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Today's News

  • PAC 8 is offering spring music video classes

     

     

     

    PAC 8 is offering Spring Music Video Classes. Be a part of new classes that have never been offered before. Classes will be in two sessions. One session began March 6 and will run through March 27. 

  • DPU crews trenching Deacon Street

    The Los Alamos Deptaremtn of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street Thursday to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14. This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.
    Crews will trench 120-feet at the intersection of Deacon and 17th Street, to install the new lines. Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.  

  • Plans set for pilgrimage

    Law enforcement, emergency services and safety regulators from several local pueblos, the City of Española and Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties are working collectively to assure every safety measure is taken and precaution is in place for walkers and event coordinators alike for the annual pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayó, typically running the Thursday before Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
    Thousands of people usually visit the Santuario every Easter holiday and this year, there will be about 13 entities present to guarantee the safety of the public.
    Walkers and vendors are given the following reminders and tips:
    • Walk against traffic
    • Dress appropriate for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
    • If walking at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashlights and glow sticks
    • Keep an eye out for water stations and first aid booths
    • Stay hydrated
    • In case of an emergency, dial 911
    • Keep animals on a leash
    • Assure small children are kept close to adults
    • Diabetes patients are encouraged to carry water and snacks at all times
    • No vending, except on private properties
    For more information concerning safety measures for the Santuario Pilgrimage, call 505-747-1941. 

  • The official wave

    Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administered the oath of office to incoming school board members Matt Williams and Jim Hall. Shortly after completing their oath, Hall was voted in as president and Williams was elected secretary of the school board. 

  • Update 03-14-13

    No power

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center announced it will be open Saturday without power. This weekend, Fuller Lodge, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

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    AARP coffee

    The AARP local chapter  will host coffee at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A welcome to new retirees  and ideas for future programs will be part of this informal  gathering. For more information, call 662-8920.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. March 19: Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss new security initiatives at LANL.

    'Van Choc Straw'

    LALT presents “Van Choc Straw” at 7:30 p.m. Friday Tickets, $12 general admission and $10 for students, are available in advance at CB Fox or at the door. 

  • Huffman named First Born Program director

    Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program in Gallup, has been named executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.
    Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $1.8 million grant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to provide parenting training in San Juan and McKinley Counties. St. Joseph Community Health is providing $150,000 and the Navajo Nation Growing in Beauty Program is giving $50,000.
    Families having their first child will receive three years of home visits, medical advice and training to build parenting skills and child brain development through the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program. At least 200 families per year are expected to benefit from the guidance of home visitors, with the first beginning this spring.

  • 03-14-13 Restaurant inspections

     

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Española

     

    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza

    Date inspected: March 6, other, second inspection

    Violations: None

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • Lawmakers OK rule to shield email

    New Mexico lawmakers have approved a policy that could shield legislators’ email from disclosure through public records requests.
    The new legislative rule will govern how the Legislature handles requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act, which grants access to records about public business with certain exceptions, such as trade secrets.
    Legislators contend that much of their communication with constituents and others about legislation should remain confidential. Some lawmakers use email through personal accounts rather than a legislative email system.
    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government opposes the new records policy and disagrees with lawmakers who contend the state constitution provides special protections exempting legislative email from public disclosure.
    The proposal cleared the Senate without debate Wednesday night on a 39-1 vote. It previously passed the House.
    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) voted against the measure in the House.
    Gwyneth Doland from NMFOG made the following points.
    • We strongly oppose the stated intent of HCR 1, which would pull a curtain of secrecy over important decisions that affect all New Mexicans.

  • Pajarito pub and grill brews up a change

     

    The Pajarito Brewpub and Grill next to Beall’s in the Mari-Mac shopping center, is like a beacon in the night for those who want dinner after 8 p.m.

    Despite what appears to be a very small space from outside, the owners have done a good job of using the space they have available. Not only do they have a bar in the establishment, but they also have a few booths and a decent amount of seating for diners. 

    Admittedly, the brewpub and grill was not the first choice on a recent Sunday afternoon, but alas, it was one of the only choices open after 2 p.m. A trip to another restaurant was attempted and despite the fact that the sign said they closed at 3 p.m. and it was only 2:36 p.m., the doors were locked. So a visit to the brewpub was in order.

  • Experience Patagonia, Ninja-style

     

    Patagonia, one of the great wild places of the Americas, will be the subject of the March meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. 

    Doug Shepherd, who will tell the tale, is simultaneously a sponsored athlete (Mammut, Sterling Ropes, Cilogear Backpacks) and a post doc in systems biology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Doug writes, “Patagonia has always stood out as a far away place that I would never be able to visit, let alone climb in, because of the horrible weather. In December 2012, I took a chance and went on a two-week trip, crossing my fingers and hoping we would get to climb instead of sitting around and drinking wine. Thankfully, we had almost too much good weather, and spent the majority of our trip in the mountains.”