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Eco-Tourism Bonanza: Make LA America’s Zip-line Capital

on June 18, 2012 - 12:31pm

Multiple zip-line example. Courtesy photo

By William T. Sellers

As a recent Los Alamos resident returning to New Mexico after 17 years, the lab was a major business client of mine during the 1980s and 1990s.

Compared with those days, Los Alamos has come a long way.

Yet, from attending the latest capital improvement projects meeting I must confess: the end result was a bit of a disappointment.

I have long heard from local business and community interests, going back to my early days and then today, on the need for local investments that “create their own synergies.”

From my perspective,

LANL to Host Robot Rodeo Tuesday

on June 18, 2012 - 12:03pm

  • Events test skills of hazardous devices team from around the Southwest

Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday, June 19 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

The rodeo gets under way at 8 a.m. in Technical Area 49, a remote section of Laboratory property near the entrance to Bandelier National Monument.

Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the three-day competition.

“The Robot Rodeo gives bomb squad teams the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in a lively

Local Woman Vacations Hard...

on June 18, 2012 - 8:12am

While vacationing in Hawaii 11 days ago, Heather Burke of Los Alamos smashed the top of her head into the Kailua Beach Park Bridge causing the skin around her eyes to blacken and resemble the face of a racoon. "I had stepped out of our kayak and let my daughter continue paddling as I walked along side when I collided with the bridge ... we vacation hard," Burke said laughing. She and her husband Brady Burke own Enterprise Computing Systems, LLC and Piñon PC Support.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 to June 13, 2012

on June 18, 2012 - 7:33am

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.

June 7 at 7:30 a.m. / Police charged Cory Kershner, 23, of Los Alamos with criminal damage to property at 3301 Canyon Road and issued him a summons to appear in court. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

June 7 at 12:08 p.m. / A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Casa Grande Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.


June 8 at 11 p.m.


Best Western Hilltop House Hotel Rebrands as Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center

on June 18, 2012 - 7:32am

A temporary banner replaces the "Best Western" sign at the hotel at 400 Trinity Drive at Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Best Western Hilltop House Hotel is changing its name to the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center.  

"We feel that this change better describes the full extent of what our property can do," said owner Ron Selvage in a news release.

This new direction also supports the owners’ desire to have complete freedom to independently manage the investments and dedicate more investment in the hotel rather than to an out-of-town corporation, he


World's Fastest Supercomputer Passes 16 Petaflops!

on June 18, 2012 - 7:26am

NNSA News:

An IBM technician loads CPUs into Sequoia, the world's fastest supercomputer. Courtesy Courtesy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced this morning that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was ranked the world’s most powerful computing system.

Every six months, the biggest supercomputers have a giant race to see which can lay claim to being the world’s fastest high-performance computing cluster.

Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per

Rotary Club Sponsors Sunday's Deborah Beene Memorial Award-Winners Concert

on June 18, 2012 - 7:10am

Jin Park, left, and Dalton Smith wait for the Deborah Beene Memorial Award-Winners Concert to begin Sunday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted the annual concert. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

David Li plays a piece by Samuel Barber. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bryant Letellier plays Sontata in A Minor on his trombone. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Jin Park plays a piece by Maria Theresa Von Paradis. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Susan Hargreaves, a soprano, sings In dem Shatten. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LALT Awards Scholarship; Elects Board

on June 18, 2012 - 7:09am

Aidan Bradbury-Aranda has been accepted into the School of Cinematic Arts at the the University of Southern California. Courtesy photo

At the June 10 Annual Meeting of the Los Alamos Little Theatre, members elected the new Board of Directors and applauded the 2012 recipient of the LALT scholarship.

Los Alamos High School graduate Aidan Bradbury-Aranda received the $1,000 LALT scholarship, given for academic achievement and intent to pursue a career associated with the performing arts.

Bradbury-Aranda will attend the University of Southern California where he was accepted into the School of

Santa Fe Rodeo Parade Draws Spectators to Plaza

on June 18, 2012 - 7:07am

The Santa Fe Rodeo Parade was held Saturday June 16. The Rodeo itself runs June 20-23. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
2012 Santa Fe Rodeo Queen Alexandria Layne Tapia waves to the crowd during the Rodeo Parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
A  princess of the Santa Fe Rodeo rides in the Rodeo Parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Santa Fe Rodeo mascot "El Toro Diablo" makes its way down the streets of Santa Fe during the Rodeo parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
A rodeo clown entertains the crowd. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
A rodeo clown

Kiwanis Meets Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge

on June 18, 2012 - 6:43am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.
Tuesday June 19, speaker Melinda Fuller of Del Norte Credit Union will discuss the Quality New Mexico program and its recent award to Del Norte of a "Level 2 Recognition" for "Commitment to Performance Excellence."

“Meet the PEEC Critters” Summer Family Evening

on June 18, 2012 - 6:43am

PEEC News:

Foxxy the Hognose Snake is a friendly favorite of kids visiting PEEC. Courtesy photo

What is a turtle’s favorite food? Does a snake feel smooth or rough? Join animal-care expert Jennifer Macke at 6:30 p.m. at PEEC, (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) Tuesday June 19 for an informative presentation about the live animals on exhibit.

Macke will discuss what each animal eats and tell some amazing facts about each one. The program will answer many questions about local reptiles and amphibians, including questions you never knew you had.

Kids of all ages will get to touch and

Rotary Meets Tuesday at Fuller Lodge

on June 18, 2012 - 6:42am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos currently meets at at 11:45 a.m. at Fuller Lodge on Tuesdays. 

Everyone is  welcome. Contact Linda at 662-7950 to make lunch reservations.

The speaker Tuesday June 19 is Director Linda Deck of the Bradbury Science Museum.





Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop Offered Wednesday at The Hive

on June 18, 2012 - 12:06am

Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop is set for 1-4 p.m., Wednesday June 20 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

This workshop will offer artists, art businesses, and art organizations training on essential business skills.

Participants will learn how to create a successful business concept, address customer first impressions, navigate the “7 P’s” for successful marketing, address a variety of selling scenarios, connect with customers, and techniques for effective business management. 

The speaker will be Bette Bradbury, WESST.

To register, call 505-661-4803 or

Father's Day Has Long History

on June 17, 2012 - 1:19pm

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”

However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

Origins of Father's Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm--perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of


Concert Series Entertains Community for 22 Years

on June 17, 2012 - 12:20pm

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at Friday's concert featuring The Police Experience. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Summer’s here and every Friday night, big hunks of the population of Los Alamos can be found at the current Los Alamos Summer Concert Series show of the week, also known as the Gordon’s Concert.

Russ Gordon, father of the Concert Series, has been providing great free concerts in Los Alamos for 22 years.

Gordon didn’t start out to be a concert promoter. It just sort of happened.

Gordon was exercising his fanatical

DWI Checkpoints Conducted by Los Alamos Police are Underway Throughout the County

on June 17, 2012 - 12:18pm

Throughout the remainder of June, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on local roadways and at DWI Checkpoints within Los Alamos County.

Artist M.J. Oref Celebrates the Physical and the Metaphysical and will Exhibit her Work during Cross-Country Adventure

on June 17, 2012 - 11:53am

Artist M.J. Oref in her studio Friday as she prepares for a cross-country trip to exhibit her jewelry line. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

On June 26, artist M.J. Oref will walk out the door of her Espanola home, jump in her blue Prius and take her show on the road.

Oref plans to spend a month introducing her jewelry to potential customers in a dozen states at private shows hosted by friends and family.

“We’ll eat and drink and have a good time,” Oref said. "If someone buys something, great. If not, we’ll still have fun.”

Even during the Depression, women

Why Afghanistan?

on June 17, 2012 - 9:24am

Dr. Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos with friend Blake Batten, Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti and graduating students in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

Column by Dr. Bob Fuselier

The main purpose of our Afghanistan trip last month was to visit the graduation ceremonies for Green Village Schools’ Advanced Education Center (GVS-AEC) in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.

My organization (the Afghan Sister Village Project) and Blake’s organization (Project PeacePal founded by Sarah Wilkinson of Albuquerque) acted as support players for Green Village Schools, the organization that runs the

U.S. and Latvia Commission Radiation Detection Equipment

on June 17, 2012 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

Freeport of Riga in Latvia. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Border Guard of Latvia (SBG) Friday announced the commissioning of specialized radiation detection equipment at the Freeport of Riga, in an effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Under a 2007 agreement between the U.S. and Latvia, NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program has been working with SBG on projects at seven sites and a training center in Latvia.

Local Doctor Aided Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

on June 16, 2012 - 5:51pm

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, has served four mobilizations with the Army Reserves. Photo by Sharon Stover

Staff Report

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos during a recent lunch meeting about his military experiences in Iraq.

Daly lives in White Rock and is a colonel in the Army Reserve. He returned in late December from his fourth mobilization.

During this deployment, Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, Ind., but draws soldiers from several neighboring states.

CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of June 18

on June 16, 2012 - 4:18pm


Public Works Projects:
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.
Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

on June 16, 2012 - 2:02pm

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today's Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos Students Visit Versailles

on June 16, 2012 - 1:51pm

Los Alamos students touring Europe are now visiting Versailles. Versailles is a city in France renowned for its chateau, the Palace of Versailles and the Garden of Versailles. Founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for more than a century, from 1682 to 1789, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The Girls I Left Behind

on June 16, 2012 - 1:34pm

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

I’m grateful to my friends — my new friends for giving me a chance and my old friends for hanging in there with me all this time.

I’ve done things like lose touch for 30 years until rediscovering someone of Facebook and low and behold, most of these people still want to be friends with me.

Maybe that’s less surprising than that people right here in Los Alamos put up with me on a daily basis.

You don’t get another chance with everyone. 

Some people are gone for good, whether by choice or by mischance.  

I look back and think, how could this have happened?


Hope Surrounds Ashley Pond's Relay for Life

on June 16, 2012 - 1:23pm

Dennis McLain, left and Scott Mills, members of the Order of Thisle Piples and Drums, lead a procession around Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life event Friday night. Photo by Salvador

Luminarias are placed along the edge of Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador

Gloria Martinez (center) of the American Cancer Society poses with Sue and John Hofmann, Chair for the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador

Betty Myers, left, and Sheila Riedel of the Hospital Auxiliary sell baked goods Friday at Ashley