LANL Public Meeting: Individual Permit for Storm Water


The public is invited to attend an Individual Permit for Storm Water meeting Thursday in Pojoaque. 

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Presentations at Thursday’s meeting will provide an overview of the plan for the summer season and the results of permit related actions and monitoring to date.

The daily routine of placing storm water controls and monitoring after rain storms will be explained as well as the process for earning site completion status Read More

NNSA Announces Elimination of 450 Metric Tons of Russian Weapons Highly Enriched Uranium

NNSA News:

Photo: Removing fresh nuclear fuel from Rossendorf, Germany. Courtesy/

WASHINGTON, D.C.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 450 metric tons of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program.

The 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement is now 90 percent complete and by the end of 2013 a total of 500 MT of Russian nuclear weapons HEU will be eliminated by being converted into low enriched uranium (LEU), which is intended for peaceful Read More

Journey Through Indian Country Part 5: A Zero Tolerance Approach

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney. “We’ve made it a priority … to lower, if not eliminate, our thresholds to take these cases.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 5

The arrest of a 20-year-old Zuni woman for selling two baggies of cocaine that each contained less than one gram of the drug might be considered a minor offense in many jurisdictions—but in Indian Country, federal prosecutors are taking a different approach.

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s Read More

No County Council Meeting July 31

The Los Alamos County Administrator’s Office reports that the Regular Session of the County Council that was scheduled for 7 p.m., July 31 in Council Chambers has been canceled.

Any item tentatively set for that date has been moved to the Aug. 7 Council meeting.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 to July 4, 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.

June 28 at 10:53 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of criminal trespassing in the 3800 block of Gold Street. The estimated damage is unknown.

June 30 at 5:26 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of breaking and entering in the 200 block of El Conejo. The estimated damage is unknown.

 July 1 at 10:16 a.m. / Steven Herrera, 55, of Santa Fe was Read More

Grant Enhances Curb Appeal for Nine Local Businesses

Dr. Merry McIntyre, owner of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness, stands near her new sign obtained through the MainStreet Curb Appeal program. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for McIntrye’s new business location at 118 Central Park Square. Photo by Katy Korkos 

SBDC News:

The MainStreet Curb Appeal Grant has assisted nine local businesses improve their curb appeal.

The 2012 Spring Recipients include:

  • Hilltop House Spa;
  • Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio;
  • Los Alamos Family YMCA;
  • Los Alamos Fitness Center;
  • Museum Parke, Inc.;
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Column: Medicaid, New Mexico, and the PPACA

By Representative Jim Hall
House District 43
  • Medicaid, New Mexico, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

I attended a Medicaid conference in Washington, D.C., June 27 and 28. 

The non-partisan Council of State Governments organized the conference for state legislators to address ongoing growth in Medicaid costs and expected changes in Medicaid programs. 

This is the first of two columns on Medicaid. This column discusses the current program.  The next column will discuss Medicaid’s future in New Mexico. 

The June 28 PPACA decision by Read More

Column: Open Meeting Called Into Question

By Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

The Los Alamos School Board strives with great diligence to comply with the statutory rules for conduct of its open meetings in order to ensure transparency in government.

A Special Board meeting was held on May 24, 2012 to approve the 2012-13 Operating Budget.

At that meeting, the Board acted to amend the salary provisions of two collective bargaining agreements with existing school employee bargaining units in order to assure that employee contracts drafted at the end of the school year properly reflected the salaries authorized Read More

Artist Friends Exhibit Different Interpretations

Los Alamos artists and friends Janice Parker Muir, left, and Sheridan Brown share an exhibit that opens from 5-7 p.m., Friday at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery across from Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Wray

By Mandy Marksteiner

  • Upcoming exhibition at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery features the work of two friends who see the world differently

No two people see the world the same way.

“Janice Parker Muir and I have been friends for a long time,” artist Sheridan Brown said. “We’ve had a lot of fun going out and painting together. We see different things even when we’re in the same place.”

The upcoming show at the Read More

Letter to the Editor: YMCA Says Thanks

Thank You to everyone who helped make The Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run a success.
The event was sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe. Businesses that donated prizes for top finishers and random drawings were Ruby K’s, Otowi Station Bookstore, Pet Pangaea, Connie’s Over Your Head Salon, Ten Thousand Waves, The Co-op Market, The Flower Shop, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, CB Fox, Aspen Copies, El Parasol, Fabulous 50’s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Pajarito Ski Area, Reel Deal Theater, The Coffee Booth,
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Letter to the Editor: Kiwanis Says Thanks

Dear Editor,

Despite the damper of dry weather and fireworks show cancellation, the 2012 Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park was a great success.

After a few months of dangerous drought, the big rain was even welcome.

Though we canceled the festivities earlier than planned, the fun picnic setting, yummy food, wonderful music, and very cool skydiving display by the Habanero Skydiving Club made for a great afternoon and evening.

We missed the fireworks, but we still celebrate living in the United States of America – the very best country in the world to be from!

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Read More

Joe King Carrasco Plays the Pond

Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns perform as part of the Gordon Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Joe King Carrasco and keyboardist Kris Cummings head into the crowd during their concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Keyboardist Kris Cummings runs back to the stage to take up her instrument during the Joe King Carrasco concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Joe King Carrasco continues to play his Fender Telecaster while out amongst the crowd during his concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Read More

Community Reaches Out to Church Following Fire

New Beginnings Fellowship Church at 112 East Road lost its chapel to fire on the 4th of July. Los Alamos Police were at the church early Thursday evening. Los Alamos Fire Investigators, the New Mexico Fire Marshal and an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are searching for the cause of the fast spreading blaze. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos residents and members of the local faith-based community are rallying around the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, after a fire destroyed its chapel on the 4th of July.

Calls of support Read More

Get Ready for 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon

Join the Los Alamos Recreation Division Saturday, Aug. 18, as it presents the 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon in all its glory.

The 20k bike ride is back to its old course of challenging climbs and beautiful scenery; then jump in the pool (feet first) for a 400 meter swim; and conclude with the 5K run from the Aquatic Center to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive and then turning around and running back to the Aquatic Center.

The Los Alamos triathlon was organized by Bill and Maureen Hudson in 1975 and is the longest running continuous triathlon in the country.

Following the event, join the celebration Read More

Rep. Jim Hall Attends Summer Concert

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, visits with KRSN Station owner Gillian Sutton at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Friday evening. Hall is seeking re-election to House District 43 against Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner Read More

Quark Room Chandeliers Come Down

With renovations making way for a new private dining/meeting room at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos, Mark Hartman, right, of Mark The Electrician Inc., removed the 10 chandelier wall sconces lining the Quark Room at the former Central Avenue Grill June 19. Ken Nebel of Fuller Lodge Art Center assists in removing the large ceiling chandelier. Bonnie Gordon observes the operation from ground level. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chandelier wall sconces rest on the bar after all 10 were removed from the walls of the former Quark Room. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Lunchtime Dogs and Drinks Available on Central

Co-owner Tina Martinez awaits the lunchtime crowd at her “David’s Dogs” hot dog stand on Central Avenue across from the Municipal Complex construction project. She and her husband, David Martinez, set up the mobile restaurant in the parking lot in front of their primary business, “David’s Old Fashioned Barbershop.” Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Diners eat David’s Dogs hot dogs Thursday at an outdoor table set up on the sidewalk in front of David’s Old Fashioned Barber Shop on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Muni Complex Walls Take Shape

Workers install drywall to the steel frame of the new Municipal Complex downtown on Central Avenue. The project remains on track for completion in Fall 2013. A “topping off” public event when the last piece of steel is set into place for the building is expected later this summer. Residents or businesses with questions about the project are encouraged to contact the County’s Project Manager, Dan Erickson at or call the Capital Projects Office at 662-8112. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Katelyn Littleton

The Kiwanis Club presented an educational scholarship check recently to Los Alamos High School graduate Katelyn Littleton who will attend Texas Tech University to study animal science in the fall. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. Littleton, center, is the 2012 Los Alamos County Rodeo Queen joined by her father, Paul Littleton, and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. The Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Sharon Stover  Read More

Local Author Launches New Book About Heroic Dog

Staff Report

“Mason, A New Mexico Hero,” describes the life of a dog, originally a homeless and unwanted puppy, running away, finding himself caught and taken to a shelter, from where he is adopted through the local annual Dog Jog into a loving family.

Caroline Mason is the author of this short story. The book is written in the first person by the dog, so the reader gets the dog’s perspective on the importance of food and regular baths and on his adaption to living in a multi-animal home.

However, Mason amply repays his owner’s trust in him by his heroic behavior in helping his mistress Read More

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