Today's News

  • Cross country teams dominate at Northern New Mexico Challenge

    As the end of cross country season draws nearer, it appears the teams from Los Alamos High School are getting stronger every week. Friday afternoon at the Northern New Mexico Challenge in Santa Fe, the Hilltopper boys and girls dominated and won by more than 65 points in both races. 

    The action kicked off with the girls’ race, and LAHS freshman Norissa Valdez proved quickly why she is one of the top runners in the state. Valdez separated herself from the pack within the first mile, and opened a sizable lead throughout the race. She finished in first place overall with a time of 19:59. The second place finisher, Alyx Mastor from Taos, was nearly a full minute behind Valdez with a time of 20:56. 

    After Mastor, the Hilltoppers dominated the race, finishing in third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places. 

    All five of the runners finished within 12 seconds of each other, as Hannah Gartz had a time of 21:00, Mabel Pyle finished in 21:05, Tia Hartzol had a time of 21:07, Abby Beus finished in 21:10 and Marin Kelly had a time of 21:12. 

  • Learn how black bears respond to wildfires in Jemez

    Join biologist James Cain at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Friday to learn about his research on recent wildfires’ impact on black bears and how they have responded to subsequent forest restoration treatments.

    This talk is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Decades of fire suppression, logging and overgrazing have altered the conditions of southwestern forests, resulting in degraded habitat conditions for wildlife and more frequent and severe wildfires.

    These changes have resulted in an increased need for forest restoration treatments to revive historic forest structure, plant species composition and fire regimes.

    Both wildfires and forest restoration treatments can result in big changes to habitat conditions for many species of wildlife, so forest restoration plans should include monitoring and research programs that document the short and long-term responses to restoration treatments. Cain and his team are currently monitoring how black bears have responded to the forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains.

    At this talk, he will present preliminary results of their research and lead a general discussion of black bear ecology in the Jemez Mountains.

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  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 10-17-18

    Art exhibits

    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.” The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org. New Mexico History Museum and Santa Fe Opera to recognize “Atomic Histories” in 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s exhibition will run through May 2019. The History Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Call 476-5200 for more information. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October and closed Mondays November through April.

  • Public invited to International observe the Moon Night at Bandelier 

    The public is invited to join Bandelier Astronomy Rangers Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater to be a part of International Observe the Moon Night.

    This worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration is held annually as a night when everyone on Earth is encouraged to observe and learn about the moon and celebrate the cultural and personal connections we have with the moon. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetariums, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards around the world.

    Saturday’s event at Bandelier will begin with a short presentation about observing the moon through history, then looking at select lunar sites through telescopes.

    No reservations needed, however dress warmly and bring flashlights, enthusiasm and questions.

    For information, call 672-3861, ext. 517 or visit  nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.

  • Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch Saturday

    Get out in the outback before the snow really flies this winter. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites the public to hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch Saturday, with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

    PEEC is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing.

    Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.

    Kitchen Mesa trail is a difficult hike and participants should plan to hike six to seven miles with significant elevation gain.

    The group will hike to the edge of Kitchen Mesa and continue along the mesa tops to see additional terrain and more of Ghost Ranch. The mesa lies at the edge of the Colorado Plateau in a region of red rock cliffs and desert formations.

    Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. and carpool to Ghost Ranch. Attendees should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hiking boots and a hat and bring water, snacks and a lunch. If there is an interest among the group, they may stop for dinner in Abiquiu or Española on the drive back.

    This trip is limited to 10 participants and registration is required at peecnature.org. The cost is $8 for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members and $10 for non-members.

  • ‘Haunted Jemez’ to thrill visitors in Cañon

    JEMEZ SPRING — A little-known haunted find in the small village of Cañon, just eight miles south of Jemez Springs, is expected to draw Halloween lovers to the Jemez Valley again this year.

    “Haunted Jemez” features a roughly half-acre of private property featuring several scary scenes outdoors, in which visitors can walk around, with almost two dozen animated and non-animated creatures throughout the circular walk.

    “Haunted Jemez” has grown in size since it was initiated three years ago by Cañon resident, Sharon Chism, whose aim is to promote the “inner child.”

    “My overriding goal in hosting a haunted graveyard experience is to encourage visitors to come up the area, enjoy the hot springs up in Jemez Springs and all there is to do in the area,” said Chism.

    Before moving to New Mexico, Chism’s son, Charlie Reagan, set up a similar graveyard at their Texas home where visitors would stop for over 15 years.

    Though Reagan set up something similar in Cañon when they first arrived, he was later hired to set up and manage the well-known Haunted Corn Field at McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. His mother vowed to carry on the tradition in Cañon on her own.

  • Meow Wolf plans several spooky Halloween events

    There are various stories around the origins of Halloween, including that it’s a time when boundaries between this world and the otherworld become thinner – a time when spirits can more easily visit us. That’s a good description of any day at the House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf, and the group has announced a third year of House of Halloween from today through Oct. 31.

    Dedicated teams of Meow Wolf artists have been hard at work this summer creating art installations in the spirit of Halloween to make this is a most unique time to discover new stories and characters – all free with the price of regular admission.

    There will also be a variety of special events, concerts, costume contests, Halloween-themed food and beverages and special discount times for New Mexico residents.

    Immersive Performances

    The Selig family suddenly vanished from the house on March 17, 2016. What happened? What do you make of the clues they left behind? What strange beings and phenomena have been transforming through portals in the Multiverse since they were last seen? Is there really a stray cat wandering the forest? Can you unlock a riddle and find Lex?
    Guests can check out live immersive performances with all-new characters during these times:

  • ‘Goodnight, Los Alamos’ to be released Sunday

    Los Alamos residents Whitney Spivey and Brenda Fleming have taken their love for the town they’re raising their families in and express it through a children’s book they created called “Goodnight, Los Alamos.”

    They both said the book was a labor of love for the county the two young mothers and their families call home.
    The author, Spivey, has identical, 18-month-old, twin daughters. She thought of the idea when she and her husband realized there weren’t any children’s books about Los Alamos.

    “I was reading them books about Charlottesville, Virginia, or Crested Butte, Colorado, but not about the place we actually lived,” Spivey said.

    After a brief conversation with her husband about what that book would look like, Spivey, a professional writer who works at Los Alamos National Laboratory, created a rough draft in a couple of hours. Spivey’s colleague and graphic designer Fleming came up with illustrations for the book, and with a little refinement, “Goodnight Los Alamos” came into being. The book shows their children saying “good night” to 26 notable places around Los Alamos County, including Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Co-op and other places.

  • Art Center Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center will be holding their 38th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair.

    More than 60 local and regional artists will display their work from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E. Road in Los Alamos.

    Most of the artists are tried and trued vendors of previous fairs and have been participating for many years.
    Attendees should recognize Kathy Hjeresen’s beaded jewelry, as well as Neal and Ophelia’s carved Nativity gourd ornaments once they walk through the door.

    Other recognizable artists would be Marilyn Lisowski, Barbara Knupper, Krysia Napiorkowski, Gloria Olazabal, and John and Lisa Newell, of AluminArt. Bonnie Bray, Bee Chama Honey, and others will also be on hand.

    Another longtime vendor who will be displaying their work this year is Irene Wiley out of Sandia Park with her raku sculpture and tiles including fish, sealife, flowers, cats and more.

    Sandra Moench will be back by the stage with her functional and handsome collection of pottery. Alexis Palmaffy will also be back again this year selling her etchings and doing henna.