Rep. Jim Hall Sends Letter to Congressional Delegation Protesting Censorship of Crosses in Jemez Springs

By Carol A. Clark

New Mexico House District 43 Rep. Jim Hall is sending the letter below to all members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today voicing his opposition to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s apparent attempt to block artwork depicting crosses slated to adorn two new bridges on N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs.

Hall expressed dismay that NMDOT would take such action, calling it “incredible.”

Jemez Springs Mayor Edmond Temple told the Los Alamos Daily Post last night that since he has notified various state officials, including Hall, and the story Read More

Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Address Verifications


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero checks his file during Monday’s compliance verification operation, which the Sheriff’s Office conducted throughout Los Alamos County to ensure that local registered sex offenders continue to reside at the address they have listed with the Sheriff’s Office. Lucero said that his office was able to confirm compliance in all cases. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Deputy Sheriff John Horne, left, and Sheriff Marco Lucero at the home of a registered sex offender during the department’s address Read More

Derailers Play Friday at Entrada Business Park

Editor’s Note: Updated with article by Russ Gordon, producer of Friday’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert.

Los Alamos fans gather near the stage when the Derailers performed Aug. 21, 2009 at the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. The band is set to play at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Entrada Business Park. The Los Alamos Cooperative Market and the Holiday Inn Express are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Photo by Skip Wecksung


By Russ Gordon

We have the Texas country dance band, the Derailers playing this Friday, July 20 at Entrada Business Park for “Holiday Read More

University, Industry Experts Recommend Steps to “Invigorate” U.S. Manufacturing


A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations “aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the nation’s innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base.”


The report was prepared by the 18-member steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) that was launched by President Obama in June 2011 and co-chaired by Susan Hockfield, now president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Andrew Liveris, president, Read More

Sheriff Presents Scholarship to Local Student

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents an $800 scholarship check to Brandon Williams on behalf of the  the 2012 New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Award. Willliams plans to attend Western New Mexico University and study Zoology. He also served as a member of the NJROTC at Los Alamos High School and was active in Football and LaCrosse. From left, Deputy Sheriff John Horne, Sheriff Marco Lucero, Brandon Williams and Undersheriff Eric Ringquist. Courtesy photo Read More

Feds Forbid Crosses on Bridge Panels in Jemez Springs

Image: Sample of a U.S. Postal Service stamp that has a picture of “San Xavier Del Bac Mission” and the title “HISTORIC PRESERVATION” across the bottom. Courtesy

UPDATE: Tonight during an interview with Jemez Springs Mayor Edmond Temple, he said Bill Hutchinson of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) had previously informed him that the feds would not permit artwork depicting crosses be attached to two new bridges in the village. The censorship story broke this afternoon and Temple said this evening that NMDOT is now saying the issue isn’t Read More

Local Democrats Meet Thursday

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meetingat 7 p.m., Thursday July 19 att Mesa Public Library.

The group will discuss upcoming events including a visit from U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

The meeting is open to the public.

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LANL: HIV Immunity Study Could Pave Way for Vaccine Development

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos scientists among Duke-led consortium

Photo: LANL Researcher Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are among the team recently funded to explore ways to create the precise immune factors needed for effective vaccines against HIV.

The Duke University-led consortium will largely concentrate on inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infection, as well as on generating protective T-cell and innate immune system responses.

“A vaccine-elicited broadly neutralizing antibody response has the potential Read More

Column: Requiem For A Canyon

By Chick Keller
Recently we walked up what’s left of Valle Canyon.
In my memory there are three Valle Canyons the lovely one pre-Cerro Grande ever changing, ever beautiful, every diverse; the post Cerro Grande one, still intact at least in the lower part, and now the post Las Conchas one, which has lost its entire forest and most of the canyon bottom.
It’s hard to describe the difference. Although Cerro Grande left the cathedral-like trees and the riparian shrubs and plants, few trees are left now, and the canyon bottom has been almost totally rearranged by the
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Food on the Hill: Bruschettas

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York
This Week’s Recipe…
To make the base for all of these I use the sourdough baguette bread you get at Smith’s. Cut them at a diagonal and butter one side. Arrange them butter side down in a non stick fry pan. Have a sauce pan about the same size as the bottom of the fry pan and fill it with about 2 inches of water. You need the water to add weight to the pan. Put the sauce pan on the top of the bread and the weight will press the bread into the fry pan making a beautiful crust on the bread. Cook until golden. Keep
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Master Woodworker Pat Soran Breaks Down Segmented Woodturning

Master Woodworker Pat Soran talks about his craft. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

By Mandy Marksteiner

Pat Soran’s segmented woodturnings are a fascinating combination of smooth natural lines and intricate geometrical patterns. Mother nature doesn’t make wood that looks like that–it needs to be engineered.

Soran is a retired nuclear engineer who first became interested in woodworking many years ago when he needed a relaxing hobby to help him unwind from his stressful job.

After retirement he brought his woodworking to a more artistic level by completing a two-year woodworking course Read More

16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation Read More

PEEC Teams with Historical Museum for Los Alamos Friday Night

PEEC News:
Master Storyteller Terry Foxx captivates a crowd gathered near Romero Cabin. Courtesy/PEEC
As part of the Friday night in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter, Rose Carlisi, will do some storytelling and singing at the Romero Cabin 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.


They call their program, “A Quilt of Stories.” Stories, legends, myths, and songs come from all cultures.
As pieces of fabric can make a beautiful quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps us understand past and present.
Sitting in front
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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Hires MVM Group as Executive Director


Attorney DeAnza Valencia Sapien will assume the lead role of executive director for the Coalition.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced Friday that it has contracted with the MVM Group to provide executive director services to help move the Coalition forward.

The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael, lead the firm.

The MVM Group has extensive experience in assisting companies, Read More

Candidate Stephanie Richard Marches with Congressional Delegation in Sunday Parade

New Mexico House District 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard marched in the Espanola Fiesta Parade Sunday with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Sunday. Richard and Udall were joined by New Mexico’s U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich and about 100 other people walking in the parade in support of Democratic candidates. More than a dozen Los Alamos residents traveled to Espanola to participate in the event for which several thousand people lined the streets.Richard met voters from areas of Rio Arriba that now share the same legislative district with Los Alamos. Courtesy Read More

LACA’s Artistic Director Discusses New Season at Tuesday Rotary Club Meeting at Dixie Girl


Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin of the Los Alamos Concert Association is the featured speaker at the Rotary Club noon lunch meeting Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. 

McLaughlin will talk about the upcoming concert season, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium, with Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano.

David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano and Philip Setzer, violin perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Jeremy Denk, piano performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Calefax Reed Quintet performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013.

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Opening Night Crowd Fills Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

Allie Thompson, left, and artist Sheridan Brown discuss the merits of her painting of parrots. Photo by TK Thompson/
Artist Janice Muir and Meg Kremer discuss a piece in the show. Photo by TK Thompson/
A crowd of local artists and patrons of the art attended the opening show Friday night at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos artists Janice Muir and Secondino Sandoval discuss her work. Photo by TK Thompson/

Artist Sheridan Brown with one of her pet portraits,

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 6 to July 11, 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.

July 6 at 12:19 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole cigarettes and an employment badge from his vehicle parked on Myrtle Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

July 6 at 12:20 p.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos women reported that someone stole items from her house in the 500 block of Oppenheimer including jewelry and prescription medicine. The estimated loss is unknown.  Read More

Local Athletes Travel to Competitive Swim Camp

Swimmers have fun in the aquarium at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Leweston, Maine from left, Connor Shcultz, Sarah Lott, Radhika Iyer and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo
By Wendy Lott

Eight swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team attended a unique competitive swim camp June 16-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Swimmers include Maria Venneri, 15, Connor Schultz, 16, Sam Harris, 15, Sarah Lott, 14, Isabelle Runde, 14, Kaan Unal, 13, Radhika Iyer, 12 and Sara Shiina, 12.  

The camp offered the swimmers the latest information in training, stroke technique,

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