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LAFD Hosts Promotion and Retirement Ceremony

on June 28, 2014 - 11:24am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement Ceremony Thursday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Divisional Chief Richard Garcia retired and was honored at the event for his more than 20 years of dedicated service. He received a special escort as he left the station. Courtesy/LAFD

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes expresses his appreciation to Divisional Chief Richard Garcia who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Courtesy/LAFD 

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider at the podium and Chief Troy Hughes, right, during Thursday's Promotional Badge Ceremony at

YMCA Book Fair Continues Through July 9

on June 28, 2014 - 10:31am
Shoppers browse Friday morning at the YMCA Scholastic Book Fair. The Fair continues during Y hours through July 9. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Circus Camp Kids Show Off New Skills

on June 28, 2014 - 10:29am
It was a circus at the YMCA as the kids of Circus Camp put on a show for parents Friday. Members of Wise Fool, a performance company that trains youth in circus skills, conducted the program. A second Circus Camp will take place the week of Aug. 2. Call the Family YMCA for information at 505.662.3100. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young performer walks on stilts for the audience. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Library's American Girl Program Participants Perform

on June 28, 2014 - 9:22am
Girls in the 'American Girl' program at Mesa Public Library perform for their parents Friday. The American Girl program is a week-long activity program for children ages 8-12. Kit Kittredge from 1934 is this summer's featured American Girl. Courtesy/MPL
The girls perform the musical number 'Side by Side.' Courtesy/MPL

New Atomic Heritage Foundation Website Previews Manhattan Project Historical Park

on June 28, 2014 - 8:16am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo

AHF News:

With prospects looking good this year for a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is launching a timely new website for prospective visitors to the Manhattan Project communities at

The new park is expected to generate 500,000 or more tourists to Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., over the next decade. As a preview of coming attractions, prospective visitors can take a virtual tour and immerse themselves in the Manhattan Project online.

With colorful

Junior Golf Association Club Swap Sunday

on June 28, 2014 - 8:09am


Pet of the Week: Syd the Cat

on June 28, 2014 - 8:00am

Syd the Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Syd is a BIG orange male cat who is 15 years old and more than a little sad about ending up in the shelter.

He arrived last week, after it was reported that he was no longer using the litter box. It turns out this poor guy just had a urinary tract infection and couldn’t make it to the litter box in time.

Syd is on medication for his UTI, and already beginning to feel a lot better. He would love a quiet home with patches of sunshine and a lap where he can get the love and attention he deserves during his golden years.

Jae Drummond Art at Jean Cocteau Gallery June 16

on June 28, 2014 - 7:54am

'Nymeria' by Jae Drummond. Courtesy photo

JCCG News:

Jae Drummond’s art training started early. Her father, David Drummond, also a professional painter, attached a roll of butcher paper to a board, creating a portable drawing table with an infinite supply of paper. By the time you have filled several rolls of paper, you draw pretty well, she said.

The artists she was first introduced to were the great American illustrators N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish and Norman Rockwell. Both her formal schooling and her love of art and illustration focused on the human figure.

Pinon Brings 'Green' Professional Event Coordination Services to New Mexico

on June 28, 2014 - 6:49am


Pinon Conference and Event Management is a new Los Alamos-based business specializing in the planning and execution of top-quality events in Northern New Mexico.

Owner Kimberley Hoch of Los Alamos relies on her past experience as an event manager to bring new clients’ goals and vision to reality.

“The success of an event relies on the early identification of the end goal - whether that be positive ROI, or a great experience for guests, or increased visibility of an organization,” Hoch said.

Pinon offers services to support corporate, community and personal events –

Date of Healthy Life Celebration Health Fair at LAMC Rescheduled to Oct. 25

on June 27, 2014 - 4:37pm

LAMC News:

The date of the Women’s Healthy Life Celebration Health Fair at Los Alamos Medical Center originally scheduled for Saturday has been changed. The new date for the Fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct.  25. The date change was made to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to accommodate a number of local physicians who are participating in the event, a LAMC spokesperson said.

The free Women’s Health Fair is designed to improve access to important preventive health care services for women in the community and to share new advanced treatment options for some of the most common


Council Approves Lease For Portion of Golf Course Community Building to Pajarito Golf Group, LLC.

on June 27, 2014 - 2:17pm

County and community members attend today's Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted today to adopt an ordinance authorizing a lease for a certain portion of the County-owned Golf Course Community Building to Pajarito Golf Group, LLC.

This vote comes after several unsuccessful attempts requesting proposals from qualified service providers to provide a food and beverage operation at the Golf Course clubhouse/community building.

County staff issued Request for Proposal No. 2014-1929 Dec.

Council Adopts New Health Care Assistance Policy

on June 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne addresses Council questions with the Health Care Assistance Policy during today's noontime Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Social Services Division Manager Kim Gabaldon discusses the Indigent Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Pete Sheehey speaks indepth about the County's Indigent Fund and requests that safeguards be included to protect those in need. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and others commend Sheehey for delving into the complicated issue and sharing his knowledge. Photo by Carol A.

Council Approves Ordinance Restating Leases With Los Alamos Retirement Community

on June 27, 2014 - 1:08pm

Council voted to adopt Ordinance 651; an Ordinance restating and reauthorizing those leases between the County of Los Alamos and Los Alamos Retirement Community entered on Jan. 1, 1983 and Dec. 1, 2001 and extending the terms thereof. Council further moved that, upon passage, the Ordinance be published in summary form and that the County Administrator be authorized to execute the documents to facilitate refinancing of Los Alamos Retirement Community debt as requested. Councilor Rick Reiss was absent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

United Way Launches ‘Born Learning Trail’ to Promote Early Childhood Learning, Family Fun

on June 27, 2014 - 8:32am

Photo by Jeremy Varela


Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning.

All that changed when United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM), Los Alamos County, Metzger’s “Do It Best” and the YMCA “YES” Corp, along with community volunteers, came together to create an outdoor early-learning trail at Urban Park to help adults turn excursions with young children into fun, interactive learning moments. The trail was unveiled June 19.

The “Born Learning Trail” is a series of learning activities that any

County Offers Chance to Win Free Airfare From LAM to ABQ

on June 26, 2014 - 5:16pm


Keep Your Ride Simple ... Get on the Bus (and have a chance to win free airfare from LAM to ABQ, too!)

You ride the, why not fly?

During July, Los Alamos County Airport (LAM) is teaming up with Atomic City Transit to promote the new commercial air service being offered between Los Alamos and Albuquerque!

LAM will be giving away five free round trip flights on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the County that provides commercial airline service between LAM and Albuquerque's Sunport (ABQ).

To enter, individuals riding the FREE Atomic City Transit

YMCA Holds Scholastic Book Fair Through July 9

on June 26, 2014 - 4:02pm

PEEC Hosts Summer Family Evening July 1

on June 26, 2014 - 3:59pm


Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 to learn how to simulate the rock cycle using aluminum foil and crayons.

Van Der Werff will show participants how to create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in this fun hands-on activity. Families are welcome to drop in anytime to try their hand at the activity.

Van Der Werff is the education coordinator for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Applications Open For Leadership Los Alamos 2015

on June 26, 2014 - 3:51pm
Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2014. Courtesy/Leadership Los Alamos

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos is accepting applications through July 31 for the 2015 leadership program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a unique opportunity for citizens of northern New Mexico who are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitable, and governmental organizations in the region. Class participants will develop their skills to shape the future of the region.

"Inspiring others to make Los Alamos a better place to live, work and play is what Leadership Los Alamos is all about,” said President

YMCA Holds Basketball Clinic Next Week

on June 26, 2014 - 10:08am

ALIVE! for Kids and Families at First Baptist Church Tonight

on June 26, 2014 - 10:06am


The First Baptist Church Los Alamos will host ALIVE!, a fun event for children and families which includes dinner.  The event is 6:15-8:15 p.m. today, June 26, at the Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Kolby and Mary Beth King from Tulsa share about God in a fast-paced way using tools such as ventriloquism, illusions, drama, fire-eating, humorous illustrations,  balloon animals, high-energy songs, stunts with six-foot balloons and more.

It’s impacting and fun for all ages. Everyone is welcome at this free event.

Bag Days at Jemez House Thrift Store Begin July 1

on June 26, 2014 - 10:02am


Jemez House Thrift Shop is holding  two weeks of Bag Days the first two weeks in July. On Bag Days, everything a customer can fit into a brown paper bag is $5. Larger items also are discounted.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The store will be closed July 4.

The shop is at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, near Smith's Food and Drug.

Flamingos Flock 34th Street Home

on June 26, 2014 - 8:17am
Flamingos flock the 34th Street home of Nancy and Chuck Forest this week to highlight their rock and flower garden. Courtesy photo


Nancy and Chuck Forest of 2247 34th St., were the latest recipients of the traveling band of pink flamingos that have been showing up around Los Alamos.

Their house was "flocked" by RE/MAX associate broker Paula Barclay after a neighbor recommended the Forests' home for the recognition.The flamingos are part of a small community beautification recognition program that Barclay is undertaking to thank people who are working to make Los Alamos


Energy, Water and Climate Change Discussed at 'Nature on Tap' June 26

on June 25, 2014 - 10:29am

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at the Blue Window Bistro.

The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.”

It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.

For this installment of

Los Alamos School Resource Officer Helps 26 Boy Scouts Achieve Merit Badges

on June 25, 2014 - 9:52am

School Resource Officer Jordan Redmond is teaching 26 Boy Scouts from throughout Los Alamos and White Rock about Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Finger Printing, Fire Safety, Law, Safety and Traffic Safety for their merit badges. Photo by Laura Gonzales

Photo by Laura Gonzales


Visit Elk Herds in the Valles Caldera With PEEC

on June 25, 2014 - 9:32am

Elk in the Valle Caldera. Courtesy/Valle Caldera National Preserve

PEEC News:

One of the many Take Wing events that Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering exclusively to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign, is sure to delight.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 a small group, limited to 10 people, will explore the Valles Caldera by van, getting up close to the resident elk.

PEEC is raising roughly $1 million through the capital campaign to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, slated to open in spring 2015.