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NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am


Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 11:21am


Wednesday June 5, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 9,394

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Human

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 17 crews, 29 engines, 4 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 557 Available air support: 3 airtankers, 9 helicopters

Summary: Yesterday’s weather was once again the driving force for extreme fire behavior. This erratic behavior continued until 3:00 a.m.

Mesa Public Library presents ‘New Work’ by Meg Kremer

on June 5, 2013 - 10:42am
One of the pieces from 'New Work' by Meg Kremer. Courtesy photo


The Upstairs Art Gallery of the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library presents  “New Work” by Los Alamos artist Meg Kremer. The show opens to the public on Monday, June 3 and runs through June 29 with an artist’s reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, June  9.

The exhibit is a selection of elegant and evocative drawings and prints from a project started in November 2011 and ended in January 2013. 

“The work is the result of a disciplined process producing one or two drawings a day,” Kremer said.


UNM-LA Offers New Mexico Wine Tasting Class This Weekend

on June 5, 2013 - 10:38am

Black Mesa Winery vineyards. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The Community Education Department of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will offer the class, Wine Tasting in Northern New Mexico, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The wine tasting will take place at the award winning Black Mesa Winery where students will learn about local wines in an outdoor setting. The class explores Italian grape varieties growing in New Mexico.

Visit for directions. The cost of the class is $45 per student.

Liz Berdugo, the instructor, is an Italian licensed sommelier.


Dixon Community Players Present World Premier of ‘Salt and Pepper’ by Robert Benjamin

on June 5, 2013 - 10:15am
Brandon Santos and Silvana Neal perform in 'Warm Ashes,' one of seven one-acts that make up 'Salt and Pepper.' Courtesy photo
Kristen Woolf and Chris Heron in 'Resting Places.' Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Salt and Pepper by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin is a gently provocative stage play about aging with grace, courage and humor, while exploring quirky but realistic relationships and situations not unknown to those of a certain age.

Eleven characters lead the audience through seven intertwined tales that celebrate life's drama of maturing in a culture immersed with denial

Work Underway to Improve Ashley Pond

on June 5, 2013 - 10:09am


Work gets underway this week for improvements to Ashley Pond Park. The site will be marked for underground utilities, irrigation heads will be relocated, two trees will be transplanted and the contractor’s site construction fencing will be installed.

The emptying of the pond will begin by pumping the water out of the pond for irrigation of the surrounding park area. Any standing water remaining in the bottom of the pond will be pumped onto nearby turf areas using pumps provided by the County.

The County will meet with the selected contractor, RMCI, this week for a


County Reminds Public: Sign Up for Code RED Emergency Notifications to Cell Phones

on June 5, 2013 - 9:33am


Los Alamos County would like to encourage the public to sign up for Code RED emergency notifications for their cell phone.

The mobile app is especially useful for commuters or students working in Los Alamos this summer.

Anyone in an effected geographic area for an alert will immediately receive a notification, providing the user with both a text and a voice file of the alert.

Sign up for Code RED emergency notifications online at under the “Public Safety” link.



Del Norte Credit Union Presents Art of Amado Peña

on June 5, 2013 - 9:00am

DNC News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, recently partnered with celebrated artist Amado Peña as part of its just-launched DNCU North Star Artists Series dedicated to supporting northern New Mexican artists.

Four Peña pieces now decorate the walls of the just-renovated DNCU Cordova branch, allowing members and visitors to experience Pena’s vibrant interpretation of Native peoples who live in harmony with an untamed land.

 “As a company and as individuals, DNCU and its employees and members support the communities in which we have a

Local Students Travel to Europe on Educational Tour

on June 5, 2013 - 8:40am

Students participating in the 2013 European Tour. Front row: Lynn Ovaska (tour leader), Sara Lane, Keiko Tanski, Emily Silks, Adriana Gutierrez, Janali Gustafson, Dana Crooks, Danielle Parsons, Caro Jaime, Morgan Schake, Danielle Ortiz Back row: Amy Neal, Kristin Christensen, Bryce Theesfeld, Kate McCown, Andrew Li, Daniel Dunning, Kyanna Martinez, Gabby Conley-Lopez, Sophia Barkhudarova, and Ben Stewart. (Not pictured, Sean Reardon, Madeline Margevicius, Nick Hill and Nathan Lang.) Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A group of 24 graduated Los Alamos students will going on an educational tour of


Learn to Manage Chronic Disease at Free Workshop

on June 5, 2013 - 8:34am

Staff Report

Adults with an ongoing health condition are invited to join a free 2.5 hour “MyCD Workshop” sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, and the Family YMCA. 

Participants will get the support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with the doctor and family about their health. 

“If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, a MyCD


Council Approves FY 2013 Year End Budget Revisions

on June 4, 2013 - 10:34pm

Los Alamos Deputy County Administer Steve Lynne presents details of the FY 2013 year end budget revisions to Council this evening. PrintScreen photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve FY 2013 year end budget revisions. Councilor Fran Berting was absent.

The approved revisions include the following:

Refunding and Bond Issuance Costs – This budget revision is for past Council action which authorized the refunding and refinancing of the Gross Receipts Tax Improvement Bonds, Series 2008. The amount will be invested in an irrevocable escrow that will be used to pay


County Council Imposes Fireworks Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 9:56pm
Ash and scorched pine needles fall from the smokey sky looking west over the Gold Street Apartments and throughout Los Alamos today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Smoke fills the sky looking west just past the White Rock 'Y' today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation this evening declaring extreme fire conditions exist in Los Alamos County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks as follows:

WHEREAS: the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, has been extremely

LANL Launches 70th Anniversary App for iPhone, iPads

on June 4, 2013 - 11:25am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has launched its first app for iPhones and iPads as part of the Laboratory’s yearlong celebration of 70 years serving the nation. The free application is available from the Apple Store (search for Los Alamos National Lab.) (

The app enables users to learn more about the Laboratory’s national security mission, cutting edge research, unique history, top-flight scientists and the many other people who work at the Lab.

Los Alamos Rotary Named Club of the Year!

on June 4, 2013 - 11:12am

Rotary President Linda Hull holds the 'Club of the Year' plaque awarded to the Los Alamos Rotary Club at the annual District Conference last month in Las Cruces. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos brought home a carload of trophies from the recent District Conference in Las Cruces including the prestigious “Club of the Year” for 2012-2013.

"This is extremely exciting news and reflects the District’s recognition of the good work we have done throughout this Rotary year to serve in the Five Avenues of Service:

Bandelier Vies for Votes as ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’

on June 4, 2013 - 11:09am
The climb to Alcove House at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/BNM


Bandelier National Monument is among more than 200 landmarks worldwide vying for the’s quest to crown the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” 

Public voting for the “Eighth Wonder of the World” began Monday, June 3 and continues through Sept. 30 at, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.

“It’s wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive landmark as a nomination from

Pajarito Reads: Discover the Divine in Yourself with Henry Ahlefelder

on June 4, 2013 - 10:58am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Henry Ahlefelder didn’t start out to be a teacher, healer and follower of a spiritual path.

“I was the opposite of a new age type of person,” Ahlefelder said. “I was into rock and motorcycles."

On a whim, he asked a friend to teach him to meditate. The results amazed him and set him on his path to become a healer and a teacher. The journey let him to his first teacher, Yogi Behjan. He learned the practice of kundalini yoga and studied healing from a Japanese monk.

The journey led him to India where Yogi Bhajan’s teacher, Baba Virsa Sign

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Behind the Scenes at the Semifinals

on June 4, 2013 - 10:53am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has been called the Piano Olympics. There are similarities.

Both are quadrennial. Both attract competitors from around the globe. Both generate constant rumblings about biased judges, which suggests that playing the piano has more in common with gymnastics or figure skating than with, say, running marathons.

Alert: County Is Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 10:44am


Effective Wednesday, June 5, 2013 and in concert with the U.S. Forest Service,  National Park Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging of firearms except at designated shooting ranges
  • Fireworks as outlined in

Thompson Ridge Fire Grows Overnight

on June 4, 2013 - 10:32am


Bill Knight shared this MODIS image from 1:15 a.m. today showing where the Thompson Ridge Fire has increased overnight. Courtesy photo

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Acres: 4,451 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles north of Jemez
Containment: 5 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters

Summary: Today firefighters again expect extreme fire behavior due to the continued warm weather, windy conditions

LANL: Using Laser-Driven Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on June 4, 2013 - 10:23am

A burst of laser energy 50 times greater than the worldwide output of electrical power slams into an extremely thin foil target to produce neutrons at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TRIDENT laser facility during a recent experiment, which proved that laser-driven neutrons can be used to detect and interdict smuggled nuclear materials. Courtesy/LANL

An experimental apparatus used by scientists to prove that laser-driven neutrons can be used to stop nuclear smugglers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos shows first nuclear material detection by single short-pulse-laser-driven neutron

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Attends National Meeting in Cincinnati

on June 4, 2013 - 10:12am

Los Alamos air service to Albuquerque continues to grow in popularity and Monday's 6:30 a.m. flight was nearly filled to capacity. On Monday's flight was State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, who took the early flight on her way to attend a national meeting in Cincinnati for legislators dealing with DOE site cleanup and other nuclear industry related issues. Garcia Richard is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Nuclear Legislative Workgroup. Courtesy photo

Sod Installed Along Myrtle Street and Canyon Road

on June 4, 2013 - 9:13am

Following recent ground work in the area, landscapers on Friday began resodding the green area between Myrtle Street and Canyon Road. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Letter to the Editor: Posse Lodge Support Greatly Appreciated

on June 4, 2013 - 8:53am

By the Sheriff's Posse of Los Alamos

The Sheriff's Posse would like to thank everyone who attended Sunday's Cowboy Pancake Breakfast, with a special thank you to Richard Hannemann who donated his musical talent and time toward our cause.

Between a record breaking number of breakfast sales and your additional donations, we made excellent headway towards our NM State mandated capital improvements.

Without your support we would not be able to continue.


Los Alamos Catalyst Could Jumpstart E-Cars, Green Energy

on June 4, 2013 - 8:12am

A high-resolution microscopic image of a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst developed at LANL could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economical non-precious-metal catalyst capitalizes on carbon nanotubes

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced

The Success Cycle – Achieving What You Want in Life

on June 4, 2013 - 8:06am
Michelle Harkey running her first marathon. Courtesy photo
The Success Cycle – Achieving What You Want in Life
By Mandy Marksteiner

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Michelle Harkey, owner of Mullein Leaf Massage, will give a Ruby K’s Community Hour presentation on how to put yourself into a peak state so that your life is on the path of an upward spiral.

You may be wondering, what is an "upward spiral?"

“Many philosophers have noted the correlation between our metaphorical every day manner of speaking and actual patterns in life. This is one of them,” Harkey said.