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Today's News

  • Pojoaque casino compact expires today

    POJOAQUE PUEBLO (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in New Mexico said Tuesday he will allow Pojoaque Pueblo's two casinos to remain open pending the outcome of a federal court case.
    Uncertainty has been swirling because the tribe's gambling compact with the state was set to expire at midnight Tuesday. Under federal law, tribes must have compacts in place if they want to operate casinos.
    Four tribes have signed new agreements with Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, but Pojoaque remained embroiled in a dispute with the state and the case is pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
    The tribe has alleged the governor's administration hadn't negotiated in good faith after compact negotiations broke down and wanted the U.S. Interior Department to approve a compact.
    The state sued, and now the federal agency and pueblo are appealing a lower court's ruling in favor of the state.
    "I believe that the public interest is best served by maintaining the status quo while the appeal in the 10th Circuit litigation is pending," U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon.

  • California Boy Scout dies at Philmont Ranch

    CIMARRON (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.
    Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon around 4:30 a.m., State Police spokesman Chad Pierce said. The group was camping about 20 feet upslope from a small creek, but the water over-ran the campsite, taking four boys down the canyon.
    The creek is normally two to three feet wide and less than a foot deep. That morning, at least two inches of rain fell in a short amount of time, and the surge of water that swept through the canyon was at least 20 feet high and as wide as a football field, authorities said.
    Ranch employees immediately responded and were able to find three of the boys.
    State Police were called around 9:30 a.m., and a search and rescue team found Brock about an hour-and-a-half later. His body was recovered roughly a mile from where he was swept away.

  • Unitarian Church to have groundbreaking tonight

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will celebrate the groundbreaking on its new building at 6:30 p.m. today.
    A short ceremony will be led by the Rev. John Cullinan at the new building site, 1738 North Sage St., and all are welcomed to attend.
    Unitarian Church officials asked attendees to carpool if possible, as limited parking will be available in the Mason Lodge lot next door and to wear close-toed shoes.
    All ages are welcome, they said, but parents are advised to keep children close on the active construction site.
    According to the church, the congregation has been actively working toward building a new facility since 2008.
    Architects Mullen-Heller were contracted to design the new church and are overseeing the project with Hart Construction.
    The building is scheduled for completion in April 2016.
    While the new building is under construction, the congregation is housed at the TRK building at 195 East Road, Suite 101. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. and are open to anyone wishing to attend.

  • Update 6-30-15

    Star Party

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host a “Star Party” today. Chick Keller will host star viewing through telescopes. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. and it is free.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a closed session with the Board of Public Utilities today at 5 p.m. in council chambers. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 7.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday. The market is from 7-12:30 p.m. and is located at Mesa Public Library’s parking lot.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    On Tap

    There wil be a Nature on Tap event, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. It is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, at the UnQuarked wine room.

    Transportation

    The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building

  • Nukeproofs to play at Ashley Pond tonight

    Tuesdays at the Pond continues today with The Nukeproofs at Ashley Pond.
    Los Alamos’ own Nukeproofs play a hard-hitting mix of hardcore punk and rock and roll.
    Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through Aug. 11. It brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos every Tuesday.
    The Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos, such as Fourth Fridays and the On Tap series.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    The On Tap series features rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.
    The mission of the Creative District is to advance the community’s creative identity and generate increased economic prosperity by providing local cultural programming.
    that connects a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Isotopes lose series versus Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (33-45) dropped the series finale 7-2 to the Salt Lake Bees (32-46) Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, UTah.

    Albuquerque’s offense never could get churning Monday night as Salt Lake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through just two innings. The Isotopes scored a single run in the third when Cristhian Adames was plunked with the bases loaded, but the Bees responded with a run in the home half of the third. The scoring would cease until the sixth inning when Angelys Nina singled in Kyle Parker to make it 4-2, but Salt Lake scored one in the sixth and two in the eighth to pull away.

    On Sunday, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a pair of home runs to pace the Isotopes to an 8-3 victory against the Bees. Adames also drove in a pair of runs with his 3-for-4 day.

  • Lodge remodel to be discussed again

    The proposal for the external elevator at Fuller Lodge wasn’t well received.
    At the June 10 Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board meeting, county staff and Mullen-Heller provided a design update on the Fuller Lodge Phase 2, as well as the Historic Museum Projects.
    The architect presented an overview of the design progress that included an exterior elevator proposed to be attached to the north side of the west wing of Fuller Lodge.
    There was plenty of pushback about the external elevator concept, as presented, as evidenced by public comment.
    Staff has now asked the architect to shelve the exterior elevator for the time being and focus on two possible interior locations.
    The first concept, which was mentioned at the June 10 meeting, is to replace the existing elevator in its current location. That option would impact the Green Room and Room 233.
    The second concept is to move the elevator south of the existing elevator and the Green Room, utilizing space in the old kiln room currently used for storage and the second floor vacant room previously occupied by the Historical Society.
    The concept of taking the current elevator out of service is still under consideration and would result in limited access to the second floor.
    The board is scheduled to hold another meeting Wednesday.

  • Company has met its goal

    In December 2012, the Los Alamos County Council approved a $2 million Local Economic Development Assistance (LEDA) grant and the donation of a lot in the Entrada Business Park, valued at $640,000, to the New Mexico Consortium (NMC).
    The LEDA grant was collateral for a $6 million loan from Los Alamos National Bank. NMC used the combined contributions to construct a $9 million research facility.
    NMC is a nonprofit research and educational institution formed by the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. NMC partners with LANL to pursue research and education programs in a broad range of areas that include space science, advanced computing and modeling and analysis.
    Researchers from the NMC, LANL, other universities and two private companies currently use the facility to pursue research and development in plant biology, biomedical engineering and materials.
    Last week, NMC Executive Director Katharine Chartrand updated council on the consortium’s progress. NMC’s Project Participation Agreement (PPA) with the county required the consortium to create the equivalent of 32 new jobs by its fifth year of operations.

  • Volunteers head into 'action' for United Way

    Members and volunteers from United Way of Northern New Mexico fanned out over Los Alamos recently to carry out their “Day of Action” projects, much to the relief of certain residents who, due to being too frail or sick, really needed their help.
    This year, UWNNM decided to help certain residents clean and landscape their yards.
    Volunteers and UWNNM employees went to houses on Pueblo Drive and Spruce Street to help those that were disabled and/or elderly who could no longer clean their yards.
    Though June 21 is the traditional date worldwide for the Day of Action, this year that was Father’s Day, so that’s why the organization decided to have it last Friday. “Day of Action” is for United Way chapters to contribute to their communities by helping complete projects other community organizations have set as a priority.
    For the actual volunteers though, besides the chance of giving back to their community, there are other benefits.
    “It gets us out of the office, makes us more visible to the community and gets people to see us as more than the folks that stand by our fundraiser thermometer every year,” said Marie Marroquin, who works in UWNNM’s finance and administration department.

  • Kirk, Lobo stars give fans plenty to cheer about

    ALBUQUERQUE —The inaugural Lobo All-Star brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game.
    “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.”
    Kirk got to play with Ruben Douglas in the game; Kirk said Douglas was his hero growing up. Douglas played professionally for nine years after leaving UNM, but in his last season as a Lobo, in 2003, he was the Mountain-West Player of the Year, an All-American honorable mention and he led the nation in scoring with 27 points per game.
    Douglas sunk three 3s in the All-Star game, which didn’t surprise anyone.
    “We knew that was going to happen,” Drew Gordon said.
    “It’s like riding a bike,” Douglas said.
    For Douglas, however, playing in the game 12 years after he left UNM was an honor, like it was for Kirk.
    “To get the invite was humbling,” Douglas said.