Ribbon Cut at Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency

The community’s newest insurance agent, Abe Dispennette, cuts the ribbon on Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency, 1362 Trinity Drive Suite B, during a ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Dispennette is joined from left, by his staff and area manager James Medina, the Chamber’s Katy Korkos, wife Kirsta Dispennette, Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski, his wife LAMC ICU Nurse Jacqueline Chrobocinski and their son JJ, Rotarians Chuck Tallman and Paul Frederickson and Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess. See Sunday’s Read More

Underground Interference Causes Power Outage


DPU News:

Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday due to underground line interference.

Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the homes.

DPU’s on-call electric line men worked to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. and repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had power by 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Read More

Robert Gibson Elected Local GOP Chair

GOP Chair Robert Gibson

GOP News:

The Los Alamos County Republican Party held a special election Thursday, Jan. 3 to fill its chairmanship vacancy created when Jordan Redmond resigned due to professional commitments.

The Party selected longtime Los Alamos resident and former County Councilor Robert Gibson as its new chairman.

“Political parties have an important role in our democracy, the most basic being to encourage and support candidates for public office. Nowhere is that more important than at the local level, where few citizens have the knowledge, networks, or courage to plunge Read More

Review: Take a Trip to the 70s with Frost/Nixon

David Frost (Don Monteith) and President Richard M. Nixon (Grady Hughes) share a moment. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Frost/Nixon is a trip down memory lane for those of us who were there, but maybe it’s more important that those who weren’t there see this play.

If you want to understand the 1970s, certainly a pivotal time in American history, there’s no better way to get a feel for the period than to see Front/Nixon.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting an excellent production of Peter Morgan’s play this month. The show portrays the 1977 television interviews Read More

Canadian Hockey Team Beats Los Alamos 6-1

St. Thomas Aquinas from Ontario, Canada beat the Los Alamos Varsity Hockey team 6 to 1 Thursday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Photo by Greg Kendall/

A crowd of locals and several Canadians braved the cold Thursday to cheer on their favorite hockey team. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg Kendall/

The remainder of Topper team play is in Taos, Jan. 4-6.

  • Friday: 7 p.m. Los Alamos vs La Cueva
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. Cibola vs Los Alamos
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Coronado vs Los Alamos

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Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced on Thursday a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber.
In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option.
Earlier on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will remain in the
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By B. Zerker
Weapons specialist & Constitutionalist
Los Alamos


“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before,” … is what Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel said in an interview regarding the economy with The Wall Street Journal.

Now it looks as if OUR* government seems to be following that same advice as it pertains to every matter that comes along except for our failing economy! In particular, I now speak of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.

Soon, OUR Senate, will

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NMDOT Distict Five Honors Outstanding Employees

2012 Supervisor of the Year Kenny Gallegos has been directly involved in Los Alamos projects. Courtesy/NMDOT


  • NMDOT District Five Employees Honored

SANTA FE—NMDOT District Five has selected and honored the following employees for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the fourth quarter of 2012:

  • Rick Fernandez, Civil Engineer Technician-Advanced, Chama Project Office, has been named “Employee of the Fourth Quarter.”
  • Annette Trujillo, Assistant Supervisor, Pojoaque Project Office, has been named “Supervisor of the Fourth Quarter.”
  • Mallery Martinez, Bernadette
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Renowned Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Locally Jan. 12

Pianist Jeremy Denk

LACA News:

New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season Jan. 12. 

Pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire.

He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.

He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and Read More

Winter Art Classes Begin Jan. 20


Registration is underway for the 2013 Winter Art Classes at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio.

Community members are invited to join in the fun by participating in one of the classes, all of which will be held at the Gallery’s new location, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125.

“Creative Color and Dynamic Design,” is a new evening class taught by award-winning local artist Melissa Bartlett.

Bartlett will teach participants how color theory and design are essential elements of painting. Class starts Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. and runs six weeks.

The Karen Wray Fine Read More

Hilltopper Girls Beat West Las Vegas 48-39

Erin Kirk passes to Marrissa Larribus for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott and Amber Logan team up for steal. Photo by Alan Kirk

Haley Each shoots jump shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Keanna Zerr shoots over defender. Photo by Alan Kirk Read More

Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon

The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ January meeting will feature adventures into the secret places of the Grand Canyon, like the narrow slot of Muav Canyon. Courtesy/LAM


Grand Canyon National Park is big, but not that big. It is almost exactly the size of Santa Fe County, and, with 5 million visitors per year, draws five times the crowds.

Many places in the southwestern desert are far more remote. How can there be places in the Park that are hardly visited from one year to the next?

There are indeed such places, remote slot tributaries protected from casual visit by sheer technical Read More

Letter to the Editor: Research Reveals More Names For LAHS Memorial Garden Plaques

By Linda Hull, president 2012-13
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos

As many in the community know, the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden was dedicated Dec. 20 in honor of students who lost their lives while enrolled at the high school. 

A temporary visual display of plaques was posted on the flagstone centerpiece located in the middle of the garden, around which leaders of the school district, community and the high school gathered to make brief remarks.  

Permanent plaques have been ordered to replace the temporary ones and will be professionally installed when weather permits.

Through Read More

LAMC Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

Feliciaño A. Jiron

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

LAMC CEO Feliciaño A. Jiron was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

The LAMC Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent Read More

School Bond Election Forum Set For Jan. 7


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will hold a forum on the school bond election from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The speakers will include LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt and School Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie.

The community is invited to attend the forum to hear details of the plans for the bond and to ask questions.

Anyone unable to attend the forum can find information about the bond at or by calling the Los Alamos Public Schools district office at 663- 2230. Read More

SFI Colloquium: Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth’s Biogeochemical Cycles


Dr. Paul G. Falkowsk

SFI News:

The next SFI Colloquium features Paul G. Falkowski (Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program, Rutgers University) speaking on “Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth’s Biogeochemical Cycles.”

Falkowski’s talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road. 

Abstract: Life is far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Over the past decade, together with collaborators, I have been analyzing the biochemical reactions responsible Read More

Korea Increases Support of NNSA’s Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Efforts

DOE and Korean officials sign a memorandum of understanding in 2010. Courtesy/NNSA News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Republic of Korea announced Wednesday that the Republic of Korea renewed its partnership to combat nuclear smuggling with a $300,000 contribution to support NNSA’s ongoing nonproliferation work in Azerbaijan.

The funding, provided by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and facilitated by the U.S. Department of State’s Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative (NSOI), will be used for the installation of radiation Read More

Hazardous Fuels Treatment in Forest Begins Jan. 8

SNFN News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management plans a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment on the Forest for January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable;
  • The pile burn location is approximately six miles east of Santa Fe, one mile east of McClure Reservoir;
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low;
  • Smoke from the burning activities
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Clark & Kendall’s Weekend Preview: Jan. 2

This week’s preview sponsored by

Ribbon Cutting for Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B

Los Alamos Community Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan 3, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4

At First Baptist Church Hall, Diamond Drive. Sign up and save a life! Call United Blood Services at 236-1467

Pajarito Ski Mountain opens Friday, Jan. 4  

Los Alamos Little Theater Presents: Frost/Nixon Written by Peter Morgan
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4-19 and 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 13

Community Asset Awards Ceremony Read More

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