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Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side May 16

on May 1, 2013 - 8:41am

Penstemons are among the hardiest of spring wildflowers in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Rebecca Shankland

PEEC News:

The wildflowers are finally making their spring appearance.

Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of the local beauties at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

The walk will be along a local trail. Check PEEC’s website or call 662-0460 to learn the location of the trailhead. 

No registration is required and the walk is free. A plant list will be available.

PEEC plans further wildflower walks June 20 and July 18, so mark the


Hear Early Social History of Los Alamos May 8

on May 1, 2013 - 8:36am

Atomic City Transit Route and Schedule Changes

on May 1, 2013 - 8:34am

ACT News:

Atomic City Transit will implement a number of route and schedule changes beginning May 24 to better serve riders.

A draft of the revised route map and schedules can be viewed at

These upcoming changes also will be discussed at the Transportation Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A2.

Basic hours of operation will remain Monday through Friday from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The following summary, as well as a revised route map, is provided.


Hive Hosts Brown Bag Lunch

on May 1, 2013 - 8:30am

HIVE News:

The Hive will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30 a.m. (latecomers welecome) Thursday at the Hive in White Rock.

The public is invited to attend and network with others interested in economic development in Los Alamos.


Los Alamos Lacrosse Season Driving into State Playoffs

on May 1, 2013 - 8:28am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Lacrosse team plays its last regular season home game at 4:30 pm. this Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock (Dara Jones Field) against Bosque Prep.

The season has played out very well with a 6-3 record against its league opponents. 

The team is currently tied with Bosque for 2nd place, which will be determined by Friday’s game. Quarter final games will be played next week. Los Alamos hopes to advance to the semi-finals May 9 and the championships Saturday, May 11, both to be held at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque.

The team is very balanced and has

OBITUARY: Donald Dunning April 3, 1926–April 28, 2013

on May 1, 2013 - 8:24am

DONALD DUNNING April 3, 1926–April 28, 2013

Donald Dunning passed away Sunday April 28, 2013 at the age of 87.

Don was born in Brookfield, Illinois on April 3, 1926. He grew up in Brookfield during the Depression with his mother and brother Richard. Even though they had no money, he had nothing but fond memories of that time.

Don enlisted in the Army Air Force in January 1944 and served until October 1945.

Don’s first professional job was with Argonne National Laboratory in 1949. While at Argonne, he attended the Illinois Technical Institute and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in


Relay for Life Issues Call for Artists

on May 1, 2013 - 8:15am


The 2013 Los Alamos Relay for Life is once again calling on all artists to help with a fundraising event to support the American Cancer Society. 

Artists are being called upon to use their talent again this year to paint or decorate a birdhouse, which will be auctioned Aug. 23rd at the Relay for Life event at Ashley Pond.  

Unpainted and unfinished birdhouses are available at Village Arts on DP Road or artists may create an original design.

Join in the fun and support a very worthwhile cause.

For more information, contact Cindy Eaton at 662-7073 (home), 470-1675 (cell), or


Los Alamos Farmers Market Opens May 2

on May 1, 2013 - 8:06am

Reglien Best Predictor in Pace Race

on May 1, 2013 - 8:04am
ACR News:

Twenty two runners and walkers participated in Tuesday night's pace race on West Road, starting and ending at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 
The goal was to predict their times for completing a one mile or three mile course. Unfortunately, timer problems precluded recording the finish times for the last eight runners. 
The best predictor was Jennifer Reglien with an adjusted error of 51 seconds. On the one mile course, the fastest male was Richard Thompson III (8:30) and the fastest female was Patricia Burnside (8:56.)
On the long course, Ted Romero was the fastest

Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am



Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

Smart Meter Protest Hearing Continued to May 13

on May 1, 2013 - 7:25am

Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales, left, stands ready to object as GEW Mechanical attorney Wayne Bingham lays out his opening arguments during a protest hearing at Tuesday's County Council meeting. GEW Mechanical is appealing the fact that Council awarded a contract for the provision of smart meters, including installation and staff training to Landis + Gyr. The hearing ran until about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, was recessed and will continue at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 in Council Chambers. Print Screen photo

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers clarifies a point during Tuesday's protest hearing.

County and Contractor Attorneys Duel Over Smart Meter RFP Handling

on April 30, 2013 - 10:46pm

Witnesses are sworn in at this evening's County Council meeting who will speak to a dispute regarding the smart meter project contract. Print Screen photo

Los Alamos County Assistant Attorney Dan Gonzales, left, protests Attorney Wayne Bingham, representing GEW Mechanical Inc, saying he was attempting to intimidate the Council by threatening to take the dispute to District Court. Print Screen photo

Staff Report

A dispute has erupted over the selection by Los Alamos County of one contractor over another. The County issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) Dec.


Council Approves Four Friday Council Meetings

on April 30, 2013 - 9:33pm

County Councilor Kristin Henderson brought the experiment of holding four Council meetings this year between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Fridays to a vote of the Council in an effort to make it easier for families to attend the meetings. The motion passed 6-0 and also included updating the County's Open Meetings Policy to comply with State changes. Councilor Steve Girrens was absent. Print Screen photo

Council Approves Policy Changes to Indigent Healthcare Program

on April 30, 2013 - 9:10pm

Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator/Cheif Financial officer Steven Lynne briefs Council  on the financial struggles of the County's Indigent Hospital and Health Care program. Print Screen photo

Los Alamos County Accounting Operations Manager Helen Perraglio answers questions from Council regarding Indigent Healthcare Fund. Print Screen photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted 5-1 this evening to approve a resolution that includes a revised policy for the County Indigent Health Care Assistance Program that is intended to change current policy and establish standards for


Ashley Pond Improvements Contract Award Delayed

on April 30, 2013 - 2:08pm
Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

This morning (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) Los Alamos County issued the following message: "Ashley Pond Park Improvements - The consideration of award of contract has been pulled from this evening's Council meeting agenda. As soon as a new date is available for consideration of award, an update will be posted to the webpage"

At tonight's council meeting the County Council was scheduled to consider "Contract for General Services, Agreement No.


Los Alamos Police Collect 332 lbs. of Prescription Drugs At Take-Back Event Saturday

on April 30, 2013 - 10:44am

Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to boxes and bags of collected prescription drugs. Photo by Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department conducted its bi-annual DEA prescription drug take back initiative Saturday, April 27.

LAPD conducted two location sites for the first time this year, one at Los Alamos Medical Center and the second at the public library in White Rock.

The total weight of collected drugs was 332 pounds.

"This is the most we have collected thus far and this continues to be a successful program with community support." Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

Los Alamos Ultra-Marathon Runner Completes Race of a Lifetime in Sahara Desert

on April 30, 2013 - 10:20am

Garth Reader of Los Alamos prepares to set off for a day of running in the Sahara Desert. Courtesy photo

Garth Reader of Los Alamos and other racers strike camp in the Sahara Desert. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Marathon Des Sables has wrapped up and one of its participants, Garth Reader of Los Alamos, could not be more pleased with his results. Reader finished the ultra race 110 overall and ninth in his division. The week-long race, which began April 7, had him trekking 156 miles over various terrain in the Moroccan Sahara Desert.

“I was totally satisfied


Los Alamos Improves Biomass-To-Fuel Process

on April 30, 2013 - 10:07am

Los Alamos improves biomass-to-fuLos Alamos research better converts energy from fields into fuel tanks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

One of the more promising roads to energy independence leads away from crude oil and into the forests and fields.

For years, scientists have been seeking efficient means to convert non-food based biomass into fuels and chemical feedstocks, reducing fossil-fuel dependence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To that end, Los Alamos scientists and collaborators from The University of Guelph in Canada published an article in the scientific journal Nature

Topper Girls and Boys Golf Teams Take Second

on April 30, 2013 - 9:57am

LAHS News:

The Topper Girls Golf Team took 2nd place at the Santa Fe High School Invite Monday.

They posted their best team score of the spring and earned yet another team state qualifying leg.

Emma Haines led the girls team with an 85 and earned her 6th individual state qualifying leg. Bri Sanderson shot 95, Aislinn McDonal 101 and Jennifer Necker, 8th grader, shot 103. Mal Apgar also competed.

The boys team finished in 2nd place with Raul Roybal leading the boys' charge with a 79. Raul got his 3rd state qualifying leg, which puts him in the state championship tournament.

The district


Kentucky Derby Party Saturday at Dixie Girl

on April 30, 2013 - 9:36am

Kiwanis First Vice President Karen Kendall, left, and board member Linda Daly wear their Kentucky Derby Party hats this morning at KRSN. Photo by Nancy Coombs


Kiwanis First Vice President Karen Kendall and board member Linda Daly were interviewed on KRSN this morning about the May 4 Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting the Kentucky Derby Party 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. 

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Medical Center, is a benefit for “Project Eliminate,” a Kiwanis

Cowboy Breakfast With All The Fixins Sunday!

on April 30, 2013 - 9:15am

Food on the Hill: Shrimp Risotto

on April 30, 2013 - 8:44am

This week's Recipe:

Shrimp Risotto

Photo by Sue York/
2 cups of arborio rice (uncooked)
6 to 7 cups of chicken stock
2 1/2 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of chopped onions
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 1/2 teaspoons of dried dill weed
3/4 cup peas
1/2 cup asparagus, tips are best if you can use the rest of the stalk in something else
3 cups chopped shrimp
¾ cup parmesan cheese (not the expensive stuff)
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon salt
12 uncut shrimp for garnish
Some good parmesan for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Leanne Smith Wins Dog Jog

on April 30, 2013 - 8:38am

First place winner Leanne Smith at Saturday's Dog Jog. Courtesy photo

FOS News:

Leanne Smith took first place in the 3.1-mile race at the 17th annual Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog Saturday, April 27 in White Rock.

The event is open to all participants with or without a dog and at any pace in both the 3.1 mile competitive run and 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.

The annual Dog Jog is coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps, and the Atomic City Roadrunners as a fund raising benefit for the Friends of the Shelter.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 246 East


Ann Stewart Named Girls Basketball Head Coach

on April 30, 2013 - 8:17am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Athletic Department announces that Ann Stewart has been named Head Coach of the Girls Basketball Program. 

In January of 2013, Stewart took over the Head Girls position on an interim basis after Coach Tarah Logan’s resignation. 

The team finished 17-13 overall and 5-3 in district and the girls earned a trip to the State Tournament. 

They defeated Deming in the first round before losing to the State Champion Los Lunas in the quarterfinals of the State Tournament. 

Coach Stewart, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, was the head girls basketball coach


Volunteers Needed for Senior Appreciation Night

on April 30, 2013 - 8:12am

SAN News:

Volunteers are needed to help with events for the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night) for shifts that begin at 6 p.m. June 1.

SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for local graduates.

The event is in its 29 year and typically serves 350 students. 

Volunteers are needed to work 2 to 3 hour shifts at times detailed below:
  • BBQ & Bouncy Toys / 5:30 to 9 p.m. / 17 volunteers needed;
  • Youth Activity Center / 6 to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. / 4 volunteers needed;
  • YMCA / 7 to 10