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Los Alamos Home Tour Showcases Eight Residences

on September 20, 2012 - 7:20am

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Eight Los Alamos families are working hard to prepare for Los Alamos Home Tour 2012. The families will open their homes to visitors 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 

The event will benefit the Family Strengths Network (FSN.) Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased CB FOX, Otowi Station, Los Alamos Medical Center Gift Shop and the Reel Deal Theater.

On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at 9 a.m. in front of Ruby K’s for $25.

Homes on the tour include new homes, remodeled homes and a historic home on Bathtub Row.

“The idea of the Home Tour

Cold War Heroes Overcome Major Hurdle in Battle for Just Compensation

on September 20, 2012 - 7:17am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Tuesday applauded a federal advisory panel’s approval of a petition that could pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers to receive compensation for their service.
The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition Tuesday granting “Special Exposure Cohort” (SEC) status to all LANL workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days from Jan. 1, 1976 to Dec. 31, 1995.
A previous LANL SEC petition covering workers from March 15, 1943 to

Stolen Renoir Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

on September 20, 2012 - 7:16am

A private insurer is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of Renior's painting, "Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair" stolen during an armed robbery Sept. 8, 2011. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

An oil painting by French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir stolen from a Houston home last year—and estimated to be worth $1 million—is the newest addition to the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.

The painting, Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair, was stolen during an armed robbery Sept. 8, 2011.

The homeowner was watching television when


Pajarito Trail Fest Runs This Weekend

on September 20, 2012 - 7:07am

View from Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo


Kick into Fall with the 6th annual Pajarito Trail Fest, which is happening Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, with 10 Km and 15 Mile trail runs scheduled for Saturday and a Dirty Du Trail Duathlon Sunday.

Trail Runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event also will feature kids' fun runs with a Toddler 100-yard dash starting at 11:30 a.m. and Big Kid Challenge, which includes run up/down on marked course on Beginner Slopes.

Dirty Du Duathon starts at 10 a.m.

Heather Wilson Shares Health Care Views at LAMC Meeting

on September 20, 2012 - 7:07am

By Bonnie J. Gordon

In a question and answer format, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Heather Wilson exchanged ideas with a group of medical professionals and other members of the public on the topic of health care during a meeting at Los Alamos Medical Center Wednesday.

“I think the Health Care Act was a mistake and should be repealed,” Wilson said speaking of The Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, signed by President Obama in March 2010.

Wilson said the Act would cause a number of ill effects on health care, including increases in the cost of health insurance.


Kinkead & Kluegel Top Predictors in Lollipop Pace Race

on September 20, 2012 - 6:59am
Courtesy Photo
There was a tie for the best predictor of the figure eight cross country race through the canyons near the round-about at twilight time. 
Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel both were 66 secs off their times, and Georgia Pedicini was a close second with 69 secs off the time.
Winners of the one mile were Georgia Pedicini, 14:32 and Roy Cope, 18:53. The three mile winners were Ted Romero, 24:12 and Nikol Strother with 24:17.
Everyone earned a lollipop for their efforts on this difficult course.
Next pace race: Big Rock Loop at

Valles Caldera Expands Rabbit Mountain Access

on September 20, 2012 - 6:57am

Valles Caldera Trust News:

The Valles Caldera Trust has expanded public access and use to the Rabbit Mountain area of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  

Free  hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing will now be available on all existing logging roads and trails including Coyote Call trail.

Rabbit Mountain is bordered by New Mexico Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, and the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Access to the expanded area is possible from Forest Roads 289, 268 and 36. Overnight camping, the use of motorized vehicles, or any other outdoor recreation activity except

Art it Up!

on September 20, 2012 - 6:44am


Fall art classes are starting at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Wednesday afternoon art classes for children in grade 1-6 joyfully continue! Most classes are one week only.

There are a variety of classes for adults and teens, offered both in multi-week formats and single day workshops. Nurture your creativity!

A sampling of classes:

  • Latex Masks--Alison Chilen
  • Sculpture Basics--Cruz Lopez
  • Foundation Drawing--Lisa Coddington
  • Write On! Calligraphy -- Thelma Hahn
  • Botanical Drawing and Watercolor--Lisa Coddington
  • Animal Textures in Pencil- Heather Ward
  • Flower

Bandelier Assesses Paint Spill Effects on Park

on September 20, 2012 - 6:42am

A tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M. 4, northwest of the junction of N.M. 4 and 501, missed a sharp curve and fell about 200 feet down a steep slope into Bandelier Tuesday spewing paint in all directions. CourtesyNPS


Bandelier National Monument Park staff is in the process of identifying the toxicity of the paint and assessing its impacts to the environment that was splattered in the forest Tuesday when a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on New Mexico State Highway 4, northwest of the junction of N.M.

Haines Takes Individual 4th in Bernalillo High School Golf Invitational

on September 20, 2012 - 6:42am

Emma Haines of the Los Alamos High School Girls Golf Team took 4th place in individual honors at Wednesday's Bernalillo High School Golf Invitation - she shot 88.

The LAHS girls team did not post a team score. Emma also earned an individual state qualifying leg.

Photo by Mike Lippiatt


Public Invited to Comment on Future of Transportation to Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 6:29am
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with sign on N.M. 4. Photo by Rod Torrez 
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument. 
The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process.
Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort and park staff will be there to answer

Colorado's Chimney Rock to Become National Monument

on September 20, 2012 - 6:02am

Chimney Rock, Colo. Courtesy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colo., Wednesday praised the decision by President Obama to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument. The president will use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the designation.

"Chimney Rock contains the rare combination of a spectacular geologic formation with extraordinary cultural, historical and archeological significance. Coloradans have made it clear that those attributes should be matched with national monument status," Bennet said. "It will be an extraordinary boost for the region and the state.

KinderHoops Basketball Registration Closes Sept. 28

on September 20, 2012 - 5:32am


Registration for KinderHoops Basketball is open until Sept. 28 at the Family YMCA.

This is an introductory basketball program for boys and girls ages four to six.

Practices and games will be twice a week Oct. 8 to Nov. 16 in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Players will learn basketball basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, and the joy of the game from volunteer parent/coaches.

Cost is $45 for Y Members and $60 for Program only Members. Call, click, or come by for more information.

Financial assistance is available thanks to the United Way of Northern New Mexico and


Volunteers needed for VCNP Fish Study

on September 20, 2012 - 5:11am

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

A study of the movements of trout in the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be conducted from about 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 23 and 24. 

Dave Menicucci of the University of New Mexico is conducting the study as principal investigator. 

Colleen Caldwell of New Mexico State University is an expert on fisheries and co-principal investigator and technical advisor on the project.

Members of the public interested in participating in the project should contact Volunteer Coordinator Jim Counce of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera at or

Minor Injuries Reported in Two-Vehicle Crash

on September 19, 2012 - 6:23pm

Photo: Los Alamos Police Department Crash Team

Staff report

A two-vehicle collision this afternoon sent a Los Alamos woman to the hospital with what appear to be minor injuries.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs transported Deborah Storms, 46, to Los Alamos Medical Center after the red 2011 Subaru she was driving collided with another vehicle near Trinity Drive and 4th Street.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Ben Hinrichs told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a 17-year-old Espanola girl was driving a white 2003 Dodge Dakota east on Trinity Drive about 3:30 p.m.


Barkin' Ball is Chance to Thank Good Neighbor

on September 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

Staff report

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is hosting its annual Barkin' Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

The Los Alamos community is invited to attend the Shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year, which typically attracts at least a few famous people.

Ticket sales are down this year and they really need more people to attend.

During the Las Conchas Fire, and during the Cerro Grande Fire, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter took in dozens and dozens of animals from Los Alamos evacuees, and found foster homes for the animals it couldn't take in.


LAHS Plays at Bernalillo High School Golf Invitational

on September 19, 2012 - 11:51am

Emma Haines of Los Alamos High School Girls Golf Team putts for her par on hole #1 at Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course during today's Bernalillo High School Invitational. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

Money IQ: Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

on September 19, 2012 - 6:15am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez
Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

The old adage of “Buyer Beware” is becoming “Seller Beware” in more and more transactions especially those involving the Internet.

Cashier’s check fraud is increasing and crooks are being more creative when it comes to stealing your money.

Simply put, cashier’s check fraud is when someone gives you or sends you a “very official” looking cashier’s check and you in turn give them the item you are selling.

You then deposit the cashier’s check and at a later date, the cashier’s check is returned to your bank and your

Letter to the Editor: NEDO: Good Investment But More is Needed...

on September 19, 2012 - 6:14am

NEDO: A Good Investment in our Future But We Need to do More to Make it Pay Off

By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Yesterday Los Alamos County hosted a significant event that many consider New Mexico's entrance into the future of energy production for the nation.

That event was a ribbon cutting for the "smart house" demonstration project integrating photo voltaic energy production, battery storage, and computer controlled distribution and use.

The project team included a consortium of Japanese

Luján: Decision ... Step in Right Direction

on September 19, 2012 - 6:13am

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called a decision Tuesday by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health a step in the right direction to help workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who have suffered illnesses as a result of their work at the Lab.

The board’s 12 to one decision to recommend compensation for all workers, contractors, and subcontractors who were employed at LANL between 1976 and 1995 is a vital step in the process that has dragged on since the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was submitted

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Counting Butterflies

on September 19, 2012 - 6:12am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

A butterfly count has been conducted each year here in Los Alamos for the past 20 years.

 A group of butterfly counters spend a Saturday at Burnt Mesa, the Valle Canyon and Camp May. 

They spread out at each location, carefully looking for butterflies to catch with their nets.

Each of the locations has a different environment.   

Is there a better way to explore Nature than on a sunny Saturday in July?

Intrepid Butterfly Counters. Courtesy photo

The Burnt Mesa had a forest fire pass through thirty five years ago in 1977. Its


LALT’s 'Dead Man’s Cell Phone' Opens Friday

on September 19, 2012 - 6:12am

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" producer David Schiferl works out the sound scheme on a notebook computer during SUnday's dress rehearsal for Sara Ruhl’s dark comedy, which opens Friday, Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29 and Oct. 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee, Sept. 23. Tickets are $12 General Admission and $10 Students & Seniors. Tickets are available at C.B. FOX or at the door. Photo by TK Thompson/

Director Gwen Lewis adjusts the headband of Jean Adkins who plays the other woman.

AUDIO: Udall Talks Burn Pits & Senate Business

on September 19, 2012 - 6:10am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Senate Veterans Committee’s unanimous passage of his legislation to create an open burn pits registry and this week’s Senate business.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 - Udall expresses his support for Americans serving in the Middle East and discusses the loss of four Americans in Libya last week, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
0:28 - “Ambassador Stevens had a deep commitment to the people

Letter to the Editor: From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel

on September 19, 2012 - 6:09am
From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel
By James (Jim) W. Hall
District 43 State Representative and Republican candidate
Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

For several weeks, citizens in New Mexico have had the opportunity to comment on a Department of Energy plan that would take plutonium from decommissioned U.S. nuclear weapons and convert it to material that would generate electricity in nuclear reactors.

A key element of this plan would take place at the world’s most capable and secure facility for plutonium, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Scientists at Los Alamos have been