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Vehicles Again Travel Main Hill Road

on October 11, 2012 - 9:36pm

Vehicles were allowed to drive on the Main Hill Road this afternoon as all that appears left to be done on the renovation project is to paint the center stripe. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Amy Goodman Broadcasts "Democracy Now!" Live From Fuller Lodge this Morning

on October 11, 2012 - 9:32pm

Updated at 3:00 p.m. 10/11/12 with additional photos and information from this afternoon's talk.

A satellite truck broadcasts the "Democracy Now!" program live from Fuller Lodge early this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

From left, Leona Morgan of Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, a group dedicated to protecting the water, air, land and health of communities in areas impacted by uranium mines, poses for a photo this morning at Fuller Lodge with Amy Goodman, host of the "Democracy Now!" TV program. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Amy Goodman, host of the TV

UNM-LA Postpones January 2013 Mil Election

on October 11, 2012 - 10:39am

UNM-LA News:

After several meetings with UNM administration and the UNM Board of Regents, UNM-Los Alamos was advised to postpone its resolution question for an operational mil increase until later in 2013. 

This decision was reached by the UNM Board of Regents with the desire that UNM-Los Alamos have a successful election and in consideration of the uncertainty in the economy and with federal budget decisions and their impact on Los Alamos National Laboratory employment and the Los Alamos community.

UNM-Los Alamos looks forward to partnering with the UNM administration and the UNM Regents

Community Celebrates Los Alamos Family Council's 50-Year Birthday

on October 11, 2012 - 10:21am

From left, Chamber Membership Coordinator Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery and Counseling Center Director Cheryl Pongratz speak with the crowd during Wednesday's FAN Club and 50th anniversary celebration at the Family Council offices at 1505 15th St., Suite C. The behavioral health agency now launches a year-long celebration with special events planned for the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Tom Sandford and his wife Ruth Demuth, past board member Attorney Lynn Finnegan, Executive Director Marlane Hamilton of the Los Alamos

Pajarito Rambler: Devaney-Longmire Trail, Oct. 4, 2012

on October 11, 2012 - 9:00am


Column By Nina Thayer

Have you ever wondered where one takes those spectacular pictures of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge? 

Follow me and I will show you. The Devaney-Longmire Trail starts only a hundred yards or so from the Quemazon Nature Trail described in our last column. 

Take Trinity Drive west into Western Area. At 47th Street, bear left and 50 feet later turn left onto the paved utility road. 

Continue down the hill and park close to the large water tanks. Follow the dirt road for several hundred feet.  

As the trail narrows, you will see the trailhead sign.


Hilltopper Volleyball beats Espanola 3-2 in close match

on October 11, 2012 - 8:09am

Erin Kirk with one of 22 kills. Photo by Alan Kirk

Morgan Schake returns serve. Photo by Alan Kirk

Claire Stewart and Rhese Beevers block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz returns serve. Photo by Alan Kirk

Column: New Mexico and Corporate Taxes: Basic Facts

on October 11, 2012 - 7:55am
Column By District 43 Rep. Jim Hall
Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties

There has been a lot of misinformation about corporate income taxes in New Mexico. Some facts about Corporate Income Taxes (CIT) follow.    

First, statements have been made that out-of-state corporations pay no corporate income taxes in New Mexico.

This is false: out-of-state corporations and their subsidiaries pay more than 90 percent of New Mexico corporate income tax revenues. 

Second, it has been said that New Mexico collects less than other states in corporate income taxes because we don’t require a tax


Letter to the Editor: Vote for Charter Amendments to Improve Local Government

on October 11, 2012 - 7:32am

By Lawry Mann

The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council. 

The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade. 

The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council. 

After vetting the proposals with the

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct 11

on October 11, 2012 - 7:27am

This week's preview is sponsored by

DESSERT DANCES - Reserve Your Space Early

The Daddy/Daughter Dance is Oct. 11, and the NEW Family Dance is Oct. 12.
Events are held 6-8:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and include light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital keepsake photo.

For further information, contact the County Recreation Division, at 662-8173, visit, or e-mail

Friday, Oct. 12 – Groundbreaking 3:30 p.m. for Multi-purpose Covered Arena

Hayrides 4-6 p.m. at the Posse Lodge Saturday, Oct 13
Apple cider, cocoa, coffee and light

Bear Hangs Around Walnut Street

on October 11, 2012 - 7:17am

A bear peers out from beneath apple tree branches in the backyard of a Walnut Street home Wednesday night. The bear loitered in the area for a couple of hours before wandering off to parts unknown. Residents say bears have been sited around the neighborhood each evening for months. Photo by Robert Beberniss

United Way Campaign Sets Goal to Meet Needs

on October 11, 2012 - 7:15am

Executive Director Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico stands beside the United Way thermometer near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday afternoon. She raised the red level on the thermometer indicating contributions received to date to $100,000. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  

Carla Gray Weiser, left, and Executive Director Kristy Ortega United Way of Northern New Mexico near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday hang a banner announcing the upcoming United Way Youth Team Hamburger Nite at Hill Diner fundraiser. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report


PEEC Offers Guided Tour of Wetland Preserve Oct. 21

on October 11, 2012 - 7:13am

The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Natali Steinberg, docent of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, is offering her popular guided tour of the ecological treasure, leaving noon Sunday, Oct. 21 from PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

This small preserve, located near Rancho de las Golondrinas just south of Santa Fe, has several ecological niches, ranging from scrub desert to the lush vegetation of the cienega (Spanish for "marsh".)

This range supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life.

Azazo Technologies Opens in Los Alamos

on October 11, 2012 - 7:09am

Brian Kelley with daughter Athena officially opened his new business, Azazo Technologies, Wednesday morning at 1907 Central Ave., Ste. 207 on the second floor of the Miles Building. The company specializes in computer technology services including software and hardware installations, Internet, security, data backup, data transfer, networking services, upgrades, applications, OS troubleshooting, virus and spyware removal, hardware removal and disposal, website support and much more. For more information, call 672-5105. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

San Juan Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Jemez Ranger District

on October 11, 2012 - 7:07am

SFNF News:

Next week if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs. 

Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.

Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection and restore forest health.

The burn area is 4-8 miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.

During the three to five day burning period, 7,300 acres of


PEECnic to Thank Community Oct. 14

on October 11, 2012 - 6:55am

PEEC News:

The community is invited 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 for the 12 annual PEECnic at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The event is PEEC’s yearly meeting for members and friends with activities, talks and cider filling the air.

PEEC traditionally holds its annual meeting in the fall, when Bandelier’s Park Flight ornithologist interns are still in town, to learn about the birds they've found across the Americas. 

The PEECnic features illustrated talks by the interns, kids’ activities and light refreshments. 

It’s the perfect place to catch up with other PEEC members and


Authors Speak Features 'O'Keefe Stories' Oct. 25

on October 11, 2012 - 6:43am

Author Margaret Wood. Courtesy Photo


Authors Speak Series presents "A New Mexico Centennial" Event with Margaret Wood - O'Keeffe Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists.

In 1977, Margaret Wood began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then 89-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe.

There were no sign posts in the village in those years, and few markers for a young woman managing the complex role as companion to a woman of O’Keeffe’s stature who nonetheless

Small Blaze Burns in Brush Near Stables

on October 10, 2012 - 2:05pm

Firefighters quickly doused a fire that broke out in brush near the west end of the stables on North Mesa. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos County Police and Firefighters examine the site of a small brush fire near the County stables on North Mesa. Foam was used to quickly douse the fire. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

At 12:40 p.m. today, smoke was reported east of the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Firefighters were on the scene a short time later and found a small fire burning in brush near the western edge of the North Mesa Stables.

"We didn't see


Money IQ: Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

on October 10, 2012 - 11:00am
Money IQ
By Kristopher Alvarado

Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

There is a common question asked of almost every mortgage lender, whether it be a purchase or a refinance.

That question is: “why do I need Title Insurance?” To answer that question you first need to understand what title insurance is.

Title insurance is an insurance policy or contract issued by a title company to protect the owner as well as the lender against a loss that may arise by reason of a defect in the ownership interest in real property.

In addition, the title insurance company agrees to defend you or the lender in court

Smith's Fuel Center Opens Sans Sign

on October 10, 2012 - 10:20am

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce leads Smith's representatives in this morning's official ribbon cutting of the new Smith's Fuel Center on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street. Photo Greg Kendall/

A Smith's cashier trainer readies the fuel center for its first customers. Photo by Greg Kendall/

This Oct. 5 photo shows the new Smith's Fuel Center sign installed. It was removed yesterday because of a sign code and traffic safety snafu in the sign permitting process.

U.S. Marine Corps Presents Casey Stavert with Academic Achievement Award

on October 10, 2012 - 8:52am

Staff Report

Casey Stavert (Pvt 1Class) of Los Alamos has received a “Meritorious Mast” for academic performance from the United States Marine Corps during his recent graduation ceremony from the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stavert was raised in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High school in 2008. 

His award reads, “You consistently performed your duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner by scoring higher on the written tests and on the performance evaluations than any of your peers, making you the academic leader for the company with an overall

'Beauty Row' Blossoms at Curves Ribbon Cutting

on October 10, 2012 - 8:51am

A crowd of friends, family, clients and area business owners gathered Tuesday evening as Jeanette Metzger-Thorp cut the ribbon to dedicate her new business "Curves for Women" at 967 Central Ave. Since taking over Curves, Metzger-Thorp has energized and engaged neighboring business owners in the 900 block of Central Avenue, which she's dubbed "Beauty Row." The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsored Tuesday's ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The women of LA Tan & More pose for a photo Tuesday outside their shop at 975 Central Ave., in "Beauty Row." From left,

Pajarito Chapter Embroiderers Display Artwork at Library

on October 10, 2012 - 8:30am

Laniece Miller of the Pajarito Chapter of EGA arranges items for the needlework display. Courtesy photo

EGA News:

From Oct. 8-26, the display case at Mesa Public Library will feature embroidered artwork stitched by members of the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

The EGA is a national educational organization dedicated to promoting and preserving needle arts. You can see a number of different types of needlework in the display.

The local chapter meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Gibson Fellowship Hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos.

Each meeting

Accidents in North American Mountaineering: What We Have Learned

on October 10, 2012 - 8:24am


Jed Williamson knows how people get in trouble in the mountains. He has been the chair of the Safety Advisory Council and the editor of the American Alpine Club’s annual report Accidents in North American Mountaineering since 1974. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, Williamson will present an overview of his vast knowledge of moving through the mountains with other people, what works and what goes wrong.

His presentation will include detailed analysis of the many factors that add up to an accident, not just weather and terrain, but human fallibility in

Additional Tickets Available for Sold-Out Amy Goodman Talk

on October 10, 2012 - 8:23am

Courtesy/PAC 8

PAC 8 News:

Additional tickets have come available for sale for the Amy Goodman talk Oct. 11 as Fuller Lodge has an overflow area where people may be seated.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the PAC 8 Studio, 475 20th St. and are expected to sell out quickly.

Denis Moynihan will introduce Goodman at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at Fuller Lodge.

There will be a book signing starting at 1 p.m., at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., which is sponsored by Otowi Station Bookstore.

Goodman's is a fundraiser for PAC 8. For more information, contact PAC 8 at