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Governor Attends LANL's 70th Anniversary Family Day

on July 29, 2013 - 10:52am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan introduces New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez who spoke at Saturday's 70th anniversary celebration for Lab employees, families, alumni and retirees. The event included a picnic, family activities and visits to Lab facilities. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Dignitaries at Saturday's event included Rep. Stephanie Garci Richard, center, and Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, second from right. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


LANL's Tree Mortality Research Area Part of Saturday Tours

on July 29, 2013 - 10:27am

The 70th anniversary celebration held Saturday for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, families, alumni and retirees included tours of the Laboratory's tree mortality research area. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


LANL Family Day Included Tour of Bio Fuel Lab

on July 29, 2013 - 10:21am

A tour of the new biofuel laboratory was part of Saturday's 70th anniversary celebration for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, families, alumni and retirees. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Eagle Scout Project Removes Radio Tower at Bandelier National Monument

on July 29, 2013 - 9:31am

Scouts disassembling radio tower for recycling. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
On a recent Saturday morning, members of Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 22 removed a radio tower on the mesa top along N.M. 4 near the Bandelier National Monument entrance.
Due to improvements in the Bandelier radio system, the antenna had become obsolete, and was one more 21st-century object that no longer had to clutter up the scenery.

Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College

on July 28, 2013 - 11:47am
At last year's candidate's forum, Michelle Hall discussed her desire to help steer UNM-LA through challenging times. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College
"I have not met more dedicated faculty and staff at any University than UNM-Los Alamos." -Michelle Hall
Los Alamos Daily Post

Michelle Hall recalled one thing that really impressed her about Los Alamos when she moved here in 2003 - the community's commitment to providing the highest quality education.

"The other thing that

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Tanner Vaughn

on July 28, 2013 - 11:30am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Tanner Vaughn with a scholarship recently. Tanner will be attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins Computer and Social Science. From left, Vaughn's father Randy Vaughn, Tanner Vaughn and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Tanner was selected because of his active volunteer work through the National Honor Society, Los Alamos Heart Council Board, the YMCA and as a cancer survivor helped children and their siblings at Camp Wapiyapi in Colorado. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

High Tea and Fashion Show Aug. 17

on July 27, 2013 - 9:11am

Emcee Jeff Favorite assists two models during the 2012 House of Hope and Trinity Builders High Tea and Fashion Show Fashion Show. Courtesy/photo

Martha Hawkins models a pantsuit for travel or the office. Courtesy/photo


The House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams are preparing for their fourth annual fund raising event—the High Tea and Fashion Show to benefit their mission trips this fall. 

This year’s Tea and Fashion Show event will start promptly at 2:30 pm, Saturday, Aug. 17, in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

PEEC Sponsors Story Walk

on July 27, 2013 - 8:16am


PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) continues its Summer Family Evenings series with a unique program combining two favorite summer activities, reading and nature walks.

This collaboration between PEEC and the Los Alamos County Library System is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The StoryWalk® Project is a national program created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 26

on July 26, 2013 - 7:25am

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Summer Concert Series – Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys 7 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Ashley Pond

Grand Opening: Nanotechnology & Algae Biofuels 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Bradbury Science Museum
The evening will be filled with talks and demonstrations in celebration of the museum's grand opening of two new exhibits on Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels.

National History Day & Empty Bowl Painting 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Los Alamos Historical Museum (1050 Bathtub Row)

Beneficial Insects for Your Greenhouse and Garden 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at PEEC


Star Gaze at Dark Night Aug. 3

on July 26, 2013 - 6:31am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Venus, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker, 662-3252 for information.

LACDC Releases Los Alamos MainStreet Survey Results

on July 25, 2013 - 10:30am




What are the people of Los Alamos interested in having as retail and dining options? Where does Los Alamos prefer to shop? What time do people prefer to shop in Los Alamos? What products, brand, and stores do people wish there was in Los Alamos? 

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation developed and conducted a survey to help provide retail owners and restaurateurs the answers to these age old questions. This was an online survey through Los Alamos MainStreet website that was conducted during April.

Los Alamos Club Inducts World's Newest Rotarians

on July 25, 2013 - 10:10am

Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday inducted the two newest Rotarians in the world during its lunch meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. From left, Rotary District Gov. Kit Turpen, new Rotarian Gary DeRosier of First National Bank of Santa Fe-Los Alamos Branch, DeRosier's sponsor Chuck Talman, Rotarian Nancy Cerutti who conducted the induction ceremony and new Rotarian Kirsten Laskey of the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotary District Gov.

Catch Free Community Shuttle to Beer Fiesta

on July 25, 2013 - 8:32am
LABC News:
Public invited to attend the first ever Los Alamos Beer Co-op "Beer Fiesta" with five local breweries and a band on the ski lodge deck Saturday.
Sponsored by your local beer cooperative. Proceeds benefits efforts to bring a local craft brewery to Los Alamos that is owned by members of the community.
Ski Hill will be open for biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the Cafe.
Atomic City Transit will provide a free community shuttle to the Beer Fiesta at Pajarito Mountain this Saturday, July 27. Riders

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Erin Kirk

on July 25, 2013 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. From left, Her father Alan Kirk, mother Pat Kirk, Erin Kirk and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Erin was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the "Dig In Pink" as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

Los Alamos Beer Co-op Joins Del Norte Credit Union’s 'Keep it Co-op!' Campaign

on July 25, 2013 - 7:52am

Staff Report:

Del Norte Credit Union is proud to announce the addition of Los Alamos Beer Co-op to its roster of Los Alamos-based cooperatives in its initiative known as the Keep it Co-op! campaign.

Los Alamos Beer Co-op joins Del Norte Credit Union, Zia Credit Union, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, Los Alamos Co-Op Market, and Little Forest Playschool to the public awareness campaign.

Keep It Co-Op! was launched in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. Cooperatives are not-for-profit institutions that are owned and directed by its members.


Tunnel Near Roundabout Gets Makeover

on July 24, 2013 - 4:01pm
Community members repaint the tunnel near the Diamond Drive roundabout after 10 years. Courtesy photo
A group of Los Alamos women got together and re-painted the tunnel entrance near the roundabout on Diamond Drive Monday.
The tunnel was originally painted about 10 years ago with flowers. But time had taken its toll and the paint was deteriorating. Local resident Amy Storey worked with Perry Rutherford at the County to get the paint and have the wall power-washed.
Ericka Becker became involved in the project as the designer.

Coyote Family Takes Up Residence in Bayo Canyon

on July 24, 2013 - 12:13pm
This coyote pup lives with his family at the mouth of Bayo Canyon. Hikers should avoid the area until the family moves on. Photo by Melissa Bartlett

Staff Report

Melissa Bartlett was hiking Tuesday near the mouth of Bayo Canyon where it comes out near the Sewage Treatment Plant. 

She came upon a den of coyotes including three adults and two cubs. The adults are aggressive to dogs and quite bold with humans. They are being protective of the den, which is close to the dirt road. 

“I suggest avoiding hiking, biking and dog walking there until the coyote family has moved out of the area,”

Boy Scout Museum Society Meets July 30

on July 24, 2013 - 8:24am

BSMS News:

The Boy Scout Museum Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday July 30 at the LDS Church, 1967 18th St., in Los Alamos.

The agenda will contain a report on the Raton Boy Scout Museum trip and new business on a website and virtual museum projects.

Senior scouts and troop leaders are needed at this meeting to assist with the projects.

Troop 22 is celebrating its 90th anniversary and Troop 122 is celebrating its 65th anniversary. These projects could dedicated to the two troops.


Tie One On at Thursday's Farmer’s Market

on July 24, 2013 - 8:14am
Bill Orr ties a fly at the Farmer's Market. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A yak tail hair fly in progress. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Bill Orr of Quarter Circle U, purveyor of fine jams and jellies and Joy Robertshaw of Taos Mountain Yaks have formed an interesting collaboration.

Orr, a fly fisherman and expert fly tyer, is now using hair from the tails of Robertshaw’s yaks in some of his flies. Not only is yak hair very long, it also has a translucent quality that makes it ideal for fly tying.

Robertshaw is selling packages of yak hair

Michelangelo Lobato Leaving Teen Center

on July 23, 2013 - 3:43pm

Director Michelangelo Lobato of the Los Alamos Teen Center is leaving to become a school counselor at Chamisa Elementary School. Lobato is credited with doing an outstanding job leading the Teen Center and mentoring the youth. A search for his replacement is underway. Courtesy photo

Position Summary:
The person selected for this position will be responsible for the overall development and administration of the Teen Center programs and activities.
Essential Functions and jub duties include:

  • Enforce set standards for qualified staff and safe programs
  • Hire, train, supervise, evaluate and provide

Los Alamos Legion Rider Ch. 19 Provides Honor Guard for Harold Opperman

on July 23, 2013 - 9:11am
Honor Guard escort on Diamond Drive Monday. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Rifle salute in honor of
Harold Opperman. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

Los Alamos native Harold Opperman, "Pastor Hal," 68, passed away June 23, 2013.

A loving husband, father and grandfather of Las Vegas, Nev., Pastor Hal was born March 3, 1945, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Opal Opperman. He is survived by his brothers, Paul Opperman of Albuquerque and Gayle Opperman of Henderson.

Pastor Hal married his high school sweetheart, Linda Rodriguez

Democrats Clean Up N.M. 502

on July 23, 2013 - 8:51am
From left, Michael Redondo, Mike Wheeler, David Griggs, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Paul Frederickson and George Chandler were among the crew from the Democratic Party of Los Alamos who cleaned up N.M. 502 Saturday. Photo by John Hofmann

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County cleaned up N.M. 502 from mile marker two to mile marker three near the Los Alamos Airport Saturday.

Thirteen volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash including:

  • soda and beer cans,
  • fast food containers and wrappers,
  • part of a car bumper,
  • a large plastic car part,
  • heavy electrical electrical cable,
  • broken pieces