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Today's News

  • Wednesday Evening Market to start at Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

    With the solstice on June 21 comes the grand opening of Wednesday Evening Market from 3-7 p.m. in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta.
    Wednesday Evening Markets will be open from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 21 – Sept. 27.
    In addition to the freshest produce around, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market will host fun family activities, multiple farm-fresh dinner options to choose from, and a diverse array of programming from author and storyteller Joe Hayes to Wise Fool New Mexico (circus entertainment).
    The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market partners with multiple businesses in the Railyard (including galleries, restaurants, and the Violet Crown) to present the weekly “Wednesday Eve @ The Railyard” event series. Come feed your senses with an evening farmers’ market amazing, art, music, dinner, drinks, family movies, African Dance Classes with Elise Gent, and more!
    Opening day on June 21 coincides with “Make Music Santa Fe,” a nationwide music event with a local concert.

  • Exploding Universe talk and film at the planetarium

    Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe On June 30.
    This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, at 2 p.m.
    The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours the rest of June: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
    The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    The nature center will be closed on Independence Day, July 4.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium.
    To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • Public hearing to focus on Los Alamos lab's plutonium work

    SANTA FE (AP) — Members of an independent federal oversight panel are in New Mexico to discuss the risks associated with ramping up plutonium work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where past problems have resulted in safety concerns and costly fines.
    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday evening in Santa Fe. The board advises the president and the U.S. Energy Department.
    Los Alamos last year restarted development of the plutonium cores used to trigger the explosion in nuclear weapons. The U.S. Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 pits per year by 2030.
    The board is looking at actions the lab and the National Nuclear Security Administration have taken to minimize risks as well as the adequacy of safety systems for current and future operations.
     

  • LA Piecemakers seek new members

    For over 32 years, the Los Alamos Piecemakers (LAP) Quilt Guild has provided inspiration and education for its members.
    The enthusiastic and active group is now inviting community members to join the organization to learn to quilt, become a better quilter, learn new techniques, or to be inspired, and have a chance to give back to the community.
    They are encouraging anyone with an interest in quilting to give the group a try and attend a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
    Meetings alternate between the United Church in Los Alamos and the White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Visit the group’s website for meeting information and membership forms with submission instructions: losalamos.com/lap.
    The Los Alamos Piecemakers invites educational speakers to their meetings to give talks and workshops on their areas of expertise twice yearly. Recent past workshops have been Shannon Brinkley from Austin, Texas, teaching “Techniques for Raw Edge Applique” and Michelle Watts of Roswell, showing them “Triple Stitch Machine Embroidery with a Domestic Machine.”
    Members also share their own techniques, such as how use paint sticks and stencils, color theory, and free motion quilting.

  • ‘With movement…there’s improvement!’

    Los Alamos County partnered with the Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day May 31, which focused on showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. 

    Seniors were encouraged to take advantage of the dance, music and fitness classes offered at the Betty Erhart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center and Aquatic Center.

    Many business offered discounts for seniors that day. East Park putt putt offered buy one set of putter and balls and get one set free. For those interested in real gold, the Los Alamos Golf Course offered 50 percent off for the driving range, nine or 18 holes.

    At Aspen Ridge, a few residents celebrated Senior Fitness Day by taking a walk to the nearby East Park. David Genth, Jenny Reichelt, Helen Benso, Korky Cockburn and John Bradley were in attendance for their walk that brisk morning.
    Reichelt commented on her experience at Aspen. “The food’s good and the people are lovely,” she said.

  • Lightning strikes house on Los Pueblos Road

    By Sarah von Sternberg and Tris DeRoma

    A lightning strike was the apparent cause of a house fire on Los Pueblos Street in Los Alamos Tuesday night.

    Clare Webber was home alone around 7:30 p.m when she heard a loud lightning strike.

    “I screamed it was so loud,” Webber said.

    She started looking around to see where it hit, but found nothing. Her husband Leo later joined her for an evening of TV, when they smelled smoke. They finally located the source and called the police.

    “The house was filling with smoke but we can’t find where it’s coming from,” Webber said. “I was looking out the window, turned around and the ceiling was turning brown above me on the second story.”

    The strike had hit the back side of the tallest roof of their house and caused a ceiling fire. Fire and police got there immediately around 9:30 p.m., shortly after they were called. 

    The crews were able to locate the fire quickly. When they arrived, they found light smoke inside the house, but nothing on the outside. They quickly located the fire in a wall between the upstairs bathroom and hallway area.

  • Testing time for New Mexico students to be reduced

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The time New Mexico students spend taking standardized tests will be further reduced starting next school year and they'll have an additional two weeks of learning thanks to a shorter testing window.
    State Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera announced the changes Tuesday, saying they're in response to feedback received from parents, teachers and school administrators during a statewide listening tour.
    Skandera said to push for the changes, she worked with education officials in several other states that administer the assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
    New Mexico officials also expect the results to be available much sooner this year so teachers, schools and parents can begin preparing for the fall.
    The assessments have been the focus of criticism since being adopted in 2015.
     

  • Atomic City Transit bus avoids collision

    A woman passenger on an Atomic City Transit bus was injured today when the driver was forced to brake suddenly to avoid an accident at 38th Street and Diamond Drive.

    The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m.

    Atomic City Transit bus No. 6 driver Mickey Fry was trying to avoid hitting a grey car crossing Diamond Drive, according to police.

    “The bus was trying to avoid a car accident and a passenger hit her head on a pole,” according to a Los Alamos Police Department officer at the scene.

    The sudden stop caused a passenger inside the bus to hit her head on the pole she was sitting next to and sustained a cut on her forehead. The injured woman, who was in her 40s or 50s, was taken into an ambulance once the emergency vehicles arrived on the scene.

    Los Alamos Fire Department Captain Joe Baca was on the scene and reported, “There were three passengers on the bus,” two of which were uninjured. “She has a laceration right above her eye,” and suspects the injured woman will need sutures.

    After the injured woman was driven away from the intersection and everyone was deemed OK, Fry drove the Atomic City bus to the next stop on Diamond Drive in order to drop off the remaining passengers.

  • Sandoval County Sheriff's Office: 3 hikers found, 1 dead

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say three hikers stranded in a mountainous area of northwestern New Mexico have been located but that one is dead following what was earlier reported as a medical emergency.
    Sandoval County sheriff's Lt. Keith Elder says no additional information is immediately available on the incident Monday in the area of Mount Taylor, which is located 58 miles (93.3 kilometers) west of Albuquerque.
    Sandoval County Fire Department Fire Chief James Maxon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Capt. Joshua Campos of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says its helicopter helped with the operation Monday but that he had no additional information.
    Much of Mount Taylor is in Cibola County but Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said the incident occurred in Sandoval County and that his department wasn't involved.
     

  • Woman crashes glass ceiling in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE (AP) — A woman has ascended to the top of another male-dominated bastion of power in New Mexico's state government — the influential joint finance committee that drafts the state budget.
    Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup took the reins Tuesday as chairwoman of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, which commands subpoena powers and a staff of 38.
    She's the first female to lead the committee in its 60-year history, as women take leading roles on state finance committees that hold purse strings for vital programs and projects.
    In Texas, Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson in 2015 became the first woman in state history to chair a budget-writing committee. Oklahoma this year has female chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees for the first time.