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'A Separation' Screens Thursday at Mesa Library

on December 4, 2012 - 7:53am

"A Separation." Courtesy/IMDb

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. It purports to be about putting a child through divorce, and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease. I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian court house, and for me the focus really became how people tell their sides, and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.

Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what in America we call “irreconcilable differences.” Viewers find out in

Transportation Board Meets Dec. 6

on December 4, 2012 - 7:21am


Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6 in the Public Works Conference Room at 2101 Trinity Dr. Suite A2.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment (for items not on the agenda)

III. Approval of Transportation Board Minutes

A. Oct. 18, 2012

IV. New Business

A. Canyoncito Montessori School Traffic Control Plan

V. Old Business

A. Continued Discussion: 2030 Challenge for Planning, Adopting Building and Transportation Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Standards

VI. Staff Report

A. NM502 / Trinity Design Update



Community Winds Holiday Prism Concert Sheds Light on Local Talent

on December 4, 2012 - 7:00am


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds started a new holiday tradition last year with the Community Holiday Prism Concert.

This year, the second annual Holiday Prism Concert will take place directly after the Holiday Lights Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Winds have invited a number of local musicians to perform with them at this concert.

“This concert is a celebration of the variety of performers in White Rock and Los Alamos,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said.

DWI Planning Council Meets Dec. 11

on December 4, 2012 - 6:58am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The meeting is open to the public.


Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 11/15/2012
(Minutes are available upon request. Please contact the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ or 663-1741.
III. Presentation from Department of Finance (DFA) Representative
IV. New Business
V. Next Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013
VI. Adjourn Meeting


LAFD Issues Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

on December 4, 2012 - 6:56am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to share the following Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips with the community.

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season.

Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.

  • Don’t put your live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
  • Place trees away from heat sources, including fireplaces or heat

OBITUARY: Claudia Ann Weber 1950–Dec. 2, 2012

on December 4, 2012 - 6:56am

Claudia Ann Weber, 62, passed away on Dec. 2, 2012 in Los Alamos, New Mexico after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Ronald Paul Weber; her children Brian Michael Weber (Terri) of Las Cruces, NM, Gina Marie Fisk (Mike) of Los Alamos, NM, and Paul Matthew Weber of Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren Benjamin Joseph and Zachary Paul Weber of Las Cruces, NM and Emma Elizabeth, Ethan Michael, and Eila Kathleen Fisk of Los Alamos, NM; siblings Courtney Michael Harms (Stefanie) of Clayton, Calif., and Monte Ray Harms (Rose), Irwin Todd Harms (Debbie),

Community Atheists Discuss Winter Holidays

on December 4, 2012 - 6:54am


The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a special winter holiday discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in meeting room 3.

This month we will talk about the winter holidays and how we as atheists spend our time - do you celebrate a secular version of the holiday(s) you were raised with?

Is there a Festivus pole in your house? How do you feel about being wished a Merry Christmas? Please join us - all are welcome.

We can be reached at with any questions.


Brief Power Outage Today on DP Road

on December 3, 2012 - 6:53pm

DPU News:

A brief power outage affected approximately 50 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers this morning.

Beginning at 11:10 a.m., electricity was lost to businesses on the south side of Trinity Drive from 15th Street to the end of DP Road after a high voltage switch did not fully engage when placed back in service.

DPU electric linemen responded and restored power within 15 minutes.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities.

The Board meets at


Bandelier Screening 'Canes of Power' Dec. 4

on December 3, 2012 - 3:11pm

This is an 11th-hour announcement, but all Bandelier National Monument employees and the general public are invited to Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center for a screening of "Canes of Power."

"Canes of Power" is a documentary about the governors' canes given to the Pueblos by President Abe Lincoln.

Cochiti Pueblo Lt. Gov. Michael Pecos will present the screening at 2 p.m. for those who gather in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

With the recent big screen production on Lincoln, there has been increased interest in these canes, which have

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 23 to Nov. 28, 2012

on December 3, 2012 - 1:21pm

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Nov. 23 at 10:44 a.m. / An 87-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an unattended death in the 300 block of Grand Canyon Drive. No foul play is suspected.

Nov. 23 at 12:19 p.m. / A 12-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was battered in the 100 block of Santolina.

 Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m.


YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Registration Now Open

on December 3, 2012 - 12:58pm

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for the YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Program for Boys and Girls ages 6-18.

This scholastic wrestling program focuses on development of agility, strength, flexibility, and self-confidence in a fun, yet challenging environment.

Folkstyle wrestling is based on controlling an opponent with a series of holds, takedowns, throws, and body position.

Season: December and January

Times: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday / 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday

Location: The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St.

Cost per Month: $65 / $50 for Y members (Scholarships available thanks the

Con Alma Awards $20K to Espanola Teen Center

on December 3, 2012 - 12:23pm
Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Española – Con Alma’s Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group has awarded $20,000 to the Española YMCA Teen Center in support of student achievement and to address risky behaviors.

Los Alamos Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly said NNMHGG’s award signifies a commitment to improving health outcomes for youth in northern New Mexico.

“Multi-agency partnering within communities is proving to be one of the most effective means of improving educational outcomes for youth and thus positively affect their health outcomes,” Daly said.

Property Tax Due Date Coming Up

on December 3, 2012 - 12:02pm


Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2012 were mailed to property owners on the first of November.

The first half installment becomes delinquent after Monday, Dec. 10. Payment must either be made in person by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the 311 Customer Care Center or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

The 311 Customer Care Center is located at 150 Central Park Square and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Payments should be mailed to P.O.


Consider Giving Books This Holiday Season

on December 3, 2012 - 11:40am

YMCA News:

Scholastic books are for sale 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Family YMCA.

The public is welcome to stop by the Y at 15th Street and Iris and shop for family, friends and co-workers.

A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign, which supports scholarships for individuals in need of financial assistance.

Clifford the Big Red Dog spends time with kids at the Family YMCA. Courtesy/YMCA

Local Company Offers Taxi Service to Curb Holiday Drinking & Driving

on December 3, 2012 - 11:21am

NMWT News:

In time for the holidays, Los Alamos based New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, is now offering after hours (after 7 p.m.) taxi service from the Los Alamos/White Rock area to a number of locations, to help prevent drinking and driving.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours’ taxi service is also available for pick up and delivery to the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and other Taos, Albuquerque, and surrounding area destinations.

“There is currently no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and

NNSA Exceeds 2012 Goal for Nuclear Weapons Dismantlements

on December 3, 2012 - 10:37am

U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile are sent to Pantex Plant, America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Pantex Plant is on a 16,000-acre site 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/Pantex

NNSA's Don Cook

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlements in FY 2012.

“NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S.

Column: I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

on December 3, 2012 - 10:12am
Column by Elena Yang
I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

In the previous post on diversity/multiculturalism, I focused mostly on the differences between groups, such as males and females, or white and African Americans. 

Equally important, if not more so, are our conversations across the differences within a group. 

For instance, many of us have more “issues” with our family members than with someone of different racial background or religious background.  

Similarly, within a racial group, there can be painful dealings with members’ differences. 

Just look at

Was Hurricane Sandy New Storm Breed?

on December 3, 2012 - 9:39am

'Inside the Megastorm' takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, 'Inside the Megastorm' gives scientific context to a new breed of storms. Courtesy/PBS

PBS News:

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to warming climate?

Learn more at this month's New Mexico PBS Science Café: “Inside the Megastorm.”

This Science Café will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Launches New Website

on December 3, 2012 - 9:16am

RCLC News:


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that it has launched a new website at


As part of the Regional Coalition's goal to increase transparency, the website includes the latest information regarding Regional Coalition Board members, meeting notices and minutes and news related to the Regional Coalition.


It also has a sign-up feature where community members can be added to the Regional Coalition's information distribution list.


"We are excited to launch the new website to ensure that our communities are informed and

LADOC Teaches Kids Dog Ownership Skills

on December 3, 2012 - 8:02am

Kayleen Lederman demonstrates 'jump' in agility with her dog Owen. Courtesy/LADOC


This fall Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) has been offering a special class called the paRENT Free Club or "RENT" free club for children.

Local youth were instructed in responsible dog ownership and how to train their dogs in the class especially designed for them.

Parents of youth attending the paRENT Free Club arrived at the end to watch a demonstration of what their child and dog learned each week.

Saturday, Dec.

Administration Strongly Objects to 2013 Construction Start Date for CMRR Project

on December 3, 2012 - 6:16am



In a statement of administration policy issued Nov. 29 by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, the Obama Administration expresses its reluctance to commence construction in 2013 on the replacement project for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

To do so would require taking funding from other National Nuclear Security Administration priorities, which would create "undue risks" for other parts of the program, according to the policy statement.


Dishwasher Ignites On Orange Street

on December 3, 2012 - 5:54am

 The remains of a dishwasher that reportedly sparked a fire inside an Orange Street duplex Friday, lays in a heap in the front yard of the residence. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a dishwasher fire at about 1 p.m., Friday in a duplex at 3064 Orange St.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze. No injuries were reported but there is heavy smoke damage to the Orange Street duplex and fire damage in the kitchen area.

The cause of the dishwasher fire is under investigation.

Dangerous Appliance Advisory

Consumer Reports

Single Vehicle in Rollover Crash on N.M. 4

on December 2, 2012 - 6:16pm

Police examine the Dodge Ram truck involved in a single car accident Sunday afternoon on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

A grey Dodge Ram pickup traveling on N.M. 4 rolled over this afternoon sending the female driver to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

Sgt. James Rodriguez told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene of the accident that a witness reported the grey pickup was heading north bound on N.M. 4 when it caught the edge of the roadway and fishtailed across the yellow line.

The witness had to swerve his south bound vehicle to avoid getting hit