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Column: A World of Music

on December 23, 2012 - 6:06am
By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
It's kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
We speak of "songbirds" and "the songs of birds", or the "music of the stream", and other similar references to "music" which don't quite fit the

LAHS Memorial Garden Commemorates the Lives of Students

on December 23, 2012 - 6:00am

The LAHS NJROTC present the colors at the Dec. 20 LAHS Memorial Garden dedication. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A ribbon is cut Thursday, Dec. 20 to dedicate the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden was dedicated on Thursday, Dec. 20. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, under the direction of member Skip King, spearheaded the design and development of the Memorial Garden.

The garden commemorates the lives of students who passed away while attending Los Alamos High School.

Somber Ceremony Marks National Tragedy

on December 22, 2012 - 11:15am

Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta addresses the group gathered at Ashley Pond Friday night to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos High School Student Council members organized a special Friday night candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Conn.

About 50 people gathered in the cold at Ashley Pond Park to honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy.

LAHS Junior

Scientists to Surveil Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Eve

on December 22, 2012 - 10:49am

Santa Claus takes off on his annual global trek to spread joy to children everywhere. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Efforts will help ensure Magical Elf’s safe passage across the globe

Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the Jolly Elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world.

Visit beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.


Letter to the Editor: Second Amendment Thoughts

on December 22, 2012 - 10:36am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

I have been deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Nobody should have to endure such senseless violence. And Newtown is only one of a string of recent mass murders.

My views of gun ownership have become more definite. As a result, I have created a petition on the White House petitions site, "We the People" (WtP), displayed below. I hope you will carefully consider the issue. The rationale for my view is discussed on CNN at

I understand that many Americans do not agree with my viewpoint, perhaps


Ruby K’s Offers Special Holiday Treats

on December 22, 2012 - 10:19am

RUBY K's News:

Ruby K’s has pumpkin and pecan pies, challah, fresh rolls and food platters available for holiday parties.  

To order catering items call 662-9866 or stop by the restaurant. 

Orders for Christmas Day food must be placed before closing at 3 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 22. Orders must be picked up before 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Ruby K’s will be open until 1 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For information, visit


LANB Treats Local Seniors to Holiday Feast

on December 22, 2012 - 9:59am

Los Alamos National Bank treated local seniors to its annual 'Holiday Lunch' Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. LANB employees served the meals during two seatings. Senior Center staff prepared the lunch, which featured tender roast beef  and all the trimmings. LANB's Karen Easton presented gifts and prizes to the seniors gathered for the event. She announced that LANB is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Local band Peace Meal provided holiday entertainment for the large crowd. Photo by Don Kendall

Hilltopper Girls Basketball Loses to Piedra Vista 44-37

on December 22, 2012 - 9:49am
Allison Crane fights for ball with Haley Each and Anna Scott. Photo by Alan Kirk
Haley Each takes shot. Photo by Alan Kirk
Marrisa Larribas powers up shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hazardous Fuels Treatment Planned in Forest

on December 22, 2012 - 8:37am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management has announced that a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment is planned on the Forest in January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Jan. 7 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable
  • The pile burn location is approximately 6 miles East of the City of Santa Fe, 1 Mile East of McClure Reservoir
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low
  • Smoke from

Senate Sends House Defense Authorization with NNSA Amendment

on December 22, 2012 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported the Senate on Friday passed legislation that contains critical funding for New Mexico's military bases, national laboratories and military families by a vote of 81-14.
Sen. Tom Udall
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which also includes Udall's amendment to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), must now be cleared by the House of Representatives before being sent to the president for signature.
“This bill will ensure that New Mexico’s bases and laboratories remain strong and

Kate O’Donnell Transforms Home, Life Through Art

on December 22, 2012 - 7:48am

'Dancing Poppies' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

'Sitting Still' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kate O’Donnell, producer of the Reel Deal Theater preshow, has lived in a beautiful home on Bathtub Row for seven years. She and her husband Jim O’Donnell have restored that home to regain its historic integrity and be an inspiring place to live.

Their guiding principle for the remodel has been "Everything needs to touch you in some way."

Before World War II, the house was the arts and craft building for the Boy’s ranch.

Winter Solstice at Bandelier National Monument

on December 22, 2012 - 7:04am
The eastern sky driving into Bandelier National Monument at about 7 a.m. Friday for the winter solstice. Photo by TK Thompson/

People mill about the Tyuonyi Peublo ruins after the sun showed itself. Photo by TK Thompson/
Staff Report

About 25 people braved the balmy 12 degree weather at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 to view the sunrise over the Tyuonyi Pueblo Ruins at Bandelier National Monument for the winter solstice.

Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the winter solstice occurs annually on a day between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23.
On this date, all places above a

Rotary Student of the Month: Jessie Zhao

on December 22, 2012 - 6:24am


Jessie Zhao, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for December.

Zhao is the daughter of Shaoping Chu and Xinxin Zhao and sister of William and Steven Zhao.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

Pet of the Week: Shyloh the Black Shepherd Mix

on December 22, 2012 - 6:11am

FOS News:

Shyloh is a 2-year-old black shepherd mix and a wonderful pet. He is friendly with adults, loves kids, cats and dogs.

The reason he came to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is that his family moved away without him.

Like many dogs, Shyloh will need some time and company to feel wanted in a new home. A tall, secure fence is recommended if he must be left alone in a yard.

He is amazing at finding creative ways to get to K9 companions and human friends. We have some great ideas about securing your fence. Just ask!

Shyloh is house broken and leash trained and a joy to take

NNSA Orders Security Enhancements at LANL

on December 21, 2012 - 3:53pm

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

LANL is the only Laboratory in the DOE Complex under this increase in security. Spokesman Kevin Roark responded to an email request from the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon for additional information, saying simply that the Lab cannot elaborate as to what has spurred the order for heightened security.

Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering

NNSA Administrator D’Agostino Retiring in January

on December 21, 2012 - 2:22pm

Thomas P. D’Agostino. Courtesy Photo

NNSA News:

National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino announced today that he will retire Jan. 18, 2013.

NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neili Miller will serve as Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Acting Adminstrator of the NNSA.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement:

From the reactor room on the U.S.S. Skipjack to the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Tom D’Agostino has proven himself to be a talented leader, a trusted adviser, and a true confidant.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2012 - 7:27am

Swearing in Ceremony 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at the Justice Center Municipal Courtroom. Reception immediately following the ceremony.

Candlelight Vigil 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Ashley Pond Park
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. Members of the community are asked to bring their own candle to the memorial. Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr.

LANL Top Science News of 2012

on December 21, 2012 - 7:05am

Top science stories for the year traveled from the canyons of Mars to the high desert forests of New Mexico, from cosmic particles to the structure of proteins and enzymes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scientific advances that caught the world’s interest

Los Alamos National Laboratory made its scientific mark in a wide variety of areas, and the stories that caught the public’s attention and that of the science community reflect those broad capabilities.

Top science stories for the year traveled from the canyons of Mars to the high desert forests of New Mexico, from cosmic particles to the

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Speaker Ben Luján

on December 21, 2012 - 7:04am

Funeral arrangements for Speaker Ben Luján include a public visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol.

A second visitation will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Pojoaque with a 7 p.m. rosary to be recited. 

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe with interment to follow at Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Cemetery in Nambe.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the UNM Cancer Center


Snowman Spotted Standing On Head

on December 21, 2012 - 7:03am

A snowman was spotted using his long, twig-like arrms to balance on his head Wednesday afternoon in the front yard of a home on Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood of White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Grants Man Arrested for Posting Threats on Internet

on December 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FBI News:

This morning the FBI arrested Paulo Nikko Peral, 20, of Grants, New Mexico, on a criminal complaint charging him with transmitting a threat to injure another in interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 875(c.)

Paulo’s arrest was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

Peral made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. He remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The criminal complaint

Luján Amendment Passes to Study Broader National Labs Mission

on December 21, 2012 - 7:01am


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted in support of the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Thursday, which includes an amendment he offered that calls for a study to broaden the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

A 2012 report by the National Academy of Science (NAS) and a Stimson report in 2009 recommended that the NNSA laboratories transition more fully to a broader national security mission and that a mechanism be put in place to

Letter to the Editor: UWNNM Youth Team Says THANKS!

on December 21, 2012 - 6:57am

By the United Way of Northern New Mexico Youth Team

As the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Youth Team’s fundraising season comes to an end, we would like to offer the community our most sincere thank you for their support. 

We could not have such a successful giving campaign without the generosity of individuals and local businesses.  

The third annual Taste the Sky event was a great success. Held at the Los Alamos County Airport, the Youth Team offered two options for diners, “economy class” and “first class.”

While there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, those seated in “first


Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday and Saturday

on December 20, 2012 - 10:45pm


Moon Over Mesas. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Fall View From Los Alamos. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Staff Report
The community is invited to attend the Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dixie Girl Gallery & Restaurant in downtwn Los Alamos.
Chat with photographer Leslie Bucklin and browse her greeting cards, matted prints and gallery images. Goodies will be served!
Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a few years in Colorado and California, she has returned to Los Alamos to raise her family in the community she