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Today's News

  • LAPS students head back to class

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    The first day of school is always exciting for Barranca Mesa Elementary School principal Gina Terrazas, but Thursday was extra special for Terrazas as she welcomed her students to a brand-new school building.

    “It’s always exciting, not only to see the students’ reactions coming back to school, but also seeing parents and how happy they are, how excited the are, taking pictures of their children coming back to school. It’s nice,” said Terrazas, who is in her fifth year as principal at the school.

    Parents, students and the community got their first glimpse of Barranca Mesa’s new building at a meet-and-greet Wednesday and the classrooms were ready for the students for Thursday’s first day.

    “We are still in the process of moving some stuff out of the hallways, but that’s moving along pretty quickly so we should be ready to roll and have everything cleaned out and ready for students on Monday,” Terrazas said. “Right now, they’re all in their classrooms. All the classrooms are ready and the students are really excited about that, so we’re excited for them. It’s been nice and we are really pleased and happy with our new building.”

  • New Mexico oil production improvements cause economic boom

    SANTA FE (AP) — An economic boom in southeast New Mexico has been attributed to skyrocketing oil production.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that New Mexico's revenue exceeded projected levels allowing lawmakers to authorize a $663-million spending increase for the budget year that started in July.

    Officials say the 11% increase is expected to be used toward teacher salary increases, education spending, highway repairs and construction.

    Officials say improvements to drilling techniques made New Mexico the nation's third-highest oil producing state and contributed to mass production in the Permian Basin about 290 miles (467 kilometers) from Albuquerque.

    Officials say revenue levels came two years after a steep decline forced lawmakers to cut spending.
    Economists are expected to release official revenue estimates later this month.

     

  • Haaland to speak about the Green New Deal at Nature Center

    Hear Congresswoman Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of our communities, country and planet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    This event will be held outside of the center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats. The talk is free to attend and no advance registration is required. The Los Alamos Nature Center is located at 2600 Canyon Road and is operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center

    Haaland is the Representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. She was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in congress. She will serve in leadership roles as the 116th Congress Freshman Class Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Democratic Region VI Whip (Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) and Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LAPD officers earn new management certificates

    Two Los Alamos Police Department officers graduated from a management program recently, learning additional skills in policy-making and management.

    LAPD Commander Preston Ballew and Sergeant Chris Ross graduated from the Northwestern Executive Management Program. 

    The three-week program, the third in a series of law enforcement leadership programs, provides the policy-making executive with an opportunity to examine in-depth topics affecting leaders and organizations in today’s changing law enforcement environment.

    The program is led by experienced practitioners and presented as a series of topical workshops.

    Together, participants question, examine and analyze critical issues shaping the law enforcement environment. 

    Topics include policy development, officer wellness, ethics, legal updates, information technology and critical incident command to name a few. 

    Ross has now completed all three and will be rewarded with an Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern. 

  • Bandelier to waive fees Sunday for Park Service’s 103rd birthday

    Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived on Sunday to celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday!

    Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized on February 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year on Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

    “The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country. They range from Yellowstone and Carlsbad Caverns to the Washington Monument, from Gettysburg and Hawai’i Volcanoes to the Martin Luther King Memorial, and from Little Bighorn Battlefield and Grand Canyon, to Bandelier,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

    To celebrate the agency’s birthday, Sunday is a fee-free day, with no entrance fees being charged throughout the entire National Park System. 

    The other fee free days remaining this year are National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    Items in the park store, located in the Bandelier Visitor Center and managed by Western National Parks Association, will be 15% off.

  • Community Calendar 8-23-19

    TODAY

    The Bradbury Science Museum will host Robotics Night from 5-7 p.m. This year, the museum anticipates over 15 live demonstrations by local Lego teams made up of students of all ages, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s HazMat team, the Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad, UNM-Los Alamos, and a few surprise guests. Some of the teams will let guests “drive” the robots. The event will also have hands-on activities, including the museum’s robotic arm and presentations on the Mars Rover.

    SATURDAY

  • A contest with some spice to it

    BY DAVID GRIEDER
    Eastern New Mexico News

    CLOVIS — Far from a starter, chips and salsa took center stage Aug. 16 during the annual contest at the Curry County Fair.

    Made with a base of core ingredients — tomato, onion, garlic, salt and peppers — 21 entries competed at the fairgrounds’ indoor pavilion for cash prizes and coveted salsa chef aprons from the event sponsor of seven years, Leal’s Mexican Restaurant.

    “Everybody has their own style of salsa,” said event announcer Jeff Lynn. “Sometimes, as soon as you take a bite you’re running.”

    Anyone in need of milk might avail themselves of fresh dairy from the cows around the corner, Lynn joked.

    Among the entries was a strong family presence, in some cases with parents, children and siblings in stiff competition and in other instances with participants invoking their family history with a salsa recipe.

    Jack Brittain, 42, of Clovis, brought some of both. He said he’s been making his own salsa for about three decades, inspired as a child by his grandfather’s handiwork.

  • Los Alamos Choral Society to begin fall rehearsals

    Fall rehearsals begin on Sept. 10 for the 75th Anniversary year of the Los Alamos Choral Society. The chorus, founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists, will be preparing for a gala anniversary concert on Jan. 26, 2020, in partnership with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.

    The program for the concert will include Part III of Handel’s Messiah, along with works by Michael Maudlin, Mary Badarak, and Frances Meier, all New Mexico composers. The concert will conclude with a movement from the 1892 Grand Mass in E-flat by Amy Beach, the first major choral/orchestral work composed in America by a woman composer.

    Additional 2020 concerts will include a May 1 performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Alamos Community Winds, Ted Vives conducting, and an informal “Dessert Concert” of popular songs and musical theater excerpts.

    Singers in all sections are invited to join the chorus, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

    Special accommodations are available for singers wanting only to perform on the Messiah portion of the program, with rehearsals for Messiah not beginning until October.

    The kick-off session Sept. 10 will begin with sign-up and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. rehearsal.

  • LAHS girls soccer trying to piece it together

    By DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    For Los Alamos girls soccer coach Ann Cernicek, the 2019 Lady Hilltopper squad is like a puzzle. She has all pieces. Now it’s time for Cernicek and her coaching staff to put them all together to try to form the best possible picture.

    Cernicek got a pretty good idea of what the puzzle is going to look like after a pair of scrimmages over the weekend, including Saturday’s alumni game at Sullivan Field.

    “It gave us a fantastic opportunity to see how they play on the big field against a quality opponent,” Cernicek said. “We got to see a lot of things that you don’t really get to see in tryouts. Now, as a coaching staff, we need to put all these puzzle pieces together and see what the picture is going to look like as we move forward into the season.”

    The Lady Hilltoppers are coming off a season in which they finished 15-6 overall, 6-0 in District 2-4A, and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament, where they lost a heartbreaker to Albuquerque Academy in double overtime.

    “Last year was a great season,” senior forward Alyssa Parker said. “We had a lot of seniors and great chemistry between all of us. We ended really strong.”

  • Silver City resident key figure for NFL Hall of Famer

    BY C.P. THOMPSON
    Silver City Daily Press

    SILVER CITY — Long before Tony Gonzalez became an NFL all-time great, he and his older brother, Chris, were taking childhood trips across the country with their father, Joe — a man who now lives in Silver City.

    Joe Gonzalez is originally from Larchmont, N.Y., a 30-minute trip from the Bronx. He moved to Southern California in 1969, and worked as a recreation therapist at the Long Beach VA Medical Center.

    “I had the best job in the hospital,” Joe said — getting veterans rehabilitated, and taking them on field trips to places like museums and the beach.

    Even though Joe was living his dream job, he had limited time. While working 40 hours a week, he was taking classes at California State University, Long Beach. When the weekend rolled around, Joe’s time was dedicated to his two sons.

    “In the summertimes, when we had time off, my father would take us across the country,” Tony said.
    “He’d take his patients out, and there he would take us and do the same thing.”

    These trips ranged from visiting the Grand Canyon to Mexico, and everything in between.