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Location of Hive Lunch Changed

on August 8, 2013 - 10:26am

HIVE News:

The Hive has changed the location of its 11:30 a.m. Brown Bag Lunch today to the White Rock Visitor's Center on N.M. 4.

Everyone is welcome and being late is not a problem.

‘Next Big Idea Festival’ Exposes Youth to Science, Tech & Engineering Fields

on August 8, 2013 - 10:22am

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year's Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo


For the 5th year, Los Alamos will spotlight the community’s unique and creative heritage with the “Next Big Idea Festival: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.”

The free, family friendly event is 11 a.m to 3 p.m., Sept. 14 in downtown Los Alamos. It's designed to inspire and educate through science, technology, and arts. Likewise, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Student Day, Friday, Sept.

Los Alamos Firefighters Train in Elevator Rescue

on August 8, 2013 - 9:52am
The special Los Alamos Fire Department High Angle Rescue Team trains every three months. Wednesday the firefighters received training in elevator rescue at the Municipal Building. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Firefighters prepare to repel down the elevator shaft. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Udall, Bingaman, McMillan, Hommert Speaking at Tech Transfer Conference

on August 8, 2013 - 9:46am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:           

SANTA FE U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will host a conference on ways to help spur innovation and create high-tech jobs and businesses in New Mexico by encouraging technology transfer from the national labs and universities to private entrepreneurs at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Udall will present the keynote address at 10:40 a.m.

LANL's Next 70th Anniversary Lecture Focuses on Little Boy Weaponeer 'Deak' Parsons

on August 8, 2013 - 8:16am

Little Boy weaponeer William 'Deak' Parsons, wartime Los Alamos division leader, is the focus of the Aug. 14, 70th Anniversary lecture at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Former Laboratory historian Roger Meade to talk about life, career, contributions to Lab, the nation by “The Last Commodore”

Los Alamos National Laboratory historian emeritus Roger Meade talks about William S.

Paulina Burnside Nails Pace Race Prediction

on August 8, 2013 - 7:57am
Pace Race runners round the bend in Tuesday's race. Courtesy photo


Pace racers try to predict their run and walk times for known course  lengths. Tuesday night, Paulina Burnside aced her prediction on the three mile Turkey Trot course in the Bayo Canyon/North Mesa area.

One and two mile courses also were available, but two of the next three best predictions were also on the longest course. Bill Rice, Roxana Candia and Paul Elkins had respective errors of 24, 28, and 30 seconds.

Fastest finishers for the one mile course were Patricia Burnside (9:29) and Elkins (14:50),

New Teachers and Staff Gather for Orientation

on August 8, 2013 - 7:51am

New Los Alamos Public School teachers and staff gathered Wednesday for orientation at Los Alamos High School. Front row from left, Angelic Martinez, David Parsons, Elizabeth Radcliff, Rene Mitchy, Eleanor Simons, Sarah Syzmanski-Blom, and Patricia Wilson. Back row from left, Nathaniel Bates, Valerie Collins, Renee Dunwoody, Katherine Herring, Jaclyn Lefon, Lim Miel and Michaelangelo Lobato. Not shown, Michael Baxter, Marion Flemming, Noonday Neese and Bradford Parker. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Column: Sports-Specific Training vs Training Function

on August 8, 2013 - 7:21am
Sports-Specific Training vs Training Function

Sports performance is the result of coordinated movement. Pedaling a bicycle, casting a fly rod, swinging a tennis racquet or golf club, and hiking up a mountain all require multiple muscles working together in a specific sequence to create action.

If any link in this chain of musculoskeletal function is not ideal you may experience early fatigue, pain, inefficient technique, loss of power and injury.

The repetitive nature of sport can create muscle compensations and imbalances.

Austin Singer-Songwriter James Hyland at Pond Friday

on August 8, 2013 - 7:09am
Singer-songwriter James Hyland. Courtesy photo


Last week I caught a part of an early 1940s movie with Tommy Dorsey playing a jive talking bandleader.

He was talking about “cool cats” and “daddy-os” and described some music as being “far out.” Whenever I say something is far out, I get looks like I’m John Denver’s unholy ghost. Have you seen the new stage area at Ashley Pond? It’s looking so cool! Far out! I love the Ashley Pond remodel. As my grandpa used to say, “yeah, it’s expensive but what the heck?” Granddaddio! I wonder what my grandkids are gonna say about me?



TOTH Welcomes New Priest-in-Charge

on August 8, 2013 - 7:01am
Fr. Gary Baldwin. Courtesy photo
Welcome Friends to a Changing Generations!
By Maryann Blackhart

At Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, much change can be seen—especially at our Generations Service this Sunday, Aug. 11 at 6:07 p.m. in Kelly Hall, with a free dinner at 5:15 p.m. Have you seen the signs? Generations Service’s new signs, that is, on the north and south sides of the church. We welcome all to attend and bring a friend. Please join us in welcoming our newest friend and Priest-in-Charge, Fr. Gary Baldwin.

Father Gary is coming! He’s coming! He’s here!

Food Aid Cuts to Affect 442,000 New Mexicans

on August 8, 2013 - 6:57am


ALBUQUERQUE—Around 442,000 people in New Mexico will see a cut in their food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire.

This is according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Nearly half of all New Mexico children—42 percent or more than 215,000 children—benefit from SNAP. All of them will be impacted by this cut.

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery Closing Doors Oct. 1

on August 7, 2013 - 6:53pm

ART News:

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery at 1475 Central Ave. has announced it's closing its doors Oct. 1.

Most of its artists will keep their work in the gallery until Sept. 20 and owner Karen Wray encourages community members to start their holiday shopping early this year.

The gallery is open noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wray intends to move to a studio space on East Gate Drive in Los Alamos. She plans to start oil painting classes again soon and also offer classes in other media.

Visit, for her class schedule or call

Los Alamos Middle School Fall Sports Registration CANCELLED!

on August 7, 2013 - 3:34pm
LAMS News:
Tomorrow's Los Alamos Middle School Fall Sports Registration has been CANCELLED!

The registration night originally scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the LAMS gymnasium has been cancelled. 

Access to the LAMS gym is not allowed at this time due to construction. All fall athletes should plan to be at the first day of practice Aug. 12, with paperwork in hand. Stay tuned to the Team Pages of the LAPS Athletic website for specific information about your sport.

LANL Set to Remediate Oppenheimer Neighborhood

on August 7, 2013 - 10:30am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is set to remediate an area in an  Oppenheimer neighborhood during August. Fieldwork will involve removing contamination from a former septic tank involved in uranium and plutonium purification and recovery processes. Read details here.

Arts and Crafts Fair Offers Something for Every Taste and Budget

on August 7, 2013 - 10:09am
Browsers at 2012 Arts and Crafts Fair. Courtesy photo

Monkey sock toys by Sandra Frentzel of Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


Arts and crafts fairs come in abundance. The one that will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn, however, is distinct.

The Fuller Lodge Art Center, established to celebrate artists, is running the show. The proceeds from booth sales go to help ensure the Center’s doors remain open. Everything else goes to the painters, sculptures, jewelers, weavers and other artists. It truly is all about the art.

Art Center Marketing Director


Allison Rooney Receives Jay Wechsler Scholarship

on August 7, 2013 - 10:03am
From left, Brain Rooney (Allison’s father), Cindy Rooney, (Allison’s mother), Allison Rooney, Becky (Wechsler) Oertel, Kiwanis President Don Casperson and Kiwanis Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy photo.

Kiwanis News:

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Allison Rooney with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship recently. Rooney will attend the University of New Mexico to study neuroscience and biology.

Rooney was selected because of her active service to Key Club since 2009. She was also active in Natural Helpers and Café Scientifique.

Show Me The Money: Learn From Proven Expert at UNM-LA

on August 7, 2013 - 10:02am

Entrepreneurial expert Nicholas Seet. Courtesy photo


  • In 2005, Seet won the Rice University Business Plan Competition and received $1.1 million in cash and prizes

Nicholas Seet is an expert at navigating the small business funding process. When his first startup, Auditude, was funded for $1 million, he quickly left his job at Deloitte Consulting and dove into entrepreneurship.

In 2005, Seet won the Rice University Business Plan Competition and received $1.1 million in cash and prizes, over 100 other competitors.

Legislative Jobs Council to Rank Most Promising Industry Sectors

on August 7, 2013 - 10:01am


SANTA FE - The Legislative Jobs Council continues to build its framework for putting New Mexicans back to work. 

During its third planning meeting, the group will focus on which industry sectors show the most promise for creating jobs in the next five to 10 years.

The meeting is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Taos Convention Center, 120 Civic Plaza Drive, in Taos. The meeting is open and the public is invited to stay for a 3:30 p.m. public comment segment.

The planning session will begin with a more detailed look at how many jobs need to be created to restore New Mexico to


Los Alamos High School Class of 1963 Reunion Oct. 3-6

on August 7, 2013 - 9:39am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th reunion here in Los Alamos Oct. 3-6.

Classmates and their spouses and guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities including a mixer, wine and cheese party, dinner/dance and picnic at various venues around town.

In addition, tours of Los Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum, a golf tournament, a hike, a bird-watching excursion, lunch at the ski lodge, a memorial for deceased classmates, a tour of the new high school, and of course, the Hilltopper homecoming football game are all on tap.

In addition


Changes Announced for Rodeo Parking and Spectator Entrance Gates

on August 7, 2013 - 9:25am

Changes to the parking and spectator entrance gates at the rodeo grounds for this weekend’s annual Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo are reflected in this map. Courtesy/LAC

Mini-Sumo Robot Competition Changes Location to Ashley Pond

on August 7, 2013 - 9:05am

HIVE News:

The second Mini-Sumo Robot Tournament sponsored by The Hive has changed its location.

The competition will now take place at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Fair. General contest rules are available at Robots may be purchased or built by the contestant. The Competition is open to all mini-sumos that meet the size and weight limits.

“We had seven entries in our first competition and hope to have even more for this second competition,” Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

View portions of the first competition, at

Solo Traveler: From Riches to Rags

on August 7, 2013 - 9:02am
Solo Traveler: Riches to Rags

After a three-month trip to Europe, I told my sister I needed to buy some new clothes. “Halleluiah,” she cried.

She thinks that wearing the same clothes over and over is a sad state of affairs and she loves to shop. She’s convinced shopping will be the cure to my obsession with not having things.

You see, I’ve gone from riches to rags – literally - in my sister’s opinion. I’ve joined the small but growing number of people who want a simpler life.

Simple living begins with having as little as we can get away with and continues with

Don’t Miss a Thing With Library’s ‘Wowbrary’ Alerts

on August 7, 2013 - 8:56am

MPL News:

The Los Alamos County Library System is excited to offer its patrons free "Wowbrary" email alerts that showcase the library's newest items ordered each week.

The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more, purchased by the library.

It’s so easy to sign up. Go to to sign up or learn more. You’ll get emails each Saturday listing all the new items ordered so you can place a hold right away for your favorites.

"This is a great new way to enjoy

Share Thoughts With Councilors Saturday at County Fair Booth

on August 7, 2013 - 8:52am


Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth this Saturday during the County Fair at Ashley Pond Park.

The booth will be open after the parade until 2:00 p.m. and citizens are invited to stop by and chat with the Councilors.


Your Money: Do You Have A Social Security Strategy?

on August 7, 2013 - 8:12am
Your Money: Do You Have A Social Security Strategy?

Last month, I wrote about several Social Security rules or factoids that tend to be widely misunderstood.

The rules themselves can be confusing enough, which is why it’s a good idea to consult a financial planner for some input. By law, employees of the Social Security Administration cannot give advice for your individual situation.