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Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

on November 17, 2012 - 10:00am
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.
To apply online or download an application, click here or visit
The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16.
“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public service,” Udall

‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

DALA's 'Hansel & Gretel' Coming Winterfest Weekend!

on November 17, 2012 - 8:56am

Isaac Gao, 7, trying on his skunk costume is assisted by DALA Director and Choreographer Christin Severini. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) presents an original ballet production, “Hansel & Gretel” Winterfest Weekend in celebration of DALA’s 20th Anniversary.

This playful and spirited version of the beloved fairytale is an enchanting ballet with magical fairies, colorful Lollipops and adorable woodland creatures.

The ballet features world class choreography by former American Ballet Theatre dancer, Christin Severini, who also returns to the stage in a cameo role as

YMCA Expanding into Central Park Square

on November 17, 2012 - 8:29am
YMCA News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA announced Friday to members that "we will be opening the "Y Express" in late January. This is a 3,600-square-foot facility located close to our main Y, in the Central Park Square building. We will be converting spaces 140 and 143, where Shear Genius and the Democratic Party are currently housed, which is east of the former KRSN space."

The Y Express is needed, due to current overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up. Some folks are turned away in some classes.

The email letter to members from CEO Linda Daly and Board President

Pet of the Week: Ralphie the Cat

on November 17, 2012 - 8:19am


Ralphie, 3, is a DSH spayed, female tabby/tortie, given for adoption with her friend Mo.

Shy at first, Ralphie has come out of her shell and now lets shelter volunteers pet and admire her, however, she reportedly does not care for dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Others reside off-campus in foster homes.

"Thank you, Los Alamos! We have had a really good week for cat adoptions," said Sylvia of Friends of the Shelter.

Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit Reception Dec. 6

on November 17, 2012 - 7:14am



Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Authors Speak with Chris Wilson and José Zelaya in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The "Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit" Opening Reception is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

The Plazas of New Mexico: a Book & Exhibit from the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program at the School of Architecture and Planning, UNM, Albuquerque, runs through Jan. 11, 2013.

Mesa Public Library is offering a lively Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Los Alamos Winterfest

The Hive Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

on November 17, 2012 - 6:56am

By Dave Jones

The Hive Steward


The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 on a resolution directing the County staff to work with us to develop a path for possible County support for The Hive.


We are now working on a proposal that will go through County staff and then back to the Council.


I'm very grateful to those of you that attended the meeting and to those of you who spoke on our behalf.


Photo: The Hive, 134 N.M. 4.


In an attempt to keep The Hive open while we work through this proposal to the County and other possible funding mechanisms, we have set up a crowdfunding account with a website


County Holds Ashley Pond 90 Percent Design Information Meeting

on November 17, 2012 - 5:58am
Site Construction Plan. Click Image for high resolution view. Slide from Parks Division Presentation

Staff Report

Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos County Parks Division held an informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent final design for Ashley Pond Park renovations and to answer questions about the design.

George Radnovich, ASLA, Senior Principal - Landscape Architecture, led the presentation. Radnovich is the founder and partner of Sites Southwest, LLC., the consultant hired by the County to design the pond renovations.

The design has been fleshed out more since the

County Line: Turkey Bowling Anyone?

on November 16, 2012 - 1:22pm




Turkey Bowling, Anyone?

Celebrate the season opener of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink 3-5 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 18 with some Thanksgiving fun for the whole family. 

Find out more here


No Holiday Trash Collection...
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be No trash or recycling collection Thursday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23. If either of those days is your normal trash day, place materials out by 8 a.m.


Valles Caldera Announces Winter Recreation Schedule

on November 16, 2012 - 12:39pm

VCT News:

Jemez Springs – Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of winter activities announced by the Valles Caldera National Preserve today. The schedule also includes two free snowshoeing and skiing access days.

Winter hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area. An expanded holiday schedule will run 9 a.m.–5 p.m., every day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6.

New this season, the preserve will remain open for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 21 and President’s Day, Feb. 18.

Skiing and snowshoeing open


'Voices of the Manhattan Project' Website Launched

on November 16, 2012 - 12:26pm
Manhattan Project Insignia. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation
Staff Report
Voices of the Manhattan Project is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families. 
The Manhattan Project was a great human collaboration with 130,000 people around the country working on the top-secret project.
A list of the available Los Alamos Oral Interviews available today on the website (more will be added):
  • Arno Roensch, a glass blower in the Army,

Sarah Worley Wins Logo Contest

on November 16, 2012 - 9:22am
Sarah Worley with her award winning design. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Sarah Worley, 10, of Piñon Elementary School, has won the 2012 CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest. 
The following young artists submitted logos to the contest:
  • Second place: Alexis Garcia
  • Third place: Katie Laintz
  • Fourth place: Janessa Gonzales
  • Honorable mentions include Dara Armstrong, Allegra Dougherty, Karin Ebey, Makenna Ellsworth, Duncan Fuehne, Koya Fuke, Eva Gerrish and Kalen Melton.

To participate in the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot, arrive between 1:15-1:45 p.m this Sunday Nov.

Festival of Trees at Betty Ehart Saturday

on November 16, 2012 - 9:08am

Photo by Chad Lauritzen

By Bernadette Laurizen

The place to be this Saturday is right in the heart of downtown as Los Alamos MainStreet hosts the 10th annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The four-hour festival of fun is just the thing to get into the holiday spirit. The day holds a bevy of holiday trees, decorations, wreaths and more all available by silent auction.

A bake sale and holiday poinsettias will add to the mini mall experience - allowing for one stop shopping. A craft fair will feature jewelry vendors and so much more.

“Also available are holiday decor

Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Work Begins Nov. 17

on November 16, 2012 - 8:48am

Omega Bridge in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL


 A damaged expansion joint on the south end of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, known as Omega Bridge, is being replaced beginning Saturday, Nov. 17.

Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to do the work on weekends when vehicle traffic is reduced. Planned workdays include Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

One lane of the bridge will be closed in each direction and there may be brief periods when traffic is stopped while material is being moved, said Vince Sing of Project Management.

Signs and other traffic control measures will be

School Board Moves Projects Forward

on November 16, 2012 - 8:20am

By Kirsten Laskey

President Kevin Honnell

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos School Board approved hiring two companies to move projects forward in the district.

With the board’s nod to contract with Brian McPartlon Roofing, Pinon Elementary School's roof replacement project will soon start.

Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe explained that the district received funds from the Public Schools Facilities Authority (PSFA) to rebuild a portion of the roof at the elementary school.

Vice President Dawn Venhaus

However, the roof must be completely built by Dec.


Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Offers Unique Shopping Opportunities

on November 16, 2012 - 7:38am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The new venue for this year's fair is the Crossroads Bible Church, Hwy 502, East Entry to Los Alamos, between Hilltop House Hotel and the Airport, south side of road.

Community members are invited to seize this opportunity to do all of their holiday shopping at this event, plus benefit an organization that brings to town numerous events throughout the year, such as Brown Bag Concerts, Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow and Coffeehouse.

The Los Alamos Arts Council has

Hilltoppers Beat Farmington 3-0 in 1st Round Bracket Play at State Tournament, Play Roswell Today

on November 16, 2012 - 7:00am

Erin Kirk and Claire Stewart Block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Samantha Fenner with block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Savannah Romero with block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Brianna Montano with kill shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball Finishes 2nd in State Pool Play

on November 16, 2012 - 6:38am

Savannah Romero setting Samantha Fenner against Piedra Vista. Photo by Alan Kirk

Allyssa Tedder sets at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz digs serve and pass for set. Photo by Alan Kirk

Samantha Fenner with kill shot at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

OBITUARY: Robert E. Shafer June 2, 1936–Nov. 11, 2012

on November 16, 2012 - 6:35am

ROBERT E. SHAFER June 2, 1936Nov. 11, 2012

Robert E. Shafer died suddenly at his home Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.  Born in Berkeley, Calif., June 2, 1936, he was 76 years old. 

He is survived by his wife Ann Shafer, his sister Gretchen Simpkins, and his beloved Scottish terrier Rosie. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul and by his parents Margaret Shafer and Eugene Shafer.

Robert Shafer was a recognized expert in beam instrumentation for charged-particle accelerators. He is best known for his world-class expertise on Beam Position Monitors.  

Following undergraduate study at

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts

on November 16, 2012 - 6:18am

Amish Quilt. Courtesy/MIFA

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts explores the origins and aesthetics of a tradition that has evolved in a changing world.

Opening at the Museum of International Folk Art Sunday, March 3, 2013, 34 quilts will be on view from the museum’s collection and from local collectors.

These remarkably crafted textiles illustrate the influence of religious proscriptions, westward migration, and interaction with "English" neighbors. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1, 2013.

The Amish practice a very conservative form of Protestantism.


Four U.S. Organizations Receive 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award

on November 16, 2012 - 6:10am


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Thursday named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

The winners in this, the 25th anniversary year of the award, represent four different sectors, one repeat recipient and a health network recognized for the same honor earned previously by its flagship hospital.

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients—listed with their category—are:

Community Packs Dixie Girl During First Happy Hour

on November 15, 2012 - 9:00pm

A crowd fills the bar and dining areas at Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos Thursday as the eatery hosted its first Happy Hour since receiving its liquor license earlier in the day. So many people turned out for Happy Hour that there was a short wait to be seated. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Dixie Girl Restaurant received its liquor license Thursday and the evening was filled with diners and people sampling the alcoholic beverages in the bar area. Photo by Greg Kendall/

De Colores Hosts Benefit For Hurricane Sandy Victims

on November 15, 2012 - 8:11pm

Sue Dummer of De Colores Restaurant sings a song Thursday evening during a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. Dummer is originally from New York and has family and friends who still live there. She and De Colores owner Joan Duran hosted the event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Local police officers and firefighters including Firefighter Brian Hanson, center, and Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Hererra, participated in arm wrestling competitions Thursday evening at De Colores Restaurant to help raise money, which will be given to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

Eastern Star Selling Holiday Cakes

on November 15, 2012 - 3:23pm

OES News:

Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby on Trinity Drive.

Future sale dates include all Fridays: Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.

New Mexico Participates in America Recycles Day

on November 15, 2012 - 1:57pm
By Tom Nagawiecki
Environmental Services Specialist
Los Alamos County

Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind us about the importance of recycling.

New Mexico itself has been fortunate to see continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.

Here in Los Alamos County a glass drop-off recycling