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on September 10, 2012 - 10:09pm


Joyce Nichols and her grandson chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover at the Farmer's Market in June. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff report

Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, to visit with citizens about current projects, issues, and other topics.

The market is located downtown, in the library overflow parking lot just north of Ashley Pond Park on Central Avenue.


Local "Tower of Magic" Performs at Santa Fe Playhouse

on September 10, 2012 - 9:52pm


The community is invited to a staged reading of "Tower of Magic," a comedy by Los Alamos playwright, Tess Light, directed by Mish Schneider, and featuring an all-star cast of local film and Broadway actors. 

This quirky, award-winning comedy follows the ordinary Felix as he tries to fit in with an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo soprano, a murderous chef, an occasionally-mute savant and a dual-personality linguist. 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas Street in Santa Fe.  

Storytelling Jamboree in Jemez Springs

on September 10, 2012 - 9:36pm


Scenic Jemez Springs is the scene for the Storytelling Jamboree at Jemez Springs Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Hear stories, play games, eat, and support vendors.

Storytellers are fine-tuning their yarns and will be coming from:

Corrales - Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis;

Albuquerque - Elaine Maury and Steven Pla;

Santa Fe - Cynthia Dobson;

White Rock/Los Alamos - Terry Foxx;

Jemez Springs - Shefa Gold; and

Edgewood - Sarah Malone.

There will be a great mix of food vendors and a super group of arts and crafts people and several

Sign Code Subject of P&Z Work Session Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 9:13pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th St.




IV. DISCUSSION OF SIGN CODE, Gary Leikness, Principal Planner



The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission is 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26.


Arts in Public Places Board Meets Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3


II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to four minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Aug. 8

A. Discussion and Possible Selection of Animal Shelter Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)
B. Discuss the Content, Format and Publicity for the
Proposed October “Open Call


SFI Seminar: On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior & What Lies on Either Side

on September 10, 2012 - 2:53pm

Nicolas Perony
ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the talk, "On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior, and What Lies on Either Side" by Nicolas Perony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Scientists working on the study of animal groups are mainly divided between two schools: those who study social behaviour, and those who study spatial dynamics.

Whilst these two dimensions are intrinsically linked, traditionally there has been little interaction

DOE Extends Comment Period, Adds Hearing in Espaňola for Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on September 10, 2012 - 2:38pm

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has given the public an additional 15 days and a fourth hearing in New Mexico to comment on the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of

LANL Study's Tree Death Climate Change Connection [VIDEO]

on September 10, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory News:

What are the exact physiological mechanisms that lead to tree death during prolonged drought and rising temperatures?

These are the questions that scientists are trying to answer in a Los Alamos National Laboratory research project called SUMO.

SUMO stands for SUrvival/MOrtality study; it's a plot of land on the Lab's southern border that features 18 climate controlled tree study chambers and a large drought structure that limits rain and snowfall.

Scientists are taking a wide variety of measurements over a long period of time to determine what happens

2012 Proposed County Charter Changes not Clearly Presented to Voters

on September 10, 2012 - 1:59pm

By Ellen Walton

This is a call to Los Alamos voters to study charter change proposals well ahead of the upcoming general election.

These 21 changes are rolled together into four groups, and are not separated by subject matter, making a clear choice by voters impossible.

To date, one can only find the full text of these proposed changes (Ordinances 598-618) at the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative website,, or at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office.

Among other things, these changes will increase the signature requirements for citizen petitions, cut in half time periods


Got Apple Trees? Participants Wanted for Local Experiment

on September 10, 2012 - 1:38pm

By Richard Nebel

We have tried raising apples without using pesticides for more than 25 years in Los Alamos. We haven’t been very successful.

The primary problem we’ve had is with codling moths. Almost every apple we have produced has worms in it.

However, this year we have a noticeably improved apple crop. This was especially true with our early apples. 

We still have some worms, but there aren’t as many of them as in years past. I’m curious if other Los Alamos  residents have noticed this as well.

Initially, this struck me as being a little odd.


Democratic Council Candidates to Discuss Los Alamos' Economy: Diversity, Jobs and Future

on September 10, 2012 - 1:28pm

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos invites the community to hear a discussion among the three Democratic candidates running for Los Alamos County Council.

The discussion will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square.

Candidates Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Pete Sheehey will discuss the topic of Los Alamos' economy: diversity, jobs and the future.

The Democratic Party Headquarters entrance faces the large parking lot that borders Nectar Street and 15th Street.


Heather Wilson Coming to LAMC to Discuss Heathcare Reform

on September 10, 2012 - 1:05pm

GOP News:

Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson is set to meet with medical professionals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Los Alamos Medical Center. 

The topic to be discussed at the meeting is concern over healthcare reform.

Individuals working in the medical field are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

RSVP to Dr. Lisa Shin at 695-9622 or JoAnn Johnson at 662-7981.


Initiative, Referendum and Recall Ballot Questions – A Path to Good Governance

on September 10, 2012 - 11:55am
By John C. Hopkins, Charter Review Committee Chair
By Chris Chandler, I&R Subcommittee Chair

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) spent more than two years studying the Los Alamos County Charter. 

After numerous public meetings and considerable debate, the CRC’s and Los Alamos County Council’s proposals relating to initiative, referendum and recall are now being presented to the voters on the fall ballot.  

The CRC approached its study of initiative and referendum (I&R) beginning with the tenet that representative democracy is the basis of our American system of

How Do You Motivate People? By structuring the organizational environment!

on September 10, 2012 - 11:39am

Column by Elena Yang

The first point that resonated with me in Dan Pink’s TED presentation on motivation,, is that there is a gap between science findings and business practices. 

This is the same point made in Pfeffer & Sutton’s book on “Evidence-Based Management,” which I will review in the future, as well as Ghoshal’s critical assessment of business schools in his essay on “Bad Management Theories,” which was the focus on my first post.

So, the notion isn’t new, but it still hasn’t caught the full attention of the public, and definitely not


Archuleta Responds to Hate Mail

on September 10, 2012 - 11:36am

Editor's note: New Mexico businessman Phil Archuleta reports that he has been receiving hate mail since speaking at the Republican National Convention last month. Here is his response to a letter from a small business owner:

By Phil Archuleta

I’m writing regarding your letter dated Aug. 31, 2012.

First of all, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write to me, communicating your disappointment about my comments in my speech given during Tuesday night at the convention.

You stated that stories about people who genuinely make it on their own without the backing of government are very

White Rock Artists Paint From Anderson Overlook

on September 10, 2012 - 10:46am

White Rock artists Petr and Louise Jandacek set up their easels at Anderson Overlook on the Front Hill Road Friday to record another magnificent New Mexico evening. Photo by TK Thompson/
Louise Jandacek works on the painting she started last winter as evidenced by the snow on the Sange de Christo peaks on her canvas. Photo by TK Thompson/
Petr Jandacek lays on more paint. He says he is primarily a sculptor and his wife Louise is the painter in the family. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Y Encourages Families to Address Healthy Living During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

on September 10, 2012 - 8:58am

The Family YMCA offers healthy eating and physical activity tips to help residents live healthier. Courtesy/FYMCA


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Family YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living — wants to help families understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.

Childhood obesity rates have soared over the last few decades.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2012

on September 10, 2012 - 8:27am

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.

Aug. 31 at 1:34 p.m. / A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of larceny in the 600 block of 43rd Street. The estimated loss is less than $20,000. The matter is under investigation.


Sept. 1 at 5:50 a.m.


Breaking News: 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Fall Sick Saturday Night Following Roast Pork Dinner

on September 9, 2012 - 5:53pm

Los Alamos Elks Lodge. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Environment Department is investigating the source of an intestinal sickness that struck 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Saturday night.

The firefighters fell ill after eating a roast pork dinner provided to them by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr.

"The Elks invited firefighters and police officers as a way to thank us for the work we did during the Las Conchas Fire," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Opening This Fall!

on September 9, 2012 - 4:24pm

Restaurateur Patrick Mockler-Wood stands in the center of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Thursday, which is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The highly anticipated opening date of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is drawing near. Partner Patrick Mockler-Wood invited the Los Alamos Daily Post on Thursday to tour progress at the new eatery at 614 Trinity Dr.

"We are opening later this fall and are very excited to have the community finally get to come in and enjoy this restaurant," Mockler Wood said.

The Jemez Mountains are the inspiration for


Nona Bowman Hosts Event for Hall

on September 9, 2012 - 3:53pm
About 25 people attended a campaign meeting hosted by former Los Alamos County Councilor Nona Bowman for Rep. Jim Hall Thursday night at her home. Hall, a Republican running for the District 43 House seat gave a short presentation on current issues in New Mexico state government, answered questions and spent time with individual voters over refreshments. Photo by Christina Sierk

Planting Bulbs this Fall Helps Students Next Spring

on September 9, 2012 - 3:41pm

From left, Rotarians Alison Walters, Chris Sierk and Linda Hull sell flower bulbs for a Club fundraiser Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The Club will sell bulbs again from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in front of CB FOX on Central Avenue and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 27 and 28 and Oct. 5 at LANB. Flower bulb selections include mixed crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils, red tulips and pink tulips. Proceeds benefit year-end Los Alamos High School student awards. Photo by Gil Butler

Richard Campaigns at Annual Cuba Fiestas

on September 9, 2012 - 3:40pm

District 43 Democratic House candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard greets voters at this weekend's annual Cuba Fiestas. Courtesy photo

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk is Sept. 15

on September 9, 2012 - 3:06pm


LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the third Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk Sept. 15, "where the sidewalk ends … and your imagination begins."

The event is a festival and celebration of chalk drawing, the artistic process and, of course, all the local, creative, talented individuals who make Los Alamos an unusual and quietly exotic place to call home.

Join the LAAC for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks behind Fuller Lodge in collaboration with The Next Big Idea. 

Special prizes will be awarded to an entrant in each category selected by the judges.

Local Glass Recycling Returns Sept. 29

on September 9, 2012 - 2:54pm


Starting Sept. 29, residents will once again be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program. 

Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers; Sullivan field across from Los Alamos High School and Overlook Park in White Rock for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors. 

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. 

In order to ensure a successful program, please adhere to these glass recycling requirements:

  • The program is limited to glass bottles and