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Early Morning Commuters Drive Ahead of Sunrise

on July 28, 2012 - 9:28am

Commuters drive along N.M. 4 toward work as the sun comes up Thursday morning. Photo by TK Thompson/

Public Turns Out for Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum Practice Night

on July 28, 2012 - 9:22am
The Los Alamos contingent of the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum band entertained Thursday at Urban Park. Photo by TK Thompson/
Four Pipers in the Pines at the Park. Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums is a bagpipe band that meets for two hours once a week in Los Alamos to practice Scottish bagpipe music. Currently, the musicians meet 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road in Los Alamos, but the public should always call to confirm the rehearsal schedule. Members are ages 10 and up and play at all music levels.

Pet Pangaea Hosts Final 'Downtown Dogs Walk' of Summer

on July 28, 2012 - 8:51am
Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, second from left, chats with residents in front of her store at 158 Central Park Square who participated in the final Friday night "Downtown Dogs Walk" of the summer. This popular event may start up again in September. Today, July 28, Pet Pangaea is hosting adoptable pets from Desert Paws New Mexico Animal Rescue. The public is encouraged to stop by the store and adopt a pet. For more information, call 661-1010 or visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Dogs of many breeds took park in Pet Pangaea's "Downtown Dogs Walk" Friday

Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am


Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Chamber's FAN44 Pairs Local Business Owners

on July 27, 2012 - 3:54pm

Enjoying lunch and conversation at the Co-op today, from left, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, David Griggs of the Friends of the Library, Edwin Theodore of the Co-op Deli and Cory Ulibarri of the Co-op front end, and Michelle Tange of The Education Plan during today's FAN44 business networking event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Because not every business person who belongs to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce can get to a Business Breakfast or evening FAN Club event, the Chamber has launched a new networking opportunity: FAN44.
Today, 15

Local Artist Creates Mural Honoring America's Veterans

on July 27, 2012 - 3:28pm

Local artist Danne De Backer, Vietnam Veteran and life member of the American Legion, is in the process of creating a memorial mural to honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts in the nation’s history for their service to America. De Backer’s work can be seen at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Local Celebrities Needed for Dunking Event

on July 27, 2012 - 2:56pm


The Los Alamos Teen Center is hosting a School of Rock.

Musicians from the Teen Center are forming bands to perform 2-7 p.m., Aug. 11 at Central Park Square.

Local well-known people are needed to participate in a dunk tank activity - to date, Teen Center Director Michelangelo Lobato is the sole person to volunteer to be dipped in the tank.

During the Aug. 11 event, the Teen Center also will sell food, hold a bake sale and conduct a silent auction.


All proceeds from the School of Rock event go toward purchasing musical instruments for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

Council Seeks Public Comment Before Aug. 7

on July 27, 2012 - 10:39am

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP


The Los Alamos County Council is seeking community input on the Valles Caldera National Preserve’s new Public Access and Use Plan (Plan.)

The Plan, part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released by the Trust in June 2012, presents six options for locating and constructing a new visitor and interpretation center, as well as developing infrastructure and access to the many uses offered at the Preserve.

To access the EIS, citizens are asked to visit the News link from the County’s home page at


Ruby K’s Launches Renovation Project to Enhance Seating Comfort, Expedite Service

on July 27, 2012 - 10:07am

From left, interior designer Misha Peterson, Ruby K's new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, owner Ruby Alexander and architect Steven G. Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

In August, Ruby K’s Bagel Café will begin renovations designed to enhance daily operations at the popular eatery.

Los Alamos architect Steven G. Shaw and interior designer Misha Peterson are working together to make it easier for customers and staff to move around in the restaurant.

“We’ll also start serving cupcakes, other bakery item and grab and go sandwiches and salads,” owner Ruby

Craig Martin Experience Plays The Blue Window Aug. 4

on July 27, 2012 - 9:32am


Members of The Craig Martin Experience. Photo by Minesh Bacrania Photography

The Blue Window Bistro is celebrating its second year of business under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster with a Jazz Night featuring The Craig Martin Experience Saturday, Aug. 4. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.

The Craig Martin Experience, led by Craig Martin, includes Quinn Marksteiner on alto saxophone, Mandy Markensteiner on trumpet, Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboards, Rob Heineman on bass, John Frary on drums and Craig Martin on tenor

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Erin Burr

on July 27, 2012 - 7:22am


Kiwanis awarded an educational scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Erin Burr Tuesday. From left, Thomas Burr, Lynn Finnegan, Burr, and Kiwanis Second Vice President Karen Kendall. Burr will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall to study dance and health with a focus on exercise science. She participated in Dance Arts Los Alamos from the age of 3 and has performed in several local Nutcracker performances. Burr also served on the United Way Youth Team and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Photo by Sharon Stover

Kinkead and Kluegel Tie for Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on July 27, 2012 - 1:13am
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Six pace race participants tied for three top delta times in this week's race held on American Springs Road in the Jemez Mountains.
Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel tied for best prediction at 24 seconds off their predicted time. 
Dara McKinney and Christie Kelly each had a 28 second differential and Katie Gattiker and Bob Edgar both came in at 33 seconds off.
Daniel Romero was the fastest male finisher on the one mile course at 6:24. 
Holly Trellue was the top female with a time of 12:39.
On the three mile course, Orion

LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/


Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Bridge Club Hosts 3-Day Sectional Tournament

on July 26, 2012 - 1:36pm

Courtesy photo
By Michelle Rudy
Los Alamos Contract Bridge Club

The Los Alamos Contract Bridge Club is hosting the "Atomic City Sectional"  tournament at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Friday through Sunday.

Up to 100 visitors will be in town, some staying two to three nights and looking for a good meal.

If you want to play, sessions start at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27.

A partner is helpful, but not necessary. Visitors welcome.

For more information, see the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club tournament webpage document by clicking HERE (pdf format.)

Coalition Requests Support for LANL Funding From DOE and New Mexico's Congressional Delegation

on July 26, 2012 - 10:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition), along with representatives from Gov. Susana Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the importance of funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.

The group met with members of the New Mexico delegation and U.S.

Former Spy to Appear on Sunday's Report From Santa Fe

on July 26, 2012 - 10:29am

Former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, left, with "Report From Santa Fe" host Lorene Mills. Courtesy photo

This week: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA Operations Officer will be interviewed on “REPORT FROM SANTA FE” on Ch. 5 at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29. 

Plame Wilson is the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” She is highly trained in the field of nuclear proliferation and openly continues this work as a leader In “Global Zero” - an international movement to eliminate the global nuclear threat.

On Sunday's program, the former spy is scheduled to

Learn about the History & Launch of the Los Alamos Daily Post

on July 26, 2012 - 10:28am

Carol A. Clark, publisher. Photo by Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network presents Carol A. Clark, publisher speaking at 6:30 p.m. today, July 26 at The Hive in White Rock (Next to Metzgers.)

Clark will talk about the history and launch of her online newspaper, the Los Alamos Daily Post.

She will demonstrate the online newspaper features and take questions from the audience about the quick success of this new information resource for the community. The public is welcome.


Los Alamos-Operated Mobile Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility Used for Understanding Earth’s Climate System

on July 26, 2012 - 10:14am

This observatory is part of an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, and includes dozens of sophisticated instruments that take continuous ground-based measurements of clouds, aerosols, and other atmospheric properties. | Photo courtesy of the ARM Climate Research Facility. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy today announced that scientists are beginning an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts designed to improve model  simulations of  the Earth’s climate system.

Sign Swap Underway at Hilltop House Hotel

on July 26, 2012 - 10:04am

The new sign for the Hilltop House Hotel arrived Wednesday but the rainstorm halted progress on its installation until today. The hotel's Best Western sign has been covered beneath a tarp since the hotel rebranded itself as the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center last month. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

The Best Western sign comes down to make way for the new Hilltop House Hotel sign today. Photo by Leland S. Lehman 

Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Photo by Leland S. Lehman




Going to Great Lengths for that Special View

on July 26, 2012 - 9:35am

A man is spotted watching Wednesday's sunset from a daring vantage point on the Overlook Promontory hanging above the Rio Grande. Buckman Mesa is visible in the background. Photo by TK Thompson/

Turf Goes Down 'Behind the Fence' at LAMS

on July 26, 2012 - 8:58am

This photo taken "behind the fence" at the Los Alamos Middle School shows the school's turf project is now in full swing. About three-fourths of the turf is down on the field and work is starting on the running track. The project is on schedule for completion before the start of school Aug. 15. Courtesy/LAPS

Measurement Could Advance Speed Innovation in Solar Devices

on July 26, 2012 - 8:46am

Sections of the new NIST measurement system's LED plate are shown. A water-coolant system on the back (a) keeps the operating temperature constant. Collectively, the different-colored LEDs (b) generate light in wavelengths covering much of the solar spectrum. LEDs in the second row from the bottom emit most of their radiation in the near infrared region and appear very faint to the human eye. Light from the last row of LEDs is completely invisible. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Mud Puddle Reflects Sunset

on July 26, 2012 - 8:45am

A mud puddle reflects the spectacular sky that followed Wednesday's rainstorm in the Pajarito Acres area of White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

Udall Votes to Cut New Mexico Taxes

on July 26, 2012 - 8:37am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. voted Wednesday to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of New Mexico middle-class families. The Middle Class Tax Relief Bill, S. 3412, passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48.
"The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical," Udall said. "The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and businesses to help keep our economy moving forward."
The Senate-passed package continues tax cuts for 97 percent of small businesses and 98 percent families nationwide.