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'Education is Hope' Screened in Los Alamos

on September 30, 2012 - 11:09am

Film Producer Will O'Donnell and Editor Holger Waschinski. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff report

On Saturday night, the Reel Deal Theater presented a free screening of the grassroots film Education is Hope. The film was produced locally and filmed in Kenya by Will O'Donnell  and Dylan Westfall. The documentary film highlights the efforts of the International Peace Initiatives (IPI) to provide opportunities for children to attend school. Holger Waschinski of Pac8 edited the movie.

Will O'Donnell and Fredah Rajab, a young woman featured in the film, were on hand before and after the

White Rock Visitor Center Officially Opens

on September 30, 2012 - 9:28am


Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover surrounded by officials and school children cuts the ribbon on the new White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4 Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A large crowd of community members, developers and officials turned out for Friday's grand opening ceremony for the White Rock Visitor Center on NM. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos addresses the crowd.

Los Alamos County Bids Nancy Cerutti Farewell

on September 30, 2012 - 9:27am

Los Alamos County Senior Planner Nancy Cerutti retired Friday following 22 years of service. Anne Laurent, Capital Projects and Facilities director, presents Nambé gifts to Cerutti on behalf of the County during a farewell party Friday afternoon at the Community and Economic Development Department on East Road. Cerutti explained that her husband John Cerutti, took the buyout option from Los Alamos National Laboratory in the spring and she decided that she wanted to have time to go off and play and have fun with him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County officials including Council

VFW Ladies Auxillary Ribeye Dinner is Oct. 5

on September 30, 2012 - 8:49am

VFW News:

The public is invited to attend the Los Alamos VFW Ladies Auxillary Fundraiser at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 at the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 8874, 1793 Deacon St.

The fundraiser includes a Ribeye Steak Dinner with all the trimmings and the cost for the meal is $16 per ticket.

Proceeds from the VFW Ladies Auxillary Fundraiser will go to benefit Veteran's programs.

Tickets may be pruchased at the VFW or by calling 662-4453.


'Autumn in Provence' Tops $5,000 for Kiwanis Scholarships

on September 29, 2012 - 7:52pm

Kiwanian First Vice President/Event Chair Karen Kendall welcomes nearly 100 people to Saturday night's "Autumn in Provence" wine dinner fundraiser at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos hosted the event, which raised $5,700, including $1,000 scholarship donation by Kurt Steinhaus on behalf of LANS, LLC and Director Charlie McMillan of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Kiwanis is the local service club with a focus on youth projects. Founded in January 1948, Kiwanis is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos.

Karen Wray Fine Art Moves to New Location

on September 29, 2012 - 1:27pm


Karen Wray Fine Art, Gallery and Studio has moved to 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125 on the ground floor, southwest corner of the Community Bank Building facing 15th Street.

New hours begining Oct. 1:

Tuesday-Friday: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 3 p.m.

The gallery features fine art created by local artists and also offers painting classes taught by local artists.

Fall painting classes have been postponed until sometime in late January.

For gallery classes and other information, call 660-6382 or visit

County Clerks Office Certifies Voting Machines

on September 29, 2012 - 1:02pm

From left, County Council candidates Michael Redondo and Kristin Henderson with Los Alamos Canvasing Committee member Bill McKerley and observer Marie Chiravalle, review voting machine procedures Friday at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Bill McKerley, a member of the Los Alamos Canvasing Committee and Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols stand among voting machines to be certified by the County Clerk's Office Friday. McKerley stated that he was recently in Starbucks and saw a uniformed soldier.

'Flowers by Gillian' Opens at KRSN

on September 29, 2012 - 12:49pm

KRSN AM 1490 Station Co-owner Gillian Sutton designed all of the floral arrangements for the tables at the United Way Youth Team's "Taste the Sky" fundraiser at Los Alamos County Airport earlier this month.

Sutton was a local florist for more than 15 years before buying the radio station in 2005.

She recently placed a large floral cooler in the KRSN studio at Diamond Drive and Arkansas Street and launched "Flowers by Gillian."

Sutton now creates custom floral designs to order and delivers locally.

Contact Sutton at 663-0012, 663-1490 or Photo by Carol A.


Glass Drop-off Recycling Program Starts Today

on September 29, 2012 - 12:24pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Starting Saturaday, Sept. 29, yellow collection dumpsters will be placed at Sullivan Field and the Overlook Park Convenience Center to accept glass bottles and jars of all colors for recycling.

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted for recycling at the Eco Station. Yellow in-home collection containers are now available at the Eco Station.

Courtesy Photo


Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki in front of County's new glass crusher. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos County

Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet

on September 29, 2012 - 12:09pm

An image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011, shows troughs along the equator of the asteroid Vesta, including Divalia Fossa, which is larger than the Grand Canyon. A new study analyzing these troughs finds that they are probably graben – a dip in the surface with faults on either side that would indicate that Vesta has characteristics much like a planet or large moon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Enormous troughs that reach across the asteroid Vesta may actually be stretch marks that hint of a complexity beyond most asteroids.


SFI: Three Lectures, Three Nights...

on September 29, 2012 - 11:33am

The Santa Fe Institute presents the Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series

Three lectures, three nights ... The Many Faces of Complexity

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 3, & 4.

James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Lord Robert May

Baron May of Oxford; professor, zoology, Oxford University and Imperial College; former president of Britain's Royal Society and former chief scientific advisor to the UK Government; member, Santa Fe Institute Science Board.

Abstract: Renowned scholar,

The Wildlife Center Says Thank You Los Alamos!

on September 29, 2012 - 11:13am

The staff and critters at The Wildlife Center would like to send a giant thank you to everyone who has continued to supply us with fresh fruit tree branches and apples and pears to sustain the four mule deer fawns and elk calf in care. We greatly rely on these contributions to provide these little ones with natural forage. The current target release date for these animals is the first part of November. Please spread the word and keep these goodies coming. We also have a young porcupine in care and are in need of chewing logs for her. Thank you for your efforts from TWC.

Hilltopper Volleyball Beats Moriority 3-0

on September 29, 2012 - 10:56am

Brianna Montano surrounded by teammates as she returns ball. Photo by Alan Kirk

Morgan Schake digs ball for return play. Photo by Alan Kirk

Savanah Romero and Samantha Fenner make block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Savanah Romero setting teammates. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk prepares for hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz returns ball. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk digs ball for play. Photo by Alan Kirk

'Mozart on the Rocks' at Bandelier Begins 4 p.m. Today with Tailgaiting at White Rock Visitor Center!

on September 29, 2012 - 10:06am


Staff report

The community is invited to gather for "Mozart on the Rocks: Opera at Bandelier" with tailgaiting and music.

This special event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 with tailgating at the new White Rock Visitor Complex on N.M. 4.

Starting at 5 p.m., Atomic City Transit will transport guests to Bandelier with an introduction to the evening's performance provided by the Los Alamos Opera Guild while in transit.

At the Bandelier Amphitheater, a complimentary wine tasting will be hosted by the Don Quixote Distillery & Winery.

The performance will include The Three

Feed Your Soul at 'Schubertiad' Benefit Concert

on September 29, 2012 - 9:54am

Mezzo Soprano Alicia Solomon and Pianists Claudia Hilko, Juanita Madland and Susan Mendel perform a benefit concert at 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 7 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff report

The public is invited to attend a Benefit Concert for the Los Alamos Arts Council at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Fuller Lodge.

The event is called a "Schubertiad." These parties were popular as Franz Schubert was writing 1,200 pieces in his 31 years.

Weekly, his friends gathered with him to play the music he wrote during that week.

Oct. 7 Performers Include:

Mezzo Soprano: Alicia Solomon

Open Gym Pickleball Canceled

on September 29, 2012 - 8:28am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division has canceled the Open Gym Pickleball program due to lack of participation.

This program was held 1 – 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at White Rock Baptist Church.

For additional information, contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173, or

LANL Director Hosts R&D 100 Awards Ceremony

on September 28, 2012 - 10:38am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan addresses attendants at the R&D 100 Awards Recognition Ceremony held Wednesday evening at the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff report

Technology innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been recognized with four of R&D Magazine’s 2012 "R&D 100" awards. These awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the year, as selected by a group of R&D Magazine’s chosen judges.

"Congratulations to this year's R&D 100 award winners," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Public Invited to International Movie Night ... TONIGHT!

on September 28, 2012 - 10:05am


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the first international movie night presented by the Driving Force and Real Deal Movie Theater.

The first international movie night will be held at 7:15 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28 at the Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave.

The film that will be presented is The Intouchables, a French movie featuring François Cluzet.

Real Deal Theater will have a special price: when you buy one ticket at the full price you get the second one for $6.50.

At 7:05 p.m., we will have a short introduction of the film in the theater.


YMCA Offering Flamenco Dance for Beginners

on September 28, 2012 - 9:17am


A new Flamenco Dance for Beginners class begins at the Family YMCA in October:

YMCA members and non-members, men and women, boys and girls ages 10 and up welcome.

Flamenco dance has become a popular dance form worldwide because of its powerful lines, intense rhythms, and the beautiful traditional melodies that cannot help but inspire movement.

The dance comes from Southern Spain and is the unique art of the gypsies which combines the sounds and movements of Europe, India, and Northern Africa.

Flamenco Dance is accompanied by guitar, hand-clapping, singing and the

COLUMN: Vote NO on All 4 Charter Amendments

on September 28, 2012 - 9:06am
Coulmn By Richard “Skip” Dunn
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI)

Our community has seen a lot of press recently about the 4 charter amendment ballot questions. 

Citizens should vote NO on all four for three reasons: they embody logrolling, further disenfranchisement of voters and more petition exclusions.

REASON 1: LOGROLLING. The county has bundled 21 ordinances into 4 ballot questions, arguing that 1) there wasn’t space on the ballot to list them separately, and 2) they were all related within each question, such that none could stand on its own without affecting all the


WHITE ROCK’S ARTIST & ARTISANS MARKET: Call for Exhibitors & Patrons

on September 28, 2012 - 8:50am


The Los Alamos Creative District is now looking for exhibitors/vendors throughout the area to display and sell their work at the White Rock Artist and Artisans Market. 

This market will be Sunday Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a free event to participate in. 

The location will be on the outdoor space at the Hive at 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock where about 40 tents and tables can be accommodated. 

The Hive is close by the parking and shuttle stop for the Bandelier National Monument shuttle – all visitors going to Bandelier will be required to use this shuttle. 


Operation Hilltopper: Active Shooter Loose at School

on September 28, 2012 - 8:34am


Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have for the past year been training personnel, polishing plans and tweaking equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school. 

Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to commence at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event. 


Pajarito Mountain Snow, Ullr Fest, Beer Co-op Debut

on September 28, 2012 - 7:44am

By Greg Kendall

Pajarito Mountain Snowmaking to be Limited

Snowmaking will be limited at Pajarito Mountain this season as last year’s water collection proved lack-luster with disappointing snowfall totals and low water density in the snowpack, said Pajarito Mountain's Clay Paris. 

The new water retention snowmaking pond at the top of the ski hill has been repaired, however, the pond remains at a low water storage level due to the lack of a good spring runoff, Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said. Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the snowmaking pond is “good to go” for