Today's News

  • Community Calendar


    Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road, near the stables. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. Menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and seasonal surprise pancakes, plus sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The breakfast benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. 


    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.


    Art on Tap! will feature photographing New Zealand with Leslie Bucklin at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room. Free. New Zealand, photography, travel, . . . Join the conversation at Art on Tap with Leslie Bucklin, photographer and Los Alamos County Visual Information Specialist, who will share about her grand 21-day photography adventure touring New Zealand on a tiny ($3,000 per person) budget! This talk will give you practical information and artistic images that will leave you dreaming of travel.

  • Chartwells gears up for new year

    Chef Mia Holsapple and her Chartwells team have been working all summer long to feed community youth and are gearing up, for a new school year.

    As the school year came to a close, Holsapple worked with the LAPS Administration to secure funds through the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

    The beauty of the program was that the service provided free lunch and snacks for any student under the age of 18. The ease of needing no income eligibility to apply, but just show up and eat, allowed Aspen Elementary School to host up to 300 meals a day with special grilling days on Fridays.

    “We have received great feedback from parents and the community,” said Holsapple. “We have regular families that come every day for lunch.” Holsapple explained how many would not even realize that we have community members that have a need, no matter how small. “We as members of this community need to serve that need.”

    The team is already working on events for the new school year, as staff prepare to return, open houses already on the agenda and plans are underway to bake lots of cookies, for those open house events.

  • LANL Director Wallace to speak at UNM-LA

    The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Fundraising Committee will host An Evening with Dr. Terry Wallace on August 15 at Fuller Lodge. Dr. Wallace is the eleventh director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

    The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with h’oeuvres catered by Secret City Kitchen and beverages served by the Pajarito Brewpub. At 7 p.m., Wallace will give a presentation titled “The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals” about the extraordinary journey a simple crystal of gold takes from the very beginning of the universe to the mines of California or Alaska.

    Wallace, who holds a doctorate and master’s degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology, and bachelor’s degrees in geophysics and mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, is an internationally recognized scientific authority on geophysics and forensic seismology. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Carnegie Mineralogical Award. For his contributions to education, research, and service to minerology, Wallace was recognized by having a mineral named after him, terrywallaceite (AgPb(Sb,Bi)3S6).

  • US unemployment rate falls to 3.9 percent as hiring slows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers pulled back on hiring in July, but the job gains were still enough to lower the U.S. unemployment rate a tick to 3.9 percent from 4 percent.

    Employers added 157,000 jobs last month, a modest gain, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s below the 215,000 average for the first seven months this year, but economists said the decline will likely prove temporary.

    Consumers are spending freely and businesses are stepping up their investment in buildings and equipment, accelerating growth. That’s raising demand for workers in industries ranging from manufacturing to construction to health care. The economy expanded at a 4.1 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the strongest showing in nearly four years.

    The smaller job gain likely reflected some one-time factors, analysts said. Local governments cut 20,000 jobs, the most in more than two years. Most were in education, suggesting some of the decline reflects the start of summer school holidays.

    And sporting goods, hobby and toy stores shed 32,000 jobs, by far the most on records dating back to 1990. That is the result of the Toys R Us bankruptcy, economists said.

  • Writers group to meet Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Writers Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Building 6, Room 627, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    All writers of fiction and non-fiction, published or not, are welcome to attend the meetings.

    Those who attend should bring a piece of writing for critique. 

    The next meeting is Wednesday.

  • Graduation rates at UNM improve over 8 years

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The graduation rate at the University of New Mexico has more than doubled in the past eight years.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that in 2010, about 13 percent of University of New Mexico students earned their degree within four years.

    Today, a third of students reach that milestone in that time.

    Heather Mechler, director of UNM’s Office of Institutional Analytics, says the university’s five-year graduation rate reached 47 percent by the end of the spring semester.

    The six-year rate rose to 50 percent.

    Numbers for the three graduation rates are expected to grow with summer degree additions.

    Mechler says final numbers should be available later this month.

  • Non profit training event Aug. 16

    A non-profit training event will be held from 5-6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, in Wallace Hall, building 5, room 505.

    Often defined as the blurring of the non-profit and for-profit sectors, the concept of social entrepreneurship helps non-profits think differently about their revenue streams, and set themselves up for sustainable social impact.   

    Speaker Jeff Snell serves as CEO for the International Folk Art Alliance, the Santa Fe non-profit that produces the annual International Folk Art Market. 

    The market has worked with more than 900 artisans from around the world, generating $31 million in artist earnings to sustain local economies in 90 countries through social enterprise models that have impacted more than 1.3 million lives. 

    Throughout his career, Snell has worked to promote social innovation in the nonprofit sector. He looks forward to bringing his expertise to our nonprofit community, and welcomes an engaged, lively discussion on this thought-provoking topic.    

    RSVP to info@losalamoscf.org to attend this event.

  • Pet of the Week

    Bennet, a five-pound Chihuahua, who arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter July 28, comes with a unique feature not normally found in Chihuahuas. 

    Bennet is a quiet dog. According to the staff at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, he’s not only quiet, but very sweet. He was given up for adoption at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare center because his owner had too many other animals. 

    On the plus side it also means Bennet has a nice temperament around other dogs, cats and humans, according to shelter volunteers.

    Bennet’s $75 adoption fee includes neutering and a heart worm test (Bennet tested negative and is now on prevention medication). 

    Bennet has been microchipped and dewormed. He has also been vaccinated for parvo, bordetella and rabies.

     For more information call the Los Alamos Animal County Animal Shelter at 505-662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Politics is an erratic world to negotiate

    Negotiate” stirs up good business and bad political finagling. The word is a double-edged sword that is honed for cutting out debate. The word itself is its own counterpoint. 

    In politics, “negotiate” connotes the cowardice in gathering ideas by talking with others. Worse still is talking about making a deal, with all of its taking in and giving away. A rude synonym is “compromise of principles.” 

    With equal relevance, “negotiate” entails the bravery of making your own way across treacherous stretches to reach a worthy goal. An example is negotiating Death Valley in a covered wagon. A rude synonym is “defeat of barriers.” 

    “Negotiate” reflects the oddities of politics in more ways than one. First: little success comes without some give and take along the way. Second: in a democracy, it takes a brave and wise soul to negotiate (in both meanings) a path to a worthy goal on the nation’s agenda. 

  • Rains leave river covered in ash, wildfire debris

    SANTA FE (AP) — Recent rains have sent ashes and debris to a northeastern New Mexico river that supplies water to about 1,000 people, making it unfeasible for residents to draw water from it.

    Monsoon rains swept up remnants from the burn scar left by a spring wildfire at Ute Park and sent it into the Cimarron River’s currents.

    “Every time it rains, it just turns to black,” Damian Casias, the Village of Cimarron’s public works supervisor, said of the Cimarron River.

    The Cimarron River provided water for much of Colfax County including the Village of Cimarron, Springer and Raton, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday.

    The Ute Park Fire, which burned about 58 square miles, strained the communities’ water systems.

    Crews are working to clean up muck in the river’s reservoir, which is currently low after a dry winter.