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Khalsa Reviews 'Jack Reacher'

on December 28, 2012 - 8:24am
Theatrical Release Poster
By Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac. 
Your intrepid movie reviewer


The movie Jack Reacher delivers what I expected after seeing the trailer on TV: Action. Don’t expect too much more than that, or anything too complicated here, and there are some definite holes in the plot development.  


But we see the usual Mission Impossible Tom Cruise, intense and serious. Despite showing his age, Tom can still deliver in the fight scenes.  


We have some hand-to-hand fight sequences (five against one; guess who the one is and who wins), which are well choreographed

DWI Planning Council Meets Jan. 10

on December 28, 2012 - 7:52am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 10 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public.


Call to Order

II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 12/11/2012. (Minutes are available upon request by contacting the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ or 663-1741)

III. FY14 Allocation of Distribution Funds (Request/grant for LDWI Distribution Funds is due to the State in February 2013)

IV. Coordinator’s Report


Column: New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

on December 28, 2012 - 7:42am
By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s "right to keep and bear arms" is no longer relevant these days

'Los Alamos Friends' Hosts New Year's Eve Open House

on December 28, 2012 - 7:23am


Celia Browne will be hosting a New Year's Eve open house for the new social club, Los Alamos Friends, at her home on Arizona Avenue. 

The event starts at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight or later. There will be food, wine, punch and treats; anyone attending can bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass but it's not required. 

Anyone interested in Los Alamos Friends is welcome to join ... for information on the group, visit or call Celia Browne at 695-5788.

About Los Alamos Friends:


Urgent Search for Missing Cat on Barranca Mesa

on December 28, 2012 - 7:06am

A light brown, long-haired male Himalayan cat similar to this photo got out of his home last night, Dec. 27 ... Cascabel on Barranca Mesa. It’s an indoor cat and the owner is sick about it. Time is of the essence to find this missing cat due to frigid temperatures. Call 412-1588.

White Rock Visitor Center Shatters Attendance Record

on December 27, 2012 - 12:16pm

The White Rock Tourist Information Center opened to the public Sept. 28, 2012. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

Since opening on N.M. 4 in early fall, the White Rock Tourist Information Center Complex has been packed with visitors daily, shattering previous attendance records for the White Rock facility as well as the Los Alamos Visitor Center at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

A monthly report compiled by the Meeting and Visitor Bureau shows 2,398 people visited the White Rock Tourist Information Center from its official opening Sept. 28 through the Sept. 30 month end.

NNSA Awards LANS Additional Contract Year

on December 27, 2012 - 12:15pm


LANS News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan issued the following memo Friday, Dec. 21 to all employees regarding a recent NNSA evaluation of Lab performance:


As a premier national security laboratory, we are held to very high standards for safety, security and mission performance – and rightly so.

These expectations are reflected in NNSA’s evaluation of our performance for Fiscal Year 2012, which we received last week.

While we fell short in some areas, I can report that NNSA gave us a final score of 80 percent and – I’m very pleased to say –

NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington

on December 27, 2012 - 9:09am


NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of

Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

‘Tis the Season for Parking Lot Accidents

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am

Parking lot accident. Courtesy/State Farm


  • State Farm Offers Tips for Driving and Parking this Holiday Shopping Season
You've just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax, right? Not really. During the holidays, parking lots at malls and supermarkets are packed, increasing the possibility of a fender bender.

About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

on December 27, 2012 - 7:35am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or

LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

on December 26, 2012 - 1:52pm

LANB President Steve Wells


LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

By Carol A. Clark


Los Alamos National Bank officials signed an agreement Nov. 30 with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, (OCC), resulting in changes to credit underwriting and administration.

LANB President Steve Wells explained during an interview this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post that this is a regulatory matter having no effect on bank customers.


"We are well capitalized, we have strong liquidity and this agreement should have no impact on our customers," Wells said.


Money IQ: Consider a Safe Deposit Box

on December 26, 2012 - 10:26am

Money IQ

By Fidel L. Gutierrez


Consider a Safe Deposit Box for Valuables and Digital Media Storage/Computer Back-up


As the old saying goes “you cannot put a price on peace of mind.” In today’s complex world, one of the oldest banking service that is often overlooked is the good old fashioned safe deposit box. 


I still remember as a kid going into the bank lobby with my mom and being in awe of the massive bank vault door. 


With the proliferation of on-line banking (virtual bank branch)  and “mini” branches (including grocery store branches), I find that many younger banking

Power Outage Planned Thursday for Part of North Mesa

on December 26, 2012 - 10:25am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced today that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa.

The 10 to 20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The area affected is east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso Road intersection, not including the Del Norte and Del Sol areas.

Electric line crews will reconfigure the three phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area. 


Customers are reminded to shut down or back up computers and

Food on the Hill: Caesar Salad Dressing

on December 26, 2012 - 6:40am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Caesar Salad Dressing

Photo by Sue York/


  • 1 cup mayo
  •  1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2(+) cup good grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of regular Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1to 1 1/2  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes,crushed


Photo by Sue York/
mix and chill
Photo by Sue York/


good as a dip for veggies or best on whole fresh

PEEC Offers Class on Life in Complex Soil Ecosystems

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am

Los Alamos Historian Dorothy Hoard and student. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12 to learn about life in complex soil ecosystems from Leslie Dendy.

This informative and interesting class will look at pocket gopher teeth, earthworm hearts, and a cricket gizzard, and use microscopes to see the tiniest organisms that live underground.

Learn about how our lives depend on bacteria and fungi, what ants are good for, and who lives in all those holes!

Leslie Dendy has her Ph.D.

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Offers Holiday Activities

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am



The Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road has announced the following holiday schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Noon – 6 p.m. Public Skating
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ice Resurfacing
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adult Hockey

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Friday, Dec. 28

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Saturday, Dec. 29

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Season's Greetings From YMCA

on December 26, 2012 - 6:38am

YMCA News:

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

We value our relationships and thank you for being part of the YMCA family.

We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.

Holiday Hours:

  • Dec. 26 / 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 / Closed

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

on December 25, 2012 - 8:31am

For the 13th year in a row, Santa Claus delighted local residents and guests when he appeared Christmas Eve in front of the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Jean Marr

Santa handed out candy canes to children young and old before dashing off to parts unknown. Photo by Jean Marr

Perhaps these spectacular Christmas decorations draw Santa Claus to stop by the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa each Christmas Eve. Photo by Jean Marr



Police Chief Shares Holiday Greetings

on December 25, 2012 - 8:31am

Chief Wayne Torpy

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is home from the hospital and told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is mending well.

"I want to thank everyone and express my deep appreciation for all of the cards and notes and letters of support that I have received during my stay at the hospital," Torpy said. "I just want to let everyone know that I am home now and doing well and I want to wish everyone in the community happy holidays."



T'was a Great Concert at IHM!

on December 25, 2012 - 8:29am
Christmas Tubas in concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos last Saturday night. Photo by TK Thompson/
Kip Bishofberger was the Guest Percussionist on the Little Drummer Boy piece. Photo by TK Thompson/
Concertmaster Jerry Morzinsky announces the high school students in the ensemble. Starting at the left and standing, Sally Grindstaff; Louisa Singleton; and to her left and partially standing, Sean Dunham. Photo by TK Thompson/
A tuba by itself is a work of art and/or a plumber's nightmare! Photo by TK

UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom

on December 25, 2012 - 8:28am


'Cloud Dance' by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, "The Native American Experience," the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they observed a dance.

Participate in LALT's New Year’s Eve Tradition

on December 25, 2012 - 7:20am

This is at the very start of scene one. Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) is preparing to give his resignation speech. Behind and to the right of Nixon is Manolo Sanchez (John Phillips), Nixon’s loyal personal aide, helping to give light readings. To the left of Nixon is a makeup assistant (Claire Singleton) touching up the president so as to mask his ever-present perspiration. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Kate Ramsey

What makes Los Alamos Little Theatre so special? Why spend an evening at the theatre? There are two reasons: family and tradition.

The New Year’s Eve performance is a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19, 2012

on December 24, 2012 - 9:57am

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. 13 at 12:52 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant. No photo available.

Dec. 13 at 10:50 a.m., / Police charged a 16-year-old El Rancho boy with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School. Police referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Dec. 13 at 8:07 p.m.