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Community Invited to Co-op's 2nd Anniversary Party Saturday

on February 27, 2013 - 7:47am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary Saturday, March 2 and the community is invited to the big event.

The "Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town," 95 Entrada Dr., is throwing a party with cake, music, youth activities, chair massages and much more!

Most events are scheduled 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food sampling, deep member discounts and gift bags for people who buy a new, renewed, or upgraded membership Saturday.

Co-op members will save 10 percent on regular priced items all day.

The Los Alamos Co-op is now a drop-off point for glass


Learn Vegetable ABCs with Carlos Valdez

on February 27, 2013 - 7:35am
Carlos Valdez of the Los Alamos Office of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service talks with clients. Courtesy/NMSU Kevin Robinson

PEEC News:

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.”

This talk is free and open to the public.

The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.


Memorial for Gordon D. Crocker

on February 27, 2013 - 7:25am
Gordon D. Crocker
May 11, 1939 – Dec. 22, 2012
A memorial service and reception will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

Skiesta! is Saturday at Ski Hill Followed by Acoustic Set at Pajarito Brew Pub

on February 27, 2013 - 7:23am

Editor's note: Ryan McGarvey will play an acoustic set from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Pajarito Brew Pub, 614 Trinity Dr., Saturday after Skiesta!


Black Mesa Brass Quintet to Perform Brown Bag Concert

on February 27, 2013 - 7:16am
The Black Mesa Brass Quintet performing at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
LAAC News:

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet will perform as part of the Brown Bag Performance series at noon Wednesday, March 6 at Fuller Lodge.

Since 1973, Brown Bag Performances have entertained Los Alamos music lovers with a wide variety of music. Concerts are usually at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.

Brown Bag Performances are sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) and funded in part by the County of Los Alamos.

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the

UNM-LA Offers Primitive Fire Making Class

on February 27, 2013 - 6:56am

Building a fire the old-fashioned way. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

Have you ever wanted to feel the freedom and empowerment that comes with making fire from nature’s raw materials? 

Now is your chance! Enroll in a Primitive Fire Making Workshop through UNM-Los Alamos Community Education.

In this one-day workshop, students wil learn:

  • how to use basic hand tools safely for firemaking purposes;
  • how to prepare an area for making a fire;
  • how to select plants appropriate for making a fire;
  • how to craft primitive fire making tools; and
  • how to maintain, manage and transport a fire.

Students will


New York City Jazz Will Heat Up Fuller Lodge

on February 27, 2013 - 6:52am

Staff Report

Two NYC jazz musicians will perform on piano and trumpet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Fuller Lodge.

Roy Dunlap (piano) and Marcus Parsley (trumpet) are world-class musicians and Saturday’s concert will be a real treat for jazz lovers.

Local jazz musicians will open the show. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at or at the door.

Roy Dunlap began playing professionally at age 14. He attained a Master’s in Piano at Queens College in New York City, studying with Sir Roland Hanna.

Dunlap has toured

Orchard Owner Will Speak on Successful Fruit Production

on February 27, 2013 - 6:45am

Gordon Tooley of Tooley's Trees will be the featured speaker at PEEC March 5.

PEEC News:

Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices for maintaining an orchard.

Have you ever dreamed about picking beautiful, delicious, ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. 

Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice.

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed 'Katie's Law' Legislation

on February 27, 2013 - 6:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his Washington, D.C. office Tuesday with the family of murdered NMSU student Katie Sepich. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide.

NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro Briefs Council

on February 26, 2013 - 10:36pm

Executive Director Tony Mortillaro and Chairman Daniel Barrone of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at this evening's Council meeting in Council Chambers. Mortillaro is a former Los Alamo County Administrator. He said that the organization's first rider survey showed a 4.7 average rating out of 5 for overall satisfaction with the services provided; replaced aging fleet with modern and economical vehicles that have enhanced security features; developed long range financial and capital investment strategic plans; New Edgewood to Santa Fe route and record ridership.

Final Decision: 'Los Alamos County Municipal Building'

on February 26, 2013 - 9:53pm

This evening in Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger briefed Council on the results of the naming committee for the new municipal building. She explained that the majority of public sentiment reflected a desire to name the new building the 'Los Alamos County Municipal Building.' Following Habiger's presentation, Council voted 6-0 to thank the naming committee for its efforts and take no action on the request brought forward previously by Councilor Fran Berting to name the building the Jeannette O. Wallace Building.

Council Unanimously Approves Smart Grid Project

on February 26, 2013 - 9:04pm

Council voted 6-0 to approve a contract for General Services with Landis + Gyr in the amount of $467,004.50, plus applicable gross receipts tax, for the purpose of smart meters. White Rock resident Tadeusz Raven expressed security concerns with the Smart Meters. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers said he shared security concerns as well but added that it was important to move forward with te project. Councilor David Izraelevitz was absent. Print screen photo

Council Approves Sewer Rate Hike

on February 26, 2013 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Council from left, Rick Reiss, Kristin Henderson, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Pete Sheehey, Fran Berting, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz and Steve Girrens voted 4-2 to approve the Department of Public Utilities request for a rate restructure this year and an 8 percent annual rate increase over the next five years. Rodgers and Berting voted against the measure. Rodgers expressed concern that the rate increase will occur annually over the next five years, which will likely result in resident fatigue - leaving a new council to deal with it.

Public Comments Reflect Concern With Sewer Rate Hike

on February 26, 2013 - 8:24pm

Speaking during public comment this evening, White Rock businessman Tadeusz Raven said the 8 percent sewer rate hike will not only affect businesses but also nonprofits, churches, public pools and the schools. Two other residents expressed similar concerns. Print screen photo

DPU Explains Where Rate Increase Will Go

on February 26, 2013 - 8:15pm

Deputy Utilities Manager Bob Westervelt, left, and DPU Manager John Arrowsmith explain to Council this evening that the 8 percent sewer rate increase they are seeking is expected to generate $400,000 per year, which will go to needed upgrades to the sewer infrastructure within the County. Print Screen photo

DPU Presents Case for Sewer Rate Increase at Tonight's Council Meeting

on February 26, 2013 - 7:57pm

Deputy Utilities Manager Bob Westervelt. Print screen photo

Staff report

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Deputy Utilities Manager Bob Westervelt is briefing the Los Alamos County Council on the reasons behind the DPU's request for an 8 percent sewer rate increase.

The purpose for the increase is to upgrade the aging sewer system.

If approved by Council this evening, Westervelt said it would become effective tomorrow, adding that the DPU would ensure customers complete their current billing cycle at the current rate before incurring the increase.


County's Glass Drop-Off Recycling Program Expanding

on February 26, 2013 - 4:04pm

Glass cullet placed at the Municipal Building prior to being mixed into the soil. Courtesy/LAC


A new yellow glass drop-off recycling dumpster has been placed at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market to increase the convenience for residents to participate in the program. 

The program now includes four drop off locations; Los Alamos Co-op, Sullivan Field, Los Alamos County Eco Station and Overlook Park Convenience Center.  Residents can recycle glass bottles and jars of all colors at any of these locations. 

“I am happy that the Co-op is now a glass drop off location, which


New Mexico’s 13 National Parks = Visitors, Money, Jobs

on February 26, 2013 - 3:51pm

New Mexico national parks. Courtesy/NPS


NPS News:

DENVER – A new National Park Service report shows that nearly 1.5 million national park visitors in New Mexico in 2011 spent $102 million and supported 1,538jobs in the state.

Nationwide, visitors to the 398 units of the National Park System had a combined $30 billion economic benefit that supported 252,000 jobs.

“The national parks of New Mexico are exceptional and varied places – from the ancient mystery of Chaco Canyon to the wondrous geology of Carlsbad Caverns.

The attraction of these 13 natural and cultural crown jewels as

LAHS NJROTC Wins First Place Team Award

on February 26, 2013 - 3:40pm

LAHS NJROTC shooters who competed in the Western Navy Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, last weekend were front row from left, John Gibson and Tessa Snyder. Back row from left Nikita Beloousov, Sam Wolfe, Brandon Frank and Noah Marriott. Courtesy photo


Members of Los Alamos High School Navy JROTC shooting team traveled to Salt Lake City last weekend to compete in the Western Navy Championships.

The precision team of Tessa Snyder, Brandon Frank, Noah Marriott and John Gibson beat out the team from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas for the first place team award.


Udall: NM to Receive $7.2 Million Reimbursement for Fire Fighting Efforts

on February 26, 2013 - 3:29pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $7.2 million to New Mexico for the state’s recent fire suppression efforts in the 2011 Track and Donaldson fires.
“As New Mexico faces this ongoing drought, we are preparing for another potentially dangerous fire season,” Udall said. “These federal grants are critical in ensuring that our state has the resources it needs to combat the wildfires that threaten our homes and ways of life.”
The Forestry Division of the New Mexico

Fuel Tanker Accident Cleanup Continues on U.S. 84/285 at N.M. 599

on February 26, 2013 - 3:17pm


SANTA FE – Western Refining and its environmental cleanup contractor, D&H Pump, are continuing to work to clean up an estimated 1,600 gallons of gasoline that were spilled from a Western Refining fuel tanker that jackknifed and ruptured on U.S. 84/285 at the N.M. 599 exit Sunday evening.

The right northbound lane and the right southbound lane of U.S. 84/285 were closed as of 11 a.m. today, Feb. 26.

Traffic was delayed Sunday evening as first responders worked to contain the spill. Motorists are advised that the cleanup work could take several days.

The New Mexico

LANS, LANL Fostering Economic Development in Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2013 - 3:10pm

Ribbon cutting and grand opening of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery in Cuyamungue. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Native American Venture Acceleration Fund provides boost to six regional businesses

Six Native American businesses received grants through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

Funding comes from LANS, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the New

I-40 Reopened in New Mexico, Closed in Texas

on February 26, 2013 - 3:03pm


SANTA FE - New Mexico State Police have reopened Interstate 40 in New Mexico to the Texas border. 

However, I-40 is closed on the Texas side from Amarillo to Sayre. When motorists reach the border, Texas authorities will escort them in caravans to Amarillo. 

Once in Amarillo, motorists will have to continue north or south until I-40 eastbound is reopened.

To monitor the situation on the Texas Department of Transportation’s website, visit


Historical Society to Offer Public Walking Tours

on February 26, 2013 - 2:49pm



The Los Alamos Historical Society will be offering to the public daily walking tours of the historic district.

Start time will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, and continue Monday through Saturday for a four-week trial.

As a fundraiser for the Museum, the cost is $10/person, with family pricing TBD. We are looking for volunteers to take a regular slot for our first four-week trial
run, which is intended to catch the Spring Break crowd.

High school and college students are also encouraged to consider volunteering as tour guides.

The first mandatory training

Column: How Will Sequestration Cuts Affect New Mexico?

on February 26, 2013 - 2:26pm
Los Alamos

According to the information put forward on the White House website, Sequestration will cut funding to New Mexico by millions including providing fewer funds for everything from education and military bases to meals for senior citizens.

The total amount of cuts for the entire country is $85 billion.

Here are the details:

Primary Cuts:

MILITARY READINESS (Dept. of Def.): $42 million in cuts from Army base(s) ($32 mil.) and Air Force base(s) ($10 mil.) (National Laboratory cuts were not mentioned.)

EDUCATION CUTS: $6.1 million for primary and