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Asterman's Movie Reviews: Wreck-It Ralph, Twilight V - Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall

on November 12, 2012 - 5:25pm


The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman
(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)
Wreck-It Ralph


Advisory – Since the film stars Sarah Silverman, obviously there are jokes geared for the parents, but parents need not worry, as each one is carefully crafted to miss the impressionable minds.

The kids will likely be far more scared of the insect monsters, but every good kid’s story has a few things to send the shivers.

It’s ­­­downright strange to think a Disney-video game crossover film tapped into my heart more deeply than Pixar’s Celtic phase.

Video game related movies have a worse

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2012

on November 12, 2012 - 8:43am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Nov. 1 at 3:39 p.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl and a 13-year old Hernandez girl were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos Middle School and referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to their parents.

Nov. 2 at 1:28 a.m. / Giant Service Station, 3700 Arkansas Ave., reported that someone shoplifted from the station.


Clouds Could Explain How Snowball Earth Thawed Out

on November 12, 2012 - 8:26am

Giant snowball created by Oxford students. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Glaciation events during the Neoproterozoic (524-to-1,000 million years ago) and Paleoproterozoic (1,600-to-2,500 million years ago) periods - events that
spawned ice ages that persisted for millions of years at a time - may have seen glacier ice encircle the planet in a frosty planetary configuration known as a
Snowball Earth.

Whether the planet could have existed in such a state, however, is a matter of considerable debate.

An elevated planetary albedo, caused by the planet being covered in reflective snow and ice,

Disabled Veteran and Rotary Hero Eric Schei Speaks in Los Alamos Tuesday

on November 12, 2012 - 8:08am

Eric Schei will give a talk in Los Alamos Tuesday. Courtesy photo


Disabled Veteran Eric Schei is the Rotary Hero honored during the Rotary's District Conference in Albuquerque in May.

Schei is a young Army veteran from Albuquerque left paralyzed from the neck down by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq.

During the Los Alamos Rotary Club's 11:45 a.m. lunch meeting Tuesday Nov. 13, at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, Schei will speak, with the help of his parents Gordon and Christine Schei, and technology, about his experiences serving his country.

Schei's brother Devon, who was wounded in


Column: Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

on November 12, 2012 - 7:23am
Column by Elena Yang
Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

Diversity or multiculturalism is not a goal; it’s a process. 

A process of working with differences; a process that has always existed although without a name until recently; a process that will continue to exist for the next millennium. 

Race and gender were some of the first-noted categories, but now more and more groups have been added to the list. 

Like research on leadership, research on diversity and multiculturalism has been abundant, and abundantly described in books, journal articles,

Letter to the Editor: Heart Council Thanks Many

on November 12, 2012 - 6:59am
Barbara Blair
Los Alamos Heart Council

The 27th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair was held at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, Oct. 27.

What a tremendous success!  We had close to 1,700 attendees. There were 67 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations.

More than 700 flu shots were given and 307 blood draws were done. Along with many other health screenings, 190 bike helmets were given out to Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico children. 

The Health Fair is only possible with the support of many organizations, a large number of volunteers, and the

Buck Spotted on Walnut Street

on November 12, 2012 - 6:55am

This buck was spotted loitering beneath an apple tree recently in the backyard of a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

State's Former Chief Medical Officer Now Practicing in Los Alamos

on November 11, 2012 - 7:30am

Dr. Grant Gerner, Dr. Erin Bouquin, center, and Dr. Barbara Medlin of Los Alamos Urgent Care. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Within a matter of days, Dr. Erin J. Bouquin went from being forced to resign as Chief Medical Officer at the New Mexico Department of Health to an exciting new position on the medical team at Los Alamos Urgent Care.

"Working at the state was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change a minute of it ... I knew going into it that it wouldn't be a long experience but I never imagined it would be that short," Bouquin said.

Los Alamos Skies Among Best Anywhere

on November 11, 2012 - 7:01am

Thursday's western sky was quite a sight. Photo by Leland Lehman/

United Way Thermometer Rises Toward Goal

on November 11, 2012 - 7:01am

Campaign Co-Chairs Wendy Schmidt, left, and Gene Schmidt join United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega in raising the Community Action Fund thermometer to nearly $300,000 Friday in front of the Los Alamos Post Office on Central Avenue. This year's campaign goal is $1,590,689, which will allow the nonprofit organization to continue funding local programs that help neighbors in need. "We want to remind everyone just how important their donations are to the community," Ortega said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Informative Column

on November 11, 2012 - 7:00am
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

Dear Ralph, et al,

My perception is that the “media” needs a ‘close race’ in order to retain the purchase of commercial time by both “sides”,and thereby maintain their seriously large financial income streams from same.

Facts and benefits to the “People/community” have become unimportant and are no longer a consideration, even though that is the commitment they supposedly make to utilize “the airwaves, which belong to the People.”

Thanks for your informative column.

(Los Alamos Daily Post Nov. 9, 2012: "Thoughts from a - hopefully - Enlightened Skeptic" by

Lujan Honors Nation’s Veterans

on November 11, 2012 - 6:58am


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

“All across the country this weekend, communities will come together to celebrate Veterans Day, an opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules and pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect our freedom and ensure the safety of our great nation.

"We thank them for their extraordinary service and sacrifices that they and their families have

County Wants Folks to ‘Take A Hike’

on November 11, 2012 - 6:56am

Hiker. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County is encouraging visitors to “take a hike” during national “Take a Hike Day” Nov. 17.

Take a Hike Day, which encourages Americans to get outdoors and move. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

Los Alamos is not only considered the “healthiest County in the country,” (Bloomberg News) but it has more official hiking trails in the Southwest compared to most same-sized cities and counties.

Los Alamos has 58 miles of trails and more


The Hive Seeks to Help Businesses Thrive

on November 11, 2012 - 6:55am

From left, Jung Hong, Jonathan Shroyer, David Jones and Andy Andrews discuss a business idea and brainstorm how to make it profitable during the Brown Bag lunch at The Hive Thursday. The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock, is dedicated to helping business owners make it through the pitfalls of starting a new company. Representatives from The Hive intend to address the County Council Tuesday, Nov. 13 to request grant funding to enable the organization to continue supporting local entrepreneurs. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

Girl Scouts Host Holiday Bazaar Nov. 17

on November 11, 2012 - 6:54am

OBITUARY: Charles (Don) Reese Oct. 3, 1941-Nov. 2, 2012

on November 11, 2012 - 6:53am

Charles (Don) Reese, 71, of Austin, TX, formerly of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away suddenly Nov. 2, 2012.

Don was born Oct. 3, 1941 in Camden, AR. His family moved to White Rock in 1957 and Don graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1958.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps prior to hiring on at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Don retired from LANL after 42 years as an engineering tech. 

Don was preceded in death by his father, William Reese and brother, Kenneth Reese.

Arts In Public Places Board Meets Nov. 14

on November 11, 2012 - 6:52am


Hilltopper Volleyball Wins District Tournament Over Espanola 3-1

on November 10, 2012 - 11:40pm

Morgan Schake with dig and pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk blocking kill shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Samantha Fenner with Block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Claire Stewart with kill after set from Savannah Romero. Photo by Alan Kirk

‘The Nutcracker’ a Sweet Treat for the Holidays

on November 10, 2012 - 6:42pm

Sarah Dale and Devon McCleskey perform as the sugar plum fairy and Cavalier in "The Nutcracker" Friday night. Photo by Holger Waschinski

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s “The Nutcracker” opened Nov. 9.

Seeing “The Nutcracker” is like visiting an old friend. The music and the story are so comfortable and familiar we fall easily under its spell.

Adding to the homey feeling is the knowledge that this is our very own “Nutcracker.” NMDT-PC is a Los Alamos company. The company is joined on stage by young students from the NMDT School.

Almost all the

Adopt A Family This Holiday Season!

on November 10, 2012 - 3:06pm

AAF News:

Approximately 60 families have applied for assistance this holiday season and the Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program is calling on the local community for help.

The families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.

"Our goal is to provide at least one 'need' (such as clothing) and at least one 'want' (such as a book, toy, etc.) for each child in the house, and we also have information on the parents' needs and wants.


De Colores Hosts Hurricane Sandy Benefit Nov. 15

on November 10, 2012 - 2:22pm

First Controllable Atom SQUID

on November 10, 2012 - 11:55am

Researcher Kevin Wright checks part of the experimental apparatus. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Scientists have created the first controllable atomic circuit that functions analogously to a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and allows operators to select a particular quantum state of the system at will.

By manipulating atoms in a superfluid ring thinner than a human hair the investigators were able for the first time to measure rotation-induced discrete quantized changes in the atoms’ state, thereby providing a proof-of-principle design for an “atomtronic” inertial sensor.

YMCA Youth Basketball Sign-up Underway

on November 10, 2012 - 11:03am


Registration is now open for the 1st through 6th grade YMCA Basketball Program. The format will be a little different this year:

1st and 2nd grade remains co-ed; 3rd and 4th / 5th and 6th will be girls and boys teams only.

Teams will be assigned based on the elementary school where the players attend.

Homeschoolers and out-of-district students may choose the location most convenient for them.

Practices kick off twice a week after Thanksgiving at local schools. Games will be Saturday mornings in January and February with locations to be announced.

Volunteer coaches

Stephanie G. Richard Speaking to AAUW Nov. 15

on November 10, 2012 - 10:29am

AAUW News:

Newly elected representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, New Mexico Legislative Dist. 43, will speak at a meeting of the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Richard will talk about her plans for the upcoming legislative session and answer questions from the audience.

The meeting will be in the lower level of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. There is ample parking.

The public is welcome to attend Garcia Richard's talk. Refreshments will be served.