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Oppenheimer Place Glows With Holiday Spirit

on December 8, 2012 - 7:20am

Oppenheimer Place is lined with electric farolitos that brighten the holiday season. Photo by Don Kendall

Fryer, Richie, Clark Take Gold at State Gymnastics Championship

on December 8, 2012 - 6:44am

Champion trio from left, Brianna Fryer, Anna Clark and Addison Richie. Courtesy/AT

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers’ Brianna Fryer, Addison Richie and Anna Clark became New Mexico State All-around Champions in their divisions following their performances in the Xcel Program State Gymnastics Meet in Rio Rancho Dec. 1.

Fryer swept the Bronze Child A Division, becoming the NM State vault (8.8), bar (9.5), beam (9.15), floor (9.15) and all-around (36.6) Champion. Fryer was the top all-around scorer across all divisions for the Tumblers'.

Richie earned the NM State Champion


County Line: Winterfest Wonderland

on December 7, 2012 - 6:31pm

Courtesy Photo

Walkin' in a Winter(fest) Wonderland...

The National Weather Service's latest forecast said that our warm weather will come to a "jarring demise" this weekend - let's hope for snow to set a festive mood on Saturday for Winterfest! The Main Street Association's Holiday Lights parade at 6 p.m. this Saturday and then the County Recreation Division's North Pole Workshop plus Luminaria Walk at the North Mesa Stables is Sunday evening.

NEW Creative District Advisory Committee Meets Monday!

They'll be kicking off this brand new committee that's advisory to Council with their first

DALA’s Hansel and Gretel ... Pure Holiday Enchantment

on December 7, 2012 - 4:56pm

“Hansel and Gretel” performed by Cody Maggiore and Sally Grindstaff. Photo by TK Thompson/

Ballerinas glide through the air. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Dance Arts Los Alamos brings the magical world of “Hansel and Gretel” to the Duane Smith Auditorium for three performances this weekend. I saw the production’s dress rehearsal on Dec. 6.

The original ballet is directed and choreographed by Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director Christin Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and ballet instructor

NMDOT Prepared for Arctic Blast

on December 7, 2012 - 4:33pm


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is prepared for the arctic front that’s scheduled to hit New Mexico on Sunday. 

The biggest impact is expected to be seen in NMDOT District 4, headquartered in Las Vegas, which encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Approximately 80 dump trucks with snowplows and salt and cinder spreaders in District 4 are loaded and ready to go. All patrol crews that could be impacted have been preparing for the storm, readying vehicles and receiving briefings on both weather and expected roadway conditions.

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Hilltopper Girls Basketball Beats Academy 41-30

on December 7, 2012 - 4:26pm
Marrissa Larribbas up with Shot. Photo by Alan Kirk
Anna Scott for layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber logan with shot. Photo by Alan Kirk
Allysan Crane goes for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Ceremony to Swear in New Officials is Dec. 21

on December 7, 2012 - 12:27pm


The public is invited to attend the official "swearing in" ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center.

Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson and Peter Sheehey will be sworn in as new County Councilors, along with new County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk will preside. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.


Los Alamos Police Conduct Emergency Training

on December 7, 2012 - 12:18pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Police Department are conducting emergency vehicle operations course training today at the Los Alamos County Airport on Airport Road. Courtesy photo

State and Federal Officials Reject N.M. 502 Plans

on December 7, 2012 - 12:00pm
State and Federal Officials Reject N.M. 502 Plans
By Greg Kendall

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, (NMDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA), in a letter dated Nov 30, have rejected the Los Alamos County’s proposed alternative for the N.M. 502 Improvement Project (see link to letter below.)

This means that the project will not receive the $3.8 million in funding that the NMDOT and FHWA have programmed for Fiscal Year 2014 unless new plans are drawn up that are acceptable to NMDOT and FHWA.

New plans must be submitted quickly as FHWA and NMDOT set a deadline of


Letter to the Editor: Thank You LANB and Residents

on December 7, 2012 - 11:40am
Sally Warner
1st Vice President, LAGC

The Los Alamos Garden Club wants to thank the Los Alamos National Bank for allowing them to hold their annual wreath sale in the bank lobby on Nov. 30.

We also thank the Los Alamos residents who supported the sale. The proceeds from the sale support the club's scholarship fund.


Seven Decades Since Pearl Harbor Attack

on December 7, 2012 - 11:26am

Today marks the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor in which 2,402 Americans were killed and another 1,282 Americans were wounded. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation

Letter to the Editor: LAPS Bond Won't Increase Property Taxes

on December 7, 2012 - 11:14am
Former school board member Ken Johnson points to dry rot at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo
By Morrie Pongratz
Former School Board Member
Former County Councilor

In January we have an opportunity to make Los Alamos more inviting to the young families who are essential to the future of LANL (and Los Alamos.)

On May 10, 2007, I attended the first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Facility Planning Committee (FPC.) The school board had asked me, Larry Goen, Al Moelenback, Stan Primak and Grant Stewart to serve with two board members and LAPS staff with the goal of


LANL Names Weapons Program Associate Directors

on December 7, 2012 - 10:58am

LANL News:

Bob Webster has been named Associate Director for Weapon Physics and John Benner has been named Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Both have been in their positions at LANL as acting associate directors since March 2012.

As Associate Director for Weapon Physics, Webster has responsibility for weapon design and computational physics along with programmatic responsibility for the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program and Science Campaigns.

The Directorate consists of Computational Physics and Theoretical Design

White Rock Homeowners Create Holiday Extravaganza

on December 7, 2012 - 10:46am

White Rock homeowners John and Cindy Hollabaugh have transformed their home at 334 Garver Lane into a neighborhood sensation. Driver's pull up to the home and tune their car radio to 93.7 FM to watch the colorful Christmas light show as the lights dance on and off in rhythm to 10 holiday songs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

As a favorite holiday, John and Cindy Hollabaugh have gone all out to celebrate the Christmas season at their White Rock home, 334 Garver Lane, with festive sights and sounds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Rio Arriba County Board Honors Maintenance Patrol

on December 7, 2012 - 10:30am

From left, Ojo Caliente Highway Maintenance Patrol members Leandro Campos, Steve Chavez, Lawrence Aragon, Martin Rivera, Bernie Trujillo, and Harold Goodnight. Courtesy/NMDOT


The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Ojo Caliente highway maintenance patrol was honored Dec. 6 with a special recognition plaque presented by the Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners at a board meeting in Espanola. The patrol was honored for its good work and service to the local communities.

Ojo Caliente patrol foreman Lawrence Aragon accepted the plaque from Commissioner Felipe D.

Hilltopper Alumni Society Holiday Social is Dec. 12

on December 7, 2012 - 10:13am

 LAPSF News:

The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s first ever holiday social will be held from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave.

This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. There will be a brief introduction to the Alumni Society’s first project; converting the senior photos that once hung in the halls of Los Alamos High School to digital files.

All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary appetizers with drinks available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF 

OBITUARY: Gordon Hoffman June 6, 1930–Dec. 3, 2012

on December 7, 2012 - 9:39am

Gordon Joseph Hoffman, 82, died Monday, Dec. 3, in Albuquerque, NM. He was born, the second twin, June 6, 1930, to Bruno A. Hoffman and Anna Angeline (Karels) Hoffman.

Gordy spent his early life on the family farm in Rosen, MN. At age 13, as a freshman, he entered Nazareth Hall Minor Seminary in the Twin Cities, and following graduation from Naz Hall, attended the St. Paul Seminary. After completing eight years of college and post-graduate education, he was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in June 1956.

He served eight years at St.

DEA Unveils 'Project Below the Beltway' Results

on December 7, 2012 - 8:38am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway” - a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and violent street gangs as part of an on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution network in America.

The series of federal, state and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated on Dec. 6, 2012.

"Project Below the Beltway" is comprised of investigations in 79 U.S.

Celtic Christmas Showdown Tour Takes Off!

on December 7, 2012 - 7:48am

Los Alamos residents from left, Tessa Dowell, Jonathan Dowell and Wende Songe during a sound check Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., began their two-week concert tour called "Celtic Christmas Showdown" at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The tour wraps up with a concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos and a final concert in Santa Fe Dec. 16. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Dec. 6

on December 6, 2012 - 10:23pm

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Fuller Lodge Winterfest Open House. Courtesy Los Alamos Arts Council

Affordable Arts 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Jan. 5 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Affordable Arts has been a holiday tradition in Los Alamos for more than 25 years. With a "Home for the Holidays" theme, the Art Center offers unique, quality artwork from 125 different artists priced $1 to $250. With wall art (paintings, photos, carvings), pottery, jewelry, hand-made pens and cards and more there is something for everyone.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Presents the Ballet Hansel & Gretel @

Los Alamos Student Slated for National Math Contest

on December 6, 2012 - 1:02pm

Alex Wang. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

PROVIDENCE, RI - Alex Wang, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" 9:30-11 a.m. (Pacific) Jan. 10 in the San Diego Convention Center.

The competition will be broadcast live:

Fast Facts about Wang: He is one of two sophomores to qualify for the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician." In addition to being good in math, Wang loves to debate.

Community Invited to Physical Wellness Seminar

on December 6, 2012 - 12:20pm

Udall, Kyl Announce NNSA Reform in Defense Bill

on December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.


“The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said.

Column: Building Better Schools ... Building Brighter Futures

on December 6, 2012 - 11:41am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools                   

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.

The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.