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Los Alamos County Wins SWANA 2013 Excellence Award

on July 19, 2013 - 10:09am


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Re-Use category.

The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON® Sept. 17, in Long Beach, Calif.

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division will receive SWANA’s Excellence Award for its entry “Transforming a Closed Landfill into a Sustainability Asset.” Converting a closing landfill into a sustainability asset for the community was


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 19

on July 19, 2013 - 9:40am

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Los Alamos Summer Concert Series: Paula Nelson Band at 7 p.m. today, July 19 near Smith's Food and Drugs in the Mari Mac Shopping Center.

Nightwalk at Bandelier Friday, July 19 Special Evening Interpretive Program.
Participants are required to be silent during the one hour walk that allows visitors to step back in time. This walk is not recommended for children or others who can not participate without talking or whispering.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters Golf Tournament Saturday

on July 19, 2013 - 9:36am

BBBS News:

Saturday will mark the second year for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at The Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course (LAGC).

The main focus of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Fundraising endeavors ensure the group has increased capacity to respond to increased needs in this community.

Local Leaders Visit WIPP

on July 19, 2013 - 9:04am
From left, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, Rep. Stephanie G. Richard and Councilor Kristin Henderson. Courtesy Photo
Staff report
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilors Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad Tuesday.
Along with other regional and state elected officials, the trio visited with Los Alamos National Laboratory and WIPP management and observed operations as LANL TRU Waste continues to be delivered to the nuclear waste internment facility.
The visit was organized by the LANL Major

Last Chance to Vote for Renegade Mountain Band!

on July 19, 2013 - 8:32am
Renegade Mountain Band of Los Alamos played in the Clint Black Country Cares Competition at the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon in Albuquerque July 14. Courtesy photo


Online voting for the Clint Black Country Cares Competition is set to end at some point today and a winner will be announced this evening.

The exact cut-off time for voting is unknown, but fans are encouraged to cast their vote as early as possible at the following link:

The Renegade Mountain Band, a Los Alamos country band, performed against three other New


Luján Addresses Cost of Inaction on Climate Change

on July 19, 2013 - 8:26am


WASHTINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor Thursday about the increasing costs of climate change and the need to take action. 

The Safe Climate Caucus is a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Click here to watch Luján’s speech.


Fire Restrictions Lifted Forest Wide

on July 19, 2013 - 8:17am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Over the past few weeks, constant monsoon moisture has decreased fire danger from extreme to low.

Effective at 8 a.m. today, current Stage I fire restrictions blanketing the Santa Fe National Forest will be lifted. Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety.

Forest visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. When building a campfire, be sure to keep safety in mind before, during, and after you've built it. For more information on outdoor safety tips, visit:


E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards

on July 19, 2013 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Joint Research Centre Director General Dominique Ristori and European Parliament Member Edit Herzog at a signing ceremony July 17. Photo by K. Delak/NIST

NIST News:

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S.

Calling All Exhibitors for 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo

on July 18, 2013 - 11:43am

Courtesy photo
From Robotics to Preserves and Quilts, Get Your Exhibits Ready for the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo
By Paula Roybal Sánchez,
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

If you’re into robotics here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts!  Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists – you have two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair! 

The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 8-10. Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter.

County Employees Earn Certified Public Servant Designations

on July 18, 2013 - 11:07am

The NM EDGE Certified Public Manager and County College programs graduates who received designations during the New Mexico Association of Counties' annual conference in Clovis are, front row from left, Carol Bowman-Muskett, McKinley County commissioner; Chris Tenski, Otero County probate judge; Adrianna Ortiz, Los Alamos County senior deputy clerk; Susan Flores, Otero County commissioner; Nick Archuleta, Harding County commissioner; Lucas Fresquez, Los Alamos County chief appraiser; and Susan Trujillo, Taos County treasurer.

Chamber Leaders Join Udall for Economic Development Meeting on Capitol Hill

on July 18, 2013 - 10:57am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., center, met with President/CEO Alex O. Romero of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and CEO Laura E. Sanchez of the NM Green Chamber of Commerce Wednesday to talk about growing the New Mexico economy. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., hosted two New Mexico chamber of commerce leaders Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a discussion on job creation and economic recovery.

President/CEO Alex O. Romero of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and CEO Laura E.

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. for Wild Flower Walk

on July 18, 2013 - 9:06am

A James penstemon flower growing in Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC's Jemez Mountains Herbarium Curator Chick Keller today for an easy walk to identify some local wild flowers.

Meet at PEEC on Orange Street at 5:30 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Weather permitting, the group will drive to the ski hill and strole up the maintenance road to the east. There are really nice flowers including the fairly rare Delphinium sapellonis and five nerved sunflower. 

If it is bad weather up there at 5:30 p.m., the group will walk up Pajarito Canyon. 

No registration is required and

OBITUARY: Natalie McCall Stanhope May 12, 1925–July 12, 2013

on July 18, 2013 - 8:50am

NATALIE MCCALL STANHOPE May 12, 1925July 12, 2013

Natalie McCall Stanhope passed away peacefully July 12, 2013, after a long illness, she was 88. 

She was born in Woodston, Kansas; to Henry and Emma McCall, on May 12, 1925. She met John Stanhope in 1939, they were married on December 24, 1942 in Bremerton, WA, during World War II–Pearl Harbor. They just celebrated their 70th anniversary. They celebrated their honeymoon at Niagara Falls, NY.


LANL: Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

on July 18, 2013 - 8:29am

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presents the Padma Shri award to former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Mudundi Raju. Courtesy/M. Raju

Mudundi Raju and his wife M. Subhadra Devi Raju met recently for lunch with John Hopkins at the Blue WIndow Bistro in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL News:

Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

  • Los Alamos retiree brings medical advances to poor of India

The government of India honored former Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow Mudundi Raju with a Padma Shri award this year for his distinguished

Paula Nelson Brings Austin to Los Alamos

on July 18, 2013 - 7:53am
Paula Nelson. Courtesy photo


Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series stage will return to Smith’s Food & Drugs in the Mari Mac Shopping Center in Los Alamos.

Tuesday, July 23, Smith’s will break ground for the new Smith’s Market Place at the Trinity Site. Most of LA has been anxiously waiting for this new shopping center. Folks, it’s coming. It will be the largest supermarket and the only Smith’s Market Place in the state.

I hope you enjoy it, because it should be tremendously beneficial to the town. Let me say this again, shop locally.


Class of '93 Returns to Los Alamos High School

on July 18, 2013 - 7:42am
The Los Alamos High School Class of 1993 was in town for their 20th High School Reunion the weekend of July 4. The group visited the newly renovated Los Alamos High School. Back row from the left, Amy Harrison, Shannon Sorem, Sarah Piltch, Mrs. Nikimken, Sarah Morris Moulton, Katie Lacey Olso, Dan Jarmer, Jennifer Trapp White, Julia Justus Rael-Blanco, Brian Sierk, Eric Rush, Milissa Starkovich Soto, Melissa Macdonell Laeser, Ann Kirkpatrick Crider and Tina Pan Wu.

Open House at Bradbury Science Museum July 26 for New Mexico Consortium's Biofuel Exhibit

on July 18, 2013 - 7:40am

NMC's Los Alamos greenhouse where algae for biofuels is researched. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BSM News:

An open house event featuring New Mexico Consortium's (NMC) Biofuel Exhibit is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. by Bioscience Division Leader Dr. Jose Olivares. Light refreshments will be served.

"Algae to Biofuels: Squeezing Power from Pond Scum" is brainchild of Dr. Olivares of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dr. Richard Sayre of NMC and LANL.

Recycling Goes Chic at Recycled Fashion Workshop

on July 18, 2013 - 7:31am

Elizabeth Chapman modeling her recycled fashion ensamble in last year's Next Big Idea Recycled Fashion Show. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

Do you have an eye for fashion and a love for recycling? Want to help change the public perception of trash?

Come to the free Recycled Fashion Workshop hosted by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services to learn the ins and outs of recycled fashion, and begin creating an eco-chic recycled fashion garment to enter in the Second Annual Next Big Idea Recycled Fashion Show Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Recycled Fashion Workshop is


Roll with the Derby Dames Saturday

on July 18, 2013 - 7:22am
Los Alamos Derby Dames battle on the track during a home scrimmage. Photo by Skip Wecksung/Courtesy of the LA Derby Dames


Roller Derby hits the track at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the M'atom Bombs host Clovis Roller Derby at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Come cheer on the Los Alamos Derby Dames at this all ages, family friendly event.  

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Tickets are on sale now from local roller girls and will be available at the Los Alamos Derby Dames booth at Friday's Summer Concert at Mari Mac Shopping Center.

NM Veterans’ Rural Cemetery Plan Underway

on July 18, 2013 - 7:00am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE– Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration is developing a statewide strategic veterans’ cemetery plan to establish cemeteries for New Mexico’s rural-area veterans.

Martinez said the goal is to provide resting places that meet the highest federal standards for the large portion of New Mexico’s veteran population that live a great distance from the three federal cemeteries currently available to them at Santa Fe, Ft. Bayard and Ft. Bliss. 

“Our veterans and their spouses—no matter where they live—deserve a special, dignified final


Breaking News: Detective Files Counter Claim Against Los Alamos County Council and Others

on July 17, 2013 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Det. Brian Schamber, center in gray shirt and tie, with his wife Zina Schamber and the senior command staff of the Los Alamos Police Department during a 2012 County Council meeting at the White Rock Fire Station in which police officials briefed council on the department's master career plan. From left, former Commander Randy Foster who was recently terminated, Commander Scott Mills who is on leave, and back row from left, Commander Preston Ballew who is on medical leave, Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera and Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris.

Letter to the Editor: Protest Against Slanted Reporting of Nuclear Weapons Issues

on July 17, 2013 - 2:19pm
Protest Against Slanted Reporting of Nuclear Weapons Issues
Los Alamos

This is a protest against the consistently slanted reporting of the Los Alamos Monitor on nuclear weapons issues. It appears that the Monitor takes pleasure in attacking the foundation of this town’s existence and deriding its proud history of supporting the nation’s defense. I am open to balanced criticism and, although I do not agree, I can respect intelligent advocacy of the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Race and Great Auction Items Saturday

on July 17, 2013 - 1:51pm

Money IQ: True Stories - A Credit Card Dispute Lost and Won

on July 17, 2013 - 9:34am

Money IQ
True Stories: A Credit Card Dispute Lost and Won
By Fidel Gutierrez

Note: This column is a real-life example of a credit card dispute commonly referred to as a “dispute of quality.” This is a dispute about the quality of goods and services received. The other type of dispute is a billing error dispute. Billing error disputes are fairly straight forward and are regulated by the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA.) The FCBA rules and rights do not apply if you are disputing the quality of goods and services.

LAFD Wraps Up Granite Mountain Family Donations This Weekend

on July 17, 2013 - 9:32am


The Los Alamos Fire Department is wrapping up donation collections for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who tragically lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Prescott, Ariz. June 30.

These same firefighters defended Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory from the Las Conchas Fire of June 2011, and more recently from the threat of the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos.

LAFD firefighters will host a table at the summer concert this Friday evening at Marimac Plaza where they will offer the opportunity for residents to sign