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Today's News

  • Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival offer 4 years of ukulele fun

    For four years, the Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival has brought some of the best-known ukulele instructor/performers to New Mexico to perform in a Friday evening concert and teach workshops for all levels of players, beginners to advanced.

    This year, with the theme of “Comic Books & Super Heroes,” the  festival features concert performers Jim and Liz Beloff, Fred and Lynn  Sokolow and Gerald Ross, plus instructors Craig McClelland, Sage Harrington, Jared Putnam, and Judy Muldawer.

    The festival kicks off Sept. 28, with a concert at 7 p.m. at the African American Performing Arts Center at Expo New Mexico. Then the fun continues the next day at the Albuquerque Marriott with workshops, vendors and a catered lunch, with final workshops Sunday.

    Workshop topics include Blues Ukulele with Fred Sokolow, the songs of Lyle Ritz with Jim Beloff, Intro to Swing Ukulele with Gerald Ross, Intro to Fingerpicking with Craig McClelland, Music Theory Demystified with Sage  Harrington, Jam in Any Key with Jared Putnam, plus many more.

  • Museum Hill offers free events for Community Day

    The Museum Hill in Santa Fe offers local and visitors alike many events at the museums and botanical garden for free during Community Day Sept. 32.

    This event attracts 2,000 people to Museum Hill, where all museums offer a slew of activities for the entire family. 
    Community Day has become one of the capital city’s most popular annual events.

    This daylong event is hosted by Museum Hill Partners, which include the: Museum of International Folk Art; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; International Folk Art Alliance; Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the National Park Service; Santa Fe Botanical Garden; and the Wheelwright Museum of The American Indian.

    “Each year on this special day, we look forward to sharing the unique treasures of Museum Hill as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the dedicated community of museum lovers for supporting our museums and the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden,” said Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales.

    Events include:

    • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture: Mural Painting on the Plaza and Indigenous Food Informational Booth.

    • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Gerardo’s Andale Food Truck Wheelwright Museum.

  • Special hunter education camp offered at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron

    CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification for free.

    To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

    The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a responsible adult, also registered for the camp. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 7-8, at the renowned Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Meals and lodging in canvas tents are free.

    Registration for this camp opportunity is now open. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by noon, Aug. 19, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Safari Club International Foundation.

  • Celebrate black bears at Nature Center this week

    Celebrate black bears with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation at the second annual Bear Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the nature center’s schedule is packed full of bear-themed programming all week long leading up to it.

    The week will kick off on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at a talk called “A Cub’s Life” from U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak. Ratajczak will discuss the life of a black bear cub from the moment it’s born in a darkened den to its first steps as an independent yearling bear. The talk is free and will begin at 7 p.m. at the nature center.

    On Aug. 24, PEEC and LEWF will host the second-ever “Eat Like a Bear Buffet” from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will eat a dinner completely inspired by a black bear’s diet. The menu will feature smoked salmon catered by Pig + Fig, stuffed mushrooms off the grill, ants on a log, a big salad, rose hip tea, sub sandwiches served from a trash can, log cakes, chocolate acorns and more. The night will be fun, educational and delicious! Tickets for the dinner are on sale now at peecnature.org and are $50 for non-members and $40 for PEEC members.

  • Blazing a New Trail: Storms couldn’t deter a memorable trip to Abiquiu

    During the most recent of my travels among the mesas and canyons of Northern New Mexico I discovered not one, but two, fabulous places to hunker down and ride out a storm.

    And both were on either side of the highway that takes travelers to and from Abiquiu.

    Since moving to Los Alamos, I’ve been trying to connect with locations in this part of the Land of Enchantment that played host to movie or television productions.

    I love watching movies and have gotten several suggestions on ones to watch that were filmed in the area.

    Our pressman here at the Los Alamos Monitor, Brian Dunwoody, told me he’s related to the owners of the rattlesnake that makes an appearance near the end of the movie “Hell or High Water” and how the movie was filmed in New Mexico.

    I’ve been close to where scenes for Only the Brave were filmed on the ski hill. And to Diablo Canyon in Sante Fe, which was mentioned in Hostiles and 3:10 to Yuma.

    There are so many more. Which is why I loaded up after church a couple of Sundays ago and headed for Abiquiu, a place rich in movie history.

  • ‘One bomb too many’

    In the waning days of The Black Hole in 2012, hundreds, if not thousands, of people stopped by to purchase what was left of the military surplus store’s inventory during a massive liquidation sale.

    The store’s founder, prominent anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus, died in 2009, and his family no longer had the resources to keep the well-known store and institution to anti-nuclear activity in New Mexico open.

    As visitors came to purchase or take away the many pieces of castoff equipment from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one visitor came to give something back to the store that served as a rallying point for those against nuclear warfare and those that weren’t afraid to put the activities going on at the Los Alamos National Laboratory under a microscope.

    Janire Najera, a photographer and visual artist who lives in the United Kingdom, dropped by at first because she was curious.

    “I was in New Mexico preparing for another project which entailed a month long road trip following the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles when a friend shared with me a local newspaper article about the liquidation sale of The Black Hole,” Najera said.

  • Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press
    TAOS (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission.

    Judge Sarah Backus set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that the two men and three women wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys, not consume alcohol and have no firearms.

    Police raided the property — a squalid makeshift living compound near the Colorado state line — more than a week ago in response a report of children living in filth, severe hunger and dangers including a leaky propone tank. Five adults were arrested and 11 children were placed in state custody.

    Prosecutors presented evidence that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj provided some of the children with firearms training — including tactical skills such as "speed loading" guns and firing while in motion. Aside from some rifles, handguns and ammunition, authorities say they found books on being effective in combat and building untraceable assault-style rifles.

  • State Office of Courts releases statement on judge attacks following ruling

    The New Mexico judge who issued a controversial ruling Monday that allowed five defendants to be released without posting bail in the case of the compound in Taos County has been under attack on social media and received threatening phone calls and emails, the state Administrative Office of Courts reported Tuesday.

    Eighth Judicial District Judge Sarah Backus allowed the pretrial release of five criminal defendants released Monday in Taos County. The defendants may be released from jail as early as Tuesday.

    Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin issued the following statement.

    “The judge has come under attack in social media, email and telephone calls because of her ruling,” Pepin. “However, the judge's responsibility is to fairly and impartially apply the law and make a decision based on the evidence presented to the court. A judge's responsibility is to follow the law – not popular sentiment that may develop from incomplete or misleading information.

  • Triathlon remains a hit in LA

    More than 95 people arrived at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center before 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the 44th running of the Los Alamos Triathlon, the longest-continuously running event of its kind in New Mexico. 

    Besides being notable for how long it has been around, the event is also notable for its format of bike, swim and run, which differs from the traditional format of swim, bike and run. 

    Robert Browning, who is 48 years old, was the overall champion this year, finishing the triathlon in 1:05:10. Finishing right behind Browning was 19-year-old Quinn Abfalterer, who completed the event in 1:06:31. In third place was Scott Baily, who finished in 1:07:33. 

    For the women, Liz Miller was the overall champion, finishing in 1:11:44. Close behind her were Whitney Spivey and Madeline Margevicius, who finished in the women’s top three. 

    Several people under the age of 18 competed in the main triathlon, led by 17-year-old Steven Strevell, who finished in 1:08:30. Other young competitors included 15-year-old Gabe Katko, 16-year-old Gerrit Vader Wiel and 17-year-old Leo Abfalterer. 

  • Top golfers compete for city championship

    More than 50 local golfers hit the links last weekend, competing for the right to call themselves the best golfers in Los Alamos in this year’s City Championship, held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. 

    Competing in six different flights, the golfers created a tight competition throughout the weekend, with some battles coming down to the final hole. 

    In the Gold Tee flight of the men’s championship, Jason Norman emerged victorious with a net score of 138 across the two days of competition. Interestingly, Norman played without a handicap and still managed to earn the best net score in the flight, finishing one stroke ahead of Jacob Benelli and Tim Johnson, who did have handicaps.

    In the Blue Tee flight of the men’s championship, John Rau easily earned first place with a score of 131. 

    The second-place finisher was Pat Metzger, finishing eight strokes behind with a score of 138. Ben Alei was the third place finisher with a score of 140.

    Darren Knox was the champion in the Blue Tee flight of the senior men’s championship with a net score of 138, and Kurt Anast finished right behind with a score of 139. However, Anast finished with a better gross score but lost due to the difference in handicaps.