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Real Estate Round Table: 2013 Home Sales Rise

on March 6, 2013 - 7:10am
Real Estate Round Table: 2013 Home Sales Rise

Existing home sales edged up in January and February both in Los Alamos and across the nation.

According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, the U.S. could be seeing a sellers' market developing.

Here in Los Alamos County, 30 homes sold in January and February 2013. That’s up from 17 homes sold in January and February 2012.

While the overall numbers are small, that's a significant percentage increase.


Learn About 'Super-Flocking' During Raptor Migration Talk at PEEC

on March 6, 2013 - 7:00am
Raptor migration in Veracruz, Mexico. Courtesy/photo

PEEC News:

It’s well known that some birds fly south for the winter, but migrating raptors put on an extreme show when hundreds of them converge near Veracruz, Mexico each year.

Learn more about this phenomenon from birder Robert Templeton at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The largest concentration of migrating raptors in the world occurs each fall in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

The geography of North America causes most of the migratory raptors from the U.S.

Warm Hearts Yarn Announces Upcoming Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:52am

WHY News:

Warm Hearts Yarn at 35 Rover Blvd. Suite D in White Rock announces its upcoming classes.

Weekly Stitching Group: 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday - this is a great time to get help, inspiration, and visit. Beginners are welcome to this free group!

Ear Flap Hat Class (great for adventurous beginners): this is a two-session class: Thursdays, March 7 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class fee: $25/participant, includes pattern Instructor: Stephanie Hagelburg

Block of the Month Club: second Saturday of each month starting April 13, 11 a.m.-noon
Fee: $30 includes kit and instruction (there are only ten

LANS LLC Recognizes Rep. Nick Salazar Today

on March 6, 2013 - 6:46am

Rep. Nick Salazar

LANL News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, will be recognized today, March 6, by Los Alamos National Security LLC for the “Lifetime Achievement Award” he received from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earlier this year.

Salazar serves on the Board of Directors of LANL and will be video-conferencing into the board meeting of LANS LLC, to be officially recognized by LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Salazar has been associated with the Lab for more than 60 years, as an employee, associate and now as a member of the Board of

LANL Meteorologist Leads Cloudspotting Class March 19

on March 6, 2013 - 6:31am
Lenticular clouds over Washington. Courtesy/NASA


Do you wonder what all the different types of clouds in the sky mean?

Come to a free Cloudspotting Class led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist Jean Dewart at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

Dewart first learned to watch the sky when she came to New Mexico many years ago. In this talk, she will take participants on a tour through many types of clouds.

She’ll also explain what different types of clouds can tell us about the atmosphere and weather.

Perch Paperie Extends Hours; Adds New Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:25am

Perch Paperie News:

Now shoppers will have more time to get crafty at Perch Paperie. The store is extending its hours!

Perch Paperie will now be open M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perch Paperie has lots of fun classes coming up this month.

New classes are added all the time, so be sure and visit Perch Paperie online at or click on the Perch Paperie ad on the Los Alamos Daily Post to find out the latest.

Paper Straw Pinwheel kids class: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, $7, all ages
CD Case Sticker Book: 1-2 p.m.

OBITUARY: Marie Violee Geoffrion Sept. 9, 1928 - March 3, 2013

on March 6, 2013 - 6:24am

Marie Violee Geoffrion Sept. 9, 1928 - March 3, 2013

Marie Violee Geoffrion passed away peacefully March 3, 2013. Marie Violee McElroy was born September 9, 1928 in Las Vegas, NM.  

She met Louis Geoffrion in Las Vegas and they were wed September 16, 1949. They moved to Los Alamos after their marriage where they lived for the 58 years until Marie was preceded in death by Louis in 2007.

Marie was a long time resident of Los Alamos, NM and a recent resident of Sierra Vista Living Community in Santa Fe, NM.  

While in Los Alamos, Marie was an Administrative Assistant for the Los Alamos


Council Creates DPU Charter Review Committee

on March 5, 2013 - 9:45pm

From left, Councilors Fran Berting, Steve Girrens, David Izraelevitz and Council Chair Geoff Rodgers in Council Chambers discuss the DPU Charter Review Committee during this evening's County Council meeting. Print Screen Photo

Staff report

With a series of motions, the Los Alamos County Council appointed five people to the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee.

The new DPU Charter Review Committee members are David Powell (DPU Board Member), Councilor Steve Girrens, Susan O'Leary, Kirk Christensen and Ed Birnbaum.

The Committee is tasked with looking into the issues of


Council Approves Fire Administration Move to 999 Central

on March 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes answers Council Council questions about the new lease. Print Screen Photo

Staff report

County Council approved a new lease for Los Alamos County Fire Administration at 999 Central Ave. effective May 1.

Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself due to being a party to the lease. The Fire Department has been at its current location in the TRK Building (195 East Road) since 1994.

Reiss is the managing member and has a 25 percent ownership interest in 999 Central Ave.

Both the County Procurement Code and the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act recognize that conflicts of


Letter to the Editor: Frustrated With Transportation-Related Issues

on March 5, 2013 - 5:38pm
R. Wayne Hardie
Los Alamos
I have lived in Los Alamos County (LAC) for 34 years and just completed a term as a member of LAC's Transportation Board, so I have considerable interest in, and considerable frustration with, LAC transportation-related issues.
In my opinion, the current kerfuffle over the "N.M. 502-Trinity Drive Transportation Improvement Project" is the result of yet the latest in a long list of mismanaged LAC road and street projects over the past several years as summarized below:
1. Diamond Drive: LAC/Public Works proposed a multi-roundabout (RDB) design for Diamond Drive,

OBITUARY: Eugene Henderson Eyster March 21, 1914 – February 17, 2013

on March 5, 2013 - 5:08pm
Eugene Henderson Eyster March 21, 1914 February 17, 2013
Laboratory retiree, Eugene Henderson Eyster of Los Alamos passed away at Sombrillo Care Center February 17, 2013. Gene was 98 years old.

He was born on March 21, 1914 in Wheaton, Minnesota. He married Joyce Krenz, also of rural Minnesota on January 6, 1942. They celebrated 71 years of married this past January.

They spent four years at the Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, followed by work in Indianhead, Maryland and Washington, D. C. In 1948 they came to Los Alamos. Gene retired from the Lab in 1980.

Gene graduated from Wheaton High


NM House of Representatives Highlights March 5

on March 5, 2013 - 10:09am



On the Floor

  • House Education Committee Substitute For House Bill 27 (“Expand Lottery Scholarship Eligibility”) sponsored Rep.

FSN to Offer IMPACT Personal Safety 101

on March 5, 2013 - 9:49am

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in March.

IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people ages 15 through adult from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Teen Center.

Seventh and eighth graders can benefit from this important workshop with appropriate content from 6-8 .pm. Thursday, March 21 at FSN.

This class empowers participants by teaching them what assailants look for and how to avoid being chosen as a target.

Students practice awareness skills, body language, and using

Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club Registration Opens March 11 for Training Classes

on March 5, 2013 - 9:27am
Jennifer Necker with her dog Lorna. Photo by Carl Necker
Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin March 11.
Classes this session include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Beginning Agility, Conformation, Competitive Obedience and the paRENT Free Club, and will begin the week of April 1.
Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ( and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos.)

NMDOT Begins Work March 11 on Bishops Lodge Road and Paseo de Peralta Intersection

on March 5, 2013 - 9:03am


Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin work Monday, March 11 on the intersection of Paseo de Peralta and Bishops Lodge Road/Washington Avenue in Santa Fe.

Beginning next week, Bishops Lodge Road will be closed from Paseo de Peralta to Artist Road.Pedestrians will still have access to Bishops Lodge Road but motorists will be detoured onto Murales Road and Old Taos Highway.

In addition, the north half of Paseo de Peralta will be closed from Old Taos Highway to Magdalena Road.

Work will include roadway reconstruction, new signage, roadway striping,


Mountain West Names Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week Alex Kirk and Derrick Marks

on March 5, 2013 - 8:43am

University of New Mexico sophomore center Alex Kirk of Los Alamos sinks a basket at a recent Lobos game. Photo by Alan Kirk

LOBO News:

COLORADO SPRINGS - New Mexico sophomore center Alex Kirk and Boise State sophomore guard Derrick Marks have been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through March 3.

This is the third career Mountain West weekly accolade for both Marks and Kirk.

A native of Los Alamos, Kirk averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists as New Mexico defeated San Diego State and Wyoming to clinch the 2012-13 MW


Rotary Club Student of the Month for February: Caroline Schramm

on March 5, 2013 - 8:36am

Caroline Schramm. Courtesy photo


Caroline Schramm, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February. 

Schramm is the daughter of Janet and Garry Schramm and the sister of Christopher, Kaitlin, Kurt, Cory and Carson.

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.

Let's Play Ball! Registration Underway for 58th Annual Los Alamos Little League Season

on March 5, 2013 - 8:23am

LALL News:

Registration is officially open for the 58th annual Los Alamos Little League Baseball/Softball season.

Registration is $55 for the first child and $50 per child thereafter. Financial assistance is available.

Register online here or i n person 6:30-8 p.m. today, Tuesday March 5 and Thursday, March 7 at Home Run Pizza.  

Direct questions regarding registration to one of the following individuals:


  • Saturday, March 9,

Los Alamos Ski Patrollers Receive Awards

on March 5, 2013 - 7:14am

Young Adult Patroller Jamboree participants from left, YAP Cameron Guy, YAP Nathan Phillips, assistant patrol director Eric Schaller, patroller Dave Phillips and YAP JoAnna O'Neill. Courtesy photo

Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Nathan Phillips on duty recently at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo

YAP News

Nathan Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos High School, received the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Award for the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol during the Young Adult Patroller Jamboree February 23-24.

Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from

Public Hearing March 20 on N.M. 502

on March 5, 2013 - 7:08am


Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment is March 6 through April 8 for:

  • N.M. 30 Improvement Project
  • N.M. 502 to U.S. 84/285
  • C.N. 5100440 (formerly C.N. 3980)

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 20
Hearing Time: 4–6 p.m. open house with 4:30 p.m. presentation
Location: Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center

Project Purpose: The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration is proposing to improve N.M. 30 from the N.M. 502 Interchange in Santa Fe County to the U.S. 84/285 intersection in Española.

purpose of the N.M.

Letter to the Editor: A Person's Opinion Does Not a Fact Make

on March 5, 2013 - 7:06am

Opinions - we all have them and we are very attached to them. But a person's opinion does not a fact make.

An opinion worth having should be supported by facts. I recently read a couple of letters in the Monitor and Los Alamos Daily Post that were filled with very strong opinions regarding Trinity Drive and roundabouts.

How should we judge these opinions? First let's look at the facts regarding roundabouts as published by reputable and mainstream engineering organizations.

As an example, the Federal Highway Administration sponsored a study to determine the effectiveness and

Food on the Hill: Pesto

on March 5, 2013 - 7:04am
This Week's Recipe:
Photo by Sue York/


4 oz. fresh basil leaves, stems removed and cleaned

2.25 oz pine nuts

6-8 cloves of garlic

½ cup (or more) olive oil

1/3 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese




Photo by Sue York/


Clean basil leaves in a salad spinner, if you have one. If you don’t, you can clean them under running water before you take them off the stems. Dry them well. 


Photo by Sue York/

In a food processor, put the pine nuts and the cloves of garlic and chop them for about 15 seconds.


Photo by Sue York/



Market Intelligence Expert Grace Brill at The Hive Thursday

on March 5, 2013 - 7:00am

Hive News:

Grace Brill, who specializes in Market Intelligence (market research for small businesses and entrepreneurs) and Springboard (expert coaching for companies facing a strategic decision), will present the various services that Los Alamos Connect provides to growth-oriented businesses at Thursday's brown-bag lunch at The Hive.

Los Alamos Connect is the principal economic development investment of Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

Its collection of investment, market research, technical assistance, and business coaching activities help

YCC Job Applications Open Through March 22

on March 5, 2013 - 6:54am
Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps members work on local trail. Courtesy photo
Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps members on Trail Day. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Job applications will be accepted until March 22 from youth ages 14 to 25 for hiring consideration with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps. The program will employ up to 45 youth in part or full-time positions for work in the Jemez Mountains and Canyons.

The positions are based in the outdoors improving public footpaths.

Picture Perfect Photo Show at Mesa Public Library

on March 5, 2013 - 6:48am

A large crowd gathered Monday for the Los Alamos Photographers’ Show at Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photographs will remain on exhibit through March 29. The Photo Club meets 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of Fuller Lodge Art Center. Meetings offer photo-sharing on optional themes by attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Co-Chair of the Los Alamos Photography Club Doug Coombs shows his photos of Bosque del Apache. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer Greg Kendall shows his photo, 'Sunset at Wahweap Marina