Today's News

  • Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

    MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's top state prison official was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, setting off a hunt for the shooter and raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job.

    Tom Clements, 58, was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, and a witness reported a person driving away in a dark-colored "boxy" car that had its engine running at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

    Investigators were exploring all possibilities, including that the shooting could have been related to Clements' job as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, which he took after years working in Missouri corrections.

    The killing stunned officials in both states. They described Clements, who is married with two daughters, as dedicated, funny, caring and an expert on the latest and best methods in his field who chose the Colorado job over retirement.

    At a news conference, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was red-eyed and somber, speaking haltingly as he said he didn't think the killing was part of any larger attack against his cabinet, members of which stood behind him, several of them crying. Others dabbed their eyes.

  • Briefs 03-20-13

    Few bills passed in legislature

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Just under a quarter of the bills introduced during the New Mexico Legislature’s 2013 annual session were passed by both chambers.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that of 1,317 bills introduced in 2013, 298 were approved by lawmakers.
    That compares with 284 in 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed 98 — about a third — of those.

    Two killed in Santa Fe
    accident; vehicle was on fire

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say two people are dead following a fiery automobile accident.
    Officers arriving at the scene Tuesday evening found one body on the ground outside an SUV that was fully engulfed in flames and another body inside the vehicle.
    According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, firefighters reported that flames were 25 feet high when they arrived.
    It’s not clear whether another vehicle accident was involved in the crash, and identities of the victims haven’t been released.

    Family: Belongings lost at unsecured crash site

  • Making new friends

    Brendan DeRoma, 6, of Los Alamos, tries his best to hold onto a baby goat during a trip to the Montessori Camino De Paz School and Farm in Santa Cruz. Brendan was on a field trip with his brother Gavin, to see where their food comes from. Every week, staff from Camino De Paz come to the Los Alamos Food Co-op to sell produce and milk.

  • Be There 03-20-13

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 20 is canceled because of schedule conflicts. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 17 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series featuring “Wreck-it Ralph,” will be at 6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    New Mexico Consortium: Talk by Dr. Richard Sayre, director, at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Talk sponsored by Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network.

    The March Atomic Film Festival featuring “On the Beach,” will be at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 220. All Republicans are welcome. Central Committee members are encouraged to attend. 
    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the  Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin March 11. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 22.

  • Meeting for Washington trip

    There will be a mandatory meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria for all eighth grade students going to Washington, D.C. over spring break.
    The meeting is mandatory for students and parent participation is encouraged. Call Roberta Cocking at 505-670-0679 with questions.  

  • Cooking for people with diabetes

    Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge for diabetics.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes.
    Kitchen Creations will meet Wednesdays for four weeks beginning April 3, from 5-8 p.m. in the Training Room of the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St.
    Mary Beugelsdijk, registered diabetes educator and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home economist, will teach participants how to plan healthy meals and prepare dishes that manage carbohydrates without adding extra sugar, sodium or fat.
    The class participants will prepare and taste recipes and will receive a participant workbook and two recipes books.
    Each class is different and builds on the previous session so participants will want to attend all four classes.
    This program is free to people with diabetes. Priority for participating will be given to people with diabetes.
    The deadline for registration is Friday. After that date, the class will be opened to others including people with pre-diabetes, caregivers and family members of people with diabetes. Call 662-2656 to register or for more information.

  • YCC job program taking applications until March 22

    Job applications will be accepted until March 22 from youth ages 14-25, for hiring consideration with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps. The program will employ up to 45 youth in part- or full-time positions for work in the Jemez Mountains and Canyons.
    The positions are based in the outdoors, improving public footpaths. The Y is hiring local area youth from Pojoaque, Rio Arriba County and Los Alamos in fulfillment of a grant goal to build friendships among neighboring community youth.
    Crew member wages pay $9.90 per hour. The Y is also hiring two experienced crew leaders, which pays $11.90 per hour. Applications are available at the Española and Los Alamos Teen Centers, at the Y, 1450 Iris St., and online at laymca.org/ycc.
    No previous experience is necessary, however a strong work ethic is required. Job descriptions and complete information is contained in the YCC employment packet, so interested participants should review the packet.
    For more information, contact Community Programs Director Sylvan Argo at 662-3100, or via email at sargo@laymca.org.

    From a press release 

  • AACTFest comes to LA

    This week is sure to be an exciting time for Los Alamos. It may be a tad more crowded and there may be more sightseers, especially around Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street.
    The influx of visitors might just be one consequence of LALT playing host to the New Mexico American Association of Community Theatre Festival.
    AACTFest participants include community theatres from all over the state. The festival involves a variety of activities, including monologue competitions and workshops focusing on topics such as costuming, marketing, directing and playwriting.
    Biennially, community theatres are also invited to present an hour’s worth of a production, under a strict set of guidelines.
    Each theatre has10 minutes to set up for the performance, an additional 10 minutes for post-performance deconstruction, and all set pieces must fit in a 10-foot by 10-foot square.
    Each abridged performance is timed and judged by adjudicators who provide input and feedback on the performance. In the end, one or two theatres are chosen to move on to the regional competition, with a chance to advance all the way to the national contest.
    This year, Los Alamos Little Theatre will host AACTFest, Thursday through Sunday.

  • LANL sleuth on trail of Martian mystery

    When it comes to examining the surface of rocks on Mars with a high-powered laser, five is a magic number for Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza.
    During a poster session today at the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference at The Woodlands, Texas, Lanza described how the laser-shooting ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover currently searching the surface of Mars for signs of habitability has shown what appears to be a common feature on the surface of some very different Martian rocks during Curiosity’s first 90 days on the Red Planet.
    But exactly what that common feature is remains an intriguing mystery — and one that Lanza intends to solve.
    The ChemCam instrument uses an extremely powerful laser to vaporize a pinpoint of rock surface. The instrument then reads the chemical composition of the vaporized sample with a spectrometer. The highly accurate laser can fire multiple pulses in the same spot, providing scientists with an opportunity to gently interrogate a rock sample, even up to a millimeter in depth. Many rocks are zapped 30 to 50 times in a single location, and one rock was zapped 600 times.
    Members of the ChemCam team generally discard results from the first five laser blasts because of a belief that after the first five blasts.

  • Filling empty bowls

    Los Alamos residents choose treasures to take home during the annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser, a benefit for Self Help, Inc. The fundraiser netted approximately $12,000 for the nonprofit, which provides consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties. A number of local businesses support the event by donating bowls for community groups to paint, glazing and firing the bowls, providing soup and bread for a luncheon and donating items for a silent auction.