Family YMCA Independence Day Parade Planned



The annual Family YMCA Independence Day Children’s Parade will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday July 4.

Youth should assemble for this free event at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and 20th Street.

The parade offers youth an opportunity to show their patriotic colors. Participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, favorite toys and family members.

Pets will be allowed in the parade but children must be able to restrain and clean up after them. No two-wheeled bikes will be allowed.

The parade will head east down Central Avenue

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Local Democrats Host Booth at Overlook Park Wednesday

By Mike Wheeler, Chair DPLA
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos July 4 Celebration at Overlook Park will still take place despite the fireworks cancellation.
The DPLA will have a booth set up again to pass out water, flags and meet the public.
Many of our local candidates will be present, and the music and celebration will go on as planned.

We invite the public to stop by our booth to meet the candidates and spend time with Los Alamos Democrats.

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County Issues Community Update as LANL Enters Stage III Fire Restrictions

COUNTY News Alert:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) would like to ask the public for their continued support and assistance during Extreme Fire Danger.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory properties have entered Stage III Fire Restrictions effective July 3 and the LAFD supports their actions.

Therefore, the Los Alamos Fire Department has implemented the attached restrictions to all County owned or forested areas within Los Alamos County effective at 8 a.m. today, Tuesday July 3. 

Patrols of these areas will be conducted by the LAFD and LAPD throughout the County and residents

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Call for Entries for Lego Design Competition


Design Your Biggest Dream


What is your biggest dream? Build it for Uli’s Annual Lego Design Competition…


Entries will be accepted Saturday July 14 through Monday July 16, during regular store hours.


Judging takes place Tuesday July 17. 


The Awards and Play Day is Thursday, July 19. 


Uli’s Los Alamos is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8  p.m., Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m., Sundays.


Call 662-4558 for more information.


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LASO, LANL Increase Fire Restrictions

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) has upgraded fire restrictions on Department of Energy property to prohibit all outside recreational and off-road driving activities.

The upgrade to Stage III fire restrictions coincides with that of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Both organizations imposed Stage II fire restrictions last week, and are now increasing their postures to Stage III.

“We are not seeing any near-term relief in the hot and dry weather,” LASO Manager Kevin Smith said. “Fire-fighting resources are spread out across the Southwest,

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White Rock Recycling and Repaving Begins July 9


The Los Alamos County Pavement Division will begin recycling and repaving work Monday, July 9 in White Rock.

The work is funded under the FY12 Pavement Preservation Program.

The following streets will be resurfaced:

In White Rock – Kilby, Donna, Garver, Connie, Cheryl, Cheryl Court, Cañada Way, Barcelona, Rover (from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon), Aragon (west of Rover), Azure and Shirlane.

Also, the following streets are scheduled for resurfacing in Los Alamos – Range Road and North Mesa Road (from Hawk Drive to just east of the Posse Lodge.)

Note: While the County anticipates recycling

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Public Notice: Lodgers Tax Quorum May be Present


Members of the Los Alamos County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board may attend a “Visit with the Proprietor of Back Porch Bed & Breakfast” at 1:30 p.m., Thursday July 5 at 13 Karen Circle in White Rock.

A quorum of board members may be present, however, no action will be taken.

The event is part of the Los Alamos County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board’s mission to assess and establish ongoing communications with the County’s lodging businesses and management.

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House of Hope Women Host ‘Pie in the Sky’ Dinner July 12

Four House of Hope Women possess both house-building and pie-making skills including from left, Angela-Sanchez Pope, Cathy Walters, Lynn Finnegan and Marie Pierce. Courtesy/HOH

In support of the Trinity on the Hill-sponsored house-building mission trips to Juarez, Mexico, the House of Hope women are hosting a pot pie, “Pie in the Sky” Fundraiser Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday July 12 in Kelly Hall.

The menu includes chicken and vegetable pot pies, salad and ice cream. (There also is a vegetarian option and a gluten-free option is available.)

Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child. Vacation

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Four Infant Slots Open at Bilingual Montessori


Infants enrolled at Bilingual Montessori School, 115 Longview Dr. in White Rock are graduating and moving up to the toddler’s room, which opens up four new spaces in the school’s infant building.

The 1,600-square-foot new building houses 12 cribs.

Bilingual Montessori provides preschool classes for children six weeks to six years of age, including kindergarten in a Montessori bilingual setting.


The school offers:

  • Year-round school;
  • Remains open during parent/teacher conferences and when teachers attend conferences;
  • Low teacher to

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Bethlehem Church Hosts Dual Ordination

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos filling up Sunday before the dual ordaination in which Jennifer Chrien of Los Alamos and her husband Steven Simpson of Santa Fe were Ordained to the Ministry. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Ordinands process into the church at the start of Sunday’s ceremony. Photo by TK Thompson/
Ordained Clergy in attendance practice the ancient rite of Laying on of Hands as part of the Ordination Service. Photo by TK Thompson/
Jennifer Chrien and Steve Simpson introduce their parents

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NNSA, Euratom Conclude Second Joint Steering Committee Meeting

NNSA News:

NNSA and Euratom meet in Brussels. Courtesy/NNSA

BRUSSELS – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) have concluded the second Joint Steering Committee meeting under a 2010 Agreement in the field of nuclear material safeguards and security research and development.

The Agreement provides a framework for technical cooperation in nuclear safeguards, border monitoring, nuclear forensics, export controls, and physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities.

The meeting served as an opportunity to reinforce

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Fire Department Asks Residents for Help

LAFD News:

With the current Fire Danger at EXTREME, and the anticipation of the fire danger level elevating to Stage 3 in the coming days, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is asking for the community’s help.


LAFD asks people to refrain from using fireworks, campfires or bbq’s on public land. LAFD also asks people to smoking only inside a vehicle or building during these extremely dry conditions, especially during the annual Fourth of July celebration.

Adhering to this request could prove very beneficial, not only to the fire department, but to the citizens in the entire county,

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Human Cooperation (1+1=2.7): Superlinear Group Production in Open-Source Source Software Collaborations and Evolutionary Feedback Selection

Didier Sornette of the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC), ETH Zurich will present a talk at 12:15 p.m., Thursday July 5 in the Noyce  Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Sornette’s talk is entitled, “Human Cooperation (1+1=2.7): Superlinear Group Production in Open-Source Source Software Collaborations and Evolutionary Feedback Selection.”

Abstract: In the first part of the seminar, we present a new analysis of a representative sample 254 open source software (OSS) projects that show how development activity of successful

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Rotary Hosts Blood Drive with United Blood Services


The members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos are partnering with United Blood Services (UBS) to host a blood drive July 12-13.

The public is invited to participate in this life-saving activity.

There is a hero inside each person ready to make a difference when others need help.

People who donate blood are heroes to those in need.

Blood Drive Details


  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday July 12; and
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday July 13


  • First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

APPOINTMENTS:; log in and register; (walk-ins always welcome.)



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One Year Later: Udall to Tour Las Conchas & Wallow Fire Sites

SOCORRO – This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will visit Catron County and Santa Clara Pueblo to examine the destructive long-term effects of last year’s Las Conchasand Wallow fires and their implications for the current record-breaking wildfire season.

Udall will also visit the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA).

Today, July 2, Udall will travel to the JVLA radio telescope facility near Magdalena.

Udall will tour the site with association directors and scientists and travel up into the interior of an antenna.

Udall will then travel to Spur Ranch in Luna where last year’s Wallow Fire crossed

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 21 to June 27, 2012

The following information is obtained from Los Alamos Police Department records.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

June 21 at 10:24 a.m. / Police charged Charles Pacheco, 56, of Los Alamos with fraudulent use of credit cards in the 300 block of Aragon and issued him a summons to appear in court.


June 21 at 7:20 p.m. / Police arrested Jesus Andujo, 23, of Hernandez on Trinity Drive and charged him with violating a protection order.





June 21 at 7:37 p.m. / Police

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Leslie Bucklin’s ‘Enchanted Parks’ Exhibit Opens Tuesday


Yellowstone Buffalo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin

A public reception for Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin is set for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday July 3 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. Join Bucklin for a gallery walk of her work.

As the Los Alamos Historic District prepares for the possibility of becoming part of this nation’s first non-contiguous National Park, we have the opportunity to look at not only what makes our current National Parks so extraordinary, but what has always made North Central New Mexico extraordinary.

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U.S. Releases Updated Plutonium Inventory Report

NNSA News:

Plutonium pellet. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday the public release of a report that details the current plutonium inventory of the U.S.

Titled The United States Plutonium Balance, 1944-2009, the document serves as an update to Plutonium: the First 50 Years, which was first released by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1996.

The report provides the U.S. inventory of plutonium owned by DOE and includes material in the possession of the Department of Defense (DoD).

It can be found online at

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Cowboy Breakfast Aids American Cancer Society

Mary Martucci helps out in the kitchen during this morning’s Cowboy Breakfast at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bill Casson lays down some batter for the Cowboy Breakfast held today and on the first Sunday of each month at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Blueberry pancakes cook on the griddle this morning at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

From left, Debe Braden, Hilde Fitzgerald, Cathy Grastataro

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Six New Firefighters Swear to Protect Community

Six new members of the Los Alamos Fire Department, Ernesto Polson, Daniel Martinez, Kenny Martinez, David Apodaca, Sam Meyersick and Nathan Sisneros, were sworn in during the Fire Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony for Fire Recruit Class #24, Friday at the White Rock Baptist Church, 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Days at the Academy can be long and difficult for individuals seeking to become firefighters with the internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department.

While many who attempt the school do not complete it, the LAFD on Friday

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