

  • Birth of atomic bomb explored through dance, art, poetry

    This Sunday will mark the 71st anniversary of the Trinity Test, the first test  of an actual nuclear weapon. The test took place in the Jornada Del Muerto Desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

    At Fuller Lodge this weekend, the birth of the atomic bomb will be remembered in an hour and a half, thought-provoking performance that will include poetry by former Los Alamos native Allison Cobb, art by Japanese artist Yukiyo Kawano and dance by Butoh dancer Meshi Chavez. Stephen Miller and Lisa DeGrace will be providing the music and visual effects.

    The performance will actually center around the Aug. 9 bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, when the plutonium “Fat Man” bomb was dropped. Kawano created a replica of the Fat Man bomb from World War II era kimonos sewn together with Kawano’s hair. She has grandparents that survived the Hiroshima bombing on Aug. 6. The kimonos came from a shop owned by one of her grandmothers.

    The event is sponsored in part by the LA History museum.

    “When viewed together, the multiple perspectives from Los Alamos and Japan creates a more holistic history than what can be understood from only one point of view,” LA History Museum Director Judith Stauber said. 

  • Assets in Action: Find way to have fun and build memories

    I am loving summer, I hope you are too.

    I love the way things slow down, even though lately I haven’t seemed to get anything extra done.

    I hope you plan to participate in the Los Alamos County 100 Aha Moments photo contest. If you aren’t much of a contest participant, but like taking photographs, give it a try and support a new idea.

    Check out the County’s Instagram page, shoot a photo of your own and post it with the #100AHAMoments. The number sign for our young generation is called a “Hashtag,” and while I try not to be judgmental someone actually named their child that about a year ago. He isn’t reading yet and the family doesn’t live here, so I feel safe in sharing the story.

    I am not an Instagram kinda person, but I may give it a whirl as I do like to photograph almost anything.

    Last weekend I photographed a lot of local activities as we try and take advantage of all fun, free things while our company is visiting.

    This is an excellent time to just relax with some fun, new summer television shows too.

  • Trinity Drive may reopen today

    Trinity Drive between 751 Trinity Drive and 4th Street is expected to reopen by today, according to county officials.
    County officials closed off the road and began repairs July 5, after discovering a bowl-like impression in the westbound lane of the avenue.

    According to Traffic and Streets Manager Dan Erickson the impression appeared almost overnight.

    “It settled very quickly. In less than 24 hours, it settled over a foot and that’s when we made the decision to close westbound Trinity because it was getting dangerous,” Erickson said.

    When county workers opened up the pavement and investigated, they discovered a 10-inch clay sewer main that serviced businesses along Trinity Drive since the 1950s had broken. The main crossed the avenue.  Workers then decided to dig a 30-foot wide hole to keep the sides from falling in on workers as they repaired it, and to entirely replace the main. The hole ended up being 12 to 15 feet deep.

    The repair is expected to cost between $25,000 and $30,000.

    Crews of 12 to 15 people were working on it at any time from 12 to 16 hours a day, including weekends.  Asphalt to repair the road was brought in from Santa Fe.

  • New Mexico AG targets major health care provider over taxes

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s top prosecutor is suing one of the state’s largest health insurance providers over allegations that it falsified Medicaid deductions and credits and as a result evaded tens of millions of dollars in premium taxes and surcharges.

    State Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan Inc., Presbyterian Network Inc. and Presbyterian Insurance Co. Inc.

    The case stems from a previous complaint filed by whistleblowers and is part of an ongoing civil and criminal review of Presbyterian and other health care companies that is being conducted by the attorney general’s office. The state auditor’s office is also conducting its own review.

    “When insurance providers break the rules, they must face consequences,” Balderas said in a statement issued after the lawsuit was filed.

    Presbyterian officials disputed the claims made in the lawsuit, saying they have acted in good faith and with the intent to comply with the company’s legal obligations and responsibilities.

    They called the allegations surprising, noting that the premium taxes paid by the health plan have been audited multiple times by independent firms and state agencies.

  • ScienceFest 2017 Schedule of Events

    Wednesday
    Burro Packers at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Aparejo Packing System will demonstrate the old Spanish-style packing system on a live burro. Meet the burros up close and participate in hands-on activities.
    6:30-8 p.m. Admission$5/Family, PEEC Members are free.
    Movie in the Park featuring “Back to the Future 3” at the Los Alamos Ashley Pond Park. Rated PG. Run Time 119 minutes. 8:30 p.m. Free.

    Thursday
    Unveiling of Big House Art at Central Park Square. Join the group for the TOP SECRET unveiling of a new art installation to commemorate the Big House.
    Ranch School Nights Celebration at Fuller Lodge. The most anticipated party of the year. Join the party for an old fashioned Ranch School evening at Fuller Lodge and Lawn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Los Alamos Ranch School. Dinner, drinks, music, campfire stories and songs, rootbeer floats and s’mores. Live auction of props from WGN’s Manh(A)ttan TV show. 6-9 p.m. Tickets in advance only: $50

  • 10th year of ScienceFest kicks off today

    The Los Alamos ScienceFest, perhaps one of the most anticipated local events of the year, begins its 10th year today and runs through Sunday.
    This year’s ScienceFest will highlight the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School, an important piece of the Los Alamos puzzle. Many activities give the community a chance to step back into history and experience Los Alamos from a different perspective.
    “It’s the 100th anniversary so we’re really trying to feature the history, tours of the lodge, the Boy Scouts and lots of different things,” said Ryn Herrmann, the communications director for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    With over 30 different activities to choose from over the course of the five-day event, the Los Alamos ScienceFest is sure to entertain parents and children alike.
    This year’s ScienceFest will be a great way for curious individuals to experience the special history of Los Alamos.
    “It’s a huge part of not just New Mexico history, but also United States and world history,” Hermann said.
    Attendees will get to choose from free movies, interactive activities, informative trolley tours and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Most events are free and open to the public.

  • Workers fired, disciplined after LANL shipment violation

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory has fired employees, and suspended and imposed “compensation consequences” for others after lab employees shipped nuclear material by air, against regulations.

    “Our response to this incident is not business as usual,” said a lab spokesman. “Toward that end, all of those involved from the individual contributor level up the management chain have been held accountable through actions that include terminations, suspensions, and compensation consequences. Furthermore, we are transferring the responsibility for fissile nuclear material shipments to a different organization within the laboratory.”

    The shipped material was either plutonium or uranium, according to the scientific classification of fissile nuclear material.
    The disciplinary actions were carried out sometime last week, the spokesman said. The spokesman declined to give details and numbers about how many were fired, suspended and reprimanded.

    “I cannot get into the details about personnel action. Personnel actions are an internal matter, the details of which we don’t share,” the spokesman said.

  • Isotopes star named player of the month in PCL

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Ryan McMahon has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June, as announced by the League Office. The award comes just after McMahon’s first month in Triple-A.

    McMahon, 22, paced the PCL in June with 50 hits, 21 extra-base hits, 85 total bases and 14 doubles.  

    The Yorba Linda, Calif. native also finished the month second in the league with a .429 batting average, tied for second with 28 RBI, third with a .726 slugging percentage and fifth with a .457 on-base percentage.

    McMahon recorded a career-best 13-game hitting streak from June 5-19, compiling a .526 batting average (30-for-57) with seven doubles, five home runs, 11 runs scored and 18 RBI during that span. As a result, the PCL named McMahon the Player of the Week for the week of June 12-18.

    This is McMahon’s second Player of the Month award in 2017, taking home the Eastern League’s honor for the month of April.  The infielder hit .375 with eight doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI, scored 12 runs, recorded a .422 on-base percentage and a .675 slugging percentage in 20 games during the month for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.