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Today's News

  • Boese Bros ready to offer good times, quality brews to LA

    According to Boese Bros Brewpub co-owners Sam Boese and George Boese, family, quality and good times have always been the secret to their success. The brewpub, located at 145 Central Park Square, could be open as soon as late August.

    This is the brothers’ fourth business, having opened the Boese Brothers Brewery in Albuquerque in 2015. In 2018, they opened the NE Heights Brewpub in Albuquerque, and they are also partners in a cidery in Santa Fe called Desert Dogs.

    No matter how big the enterprise has gotten, it’s always been and will be a family affair, Sam said. Sam’s wife, Liese, does all the art for the business, which even includes the bottle labels. George’s wife, Lexi, handles the marketing.

    “Family, quality and good times are the main things we’ve stuck by,” Sam said.

    Hard work has also been a key to their success.

    Friday, the brothers were in Los Alamos, hard at work building out the interior of their new digs at 145 Central Park Square, installing lights, décor and appliances to bring their newest business venture to life.

  • Board backs superintendent over charter school issue

    The Los Alamos School Board voted Tuesday to not lend its support to a pending charter school for Los Alamos County after a presentation by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.

    The school board had until Friday to give its opinion on whether the Public Education Commission should accept and approve an application for a charter school in Los Alamos County.

    Earlier Tuesday, the commission held a public hearing on the application in Los Alamos. The charter school is called “Polaris,” and would cater to middle school-aged students looking for an alternative form of education.

    Steinhaus and the board said that though they have nothing but respect and admiration for the charter school team for providing an alternative option for middle school aged children, the facility would ultimately draw on already scarce resources.

    “When we fill out a federal programs application, there’s a statement in there that says ‘do you have a charter school in your district,’” Steinhaus said. “If the answer is yes, the school district has to go to the charter school and meet with them and talk about what part of that funding will go to the charter school.”

    The board officially passed a motion agreeing with Steinhaus’s thoughts about the school.

  • Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns

    BY AUDREY MCAVOY
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?

    Scientists are expected to explore those and other fundamental questions about the universe when they peer deep into the night sky using a new telescope planned for the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

    But the Thirty Meter Telescope is a decade away from being built. And Native Hawaiian protesters have tried to thwart the start of construction by blocking a road to the mountain. They say installing yet another observatory on Mauna Kea’s peak would further defile a place they consider sacred.

    Activists have fought the $1.4 billion telescope but the state Supreme Court has ruled it can be built. The latest protests could be the final stand against it.

    Here’s a look at the telescope project and some of the science it’s expected to produce.

    Why would the telescope be more powerful?

    The large size of the telescope’s mirror means it would collect more light, allowing it to see faint, far-away objects such as stars and galaxies dating back as long as 13 billion years.

  • Boomerang gets new ‘employee’

    Those who have visited one of the locals favorite places to shop, Boomerang, in the last few weeks, have probably noticed a new face.

    Boomerang has welcomed its newest and youngest staff member, Snow. She has beautiful white hair and bright blue eyes, and she greets every newcomer with body wags.  

    Snow is the newest employee at Boomerang, the consignment and resale shop at 1247 Central Ave. A in Los Alamos.

    Snow’s job description includes greeting customers, not going potty on the floor, and being cute. So far, she excels at her job, her owners said.

    Snow is a 14-week-old Labrador-boxer mix and is a gentle puppy.

    Boomerang’s owner, Anna Dillane, adopted Snow three weeks ago from NMDOG, out of Albuquerque. NMDOG is a rescue that specializes in chained dogs and extreme-abuse cases. Snow fit neither category, but when a good

    Samaritan called Angela Stell about a puppy in need, for some reason Stell couldn’t say no, Dillane said.  

    Dillane contacted Stell, she said, after her beloved Buddha the Boxer passed away from an aggressive bone cancer unexpectedly on May 17 of this year.  

    Dillane had adopted Buddha from NMDOG six years ago and had been raising money and awareness for NMDOG ever since.

  • LAPD to stop emailing ICE after complaint

    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said Tuesday his department will reevaluate whether the department will include Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on a weekly email list that includes jail reports. 

    The list is sent to law enforcement and court officials every Monday.

    The chain email became an issue Monday when criminal defense attorney Jennifer Burrill publicly called out the Los Alamos Police Department for routinely sending its booking report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. 

    Burrill, a Santa Fe public defender in the First judicial District, who is also the vice president of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said the department’s collaboration with ICE interfered with the state’s court system. 

  • N.M. 502 has reopened

    According to the Los Alamos police, NM 502 has reopened in both directions.

    The road was closed around 10:30 a.m. today due to a vehicle fire. There were no injuries.

     

  • Vehicle fire on NM 502 closes Main Hill

     According to Los Alamos police, NM 502 is temporarily closed in both directions due to a vehicle fire on NM. 502. The fire started at 10:30 a.m. Los Alamos police are reporting no injuries. The fire is located on NM 502 at the bottom of the Main Hill. Motorists are advised to use the truck route on N.M. 4.

  • Report: LANL gives New Mexico economy $3B boost

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Responsible for infusing about $3 billion a year into New Mexico's economy, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being held up by lab officials, politicians and others as an example of the kind of high-tech economic drivers the state needs more of.

    The lab on Thursday released the findings of an economic impact report prepared by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Aside from the federal funding that flows through the lab, employees' salaries and the purchasing of goods and services, analysts identified more than 24,000 direct and indirect jobs that are supported by the lab.

    Scientists at the lab work on everything from national security to space exploration projects and problems related to public health and the environment.

    Los Alamos Lab Director Thom Mason said the report underlines the lab's role as a major employer that has created good paying, high-tech jobs. He also pointed to the resulting ripple effect.

    "Part of being a good neighbor is bolstering the economic well-being of the communities where we live and operate," he said.

    The analysis looked at payroll, procurement and spending data for the 2016-2018 federal fiscal years.

  • Natural Gas purging on East Road Friday

    Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities crews will purge an existing segment of natural gas pipeline that was damaged during the N.M. 502 road construction project Friday.

    The purging will occur between 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the south side of East Road/N.M. 502, east of the Canyon Road intersection and in front of Crossroad Bible Church.

    According to department officials, the purging is necessary to safely release natural gas out of the line and into the atmosphere so repairs may be conducted safely.

    During the purging operation, some people in the area may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe.

    Vehicle traffic may be interrupted on East Road and N.M. 502 for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe.

    Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 662-8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

  • Discovery Day puts science on display

    Los Alamos County put its full scientific awesomeness on display on Discovery Day Saturday.

    Crowds of visitors played with robots and self-inflating balloons, expressed themselves through art, and gazed at the universe and at the Earth through virtual-reality goggles.

    Discovery day was the biggest day of ScienceFest, a week-long celebration of science and discovery.  

    Over at the National Park Service booth, park volunteers John and Dana Pratt were busy alerting people that a nuclear chain reaction was about to go off soon and not to miss it. 

    Of course, it wasn’t a real nuclear reaction, but it was definitely fun to watch. The volunteers, along with Ranger JT Stark, carefully propped rubber balls inside a carefully arranged, large number of mousetraps arranged on a tray with rows.