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Today's News

  • Missing biker found injured in Valles Caldera National Preserve

    A local man was rescued Wednesday after spending two days with severe injuries in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The man went for a mountain bike ride Monday in the Banco Bonita area of the preserve. He lives in the area and is known to some neighbors and staff, according to Kimberly DeVall, spokeswoman and Chief of Interpretation and Education Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The staff had seen his vehicle parked nearby for a couple of days and began to question where he was, DeVall said.

    On Tuesday afternoon, staff at the preserve performed a quick search with some law enforcement until it became dark and they started to talk about performing a larger search, DeVall said. The official search began at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

    “We had 15 boots on the ground men and women actually out there scanning trails and looking for him,” DeVall said. “We were gearing up for a larger operation but luckily we found him before we had to do that.”

    He was found shortly after noon with life-threatening, severe injuries to his lower extremities but a group of police, fire and forest rescue personnel was able to pull him out of the Banco Bonita area after a day of searching.

  • Mason asks community to support lab expansion

    At a packed education grant donation event Thursday, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Triad CEO Thom Mason talked about the lab’s plan to upgrade and expand its infrastructure over the next five years. Though he said a lot of the timeline for expansion depends on factors outside the lab’s control, such as Congressional funding, he said investments in the lab infrastructure and programs could total between $5-$10 billion by 2030.

    Driving some of that cost is the lab’s current goal to meet the demands of the lab’s overseer, the National Nuclear Security Administration, to produce 30 plutonium pits a year. The lab would be doing so in conjunction with another site in South Carolina known as the Savannah River Site. The NNSA is looking for that facility to build 50 pits a year. The pits are used as triggers in nuclear weapons. The lab’s primary mission is to maintain the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

    The plutonium pit manufacturing will take place at Tech Area 55.

    The lab is hiring about 1,000 employees a year to fill positions in the revamped pit manufacturing program and other missions and programs the lab supports, such as programs in space exploration, super computing, alternative energy, and other fields.

  • News for Retirees

    Sept. 16-21

    Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

     

    MONDAY 

    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus

    9 a.m. Gentle Pilates

    10 a.m. Advisory Board

    10 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sweet & sour pork

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom Dancing

    TUESDAY 

  • Community Calendar

    MONDAY

    Gentle Pilates at 9 a.m. the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, and at 10:30 a.m. at the White Rock Senior Center, White Rock, 137 Longview Drive. Suggested donation is $5. 

     

    Come dance with the Los Alamos Scottish Country Dancers from 7:30-10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New dancers are welcome at any class. No partner or special dress needed. Cost is $3 per night or $35 for five months of dancing. Classes meet from September through June.

     

    Nature Playtime from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Free.

    TUESDAY

    WW (formerly Weight Watchers) will meet at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St., Los Alamos. Free. All are welcome.

     

  • New comedy ‘Alignment’ by local playwright will be free for audiences

    Los Alamos Living Treasure Robert Benjamin is at it again with his plays for the people. The Wednesday performance will beat the Betty Ehart Senior Center, followed by an Oct. 3 performance at the White Rock Senior Center. Both performances will be at 12:45 p.m. 

    “Alignment” is a new 10-minute comedy about “aging” by Benjamin, performed by Pat Beck and Kelly Dolejsi.  

    When her old car needs repairs, the mechanic offers her options to align the car’s front-end and the owner, but are these repairs affordable and is it worth the effort? Who is the mysterious mechanic, anyway? The presentation is free and a discussion and refreshments follow the performance.

    Benjamin has been involved in theater since high school, inspired by his 11th-grade English teacher. He loved attending live theater and started to think about it as a post-retirement avocation. “I felt attracted to writing because playwriting is among the most difficult forms of writing,” said Benjamin. “It appeals to me, as I enjoy grappling with really tough tasks.”

  • Yes, banana splits were less than a dime

    BY DAVID STEVENS

    Eastern New Mexico News

    CLOVIS — I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Septembers past:

    • Sept. 1, 1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe by Gil Lamb from the living room of his home at the corner of West Fourth and Avenue B. It aired remotely on Radio Station KICA out of Clovis until July 26, 1956, when KMUL went on the air.

    • Sept. 1, 1931: Portales schools were filled to capacity with the largest enrollment in their history — 1,364 students, a 13 percent increase from a year earlier. Officials estimated 200 to 300 more were expected in the next few days.

    • Sept. 2, 1910: C. S. Hart of Portales was shot in the arm, face and leg in a dispute over a $14 pasture rent. The injuries sustained from shotgun pellets did not appear life-threatening, but were described as painful. The shooter was described as a “mad man” from Bovina. If criminal charges were filed, they were not reported in the Roosevelt County Herald.

  • An open letter to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan on welcoming the president

    By Tom Wright

    President Trump has a campaign visit scheduled for Monday, September 16 in Rio Rancho. In response, Congressman and senatorial candidate Ben Ray Lujan sent out a Facebook statement saying, ””…President Trump is the antithesis of everything New Mexico stands for.  His values are not our values.” In the next paragraph Congressman Lujan writes, “Rio Rancho is in my district, and anyone who undermines the safety, security or way of life of our communities, isn’t welcome here.”

    Congressman Lujan, I am a New Mexican in your district and while I respect that you do represent me, you do not represent my values and I find your lack of respect for the office of the president and your position on not supporting our immigration laws to be most disconcerting. We New Mexicans have several political parties, representing different values, some of which are not yours. The Congress in which you serve is composed of a mix of these values and our Congress has passed laws that govern our immigration policy. For you to suggest they be ignored is disrespecting our democratic-Republic.

  • Antisemitism has no place in 3rd Congressional Dist.

    BY SAM PICK

    Former Santa Fe Mayor

    Guest Opinion

    The silly season is upon us! The first slick, on-line video has hit voters in the Third Congressional District and it has already caused controversy. 

    It deals with a video that Valerie Plame released on Monday for her congressional campaign. The problem with the video is that parts of it are factually incorrect and it raises many questions about Ms. Plame’s past regarding accusations that she posted anti-semitic content on Twitter.

  • ‘Toppers take on Bloomfield Friday night

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Volleyball set for Tournament of Champions

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com