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Today's News

  • Written terms: The first step toward avoiding disputes

    BY FINANCE NEW MEXICO

  • Not your parents’ national parks but beautiful just the same: Happy 100!

    We’re celebrating the centennial of the national park system this year, and this week the First Family visits Carlsbad Caverns. I hope they enjoy it as much as my family has.
    For many of us growing up, the family vacation meant a road trip. Sometimes the destination was a national park. I saw the caverns the first time as a kid and passed it along when my son was old enough to understand what he was seeing. He loved it.
    New Mexico has its share of treasures: Carlsbad Caverns, Bandelier, El Malpais, White Sands, Fort Union, Aztec Ruins, Capulin Volcano, Chaco Canyon, El Morro, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Manhattan Project, Pecos, Petroglyph, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Valles Caldera.
    When we think of the national parks and monuments, it’s with a brush of nostalgia, but issues of 2016 will elbow their way in to the party.
    As we know, Carlsbad Caverns was without its elevators until recently. Congress has underfunded the National Park Service for years, and the backlog of deferred maintenance has reached $11.9 billion; in New Mexico, it’s $113 million -- $44.4 million just at Carlsbad. Many sites are understaffed.
    And yet our tourism industry counts on the 1.6 million visitors to New Mexico’s national parks and the $88.8 million they spent. The parks also provide 1,400 jobs here.

  • Unitarian Church to hold vigil for Orlando victims

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 7 p.m. tonight at 1738 North Sage St.
    The names of the dead will be recited and prayers for peace will be offered. The church will also take up a special collection for the relief fund for the surviving families. All are invited to attend.
    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued, according to its website. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome. Call 662-2346. 1738 for information.

  • Hot temps, wind hamper firefighter efforts in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A blaze burning in central New Mexico outpaced firefighters Thursday as it marched across miles of tinder dry forest, forcing evacuations and destroying structures near the small community of Chilili.

    The blaze made a big push overnight, but fire information officers could not immediately say how many structures were lost or whether any were homes since crews have not been able to access and survey the area.

    The community was among those in Bernalillo and Torrance counties that were placed under a mandatory evacuation Wednesday night as the flames raced to the northeast.

    It wasn't immediately clear how many homes and other structures were threatened by the flames, fire information officer Denise Ottaviano said.

    "We have ground crews throughout the perimeter of the fire and out ahead of it," she said. "They're trying to provide some structure protection in certain points that could be threatened."

    Close to 700 personnel were assigned to the fire, along with a fleet of air tankers and helicopters.

    Despite all the work, there was no containment Thursday afternoon.

    Roads remained closed as authorities prepared for the blaze to shift course and possibly head east into previously evacuated areas that are dotted with ranches.

  • New Mexico fire prompts emergency decree, evacuations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than 3-square miles and forced evacuations, after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.

    The blaze burning in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque prompted Gov. Susana Martinez to declare an emergency, clearing the way for state funds to be used.

    Evacuations continued overnight in Bernalillo and Torrance counties, Bernalillo County officials said. At least 50 residences had been evacuated by Thursday morning, they said, and several people had taken shelter at a community center in Tijeras, which also took in dozens of pets.

    The New Mexico Environment Department and state Health Department of Health issued an advisory, warning that smoke from the fire would affect Albuquerque and the surrounding areas as well as other parts of New Mexico, including Santa Fe, as it drifted north.

    The forecast called for more hot, dry and stagnant weather, and officials said that's expected to contribute to increased smoke concentrations throughout this weekend.

    The governor issued the emergency declaration Wednesday and directed state agencies to offer all available resources to assist local authorities. Martinez said the first priority is the health and safety of New Mexicans.

  • Today in history June 16
  • Carlsbad Caverns adjusts schedule for Obama's visit

    CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico has announced adjustments to its public schedule to accommodate a visit from President Barack Obama.

    Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says the public will be able to enter the park Friday until 11 a.m. when the main gate will close. Visitors already in the park then must exit before 1 p.m.

    Big Room cave tours will be available in the morning, but no other cave tours will be offered to the public that day.

    The Natural Entrance will remain closed all day.

    The park is expected to open again at 4:30 p.m. with the bat flight program taking place as usual at 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater.

    Obama's visit coincides with the National Park Service's celebration of its 100th anniversary.

  • Community Calendar 6-15-16

    TODAY
    Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding our third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation by Glenn Magelssen from the University of Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on “Human Genetics: To be human is to have unique genetics and genetic expression,” followed by a discussion at 7 p.m.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.

    Summer Family Evening: Rattlesnake Museum at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member family and free for PEEC member families.
    FRIDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    SATURDAY
    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 from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • Faith & Science series tonight

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum will hold its third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” today at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.
    The group intends for the lectures and discussions to be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, regardless of religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience.
    All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    Today’s presenter, Glenn Magelssen, has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His scientific research has included solar physics, laser and ion beam fusion, neutral nets, code development and stockpile stewardship. He studied theology most of his life and taken a four-year course called EFM from the University of the South on Old and New Testament.

  • Whitacre, Fuehne earn Eagle Scout pins

    As students raced to the end of the school year, two local men were inducted into a small club with the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.
    Jack Thomas Whitacre and Duncan Jeffrey Fuehne were awarded their medals May 21 with a National Eagle Court of Honor.
    The young men each earned 24 merit badges, a variety of special awards, served in many leadership billets and rounded out their efforts with an Eagle Scout project to benefit their community for years to come.
    The first candidate, Whitacre earned many special awards including; the Arrow of Light, Century Awards: 50 Nights Camping, 50 Hours Service, Mile Swim, Polar Bear, Totin’ Chip.
    Whitacre’s project was to refurbish the high school boys and girls golf team equipment shed at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The effort included moving internal walls, adding shelving, removing and replacing rotted trim, rebuilding the door, priming and repainting the exterior, landscaping and more.
    Whitacre was introduced to receive his honor by LAMS teacher and LAHS golf coach, Andy Ainsworth.
    Whitacre enjoyed directing the project and knows it couldn’t be possible without his fellow scouts. “It took a lot of planning and hard work, but it was worth the effort,” Whitacre said.