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Crowd Packs Thompson Ridge Fire Meeting

on June 3, 2013 - 8:58am
A crowd packed Sunday's public meeting in the Cerro de los Pinos Volunteer Fire Department regarding the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Gov. Susana Martinez describes what she saw while touring the Thompson Ridge Fire by helicopter. Firefighters on the southern and western perimeter of the fire worked to secure the line at the heel of the fire and protect structures on private land at the west side of the fire, according to an Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team press release.

Graduation DVDs Available at PAC 8

on June 3, 2013 - 8:31am

LAHS 2013 Graudation. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

PAC 8 News:

DVDs of the 2013 Los Alamos High School Graduation are available to purchase from PAC 8 for $20 each.

Call PAC 8 at 505-662-7228, email or stop by the studio at 475 20th St., (north side of the Community Building, right off Central Avenue) in downtown Los Alamos.



Yang: Let’s Have More Meat Before Worrying About Branding, Shall We?

on June 3, 2013 - 8:22am
Let’s Have More Meat Before Worrying About Branding, Shall We?

I have a natural aversion to branding, for its original meaning as well as a marketing ploy.

I get highly suspicious whenever I hear the term being bandied about. I will never give up the ideal that one should always develop and recognize the substance first before using marketing strategies as shortcuts to shore up product position, name recognition, or making profits. 

If an entity, an organization, a town, or a circus, “thinks” it has a good product but is not sure how to present it or position it, shouldn’t

Solo Traveler: Pueblo Magico Comitán de Domíngues

on June 3, 2013 - 8:15am
Solo Traveler

Pueblo Magico Comitán de Domíngues

The Mexican Tourism Board has given the designation Pueblo Magico to a number of cities around the country.

It is an honor indicating a place of exceptional beauty, historical significance, and tourist opportunities that provide a "magical" experience.

Most of them are colonial cities, built during the first 150 years of Spanish occupation. Some, like San Cristóbal de las Casas and Comitán de Domíngues in Chiapas, were founded a mere 50 years after Cortes invaded Mexico.

Comitán is lower in altitude than San

Sign Up for Eighth Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

on June 3, 2013 - 8:03am
Students chosen to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during the 2013 Eighth Grade Trip to Washington D.C. were Samantha Miller, Rico Zerr, Matthew Salmon and Madelyn Lavy. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

It's time to sign up for the annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled 8th grade students.

The trip is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip. Sign up online at using ID Number 94821 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip


Updates on Thompson Ridge, Tres Lagunas and Calf Fires

on June 2, 2013 - 9:56pm

Panoramic view of the Thompson Ridge Fire taken at 3:30 p.m. today east of Redondo. Photo by Brian McCool

Helicopters get water from Fenton Lake at 3 p.m. today. Photo by Brian McCool

Staff Report

Thompson Ridge Fire
  • Time/Date Reported: May 31, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
  • Location: 8 miles northeast of Jemez Springs near La Cueva
  • Legal Description: T19N, R3E, Sec 9
  • Cause: Human, downed power line
  • Fuels: Grass, Ponderosa Pine, Brush, Mixed Conifer
  • Size: Approximately 1,200 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Resources Committed: 4 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 1 Type 1 Helicopters, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 9 engines

Letter to the Editor: Let's Collect Items for Firefighters

on June 2, 2013 - 1:50pm


My name is Laura (Trask) Johnstone and my family has owned a cabin and land in the Pecos for more than 60 years and through four generations.

My grandfather, Wesley Trask, worked at the lab beginning in 1947 and our family has been tied to Los Alamos since. My parents, grandmother, brother and wife, my husband and two girls and I reside here today.

The Pecos Wilderness has always been coveted because of its pristine and rugged beauty.

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning Valles Caldera Land West of Redondo Peak

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Taken a short time ago today above La Cueva facing east, the Thompson Ridge Fire is burning on Valles Caldera National Preserve land west of Redondo Peak. Fire crews report that the terrain is difficult to work in. Weather is not posing a major problem today because so far the winds are light and blowing from the south. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Tours Thompson Ridge Fire Area; Meets With Residents

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, visited the Thompson Ridge Fire area Saturday and said that it is predominately burning fuel on the forest floor and except for isolated spots, has not moved into the canopy thus far. Courtesy photo

During a tour Saturday, Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis points out to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard the site of the Thompson Ridge Fire back burn area where a containment line is being cut just inside the Valles Caldera property line. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with New Mexico

View of Thompson Ridge Fire From Santa Fe

on June 2, 2013 - 10:17am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at about 7 p.m., Saturday from just south of bypass 599 off Ridgetop Road in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Bandelier Enters Stage II Fire Restriction!

on June 2, 2013 - 9:58am

Ponderosa Campground. Photo by Sally King


Stage II Fire Restrictions will go into effect for Bandelier National Monument at midnight Wednesday, June 5, and will remain in effect until weather conditions change. 

“These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire

MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos

Pet of the Week: Penny the Pit Bull

on June 2, 2013 - 8:51am

Penny the pit bull. Courtesy photo


Penny is a two-year-old female pit bull who has weaned her litter of puppies and is now interested in finding a home of her own. 

She walks nicely on leash, stays close on off-leash hikes and comes when called. Penny exhibits great mid-level energy. She adores kids and is okay with cats and other dogs.

Penny is crate trained and comes with a free training consultation with Proton Pawsitive Dog Training to help her settle in. Call Jacinta at 433-8617 for a personal introduction with Penny.

All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or


White Rock Visitor Center Welcomes Record Numbers

on June 2, 2013 - 8:22am
Visitors board the Bandelier Shuttle. Photo by Katy Korkos


Breaking all previous records, 1,917 people visited the White Rock Visitor Center over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau reports that the confirmed tally includes visitors who used the facility between May 24 and May 27. The busiest days were Sunday and Monday with 670 people visiting the facilty on Sunday alone.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” said Mike Lippiatt, Los Alamos meeting and bureau manager.

The Pain Free Athlete: Is Surgery the Answer for Your Musculoskeletal Pain?

on June 2, 2013 - 7:59am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
 Is Surgery the Answer for Your Musculoskeletal Pain?

When we hurt we often assume the worst. We become afraid and tentative with our bodies, telling ourselves that this much pain indicates major damage and will require a significant intervention to heal.

This is especially true with new pain that doesn't seem to have a cause. The possibility of surgery quickly comes to mind and we panic, seeking immediate relief and answers from our medical provider.

Sometimes, there is a clear cause for the pain and treatment is direct and

Scenic Roots Plays Los Alamos June 10

on June 2, 2013 - 7:54am
Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. These sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian, and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle and clawhammer banjo.

Scenic Roots will be in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, for a concert at Morning Glory Bakery. This show is part of the sister duo’s nine-state spring 2013 concert tour. Both sisters have degrees in commercial music from the renowned bluegrass program at South Plains College.

Amber’s musical journey began when she started playing fiddle when

Camp Program Prepares Ranchers of Tomorrow

on June 2, 2013 - 7:49am
Students watch a demonstration at the 2013 Youth Ranch Management Camp. Courtesy photo
NMSU News:

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service has gathered youth ages 15-19 to participate in a unique summer experience June 9-14 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Co-sponsors include the New Mexico Beef Council.

Approximately 30 youth from throughout the state are attending this third annual New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp where they will receive training in all aspects of ranch management.

Dina Chacon-Reitzel, executive director of the New Mexico Beef


Start Your Golf Cart For Strong Kids Golf Classic

on June 2, 2013 - 7:45am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Golf Tournament is Saturday, June 15.

Check in and games begin at noon and 1 p.m. kicks of the Shotgun Start/Scramble.

Participation in this annual tournament helps 80 youth attend the Y’s summer camp and after school program, and assists 174 adults and children to have access to healthy programs and activities at the Y.

Click here to see the Golf Classic brochure for all the details.

Register online now, or complete the attached form and deliver to the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.

For individuals unable to participate in the tournament

School Board to Discuss LAMS Construction

on June 2, 2013 - 7:36am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) construction projects’ contingency fund and a summer plan for the portable campus.


Summertime Family Nature Activities at PEEC

on June 2, 2013 - 7:32am

Kids discover nature at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring lots of fun, free activities for families this summer.

On Mondays, Nature Playtimes continue for kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to join Green Hour hikes on Thursday mornings, and on the first Friday of each month, PEEC offers First Friday Forts.

Nature Playtimes commence every Monday 10-11 a.m. at PEEC. During Nature Playtimes, kids ages 0-5 enjoy a short story time and a wide variety of activities about nature.


YMCA Offers Infant/Child CPR Course

on June 2, 2013 - 7:25am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is taking registration for the June 22 session of its American Red Cross Infant/Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification course.

The course, taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor, provides training on how to respond to emergency  situations, recognize the signs of a heart attack, and provide care for an infant or child who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating. Participants who complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification.

The next class will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Air Quality in the Jemez is Sketchy

on June 1, 2013 - 10:43pm

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today on N.M. 4 just above La Cueva at the mailboxes alongside Winter Road. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today from the heights along N.M. 126. Photo by Khal Spencer 


I rode the BMW across the Jemez this afternoon to a point above La Cueva on N.M. 126. The air is a little smoky as you climb up to the Jemez on N.M. 4.

The worst of it right now is in the Caldera itself, which is literally a bowl of smoke and gets bad as you descend into the caldera. You can barely see Redondo.