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Money IQ: Thinking Ahead for 2013

on December 5, 2012 - 11:01am
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

Thinking Ahead for 2013

Hard to believe, but 2012 is almost behind us and 2013 is just around the corner.

The time between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to assess the financial positives and negatives of the past year and to plan for improvements in the New Year.

Before we head into 2013, there’s still time to make last minute adjustments for 2012. With taxes potentially rising for the next year, it is a good time to consider a few tax saving ideas:

  • Capital Gains rates are scheduled to rise.

Driver Cited in Latest Vehicle Rollover

on December 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Sunday rollover on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has cited the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup that went off the road on N.M. 4 Sunday, Dec. 2 and rolled over on the embankment.

Dusty Keane, 18, of Los Alamos was cited for failure to maintain her lane, said SFSO Maj. Ken Johnson during a telephone interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post late Tuesday.

Keane was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center following her one-vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon.

Johnson reported that Keane suffered "scrapes and bruises from the

I-25 / St. Francis Drive Update

on December 5, 2012 - 10:21am


NMDOT is shutting down detour lanes at the I-25 / St. Francis Drive interchange this afternoon and diverting traffic back on to I-25.

Traffic will be funneled into single lanes on northbound and southbound I-25. Open and closed lanes may alternate as the project winds down.

All lanes on I-25 at this key interchange in Santa Fe should be re-opened by Christmas, weather permitting. The $6.1 million rehabilitation project will enhance public safety and prolong the life of four bridges on I-25 and one bridge on the St. Francis Drive northbound off-ramp.

NMDOT urges motorists to

Celebrate Holiday and Holy Day at TOTH

on December 5, 2012 - 10:05am

TOTH News:

Puppeteers will present a short play about the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck called “Trusting in God” at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Canyon Road at Diamond Drive.

Join us early for a great free dinner at 5:17, then for our contemporary service with puppeteers and our live praise band.

God’s great gift to us, at Christmas and throughout the year, is that He is with us always, even in the darkest hours of our lives.

When we struggle in our lives, God is there.

Tom Udall Op-Ed: 'Constitutional Option' will fix Senate

on December 5, 2012 - 9:55am
  • Filibuster abuse has prevented us from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Sen. Tom Udall

Debate and deliberation are rare in the Senate these days. Unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has prevented the Senate from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Since Democrats became the majority party in the Senate in 2007, we have faced the highest number of opposition filibusters ever recorded. Lyndon Johnson faced one filibuster during his six years as Senate majority leader.

FBI Seeks Public's Help

on December 5, 2012 - 9:37am

Illustration: YUGO M-90 5.56mm assault rifle. Courtesy/ WSS Firearms

FBI News:

The Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 30 at the Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock.

Shortly after midnight, two individuals dressed in black and with blue bandanas over their faces entered the restaurant on Highway 491.

Witnesses said one of the robbers carried an AK-style assault rifle.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and may have gotten into a silver or white four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on this incident is

Second Edition of 'Los Alamos Place Names' Is Here

on December 5, 2012 - 9:32am

Author Craig Martin

Book News:


Trinity Drive. Peggy Sue Bridge. Bathtub Row. The history of Los Alamos is written it the names given to locations around town.

The origins of those names and many more are discussed in the long-awaited second edition of Place Names of Los Alamos by local author Craig Martin.

“The first edition has been out of print since 2002 and I’ve been promising the Los Alamos Historical Society an update since 2005, so it’s about time,” Martin said.

The book chronicles the stories behind about 500 names, and the second edition includes two dozen new places that

LA High Flyers Gymnasts Shine at State Meet

on December 5, 2012 - 9:04am

Top row from left, Amaya Coblentz, Sofi Vandenkieboom, Emme Mooday, Bella Garcia, Heidi Johnson, Sarina Borden, Savannah Brown and Lily Houghteling. Bottom row from left, Ella Gaffney and Jillian Puckett. Team members not in photo are Sarah Worley, Brittany Nguyen and Alexandra Hinckley. Courtesy/LAHFG


The girls of Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho to take on the teams from around the state last weekend.  

High Flyers is in the middle of its competition season and did extremely well at the competition.

County to Host Small Business Assistance Q & A

on December 5, 2012 - 8:44am


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division will host a question and answer session for area businesses from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 12 in the Nambe Room of historic Fuller Lodge (2nd floor.)

Business owners and representatives are encouraged to bring their questions and comments regarding issues facing the small business sector. In turn, the County will present its small business assistance programs, services and funding.

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to

Local Businesses Light Up The Holidays

on December 5, 2012 - 8:42am

A Los Alamos landmark and annual tradition, Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr., lights up Tuesday night's sky with its tall rooftop Christmas tree created out of white bulbs and capped off with a shining star. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Lights decorate the trees and posts in front of Ruby K's Bagel Cafe, 1789 Central Ave., and line the windows adorned with Christmas scenes Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LAHS Staff Receives Royal Feast

on December 5, 2012 - 7:55am


By Maire O'Neill

Los Alamos High School staff was treated to a magnificent feast for lunch on Friday catered by members of the Topper Parent Organization (TPO.)

Some 30 parents prepared everything from posole to some delicious, decadent chocolate mousse concoction containing fudge and Heath bars. Several parents were on hand to set up the luncheon and serve the staff.

PTO president Janine Tulenko has been involved in her son Jack’s schools as a parent volunteer since he was in second grade at Aspen Elementary School.

Council Approves Formation of Five-Person Committee to Review Utilities Department/Charter Issue

on December 5, 2012 - 7:30am

Members of the Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 to appoint a five-person committee to delve deeper into the issues of liability, accountability and responsibility in the relationship between the County and the Department of Public Utilities and its Board. From left, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Mike Wismer - not seated, Council Vice Chair Jeff Rodgers, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, Councilor David Izraelevitz and Councilor Rick Reiss - who voted against appointing the committee during Tuesday's Council meeting.

Los Alamos County Council Honors Kevin Smith

on December 4, 2012 - 8:22pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, right, on behalf of the Council, presents Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin W. Smith with a gift of a framed photograph of aspen trees by Leslie Bucklin in recognition of his service to the County. The DOE/NNSA recently announced that Smith will be departing Los Alamos in January to become the manager of the Office of River Protection.

BREAKING NEWS: Police Capture Burglary Suspects

on December 4, 2012 - 2:56pm

Skylar B. Smith. Courtesy/LAPD
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Poswt

Detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department's Investigations Division, working in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Auto Theft Division, have apprehended a man suspected in the recent rash of auto burglaries in Los Alamos.

Skylar B. Smith, 20, of Rio Rancho, who previously lived in Los Alamos, was arrested Monday, Dec. 1 on a Los Alamos warrant for auto burglary and theft of credit cards. 

Coady Richards. Courtesy/LAPD

Smith's arrest comes after a lengthy

Public Invited to Valles Caldera Trust Board Meeting

on December 4, 2012 - 1:48pm

VCT News:

Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque.

The meeting agenda will include a year-end budget update for Fiscal Year 2012, a report on the State of the Preserve, a presentation on restoration and stewardship projects, and a review of the 2012 livestock program and public visitation.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter.

New Social Group Forming in Town

on December 4, 2012 - 12:56pm


A new social group is forming in town called "Los Alamos Friends" for people new to Los Alamos, single or who just want to make some friends and have a little fun.

While some folks in town were born and raised here, most are transplants from all over the U.S. and the world. Many come here alone, and without family and support, and Los Alamos can be a lonely place.

This group will help to fill the void, introduce members to new people and guide them to resources around town.

Once membership grows, Los Alamos Friends will begin regularly scheduled meetings such as coffee


SFI Seminar: Reconceptualizing Cultural Evolutionary Typologies

on December 4, 2012 - 12:55pm

Peter N. Peregrine

SFI news:

SFI Seminar: Reconceptualizing Cultural Evolutionary Typologies

Wednesday, Dec. 5 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

Peter N. Peregrine, Professor of Anthropology, Lawrence University and External Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Abstract: Typological approaches to understanding cultural evolution have been utilized, and strongly criticized, for more than a century (Sanderson 2007.)

Some of my own work has been a part of that long critique.

County Offers Free Luminaria Sand

on December 4, 2012 - 12:02pm


Each year, the Los Alamos County Pavement Division provides free luminaria sand as a courtesy to residents.

Sand is now available at these locations:

  • Overlook Park – in south Parking Lot
  • Urban Park – in 42nd St. Parking Area
  • Sullivan Field – west side of Parking Lot
  • Barranca Mesa – at the end of Barranca Rd @ Navajo
  • North Mesa – at the north end of Soccer Field Parking Lot

Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday luminarias.

Craig Martin Addresses Post-Las Conchas Fire Trail Rehabilitation Dec. 12

on December 4, 2012 - 11:50am

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps re-route a section of the Valle Canyon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 to get an update on the status of post-Las Conchas Fire trail rehabilitation from Open Space and Trails Specialist Craig Martin.

Craig Martin

Craig Martin began his career in Los Alamos as a freelance writer.  He has written many books and magazine articles on local outdoor recreation and history, including a wonderful, comprehensive guide to trails in and around Los Alamos and White Rock. 

This book in particular should be on

Special Library Winterfest Afternoon This Sunday

on December 4, 2012 - 10:22am

New Library Manager Steven Thomas

The community is invited to join Mesa Public Library 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 for an exhibit opening, author talk and to welcome new Library Manager Steven Thomas.

The afternoon event begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms with Authors Speak guest Chris Wilson.

This talk is followed at 2:30 p.m. with the Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit opening reception in the Upstairs Art Gallery.

A welcome reception caps off the afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for new Los Alamos County Library System Manager Steven Thomas in the Upstairs Rotunda.


LAHS Students Tapped for All State Concert Ensembles

on December 4, 2012 - 9:24am

LAHS Marching Band. Courtesy/LAHS

By Maire O'Neill

Seventeen Los Alamos High School band students have been selected for participation or as alternates for the 2013 All State Concert Ensembles.

Some 1,000 entrants from around the state competed to perform at the all-state clinic and conference in Albuquerque Jan. 9-12, 2013.

Students selected were: Aaron Bao, Brandon Cullinan, Daniel Dahl, Eleanor Devlin Daniel Dunning, Sally Grindstaff, Kathy Lestone, Madeline Margevicius, Becky Mehlin, Alice Shao, Louisa Singleton, Breanna Sehorn, Alex Swart, Jamie Tarantello, Justine Yang, Nicholas

'The Velocity Project' Selects Seven Companies for Pilot Program

on December 4, 2012 - 8:57am

SANTA FEThe Velocity Project, an entrepreneurial accelerator recently launched by the City of Santa, is announcing its selection of seven companies to participate in the pilot project.

The Velocity Project is an eight-week business accelerator that will begin in January 2013 and provides companies with a unique opportunity to rapidly expand and grow their business.

The companies selected to participate will learn from successful entrepreneurs and experts in key areas that are critical to success in the 21st century.

The Velocity Project sponsors include the City of Santa Fe, Los

Bees and Balloons Top Rotary Talks

on December 4, 2012 - 8:56am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

December’s speakers include:

Dec. 11: Dr. Robert Wingo of the Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group/LANL will speak about research using honeybees to detect explosives, as well as grapevine diseases.

Dec. 18: Pilot Dave Melton will speak about hot-air ballooning.

Guests are always welcome to attend Rotary Club meetings.

To make reservations, contact Rotary President Linda Hull at 662-7950.


Food on the Hill: Eggnog

on December 4, 2012 - 8:50am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Photo by Sue York/
*** Takes 12 hours to make**** (makes ¼ gallon)
  • Need blender or a fast whisk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small pkg of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pkg(qt size)non-fat dried milk powder (1- 1/2 cup)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon rum (opt)
Photo by Sue York/
Blend 2 1/4 cups milk and 1 (qt size) pkg of non-fat dried milk powder for 30 seconds.
Add 6 egg yolks, blend until very well blended.

Photo by Sue

Our Lady of the Woods Hosts Two Events

on December 4, 2012 - 8:36am

OLW News:

Dec. 7 (Friday) 6 p.m. - First Friday Pagan Dinner: Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca, or learning about OLW is welcome to join OLW members for an informal dinner on the first Friday of each month. Whether you are a beginner, advanced practitioner, or just curious, you are welcome. We meet at the Pyramid Cafe in Los Alamos (click on link to read directions).
The Pyramid Cafe, Los Alamos

Dec. 16 (Sunday) 6 p.m. - Yule (Winter Solstice) Sabbat: The light returns! The new sun king is reborn! The Holly King gives way to the Oak King and we rejoice.