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Letter to the Editor: Graphene By The Ton

on June 12, 2013 - 11:13am
By WILLIAM T. SELLERS, Vice President
Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network

Recently the Los Alamos Daily Post was kind enough to reprint an op-ed I wrote for the Albuquerque Journal on the complementary nature of nuclear power, as evidenced by the push for SMRs (small modular reactors) and a graphene-based desalination concept for New Mexico's large reservoirs of brackish groundwater.

Turns out that R&D, and ramp-up on the production of graphene is exceeding even my optimistic forecast, as evidenced by this entry in the blog, Next Big Future:


Farmer's Market 7:30 a.m.-Noon Thursday

on June 12, 2013 - 10:51am

County Modulars May Begin Moving Out Today

on June 12, 2013 - 10:32am


The modular buildings used to house County employees temporarily since 2007 will soon be removed from the Lavy Lane lot on Trinity Drive.

The move could begin today. The modulars will be moved three at a time. Moves should occur in the early morning to avoid afternoon winds. No delays on Trinity Drive are expected. Modulars will also be moved for County employees that were housed on Central Ave – next to the Justice Center – following the move on Lavy Lane. No move will occur during Farmers Market operations. No delays to Central Avenue are expected.

Once all modulars have


Jaroso Fire Seen From Santa Fe

on June 12, 2013 - 10:23am

The massive plume from the Jaroso Fire seen Tuesday evening in Santa Fe near 599 and Camino La Tierra. Photo by Danny Gallant

Keep Sidewalks Clear - Summer Campaign!

on June 12, 2013 - 10:07am


In 2002, the County instituted a sidewalk obstruction removal program to clear sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses of overgrown vegetation.

Clearing crews hired by the County removed overgrown vegetation along sidewalks in Los Alamos and White Rock, leaving clear pathways for pedestrian use.

The program proved a success because:

  • The County sidewalks were reclaimed for their intended use;
  • It enhanced the appearance of our community'
  • It was a positive response to a problem brought forth by citizens, groups and a County board; and
  • Through public information, citizens were

Thompson Ridge; Jaroso Fire Updates - Morning of June 12

on June 12, 2013 - 9:46am

Thompson Ridge Fire

Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire late Tuesday afternoon looking west over the ball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

Acres: 22,852; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 50 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 20 crews, 48 engines, 34 water tenders, 6 dozers; Total personnel: 991 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Last night crews experienced minimal fire

Dog Relationship Clinic July 27-28

on June 12, 2013 - 9:10am


The Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club presents the Dawna and Megan Sims Relationship Clinic 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27-28.

The location is to be determoned but will be in Los Alamos.

This clinic is a foundation relationship class. Learn:

  • What a dog really needs and why;
  • To understand what your dog is really saying;
  • How to gain control of the mind (and see how the body follows);
  • How to be an effective pack leader;
  • The art of using behavior blocking and why it works;
  • Why dogs develop undesirable behaviors and how to stop them; and
  • How to connect with your dog so you can all live in a

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

on June 12, 2013 - 8:40am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

The fine folks at the Los Alamos Daily Post have let me chew up a lot of digital space over the past 10 days writing about an event in (gasp!) Texas. I have been known to grouse about our local media covering off-the-hill arts events at the expense of local efforts. So what’s going on here? What does the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have to do with us?

The most obvious answer is, of course, that the Los Alamos Concert Association will be presenting one of the three

County Recreation Division Joins Great American Backyard Campout

on June 12, 2013 - 8:31am


Los Alamos County Recreation Division will join thousands of families across the nation, gathering in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, and parks June 22 to enjoy a night of camping for the Ninth Annual Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federation.

Join Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Bert the Squirrel for camping games, songs, prizes and star gazing at Overlook Park June 22. A limited number of four person and six person tents are available for families who do not have tents and would like to join in the fun.

Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks for Speech and Debate Invitational Support

on June 12, 2013 - 8:25am
By Kris Hollis, Mary Spill and Kelley Baer
The Los Alamos Homeschool Speech and Debate Guild Board

Many, many thanks to the following businesses and people that supported the recent three day long NCFCA Region III Speech and Debate Invitational: to John Roberts and Smith's for discounted food for students and judges; to Denise Lane and the Dixie Girl, Ruby Alexander and Ruby K's Bagel Cafe, Brian Booth and the Coffee Booth, and members of the First Baptist Church of Espanola for providing scrumptious food for judges.

Thanks also to local churches and families - all food was appreciated.

Udall Encouraged by Vote to Begin Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate

on June 12, 2013 - 8:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting to begin debate on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"I was very encouraged with the strong, bipartisan vote to restart the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate.
"We still have a long way to go before immigration reform becomes law, and as it progresses in the Senate I will be looking to make sure it supports New Mexico's interests as a border state.

Local Triathlon Training Open To All

on June 12, 2013 - 8:05am

TMC News:

The Splash ‘n Dash series starts June 26 as a training event for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which occurs Aug. 17.

Triatomics Multisport Club and the Los Alamos County Recreation Department hosts the annual event.

Splash ‘n Dash will occur every other Wednesday leading up to the Los Alamos Triathlon.

Swimmers, runners, beginning multisport athletes, seasoned triathletes or anyone interested can participate in either the 400 yard swim, followed by a 5K run along Canyon Road up to Diamond Drive and along the front of Los Alamos High School and down Orange Street (all right hand


Azazo Recycling Opens for Business

on June 12, 2013 - 7:53am


This week marks the Grand Opening of Azazo Recycling, LLC at 3540 Orange St. # LV1, behind Los Alamos High School.

Azazo Recycling, LLC takes all electronic equipment including microwaves and small appliances. Electrical cords, brass, copper and other recycle items are accepted.

The company’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Cash prizes ranging from $5 to $100 will be given away during the company's opening days.

Stop by and meet the folks behind Azazo Recycling, LLC and don’t forget to bring recyclable materials.


Make Greeting Cards at Ruby K’s Community Hour

on June 12, 2013 - 7:46am


Gloria Brehm, owner of The Perch Paperie, will host Community Hour at Ruby K's Bagel Café 5:30-7 p.m., June 13.

Attendees will use Gelli Arts Printing Plates to make two greeting cards. Supplies will be provided. This craft is suitable for both adults and kids.

Brehm opened The Perch Paperie in December 2012, to serve as a scrap-booking, stamping and mixed media arts retreat for creative minds. Perch Paperie has classes almost daily for kids and adults. To see the events schedule, visit

“I think that the true meaning of being crafty is learning

Y Offers Red Cross Babysitters Course

on June 12, 2013 - 7:39am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course is set for 4-8:30 p.m., June 14 and 1-5:30 p.m., June 15. 

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

Participants must be 11 to 17 years of age and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification.

JJAB Meets June 26

on June 12, 2013 - 7:31am

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

Note the date change. This is one week later than the typical schedule.

The public is welcome to attend.

Bandelier Seeks Public Comment on Draft Transportation Alternatives

on June 11, 2013 - 4:08pm

Atomic City Transit shuttle bus picking up passengers recently at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center. Courtesy/BNM



The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.

More than three decades of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges in Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the monument entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

UNM-LA Files Resolution For Special Election

on June 11, 2013 - 3:32pm

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, center, and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed a resolution with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover this morning to officially record the special election for the college that will be held Sept. 17 in Los Alamos County. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed an election resolution this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office to officially record a special election set for Sept.

DPU Charter Review Committee Meets Monday

on June 11, 2013 - 1:51pm


The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 in the Training Room of the Community Building.

The public is welcome to attend.



OBITUARY: Lorna Hamilton Cooper March 3, 1936–June 9, 2013

on June 11, 2013 - 1:47pm

LORNA HAMILTON COOPER March 3, 1936June 9, 2013

Lorna Hamilton Cooper, a resident of Los Alamos for nearly 40 years, passed away Sunday June 9, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1936. She was the beloved child of Philip and Georgia Goss, and mother of Preston Cooper, Erika Cooper Gorman, and Linsday Cooper. She loved her grandchildren Ethan and Kelsey Prueitt, Dane Van Buren, Layn Biddle, Rigel and Andromeda Cooper, and Kyle and Grace Sackman. She raised Layn for several years and missed him every day after he moved to Alaska.

Lorna was a talented painter and photographer until her disease


Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:56pm


Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

Acres: 10,237 Cause: Human Start Date: May 30, 2013; Containment: 70 percent; Location: 10 miles North of Pecos; Fuels: Timber; Total personnel: 783 and Terrain: steep, rugged.


Today’s Actions: Mop up, backhauling of equipment, and fire line rehabilitation will be the focus of today’s operations. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned.

Jaroso Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:45pm


Jaroso Fire Update

Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.; Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1; Cause: Lightning; Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees.

Note: There is a 1,300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago directly south and east of the fire that is of concern because of additional fuel for fire to consume quickly.

Size: 360 acres, according to infrared

U.S. Chimpanzees May Be Recognized as ‘Endangered’

on June 11, 2013 - 12:31pm

Flo, 55, is is the eldest surviving chimp in Alamogordo. Courtesy photo

APNM News:

Proposed Rule Affirms Public Outcry and New Mexico Leadership for Chimps

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today released a proposed rule to classify all chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as endangered.

Under the Endangered Species Act, this would end the current ‘split-listing’ which allows chimps in captivity in the United States to be sold and bred for use in biomedical research, the entertainment industry, and the exotic pet trade.

“This long-awaited ruling shows the intrinsic value of


Dirty Players Wanted for High Mountain Mudfest 2013

on June 11, 2013 - 12:09pm


Registration in underway for the 9th Annual High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament, hosted by the Los Alamos County Recreation Division.

The Adult Coed Competitive Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20at the North Mesa Mud Pits.

Teams must have 6-12 players, 18 and older, with at least four women per team.

The cost is $130 per team and the deadline to register 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, via email at or visit


No SFI Public Lecture Tonight

on June 11, 2013 - 11:49am

SFI News:

The announcement of an SFI public lecture this evening, June 11, was in error.

The next lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

-The Santa Fe Institute