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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: April 11

on April 12, 2013 - 9:40am

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Farmer's Market 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Fuller Lodge

Amelia Bedelia's Birthday Party 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Mesa Public Library
A celebration of that mixed-up creation of author Peggy Parish. Games and celebration for our favorite easily mixed up friend who turns 50 this year. For kids ages 0-12. Parents must accompany 6 and unders.

Fundraiser for Russ Gordon's Summer Concert Series 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 12 at Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge
650 North Mesa Rd (near the stables). Come Dance with Russ and Friends,


Alcove House Unstable, Unsafe and Closed Until Further Notice

on April 12, 2013 - 9:31am







The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.


Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks. In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.


The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.

Wednesday, April 10, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an

DEA Administrator's Testimony on FY-2014 Budget Request

on April 12, 2013 - 9:12am

Michele M. Leonhart

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart today testified before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY2014 Budget request.

The text of her testimony can be found at the following link:

SFI Colloquium: The Triple Revolution - Groups to Social Networks, Personalized Internet, Mobile Access

on April 12, 2013 - 9:02am

Barry Wellman

SFI News:

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, will speak on "The Triple Revolution: Groups to Social Networks, Personalized Internet, Mobile Access" during the upcoming SFI Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: I discuss the structural changes that have facilitated the turn to social networks.

I show how digital media — the Internet and mobile devices — have been both responded to and amplified the social network revolution in how people connect in the community, the

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Wonderful Support of Sock Hop

on April 12, 2013 - 8:32am
By JOY BEERY, Executive Director
Los Alamos Family Council

Enthusiastic dancers encouraged by ELVIS (aka Morrie Pongratz) Tim Gallegos, DJ, were the highlight of the 2013 Family Council Sock Hop. 

The ticket and food sales as well as donations will support the variety of programs at the Counseling Center and the Youth Activity Centers. 

Secundino Sandoval donated a $3,000 painting called “Resilience” – begun before the Los Conchas fire and completed after the evacuation. 

We are reminded that those families who have gone through both fires certainly have displayed resilience in their


Biking Tibet in the Days of 'Red China'

on April 12, 2013 - 8:23am

Tim Goering and Dave Colbert took a bike trip through China and Tibet in 1986, just when it was opening to Westerners. Qomolanga (Mt. Everest) from Tibet, in a photo taken on a return trip 20 years after their expedition. Courtesy/LAM


The April meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers features a slide show by Tim Goering and Dave Colbert about a mountain biking trip to China and Tibet in 1986.  

They biked across China and Tibet to Nepal, riding across Inner Mongolia, northern and central China, and from Lanzhou across Qinghai province and Tibet.

They finished their

Local GOP County Convention April 18

on April 12, 2013 - 7:59am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will elect its 2013-14 County Central Committee and officers April 18 at the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505, at UNM-LA, 400 University Dr.

The County Contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also will be elected at this meeting.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and Republicans registered in the County of Los Alamos are encouraged to attend.

The meeting of the 2011-2012 Central Committee begins at 7 p.m., followed by Ward Caucuses and the County Convention.

For information, contact GOP Party

Hannemann's Music Corner: Living Things

on April 12, 2013 - 7:55am
Hannemann's Music Corner: Living Things
Friday April 19, from 5-7 p.m., the Karen Wray Studios will present an exhibition entitled "Living Things."
I will be providing the music, which makes sense given that instruments are living things as well.
Never thought of it that way?
Back in the day, when I lived in the LA Apartments (1971-ish), I had a Lyle classical guitar.
I've always been a bit fortunate in the guitars I've owned – in terms of the quality of their voice – and this Lyle, my first classical, was no exception.

Pet of the Week: Tabby the Maine Coon

on April 12, 2013 - 7:53am


Tabby is a LARGE, strikingly handsome, very friendly Maine coon cross neutered male about 8 years old.

A former shelter resident who has been in an adoptive home until the family had to move, Tabby is reported to love adults, gentle children, cats and gentle dogs.

He just had a veterinary update, then settled right back into the common room at the shelter. He even brought a shy kitty out of hiding to share the fun.

Tabby has a distinctive orange mustache. He would like his long, flowing coat brushed daily.

Tabby and other adoptable pets are available at the Los Alamos


Forest Announces Release of New Motor Vehicle Use Map

on April 11, 2013 - 2:24pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Monday, April 15, the Santa Fe National Forest will release the Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows the public where it is legal to drive motorized vehicles on the forest.

The map is a result of work that began over six years ago in response to National Guidelines known as the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring all national forests in the country to evaluate their motorized system of roads and trails.

“After years of extensive analysis and public involvement, the MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) displays the forest’s designated network of roads and trails for

Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

on April 11, 2013 - 2:06pm


SANTA FE – The Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (SWJMCFLRP) will present a monitoring project update Friday, April 12 at Santa Fe Community College.

A complete day of presentations is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall auditorium, Room 216.

In 2009, Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to fund and encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

In 2010 The Southwest Jemez Mountains Project was among the first selected to

First Cone Zone of 2013!

on April 11, 2013 - 1:43pm

COUNTY Road Construction Update: Week of April 15

Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2

Monday, April 15, RMCI Inc. will begin milling Canyon Road between 9th Street and 15th Street. During milling operations, expect flagging operations with minimal delays. Please do not park vehicles on this section of Canyon Road during the milling operations.  

Once milling is complete, RMCI will pothole on Canyon Road in order to locate existing utilities; expect flagging operations with minimal delays.

Other Resources:

Construction updates are posted at


Kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier Closed for Assessment

on April 11, 2013 - 12:59pm

The stonework on the kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier National Monument may have become unstable, so Alcove House is closed today while an assessment is done of the situation. Check back to for more information on the results of the assessment. Courtesy/BNM

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard To Hold Town Hall Meeting

on April 11, 2013 - 12:54pm


State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Betty Erhart Senior Center in the classroom (lower level.)

All members of the public are invited to attend the meeting where they will be given a briefing on the recent Legislative session and how it impacts Los Los Alamos and New Mexico.

Questions from the audience will be welcome and attendees will also be able to visit with Rep. Garcia Richard.

Light refreshments provided by the AARP will be served.

Contact Rep.

When Disaster Strikes, UMCOR Is There

on April 11, 2013 - 12:42pm
For UMCOR Team photo: Los Alamos team standing in front of the many boxes they verified: Front row from left, Terry Foxx, Debbie Welker (Angel Fire), Mary McInerny, Don Welker, Audrey Chumley (Santa Cruz UMC), Carol Ann Martz. Back row from left, Valarie Miller, Jan Littleton, Tom Littleton, Holly Kenney, Royce Taylor, Jim Foxx, Harry Martz, Peggy Goldman (LA First UMC.) Courtesy photo
When Disaster Strikes, UMCOR Is There

Where there is an acute human need caused by disasters such as fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, political turmoil, or civil disaster the United


Veterans' Benefits Outreach in Los Alamos April 25

on April 11, 2013 - 12:14pm


Los Alamos RSVP is hosting a free Armed Forces Veterans Benefits Outreach 10 a.m. to noon, April 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.

RSVP gets federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, state funding from the Aging and Long Term Services Department and support from Los Alamos County.

Two Veterans’ Service officers from the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) will be on hand to assist veterans and their families with filing for or answering any questions about VA and state veterans’ benefits—ranging from health care needs,

Sec Sandoval Painting Benefits Los Alamos Family Council

on April 11, 2013 - 12:02pm

Renowned Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval with Tim Gallegos, the winner of a drawing at the Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop for Sandoval's original painting.

LAFC News:

This was the seventh year that Sandoval, an early graduate of Los Alamos High School, has donated one of his paintings for the annual LA Family Council fundraiser - the Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop.

He spent most of the evening with us - part of the time he was out back helping Paul Martinez, Youth Activity Center Program Director, cook hamburgers, which were donated by Hot Rocks Café.

Other food donations were received from


Hilltopper Softball Defeats Espanola 15-5

on April 11, 2013 - 11:41am

Kiana Zerr jumps back from inside pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk

Jodi Thomas beats tag at 2nd. Photo by Alan Kirk

Krysta Salazar hits single. Photo by Alan Kirk

Close play at 1st base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Lucia Fajardo gets hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alyssa Mojica gets hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

Local Girl Scout FIRST LEGO League Team Going to World Championship

on April 11, 2013 - 11:11am

The Atomic Flying Pickles Team includes Summer Bronson, 12, Evelyn Doebling, 11, Haylee Richardson, 11, Catherine Rousculp, 12, and Lauren Stubben, 12, are all sixth graders at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

FLL News:

Local Girl Scout FIRST LEGO League Team—The Atomic Flying Pickles—from Los Alamos are heading to the FLL World Championship held in Saint Louis, MO April 25-27.

The Atomic Flying Pickles are a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails.

FLL Teams use LEGO Mindstorm kits to design robots that can compete autonomously on a field table with


State Transportation Commission to Meet in Deming

on April 11, 2013 - 10:19am


SANTA FE – The State Transportation Commission will meet Thursday, April 18 in Deming.

The meeting is 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Deming Conference Center, 119 East Pine Street.

The STC determines all matters of policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The purpose of these meetings, which are held monthly at different locations around the state, is to update the Commission on NMDOT’s activities and to determine how the two groups can enhance New Mexico’s transportation system.

Action items on the agenda include:

  • Approval of $50 Million Rolling Taxable Revolving Line

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets April 19

on April 11, 2013 - 10:01am

RCLC News:

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is set for 9-11 a.m., April 19 at the the Española City Council Chambers, 405 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española.

For more information:

OBITUARY: Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, 1928-March 24, 2013

on April 11, 2013 - 9:42am

Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, March 24, 2013

Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, 85, known to most as Roy, passed away on March 24, 2013 with his family at his side.

Roy had recently moved to Colorado, but lived the majority of his life in Los Alamos and White Rock, NM.

Roy was born in Roanoke, VA to Ethel and BR Saunders and attended Roanoke College where he obtained a degree in Physics.

After college, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to supporting the scientific testing of nuclear devices through high speed photography and other assignments.

That work lead Roy to Los Alamos, where he


Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Resolve if Possible'

on April 11, 2013 - 9:16am

Help With The Hard Stuff

Part 5 (of 10) –“Resolve if Possible”

I ended my last column asking you to remember William Ury’s “third-sider” motto, “Contain if necessary, resolve if possible, best of all prevent.”

In that column we looked at Prevent, and the three prevention roles Ury identified as Provider, Teacher, and Bridge-Builder.

This week we look at Resolve. Remember, Uri’s strategy is to catch and handle conflict as early and constructively as possible, to limit its escalation and destructiveness.

He quotes Shakespeare: “A little fire is quickly trodden


'Safe Chemical Act' to Protect Americans Reintroduced

on April 11, 2013 - 8:50am
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), today reintroduced his “Safe Chemicals Act” to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products.
Lautenberg has been working since 2005 to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals.
Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found more than 212