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Final Summer Concert for 2013 Features Local Bands

on September 6, 2013 - 8:29am

Renegade Mountain Band. Courtesy photo


Well folks, I hope that you’ve enjoyed the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

We have one last concert scheduled for this year today at 7 p.m. at Rover Park in White Rock. (Turn left at first light, Rover Blvd., and go east one mile to park.) Our show is free. Bring your blankets and/or your lawn chairs. We’ll have a concrete dance floor or you can “play” on the park’s grass.

We have two bands playing and it’ll be a great night for dancing or just listening to some classic American music.

Letter to the Editor: Keep New Mexico's Special Places Free From Fracking

on September 6, 2013 - 8:05am
Environment New Mexico

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, President Obama said “Change does not come from Washington, but to Washington.”

We agree. Last week Americans submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama to protect our national forests, parks, and the drinking water they provide from dirty gas drilling.

Fracking – a dirty and dangerous method of drilling for oil and gas – has wrought widespread environmental damage across the country, including in New Mexico, turning treasured landscapes into industrial

Pet of the Week: Dallas the Dog

on September 6, 2013 - 7:46am



Dallas the German Shepherd mix is described as loving and active by Los Alamos Animal Shelter personnel.  

She enjoys long walks, chasing balls and play time at the dog park with calm, large dogs. She also loves to cool off in the pool on a hot day. Dallas is a quick learner and knows basic obedience; sit, down and enjoys using her nose.

Dallas is a little shy when introduced to new things and situations, but adapts quickly. She would love to be part of an active family who will take her for long hikes or perhaps a daily jog.

The Shelter, 226 East Road, (505)

UNM-LA to Host Fall Film and Lecture Series

on September 6, 2013 - 7:06am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) English Department will host “Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series,” beginning Sept. 12 and running through Nov. 14.

The five films in the series were selected for their relevance to composition and comparative literature courses being taught at UNM-LA. The films will be hosted by a UNM-LA faculty member and will include a five to 10 minute talk discussing the film, its voice in the course’s theme and how it relates to life beyond the classroom. Afterwards, the host will take questions or open the floor to discussion.


LANL Director to Link Science Education, National Security in TEDxABQ Talk

on September 6, 2013 - 6:47am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

LANL News:

Watch live stream at home or at Bradbury Science Museum

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will discuss the linkage between national security and early education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) during a presentation Saturday, Sept. 7 at the TEDxABQ conference in Albuquerque.

Although the event is expected to sell out Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, a live stream will be available at and on a large screen at the Bradbury Science Museum, 15th and

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church to Participate in National 'Back to Church Sunday' Sept. 15

on September 6, 2013 - 6:29am

PCA News:

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in White Rock at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National "Back to Church Sunday" ( is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

LASO Starts Fall Rehearsals

on September 6, 2013 - 5:49am
The violin section of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra during a previous rehearsal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LASO News:
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will start rehearsals at 7 p.m., Sept. 9 for its Nov. 8 Fall Concert. Rehearsals are held at 7 p.m., Mondays in the Los Alamos Hgh School Band Room.
New musicians are welcome. More information is available at

Local Expert to Discuss Ponderosa Mortality

on September 6, 2013 - 5:44am

PEEC News:

Ponderosas are all around the area, naturally occurring in the forest, or planted for shade or aesthetics in urban areas.

Local arborist Laural Hardin will present a detailed look at the complex issue of Ponderosa Pine mortality in the urban landscape at a class from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC.)

Hardin will talk about the most detrimental contributing factors to tree failure, and she will give ideas of what can be done to preserve this tree as a specimen on the homeowner’s property.

A certified arborist and integrated


STEM Student Day at Bradbury Highlights High Tech

on September 6, 2013 - 5:37am

Staff Report

STEM Student Day is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The event is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people about possible future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The educational event is open to young people in grades 7-11. Space is limited, so register now. 

The program this year will showcase three imaginative programs that all the students will participate in, including: "Show Me Your Muscle," "How Cell Phones Work," and "R2D2 and His Band of Robotic Telescopes." 


Column By UNM President: Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

on September 5, 2013 - 2:18pm

Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

By Robert G. Frank

UNM President

As the President of New Mexico’s flagship institution, I am proud to have a branch campus in Los Alamos, located in the heart of a premier science and technology community and home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

UNM Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has been serving Los Alamos and northern New Mexico since 1980 by preparing talented students to continue their academic journey at UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque.

Landscaping Underway on Cañada del Buey Trail

on September 5, 2013 - 2:16pm

The landscaping phase of the Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements is underway today along the Longview Drive portion of the project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Paving of the pathway along Longview Drive is now complete. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Landscaping is underway on the Cañada del Buey Trail today along Longview Drive in White Rock.

The scope of the County's improvement project includes approximately 2,100 feet of trail, beginning just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard.

The 10-foot wide asphalt

Town Hall Features Hilltalkers Debating UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 5, 2013 - 12:30pm
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Debate Team took on the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall event at the college Aug. 29. Photo by Vint Miller
Hilltalkers debate the UNM-LA mil levy question at a Aug. 29 Town Hall. Photo by Vint Miller
Staff Report
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debated the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall meeting Aug. 29, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Community members attended the event at the UM-LA Lecture Hall. Dr.

LANL's Next 70th Anniversary Lecture Focuses on Nuclear Weapons Testing During the Cold War

on September 5, 2013 - 11:11am

This photograph captures the expanding fireball of the world’s first full-scale hydrogen bomb test, Ivy-Mike, which was conducted Oct. 31, 1952. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s role in the development of nuclear weapons during the Cold War period of 1947 to 1991 will be discussed by Byron Ristvet of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory’s role in conjunction with the Department of Defense in meeting

LAYL Will Wash Your Car, Feed You Lunch and Dessert Saturday at LANB!

on September 5, 2013 - 9:35am

LAYL News:

Energetic team members from Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) are hosting a Car Wash, Bake Sale and Frito Pie lunch beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot, 1200 Trinity Dr.

LAYL members will wash your car while you and your family enjoy delicious Frito Pie and choose yummy goodies from the bake sale for dessert.

The event promises to be loads of fun. Donations are much appreciated and will go toward supporting LAYL's “Adopt A Family” project.

LAYL, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, is a youth leadership program for


CommUnity University Day at UNM-LA Saturday

on September 5, 2013 - 8:52am

Image by Vint Miller

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) together 
with local businesses and organizations invite the public to attend CommUnity University Day Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UNM-LA. Cost to attend is $10 per person with lunch available for purchase.

Included are 50 minute sessions on a wide variety of topics taught by representatives from community organizations. There also will be exhibits and booths hosted by community partners. 

Topics include:

  • Art History: A Virtual Tour
  • Artistic Pumpkin Carving
  • Bridge
  • Bubbles:

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meet Sept. 12

on September 5, 2013 - 8:21am


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will meet noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse on Oppenheimer Drive.

NMFRW will kick off its Voter Registration Drive at the meeting with County Clerk Sharon Stover attending to certify members who wish to help with new voter registration. 

Voting for Delegates and Alternates to the NMFRW State Convention also will take place during the Sept. 12 meeting.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for the LA Cares Food Bank and toiletries for the Women's Shelter in Espanola. 

Contact Donna MacDonald at

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Needs to be Part of Dynamic Future

on September 5, 2013 - 7:59am
Los Alamos

Dear Los Alamos citizens:

After being away from Los Alamos all summer, the progress in our town comes across as really impressive. Work on the Trinity Site seems really serious. 

David Griggs of the county staff, gave me my first tour of the new County Municipal Building. I haven't had time to look closely at the pond redevelopment project, but it is good to see it moving ahead. It is also good to see a real building growing at the golf course that also will provide a large space and kitchen facility for the community to use for special occasions. 

When these

Free Samples at Co+op Health Fair Saturday!

on September 5, 2013 - 7:58am

Scene from 2012 Co+op Health and Wellness Fair. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

This free event will take place outside at the Co+op, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Whether you are currently healing or want to get ready for winter fun, get to know some of Los Alamos’s local healthcare practitioners, many of whom will offer free consultations, samples and massages. Co+op wellness vendors will also provide free samples.

This year’s attendees include:

  • Dr.

Jonathan Plaue Tapped as LANL Site Representative

on September 5, 2013 - 7:45am

Dr. Jonathan Plaue


The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is pleased to announce the assignment of Dr. Jonathan Plaue as a Site Representative at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico.

Dr. Plaue will join Todd Davis and Richard Verhaagen, the Board’s current Site Representatives, starting in November 2013. As a Site Representative, Dr.

White Rock Visitor Center to Sell Bandelier Passes

on September 5, 2013 - 7:43am

Cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The White Rock Visitor Center (WRVC) will begin selling Bandelier weekly passes, Bandelier Annual Passes and the “America the Beautiful” interagency passes Friday, Sept. 6.

Passes will initially be sold on a cash only basis. Credit card sales will be accepted beginning Sept. 16.

The WRVC will not accept checks for any pass sales. Bandelier annual passes and the interagency passes are good for one year from the month they are purchased.


PEEC Offers Rare Chance to Explore Buckman Cave

on September 5, 2013 - 7:40am

A caver explores Buckman Cave during a PEEC trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For those who seek an adventure this fall, look no further than the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) caving trip to explore Buckman Cave in Diablo Canyon.

Buckman Cave is an elusive spelunking spot outside of Santa Fe. Few locals know about it. Local outdoorsman and adventure guide Tony Hinojosa will lead the PEEC day trip Sunday, Sept 22.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. at PEEC and return by 5 p.m. The length of time in the cave will be approximately three to four hours.

Black and White Dog Day has Tails Wagging

on September 5, 2013 - 7:34am


Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

Registration Open for Dog Training Classes

on September 5, 2013 - 7:30am

Kalem Smith and Bantu do agility drills. Photo by Carl Necker


Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Sept. 9.

Classes this session include: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation, Recall, the Parent Free Club (for kids), and a new Agility class just for youth.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 30. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website and at the LADOC building (246 East Road.)

Registration is

Georgia Pedicini Wins Sept. 3 Pace Race

on September 5, 2013 - 7:27am

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

Georgia Pedicini was 11 seconds off for 2 miles at Tuesday's pace race, and Laura McClellan's 23:28 for 3 miles was 13 seconds off her prediction.

There were 18 people who competed in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres ranging in age from 3 to 78. The course is a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way. Rain ended an hour before the race started.

One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 6 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.

The fastest for 1 mile were