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Council Adopts 2013 State Legislative Agenda

on December 19, 2012 - 8:19am
Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanlan speaks to Council at Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Council Chair Sharon Stover and other Councilors commended Scanlan for his effectness in working with both sides of the aisle at the New Mexico Legislature in representing Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 State Legislative Agenda for the 60-day session that begins Jan. 15.
Each year, Council adopts a "State Legislative Agenda." This document is used as a guide for its

House Speaker Ben Lujan Has Died

on December 19, 2012 - 7:57am

Ben Lujan

House Speaker Ben Lujan, 77, passed away Tuesday evening with his wife Carmen and children, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan at his side.

Lujan had been battling lung cancer and announced during the 2012 Legislative Session that he would not seek re-election as Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

He had served as House Speaker since 1975.

Lujan lived in Santa Fe and represented District 46 in Santa Fe County.



More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Appoints Representation to LACDC Board

on December 18, 2012 - 9:00pm
During tonight's County Council session, board member Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) addresses Council on behalf of LACDC Chair David Horpedahl, encouraging Council to appoint two County members to its Board of Directors. The Council voted 6-1 to appoint County Councilor David Izraelevitz and County Administrator Harry Burgess to serve on the board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
In the spirit of building upon the relationship between Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, (LACDC), the

OBITUARY: Ryan Steward Dec. 11, 1987–Dec. 15, 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 2:46pm

Ryan Steward, 25, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 15, 2012. He was born in Bakersfield, California on Dec. 11, 1987. He is survived by his mother and father, Carole and Tom Steward, and his brothers Andrew and Daniel. He lived in California until 1996 when he moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico with his family.

Ryan graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006. Ryan played many sports that satisfied his competitive spirit, including rugby, basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, golf, snowboarding, and mud volleyball, where he was known as "pudgy digits." His friends all knew him as "Stewy." He

LANL Cancels Thursday's Surplus Property Sale!

on December 18, 2012 - 9:10am
LANL News:
The monthly surplus property sale at Los Alamos Nation Laboratory scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, has been canceled because of weather and the forecast for possible snow in Los Alamos later this week.
Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

County to Honor Outgoing Councilors Tonight

on December 18, 2012 - 7:53am

Council Chair Sharon Stover


Los Alamos County Councilors Sharon Stover, Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle are completing their terms as County Councilors Dec. 31.

The community is invited at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 18, to Council Chambers as the remaining Councilor and County Board and Commission members and County Staff formally recognize their service and thank them for their dedication to Los Alamos and White Rock.

Stover has lived in White Rock for more than 25 years and served on the County Council in 1996 by appointment and was elected in 1998-2002.

She currently serves


NNSA Tops $290 Million in Small Business Contract Obligations in FY 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 7:17am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of its commitment to working with small business partners, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it provided more than $290 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2012.

Nearly 80 percent of new federal award actions went to small businesses. NNSA’s Management & Operating (M&O) contractors provided an additional $1.65 billion to small businesses in FY 2012, equal to 49 percent of all money subcontracted by the M&Os.

“Small businesses are the heart of the American

LANL's 2013 Employee Giving Campaign Reaps Record $3.1 Million in Pledges

on December 18, 2012 - 7:06am

LANL employee P.J. Timmerman outside the Española Valley Animal Shelter. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have again demonstrated concern for their communities and those in need by pledging a record $2.13 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $3.1 million.

“I am again touched by the

Bandelier Releases Holiday Schedule

on December 18, 2012 - 7:01am


With the new snow, and holidays coming up, the rangers at Bandelier are hoping people will come and enjoy the park.

"Winter days can be beautiful in Bandelier," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "Over the holidays, with everyone looking for places to go with family and friends, we hope they'll come on down."

The shuttle buses have ended until next March, so visitors can now drive directly to the Visitor Center area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, gift shop and snack bar are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the canyon area.


NNSA Highlights Achievements and Improvements in 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 7:00am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2012 draws to a close, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has compiled a list of some of its most important accomplishments and improvements over the past year.

Thomas P. D’Agostino

The NNSA, in conjunction with its Management & Operating contractor partners, reached significant milestones in its nonproliferation and counterterrorism portfolios, made a host of significant achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and maintained a constant focus on continuous improvement.

“We had our

Food on the Hill: Crab Benedict

on December 18, 2012 - 6:55am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Crab Benedict
Photo by Sue York/
Crab Benedict
(serves two)
4 poached eggs
Two English muffins, toasted
9 oz crab meat, drained ( I prefer lump crab meat, but can get pricy)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
5 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup cold butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
Photo by Sue York/
Poach the 4 eggs and set aside.
Photo by Sue York/
If they need reheated at the end before you put the Benedict together, you

Rotary Sponsors Local Student's Exchange in Netherlands

on December 18, 2012 - 6:49am

Los Alamos resident Lisa Harris describes some of the experiences her daughter, Cassidy Gardner, has enjoyed as an exchange student to The Netherlands. Harris gave her talk recently to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which is sponsoring Gardner's exchange program. Photo by Hal Davis

Local Author Signing Books in Albuquerque

on December 17, 2012 - 4:06pm

When Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief stops at Albuquerque Tuesday, Dec. 18, Los Alamos author Inez Ross will step off at Alberta Wero's table from 4-5 p.m. to sell and sign Christmas gift books. Her novel 'Blaize Castle' has a beautiful winter watercolor by Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval. Courtesy photo

Streetlights Go Dark Dec. 24-26 for Farolitos

on December 17, 2012 - 10:15am



The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Monday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Wednesday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking during the full period that lights will be off.

If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

Rep. Jim Hall Enters School Board Race!

on December 17, 2012 - 9:51am

Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Rep. Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos School board. He and his wife Janet Hall reside in the Pinon Elementary School District 1.

"I have decided to seek the District 1 Los Alamos Board of Education seat being vacated by Dawn Venhaus," Hall said. "Our school system is one of the most important assets of our community, and I have been involved in our schools since Janet, my wife, and I arrived in Los Alamos in 1976 with our children - as a parent, a school board member for eight years, a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

A Reminder from Los Alamos County’s Snow Control Center…

on December 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Courtesy photo


Winter is here and Los Alamos County officials are asking residents to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the County’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the County’s webpage will also list any County-related early closings, cancellations or delays (

Be alert. During

Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

Letter to the Editor: Message to Mother LANL

on December 17, 2012 - 7:53am
By Inez Ross
Los Alamos author
It wasn't only the downturn of the economy, the ease of Internet buying, nor the rise of e-books that caused the demise of our bookstore.
Another straw was the high rents charged in this town for local businesses. We are a one-company town and at the mercy of building owners who can charge what LANL can pay for their own offices.
Rents here should not be as high as in larger towns like Denver and Boulder. The subsidy money did not go to owners of small businesses here.
Mother LANL can keep her children on the Hill by furnishing rent free buildings for

Big Band to Honor Memory of Cathy LeClaire

on December 17, 2012 - 7:50am

LABB News:

The Los Alamos Big Band (LABB) will be presenting their annual Christmas Dance 7:30–10:30 p.m., Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet "The Mountainaires."

Cathy, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall sang for many years with LABB in the style of the famous Glenn Miller quartet "The Modernaires."

Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just

Program Offered for Fifth and Six Grade Girls

on December 17, 2012 - 7:42am

What’s in a Number?

on December 17, 2012 - 7:41am



By Ken Voytek: 12-12-12, the Mayan calendar, your lucky number, or your birth number. We obsess about data. Well, maybe only I do. Maybe I should take up numerology.

The most recent BLS reports compiling data on manufacturing provides an interesting picture. Uncertainty seems to the word of the day given the broader economic and policy environment.

If you read the headlines as my colleague Mark Schmit does, you come away with one picture.

Local Community Groups Share Good Deeds

on December 17, 2012 - 7:40am

June Gladney, left, treasurer of local food bank LA Cares, accepts a $200 check from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, presented by Club Treasurer Gil Butler and Club President Linda Hull. Photo by Hal Davis

Rotarian Skip King accepts a $100 check the Los Alamos Garden Club, presented by Doris Jackson, and given to support the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and chaired by Skip King. Photo by Hal Davis

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Dec. 20

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am


Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in the Community Building Training Room at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Public Comment
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. New Board Member Training Complete
b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han Shunsheng
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr,