Rotary Club Student of the Month: Janali Gustafson

Rotary Student of the Month Janali Gustafson. Photo by Don Taylor


Janali Gustafson, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for September. 

Gustafson is the daughter of Sarah and John Gustafson and the sister of Elena and Nathaniel.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. 

Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their Read More

Otowi Station Bookstore Closing Oct. 19

Otowi Station Bookstore and Museum Shop is closing its doors Oct. 19. Courtesy photo


Because of the continuing downturn in the national and local economy and because of the state of bookselling in general, the owners of Otowi Station Bookstore, 1350 Central Ave., have decided to close the doors on their business for good at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The 3,000-square-foot store has been a fixture in Los Alamos since February 1993 and specialized in scientific and technical books, the history of the Manhattan Project and atomic history.

Co-owner Michele Vochosky said that the Read More

Pueblo Joins Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

RCLC News:

Ohkay Owingeh first Pueblo to officially join Regional Coalition

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition.

In joining the Coalition, the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the Board while maintaining their inherent powers of self-government and sovereign immunity.
“We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities,” We look forward to participating and supporting this
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Española YMCA Teen Center launching Audio Engineering Program


YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – Teens will be able to record their lyrics and music this fall thanks to support from three funders.

The grants are enabling the conversion of an office into a recording studio and will purchase equipment including an electric drum board, keyboard beat mixer, microphones and other recording equipment.

The Presbytery of Santa Fe, in support of a recommendation from their Mission in the North Committee awarded $5,000 toward the audio engineering program and in support of the center’s cultural creative arts classes.

The Pojoaque Valley Fund of the New Read More

County Hires Junior Attorney and New Planner

County news:

Kathryn Thwaits has been selected to fill the newly created position of Junior Assistant County Attorney in the County Attorney’s Office, 475 20th St, Suite D. Her starting salary is $72,665.

Thwaits worked during the last four years as general counsel for the New Mexico Personnel Office.

Prior to that position, she worked as an attorney for the District Attorney’s Office in Espanola. During that time, she spent a day or two each week working at the courthouse in Los Alamos.

Thwaits lives in Los Alamos and has for several years.

Daniel Osborn of Denver has been hired to Read More

Letter to the Editor: Support UNM-LA GO Bond ‘C’

By Dr. Cedric D. Page, Executive Director
University of New Mexico – Los Alamos

As Executive Director of University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, I want to outline the benefits to the UNM-Los Alamos campus of General Obligation Bond “C” in the Nov. 6 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Los Alamos.

If Bond C passes in the Nov. 6 General Election, the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos will receive $500,000 for renovations and upgrades to its science labs.

Bond projects have a positive impact on local economies as the money spent recycles several times, and the construction Read More

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

Councilor David Izraelevitz
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let’s talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.

Logrolling Read More

Bandelier Celebrates National Archeology Day


Bandelier National Monument invites the public to celebrate National Archeology Day Saturday, Oct. 20.

“This day is set aside to encourage exploration and discovery of the rich cultural resources in the monument,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Several events will be held in Bandelier for the public to enjoy.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., join the monument’s archeologist, Rory Gauthier, for a hike to explore Duchess Castle and the Conquistador.

Participants will visit the complex site known as Duchess Castle which contains pueblo

sites occupied for over two hundred years and Read More

Get Ready for the Big Picture: New Patron Internet Computers at Mesa Public Library Coming Soon!

One of the most used services at Mesa Public Library for locals and visitors alike is the free access to online computers in the Reference and Youth areas.
Coming in mid October, this service will be upgraded to provide an even better experience.
Why are the computers being upgraded? According to Gwen Kalavaza, Electronic Services Manager for Los Alamos County Library System, “The new computers will be faster, monitors will have larger screens, there will be enhanced security features, the computers are flash drive compatible, and a brand new
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Vehicles Again Travel Main Hill Road

Vehicles were allowed to drive on the Main Hill Road this afternoon as all that appears left to be done on the renovation project is to paint the center stripe. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ Read More

Amy Goodman Broadcasts “Democracy Now!” Live From Fuller Lodge this Morning

Updated at 3:00 p.m. 10/11/12 with additional photos and information from this afternoon’s talk.

A satellite truck broadcasts the “Democracy Now!” program live from Fuller Lodge early this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

From left, Leona Morgan of Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, a group dedicated to protecting the water, air, land and health of communities in areas impacted by uranium mines, poses for a photo this morning at Fuller Lodge with Amy Goodman, host of the “Democracy Now!” TV program. Photo by Greg Kendall/ Read More

UNM-LA Postpones January 2013 Mil Election

UNM-LA News:

After several meetings with UNM administration and the UNM Board of Regents, UNM-Los Alamos was advised to postpone its resolution question for an operational mil increase until later in 2013. 

This decision was reached by the UNM Board of Regents with the desire that UNM-Los Alamos have a successful election and in consideration of the uncertainty in the economy and with federal budget decisions and their impact on Los Alamos National Laboratory employment and the Los Alamos community.

UNM-Los Alamos looks forward to partnering with the UNM Read More

Community Celebrates Los Alamos Family Council’s 50-Year Birthday

From left, Chamber Membership Coordinator Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery and Counseling Center Director Cheryl Pongratz speak with the crowd during Wednesday’s FAN Club and 50th anniversary celebration at the Family Council offices at 1505 15th St., Suite C. The behavioral health agency now launches a year-long celebration with special events planned for the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Tom Sandford and his wife Ruth Demuth, past board member Attorney Lynn Finnegan, Executive Director Marlane Hamilton of Read More

Pajarito Rambler: Devaney-Longmire Trail, Oct. 4, 2012


Column By Nina Thayer

Have you ever wondered where one takes those spectacular pictures of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge? 

Follow me and I will show you. The Devaney-Longmire Trail starts only a hundred yards or so from the Quemazon Nature Trail described in our last column. 

Take Trinity Drive west into Western Area. At 47th Street, bear left and 50 feet later turn left onto the paved utility road. 

Continue down the hill and park close to the large water tanks. Follow the dirt road for several hundred feet.  

As the trail narrows, you will see Read More

Hilltopper Volleyball beats Espanola 3-2 in close match

Erin Kirk with one of 22 kills. Photo by Alan Kirk

Morgan Schake returns serve. Photo by Alan Kirk

Claire Stewart and Rhese Beevers block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz returns serve. Photo by Alan Kirk Read More

Column: New Mexico and Corporate Taxes: Basic Facts

Column By District 43 Rep. Jim Hall
Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties

There has been a lot of misinformation about corporate income taxes in New Mexico. Some facts about Corporate Income Taxes (CIT) follow.    

First, statements have been made that out-of-state corporations pay no corporate income taxes in New Mexico.

This is false: out-of-state corporations and their subsidiaries pay more than 90 percent of New Mexico corporate income tax revenues. 

Second, it has been said that New Mexico collects less than other states in corporate income taxes because Read More

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Charter Amendments to Improve Local Government

By Lawry Mann

The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council. 

The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade. 

The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council. 

After vetting the proposals Read More

Clark & Kendall’s Weekend Preview: Oct 11

This week’s preview is sponsored by

DESSERT DANCES – Reserve Your Space Early

The Daddy/Daughter Dance is Oct. 11, and the NEW Family Dance is Oct. 12.
Events are held 6-8:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and include light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital keepsake photo.

For further information, contact the County Recreation Division, at 662-8173, visit, or e-mail

Friday, Oct. 12 – Groundbreaking 3:30 p.m. for Multi-purpose Covered Arena

Hayrides 4-6 p.m. at the Posse Lodge Saturday, Oct 13
Apple cider, cocoa,
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Bear Hangs Around Walnut Street

A bear peers out from beneath apple tree branches in the backyard of a Walnut Street home Wednesday night. The bear loitered in the area for a couple of hours before wandering off to parts unknown. Residents say bears have been sited around the neighborhood each evening for months. Photo by Robert Beberniss Read More

United Way Campaign Sets Goal to Meet Needs

Executive Director Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico stands beside the United Way thermometer near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday afternoon. She raised the red level on the thermometer indicating contributions received to date to $100,000. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  

Carla Gray Weiser, left, and Executive Director Kristy Ortega United Way of Northern New Mexico near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday hang a banner announcing the upcoming United Way Youth Team Hamburger Nite at Hill Diner fundraiser. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

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