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Thompson Ridge Fire Bear Cub Gains Weight

on June 26, 2013 - 11:51am

VCNP News:

Sunday, June 16, a hungry, thirsty and frightened bear cub was searching for the mother he lost during the Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Firefighters working the line came across the cub a day earlier and decided to add him to their monitoring duties. They watched from a distance as he climbed trees and scampered in and out of the tall grass. But when it became obvious a mother-cub reunion would not come in time to save the toddler’s life his buddies on the fire line called for help.

New Mexico Game and Fish Department was summoned to collect the

Bandelier Hosting July 4 Naturalization Ceremony

on June 26, 2013 - 11:38am


Last year's July 4 Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ 


July 4th is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate our freedom and independence.

This year, building on the success of last year's ceremony, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony.

Fifteen candidates, after years of fulfilling their requirements, will be taking their oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

LANL Takes Step Toward Remediating Contaminated Groundwater Plume

on June 26, 2013 - 11:21am

Cheryl Rodriguez of NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office and Dave McInroy of Los Alamos National Laboratory turn the valve necessary to release treated groundwater into a man-made reservoir. The effort is part of a pump and treat test of chromium-contaminated groundwater. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory environmental program experts are one step closer to determining the best way to remediate a chromium plume in groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon.

Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Laboratory environmental cleanup offices began pumping tests

Los Alamos' Alex Kirk Among 16 Finalists Named for 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team

on June 26, 2013 - 11:02am

Lobos standout Alex Kirk, left, of Los Alamos is among 16 finalists named for the World University Games Team. Courtesy photo 


Following three days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., that kicked off on June 24 with 26 of the nation’s top collegiate athletes, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee today announced 16 finalists for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team.

Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs through June 30, and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s


Ten Outstanding Students Awarded LAPS Foundation Scholarships

on June 26, 2013 - 10:15am


Ten remarkable students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Scholarship.

Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an Educator of Distinction; this is an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools.


Udall Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act

on June 26, 2013 - 10:06am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today issued the following statement the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court reflects the growing progress made for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals around the country. Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for thousands of loving, committed families who have been denied equality under the law for too long and will now be rightly treated as the full and equal citizens they are.
"I was proud to support legislation

LAHS Graduate Leia Roach Awarded Kiwanis Scholarship

on June 26, 2013 - 9:00am

From left, Kiwanian/Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis Vice President Karen Kendall; scholarship winner Leia Roach with parents Anita Barela and Brad Roach and Gloria Guthals. During Tuesday's meeting, Los Alamos High School graduate Leia Roach was awarded the Kiwanis scholarship dedicated to the memory of Gloria Guthals' husband Paul Guthals, a longtime Kiwanian. Roach was cited for providing many, many hours of community service. Photo by Katy Korkos

'Drive For Matches' Golf Tournament July 20

on June 26, 2013 - 8:44am

BBBS News:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Alamos Rio Arriba Counties 2nd Annual Golf Tournament: Drive for Matches

July 20 marks the second year for the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ of Los Alamos Rio Arriba Golf Tournament.

The tournament will be at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course and benefits children in Northern New Mexico.

The main focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


Is This Your Cat?

on June 26, 2013 - 8:42am

Register For YMCA Youth Summer Sports Clinics

on June 26, 2013 - 7:55am

YMCA News:

The Summer Sports Clinics will be a Monday through Friday program focused on developing and practicing skills to improve each person’s knowledge and abilities in the sport regardless of current skill level or experience.

UK Soccer:
  • Ages 4-16 / July 8-12 / 9-noon $100

Jr. Wrestling:

  • Ages 5-12 / July 15-19 / 9-11 a.m. $40
  • Grades K-2 / July 22-26 / 9-10:30 a.m. $50
  • Grades 3-4 / July 22-26 / 2-4 p.m. $50
  • Grades 5-8 / July 22-26 / 2-5 p.m. $50


Ages 8-14 / July 29-Aug. 29 / 11 a.m. $40

Rock Climbing:

  • Ages 5-12 / Aug. 5-9 / 1-3 p.m. $60

To register or


Los Alamos/Tribogenics Create Highly Portable Imaging System

on June 26, 2013 - 7:34am

A hand-held calculator that was X-rayed by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers using the MiniMAX camera, a lightweight, portable X-ray machine that could revolution imaging of closed containers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Application to be featured at IAEA conference on nuclear security in Vienna

LOS ALAMOS/MARINA DEL REY - Los Alamos National Laboratory and Tribogenics, the pioneer of innovative X-ray solutions, have partnered to create a unique, lightweight, compact, low-cost X-ray system that uses the MiniMAX (Miniature, Mobile, Agile, X-ray) camera to provide real-time inspection

LAHS Golfers Attend Air Force Academy Camp

on June 26, 2013 - 7:20am

LAHS golfers, Emma Haines, left, and Jennifer Necker ready to hit the links at the USAF Academy golf course. Courtesy photo

Emma Haines receives 'Camper of the Week' award from head coach George Koury at the USAF Academy Golf Camp. Courtesy photo


During the week of June 17 LAHS woman's golf team senior co-captain, Emma Haines and freshman, Jennifer Necker, attended the US Air Force Academy Golf Camp.

The girls were among only seven girls who attended the camp along with more than 60 boys.


Meet New Born Goats at PEEC July 2

on June 26, 2013 - 6:53am
Cuddle with baby goats July 2 at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC Tuesday, July 2 for your chance to meet week-old goats. Both Los Alamos and the Jemez are home to goat farms, and their owners will be at PEEC with some new borns.

This program is part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings and is free to PEEC members and just $5 per family for non-members. Drop in any time between 6:30-8 p.m.

Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch, and Debbie Wood of Second Bloom Farm will bring mom and baby goats to PEEC.

Aspen Elementary Portable Campus on the Move

on June 26, 2013 - 6:40am

LAPS Construction Manager Herb McLean stands in front of the first of four classroom portables arriving from Clovis and heard for Aspen early next week. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The first of four classroom portables destined for Aspen Elementary School arrived in Los Alamos Tuesday.

A second portable will arrive from Clovis today, a third Friday and the fourth on Monday. The portables will be dropped off at the high school parking lot until next Monday or Tuesday when all four will be moved to the Aspen campus.

These classroom portables will join the eight portables moving from Los


Governor Launches New Mexico Film Trails Map and Webpage

on June 25, 2013 - 11:49am


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has assisted in the launch of New Mexico's new Film Trails Map and Webpage that will help visitors experience authentic movie adventures in New Mexico.

The new travel planning resource created by the state’s Tourism Department can be found here. The website can be used by in-state travelers as well as out-of-state visitors planning a New Mexico vacation or visit. Martinez made her announcement Monday at the Albuquerque Studios.

Travelers can plan trips based on popular movies and TV series shot in New Mexico, Martinez said.

The website

Early Morning Reveals Colorful Sky Above Los Alamos

on June 25, 2013 - 11:42am

Early morning sky captured on camera in Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

OBITUARY: Shane Lee Schultz Feb. 1, 1970–June 19, 2013

on June 25, 2013 - 11:20am

SHANE LEE SCHULTZ Feb. 1, 1970–June 19, 2013

Shane Lee Schultz, 43, of Neola, Utah, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Shane served as a Combat Engineer, First Infantry Division, US Army, based at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He served in Afghanistan, was disabled, and received a medical retirement in 2012.

Shane was born February 1, 1970, in Deming, New Mexico, the second of three sons of George R. Schultz and Barbara Knowles Schultz. Shane grew up in Moab, Utah. In 1979 his parents divorced and his father married Diana Webb. Shane attended Grand County High School in Moab.


US-Russia Partnership Reaches Key Milestone in Converting Russian Nuclear Weapons into US Nuclear Fuel

on June 25, 2013 - 10:26am
HEU. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts.
With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

“The HEU Purchase

LAFD: Public Safety Highest Priority At Fireworks Display

on June 25, 2013 - 9:25am

Fire Chief Troy Hughes




Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented this morning on public safety and the upcoming fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.


The County contracts with the Kiwanis to provide the fireworks for the popular, family-friendly annual event held at Overlook Park in White Rock each Independence Day. At this point, the fireworks display is scheduled to go on as planned; however, Hughes stressed that many public safety and fire-wise considerations have been taken into account in the early planning stages.


“We worked closely for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18–June 20, 2013

on June 25, 2013 - 9:22am

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.


June 18 at 12:57 a.m. / Police arrested Derek Padilla, 22, of Santa Fe on Diamond Drive and charged him with possession of marijuana. He was issued a summons to appear in court. No photo available.

June 18 at 4:33 p.m. / A 79-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card without her permission. The estimated loss is $540.42.


June 19

Los Alamos Court Rulings May 14–June 4, 2013

on June 25, 2013 - 9:21am

Los Alamos Court Rulings:

June 4, 2013: TATYANA KURENNAYA, 60, of Los Alamos was found guilty by Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs - 2nd offense. She was fined $999, ordered to pay $231 in fees, perform 48 hours of community service, install an  interlock device on her vehicle, serve one year probation with fees of $40 per month, 90 hours at an intensive outpatient treatment program, serve 179 days in jail with 164 days suspended and wear an electronic monitoring device.

Creativity Marked Saturday's Arts & Crafts Show

on June 25, 2013 - 9:19am

Susan Morales, Lisa Morales and Helen Campion of Hold U and Company hosted Saturday's Arts and Crafts Show at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 104 DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artist and independent director Sandra Quintana of Classic Creations displays a variety of her art work and products on sale during Saturday's Arts and Crafts Show. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artist and owner Anndria Cornish of Native Elements shows off her jewelry. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

El Valle Designs owner Joella Gallegos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Garden Signs and Bird Feeders Vandalized at Mountain School

on June 25, 2013 - 9:04am

Someone vandelized garden signs and bird feeders at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School PTA has announced that garden signs and bird feeders at the school were vandalized over the weekend of June 22-23.

The PTO would like to encourage the community to keep a watchful eye out and report and any vandalism to the Mountain School principal or the Los Alamos Police Department.

The PTA will replace the classroom garden signs and feeders when school resumes in August.

Los Alamos Kiwanis Honors Local Student Jordan Ahlers

on June 25, 2013 - 8:58am

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has kicked off its annual recognition of local students selected to recieve educational scholarships. Jordan Ahlers graduated from Los Alamos High School and was honored at a recent Kiwanis meeting. She will attend Hillsdale College in Michigan in the fall to study pre-law or engineering. From left, Kiwanian Morrie Pongratz, kneeling, her father Gary Ahlers, Jordan Ahlers, Kiwanis President Don Casperson and her mother Joan Ahlers. Kiwanis meets  at noon each Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and focuses on youth

Los Alamos Students Complete European Journey

on June 25, 2013 - 8:56am
Twenty four Los Alamos students celebrated on a Bateaux Mouche on the Seine their high school graduation and their 12 days traveling through Europe. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students at the top of Galeries Lafayette. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
View from the Padlock Bridge. Photo by Lynn Ovaska