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Today's News

  • Church of Christ to host Good Friday service

    A Good Friday service will be held at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive, from noon-2 p.m. Friday.

    This service, which was hosted for many years by the Trinity on the Hill, Episcopal Church, will be hosted this year by Grace Vineyard.

    The theme once again will be the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. The speakers will be Tony Stidham, Grace Vineyard; Ryan Gilbert, Young Life; Chris Adams, Trinity on the Hill; Tim Stidham, Church of Christ;  Floyd Smith, Calvary Chapel; Bill Redmond, Church of Christ; and Alicia Pope, Grace Vineyard.

    The public is invited to attend this service.

  • Chandler to speak at Voices of Los Alamos Monday

    State District 43 Rep. Christine Chandler will speak about the legislative initiatives that occurred in the last session, such as criminal justice reform, ethics and elections as well as her interest in tax reform at Voices of Los Alamos, from  6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N Sage Loop.

    Chandler is a long-time resident of Los Alamos County serving her first term in the New Mexico House of Representatives,
    Her legislative committee assignments include House Taxation & Revenue and Judiciary.

    Also, Sue Barns with the Environmental Sustainability Board will present the ESB’s consideration of implementing a unit-based rate structure for residential trash services, a system that has the potential to increase fairness, decrease waste, encourage recycling, and lower costs.

    For more information, contact wmwlosalamos@gmail.com.

  • Saturday is Fee Free Day at Bandelier

    All day Saturday, the public will be able to visit Bandlier National Monument for no charge.

    The park will celebrate National Park Week from April 20-28, along with all other National Park Service areas across the country,  and to kick off this special week, all National Park areas that charge entrance fees including Bandelier, will be free of charge on Saturday.

    To go along with this celebration, merchandise in the Western National Parks Association park store in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15% and visitors may join a ranger for a guided walk on the Main Loop Trail either at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. to celebrate.

    Spring break is a busy time at Bandelier, so visitors may want to come in the morning or late afternoon and avoid arriving at the park in the middle of the day, as parking is limited and the shuttle service will not begin until May 16.  

    The Visitor Center is open every day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and trails are open from dawn until dusk.
    Other fee free days throughout the National Park Service this year include Founders Day on Aug. 25, Public Lands Day on Sept.28, and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

  • If you see a horse, say ‘hey!’

    BY LAURA MULLANE
    Vice President, Pajarito Riding Club

    As the weather becomes warmer and many of us head outside to enjoy the county’s excellent trail system, now is a good time to talk about how best to share the trails with horses.

    It’s good to start with a basic understanding of how horses see the world. Horses are prey animals. This means they’re ruled by one primary fear: the fear of being eaten. Never mind that most domesticated horses today have never known anything but safe, comfortable lives. Millions of years of evolution tell them that a mountain lion could be hiding around every bush or rock, ready to pounce. This is why seemingly innocuous things such as cyclists, hikers, mailboxes, balloons, umbrellas, tarps, etc. can be the stuff of equine nightmares.

  • Chernobyl remains worst nuclear accident in history

    Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
    Columnist

    The 1986 accident that destroyed Unit-4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine was indeed the worst nuclear accident at that time. The effort of the station staff to extinguish the fire caused by the fuel meltdown was truly heroic.

    I saw satellite photos of the burning reactor in a colloquium at LANL shortly after the explosion and fire occurred. Two workers in Unit-4 died from physical injuries caused by the explosion; 28 workers and firemen died from acute radiation doses after flying in helicopters over the reactor to drop sand and fire retardant chemicals.

    These volunteers were told beforehand that the time over the fire was only a few seconds and that there was a high probability they might receive a lethal dose. They were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously.

  • Rock Train returns June 16

    The Cumbres & Toltec Railroad announced this week it will host another Geology Train this year.

    The special trip is set for June 16 and will host Emeritus Scientist Peter W. Lipman, who will conduct a survey of the 64 miles of diverse geology.

    Every year, the Geology Train attracts scientists and future scientists for a fascinating study of the terrain along the C&TS RR route.

    The trip also falls on Father’s Day, so it is a great way to spend the day with Dad.

    Ticket prices are $165 for adults and $105 for students.

    The train will leave Antonito, Colorado at 8:30 a.m. and return by luxury motorcoach at 7:15 p.m. The train will leave Chama, New Mexico by luxury motorcoach at 7 a.m. and return by train at 6 p.m.

    Lipman, a scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, will again be a part of the Geology Train. He is well-known to many for his magnificent scientific accomplishments in the field of volcano geology including field mapping, studies of ancient and active volcanoes, documentation of gigantic submarine landslides, and volcano hazards. People can most likely reach him on the slopes of Mauna Loa or in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

  • Podcoin app offers podcast listeners way to earn money

    Podcast fans might be interested in one of the latest mobile apps called “Podcoin." The first of its kind, this app rewards podcast listeners for their efforts by awarding them gift card money for every 10 minutes of listening time.

    The only catch appears to be that listeners need to devote a great portion of their time to earn even a small reward of a few bucks. People can choose to apply the money toward Amazon, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Target.

    “Long Term Goals” can be achieved but the podcast listener must consume more than 3,000 hours of podcasts in order to attain $50 in Amazon gift money.

    That’s a lot of time.

    That is 20 full weeks of constant podcast listening for a mere 50 bucks on Amazon.

    Nevertheless, Podcoin announced last week that it has gained continued momentum and maintained growth of roughly 10% week over week.

    The app recently surpassed 1 million listening minutes in a single day and crossed 10,000 daily active users, according to a news release.

    The way it works is users make an account on the app and the account racks up one coin for every 10 minutes the user earns.

  • Pilgrims prepare for Good Friday trek to Santuario de Chimayo

    New Mexico state police are asking motorists and those who intend to make a pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayo on Friday to celebrate Good Friday to take time and practice safety along the way.

    Thousands of devoted Catholics are drawn to the sanctuary during Holy Week, especially to mark Good Friday, to collect the healing dirt at the Lord of Esquipulas Chapel, the site of el pocito, the small pit of Holy Dirt believed to contain healing powers.

    Pilgrims come from all over New Mexico, walking along the highways and roadways, some carrying wooden crosses, as they make their way to the sanctuary.

    The state police are asking walkers once again to stay on the shoulder of the highways and beware of traffic. They suggest for them to wear bright, reflective clothing and to bring extra clothes for changing and not forget to wear sunscreen and a hat. Portable bathrooms are provided along the route.

    Drivers are asked to stay alert, reduce speed and watch for pedestrians. Orange cones will be set out along the route for pedestrian safety.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation began preparing the annual pilgrimage a month ago. Street sweepers were clearing the highways at night of debris and will begin setting out signs and safety cones for the walkers Thursday morning.

  • Health Dept: Plague case reported in a Quay County ranch dog

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting a case of plague in a ranch dog from Quay County.

    It's the first case of plague in the state this year.

    Authorities say the dog has recovered with treatment from his veterinarian.

    Plague is an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by bacteria that's usually transmitted through the bite of an infected flea.

    Pets can also be exposed after eating an infected animal after hunting or scavenging it.

    Humans can contract plague by direct contact with the tissues of infected animals including rodents, wildlife and pets.

    There were no cases of human plague in New Mexico last year and four cases in 2017.  All survived the illness.

    There were three cases of animal plague last year and 28 in 2017.
     

  • City in New Mexico authorizes spending on asylum seekers

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The city of Las Cruces is spending $75,000 on humanitarian aid to cope with an influx of international asylum seekers.

    City spokesman Udell Vigil said Tuesday that over 500 asylum seekers have been dropped off in the southern New Mexico community by U.S. Border Patrol since Friday. The city council authorized spending on food, water, transportation and personal hygiene items.

    Las Cruces has converted its recreation center into sleeping quarters for immigrants as local shelters for the homeless reach capacity. Vigil says immigrants rarely stay more than one night before departing to reach relatives or other household sponsors throughout the continental U.S. to live with while asylum requests are processed.

    New Mexico's Homeland Security Department says asylum seekers are likely to continue arriving at Las Cruces for several weeks.