Today's News

  • County halts work on wells

     County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Utilities Board Vice Chair Tim Neal jointly announced Friday all activity will cease on the proposed test wells in White Rock Canyon to develop the County’s San Juan/Chama water rights.  

    The hiatus is intended to give councilors time to better understand issues surrounding the San Juan/Chama water rights, determine appropriate policy steps, and provide direction to the Board of Public Utilities, according to a statement released by the county.  

    Public concerns over the test wells were voiced during a May 23 Special Board of Public Utilities meeting and on the county’s “Open Forum” page.   Rodgers emphasized that the community as a whole owns the water rights and therefore, it is important for the council to weigh in on this issue. 

    “The councilors are committed to thoroughly examining and evaluating the 40-year Water Plan, the county’s San Juan/Chama water rights, and previous council policy direction to the Board of Public Utilities,” he said.

  • Crews talk of saving Caldera Historic District

    Tuesday night was a rough one on the Valles Caldera. Fire crews were having a fairly easy time fending off the flames when the unexpected happened. The smoke plume from the Thompson Ridge Fire suddenly collapsed, sending a storm of high winds and fire toward the Valles Caldera Historic District.

    “It has all that energy that’s going straight up,” said Lindsay McElfresh, a structural and group trainee for the U.S. Forest Service. “But then, it starts to lose all that energy when it begins to cool down, and it will just fall.”

    But all that energy has to go somewhere, and Tuesday night into the wee hours of Wednesday morning it was headed straight for the historic district, which included the historic Baca Ranch, located between a slope populated with old growth forest and the Valle Grande, which is mainly a vast meadow of dry, yellow grass.

    It was quite a battle, according to firefighter Vas Naiker, an engine captain with the Valles Caldera crew. Luckily, they had some backup systems in place.

    “The (DC-10 Tanker) had already done a drop, but the fire had gotten around it,” he said. “When it came around the corner, we activated the defense systems.”

  • Church Listings 06-07-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; bethluth.com. Summer worship is 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: How important is fashion in Christianity?

    “What does the Bible say about clothing and what is appropriate dress for Christians?”— Kaye

  • What to expect when pets are expecting

    Many people see their pet as their own child, but what do you do when you find that your little one will soon be having children of their own?
    Knowing how to care for your pet during pregnancy and after childbirth is essential for any responsible pet owner.
    So how do you tell if your pet is expecting? “Some telltale signs to watch for in a pregnant dog is lethargy, not wanting to eat as much, not playing as much as usual and enlarged nipples,” said Jean Laird, veterinary technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “These are attributed to a change in hormones and milk production.
    If you believe your pet is pregnant, the first thing you should do is take her in to see a veterinarian. Certain conditions exist that may appear to be pregnancy, but in reality are alarming and may even be life threatening.
    “One condition that can be deadly is called pyometra,” said Laird. “It is a bacterial infection that occurs during their heat cycle and results in the uterus filling with pus. This is a serious condition that requires immediate surgery and hospitalization. Symptoms include fever, lethargy and vaginal discharge that is commonly confused with standard pregnancy discharge.”

  • Honor trumps hate, stupidity

    Harlan Ellison once remarked, “The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” And equally astute observer of the world, Frank Zappa, retorted, “There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life.”
    Lately, I’ve seen less and less hydrogen in the world.
    Thus marches in the Sultans of Stupid to debate the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow membership by gay children under the age of 18.
    The tempest is boiling with small brained homophobes across the nation. With Alabama competing for Olympic gold in stupidity (this is news?), some churches in that state have made headlines by announcing that Boy Scouts will no longer be allowed to meet at the church.
    Pastor Greg Walker of the Baptist Church of Helena summed up his charter of tolerance and love with his shortest sermon ever: “You’re not welcome here!” When questioned as to why a church would exclude children, church members chanted, “Sinners should burn in hell, not attend services of worship with good people.”

  • Isotopes lose 3-2 to Zephyrs on late HR

    Bryan Peterson of the New Orleans Zephyrs belted a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to drop the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-2 Thursday.
    Albuquerque fell in the opener of its eight-game road trip which runs through June 14.
    The two teams were tied at 2-2 from the top of the third inning through the bottom of the eighth before Peterson’s home run. Isotopes starting pitcher Blake Johnson threw six strong innings (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 7 strikeouts) and reliever Sean White set down all three batters he faced in the seventh before Javy Guerra (0-3) gave up the solo shot in the eighth.
    But the Isotopes offense managed just one hit off three New Orleans relievers who took over for starter Doug Mathis.
    The loss dropped the Isotopes (31-29) to three games back of Round Rock, their next opponent following this series, in this PCL American Southern standings.

  • Tour de LA is still a go for 41st running

    With just a couple of days left before it’s scheduled to go off, things are still on schedule for the return of the Tour de Los Alamos.
    The Tour de Los Alamos will be Sunday. The cycling race, which bills itself as the oldest in the southwestern United States, will follow its traditional loop from N.M. 501 through the Back Gate, down N.M. 4 through White Rock and back up toward Los Alamos National Laboratory. The race will start Sunday morning with a low-speed “parade” from downtown Los Alamos to the Research Park.
    As of Thursday night, 78 cyclists had registered online. Event organizer Dave Zerkle said that’s about what he would expect for most years, as the vast majority of racers enter Saturday night or on the day of the race.
    Zerkle, who with his wife Carolyn have organized the race since 2006, said even with the concerns about the Thompson Ridge Fire and smoke conditions, a big drop-off in participation for the 2013 race isn’t anticipated.
    “It has been a little slower because people were feeling out the fire, but (registration has) improved in the last couple of days,” Zerkle said.
    Should the Thompson Ridge Fire threaten the course or if smoke conditions are bad, Zerkle said the Tour would be called off, but he’s not anticipating a need for such drastic measures.

  • Marr is best predictor for another week

    For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero, who clocked in at 21 minutes, 41 seconds. Linda Vance finished in 35:13.
    On the 1-mile course, 8-year-old Aidan Cooley finished in 11:27, one second ahead of Susan Mendel.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday on the road toward the sewage plant near the White Rock Y. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information about the Pace Race and the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found at the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.

  • Fishing Report 06-07-13