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Today's News

  • News for Retirees April 17-23

    April 17-23
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Salisbury Steak    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • Births 4-17-16

    March 27 — A girl.  Katherine May Shewmaker. Born to Terra and Andrew Shewmaker.
    March 29 — A boy. Emilio Luis Marquez Born to Jessica Mendez and Jorge Marquez.
    March 31 — A girl. Kayla Lynn Myers.  Born to Kendall Micco and Thomas Myers.
    April 3 — Twins: A boy. Born to Khristian Kobe Martinez. A boy. Kameron Jordan Martinez. Born to Katrina Trujillo and Chris Martinez.

  • Community Calendar 4-17-16

    TODAY
     Aviation Weather presentation at 3 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos Laboratory weather monitoring system and components. This will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

    Artist, photographer, and writer Diana Molina will speak at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Molina has made a life-long study of the borderlands of Mexico, New Mexico and Texas. She brings her observational experiences together in a presentation called “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence.”

    Los Alamos Concert Association will present a performance at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Jon Manasse, principal clarinetist with American Ballet Theater, and Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Cliburn Gold medalist, will perform music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Messager. Tickets are $30-$35, available at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Celebrate National Park Week, Bandelier’s Centennial this week

    Every year National Park Service areas all over the country celebrate National Park Week in April with events and activities.
    This year is special since it is also the Centennial year for Bandelier National Monument as well as the National Park Service itself. Nationwide from April 16-24 NPS areas will be fee-free, with no entrance fees being charged, for nine days.
    At Bandelier, National Park Week activities will include:
    • A special presentation of all the entries of artwork for the 2017 Bandelier Annual Pass, along with announcement of the winners, Saturday, April 16, at 4  p.m. in the Visitor Center theater.
    • Interviews with staff members on local AM station KRSN, am1490 and fm107.1, each morning of the week, 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
    • “Secrets of the Museum” tours at 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Visitor Center, indoors, 30-45 minutes, no signups needed.
    • “Geology and Botany of the Falls Trail” at noon on Saturday, April 16, Thursday, and Friday. Participants should bring water and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. It will be three miles, last two to three hours, moderate difficulty and no signups are needed.

  • Pet Talk: Dogs may protect you from heart disease

    According to the American Heart Association, there have been reported associations between pet ownership and cardiovascular health in the last decade. Owning pets—specifically dogs—may help reduce the risk of heart disease in pet owners in a number of ways.
    In addition to companionship, dogs can encourage laughter, physical activity, and other benefits effective in decreasing stress levels. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical sciences explained why owning dogs may be related to decreased stress levels.
    “The American Heart Association has said that owning pets can have a positive effect on how people react to stress,” she said. “Chronic stress has not been shown to directly increase risk factors associated with heart disease, but it can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices that are associated with high blood pressure and increased risk for heart disease.”

  • Shelter Report 4-17-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Peekaboo—An older gal who is mellow. Her favorite things are gazing out the window, helping her humans make coffee, and cuddling with her people. She has had both dog and cat companions in the past, so she might be OK with an older, mellow dog or cat. She loves being petted, and when she’s super happy, she sticks her little pink tongue out! She has an incredibly sweet personality, and she would be overjoyed to share her love.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-16

    Aggie Caravan
    New Mexico State University’s Aggie Caravan is coming to Los Alamos Wednesday. The caravan will head to Cottonwood on the Green, located at the Los Alamos Golf Course, beginning at noon.
    Aggie fans are encouraged to attend the free event to meet and interact with NM State coaches and administrators to get an inside look into the past season, updates on the spring sports and preview of the 2016-17 season.
    A variety of coaches and administrators will be in attendance at the Aggie Caravans, including but not limited to: head football coach Doug Martin, head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies and two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mark Trakh.
    The event will have appetizers along with a cash bar.

  • New hunting, fishing rules take effect this month

    SANTA FE — Springtime marks the beginning of a new April 1-March 31 “license year” for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish each season – and it’s always a good time to bring hunters and anglers up to date on any rule changes. This year, some of those changes are significant:
    • Military discounts: Starting this year, New Mexico residents who are active-duty military or veterans will receive 50 percent discounts on all licenses, permits and stamps. Documentation is not required at the time of purchase, but may be requested later.
    • OK on bow fishing: Bow fishing now is a legal means to take game fish in reservoirs and lakes that are open to fishing.
    It is not allowed in special trout waters, rivers or streams. Fishing with crossbows is not permitted.
    Prior to going out, be sure to confirm that local ordinances or laws allow for the use of bows.
    • Bear and cougar pelt tagging: The pelts of all harvested bears and cougars must be accompanied by a license and properly tagged by a Department of Game and Fish conservation officer or staff at an area office.
    Beginning this year, hunters who appoint a designee to present their bear or cougar hide for tagging must first report the harvest to a conservation officer themselves.

  • Derby Dames accepted as WFTDA apprentice

    The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) recently announced that the Los Alamos Derby Dames have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
    “After five years of bringing roller derby to the community of Los Alamos, LADD is proud to be included in the Apprentice program hosted by our governing body, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. This will lead to increased training opportunities and gameplay as well as bring increased national exposure to our small town. We look forward to working hard through this process and are grateful for all the support our community as show us along the way so far,” said Brandi Engeman, League President
    As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Los Alamos Derby Dames join the ranks of more than 300 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
    WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

  • Police: 2 injured after canister explodes in car in Española

    ESPANOLA (AP) — Authorities say two people have been injured after a substance in the vehicle they were riding in exploded in Española.

    New Mexico State Police say the explosion occurred around 11 a.m. Friday.

    They say the Jeep was carrying canisters of an explosive substance and one canister ignited, causing the explosion.

    The Jeep caught fire after the explosion.

    Two people in the vehicle suffered burns and were transported to an Española hospital. Their names and conditions aren't immediately available.

    State police say the scene has since been contained and their investigation into the explosion is ongoing.