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Perch Paperie Open All Day!

on December 24, 2012 - 9:50am

The Perch Paperie will be open today from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. for shoppers in need of any last minute gifts. Stop by the shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., around the corner from Jemez House Thrift Store in White Rock. Free paper butterfly demonstrations will take place all day today. This technique can be used to make ornaments, embellish cards or be placed on gifts. Courtesy/The Perch Paperie

NM 599 Interchange Now Open

on December 24, 2012 - 9:40am

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT


NMDOT District Five is proud to announce the opening of a new interchange at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe.

The newly constructed bridge, ramps and roundabouts give motorists a new and safer way to cross N.M. 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

The roundabouts are located on each side of the overpass on County Road 62, also known

LANL Employees Spread Holiday Joy

on December 24, 2012 - 7:29am

Holiday Project Coordinator Ed Vigil from Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Programs Office on Tuesday with several of the Christmas presents LANL employees purchased to brighten the holidays for more than 1,000 children and seniors in Northern New Mexico. CPO Director Kurt Steinhaus commended the project team, LANL employees and the project partner agencies who helped identify those in need and are delivering the gifts throughout Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL employee Kristen Honig helps process the massive amount of Christmas presents purchased

Robotics Team Takes Another Plunge

on December 24, 2012 - 6:06am

ASME presents Los Alamos Team 4153 with a $10,000 check in front of the team's 2012 robot that shoots basketballs. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Team 4153 member Tiffany Anton accepts a $10,000 check from Anthony Puckett of the local chapter of ASME as Partha Rangaswamy of the chapter and Robotics team members look on. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Team 4153, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, is planning to build another robot for the 2013 competition.

The team this year has 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls as

K-Kids Club at Aspen School Helps Needy

on December 24, 2012 - 6:05am
The brand new K-Kids Club at Aspen School just finished a holiday food drive for LA Cares. The club has 25 active members in grades 1-6 with more joining every week! Students decorated collection boxes, wrote and made daily announcements, and hauled a lot of bags and boxes of food to help those in need in our community over the holidays. Photo by Sharon Allen


IHM Catholic Church Continues Christmas Tradition

on December 24, 2012 - 6:01am

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church parishioners continue their Christmas tradition this year of taking gift tags from their Angel Tree responding to needy children's and senior's Christmas wishes. This year they gathered more than I,000 gifts including numerous bicycles. This is just another example of the generosity of the Los Alamos community. Photo by Kenneth Lee

The Five Largest Landowners in America

on December 24, 2012 - 5:59am

A ranch in Wyoming. Courtesy/MSNBC


The five largest landowners in America include:

1. John Malone: The cable tycoon has 2.2 million acres stretching from Wyoming to Maine. One of his crown jewels is the Bell Ranch, a 290,100-acre cattle empire.

2. Ted Turner: The media magnate has 2 million acres in Nebraska, New Mexico and other states. He is a strong advocate of wildlife conservation.

3. The Emmerson family: This low-profile family holds 1.8 million acres through Sierra Pacific Industries, the nation's second largest lumber producer.

4. Brad Kelley: The reclusive

Santa Groves is Coming to Town…

on December 23, 2012 - 11:08am
The local statue of Gen. Leslie Groves gets into the holiday spirit in downtown Los Alamos last week. Photo by George Marsden

Toppers Runner-Up in Silver Bracket at Piedra Vista Duals

on December 23, 2012 - 10:56am

LAHS Wrestling News:


The Toppers drew the toughest pool, facing host Piedra Vista, and a tough Del Norte team from Colorado Saturday at Farmington.


In the first dual against Piedra Vista, only Lane Saunders picked up a win. Cory and Brian Geyer both lost tough bouts by one point.


In the second dual, Peter Brewer, Brian Geyer, Chandler Lauritzen and Lane Saunders picked up wins for the Toppers.


Despite losing both duals in pool play, the Toppers earned a bye in the Silver bracket, which left them competing for seventh place.


In the first dual of the Silver bracket


Public Invited to Experience Live Nativity

on December 23, 2012 - 9:16am


There will be a Living Nativity staged from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 in the parking lot on the west side of the United Church across Canyon Road from the Aquatic Center.

The public is invited to interact with the Living Nativity; greet the Holy family, the shephards and the Kings, and pet the live stable animals.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

Local Carolers Entertain in Downtown Los Alamos

on December 23, 2012 - 9:06am

The angelic voices of young carolers from Chamisa and Aspen elementary schools filled the air Tuesday evening, entertaining busy shoppers and people sending out their holiday packages at the Post Office in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Katy Korkos

Column: Ending the Year Contemplating Growth

on December 23, 2012 - 8:27am
By Harry Hertz, Director
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

I always like to end a year with an optimistic view of the future. This year, MESA became the sixth two-time winner of the Baldrige Award; all six winners having experienced growth between the times they received the award.

That fact led me to contemplate factors leading to the sustainability and growth of any business or enterprise.

In a brief research study that the Baldrige Program conducted last year, we realized that the then five two-time recipients of the Baldrige Award represented very different industries, company

LANL Implements Stricter Security Measures

on December 23, 2012 - 7:31am

Effective immediately, NNSA has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel at its inspection stations at East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road to inspect all vehicles and check every driver for photo IDs such as driver's licenses. Alternative routes for visitors traveling to Bandelier, the Jemez or the Pajarito Ski Area include N.M. 4 through White Rock or West Road past the ice rink and reservoir area. Courtesy/BNM

'Report From Santa Fe' Features a Founder of Environmental Movement

on December 23, 2012 - 6:42am

Gus Speth

PBS News:

“Report From Santa Fe will feature Gus Speth, one of the founders of the environmental movement at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 on New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1.

as well as environmental advisor to two presidents.  He outlines the economic policies that underlie some of the failures of environmental policy to make the kind of changes that are imperative to the survival of the planet.

Speth talks about his time in jail protesting the tar sands pipeline with Bill McKibben , and what individuals can do to move towards a better America, which he terms "America The Possible."

Speth is

Los Alamos Elks Lodge Helps Make Christmas Bright

on December 23, 2012 - 6:19am

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 set up an Angel Tree and worked with Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Pojoaque and Saint Vincent de Paul to provide gift packages for more than 80 needy children. Kneeling are Dave Williams and Project Chair Natalie Dimitruck and from left standing, Jim Hay, Reine Williams, Mike Johnson, Holly Brown, Mark Sandoval, Trish Sandoval and Dick Bjarke. Photo by Denise Bjarke

Column: A World of Music

on December 23, 2012 - 6:06am
By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
It's kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
We speak of "songbirds" and "the songs of birds", or the "music of the stream", and other similar references to "music" which don't quite fit the

LAHS Memorial Garden Commemorates the Lives of Students

on December 23, 2012 - 6:00am

The LAHS NJROTC present the colors at the Dec. 20 LAHS Memorial Garden dedication. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A ribbon is cut Thursday, Dec. 20 to dedicate the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden was dedicated on Thursday, Dec. 20. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, under the direction of member Skip King, spearheaded the design and development of the Memorial Garden.

The garden commemorates the lives of students who passed away while attending Los Alamos High School.

Somber Ceremony Marks National Tragedy

on December 22, 2012 - 11:15am

Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta addresses the group gathered at Ashley Pond Friday night to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos High School Student Council members organized a special Friday night candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Conn.

About 50 people gathered in the cold at Ashley Pond Park to honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy.

LAHS Junior

Scientists to Surveil Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Eve

on December 22, 2012 - 10:49am

Santa Claus takes off on his annual global trek to spread joy to children everywhere. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Efforts will help ensure Magical Elf’s safe passage across the globe

Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the Jolly Elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world.

Visit beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.


Letter to the Editor: Second Amendment Thoughts

on December 22, 2012 - 10:36am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

I have been deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Nobody should have to endure such senseless violence. And Newtown is only one of a string of recent mass murders.

My views of gun ownership have become more definite. As a result, I have created a petition on the White House petitions site, "We the People" (WtP), displayed below. I hope you will carefully consider the issue. The rationale for my view is discussed on CNN at

I understand that many Americans do not agree with my viewpoint, perhaps


Ruby K’s Offers Special Holiday Treats

on December 22, 2012 - 10:19am

RUBY K's News:

Ruby K’s has pumpkin and pecan pies, challah, fresh rolls and food platters available for holiday parties.  

To order catering items call 662-9866 or stop by the restaurant. 

Orders for Christmas Day food must be placed before closing at 3 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 22. Orders must be picked up before 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Ruby K’s will be open until 1 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For information, visit


LANB Treats Local Seniors to Holiday Feast

on December 22, 2012 - 9:59am

Los Alamos National Bank treated local seniors to its annual 'Holiday Lunch' Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. LANB employees served the meals during two seatings. Senior Center staff prepared the lunch, which featured tender roast beef  and all the trimmings. LANB's Karen Easton presented gifts and prizes to the seniors gathered for the event. She announced that LANB is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Local band Peace Meal provided holiday entertainment for the large crowd. Photo by Don Kendall

Hilltopper Girls Basketball Loses to Piedra Vista 44-37

on December 22, 2012 - 9:49am
Allison Crane fights for ball with Haley Each and Anna Scott. Photo by Alan Kirk
Haley Each takes shot. Photo by Alan Kirk
Marrisa Larribas powers up shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hazardous Fuels Treatment Planned in Forest

on December 22, 2012 - 8:37am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management has announced that a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment is planned on the Forest in January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Jan. 7 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable
  • The pile burn location is approximately 6 miles East of the City of Santa Fe, 1 Mile East of McClure Reservoir
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low
  • Smoke from