Today's News

  • Santa Fe Community Foundation now accepting Piñon Award nominations

    The Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through April 14 for the 29th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination should visit the Foundation website at santafecf.org for guidelines and a nomination form.
    Each year, Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of area nonprofits with the Piñon Award — the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations.  Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a statuette recognizing their achievement.
    The public is welcome to this year’s ceremony, which will be Oct. 6 at La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza.
    Nominations will be accepted in the four categories:
    Courageous Innovation Award: An organization, building off a solid base of knowledge, which is creating a new approach to solving a persistent problem in the community. Is using a bold and courageous approach, based on sound theory, to create solutions that don’t currently exist in the region.

  • Taos gallery has call for entries

The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos is calling for entries from artists across the United States for the gallery’s “After Dark IV” show, celebrating the concept of darkness and the varied reactions, which are emblematic to the concept. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 15.

Entries are being accepted in the mediums of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass and assemblage.

Jurors who will be judging the entries include: Copro Gallery owner, promoter, and co-founder of “Juxtapoz Magazine,” Greg Escalante an artist, promoter, curator and co-producer of Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, Joe Buffalo Nickels, and owner and curator of Greg Moon Art, Greg Moon.

A minimum of four entries is required, with no more than eight entries accepted. Entry fees are $40 with a $10 media fee per image.

The show is open to all United States based artists, 18 years and older. All photography prints (with the exception of Polaroid, platinum and albumen) must be at least 8x10 (image size).

All works must be for sale and remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Any work not comparable to the file submitted can be rejected at the juror’s discretion.

  • Gala of horses prance into Santa Ana Star Center

    For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center on April 19.
     Tickets start at just $25 and are on sale now, available online at santaanastarcenter.com, the Santa Ana Star Center Box Office, Santa Ana Star Casino Players Club, or by calling 888-694-4849.
    Audience will experience the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its U.S. debut.
    The Gala of the Royal Horses combine horses from around the world with live performances created for the entire family.
     Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser, producer of the Royal Horses has recreated a show for the tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.
    The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.

  • Noted New Mexico authors to be at Jemez Springs Library celebration

    Jemez Springs Public Library presents the 50th Anniversary Library Celebration and Tri-Cultural Author Symposium, featuring authors N. Scott Momaday, Nasario Garcia and Anne Hillerman.
    The symposium is from 2-4 p.m. April 12 at Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church. The event includes with an open house and reception, followed by an author book signing at 4-6 p.m. at the library.
    Jemez Springs is an area of ancient settlement starting with early pueblo people, continuing with Spanish settlers, and Anglo immigrants from the east, all drawn to the healing waters and rich natural environment of the Jemez valley and mountains.

  • Be There calendar 4-2-15

    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.  
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Cowboy Breakfast. 7-11 a.m. at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 years and under. Menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Proceeds to Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter.

  • Community briefs 4-2-15

    Celebrate Easter with pets and pancakes

    Celebrate Easter with Friends of the Shelter at the monthly Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. All proceeds will go to FOS and the animals of Los Alamos County and northern New Mexico.
    The breakfast will be served at 7-11 a.m. Menu items include plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake, along with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee.
    There will be lots of exciting activities for attendees.
    From 9-11 a.m. there will be several activities for attendees, including a book signing from Paige Grant, author of “Kitten Caboodle,” a children’s book on the importance of the spay/neuter of all pets.
    Sue Barns will be available at the “Ask a Trainer” booth. The always-popular Doggy Kissing Booth will be in operation.
    Dog Jog sign up forms will be available — sign up before the registration cost goes up on Monday. Lastly, there will be a silent auction for four gift baskets.
    Support come support FOS at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa and get a doggy kiss or a paw shake with the all-you-can-eat breakfast. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 years or younger.

    Last chance to sign up for cancer retreat

  • Los Alamos scouts help develop campground

    At the invitation of rangers from the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, scouts from Troop 22 of Los Alamos and Troop 129 of White Rock recently contributed 100 man hours of labor to enlarge a campground at the monument’s Gran Quivera unit. Constructed in 2010, the campground first consisted of five tent pads and was the Eagle project of local scout Sam Grothaus. The host ranger then was Craig Morgan, a former army ranger and scout master.
    The park superintendent was so pleased with the scouts’ work that the troop was given the privilege of naming the campground. The choice was made to name it Camp Logan Collins in memory of the Troop 129 scout who lost his life in the Atomic City bus accident of November 2009. However, Ranger Morgan died 16 days after the project was completed. The troop then decided that the camp name must be Camp Morgan Collins. According to Jason Lott, Bandelier superintendent, who joined his scout son in working on the March 21 project, it is unusual for the park service to name facilities after people. To understand this, it helps to know that following Morgan’s death, the Salinas Pueblo Missions superintendent created a job for his widow so that she could keep her home in park service housing.

  • Civil asset forfeiture bill worth signing

    For those New Mexicans who believe in bipartisan government, reaching across the aisle and the political spectrum — there is good news. The New Mexico legislature has just unanimously passed House Bill 560, without a single dissenting vote in either house. HB 560 revises the procedure involved in the forfeiting of citizens’ assets by government agencies, a practice referred to as “asset forfeiture.”  
    Every year, federal and state law enforcement agents seize billions of dollars during traffic stops, simply by alleging the money is connected to some illegal activity. Under federal and New Mexico’s laws, these agencies are entitled to keep most (and sometimes all) of the money and property, even if the property owner is never convicted and, in some cases, never charged with a crime.
    This practice is so pervasive that the Institute for Justice deems it “policing for profit.” This refers to the fact that some law enforcement agencies pursue assets based on their value to their departments’ budgets as opposed to the property owners’ wrongful conduct.

  • Looking for funds in all the wrong places

    Post-legislative session, the chatter is all about friction and gridlock because it requires looking a little harder to see the whole picture.
    In a year like this, when available money evaporated like a water hole in the desert, when uncertainty and tight budgets exacerbated differences, the debates were bound to be sharp.
    Both parties and both chambers spent a lot of time hunting for money, and because there was none in the usual places, the hunt turned to who had money and how they might be parted from it.
    That led to some well intended but labored bills.
    One was House Bill 474, by Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec.
    It attempted to divert money from the Fire Protection Fund, which supports fire departments, and use it for forest and watershed restoration. Forced to choose between fire prevention and fire fighting, legislators deliberated uncomfortably and chose their fire departments.
    HB 236, by Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, demanded more hard choices.

  • Doubles tennis the difference in losses to Robertson

    After a lot of close sets and long points, Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams both came up short against Las Vegas Robertson on Wednesday.
    The Hilltopper girls lost to the Cardinals 5-4. The boys fell 8-1.
    The Hilltopper girls split the singles matches with the Cardinals, but Robertson’s 2-1 advantage in doubles proved to be the difference.
    The Cardinals boys, meanwhile, swept the doubles matches to jump out to a big lead heading into singles.
    “Dropping all three doubles was bad news,” boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “As a tennis team, you can’t do that —that’s the bread and butter.”
    At No.1 doubles, George Margevicius and Andrew Aboshousha came close to sending their match into the third set. Margevicius scored back-to-back points with a huge hit and then a great angled shot. Aboshousha then scored on a good return, but Robertson was able to close out the match before the duo could catch up.
    Donald Poston won Los Alamos’ only match against the Cardinals. In the third set, he won the tiebreaker, 10-8, to take the match.
    The Hilltopper boys were without their No. 1 and No. 3 players.
    “That made it a tough task,” Wilton said.
    Without them, nobody older than a sophomore played for the Los Alamos boys.