Pete Sheehey Announces Bid for County Council

Democrat Pete Sheehey announces his candidacy for county council Thursday night. Photo by Greg Kendall/


County Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey announced his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Democratic Party County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel.

Sheehey made the following statement:

I’m Pete Sheehey, and I am running for Los Alamos County Council. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, and Los Alamos has been a good home for me. I think we can make it better. There are two things I would


Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment



PEEC is presenting a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 by Katherine Ware, Exhibits and Photography Curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Ware also is the author of Earth Now.

Earth Now traces the development of environmental photography beginning with  Adams and  Porter and others, and the next generation of landscape photographers whose works confronted the issues of landscape and the environment in less idealized terms.

Earth Now is a powerful commentary on global environmental issues as seen through the lens of the newest wave of environmental


Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

The County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee held a public hearing Thursday in Council Chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Design/Construction). The committee passed unanimously Phase 2 applications for both the Teen Center and the Nature Center for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
The CIP Committee’s recommendations for approval will be forwarded to County Administrator Harry Burgess. Burgess could then take


Fuller Lodge Art Center takes on the Beautiful and Beastly

Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel examines Thelma Hahn’s work through 3-D glasses. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


By Kirsten Laskey

Receiving the entries for the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest show, “Beauty and the Beast” was similar to awarding homework an A+, Director Ken Nebel said. Every piece made the grade.

From a bronze sculpture of a whimsical pig, “Petal” to delicate jewelry pieces made from glass and watch parts, the show reveals the artists’ creativity and imagination as they interpreted this unique topic.

Beauty in the Beast caught


CIP Committee Considers Nature Center and Teen Center Thursday


The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:15 p.m. Thursday to consider Phase 2 applications for a new nature center and a new teen center.
The nature center has three possible designs, all from Catalyst Architecture. The preferred site (based on community input at a public meeting in November) is on Canyon Road, formerly the skate park location just up the road from the Aquatic Center.
In addition, as a close-to-net-zero energy use building, it becomes a model for environmental sustainability.


Library Hosts ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Workshop


Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing: Fun and simple steps to help get every child ready to read @ your library.

The Los Alamos County Library System has an exciting series of workshops underway designed to help get Every Child Ready to Read®. Mesa Public Library will present the second Every Child Ready to Read workshop for parents and caregivers from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

(Note: This workshop is for adults only; children will benefit from what their parents or caregivers learn – but not during this session; the last workshop in the series will be for both children


United Way Sends Out Annual Call for Grant Applicants


United Way of Northern New Mexico  (UWNNM) is accepting grant applications beginning today and running through 5 p.m. March 28.

To apply for a UWNNM grant, organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

• Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status

• Serving Los Alamos and/or Rio Arriba counties

• Impact one of the four focus areas: Nurturing Children & Youth, Strengthening Families, Improving Health & Healing, Enriching the Lives of our Seniors

• Administrative costs must be less than 25 percent of total organizational budget (Administrative cost


UNM-LA Now Offering Microsoft IT Academy Courses

By Bonnie Gordon

UNM-Los Alamos announces a new series of courses as a member of the Microsoft IT Academy Program. UNM-LA is the only organization in northern New Mexico that offers Microsoft Official Curriculum Courses.

“UNM-LA offers these courses at extremely competitive pricing along with many extras,” Program Coordinator Gary Garrett said. “See the website for details about our courses.”

Visit the program website at

Course 6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client will be offered beginning Wednesday, March 7. This four-day instructor-led


First Person Accounts of Los Alamos Residents Sought

n honor of its 100th year of statehood, the New Mexico Museum of History is requesting first-person accounts of life in 2012.

Los Alamos residents are invited to write a letter about:

  • Where you live and what you do
  • What worries you
  • What give you hope
  • What makes NM your home place and your heart place

The letters will be saved for future historians.

Send to: Centennial Letters Project, NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501.


Los Alamos Nominations Needed for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts is looking for nominations – and they need Los Alamos nominations!

Categories include individuals and organizations, and can be any affiliation – artists, donors, supporters, patrons, writers, photographers, educators, whatever.

The Governor’s Arts Awards were established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to honor New Mexicans who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the arts and are identified with New Mexico.

This prestigious annual award recognizes