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Today's News

  • Police honor the fallen Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Police Department joined other law enforcement departments across the nation Tuesday in honoring the officers who were killed in the line of duty. 

    “Thank you for coming today to help us honor those who have died in the line of duty; to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families,” LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said to the crowd gathered out in front of the Los Alamos County Justice Center. 

    About 80 people attended the ceremony, which included members of the community and town officials.

    “I think it’s appropriate event to have us focus on the sacrifice that the officers and their families offered to make on behalf of our community. Of course, we hope that they are safe through the conduct of their duties,” Los Alamos County Council Chairman David Izraelevitz said.

  • Reused materials light the way for teens

    A request by his wife to get rid of an old propane tank years ago sparked an idea in the mind of San Francisco artist Colin Selig.

     

    And now residents of Los Alamos can enjoy the fruits of that idea, the finished product being an art display in front of the Los Alamos Teen Center.

    The display, consisting of brightly colored lumispheres, a symmetric loveseat and asymmetric bench, was dedicated at a May 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

    “Colin takes propane tanks, cuts them apart, cuts out pieces and welds them back together,” said Jeremy Smith, chairman of Los Alamos’ Arts in Public Places board. “Typically what he does are the benches. He’s got a number of these throughout the United States in public spaces.”

    Smith said this display is unique to Los Alamos.

    “We told him we wanted to be able to integrate some lighting and to have something spherical with holes in it,” he said.

  • UNM-LA students celebrate 37th graduation

    Graduates attending the 37th Annual Graduation Convocation of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos had waited a long time to finally walk across the stage and receive their diploma.

    So delaying the start of the ceremony a few more minutes was not a problem, especially when the graduates learned the reason behind the delay.

    As visitors and participants were filing in to the ceremony held at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, one of the graduates, Annalynn Martinez, was struck by a car in front of the church and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, where she was treated and released later that night.

    After the short delay the ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior ROTC and the singing of the National Anthem by Grace Willerton and Joy Reynolds.

    Dr. Cynthia J. Rooney, the chief executive officer of UNM-LA, welcomed everyone with brief opening comments.

    In her comments, Rooney said UNM-LA’s enrollment this semester was 1,151, which she said is quite an achievement “at a time when enrollment numbers are down” across the country. She also noted that over 100 students earned degrees this year at the school.

  • Pig and Fig makes a move

    Saturday morning was the start of Pig and Fig restaurant’s official first day at its new location, but customers wouldn’t even know it judging by the crowds that came for breakfast. 

     

    It seems customers have not skipped a beat in finding the Pig and Fig’s new location at 11 Sherwood Blvd. 

    “White Rock has been extremely loyal,” Executive Chef and owner Laura Crucet said. “They have been waiting with bated breath for us to open.” Crucet and her staff were ready, too. 

    Disappearing rapidly off a counter were the same luscious, homemade, French style cakes, pies tarts and pastries customers have come to expect from the Pig and Fig, and coming from their new bigger kitchen were numerous plates of quiches and omelets cooked to order. 

    “We have the best staff,” Crucet said. “We have the best restaurant staff in New Mexico, I’m convinced of it.”  

  • NNSA’s pit decision restores confidence in local economy

    Local and laboratory officials expressed optimism and relief following the decision by the National Nuclear Security Administration to include the Los Alamos National Laboratory in its plutonium pit manufacturing program.

    An internal memo from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Jr. to employees Thursday and obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor indicated the lab is looking forward to a brighter future.

    “Let me be clear about how I interpret this decision: I believe NNSA has given the Laboratory a big vote of confidence today,” Wallace wrote to employees. “They are investing an additional $3 billion in new mission space, which includes people, infrastructure, and equipment. This is a significant opportunity to continue contributing to the nation’s security by drawing on our unique expertise in plutonium science.”

    Wallace also said the NNSA’s vote of confidence means LANL will remain at the center of plutonium pit manufacturing for years to come as it helps the Savannah River Site to develop it’s own plutonium pit manufacturing facility and workforce.

  • New Mexico Dem official bans 'Vote or Die' T-shirt sales

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Democratic chair of New Mexico's largest county has ordered a voting rights group not to sell its "Vote or Die" T-shirt at sponsor events because it's "offensive" and "a blatant threat."

    Democratic Party of Bernalillo County chair Bill Peifer told The Associated Press in an email late Monday that a shirt being sold by Dave Mulryan of Everybody Votes also is abhorrent to gun owners and rural New Mexico residents — voters New Mexico Democrats are seeking to win over.

    "The first, quite simply put, is that it's a very negative message. We always have a difficult time in getting out the vote," Peifer said. "We want the act of voting to be associated with good things happening . . . a positive message."

    Mulryan said in a statement the group believes there is nothing wrong with the shirt.

    "Everybody Votes will continue to offer the "Vote or Die," t-shirt for sale," Mulryan said. "We believe in the message, and we believe in our right to sell it."

  • LA schools to get pre-K funds

    The Los Alamos School District found out Thursday it is one of 11 districts that will receive first-time funding for the state of New Mexico’s pre-K program.

    The amount of that funding was to be announced on Friday, but school officials had not yet seen those numbers posted by press time.

    New Mexico is adding an additional $10 million to the program for the 2018-19 school year, bringing the program to 11 school districts for the first time.

    “We’re very pleased to have this opportunity to host the first New Mexico preschool program beginning next year,” said Karla Crane, the coordinator of student services for the Los Alamos School District. “We won’t know all the details about how much we’re going to be able to do until we see how much money we’ve been awarded, whether it’s going to be one half day, two half days, things like that. We just don’t have the answers to those questions until we find out that amount. As we receive more information on the specifics we’ll be releasing those details to the public.”

    The state Public Education Department’s announcement means the opening of more than 1,500 additional pre-K spots to serve potentially about 6,800 students statewide.

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  • Aquatomics set personal bests at Early Bird Open

    With a new head coach and renewed energy, the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team has improved greatly in recent months, and showed off that improvement at the VAST Early Bird Open in Albuquerque, where nearly every swimmer picked up personal best times and impressed everyone in attendance. 

    Mark Scott, who is in his first year coaching the Aquatomics, said that he has been impressed with how hard the swimmers are willing to work, and it showed in the results. 

    “We were well over 80 percent personal bests in the first meet of the year,” Scott said. 

    He added that the Aquatomics are beginning to keep up with some of the top teams in the state, and that the positive culture change in the locker room among the swimmers has been noticeable. 

    “They don’t even look like the same people in the water anymore,” Scott said. “They are beginning to look pretty impressive.”

    Some of the best swims of the meet came from Ming Lo, who finished in first place in the mixed 11-and-over 200 breaststroke, with a time of 2:38.06. With that time, he qualified for sectionals at 13 years old, the youngest he can attend the meet. 

  • LA Choral Society to host Memorial Day concert Sunday

    The Los Alamos Choral Society’s 2018 Memorial Day concert, “Freedom!,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, Los Alamos.

    Tickets will cost $15 per adult at CB Fox in Los Alamos or at the door. Student admission will be free.

    This will be the Choral Society’s first concert since Steve Paxton took over as conductor.
    Paxton, former chairman of the Contemporary Music Program at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a veteran of 25 years teaching music composition at Texas Tech, said in a recent interview that he chose music for this concert that reflected the values for which Americans have been willing to fight and die.

    Those values, as expressed in the music, range from freedom of religion to civil rights for all; from appreciation of labor to love of the land; from support for creativity in the arts to dreams of justice expressed by our founders and refined and widened in today’s hopes for a better future.

    The concert will begin with Choral Society and the audience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is based on a poem written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, when, at dawn, he saw the U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry, which had withstood a bombardment by the Royal Navy.