Today's News

  • New Rotary group raises funds to benefit local fourth graders

    A newly-formed satellite group of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos called STARS (Service to All Rotary Satellite) will host a fundraising event from 4-7 p.m. Sunday June 2 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant.
    The theme of the event is “Are You Smarter than a 4th Grader?” and all members of the community are invited to join. The evening’s events will include a trivia quiz competition for all ages, as well as an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet with salad, drinks and dessert.
    Funds raised at the event will benefit a program to provide four weeks of swim lessons to all 4th graders in the Los Alamos school district, a program that was eliminated several years ago due to budget cuts.
    Tony Hinojosa, Physical Education instructor at Mountain School, has been advocating to reinstate the program. He started by appealing to the Mountain School PTA to fund the lessons for its own 4th graders.
    This year, all Mountain 4th graders were given swim lessons at the Aquatic Center. In a similar program funded by the Mountain PTA, Hinojosa took 5th graders to Pajarito Mountain for ski and snowboard lessons.

  • Glow Run fun

    Participants begin the race and run past Chamisa Cheetah, Chamisa Elementary School mascot. The first Glow Run was on Saturday in White Rock. The fun included the sale of glow lights, popcorn and homemade fudge to boost the bottom line. 100 participants were registered for the run which raised approximately $1,100 in the hopes of adding a paved track to the campus in the future. 

  • LANL makes strides in cleaning runoff

    Engineer Erin English, with Biohabitats, Inc., a firm representing the Communities for Clean Water (CCW), gave the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities a progress report on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s efforts at storm water management.

    English spoke highly of the LANL stormwater team.

    “We’ve actually ended up in quite a collaborative process and have found that the LANL folks have gone far above what they had committed to doing as a result of that lawsuit, and have really looked to us for some assistance in how to manage that storm water, not only in conventional ways but perhaps in ways that give them a little more flexibility that are rooting in green infrastructure grounds,” English said.

    English believes LANL’s budget for compliance with the stormwater mitigation is approximately $10 million.

    The core members of CCW are Amigos Bravos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Honor our Pueblo Existence and the New Mexico Acequia Association, with several other groups also participating.

  • School board tackles construction concerns

    While everyone else is thinking thoughts of summer vacation this time of year, the thoughts of the Los Alamos Board of Education have already moved on to the next school year.

    Specifically, Aug 14, the day most students go back to school.

    The board’s session was to address concerns surrounding the final construction phases at the middle school and the beginning phases of construction at Aspen Elementary.

    The chief concern among board members was making sure both middle school students and elementary students had a place to go when their schools open next year. That involved a lengthy discussion on the dilemma of moving the campus of portable classrooms that the middle school students have called home for the last two years to see service at Aspen.

    Move them too soon, when construction at the middle school isn’t completed, middle school students won’t have a place to go in August. Move them too late, neither will the Aspen Elementary students.

  • Be There 05-21-13

    Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting. 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church. Wendy Mathson will present her lecture and trunk show “Scrap Management.”

    Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse support group. 10-11 a.m., Small Business Center, 190 Central Park Square, suite 113. Free, maximum eight members per group. Call 412-2429 to reserve a spot.

    Artwork by Richard Swenson. An ongoing exhibit during regular business hours at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the second floor lobby. For more information call Peggy Pendergast at 412-7223.

    Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. We enjoy a meal and combine fun and social gathering with a business meeting. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.
    Wendy Mathson will present her Storm at Sea workshop as a part of the Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Experienced and new quilters are invited to attend.

    Artwork by Richard Swenson. An ongoing exhibit during regular business hours at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the second floor lobby. For more information call Peggy Pendergast at 412-7223.

  • Change is in the air for SF Children's Museum

    At the end of 2012, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum began their “Save the Museum” campaign with a lofty $200K goal to reach in only nine weeks.
    While it seemed like a daunting task for the museum, the response was overwhelming. They received donations from across the country and from many local businesses and individuals.
    In the end, they not only exceeded their financial goal, they also raised it all in seven weeks.
    The funds raised by the campaign have allowed the museum to make some progressive changes and additions.
    They have added additional board members with varying business backgrounds and are diligently focused on solidifying the future of the museum through new programs and partnerships, as well as efforts to lower facility costs.
    They also recently appointed new Executive Director, Shannon Martin Roberts who officially took over the position on April 8.
    Founding directors, Ellyn Feldman, Ellen Biderman and Susan McIntosh call Martin Roberts “the right leader at the right time for the museum.” Martin Roberts earned her MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin; and she has more than 15 years experience in strategic organizational growth, fundraising and nonprofit management focused on arts, advocacy and youth related causes.

  • Assets In Action: Getting the most out of resources

    Last week, Assets In Action made their annual pitch for fiscal year 2012-2013. I have a 15 minute slideshow if you’re interested in our work.
    Times are tough and money is tight, but often, simple things can be done to raise awareness, increase education, or tackle an issue from another direction with very little cost.
    One suggestion was that many would often like to seek resources, or information, but simply don’t want anyone to know their business.
    In this town, whether we want to believe it or not, we have some pretty big needs in our offices, our neighborhoods and our churches.
    Many don’t readily want to ask for help, but the needs are out there.
    Assets In Action has a wealth of resources for parenting issues like curfew and chores, too much television, anger management and self-acceptance.
    We would like to know what you want to hear about and where you get your information.
    What is your media preference? Would you access it on a webpage, sneak onto my Facebook page and creep? If you don’t understand the last reference, ask a teenager.
    When Parents Ask for Help-Everyday Issues through an Asset-Building Lens is an Asset rich tome by Renie Howard. Howard addresses a slew of topics like; physical and psychological symptoms of stress, how not to be bullied and how to make friends.

  • Give state regulation secretary walking papers

    What’s going on with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing? Investigative reporters for the Albuquerque Journal have been all over the department and its secretary, J. Dee Dennis Jr.
    It’s not surprising. From the beginning, he was one of the governor’s most dubious appointees — a businessman and campaign contributor who ponied up $16,000. The governor promised that business people would have “a friend and an ally” in Dennis, a self-made man who founded and grew DKD Electric Co. in Albuquerque and was later CEO of a solar start-up company.
    State regulation could be less heavy handed, certainly, but the department with Dennis at the wheel has overcorrected, and it’s not good for anybody. Even more troubling is that he has reportedly abused his authority.
    Red flags have been there from the beginning.
    One of the first things Dennis did was to fire Bill Verant, the state’s respected chief banking regulator for 16 years.

  • OKC Hospital Describes Treating Tornado Wounded
  • Raw: Aerials Show Path of Oklahoma Destruction

    Video taken from a helicopter shows the extent of damage caused by Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.