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Local Community Groups Share Good Deeds

on December 17, 2012 - 7:40am

June Gladney, left, treasurer of local food bank LA Cares, accepts a $200 check from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, presented by Club Treasurer Gil Butler and Club President Linda Hull. Photo by Hal Davis

Rotarian Skip King accepts a $100 check the Los Alamos Garden Club, presented by Doris Jackson, and given to support the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and chaired by Skip King. Photo by Hal Davis

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Dec. 20

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am


Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in the Community Building Training Room at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Public Comment
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. New Board Member Training Complete
b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han Shunsheng
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr,


Pet of the Week: Mo the Tabby/Tortie

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am
Mo the tabby/tortie, Courtesy/FOS
Pet of the Week: Mo is a very soft 3-year-old spayed female tabby/tortie surrendered for adoption with her friend Ralphie.
Neither cat cares for dogs or boisterous children. Mo and Ralphie are now circulating in the cat room and enjoying the attention of volunteers.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Other pets are off-campus residing in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Atomic City Transit Streamlines Little Forest Playschool Field Trips

on December 16, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Atomic City Transit makes it easy for preschool classes to take simple field trips around town.

The students of Little Forest Playschool are seasoned bus riders. During the summer they go on at least one field trip a week and have taken the bus to the pool, the library, Ashley Pond, the Farmer’s Market and other places in Los Alamos.

In late November the students arrived at school, walked to the bus stop on 38th Street and Villa and did their morning stretches while waiting for the number 6 to arrive. 

They rode

Matt Williams Announces Bid for School Board

on December 16, 2012 - 11:41am

Matt Williams

By Carol A. Clark

White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.

"I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that," Williams said. "I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community."

Williams, 51, served on the District

Students Host Read-a-Thon for Divine Fellers

on December 16, 2012 - 10:53am

Students at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Road, are holding a Read-a-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, to raise money to help pay medical expenses for Divine Fellers, a former Mountain student injured in a Nov. 21 traffic accident on N.M. 4. Courtesy/MES

PEEC Welcomes New Executive Director and Staff

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am

PEEC’s staff from left, Nature Center Coordinator Beth Cortright, Executive Director Katie Watson and Education Programs Director Angelique Harshman. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Recent visitors to PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) may have noticed some new faces busily crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters, and writing pleas and grants for money.  To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as Executive Director, while Angelique Harshman is Education Programs Director and Beth Cortright is Nature Center Coordinator.


LAPS Again Awarded '100 BEST Communities for Young People'

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt takes a moment Tuesday to pose with LAHS Student Council members Jessica, Travis, Astrid and Hallie in celebraation of being named one of the '100 BEST Communities for Young People' for 2012. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Jordan Redmond and student Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta at Tuesday's community event. Courtesy/LAPS
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) hired culinary students Rebecca, Alicia, Jenna and Angelita to prepare cookies for Tuesday's celebration.

Letter to the Editor: A View Toward a Workable N.M. 502 Plan

on December 16, 2012 - 10:02am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

Background and history: As you may know, N.M. 502 between Central Avenue and Airport Road presents significant obstacles and hazards to traffic flow and pedestrians.

It operates at peak times with considerable congestion, particularly during the evening commute, when traffic is either crawling or stop-and-go.

The morning commute operates below the current speed limit due to congestion. Pedestrian service is inadequate, even though some points of obvious access lie along this segment.

Los Alamos County (LAC) has proven amazingly dysfunctional in arriving at

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
What is Music?
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Family Honors Loved One Through Donations to Youth Activity Center

on December 16, 2012 - 9:42am

James and Darlene Potter with a new air hockey table donated by Marie Koss Potter Warsaw in memory of her grandson, Gregory James Potter, who had worked at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and was very popular with the children. There are two Youth Activity Centers, one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock near Rocket Park. The programming focus of the Youth Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models.

County Reminds Motorists of Safety Considerations

on December 16, 2012 - 8:27am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
  • At

National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

on December 16, 2012 - 8:26am

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O'Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students

Registration Underway for Women's Weekend Fundraiser at Pajarito Mountain

on December 15, 2012 - 10:34am


Let it snow and let the good times roll: Women's Weekend fundraiser at Pajarito Mountain this year!

For the fifth consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Ski Hill in Los Alamos are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits Northern New Mexico communities!

In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 8-10. 

The goal of this annual not-for-profit event is to raise $10,000 in financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. 

The event is


Christmas Tubas Perform Dec. 22 at IHMC

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

The Christmas Tubas are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at IHMC. Players from a 2006 performance include from left, Christopher Alme, Ricky Korzekwa, Laurel Webb, Steve Coggeshall, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Cox, Deniece Korekwa and Pete Forman. Courtesy photo


The sound of a choir performing Christmas Carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists – tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas.)

The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry

Obama Delivers Statement on Mass Shooting

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

President Obama delivers a statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


President Barack Obama made the following statement Dec. 14, from the White House Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today.

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

on December 15, 2012 - 9:26am

Dancers from Los Alamos High School's 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

"We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception," said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor and

Senator Bingaman`s Farewell Speech

on December 15, 2012 - 8:39am


Retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico delivered a speech Thursday Dec. 13, reflecting on his 30-year tenure in the U.S. Senate and thanking those who supported him throughout the years. He wanted to share that speech with his constituents:


In 1981, in his first inaugural address, President Reagan said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

I came to the Senate two years later in 1983 with the firm belief that in most cases his statement was wrong.

I believed then and I believe now that the federal government can be a

County Budget Tightening Puts Capital Projects on Hold

on December 15, 2012 - 7:20am

By Greg Kendall

At the Dec. 11 County Council meeting, Council Chair Sharon Stover asked County Administrator Harry Burgess to explain why several capital expenditure items were removed from the tickler and agenda.

Burgess explained that capital improvement projects and other pending actions by Council that involve large expenditures of money were temporarily being put on hold.

The County’s budget was predicated by Los Alamos National Laboratory budget concerns. The actual LANL expenditures were lower than the level anticipated by the County. 

“Some of that is due to a directive on the


Small Business Owners Question Economic Vitality Administrator

on December 15, 2012 - 6:56am

Staff Report

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to help,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

Los Alamos County hosted a question and answer session for small businesses last week. Business owners were provided an opportunity to ask questions of Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher.

During the discussion, Central Park Square owner Phillip Kunsberg addressed questions about the proposed teen center displacing businesses.

"No tenant will be displaced by the Teen Center.

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Last County Line of the Year - Happy Holidays!

on December 15, 2012 - 6:35am


This is the last newsletter for 2012. Publication of the County Line will resume Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. We wish our readers very happy (and safe) holidays!

Last Council Meeting of 2012 is Tuesday

Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilors Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle will say "good-bye" when the meeting convenes at 7 p.m., Tuesday (Council Chambers inside the Community Building in Los Alamos.) Discussions will focus mainly on the 2013 State and Federal legislative agendas. Download the Dec. 18 agenda here:

Newly Elected


Los Alamos Middle School Goes Vertical

on December 15, 2012 - 6:26am

Red steel spires loom over the North Mesa horizon, signaling visible proof that the middle school construction project has gone vertical. Going vertical marks an important shift in the steps towards completion of the project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

As the Los Alamos Middle School building rises, so does the excitement for students and staff as they watch construction of their new school. 

Middle School principal, Rex Kilburn, smiles proudly as he sees red steel beams jutting skyward outside his office window. 

Middle School students and staff talk excitedly in anticipation for the


Celtic Christmas Showdown Features Dueling Dulcimers

on December 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell and Tessa Dowell perform at the Celtic Christmas Showdown concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently in Tulsa Oklahoma. Songe and Dowell are playing Irish drums called Bodhrans. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Dulcimer champions Wendy Songe and Jonathan Dowell will face off in a Celtic Christmas Showdown in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.

It’s all in fun of course. Songe and Dowell play together as “Dually Noted” and are good friends.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of