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Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Community Invited to Taste the Sky Sunday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:58am


Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery Invention and Innovation Set for Saturday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:17am



The September edition of New Mexico Centennial eNewsletter features Los Alamos' own Next Big Idea Festival.

The Next Big Idea Festival Day runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge and around downtown Los Alamos.

The annual festival is a family-friendly event, highlighting Los Alamos’ unique, creative and scientific heritage.

Designed to inspire, illuminate and educate through science, technology, arts, food and music, the event is FREE!

In addition to exhibitors, this year we have also designated a Kid’s Activity Area with hands-on science

Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin


New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie

LAEN: Make Your Idea Reality

on September 14, 2012 - 8:23am

LAEN News:

Make your idea reality. Let’s talk. That is the message of The Hive and the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) at their Fuller Lodge booth during the "Next Big Idea" event this Saturday.


“This is a great opportunity for people with ideas to explore commercial potential,” said Dave Jones, Steward of The Hive.

LAEN and The Hive have partnered to provide people with ideas (high tech, low tech, or no tech) a free initial evaluation of an idea’s business and technical viability.

If the idea looks promising and the person with the idea wants to move forward, LAEN


Workers Install Roof Over New Smith's Gas Station

on September 14, 2012 - 7:18am

Construction on the new Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street moves forward despite recent rain storms. A large roof now spans the area formerly occupied by a Shamrock Gas Station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Democratic Candidates for Los Alamos County Council Participate in Economic Roundtable

on September 13, 2012 - 7:50pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Chair Mike Wheeler introduces panelists from left, Democratic Council candidates Michael Redondo, Pete Sheehey and Kristin Henderson who participated in a roundtable event this evening at Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square, in which the sole topic of discussion was the economy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

"We need to be a town that works for all of us," Council candidate Kristin Henderson said. "If we have a vision for Los Alamos ... that helps us prioritize."

"In my 26 years living in Los Alamos, I have seen small

Police Investigate Collision at Trinity and Diamond

on September 13, 2012 - 6:37pm

Los Alamos Fire and Rescue crews work to remove the driver from a car involved in this mornings accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Firefighters help lift a driver from her car following an accident near Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive today. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

A two-car collision occured at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, at the corner of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive. 

The driver of a small black vehicle told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he had been driving behind a red car at the corner of Trinity Drive and Oppehiemer Street


County Unveils New Banners in Downtown Los Alamos

on September 13, 2012 - 4:31pm

Los Alamos County today unveiled seasonal banners along Central Avenue in Downtown Los Alamos, which have been created from photos taken by County Photographer Leslie Bucklin. The new banners are interspersed with New Mexico MainStreet Banners and each County banner will change with the season and depict a different photograph by Bucklin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico MainStreet banners now hang on poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Traffic Department workers Chris Montoya and Raymand Baca hang new banners along Central

LANB Hosts United Way 2013 Campaign Kick Off

on September 13, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells presents a $50,000 donation from the bank to United Way, accepted by United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega during Wednesday's 2013 campaign kick off event hosted by LANB. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Katy Korkos, left, of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents a $8,200 donation to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega from money raised at the Chamber's annual charity golf tournament. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Director Liddie Martinez of Community and Government Relations for SOC, right, presents a

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reported Wednesday that the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act.
Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over 10 acres of land for burning toxic debris.
MSgt Baca has faced a multitude of health problems believed to be associated with burn pits,

Luján Joining Richard for Local Door Knocking Saturday

on September 13, 2012 - 11:41am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján will join the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County and New Mexico House of Representatives Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard for door-to-door voter outreach at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Los Alamos.

Campaign volunteers and Democratic activists will gather at the new Democratic Party of Los Alamos Headquarters to listen to Luján make remarks about the importance of the upcoming election and to give words of encouragement to volunteers.

Afterwards, Richard and Luján will knock on doors in Los Alamos to speak to voters about their respective campaigns.

“In the


Los Alamos Public Schools Deals With Rocky Situation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:27am

DPU employees Stephen Abeyta and Joe Olivas turn the valve that releases gas to Los Alamos Middle School following a recent leak. LAPS's Jeff Sargent wearing a vest and Michael Herrera to his left, coordinated the work. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Middle School construction project has had to hurdle over some obstacles including contractor conflicts and a gas line leak. Now, the project has encountered a rocky situation - literally.

David Wharram of Gerald Martin, which serves as the owner representative for the project, explained to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board


Los Alamos Community Winds takes Second in The American Prize Competition

on September 13, 2012 - 11:11am

The Los Alamos Community Winds. Courtesy/LACW

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2012 winners were announced Sept. 11, 2012. The Los Alamos Community Winds achieved second place in the Community Division.

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year.

Letter to the Editor: Vote FOR Charter Questions

on September 13, 2012 - 10:58am
By Donald Machen
Los Alamos

The upcoming election gives the citizens of Los Alamos their chance to establish a clear and unambiguous method for direct citizen involvement in our county government through the initiative, referendum, and recall processes.

By voting YES on charter questions 1, 2, 3 and 4, we can simplify, yet improve, what is currently in place in our Charter, assuring that we can continue to have a role in directing county legislation.

For an informative and concise view on why we are being asked to modify our Charter, I recommend that voters read the recent Los Alamos


East Road Lane Closure Changed to Friday

on September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

DPU News:

Due to weather, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have indicated that a lane closure scheduled to occur Thursday, Sept. 13 will now occur Friday, Sept 14. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 and Tewa Loop will close. 

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the gas distribution system. 

No interruption of gas services is expected.

A flagging operation will permit traffic to

Community Broadband Survey Begins Tuesday

on September 12, 2012 - 3:45pm


Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18 and running approximately two weeks, residents in Los Alamos County may be receiving a phone call asking for feedback on the Community Broadband Network project; a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos County citizens, businesses and institutions.   

As part of this survey, the County is interested in conducting market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the CBN project and willingness to


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 14, 2012

on September 12, 2012 - 3:44pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

Beowulf: Special film presentation of the heroic, epic poem 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library

STEM Student Day 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
Kids 13–17 years old
4 p.m. at Little Theater Madame Curie Performance
5 p.m. at Bradbury Science Museum (pizza for all! Presentation from Mars Rover Scientists, Fire Science or Kraz-E Science Show)
7 p.m.

Ashley Pond Park Improvements Coming Soon

on September 12, 2012 - 3:39pm

Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The public is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Council Chambers, 475 20th St. to review the 30 percent design plans with Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC.

Public comment will be accepted during this meeting.

The improvements to Ashley Pond Park are slated for construction beginning February 2013. Design work will wrap up this winter, with a second public meeting at 90 percent design set for mid-November.

The Los Alamos County Council approved


Los Alamos County Among 100 Best Communities for Young People

on September 12, 2012 - 12:56pm

Chamisa students, teachers, administrators, County officials and community members gather for a group photo following today's big announcement that County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS News:

  • Annual Competition Recognizes Communities that Prioritize Youth Education and Well-Being

Los Alamos County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.

The national award was given to Los Alamos County to recognize its outstanding

Money IQ: Why Do I Need a New Appraisal?

on September 12, 2012 - 12:16pm

Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

Why Do I Need a New Appraisal? 

It’s easy to feel like refinancing is a hassle and the benefit of a lower interest rate and monthly payment might be negated by the closing costs incurred.

Admittedly, refinancing doesn’t always make sense but with historically low mortgage rates it’s certainly worth a look.

This week’s Money IQ examines one of the closing costs you are likely to incur in refinancing – the $500 or more for a new appraisal.

So you have finally decided to take the refinance plunge and see how much you can save.

You knew there would be closing

LAHS Students Among National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

on September 12, 2012 - 12:01pm

Los Alamos High School semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program include in front row from left, Kevin Gao, Janali Gustafson, Christina Moore and Laura Wendelberger. Back row from left, Aaron Bao, Cary Bronson, Nathaniel Hall, Jessie Zhao, Jack Mockler and Thomas Henderson. Not shown are Eric Begnaud, Caitlin Haynes and Orli Shlachter. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58 annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school


BREAKING NEWS: NADG Pulling Out of Trinity

on September 12, 2012 - 9:23am

Update 9/12/12 - 2:44 p.m. - Comment from Grubb and Ellis added

A NADG concept drawning of the exterior of a Smith's Marketplace. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

In a surprising announcement this morning, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle reported to KRSN AM 1490 morning show host Nancy Coombs that North American Development Group (NADG) has requested that the Trinity Site development project be legally transferred to the property development arm of Kroger. 

If the transfer is approved, NADG would no longer be the developer of Trinity Site, instead Smith's, a division of

Luján Announces $1.2 Million Grant for LANL to Improve Energy Efficiency of Vehicles

on September 12, 2012 - 8:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Tuesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is receiving a $1.2 million grant through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program. 

The program is investing in three new projects that focus on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. 

The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project, while the private sector will invest $300,000.

LANL will use the grant to develop a low cost and robust nitrogen