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Rotary Sponsors Local Student's Exchange in Netherlands

on December 18, 2012 - 6:49am

Los Alamos resident Lisa Harris describes some of the experiences her daughter, Cassidy Gardner, has enjoyed as an exchange student to The Netherlands. Harris gave her talk recently to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which is sponsoring Gardner's exchange program. Photo by Hal Davis

Local Author Signing Books in Albuquerque

on December 17, 2012 - 4:06pm

When Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief stops at Albuquerque Tuesday, Dec. 18, Los Alamos author Inez Ross will step off at Alberta Wero's table from 4-5 p.m. to sell and sign Christmas gift books. Her novel 'Blaize Castle' has a beautiful winter watercolor by Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval. Courtesy photo

Streetlights Go Dark Dec. 24-26 for Farolitos

on December 17, 2012 - 10:15am



The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Monday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Wednesday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking during the full period that lights will be off.

If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

Rep. Jim Hall Enters School Board Race!

on December 17, 2012 - 9:51am

Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Rep. Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos School board. He and his wife Janet Hall reside in the Pinon Elementary School District 1.

"I have decided to seek the District 1 Los Alamos Board of Education seat being vacated by Dawn Venhaus," Hall said. "Our school system is one of the most important assets of our community, and I have been involved in our schools since Janet, my wife, and I arrived in Los Alamos in 1976 with our children - as a parent, a school board member for eight years, a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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.

Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

A Reminder from Los Alamos County’s Snow Control Center…

on December 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Courtesy photo


Winter is here and Los Alamos County officials are asking residents to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the County’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the County’s webpage will also list any County-related early closings, cancellations or delays (

Be alert. During

Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

Letter to the Editor: Message to Mother LANL

on December 17, 2012 - 7:53am
By Inez Ross
Los Alamos author
It wasn't only the downturn of the economy, the ease of Internet buying, nor the rise of e-books that caused the demise of our bookstore.
Another straw was the high rents charged in this town for local businesses. We are a one-company town and at the mercy of building owners who can charge what LANL can pay for their own offices.
Rents here should not be as high as in larger towns like Denver and Boulder. The subsidy money did not go to owners of small businesses here.
Mother LANL can keep her children on the Hill by furnishing rent free buildings for

Big Band to Honor Memory of Cathy LeClaire

on December 17, 2012 - 7:50am

LABB News:

The Los Alamos Big Band (LABB) will be presenting their annual Christmas Dance 7:30–10:30 p.m., Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet "The Mountainaires."

Cathy, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall sang for many years with LABB in the style of the famous Glenn Miller quartet "The Modernaires."

Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just

Program Offered for Fifth and Six Grade Girls

on December 17, 2012 - 7:42am

What’s in a Number?

on December 17, 2012 - 7:41am



By Ken Voytek: 12-12-12, the Mayan calendar, your lucky number, or your birth number. We obsess about data. Well, maybe only I do. Maybe I should take up numerology.

The most recent BLS reports compiling data on manufacturing provides an interesting picture. Uncertainty seems to the word of the day given the broader economic and policy environment.

If you read the headlines as my colleague Mark Schmit does, you come away with one picture.

Local Community Groups Share Good Deeds

on December 17, 2012 - 7:40am

June Gladney, left, treasurer of local food bank LA Cares, accepts a $200 check from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, presented by Club Treasurer Gil Butler and Club President Linda Hull. Photo by Hal Davis

Rotarian Skip King accepts a $100 check the Los Alamos Garden Club, presented by Doris Jackson, and given to support the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and chaired by Skip King. Photo by Hal Davis

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Dec. 20

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am


Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in the Community Building Training Room at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Public Comment
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. New Board Member Training Complete
b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han Shunsheng
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr,


Pet of the Week: Mo the Tabby/Tortie

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am
Mo the tabby/tortie, Courtesy/FOS
Pet of the Week: Mo is a very soft 3-year-old spayed female tabby/tortie surrendered for adoption with her friend Ralphie.
Neither cat cares for dogs or boisterous children. Mo and Ralphie are now circulating in the cat room and enjoying the attention of volunteers.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Other pets are off-campus residing in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Atomic City Transit Streamlines Little Forest Playschool Field Trips

on December 16, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Atomic City Transit makes it easy for preschool classes to take simple field trips around town.

The students of Little Forest Playschool are seasoned bus riders. During the summer they go on at least one field trip a week and have taken the bus to the pool, the library, Ashley Pond, the Farmer’s Market and other places in Los Alamos.

In late November the students arrived at school, walked to the bus stop on 38th Street and Villa and did their morning stretches while waiting for the number 6 to arrive. 

They rode

Matt Williams Announces Bid for School Board

on December 16, 2012 - 11:41am

Matt Williams

By Carol A. Clark

White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.

"I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that," Williams said. "I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community."

Williams, 51, served on the District

Students Host Read-a-Thon for Divine Fellers

on December 16, 2012 - 10:53am

Students at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Road, are holding a Read-a-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, to raise money to help pay medical expenses for Divine Fellers, a former Mountain student injured in a Nov. 21 traffic accident on N.M. 4. Courtesy/MES

PEEC Welcomes New Executive Director and Staff

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am

PEEC’s staff from left, Nature Center Coordinator Beth Cortright, Executive Director Katie Watson and Education Programs Director Angelique Harshman. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Recent visitors to PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) may have noticed some new faces busily crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters, and writing pleas and grants for money.  To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as Executive Director, while Angelique Harshman is Education Programs Director and Beth Cortright is Nature Center Coordinator.


LAPS Again Awarded '100 BEST Communities for Young People'

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt takes a moment Tuesday to pose with LAHS Student Council members Jessica, Travis, Astrid and Hallie in celebraation of being named one of the '100 BEST Communities for Young People' for 2012. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Jordan Redmond and student Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta at Tuesday's community event. Courtesy/LAPS
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) hired culinary students Rebecca, Alicia, Jenna and Angelita to prepare cookies for Tuesday's celebration.

Letter to the Editor: A View Toward a Workable N.M. 502 Plan

on December 16, 2012 - 10:02am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

Background and history: As you may know, N.M. 502 between Central Avenue and Airport Road presents significant obstacles and hazards to traffic flow and pedestrians.

It operates at peak times with considerable congestion, particularly during the evening commute, when traffic is either crawling or stop-and-go.

The morning commute operates below the current speed limit due to congestion. Pedestrian service is inadequate, even though some points of obvious access lie along this segment.

Los Alamos County (LAC) has proven amazingly dysfunctional in arriving at

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
What is Music?
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Family Honors Loved One Through Donations to Youth Activity Center

on December 16, 2012 - 9:42am

James and Darlene Potter with a new air hockey table donated by Marie Koss Potter Warsaw in memory of her grandson, Gregory James Potter, who had worked at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and was very popular with the children. There are two Youth Activity Centers, one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock near Rocket Park. The programming focus of the Youth Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models.

County Reminds Motorists of Safety Considerations

on December 16, 2012 - 8:27am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
  • At

National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

on December 16, 2012 - 8:26am

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O'Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students

Registration Underway for Women's Weekend Fundraiser at Pajarito Mountain

on December 15, 2012 - 10:34am


Let it snow and let the good times roll: Women's Weekend fundraiser at Pajarito Mountain this year!

For the fifth consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Ski Hill in Los Alamos are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits Northern New Mexico communities!

In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 8-10. 

The goal of this annual not-for-profit event is to raise $10,000 in financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. 

The event is