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Los Alamos Young Thespians Audition For 'Aladdin'

on August 8, 2017 - 6:32am

Missoula Children's Theater Directors Ryan Jacob Pierce, middle, and Julia Bourland, right, assign roles to a group of aspiring thespians for the upcoming production of 'Aladdin'. Auditions for the show were held Monday morning at Crossroads Bible Church. Pierce and Bourland will direct the group of young actors before the show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Doors for the production will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and younger. For LAAC members, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger.

Daily Postcard: Full Moonrise Over Sangre De Cristos

on August 8, 2017 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: A full moonrise shines over the Sangre de Cristos as seen Sunday from White Rock. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

Mama Bear And Cubs Spotted Dumpster Diving

on August 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Bear spotted this morning near Urban Park. Photo by Jim Nesmith
 
By JIM NESMITH
Los Alamos
 
For the past couple of weeks, a mama bear and her two cubs have been dumpster diving all of the trash cans near Urban Park, 41st Street in particular. They usually limit their carousing to the wee hours of the morning but there have been two incidents in the last week where they were still in the neighborhood when it became light.
 
This morning, a little after 9 a.m., I received a call from my daughter that the two cubs were in a tree next to our house. She couldn't see the mama bear.

UNM-Los Alamos Officials Present College Opportunities At Eight Northern Pueblos Conference

on August 7, 2017 - 8:34pm

Jenny Duran, Melissa Torres and Grace Willerton answer student questions and distribute information at today's Youth Council Conference. Photo by Cindy Rooney/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos participated in the Youth Council Conference today at Camel Rock Casino.

The conference, open to youth ages 12-24, was sponsored by the Eight Northern Pueblos. The event attracted approximately 200 young people.

UNM-LA Academic Advisor and Recruitment Specialist Melissa Torres, UNM-LA CEO Dr.

Possible Quorum Notice: Members Of Los Alamos School Board May Attend All Staff Picnic Friday

on August 7, 2017 - 3:03pm

LAPS News:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Los Alamos Public Schools All Staff Picnic at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Urban Park.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken. 

What's At The End Of The Rainbow? Sipapu

on August 7, 2017 - 2:51pm

A rainbow fills the sky over Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Photo by Albert Graves/Sipapu

Aerial view of Sipapu. Photo by Albert Graves/Sipapu

SIPAPU News:

Rainbows and beautiful green slopes color Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. And visiotrs get a sneak peek of the Lodge addition, which will open this winter.

Sipapu offers fun adventures this summer, including a great trout fishing pond, fly fishing on the Rio Pueblo River with free casting clinics Saturdays, as well as disc golf and hiking trails.

 
This weekend, Aug.

Aug. 23 Chamber Breakfast Is Canceled

on August 7, 2017 - 2:34pm

CHAMBER News:

The Aug. 23 Chamber Breakfast is canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce apologizes for the inconvenience.  

Details for the next Chamber Breakfast will be announced soon.

Hubbell Trading Post Comes To Bandelier

on August 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Hhandcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is bringing its Navajo Rug Trunk Show to Bandelier National Monument 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20.

Visitors will experience the culture and heritage of the Navajo people with hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, a Western National Parks Association (WNPA) partner park and the oldest continuously-operating trading post in the Southwest.

Authentic Navajo

Join Local Expert Chick Keller For Wildflower Walk

on August 7, 2017 - 1:33pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, left, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata). Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing Sept.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 25

on August 7, 2017 - 1:16pm

Students at a robotics event. Courtesy/BSM

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

  • Stop by for fun with robotics teams of all kinds and their programmable friends

Regional school robotics teams, and others, will demonstrate their remote-manipulation abilities at a Robotics Night open to all at the Bradbury Science Museum. The event is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 and some of the teams will even provide an opportunity for visitors to manipulate the robots themselves.

Brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust, visitors also will  have an

Cowboy Dinner Dance At Posse Lodge Saturday

on August 7, 2017 - 1:01pm

Letter To The Editor: Before Voting Thursday ... Read Ski Club President's Memo

on August 7, 2017 - 12:18pm
By VALERIE WOOD, Vice President
Los Alamos Ski Club

Before voting on Thursday, Aug. 10, current members of Los Alamos Ski Club should take the time to read the memo sent to them by Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn. This information has been compiled and analyzed extensively by multiple members of the LASC Boards of Directors over the last three years.
 
The current proposal by Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership is being drafted into a contract that protects Pajarito Mountain as a multiple-use year-round recreational area that will remain open to the public.

Registration Open: YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer ... Players, Coaches, Team Parents Needed

on August 7, 2017 - 11:45am

THE FAMILY YMCA News:

Registration is open for The Family YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer Program.

Practices and games are Aug. 29 to Oct. 6, two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock.

Volunteer coaches and team parents are needed. The teams are kept small (6-8 players) so all kids get plenty of skills practice and play time. Price includes team jersey for players to keep.

Schedules:

  • Age Groups: 4-5 & 6-7
  • Register: July 18 - Aug. 23
  • Season: Aug. 29 - Oct 6
  • Days: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesdya/Thursday (your choice)
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: LA & WR (also your choice)
  • Cost:

SFCC Announces Search For Interim President

on August 7, 2017 - 11:37am
SFCC News:
 
The Santa Fe Community College Governing Board has launched a search for an Interim president. Current President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement earlier this week.
 
For consideration, applicants must submit a letter of interest and a resume to Donna Wells, Executive Assistant to the Governing Board donna.wells@sfcc.edu.
 
Applications will be accepted through midnight on Sunday, August 20, 2017
 
Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with an earned doctorate or other terminal degree preferred;
  • At

Celebrate Perseid Meteor Shower At Valles Caldera

on August 7, 2017 - 11:07am

Perseid meteor shower. Courtesy/SPACE.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the height of the Perseid meteor shower with a star party Saturday, Aug. 12. The preserve’s main gate will reopen 8-11 p.m. for this free event.

The star party will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and volunteers will provide short talks and telescopes for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure.

Bear Spotted In Tree On 41st Street This Morning

on August 7, 2017 - 9:59am

A bear is spotted this morning climbing in a tree on 41st Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Nesmith

NCRTD Sees Record Number Of Riders In FY 2017

on August 7, 2017 - 7:35am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), known as the RTD “Blue Bus,” has posted a 6.1 percent increase in ridership in its fiscal year (FY) 2017, which ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, setting  its highest number of trips in a given year.
 
Passenger trips for all NCRTD-operated routes totaled 284,285 in FY2017 over a total of 268,050 in FY2016. NCRTD provides service on 24 fixed routes throughout North Central New Mexico, two demand response routes, one dial-a-ride service, and complementary paratransit service in the Taos area.
 
Among the routes

Info Session On Sterling Metrics' Social Lending Program At projectY Tuesday

on August 7, 2017 - 7:27am
 
projectY cowork News:
 
projectY cowork will host an information session featuring Sterling Metrics 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Sterling Metrics is a New Mexico-based startup focused on assisting local small businesses attain the necessary capital for improvements, and/or expansion plans.
 
Based in Albuquerque, Sterling Metrics recognizes the need to sustain growing small business, and has crafted a way to help by leveraging the local community for debt-based crowdfunding. 
 
Agenda:
  • 5:30-5:45 Settle-in (Networking)
  • 5:45-6:00

Daily Postcard: Sunday Sunrise

on August 7, 2017 - 5:20am

Daily Postcard: Sunday sunrise from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Soot Covered Screech Owls Rescued From Fireplace

on August 6, 2017 - 11:56am
Covered in soot, a mother screech owl and her fledglings are spotted trapped inside a fireplace at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by J. Schillig
 
With all the soot removed from her feathers and a solid meal in her stomach, this mother owl is released near where she was rescued in Pajarito Acres. She sits in a tree for a while listening for her fledglings and waiting for her rescuers to leave the area. Photo by Corry Clinton
 
By CORRY CLINTON
Los Alamos

Friends noticed some strange noises coming from the fireplace of their home June 26 in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

Hierarchs Visit St. Job Of Pochaiv Orthodox Church

on August 6, 2017 - 10:16am

Metropolitan Antony, left, Father Theophan Mackey, center, and Archbishop Daniel, right, Saturday at St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. In the foreground is Father Silouan, Abbot of St. Michael the Archangel Monastery in Canones. Archbishop Daniel is President of the Consistory and Ruling Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Western Eparchy in the United States.

Back To School Tax Free Weekend Underway

on August 6, 2017 - 8:26am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced New Mexico’s annual back to school tax-free weekend and encourages families to take part in order to save them money and prepare their children for the upcoming school year.

“Families across the state know how expensive it can be to get kids ready for school, and this is a great way for them to save money,” Martinez said. “Our tax-free weekend can help families make sure that they send their students off to school with everything they need so they’re ready to learn.”

Vendors will not be required to collect gross receipts tax

League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Features Douglas Carver Of New Mexico Ethics Watch Aug. 15

on August 6, 2017 - 7:55am
LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Mesa Public Library. The leader this month is Douglas Carver.

Carver is the executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch. He previously worked with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and the Judicial Standards Commission. He graduated from Yale University, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

He will discuss the proposed constitutional amendment regarding the establishment of an ethics commission, upon which the public

Letter To The Editor: County Council Overrides Voters

on August 6, 2017 - 7:26am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

This week’s County Council meeting may be standing room only!

During the upcoming County Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 8, the County Council is going to propose passing the items of the REC Bond, which were rejected by the County voters in May.

The two Councilors presenting the items for approval, James Chrobocinski and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, are the subjects of a County investigation into an Ethics violation for their involvement in these items. According to the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), a complaint has been filed stating that both were involved in a Political

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