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Northern New Mexico College Representatives Share Vision

on February 12, 2013 - 7:29pm

Ricky Serna, left, and Domingo Sanchez of Northern New Mexico College in Espanola distribute materials and discuss their plans and needs and legislative priorities for expanding the four-year college during tonight's County Council meeting.The men told Council the college intends to construct a resident facility at the college initially with 200 beds and growing to add another 125 beds during phase 2. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

John Bartlit Presents Unforeseen Opportunity to Council

on February 12, 2013 - 7:21pm

Los Alamos resident John Bartlit speaking during public comment at this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Bartlit said that the County-wide comments for or against a person's name on the town's new public building produced an unforeseen opportunity. The concept arose to have the building commemorate and teach the values of democracy that have served our complex nation so long and well, that is, the power of active citizenship to build better ideas, he said.

Upcoming County Meeting Agendas

on February 12, 2013 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

To read the County Agenda click HERE.

The Los Alamos County Parks & Recreation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Aquatic Center - Training Room on Canyon Road.

To read the Parks and Recreation Agenda click HERE.



Senators Reintroduce Measure to Make Valles Caldera a National Park

on February 12, 2013 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation today to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service (NPS.).
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000.
"Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich

County Administrator Releases Information on Capital Projects

on February 12, 2013 - 10:11am


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess released information today about the upcoming Council discussion regarding capital projects.

The discussion will take place at the Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

As previously announced, the Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years and up to $12.5 million in order to assist with projected revenue shortfalls.

The only projects that will be considered for deferral are the eight projects approved in May 2012. They are:

  • Ashley

Police Find No Evidence of Collision Between Truck and School Bus

on February 12, 2013 - 9:58am


Los Alamos Police arrive at the scene of a report of a minor collision, with no injuries, between a Los Alamos Public Schools special needs bus and a black Dodge Ram truck shortly after 8 a.m. today in front of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Sgt. James Rodriguez explained that the driver of the truck reported that she felt the bus make contact with her vehicle and actually move it a little bit. 'In examining both the truck and bus, we found no evidence of contact on either vehicle,' Rodriguez said.

Sharing Space Proves Ideal for Two Local Businesses

on February 12, 2013 - 7:15am
Kendra Henning of RE/MAX, left, and Paula Glover of Stewart Title outside their new office space in Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Kendra Henning, owner of RE/MAX of Los Alamos, had outgrown her space in Central Park Square, but didn’t want to give up the advantages of the location.

When the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service vacated its Central Park Square location for new offices on Canyon Road, an opportunity arose, but the space was too large for her company alone.

Paula Glover, division president of Stewart Title, was also


Public Invited to Leadership Connection Town Hall

on February 12, 2013 - 7:02am


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall at Fuller Lodge 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The public is invited to attend the Town Hall for which the goal is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations.

Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. 

Local LACHC member agencies will have materials available about resources and services in Los Alamos.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP by Monday, Feb.25 to

Food on the Hill: Cooking for Valentine's Day II

on February 12, 2013 - 6:58am

This Week's Recipe:

Quiche Lorraine

Photo by Sue York/

For Valentine’s Day, I have two recipes that ANYONE can cook. I feel it is very important that you show the people that you love (sweethearts, family and friends) that you think they are important. Surprise your loved ones with a great dinner. Last week’s recipe was Cherry Chocolate Cake. This week’s is as easy as you can get, if you can make scrambled eggs you can make this. I tried to get everything in this dish pre-made, and that is what makes it so easy.

State Farm Invests $20K in Area Youth

on February 12, 2013 - 6:42am
Teens work on a project at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/YMCA 

YMCA News:

Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center received a $20,000 grant from State Farm Saturday during the Y’s annual Red and Black Ball in Los Alamos.

Local State Farm agents Lou Santoro and Abe Dispennette presented the award to Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly on behalf of the company’s regional Good Neighbor Citizenship program.

The grant will fund educational programming, skill-building classes and recreational activities in support of keeping an underserved population engaged in learning and

'Daffodils for Hospice' Sale Underway

on February 12, 2013 - 6:34am

LAVN News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. 

Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. 

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3. You may order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. 

Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 9 or  may be picked up at


Udall Meets With Secretary of Defense Nominee

on February 12, 2013 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel Feb. 11. Courtesy/Udall's Office



WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Monday issued the following statement after a meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee, Sen. Chuck Hagel:
“My meeting today with Senator Chuck Hagel was very useful. We had the opportunity to touch on a variety of issues facing our country and how New Mexico contributes to the strength of our national security.
“Senator Hagel conveyed that if confirmed, he will be committed to keeping safe, reliable and secure

'Gun Show Loophole' Bill Headed to House Floor

on February 12, 2013 - 6:27am


Courtesy photo


  • HB77 Bypasses House Appropriation and Finance Committee

SANTA FE – House Bill 77, the “Firearms Transfer Act” is picking up steam after winning bi-partisan approval 13-3 in the House Judiciary Committee Friday.

HB 77 sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Bernalillo was headed to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee (HAFC), but Monday Chairman Henry “Kiki” Saavedra, D-Bernalillo asked to have the bill withdrawn from HAFC saying it didn’t have a fiscal impact.

House Bill 77 will now be placed on the Temporary Calendar, and is scheduled to be debated on


State House Highlights: Feb. 4-8

on February 12, 2013 - 6:26am

State House Highlights:

       On the Floor

  • The House Judiciary Committee substitute for House Bill 74, sponsored by Rep. Roberto Gonzales (D-Taos-42), was introduced for third reading on the floor. The bill seeks to preserve affordable housing by amending the Affordable Housing Act, and provides for enforcement of the act and penalties for violation of the act. It passed 67-0, and will move to the Senate.
  • House Joint Memorial 25 as amended, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24), was introduced for third reading on the floor.

Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:23am

Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes
By Becky Rutherford
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico

Diabetes is a complicated disease that is all too common today. This disease affects 25.8 million people in our country alone. 

People with Diabetes don’t produce enough insulin. This causes high levels of blood glucose, which can lead to Diabetes complications. 

However, it is possible to control Diabetes and live well with the disease. The Los Alamos Heart Council is pleased to provide education on this topic to our community. 

The council is hosting its annual community

Garcia Richard Enters Amendment to Limit Class Sizes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:22am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, has entered an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution to limit class sizes in public schools:


51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2013


Stephanie Garcia Richard




Small Bird Snacks on Large Apple

on February 12, 2013 - 6:21am

This bird swooped down to claim a discarded apple on the ground near a dumpster on Bonnie View in White Rock Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS Assistant Superintendent to Retire

on February 11, 2013 - 8:35pm
Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean. Courtesy photo
By Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

With reluctance, I accepted Paula Dean’s retirement letter this morning. Ms. Dean has served Los Alamos Public Schools for the past 10 years in a variety of positions.

In announcing her retirement, Ms. Dean stated that she will finish out this school year. She was first hired as Director of Curriculum and Development – a position she held for three years.

She also served as Principal of Barranca Mesa Elementary for four years and, more recently, Assistant Superintendent for the


NM Senators Seek U.S. Attorney Applicants

on February 11, 2013 - 11:43am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
President Obama nominated current U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to a federal court judgeship Jan. 4, 2013.
Upon Gonzales’ confirmation by the Senate, the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico will become vacant.
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, Udall and Heinrich will recommend a short

Public Comment Sought on DRAFT Maps

on February 11, 2013 - 11:26am


The Community and Economic Development Department will present the DRAFT maps to be contained in the County's Comprehensive Plan to members of the White Rock Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 11.

The CEDD also will host a public open house session to give residents the opportunity to comment on the DRAFT maps from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the Los Alamos Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Full public participation is invited.

Comments gathered during the presentation to the White Rock Implementation Committee and the Open House will be


Council Still Seeks DPU Charter Review Committee Members

on February 11, 2013 - 10:30am


The County Council is still accepting letters of interest from citizens interested in being appointed to a five member committee to study Utilities-related sections of the County’s Charter.

The Committee will include one member of Council, one member of the Dept. of Public Utilities’ Board and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:

  • A member of the community with Management experience;
  • A member of the community with Accounting experience; and
  • A member of the community “at large.”

Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the Committee


Column: A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization – Part II

on February 11, 2013 - 7:48am

A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization: Drawing Boundary, Yes; Generating Unlimited Rules, Not So Much – Part II

By Elena Yang

Let me try to recap and explain the third law of thermodynamics (maybe I should say regurgitate?): To drive all imperfections out of a system requires an infinite amount of work. 

Scientists can remove thermal energy from a system and lower the temperature to close to zero absolute. However, the process is nonlinear in the sense that as the temperature drops, the effort required to remove the remaining thermal energy from the system increases. 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2013

on February 11, 2013 - 7:21am

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.

Jan. 31 at 7:52 a.m. / Los Alamos National Bank reported that it was the victim of a forgery in the 2800 block of Woodland Road. The estimated loss is unknown.

Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. / A 78-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of fraud in the 2700 block of Walnut St. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Feb. 1 at 3:31 p.m.

County to Unveil Conservation and Sustainability Plans

on February 11, 2013 - 7:21am

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Years of planning and hard work are coming to fruition when Los Alamos County presents its Energy and Water Conservation and Sustainability Plans to the public this month.

County Environment Services Specialist Tom Nagawieki. Courtesy/LAC

County Environment Services Specialist Tom Nagawieki and Water/Energy Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez will present the plans at two public meetings.

The meetings will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Mesa Public Library and 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the White Rock Town Hall.

The purpose of the meetings is


JJAB Coordinator Urges Support for Teen Center

on February 11, 2013 - 7:20am
JJAB Coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim is urging residents to support the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility project currently under review by the County Council. Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to discuss eight projects approved in May 2012.

The Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years to assist with projected budget shortfalls. One of the projects is the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility.  

For years, community groups and surveys have identified a need for social and