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Pajarito Brew Pub Hosted Bluesman Ryan McGarvey Saturday

on March 3, 2013 - 7:32am
It was standing-room only Saturday night at the Pajarito Brew Pub when Ryan McGarvey played an acoustic set following his gig at the Ski Hill for Skiesta. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
After performing with his band at Skiesta Saturday, Albuquerque bluesman Ryan McGarvey gave a solo acoustic performance at Pajarito Brew Pub Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Cindy Geoffrion Benefit Brings Friends Together for Good Cause

on March 3, 2013 - 7:26am
The Train Wreck Blues Band from Jemez Springs raises spirits and funds to help with Los Alamos resident Cindy Geoffrion's medical expenses Saturday night at De Colores Restaurant. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
De Colores Restaurant hosted a benefit for Cindy Geoffrion Saturday night that brought out a good crowd and brought together many longtime friends of Cindy and Keno Geoffrien. Proceeds surpassed $1,500 midway through the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Sue Dummer of De Colores donated this Amish quilt for the evening's silent auction. Photo by Bonnie J.

Column: Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

on March 3, 2013 - 7:20am
Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

Are you one of those? You know, a person who partakes in that guilty pleasure—a contest enterer?

Will you admit it in polite society? Probably not. When the topic raises its ugly head at a cocktail party, you are the one to steer the conversation to something safe, something like the latest Kardashian sighting.

Anything to divert attention from your hidden pleasure.

Ashamed of this aspect of your behavior? Don’t be.

Community Members Crowd into Skiesta Event

on March 3, 2013 - 7:15am
Members of  the Los Alamos Beer Coop enjoy their favorite beverage at Skiesta on Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Beer vendors dispense their wares at Skiesta. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Skiesta crowd enjoys an unseasonably warm day on the ski hill Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Outfit the Kids at Little Forest Spring Resale

on March 3, 2013 - 7:08am


Column: Long-Term Care Insurance ... One Size Doesn’t Fit All

on March 3, 2013 - 7:06am
Long-Term Care Insurance: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One thing we can all agree on is that no two people are exactly the same.

That includes your plans for retirement, which are most likely much different than those of your friends or family’s plans. 

One similarity many of us will share however is the need for long-term care.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ booklet, Medicare & You, 2011; about 70 percent of people over age 65 will need long-term care services at some point.

With the explosion of long term care services


Hilltoppers Knocked Out of District Tournament By Espanola 51-34

on March 3, 2013 - 7:01am

Erin Kirk Scores after assist from Kiana Zerr. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan blocks shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Coach Stewart uses time out to set up play. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alison Crane drives to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

NNSA Hosts Los Alamos County Officials

on March 2, 2013 - 10:19am

From left, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Los Alamos County Councilor Peter Sheehey in Washington, D.C. last week.  Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller last week hosted Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, County Councilor Peter Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess.

Miller thanked the county officials for their active interest in Los Alamos National Laboratory and for their leadership in the community.

NNSA recognizes the value of a strong and

Five Local Bands Play Wedding Expo

on March 2, 2013 - 10:17am

Andy Z out-frout with the Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Los Alamos Big Band at the Expo. Photo by TK Thompson/


The Los Alamos Big Band, Jeff Seay and the Pickup Artists, The Craig Martin Experience, The Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble and Richard Hannemann performed in the Tewa Grand Ballroom at the Northern New Mexico Wedding Expo at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Feb. 23.

The Wedding Expo was organized so that brides can plan every part of their wedding, including music.

Mysterious Electron Stash Found Hidden Among Van Allen Belts

on March 2, 2013 - 10:14am

This NASA rendering depicts Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and the path of the Van Allen Probe spacecraft, which were launched in August 2012. Data from the spacecraft have confirmed a never-before-seen phenomenon—a long-lived zone of high-energy electrons residing between the inner and outer radiation belts. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

  • Instruments detect never-before-seen phenomenon in Earth’s Magnetosphere


Magnificence of Pajarito Mountain

on March 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Snow left on the mountain after last week's snow storm shot from the middle road (truck route) looking up to Pajarito Mountain to the west just past the shooting range. Photo by TK Thompson/

Letter to the Editor: Rotary Thanks Community

on March 2, 2013 - 9:54am
Linda Hull, president
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos       

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fund-raiser exceeded expectations.

Join the Puzzle Platoon in LALT’s ‘Van Choc Straw’

on March 2, 2013 - 9:44am
From left, Stephen Fasel, Gwen Lewis and Pat Beck. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The world premiere of the full-length version of Van Choc Straw by Marc Dunn took place Friday, March 1 at Los Alamos Little Theatre.

A shorter version of Van Choc Straw was produced as a radio play on KUNM Radio a year ago. The shorter version will be LALT’s entry in the New Mexico AACTFest March 21-24.

Van Choc Straw takes place in the basement of Althea Witlin's (Pat Beck) home.

Obituary: Roddy Burke Walton Dec. 9, 1931–Feb. 19, 2013

on March 2, 2013 - 9:43am

Roddy Burke Walton Dec. 9, 1931–Feb. 19, 2013

Roddy Burke Walton, long-time resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed into the arms of his Savior on Feb. 19, 2013 after a lengthy illness.

Roddy was born in Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas Dec. 9, 1931 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and the University of Wisconsin in 1957 with a PhD in nuclear physics. 

He spent the summers of 1953-1955 at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research assistant.

From 1957-1959, Roddy served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air

County Line: March 1

on March 2, 2013 - 9:09am


Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? They'll be meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers and discussing purchases needed to re-establish composting capabilities in Pueblo Canyon, as well as a possible lease of space at 999 Central Ave., to house the Fire Administration staff. Download the agenda:

White Rock residents - last chance to comment on the White Rock A-19-a Final Concept Plans!

If you missed the public meeting last Monday, that's OK!


Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

on March 2, 2013 - 9:07am


In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered

Letter to the Editor: On Affordable Housing

on March 2, 2013 - 8:29am
Los Alamos

Once more the county is injecting itself into an area were they have no business - the old canard that we need more government-sponsored affordable housing to assure our economic prosperity.

Back to Economics 101. The COST of housing is based on the cost of its economic inputs; that is, land, labor, materials, and capital.

The PRICE of housing is established in an auction market between a willing buyer and a willing seller. As the run-up and collapse of the recent housing bubble illustrate, the two are only loosely linked.

A developer analyzes the local

'Never Cry Wolf' with Anthropologist Paula Sabloff March 13

on March 2, 2013 - 7:34am

Anthropologist Paula Sablouff. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, with anthropologist  Paula Sabloff's take on Never Cry Wolf.

Dropped alone into the Arctic Circle to study the hunting patterns of wolves, a biologist discovers the deeper mysteries of the wild.

Sabloff, a Santa Fe Institute (SFI) professor and anthropologist, brings a natural science perspective, gleaned from years of field work, to Carroll Ballard’s 1983 Oscar-nominated classic.

Local Youth Advance to State in Free Throw Contest

on March 2, 2013 - 7:29am
Eli Iramk-Bent takes a shot in the Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest. He went on to win the 10-year-old-boy division. Courtesy photo

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest was held Sunday, Feb. 24 at Griffith Gymnasium in Los Alamos.

Three local champions won their division and will be advancing to the state championships, which will be held at Grants High School March 23. 

Eli Iramk-Bent was the 10-year-old boy champion. He shot 23 out of 25 free throws, beating his competitor by 1 shot.

Alicia Gonzalez won the 11-year-old girl division and


See Comet PanStarrs at Upcoming Dark Night

on March 2, 2013 - 7:27am

Staff Report

The Pajarito Astronomers, in conjunction with PEEC, will be holding a special County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7 p.m. (sunset) Sunday, March 10, at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, Comet PanStarrs should be visible in the west for up to an hour.

The comet is currently predicted to be of moderate brightness and may have a visible tail.

Once the comet has set, Jupiter and its moons will be nicely placed for viewing, as will the winter constellations and a variety of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.  

The public is invited and


Kiwanis Club Announces Upcoming Programs

on March 2, 2013 - 7:14am
Kiwanis News:

Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts, or weather. Visit the club online at


Upcoming Programs:
  • March 5-Gillian Sutton will brief Kiwanis on the March 16 Empty Bowls event involving young people working in support of Self Help, Inc.
  • March 12-Feliciano Jiron, chief executive officer of Los Alamos Medical Center, will discuss changes at the hospital.
  • March 19-Mike Lansing,

Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

on March 2, 2013 - 7:12am


SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington region;

Roadrunners Set to Launch 40th Season

on March 2, 2013 - 7:08am


The Atomic City Road Runners Club is set to begin its 40th season next month.

The big event takes off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the trailhead parking lot of Canyon Rim Trail, which is off East Road (N.M. 502.)

The Club will continue to meet every Tuesday through early October for one and three mile runs/walks at various courses throughout Los Alamos County.

For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Club’s website at:

Alert: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Finding Bank Robber

on March 1, 2013 - 1:39pm

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount's whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build.

Zia Realty Group Continues Business Expansion

on March 1, 2013 - 1:17pm

Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski with Pearl White and David Horpedahl in front of the company's new offices Wednesday at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
After living in Corpus Christi for several years, James Chrobocinski returned to Los Alamos a few months ago armed with an ambitious business plan.

He launched Zia Realty Group, 1460 Ste.