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Why is the Water in Ashley Pond Still Murky?

on October 9, 2013 - 8:21am

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Inquiring minds want to know: Why is the water in Ashley Pond still murky?

Michael Northway of Oasis Aquatic Services, who is the County's contractor working on the ecology of the pond, offered the following response:

The pond is cloudy due to suspended clay within the water column. This happened during the heavy rains that washed the clay down into the rain water that had accumulated. The clay poses no harm to the eco-system - in fact the opposite is true. The clay is helping to purify the water. As awful as it looks right now, the water is actually very healthy.


Annual Yum Walk/Run Is Oct. 26

on October 9, 2013 - 8:20am
Runners and walkers gather for the Yum Run/Walk in 2012. Photo by Greg Kendall/
The Annual Yum Run/Walk 5k, 10K, and 1K is starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in front of Ruby K’s Bagel Shop downtown Los Alamos off Central Avenue right across from the Post Office.
The 5K will be 2 loops around the downtown area and the 1K will head down Central Avenue Westbound and return. The 10K is mainly a trail run that will be a short loop downtown and then head down the trail behind the Aquatic Center and return to Central Avenue.
The 5K and 10K Runs

Mountain School's Halloween Carnival Oct. 18

on October 9, 2013 - 8:14am


Mountain Elementary School's annual Halloween Carnival has a new time and day: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

This is a week earlier than previous years and the start time is a little earlier for families with little ones. Weather permitting, game booths will be outdoors on the upper playground.

The carnival began in the 1970s as a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating. This year, the festivities include the popular haunted house, silent auction, book fair, cake walk, face painting, game booths and prizes.

Tickets are $5 for 20; games are 3 tickets each, cake walk

Festival of Chocolate at Betty Ehart Senior Center Nov. 16

on October 9, 2013 - 8:12am

Chocolate fountain illustration. Courtesy

BESC News:

The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host its annual Festival of Chocolate 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event includes live music and an all you can eat chocolate buffet.

"We already have a small forest of trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, so the excitement is starting to build towards Nov. 16 when the public will see this year's display for the first time,” LARSO Director Pauline Powell Schneider said.


Letter to the Editor: Thank You Note to Community

on October 9, 2013 - 8:12am
Los Alamos Heart Council

The 28th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, Sept. 28, was a tremendous success! We had close to 1,900 attendees. 

There were 63 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities. A total of 884 flu shots were given and 263 blood draws were done. Along with many other health screenings, 180 bike helmets were given out to Los Alamos and northern New Mexico children. 

The Health Fair is only possible with the support of many organizations, a


OBITUARY: William Stratton May 15, 1922–Oct. 3, 2013

on October 9, 2013 - 8:11am

WILLIAM STRATTON May 15, 1922Oct. 3, 2013

William (Bill) Robert Stratton, 91, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away on Oct. 3, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly Stratton, three daughters, Nancy Stratton (Gary Echert), Gail Stratton (Pat Miller), Sheila Capute (Dave Capute), a nephew who was like a son, Fred Lundquist, and five grandsons, Joshua & Brendan Capute, William Miller, and Matthew & Michael Echert. He was a loving husband, father and friend of many and known for his sharp intellect & wide-ranging interests as well as his kindness.

Bill was born in River Falls,


Letter to the Editor: Haiti Medical Mission Donations Needed

on October 9, 2013 - 8:08am
Los Alamos

Dear Los Alamos Community,

In July of 2013, I participated in my first medical mission. I went to Cyvadier, Haiti as a pharmacist with Friends of the Children of Haiti ( 

For 10 days, we treated the illnesses of the Haitians from the surrounding areas. Each patient paid $1 US to be seen by a provider and receive medication for their acute or chronic illness. Some families also received a water filter, which is manufactured on the property by Haitians, so they could drink and bathe in clean water.  

This November I am returning to the


Council Tables Vote on Environmental Sustainability Plan

on October 8, 2013 - 9:31pm

Tim Neal. Photo/Printscreen

Staff Report

Utilities Board Vice Chair Tim Neal advised Council this evening that the water usage portion of the Environmental Sustainabilty Plan is incorrect.

Council voted 7-0 to table the vote on the plan and directed staff to review and update the plan and bring back the modified plan to Council as soon as possible.


Council Hears Further Details of Environmental Sustainability Plan

on October 8, 2013 - 8:48pm

Management Analyst Tom Nagawiecki. Photo/Printscreen

Staff Report:

Management Analyst Tom Nagawiecki of Los Alamos County Environmental Services and Public Works Director Philo Shelton are presenting to Los Alamos County Council further details of the Environmental Sustainability Plan this evening in Council Chambers. Council heard part of the briefing at its last Council meeting.

The Environmental Sustainability Board has recommended that the County approve the Environmental Sustainability Plan and Council is expected to vote on the plan this evening.

Public Works Director Philo

It's Official: Dino Sgambellone Is New Los Alamos Police Chief

on October 8, 2013 - 8:12pm

New Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess announced this evening that Dino Sgambellone has accepted his offer to be the next Police Chief of Los Alamos County.

His first day in the office will be Tuesday, Nov. 12. Sgambellone was selected from the top five finalists who traveled to Los Alamos last month to interview for the position. He is currently the Police Chief in Mansfield, Ohio.

“I am very pleased that Dino will be our next Police Chief,” Burgess said, “We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Los Alamos next

LANL Directs Employees to Curtail Nonessential Spending

on October 8, 2013 - 10:00am

LANL News:

In an effort to conserve funds for as long as possible, Los Alamos National Laboratory has directed employees to curtail all nonessential travel, nonessential purchases and nonessential hiring.

NMDOT Holding Outdoor Advertising Hearings

on October 8, 2013 - 9:37am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will hold public hearings this month to receive oral and written public comment on Rule Number 18.21.5 NMAC, New Mexico Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Requirements. 

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish procedures and standards for all off-premises outdoor advertising in New Mexico including the use of changeable electronic variable message signs, to amend the current fee structure, to update and clarify the rule where necessary including definitions and permit-related processes,


Girl Scouts Make improvements at Aquatic Center Trailhead

on October 8, 2013 - 8:37am

June Fabryka-Martin of the Volunteer Task Force reviews the landscape plan with Girl Scout Troop 10027 before they begin work on their trailhead improvement project. Photo by Craig Martin


Girl Scouts make improvements at the Aquatic Center Trailhead

Trailheads all over Los Alamos are getting a makeover, thanks to a community partnership between the Master Gardeners, the Volunteer Task Force, and the County of Los Alamos.

The latest trailhead project got off to a spirited start last month when Girl Scout Troop 10027 jumped in to help plan an attractive garden area at the


Chamisa Cheetah William Ramsey Awarded New Bike!

on October 8, 2013 - 8:30am

Chamisa Cheetah William Ramsey, a kindergarten student, was rewarded with a bicycle by Rick Garland and the Masonic Lodge after a summer of reading. The donated bikes inspired Ramsey to read 3,855 minutes. Additional student winners included Maddox Martinez (4th grade) 1,980 minutes (kindle), Isabelle Romero (4th grade) 6,668 minutes (bike) and Gloria Ramos (6th grade) 19,035 minutes (kindle). Courtesy photo

Atomic City Children's Theater Fundraising Car Wash & Bake Sale Saturday

on October 8, 2013 - 8:18am

Los Alamos actors and actresses to host car wash and bake sale Saturday at LANB. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

The Atomic City Children's Theater announces a fundraising car wash and bake sale, which talented and award winning local actors and actresses are hosting to raise money for their upcoming field trip to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga., in January 2014.

Once in Atlanta, these bright young students will perform excerpts from Disney Mulan Jr. as a part of their adjudicated performance in front of Broadway producers, directors, choreographers and actors.

Rattler Spotted on Rendija Canyon Trail

on October 8, 2013 - 7:59am

Los Alamos resident Kei Davis was out for an afternoon hike Monday walking from the paved parking lot in Rendija Canyon before the Sportsmen's Club (Orienteers parking lot) and on the way back heard, then spotted this rattlesnake just off the trail. 'It's not clear from the photo but just over half its length is off the ground, ready to strike,' Davis told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'It was just being defensive, not offensive. Truly a normal encounter with no harm done on either side.' Photo by Kei Davis

Sheriff Marco Lucero Addresses Halloween Safety

on October 8, 2013 - 7:58am

Letter to the Editor: It's Time for Luján to Take Action

on October 8, 2013 - 7:57am
Los Alamos
In response to: "Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown" (Oct. 5

I'm excited that not only is U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján in favor of re-opening the US government but has been presented with an opportunity to advance a solution. This also allows him to ensure that government workers, including those he mentions at LANL and Sandia are not "adversly affected by the continuing budget impasse."

I would urge the Congressman to promptly support the introduced "discharge petition" that will allow Congress to

Susan O'Leary and CRC Committee Highlight Lunch With A Leader Oct. 15

on October 8, 2013 - 7:56am

LWV News:

This month, the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Susan O'Leary and the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee. The event will take place at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Mesa Public Library.

To order a lunch from the Co-op for $10, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or before Oct. 13. You do not need to purchase lunch to attend. Everyone is welcome.

The talk will center on the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee that  was created early in 2013 to evaluate  the current County Charter, which,

Workers Row Across Ashley Pond

on October 8, 2013 - 7:52am

Workers row across Ashley Pond Monday, assessing progress on the improvement project. Photo by Eric Fairfield

Golf Course Clubhouse Construction Zone Tour Thursday

on October 8, 2013 - 7:51am


Members of the Art in Public Places Board may attend a tour of the Golf Course Clubhouse construction zone at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct 10.

No Board Action will be taken. A quorum may be present. All attendees must notify the Community Services Administrative office in advance at 662-8241.


First Lieutenant Micah Andersen Continues Recovery

on October 8, 2013 - 7:48am
Photos from the visit of the New Mexico American Legion Riders to First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen and the other New Mexico military members currently at Brooke Army Medical Center. Courtesy photos

Staff Report:

First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen received the Purple Heart Aug. 13 from four-star General Daniel B. Allyn, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces Command.

The Los Alamos High School graduate was serving as an Armor Officer in Afghanistan June 1 and suffered severe combat injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a combined dismounted patrol.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on October 8, 2013 - 7:38am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the District Office, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting will be for the Board to receive construction updates on Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School and take action as needed.


Food on the Hill: French Onion Soup

on October 8, 2013 - 7:37am

This Week's Recipe:

French Onion Soup
Photo by Sue York/


  • 6 medium size onions, sliced (rings Preferred)
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cups White Wine
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 7 Cups beef broth(I prefer 5 cans of Campbell’s consommé plus one box of Swanson’s beef broth –NO SALT)
  • 7 Slices Rustic Bread slices or cubes
  • 7 Slices Mozzarella Cheese
  • 7 slices Provolone Cheese
  • Good Parmesan cheese, grated


Melt butter in a large soup pot, add onions and sauté. When just golden on edges, cover with lid and cook on medium low for about 10 minutes until onions are limp.


Four More Farmer's Markets This Season

on October 8, 2013 - 7:34am


There are four more Farmer's Markets this season. Markets are held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursdays in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

Chilis are roasting, winter veggies such as squash, pumpkins and kale, as well as the last of the summer peppers and tomatoes will be available, and much more!

The New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association is holding a series of Facebook contests now through mid-October to promote farmers' markets. Winners will receive $15 or $30 to spend at the Los Alamos Farmer's Market this season.