Today's News

  • County website down Saturday

    The county announced Thursday its website at losalamosnm.us will be temporarily unavailable beginning late Saturday evening for planned server updates and upgrades. 

  • Gun safety advocates pump money into New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — State legislative elections and big spending by a gun-safety group are thrusting New Mexico into the national tussle over access to firearms and whether current restrictions and background checks are sufficient to stem violence.

    Everytown for Gun Safety, a national organization advocating for universal background checks on firearm purchases, made several recent contributions to Democrat-aligned political committees in the state, including a $100,000 donation to Patriot Majority New Mexico, according to campaign finance disclosures filed this week.

    Patriot Majority New Mexico is a Washington-based super PAC that channels unlimited contributions, frequently from labor groups, to political efforts in New Mexico under rules that prohibit direct coordination with parties or candidates.

    The focus of Everytown’s new effort is to support champions of gun safety in the state’s Legislature, Everytown spokeswoman Mackey Reed said. The entire New Mexico Legislature is up for election in November.

  • Gays and Catholicism: Pope’s words open door to confusion

     PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis’ words on homosexuality.

    Francis’ famous declaration “Who am I to judge?” in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors.

    Francis is being cited by both the music director, Michael Templeton, and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking a hard line on church teaching about marriage and abortion. Tobin has criticized Francis, writing after the pope’s summit on the family two years ago that “Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished.”

    The pope has upheld Catholic teaching on homosexuality, reiterating the church’s opposition to same-sex relationships. But his shift in tone and broad statements about mercy have left a trail of comments that amount to a Rorschach test open to interpretation, say those who have closely followed Francis.

  • Church Listings

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; See a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:30 a.m. A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel

  • Vote for bail reform to fix system of turnstile thugs

    One item on your ballot this November is bail reform, an issue with so much support and study it’s a no-brainer. But House decisions muddled by campaign donations came close to killing reform in the last legislative session.
    The issue: Everyone has a right to get out of jail by paying a bond, but over time it’s given us a turnstile system in which the most dangerous criminals get out if they have the money, while many who pose no risk remain behind bars because they can’t afford bail – at a cost of $100 a day to the county.
    “We often release high-risk people who commit new crimes and hold people who are no threat to us at all,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels in a talk before New Mexico Press Women. “We’re releasing boomerang thugs and packing jails with people who don’t belong there. They’ve become debtors’ prisons.”
    It explains why some of our worst crimes have been committed by people who had been in jail but bonded out.
    “How did we end up with a system where money decides who gets out?” Daniels asked.
    We inherited it. The system is so old it goes back to the earliest laws in England. The commercial bail-bond industry has grown steadily since 1900, and, judging by the number of bondsmen stationed near courthouses, is a booming business. Judge for yourself whether that growth is benign or malignant.

  • Make sure every dollar you give to charity counts


    Financial Matters


    eciding to make a charitable contribution can arise from a desire to help others, a passionate commitment to a cause or the aim to give back to a group that once helped you or a loved one. Choosing which organizations you want to support can be difficult. There are over a million public charities in the United States according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and every dollar you give to Charity A is a dollar you might not be able to match for Charity B. 

    Whether it’s a friend’s charity run or supporting an animal rescue, often the decision to give comes down to a mix of internal and external factors. You have to determine which causes are most important to you, and with outside help you can compare how effective various charities are at using their funding.

    Many non-profits do incredible work, but it’s always smart to verify their claims. You can start your due diligence by double checking an organization’s tax-exempt status using the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool. 

  • October brings changes to Bandelier

    As the leaves, things at Bandelier National Monument are also moving from summer to fall. On Sunday, the Visitor Center hours will go to 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

    The last day for the Atomic City Transit shuttles will be Tuesday, and after that, visitors are welcome to drive in to the Visitor Center parking lot throughout the day until the buses resume in late spring. 

    The White Rock Visitor Center will change their hours to 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 

    The Centennial celebrations for Bandelier and the National Park Service continue into the fall. Monday, there will be a special guided walk on the Main Loop Trail as part of the observance of International Archeology Day.  Sunday, there will be a photo workshop, emphasizing panoramas and wide views of landscapes. 

    Thursday is the anniversary of the establishment of the Bandelier Wilderness, and there will be a backcountry hike led by the head of the park Trails program.  The hike will be moderate to strenuous, eight-10 miles, and take about eight hours. For the photo workshop and backcountry hike, numbers are limited so signups are required; those interested should call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517. 

  • Los Alamos eyes grabbing solar power from building windows

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory team is trying to develop a project that would grab solar power from building windows.

    Team leader Victor Klimov said this week researchers are developing solar concentrators that will harvest sunlight from building windows and turn it into electricity.

    Klimov leads the Los Alamos Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics.

    The team currently is taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to test at a construction site. 

    It is trying to prove that the technology can be scaled up from palm-sized demonstration models to windows large enough to put in and power a building.

    Their study will be published this week in the journal, Nature Energy.

  • Community Calendar


    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.


    Dia del Rio: White Rock Canyon Clean-up from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Help us keep our open spaces beautiful. Join the County’s Open Space Specialist, the Los Alamos Fire Department staff, and other volunteers to clean up White Rock Canyon, one of our treasured landscapes. Free.


    Energy Efficiency Home Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See energy efficient homes in Los Alamos County. Get ideas for making upgrades to your home. Free. More information at peecnature.org.


    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, and $4 for children. 


    PEEC-nic at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Come to PEEC’s annual member meeting to enjoy fun activities, delicious desserts, and fresh-pressed apple cider. Free.


  • Mountaineers to meet Oct. 25

     Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on the highest point in Antarctica? Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Nature Center, to hear from adventurer Eiichi Fukishima, who will talk about Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson. 

    Fukishima’s talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

    This is a tale of the first ascent of the last high point of any continent to be climbed. 

    The genesis of the trip is mundane and exciting, with an intrigue, some suspense, and many questions that would not be answered until we were actually on the climbs. 

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public, and no registration is required. 

    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.