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Community Invited to Celebrate New Local Business

on December 20, 2012 - 7:34am

Abe Dispennette


Abe Dispennette invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at his new business, Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3 at Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency, 1362 Trinity Drive Suite B.


Blue Window Bistro Offers New Year’s Eve Pre-Party Dinner

on December 20, 2012 - 7:33am

The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Reservations are required.

A special menu will be served, including three appetizer choices, 3 entrée choices and a complimentary glass of champagne for $60 per person.

First Course

  • Blue Corn Blinis with Smoked Salmon
  • Oysters Trio
  • Maple Glazed Boneless Quail
  • Vegetarian Tasting

Second Course

  • Lobster Bisque
  • Pomegranate and Roquefort Salad


  • Lemon Sorbet

Fourth Course

  • East and West Seafood Platter
  • Red Chile Marinated Lamb Chops
  • Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast
  • Duo of Black Angus

Twelve Holiday Fire Horrors

on December 20, 2012 - 7:32am
The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends.
Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February.
State Farm® reminds consumers that the potential for a home fire is highest during the winter months.
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 50 percent of Americans age 23 and over increased their chances of a home fire because

Udall Issues Statement on Speaker Ben Luján

on December 20, 2012 - 7:30am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of longtime New Mexico House Speaker Ben Luján Wednesday:
"Our state lost a great leader, and a great friend, yesterday with the passing of Speaker Ben Luján. For over four decades, Ben was a tireless advocate for the people of New Mexico. Ben was a dedicated public servant, and even a devastating illness could not deter him from the job he had committed to do. He remained steadfast in his service to the people of our state, and he was an inspiration to all who knew him.
"Ben came of age in the Great Depression.

DPU Restores Power to North Mesa

on December 20, 2012 - 12:55am

DPU News:

Field reports indicate that a power outage affecting North Mesa impacted 1/3rd of customers in and between the Del Norte neighborhoods eastward to the Tsikimu Village neighborhoods.

Power was uninterrupted to the remaining areas of North Mesa.

As of 12:05 midnight today, Dec. 20, power has been restored to all customers. Permanent repairs will be underway later today - Thursday, Dec. 20.


Money IQ: Small Business Loans

on December 19, 2012 - 10:49am
Money IQ
By Al Hernandez
Small Business Loans

The challenges of obtaining a small business loan continue to frustrate budding entrepreneurs and as well as established small business owners alike.

Small business loans are generally defined as those seeking credit of $1 million or less. Financial institutions are less likely to lend in today’s environment and the reasons are many - a still weak but slowly improving economy, tightened bank underwriting standards, ever changing bank regulations, and or increased fear or skepticism with lending to newer firms or start-up businesses.

Community Invited to Friday Vigil

on December 19, 2012 - 10:39am


The Los Alamos High School Student Council has organized a special candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.

The memorial will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Ashley Pond Park. Members of the community are asked to bring their own candle to the memorial.

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt and youth advocate and local resident Morrie Pongratz will be guest speakers, followed by a moment of silence and remembrance by candlelight around the pond.

Residents are asked to join in and honor the children,

A Chat With Pet Pangaea Owner Cyndi Wells

on December 19, 2012 - 10:31am

Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells with customers Sarah and John Gustafson's dog Isabelle. Courtesy photo

By Greg Kendall

Cyndi Wells is the owner of Pet Pangaea. Wells started Pet Pangaea in early 2005. Since that time, Wells has been searching for a location to build a store. Recently, I sat down with Wells and discussed the state of small business ownership in Los Alamos. 

Wells came to Los Alamos in 2000 for a post doctorial position at Los Alamos National Laboratory and became a technical staff member. She has a PhD in Chemistry.

Wells is married to Mike Warren.

School Board and College Board Candidates Surface

on December 19, 2012 - 9:37am

Two candidates turned out Tuesday morning to file in the County Clerk's Office for the two vacancies coming on the Los Alamos Board of Education. Rep. Jim Hall, right, is representing the Pinon Elementary School District and Matt Williams is representing the Chamisa Elementary School District. Chief Deputy Clark Sheryl Nichols explained that because both districts are uncontested, polling places will not need to be set up for the February election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Mike Wismer, center, arrived at the County Clerk's Office Tuesday morning and began

Co-op Surpasses $3 Million in Sales

on December 19, 2012 - 9:35am

Co-op Board Member Nancy Savoia and General Manager Steve Watts. Courtesy Photo


The Los Alamos Co-op Market has announced that on Dec. 16, it reached another major milestone with year-to-date sales exceeding $3 million.

The Co-op opened March 2, 2011 and has grown to 1,703 members with approximately 75 percent of the sales being from its member-owners.

The Co-op is open to all whether they are a member or not.

"This is a most exciting milestone for our Co-op," said founding board president and current board member Nancy Savoia. "It is quite gratifying to see


County Bids Three Councilors Farewell

on December 19, 2012 - 9:21am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover embraces Councilor Mike Wismer in the final moments of their time together on Council during Tuesday night's last Council meeting of the year. Stover, Wismer and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle officially leave office Dec. 31. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers looks on at right. The remaining County Councilors and County Board and Commission members and Staff formally recognize the outgoning Councilors' service and thanked them for their dedication to the community.

OBITUARY: Frank A. Ortega 1948 - Dec. 11, 2012

on December 19, 2012 - 8:40am

Frank A. Ortega 1948 - Dec. 11, 2012

Frank A. Ortega, 64, a resident of Los Alamos passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. 

Mr. Ortega was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, sportsman and avid weight lifter.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in April of 2012. Upon retirement, he spent his time with his grandchildren; the loves of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Siprianita Ortega. Mr.

Council Adopts 2013 Federal Agenda

on December 19, 2012 - 8:35am
In its final meeting together because three members leave office Dec. 31, the Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council voted unanamously to adopt the 2013 (FY 2014) Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. The County has many important relationships with the federal government. It regulates a variety of aspects of County functions.
The County must continuously work to understand, comply with, and provide input to federal laws and regulations that impact its

Council Adopts 2013 State Legislative Agenda

on December 19, 2012 - 8:19am
Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanlan speaks to Council at Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Council Chair Sharon Stover and other Councilors commended Scanlan for his effectness in working with both sides of the aisle at the New Mexico Legislature in representing Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 State Legislative Agenda for the 60-day session that begins Jan. 15.
Each year, Council adopts a "State Legislative Agenda." This document is used as a guide for its

House Speaker Ben Lujan Has Died

on December 19, 2012 - 7:57am

Ben Lujan

House Speaker Ben Lujan, 77, passed away Tuesday evening with his wife Carmen and children, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan at his side.

Lujan had been battling lung cancer and announced during the 2012 Legislative Session that he would not seek re-election as Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

He had served as House Speaker since 1975.

Lujan lived in Santa Fe and represented District 46 in Santa Fe County.



More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Appoints Representation to LACDC Board

on December 18, 2012 - 9:00pm
During tonight's County Council session, board member Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) addresses Council on behalf of LACDC Chair David Horpedahl, encouraging Council to appoint two County members to its Board of Directors. The Council voted 6-1 to appoint County Councilor David Izraelevitz and County Administrator Harry Burgess to serve on the board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
In the spirit of building upon the relationship between Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, (LACDC), the

OBITUARY: Ryan Steward Dec. 11, 1987–Dec. 15, 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 2:46pm

Ryan Steward, 25, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 15, 2012. He was born in Bakersfield, California on Dec. 11, 1987. He is survived by his mother and father, Carole and Tom Steward, and his brothers Andrew and Daniel. He lived in California until 1996 when he moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico with his family.

Ryan graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006. Ryan played many sports that satisfied his competitive spirit, including rugby, basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, golf, snowboarding, and mud volleyball, where he was known as "pudgy digits." His friends all knew him as "Stewy." He

LANL Cancels Thursday's Surplus Property Sale!

on December 18, 2012 - 9:10am
LANL News:
The monthly surplus property sale at Los Alamos Nation Laboratory scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, has been canceled because of weather and the forecast for possible snow in Los Alamos later this week.
Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

County to Honor Outgoing Councilors Tonight

on December 18, 2012 - 7:53am

Council Chair Sharon Stover


Los Alamos County Councilors Sharon Stover, Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle are completing their terms as County Councilors Dec. 31.

The community is invited at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 18, to Council Chambers as the remaining Councilor and County Board and Commission members and County Staff formally recognize their service and thank them for their dedication to Los Alamos and White Rock.

Stover has lived in White Rock for more than 25 years and served on the County Council in 1996 by appointment and was elected in 1998-2002.

She currently serves


NNSA Tops $290 Million in Small Business Contract Obligations in FY 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 7:17am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of its commitment to working with small business partners, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it provided more than $290 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2012.

Nearly 80 percent of new federal award actions went to small businesses. NNSA’s Management & Operating (M&O) contractors provided an additional $1.65 billion to small businesses in FY 2012, equal to 49 percent of all money subcontracted by the M&Os.

“Small businesses are the heart of the American

LANL's 2013 Employee Giving Campaign Reaps Record $3.1 Million in Pledges

on December 18, 2012 - 7:06am

LANL employee P.J. Timmerman outside the Española Valley Animal Shelter. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have again demonstrated concern for their communities and those in need by pledging a record $2.13 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $3.1 million.

“I am again touched by the

Bandelier Releases Holiday Schedule

on December 18, 2012 - 7:01am


With the new snow, and holidays coming up, the rangers at Bandelier are hoping people will come and enjoy the park.

"Winter days can be beautiful in Bandelier," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "Over the holidays, with everyone looking for places to go with family and friends, we hope they'll come on down."

The shuttle buses have ended until next March, so visitors can now drive directly to the Visitor Center area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, gift shop and snack bar are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the canyon area.


NNSA Highlights Achievements and Improvements in 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 7:00am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2012 draws to a close, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has compiled a list of some of its most important accomplishments and improvements over the past year.

Thomas P. D’Agostino

The NNSA, in conjunction with its Management & Operating contractor partners, reached significant milestones in its nonproliferation and counterterrorism portfolios, made a host of significant achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and maintained a constant focus on continuous improvement.

“We had our

Food on the Hill: Crab Benedict

on December 18, 2012 - 6:55am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Crab Benedict
Photo by Sue York/
Crab Benedict
(serves two)
4 poached eggs
Two English muffins, toasted
9 oz crab meat, drained ( I prefer lump crab meat, but can get pricy)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
5 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup cold butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
Photo by Sue York/
Poach the 4 eggs and set aside.
Photo by Sue York/
If they need reheated at the end before you put the Benedict together, you