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Atomic City Transit Ridership Slips Slightly

on August 13, 2013 - 8:36am


Bandelier ridership in June 2013 was 16,112; down from 20,602 in June 2012. Bandelier Ridership in July 2013 was 21,257; down from 25,679 in July 2012.

The decline in ridership may be partly attributed to the fact that Bandelier visitors are allowed to drive into the park prior to 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. each day in 2013. In 2012, visitors were not allowed to drive into the park until after 5 p.m.

Total ridership for Atomic City Transit as a whole (excluding Bandelier) in June 2013 was 37,911; down from 47,139 in 2012. The decline in June is partially due to one less


Riding Wooden Horses at Saturday's Art Show

on August 13, 2013 - 7:43am

This children couldn't resist taking a ride on the wooden horses created by Taos artist Juan Rivera during Saturday's Art and Crafts show at Fuller Lodge ... and of course their parents ended up buying them. Photo by Sandra Quintana

Rodeo royalty having fun from left, Princess Maria Gibson, Queen Rachel Larson and Sweetheart Maria Macginnes. Photo by Sandra Quintana


Udall Unveils Bill to Help Turn Innovative Ideas into Successful Businesses

on August 13, 2013 - 7:15am
  • Launched at Udall-hosted conference with labs, educators, entrepreneurs and investors called, "Tech Transfer: Key to New Mexico’s Future"

SANTA FE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced legislation to help create high-tech jobs and industries in New Mexico by streamlining the process for getting cutting-edge research and development from our state’s universities and national labs to the marketplace.

Udall unveiled the bill during a half-day conference and workshop he organized at Santa Fe Community College called, “Technology Transfer: Key to New Mexico’s Future.” The event

Food on the Hill: Baked Crab Stuffed Tomatoes

on August 13, 2013 - 7:08am


The Week's Recipe:

Baked Crab Stuffed Tomatoes

Photo by Sue York/


6 medium tomatoes
6 oz crab meat
3 tablespoons onion,
½ cup celery,
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Salt and pepper
Prepare the tomatoes first, core and scoop out the centers. I find the best scoop is a teaspoon measure. Slice off a VERY thin slice off each bottom so they sit upright during cooking. Do not slice all the way thru the bottom of the tomatoes.
Photo by Sue

Solar Party Set For Saturday

on August 13, 2013 - 6:56am

Skip Dunn. Courtesy photo


Local resident Skip Dunn is hosting a Solar Party with sun and fun for the community from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 17 at his residence, 107 Sierra Vista in White Rock.

Learn about the solar system, meet the team from Positive Energy Solar and get some Bob’s Bodacious BBQ (while it lasts!)

Space is limited so RSVP by Aug. 14 to


Pink Clouds Float Above Walnut Street

on August 13, 2013 - 6:55am

Colorfully illuminated clouds float above Walnut Street Monday. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Sign Up for Aug. 17 Golf Tournament Fundraiser

on August 13, 2013 - 6:54am


Free Social Security Seminar Monday, Aug. 19

on August 13, 2013 - 6:53am

SS News:

The community is invited to attend a free Social Security seminar 12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.

To register, call (505) 490-6474 or email:

Kate Stalter will lead the seminar.

Stalter is a financial advisor with New Mexico-based Portfolio LLC. Prior to joining the firm, she was a stock-trading coach and radio host. Stalter is a regular columnist for the Los Alamos daily Post,’s RealMoney,, and Morningstar Advisor Magazine. Stalter has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg


HOPE Pregnancy Center Fundraiser Features Comedian Brad Stine

on August 13, 2013 - 6:50am

HPC News:

"'I think I may be pregnant. Can you help me?' is heard weekly here," says Saree Clark, Executive Director of HOPE Pregnancy Center, "We provide free pregnancy tests and an opportunity for a woman to talk about her concerns. All our services are free of charge and confidential." 

Most pregnancy tests come back negative, says Clark, but a connection with the center has been made and the young woman knows she can return in the future, if needed. 

"When a test comes back positive, we discuss what a woman is thinking regarding the pregnancy, and help her identify her support


Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal

on August 12, 2013 - 10:31pm
Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Los Alamos police officers enter the law enforcement academy, they pledge to put their lives on the line to serve the public good.

When one of their own dies, whether from circumstances in the line of duty or otherwise, their funerals reflect honor and respect for the officer's service and dedication.

From the moment local officers were informed that Cpl. Alfred Roybal, Jr. passed away Friday, Aug. 9, they began to follow the "Line of Duty Death" protocol.

OBITUARY: Alfred Roybal, Jr. August 9, 2013

on August 12, 2013 - 7:25pm

ALFRED JOHN ROYBAL, Jr. August 9, 2013

Alfred John Roybal, Jr., 36, a resident of Arroyo Seco, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 9, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Martin and Maria Roybal; maternal grandparents, Jose Alberto and Martha Lopez; beloved niece he helped raise, Mercedes Roybal; brother-in-law, Adam Villarreal and uncles, Patricio, Benito and Martin Junior Roybal.

Alfred served as a police officer for the Los Alamos Police Department for 11 years and also served previously with Taos and Santa Fe Police Department.

His greatest loves were


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31–Aug. 2, 2013

on August 12, 2013 - 3:14pm

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.

Aug. 1 at 8:18 a.m. / A resident reported that a firearm was stolen on North Road. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 1 at 12:17 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone used his credit card without his consent. The estimated loss is unknown.


Aug. 2 at 2:33 a.m.

Y KinderKick Seeks Players, Coaches, Team Parents

on August 12, 2013 - 2:18pm


GOP Presents Aug. 15 Talk on Common Core

on August 12, 2013 - 2:12pm

GOP News: 

Are you familiar with Common Core?

The public is invited to join concerned citizens for an introduction to the Common Core State Standards, a National Education Program designed to standardize and Align Standards, Curriculum and Testing.

Come learn the goals of Common Core. Where did it come from?  How and when did it start? Who was involved in its start-up? Who has been paying for it? Who will pay for it in the future? What are the hidden consequences of implementing Common Core? How will it affect your kids?

When: Thursday, Aug. 15

Where: UNM LA Campus, Building 6, Room 612

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS

on August 12, 2013 - 1:37pm

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS
  • Public Input Requested

JEMEZ SPRINGS --- The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released a 10-year plan for the proposed stewardship of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (preserve.)

The Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) details a number of actions aimed at reducing the potential for severe burning and moving the forest to a more sustainable and resilient condition.

Tami Martinson of Los Alamos Scores Second Career Hole In One

on August 12, 2013 - 1:29pm

LAGC News:

Tami Martinson of Los Alamos scored her second career hole in one Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. 

Witnessing her great shot were husband Drew Martinson, along with Wayne and Lynn Taylor. 

Martinson was playing from the red tees on the 15th hole, which measures 146 yards and she hit a 6 iron for her perfect shot.  

Police Maintaining Standard Operations During Cpl. Alfred Roybal’s Funeral Thursday

on August 12, 2013 - 1:22pm


Los Alamos Police Department Operations, Dispatch and Detention services will maintain standard operations Thursday during Cpl. Alfred Roybal’s funeral services; however, Police Administrative Offices will be closed while staff attend the funeral.



Letter to the Editor: The Latest News on Water Wells

on August 12, 2013 - 1:09pm
The Latest News on Water Wells

To those interested in the proposal to drill water wells on the canyon rims in White Rock and Pajarito Acres:

The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4. It will be a working session and public comments will be allowed. One of the topics is the San Juan/Chama water allocation. A good turnout at this meeting will be a sign that the subject of water well drilling in residential areas is still of concern to many people.

During this summer, a group of people who have been involved in

Special Program Tuesday for NJROTC Freshmen

on August 12, 2013 - 9:27am

Cadets occasionally hold car washes to raise funds for their activities. Courtesy photo


Freshmen entering the Naval Junior ROTC program at Los Alamos High School are encouraged to attend a special program following Tuesday's freshmen orientation.

After staff and students welcome new comers to the campus with a host of orientation information, cadet leaders will add to the experience with activities of their own. The unit cadets intend to have items on display and share opportunities available with the LAHS organization. Food and hands on activities to engage the


Los Alamos Public School Staff Returns to Work

on August 12, 2013 - 9:01am

Several groups met with Los Alamos Public School staff  returning back to school Friday after the summer break. During a breakfast at Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Co-op General Manager Steve Watts, left, shared information about the Co-op and Lisa Wismer, right, and other UNM-LA staff  talked with State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, about her ongoing support of the UNM-LA mil levy vote that is coming up next month. Students return to work Wednesday. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Public Schools' all staff breakfast was held at the high school with exhibits by Los Alamos

LANL Scientists Show Muon Imaging May Offer Hope of Assessing Damaged Reactor Cores

on August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan’s Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor’s core.

A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

Muon imaging, which utilizes naturally occurring muons created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays to image dense objects, should solve the problem of determining the

Governor Announces Awards to Seven Rural Communities

on August 12, 2013 - 8:41am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that seven rural communities in New Mexico have been awarded technical assistance and services from the newly-created Frontier Communities Initiative.

Signed into law by Martinez in April, the initiative is a community economic development partnership coordinated through the Economic Development Department's MainStreet Program. The following communities were selected to receive assistance from the Frontier Communities Initiative:

  • Carrizozo;
  • Columbus;
  • Hurley;
  • Madrid;
  • Historic Route 66 (Moriarity section);
  • Santa

NMSBIC Meeting Brings Capital Providers to Española

on August 12, 2013 - 8:35am


The New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation (NMSBIC) will host a community meeting to introduce owners of new and expanding businesses to sources of capital and to knowledgeable resources that can help their businesses grow.

The meeting, called Accessing Capital in New Mexico, is open to the public and will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Santa Claran Hotel, Rio Grande Room, 460 N. Riverside Dr. in Española.

New Mexico and Española business-service providers will discuss free and low-cost services, and a panel of representatives from lending organizations

Yang: Lists Are Great; Lists Can Be Constraining: It’s All About How We Use Them

on August 12, 2013 - 8:31am
Lists Are Great; Lists Can Be Constraining: It’s All About How We Use Them
Column by ELENA YANG

August signals the end of summer. People take the last chance for vacation, and the pace of life seems to take a couple of notches down … for some. So, I will continue my summer-lite writing for light reading.

I live with lists. I don’t always follow them, but they provide both a compass and a reminder. Somehow, when it comes to management issues, though, I rail against lists. 

The “10 best ideas for…,” or “7 ways to...,” or, “5 lessons or secrets…” My least favorite is “6 ways to talk like a