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Column: If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…

on November 19, 2012 - 7:44am
If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…
Column by Elena Yang

At least, let’s glean some lessons from the political and business news of this week. 

I am struck, yet again, by the cosmic distance between the top management and the rest of the working crowd. 

And as usual, a good portion of this distance is caused by the monstrous ego of the manager/leader. 

But ego cannot flourish without the implicit or explicit consent of its audience. 

(I did plan to continue sharing more thoughts on diversity/multiculturalism. However, sometimes, current news demands immediate attention.

And lessons

Co-owners Cut Ribbon on Warm Hearts Yarn

on November 18, 2012 - 2:26pm

Co-owner Katie Brousseau cuts the red ribbon on Warm Hearts Yarn Friday morning as co-owners, left, and pull each end of the ribbon tight. Warm Hearts Yarn is a craft and gift boutique at 35 Rover Blvd., in the former White Rock Visitors Center space. The company's goal is to provide high quality, affordable yarn and crafting supplies to its customers as well as a variety of training classes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Warm Hearts Yarn co-owners Heidi Narum, left, and Katie Brousseau. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A crowd of community members gathered


Christmas Sale Offers Red and 'Green' Bargains

on November 18, 2012 - 12:36pm

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale is Dec. 5 in the lower level at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by T.K. Thompson/

By Nancy Wurden

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale will offer red and “green” holiday bargains on Wednesday, Dec. 5. 

The thrift shop sale, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include brand new and gently used items which the volunteers set aside all year. 

Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods, and gifts are some

E2 Consulting Engineers Hosts Open House

on November 18, 2012 - 11:50am

Rob Dunham, left, Dane Anderson and Vanessa Vanover Hatfield of E2 Consulting Engineers, during an open house Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC


E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. held an open house at its office at 35 Rover Blvd., Ste. A in White Rock.

E2  offers a full spectrum of professional services, including facility operations, engineering and design, environmental engineering, and project and construction management.

Founded in 1988, E2 currently has a staff of 235 engineers, scientists and technical specialists in offices and project sites throughout


NNSA Delivers W76-1 Units to Navy for 2012

on November 18, 2012 - 11:16am

W76-1 units. Courtesy/SNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it delivered all of its scheduled W76-1 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warhead units to United States Navy in FY 2012.

“As our stockpile ages, we have to put ourselves in a position where the president can be certain that it is safe, secure and effective,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “Our continued success with the W76-1 Life Extension Program is key to the United States’ nuclear deterrent.

Letter to the Editor: Driving is Not a Right

on November 18, 2012 - 10:20am

Khalil J Spencer
League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor 1173

The Sunday morning Monitor reminded us of just how close we came to killing some children at the Montessori School on Canyon Road.

Why? Because as County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman tells us, our safety is held hostage by a few "irrational" drivers.

Not only do we not control them, but it seems difficult to even know who the people are who are trying to kill us, including another driver who crashed the same week on Main Hill Road while, according to the Daily Post, driving aggressively and passing another vehicle.

Often, we

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Draws Hundreds

on November 18, 2012 - 10:10am

Lots of shopping took place at Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Jewelry artist MJ Oref, owner of Earth Godess Enterprises, models her work during Saturday's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

Hundreds of people shopped the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church.

The annual Holiday Fair is held indoors the Saturday before Thanksgiving and features more than 100 New Mexican artists whose work

Triatomics Club Hosts 2012 Christmas Lights Runs

on November 18, 2012 - 8:17am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Triatomics Club announces the 2012 Christmas Lights Runs.

Here’s an opportunity to check out the Christmas lights and get a little exercise to burn off that extra slice of Thanksgiving pie.

We will run through various Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out their outdoor lights. The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic.

Runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday night until Christmas or there are ice patches on the streets.

This year, Monday nights will be a bit shorter and flat (2.3 – 3 miles) and


on November 18, 2012 - 7:53am
By David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilor

(Started Sept. 9, 2005)


We were looking at pictures of Adam’s first steps a few years ago, when Terry pointed to me in the picture.

“David, you still have that sweater in the closet. Let me tell you something only a friend would say: After 14 years in the closet, that argyle sweater has got to go.”

'You are not my friend, honey, you are my wife.' As you might imagine, the conversation went south from there.

To say that I have a love affair with clothes is not quite accurate.


Broadway is Calling...

on November 18, 2012 - 6:46am

Students perform the mug dance during "Gaston" at their dessert fundraiser Nov. 16. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Broadway professionals will be on hand to meet Los Alamos theater students attending the Junior Theater Festival ( in Atlanta, Ga., this January.

JTF is a conference for youth, teachers and professionals in the field of musical theater.

The Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students also will receive instruction in musical theater and attend a professional performance as part of the program, sponsored by Atomic City Children's Theater,

LANL's Ward Hawkins to Speak on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

on November 17, 2012 - 12:05pm
Ward L. Hawkins, Program Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
Hawkins talk, "CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure” will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime.
The public is invited to attend Hawkin's talk, which will be held in Room 311 in the Education

Senior Center Serves Massive Thanksgiving Feast

on November 17, 2012 - 10:58am

Approximately 250 people dined on Thanksgiving lunch Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in downtown Los Alamos. The traditional meal included turkey, dressing, gravy, peas, cranberries and pumpkin pie, all for $4. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The Betty Ehart Senior Center provides year round home delivered meals for frail, home bound seniors referred to the program by their physician.

The suggested donation for this service is $4.50 per meal. Approximately 50 seniors in Los Alamos take part in this program.

The Senior Center will deliver one fresh hot meal and four frozen


Children’s Christmas Bazaar Dec. 1 at TOTH

on November 17, 2012 - 10:29am

TOTH News:

Children’s Christmas Bazaar is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

The event starts in Sherrill Hall, which will be filled with affordable gifts for children to purchase. All items purchased may be gift wrapped.

This is how it works: children (kindergarten through 6th grade) bring your parents to Trinity on the Hill and leave them to relax and enjoy refreshments while you take your money and a list of people you would like to buy Christmas gifts for to Kelly Hall. 

There you can shop and have your gifts wrapped.

US, Kazakhstan Commission Radiation Detection Systems Aimed at Preventing Nuclear Smuggling

on November 17, 2012 - 10:11am

Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee (KCCC) recently held a ceremony to commission the specialized radiation detection equipment at Astana International Airport – a significant milestone in the joint effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

The ceremony recognized the effective ongoing cooperation between the U.S.

Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

on November 17, 2012 - 10:00am
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.
To apply online or download an application, click here or visit
The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16.
“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public service,” Udall

‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

DALA's 'Hansel & Gretel' Coming Winterfest Weekend!

on November 17, 2012 - 8:56am

Isaac Gao, 7, trying on his skunk costume is assisted by DALA Director and Choreographer Christin Severini. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) presents an original ballet production, “Hansel & Gretel” Winterfest Weekend in celebration of DALA’s 20th Anniversary.

This playful and spirited version of the beloved fairytale is an enchanting ballet with magical fairies, colorful Lollipops and adorable woodland creatures.

The ballet features world class choreography by former American Ballet Theatre dancer, Christin Severini, who also returns to the stage in a cameo role as

YMCA Expanding into Central Park Square

on November 17, 2012 - 8:29am
YMCA News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA announced Friday to members that "we will be opening the "Y Express" in late January. This is a 3,600-square-foot facility located close to our main Y, in the Central Park Square building. We will be converting spaces 140 and 143, where Shear Genius and the Democratic Party are currently housed, which is east of the former KRSN space."

The Y Express is needed, due to current overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up. Some folks are turned away in some classes.

The email letter to members from CEO Linda Daly and Board President

Pet of the Week: Ralphie the Cat

on November 17, 2012 - 8:19am


Ralphie, 3, is a DSH spayed, female tabby/tortie, given for adoption with her friend Mo.

Shy at first, Ralphie has come out of her shell and now lets shelter volunteers pet and admire her, however, she reportedly does not care for dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Others reside off-campus in foster homes.

"Thank you, Los Alamos! We have had a really good week for cat adoptions," said Sylvia of Friends of the Shelter.

Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit Reception Dec. 6

on November 17, 2012 - 7:14am



Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Authors Speak with Chris Wilson and José Zelaya in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The "Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit" Opening Reception is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

The Plazas of New Mexico: a Book & Exhibit from the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program at the School of Architecture and Planning, UNM, Albuquerque, runs through Jan. 11, 2013.

Mesa Public Library is offering a lively Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Los Alamos Winterfest

The Hive Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

on November 17, 2012 - 6:56am

By Dave Jones

The Hive Steward


The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 on a resolution directing the County staff to work with us to develop a path for possible County support for The Hive.


We are now working on a proposal that will go through County staff and then back to the Council.


I'm very grateful to those of you that attended the meeting and to those of you who spoke on our behalf.


Photo: The Hive, 134 N.M. 4.


In an attempt to keep The Hive open while we work through this proposal to the County and other possible funding mechanisms, we have set up a crowdfunding account with a website


County Holds Ashley Pond 90 Percent Design Information Meeting

on November 17, 2012 - 5:58am
Site Construction Plan. Click Image for high resolution view. Slide from Parks Division Presentation

Staff Report

Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos County Parks Division held an informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent final design for Ashley Pond Park renovations and to answer questions about the design.

George Radnovich, ASLA, Senior Principal - Landscape Architecture, led the presentation. Radnovich is the founder and partner of Sites Southwest, LLC., the consultant hired by the County to design the pond renovations.

The design has been fleshed out more since the

County Line: Turkey Bowling Anyone?

on November 16, 2012 - 1:22pm




Turkey Bowling, Anyone?

Celebrate the season opener of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink 3-5 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 18 with some Thanksgiving fun for the whole family. 

Find out more here


No Holiday Trash Collection...
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be No trash or recycling collection Thursday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23. If either of those days is your normal trash day, place materials out by 8 a.m.


Valles Caldera Announces Winter Recreation Schedule

on November 16, 2012 - 12:39pm

VCT News:

Jemez Springs – Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of winter activities announced by the Valles Caldera National Preserve today. The schedule also includes two free snowshoeing and skiing access days.

Winter hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area. An expanded holiday schedule will run 9 a.m.–5 p.m., every day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6.

New this season, the preserve will remain open for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 21 and President’s Day, Feb. 18.

Skiing and snowshoeing open