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Column: The Versatile Guitar

on February 10, 2013 - 6:42am
The Versatile Guitar
Column by Richard Hannemann
I play music on the guitar. I write music for the guitar. I teach the guitar. I've been doing this for a while now.
So before you go out and buy a guitar, either for yourself or your child, here are a few things you should know.
Andres Segovia once said the guitar is like a small orchestra in the hand. Yep. You've got six strings, each an octave and half; that means you essentially have six instruments.
You have a total range of 3 and a half octaves, and you can stretch this to a little over 4 by using harmonics.

Album Release Party for Rumelia at Pyramid Café

on February 10, 2013 - 6:31am
Rumelia band members from left, Nicolle Jensen, Sitara Schauer and Deborah Ungar. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Staff Report

Rumelia will celebrate the release of their debut album 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Pyramid Café in Los Aamos. There is a $10 cover. Children are free. 

Rumelia is a band composed of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans.

The music is unique to the western ear in that it uses odd time signatures (think 7/8, 9/8 and 11/8 for starters), as well as eastern scales (maqam) and tonalities.

OBITUARY: Robert Springer Nov. 2, 1920–Jan. 21, 2013

on February 10, 2013 - 6:19am

Remembering the Life of Robert H. Springer
Nov. 3, 1920-Jan. 21, 2013

Robert was born in Chicago, Ill at the beginning of the roaring 20’s. His Dad was a pharmacist and owned a drug store. 

During the 20’s, they packed up and took a touring Ford and drove across country to California and settled in Covina. 

He grew up there and lived through the Great Depression. He had some interesting adventures such as finding and repairing a chain driven motorcycle, which he kept secret from his parents. 

During the 30’s, he bought a Model A Ford in peach baskets, and put it together and souped it

Gloomy Skies Loom Above Los Alamos

on February 9, 2013 - 2:26pm

Gloomy skies loom over Los Alamos following today's snow storm. The forecast for tonight is a low of 24°F, winds from the west at 21 mph and a 30 percent chance of snow. Sunday’s forecast is a low of 21° F, winds WSW at 10 mph and a 30 percent chance of afternoon/evening snow showers. Source: Photo by Chris Clark 

The sun above Los Alamos is muted by today's thick gray skies. Photo by Chris Clark 

Snowy patches remain on the ground above Quemazon this afternoon following today's earlier snowfall. Photo by Chris Clark 

LAMC Awarded Accreditation From Joint Commission

on February 9, 2013 - 11:55am

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes (name of organization)’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific

AAUW Invites Public to View 'THE INVISIBLE WAR'

on February 9, 2013 - 7:49am


AAUW News:

Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is showing "THE INVISIBLE WAR" as a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.)

The film will be shown in the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA. Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

"THE INVISIBLE WAR" is a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent

Juanita Madland Plays 'Adagios Amor' on Valentine's Day

on February 9, 2013 - 7:43am
Pianist Juanita Madland/Courtesy Photo

Staff Report

The Betty Ehart Alamos Senior Center will host a free Valentine’s Day Piano Concert at noon Thursday, Feb. 14 with piano virtuoso Juanita Madland.

The public is invited to Adagios Amor, featuring luscious, mesmerizing pieces that have inspired lovers through the ages.

“The concert is an offering to Los Alamos,” Madland said.

Madland holds a Masters of Music from the University of New Mexico, where she studied with renowned pianist Evelyne Brancart.

Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia


Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting or and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Friday Night 'Meetup' Draws Record Crowd

on February 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Tables had to be added at the Dixie Girl Friday night as more and more people arrived for the 'Meetup' during Happy Hour. Everyone is invited to this Chamber sponsored event held at 5 p.m. each Friday at the Dixie Girl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chamber Members Network at FAN 44

on February 9, 2013 - 7:28am

Chamber of Commerce members met at restaurants around Los Alamos Friday, Feb. 8 for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN 44 networking event. FAN 44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch at one of 16 local restaurants. Meeting at Hill Diner Friday were from left, Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Business Services; Linda Hull, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos County environmental services specialist and Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa of Kalsa Acupuncture.

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

‘Empty Bowl Project’ Uses Art to Help Needy

on February 9, 2013 - 7:19am

Empty Bowls Project Chair Gillian Sutton discusses the annual event during Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Empty bowls on display along with Flowers By Gillian during Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Business people turned out for Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for the Empty Bowl Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

KSRN's David Sutton, Michaele Sutton and Gene Mortensen attend Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Swing Your Sweetheart at the Posse Shack

on February 9, 2013 - 7:02am

School Board Solicits Nominations for Award

on February 9, 2013 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

Do you know an individual in White Rock or Los Alamos deserving of recognition for his or her commitment to promoting student achievement?

If so, your School Board would like to hear from you. Between now and Feb. 22, the School Board is accepting nominations for the 2013 New Mexico School Board's Excellence in Student Achievement Award, and one community member from our district will be selected for this honor.

Last year's winner was Lana Martin, a sixth-grade teacher at Barranca.


Down Home Fun with Author Slim Randles Feb. 28

on February 9, 2013 - 6:58am
Author Slim Randles. Courtesy photo


Join longtime New Mexico resident Slim Randles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library for an evening of wild, funny and homespun stories both from his work as a newspaperman and those from his days actually in the wild.

Randles will talk about his current syndicated column, which runs in more than 100 newspapers nationwide and his new book Home Country, a compilation of the best of his wit and wisdom from his column of the same title.

So just where is Home Country? It is here, in our hearts.

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio Offers Valentine's Day Gifts

on February 9, 2013 - 6:54am

KWFA News:
Visit Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio for unique gifts for Valentine's Day or a late Groundhog's Day.
Several new artists have joined the gallery and the artists have brought in many new pieces just in time for Valentine's Day:
  • Hummingbird and goldfinch paintings;
  • A sumptuous floral still life by Sheridan Brown;
  • Unbelievable charcoal, graphite and scratchboard artwork by Heather Ward;
  • A beautiful photo by TK Thompson of flamenco dancers;
  • Karen Wray's original and reproductions of florals and landscapes;
  • Kathleen Veenstra's atmospheric landscapes and pottery;
  • Kathy Hjeresen's

Native American Art Gallery Opens Next to Gabriel's Restaurant

on February 9, 2013 - 6:52am


New art gallery opens at Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the plaza across from the 'big tree' 10 miles north of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop, owned by Elmer and Deborah Torres of Pueblo de San Ildefonso has opened a new location, just 10 miles north of the Santa Fe city limits.

The gallery is at 6 Banana Lane off U.S. 84/285 at Exit 176, north of the Santa Fe Opera and next to Gabriel’s Restaurant.

Specializing in New Mexico Native American artists, the gallery boasts a large collection of the famous San Ildefonso Pueblo Black-on-Black


County Line: Feb. 8

on February 9, 2013 - 6:52am

Comprehensive Plan Maps Update - Two Meetings
Attend a meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station 3, or an open house on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, to find out more about proposed updates for these important maps - contact the Community and Economic Development Department for details (662-8120).

Council Meets Tuesday
What's on the agenda? The main focus is likely to be the approval of a service agreement with NM Airlines to return scheduled air service to Los Alamos Airport in April. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Chambers on Tuesday night. Download the agenda:

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

on February 8, 2013 - 11:19pm
Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute domestic

Los Alamos Police Arrest Couple with Bundles of ID Cards, Drugs and Cell Phones

on February 8, 2013 - 12:02pm

By Carol A. Clark

In responding to a report, Los Alamos Police located two people in a room at Motel 6, 2201 Trinity Dr., about 6 p.m. Thursday, surrounded by bundles of ID cards, bags of methamphetamines, marijuana, pipes, pills and several cell phones.

Police arrested Leona Bjarke, 23, of Los Alamos and Connor Fox, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo., at the scene and charged them with trafficking a controlled substance, distributing/selling, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and concealing identity.

Bjarke also had an active warrant for a probation violation.


Letter to the Editor: County 'Fiscal Crisis' is Opportunity

on February 8, 2013 - 11:18am
By Robert Gibson
Former Los Alamos County Councilor

“Never waste a good crisis” goes the saying. Sadly, it often takes a crisis to force overdue actions. The county budget shortfall is such an opportunity. 

The county government’s fiscal challenge is real. The revenue bubble it has enjoyed the six years since LANL started paying gross receipts taxes is deflating. 

Neither the Lab’s mission nor its political support in Washington are as strong as they were for decades. The Lab is not going away, but its size and strength are declining.

Our failure to focus on diversifying our economic

UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

on February 8, 2013 - 11:13am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year's UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300

Council to Decide Fate of Capital Projects Feb. 19

on February 8, 2013 - 10:53am


Feb. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council will have a discussion to decide "which" capital projects approved for design and construction in May 2012 will be moving forward or deferred.

The Council moved this meeting from being a Work Session in White Rock to a Regular Session in Los Alamos so that the meeting can be televised.

Due to budget shortfalls, Council gave the staff budget guidance on Jan. 29 to defer up to $12.5 million in capital project costs and delay projects up to four years for these eight approved projects:

  • Ashley Pond

LANL Scientists Make Major Step Toward Transforming Biomass-Derived Molecules into Fuels

on February 8, 2013 - 10:52am

Artist’s conception of the process: Researchers open up a component of the biofuel molecule, called a furan ring, to make it easier to chemically alter. Opening these rings into linear chains is a necessary step in the production of energy-dense fuels, so these linear chains can then be converted into alkanes used in gasoline and diesel fuel. Image by Josh Smith/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fuels synthesis insight can reduce costs and greenhouse gases

Scientists made a major step forward recently towards transforming biomass-derived molecules into fuels.

The team led by Los Alamos National Laboratory

Aspen Teacher Wins 'Great Ideas' Grant

on February 8, 2013 - 10:25am

Aspen Elementary School students participate in reading program. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Schools first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, strongly believes in the success of the parent-school connection.  

To strengthen that bond, she applied for and was awarded a Great Ideas Grant from the LAPS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that utilizes donations from supportive community members and businesses to strengthen public education in Los Alamos. 

Allen, of Aspen Elementary School purchased a full set of Gerald and Piggie hardbound books that the students take