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  • Memorial Day will be full of activities in LA

    The Memorial Day weekend starts off early with concerts, golf and other entertainment, but Monday is reserved for what the weekend is all about, honoring war veterans who died protecting our country. 

    On Monday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 leads the annual remembrance ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery off of Range Road at 11 a.m. 

    The guest speaker will be Col. Jamison Herrera of the New Mexico National Guard. 

    This year’s theme will be “Honoring the Fallen.” 

    The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will perform the color guard functions and the opening and closing salutes. 

    Father John Daniels of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will give the invocation and benediction, and Taps will be performed by Randi Moore of the American Legion Riders Post 90, Chapter 19. 

  • Former LANL scientist indicted for false statements

    Turab Lookman, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory research scientist, made his first appearance Friday in U.S. District Court to answer charges that he lied about his involvement in a Chinese program that compensates top science talents all over the world for revealing technological and scientific secrets in the fields they specialize in. 

    Lookman was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury. He is currently in custody, and his next court date is Tuesday. At Lookman’s Tuesday court appearance, a judge will determine if he will continue to be held in custody prior to pretrial, or released pending certain conditions. 

    According to court documents, Lookman was indicted for lying to DOE and lab officials on three separate occasions for his involvement with the program.  The last time he was asked was on Sept. 18, 2018 during an interview with a special agent with the National Background Investigation Bureau/Office of Personnel Management. 

  • Let’s go fly a kite

    One of the highlights of Kite Fest, held last weekend at Overlook Park in White Rock, came when organizers got a bear kite, one of the largest at the event, airborne Saturday afternoon. Kite Fest has become one of the most popular annual events in Los Alamos County. 

  • Chamisa Elementary School kids dedicated to kindness

    Earlier this month, students at Chamisa Elementary cheered up the entrance of their school and hopefully some hearts with their  “Kindness Garden.” 

    The idea came from Chamisa Elementary’s Kiwanis Kids Club.

    “A couple of years ago, we used to write inspirational messages on the sidewalks but this year we decided we wanted the messages to last a little longer. So, we took the idea of planting flowers, then rocks, because rocks last a long time,” Chamisa’s Kiwanis Kids Club President Uxue Sansinena said. 

    The bright multi-colored rocks and stones have positive messages written on them such a “Be Brave,” “Aloha” and sayings like “Believe Dreams Come True.” 

    Chamisa Elementary Principal Suzanne Lynne thought the front of the school needed to look more welcoming, so encouraged the idea. While it will teach the kids to be kind and thoughtful, Lynne also hoped it will help children and adults who are having a bad day. 

  • Wendy’s approved by Planning and Zoning

    The company behind getting a Wendy’s into Los Alamos cleared its first hurdle Wednesday. 

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of allowing the company, JEA Restaurants and Wen Acquisitions to build a Wendy’s fast food restaurant at 1247 Trinity Drive. 

    The project’s next step is to get the approval of Los Alamos County Council. 

    If all goes according to plan, the restaurant could be operating by the beginning of next year, according to the project’s architect, Craig Calvert, of Modulus Architects. 

    At the meeting, commissioners asked the Calvert if he believed the project will have enough parking spaces to accommodate a maximum of 50 customers. 

    The restaurant plans  to have accommodations for 30 customers inside and about 20 customers outside on a patio. 

  • Rio Grande Foundation to discuss recent legislation June 8

    The Rio Grande Foundation, a group that espouses limited government, individual freedom and economic opportunity will have a lot to say June 8 during its luncheon at Pasta Paradiso. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    For a $50 admission, which includes a buffet lunch and a donation to foundation, audience members will get a taste of the group’s perspective on what the future holds for New Mexico. 

    Advanced registration is required through riograndefoundation.org/event-registration. The event, “New Mexico: What’s Next for Our State’s Economy and Politics?” will focus on the negative impacts recent legislation will have on the state’s economy. 

    The presentation will focus on the results of the last state legislative session, and what those results will mean for state politics and the economy.  Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing will lead the discussion. 

  • DPU works to solve chlorine issue

    The Department of Public Utilities is not going to name names as to what customer was dumping chlorine into the county’s wastewater stream, but it did tell the Environmental Protection Agency that it does have the problem solved. 

    In April, the EPA cited the Department of Public Utilities for having higher than the allowed limits of chlorine in its wastewater stream. 

    Glasco also told the EPA that the DPU has eliminated chlorine from going out into the Rio Grande River through its Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment Plant stream, and is in the process of installing equipment that will permanently keep chlorine out of the plant’s stream.

  • Loope arrested again for assault

    Marion Loope, 36, of Los Alamos, who was released on probation Jan. 30 after being convicted of battery against a household member in a prior case, was arrested May 9 for punching the same woman in the face when the woman was driving Loope back from a doctor’s appointment.

    According to the police, the doctor allegedly told Loope something that disagreed with her and she became upset.
    When they arrived home, the woman locked herself in another room while Loope allegedly continued her rage, breaking items in the home. Loope then allegedly began to bang on the door of the room the woman was in with an object.

    That’s when the woman called the police.

    “(The victim) told me that she had to lock herself in her room because she was afraid Marion was going to strike her again,” Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Stephens said in his report. “The victim also told me that while in her room, she heard Marion banging on the door with some sort of object, she presumed it was the statue. (The victim) told me that she was trying to avoid calling the police but at this point she believed she had no other choice.”

    When confronted by police at the scene, Loope showed them injuries to her wrists and arms that she claimed the woman did to her.

  • Jemez Historic Site opens new exhibit space

    With a hand-chipped blade of shiny black obsidian, much like the tool his ancestors centuries ago used to master life in the Jemez Mountains, Jemez Pueblo’s First. Lt. Gov. John Galvan cut a path to the 21st century Saturday.
    Galvan used to the tool to cut a ribbon on the new, computer-enhanced exhibit space at the Jemez Historic Site.

    The site, located on N.M. 4 in the village of Jemez Springs, tells the story of the ancestors of the Jemez Pueblo people and their coexistence with the Spanish and Catholic missionaries in the area. The site contains the ruins of San José del los Jémez a Catholic Church and priest quarters built in the 1600s.

    “Jemez Village feels so fortunate to have this site within the village itself. It’s like a village within a village. The Jemez Historic site tells a very important story about Pueblo people. It also tells a very important story about resistance and doing what’s correct at a very important time,” Jemez Village Mayor Roger Sweet said at the ribbon cutting. “I think it’s a very major site in terms of all the sites in New Mexico for the story it tells. And the opening of the exhibit hall is an opportunity to tell that story.”

  • Summer Concert Series starts Friday

    Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos will be home to a summer concert series where visitors and community members alike can enjoy free music on Friday nights throughout the summer.

    Baracutanga is scheduled to be the first band to play in the concert series, which kicks off Friday.

    The series starts with a kids show at 6 p.m. and an opening at 6:30 p.m. The promoter, Secret City Concerts, did not list who would be the opening act Friday on the website. Baracutanga starts at 8 p.m.

    Baracutanga is a New Mexico-based seven-piece band representing four countries, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and the U.S. They pride themselves on arranging traditional South American rhythms in a new and interesting way, such as huayno and cumbia, with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian festojo with Andean zamponas, along with other rhythmic combinations, according to their website.

    Their live shows are “joyous, intense and explosive.” The band is joined on stage by Afro-Peruvian and Latin dancers.

    A variety of musical groups will offer entertainment this summer and food trucks provide a venue for a quick meal as concert goers can sit and enjoy a night out on the lawn with blankets or lawn chairs.

    For more information about the concern series, visit secretcitysummerconcerts.com.