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County Line: Plenty of Treats on Main Street

on October 26, 2012 - 8:01am


Plenty of Treats on Main Street

Today is the annual "Trick or Treat on MainStreet" extravaganza - so don your Halloween costume and head downtown for all the fun from 4-6:30 p.m.

Check out the County Recreation division's Pumpkin Splash and Halloween Carnival on Saturday at the Aquatic Center! For details, link here:

Council Meeting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday in Council Chambers

What's on the agenda?


NNSA Conducts International Training in Nevada

on October 26, 2012 - 6:57am

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – As part of a joint commitment by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enhance international emergency management systems, the NNSA and IAEA are conducting an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response Port/Customs (I-RAPTER P/C) course.

The training is being conducted this week at the Radiological Nuclear Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Complex (RNCTEC) at the Nevada National Security Site, with classroom training held at the National Atomic Testing Museum.


Letter to the Editor: Intent Was to Correct Any Short Comings

on October 26, 2012 - 6:56am

By Mike Wheeler

Several years ago I and my fellow councilors passed a non-partisen motion to appoint a citizen committee to review the county charter since several petitions had been brought by citizens but were found to be illegal.

Our intent was to correct any short comings that may impede citizen input to the council. Our appointed committee included several citizens who brought the problem petitions to the council.

Now three years later, Los Alamos can vote on needed amendments that clarify and simplify the county charter.

The proposed amendments should help citizens who wish to

Join Driving Force for Movie Night Monday

on October 26, 2012 - 6:55am
Courtesy photo
The Driving Force has put together another International Movie Night at the Reel Deal theater.
Join members of the Driving Force for its second international movie night at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
The featured film will be A Separation, the winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
"We are delighted to have Sara Kutchesfahani, one of our esteemed and cherished postdocs, provide introductory and explanatory remarks," Jim Nesmith said. "Sara is of Iranian descent and will have some powerful insights into what we will be seeing."

Fryer Leads Way for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers

on October 26, 2012 - 6:50am

Brianna Fryer: Brianna Fryer's gold medal beam performance. Photo by Loui Janecky

LASG News:

Brianna Fryer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational Oct. 20 - 21 in Rio Rancho. 

More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part. The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver and 26 bronze.

Fryer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals on bars (9.5), beam (9.3), floor (9.05), and vault (8.8), and a fifth gold for her all around score of 36.65.

The Xcel program is


Rio Arriba County Becomes Teen Center Partner

on October 26, 2012 - 6:49am

Students work on computers after school at the Teen Center in Espanola. Courtesy photo


Española – Rio Arriba County committed $15,000 of support through a contract for teen programming to the Española YMCA Teen Center effective Oct. 1.

“We are very glad to count Rio Arriba County as our partner for youth,” said Y Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval. “Since the center opened in 2007, the county has provided funds for smaller, program-specific objectives.


Ribbon Cut on Financial Business on Oppenheimer Dr.

on October 26, 2012 - 6:48am


Edward Jones Financial Advisor John Williams, Branch Office Administrator Samantha Forrest, Chamber Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos and LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple cut the ribbon at 555 Oppenheimer Dr., Suite 206 Thursday evening. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon cutting ceremony. Williams hosted an open house with refreshments and door prizes. Photo by Karen Kendall  

Letter to the Editor: History of Abuse

on October 26, 2012 - 6:47am

By George Chandler

I address an interesting recent take on the charter amendments in which we were told that there is no history of abuse of the petition process in Los Alamos.

In 1979 and again in 1982 there were successful referendum petitions and subsequent elections that reversed zoning actions by the county. 

But the losers of the 1982 election appealed the voter’s decision and in 1983 the Supreme Court ruled that zoning can only be done by representative bodies, not by election. 

Under this rule the 1979 referendum would have also been illegal.


Do You Know the Way Back Home?

on October 26, 2012 - 5:54am


Courtesy Photo

By Father Colin Kelly

A song we will be singing at 6:07 p.m. this Sunday night at our Contemporary Service, at Trinity on the Hill, is called “You Are More,” from Tenth Avenue North. One of the verses sings of a girl with tear-stained eyes, sitting in the corner of a bar. She wonders “How did I get here? I’m not who I once was, and I’m crippled by the fear that I’ve fallen too far to love.”

I know I’ve hit that wall before in my life. Perhaps you have, too. It’s a feeling beyond despair—a sense of being so lost, you don’t even know the way back home.

Asterman's Movie Reviews for The Master and Argo

on October 25, 2012 - 10:40am
The Deal Down Movie Review
By Rick Asterman: I am not affiliated with the Reel Deal Theater, or any other financial entity. My mission is to provide concise, honest reviews of movies playing at the Los Alamos Reel Deal Theater, plus parental advisement on the films content and advise on which interested parties you should or shouldn’t take with you to the movie.

Letter to the Editor: Furious at Icons on Ballots

on October 25, 2012 - 10:12am

By JJ Maier

I just returned home from voting early here in my home town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

I was furious to discover that the ballot had “icons” in front of the presidential candidates – not their party icons, but icons selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State:

1. Obama had a distorted eagle

2. Romney had the American Flag

When I called our local County Clerk, they said the local government has no control over how the ballot looks or what is on it and that this ballot format is being used by all precincts throughout the state.

This seems way over the top in attempting

First Time Voter Opts For Straight Democratic Ticket

on October 25, 2012 - 9:49am

 First time voter Mason Olcott cast his ballot for House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and the rest of the Democratic ticket Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Courtesy photo 

Welcome John Williams to Business Community This Afternoon

on October 25, 2012 - 9:34am


The Chamber of Commerce is conducting a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at the Edward Jones office, 555 Oppenheimer to welcome John Williams to the business community.

Williams also is hosting an Open House all afternoon today to meet local residents.

Refreshments will be served.


Trick or Treat on MainStreet Halloweekend Begins Friday!

on October 25, 2012 - 9:16am


The Los Alamos MainStreet’s Annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 with an estimated 3,000 people gathering in downtown Los Alamos. 

Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up booths along Central Avenue and down Main Street to give out treats to the community’s trick-or-treaters.

The Hillstompers will perform, New Mexico Dance Theater will have a street dance at 5:30 p.m. followed by Hallo-wiener dog parade around 6 p.m., which begins at Ashley Pond.

In addition to the festivities along MainStreet:

  • The YMCA

No Tricks, Just Treats at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday

on October 25, 2012 - 8:12am

A local witch invites the community to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos annual Fall Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk, with seconds available until the food runs out. The witch featured here, is one of two witches who will fly through the dining room between 9 and 9:30 a.m., distributing wrapped candy to children attending the breakfast. Tickets, available at the door, cost $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $5 for children. Courtesy photo

Hope, Struggle and Change Comes to Los Alamos

on October 25, 2012 - 8:03am

LADP News:

Roy Zimmerman has driven 25,000 miles this year, fulfilling a “campaign promise” to perform his satirical songs in all 50 states.

He brings his live show, “Roy Zimmerman: Hope, Struggle and Change” to Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 for a performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St.

Admission is $18. Tickets are on sale at Democratic Party Office,140 Central Park Square. Call 661-9002 or visit the office noon to 8 p.m. every day.

“Hope, Struggle and Change” is a 90-minute juggernaut of funny songs and comic commentary on presidential politics, the

Rotary Selects Marcus Gutierrez Student of the Month

on October 25, 2012 - 7:47am

During Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, Rotarian Alison Walters reads the accomplishments of Los Alamos High School senior Marcus Gutierrez, selected as Student of the Month for October. Gutierrez is joined at the podium by his father Joaquin Gutierrez, right, and mother Melinda Gutierrez, not shown, and LAHS social studies teacher Jonathan Frost. Gutierrez selected Frost as his most influential teacher. Photo by Hal Davis

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct. 25

on October 24, 2012 - 10:56pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

Author Speak features Margaret Wood 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 @ Mesa Library Upstairs Rotunda
Wood is the author of O'Keeffe Stories. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists. In 1977, Margaret Wood  began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then eighty-nine year old Georgia O’Keeffe.

Halloweekend - Trick or Treat on Main Street 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
A great weekend of activities from many great businesses and organizations.


Money IQ: Transfer of Assets After Death

on October 24, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ:
By Dan Monte

Transfer of Assets After Death

Tom and Sarah were both 84 and had been married for 62 years. They had five children, only one of whom lived nearby.

Tom and Sarah owned their home, cars, bank accounts and investment accounts as joint tenants.

All of their retirement assets and life insurance policies named each other as the primary beneficiary.

Several years ago, they hired an attorney who prepared last wills and testament for each of them.

Simply, each will directed the transfer of all assets to the surviving spouse and then to the kids in equal shares.

Sarah died

Council Directs County Attorney to Draft Two DPU Related Ordinances

on October 24, 2012 - 11:17am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council Tuesday night on the process to-date, regarding a proposed Charter change to Article V – Utilities, which would provide Council with authority to remove rogue board members or managers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

In a nutshell, the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee examined the structure of the Department of Public Utilities and determined that it would behoove Council to make changes to Article V.

CRC Chair John Hopkins, Subcommittee Chair Harry Ettinger and County Contract Attorney Chay


LANL's Carl Beard is Oct. 30 Rotary Speaker

on October 24, 2012 - 11:17am


Dr. Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations and Business at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the guest speaker at next week's Rotary lunch meeting.

Beard will speak on a topic of his choice during the meeting, which begins at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

Space is limited. Community members who wish to attend Beard's talk may reserve a seat by calling Rotary President Linda Hull at 662-7950.