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Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Clarify and Unify the Process

on October 13, 2012 - 2:15pm
By Kyle Wheeler
Los Alamos

The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.

The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.

Men's Lobo Howl Dunk Contest

on October 13, 2012 - 2:02pm

Nick Banyard over Cory Alford for dunk. Photo by Alan Kirk

Testing the rim. Photo by Alan Kirk

Devon Williams on way to Dunk. Photo by Alan Kirk

Nick Banyard for Dunk. Photo by Alan Kirk

Jamal Fenton up and under Tony Snell. Photo by Alan Kirk

Pancake Thomas throwing one down. Photo by Alan Kirk

Nick take twoooo. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alek Kirk meets Lobo Luey at midcourt. Photo by Alan Kirk




Storm Runoff in Tesuque Rio near Pojoaque Friday Evening

on October 13, 2012 - 12:38pm

Storm runoff in Tesuque Rio near Pojoaque Friday evening. Photo by Alan Kirk

Photo by Alan Kirk



Column: Closing Corporate Tax Loophole is Win for New Mexico Businesses

on October 13, 2012 - 11:32am
Column by State Sen. Peter Wirth
District 25-Santa Fe

Developing a vibrant, diverse private sector economy is critical to getting New Mexicans back to work. 

While our national labs and large, multi-state corporations are important to our economy, 98 percent of New Mexico businesses are small or medium sized with less than 100 employees. 

To create jobs, policy makers must focus on our local businesses and give them the tools they need to grow and compete. 

Key to the success of any small business is a fair tax code that lets it compete with the multi-state competitors down the street.

Beer Pairing at Los Alamos Co-op

on October 13, 2012 - 11:18am

Community members turn out for Thursday's Beer Dinner at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr. Courtesy/LACM

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market began bringing local brewers to Los Alamos with their first Beer Dinner in October of last year.

The Co-op’s third Beer Dinner was held last Thursday and featured Second Street Brewery. The food focused on local and organic ingredients, which are all available at the Co-op.


The menu was designed and prepared by the Second Street Brewmaster, Rod Tweet, and the Second Street head chef, Jason Gleichman.


Okhay Owingeh Pueblo Man Sentenced to Probation for Embezzling $25,900 from Cities of Gold Casino

on October 13, 2012 - 10:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning in Albuquerque federal court, Calvin R. Trujillo, 25, was sentenced to five years of probation for his conviction on a theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian Land charge. Trujillo also was ordered to pay $25,900 in restitution.

Trujillo pled guilty May 24 to criminal information charging him with theft by an employee of a gambling establishment on Indian Land, under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In his plea agreement, Trujillo admitted that, between Nov. 10, 2010 and Dec.

Main Hill Road Work To Be Completed This Weekend

on October 13, 2012 - 10:10am



The New Mexico Department of Transportation will complete its pavement rehabilitation work on N.M. 502 this weekend.

The hill to Los Alamos, from mile marker 4 to mile marker 6, has been periodically closed since Oct. 2.

The road will be closed again today until approximately 2:00 p.m. while crews mill the centerline and finish striping work.

Weather permitting, the project will then be completed.

NMDOT advises all motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory when road work is in progress.



Awesome Rummage Sale in Espanola Today

on October 13, 2012 - 9:56am
Fund Raising Event for European Travel Club

High school students from the European Travel Club at Pojoaque Valley High are putting together what promises to be an amazing rummage sale this mornng in Espanola.

This is one of many fund raising events planned to raise money for an educational trip to Europe. Enriching their studies and broadening their understanding of other people and cultures, the students will visit England, France and Germany this summer.

Beginning at 8 a.m.


Today's Ruby K's Cupcake Event Benefits FSN

on October 13, 2012 - 9:40am

Gloria Marksteiner. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

RUBY K's News:

Today from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Ruby K's Bagel Café, 1789 Central Ave., Suite 2 is hosting a cupcake decorating fest to celebrate their new line of cupcakes.

Children will receive a free cupcake to decorate with colorful frosting, sprinkles and other sweet decorations.

The event is free, but Ruby K’s will collect donations to benefit Family Strengths Network in Los Alamos.

Family Strengths Network is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through their

Los Alamos Elks Present Checks to Childrens' Charities

on October 13, 2012 - 9:22am

From left, Los Alamos Elks Secretary Eppie Trujillo and Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris present a $3,500 check to Bob Biggers of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during a special event at the Elks Lodge Thursday evening. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083, 1601 Trinity Dr., Thursday evening presented $8,000 in checks from proceeds raised at their annual Elks Golf Tournament for Charity event held June 22.

"All of the monies given go to children in Northern New Mexico," Elks Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 

The Elks


Annual Health Fair Set For Saturday, Oct. 27

on October 13, 2012 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS members at last year's Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair. Courtesy photo

LAHC News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair is set for 8 am to noon Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Los Alamos High School gymnasium.

Admission is free. This Health Fair has been occurring annually at various venues for 27 years.

The Health Fair began in Fuller Lodge and now fills the gym with  more than 60 booths representing vendors from Los Alamos, Espanola and Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

There is something for everyone.


Local Athlete Back on Team

on October 13, 2012 - 8:25am

By Kirsten Laskey

When rolling papers and a plastic baggy were discovered in a Los Alamos High School (LAHS) student’s car, it resulted in a month-long suspension and removal from LAHS's football team for a year.

Whether Los Alamos Public Schools responded to this situation correctly was debated during the school board meeting Tuesday night.

After hearing several presentations made by student and football player Grant Washburn, his family, coach and one of his teachers, the school board voted 3-2 to overturn the Washburn’s expulsion from the football team.

In an e-mail to the Los Alamos

Hellacious Hailstorm Hits Los Alamos Pummeling Private Planes

on October 12, 2012 - 9:22pm

Hail damage to one of many planes tied down at Los Alamos County Airport, which received the worst of a torrential hailstorm that struck Los Alamos about 2:30 p.m. today. Photo by Julie Habiger

Close up view of hail damage to one of many planes at Los Alamos County Airport this afternoon. Photo by Julie Habiger

By Carol A. Clark

Marble sized hail pounded the community today around 2:30 p.m., falling especially hard at Los Alamos County Airport causing damage to a number of private planes.

"I have never seen hail like that in my life and I'm not afraid to say that it was frightening,"

Toppers Shut Out Spartans 34-0

on October 12, 2012 - 9:22pm

Los Alamos Toppers beat the Bernalillo Spartans 34 to 0 at Bernalillo for the Toppers opening district conference game. File Photo by Greg Kendall/



Rotary Club Student of the Month: Janali Gustafson

on October 12, 2012 - 12:59pm

Rotary Student of the Month Janali Gustafson. Photo by Don Taylor


Janali Gustafson, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for September. 

Gustafson is the daughter of Sarah and John Gustafson and the sister of Elena and Nathaniel.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. 

Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their

Otowi Station Bookstore Closing Oct. 19

on October 12, 2012 - 12:41pm

Otowi Station Bookstore and Museum Shop is closing its doors Oct. 19. Courtesy photo


Because of the continuing downturn in the national and local economy and because of the state of bookselling in general, the owners of Otowi Station Bookstore, 1350 Central Ave., have decided to close the doors on their business for good at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The 3,000-square-foot store has been a fixture in Los Alamos since February 1993 and specialized in scientific and technical books, the history of the Manhattan Project and atomic history.

Co-owner Michele Vochosky said


Pueblo Joins Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

on October 12, 2012 - 12:15pm

RCLC News:

...Ohkay Owingeh first Pueblo to officially join Regional Coalition

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition.

In joining the Coalition, the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the Board while maintaining their inherent powers of self-government and sovereign immunity.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities," We look forward to participating and supporting this most

Española YMCA Teen Center launching Audio Engineering Program

on October 12, 2012 - 12:04pm


YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – Teens will be able to record their lyrics and music this fall thanks to support from three funders.

The grants are enabling the conversion of an office into a recording studio and will purchase equipment including an electric drum board, keyboard beat mixer, microphones and other recording equipment.

The Presbytery of Santa Fe, in support of a recommendation from their Mission in the North Committee awarded $5,000 toward the audio engineering program and in support of the center’s cultural creative arts classes.

The Pojoaque Valley Fund of the

County Hires Junior Attorney and New Planner

on October 12, 2012 - 11:13am

County news:

Kathryn Thwaits has been selected to fill the newly created position of Junior Assistant County Attorney in the County Attorney's Office, 475 20th St, Suite D. Her starting salary is $72,665.

Thwaits worked during the last four years as general counsel for the New Mexico Personnel Office.

Prior to that position, she worked as an attorney for the District Attorney's Office in Espanola. During that time, she spent a day or two each week working at the courthouse in Los Alamos.

Thwaits lives in Los Alamos and has for several years.

Daniel Osborn of Denver has been hired to


Letter to the Editor: Support UNM-LA GO Bond 'C'

on October 12, 2012 - 9:26am

By Dr. Cedric D. Page, Executive Director
University of New Mexico – Los Alamos

As Executive Director of University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, I want to outline the benefits to the UNM-Los Alamos campus of General Obligation Bond “C” in the Nov. 6 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Los Alamos.

If Bond C passes in the Nov. 6 General Election, the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos will receive $500,000 for renovations and upgrades to its science labs.

Bond projects have a positive impact on local economies as the money spent recycles several times, and the


Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

on October 12, 2012 - 9:17am
Councilor David Izraelevitz
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let's talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.


Bandelier Celebrates National Archeology Day

on October 12, 2012 - 9:01am


Bandelier National Monument invites the public to celebrate National Archeology Day Saturday, Oct. 20.

“This day is set aside to encourage exploration and discovery of the rich cultural resources in the monument,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Several events will be held in Bandelier for the public to enjoy.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., join the monument’s archeologist, Rory Gauthier, for a hike to explore Duchess Castle and the Conquistador.

Participants will visit the complex site known as Duchess Castle which contains pueblo

sites occupied for over two hundred years and

Get Ready for the Big Picture: New Patron Internet Computers at Mesa Public Library Coming Soon!

on October 11, 2012 - 11:20pm
One of the most used services at Mesa Public Library for locals and visitors alike is the free access to online computers in the Reference and Youth areas.
Coming in mid October, this service will be upgraded to provide an even better experience.
Why are the computers being upgraded?