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Today's News

  • WhiteWater Ramble is tonight

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series will return to Ashley Pond tonight after an excursion to Pajarito Mountain.
    The concert, which will feature WhiteWater Ramble, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Last week, folk singer Dan Bern played for Pajarito Mountain Night in front of a good crowd at the ski lodge.
    WhiteWater Ramble, which is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been described as “high-octane Rocky Mountain ‘dancegrass.’” The five-man band includes fiddle, upright bass and mandolin.
    Following tonight’s concert, WhiteWater Ramble will take a swing through Montana in early July.
    Also tonight at Ashley Pond, representatives from the Los Alamos county clerk’s office and the Los Alamos Association of Realtors will have a booth open until 8:30 p.m. for those wanting to register to vote.

  • Who cries for Aabriel?

    It was June 17, 9:05 p.m. — an insignificant .095 inch diameter metal rod strikes a metal casing. Within minutes, the airwaves and Internet pipes are inundated with the news.
    It was a .45-caliber firing pin and its repeated impact on cartridge casings ensured the deaths of nine parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
    Cameras clicked furiously as Governor Nikki Haley “struggled through her tears as she urged communities across the state to come together and heal.”
    Struggled through her tears?
    There is the same miscreant who defended flying the Confederate flag at the Statehouse. (She recently flip-flopped and said, “maybe we should revisit this.”)
    The same Tea Bagger who supported laws allowing citizens to carry firearms without a permit.
    The same hypocrite who boasted her love of guns by posting a Facebook video of her at gun manufacturing plant, shooting at their range, then bragging that she did it in high heels.
    Once again, the nation is immersed in another debate over firearm rights.

  • ESB fails to reach recommendation

    At its June 18 meeting, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board failed to reach consensus on a recommendation for council on whether Los Alamos County should “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    In response to a 153-signature petition presented by the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, the county council voted to refer the matter back to the Environmental Sustainability Board for further research and a recommendation.
    Council’s motion required the board to hold two public meetings.
    The first public hearing, May 21, was dedicated to public comment. At that meeting, supporters — responding to opposition on the county’s Open Forum — withdrew their request for a bag ban and instead asked the board to consider a fee per bag alternative.
    As of the second meeting, Open Forum comments were 72 percent against actions to “reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    The agenda for the second hearing included prepared statements from both sides, the results of board members’ surveys of local businesses and a report by Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule regarding information obtained from the state’s largest recycling company, Friedman Recycling.

  • Wolfe is new CAP commander

    Monday evening was bittersweet for the cadets of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron.
    The patrol meets every Monday evening at the Los Alamos Airport from 6-8 p.m., and usually, meetings are where the cadets learn about flying, aerospace and aeronautics and prepare for upcoming events such as glider training and powered flight meets happening within the state.
    This Monday, however, was where the cadets and senior officers of the patrol witnessed what was for many their first “Change of Command” ceremony, where long-time commander, Maj. Annette Peters, stepped down and 2nd Lt. Bill Wolfe assumed command.
    On hand to officiate the ceremony was Air Force Col. and N.M. CAP Wing Commander Mark Smith. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
    At Monday’s ceremony, Smith explained why the Change of Command ceremony is so important to military organizations.
    “The Change Of Command is something that goes back centuries,” said Smith at the ceremony. “It connotates folks having a clear understanding of who the boss is. It connotates an appropriate level of pomp and circumstance. It pays homage who has been serving as commander and to the person who is becoming commander, as well.”

  • Flande shines as Isotopes beat El Paso, 9-1

    Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best start since joining the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42) and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas’ (37-36) 9-1 in the series finale Thursday night at Southwest University Park.

    Flande’s final line from the mound including six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks and a strikeout.

    El Paso wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first inning, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a three-spot in the second. Dustin Garneau drove in Matt McBride after his leadoff double, but the big knock came from Flande, who doubled in Tim Smalling and Brock Bond to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque never looked back, adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, and Smalling added an RBI single in the ninth for good measure as the Isotopes cruised to a 9-1 victory.

  • Big nights for the biggest markets in NBA draft

    NEW YORK (AP) — From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets.
    The Los Angeles Lakers tabbed their next potential superstar in D’Angelo Russell.
    The New York Knicks landed a pair of players in the first round, selecting Kristaps Porzingis and later acquiring the rights to Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.
    Both teams are coming off their worst seasons in their histories and hoping the turnarounds started Thursday.
    Russell is ready to do his part.
    “I’m here, and I’m ready to make an impact right away,” the Ohio State point guard said.
    A little surprised to go second after Duke center Jahlil Okafor had long been considered the player at that spot, Russell received big cheers when Commissioner Adam Silver called his name.
    The boos were loud and long two picks later when the Knicks took the 19-year-old Latvian forward. But the announcement of the Grant trade had New York fans who packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center roaring in approval of Phil Jackson’s moves.
    Porzingis had said repeatedly he hoped to be picked by the Knicks — including to Grant.
    “I kind of smiled and laughed and shook my head, not realizing that I’d be his teammate a few hours later,” Grant said.
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  • Aquatomics ready to host home meet, honor Nogar

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics will welcome 13 teams to the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this weekend for the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open.
    “It’s like a home-court advantage,” Aquatomics coach Maribeth Englert said. “I’m sure they’ll be kids who get their state times.”
    After this meet, the swimmers will only have one more opportunity to qualify for the long-course state championships at the end of July. That makes the meet even more important to the 176 swimmers who will compete Saturday and Sunday.
    The Aquatomics have just-under 100 registered swimmers with the club, and at any given time 75-80 are actively participating.
    This weekend, 35 Aquatomics will compete, including neutrons (5-8 year olds), photons (7-10 year olds), electrons (11-12 year olds) and quarks (13-and-up).
    The younger kids, 12-and-under, will dive in at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday
    The older kids, ages 13-and-up, will start after the younger kids, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
    The meet is open to the public and free to attend. Concessions will also be available.
    The meet is dedicated to Nick Nogar — a former Los Alamos High School, University of New Mexico and U.S. Master swimmer.

  • Kirk joining former Lobos in All-Star game

    The University of New Mexico is welcoming back some of its best men’s basketball players to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    At 6 p.m., UNM will host its inaugural Lobo All-Star game. The festivities will also include a slam-dunk contest.
    The lineup for the game features over 20 former Lobos, including NBA players and other pros.
    The Chicago Bulls’ Cameron Bairstow and Tony Snell are scheduled to play, as well as the Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger.
    Other pros that have committed to the game include the 23-year-old big man from Los Alamos, Alex Kirk, plus Kendall Williams, Daniel Faris and Drew Gordon.
    J.R. Giddens, Jamal Smith, DeShawn Delaney, AJ Hardeman, Chris Perez, Kenny Thomas, Emanuel Negudu, Dairese Gary, Tony Danridge, Daren Prentice, Eric Chatfield, Phil McDonald, Ruben Douglas and Chad Adams will also play in the game.
    Tickets start at $8 and are available at the game or unmtickets.com.
    For more information, call 414-6297.
    Directly after the game, there will be an All-Star after party at Triple Sevens in Isleta Resort and Casino. The party is open to the public.
    Kirk is one of many of the former Lobos still playing basketball. After the All-Star festivities, he will play in the NBA’s Orlando summer league for the Memphis Grizzlies, July 4-10.

  • Supreme Court extends gay marriage country-wide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

    Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

    Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after the decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

    "No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices.

    The stories of the people asking for the right to marry "reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond," Kennedy said.

    As he read his opinion, spectators in the courtroom wiped away tears after the import of the decision became clear.

  • Police Beat 6-26-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 18

    1:54 p.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested for criminal damage to property involving a household member (less than $1,000) on Arroyo Lane in Los Alamos.

    June 19

    10:03 a.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Station.

    5:20 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting at the Smith’s Marketplace (more than $100, less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    June 20

    12:34 p.m. — Mark Henins, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for assault in the 3000 block of West Road.

    June 22

    10:28 a.m. — Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction on Trinity Drive.