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Breaking News: Los Alamos County Clerk Opts to Face Judge Regarding Same Sex Marriage Issue

on September 3, 2013 - 3:52pm

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, center, Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales and Junior County Attorney Katie Thwaits in their conference room this morning have worked on the legal question surrounding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses during the last four days. At the heart of the matter is the fact that the marriage license in State statute has not been updated since 1961. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has issued the following statement regarding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses:"Last week, Los

UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Continue at Steady Pace

on September 3, 2013 - 3:32pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said late this morning that her office has been receiving a steady flow of ballots for the UNM-LA mil levy election following the holiday weekend. Ballots must physically arrive in the Clerk's Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Dr. Cindy Rooney, Dean of Instruction at UNM-LA will speak at this month's Chamber Business Breakfast about the funding situation at the college and how the local campus can better serve businesses. The talk is 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in the Student Services Building.

Los Alamos County Leader in Health Insurance Coverage

on September 3, 2013 - 3:16pm


The percentage of residents younger than 65 in Los Alamos County who had health insurance in 2011 was 95.3 percent, putting it in second place among the nation’s 3,143 counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Only Norfolk County in Massachusetts had a higher insured rate at 96.9 percent.

New Mexico had the fourth-highest uninsured rate among the states in 2011 at 23 percent. It followed Texas, Florida and Nevada.

Los Alamos County had by far the lowest uninsured rate in New Mexico at 4.7 percent. The next lowest was Eddy County at 17.9 percent.


DOE Secretary Stresses Energy Security During Los Alamos Visit

on September 3, 2013 - 2:17pm

From left, Dr. Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bioscience Division and the New Mexico Consortium, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan Tuesday at the New Mexico Consortium biological laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Dr. Richard Sayre, one of the nation’s top specialists in algae and energy-producing plant research, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz on work underway at the Bioscience Research Lab. Photo by Leland Lehman/

OBITUARY: Bonnie Murchie Koch July 20, 1954–August 28, 2013

on September 3, 2013 - 1:40pm

BONNIE MURCHIE KOCH July 20, 1954–August 28, 2013

Bonnie Murchie Koch passed away on Wednesday August 28, 2013 at her home in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Bonnie was born July 20, 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana, the third daughter of four children of William and Barbara (Hamilton) Murchie. Bonnie graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1972 and went on to receive a BA in chemistry in 1976 with Phi Beta Kappa and an MS in geophysics in 1979 from Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana. Bonnie was an acclaimed soloist and playwright in high school productions.

After completing her education,


Bandelier Superintendent to Give Updates on Monument's Transportation and Fire Management Plans at Sierra Club Sept. 4

on September 3, 2013 - 8:33am
The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus in building 2, room: 220 with guest speaker Superintendent Jason Lott from Bandelier National Monument.
Lott will give an update on the Monument's transportation and fire management plans as well as the most recent flash flood.

'Blue Jasmine' is Humorous and Heartwrenching

on September 3, 2013 - 8:23am

Movie Review by KIRSTEN LASKEY

“Blue Jasmine” might make you feel blue. This doesn’t mean the movie is not good, but rather that it stirs up a mixture of emotions. You could be chuckling, yet feel pings of sympathy all in one moment.

Woody Allen’s movie is set in the present, but feels like it could have jumped out of  a Tennessee Williams play. “A Street Car Named Desire,” has a similar plot.

Like Blanche DuBois, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a woman who is unraveling.

LAMS Cross Country Teams Show Strong at Penasco Invitational

on September 3, 2013 - 8:17am

The Los Alamos Middle School girls and boys cross country teams had strong showings in the Penasco Invitational Saturday, Aug. 31, with the girls' team placing 2nd and the boys team placing 3rd. Photo by Jim Stein


County Recreation Department Promotes Youth Tennis

on September 3, 2013 - 7:53am

OBITUARY: Marilyn Quadracci Fabry June 13, 1953–August 31, 2013

on September 3, 2013 - 7:33am

MARILYN QUADRACCI FABRY June 13, 1953–August 31, 2013

Marilyn Quadracci Fabry, 60, a resident of Los Alamos, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, August 31, 2013 following a battle with cancer. She was born on June 13, 1953 to Art and Laura Quadracci in McAlester, Okla. She was an only child – God bless them.

She grew up in McAlester, OK and attended Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She taught in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico; the longest in New Mexico at Los Alamos High School for close to 20 years.

She was


OBITUARY: Dr. Charles Fremont Huff July 21, 1939–Aug. 30, 2013

on September 3, 2013 - 7:13am

DR. CHARLES FREMONT HUFF July 21, 1939Aug. 30, 2013

Dr. Charles Fremont Huff passed away in Los Alamos, New Mexico on Friday, August 30, 2013 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.

Charles (always known as “Charley”) was born July 21, 1939 in Alice, Texas to John Arleigh and Nellmarie Huff and spent most of his childhood in Boerne.

He met the love of his life, Mary Katherine Vogt, when he was 9 years old, and they celebrated 53 years of marriage on August 27, 2013.

Charley got his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and his PhD from Oklahoma


LAHS Baseball/Softball Teams Thank Sponsors

on September 3, 2013 - 7:03am


Food on the Hill: Cuban Sandwiches

on September 3, 2013 - 6:53am

This Week's Recipe:

Cuban Sandwiches

Photo by Sue York/


4 Ciabatta buns, sliced horizontally
8 slices of baby Swiss cheese
Long sliced refrigerated dill pickles
½ pound sliced ham
1 pound of roast pork, shredded (I get mine in the prepared dinner section of the meat department - Get the no sauce flavor. Don’t use the moisture in the pack, dry off the meat)
Country mustard


Mix together the mustard and mayo in 50/50 portions.

Live Music under the Stars at Opera on the Rocks

on September 3, 2013 - 6:48am

Opera on the Rocks 2012. Courtesy/BNM


Enjoy an exciting night of opera at Bandelier National Monument during the second annual Opera on the Rocks event at 6: 15 p.m.. Saturday, Sept. 21. Opera Alta will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

This opera was originally created by composer Gian Menotti for NBC, making it the first opera written entirely for television. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.

Hosts of the event include the Los

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 22–Aug. 28, 2013

on September 2, 2013 - 7:34am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.



Aug. 22 at 11:34 a.m. / Police arrested Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 22 at 11:45 a.m. / Police arrested Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Photo unavailable from police.

Aug. 23 at 1:29 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Concern Over Large Trucks on Main Hill Road

on September 2, 2013 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

I would like to voice my concerns over the use of the Main Hill Road by large construction trucks. 

Part of my exasperation comes from the delays these trucks are creating by using the road and traveling at 20 miles per hour. I don’t travel the road that much so my concerns center around the safety impacts.

I remember an incident that occurred 24-26 years ago when a large truck jackknifed on the Main Hill, killing a young man who left behind a wife and two small children.

Los Alamos Pilot Takes Belgium Exchange Student on Flight

on September 2, 2013 - 7:31am

Los Alamos Rotarian Gary Derosier of First National Bank of Santa Fe pilots his own plane and Aug. 28 took Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux on a flight around the area. Photo by Lisa Harris

Gary Derosier, left, and Thomas Routiaux prepare to board the plane for their morning flight. Photo by Lisa Harris

Staff Report

When Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club recently, a member asked him "what can we do for you?" Routiaux asked members to take him with them to gain new experiences.

"How would you like to take a plane ride," said Rotarian Gary

Labor Day Celebrates the American Worker

on September 2, 2013 - 7:29am

1987 AFGE Local 648 march in a 1987 Labor Day parade in Chicago, Ill. Courtesy/USDOL

Staff Report

The last major holiday of summer, Labor Day celebrates the American worker.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, held


SFI Seminar: Noise-Induced Phenomena in One-Dimensional Maps

on September 2, 2013 - 7:22am

SFI News:

The next SFI Seminar is set for 12:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road.

Yuzuru Sato of Hokkaido University, Japan will present the seminar: Noise-Induced Phenomena in One-Dimensional Maps.

Abstract: Noise-induced phenomena arise out of interaction between deterministic dynamics and stochastic noise. Stochastic resonance, noise-induced synchronization, and noise-induced chaos are typical examples in statistical and nonlinear physics.

Pet of the Week: Darcie the Long-haired Tortoiseshell

on September 2, 2013 - 7:20am


Darcie, the long-haired tortoiseshell has really come out of her shell. She was surrendered with a few other feline friends when their owner moved to assisted living.

For a while Darcie hid under the kennels, but has finally decided that the carpeted cat tower isn’t so bad, as long as she gets the spot on top where she can keep an eye on everyone else.

Darcie retires a bit when approached, but quickly warms up when petted softly. Sometimes she’ll even roll over and show off her back feet – one is black and one is white. Darcie is declawed and must be an indoor cat.

All adoptable

Experienced Volunteer Ground Personnel Invited to Join Search for Firefighter in Jemez

on September 1, 2013 - 11:47pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is heading up a Search and Rescue (SAR) effort in the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest near Jemez Springs to locate a firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing Friday while conducting size up for a new start in the forest. 

Volunteer SAR is proceeding, and experienced volunteer ground personnel are invited to join in this effort. 

Directions to the ICP are:

  • Head west on Rt. 4
  • Turn right onto 126
  • Turn left onto NF-376
  • Turn left onto NF-604
  • Turn right onto School House Mesa/604
  • Turn left onto Cebollita Springs NF-606 Look for a big clearing with emergency vehicles

Los Alamos Baseball Legend Bun Ryan Honored at Rockies Game for WWII Service

on September 1, 2013 - 10:45pm
Los Alamos baseball legend Bun Ryan, left, with Wally McCorkle is featured on the big screen at the Sept. 1 Rockies introduction. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos baseball legend Bun Ryan was honored at the Sept. 1 Rockies introduction for his military service.
It was a great day for everyone with Ryan having about 25 folks from his immediate family as well as other friends at the event.
This is what they read over the PA system:
"Bernard L. Ryan, known as Bun to his friends and family, was born and raised in Leadville, Colo.

Big Impact Expected From Former Los Alamos Hilltopper Andy Thoma

on September 1, 2013 - 10:22am
Former Los Alamos Hilltopper Andy Thoma, center, is the most experienced of the junior class. Courtesy/

The junior class features several talented players who have not seen as much of the field as their level of play would indicate.


Los Alamos Tops 'Best Place to Live in America' List

on September 1, 2013 - 9:45am
'Guardian Mesas' east of Los Alamos. Courtesy/Zuma Press file
By G. Scott Thomas
American City Business Journals, Inc.
(2004 article)

Don Taylor wasn't satisfied with life in Rhode Island. So he decided to search for something better beyond his state's borders — maybe way out West.

His quest ended in Los Alamos.

"The pace in New England is kind of stressful. It's almost claustrophobic," says Taylor, a photographer who moved to Los Alamos 20 years ago. "But here, it's different. It's relaxed. We've got wide open spaces, and the people are laid back."

Taylor's praise is reinforced by

NM Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera to Speak at Los Alamos Community Dinner

on September 1, 2013 - 9:10am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party is sponsoring a community dinner emphasizing public education in New Mexico.

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is the guest speaker for the event set for 6 p.m., Sept. 11 in the large conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.

Skandera has served as a senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education. During former President George W.