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White Rock Homeowners Create Holiday Extravaganza

on December 7, 2012 - 10:46am

White Rock homeowners John and Cindy Hollabaugh have transformed their home at 334 Garver Lane into a neighborhood sensation. Driver's pull up to the home and tune their car radio to 93.7 FM to watch the colorful Christmas light show as the lights dance on and off in rhythm to 10 holiday songs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

As a favorite holiday, John and Cindy Hollabaugh have gone all out to celebrate the Christmas season at their White Rock home, 334 Garver Lane, with festive sights and sounds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Rio Arriba County Board Honors Maintenance Patrol

on December 7, 2012 - 10:30am

From left, Ojo Caliente Highway Maintenance Patrol members Leandro Campos, Steve Chavez, Lawrence Aragon, Martin Rivera, Bernie Trujillo, and Harold Goodnight. Courtesy/NMDOT


The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Ojo Caliente highway maintenance patrol was honored Dec. 6 with a special recognition plaque presented by the Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners at a board meeting in Espanola. The patrol was honored for its good work and service to the local communities.

Ojo Caliente patrol foreman Lawrence Aragon accepted the plaque from Commissioner Felipe D.

Hilltopper Alumni Society Holiday Social is Dec. 12

on December 7, 2012 - 10:13am

 LAPSF News:

The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s first ever holiday social will be held from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave.

This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. There will be a brief introduction to the Alumni Society’s first project; converting the senior photos that once hung in the halls of Los Alamos High School to digital files.

All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary appetizers with drinks available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF 

OBITUARY: Gordon Hoffman June 6, 1930–Dec. 3, 2012

on December 7, 2012 - 9:39am

Gordon Joseph Hoffman, 82, died Monday, Dec. 3, in Albuquerque, NM. He was born, the second twin, June 6, 1930, to Bruno A. Hoffman and Anna Angeline (Karels) Hoffman.

Gordy spent his early life on the family farm in Rosen, MN. At age 13, as a freshman, he entered Nazareth Hall Minor Seminary in the Twin Cities, and following graduation from Naz Hall, attended the St. Paul Seminary. After completing eight years of college and post-graduate education, he was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in June 1956.

He served eight years at St.

DEA Unveils 'Project Below the Beltway' Results

on December 7, 2012 - 8:38am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway” - a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and violent street gangs as part of an on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution network in America.

The series of federal, state and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated on Dec. 6, 2012.

"Project Below the Beltway" is comprised of investigations in 79 U.S.

Celtic Christmas Showdown Tour Takes Off!

on December 7, 2012 - 7:48am

Los Alamos residents from left, Tessa Dowell, Jonathan Dowell and Wende Songe during a sound check Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., began their two-week concert tour called "Celtic Christmas Showdown" at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The tour wraps up with a concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos and a final concert in Santa Fe Dec. 16. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Dec. 6

on December 6, 2012 - 10:23pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Fuller Lodge Winterfest Open House. Courtesy Los Alamos Arts Council

Affordable Arts 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Jan. 5 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Affordable Arts has been a holiday tradition in Los Alamos for more than 25 years. With a "Home for the Holidays" theme, the Art Center offers unique, quality artwork from 125 different artists priced $1 to $250. With wall art (paintings, photos, carvings), pottery, jewelry, hand-made pens and cards and more there is something for everyone.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Presents the Ballet Hansel & Gretel @

Los Alamos Student Slated for National Math Contest

on December 6, 2012 - 1:02pm

Alex Wang. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

PROVIDENCE, RI - Alex Wang, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" 9:30-11 a.m. (Pacific) Jan. 10 in the San Diego Convention Center.

The competition will be broadcast live:

Fast Facts about Wang: He is one of two sophomores to qualify for the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician." In addition to being good in math, Wang loves to debate.

Community Invited to Physical Wellness Seminar

on December 6, 2012 - 12:20pm

Udall, Kyl Announce NNSA Reform in Defense Bill

on December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.


“The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said.

Column: Building Better Schools ... Building Brighter Futures

on December 6, 2012 - 11:41am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools                   

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.

The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.

Letter to the Editor: Rotary Thanks Los Alamos Garden Club

on December 6, 2012 - 11:25am
By Linda Hull, president
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the members of the Los Alamos Garden Club for their generous donation in support of the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden , a project to which Rotary has devoted three years of planning and fund-raising.

Doris Jackson, a member of the Garden Club and an accomplished floral designer, presented the check to Skip King, committee chair for the Memorial Garden project, at a recent Rotary meeting.

The dedication for the Memorial Garden , to which the community is cordially


Topper Band to Perform at Disneyland

on December 6, 2012 - 11:18am

Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Courtesy/LAHS

By Maire O'Neill

The Los Alamos High School Topper Band has been selected to perform at Disneyland in a coveted spot in the "Mainstreet USA" parade on Sunday, April 7, 2013, Director of Bands Zane Meek said.

Bands are selected by audition to perform in the parade. Additionally, the band will be working with Disney musicians and clinicians in a "Soundtrack Session" where they will learn what it is to record a music track for a movie scene.

"What a great honor it is to be chosen for this event," Meek said.

The Coffee House Embraces Artistic Trend

on December 6, 2012 - 10:51am


The Coffee House in Los Alamos is joining a national trend by inviting local artists to showcase and sell their work at the restaurant in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

"We are delighted to have local work at the Coffee House," owner Brian Booth said. "We have had a potter and a photographer here already and have a jewelry and a knitter this week."


Jeweler Patty Kokesh and knitter Maire O'Neill will be at the Coffee House from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Kokesh began working with leather craft at the age of 10 and expanded into other creative works such as silk ribbon

Bandelier Team Receives Partnership Award

on December 6, 2012 - 10:06am

From left, Associate directors Mariela Melero and Soraya Correa, Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts, District Field Office Director Patti Reynolds and Director Alejandro Mayorkas of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at Washington, D.C. awards ceremony. Courtesy/BNM 


Under the soaring cliffs of Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument, 15 immigrants were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the 4th of July.

This past month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded the Bandelier incident command team the USCIS

Letter to the Editor: Christmas Spirit is Alive

on December 6, 2012 - 9:21am
By Ann Hayes
Kiwanis Breakfast Chairperson

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.

We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money to the Foster Children Program at Christmas.

Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.


Pet of the Week: Coquetta the Retriever Mix

on December 6, 2012 - 9:12am

Coquetta the Retriever mix. Photo by Don Taylor
Pet of the Week: Coquetta is a fluffy, 2-year-old female Retriever mix with an outgoing personality.
Coquetta is confident with people and most dogs. She is waiting to be adopted and has been the perfect "nanny dog" to the five Border Collie puppies that came to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter a few months ago.
Friends of the Shelter don't understand why such a lovely dog is still at the shelter after five months.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets and

New Mexico Awarded $25 Million in Race to Top Funds

on December 6, 2012 - 8:56am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

DEA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted today $25 million in "Race to the Top" funds that New Mexico will receive to improve education in the state.

The grant from the Department of Education is part of the "Early Learning Challenge" that focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states’ efforts to:

· increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in

LANL's 'Individual Permit for Storm Water' Public Meeting is Dec. 13

on December 6, 2012 - 8:48am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is holding an “Individual Permit for Storm Water” public meeting is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and find out about the results of monitoring, design and installation work completed during the summer season and LANL's plans for upcoming permit-related actions.

The design criteria for retaining storm water will be

Holiday Open House at Fuller Lodge Art Center Saturday

on December 6, 2012 - 8:25am

FLAC News:

The community is invited to the Fuller Lodge Art Center Affordable Arts 2012 Holiday Open House this weekend.

On Saturday, we'll open at 10 a.m. and stay open through the Light Parade in the evening.

We will be serving hot cider and cookies all day.

If you love to bake, consider dropping off some of your home made cookies at the Art Center this week, so we can share them with the shoppers on Saturday!

'Tis the season to go shopping! At many stores you can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift.

Rotary Club November Student of the Month: Toni Batha

on December 6, 2012 - 8:11am

Toni Batha. Photo by Tara Key


Toni Batha, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for November.

Batha is the daughter of Margo and Steve and sister of Benjamin Batha.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.


El Ilumindo Shines Light on Past

on December 6, 2012 - 7:43am

Review by Kirsten Laskey

It is easy to leave the past in the textbooks and some musty corner of a public library. But what happens when a piece of history sneaks its way into the present?

Writer Ilan Stavans and Illustrator Steve Sheinkin explore this phenomenon in their graphic novel, “El Iluminado.”

The book begins with a suspenseful and spine-tingling scene. In the dead of night a man, Rolando Perez, is being chased to the edge of a cliff in some lonely spot of the New Mexico desert.

Los Alamos Police Save Suicidal Man

on December 5, 2012 - 8:38pm

Isaiah Cisneros

By Carol A. Clark

Seizing literally a split-second opportunity, Los Alamos police officers were able to tase a suicidal man, lunge across the room and snatch his gun away before he could kill himself.

For reasons unknown, Isaiah Cisneros, 26, of Los Alamos threatened to shoot himself on Nov. 24. A woman in his home on 35th Street alerted police.

Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Ofc. Oliver McCartney responded to the residence and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived shortly thereafter.

The woman directed the officers to a bedroom in which they found Cisneros sitting cross-legged on the floor