Today's News

  • Loope’s mental health resources to be evaluated

    The Los Alamos County District Court has ordered an evaluation on the mental health services an inmate is getting while in custody on a probation violation.  

    Marion Loope, 36, of Los Alamos, was granted the request by First Judicial Court Judge Jason Lidyard.

    “This is simply an evaluation to see what mental health needs are present and then get an assessment as to whether her needs can be met in the current facility,” Lidyard said.

    Lidyard set a status hearing for the results June 26. From there, he said, it will determine what happens next with Loope’s probation violation, where an evidentiary hearing has been set for July 29.

    Loope is in custody for violating her probation on a previous simple battery case in 2018 for hitting another woman. In that case, she received a year’s probation, in lieu of a sentence of one year, three months and 14 days.

    She violated that when, on May 9, she allegedly hit a woman again.

    During a hearing Wednesday, Lidyard said this was the second time Loope made the request for an evaluation of the facilities, saying she made the same request before during her 2018 simple battery case.

  • LAHS stars help Northeast All-Stars win tourney

    With only 12 spots available, having one player selected to an all-star volleyball game is a big accomplishment for a program. This year, though, Los Alamos High School had two girls selected to the Northeast Large School All-Star Team, which competed last weekend in Albuquerque. 

    Recent Hilltopper graduates Sophia Salazar and Elodie Thelliez were among the lucky few chosen to compete for the team, which won the tournament against other teams of top players from around the state. The tournament was organized by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    The Northeast All-Stars took down the Southeast All-Stars in straight sets in the first game of the tournament Friday night. After winning the first set 25-17, the Northeast All-Stars got on a roll and dominated the next two sets 25-8 and 25-10 to advance to the championship match. 

    In the championship match against the Northwest All-Stars, it was a tight battle from start to finish. But the Northeast had just enough firepower to earn the victory in five sets to earn first place. 

  • Bike club adopts popular local trail

    On June 1, a new trail sign was planted at the intersection of Mitchell and Perimeter trails. The Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club coordinated the Perimeter Trail adoption with the Santa Fe National Forest.

    As trail adopters, the Tuff Riders will maintain the trail by trimming bushes and clearing downed trees, building water bars, and otherwise committing to trail work on this section in coordination with the Forest Service.

    Currently, the Tuff Riders lead monthly trail work crews, and will continue working on other trails beyond their adopted section of Perimeter Trail.

    “Other trails that still need TLC include Guaje Ridge, Pajarito Trail, and Los Alamos Canyon Trail,” USFS District Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Sublett said.

    To volunteer for trail work, the USFS trains and leads trail work sessions. A volunteer agreement is required for adopting trails or for any trail work on the Santa Fe National Forest. Contact jasublett@fs.fed.us for more information.

  • Community Calendar 6-12-19

    Summer Family Evening: Cowboys and Horses of Northern New Mexico at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Gene McCracken at this Summer Family Evening to learn about cowboys and horses in northern New Mexico. This is free for member families and costs $5 for non-member families.

    Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) will host a community forum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge to discuss making $400,000 available to support northern New Mexico nonprofit organizations for calendar year 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to present the Community Contribution Program guidelines, discuss how to submit a funding request and answer questions. Program guidelines are available on the N3B website at http://n3b-la.com.


    Suds & Shows: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See Raiders of the Lost Ark in the planetarium for the first Suds & Shows event of the summer. Enjoy beer and wine from Pajarito Brewpub and bring a picnic before the show. Cost is $5; cash bar. 


  • N3B to host meeting today

    Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) is making $400,000 available to support northern New Mexico nonprofit organizations for calendar year 2019.

    The company has about $400,000 earmarked for education-related programs in the region. The money can go toward arts and culture; health and human services; and civic, community and economic development activities.

    N3B will hold a community forum at Fuller Lodge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. The purpose of the meeting is to present the program guidelines, discuss how to submit a funding request and answer questions.

  • Assets in Action: A lemonade stand is good business practice

    This is the best time of year to get kids into their own business. Think about things they could do to earn a little money and keep you sane. Don’t just pawn them off outside to do it, engage with the leg work and set them off on the right foot.

    A lemonade stand is always the best example of a business. There are certain times of the day when sales that can be done and if that involves the late afternoon, an all-day planning event too. So, let’s sneak some education into the deal. No, we aren’t telling anyone that we’re sneaking education into the plan, it just kind of happens.

    I am all in when it comes to using some seed money to get everyone started and on the right track. That comes in the way of just a few key items and that can be lemonade, cups and a poster board. I assume you already have a few key items like paper, markers, a pitcher and cooler.

    Now here’s a few guidelines, so they don’t just assume it’s a table and go. Have them involve a good friend, then you have an exit strategy at some point. The business needs a name. They need a sign and they need to figure out a decent and fair price. Selling a regular sized lemonade for a dollar or more doesn’t allow people to be generous. It is a high point in the day when a child gets a tip.

  • Military Order of the World Wars to meet Tuesday

    The speaker at the Chapter’s June dinner meeting is Dr. Terry Wallace Jr. “LANL Director Emeritus.”
    Wallce’s broad background in global security is expected to provide a very interesting and informative presentation on the future of warfare.

    The public is invited to join the MOWW for this great meeting. Regular attendees should note change in location. The meeting will be held in the dining room of American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Drive.  The building is located behind Pasta Paradiso. Use the West side door to the dining room.

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The cost of the dinner is $25. The dinner will be roasted chicken breast and appropriate side dishes. RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750 for reservations. A reservation is a commitment to pay.

  • Saint Job to collect donations for Deming migrants

    Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church will be collecting supplies for the Deming Fire Department to distribute to migrants who are sheltering at a local facility in the small border community before being transported to sponsoring homes or families.

    Father Theophan Mackey said the church at 1319 Trinity Drive will be taking contributions Saturday morning in Los Alamos.

    If the church gets a big response from the community, he will open the church to receive the donations, Mackey said.

    The items needed include paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery, food, over-the-counter medicine for common colds and flu, cough drops, blankets, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair ties, shampoo, soap, pampers, baby wipes, canvas bags, coloring books, crayons and feminine hygiene products.

    The church received a letter recently describing the operations at the Deming facility that is housing migrants. Since early May, the Deming Fire Department has managed a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation at the facility, including caring and providing for the migrants.

    The fire crews are continuing to serve the Deming community’s fire and medical needs when they are not caring for the migrants.

  • Science on Tap to host Antonio Redondo Monday

    The Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science will host Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday at project Y cowork.

    This On Tap will feature a talk with Antonio Redondo about the use of super-computer simulations in the study of chemical processes.

    Most of us are familiar with the M&M’s tagline, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand,” but I’m guessing most of us don’t give much thought to the science responsible for that crunchy candy shell. At Los Alamos, however, researchers with the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation are very curious about just that.

    An interesting collaboration with Mars, Incorporated offers scientists a novel opportunity to study sucrose crystallization. Using advanced computer-modeling capabilities available in Los Alamos, researchers led by Redondo are modeling the sucrose-crystallization process to learn more about the material’s structural and behavioral characteristics, which may provide information about other, more mission-focused materials used at the lab.

    For more information about the Feynman Center, materials-science research at Los Alamos, and this unusual partnership, join the discussion at project Y cowork for Science on Tap on Monday from 5:30–7 p.m.

  • Road closure on Loma Del Escolar starts Monday

    Starting on Monday, TLC Plumbing, hired by Bradbury Stamm Construction, will close Loma Del Escolar from 42 to 48 Loma Del Escolar near Barranca Mesa Elementary.

    Local traffic will be able to access their homes.

    There will be a detour at the corner of Loma Del Escolar and Barranca Road both east and west sides.

    The closure is required in order to tap into a sewer manhole located between 42 and 48 Loma Del Escolar. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by July 3.

    Drivers should watch for directional and closure signs.

    For more information, contact Perry Muller, project superintendent, at 505-415-2022, or email him at pmuller@bradburystamm.com.