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Pajarito Celebrates Solstice With 100 Days Of Summer

on June 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

Pajarito bike trail. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

Blue skies today above Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

A wildflower grows on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

PAJARITO News:

There are blue skies today at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos. Pajarito is celebrating the Summer Solstice with the 100 Days of Summer Celebration.

The weather is looking great for this fun event!

Enjoy lift-served mountain biking and hiking 4-7 p.m., and a New Mexico-inspired menu is available 4-7 p.m. at the Pajarito Mountain Café.

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
 
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
 
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Cajete Fire Burn Area

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

Closure burn area map. Courtesy/nmfireinfonews.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order for the approximately 1,400 acres on the Jemez Ranger District burned by the Cajete Fire.

The restricted area includes: all lands, roads and trails within the fire perimeter (depicted on the closure map), Trail #137 between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead, and segments of Forest Road (FR) 270 south of the fire and FR 4G, 4GA and 4GB on the northwestern point of the burned area.

FBI Investigates Agent-Involved Shooting In Albuquerque

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

FBI News:

The FBI is investigating an agent-involved shooting that occurred June 19 in the Home Depot parking lot near Coors Blvd. and I-40.

The shooting occurred at approximately 5 p.m. during a law enforcement operation.

A suspect vehicle got away after striking a task force officer who was taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries. No other law enforcement officers were injured.

It is unknown if any suspects were injured.

The suspect vehicle has been located. It is described as a 2008—2014 white Dodge Charger with lime green racing stripes from front to back.

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

BBBS Drive For Matches Golf Tournament July 15

on June 20, 2017 - 3:02pm
 
By KELLY MYERS, Co-Chair
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Region

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been matching caring adults with kids for more than 115 years.  It’s the only thing they do and they do it really well. An adult (Big) is professionally matched with a child (Little). Once they are matched they begin a relationship, typically meeting once per week. 

I am the co-chair for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Board of Directors, currently serving 115 children – 56 in Los Alamos and 59 in Rio Arriba.

United Way Of Northern New Mexico Announces 2017 Funded Partners

on June 20, 2017 - 2:39pm

UWNNM News:

More than $1 million was requested by 47 nonprofit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba residents. United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) Community Action Fund Grant Cycle concluded with the funding of $628,420 to 29 local nonprofits. United Way’s funding will reach residents that are to be born this year to those needing assistance in the last stages of life.

UWNNM’s Grant Committee consists of Community Action Fund Investors, Cornerstone Partners, Community and Board Members who work tirelessly over the course of about a month helping decide where funds are

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

Knights Of Columbus Awards LAHS Scholarships

on June 20, 2017 - 9:32am

K of C News:

Ten Los Alamos High School 2017 graduating seniors have received scholarships from the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 3137.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit organization that raises funds for charitable causes. Funding for the annual LAHS graduating senior scholarships is generated by holding a fun-loving golf tournament at the Los Alamos golf course every September that is supported by the participation of many Los Alamos community members and local businesses.

A total of $8,750 was available for scholarship awards this year including a

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Atomic City Children's Theater Workshops June 26-30

on June 20, 2017 - 8:42am

Children participate in a stagecraft/prop day workshop. Photo by Zazu Puppet/ACCT

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater will kick off its fundraising season June 26-30 with ACCT Summer Workshops.

ACCT Co-Directors Daren Savage and Annemarie Brown are happy to offer young people in Los Alamos the opportunity work with material from ACCT’s upcoming production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr.

A different workshop will be offered each day including Dance, Singing, Acting, Prop Building and Makeup.

 LAPS will continue to offer ACCT as an official after-school program, but

Vacation Bible School At Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church June 25-30

on June 20, 2017 - 8:25am

Vacation Bible School is is June 25-30 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Vacation Bible School at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos is June 25-30. This year’s Day Camp theme is “Breaking all the Rules: Following Jesus’ Lead!”

Young adult counselors from Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp and Bethlehem’s pastors will be leading the bible studies, which center on how God’s call for us to love sometimes goes against what the world tells us to do.

Search And Rescue Mission For Paris Shane Wallace

on June 20, 2017 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS – On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colo., who wanted to report her husband was missing. She stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos area. Her last contact with him was around 11:30 a.m. the day prior, June 13. She stated she expected him to be home June 14.
 
Mitzi Wallace stated that her husband had checked into The Roadway Inn in Espanola. She had called the hotel asking if they could check his room to see if there was any sign of him.

Author Lenton Malry At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on June 20, 2017 - 7:40am

Courtesy image

LIBRARY News:

“Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and even recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service and he has combined those two aspects of his upbringing in everything he has accomplished.

It

Udall Introduces Bill To Prevent Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs; Hold Companies Accountable For Price Gouging

on June 20, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large price increases in prescription drugs. 
 
The Stop Price Gouging Act would penalize drug companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opioid addiction.
 
Nearly 28 million

McQuiston: When – And Why – You May Need Umbrella Insurance

on June 20, 2017 - 7:17am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Living in a busy world, our lives constantly intersect with the people around us, and some interactions can have surprising consequences.
 
It is increasingly important to make careful insurance choices to protect yourself from the unexpected. Because, even if you carry excellent coverage with high limits, situations can still arise that leave you liable for costly damages exceeding what any single policy can cover.
 
This is where an umbrella  insurance policy protects you, by sitting over other policies, such as home insurance, auto, boat, etc.,

Queen Of The Hill Coding Workshop At UNM-LA

on June 20, 2017 - 6:52am

Celestina Perea, left, and Nora Cullinan work with Neale Pickett at Queen of the Hill 2017, a coding workshop for girls in grades 7-11, held Saturday at UNM-Los Alamos. The 17 attendees split into four teams and competed for points in codebreaking, steganography, sequence prediction, and base arithmetic. Later the girls focused on individual interests. For example, one participant focused on the fundamentals of cryptography, while another attendee worked with graduate students to delve into network protocol analysis. Photo by Sharon Hurley/UNM-LA
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PEEC: Upcoming CaveSim Adventure! June 24

on June 20, 2017 - 6:51am
Try your hand at caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Ready to test your spelunking skills? Delve into a simulated world of caves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This is the perfect opportunity to crawl through 60-foot tunnels, observe vertical rope climbing demos, and practice rescue missions. The electronic simulator will track your movements so you can learn what it takes to access some of the most remote places on Earth.

Heinrich: Congress Must Take Energy Innovation Seriously

on June 20, 2017 - 6:49am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Economic Committee Democrats today released a report on the barriers to clean energy innovation that are preventing the U.S. economy from fully capitalizing on clean energy’s economic potential.
 
Instead of prioritizing energy innovation to position the United States as the global leader, Congressional Republicans often cite federal funding in climate change as government waste, and President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to energy innovation programs at the Department of Energy.
 

Registration Opens For Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run

on June 20, 2017 - 6:47am

Participants in a previous Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

Scene from a previous Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run Tuesday, July 4. The 5K is open to all ages who want to walk, run or jog in this festive event.

Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in kid, youth, adult, adult 60+ and dog jogger. The best costumed participant will win bagels-for-a-year from Ruby K’s.

Obituary: David Bruce Holtkamp April 16, 1954 – June 16, 2017

on June 20, 2017 - 6:28am
DAVID BRUCE HOLTKAMP April 16, 1954 – June 16, 2017

David Bruce Holtkamp departed this life on June 16, 2017 in Aurora, Colorado surrounded by his wife, Irma, their children, David Michael (Michele) and Kathryn Alicia “Katy” (Michael) and his dear friend and colleague Jeremy Payton. He was born on April 16, 1954 in Beaumont, Texas to William Edward and Betty Joyce (Hundley) Holtkamp, Jr.

David and Irma came to Los Alamos, NM in January of 1979 and have lived there for all but one year since then. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 28.

David is preceded in death by his

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Uli's

on June 20, 2017 - 6:23am

On the Job in Los Alamos is Clare Bena at Uli's, a unique boutique in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Final Evening Update On Cajete Fire: Size: 1,412 Acres ... Containment: 85 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

SFNF News:

Note: This is the last evening update. Future updates will be sent out once a day.

Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Obituary: John N. Horne Feb. 15, 1963 – June 15, 2017

on June 19, 2017 - 9:39pm

JOHN N. HORNE Feb. 15, 1963 – June 15, 2017

Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne, 54, died June 15, 2017 at his home in Los Alamos.

He leaves behind his loving father, John L. Horne; sister Deborah Barnes and her husband, James; nephew James Horne and family; aunts Susan Rerchert and Sharon Baljie; cousins Dianna Witle, Joann Tapert, Sharon Cooper, Jennifer Shiakallis, Susie Merlo and Christine Anderson, as well as countless friends, colleagues, law enforcement personnel throughout New Mexico and church brothers and sisters.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph

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