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Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

‘Tis the Season for Parking Lot Accidents

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am

Parking lot accident. Courtesy/State Farm


  • State Farm Offers Tips for Driving and Parking this Holiday Shopping Season
You've just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax, right? Not really. During the holidays, parking lots at malls and supermarkets are packed, increasing the possibility of a fender bender.

About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

on December 27, 2012 - 7:35am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or

LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

on December 26, 2012 - 1:52pm

LANB President Steve Wells


LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

By Carol A. Clark


Los Alamos National Bank officials signed an agreement Nov. 30 with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, (OCC), resulting in changes to credit underwriting and administration.

LANB President Steve Wells explained during an interview this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post that this is a regulatory matter having no effect on bank customers.


"We are well capitalized, we have strong liquidity and this agreement should have no impact on our customers," Wells said.


Money IQ: Consider a Safe Deposit Box

on December 26, 2012 - 10:26am

Money IQ

By Fidel L. Gutierrez


Consider a Safe Deposit Box for Valuables and Digital Media Storage/Computer Back-up


As the old saying goes “you cannot put a price on peace of mind.” In today’s complex world, one of the oldest banking service that is often overlooked is the good old fashioned safe deposit box. 


I still remember as a kid going into the bank lobby with my mom and being in awe of the massive bank vault door. 


With the proliferation of on-line banking (virtual bank branch)  and “mini” branches (including grocery store branches), I find that many younger banking

Power Outage Planned Thursday for Part of North Mesa

on December 26, 2012 - 10:25am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced today that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa.

The 10 to 20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The area affected is east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso Road intersection, not including the Del Norte and Del Sol areas.

Electric line crews will reconfigure the three phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area. 


Customers are reminded to shut down or back up computers and

Food on the Hill: Caesar Salad Dressing

on December 26, 2012 - 6:40am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Caesar Salad Dressing

Photo by Sue York/


  • 1 cup mayo
  •  1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2(+) cup good grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of regular Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1to 1 1/2  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes,crushed


Photo by Sue York/
mix and chill
Photo by Sue York/


good as a dip for veggies or best on whole fresh

PEEC Offers Class on Life in Complex Soil Ecosystems

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am

Los Alamos Historian Dorothy Hoard and student. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12 to learn about life in complex soil ecosystems from Leslie Dendy.

This informative and interesting class will look at pocket gopher teeth, earthworm hearts, and a cricket gizzard, and use microscopes to see the tiniest organisms that live underground.

Learn about how our lives depend on bacteria and fungi, what ants are good for, and who lives in all those holes!

Leslie Dendy has her Ph.D.

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Offers Holiday Activities

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am



The Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road has announced the following holiday schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Noon – 6 p.m. Public Skating
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ice Resurfacing
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adult Hockey

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Friday, Dec. 28

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Saturday, Dec. 29

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Season's Greetings From YMCA

on December 26, 2012 - 6:38am

YMCA News:

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

We value our relationships and thank you for being part of the YMCA family.

We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.

Holiday Hours:

  • Dec. 26 / 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 / Closed

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

on December 25, 2012 - 8:31am

For the 13th year in a row, Santa Claus delighted local residents and guests when he appeared Christmas Eve in front of the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Jean Marr

Santa handed out candy canes to children young and old before dashing off to parts unknown. Photo by Jean Marr

Perhaps these spectacular Christmas decorations draw Santa Claus to stop by the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa each Christmas Eve. Photo by Jean Marr



Police Chief Shares Holiday Greetings

on December 25, 2012 - 8:31am

Chief Wayne Torpy

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is home from the hospital and told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is mending well.

"I want to thank everyone and express my deep appreciation for all of the cards and notes and letters of support that I have received during my stay at the hospital," Torpy said. "I just want to let everyone know that I am home now and doing well and I want to wish everyone in the community happy holidays."



T'was a Great Concert at IHM!

on December 25, 2012 - 8:29am
Christmas Tubas in concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos last Saturday night. Photo by TK Thompson/
Kip Bishofberger was the Guest Percussionist on the Little Drummer Boy piece. Photo by TK Thompson/
Concertmaster Jerry Morzinsky announces the high school students in the ensemble. Starting at the left and standing, Sally Grindstaff; Louisa Singleton; and to her left and partially standing, Sean Dunham. Photo by TK Thompson/
A tuba by itself is a work of art and/or a plumber's nightmare! Photo by TK

UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom

on December 25, 2012 - 8:28am


'Cloud Dance' by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, "The Native American Experience," the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they observed a dance.

Participate in LALT's New Year’s Eve Tradition

on December 25, 2012 - 7:20am

This is at the very start of scene one. Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) is preparing to give his resignation speech. Behind and to the right of Nixon is Manolo Sanchez (John Phillips), Nixon’s loyal personal aide, helping to give light readings. To the left of Nixon is a makeup assistant (Claire Singleton) touching up the president so as to mask his ever-present perspiration. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Kate Ramsey

What makes Los Alamos Little Theatre so special? Why spend an evening at the theatre? There are two reasons: family and tradition.

The New Year’s Eve performance is a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19, 2012

on December 24, 2012 - 9:57am

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.

Dec. 13 at 12:52 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant. No photo available.

Dec. 13 at 10:50 a.m., / Police charged a 16-year-old El Rancho boy with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School. Police referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Dec. 13 at 8:07 p.m.

James Chrobocinski Opens Zia Realty Group with a Mission

on December 24, 2012 - 9:57am

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in the reception area of his offices on Trinity Drive near 15th Street Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group stands in front of his new offices at 15th Street and Trinity Drive Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

After losing his mother last February and grandmother in 2010, James Chrobocinski decided it was time to come home.

Chrobocinski, 40, spent the last 26 years living in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Perch Paperie Open All Day!

on December 24, 2012 - 9:50am

The Perch Paperie will be open today from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. for shoppers in need of any last minute gifts. Stop by the shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., around the corner from Jemez House Thrift Store in White Rock. Free paper butterfly demonstrations will take place all day today. This technique can be used to make ornaments, embellish cards or be placed on gifts. Courtesy/The Perch Paperie

NM 599 Interchange Now Open

on December 24, 2012 - 9:40am

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT


NMDOT District Five is proud to announce the opening of a new interchange at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe.

The newly constructed bridge, ramps and roundabouts give motorists a new and safer way to cross N.M. 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

The roundabouts are located on each side of the overpass on County Road 62, also known

LANL Employees Spread Holiday Joy

on December 24, 2012 - 7:29am

Holiday Project Coordinator Ed Vigil from Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Programs Office on Tuesday with several of the Christmas presents LANL employees purchased to brighten the holidays for more than 1,000 children and seniors in Northern New Mexico. CPO Director Kurt Steinhaus commended the project team, LANL employees and the project partner agencies who helped identify those in need and are delivering the gifts throughout Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL employee Kristen Honig helps process the massive amount of Christmas presents purchased

Robotics Team Takes Another Plunge

on December 24, 2012 - 6:06am

ASME presents Los Alamos Team 4153 with a $10,000 check in front of the team's 2012 robot that shoots basketballs. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Team 4153 member Tiffany Anton accepts a $10,000 check from Anthony Puckett of the local chapter of ASME as Partha Rangaswamy of the chapter and Robotics team members look on. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Team 4153, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, is planning to build another robot for the 2013 competition.

The team this year has 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls as

K-Kids Club at Aspen School Helps Needy

on December 24, 2012 - 6:05am
The brand new K-Kids Club at Aspen School just finished a holiday food drive for LA Cares. The club has 25 active members in grades 1-6 with more joining every week! Students decorated collection boxes, wrote and made daily announcements, and hauled a lot of bags and boxes of food to help those in need in our community over the holidays. Photo by Sharon Allen


IHM Catholic Church Continues Christmas Tradition

on December 24, 2012 - 6:01am

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church parishioners continue their Christmas tradition this year of taking gift tags from their Angel Tree responding to needy children's and senior's Christmas wishes. This year they gathered more than I,000 gifts including numerous bicycles. This is just another example of the generosity of the Los Alamos community. Photo by Kenneth Lee

The Five Largest Landowners in America

on December 24, 2012 - 5:59am

A ranch in Wyoming. Courtesy/MSNBC


The five largest landowners in America include:

1. John Malone: The cable tycoon has 2.2 million acres stretching from Wyoming to Maine. One of his crown jewels is the Bell Ranch, a 290,100-acre cattle empire.

2. Ted Turner: The media magnate has 2 million acres in Nebraska, New Mexico and other states. He is a strong advocate of wildlife conservation.

3. The Emmerson family: This low-profile family holds 1.8 million acres through Sierra Pacific Industries, the nation's second largest lumber producer.

4. Brad Kelley: The reclusive