Chamber Members Network at FAN 44

Chamber of Commerce members met at restaurants around Los Alamos Friday, Feb. 8 for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN 44 networking event. FAN 44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch at one of 16 local restaurants. Meeting at Hill Diner Friday were from left, Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Business Services; Linda Hull, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos County environmental services specialist and Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa of Kalsa Acupuncture. Read More

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from
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‘Empty Bowl Project’ Uses Art to Help Needy

Empty Bowls Project Chair Gillian Sutton discusses the annual event during Wednesday’s FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Empty bowls on display along with Flowers By Gillian during Wednesday’s FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Business people turned out for Wednesday’s FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for the Empty Bowl Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

KSRN’s David Sutton, Michaele Sutton and Gene Mortensen attend Wednesday’s FAN Club. Photo by Carol Read More

School Board Solicits Nominations for Award

LAPS News:

Do you know an individual in White Rock or Los Alamos deserving of recognition for his or her commitment to promoting student achievement?

If so, your School Board would like to hear from you. Between now and Feb. 22, the School Board is accepting nominations for the 2013 New Mexico School Board’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award, and one community member from our district will be selected for this honor.

Last year’s winner was Lana Martin, a sixth-grade teacher at Barranca. Teachers, community volunteers, staff members, parents, and even students are eligible Read More

Down Home Fun with Author Slim Randles Feb. 28

Author Slim Randles. Courtesy photo


Join longtime New Mexico resident Slim Randles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library for an evening of wild, funny and homespun stories both from his work as a newspaperman and those from his days actually in the wild.

Randles will talk about his current syndicated column, which runs in more than 100 newspapers nationwide and his new book Home Country, a compilation of the best of his wit and wisdom from his column of the same title.

So just where is Home Country? It is here, in our hearts. It’s a warm summer evening, a place by the fire Read More

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio Offers Valentine’s Day Gifts

KWFA News:

Visit Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio for unique gifts for Valentine’s Day or a late Groundhog’s Day.
Several new artists have joined the gallery and the artists have brought in many new pieces just in time for Valentine’s Day:
  • Hummingbird and goldfinch paintings;
  • A sumptuous floral still life by Sheridan Brown;
  • Unbelievable charcoal, graphite and scratchboard artwork by Heather Ward;
  • A beautiful photo by TK Thompson of flamenco dancers;
  • Karen Wray’s original and reproductions of florals and landscapes;
  • Kathleen Veenstra’s
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Native American Art Gallery Opens Next to Gabriel’s Restaurant


New art gallery opens at Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the plaza across from the ‘big tree’ 10 miles north of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop, owned by Elmer and Deborah Torres of Pueblo de San Ildefonso has opened a new location, just 10 miles north of the Santa Fe city limits.

The gallery is at 6 Banana Lane off U.S. 84/285 at Exit 176, north of the Santa Fe Opera and next to Gabriel’s Restaurant.

Specializing in New Mexico Native American artists, the gallery boasts a large collection of the famous San Ildefonso Pueblo Black-on-Black Read More

County Line: Feb. 8

Comprehensive Plan Maps Update – Two Meetings
Attend a meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station 3, or an open house on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, to find out more about proposed updates for these important maps – contact the Community and Economic Development Department for details (662-8120).

Council Meets Tuesday
What’s on the agenda? The main focus is likely to be the approval of a service agreement with NM Airlines to return scheduled air service to Los Alamos Airport in April. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Chambers on Tuesday night. Download Read More

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

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WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
The VAWA provisions would help
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Los Alamos Police Arrest Couple with Bundles of ID Cards, Drugs and Cell Phones

By Carol A. Clark

In responding to a report, Los Alamos Police located two people in a room at Motel 6, 2201 Trinity Dr., about 6 p.m. Thursday, surrounded by bundles of ID cards, bags of methamphetamines, marijuana, pipes, pills and several cell phones.

Police arrested Leona Bjarke, 23, of Los Alamos and Connor Fox, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo., at the scene and charged them with trafficking a controlled substance, distributing/selling, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and concealing identity.

Bjarke also had an active warrant for a probation violation.

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Letter to the Editor: County ‘Fiscal Crisis’ is Opportunity

By Robert Gibson
Former Los Alamos County Councilor

“Never waste a good crisis” goes the saying. Sadly, it often takes a crisis to force overdue actions. The county budget shortfall is such an opportunity. 

The county government’s fiscal challenge is real. The revenue bubble it has enjoyed the six years since LANL started paying gross receipts taxes is deflating. 

Neither the Lab’s mission nor its political support in Washington are as strong as they were for decades. The Lab is not going away, but its size and strength are declining.

Our failure to focus on diversifying our economic Read More

UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year’s UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300 people Read More

Council to Decide Fate of Capital Projects Feb. 19


Feb. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council will have a discussion to decide “which” capital projects approved for design and construction in May 2012 will be moving forward or deferred.

The Council moved this meeting from being a Work Session in White Rock to a Regular Session in Los Alamos so that the meeting can be televised.

Due to budget shortfalls, Council gave the staff budget guidance on Jan. 29 to defer up to $12.5 million in capital project costs and delay projects up to four years for these eight approved projects:

  • Ashley Pond
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LANL Scientists Make Major Step Toward Transforming Biomass-Derived Molecules into Fuels

Artist’s conception of the process: Researchers open up a component of the biofuel molecule, called a furan ring, to make it easier to chemically alter. Opening these rings into linear chains is a necessary step in the production of energy-dense fuels, so these linear chains can then be converted into alkanes used in gasoline and diesel fuel. Image by Josh Smith/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fuels synthesis insight can reduce costs and greenhouse gases

Scientists made a major step forward recently towards transforming biomass-derived molecules into fuels.

The team led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Read More

Aspen Teacher Wins ‘Great Ideas’ Grant

Aspen Elementary School students participate in reading program. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Schools first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, strongly believes in the success of the parent-school connection.  

To strengthen that bond, she applied for and was awarded a Great Ideas Grant from the LAPS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that utilizes donations from supportive community members and businesses to strengthen public education in Los Alamos. 

Allen, of Aspen Elementary School purchased a full set of Gerald and Piggie hardbound books that Read More

NM House of Representatives Highlights

Floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Courtesy photo


      On The Floor

  • House Bill 308 Space Flight Informed Consent as amended passed the House with unanimous consent. HB308 limits the liability of space flight entities, while also requiring space flight entities to maintain a baseline level of liability insurance. It is the mirror of Senate Bill 240, which has been introduced in the House and is currently being heard in the House Business & Industry Committee. House Bill 308 will now go to the Senate. Whichever bill completes
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Athletic Posters & Media Guides 2013-14

LAHS News:

For the 2012-13 school year, Media All Stars and All-American Sports Posters will be creating the media guides for Los Alamos High School.

These are the only companies who have the right to create the local media guides.

For more information about the LAHS media guides, contact:

Businesses interested in advertising on the athletic poster, should visit

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DPU Employees Earn ‘Operator of the Year’ Awards

From left, David Gomez, GWS Shop Supervisor and newly-elected NMWWA President; Jennifer Baca, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; Jeff Romero, GWS Pipefitter and Chris Lopez, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

Three Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) employees garnered “Outstanding Operator of the Year” awards from the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association (NMWWA): 

  • Pipefitter Jeff Romero of the Gas, Water, Sewer (GWS) Division earned “Water Distribution System Operator of the Year”
  • Senior Wastewater Treatment
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LANL’s Long-Term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Long-Term Strategy is to be the sound environmental stewards required for accomplishing our national security mission.

The strategy is to protect human and environmental health by:

  • Cleaning up or stabilizing historical releases to the environment
  • Controlling current programs to ensure an impact to the environment which is as low as reasonably achievable and
  • Creating a sustainable future through pollution prevention, waste elimination, energy and water conservation, and fostering resilient ecosystems.

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