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Live Nativity Christmas Eve At United Church

on December 10, 2012 - 7:43am

Courtesy/United Church


The United Church is planning a living Nativity 5-8 p.m., Christmas Eve in the parking lot west of the Church at 2525 Canyon Road, across Canyon Road from the Aquatics Center.

The nativity will be held between a family service at 4 p.m. and a candlelight service at 11 p.m. and the public is invited to attend and interact with the Living Nativity, greet the Holy Family, shepherds and kings and pet the stable animals.

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Massage Therapist Strives for Deeper Connection

on December 10, 2012 - 7:33am

Owner Michelle Harkey of Mullein Leaf Massage. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

“I enjoy being able to help people,” said Michelle Harkey, who opened Mullein Leaf Massage, 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A-5, a year and a half ago when she moved to Los Alamos. “I want to connect with people and make a difference on a level that not everyone is willing to make: a deeper level that is physical, intellectual and emotional.”

Letting go of chronic tension

People with chronic tension may wonder why they always have pain in the same place.


State Offices in Santa Fe on 2-Hour Delay

on December 10, 2012 - 6:58am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that due to inclement road conditions, all state offices in Santa Fe ONLY are on a two hour delay.

World’s First Hazard Scale Created for Wildland Fires

on December 9, 2012 - 11:40am

Figure 1. Matrix for Capturing Exposure from Wildland Fuels.

Exploiting the Power of IBM Blue Gene/Q Supercomputers

on December 9, 2012 - 11:13am

Sequoia supercomputer. Photo by Bob Hirschfeld/LLNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Breaking new ground for scientific computing, two teams of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists have for the first time exceeded a sustained performance level of 10 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) on the Sequoia supercomputer at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL.)

A team led by Argonne National Laboratory used the recently developed Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Codes (HACC) framework to achieve nearly 14

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

Udall Statement on Disabilities Treaty

on December 9, 2012 - 10:16am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Tuesday after 38 Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world ... a two-thirds vote was required:
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Senate Republicans chose not to ratify this important treaty. The United States has been at the forefront of advocating for the dignity of people with disabilities.

Brainpower & Brownbags Lectures, 2013, Part 1

on December 9, 2012 - 9:48am

Eugenia Manderfield, ca. 1884-1891, by Dana B. Chase. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 010268.

NMHM News:

From Trail Riders to Bomb Builders with a Few Stops In-Between

SANTA FE – Experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West, Clyde Tingley, “St. Kate’s” and the Manhattan Project will deliver lectures in the first half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series.

The annual series, organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, is free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch.)

Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem

Los Alamos Honored For Building Award Winning High School

on December 9, 2012 - 9:04am

Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock with architects Sanjay Engineer, lead architect on the LAHS design project and Art Tatum of Fanning, Bard, Tatum Architects. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

It is now official. What the local community has known for the past year was validated with state awards that honored Los Alamos High School for its design and quality construction.

Simply stated, Los Alamos builds award winning schools.

The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors selected LAHS as its 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” winner this past October.

'Dixie Diner Sundays' Start Dec. 9

on December 8, 2012 - 3:22pm

A crowd fills the bar and dining areas at Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos during Happy Hour. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Denise Lane, owner of both the Dixie Girl and Hill Diner has announced a change in Sunday offerings at the two restaurants.

Beginning Sunday Dec. 9, Hill Diner will not be open Sundays, but the Dixie Girl will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Sunday brunch and lunch.

The special “Dixie Diner Sunday Menu” will include both new items and some familiar Hill Diner favorites.


County's New Housing Manager Meets With Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board

on December 8, 2012 - 10:12am

Paul Andrus, third from left, introduces himself to members of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board from left, Anne Nobile, Cindy Hollabaugh and Bob Fuselier Tuesday during a meeting held at a residence in White Rock. The group discussed the Los Alamos Housing Partnership mission, the local housing market and how the Partnership and County might work together to enhance housing in Los Alamos. The County hired Andrus last month as manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

SFI Seminar: 'Information Theoretic Tools for Social Media'

on December 8, 2012 - 10:01am

SFI News:

Greg Ver Steeg will present a talk on "Information Theoretic Tools for Social Media" at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Monday, Dec. 10 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

Greg Ver Steeg
University of Southern California

Abstract: Information theory provides a powerful set of tools for discovering relationships among variables with minimal assumptions. Social media platforms provide a rich source of information than can include temporal, spatial, textual and network information.

What are the interesting information theoretic measures for social

NNSA Conducts Pollux Subcritical Experiment at Nevada National Security Site

on December 8, 2012 - 9:43am


NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday that Pollux, a subcritical experiment, was successfully conducted Thursday at its Nevada National Security Site (NNSS.)

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. Courtesy/NNSA

The experiment, conducted by staff from NNSS, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, gathered scientific data that will provide crucial information to maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons.

“Challenging subcritical experiments maintain our capabilities to

Art in Public Places Board Meets Dec. 12

on December 8, 2012 - 9:21am

Arctic bear by Jean Balagna is on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in Upstairs Meeting Room #3.

The meeting is open to the public.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Nov. 14, 2012
B. Welcome to new APPB Member(s)


Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Special Mail-In Ballot General Obligation Bond Jan. 29, 2013

on December 8, 2012 - 9:00am

By Los Alamos Public School District


What: School Bond Vote

When: Jan. 29, 2013

How: Mail-In Ballot

Why: Important For Our Future!

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that will not raise the tax rate. The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.


The Family Y Has Adopted Families for the Holiday

on December 8, 2012 - 8:46am

YMCA News:


The Family Y has adopted families for the holiday!


If you would like to help us make the holiday special for these families and purchase a gift for one of the Y families, come by the Y at 1450 Iris St., and select a tag from the tree in our lobby.


After selecting a tag from the tree please follow these four easy steps:

  • Purchase the gift requested on the tag.
  • Wrap the gift.
  • Attach the tag that was selected from the tree.
  • Return the gift to the Y.

The gifts must be returned to the Y by Dec. 10 in order in ensure timely delivery to the Y's adopted families.


Thank you


Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Tuesday

on December 8, 2012 - 8:27am


LTAB News:

The Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board is meeting 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 109 Central Park Square.



I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS All 1 p.m. (20 min.)

A. Call to Order/Introductions

B. Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy

C. Approval of Today’s Agenda

D. Public Comment

E. Approval of Minutes

II. BOARD DEVELOPMENT ACTIONS All 1:20 p.m. (15 min.)

A. Board Vacancy Status Report/Schedule

B. Farewell Event with Linda Deck and Ken Ashley (celebration date)


SFNF to Burn 3,500 Acres of Hazardous Fuels

on December 8, 2012 - 8:03am

SFNF News:

Fire managers plan to begin ignitions Tuesday, Dec. 11 within the Coyote Ranger District to treat hazardous fuels with prescribed fire.

The total acreage includes Mesa Camino and Gallina WUI prescribed burn project areas. Depending on conditions, either one or the other project area will be treated next week.

This is an ongoing project that began 10 years ago. Approximately 75 percent of the project has been completed in prior treatments.

Gallina WUI, Mesa Camino, Coyote Ranger District:

  • Approximately 50 to 100 acres are to be treated per day when conditions are favorable

New Microscopy Technique Gets Close Enough to See Lengths of Atomic Bonds

on December 8, 2012 - 7:36am

For the first time, scientists have used an imaging technique that’s so precise that it’s possible to see the different lengths of individual atomic bonds. Using a method called non-contact atomic force microscopy, IBM researchers scanned a microscopic probe with a tip only an atom wide over a nanographene molecule and measured the forces between the probe and the sample. In this colored image, the bonds with more electrons—which are also shorter—are a brighter green. Courtesy/IBM Research-Zurich

Oppenheimer Place Glows With Holiday Spirit

on December 8, 2012 - 7:20am

Oppenheimer Place is lined with electric farolitos that brighten the holiday season. Photo by Don Kendall

Fryer, Richie, Clark Take Gold at State Gymnastics Championship

on December 8, 2012 - 6:44am

Champion trio from left, Brianna Fryer, Anna Clark and Addison Richie. Courtesy/AT

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers’ Brianna Fryer, Addison Richie and Anna Clark became New Mexico State All-around Champions in their divisions following their performances in the Xcel Program State Gymnastics Meet in Rio Rancho Dec. 1.

Fryer swept the Bronze Child A Division, becoming the NM State vault (8.8), bar (9.5), beam (9.15), floor (9.15) and all-around (36.6) Champion. Fryer was the top all-around scorer across all divisions for the Tumblers'.

Richie earned the NM State Champion