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Individuals Honored at Community Asset Awards

on January 10, 2014 - 6:33am

Paul Martinez. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Staff Report

Paul Martinez was recognized for 31 years of service to the community at Saturday's annual Community Assets Awards at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Martinez is director of the Los Alamos Family Council's Youth Activity Center in Los Alamos and White Rock.

The Spirit of the West Award was presented to Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik for their work at Los Alamos High School for suicide prevention awareness week. The Spirit of the West Award is chosen by an anonymous committee.

The Spirit of the West was named in honor of former County


Machen and Shelton Address County Environmental Services at Lunch with a Leader

on January 10, 2014 - 6:08am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader is 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The speakers will be Don Machen and Philo Shelton, representing the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB.) Machen and Shelton will address the activities of the ESB and generally discuss the County's Environmental Services activities.

All Lunch with a Leader events are free and open to the public.

Machen spent a significant portion of his professional life as an electrical engineer, working in the particle accelerator field.


Community Engagement Specialist Discusses Health Reform in New Mexico

on January 10, 2014 - 5:53am

Maria Perez

DPLA News:

Maria Perez, a community outreach specialist with Health Action NM, will be in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at UNM-LA Building 02, Lecture Hall 230, to present information on the Affordable Care Act, how education and enrollment efforts are going in New Mexico, and how health reform will benefit our communities.

New Mexico is a large, rural state with a low population.

Memorial Service for Alice Waterman Saturday

on January 9, 2014 - 5:24pm

Alice Brigham Waterman

Memorial Service:

A Memorial Service for Alice Brigham Waterman will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 11 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. A reception will follow in Graves Hall including a video of Waterman's life.

Waterman, 94, passed peacefully from this life Dec. 4, with family by her side. She had struggled for eight months with declining health after breaking an ankle and being diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.

She had just spent a joyous Thanksgiving holiday with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even a great-great


MISS Support Group Meets Tonight

on January 9, 2014 - 12:48pm


Former Chamber Intern Punks Boss's Office

on January 9, 2014 - 9:48am

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos sits at her foil-covered desk in her foil-covered office Tuesday in downtown Los Alamos after her former intern Amber Jimerson, home on college break, and three friends punked the office as a surprise for Korkos' recent birthday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

To wrap every ink pen, piece of paper, lamp, clock, computer, file cabinet, pictures, telephone, tables, chairs, coat hook and in-box in Chamber Manager Katy Korkos' office took former intern Amber Jimerson and three of her friends, six hours and 16 rolls of foil - all of

Teen Support Groups to Meet

on January 9, 2014 - 7:05am

Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer

JJAB News:

Teens are invited to join Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in having a safe space to talk and listen to each other about ways to cope with various life challenges. No pressure to talk, please come even if you just feel like being around others or just feel like listening!

Palmer will be facilitating support groups and welcomes support from others who would like to help facilitate. Donations toward refreshments are also welcome. Contact Palmer by calling or texting 505.690.7889 or e-mailing


Trivia FUNdraiser Helps Habitat for Humanity of Taos

on January 9, 2014 - 6:58am
A team enjoys the 2013 Trivia FUNdraiser. Courtesy/Habitat for Humanity of Taos

HFHT News:

Habitat for Humanity of Taos brings people together to build homes, community and hope. The group’s annual fundraising event is Trivia FUNdraiser set for 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at KTAOS Solar Center.

It includes a trivia competition, a scrumptious dessert auction, raffle prizes, and much more. Competing teams are made up of up to six people per table with seven rounds of diverse trivia.  Tables are $200 for six or fewer people.

Send full table payments before Jan.


Los Alamos Registers as NWF Community Wildlife Habitat™

on January 8, 2014 - 11:42am

NWF News:

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announces that the community of Los Alamos, N.M. is putting out the welcome mat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, by recently registering its Community Wildlife Habitat™ project with NWF. 

Los Alamos is sending a clear and powerful message to communities all over America that caring people, working together, can help wildlife, wild places and the health of the environment. The residents Los Alamos are making a difference in their own community and beyond.

Since 1973, NWF has provided millions of people with the basic guidelines for

PEEC Fund Drive Exceeds Goal by More than 30 Percent

on January 8, 2014 - 7:59am
Donor Katie Sayre and her grandchildren color in the last bear on PEEC's 'bearometer.' The donation allowed PEEC to reach its goal of raising $15,000 in the fund drive. Total donations have since grown to almost $20,000. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For the 2013 Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Annual Fund Drive, the organization decided to monitor its fundraising progress with a "bearometer." Each bear was worth $1,000, and the goal was to raise $15,000 by Dec. 31 to allow the bear to hibernate for winter.


Support Group Forming for Anyone Dealing With Mental Health Issues

on January 8, 2014 - 7:41am

Staff Report

A new support group for family members or anyone living or dealing with someone who has mental health issues is forming.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Mesa Public Library, Meeting Room One.

For further information, call 505.695-9325. All are welcome.


National Diabetes Prevention Program Comes to Española

on January 8, 2014 - 7:27am

YMCA News:

Northern New Mexico community members are preventing type two diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service. 

Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes – higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels – are five to 15 times more likely to develop type two


Nature Center Public Meetings Jan. 21-22

on January 7, 2014 - 9:12am


Los Alamos County will hold public information meetings in Los Alamos and White Rock in January to update residents on the design of the new Los Alamos Nature Center. 

The meetings will be Jan. 21 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room and Jan. 22 in White Rock Town Hall. Both meetings will run 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the same material will be presented at each meeting.

The design for the new Nature Center is underway with ground-breaking set to occur in April and estimated completion set for April 2015. The building will be located north of the Aquatic Center at the former skate

Los Alamos Farmers Market 8 a.m. to Noon Thursday

on January 7, 2014 - 7:20am

Iceland Trek Featured at Mountaineers' January Meeting

on January 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Steam vents and thermal springs encountered in the highlands along the trek from Skogar to Landmannalaugar. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

Icebergs floating to the sea at Jokulsarlon. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
Skogafoss, the spectacular waterfall near Skogar at the start of the trek.
Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
The January meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a first-hand account of a six-day, 50-mile trek in Iceland by Mario Schillaci.
The public is invited to hear this presentation Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Fuller Lodge. The presentation will follow the

DNA Subject of Genealogical Association Talk

on January 6, 2014 - 7:49am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be "Ancestry DNA Update."


Volunteer Bob Dryja Helps PEEC Share the Outdoors

on January 4, 2014 - 10:27am

PEEC volunteer Bob Dryja. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Bob Dryja has been volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for the last 12 years, first with some of the children's programs, and more recently as a board member, although he still volunteers to help out with field trips and such. Dryja always has a smile on his face, a joke to tell, and he is always willing to lend a hand. PEEC sat down with Dryja to learn more about him.

PEEC:How did you get involved with PEEC?
B.D.: Oh that goes back almost 12 years.


Pets of the week: Sierra and Peewee

on January 4, 2014 - 9:53am

Sierra and Peewee. Courtesy/Friends of the Shelter


Sierra and Peewee are eight-year-old spayed female Jack Russell Terriers. They came from a rescue after they were badly attacked in their own home by two larger dogs in the home. 

They are recovering from their injuries and are responding very nicely to attention from shelter staff and volunteers. They would like to be adopted together into a quiet home. They are good with adults and older, quiet, gentle children. A gentle dog might be okay with them also.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter and Friends of the Shelter would like


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2014 - 3:17pm

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Friday, Jan. 3 

Nana’s Naughty Knickers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Los Alamos Little Theater
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Saturday, Jan. 4 

Science Cinema Saturday 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Bradbury Science Museum 
New community video series of short science films ranging in topics from microbes to aquifers to addictions.

Nana’s Naughty Knickers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Los Alamos Little Theater 
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Sunday, Jan. 5
Nana’s Naughty

Celebrate New Season of 'Downton Abbey' With High Tea

on January 3, 2014 - 12:34pm
PBS poster for 'Downton Abbey.' Courtesy photo


The new fourth season of “Downton Abbey,” PBS’s popular English drama, premieres in the U.S. at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 on PBS (Channel 5.) To celebrate this new season, The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host “An Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea” 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. Scones, tea sandwiches, and shortbreads will be included with other delicacies to include a full English afternoon tea. 

Do your alliances lie with the downstairs scullery maids or those of the upstairs elite?

Libraries Offer Favorite Magazines Through Zinio

on January 3, 2014 - 9:39am


Smart phones, tablets, laptops, e readers and other devices - there are many choices these days and Los Alamos County Libraries are offering a great new service for patrons. Zinio is an online newsstand with full content, online magazines - all free of charge. Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audio books and ebooks available to download instantly from the library’s website.

Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such

New Year's By The Numbers

on January 1, 2014 - 12:00pm


Staff Report

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of Jan. 1. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.

The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon.


Council, Boards & Commissions Calendar

on January 1, 2014 - 8:21am


Editor's note: If an AGENDA hyperlink doesn't work, the agenda is not yet available from the Council, Board or Commission. It will be added as soon as made available.

Los Alamos County Council [Webpage]

Next Meeting:  7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 Council Chambers  [AGENDA]

Last available minutes: Oct. 22, 2013 
Last available video: Jan. 7, 2014

Los Alamos Public Schools Board [Webpage]

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, Jan. 14 [NOTICE] [AGENDA] 

Last available minutes: Oct. 10, 2013

Last available video: Click HERE

Art in Public Places Advisory Board [APPAB]  [

‘Amelie’ Wins You Over With Whimsical Sweetness

on December 31, 2013 - 9:57am

Movie poster for 'Amelie.'


The next film in the library’s Free Film Series, while not technically holiday themed, is so buttery rich and honeyed that it belongs in The Nutcracker’s Land of Sweets.

“Amelie” (2001, rated R for sexuality) tells the life story of Amelie Poulain, beginning with her conception and building to her first cutely quixotic attempt at romantic love.

Amelie has a horrible, but hilariously summarized, childhood.

Strength Training For 50 and Older Set

on December 31, 2013 - 9:47am

Staff Report:

The Strong Women and Men Program will be offered in Los Alamos this winter. The program is a research based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.

Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.

Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density in middle-aged women and men.