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Public Scoping Underway for Bandelier Transportation Plan

on August 23, 2012 - 1:43pm

Bandelier NP News:

The National Park Service has initiated the process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.

Over three decades, a number of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges at Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the park entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

Recent fires and flooding have reduced available parking in Frijoles Canyon, creating more challenges to transportation at the park.


The Charter Review Committee ... How it All Got Started

on August 23, 2012 - 12:17pm
Column by Mike Wismer
County Councilor

With the election on the horizon, most are aware of the fact that there will be four questions on the ballot that relate to potential changes to the Charter for the County of Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

Specifically, the questions for consideration for the November 2012 election deal with the provisions for Initiative, Referendum and Recall. 

I believe it would be helpful to provide a little background on why the Charter Review Committee was formed and outline exactly what the Council tasked the Committee to do. 

In 2009, amid an environment where a variety of

United Church Undergoing $2.4 Million Renovation

on August 23, 2012 - 11:41am

A tall crane is on the job for the major renovation project underway at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Photo by David Elton


The United Church of Los Alamos is under construction. The $2.4 million renovation project includes most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, Sanctuary, Thrift Shop and parking lots at 2525 Canyon Road. 

An elevator and atrium are being installed in the Christian Education Building.

The church had a successful fund raising campaign earlier this year that has allowed it to proceed with this major project.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 23, 2012

on August 23, 2012 - 11:28am

A cake walk is one of the events at the VFW Family Day fundraiser on Saturday. Courtesy photo

This week's preview is sponsored by

Wildflower Walk with PEEC Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m to carpool or caravan to the location. Free, no registration required

Author Speaks 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library
New Mexico Centennial Children’s author and Coretta Scott

Jane Johnson Guides Students Toward Class

on August 23, 2012 - 10:24am

Photo: Jane Johnson

By Mandy Marksteiner

Jane Johnson assists Los Alamos High School Administration with truancy intervention.

“There are a number of reasons that students have unexcused absences,” Johnson said. “Some students, in the beginning, think they can get by with ditching and no one will notice or care, or they just don’t feel like going to class that day. Some students will ditch a class when they have a test coming up that they don’t feel prepared to take. They sometimes skip one class and use that time to prepare for the next class.

New County Signs Reflect Recycling Program

on August 23, 2012 - 9:23am

The signs on Los Alamos County trash trucks have been updated to promote the upcoming glass drop-off recycling program expected to start in mid to late September. The program will accept glass bottles and jars of all colors, and the drop-off will be at the Eco Station. Remember glass cannot be placed in residential blue curbside recycling roll carts. Courtesy/LAC




Potential Weather Impacts to Area Through Friday

on August 23, 2012 - 9:11am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque has issued an update on an upper level disturbance that will be impacting northern and central New Mexico through Friday.

An unseasonal upper level disturbance is currently tracking eastward through Arizona. This disturbance will advance into western and central New Mexico this afternoon and into the evening.

By Friday this weather system will track toward the northeast corner of New Mexico before exiting.

Abundant atmospheric moisture is in place ahead of this feature, and scattered to numerous

Gov. Martinez Speaks Tuesday at GOP Convention

on August 23, 2012 - 8:56am

GOP News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has announced that the theme for the 2012 Republican National Convention will be “We Built It.”

Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

Dates: Aug. 27-30

Official Convention Website: 2012 GOP Convention


Press release on the convention from the 2012 GOP Convention:

History will be made in Tampa August 27-30, when 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S.

No Arrests During Wednesday's DWI Checkpoint

on August 23, 2012 - 7:23am

Local police officers conducted a DWI checkpoint Wednesday night as part of their ongoing effort to keep drunk drivers off the streets of Los Alamos.

The operation occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., on East Road near the Los Alamos County Airport, during which 175 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. No arrests were made.

Sgt. Jeremy Duran reported that two vehicles were pulled into a secondary location. Field sobriety tests were administered to each driver, they passed and were released at the scene.

Los Alamos police will continue to conduct these checkpoints throughout the

LANL Engineer Selected for 'Frontiers of Engineering' Symposium

on August 23, 2012 - 5:49am

LANL News:

  • Nathan Moody, specialist in electromagnetic radiation, honored

Nathan Moody of Los Alamos National Laboratory is among 78 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected for the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Engineers between 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines attend the 2-1/2 day event, the academy announced.

The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from

Beatles Tribute Band Plays Pond Friday

on August 23, 2012 - 5:48am

Beatles tribute band, Yellow Dubmarine plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

The Beatles were the most popular and influential rock band of the 20th Century. You can’t argue too much about that and I’m not going to argue that “… we all live in a yellow submarine.”

From 1962 thru 1970, the Beatles had an amazing 54 songs that made it to #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the U.S. and UK.

Friends of the Summer Concert Series, this Friday, Aug.

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 4

on August 23, 2012 - 5:22am

Editor's note: This is part 4 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the ant as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Tristan Semelsberger.


Column: Home Equity Line of Credit Can Ease Financial Impact of College

on August 22, 2012 - 11:43am
Money IQ
By Sarah Hosford

The costs associated with life can be overwhelming, and with young adults packing up and heading off to college all over the country, this feeling is known by many. 

One way to help reduce the financial impact of college is to obtain a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC.) 

A HELOC is offered by banks; savings and loans, brokerage firms, credit unions, and other mortgage lenders, and allows the homeowner to tap into the equity in his or her home. 

The equity in your home is the difference between its value and what you owe on it. 

A HELOC is a revolving credit


Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Closes Deal on New Headquarters and Hospice Center

on August 22, 2012 - 11:19am
Spirits were high as the final paper was signed Tuesday morning on a $1.2 million contract that is giving the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service a new home and the community a new Hospice Center. From left, LAVNS attorney Lynn Finnegan, Title Guaranty President Denise Terrazas, LAVNS Executive Director Sarah Rochester and LAVNS Board member Steve Stoddard. Photo by TK Thompson/
The former Boy Scout Cabin off Canyon Road is the new headquarters of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. A Hospice Center will be built on the property.

TechSource President to Speak at The Hive Thursday

on August 22, 2012 - 10:36am

TechSource President V. Brian D’Andrea will present a talk titled, "The Business System: Much More Than the Product" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

D’Andrea's talk, sponsored by the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network is open to the public.

About V. Brian D’Andrea:

In 2001, V. Brian D’Andrea was appointed Chief Operating Officer at TechSource, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 250 in downtown Los Alamos.

He is responsible for the daily operations and marketing activities for the company as well as overseeing client relations. 

D’Andrea brought decades of


'Hilltoppers Give Back' Work Party Set for Saturday

on August 22, 2012 - 9:44am

Work Party needed to help tidy up Los Alamos High School grounds Saturday. Courtesy/LAPSF


The LAPS Foundation invites Los Alamos High School alumni, current students, friends and parents of current and past students to help spruce up Los Alamos High School at a work party from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

Using bond funds, the community and the schools have completed a wonderful new building, but there is still some work to be done.

In order to improve the appearance of the high school grounds, alumni and the community are invited to contribute some "sweat equity" during

Explosions for Research at Los Alamos

on August 22, 2012 - 9:43am
The Bradbury Science Museum has provided the following video depicting some of what goes on behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

The science of explosives has been important at Los Alamos since 1943. A variety of experiments with explosives are represented in this video. Music Credit: Nerves - by Kevin MacLeod,  Larva - by PhreDdy M.

Click HERE to view other videos provided by the Bradbury Science Museum including an interview with KRSN AM1490 owner David Sutton regarding the Las Conchas Fire and a video of President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit to Los Alamos.

For more

Atomic City Children's Theater Preps for Busy Year

on August 22, 2012 - 8:37am

Courtesy/Atomic City Children’s Theater

By Kirsten Laskey

For the last five years, Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) has given local students an in-depth theater education and the organization shows no signs of slowing down during the 2012-2013 school year.

In fact, this year the program is expanding to include a field trip planned for January to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga., and a new program for third and fourth graders called Act II.

Director Daren Savage said ACCT has provided productions for fifth through eighth grade students but it was decided to extend to the

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 3

on August 22, 2012 - 7:56am

Editor's note: This is part 3 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the ant as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Martin Naud.



Fuller Lodge Art Center Releases Fall Class Schedule

on August 22, 2012 - 7:29am

Fuller Lodge Art Center at 2132 Central Ave., announces fall class schedule for teens and adults. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

Have you always wanted to make your friends look like flesh-eating Zombies or create a stained glass snowflake? Fuller Lodge Art Center has just the class for you.

The Art Center has released its fall class schedule for teens and adults. 

Classes include: Walking Dead Workshop, Stain Glass Snowflake, Beginning Oil Painting, Beginning Ceramics, Media Exploration, Stained Glass Basics, 3D Stained Glass, Ceramics, Latex, Masks, Sculpture

Council Unanimously Passes Visitor Centers Operations Contract with LACDC

on August 21, 2012 - 10:03pm

Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce smiles as County Council unanimously approves a $162.900 contract for general services with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (dba Los Alamos Meeting & Visitor Bureau) plus applicable gross receipts tax for operations and management services of the Los Alamos and White Rock Visitor Centers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council Approves Amendments to 2013 Compensation & Classification Plan

on August 21, 2012 - 8:20pm

Los Alamos County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel briefs Council on proposed amendments to the FY 2013 Compensation and Classification Plan including a new job description for a Social Services Manager. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Following Los Alamos County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel's presentation, Council voted 5-1 to approve amendments to the FY 2013 Compensation and Classification Plan including a new job description for a Social Services Manager. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the measure. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artwork Funding Approved for NEDO Smart House

on August 21, 2012 - 8:08pm

Carolyn Bossert of the Art in Public Places Board, left, and Libby Carlsten of Los Alamos County present their recommendations of artwork for the NEDO Smart House to Council. Council voted 6-0 to aprrove $15,000 be spent on artwork for the NEDO Smart House. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Art by Alexander Scheinker approved for Nedo Smart House. Courtesy Photo

Art by Umi Raby approved for NEDO Smart House. Courtesy Photo

Art by Kevin Box approved for NEDO Smart House. Courtesy Photo

Art by Minesh Bacrania approved for NEDO Smart House. Courtesy Photo



LASO Manager Kevin Smith Updates Council on Land Transfer

on August 21, 2012 - 7:55pm

Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith briefs Council regarding the status of the transfer of land from the Department of Energy to Los Alamos County as Vicky Loucks from his office looks on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Council Proclaims September 2012 as 'Art & Culture Month' in Los Alamos County

on August 21, 2012 - 7:42pm

During tonight's Los Alamos County Council meeting in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue, Council proclaimed September 2012 as "Art & Culture Month" in Los Alamos County. Accepting Council's proclamation from left, Executive Director Marlane Hamilton of Los Alamos Arts Council, Arts Council President Tiffany Hinojosa and Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel who also serves on the Los Alamos Art Council Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center, presents a  proclamation on behalf of Council proclaiming