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Gadbois Selected to Create Mural at UNM-Los Alamos

on July 30, 2012 - 4:20pm

A mural created by Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has commissioned Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois to create a work of art for the UNM-LA campus.

The Local Selection Committee at UNM-LA sought to commission a work that would connect the campus and the Los Alamos community as well as conceptually relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Finalists were selected in March and a final selection was made earlier this July.

Medicaid, New Mexico, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

on July 30, 2012 - 2:17pm
Column by Rep. Jim Hall
House District 43

This is the second — somewhat delayed column on Medicaid. This column discusses Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.

The June 28 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) decision by the Supreme Court makes the Medicaid issue even more timely and important.

Let’s start with a review of Medicaid’s importance and its basic structure. Medicaid matters for two major reasons. 

First, it provides about 560,000 New Mexicans with health coverage.


Column: Bad Management Theories Lead to Bad Organizational Practices

on July 30, 2012 - 1:52pm
Los Alamos

When I was in graduate school, I often had disquiet feelings about certain theories, especially the ones based in economics, with neat and elegant equations, or models constructed with impeccable rationality. 

But being a student, while we might be able to voice some of our criticism in private or in class discussions, one does not foolishly challenge these theories too publicly (certainly not without research evidence) as these theories or models are usually published by well established authority figures. 

This is as much about the state of the field of


YMCA Gym Divider Helps to Double Space

on July 30, 2012 - 12:16pm


The Family YMCA completed the installation of a gym divider curtain this month, which was partially funded by targeted donations from last year’s annual campaign for the improvement project. The curtain will enable smaller programs to run at the same time, such as wrestling and open gym, or bumpers volleyball and iCare Wednesdays. Courtesy/YMCA

Tuesday Memorial Set for Paul Guthals

on July 30, 2012 - 12:14pm

IHM News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Paul R. Guthals passed away Saturday morning.

A Funeral Mass for Guthals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

A reception will follow the Mass at Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall, adjacent to the church.

Interment also will be Tuesday, July 31 at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.


UNM-LA's 'University Experience' Provides Active Opportunity for Students

on July 30, 2012 - 11:57am

UNM-LA News:

Students entering fourth through twelveth grade were on the UNM-LA campus during the week of July 23-27 for "University Experience," a science and technology program that gave students the opportunity to learn about robotics, rocketry, forensics, biology, alternative energy, game design and cyber-security. Students participated in hands-on activities designed to introduce them to these fields of study. (Students' names intentionally withheld.) Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 19 to July 25, 2012

on July 30, 2012 - 9:06am

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.



July 19 at 10:54 p.m. / Police arrested Tanner Barber, 25, of Los Alamos on Arkansas Street and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.







July 20 at 11:15 p.m. / Police arrested Lawrence Pena, 35, of Los Alamos near Los Alamos High School and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.




Martin Heinrich Spends Time in White Rock

on July 30, 2012 - 9:05am

Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Heather Wilson. Heinrich visited White Rock residents during the day Saturday and met with a group of supporters later in the evening at a home in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy photo

Lunch with a Leader to Feature Local Police Chief

on July 30, 2012 - 9:00am

LWV News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Wayne Torpy will be the speaker at the upcoming League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting.


The public is invited to attend Torpy's talk, set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school.)

Torpy was hired as police chief in Los Alamos in 2005. He serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the boards of the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos.

He holds a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a MS from Nova

Udall Advocates Constitutional Amendment to Rein in Flood of Secret Money

on July 30, 2012 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaking at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Courtesy photo
Washington, D.C. – At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.
"Money has poisoned our political system," Udall said.

FBI Seeks Identity of Woman Found Dead in Shiprock

on July 30, 2012 - 8:58am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an adult female whose body was found in an irrigation canal in the Paradise area of northern Shiprock in New Mexico.

The body was discovered at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

The woman is believed to have been Native American, approximately 25 to 40 years old. She was about 5’3” to 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 150 to 170 pounds.

She was wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue denim shorts, and Nike running shoes. Her hair was braided.

The cause of death is not being

A Shift in Small Business Lending Choices?

on July 30, 2012 - 8:54am
By Doug Devereaux
NIST Industrial Specialist

A recent Pepperdine University study indicates that small business owners are once again viewing bank loans, not business credit cards, as their first option for obtaining financing.

Based on a survey with responses from 6,000 business owners, 68 percent of those seeking financing in the next six months reported that they will pursue bank loans.

In that same study, business credit cards were the choice of 40 percent of respondents, and 36 percent of businesses reporting also said they planned to seek financing from a credit union or


Teachers Union Delegates at National Convention Nix High Stakes Testing

on July 30, 2012 - 8:52am

AFT News:

DETROIT — The American Federation of Teachers 2012 National Convention in Detroit drew more than 3,000 delegates from across the country.

The delegates represented 1.5 million members including preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The delegates passed a series of resolutions Saturday that reinforce the union's commitment to solution-driven unionism and to increased educational and


Health Council Sponsoring Town Hall Aug. 6

on July 29, 2012 - 11:15pm


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring a Faith Community “Health Speak Out” Town Hall Meeting noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.

The goal of the Town Hall is to gather information from the faith communities, agencies and people involved with providing emergency and basic needs services.

LACHC will also share a summary of its 2011-2012 LACHC Los Alamos County Health Profile.

Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks will be supplied.

Seating is limited ... RSVP to by Friday, Aug. 3.


CONE ZONE Update: Week of July 30

on July 29, 2012 - 10:22pm
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Diamond Drive near Golf Course
Starting Monday, July 30, after the morning commute, traffic control will be in place on Diamond Drive in the vicinity of the Golf Course to repair a leaking irrigation line. The outside lanes of both northbound and southbound traffic will be closed and the bike lanes will be shifted inwards to provide a safe work zone for shoulder work.

Hill Diner Burglarized Overnight!

on July 29, 2012 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos Police detectives at Hill Diner, 1315 Trinity Dr., this morning investigating an overnight burglary. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

The restaurant is open for business now but when employees arrived to work this morning at the Hill Diner, they discovered in short order that something was wrong. A window had been pushed in and the cash register was "trashed."

"We don't keep any cash in the restaurant," owner Denise Lane said.

Lane explained that this is the fourth time the Hill Diner at  1315 Trinity Dr.,  has been burglarized since it opened 26 years ago.

She had a state of

LAEN Speakers Present Noon Talk Tuesday to Rotary

on July 29, 2012 - 11:55am


Andy Andrews

The public is invited to join Rotary Club members for a noon talk Tuesday, July 31, at Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network and Dave Jones of The Hive in White Rock are the featured speakers for the lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Dave Jones

Andrews and Jones will speak about "Making Big Ideas a Reality" and describe "How to Grow Your Business."



Rep. Jim Hall Launches Door to Door Campaigning

on July 29, 2012 - 10:23am

With just over 90 days until the Nov. 6 General Election, incumbent Rep. Jim Hall of House District 43, right, kicked off his door to door campaigning Saturday and is seen here speaking about his stand on the issues with White Rock residents Stan Moore, center left, and Bob Moore as campaign aide Jim Cobble looks on. Stan said Saturday that he will vote for Hall. His son Bob said that he wants to talk a little more before making up his mind.

LANB Exterior Renovation Completed in Time for Concert

on July 29, 2012 - 9:44am

The exterior entrance area of Los Alamos National Bank was renovated last week and completed in time for Friday's Summer Concert, sponsored by the bank and held in its parking lot. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Concert goers begin to fill the parking lot at Los Alamos National Bank for Friday's Summer Concert, sponsored by LANB. LANB treated the community to music and distributed lighted wind wheel toys to the kids and provided them with several bouncy houses to play on during the concert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

15th Street Remains Closed as Road Work Advances

on July 29, 2012 - 8:51am

Crews were out in force Thursday working on 15th Street between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive, attacking the project on several fronts following a washout from Wednesday's rainstorm. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

15th Street remained closed Friday as road work continues between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive. RMCI is working diligently to reopen this road as soon as possible. Motorists are urged to use 20th Street or Knecht Street as alternative routes.

Letter to the Editor: Martin Heinrich’s Surrogates

on July 29, 2012 - 8:34am
By Vernan Kerr
Los Alamos

In the race for U.S. Senate, the ads sponsored by various environmental groups have been most irritating.

What evidence can they show that Heather Wilson's support for the oil and gas industries have resulted in harm to children or have resulted in drinking water contamination?

None! The oil and gas industries are a very important part of the economy of our state and without them we would rank at the bottom of the American state’s economies, a true welfare state.

A recent story on Martin Heinrich, who voted for Obamacare, showed how much he really cares


Udall, Bingaman & Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

on July 28, 2012 - 9:14pm
Sen. Tom Udall, right, tours the Santa Clara Pueblo burn area one year after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Friday that more than $11 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara Pueblo following recent flooding in the area.
On July 13, the New Mexico officials wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, asking that federal funding dedicated for flood mitigation and

Back to School Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday

on July 28, 2012 - 10:08am


It is that time of year again for the New Mexico Annual Tax Holiday.

This year it starts at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3, and goes through Aug. 5 at midnight.

This is a great time to purchase school supplies and clothing without paying tax.

The New Mexico Legislature established a deduction from gross receipts tax for retail sales of tangible personal property in 2005 and has continued it each year the first weekend in August.

This is possible because the retailers can deduct the gross receipts tax during this period and therefore can pass the savings onto you for a weekend of

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Promote Worthy Cause

on July 28, 2012 - 9:51am

The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are hosting a fundraiser for cancer victim Deirdre DeMello, a longtime Los Alamos resident.

The Riders are raising money to have her returned to Los Alamos to be buried near her brother, Pat Turner.  

The event is today, Saturday July 28 and began at 7 a.m., at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr. with breakfast followed by a poker run at 8 a.m. to Cimarron for lunch then to the Santa Fe Harley Davidson and then back to the American Legion Post in Los Alamos for a steak dinner at 6 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend the dinner, which costs


Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Set for 7 p.m. Today

on July 28, 2012 - 9:42am

Actors rehearse Wednesday for the Missoula Children’s Theatre Saturday July 28 production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast at 7 p.m. today at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets are available starting 6:30 p.m., at the door and run $10, $5 – ages 12 and under. Call 663-0477 for more information. Missoula Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council and is funded in part by Los Alamos County. Housing provided by the Hilltop House Hotel. The program is provided by Dr. Tom – Child and Adolescent Medicine. For more than 30 years, the Los Alamos Arts Council has underwritten a