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Heinrich Visits Local Teachers Union Officials

on June 27, 2012 - 4:11pm

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, center, visited with Vice President Ryan Ross of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees and LAFSE President Ellen Mills of Los Alamos at the American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico offices in Albuquerque Saturday. The AFT-NM endorsed Heinrich, a Democrat, who is running against Republican Heather Wilson for the United States Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Courtesy photo.

County's Summer Concert Series Features Chuck Prophet Friday at the Pajarito Ski Area

on June 27, 2012 - 4:02pm

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express play Friday night at Pajarito Ski Area for the County's Summer Concert Series. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

You should catch the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at the Pajarito Ski Area this Friday, June 29.

We’ve had some fabulous concerts this season and this week we’re not backing down.

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express from San Francisco is an amazing band!

I believe almost everyone will enjoy this show.

ECA Testifying Today in Washington in Support of Manhattan Project National Historical Park Project

on June 27, 2012 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filled in at a hearing today for National Parks Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall of Colorado who was fighting wildfires back home. Courtesy/ECA

ECA News:

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) will testify today before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate, in support of S.3300, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington.

Officials Break Ground on Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49

on June 27, 2012 - 2:03pm

Dignitaries broke ground Tuesday morning on an Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Technical Area-49. The 6,400 square foot facility will serve as a joint coordination and response center for fire events around the area. From left, Ray Todd, associate regional director for Facilities and Lands for National Park Service Intermountain Region; Rebecca Montoya, field representative for Sen.

Rotary Inducts New Members and Announces New Executive Board and Paul Harris Fellowship Recipients

on June 27, 2012 - 1:39pm

At right, Assistant Rotary Governor Lleta Scoggins, from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, inducted new members into Rotary Club of Los Alamos during a special ceremony Tuesday evening at the Posse Lodge. From left, Rotarian Skip King who sponsored new member Carl Thornton, new memberinductee Harold “Hal” Davis and his wife and sponsor, Rotarian Anne Davis. Photo by Gil Butler

Incoming President Linda Hull, center, of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, introduces members of the Executive Board for the new Rotary year starting July 1. Outgoing President Thurman Talley and his wife Gaye are seated at

Celebration Marks 1,000th TRU Waste Shipment

on June 27, 2012 - 1:38pm

Employees of the Transuranic (TRU) Waste processing facility are joined by local and state officials to celebrate the 1,000th (1,014th) shipment of TRU waste to WIPP. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

New Mexico's governor and other dignitaries gathered at Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday for a special event marking the 1,000th shipment of nuclear waste to a permanent repository at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

“I am pleased we continue to make progress on our environmental cleanup commitment to protect this beautiful place where we live

Satch Cowan Trail Receives Unanimous Approval

on June 27, 2012 - 10:25am

County Council's unanimous decision to name a tributary trail in Quemazon after beloved Los Alamos resident Satch Cowan clearly pleased the audience at Tuesday 's Council meeting. From left, Barbara Calef, Becky Shankland and Barbara Lemmick each spoke to Council about how important Cowan was to promoting local trails and inspiring younger residents to embrace the outdoor activity. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Applause broke out as Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night unanimously approved naming a trail in the Quemazon Nature Trail Complex the “Satch Cowan


Council Commends County Administrator Harry Burgess for his Strong Leadership Skills

on June 26, 2012 - 9:09pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess has earned the unanimous respect of all seven Los Alamos County Councilors for his strong leadership skills. Councilors praised Burgess during Tuesday's County Council meeting for his demonstrated ability to find effective solutions to complex issues facing the County. Council granted Burgess a 3 percent salary increase effective next month. Council also granted a 3 percent raise to Manager John Arrowsmith of the Department of Public Utilities.

Voters Will Decide Questions in November

on June 26, 2012 - 8:40pm

Council voted 5-2 tonight to let voters decide several questions, which if approved, would amend certain sections of the Los Alamos County Charter. From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Charter Review Committee members from left, Kyle Wheeler and Chris Chandler, along with Chandler's husband George Chandler, a local attorney, listen to Council as it decides to let the voters decide. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Ponders Taking Questions to the Voters

on June 26, 2012 - 8:11pm

Los Alamos County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick, left, and former Charter Review Committee Vice Chair Larry Warner brief Councilors on a proposed election resolution setting forth four questions to be submitted at the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election to the voters, which questions would amend certain sections of the Los Alamos County Charter. The Charter Review Committee recommends that Council approve the motion as presented. Earlier this year, the Council approved ordinances 598 through 618, which were a result of the work of the Charter Review Committee.

Vehicle Accident Closes Truck Route

on June 26, 2012 - 3:05pm

Courtesy photo

A County trash truck was sideswiped this afternoon while heading down the truck route by a car going uphill. The driver of the car left his lane and collided with the trash truck.

Los Alamos Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. LAFD is transporting him to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The gas tank on the trash truck punctured and leaked some fuel onto the ground where the accident occurred.

Hazmat is removing the fuel spill and the vehicles are in the process of being towed from the area.

Officials expect that by

Henderson Launches County Council Campaign

on June 26, 2012 - 8:58am

Coming off her top win in the June 5 Primary Election, Democratic County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson kicked off her General Election campaign with an outdoor barbecue event at Urban Park June 16. Photo by George Chandler

Photo by George Chandler

County Councilor David Izraelevitz shares a moment of humor with local attorney Chris Chandler during the Kristin Henderson campaign event. Photo by George Chandler

County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson speaks with supporters during her campaign kick off June 16 at Urban Park. Photo by George Chandler

Supporters chat during Kristin

Hall Prefers Civility of New Mexico Politics

on June 26, 2012 - 7:56am
District 43 Report
By State Representative Jim Hall

This is the fourth report in the series on State House District 43. The district is large, diverse, and filled with active people and events. This report is necessarily brief and only covers a few events. 

First, there is now more background information on the Las Conchas Fire, the science, and proposed policy and technical responses. 

As I mentioned in my special report, one of the major events was the EPSCoR sponsored meeting on “Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire.”

The final meeting report is at: (


Luján Named Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs

on June 26, 2012 - 7:56am

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that he has been named Ranking Member of the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Luján, who is serving in his second term, will replace Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma as Ranking Member.

“It is an honor to be named to this important position that is critical for the many states that are home to native communities,” Luján said.


Journey Through Indian Country Part 4: Teamwork Makes a Difficult Job Easier

on June 26, 2012 - 7:48am

The uninitiated can get lost very quickly on the reservation. “When the sun goes down,” said a Navajo criminal investigator, “in some places on the reservation you can’t see your hand in front of your face.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 4:

Louis St. Germaine, a long-time criminal investigator for the Navajo Nation, has worked closely with FBI agents over the years and recalls the surprise many of them express when first coming to Indian Country.

“Sometimes agents expect to see street numbers and paved roads,” said St. Germaine, who was born and raised on the reservation.

Food on the Hill: Strawberry Delight

on June 26, 2012 - 7:47am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe...
Strawberry Delight
***** Make sure to mix up the Jello layer first (needs time to set up a bit.) Use a 9 x 13 pan
  • 2 cups crushed small stick (sticks only) pretzels (about 6 oz). I find it best to crush them in the bag they come in. Take what you don’t need out and put them in a different bag.
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar

  • 1- 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1- 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large strawberry Jello
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1- 16 oz frozen

Drumheads Tuned to Make Quantum Dots

on June 26, 2012 - 7:45am

NIST researchers showed that straining graphene membrane creates pseudomagnetic fields that confines the graphene's electrons and creates quantized quantum dot-like energy levels. The background is a false color image of the graphene drumheads made from a single layer of graphene over 1 micron-sized pits etched in a silicon dioxide substrate.Credit: N. Klimov and T. Li, NIST/UMD

NIST News:

Tightening or relaxing the tension on a drumhead will change the way the drum sounds.

The same goes for drumheads made from graphene, only instead of changing the sound, stretching graphene has a

Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle

on June 26, 2012 - 7:43am

SFI News:

Dan Hruschka will present his talk: Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday June 27 in the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Hruschka is a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow alumnus, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and author of Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship

Abstract: Friends sacrifice for one another with little concern for past behavior or consequences.

Such unconditional helping provides an important buffer against hardship. But it also poses an evolutionary puzzle.

How have

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of June 25

on June 25, 2012 - 11:55pm

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses. Drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday, June 30-31.

Pavement Preservation Program

Registration Open for Family YMCA Independence Day 5K Family Fun Run

on June 25, 2012 - 10:02pm
Registration is open for the annual Family YMCA Independence Day 5k Family Fun Run.
The fee is $20 in June / $30 in July. The race starts at 8 a.m., Wednesday July 4.
Prizes will be given for top male and female runners as well as for top costume, stroller, dog and others chosen at random.
The Y needs volunteers to help with the race. Sign up on-line or at the Y at the corner of 15th Street and Iris Street.
The annual Children’s Parade will begin at 11 a.m., following the race.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 14 to June 20, 2012

on June 25, 2012 - 8:01pm

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.

June 14 at 2:51 p.m. / A 45-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that her cell phone estimated at $251.99 was stolen on North Mesa Road. The phone was later recovered and charges are pending against the alleged thief.

June 14 at 6:39 p.m. / A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole the license plate from his trailer parked on Mariposa Court.


Updates for Fires Burning Near Chimayo

on June 25, 2012 - 3:36pm
West Arroyo Alamo Fire
Start Date & Time: 6/24/12 @ 7 p.m.
Start Location: West Arroyo Alamo Road (near MM 6 State Road 76), La Puebla, Santa Fe County
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Bosque, dense salt cedar undergrowth
Acres Burned: estimated 3.1
Ownership(s): Private
Structures Threatened: No
Structures Burned: Unknown
Evacuations (Y or N & #): No
Situation: Roads are open at this time, but area residents are asked to use caution due to emergency vehicle traffic in the area.

LANS Donates to Over 230 Nonprofits

on June 25, 2012 - 11:59am

LANL News:

LANL employees Randy Erickson, center, and Louise Mendius, at right, help fill sandbags at Santa Clara Pueblo. Courtesy/LANL
  • LANS Recognizes Employee and Retiree Volunteer Efforts

Nonprofit organizations will receive more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.

LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.


Muni Complex Running Months Ahead of Schedule

on June 25, 2012 - 9:44am

The 45,000 square foot Municipal Complex project is ahead of schedule for substantial completion by January 2013 instead of the original projected date of October 2013. However, at this stage of construction, County officials say that many factors could change that date again and it is most likely that the building will be finished and ready for occupancy in the fall of 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Work continues high in the rafters of the new Municipal Complex in downtown Los Alamos.