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Letter to the Editor: What Are We Voting On Anyway?

on October 29, 2012 - 6:16am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

One would gather that the voters are voting on a bunch of amendments to the charter so that the revision is final and ratified by us.

Apparently, NOT SO. We have just gotten a new administrator whose input would be valuable, but there seems to be an effort to drive the CRC's revision through with all haste.

So, why are we now in the throes of MORE amendments by the council while we are voting?

Sounds like the CRC and the council are piecemealing it to us and certainly do NOT have a firm grasp on the total situation/package.

Superintendent Unveils Draft Strategic Plan

on October 28, 2012 - 11:55pm

County Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne provides an update to school board members on the Trinity Site project. He explained since the Kroger Company received the lease for the development from the North American Development Group, they have been very active in the project. The Kroger Company has met to do pre-planning and has begun geo-tech and survey work. The next big step, Lynne said, is to submit a site plan for approval: "So they are plowing straight ahead."  Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

“The future of Los Alamos is very bright,” Los Alamos Public

American Legion Post 90 to Host 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony

on October 28, 2012 - 11:15pm


This year's Veterans Day community celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr.

All Veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend. The local theme is “Honoring the Vietnam Veteran.”

More than 3 million men and women served in Vietnam, and more than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the 23 million living Veterans who have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime. 

There are currently 1.4

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Hoodoos for Halloween?

on October 28, 2012 - 11:00pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist

Column by Robert Dryja

How many of us remember when we had to evacuate Los Alamos due to the Cerro Grande forest fire? 

Many drove down the forest road through Rendija Canyon that passes by the Sportsmen’s Club as part of evacuating Los Alamos and remember this part of the evacuation very well.

But how many of us recall the tall, silent hoodoo rock formations that stood beside the road as we drove by? 

About six of these sentinels stand near the road, one of them almost 20 feet tall.


Governor Rallies For Heather Wilson Saturday

on October 28, 2012 - 9:58pm

Rio Arriba Republican Party Chair Geraldine Sanchez introduces U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. House District 3 candidate Jeff Byrd during a rally in the Convento at the plaza in Espanola Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speaks to the crowd inside the Convento in Espanola Saturday. The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico's largest newspaper, endorsed Heather Wilson today, Oct.

Governor Knocks on Los Alamos Doors for Jim Hall

on October 28, 2012 - 9:47pm

Gov. Susana Martinez joined Republican Rep. Jim Hall as he knocked on doors in Los Alamos neighborhoods Saturday including Tiffany Court. Hall is campaigning for HD43 and he and the governor spoke to residents about local issues and asked for their vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Gov. Susana Martinez and Rep. Jim Hall speak with residents in Los Alamos neighborhoods Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, met up with other supporters in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot on Trinity Drive Saturday who fanned out in

Bishop's Lodge Buries Time Capsule

on October 28, 2012 - 9:23pm

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, 1297 Bishop's Lodge Road in Santa Fe, hosted a celebration Friday to commemorate its 95-year anniversary as a resort approaching in 2013. Bishop's Lodge Managing Director Richard Verruni presents opening remarks at the site where the time capsule will be buried. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

At Friday's ceremony, former Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado prepares to place his pocket knife in the time capsule that commemorated Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa's 95-year anniversary. Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger added the book she is holding to the

Pete Domenici Endorses Jim Hall for HD-43

on October 28, 2012 - 11:23am


ELECTION 2012 News:

Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., came out this morning to endorse State Rep. Jim Hall for House District 43.

“Like me, Jim Hall has fought daily to protect Los Alamos National Labs. He has fought for LANL as a community member, a city councilor and now as a state representative. I’m proud to endorse Jim Hall for state representative,” Domenici said in a news release.


Hall thanked Domenici for his support of the labs and of his campaign saying, “We all owe Sen. Domenici a debt of gratitude for all he has done for our labs.


Hilltopper Volleyball Wins 3-1 at Espanola to Secure District Title

on October 28, 2012 - 10:43am
Claire Stewart and Allyssa Tedder block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk
Brianna Montano with kill. Photo by Alan Kirk
Danielle Ortiz and Allyssa Tedder work on return pass. Photo by Alan Kirk
Samantha Fenner hits kill shot from middle. Photo by Alan Kirk

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let 'C.A.V.E. People' Torpedo Future

on October 28, 2012 - 9:47am
By William T. Sellers
Los Alamos

Sometimes one simply has to step outside the immediate “box” of one’s perspective to see the bigger picture of what’s really at stake.  

In his seminal work, Civilisation, the great British historian Kenneth Clark details the vignette of a decaying ancient city perched high above a river valley for protection, one that had long outlived its earlier dynamism, and now was suddenly confronted with the immediate danger of a barbarian horde camped out in the valley below.  

As the indolent citizenry pondered their impending fate with some trepidation, the

Local Vehicle Rolls Off Cliff

on October 28, 2012 - 9:27am

An unoccupied Toyota Sequoia rolled off a cliff from the driveway of a home on Solana in Los Alamos at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. No one was injured by the incident. It took the driver of a wrecker about two hours to position the vehicle for removal. "Amazingly, the car was driven away from the scene," a witness told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Nina Thayer

Photo by Nina Thayer

Hilltoppers Crush Espanola Valley 56-6

on October 27, 2012 - 3:59pm

The Los Alamos High School boys varsity football team was victorious over Espanola Valley 56-6, Friday Oct. 26 in Espanola.

Chamber Biz Breakfast: LANL Cost Model Changes

on October 27, 2012 - 11:18am


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a business breakfast event from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the UNM-LA Building 2 Lecture Hall.

The topic is Los Alamos National Laboratory's recently implemented cost-model changes and the potential impact on its subcontractors.


Aaron Menefee, LANL’s Budget Officer, and Doug McCrary, the head of LANL’s Acquisition Services Management Division, will deliver presentations about these changes, which occurred Oct. 1, and answer questions from the audience.


A light breakfast will be available.

Road Work Closing Myrtle Street Next Week

on October 27, 2012 - 10:50am


The Eastern Area Phase 2 Project is inching toward completion.

RMCI will begin paving Monday, Oct. 29 on Myrtle Street, followed by 9th Street, Canyon Road and 5th Street.

Paving operations should be completed on or before Friday, Nov. 2, assuming there are no weather or mechanical delays.

Work is anticipated to start at 8:30 a.m. each day and the County is asking residents to refrain from parking vehicles in these street in the active construction areas.

RMCI staff will be on hand to assist motorists with vehicular access while paving is ongoing; however, there may be


Column: Two Reasons Governor Supports Jim Hall

on October 27, 2012 - 10:15am
Two Reasons Gov. Susana Martinez Supports Jim Hall:
Attracting Business and Reforming Education
By Mandy Marksteiner

Last Sunday Susana Martinez travelled to Los Alamos to support Jim Hall to be re-elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives.

In her speech she described how Hall worked to reform taxes so that construction and manufacturing companies could recover from the economic recession, and how he supported a “no social promotion bill,” and made sure that the initiative was fully funded.

Reforming the business tax system to allow businesses to thrive in New Mexico


Letter to the Editor: Charter Vote is Turning Point in Los Alamos History

on October 27, 2012 - 10:01am
By Ellen Walton
Los Alamos

Protecting citizen home rule in Los Alamos begins with the voter. You have before you four ballot questions for Los Alamos County charter amendments, and a very serious decision to make about your home rule government. 

A vote of “yes” to these amendments will move us towards an impenetrable central government; a vote “no” will preserve the rights that were fiercely fought for by citizens who considered the original charter of 1967. 

That charter was defeated, mostly because the petitioning requirements for referendum, recall, and initiative were considered

Unusual Artists Work at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

on October 27, 2012 - 10:00am

Art connoisseurs will encounter the most unusual artists at work at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in the southwest, ground-level corner of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

YMCA Offering CPR and Babysitters Training

on October 27, 2012 - 9:38am


Red Cross Babysitters Course

The Family YMCA is taking registration for the Nov. 16 and 17 session of its American Red Cross Babysitters Course.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session takes place 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session in which they

NNSA Memo Reveals TA-55 Security System Problems

on October 26, 2012 - 10:27am

A sample of surveillance cameras. Photo by Hustvedt (wikimedia commons)

Staff Report

A report came out this morning that a new $213 million security system at Los Alamos National Laboratory has major problems that will delay the system's implementation. 

The new security system was undergoing final "commissioning" tests when several serious problems were discovered, according to the report published in the Albuquerque Journal.

The security project is managed by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which operates LANL for the National Nuclear Security Administration. 

The new

Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

on October 26, 2012 - 10:11am

Editor's Note: Midnight in Paris will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Movie Review By Elizabeth Wasilewska

Midnight in Paris - a 2010 comedy written and directed by Woody Allen - begins with a series of snapshots of Paris: rainy streets, cafes, cobblestone pathways.

This sequence mirrors the movie's overall tone: a romantic, cheery wander through an artificial but charming Paris.

The character who wanders the most is Gil (Owen Wilson), a writer on vacation with his fiancee, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her parents.

Although he