Today's News

  • Creative District to host Fourth Friday

    Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos this afternoon.
    Ahead of the Summer Concert Series, which starts at 7 p.m., Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    As the name implies, Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and promotes special offerings from participating local businesses.
    The Bradbury Science Museum will feature Robotics Night: This evening features the return of one of our most popular events.
    The event includes robots of all different sizes, shapes and uses from LEGObots and SumoBots to Bomb Squad and Hazardous Material robots.
    Robotics Night runs from 4-6 p.m.
    Also today, Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum features an investigation into the history and future of artificial intelligence.
    Those interested can learn about Alan Turing, his work as a mathematician during World War II, and the test named after him.
    Participants can run a Turing Test and see if they can tell if the answers are coming from a real person or an artificial intelligence.
    That will also start at 4 p.m. today.

  • Opening Night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team starts is 2015 season tonight. The game will be at 7 p.m. in Jacona against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • Sanchez: ‘Read to Lead’ is beneficial

    When Lt. Gov. John Sanchez visited Chamisa Elementary School recently, he brought gifts. A lot of them.
    Sanchez and his aides brought stacks and stacks of “B is for Buckaroo,” an alphabet book by Gleaves and Louise Doak Whitney designed for readers kindergarten through third grade.
    The visit coincides with state’s “Read to Lead” initiative, a program Gov. Susana Martinez started in 2012 in an effort to promote literacy.
    Throughout 2015, the governor, as well as the lieutenant governor will be making stops throughout the state, handing out the book to eager students and hopefully igniting a love for reading in the students that will last a lifetime.
    “We can’t think of a better investment that the state can make not only in our kids but our teachers, too,” Sanchez said. “If a child learns how to read then they can keep on learning their entire life. It’s the greatest gift we can give them.”
    During his visit, Sanchez read the entire book to Chamisa’s first, second and third graders before giving them their own copy.
    He also shared with the students his own love of reading and why reading is so important.

  • Council approves facility study

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved $145,540 for the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
    The Department of Public Utilities has been exploring the option to buy into the proposed 600 megawatt small modular reactor (SMR) facility as a possible replacement for base load power from the county’s coal assets as early as 2022.
    The facility would house up to 12 NuScale nuclear power modules.
    The Board of Public Utilities voted to recommend investing in the study at a special meeting Monday.
    Council’s approval of funding for the phase 1 site option study guarantees the county up to 16 megawatts of power should BPU and the Los Alamos County Council approve adding that to the county’s electric portfolio in the future.
    Following the completion of the phase 1 activities, each participant has the option to exit the project if it is no longer deemed economical or prudent for their customer base. Participants will also have the option to acquire additional capacity if available.
    Erik Fairfield questioned the wisdom of investing in the facility during public comment.

  • Possible CIP Projects listed

    This is the initial list of potential CIP projects County Manager Harry Burgess presented.

    • Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center
    • Visitor center parking
    • Community broadband network
    • Broadband middle mile
    • DP Road infrastructure improvements
    • Conference center
    • Ski hill water improvements
    • Mountain bike trails
    • Leisure pool
    • Reservoir recreation improvements
    • Recreation center
    • Splash pad
    • Canyon Rim Trail next phase
    • Ice rink improvements
    • Golf course improvements
    • Councilors added
    • Multi-purpose performance center
    • Ice rink cover
    • Community center
    • Tennis court covers
    • Possible sale of local pools to the county

  • Today in history Aug. 28
  • Fishing good near Jemez

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, crank baits, chigger craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers and liver picked up a few catfish.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 77 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has reopened to fishing and other recreation but it is recommended that anglers practice catch and release through the contaminated area.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using stick baits, jerk baits, spinner baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies.
    Brazos River: Fishing was fair using small streamers and salmon eggs for trout.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 736 cfs and 897cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, night crawlers, muddler minnows and wooly buggers for a mixed bag of rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout up to 19 inches in length. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

  • Senior golfers play in Colorado

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) traveled to Colorado for a trio of tournaments at two different courses in the middle of August.
    On Aug. 12, the golfers took on the Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colorado.
    Los Alamos’ Spike Jones shot an 87 to win the second flight.
    Ron Krantz also shot an 87 in the second flight and finished one spot behind Krantz.
    Bob Quick finished second in the first flight with a 67 net score.
    In the third flight, Los Alamos golfers had the best two net scores. Kerry Coffelt shot a 63 and Jim Steedle shot a 67.
    Steedle also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole.
    The next two days, the golfers played the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Quick had the second best net score in the first flight, a 72.
    Steedle and Coffelt had the best net scores in the third flight again, but this time Steedle finished ahead of Coffelt.
    Steedle shot a 69 and Coffelt shot a 71.
    On Aug. 14, no local golfer had a top-two finish.

  • Jerry Bower 5K near

    The Jerry Bower 5K will be held on Sept. 12 this year.
    The race will start at 9:30 a.m. at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) in Los Alamos.
    The event is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Walk activities.
    The price to participate is $25. The money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
    The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with Alzheimer’s Logo.
    Printable registration form are available at atomicrunners.com/next.html.
    Call 672-1639 for more information.

  • Kirk talks with students at Piñon

    Alex Kirk visited Piñon Elementary School last week and talked to kids, answered questions, took time to autograph items and also play basketball with fourth-sixth graders.
    Kirk spoke with sixth graders in Ms. Sinnis’, Ms. Martinez’s, and Ms. Nolen’s classes. He discussed the importance of having goals and working hard in school.
    Kirk told the classes that working hard in school gave him many opportunities in basketball. He credits his mother, Pat Kirk, who works at Piñon, for staying on top of him and his grades while he was a student in Los Alamos.
    After his talk, students asked questions, such as what is your favorite sport, besides basketball. Kirk said, “I love to golf.”
    Kirk autographed student backpacks, binders and water cups.
    Kirk then played basketball with students and impressed them with his slam-dunking skills.