Mountain Lion Expert Comes to PEEC

PEEC News:

Ken Logan. Courtesy/PEEC
Internationally recognized cougar expert Ken Logan of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division will talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at PEEC about his years of research on these beautiful and elusive animals. The talk is free and open to the public.

The focus of Logan’s career has been on the science of the cougar, and on putting that scientific information into a format that will inform decision makers and citizens as they consider mountain lion management and conservation. 

Logan was the lead researcher for a 10-year, $1.4 million study of mountain lions

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Los Alamos County Councilor Apologizes for Behavior During Trip to Russia

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage apologized today for an indiscretion he had with a woman while on an official visit to Moscow and Sarov last September.

“I did make a mistake on the Russian trip and it’s something that I regret and that I’m going to be paying for,” Selvage said this morning. “My wife and I are working through this and we would appreciate some privacy during this difficult time.”

The mistake Selvage is referring to is an inappropriate relationship he had with Nora Arbuckle, a member of the Sister Cities Initiative

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Goodbye Shamrock

The demolition of the Shamrock Gas Station on Trinity Drive is in full swing today. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Demolition of the Shamrock Gas Station on the southwest corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street is moving full speed ahead in preparation for the construction of a Smith’s branded gas station.

Smith’s will lease the property from Polk JT Properties. The Los Alamos County Council has approved a lease agreement with North American Development Group (NADG), paving the way for the development of Trinity Place.

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‘Scale of Justice’ Sculpture Installed at Justice Center

“Scale of Justice” sculpture by Troy Williams of Jemez Springs. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

The “Scale of Justice” sculpture created by Jemez Springs artist Troy Williams was installed today in front of the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) and Los Alamos County plan to hold an official dedication of the sculpture at 3 p.m., Aug. 22.

This sculpture displays 12 jurors from all walks of life, based on actual community members. They are made of steel as is the scale on which they stand.

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Artisan’s Market in White Rock will be Weekly Event

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy’s Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan’s Market held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of The Hive on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce as a way to provide local and regional artists an opportunity to showcase their wares at what will now be a weekly market each Sunday. To participate in the Artisan’s Market, artists can contact Melanie Pena at 505-661-4807. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Pathway to Pain Free Athletics: Core Training – Are You Doing Enough?

Column by Jessica Kisiel

You have probably heard that having a strong core is important and will help with back pain, athletic performance, injury prevention, posture and the various activities of daily living.

In your effort to gain strength in this area, you may have started a program of abdominal and lower back exercises, but is this enough?

Before we consider this question we need to discuss the anatomy of the core and why yours needs to be strong.

The core of your body extends from your shoulders to below your hips.

It encompasses muscles of the torso centering around the position of the spine Read More

Nearly 8,000 in Rural N.M. Getting High-Speed Internet Access

WASHINGTON – U.S. . Udall, D-N.M. has announced that nearly 8,000 rural New Mexico residents will gain high-speed internet access within the next three years.
This is part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Connect America Fund.”
Udall is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues.
Broadband and telecommunications companies CenturyLink and Windstream will receive $2.3 million to build broadband infrastructure for New Mexico homes and businesses that currently lack high-speed internet
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‘Food on the Hill’: Smoky Cheese Fondue

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York

This week’s recipe…

Photo by Sue York/

Smoky Cheese Fondue

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (12 oz) beer, NOT all at once (I like the dark beer)
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard
  • 4-5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack (shredded)
  • 1 1/2 cup smoked gouda cheese or smoked cheddar (shredded)
  • paprika on top
  • bread cubes for dipping

Photo by Sue York/

Fry onions in olive oil for 1 minute then add garlic and cook
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School Board Holding Special Meeting at Coffee Booth


The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Coffee Booth to review school board policies. 

The meeting is open to the public.



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Registration for Fall YMCA Racquetball Starts Wednesday

The Fall Racquetball League has four skill level divisions. Registration is Aug. 1 to 29 and the season is Sept. 4 to Nov. 16.
Players will be matched against other players with similar experience levels and will have games scheduled each week in the 10-week season culminating in a tournament.
Cost is $30 for Y members and $45 just for the program.
Adult Co-ed Volleyball League will be a casual/recreational 4-on-4 season consisting of six weeks of games and final tournament at the YMCA.
Sundays 1-3 p.m. from Oct. 7 to Nov.
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Gadbois Selected to Create Mural at UNM-Los Alamos

A mural created by Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has commissioned Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois to create a work of art for the UNM-LA campus.

The Local Selection Committee at UNM-LA sought to commission a work that would connect the campus and the Los Alamos community as well as conceptually relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Finalists were selected in March and a final selection was made earlier this July. Installation of the $57,000 project is scheduled to be completed during Read More

Medicaid, New Mexico, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Column by Rep. Jim Hall
House District 43

This is the second — somewhat delayed column on Medicaid. This column discusses Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.

The June 28 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) decision by the Supreme Court makes the Medicaid issue even more timely and important.

Let’s start with a review of Medicaid’s importance and its basic structure. Medicaid matters for two major reasons. 

First, it provides about 560,000 New Mexicans with health coverage. Second, health care is the fastest growing part of New Mexico’s budget and Medicaid funding Read More

Column: Bad Management Theories Lead to Bad Organizational Practices

Los Alamos

When I was in graduate school, I often had disquiet feelings about certain theories, especially the ones based in economics, with neat and elegant equations, or models constructed with impeccable rationality. 

But being a student, while we might be able to voice some of our criticism in private or in class discussions, one does not foolishly challenge these theories too publicly (certainly not without research evidence) as these theories or models are usually published by well established authority figures. 

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YMCA Gym Divider Helps to Double Space


The Family YMCA completed the installation of a gym divider curtain this month, which was partially funded by targeted donations from last year’s annual campaign for the improvement project. The curtain will enable smaller programs to run at the same time, such as wrestling and open gym, or bumpers volleyball and iCare Wednesdays. Courtesy/YMCA Read More

Tuesday Memorial Set for Paul Guthals

IHM News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Paul R. Guthals passed away Saturday morning.

A Funeral Mass for Guthals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

A reception will follow the Mass at Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall, adjacent to the church.

Interment also will be Tuesday, July 31 at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Read More

UNM-LA’s ‘University Experience’ Provides Active Opportunity for Students

UNM-LA News:

Students entering fourth through twelveth grade were on the UNM-LA campus during the week of July 23-27 for “University Experience,” a science and technology program that gave students the opportunity to learn about robotics, rocketry, forensics, biology, alternative energy, game design and cyber-security. Students participated in hands-on activities designed to introduce them to these fields of study. (Students’ names intentionally withheld.) Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 19 to July 25, 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 19 at 10:54 p.m. / Police arrested Tanner Barber, 25, of Los Alamos on Arkansas Street and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.







July 20 at 11:15 p.m. / Police arrested Lawrence Pena, 35, of Los Alamos near Los Alamos High School and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or Read More

Martin Heinrich Spends Time in White Rock

Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Heather Wilson. Heinrich visited White Rock residents during the day Saturday and met with a group of supporters later in the evening at a home in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy photo

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Lunch with a Leader to Feature Local Police Chief


LWV News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Wayne Torpy will be the speaker at the upcoming League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting.


The public is invited to attend Torpy’s talk, set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school.)

Torpy was hired as police chief in Los Alamos in 2005. He serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the boards of the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos.

He holds a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College,

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Udall Advocates Constitutional Amendment to Rein in Flood of Secret Money

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaking at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Courtesy photo
Washington, D.C. – At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.
“Money has poisoned our political system,” Udall said. “We, as Americans, believe in government ‘of the people, by the people, for the
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