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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

Three Car Crash Slows Evening Commute on Trinity

on December 10, 2012 - 6:23pm

Three cars involved in a crash this evening on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

A three car crash occured at Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road at approximately 5:25 p.m. today. Two drivers in sedans involved in the wreck were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for possible treatment. 

Ken Will, was the third driver involved. He was operating a white truck and told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that he "was in the right lane and the blue Toyota sedan was stopped to turn (on Timber Ridge Road.) The lady in the silver Chevrolet sedan was

Former Los Alamos Resident and Teacher Dies Sunday in I-25 Accident

on December 10, 2012 - 5:59pm

Former Los Alamos resident and teacher Dorothy (Dottie) Mullins was killed Sunday, Dec. 9 in an accident along I-25 Sunday night. Mullins, 54, was born and raised in Los Alamos and was teaching at Kearny Elementary School in Santa Fe. 

New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-25 northbound just north of the La Cienega exit, according to an announcement by  the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Officers arrived on scene to find a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck.

Plutonium Going Strong at 150 Years

on December 10, 2012 - 2:43pm

Livermore chemist Brandon Chung, left, and mechanical technologist Kenneth Lema peer through a glovebox to check the setup on the dilatometer that measures the dimensions of plutonium samples. Courtesy/S&TR


PLANNING the future needs of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile as well as the nuclear weapons complex depends in part on maintaining confidence in the long-term stability of the pit, or core, of plutonium-239 residing inside every weapon.

Scientists and engineers who ensure the safety and reliability of the nation’s stockpile had long been concerned

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012

on December 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

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.

Nov. 29 at 9:27 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old boy from Abiquiu with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr., referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Nov. 29 at 8:57 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: County Has Reached Drop-Dead Point

on December 10, 2012 - 12:58pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos
County Council members and administrators,
The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop.
The hastily generated design created by PW (Public Works) in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the Council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding,” even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDOT) and federal

Metric System Born in France 213 Years Ago

on December 10, 2012 - 12:56pm

Illustration courtesy/CSU

NIST News:

The International System of Units, universally abbreviated SI (from the French Le Systéme International d´Unités), is the modern metric system of measurement.

Long the dominant measurement system used in science, the SI is becoming the dominant measurement system used in international commerce.

The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of August 1988 [Public Law (PL) 100-418] changed the name of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and gave to NIST the added task of helping U.S.

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Simple Steps Put 'Green' Back in Holidays

on December 10, 2012 - 12:29pm

National Regifting Day is Dec. 18. Courtesy photo


The New Mexico Recycling Coalition Offers Solutions to Reduce your Holiday Trash

Did you know that Americans produce 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? That means we’re adding one million more tons to the landfill in the span of a month (EPA.)

"Greening the holidays" began as a grass-roots movement, but it practically has turned into an industry. There’s a reason the topic gets so much attention. Many of us yearn for healthier, more meaningful, less expensive and less wasteful holidays.

Relay For Life of Los Alamos Holding Volunteer Informational Meeting Wednesday

on December 10, 2012 - 12:12pm

RFL News:

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold a volunteer informational meeting 5:30–6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. 

The organization is seeking walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and community leaders to help plan the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.  

Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. Thanks to General Manager Felicia Duran and the Comfort Inn for donating the meeting space.



Newly Elected Representative Hosts Town Hall

on December 10, 2012 - 10:26am

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard with her husband Eric Vasquez at her Town Hall meeting at UNM-LA Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard answers questions during her Town Hall meeting Sunday at UNM-LA. County Councilor Mike Wismer, standing at left, passed the microphone to audience members during the Q&A portion of the event and her husband Eric Vasquez, at right, operates her PowerPoint presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Twenty-five community members attended Dist.

Rock Displays Fill Earth Treasure Show

on December 10, 2012 - 10:08am

Los Alamos Geological Society member Lisa Kratzer, right, assists a group of young people to create sand art, inspired by artist Robert Stoufer's work, during the society's Earth Treasure Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Martha Zumbro and Dave Bowman check out a display case Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Mary Thompson and Jan Studebaker admire some of the geological treasures on display Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten