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Herbal Remedies for Children at PEEC Oct. 13

on October 10, 2012 - 8:22am

Herbalist Kristi Beguin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Visit PEEC from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 to learn about effective herbal remedies for children. 

Kristi Beguin, an experienced herbalist, will give a talk on how to use herbal medicines to treat common childhood illnesses and enhance children’s immunity.

Participants in the class will learn how they can be in charge of their family's health and wellness concerns using common herbal remedies.  

They’ll also learn to tune in to their intuition about health and wellness, and learn how to quickly respond to those childhood

Get Answers to Charter Questions at Farmer's Market

on October 10, 2012 - 8:13am

Chris Chandler, left, discusses charter amendments with Heather McClenahan at a recent Farmer's Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Members of the Charter Review Committee will be available 9:30-11:30 a.m Thursday at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions about the proposed Charter Amendments that will be on the fall ballot

Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday through the Nov. 6 election day.


Traffic Advisory: I-25/St. Francis Drive Ramp Closures Set

on October 10, 2012 - 7:54am

NMDOT News::

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that the southbound I-25 off-ramp to northbound St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. 

Crews are closing the ramp to allow for the removal of an overhead sign structure. Southbound I-25 motorists headed to Santa Fe Thursday are advised to take the Old Pecos Trail exit.

In addition, the northbound I-25 off-ramp to northbound St. Francis Drive will be closed Thursday night and Friday night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. while bridge work is done.

Motorists are urged to


'Small Business Saturday' and United Way TEAM UP!

on October 10, 2012 - 7:52am
The United Way of Northern New Mexico is offering local businesses an opportunity to team with them in a local shopping initiative on Small Business Saturday, to be held Nov. 24.
Businesses who choose to participate will be promoted through local (Los Alamos and Espanola) media, and to all employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory through the employee giving campaign.
Businesses will be asked to contribute a minimum 5 percent of sales to the United Way on that busy shopping day.
Be aware that the deadline to have your business promoted through the United

Hilltopper Volleyball Beats Sandia Prep 3-1

on October 9, 2012 - 11:35pm

Savannah Romero and Claire Stewart blocking at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Triple block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz with service return. Photo by Alan Kirk

First Day of Absentee Voting Draws Crowd

on October 9, 2012 - 8:22pm

A group of local voters marched from the Democratic Party Headquarters in Central Park Square to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office this morning to cast their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Voters can park close to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while casting their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Voting booths stand ready in the Los Alamos Clerk's Office to accept absentee votes. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Absentee voting (In Person or by mail) began today at the Los Alamos

UNM-LA Student Government Sponsors Forum

on October 9, 2012 - 4:30pm
UNM-LA News:
The public is invited to attend a candidates forum sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the new Lecture Hall-Building 5.
Candidates for Los Alamos County Council will share their philosophies on the K-20 education continuum and strategies for achieving effective education opportunities in Los Alamos.
2012-13 Student Government Association members will pose questions and moderate this forum.
All UNM-LA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend as well as the general public.

High Tea On the Hill at 1 p.m. Sunday

on October 9, 2012 - 3:53pm


United Way News:

The United Way Youth Team will host High Tea on the Hill from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 in the lobby of Los Alamos High School. 

A variety of aromatic teas will be served along with:

  • cucumber and dill sandwiches;
  • egg salad sandwiches;
  • cranberry and oranges scones;
  • Ghirardelli’s brownies; and
  • pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon-cheese frosting.

A truly delightful array will be enjoyed. 

A student violinist will provide lovely background music for guests and all of this for only $15.

Event organizers are United Way Youth Team members Lindsay Roach, Sarah Tripplehorn


LANL: Neutron Crystallography Aids Drug Design

on October 9, 2012 - 3:38pm

The Protein Crystallography Station at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, where groundbreaking work in new drug-design methods is underway using neutron diffraction techniques. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Precisely tailored pharmaceuticals could reduce medical side effects

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have used neutron crystallography for the first time to determine the structure of a clinical drug in complex with its human target enzyme.

Seeing the detailed structure of the bonded components provides insights into developing more effective drugs with fewer side effects

Celebrate Los Alamos Family Council's 50-Year Anniversary Wednesday!

on October 9, 2012 - 9:59am


The community is invited to join Los Alamos Family Council as it kicks off of a year-long celebration commemorating 50 years of service to Los Alamos.

The celebration begins from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 with a FAN Club at the Los Alamos Family Council offices, 1505 15th St., Suite C (SW corner of the two story building.)

Stop by to meet the people who make up the behavioral health agency, learn about the services and resources they provide and enjoy fellowship and refreshments.

Well-known Los alamos resident Margaret Browne was the psychologist who founded LAFC


Voter Registration Closes Today and Absentee Voting Begins

on October 9, 2012 - 9:58am

ELECTION 2012 News:

Voter Registration closes at 5 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office.

Residents who would like to make changes to their voter registration or register to vote, may do so in the Office of the County Clerk at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

Voter registration forms are also available at the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Field Office and at the Los Alamos and White Rock Libraries.

Absentee Voting begins today by mail or early in person in the Office of the County Clerk.

Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the noon hour)

Address: 2451

Senior Center Forum at Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept. 28 [Audio with Photos]

on October 9, 2012 - 9:58am

Below is an audio recording of the candidate forum held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept 28. All six county council candidates participated. Still photos of the event are included here. Forum topics ranged from a question about the UNM-LA Bond and lowering taxes (28 minutes in), Charter Amendment proposals (42 minutes in), school facilities and whether Los Alamos is over-building (59 minutes in), free bus service in Los Alamos (1 hour 15 minutes in) and discussion about restoring the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir (1 hour 21 minutes in.) Morrie Pongratz hosted the forum: 


League of Women Voters Sponsors 3rd Forum Oct. 11

on October 9, 2012 - 9:44am

LWV News:

The 3rd Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters this election season is set for 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. refreshments) Thursday, Oct. 11 at the White Rock Baptist Church, #80 on N.M. 4.

The forum includes:

  • Supreme Court Candidates Barbara Vigil and Paul J. Kennedy
  • Court of Appeals Candidates Monica Zamora and Miles Hanisee
  • NM House District 43 Candidates Stephanie Garcia Richard and Jim Hall

The public is invited to attend the Forum.



PEEC Talk: How Las Conchas Fire Affected Valles Caldera Oct. 16

on October 9, 2012 - 9:07am

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to come to PEEC from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 to hear how the Las Conchas Fire affected the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Rebecca Oertel, a Forest and Range Plant Ecologist at the VCNP will present the talk.

Oertel grew up in Los Alamos, obtained a degree in biochemistry, and has worked in the Jemez Mountains Area for the past 18 years as a biologist. 

Although she has been at the VCNP for only one year, her extensive experience in the Jemez Mountains includes 11 years as a Biologist at Bandelier

Northern New Mexico Tea Party Forming Thursday

on October 9, 2012 - 8:28am
By Rose Stephens
Are you satisfied with the current state of affairs of our country?
... the debt?
... foreign aid to our enemies?
... lack of jobs?
... etc., etc., etc.
Do you believe in fiscal reasonability (balanced budgets)?
Do you believe In free market capitalism (equal opportunity for all)?
Do you believe in limited federal government (more local control)?
If so, attend the first organizational meeting of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party of Los Alamos, Santa Fe & surrounding communities.
We can make a difference in the November election!

Where: Southside


Dog Dies After Saving Owner From Fire

on October 9, 2012 - 8:12am
By Sonya Ortiz
Jona Manufacturing Services, Inc

In the middle of the night of Sept. 27, Shawn Perraglio was woken up by his dog Bruce because his house was on fire.

Apparently the fire was really out of hand already; Shawn had to crawl out of the house on his hands and knees.

Once Shawn was out of the house, he realized that Bruce did not follow him. Shawn attempted to go back in the house to rescue his dog.

Shawn had to break a window to get back into the house; he has suffered lacerations to his tendons and artery in his hand and arm.

Shawn’s efforts were brave, but his dog Bruce


SFI Seminar: Energy Tradeoffs Between Metabolism, Growth, and Longevity

on October 9, 2012 - 7:52am

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents "Energy Tradeoffs between Metabolism, Growth, and Longevity" at 12:15 p.m. Thursday Oct. 11 in the Medium Conference Room.

Chen Ho of the Department of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology is conducting the seminar.

Abstract: Diet restriction (DR) and genetic interference (GI) with growth hormone function lead to smaller adult body mass and extended lifespan in mammals, suggesting tradeoffs between growth and longevity.

Despite a rich body of empirical data, still largely missing is a theoretical framework that

County Seeks Citizen Volunteers for New Creative District Advisory Committee

on October 9, 2012 - 7:37am


Citizens, business owners and representatives interested in Los Alamos County’s recently adopted arts and culture district (a.k.a., Creative District) are invited to apply to join the Creative District Advisory Committee forming this month. Letters of interest are due to the County by 5, Monday, Oct. 16.

The County Administrator is seeking citizen volunteers to join representatives of cultural and business assets operating within the adopted boundary of the Creative District to provide guidance and advice to Council and staff regarding the County’s role in the implementation of


What is Economic Development? – An Apolitical Discussion

on October 9, 2012 - 6:57am

By the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network

On a personal level, economic development encompasses all that one does to enhance his or her potential to garner a greater flow of income.

This income is related to the value the individual delivers in return. But the term economic development is usually applied at the community level and refers to those activities the community collectively pursues for the greater economic vitality of the community.

This makes the application of economic development a more complex issue tied to the integrated collective ideas of the community.

Rephrasing the


Food on the Hill: Acai Bowl

on October 9, 2012 - 6:56am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
 Acai Bowl
Photo by Sue York/

1 package of Acai packs (4 in one package, enough for 2 people), you can buy them at Whole Foods or maybe the Co-op
13 ice cubes
either a blender that can crush ice or a snow cone maker
1 single serving of apple juice
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup of coconut
2/3 cup of granola
any kind of berries that you want
1 1/2 bananas
Photo by Sue York/
Mix together and heat the sugar and apple juice until the sugar is dissolved, then COOL in refrigerator.
Photo by Sue

County's Student Shooter Drill Draws Praise

on October 8, 2012 - 11:36am

During this morning's emergency response exercise at Los Alamos High School, police captured the crazed student shooter and placed her in the back of a patrol car for transport to jail. She explained her reason for killing six students and injuring 29 others during her shooting spree was that she had a "really lousy time" at the recent homecoming dance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Officers arrive at the scene of this morning's simulated mass shooting at Los Alamos High School and prepare to enter the building where a female student is on a rampage shooting

IT'S ONLY A DRILL: 'Operation Hilltopper' Underway at Los Alamos High School

on October 8, 2012 - 7:12am


"Operation Hilltopper" is underway this morning at Los Alamos High School. Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.   

"Operation Hilltopper" is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2012

on October 8, 2012 - 7:11am

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.

Sept. 27 at 10:59 a.m. / A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that someone harassed her on Diamond Drive. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 27 at 11:55 a.m. / A 12-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that he was a victim of larceny at Los Alamos Middle School. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Sept. 27 at 2:25 p.m.

Column: The Hogwarts School of Management - Powers!

on October 8, 2012 - 7:10am

Column By Elena Yang

Part 1

I often find that good novel writers seem to have the innate ability to grasp complex aspects of human nature and render them in intricate and frequently gripping storytelling. 

Whereas social scientists, having spent much money and time conducting research (novel writers do research as well, albeit in much less sterile conditions), sifting through and analyzing mounds of data, participating in debates and discussions, then produce these dry-dry-dry research papers. 

Of course, it is not fair to compare two completely different genres, but it does make one