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LANS Donates to Over 230 Nonprofits

on June 25, 2012 - 11:59am

LANL News:

LANL employees Randy Erickson, center, and Louise Mendius, at right, help fill sandbags at Santa Clara Pueblo. Courtesy/LANL
  • LANS Recognizes Employee and Retiree Volunteer Efforts

Nonprofit organizations will receive more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.

LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.


Muni Complex Running Months Ahead of Schedule

on June 25, 2012 - 9:44am

The 45,000 square foot Municipal Complex project is ahead of schedule for substantial completion by January 2013 instead of the original projected date of October 2013. However, at this stage of construction, County officials say that many factors could change that date again and it is most likely that the building will be finished and ready for occupancy in the fall of 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Work continues high in the rafters of the new Municipal Complex in downtown Los Alamos.

Ruby K’s Remodel Includes Express Window

on June 25, 2012 - 8:14am

Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café at 1789 Central Ave. #2, is working with Los Alamos Architect Steven Shaw to remodel her restaurant. Her remodeling ideas target a more convenient process for ordering food from Ruby K’s. Families who want to picnic at Ashley Pond will soon be able to pick up their lunch through an express window at Ruby K's. Busy scientists will be able to order lunch from work and it will be ready when they drive up to the downtown restaurant. The inside will be arranged so that the line will flow and people will have more personal space.

LANL Dissolves N-4 Today

on June 25, 2012 - 8:02am

In a memo to staff members, Associate Director W. Scott Gibbs of Threat Identification and Response at Los Alamos National Laboratory announced late last week that N-4 (Safeguards and Security Systems Group) is being dissolved.

N Division recently became the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division (NEN) to recognize and expand on two important capabilities for the Laboratory, Gibbs explained in the memo.

As the next step in furthering those capabilities, he decided that the International and Nuclear Systems Engineering Group (D-5) should join NEN to leverage that group’s

Local Man Captures Bird Development

on June 25, 2012 - 7:59am

Day one. Photo by Carl Newton

By Carl Newton:

About two months ago, a couple of Say's Phoebes began building a nest at my back door.

The Say's Phoebe, a passerine, is in the Tyrant-Flycatcher family. Named for Thomas Say, the American naturalist, it is a common bird in the western United States that prefers dry, desolate areas.

After the nest was built, I raised a mirror above the nest to see when things would be interesting to take pictures.

I monitored the nest by holding up the mirror until the first chick appeared, then photographed one or two times a week.

I have a sequence of

Contractor Inserts Smart Pigs on Local Pipeline

on June 25, 2012 - 7:53am

New Mexico Gas contractor Eddie Saez, center standing, and his crew work on the pipeline near the anniverary water tank Friday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico Gas contractors are in the process of inserting a Smart Pig on the pipeline in Los Alamos County that runs from Quemazon down to the anniversary water tank at the entrance of town.

Contractor Eddie Saez said work on the pipeline is running two days ahead of schedule and should be completed by mid August.

Federal law requires the oil and gas industry to run a Smart PIG or Pipeline Inspection Gauge through big


Fire Reported Between Espanola and Chimayo

on June 24, 2012 - 7:58pm

FIRE News:

Crews from Santa Fe County are responding to a fire reported at 6 p.m. today in the bosque between Espanola and Chimayo that has burned more than two acres.

Crews report the fire is crowning in the cottonwood trees and burning dense salt cedar undergrowth near Mile Marker 6 at Road 76 in the Chimayo area at the Rio Arriba County line.

Structures are threatened and evacuations have been reported in the area, possibly for a two-mile radius around the fire.

No shelter information has been released at this point, but residents are being told to head south, according to fire


Entrada Water Feature Brightens Up Pajarito Cliffs

on June 24, 2012 - 5:45pm

The water feature marking the entrance to Entrada at Pajarito Cliffs with its bright yellow flowers and green grass and shrubbery paints a refreshing picture during these hot days plaguing the area of late. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The “Grandmother's Joy” statue outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center surrounded by flowers stands oblivious to the summer heat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bandelier Chief Called to Mt. Rainier Tragedy

on June 24, 2012 - 1:59pm

Mount Rainier. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott was activated Thursday night with the National Park Service Incident Command Team and flew out early Friday morning to help with rescue operations and logistics at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

Lott is expected to be on scene in Washington State for the next week or so.

Eight Mount Rainier National Park rangers have been waiting out a ground blizzard on Mt. Rainier to retrieve the body of their colleague.

Ranger Nick Hall, 34, fell more than 3,000 feet to his death Thursday while attempting to rescue four


Arrowsmith Graduates from Leadership New Mexico

on June 24, 2012 - 1:25pm

From left, Leadership New Mexico Chair Tony Atkinson, Program Director Jenny Lewis, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and LNM Curriculum Committee Chair Jim Haynes at the LNM graduation ceremony June 15 in Taos. Photo by Sharon Stover/Cell Phone

Leadership New Mexico

Los Alamos Deprtment of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith is one of 38 members of the Leadership New Mexico class of 2011-2012 gathered June 13-15 in Taos for its final session and graduation ceremony.

Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded to

Local Swimmer Jackie Marr Competes in Italy

on June 24, 2012 - 12:31pm

Jackie Marr

Los Alamos swimmer Jackie Marr, 69, recently participated in the 14th FINA World Masters Championship swim meet in Riccione, Italy.

The event is the Federation’s biggest competition in terms of participation, for the reason that it welcomes, every two years, swimmers, divers and water polo players aged 25 to more than a 100 years old from all corners of the world.

Marr works out several times a day at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center as well as with youth on various local swim teams when she has filled in as a substitute coach.

Marr, a graduate of UCLA, in mathematics and


Volunteers Repair Section of Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop ... Help Needed for Final 300-Foot Stretch

on June 24, 2012 - 10:48am
Before Saturday's work party, a half-mile stretch of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop was narrow, overgrown, and shaped to trap water and further damage the trail. Photo by Craig Martin
By Craig Martin
Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist

On Saturday, eight volunteers took on the task of making a runoff-damaged stretch of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop usable again.

With Pulaskis and McLeods, the group re-established a trail bench that allows hikers, runners, and mountain bike riders to complete the popular 4-mile loop trail.

After volunteers worked the stretch, the trail

The Crown Jewel of Manhattan Project Properties: The Oppenheimer House

on June 24, 2012 - 9:24am

Exterior of Master Cottage #2, when May Connell lived there. Courtesy/LA Historical Society


By Heather McClenahan, Executive Director
Los Alamos Historical Society

When conducting school tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the Oppenheimer House, I like to tell kids that A. J. Connell, director of the Los Alamos Ranch School, thought girls had cooties. Most third and fourth graders love that!

Even the hard-headed Connell had to give in a bit, though, realizing that if he intended to prepare his young male students for Ivy League schools, he would have to offer art education, a

Glass Drop-off Recycling Coming to Los Alamos

on June 24, 2012 - 8:50am


At the June evening meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board, staff discussed the addition of a glass drop-off recycling program in the near future. 

This program will allow residents to drop-off glass bottles and jars at Sullivan Field, Overlook Convenience Center or the Eco Station to be recycled.


Glass placed in the blue residential recycling roll cart will contaminant the mixed recycling stream; resulting in the need to send the entire mixed recycling load to the landfill. 



County Line Details Upcoming Events

on June 24, 2012 - 8:38am

County Events:

Los Alamos County Council meets Tuesday evening...

The Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in Los Alamos - one of the items includes the public hearing on the Charter election resolution for the November ballot. The County will also begin using a NEW video streaming service that allows the public to better follow along with the meeting agenda. The meeting also is broadcast on cable PAC-8. See the agenda at


The Return of Glass Recycling...

You asked, we listened.


LAAC Presents Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet

on June 24, 2012 - 8:19am


As part of FRIDAY NIGHT OUT LOS ALAMOS, the Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet with Very Special Guests:

Los Alamos Students Return to U.S. Following 12-Day Educational Tour of Europe

on June 23, 2012 - 11:30am

Recent high school graduates from Los Alamos feign sadness that their educational trip through Europe has come to an end Friday as they enter the U.S. airpirt in Atlanta. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The travelers share their final meal together in the Atlanta Airport Friday before returning to Los Alamos and are delighted to be surrounded by "free refills, free toilets and free wifi" following their trip to Europe.

Massive Crowd Attends County's Summer Concert

on June 23, 2012 - 9:55am
Not only does Guy Forsyth sing and play guitar, he also played a musical saw on the "Summertime" ballad for nearly 3,000 people who packed Ashley Pond for the County's Summer Concert Series with Russ Gordon Friday Night. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Guy Forsyth Trio from Austin, Texas entertained the crowd with their cowboy blues style music Friday. Photo by TK Thompson/
Friday's summer concert was sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Karen Kendall/
Victoria Rygh of Los Alamos shows off her new ballon pet at Friday's concert at Ashley

Police Stand Prepared to Find Missing Persons

on June 22, 2012 - 1:37pm

Investigations Division Supervisor Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts display a tracking antenna during Project Lifesaver training at Los Alamos Police Department Headquarters Wednesday. The antenna is used to track the frequency of transmitting bracelets worn by people who tend to wander off and become lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Officers took part in an all-day training program at Police Headquarters Wednesday, specifically geared toward adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia

County's Sandra Quintana Honors Husband's Memory

on June 22, 2012 - 12:31pm

Sandra Quintana, left, is surrounded by friends and colleagues from Los Alamos County this morning as she rededicates the elk sculpture at the entrance to Los Alamos in the memory of her husband Julian Quintana. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Longtime Los Alamos Police Department Records Specialist Sandra J. Quintana lost her husband Julian eight years ago.

Julian Quintana was killed by a drunk driver Feb. 9, 2004, on his way to work at the County's Abiqui plant. He had worked for Los Alamos County for 27 years.

County employees Darryl Tabor and Darryl Hastings embrace Sandra

Local Golf Pro Plays Around the Clock for Charity

on June 22, 2012 - 9:05am

PGA Golf Pro Donnie Torres is raising money for golfing programs for youth and the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in his "Longest Day Longest Play" fundraiser. He teed off at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and continued playing until sunset. Torres' daughter Samantha drove him around the golf course and kept his score throughout the event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos Golf Course Pro Donnie Torres prepares to tee off on his 12th 1st Hole of the day. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Donnie Torres midway through Hole #7. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Samantha Torres

Chief Congratulates County's Newest Police Officer

on June 22, 2012 - 8:45am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos County's newest Police Officer Oliver McCartney is just 18 days away from completing his probationary period with the Los Alamos Police Department and Chief Wayne Torpy let him know Wednesday at Police Headquarters that he is doing a fine job. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy thanks Ofc. Oliver McCartney Wednesday for a job well done following his successful completion of an important assignment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

McDonald's Unveils New Uniforms

on June 22, 2012 - 8:17am

Standing tall and looking proud in their newly issued McDonald's on Trinity Drive Thursday, Day Manager Matthew Calkins sports the spiffy blue shirt and tie now worn by management level employees. Drive-Thru Crew Member Gene Pacheco models the new black shirt - now the standard uniform for crew members. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Residents Work Out en Masse at Ashley Pond

on June 22, 2012 - 7:59am

Community members gather for a summer workout at Ashley Pond early Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Udall: Senate Farm Bill Contains Significant Reforms

on June 22, 2012 - 5:53am
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement on the Senate’s 64-35 passage of the Farm Bill:
"Today's Farm Bill contains significant reforms that will positively impact the lives of countless Americans. It's also a rare example of how business should be done in the Senate — with bipartisan cooperation. 
"The reauthorization is most notably marked by a complete overhaul of an antiquated commodity subsidies program that costs about $5 billion a year and benefits some land owners who don't actually farm.