Today's News

  • Police respond to 5 reports of violent crimes

    Los Alamos Police Department reported 30 larceny reports in the county in the second quarter of 2015.
    LAPD put out its second quarter crime statistics Thursday. According to the police, there were five violent crime reports — crimes involving homicide, rape, aggravated assault or aggravated burglary — in the second quarter of the year, a slight increase from this time last year.
    According to the police, offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report Program. Offenses are classified as crimes against persons or crimes against property.
    LAPD responded to a total of 44 part one offense complaints between April and June, which was down by nearly half from the same period in 2014.
    Of the violent crimes, four of the five were classified as aggravated assault. There was one reported rape case in the county in the second quarter.
    While the larceny category — defined as the unlawful taking of goods from another person — was by far the most active category last quarter, there was also a significant drop in the total number, from 64 reported cases a year ago to 30 in 2015.
    It was also a slight drop from the first quarter of 2015, when 37 cases were reported to police.
    In 2014, there was a total of 80 part one crimes responded to by police.

  • Santa Fe man faces multiple charges

    A Santa Fe resident was recently arraigned in district court, charged with one count of false evidence of title or registration, one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of marijuana or cannabinoids, one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, one count of concealing identity and other charges.
    Hector Santana, 33, was arrested June 15 at the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street when police took notice of his New Mexico license plate, which had nothing but zeros.
    However, when police activated their lights and later their siren in an effort to have him pull over his car, Santana allegedly kept going and didn’t stop until he reached the Los Alamos Co-Op parking lot further down the road.
    “The driver continued to drive and did not stop until he had reached the rear of the Los Alamos Beer Co-Op, said a police officer in a police report documenting the incident. “This is approximately one-eighth of a mile from where I initiated my emergency lights and approximately 50 yards, or 150 feet from where I initiated my siren.”

  • 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.