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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013

on January 7, 2013 - 9:38am

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.



Dec. 30 at 4:37 p.m. / Police arrested John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos in the 4000 block of University Drive and charged him with failure to stop at a red light, driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance. 



Jan. 1 at 1:45 p.m.

OBITUARY: Gordon Don Crocker May 11, 1939–Dec. 22, 2012

on January 7, 2013 - 9:34am

Gordon Don Crocker and his wife Judy on vacation. Courtesy photo

Gordon Don Crocker May 11, 1939–Dec. 22, 2012

Don Crocker lived a remarkable life filled with travel, the arts, multiple activities and never-ending interests, a great continuing love of learning, and in his healthier days, the rewarding energy of sports. 

He loved the opportunity for discussion, never reticent in expressing his opinion of the idea at hand, and those around him often had to maintain a serious face when he was enjoying his craft at punning.

Don’s activities included Adult Choir member and Youth Choir bass at

Column: New Year Reflections

on January 7, 2013 - 7:59am
New Year Reflections
Column by Elena Yang

Happy New Year! 2013 will be awesome … because I intend to make it so, for myself; besides, is there any other way?!

A few years ago, I encountered a young and energetic woman in a “Photoshop” workshop who said, “Every year I take on a new hobby or activity. 

So this year I decided to learn how to shoot [with camera] and make great pictures.” It resonated with me. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose undertaking, just something that isn’t in one’s usual repertoire. 

Through a fabulous new friendship made early last year, I have begun to read a

LAHS's Micaela Christensen Signs With Taylor

on January 7, 2013 - 7:47am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School senior Micaela Christensen signs her letter of intent to play softball for Taylor University (NAIA) in Upland, Ind.

The signing took place Thursday, Jan. 3 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

Micaela is a senior and has been the starting catcher for LAHS since 2009, her 8th grade year. She has a career batting average of .427, 16 HRs and 105 RBIs.




LAHS senior Micaela Christensen is joined by her parents and LAHS Softball Coach Roger Anaya as she signs her letter of intent to play softball for Taylor University (NAIA) in Upland, Ind.

Parks and Rec Board Meets Thursday

on January 7, 2013 - 7:47am


Mesa Elite Fitness Brings CrossFit to Los Alamos

on January 6, 2013 - 11:23am

Fitness experts John and Suzanne Wilcox own Mesa Elite Fitness and CrossFit Los Alamos in Central Park Square and are opening an auxiliary fitness facility on DP Road later this month to accommodate their growing roster of clients. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Suzanne Wilcox is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

John and Suzanne Wilcox are in the true sense a Los Alamos power couple. She is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor and he is a group fitness coordinator and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Hilltopper Girls Defeat Belen 50-40

on January 6, 2013 - 11:11am

Keanna Zerr scores on short shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Marrissa Larribus fights for ball. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan makes three-point shot from corner. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk with blocked shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

on January 6, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

The nice thing about being out-of-doors is that the unexpected can be seen. A group of students were exploring a stream in the Valles Caldera during a Nature Odyssey program for example. 

One student spotted a blue colored rock and waded into the stream to pick it up. Surprise! The rock began to move away from the student.

On closer observation, we realized the rock was actually a crayfish. It was able to escape in spite of several students attempting to catch it.

A blue crayfish is an oddity.

Posts From Abroad: Christmas in Paris

on January 6, 2013 - 9:52am

Kerri Frazier is the youngest daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Terry Foxx. Late last fall, Frazier and her husband Jason Frazier and their 8-year-old daughter embarked on a two-year trip around the world. The family's first stop was Paris on Dec. 1 and during their month-long stay, Jason Frazier wrote about their experience of Christmas in Paris. The family left Paris Jan. 1 and is now visiting Southern France. Courtesy/Frazier Family


Christmas in Paris
By Jason Frazier

Christmas season in the United States assaults all your senses.

Stan Primak Issues Public Apology

on January 5, 2013 - 1:42pm

Stan Primak
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local developer Stan Primak issued a public apology to his wife and to the Los Alamos community regarding a domestic dispute with his wife Friday night that resulted in his arrest and charge of aggravated battery on a household member.

Primak told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon that in looking back at last night and the fight he had with his wife at their home after dinner, "It just all seems so surreal."

"It is so out of character for me ... but then apparently it's not ... I regret it and I am so sorry but it's not enough,"

Local Developer Charged in Domestic Dispute

on January 5, 2013 - 11:06am

Stan Primak

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos resident Stan Primak was arrested Friday, Jan. 4, at his home in the 1300 block of 44th Street following a domestic dispute with his wife.

According to the criminal complaint, police charged Primak with one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

The statement of probable cause indicates that a couple who were visiting on the other side of the Primak's duplex were having dinner at the Primak's home when there was an argument and Stan Primak became upset.

According to statements made by the visiting friends in the report,

Los Alamos Police Chief Returns to Work

on January 5, 2013 - 9:20am

Police Chief Wayne Torpy inside the police station with Ofc. Oliver McCartney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Following an extended stay in the hospital beginning in November, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy surprised officers and staff when he arrived unannounced Wednesday at the police station.

"It was so good to see him and we are really happy to have him back and to see that he is doing so well," Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster said.

Foster has been the acting police chief while Torpy was away on sick leave and he was in on Torpy's surprise visit

LANL Inaugural Lecture: Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau

on January 5, 2013 - 6:30am

Local authors Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen and Ellen McGehee stand next to their informational plaque in front of the Romero homesteader cabin in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lecture series begins yearlong commemoration of 70th anniversary

In commemoration of its 70th anniversary, Los Alamos National Laboratory kicks off a yearlong lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 with a presentation about homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave., Los Alamos.

The inaugural lecture is based on a book by local writers Dorothy Hoard, Judy

Pet of the Week: Pongo the Pekinese Mix

on January 5, 2013 - 6:23am

Pongo. Courtesy/Animal Shelter


Pongo is a 5-year-old male Pekinese mix that has had a rough time.

This little guy had a skin condition, which the shelter has been treating.

He is much better now and is up front at the Shelter with the other dogs.

Pongo is a friendly fellow that loves children and does well with other dogs. He also is housebroken and loves to go for walks.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a wide selection of on-site adoptable pets with others living off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:


County Line: Happy New Year!

on January 5, 2013 - 6:00am


Happy New Year and welcome back to this week's edition of "The County Line" newsletter.

Things around the County have been fairly quiet over the last two weeks, but next week is likely to be a lot busier so please observe posted speed zone signs near school areas when schools resume classes on Tuesday.

First Council Meeting of 2013 Tuesday night

What's on the agenda?


Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

on January 5, 2013 - 5:50am

Temperature in a gas can reach below absolute zero thanks to a quirk of quantum physics. Michal Bednarek/Thinkstock


Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
By Zeeya Merali

It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1.

Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be

Community Invited to LAHS Open House and Tea

on January 5, 2013 - 5:49am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos residents are invited to attend an Open House to tour the new construction at Los Alamos High School from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

The theme is a tea to see the project supported by the 2009 bond and learn more about the projects proposed for the 2013 bond.

This is a mail out ballot that will go out in January. This bond will continue the current tax rate (no increase in taxes) to allow the District to complete construction at Los Alamos Middle School and renovate Aspen Elementary School along with a number of smaller projects at other schools.

Those attending the

Luján Appointed Chief Deputy Whip

on January 5, 2013 - 5:45am

Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District was appointed Chief Deputy Whip today for the 113 Congress by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to work with Whip Hoyer and assist in House Democrats’ efforts to promote an agenda that creates jobs and opportunities for the American people,” Luján said.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Opening Day

on January 4, 2013 - 1:33pm

Looking down from the Mother chair. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

See more photos on the Pajarito Mountain Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Atomic City Transit is now providing a Ski Hill Route as of today.  Click HERE for more information.



Ribbon Cut at Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency

on January 4, 2013 - 11:31am

The community's newest insurance agent, Abe Dispennette, cuts the ribbon on Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency, 1362 Trinity Drive Suite B, during a ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Dispennette is joined from left, by his staff and area manager James Medina, the Chamber's Katy Korkos, wife Kirsta Dispennette, Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski, his wife LAMC ICU Nurse Jacqueline Chrobocinski and their son JJ, Rotarians Chuck Tallman and Paul Frederickson and Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess. See Sunday's Los Alamos Daily Post for the

Underground Interference Causes Power Outage

on January 4, 2013 - 10:50am


DPU News:

Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday due to underground line interference.

Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the homes.

DPU’s on-call electric line men worked to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. and repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had power by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

Robert Gibson Elected Local GOP Chair

on January 4, 2013 - 10:11am

GOP Chair Robert Gibson

GOP News:

The Los Alamos County Republican Party held a special election Thursday, Jan. 3 to fill its chairmanship vacancy created when Jordan Redmond resigned due to professional commitments.

The Party selected longtime Los Alamos resident and former County Councilor Robert Gibson as its new chairman.

"Political parties have an important role in our democracy, the most basic being to encourage and support candidates for public office.

Review: Take a Trip to the 70s with Frost/Nixon

on January 4, 2013 - 9:59am

David Frost (Don Monteith) and President Richard M. Nixon (Grady Hughes) share a moment. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Frost/Nixon is a trip down memory lane for those of us who were there, but maybe it’s more important that those who weren’t there see this play.

If you want to understand the 1970s, certainly a pivotal time in American history, there’s no better way to get a feel for the period than to see Front/Nixon.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting an excellent production of Peter Morgan’s play this month. The show portrays the 1977

Canadian Hockey Team Beats Los Alamos 6-1

on January 4, 2013 - 9:11am

St. Thomas Aquinas from Ontario, Canada beat the Los Alamos Varsity Hockey team 6 to 1 Thursday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Photo by Greg Kendall/

A crowd of locals and several Canadians braved the cold Thursday to cheer on their favorite hockey team. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg Kendall/

The remainder of Topper team play is in Taos, Jan. 4-6.

  • Friday: 7 p.m. Los Alamos vs La Cueva
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. Cibola vs Los Alamos
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Coronado vs Los Alamos



Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability

on January 4, 2013 - 8:55am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced on Thursday a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber.
In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option.
Earlier on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will remain in the first