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Senate Sends House Defense Authorization with NNSA Amendment

on December 22, 2012 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported the Senate on Friday passed legislation that contains critical funding for New Mexico's military bases, national laboratories and military families by a vote of 81-14.
Sen. Tom Udall
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which also includes Udall's amendment to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), must now be cleared by the House of Representatives before being sent to the president for signature.
“This bill will ensure that New Mexico’s bases and laboratories remain strong and

Kate O’Donnell Transforms Home, Life Through Art

on December 22, 2012 - 7:48am

'Dancing Poppies' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

'Sitting Still' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kate O’Donnell, producer of the Reel Deal Theater preshow, has lived in a beautiful home on Bathtub Row for seven years. She and her husband Jim O’Donnell have restored that home to regain its historic integrity and be an inspiring place to live.

Their guiding principle for the remodel has been "Everything needs to touch you in some way."

Before World War II, the house was the arts and craft building for the Boy’s ranch.

Winter Solstice at Bandelier National Monument

on December 22, 2012 - 7:04am
The eastern sky driving into Bandelier National Monument at about 7 a.m. Friday for the winter solstice. Photo by TK Thompson/

People mill about the Tyuonyi Peublo ruins after the sun showed itself. Photo by TK Thompson/
Staff Report

About 25 people braved the balmy 12 degree weather at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 to view the sunrise over the Tyuonyi Pueblo Ruins at Bandelier National Monument for the winter solstice.

Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the winter solstice occurs annually on a day between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23.
On this date, all places above a

Rotary Student of the Month: Jessie Zhao

on December 22, 2012 - 6:24am


Jessie Zhao, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for December.

Zhao is the daughter of Shaoping Chu and Xinxin Zhao and sister of William and Steven Zhao.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

Pet of the Week: Shyloh the Black Shepherd Mix

on December 22, 2012 - 6:11am

FOS News:

Shyloh is a 2-year-old black shepherd mix and a wonderful pet. He is friendly with adults, loves kids, cats and dogs.

The reason he came to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is that his family moved away without him.

Like many dogs, Shyloh will need some time and company to feel wanted in a new home. A tall, secure fence is recommended if he must be left alone in a yard.

He is amazing at finding creative ways to get to K9 companions and human friends. We have some great ideas about securing your fence. Just ask!

Shyloh is house broken and leash trained and a joy to take

NNSA Orders Security Enhancements at LANL

on December 21, 2012 - 3:53pm

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

LANL is the only Laboratory in the DOE Complex under this increase in security. Spokesman Kevin Roark responded to an email request from the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon for additional information, saying simply that the Lab cannot elaborate as to what has spurred the order for heightened security.

Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering

NNSA Administrator D’Agostino Retiring in January

on December 21, 2012 - 2:22pm

Thomas P. D’Agostino. Courtesy Photo

NNSA News:

National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino announced today that he will retire Jan. 18, 2013.

NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neili Miller will serve as Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Acting Adminstrator of the NNSA.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement:

From the reactor room on the U.S.S. Skipjack to the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Tom D’Agostino has proven himself to be a talented leader, a trusted adviser, and a true confidant.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2012 - 7:27am

Swearing in Ceremony 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at the Justice Center Municipal Courtroom. Reception immediately following the ceremony.

Candlelight Vigil 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Ashley Pond Park
The Los Alamos High School Student Council has organized a special candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Members of the community are asked to bring their own candle to the memorial. Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr.

LANL Top Science News of 2012

on December 21, 2012 - 7:05am

Top science stories for the year traveled from the canyons of Mars to the high desert forests of New Mexico, from cosmic particles to the structure of proteins and enzymes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scientific advances that caught the world’s interest

Los Alamos National Laboratory made its scientific mark in a wide variety of areas, and the stories that caught the public’s attention and that of the science community reflect those broad capabilities.

Top science stories for the year traveled from the canyons of Mars to the high desert forests of New Mexico, from cosmic particles to the

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Speaker Ben Luján

on December 21, 2012 - 7:04am

Funeral arrangements for Speaker Ben Luján include a public visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol.

A second visitation will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Pojoaque with a 7 p.m. rosary to be recited. 

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe with interment to follow at Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Cemetery in Nambe.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the UNM Cancer Center


Snowman Spotted Standing On Head

on December 21, 2012 - 7:03am

A snowman was spotted using his long, twig-like arrms to balance on his head Wednesday afternoon in the front yard of a home on Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood of White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Grants Man Arrested for Posting Threats on Internet

on December 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FBI News:

This morning the FBI arrested Paulo Nikko Peral, 20, of Grants, New Mexico, on a criminal complaint charging him with transmitting a threat to injure another in interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 875(c.)

Paulo’s arrest was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

Peral made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. He remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The criminal complaint

Luján Amendment Passes to Study Broader National Labs Mission

on December 21, 2012 - 7:01am


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted in support of the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Thursday, which includes an amendment he offered that calls for a study to broaden the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

A 2012 report by the National Academy of Science (NAS) and a Stimson report in 2009 recommended that the NNSA laboratories transition more fully to a broader national security mission and that a mechanism be put in place to

Letter to the Editor: UWNNM Youth Team Says THANKS!

on December 21, 2012 - 6:57am

By the United Way of Northern New Mexico Youth Team

As the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Youth Team’s fundraising season comes to an end, we would like to offer the community our most sincere thank you for their support. 

We could not have such a successful giving campaign without the generosity of individuals and local businesses.  

The third annual Taste the Sky event was a great success. Held at the Los Alamos County Airport, the Youth Team offered two options for diners, “economy class” and “first class.”

While there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, those seated in “first


Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday and Saturday

on December 20, 2012 - 10:45pm


Moon Over Mesas. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Fall View From Los Alamos. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Staff Report
The community is invited to attend the Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dixie Girl Gallery & Restaurant in downtwn Los Alamos.
Chat with photographer Leslie Bucklin and browse her greeting cards, matted prints and gallery images. Goodies will be served!
Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a few years in Colorado and California, she has returned to Los Alamos to raise her family in the community she

Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

on December 20, 2012 - 11:17am
Sen. Udall in June with MSgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque who detailed Jessey's ailments believed caused by exposure to open burn pits. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate.
The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S.

County's Insurance Carrier Settles Lawsuit

on December 20, 2012 - 11:04am
Staff Report
Los Alamos County's insurance carrier, the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Fund, has settled a lawsuit filed by a former Parks and Recreation Department employee.
Melody Cross, a senior office specialist with the Parks Department filed the lawsuits in First Judicial District Court against Los Alamos County, Parks Manager Richard McIntyre and Parks Department employee Randy Lucero.
Cross charged the defendents with infliction of emotional distress, battery, punitive damages and prima facie tort, a term used in modern legal English to signify that on first examination, a

NMHSCA Announces Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

on December 20, 2012 - 10:55am


The New Mexico High School Coaches Association Board of Directors chose its Fall Sports Coaches of the Year.

These coaches will be recognized at the 26th annual Bobby Gibbs Awards Luncheon Wednesday, July 31, 2013. This event is held annually at the NMHSCA Coaches Clinic.

The NMHSCA only chooses on coach of the year for all classifications in a sport. It is a battle every year during the board meeting. Each of the coaches below had an outstanding season.

For a few of them, it has been multiple state championships in a roll.


Mario Trujillo, Santa Rosa High School


Column: Looming REAL ID Act Deadline

on December 20, 2012 - 10:36am
Column by Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative Elect, District 43

Over the past few weeks several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline.

The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15.

If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.

GOP Central Committee to Hold Special Election

on December 20, 2012 - 10:19am

GOP News:

Due to time constraints in his personal life, Jordan Redmond has tendered his resignation as chairman of the Los Alamos County Republican Party.

First Vice Chairman Bill McKerley has called a special election for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the Church of Christ building, 2323 Diamond Dr., to elect a chairman, 1st vice chairman, 2nd vice chairman and secretary of the Central Committee.

Any Republican registered in Los Alamos County may be considered for election but only members of the Central Committee elected at the 2011 Biennial Organization Convention may vote. 


2012 All-State Football Teams Announced

on December 20, 2012 - 10:03am


The NMHSCA produces All-State teams for New Mexico High School Football. The process is as follows:

1. Head Coaches Nominate Athletes at their annual district meetings.

2. Each District submits the All-State Nomination Form Per District.

3. Ballots are created for each classification based on the Football All-State Nomination Form

4. Each head coach gets to cast a ballots.

5. Athletes that recieve the highest points are placed on the appropriate teams.

Click here to view the 2012 5A All-State Football Teams

Click here to view the 2012 4A All-State Football Teams



Underground Power Failure Affects Portions of North Mesa

on December 20, 2012 - 9:49am

DPU News:

An underground power failure affected parts of North Mesa at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities report that a single phase of three phase power failed on San Ildefonso Road between Hawk Drive and Broadview.

One-third of the customers east of Hawk Drive (not including the Del Norte and Del Sol neighborhoods) lost power.

Working through the night in frigid temperatures, DPU’s electric line crews initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power by 11:30 p.m. to the majority of the area.

Power was


'La Fin du Monde Party' Kicks Off Holiday Events at Dixie Girl

on December 20, 2012 - 9:33am


Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Dixie Girl owner Denise Lane announced four upcoming special parties open to the public:

“La Fin du Monde Party” (End of the World Party, Party like there is no tomorrow) 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

  • Dinner Special: Stout Braised Brisket with Bourbon Peach Glaze, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vidalia Onion Rings
  • Bar Specials: $3 Martinis, $3 Mayan Mojitos and $3 La Fin du Monde or Maudite Belgian Ales
  • Appetizer specials: Retro Rumaki, Flatbreads and “Buffaleaux” Wings $3

Holiday Wine Dinner 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Francine Mendoza Chosen 2012 Realtor of the Year

on December 20, 2012 - 8:26am

Longtime Los Alamos resident Francine J. Mendoza, fifth from left, was chosen Realtor of the Year during the annual President's Day Breakfast Dec. 13 at De Colores Restaurant. From left, Lauren Earles, Treasurer of the Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAOR) 2013 and past Realtor of the Year (ROTY); Michael Seivold, Director LAAOR 2013; Jon Bernard, Director LAAOR 2013; Mary Anne Beard, President LAAOR 2013 and Past ROTY; Mendoza, Past President LAAOR 2013, ROTY 2012; Pat Pipkin, National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Region 11 Vice President; Ardy Hafer Emce and Chairperson LAAOR 2012

Ten LANL Scientists Achieve American Physical Society Awards Fellowships

on December 20, 2012 - 8:23am

LANL News:

Ten scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are being inducted into the ranks of fellowship in the American Physical Society (APS) for 2012.

The criterion for election as an APS Fellow is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; such as performing outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by professional peers.