Today's News

  • Ex-Trump official says he will seek GOP nod for US Senate

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump Administration official and former candidate for Congress, has announced he will run for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico.

    Clarkson said Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination in 2020 for Senate and will make immigration and "free speech on public campuses" his center issues.

    He made his announcement in an interview with the conservative-leaning blog, NM Politics with John Block . Clarkson is the first Republican to say he will run for the state's open Senate spot.

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján — the No. 4 ranked Democrat in Congress — said earlier this month he would seek the Democratic nomination. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's also considering running.

  • New Mexico cheerleading contest may end over sportsmanship

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A high school sports governing board is considering canceling next year's State Spirit Competition following death threats and inflammatory social media posts, the Albuquerque Journal reports .

    Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association, said she will present options including cancelling the event at the group's meeting next month.

    "Right now, spirit is not abiding by what we believe are education-based athletics," Marquez said. "This year was probably the worst out of all of them." Various parents, athletes, coaches and other outside parties all are contributing to an inappropriate social media presence, Marquez said.

    The state competition, which encompasses female cheer, co-ed cheer and dance, is the third-largest money-making postseason event on the high school calendar, after basketball and football. This year's competition featured 106 dance and cheer squads, and approximately 2,000 athletes.

    But the event has been plagued with sportsmanship issues.

    According to officials, a direct death threat was made to two people who were helping the governing staff with this year's state spirit competition late last month. It was not known if the two people who received the death threat have pressed, or will press, charges.

  • Police: Man made bomb threat to get girlfriend off work

    LOVINGTON (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he made a bomb threat to a Family Dollar so his girlfriend could get off work.

    Lovington police said Aaron Gutierrez was arrested Monday in connection with a phoned-in bomb threat in February.

    The 26-year-old was arrested after police obtained phone records through search warrants.

    According to investigators, Gutierrez called in the bomb threat to get his girlfriend off of work so he could see her.

    He was charged with making an unlawful bomb scare and faces 18 months in jail.

    It was not known if Gutierrez had an attorney.

  • Local residents react to destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral

    The tragic fire that engulfed the spire and towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris drew reaction from the international community in Los Alamos County Monday.

    Marcel Remillieux, owner of Fleur de Lys Bakery and Coffee Shop on Trinity Drive, said he is as shocked as anyone else, especially since it’s the beginning of Holy Week. 

    Remillieux was just on his way to Denver to pick his wife Stephanie up from the airport. She was just coming back from a two-week vacation in France when she heard the news on the plane.

    The Remillieux’s have visited the 12th century cathedral many times. Marcel Remillieux said the history of the place, both religious and royal, is overwhelming as it spans almost a thousand years.

    Even in more recent times, it survived tragedy, but escaped the fate that happened Monday.

    “It survived the French Revolution, where the revolution tried to reduce the Catholic faith to nothing, it survived World WWII. It was the place the Americans came in 1944 to liberate France… and now at the beginning of the 21st century it’s all going up in flames. It’s very tragic,” Marcel Remillieux said. 

  • Home and Garden: In Los Alamos, desert gardening can be a breeze

    In Los Alamos County, a gardener’s thumb doesn’t have to be green. A better color would probably be the bluish gray of a dwarf spruce or the bright yellow of a Chamisa plant.

    In other words, a gardener in Los Alamos County would be more successful in growing species native to the county’s main habitat rather than trying to raise an acre of plants native to Connecticut or Florida. In fact, if a gardener’s thumb is green in Los Alamos, they may be doing things wrong.

    According to New Mexico State University Extension Agent Carlos Valdez, Los Alamos County is high desert country. That means Los Alamos gardeners would do well to stock their gardens with plants, trees and flowers native to the high desert.

    This doesn’t mean gardeners can’t have a colorful garden, either. There are plenty of high desert plants, trees and flowers that gardeners can grow in their gardens that require little water.

    Probably the most important of these factors is water. According to Valdez, White Rock receives an annual average of 12 inches of precipitation a year, and Los Alamos proper receives about 17 inches of precipitation a year. Valdez highly recommends staying within that range if a gardener wants to be successful.

    Another important factor to consider is light.

  • Home and Garden: It’s time to get the garden ready

    Springtime is the time of year when a certain energy returns to the air and the ground. It is a time when gardeners have to think about how best to use that energy.

    According to gardening experts, the first step one has to do right now is clear a space for that energy to flow.
    Clear away all the dead stuff, the perennials, last year’s tomato plants… make sure there’s nothing to stop the new plants from coming up.

    While the experts recommend clearing away the dead plants and debris and keep an eye on the weather if the plan is for plants. Seeds are OK, but according to Master Gardener Denise George, there still may still be some frosts in the forecast, especially in Los Alamos and in the Jemez Mountains.

    “You don’t want to spend a lot of money, put it all out there only to have everything die,” George said.

    Another good thing to do he said was prime the soil. Because Los Alamos County was in primarily a desert climate, the soil lacks nutrients and other natural additives to encourage growth.

    Fertilizer and mulch are key ingredients.

    “Things won’t do well here if you just plunk them in the ground,” George said. “Our soils are not that conducive to growing flowers, though some native plants will do just fine.”

  • Home and Garden: Re-imagining houseplants and fresh-cut flowers for today’s home

    By Laural Hardin
    General Manager, Petree Garden Center and Florist

    There are so many great trends in floral and indoor gardening these days. Succulents in shades of blue, aqua and pumpkin. Tropical houseplants in deep greens and magenta. Specialty-cut flowers like protea and pincushions, and eucalyptus in a dozen varieties. But how do you choose from this abundance of color and texture? Which plants and fresh cut flowers are right for your unique space? Here are some tips to help you choose.

    For houseplants, start with whether or not you can have toxic plants in your home. If you have small children or pets, you’ll want to avoid plants that can be a danger. Some of the most toxic houseplants are often the most readily available. 

    Next, consider your skill level. Some of the ferns are lovely, airy and soft, but require an attentive caretaker. Peace Lily needs about the same light, but is more forgiving if you miss a watering, it’s also toxic.

    The super popular air plants only need a drink once or twice week, and don’t even need soil! Succulents are a great way to get into the houseplant hobby as they require very little care. In fact, most folks tend to over love them with too much water.

  • Home and Garden: Let there be light

    Living on top of a mesa, and for many who have relocated to work in Los Alamos, sometimes finding small ways to reconnect with home can make a difference.

    Filling a house with photos and memories can help. Scents from your childhood and a neighborhood garden can also work to fill in the new with the old.

    Homesick Candles offers a candle for every state, each with layered notes meant to stir olfactory memories of the purchaser’s hometown.

    To see how close to home these reach, I check into New Mexico’s candle. The description says it is filled with scents of chile pepper, cactus and spicy notes of clove, bay and nutmeg. They also add in cedar, sandalwood and musk. Hard to say if these would hit the scent on the nose, but it sounds interesting.

    I have also lived in Oregon, so I took a peak at that one. The Oregon candle sounded more spot-on, with maple, pears, roasted almonds, fir needles, pine, sandalwood, vanilla, musk and cedar.  

    They offer a candle for each of the 50 states and several cities.

    The company also offers memory candles, including its First Kiss, New Job and Friday Night Football candles.

    Check out this eclectic shop at homesickcandles.com.

  • Chamisa Elementary to Host Glow Run April 26

    Join in the fun at the Chamisa Elementary Glow Run set for April 26. Open to children and adults, runners and walkers can choose between a 5k or a one-mile course.

    All participants will receive glow jewelry, snacks and water. They will also be entered to win great door prizes.

    An exciting part of the evening is the Underwater Glow Tunnel. The black light underwater-scape will be available to anyone there that night. In addition, the Hillstompers will be on hand to entertain runners and supporters.

    Check in starts at 6:15 p.m. Runners will take off at 7:30 p.m. for the 5K, followed by the one mile runners at 7:40 p.m. The Glow Run is sponsored by the Chamisa Elementary PTO. Participants may register at bit.ly/chamisaglowrun.

    The cost is $5 per person for the one-mile, $15 people 13 and over for the 5k, $5 for children ages 3-12. Children younger than 3 are free. Payment is due by 3 p.m. on April 25, either online or a check made payable to Chamisa PTO. Payment may be dropped off at the school or you can mail it to  Chamisa Elementary 301 Meadow Lane, White Rock, NM 87547. We urge you to register and pay before the event to help things run smoothly that night.

    For more information, contact Chamisa Elementary School at 663-2470.

  • Pet of the Week 4-14-19

    It was no April Fools joke for Scarlet, a German shepherd golden retriever mix  that wound up at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter April 1.

    Scarlet’s previous owners had a change in their life circumstances and had to leave Scarlet at the shelter.

    Shelter staff said Scarlet is a bit of a nervous Nellie. She gets nervous around quick and unexpected movements. When she gets scared, she barks and tries to hide.

    She is good with other dogs. Cats, livestock and small children are another story.

    Scarlet would do well with a childless couple or a family with older children.

    Her best quality is her loyalty to her people. She also loves attention, toys and treats.

    She walks well on a leash and knows basic commands like “sit,” “stay,”  and “down.” She is also house trained.
    Scarlet is 3-years-old, microchipped, vaccinated and free of health issues, unless loneliness is included.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email staff at police-psa@lacnm.us.