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LANL's Dr. Wingo Introduces Rotarians to the Power of Domestic Honeybees

on December 12, 2012 - 10:31am

Dr. Bob Wingo discusses the power of bees as Rotary President Linda Hull and her husband Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The incredible power of bees as a detection tool was literally the buzz among many Rotarians assembled for a lunchtime presentation Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

Dr. Robert M. Wingo, the Environmental Science and Engineering Team Leader for the Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory delivered the talk.


Taxpayer Losses, Lack of Needed Data Revealed in New Oil and Mining Report

on December 12, 2012 - 9:38am
Illustration of an oil rig. Courtesy photo
GAO News:
WASHINGTON D.C. – A report released this morning by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), originally requested by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., describes glaring shortfalls in the data publicly available on hardrock minerals and highlights lost revenue from extraction on federal lands.
In 2011, Udall and Grijalva requested the report from GAO to identify the amount and estimated dollar values of minerals extracted from federal land.
The report examined available data on minerals extracted

Hilltopper Girls Basketball Loses to Hope Christian 50-37

on December 12, 2012 - 9:01am

Erin Kirk fouled on shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Haley Each fouled shooting Layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logon shooting layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott defending pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Local Cartoonist Signing Books Dec. 17

on December 12, 2012 - 8:34am

Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will be hosting a release party for his new book at the Los Alamos County Library 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The new book, Belly Flop!, is the third volume of an all-ages graphic novel series called Mal and Chad. McCranie will give a short talk and will be available afterwards to chat and sign books.

Books can be purchased for $10.

McCranie graduated from Los Alamos High School and attended the University of New Mexico. While there, he began working on a comic strip called Mal and Chad about a boy genius and his talking dog for the UNM school newspaper.

NNSA Completes Removal of All HEU From Austria

on December 12, 2012 - 8:17am

Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), the Vienna University of Technology, and the Government of Austria Tuesday announced the successful return of all remaining U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) nuclear reactor fuel from Austria to the United States.

This makes Austria the 22nd country that has worked with GTRI to remove all HEU from its territory.

“The completion of this project with Austria is another important step in the global effort to minimize the civilian use of HEU

Letter to the Editor: Local Businesses Show Generosity

on December 12, 2012 - 8:02am
By Diana Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA

Local businesses field requests all year for support of worthy causes. My experience is that our local businesses are often more generous than the corporate giants.

I hope our community remembers this and buys gifts and certificates locally not just at Christmas, but all year. The Y’s latest event was a half marathon and 5K race and many businesses came though yet again, but so many more give in other events to other charities.

Thank you to our business community.

Public Invited to Discover 'The Truth About Santa'

on December 12, 2012 - 7:45am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host "The Truth About Santa," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

"The Truth About Santa" is a PG-13 melodrama about troubles at the North Pole and will be performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project.

The Story:

Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him—forever!
Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists.

Children’s Christmas Bazaar Draws 160 Local Shoppers

on December 12, 2012 - 7:09am

Shoppers get busy selecting Christmas gifts for family members Dec. 4 during the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy/TOTH

Children take a break from shopping to sign holiday cards for soldiers as part of the 'Mail for Heroes' program. Courtesy/TOTH

TOTH News:

This year's Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church Dec. 4 drew 160 shoppers, 76 volunteers and a large gathering of parents waiting while their children shopped.

The event also included the signing of 105 cards sent to the American Red Cross for the "Mail for

Council Approves Phased N.M. 502 Project

on December 11, 2012 - 9:32pm

Councilors vote 6-1 to direct staff to proceed with the phased N.M. 502 Improvements Project, with Alternative D, expressing the need to strike the best possible balance in the timeframe available to ensure state and federal funding is received. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the measure. From left, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Mike Wismer, Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, Councilor David Izraelevitz and Councilor Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Weighs in on N.M. 502 Improvements

on December 11, 2012 - 9:06pm

Audience members at tonight's County Council meeting at which several spoke during public comment on the N.M. 502 Improvements Project. Frustration was expressed with traffic noise and the endurance of road construction for extended years. A woman asked that trucks be made to take the truck route to lessen the traffic noise to homeowners. Another resident asked that if the speed limit is reduced to 35 mph along a portion of East Road that it be enforced by police around the clock.

Council Repeals Youth Advisory Board

on December 11, 2012 - 8:47pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, left, listens as County Attorney Becky Ehler to his left, presents an ordinance repealing Article XV of Chapter 8 of the Los Alamos Code of Ordinances in its entirety dealing with the Youth Advisory Board. Councilor Mike Wismer explained that he introduced the idea of a Youth Advisory Board five or six years ago to give the youth of the community a new voice concerning issues and items the group felt were important.

Council Hears Phasing Details of N.M. 502 Improvement Project

on December 11, 2012 - 8:16pm

From left, David Quintana from the state, Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton and County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman discuss the phasing of the N.M. 502 improvement project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Discusses Belt Tightening Measures

on December 11, 2012 - 7:45pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, third from right, explains to Council that it's prudent to anticipate less GRT revenue likely coming to the County from Los Alamos National Laboratory in the coming years and to look ahead for ways to reduce costs. He would like to see the current Council hold off on some of the multi-million dollar projects where possible and has scheduled a mid-year budget review for the Jan. 29 Council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Commission Conducts Annual Briefing to County Council

on December 11, 2012 - 7:02pm

Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Fred Roach briefs County Councilors on the commission's activities over the past year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commissioners from left, Chairman Fred Roach at podium, Pete Sheehey, Avivah Smith-Nelson and Anne Nobile discuss the work of the commission and call for members of the public to contact them with interest to serve on this commission as two positions are coming available. Council Chair Sharon Stover commended the commission for its fine work over the past year. Photo by Carol A.

Driver Cited for DUI in Monday's 3-Car Crash

on December 11, 2012 - 9:34am

Police issue charges in this three-vehicle collision Monday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police have issued charges against one of the driver's in Monday evening's three-vehicle collision on Trinity Drive near Timber Ridge Road.

Geraldine Quintana of Santa Fe has been charged with one count of aggravated DUI, one count of abandonment or abuse of a child and one count of careless driving.

"Our investigation finds that a 2000 Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez attempted to make a left turn on Timber Ridge when it was struck from

State GOP Elects New Officers

on December 11, 2012 - 9:18am

John Billingsley

Staff Report

New Mexico Republican Party leaders elected retired businessman John Billingsley as state party chairman during Saturday’s biannual meeting in Albuquerque of the state party’s central committee. He replaces outgoing Chairman Monty Newman.

Billingsley has been chairman of the Lincoln County GOP as well as the state party’s first vice chairman for the last two years. He also served as U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s 2008 Senate race campaign manager.

Party leaders also elected Rube Render as 1st vice chair, Rick Lopez as 2nd vice chair, Charles Christmann as


Rachel Peck Guides Olions to Great Start

on December 11, 2012 - 6:50am

Anastasia (Haley Henson) and policewoman (Rebecca Varjebedian) discuss the baby in "Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by senior Alexandria L'Esperance. Courtesy/Olions

Review by Maire O'Neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions presented this year’s student-directed one act plays in the new Topper Theater Dec. 6-9.

As always, this year's plays, which ranged from heart-breaking to mind-twisting to bully-breaking, showcased the multiple talents of the Olions.

"Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by Alexandria L'Esperance, explored the nature of relationships.

Stidhams Mark 25 Years at LA Church of Christ

on December 11, 2012 - 6:08am

Timothy and Tanya D. Stidham. Courtesy photo

By Linda K. Wood

In 1987, “The Cosby Show” was the most popular program on television, the New York Giants won the Superbowl and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.

In August of that year, Timothy D. Stidham and his wife Tanya, moved with their four children to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas.

They were to begin what would be 25 years of service to the Los Alamos Church of Christ. Twenty-five years and counting...

The church honored the Stidhams with a banquet at Hilltop House Hotel Friday, Nov.

Holiday Farmers Markets Coming to Fuller Lodge

on December 11, 2012 - 6:08am

The holidays are coming and so are the Los Alamos Holiday Farmers Markets - Thursdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Plan to attend the markets for those special gifts and foods to make the season bright.

Foods: Soup mixes, fudge, beans, salsa, cookies, tea breads, sticky buns, coffee cakes, breads, stolen, pizza, red chile powder, jams, jellies, honey and honey sticks, apples, apple cider, green chile powder, pinon nuts, tamales, dip mixes, chile pods, winter squash, vinegars, ginger snap cookies, hand-tossed breads with fruits

Food on the Hill: Rice & Mushrooms

on December 11, 2012 - 6:07am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:


Rice & Mushrooms
Photo by Sue York/
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can beef consomme
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 2 small cans of mushrooms (juice from 1can, drain the other can)
  • 1 stick of butter
Photo by Sue York/
Dump everything in an 8x8 baking pan, stir one time and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Photo by Sue York/
This is a wonderful side dish to take to parties and it is quick to make (1-1/2 minutes to put together) and it tastes great!
Rice & Mushrooms

LAPS Superintendent Addresses Kiwanis Today

on December 11, 2012 - 6:06am


Kiwanis meets noon-1 p.m., each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.



Dec. 11 - Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt will speak on the upcoming LAPS mail-in bond election.

Dec. 18 - Committee Meetings.

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day! There will be no noon Kiwanis meeting and no Newsletter.

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day. No meeting, no Newsletter.

Jan. 8 - Glen Lockhart, a member of the Los Alamos National


Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Hosts Christmas Luncheon Wednesday

on December 11, 2012 - 5:53am


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its annual Christmas luncheon/meeting noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 12 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

New officers will be sworn in and members are encouraged to bring guests who may be interested in joining the chapter.

Members also are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the organization's charity donations.

For more information, contact Mary Wilhoit 1-858-922-9070 or Donna MacDonald at

White Rock Committee Honors Steve Brugger

on December 10, 2012 - 9:03pm

During a meeting this evening at the White Rock Visitor Center, Denny Erickson, chair of the White Rock Masterplan Implementation Steering Committee, presented long-time County Planner Steve Brugger with a street sign thanking him for his service to the community. Brugger served as the County staff person who facilitated the White Rock Committee. He left the County in May. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

 Former Los Alamos County Planner Steve Brugger holds the street sign he received this evening from the White Rock Masterplan Implementation Steering Committee thanking him for his longtime