Today's News

  • Easton hired to lead middle school

    Dr. Brian Easton was selected as the new principal at Los Alamos Middle School after the end of the school year, so he didn’t have an opportunity to meet the staff with whom he would be working.

    So a meet and greet reception was held at the school Monday night and there were plenty of people on hand to welcome him to his new post.

    When one person asked if he was getting settled in he replied, “Yes. I’ve already figured out how to adjust my chair.”

    That sense of humor, coupled with an endearing – and effective – teaching style, are two of the characteristics that helped him land this administrator’s position after 20 years as a teacher at Los Alamos High School.

    “He’s highly respected as a teacher and that’s what you want in a principal,” said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. “You want them to be highly respected first as a teacher and that will help him relate to the faculty here and work with the faculty.”

    Steinhaus also likes the fact that Easton is here to stay.

    “He’s committed to Los Alamos,” Steinhaus said. “His commitment is to Los Alamos Public Schools and that made a positive influence on the interview committee.”

  • Manhattan Project sites to be opened for tours during ScienceFest

    Three of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s sites located “behind the fence” will be made available to a small number of individuals next month during ScienceFest 2018.

    The sites – Pond Cabin, Battleship Bunker and the Slotin Building – are on property managed by the Department of Energy and are currently off limits to the public. The properties are undergoing preservation assessment and treatment by the Bandelier National Monument Preservation staff, as well as the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National Laboratory are partnering with the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service to offer these public tours on July 12 and 13 during ScienceFest 2018, which runs from July 11-15.

    Registration opens Friday at 10 a.m. for the debut tours and advanced registration for the limited slots is the only way the public can access the tours. The public is invited to register online at the Bradbury Science Museum’s webpage at mpnhpregistration@lanl.gov beginning at that time.

    The three-hour tours are limited to 25 participants each on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Forest officials keep eye on off-limit areas

    As drought conditions worsen, forest and law enforcement officials continue to keep a close eye on areas where people, for whatever reason, want to live off the grid.

    Santa Fe National Forest and U.S. Parks officials closed the backcountry areas of the Valles Caldera National Preserve June 1. The national forests, parks and county were also placed under Stage 3 fire restrictions.

    The national forests include the Santa Fe National Forest, the Carson National Forest and the Cibola National Forest.

    No one is allowed on the trails or to camp within the forests or the parks unless they have special permission.

    Fires, fireworks, smoking and off-roading are not allowed wherever Stage 3 fire restrictions are in place.

    While New Mexico’s national forests and federal lands have not encountered any problems with illegal campers, some people have been spotted in open space lands within municipal limits, officials said Tuesday.

    Local open space lands also remain under constant watch by law enforcement and fire officials.

  • Los Alamos County cancels Fourth of July fireworks show

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced Tuesday that because of the continuing lack of rain and extreme fire danger conditions, the county would not permit the annual Kiwanis Club’s Fourth of July fireworks show at Overlook Park in White Rock to proceed.

    “Unfortunately, the long-range forecast does not indicate that we are going to receive any significant rainfall anytime soon,” Hughes said. “Therefore, we have reached the difficult decision that we will not issue the permit that would allow the fireworks display to proceed on July 4.”

    The ongoing extreme fire danger conditions made the risk too great, Hughes said.

    “While we know that many will be disappointed in this announcement, our top priority has to be the safety of the public,” he said.

    Hughes broke the news to the Kiwanis board members Tuesday morning. The club has canceled all plans for the Fourth of July festivities as a result.

    The Fourth of July event at Overland Park draws thousands of people from the community and is one of the biggest fund raisers for the Kiwanis Club. The fireworks have already been purchased and the club said they would be stored and used next year.

  • Drought-stricken West braces as wildfire season flares up

    By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands fled their homes as major wildfires encroached on a charred area of Northern California still recovering from severe blazes in recent years, sparking concern the state may be in for another destructive series of wildfires this summer.

    Severe drought has already forced officials in several western states to close national parks as precautions against wildfires and issue warnings throughout the region to prepare for the worst.

    In California, officials said unusually hot weather, high winds and highly flammable vegetation turned brittle by drought helped fuel the fires that began over the weekend, the same conditions that led to the state's deadliest and most destructive fire year in 2017.

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency in Lake County, where the biggest fire was raging about 120 miles north of San Francisco, a rural region particularly hard-hit by fires in recent years. The declaration will enable officials to receive more state resources to fight the fire and for recovery.

  • Public transportation is key to boosting health for aging New Mexicans

    AARP volunteer and New Mexico Association board member

    Most of us take for granted that we can wake up each day, get in our car, drive to work, drive home, drive to the grocery store or to a movie, and get wherever we want to go. But for some of us, the time will come when we can no longer drive a car and we must give up the keys.

    The loss of a vehicle can often lead to cases of isolation, which causes a decrease in physical activity, and mental engagement. People are no longer able to participate in everyday activities like visiting friends, going to social events or church because they no longer have a way to get there. Individuals can’t rely on friends and family to make up the difference because they have their own lives and schedules.

    For these individuals, public transportation will provide a vital role toward keeping older adults connected and engaged in their communities.

  • LeDoux on The Hill: Republicans face sobering reminder for November

    The last couple of weeks conservatives have gotten drunk on the idea that the possibility of a blue wave was looking more like a blue puddle because of a tightening of poll numbers in the generic congressional polls. Well this last week has been a conservative hangover, as day after day delivered bad news for the GOP.

    More primaries have come and gone, and more moderates and traditional conservatives lost to populists. Here in the DMV, Corey Stewart, a candidate that claimed to be more Trump than Trump and had connections to all the worst actors in Republican politics bested Libertarian state delegate Nick Freitas and Pastor E.W. Jackson, drastically hurting Virginian Republicans down the ballot. Barbara Comstock in Northern Virginia had her congressional seat move from a toss-up to leans Democratic because of the nomination of Stewart.

    As the week progressed a reckoning in the youth movement of the party happened, Turning Point USA had several scandals including one of their main spokesperson making awful comments about the #MeToo movement, the leaking of chat logs where leaders of TPUSA were attempting to get their own members to not talk about the scandal, former employees making accusations about faking their numbers, and alleged cover up of misconduct that happened at events.

  • Pet of the Week 6-24-18

    RATS! About four of them actually. On June 1, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter received three male rats and one female rat, each with their own particular traits.

    Tinky, the female rat, is the smallest of the bunch. Animal shelter staff describe her as a outgoing and social. She isn’t spayed though, because staff couldn’t find a vet in the area that can spay a rat.

    Templeton loves snacks and attention. Templeton has been neutered and is ready to go to his forever home.

    Templeton’s brother, Gary, is a burrower who prefers plenty of soft bedding to get down into.

    He likes to be held, and has also been neutered. Gilbert is the largest of the bunch, and he also likes to be held and is very adventurous.

    All of the rats are from one litter. They are from a surrender, and they were all born April 27.

    They are clean and have received an excellent bill of health. Each can be adopted for $25.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Police Beat 6-24-18

    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.

    Jun.  13
    9:25 a.m. – Damien Blade Marquez, 24, of Espanola was booked into the Los Alamos Detention Center for aggravated battery and great bodily harm. Marquez was later released.

    10:03 a.m. – Los Alamos police arrested an individual on a warrant.

    10:57 a.m. – Los Alamos police issued a summons to an individual for shoplifting at Smith’s in Los Alamos.

    6:21 p.m. – Los Alamos police arrested an individual for simple battery.

    7:28 p.m. – Paul David Vincent III, 45, of Los Alamos was booked into the Los Alamos Detention Center for two battery against a household member and two counts of interference with an officer. Vincent was later released.

    10:43 p.m. – Los Alamos police arrested an individual for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

  • Voices of Los Alamos to meet Monday

    The Voices of Los Alamos will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos.

    The group will discuss upcoming rallies to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s policy of separating families at the border. All citizens interested in participating and/or organizing an event are invited.

    The group will also host speakers Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Campaign for Health Security – to learn about the campaign, visit nmhealthsecurity.org – and retired physician Tyler Taylor. They will discuss a proposed health bill that would lead to a health insurance co-op covering about 80 percent of New Mexicans.

    The meeting agenda is as follows.

    • New Mexico primaries. Open primaries in  New Mexico. Speakers will discuss the pros and cons.

    • Eric Peterson, Los Alamos Open Space Specialist, will update the group on Stage 3 fire restrictions.
    • FLAP update and turnout.

    • League of Women Voters Karyl Armbruster, secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Commission will comment on Republican Lisa Shin’s arguments against universal pre-K and other public education policies.