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Caution: Watch for Children in Streets Tonight

on October 31, 2012 - 4:03pm

Children dressed up for Halloween tonight will be running across streets throughout White Rock and Los Alamos knocking on doors in search of candy. Drivers are urged to stay alert and not drink and drive or they may end up wrapped around a tree like this unfortunate witch spotted driving impaired on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Fire Agencies Warn About Fall Fire Danger!

on October 31, 2012 - 3:50pm

LAFD News:

Local Fire Agencies Warn About Fall Fire Danger – Please Be Fire Safe!

As the fall and winter holidays approach and more New Mexicans plan vacations or hunting trips close to home, local, federal and state fire agencies are urging caution about fire danger across many parts of the state.

Lack of moisture and warm mild conditions this fall have caused fine, grassy fuels and brush to dry, making them susceptible to wildfire.

While the immediate region shows Northern New Mexico at “High” Fire Danger risk, Los Alamos County will remain at “Moderate” risk until there is snow on the

Breaking News: Local Police Respond to Child Endangerment Report Near Anderson Trail Pullout

on October 31, 2012 - 3:13pm

Police are at the scene of a reported incident of potential child endangerment at the Anderson Trail pullout near the top of the Main Hill Road. So far police have found no evidence and are pursuing other leads. Check back for any developments in this story. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Halloween Comes to Pruitt Street

on October 31, 2012 - 3:08pm

Homes on Pruitt Street in White Rock are all decked out for Halloween tonight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/






Satirist Roy Zimmerman Entertains Crowd at LALT

on October 31, 2012 - 2:11pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Co-chair Robyn Schultz in the lobby of the Los Alamos Little Theater with nationally renowned musician and satirist Roy Zimmerman who skewered conservatives with a smile during his performance Tuesday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Mike Wheeler welcomes the crowd to the Roy Zimmerman performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater Tuesday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Seats filled up fast for Tuesday's Roy Zimmerman performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater. Photo by Carol A.

Zombies Break Free From Los Alamos Jail

on October 31, 2012 - 1:38pm

Local residents are asked to be on the lookout for a pair of incarcerated zombies who broke out of the Los Alamos County Jail earlier today. Pictured is the zombie thought to be the ringleader in planning the daring escape. He bears a striking resemblance to Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. His accomplice shown standing behind him looks a lot like Philo Shelton who runs the County's Public Works Department. Authorities urge the public NOT to approach these fugitives as they are considered somewhat weird and extremely dangerous. Photo by Katy Korkos

Money IQ: How Closely Should You Monitor Your Credit?

on October 31, 2012 - 11:48am
Money IQ
By Sarah Hosford

How Closely Should You Monitor Your Credit?

Your credit report provides a financial overview to current and future creditors and is reviewed when lending decisions are made for credit cards, car loans, mortgages, etc.

Lenders take into account your credit score, past delinquencies, bankruptcies, court judgments, tax liens and any other accounts that may have gone to a collection agency.

All of these things factor into calculating your personal credit score and history.

The three most commonly used credit bureaus are; TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.



Letter to the Editor: Protect Our House

on October 31, 2012 - 11:36am

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

I urge you to vote and to vote for Stephanie Garcia Richard for State Representative.

For a long time, our State has avoided much of the partisan politics that have divided our Nation.

With this election, things have obviously changed.

Our State is no longer shielded from third party groups infiltrating our elections, our legislature, and our local governments.

Out-of-state corporations have learned one thing over the last decade: to have influence you must control members of the state legislature.

This election is about more than just getting a good


Community Invited to Teen Center Design Meeting Nov. 1

on October 31, 2012 - 11:29am
A community meeting to review and provide comments on the design of the new Los Alamos Teen Center is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Community Building next to Ashley Pond.
The new teen center will be developed in an existing building in Central Park Square that faces the back lawn of Fuller Lodge.
The public is welcome to attend Thursday's meeting and provide input on the design for the new teen center.

Area teens will gather from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Public Invited to Ashley Pond Park Renovation Meeting

on October 31, 2012 - 10:53am


The County will hold an informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations at 5:30 p.m. on  Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and the consultant, Sites Southwest LLC, will present the plans for upcoming construction.

The County is scheduled to issue the Notice to Proceed in February 2013. The project will be sent out for construction bids in late December and the bid is expected to be awarded by Council by the end of January.

This project was funded by the


History Nuts Column: What Makes Our Historic District a Special Place?

on October 31, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Janie O'Rourke

History is an integral part of the landscape that surrounds us. The lives and actions of those who have come before us have created, layer upon layer, the places in which we live. 

Historic districts are special areas set aside to protect pieces of these layers: historic and archaeological sites, historic buildings, and even viewsheds or cultural landscapes without manmade structures.  

Here in Los Alamos we are fortunate to have a historic district located in our downtown.

If you have attended a lecture or concert at Fuller Lodge or strolled across the Fuller

NNSA Saves More Than $519M Through Strategic Sourcing

on October 31, 2012 - 10:20am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Courtesy/DOE

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the agency has saved taxpayers $519.3 million since 2007 through strategic sourcing.

In 2010, Secretary Steven Chu recognized NNSA for saving $213 million over the prior four years, but challenged the agency to increase cumulative savings to $450 million by 2012.

NNSA achieved this goal by implementing an enterprise-wide strategic sourcing solution, which includes the processes of the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) created by NNSA

Asterman's Movie Reviews for Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths and Paranormal Activity 4

on October 31, 2012 - 10:11am

The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman

(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)

Pitch Perfect


Advisory – Gleefully vulgar. The whole time I was watching the film, I was convinced of two things: how unbelievable I felt actually enjoying the movie, how obvious it was the film was just barely pared down from an R-Rating. Any kid mature enough to watch the original Austin Powers movie should be fine with Pitch Perfect, but it still remains a judgment call for the parents.

The greatest positive of writing movie reviews is when, against all odds, the film you’d instinctively avoid otherwise

Taxes are a Fact of Life

on October 31, 2012 - 9:45am

SBDC News:

Whether you are a sole-proprietor, LLC, partnership or corporation, business taxes are a fact of life.

While you were running your business this year, new tax law was being enacted and changes were being made to the current tax code.

Most business owners don’t have time to keep up with all these changing tax laws. This is why attending the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Small Business Development Center workshops on taxes is so important.

It is important as a business owner to understand what expenses can be deducted from tax returns.

There is a distinct difference


Family Life Seminar with Brad Winsted Nov. 1-3

on October 31, 2012 - 9:21am

Retired Naval Officer Brad Winsted, a recent widower, is shown here with his eight children. Courtesy photo

BAPC News:

The Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) is hosting a conference over the next three days, Nov. 1-3, to include the "Family Life Seminar" with Brad Winsted.

Winsted is director of Children’s Ministries International in Atlanta, Ga.

Winsted, is a retired naval officer, a recent widower, and the father of eight children.

He has ministered since 1997 with Children's Ministry International, an educational publishing ministry that produces non-dated materials based on the

Exploring The World: Travel And Nature Journals

on October 31, 2012 - 8:10am

Journals from an avid traveler. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Nov. 6, PEEC will offer the first in a series of three classes on travel and nature journaling taught by Terry Foxx, Katy Korkos and Fairley Barnes. 

The class is on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and costs $40 for PEEC members and $50 for all others.

This price includes all supplies and materials for the three sessions.

Many of us are looking for ways to connect with our world through travel or simply through observing nature around us.  

Traveling, we pack our suit case with a notebook intended to be

De Colores Going Strong After Three Decades

on October 30, 2012 - 10:09am

De Colores owner Joan Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie Gordon

De Colores Restaurant has served three generations of Los Alamos residents.
Founded in 1978 by Joan and Mel Duran, and operating at the current location for 10 years, De Colores is the longest running restaurant in Los Alamos.
“In April 2013 we’ll celebrate our 34th anniversary and we’re looking forward to celebrating many more,” Duran said.
De Colores is located at the original entrance to Los Alamos at the site of the guard station, which has been incorporated into the restaurant’s kitchen.

Sopahn Kellogg Wins Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Northeast I District Competition

on October 30, 2012 - 9:26am

Sopahn Kellogg is the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico vocal winner in Northeast I District competition.

Next, she will compete at the PMTNM State Conference Nov. 3 in Santa Fe with an Italian aria and a Schubert lied.

She is in 10th grade at Los Alamos High School. Her teacher and accompanist is Juanita Madland. Courtesy photo

National Skunk Expert Jerry Dragoo Giving Local Talk

on October 30, 2012 - 9:06am

PEEC News:

National skunk expert Dr. Jerry W. Dragoo is scheduled to present a talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. 

This family talk is free to Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members and $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. 

Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research, and give a behind the scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.

The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its unusual use of extremely well developed scent glands as a defense mechanism, it


AdvancED Accreditation Team Visits Los Alamos

on October 30, 2012 - 8:42am

Educational reviewers visiting Los Alamos from left, Dr. Clete Lipetzky, Karen Dondelinger - Assistant Lead, Claudia Coughran - Lead, Teresa Rowlison and Ron Williams. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

A five-member team of educators from New Mexico, California and Minnesota are visiting the district to conduct an educational review of Los Alamos Public Schools.

The purpose of the visit is to provide an external and objective validation of the quality of Los Alamos’ educational system.

Over the next three days, the team will meet with School Board members, staff, students and parents to discuss


Food on the Hill: Chicken Tetrazzini

on October 30, 2012 - 8:42am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tetrazzini

Photo by Sue York/
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, cut up and fried in 5 garlic cloves that have been pressed and 1 ½ tablespoons butter & 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. After frying set aside, reserve any liquid
  • 8 Tablespoons flour
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth or 2 cans of progressive starters (garlic flavor)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small jar pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 of a 16 oz box of thin spaghetti, cook and drained
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Photo by Sue

New County Attorney to Talk at Lunch with a Leader

on October 30, 2012 - 8:41am

County Attorney Rebecca W. Ehler. Courtesy photo

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Mesa Public Library.

The leader for November is new Los Alamos County Attorney Becky Ehler.

After working in Alamogordo for 19 years as the city attorney and as the legal advisor to the City's Department of Public Safety, Ehler came to Los Alamos in June 2012 with her husband of 34 years.

They purchased a house in White Rock where they live with the animals the kids left behind when they moved out.

She has worked in

Huge Yard Sale to Benefit Fire Damaged Church

on October 30, 2012 - 8:31am

NBFC News:

The New Beginnings Fellowship Church will hold a benefit yard sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Anything that is donated to the yard sale will be greatly appreciated by the chuch, which suffered heavy fire damage in July.

Donations can be dropped off until noon Friday behind the church at 112 East Road.

"We are hoping for a community-wide response to help the New Beginnings Fellowship Church devastated by fire on the Fourth of July."


Utilities Board to Hold Special Meeting

on October 30, 2012 - 8:30am

DPU News:

The Utilities Board will hold a special meeting at noon, Nov. 1 in the Department of Public Utilities Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.


Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. New Business

A. Approval of Change Order No. 2 & Revision of Project Budget for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam Modification Project

IV. Adjournment

DPU Board:

  • Chair Glenn Woodwell
  • Vice Chair Timothy R. Neal
  • Member Kevin Anderson
  • Member D. Christopher Ortega
  • Member David Powell
  • Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith

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Heart Council’s Health Fair Draws Massive Crowd

on October 30, 2012 - 8:29am

 More than 60 participating vendors from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico provided educational information, performed free health screenings and handed out freebies such as bags, bookmarks, pens and water bottles at Saturday's Health Fair. Photo by Ann ReVelle HEART COUNCIL News:
The Los Alamos Heart Council’s 27th Annual Health Fair was a rousing success with more than 1,600 attendees Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.
Some 720 adult flu shots were provided free of charge by the Los Alamos Medical Center.