Today's News

  • Comet gazers

    More than a dozen people gathered at the White Rock Overlook Park to watch Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) set over the Jemez next to the crescent moon, just after sunset March 12. The moon and comet dropped out of the clouds just before sinking beyond the horizon.

  • LA real estate entrepreneur eyes statewide market

    Zia Realty Group Broker/Owner James Chrobocinski shrugs off the suggestion that he is a “mogul in the making.”

    “I wouldn’t go that far,” he said.

    But Chrobocinski’s expansion into the Los Alamos real estate market has been meteoric and his plans are undoubtedly ambitious.

    Chrobocinski’s Los Alamos roots run deep. His grandfather, James Bramble, moved to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan project.

    LAPD Cmdr. Randy Chrobocinski Foster is his brother and his other brother Joe Foster, and his sister Jennifer Foster King, also live here.

    Chrobocinski moved to Corpus Christi with his father just after junior high.

    “I have been trying to get back here ever since,” Chrobocinski said. It took him 26 years to reach that goal. He and his wife Jacqueline, decided to move here with his son JJ in June 2011 in order to take care of his grandfather.

    Chrobocinski’s career path echoes his mother’s, Jeannie Bramble Foster, who worked as a registered nurse in Los Alamos for a number of years before becoming a real estate agent for the Pat Rogers Agency.

  • Torpy set to return

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is scheduled to return to work toward the end of March or early April, according to his colleagues, who have been filling in for him since he recently took leave to have open-heart surgery.

    “As long as all the doctors say, ‘no problem,’ he’ll be coming back to work,” LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster said.

    Torpy left about four weeks ago for surgery to replace a damaged heart valve.

    Phil Taylor, coordinator for Los Alamos County emergency services, has been filling during Torpy’s absence.

    He said being acting chief has been an eye-opening experience.

    “Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes — and I’ve walked at least a couple of yards — I have a way better appreciation for what cops do for a living now than I did before taking the job,” Taylor said. “It’s been a humbling experience.”

    While Torpy has been away, Taylor has also been doing his regular job, which also meant staying up for 24 hours to help find a hiker lost in the Bandelier National Monument last weekend.

  • Church Listings 03-15-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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 at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    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. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • LAJC to host Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The event is open to anyone interested in attending.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt.
    The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach, in which Jews refrain from eating chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, ultimately culminating in the birth of the “Torah,” the “Five Books of Moses,” at Mount Sinai.
    Thus, for Jews all over the world, the annual time of renewal is an opportunity to look at themselves and society through the lens of the slave, once again.
    It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.
    This year, Rabbi Jack Shlachter of the Los Alamos Jewish Center, will lead the Community Seder as an evening of ritual, dedicated to the memory of the Exodus from Mitzrayim, or Egypt, and the freedom and respect for everyone.

  • Shooting intellectual blanks

     Wahhhh!  Wahhhh!  Wahhhh!  Quick, someone call the wahhhmbulance!
     Another “misunderstood” NRA member with a 45-caliber mouth and a 14-caliber brain comes shooting out of a barrel of ignorance, whining about my not understanding his side of the firearms debate.
     But before I start slinging stones, let me first say on a very serious note that I am sickened and offended by Mr. Smith’s vile statement that if someone with a gun were to enter my classroom, I would “use the children as shields.”  
    If necessary, I would, like any other teacher in Los Alamos, throw myself in front of a volley rather than risk injury to any students.  He knows absolutely nothing about teachers.
     His idiotic statement is exactly what I would expect from a ditto-head who pridefully labels himself as a “pro-gunner pro-lifer.”
     Pro-gun pro-life?  That’s like saying pro-sewage pro-air freshener.
     I must openly admit, however, that I would consider using Mr. Smith’s head as a shield, if not for the fact that an empty shell provides no real defense against a bullet.
     Look, I see nothing wrong with law abiding citizens owning firearms.  

  • Final day of flurry

    SANTA FE — Noon today marks the beginning of the final day of the New Mexico Legislature’s 2013 regular session. New Mexico’s legislatures begin and end at noon.
    Legislative days also begin and end at noon but that timing is more flexible.
    But noon tomorrow is not flexible. Until the 1960s, lawmakers were allowed to “stop the clock” and allow time well past noon to get business finished. But the state supreme court ruled that our constitution says nothing about clock stopping and that any bills passed after noon are invalid.
    There is no law specifying the end of the 20-day period the governor has to sign or veto legislation.
    So governors play it safe and get all their bill signing done before noon of the 20th day. It doesn’t matter when he vetoes bills because they don’t go into effect anyway.
    Some governors don’t even bother vetoing bills they don’t like. Those are called pocket vetoes and don’t carry any explanation about why the governor doesn’t like the bill.
    As of the beginning of this week, lawmakers had only gotten 10 bills through both chambers and up to the governor.
    One of those bills benefitted the spaceport by limiting the liability of suppliers of parts of space crafts.

  • House reintroduces Manhattan Project legislation


    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), and  Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) today introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1208) in the House of Representatives to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will encompass facilities in Hanford, Wash.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to construct a nuclear weapon during World War II. This effort combined military and scientific resources and involved hundreds of thousands of workers.

    "The Manhattan Project is a significant chapter in America's history.  The establishment of this park will ensure that this history is preserved and that facilities, such as Hanford's B Reactor, will remain open and accessible for future generations to visit.  I'll continue to work with advocates in these local communities, as well as with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate, towards the goal of getting this bill enacted into law," Hastings said.

  • Passing the Baton...Or Not

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track teams opened their season last weekend at Albuquerque Academy’s Chili Quad meet. The Hilltopper girls won the team competition and the Hilltoppers boys were third. Los Alamos will take part in a meet at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho Saturday. 

  • Atomic Tumblers' Bueck is big winner at AGS meet

    Lilly Bueck took gold in the all-around competition and was the top all-around (36.55) scorer in the Level 5 Division for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers’ at the AGS Meet in Albuquerque on Feb. 9-10.
    Bueck, who competes in the Level 5 Junior C Division, earned gold on bars (9.3), silver on beam (9.5) and floor (9.1), and bronze on vault (8.65).
    Also for LASG, Katie Wingo took silver in the all-around competition in the Level 5 Child Division with a score of 34.275. Wingo’s earned gold on beam (9.25), silver on floor (8.725), bronze on bars (8.1) and fourth on vault (8.2).
    Ramya Stevens took bronze in the all-around (34.375) in the Level 5 Senior C Division. Stevens also earned bronze on vault (8.45), fourth on bars (8.65), fifth on beam (8.6), and sixth on floor (8.675).
    Bueck, Wingo, and Stevens were among 215 gymnasts from 15 teams who competed in the meet. In all, 6 Atomic Tumblers competed in the Level 4 Division, 11 in the Level 5 Division, and one in the Level 6 Division.
    For more information on LASG, call 505-662-9523.
    Here are the results for LASG’s competitors at the AGS meet:

    Level 4 Child A

    Nyla Lee earned gold on vault (9.25), fourth on bars (8.3), fifth on floor (8.05) and all-around (33.2), and sixth on beam (7.6).

    Level 4 Child B