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on April 17, 2013 - 5:51pm



Letter to the Editor: Please Lower Your United States Flags

on April 17, 2013 - 4:04pm
By Lisa Lindberg
Los Alamos

Last night as I drove through town on the way to take my dogs for a walk at sunset, I was astonished to see that there were United States Flags not being flown at half staff to honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

On April 16, 2013, President Obama ordered that the United States Flag be flown and half staff immediately until sunset on April 20, 3013.

I find it sad that organizations including banks and schools were not following the Presidential order.


LAHS Head Swim Coach Resigns

on April 17, 2013 - 3:48pm

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Coach Rusty Bernstein as Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach. 

The Athletic Department appreciates all that Coach Bernstein did as the head coach during his time with Los Alamos High School and wishes him well with his future endeavors.


Money IQ: Charitable Giving Opportunities

on April 17, 2013 - 10:42am
Money IQ

Charitable Giving Opportunities

When choosing the most advantageous charitable giving strategy, individuals must evaluate a number of factors, such as their need for current income, their desire to control and preserve assets during life and after death, their specific charitable intent, as well as important tax management issues.

Charitable estate planning techniques can help achieve many of these objectives.

Mesa Smart Meter Study Reaches 500+ Participants

on April 17, 2013 - 10:30am

Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith addresses community members at a recent public meeting. Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

  • Study Still Open to New Participants ... Up to 1,000

Participation in the Mesa Smart Meter Study continues to grow this week as the final April 28 deadline nears, reported officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU.)

Project collaborators are recruiting the final residents of North and Barranca Mesa to join this important local demand response study which will have global implications.

The DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development


US, China Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

on April 17, 2013 - 10:12am

Beijing, China. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

  • Eighth U.S.-China PUNT Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting Held in Beijing

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington

BEIJING – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the China National Energy Administration (NEA) this week held the 8th Joint Coordinating Committee meeting of the 1998 U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Agreement.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Director General of the NEA Nuclear Power Department Hao

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Los Alamos Hikers Explore Alabaster Cave

on April 17, 2013 - 9:16am
PEEC group explores Alabaster Cave. Photo by Beth Cortright
Guide Tony Hinojosa shows the group around Alabaster Cave. Photo by Beth Cortright.


The group must have looked like a sight for sore eyes to any drivers who happened to glance over while speeding down the highway between Cuba and San Isidro, New Mexico.

Down a fine, almost powdery, sandy trail the group hiked, their heads covered with helmets with headlamps strapped to them and knee pads Velcroed around their legs.

If the drivers looked hard and long enough, the scene would have become even more fascinating


Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

on April 17, 2013 - 9:01am

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government


By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico's economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation,

Community's Help Urgently Needed to Fill 180 Judge Slots!

on April 17, 2013 - 8:54am


If so, The Th   The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association [NCFCA] needs the community's help to fill 180 judges’ slots.

WHAT: NCFCA Region III Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

WHEN: Thursday, May 2–Saturday, May 4

WHERE: Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos

Speech Events:

Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Open Interpretation, Original Interpretation, Persuasive, Illustrated Oratory, Biographical Narrative, Apologetics, Impromptu and Extemporaneous.

Debate Events:

Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas.

Register to judge a

PEEC Earth Day Series: Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier

on April 17, 2013 - 8:51am

Visit Bandelier during National Park Week and hope to see a rainbow over Tyuonyi pueblo ruin. Photo by Sally King


Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier

Almost 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to protect unique and special places. 

Come celebrate your National Parks during National Park Week April 20-28, 2013. 

Each year, the president sets aside a week to explore and enjoy almost 400 National Park Service sites. 

This year’s National Park Week theme is “Did you know...”

Did you know that during your trip to

Fiesta Primavera Brings Flamenco to Fuller Lodge

on April 17, 2013 - 8:32am
'Sevillanas' from Fiesta Primavera 2012. Courtesy photo

Albuquerque dancer Sara de Luz. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present the third annual Fiesta Primavera at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in the Pajarito Room of historic Fuller Lodge. 

This year’s theme, “La Poesía del Baile” or “The Poetry of the Dance” focuses on the poetry of flamenco music and how it is interpreted by the dance. 

Ellen Walton, “Elena” is the founder of the organization and directs this year’s show in which she and eight of her local students will perform along with guest artists

Solo Traveler: Slow-Go Travel

on April 17, 2013 - 8:23am
Solo Traveler
Slow-Go Travel

As a retired solo traveler, cost is my main concern when I want to go anywhere.

A hotel room costs almost as much for one as for two, making traveling alone rather expensive. Hostels and pensiónes can also be a bit pricey even when the bathroom is shared.

From my perspective, the best way to extend travel funds is to travel slowly. Find an area of the world that sounds intriguing, rent a small furnished apartment and stay a while.

Food everywhere is cheaper when purchased in the markets and cooked at “home.” If the utilities

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am


Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

LAHS Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition

on April 17, 2013 - 8:13am

LAHS Year Book staff from left, Andrew Li, Lauren Burr, Darby Knoll, Toni Batha and Ben Nguyen. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

  • Kaboom!: La Loma Yearbook pages featured in 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book

Los Alamos High School’s yearbook, Kaboom!: La Loma Yearbook, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11 celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling


New Mexico Consortium Launches Volunteer Program

on April 17, 2013 - 8:12am

The NMC Biological Laboratory at Entrada PArk in Los Alamos will support cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional initiatives in plant biology and biomedical technology and engineering. The laboratory is scheduled to begin operations in June. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

  • Volunteer recruitment open houses and information sessions are scheduled for later this month

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) invites community members interested in volunteering to attend one of the upcoming open houses and information sessions:

  • 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18
  • 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23

Both open

PEEC Asks Earth Day Festival Visitors to Park at Sullivan Field

on April 17, 2013 - 8:11am

PEEC News Alert:

One thing will be different at PEEC's Earth Day Festival this Saturday — Earth Day visitors will need to park at Sullivan Field and ride the free Atomic City Transit shuttle bus that will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — because of three events happening at Los Alamos High School and filling that parking lot,

Of course PEEC welcomes festival-goers who arrive on foot, stroller, bike, or skateboard.

PEEC's Earth Day Festival run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Library Head of Youth Services Wins National Award

on April 17, 2013 - 8:09am
Los Alamos Library Systems Head of Youth Services Angie Manfredi. Courtesy photo

MPL News:

At the Los Alamos County Library System, there is no doubt who rocks with kids of all ages. It is Head of Youth Services Angie Manfredi.

From newborns to teens, Manfredi knows just exactly the right book for parents, kids and teens and she finds the most fun ways of letting them know, too.

From bestowing book magic with her wand while wearing a tutu at the local Farmer’s Market to finding the best, cool techie tools and websites for teens, Manfredi has limitless enthusiasm for transforming kids into

Los Alamos Swimmers Compete in State Short Course Meet

on April 17, 2013 - 7:53am
Ian Jaegers competes in the 50 Butterfly. Photo by Doug Wedman
Jillian Bennett competes in the 50 Breaststroke. Photo by Doug Wedman

Sports News:

Los Alamos was well represented in Albuquerque March 7-10, when local swimmers participated in the State Short Course Meet. Results below are listed by athlete with age, team and division for each. Events are listed as (Event, Place, Time.) All distances are yards.


Jillian Bennett (12, Aquatomics, Female 11-12)

50 Freestyle, 19, 30.88; 100 Breaststroke, 12, 1:22.80; 200 Breaststroke, 9, 2:56.22; 50 Breaststroke, 8, 37.97

Julia Chen


PEEC Earth Day Series: Registration Opens for Summer Outdoor Adventures

on April 17, 2013 - 7:50am

Registration Opens for PEEC’s Summer Outdoor Adventures Programs
  • What are PEEC’s summer outdoor adventures all about?

They are times of great explorations and discoveries, imagination and wonder, challenges and accomplishments. One participant, Karin Ebey, sums up the experience even better:  “Every single day I come home dirty and happy!”

Nature Odyssey:  Rio Grande (June 10-14)

Each day of the Rio Grande week the group spends the hot summer afternoons near water. Sometimes children are capturing and identifying invertebrates and amphibians; other times they are exploring and playing.

LAHS Sophomore Parent Night April 29

on April 17, 2013 - 7:41am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the Speech Theater.

“Sophomore Parent Night is about reinforcing what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April,” explains Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It focuses on getting ready for life after high school. It is never too early for students to start learning about the college admission process, and other options available after high school.”

Topics to be covered at


Quality New Mexico/Intel launch Mentoring Program

on April 17, 2013 - 7:40am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico in collaboration with Intel New Mexico will launch a new mentoring program April 22 at Quality NM Learning Summit at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Any size New Mexico non-profit, education or governmental entity interested in performance improvement is eligible to participate in complimentary mentoring by an Intel employee.

A mentoring request form will be available at the Intel exhibit booth at the Learning Summit.

Quality New Mexico’s mission is to drive performance excellence in New Mexico organizations by providing role models, knowledge,

Craig Martin Experience Returns to Blue Window Saturday

on April 17, 2013 - 7:38am

The Craig Martin Experience plays the Blue Window Bistro at an earlier. Photo courtesy of Craig Martin

Staff report:

The Craig Martin Experience jazz ensemble returns to the Blue Window Bistro Saturday, April 20 with their unique blend of classic swing, hard bop and funky jazz.

Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.

This is the band’s third appearance at the restaurant and they will break out plenty of new tunes for the audience.

“I call this set list ‘Raisin’ the Bar.’ One cool aspect of being a band that’s been together over a year is we are continually challenging

Reel Deal to Screen 'War Witch'

on April 17, 2013 - 7:30am

Staff report

The Reel Deal theatre will screen a not-to-be-missed film beginning Friday.

French-Canadian director Kim Nguyen's “War Witch,” originally titled “Rebelle” swept the Canadian Film Awards (10 wins) and was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

A 12-year-old girl is caught up in a civil war. After her village is burned down by rebels and her parents are killed, Komona is forced into the jungle as a child soldier. Her brutal commander not only trains her in the use of arms but also orders her to sleep with him.

Searching for shelter amidst the horror,

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets April 19

on April 17, 2013 - 7:26am

Meeting Agenda

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

Business Meeting


Española City Council Chambers

405 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española

April 19, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 AM




Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Coss



Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Coss



Approval of Agenda

Mayor Coss



Approval of Minutes: March 2013

Mayor Coss








Report of the Chairman- Los Alamos NNSA Site Manager Update; NM Environment Dept. Leadership Change


Report of Board Members

- Update on Manhattan Project Park Legislation

Mayor Coss



Board Members

Councilor Fran Berting















NM Congressional