Geological Society Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Today


The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society is 7:30 p.m., today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The speaker is Dr. Catherine Plesko.

The Society’s May 2012 field trip is set for the Ojo Caliente area Saturday, May 19. The group will meet at 7:50 a.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot and will visit the Joseph mine and a large pre-pueblo Native American site.

Plan on bringing rock breaking equipment, storage items to protect small specimens, a hand lens, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, eye protection, camera and whatever else may be needed

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How the Affordable Care Act is Working for New Mexico

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman

In the two years since Congress passed the health insurance reform law, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a lot of debate about its merits. As we move closer to implementing some of the most significant pieces of that law, I’d like to highlight reasons why New Mexico will be one of the nation’s biggest winners from the improvements in the ACA.

Nearly one in five New Mexicans lacks health insurance, making New Mexico the state with the second-highest rate of uninsured in the country. The cost of treating the uninsured is being passed along to those who have insurance,

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League of Women Voter’s Forum is Thursday

On June 5, New Mexico will hold its 2012 Primary Election. Although many offices will appear on the ballot, only five offices have contested primary races.

In order to inform the electorate about these contests, the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will host a forum on May 17 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 to introduce the community to the candidates: 

6:30 p.m. – refreshments served / meet the candidates

7 p.m. – forum begins

All 12 candidates have accepted the League’s invitation.

The candidates include:

  • U.S. Congressional District 3 (two Republicans)

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Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run Results

Start of the Race. Courtesy photo

Editor’s Note: Story Updated May 14, 2012

ACRR News:

The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race was held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 for the Alzheimer’s Association starting and ending at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and running the streets just North of downtown Los Alamos. Below are the results:

Men 5Km, 19 and under
1,Chris Buntain,00:22:14.01,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 20-29
1,James Keane,00:27:35.62,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 50-59
1,Gregory Buntain,00:44:25.00,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 60-69
1,Steve Shook,00:31:37.59,Los Alamos;
2,Ted Williams,01:10:19.00,Los

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Rotary Sponsored South African Contingent Tours NEDO Project

Manager John Arrowsmith of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) gives a presentation, to a visiting South African contingent, of a project in which DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos National Laboratory teamed up to develop a smart grid technology test bed to solve the nation’s overburdened and antiquated power grid. The project is located on the former landfill on East Jemez Road. The Los Alamos Rotary Club hosted the South Africans last week including Robin Gilfillan, the team leader, to the immediate left of

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Heinrich Endorsed by ABQ Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News in Democratic Primary

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich says he wants to work across the aisle to solve problems for New Mexicans and to fight

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Wilson Endorsed by ABQ Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News in GOP Primary

Two major New Mexico newspapers published endorsements Sunday for U.S. Senatorial Candidate Heather Wilson for the June 5 primary election. Courtesy photo 

Editorial: Journal Primary Picks For U.S. Senate

Albuquerque Journal (editorial)

May 13, 2012

Wilson for Senate — Republican

With Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s upcoming retirement, New Mexico will have gone from having two senior members of the U.S. Senate to having none in a short time span. Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is midway

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 4 to May 9, 2012

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.





May 2 at 1:41 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan Etuk, 31, of Mendanales at the Los Alamos Detention Center on an outstanding felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

May 4 at 4:41 p.m. / A 54-year-old Jemez Springs man reported that someone damaged his property on 41st Street. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

May 4 at 7:52 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los

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New Historic Homestead Tour Kicks Off in Los Alamos

Before the Manhattan Project and even before the Los Alamos Ranch School, hearty pioneers braved the extreme weather conditions of the Pajarito Plateau and homesteaded the land.

More than 30 homesteads were established between the 1880s and 1942, when the federal government took over the plateau for the Manhattan Project.

Today, the stories of some of these families are told in a new historic Homestead Tour, funded by Los Alamos County and developed by volunteers of Los Alamos County’s Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Historical Society. Historic

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The Los Alamos Creative District is now accepting applications for exhibitors/vendors from throughout the area to display and sell their work at the White Rock Art and Artisans Market.

The market will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each Sunday from June 10 until Oct. 21 and is free to the public.

The location will be an outdoor space at the Hive at 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock where about 40 tents and tables can be accommodated.

The Hive is close by the parking and shuttle stop for the Bandelier National Monument shuttle, which begins in June. All visitors going to Bandelier will be required to use this shuttle.

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Mother’s Day – Sentiment Not Profit

Column by Kay Kerbyson

How did Mother’s Day begin? Well you would be forgiven for thinking it was a business ploy to sell off all the cute fluffy toys that didn’t get sold on Valentines and Easter.

But in essence, Mother’s Day goes back as far as ancient Greece and Roman times, as a day of appreciation.

The most modern version of the day started in England as Mothering Sunday, a day when workers were allowed time to visit their mothers, as well as attending church.

In America, the early English settlers often disapproved of secular holidays and the idea never really took off, until Anna Jarvis lobbied

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Practice Taiji at Ashley Pond

Join a local group practicing Taiji and Qigong three times a week at Ashley Pond.

There is no charge for the program and no previous experience is necessary.




When: June through October

  • Mondays 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Ashley Pond

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older

  • No previous experience is necessary

What: Taiji

Follow along. Beginning with a walk around the pond, followed by simple stretching and the Taiji Qigong 18 Form routine. Go over the Yang-style 24 Form Taiji sequence twice, with limited instructions. Ending with another

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Our Threatened Jemez Forests

Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock, center, during a workshop in the Jemez last week focused on changing forest management policies based on current forestry science. Courtesy photo

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

I attended a Desired Condition Workshop May 9 and May 10. The workshop was a joint effort of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University, the Forest and Watershed Institute at New Mexico Highlands University and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University.  

The focus was on the changing forest management policies based on current

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Fuller Lodge Starting Friday: Hidden Cultures Unmasked – A Global Photographic Journey with Hal Davis

An opening reception at Fuller Lodge Art Center from 5-7 p.m., Friday May 18, in the side Portal Gallery will present 22 photographs from around the globe taken by local photographer Hal Davis. The exhibit, Hidden Cultures Unmasked – A Global Photographic Journey with Hal Davis, reflects his interest in photographing foreign cultures that are in transition from traditional ways to modernity. The show runs through June 23. Photo by Hal Davis

Photo by Hal Davis

Photo by Hal Davis

Photo by Hal Davis


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Leadership Los Alamos Celebrates Newest Graduates

Leadership Los Alamos Board Member Cheryl Sowder with Leadership Los Alamos Chair/Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. Sowder models the chief’s new hat presented to him in fun during the LLA graduation ceremony Friday at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

Qualities in a leader could be courage, selflessness, integrity … but how about a sense of humor?

The ability to laugh, even in a top position, was practiced during the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) graduation held Friday night at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge.

Leadership Los Alamos

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Murray Gell-Mann Headlines SFI Science Series

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, a Trustee, Science Board and Distinguished Fellow of the Santa Fe Institute will present  a talk on “Groundhog Day” at 7 p.m., Thursday May 17 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The “Science on Screen” series is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It’s

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Anticipating Annular Eclipse of the Sun May 20

Observing Blog by Kelly Beatty

The May 20 solar eclipse will be the best such event visible from the U.S. in decades — with a stunning annular ring observable from California to Texas.
Eclipse-lovers haven’t experienced a “central” solar eclipse from U.S. soil in nearly two decades (1994 be exact.)
But those of you out west will soon have a good chance of seeing one on May 20, 2012, when the path of an annular eclipse covers a wide swath from northern California to the Texas Panhandle.

May’s event is called an annular or “ring” eclipse because

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AAUW Hosting Spring Membership Tea

The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host its Spring Membership Tea from 4-6 p.m., Friday May 18 at the Hearth Room at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

Sharon Snyder is the featured speaker. She is the author of a new book, “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains” about the life of Peggy Pond Church.

Help celebrate Peggy Church’s era by dressing in 1940’s or 1950’s style hats, gloves and pearls, if desired. 

Membership dues will be collected and new board members installed during the meeting.


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