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Betty the Bullfrog Attracts New Parents

on August 13, 2012 - 10:29am


Betty the bullfrog charmed members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos so much that the Club has adopted the portly beauty for an entire year beginning Nov. 1. Betty lives at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and is big and round, with a dark colored back and a creamy colored belly. She likes to hide underwater as well as float along the surface. Betty sometimes comes out of the water to bask under a warm lamp. She dines on earthworms, crickets and pinky mice. Courtesy photo

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Live animals are an important but costly part of the educational mission at

Udall Co-Hosts 57th New Mexico Water Conference

on August 13, 2012 - 10:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference Aug. 28 in Las Cruces.
The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus.
The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”
“Water is crucial to our economy and to our way of life,” said Udall.

Column: 'Suffer Fools'

on August 13, 2012 - 10:24am

Column by Allen Weh

There should never be a time, but particularly now, that Americans should be forced to “Suffer Fools” when it comes to the people who are being paid to serve us.

Yet that is exactly what’s taking place with some currently unidentified staff members in the Obama White House, and their apparently deliberate leaking of classified information for political purposes.

Gratefully, the outcry in Congress has been largely bipartisan ... Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers stated “somebody committed a crime against their country,” and Sen.


Appreciative Inquiry: Examples at Organizational Level

on August 13, 2012 - 10:23am

Column by Elena Yang

The critical first step of Appreciative Inquire (AI) lies in framing the initial question/inquiry.  Framing provides the foundation; it sets the tone; it signals the direction. 

Today, I will illustrate a couple of examples at the organizational level; next week, I will lay out two examples at the individual level.

The first organizational example is given in the book, “Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the mighty oak in the acorn,” by Tojo Thatchenkery & Carol Metzker. 

Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) was established in 1986, designed as a college-preparatory


Heather Wilson Meets with Local Business Community

on August 13, 2012 - 10:21am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson shares a lighter moment with Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and members of the Los Alamos business community during a luncheon Saturday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover speaks with U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during a lunch meeting with local business people at the Dixie Girl Saturday.

Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge Makes State Registry

on August 13, 2012 - 10:02am

The Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse Lodge garnered unanimous approval Friday for placement on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Photo by Sal Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

Board President Carey Grzadzinski of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse was beaming with pride following Friday's meeting before the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee in Santa Fe.

"We couldn't be happier ... we received unanimous approval and the Posse Lodge is now listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties," Grzadzinski said during Saturday's sold out rodeo dinner at the

CONE ZONE: Road Construction for Week of Aug. 13

on August 12, 2012 - 9:56pm

Public Works Projects:

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

School Flasher Testing

The Public Works Traffic Division staff will be testing the school flashers throughout the community on Monday, Aug 13, and Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 in preparation for the beginning of school on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department.

Pavement Preservation Program

Crews will be working on Range Road starting Monday, August 13,

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore July 29 to Aug. 4

on August 12, 2012 - 8:23pm

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of July 29 to Aug. 4:
  1. Curious George Visits the Library, H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
  2. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary
  3. Frindle, Andrew Clements
  4. No More Monsters for Me! Peggy Parish
  5. Hi! Fly Guy, Tedd Arnold
  6. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog, Normal Birdwell
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  9. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  10. More Spaghetti, I Say! Rita Golden Gelman

Sam Hagan Performs Wednesday at BESC

on August 12, 2012 - 7:26pm


The Los Alamos Retired & Seniors Organization (LARSO) is hosting a wonderful lunch concert for seniors at noon Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Sam Hagan, vocalist from Atlanta will be accompanied by Juantia Madland. 

They performed together last year and were quite a hit.  Sam is in town to attend the opera and offered to do a concert at the senior center. 

Sam Hagan, one of the Southeast's finest tenors, didn't actually plan to be a professional singer.


LANB Float Takes Top Prize

on August 12, 2012 - 1:14pm


Los Alamos National Bank's float won First Place in Saturday's 2012 Fair & Rodeo parade on Central Avenue. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos National Bank employees pass out candy to the kids watching the parade. Photo by TK Thompson/

Shriners garnered second place. Photo by TK Thompson/

Shriners put on a show for the crowd. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Tin Lizzies, complete with period costumed people, won third in the 2012 Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Saturday. Photo by TK Thompson/

Katy Korkos

2012 County Fair & Rodeo Parade Fills Central Avenue

on August 12, 2012 - 6:15am

The parade passes a large crowd at Central Avenue and Main Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Los Alamos High School Marching Band gathers to join the parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The parade winds its way down Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

A young boy runs a hand siren on an old auxiliary fire truck. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Parade bystanders watch as the Los Alamos Daily Post news van passes by. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Sharon Stover, fourth from left, with her supporters pose for a picture

Pie Eaters Win Ribbons at Brewer Field

on August 12, 2012 - 5:20am

Rep. Jim Hall and County Council Chair Sharon Stover with winners from Saturday's pie eating contest at Brewer Field. Photo by TK Thompson/

Fun Ran Rampant at Friday Night Concert!

on August 11, 2012 - 8:01am

State Rep. Jim Hall challenges Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos to a race on the bouncy slide at the County's Summer Concert at Ashey Pond Park. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jim Hall and Katy Korkos "race for pinks" on the bouncy slide. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Amanda Stoddard waits patiently for her balloon animal, created by Josh Lawyer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Adam Wall draws a cactus with blue sky for a chalk art contest during the Gordon Summer concert. The contest was sponsored by Daniel's Cafe. Photo

County Fair Exhibits on Display at Mesa Public Library

on August 11, 2012 - 7:12am

Lynzee Clay won First place and Grand Champion for her award winning Jalapeños and tomatoes. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

06. Laura Johnstone takes home the Award of Merit for her apple mint. The Award of Merit was given to the horticulture entry that displayed no disease or damage and was at the peak of maturity. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Rachel Norman poses with her Lego creation "King Kong vs. Godzilla." Rachel won first prize and the Ribbon for Reserve Grand Champion for her age group. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

There were dozens of entries for

County Line: It's County Fair & Rodeo Weekend!

on August 11, 2012 - 6:46am


2012 Fair & Rodeo Weekend

Check out all the fun events downtown at Ashley Pond Park this Saturday - music, food, exhibits, parade, bouncy toys for the children - plus a great Arts & Crafts Show on the lawn at Fuller Lodge and a grand rodeo in the afternoon!

Get details here:

Public Meeting on Sign Code Ordinance on Monday

Find out more about the proposed changes moving forward for the Sign Code at a 6:30 p.m.


Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum Band

on August 11, 2012 - 6:41am

The Los Alamos contingent of the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum Band perform several numbers at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church after evening mass Wednesday evening. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum Band played several tunes after the Wednesday evening mass, both in the Sanctuary and the Reception Hall. Photo by TK Thompson/

Photo by TK Thompson/

Photo by TK Thompson/

Los Alamos Coaches Gather at Griffith Gym

on August 11, 2012 - 6:33am

LAPS News:

More than 75 Los Alamos Public Schools coaches met Sunday, Aug. 5 at Griffith Gym to hear presentations by County Transportation Director Keith Rosenbaum; Los Alamos High School Principal Sandra Warnock, Athletic Secretary Kim Smith, Athletic Director Vicki Nelms and Wade Salem from Character Matters who presented Professional Development to the coaches on the Character Matters program. Courtesy/LAPS



Trinity Drive Curb and Gutter Work Begins Aug. 13

on August 11, 2012 - 6:31am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews will begin work on a curb and gutter replacement project on westbound Trinity Drive Monday, Aug. 13.

The work area will extend from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.0, or from the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive to the Ashley Pond area.

Pedestrian sidewalks along westbound Trinity Drive will be closed as crews remove and replace crumbling and damaged curb and gutters.

The project is scheduled for completion within three weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists may encounter temporary lane drops and minor

Volunteers Needed to Repair Homes

on August 11, 2012 - 6:29am


Building Kindness, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, needs volunteers to help repair homes in neighboring communities.

Be a good neighbor while learning new skills. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers welcome.

This ongoing program meets starting at 8 a.m. every Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Espanola.

However, this Saturday, Aug. 11, there will be no work scheduled so is advised to call David Canfield prior to volunteering to get on his email list for a schedule of work days.

Canfield also notifies people of carpooling opportunities, so