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County Council to Appoint New Member Tonight

on September 6, 2012 - 6:53pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess speaks with some of the candidates under consideration to fill a vacancy on council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos County Council is preparing to publicly interview, in Council Chambers this evening, the following local residents who submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on Council created by the resignation of Ron Selvage in August:

  • Edward R. Birnbaum - Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee - Democrat;
  • John L. Bliss - Works at LANL - Republican;
  • Stephen T.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Project Completed

on September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Courtesy/NM Tourism Dept.


NMDOT District Five announced today the completion of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is 10 miles northwest of Taos.

Work began in July, 2011 and ended Aug. 29, 2012.

NMDOT congratulates all crew members on their great work and also thanks the people of the Taos area for their patience and cooperation.

Glen Baker

The job of restoring and repairing the nearly 50-year-old bridge was a monumental task headed up by Assistant District Engineer Phil A. Gallegos and Taos Project Manager Glen Baker.

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 14

on September 6, 2012 - 12:03pm

Editor's note: This is part 14 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of honey bees as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Junseo Kim.


Cornering Moonshine Market Drives 'Lawless'

on September 6, 2012 - 11:10am

Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Lawless. Photo By Weinstein Company

Movie Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa,DOM, L.Ac.

Lawless takes place in 1931, Franklin County, Va, when bootlegging, moonshine and prohibition are going strong. (Prohibition ended in 1933.)

Taken from a true story and the book, “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant, grandson of the main character, three brothers are going about their business of making their living bootlegging and selling moonshine in a pastorally green Garden of Eden when a nasty businessman/mobster (Guy Pearce) appears from the big city of


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Sept. 6, 2012

on September 6, 2012 - 9:52am

This week's preview is sponsored by

Bird Banding Talk 7 p.m. Thusday, Sept. 6 @ PEEC
Have you ever wondered what exactly scientists do when they study birds? Dave Yeamans will talk about local bird banding with photos, stories and movies of ornithologists at work.

Film, The Biggest Story Problem @ Bradbury Science Museum 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
The Biggest Story Problem is an independent documentary film examining the sudden drop in math scores and competency seen as students in the U.S. transition from primary to secondary schools.

UPDATE: SFI Lecture: Leveraging Social Science for Prediction

on September 6, 2012 - 9:35am

Richard Colbaugh of Sandia National Laboratories will give the talk, "Leveraging Social Science for Prediction" at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There is significant interest in developing methods for predicting human behavior, for instance to enable the outcomes of unfolding events to be forecast or the nature of ongoing but “hidden” activities to be inferred, and machine learning (ML) has proven to be a useful approach to such problems.

In this talk I suggest that the performance of ML algorithms can often be improved by

Glacial Thinning has Sharply Accelerated at Major South American Icefields

on September 6, 2012 - 9:10am

The thinning of the Grey Glacier in Patagonia is visible by comparing the current glacier with the bottom of the vegetation line on the surrounding mountains — where the glacier reached until recently. Photo by Andres Rivera

American Geophysical Union News:

WASHINGTONFor the past four decades, scientists have monitored the ebbs and flows of the icefields in the southernmost stretch of South America's vast Andes Mountains, detecting an overall loss of ice as the climate warms.

A new study, however, finds that the rate of glacier thinning has increased by about half over the last dozen


Public Invited to Saturday Book Fair at Fuller Lodge

on September 6, 2012 - 8:45am

LAHM News:

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and its publishing arm, Bathtub Row Press, are sponsoring a book fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in Fuller Lodge.

More than 20 book publishers and authors from throughout the state are participating.

These book publishers and authors are excited about coming to Los Alamos because of its reputation as an intellectual community where people read books.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and Bathtub Row Press hopes to make this an annual event and to eventually include writing and publishing workshops and other book-related pursuits.

PEEC Offers Second Hike in Fire Recovery Series

on September 6, 2012 - 7:58am

The Upper Crossing at Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” Sunday, Sept. 16. The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required. 

Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. 

The hike will first go about 1.5 miles to the rim of Frijoles Canyon, through moderate burn damage and one badly flood-damaged site.

UPDATE: Ring in for LALT’s 'Dead Man’s Cell Phone'

on September 6, 2012 - 7:48am

By Bonnie Gordon

Mild-mannered Jean is calmly eating a bowl of lobster bisque in a café when she’s disturbed by an annoying cell phone at the next table.

She asks the man to turn it off several times before discovering he can’t — because he’s dead.

Sara Ruhl’s dark comedy, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” opens Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

Jean starts answering the dead man’s cell phone and is plunged into a black comedy in which she meets Gordon’s larger than life circle of friends and family, including  his wife — and his girlfriend.

As Jean is dragged into Gordon’s world,

Los Alamos Little Theatre Grand Re-Opening Sept. 14

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am



The public is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council and County staff at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 for the Grand Re-Opening of the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Dr. 

Refreshments will be served and community members will be able to view a brief showing of the Performing Art Center's latest play, "Dead Man's Cell Phone."


Several years ago, County staff was approached about replacing the roof due to leaks. The LALT roof and siding were constructed during the 1970’s.

Facilities staff performed some temporary repairs at that time.

Comment Dates on Plans to Expand Disposal at WIPP

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety News:

There are two opportunities to make public comment on the Department of Energy (DOE) proposals to expand the disposal options at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

DOE is seeking to use lead shielded containers for disposal of “hot” Remote-Handled (RH) waste and to dispose of six metric tons of “surplus plutonium.” 

Fact sheets and sample comment letters about both proposals are available on the CCNS website: Public comments about the proposal to use shielded containers are due to the New Mexico Environment

Utilities Board Possible Quorum and Meeting Dates

on September 6, 2012 - 7:14am

DPU News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities may attend the following events:

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House ribbon cutting ceremony
2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Dr.; and

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House reception
4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

No board action will be taken. A quorum may be present.

Board of Public Utilities Regular Meeting Agenda
5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012
DPU Conference Room @ 170 Central Park Square

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report



Reception/Gallery Walk for Physiocartographies Sept. 15

on September 6, 2012 - 6:58am

Bill Gilbert: Physiocartographies @ Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Sept. 27.

Started in 2003 in the field with the Land Arts of the American West mobile studio, the physiocartographies series combines the abstraction of cartographic maps with the physical act of walking the surface of the planet to create portraits of place.

Bill Gilbert follows prescribed paths across the landscape using a GPS unit to navigate and record points, a camera to shoot images and a  digital recorder to capture sounds.

The final works appear as reconstructed maps, videos and installations.

Join the


Bestsellers at Otowi Station: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

on September 6, 2012 - 6:50am
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:
  1. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, Hubert Dreyfus
  2. Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Mark Cross*
  3. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  4. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  5. Survival Under Atomic Attack, U.S. Government
  6. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  7. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  9. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  10. Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, Margaret Coel

*Local or regional author.


Bob Weeks Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 6, 2012 - 6:46am
Bob Weeks was only 3 seconds off his prediction at Tuesday's pace race.
There were many good predictions in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres. There were 28 people who competed. The course was a fairly-flat one mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way.
One could run any number of loops but with a requested predicted time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.
The fastest for 1 mile were Duncan Fuehne (6:49), Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel (both 13:43). The faster 3-mile runners were Roxana

North Mesa Loses Gas

on September 5, 2012 - 6:38pm


More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon today.

Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

DPU crews began an extensive restoration effort around 12:30 p.m., which includes shutting gas valves to each North Mesa customer, pressurizing the line, and revisiting each customer to turn gas back on and relight appliances.

Crews will be working around the clock

Police Charge Local Man With Battery

on September 5, 2012 - 12:50pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police issued a court summons to a local man Tuesday morning charging him with battery.

Matthew Story, 21, reportedly suffers from a mental handicap and attempted to choke a Los Alamos High School student who he believed had taken his paint brushes from his art class at UNM-Los Alamos in July, according to the police report.

The 15-year-old student told police that she encountered Story near the County bus stop at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road before school started Tuesday, according to the police report.

Story was angry about the loss of his paint brushes


West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico to Date

on September 5, 2012 - 11:04am

OEM News:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.

New Human Cases in New Mexico by County:

Six new cases have been reported since Aug. 29, bringing the total for this year to 14 cases:

  • 78-year-old man from Dona Ana County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 59-year-old man from Lea County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 79-year-old man from Sandoval County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 9-year-old boy from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 72-year-old man from

The End of an Era: 'The Black Hole' is Closing

on September 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Despite operating a junk yard, Ed Grothus almost always dressed in a white shirt with an elaborate inlaid kachina bolo. Often his enthusiasm overrode the caution to don work clothes and he ruined countless shirts and pairs of pants. He wore the bolo everywhere for years. Courtesy photo


Barbara Grothus, president of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close.

The business, established in 1953, has operated at 4015 Arkansas Ave. in Los Alamos since the 1970s.


Money IQ: Financial Powers of Attorney

on September 5, 2012 - 10:27am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte

Financial Powers of Attorney

Tom is 78. He’s been married to Sarah for 52 years. They have five children, none of whom live nearby. Tom had always been blessed with exceptional health until he suffered a serious stroke on July 15.

Sadly, Tom is looking at a slow and uncertain recovery. Throughout their entire marriage, Tom has taken care of all bill paying, tax returns and investments.

He is now unable to assist in any way. Sarah is committed to being Tom’s primary caregiver and has become responsible for all household financial matters.

Tom and Sarah had talked


Rotarians, Guests and Candidates Hear Economic Vitality Talk by Greg Fisher of Los Alamos County

on September 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Rotarian Lewis Muir chats with Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administratorr Greg Fisher, who delivered a talk at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidates on both sides of the aisle listen to County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher speak about the progress the County has made and the challenges yet to overcome in terms of infrastructure, attracting new business, affordable housing and similar issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator

Disseminating the Kilogram, No Strings Attached

on September 5, 2012 - 8:44am

Patrick Abbot inspects the upper (vacuum) section of the apparatus. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

The impending redefinition of the kilogram presents a weighty dilemma. Methods to be used to realize the redefined kilogram are based on the Planck constant and the Avogadro constant respectively and realize the kilogram in vacuum.

But secondary standards, as well as transfer standards for laboratory and industrial use, must be deployed in air.

Devising a practical method of resolving this difference is extremely complicated. Two masses can easily be compared when both are in vacuum.

NMFRW President at GOP National Convention

on September 5, 2012 - 8:43am

New Mexico Federation of Republican Women President Elaine Miller of Albuquerque attended last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa Fla., as an alternate delegate. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the real turning point for her in the convention was listening to the inspirational speech given by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. "He said the things that made me feel positive and enthusiastic and I'm ready to get busy helping to get our candidates elected," she said.