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Senator Bingaman`s Farewell Speech

on December 15, 2012 - 8:39am


Retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico delivered a speech Thursday Dec. 13, reflecting on his 30-year tenure in the U.S. Senate and thanking those who supported him throughout the years. He wanted to share that speech with his constituents:


In 1981, in his first inaugural address, President Reagan said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

I came to the Senate two years later in 1983 with the firm belief that in most cases his statement was wrong.

I believed then and I believe now that the federal government can be a

County Budget Tightening Puts Capital Projects on Hold

on December 15, 2012 - 7:20am

By Greg Kendall

At the Dec. 11 County Council meeting, Council Chair Sharon Stover asked County Administrator Harry Burgess to explain why several capital expenditure items were removed from the tickler and agenda.

Burgess explained that capital improvement projects and other pending actions by Council that involve large expenditures of money were temporarily being put on hold.

The County’s budget was predicated by Los Alamos National Laboratory budget concerns. The actual LANL expenditures were lower than the level anticipated by the County. 

“Some of that is due to a directive on the


Small Business Owners Question Economic Vitality Administrator

on December 15, 2012 - 6:56am

Staff Report

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to help,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

Los Alamos County hosted a question and answer session for small businesses last week. Business owners were provided an opportunity to ask questions of Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher.

During the discussion, Central Park Square owner Phillip Kunsberg addressed questions about the proposed teen center displacing businesses.

"No tenant will be displaced by the Teen Center.

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Last County Line of the Year - Happy Holidays!

on December 15, 2012 - 6:35am


This is the last newsletter for 2012. Publication of the County Line will resume Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. We wish our readers very happy (and safe) holidays!

Last Council Meeting of 2012 is Tuesday

Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilors Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle will say "good-bye" when the meeting convenes at 7 p.m., Tuesday (Council Chambers inside the Community Building in Los Alamos.) Discussions will focus mainly on the 2013 State and Federal legislative agendas. Download the Dec. 18 agenda here:

Newly Elected


Los Alamos Middle School Goes Vertical

on December 15, 2012 - 6:26am

Red steel spires loom over the North Mesa horizon, signaling visible proof that the middle school construction project has gone vertical. Going vertical marks an important shift in the steps towards completion of the project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

As the Los Alamos Middle School building rises, so does the excitement for students and staff as they watch construction of their new school. 

Middle School principal, Rex Kilburn, smiles proudly as he sees red steel beams jutting skyward outside his office window. 

Middle School students and staff talk excitedly in anticipation for the


Celtic Christmas Showdown Features Dueling Dulcimers

on December 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell and Tessa Dowell perform at the Celtic Christmas Showdown concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently in Tulsa Oklahoma. Songe and Dowell are playing Irish drums called Bodhrans. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Dulcimer champions Wendy Songe and Jonathan Dowell will face off in a Celtic Christmas Showdown in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.

It’s all in fun of course. Songe and Dowell play together as “Dually Noted” and are good friends.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of

Trinity Site Plan Reveals Four Retail Pads; Two Eateries

on December 14, 2012 - 1:55pm
Kroger's Trinity Site Conceptual Site Plan dated Dec. 10, 2012. Courtesy rendering
By Greg Kendall

 County officials share activities that indicate the long-awaited Trinity Site Revitalization Project is in fact underway.

"Smith's is very proactive in moving this project forward," said Director Anne Laurant of the County's Capital Projects & Facilities Department. "They are scheduling preliminary meetings for January for site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and will be submitting for building permits."

County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher told the Los

Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear

on December 14, 2012 - 12:36pm


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Sidewalk priorities are listed below:

  1. Safe routes to

NMDOT Update on N.M. 502

on December 14, 2012 - 11:40am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that N.M. 502 is open at the present time.


Inclement weather forced the closure of N.M. 502 for a short time earlier today.
Because the situation can change at anytime, NMDOT is asking motorists to check with before traveling to determine which roads are closed.
To learn changes to New Mexico Park and Ride bus schedules, visit

Motorists Urged to Stay Home Today

on December 14, 2012 - 11:19am

LAPD News:

With this morning's snowstorm creating dangerous conditions on local roadways, Los Alamos Police are urging motorists to stay home if possible.

Police report that so far they have not encountered vehicle accidents but they are inundated with reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.


County Clarifies Today's Facility Closure Information

on December 14, 2012 - 10:00am

All County facilities close at noon today including the Administrative Offices, the 311 Center, plus County recreation/community centers such as the Aquatic Center, Los Alamos Golf Course, the Ice Rink and the Los Alamos and White Rock public libraries.

Transit will make its last transit run at noon to White Rock, Barr Mesa, North Mesa, etc., with no additional Transit services after that last noon time run.

Trash trucks will complete trash pick up but not recycle pick up today. The Eco Station closes at noon.

Park and Ride Alert: N.M. 502 Closure Alters Bus Routes

on December 14, 2012 - 9:50am
Inclement weather has forced the closure of N.M. 502. As a result, the following buses will not be able to complete their routes.
Blue Route:
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 6:45 a.m.
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 7:47 a.m.
  • Departing the Mesa Public Library at 8 a.m.
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:52 a.m.
Green Route:
  • Departing Espanola at 7:32am
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:12 a.m.
Purple Route:
  • Departing NM 599 Station at 7:31a.m.

County Trash Collection Continues Today

on December 14, 2012 - 9:35am


The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department reports that its trucks are out collecting trash right now and intend to continue doing so as long as the roads are passable.

However, recycle pickup is canceled today. Anyone with a full bin needing to be picked up prior to next Friday is encouraged to call 505-662-8163 and the Environmental Services Department will organize a special pickup.


County Closing at Noon Today Due to Snowstorm

on December 14, 2012 - 9:21am


Los Alamos County has announced that it will close at noon today due to the snowstorm falling on the area.

Snowstorm Forces School Closures

on December 14, 2012 - 9:10am

LAPS News:

Because of the unexpected severity and late arrival of this morning's snow storm, Superintendent Gene Schmidt has announced that at 10 a.m. today he is closing all seven elementary schools and at 10:30 a.m. today he is closing Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.

Severe Weather Conditions Have Closed Bandelier

on December 14, 2012 - 8:52am

NPS News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced it has closed today due to snowy conditions, Rod Torrez said.

The employee Christmas Party is still on for this evening. In case there are changes, call 505-672-3861, ext 517 before going.

LANL Has Closed Due to Dangerous Road Conditions

on December 14, 2012 - 8:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory has closed as of 8:30 a.m. today due to adverse road conditions caused by heavy snow falling on the area. Employees are asked to leave the Lab now. For more information, call LANL's Closures, Delays and Emergency Hotline at (877) 723-4101. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Install Officers

on December 14, 2012 - 8:06am

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women installed new officers Wednesday including from left, Secretary Cathy Walters, Past President Nona Bowman, President Mary Wilhoit, Treasurer Clarissa Dufresne and Vice President Heather McClenahan. Courtesy photo

Members of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women held their annual holiday luncheon Wednesday, collecting gifts and food for a family the group adopted for the holidays. Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: To Catch A Thief

on December 14, 2012 - 7:22am
By Nancy Coombs, Marketing Director
Fuller Lodge Art Center

On behalf of the staff at Fuller Lodge Art Center I'd like to extend a heart-felt "thank you" to our volunteer Deborah Stone-Richard and to the Los Alamos Police Department for their efforts in chasing and apprehending a shoplifter on Nov. 28.

Although our staff was suspicious that the woman was pocketing items as she walked around the gallery/gift shop, there was no direct evidence of theft inside the shop.

Deborah's shift ended just as the woman left the Art Center, and she chose to follow her.

New Los Alamos Police Officer Takes Oath

on December 14, 2012 - 7:21am

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados administers the oath of office to new Police Officer Miguel Maes Thursday morning during a ceremony at the Justice Center. Courtesy/LAPD

Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Officer Miguel Maes signs documents for Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Thursday morning at the Justice Center. Courtesy/LAPD

Students Register to Vote at LAHS

on December 14, 2012 - 7:11am

Robert Van Lysell celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday by registering to vote with assistance from the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. The League was helping students at Los Alamos High School register in time to vote in next month's school bond election. Eligible voters include those who will be 18 on or before Jan 29, 2013. Any other student at LAHS who would like to register can go to the office and request that someone come to the school or s/he can go to the County Clerk's Office (portable suite D)  in the parking lot by the Justice Center to register. Courtesy photo

Local Group Dissolves After a Collective 272 Years

on December 14, 2012 - 6:40am

Front row from left, Pat Bunker, Betty Kodis and Ann Roach. Back row from left, Myrna Dross, Theresa Kodis, Jean Picard, Lois Eddleman, Extension Home Economist Paula Roybal Sanchez and Retired Extension Home Economist Lana Schulte. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Eight Los Alamos women have served this community through their membership in the Los Alamos County Extension Association of New Mexico collectively for 272 years - that’s nearly 39 years per person.

During this time, they have been involved in learning and providing service to the community through various projects and programs.


Winter Snow Moves Into Area

on December 14, 2012 - 6:34am

A black raven wall plaque stands out against snow sprinkling down on White Rock early this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS News:

Today: The National Weather Service is forecasting that Los Alamos will experience rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 11 a.m. today with a high near 37. Breezy conditions will continue with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow