Breaking News: Hilltop House Hotel Goes Into Foreclosure

Hilltop House Hotel. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

The financially troubled Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., has gone into foreclosure.

Court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post indicate that Los Alamos National Bank filed for foreclose proceedings on its mortgage with the hotel Oct. 19.

Defendents named in the case include the Hilltop House LLC, Hilltop House Hotel Inc., Ronald Selvage, Hilltop House Spa LLC and Kim Selvage.

Attorney James Jurgens filed the civil complaint in Los Alamos District Court for “debt and money due, for foreclosure, Read More

Fake Online Banking Security Alert Advisory

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank DID NOT send out a “security alert” email that arrived in people’s In Boxes this morning.

LANB Chief Technology Officer Paul Cook said the email is fake and has a fake address.

“We never send out an email asking customers for their email and password – we would never do that,” Cook said.

Cook advises anyone receiving the email to simply ignore it and delete it.

The bogus email sent to local addresses this morning is as follows:

Online Banking Security Alert

Dear Customer,

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and Read More

Pinon Elementary Students Run Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

Pinon Elementary School students help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Stephanie Rittner


Students at Pinon Elementary School in Los Alamos wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Classes discussed ways they could help. Teacher Stephanie Rittner said, “After a quick discussion with the Red Cross, we all decided that collecting money would be the quickest and most efficient way to get help to the victims.”

Photo by Stephanie Rittner

In one day, sixth grade students made Hurricane Sandy “help awareness” posters, Read More

Valles Caldera Trust Identifies Visitor Center Site / Final Environmental Impact Statement Released

VCT News:

Jemez Springs The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Public Access and Use Plan (PAUP.)

The plan aims to expand visitor access while preserving the natural and cultural resources of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

In June of this year, the Trust opened a 60-day public comment period on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that featured six public access alternatives.

A total of 125 written comments from agencies, pueblos, organizations and individuals were submitted.

The DEIS was revised Read More

Letter to the Editor: Vaccines – Do the Rights of the Many Outweigh the Rights of the Few?

By Tina Schueler
Los Alamos

In response to recent concerns voiced about vaccine rights, this is a case of the rights of the many vs. the rights of the few. 

Vaccines only work to preserve the general population if “herd immunity” is achieved, when vaccines are administered to a high percentage (85 percent.)

With fewer parents vaccinating their children whether due to personal choice, safety concerns or greater awareness of the health risks to a susceptible child, this high percentage is not being met in some areas and outbreaks have occurred. 

Our medical community is rightly concerned Read More

Udall to Participate in WIN Forum at Intel

ALBUQUERQUE – Friday Nov. 9, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the featured guest at a Women at Intel (WIN) forum in Rio Rancho to discuss the importance of providing women and girls with skills to succeed in the workforce.
At Intel Corporation, Udall will meet with senior staff and participate in an open forum hosted by Women at Intel Network (WIN), an employee organization.
He will emphasize the importance of encouraging more women and girls to enter into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM.)
Saturday Nov. 10, Udall will have classified meetings
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Fusion Tryouts Set for Nov. 18


NNM Fusion Volleyball, Northern New Mexico’s premier girls Junior Olympic Volleyball program, is hosting their annual Tryouts on Nov. 18 at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym.

Players ages 11-18 are welcome, 11-13 year olds will tryout from 1-3 p.m. and 14-18 year olds will tryout from 3-5 p.m.

NNM Fusion is a non-profit organization, participating in the Sun Country Region of USA Volleyball.

The Sun Country Region includes member club programs in Texas, New Mexico, and southwest Colorado. Club volleyball is financially supported by the parents of the athletes.

Junior Read More

Students Selling Poinsettias and Coffee to Raise Money for Summer Trip to Europe


Twenty-two area seniors who want to see the world and develop skills and global-mindedness are planning to travel to Berlin, Prague, the Alps and Paris this summer.

Educator Lynn Ovaska will lead the students on their 13-day educational trip, which includes  visiting historic Checkpoint Charlie, the concentration camp Dachau, the famous Mona Lisa and much more.

With hopes to reduce the financial burden of the program fees, students have organized their efforts to raise funds for this life-changing experience.

Europe 2013 travelers are selling florist-quality poinsettias Read More

Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting at Title Guaranty Today


The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Denise Terrazas and her business Title Guaranty, LLC, with a Ribbon Cutting at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 8.

Also, Terrazas will host an Open House 4-6:30 p.m. today with refreshments catered by the Blue Window and drinks catered by the Hilltop House.

Stop by the Los Alamos National Bank branch at 1200 Trinity Dr. to congratulate her and enjoy the hospitality. Read More

The Right Kind of Help

Courtesy photo

TOTH News:

We live in a country today where diversity is highly esteemed, all opinions are equally true, and all religions are teaching a very similar theme.

Photo: Father Colin Kelly

It is also valued that to help others or yourself, you have to do it all on your own strength. This week at Generations, we will explore the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as well as how to share this uniqueness with other people.

We will discuss God’s original design for us to help others/ourselves, as well as how Jesus Christ made it possible for humans to fulfill that original purpose. Read More

‘UNM-LA on Display’ Takes Place Nov. 15

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The professors of UNM-LA welcome the public to take part in their “UNM-LA on Display” event Nov. 15.

The community is invited to attend two sessions at the UNM-LA campus, next Thursday to view the showcase of student projects from the current semester.

The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. providing the viewing public with a chance to query current students about their projects.

The community will see how students utilized their education and applied it to real life applications, while noshing on some tasty treats.

Professor Dawn Read More

Join PAC 8 for Holiday Wine and Cheese Nov. 16

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is holding their annual Holiday Wine and Cheese – Silent Auction and Fundraiser at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Do your Holiday shopping in one evening while you taste delicious wines and cheeses from around the world.

Original items such as sushi making lessons with sushi dinner, ski passes from Pajarito Mountain, a 12 lb. organic turkey from Los Alamos Coop, bagels and cream cheese for a year from Ruby K’s, artwork, jewelry, many gift certificates and much, much more will be available for bidding.

Live music will be by Rumelia – a Balkan/Folk/ World Read More

Community Invited Family Council’s First Wellness Seminar Nov. 15

LAFC News:

The Los Alamos Family Council is hosting its first wellness seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

This event is part of the year-long slate of activities commemorating the community behavioral health agency’s 50-year anniversary.

Dr. Christine Hazard is presenting the seminar titled “Emotional Wellness” at Trinity on the Hill Church.

The seminar is open to anyone and applicable to everyone.

A light lunch will be provided to those who attend.

For more information, contact the Los Alamos Family Council at 662-4160. Read More

Festival of Chocolate Coming to Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the weeklong event called, Festival of Trees. This year more than 50 items are available for silent auction. Those attending the Festival of Chocolate get the first glance at the many offerings.Courtesy photo

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) will host the eighth annual Festival of Chocolate at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Los Alamos MainStreet sponsored event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $20.

“The Festival of Chocolate Read More

Forest Waives Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

The Frey Trail switchbacks out of Frijoles Canyon and leads to Juniper Campground. NPS Photo/Sally King

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest announces “Fee-Free Days” over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.

We invite the public, veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the great outdoors.

The fee waiver applies to all picnic/day-use areas and campgrounds on the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those individual and group campgrounds that are reserved through the reservation Read More

PBS Commemorates Native American Heritage Month

Racing The Rez – a documentary about Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners at two rival Arizona schools. Courtesy/NMPBS


New Mexico PBS commemorates Native American Month with programs airing Nov. 8-22.

Many of this month’s programs focus directly on various Native peoples living in New Mexico or the American Southwest. For ease in highlighting, the various shows are profiled below in chronological order.


7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 8

For the Navajo and Hopi, running is much more than a sport, it is woven into the cultural fabric of their Read More

Educational Opportunity at Santa Fe Opera Guild

Photo: John Webber

SFOG News:

“When Opera Goes to the Movies” presented byJohn Webber at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 W. Barcelona St.

We’re all familiar with the Met Opera’s (and other opera companies’) video transmissions of productions on the big screen which view the action through the “fourth wall” of the stage.

Here, the focus will be to define what makes a filmed version of an opera different from a video presentation of a live, on-stage opera performance.

While many opera directors have also been Read More

Column: Hannemann’s Music Corner – Practice

Hannemann’s Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
Welcome – Practice

Welcome to a variety of columns on Music. Not entertainment, nor Happenings, nor Events, but Music. 

Some columns are answers to questions people ask, and I invite you to add fuel to the fire by firing off any questions you may have. 

Topics will cover the full spectrum: music history, music theory, music as a business, music performance, instrument playing tips.

Some will be short, some not so. Some will have notation (so early on will be some columns about reading notation.)

First up: Practice.

I am absurdly

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Dorothy Hoard Shares History With Hikers

Historian Dorothy Hoard, red vest, speaks to 35 people and two dogs who gathered at Guaje Cemetery before leading them on a hike into Rendija Canyon and the Beanfield Mesa Oct. 27. Woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks kept the hikers company on a day filled with gorious weather and lots of interesting history. Hiker Joyce Nickols, wearing sunglasses, stands next to Hoard. Photo by Felicia Orth

Ascending the Cabra Trail up to Beanfield Mesa with her 35 hikers, Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard led participants around the mesa top, past historic locations and to spectacular Read More

Youth Hockey Registration Underway

Courtesy photo

LAHA News:

Online registration is open for children and teens interested in playing ice hockey this winter through the Los Alamos Hockey Association.

Children as young as three can learn to play the fastest game on Earth through LAHA’s programs, which include ATOMS for the youngest beginners, co-ed teams through high school, and two girls-only teams.

The season will officially start with the opening of the Los Alamos County rink, anticipated to occur next week.

LAHA has a large inventory of rental equipment available for players of all ages. A gear rental session will occur  Read More

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