Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Host Old-Timers and Members BBQ

The Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/Los Amigos de Valles Caldera


  • Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Old-Timers and Members BBQ at 3 p.m., Saturday Aug. 4

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera would like to invite you to a free BBQ at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

The Valles Caldera management has been kind enough to allow us to use the bunkhouse in the Historic Area. 

For those interested we will also have a morning work session to clean up around the headquarters area.

This event gives members and old-timers a chance to enjoy time on the Preserve, learn about Read More

Natural Resources Committee Approves Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Los Alamos contingent members visited Hanford as part of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spring conference including from left, Los Alamos Buffalo Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Suzette Fox of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Photo by Katy Korkos

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) to establish Read More

Make Your Reservations Now For The Blue Window’s July 15th Wine Dinner

The Blue Window Bistro is having the first of what will become an annual Wine Dinner at 6 p.m., Sunday July 15.

The dinner includes five courses and five paired wines with fine wine specialist Phillip de Give.

The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required. Call 662-6305.

The menu for the special evening includes:

First Course

  • Warm Deconstructed Caesar Salad
  • Tender grilled romaine hearts, soft-boiled quail egg, shaved parmesan, brioche crostini, anchovies, homemade caesar dressing
  • *Latour St. Bris Sauvignon Blanc, Burgundy, 2010*

Second Course

  • Seared Scallops
  • Jumbo sea
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Big Sale as Bella Cosa Flower Shop Prepares to Close

A going-out-of-business sale is underway at the Bella Cosa flower shop on Central Avenue as owners and employees prepare to close the doors for the final time July 28. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Plenty of gift and gardening items remain on sale inside the flower shop Tuesday and are marked down significantly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Economic Vitality Administrator Meets with Housing Board

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher met with the Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board in White Rock Tuesday to introduce himself and find out ways in which the County might collaborate with LAHP to develop affordable housing locally. LAHP developed the successful Pinon Trails affordable housing project in White Rock several years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Council Calls for Changes to Contract for Operation of Visitor Centers

Katy Korkos and Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation answer questions from the County Council. Photo by Greg Kendall/ from PAC8 Internet Broadcast.

The Contract For General Services, Agreement No. AGR13-3889 with Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (dba Los Alamos Meeting & Visitor Bureau), in the amount of $195,480, plus applicable Gross Receipts Tax, for the purpose of Visitor Operations And Management Services was pulled by Council from the Consent Agenda.

The Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau (LAMVB), a program Read More

Council Approves Community Broadband Project Market Survey

County Chief Information Officer Laura Gonzales and IT Project Manager Estevan Gonzales present the need for the Community Broadband Network market survey. Photo by Greg Kendall/ from PAC8 Internet Broadcast

In a 5 to 2 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved a Community Broadband Network (CBN) market survey so that the business plan will include customer input regarding funding, pricing and debt options. The Community Broadband Project is near completion. The engineering design is 90 percent complete. The design review was completed by NI Solutions. The final milestone Read More

Council Unanimously Approves Redefined White Rock Civic Center

Councilor Geoff Rodgers asked for assurance that the rocket ship at Pinon Park will be retained. Anne Laurent, Community & Economic Development Director assured Council the rocket ship would be kept. Photo by Greg Kendall/ from PAC8 Internet Broadcast.

Los Alamos County Council unanamously the proposed White Rock Civic Center (WRCC) Phase 2 CIP Project in accordance with reduced project scope Option 1 (Distributed Functions on County Property) by using the County-owned Piñon Park site for construction of a new White Rock Branch Library, for in-place renovation and Read More

Council Considers White Rock Civic Center

Anne Laurent, Community & Economic Development Director addresses Council on the issue of the White Rock Civic Center. A committee worked for six weeks to redesign the White Rock Civic Center complex. Option 1 is being recommended for approval. This includes a new library building located near the existing skate park in White Rock. This option also assumes repurposing the existing library and the existing Senior Center for a redesigned Senior Center which would include a commercial kitchen. Laurent noted that Option 3 did not receive a lot of support among the stakeholders. Photo by Greg Read More

Council Approves Consent Items

County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs County Council on the specifics of the items in the Consent Agenda. Council pulled Item H for discussion at the end of the evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/ from PAC8 Internet Broadcast

Council approved the Consent Agenda with a vote of 6 to 1, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the dissenting vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/ from PAC8 Internet Broadcast Read More

July 11th Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board

Fuller Lodge – Curtis Room
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

1.       Call to Order / Roll Call / Introduction of guests

2.       Public Comment – topics not on the agenda

3.       Approval of Minutes: June 6, 2012

4.       Items for discussion and possible action:
          A.      Proposal to Read More

July 11th Arts in Public Places Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3


II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)


A. Approval of Minutes from June 12, 2012


A. Overview of the Utilities Department “Smart House” project and possible artwork (Julie Williams-Hill)
B. Review and possible approval of enabling Read More

Viloria has Perfect Prediction on July 3 Pace Race

Weekly pace race held July 3. Courtesy photo
Isolina Viloria had a perfect prediction and also was the first female finisher in the 1 mile trail run on the trail behind the Aquatic Center.
Duane Marr had a six second differential and Anya Gonzales was 99 seconds off.
On the 1 mile paved course, Zachary Medin came in first with a time of 7:00. Eight-year-old Erik Leonard was first on the 1 mile trail course in 10:34. 
Jackie Marr was the first female on the 1 mile paved course with a time of 15:25.
On the 3.2 mile course held on the
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Thursday’s DWI Checkpoint Nets Zero Arrests

As part of its crackdown on motorists driving in Los Alamos County under the influence of alcohol or drugs, local police officers set up a DWI Checkpoint Thursday evening by the airport near the entrance to town. The Los Alamos Police Department reported that 174 vehicles were checked between 7-11 p.m., during which two field sobriety tests were conducted. Those tests turned out to be negative for substance abuse and the end result of Thursday’s checkpoint operation was zero arrests and zero citations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Sheldon Simpson at Read More

World Record Neutron Beam at LANL

Tom Hurry of Plasma Physics adjusts the target positioner and particle beam diagnostics prior to an experiment at Trident. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New Method Has Potential to Advance Materials Measurement

Photo: LANL visiting scientist Markus Roth. Courtesy/LANL

Using a one-of-a-kind laser system at Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists have created the largest neutron beam ever made by a short-pulse laser, breaking a world record. Neutron beams are usually made with particle accelerators or nuclear reactors and are commonly used in a wide variety of scientific research, particularly Read More

The Law is Clear for Motorists and Bicyclists

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster, left, and bicycling safety expert Khal Spencer at police headquarters talk about roadway safety for motorists and bicyclists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

In the last few months, there have been two crashes on Diamond Drive that occurred when a right turning motorist crossed the new bike lanes in close proximity to a bicyclist riding in the bike lane.

Some of the law is not exactly clear with regard to sharing roads with bike lanes and turning across bike lanes, but the law on changing lanes is crystal clear.

When turning right across Read More

LANL: Multi-Institutional Team Creates First Artificial Molecules That Switch “Handedness” at Light-Speed

(Top) Scanning electron microscopy image of optically switchable chiral THz metamolecules, (Bottom) The purple, blue and tan colors represent the gold meta-atom structures at different layers, with the two silicon pads shown in green. Courtesy of Zhang, et. al

LANL News:

  • Researchers Develop Optically Switchable Chiral THz Metamolecules

A multi-institutional team of researchers including scientists with Los Alamos National Laboratory has created the first artificial molecules whose chirality can be rapidly switched from a right-handed to a left-handed orientation with a beam of Read More

School Board Meets at Speech Theater Tonight


The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m., today in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Agenda items include a discussion of the recently released State “Report Cards” on the quality of Los Alamos schools, recommendations for landscaping and for the new bus loop at the high school, and an update on the Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School construction projects.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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Food on the Hill: Cherry Crisp

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York

This week’s recipe…
Cherry Crisp
Photo by Sue York/
10-inch tart pan or large pie plate
8 cups cherries, washed and pitted and halved
½ cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon mace or nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
butter – for dotting the top
Photo by Sue York/
Mix ½ cup of sugar into the cherries and let
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Dixie Girl Opens at 11:30 a.m. Today!

Co-owner Mike Lane, center left, of the Dixie Girl Restaurant joins guests for a second lunchtime test run Friday ahead of Tuesday’s 11:30 a.m. public opening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, co-owner Jake Smith, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Dr. Merry McIntrye, Lori Heimdahl Gibson, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider and former County Attorney Mary McInerny enjoy tasting lunch menu items at the Dixie Girl Restaurant Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, Building Official Chris Williams Read More

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