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Today's News

  • Shootings reported at newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland

    By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a targeted attack on a newspaper office in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing five people and wounding others before being taken into custody in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history, police and witnesses said.

    Police said the suspect was a white man in his late 30s whose rampage at The Capital Gazette followed social media threats directed at the newspaper. Authorities said the man entered the building and "looked for his victims." He threw smoke grenades and fired a shotgun at his victims, according to Anne Arundel County Acting Police Chief William Krampf.

    "This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm," Krampf said.

    Krampf declined to identify the suspect but said he was a Maryland resident and search warrants were being sought for his home.

    Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling for cover under desks.

    "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead," he wrote.

  • RTD ‘Blue Bus’ to provide bus transit to SF Wine Festival this weekend

    The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD “Blue Bus” will provide special event bus transit services for the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Saturday and Sunday.

    The fare free service will include a downtown shuttle providing nine roundtrips per day beginning at 11:10 a.m., with stops at Sheridan Street Transit Center, the New Mexico Visitor Center lot at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, South

    Capitol Rail Runner Station and the Santa Fe Place Mall (south side parking lot) transit hub to connect with the Santa Fe Trails bus system, including the No. 2, which serves the Cerrillos Hotel corridor.

    Local residents will find park and ride options at the South Capitol station, New Mexico Visitor Center and Santa Fe Place Mall lots.

    A second bus, providing fare free service, will run from the 599 Rail Runner Station approximately each half hour, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

    In addition to providing connections to the NM Rail Runner Express, local residents will have park and ride options at the 599 Station allowing them to avoid parking congestion at Las Golondrinas.

    NM Rail Runner Express has added an additional train on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate eventgoers from Albuquerque. Visit riometro.org to view the train schedules.

  • Pork & Brew Festival this weekend

    New Mexico’s original food festival, the Pork & Brew, will return to the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque for the 15th year this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

    This year’s event will make it easier and more convenient to get to and from the Star Center. For the first time ever Pork & Brew will be offering discount rides to patrons through UBER.

    All patrons have to do is enter their discount code going to or from the event to receive the discount. There will be three different discount codes to correspond with the three days of the event. The codes are PORKBREW29 for Friday, PORKBREW30 for Saturday, and PORKBREW1 for Sunday. Visit the UBER app on smartphones and enter the assigned code to save $10.

    This year’s 15th Annual Pork & Brew, presented by Visit Rio Rancho and hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center, will feature an indoor and outdoor format, ensuring attendees a venue to enjoy the festival in rain or shine.

    This year’s event will again feature some of New Mexico’s breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Red Door Brewing Company and local Rio Rancho favorite Cazuela’s Brewery.

  • SF Symphony opening season set for Sept. 16

    The Santa Fe Symphony will kick off its 35th anniversary season with a powerful double-violin performance featuring Sirena Huang, winner of the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, who is joined by none other than renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira himself for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

    The performance is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

    Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her impeccable technique, deeply expressive phrasing, and poetic weight, Huang, 2009 First Prize Gold Medalist of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists.

    Oliveira, the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the first violinist to ever receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, brings a style that remarkably combines impeccable artistry and old-world elegance. Together they make a stunning performance of Bach’s famous late Baroque work, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, as he leads the symphony in his second full season as principal conductor.

  • Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Festival is almost here

    It’s coming up on that time of year again, when artists from all over the world will descend on Museum Hill in Santa Fe for the annual International Folk Art Festival.

    This year promises to be the biggest festival yet. Set for July 13-15, 150 artists from all over the world are scheduled to participate. Visitors who pay the $15 to $20 admission will have access to the artists who will sell many items, including jewelry, rugs, fiber art, pottery, sculpture, paintings and clothing.

    Tickets are also available for $150 for Thursday night’s One World Awards Dinner at the Lumpkins Ball Room at La Fonda on the Plaza at 7 p.m.  Ticket holders will be able to socialize with the participating artists and Nobel Prize winner Dr.

    Muhammad Yunus, chairman of the festival this year. The evening will feature awards for those who’ve made the festival and its mission of supporting artists from all over the world a success and an opera performance from Monica Yunus.

    Festivalgoers can also purchase tickets to the actual festival at the site.

    For festival visitors, Saturday and Sunday admission is reasonable. Tickets are $20 for Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children under 16 are free Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Register now for LA Fair & Rodeo Parade

    Registration is now open for this year’s Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Parade set to march up Central Avenue Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to promote a business or organization by participating in the parade. Registration is free and now open via the MainStreet website at LosAlamosMainStreet.com or directly via Eventbrite.

    Participants must register by Aug. 3.

    The theme of this year’s Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo weekend is “Back To Your Roots.” 

    Judges located on Central Avenue and MainStreet will assess entries based on originality and interpretation of theme.

    For the full schedule of the other fair and rodeo events, led by the county, visit the county’s recreation page. Details are also posted on the Los Alamos MainStreet website.  

    For more information on the parade, contact Los Alamos MainStreet at 661-4844.

    For the rodeo, vendors and music, contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 662-8170. For exhibits, reach the Cooperative Extension Office at 662-2656, and for the Arts & Crafts Fair, contact the Fuller Lodge Art Center at 662-1635.

  • Library board seeks board members

    The Los Alamos County Library System is accepting applications for members. The purpose of the board is to:

    •Receive input from the public and based on that input, make recommendations to council that support the fulfillment of the library’s mission in the community

    • Provide information and advice on items requested by the council, and review and recommend public policies.

    • Gather and provide public input on the development of library service objectives and the library’s long range plan.

    Board members serve for two years. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 5:30–7 p.m.

    Only on-line applications will be considered. For more information on how to apply, go to the county’s website at losalamosnm.us/government/boards___commissions.

  • Assets in Action: Reaching out for help creates positive habits

    My column this week is only for people over 30. I thought about saying 40, but realized there are some planners that look ahead, so why not include them.

    Sometimes, I think we expect more from our youth than we expect out of ourselves. We tell them they need to ask for help and reach out to others when adults don’t necessarily model it.

    I see many ways that parents, caregivers and adults can show youth good strategies, on their path to adulthood. They are easy, simple things, I think we often overlook but could create a pattern for negative habits.

    When you can stop and look ahead, as well as back at the same time, you notice how small decisions can make a big difference.

    Let’s start with the aging process. It is imperative that as we age, we continue to seek medical advice. We start with great habits with newborns and babies. We go to planned appointments, talk about successes and setbacks, get advice and continue the path.

    It is important to continue that into adulthood and not feel offended when suggestions are discussed about improving our health. When something hurts for too long, go to the doctor, find out what is wrong and don’t let it spiral into a bad situation.

  • Local author to speak about ‘behaviorology’ Thursday

    Behaviorology, a science that’s been around for 100 years, is only now beginning to gain traction in the popular mainstream.

    “Behaviorology is the natural science extension of biology that addresses why human behavior happens; it is a natural science to help build a sustainable society in a timely manner,” Los Alamos resident and author Stephen Ledoux said.

    Ledoux will explain more about the science and his new book at an appearance at the Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. as part of the library’s book discussion series, Authors Speak.

    Ledoux said there are many reasons why behaviorology has flown under the popular radar all these years. While researchers, scientists and engineers have incorporated certain parts of the science into their own disciplines, there are very few books that look at the science as a whole.

    No one need be intimidated, he said as his book does away with technical jargon and explains in plain English the principles behind the science.

    Ledoux said his book is for people who want to know more about behaviorology, and how it helps with real world problems, and how it can personally help individuals.

    What it isn’t, he said, is a self-help book or something that pushes the latest trends in pop psychology.

  • Easton hired to lead middle school

    Dr. Brian Easton was selected as the new principal at Los Alamos Middle School after the end of the school year, so he didn’t have an opportunity to meet the staff with whom he would be working.

    So a meet and greet reception was held at the school Monday night and there were plenty of people on hand to welcome him to his new post.

    When one person asked if he was getting settled in he replied, “Yes. I’ve already figured out how to adjust my chair.”

    That sense of humor, coupled with an endearing – and effective – teaching style, are two of the characteristics that helped him land this administrator’s position after 20 years as a teacher at Los Alamos High School.

    “He’s highly respected as a teacher and that’s what you want in a principal,” said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. “You want them to be highly respected first as a teacher and that will help him relate to the faculty here and work with the faculty.”

    Steinhaus also likes the fact that Easton is here to stay.

    “He’s committed to Los Alamos,” Steinhaus said. “His commitment is to Los Alamos Public Schools and that made a positive influence on the interview committee.”