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Cure Cabin Fever at Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival

on February 16, 2013 - 9:03am

Festival-goers sample the wares at the 2012 Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival. Courtesy/JSFIF

Staff Report

Enjoy old fashioned, rip roaring, winter-time fun for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 23 at the annual Fire & Ice Festival at the Jemez Springs Civic Park in Jemez Springs.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m.

Enjoy watching a professional Chain Saw Carving contest and exhibition with amazing hand-carved sculptures that’ll be auctioned off 3:15  p.m. during the festivities.

The theme of the carvings will be “Otherworldly Beings,” which gives the carvers the opportunity to choose among

LAHS's Alexandra Berl Recognized for Volunteerism

on February 15, 2013 - 9:07am

LAHS Junior Alexandra Berl. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Alexandra Berl of Los Alamos has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from The 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  

A state-level Certificate of Excellence signifies that Berl was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from New Mexico in this year’s program. She is a junior at Los Alamos High School.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Crowd Gathers for FAN Club at RE/MAX-Stewart Title

on February 15, 2013 - 7:47am

A large crowd gathered for a Chamber of Commerce FAN Club and open house at the new shared offices of RE/MAX of Los Alamos and Stewart Title Company at 116 Central Avenue in Central Park Square. Photo by Katy Korkos

RE/MAX owner Kendra Henning, seated second from left, with agents in the lobby of their new offices in Central Park Square Wednesday. Photo by Katy Korkos

At the end of Wednesday's FAN Club open house, Stewart Title team members rest on each other after a long and busy day.

Kiwanis Club Announces Meeting Schedule

on February 15, 2013 - 7:39am

Kiwanis News:

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street, near 15th and Canyon.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.

Visit the club online at

A list of upcoming programs follows:

  • Feb. 19-Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. In addition, Kiwanis Division 3 Lieutenant Governor Traci McAdams of Taos will be visiting and will speak briefly.
  • Feb. 26

IHM Holds Friday Fish Fries

on February 15, 2013 - 6:56am

IHM News:

It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent.

The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceeds will benefit Nuestros Pequenos Orphanage in Honduras and other charities.

Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw and rice or french fries, plus a drink and dessert.

Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

Pinon PTO Hosts Fun Run/Walk

on February 15, 2013 - 6:52am


Pinon Elementary School PTO will host St. Patrick's Day-themed Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pinon Elementary School.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Pinon Elementary School website at

Early registration forms and fees are due March 1. Adults (18 and up) are $10 and $5 for youth. Late registration (after March 1) is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

Sign up by the early registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt. The community is invited.

'Land, Water, People, Time' Feb. 21 at Reel Deal

on February 15, 2013 - 6:44am

PEEC News:

Explore the culture and history of Northern New Mexico with an award-winning documentary film, "Land, Water, People, Time."

The showing is sponsored by PEEC and sheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Reel Deal Theater. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The movie was filmed across 10,000 square miles by New Meixo filmmakers David Lindblom, Cynthia Jeannette Gomez and Daniel Valerio.

It tells truly authentic stories that explore some of the modern challenges and tragedies of cultural and environmental losses, as well as hope, for preservation of cultures and

Los Alamos Boy Scouts tour Wastewater Treatment Plant

on February 14, 2013 - 12:13pm

Los Alamos Boy Scout Pack 27 toured the local Wastewater Treatment Plant Wednesday, Feb. 13. Courtesy/DPU







Help Rotary Purchase AED for Fuller Lodge

on February 14, 2013 - 11:38am
Help Rotary Purchase AED for Fuller Lodge
By Linda Hull, President 2012-13
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Ahoy, Los Alamos! It’s time for Rotary’s fourth Annual Crab Fest, and you are all cordially invited: Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Trinity Drive and DP Road. 

Proceeds from the event will help the Rotary Club purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for Fuller Lodge.

This all-you-can-eat crab and prawn dinner, our Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is served family-style with coleslaw, beans, rolls, dessert and beverages.

More Than 100 People Attend Chamisa Party

on February 14, 2013 - 10:43am
Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock celebrated its 45th anniversary with two events Wednesday. The Naval JROTC unit sent an all alumni Color Guard to start off the evening potluck dinner including Kyle Partin, John Gibson, Analicia Ronquillo and Victoria Hypes. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Current Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith greets former Principal Kate Thomas who arrived for the celebration. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

More than 100 party goers attended the evening events at Chamisa Wednesday. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Former Chamisa Principal Cindy Montoya and Cookie Halsted, along with Dr.

DK and the Affordables Rock Ski Hill Saturday

on February 14, 2013 - 7:30am

DK and the Affordables. Courtesy/DKA


The next Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band event will noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 16 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be from Marble Brewery and the band will be DK and the Affordables from Jemez Springs.

The Affordables jumping, jiving roots music is sure to get you moving.

Atomic City Transit is providing a new bus service to Pajarito Mountain with the last bus going down Saturday at 5:20 p.m. so people can enjoy the show and get a ride home.

Scientist Will Discuss Naval Nuclear Terrorism

on February 14, 2013 - 7:27am

HIVE News:

Scientist Liviu Popa-Simil will present a talk on “Naval Nuclear Terrorism – Non-Conventional Nuclear Devices – Their Early Detection and Suppression” at a Brown Bag Lunch event today, Feb. 14 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation starts at noon.

This is a subject of interest for homeland security and non-proliferation, bringing focus to the possibility of obtaining nuclear materials, types of non-conventional explosive devices, nuclear improvised explosive devices (IED), and

Local Businesswomen Join Nicholas Seet for Roundtable Talk

on February 14, 2013 - 7:17am


By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to start a successful business?

Six local female business owners will share their stories, advice and secrets 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21 at a roundtable discussion at Family Strengths Network. Babysitting will be provided.

Nicholas Seet, who will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UNM-LA during the spring semester, will moderate the talk.

The panel of business owners includes Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café; Lorraine Hartway, a CPA owner of a growing practice; Michelle Harkey, owner

Los Alamos Students Perform at Roundhouse

on February 14, 2013 - 7:09am

Three sisters who attend Los Alamos Public Schools performed Feb. 12 during Hispanic Cultural Day at a Joint Session on the House floor at the Roundhouse. Pictured here with State Auditor Hector Balderas are from left, Alexandria "Lexie"Quintana (LAHS), Anjelika "Jeli" Garcia (LAMS) and Anika Garcia (Aspen Elementary.) The girls dance with Baile Ilusion Folklorico of Pojoaque. They are the daughters of Aspen PE coach Adam Garcia and his wife Marcy.

Registration for Senior Olympics Now Open

on February 14, 2013 - 7:05am

YMCA News:

Registration for the local Senior Olympics is open at The Family YMCA until Feb 28.

Participants must be a resident of Los Alamos County and 50 years of age or older by Dec. 31, 2013.

Local games are March 12 to April 12. The regisitration fee is $20 and payable to The Family YMCA.

Stop by the YMCA on Iris Street and 15th Street for a registration form and complete list of events and schedule.

Contact Ann ReVelle at 662-3256 or for more details. 

Relay For Life Committee to Meet Feb. 20

on February 14, 2013 - 6:51am

RFL News:

Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold their monthly committee meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. 

Individuals interested in helping and or participating are invited to attend. Refreshment will be served. 

The committee would like to thank Felicia Duran, general manager and the Comfort Inn for donating the meeting space.

For information, email


Valentine's Day Farmers Market Today at Fuller Lodge

on February 14, 2013 - 6:47am

Farmer's Market News:

A Valentine’s Day Farmer’s Market will take place 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

Vendors include:

  • Ranchline: Lamb - Contact Todd to order beef at 866-402-2836 or
  • Joy Robertshaw: Yak meat and knitting yarn - Contact her at 575-776-5165 or
  • Cindy Stone: Salves, ointments and creams
  • Dave Vargo: Pizzas, cookies, breads, coffee cakes sticky buns and more
  • Ed &Michael: Goat cheese spreads and cow’s milk butter and cheese.
  • Kelly Graham from Lavender Acres: Body products
  • Pat Montoya: Apple cider and

Letter to the Editor: CROP Walk/Turkey Trot Organizers Express Gratitude

on February 14, 2013 - 6:36am
By Lynn Wysocki-Smith and Elisa Enriquez
Los Alamos Crop Walk Organizers

The 2012 Los Alamos CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success thanks to the many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations that contributed funds, time and talents. 

We had approximately 220 walkers/runners participating in the event and raised $13,055, an increase of more than $4,000 from 2011, and were yet again one of the top CROP Hunger Walk fundraisers in New Mexico (second to Albuquerque.)

2012 was the first year we attempted a logo contest,

NMDT-PC Presents ‘Dancers in Concert’ this Weekend

on February 13, 2013 - 8:01am

NMDT-PC dancers. Photo by Holger Waschinski

NMDT News:

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box,” and “Cakewalk.”

Dancer Emily Brown. Photo by Holger Waschinski

“I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said.

More Than 30 Musicians Perform at UNM-LA Music Marathon

on February 13, 2013 - 7:56am
Gala Nelson, a student of Janna Warren, demonstrated her talent at the UNM-LA Music Marathon, even if she couldn't reach the pedals. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report:

The The Third Annual UNM-LA Music Marathon provided a full six hours of musical entertainment on Sunday, Feb. 10. The event raised more than $700 for UNM-LA scholarships and attracted approximately 200 music-lovers to the campus. 

Ranging in age from tiny tots to senior citizens, performers presented a wide range of music at the Marathon.

Sample Asian Winter Cuisine at Co-op 'Shop with the Chef' Event

on February 13, 2013 - 7:48am
Chef Ara Whetten will teach students to prepare Thai green chicken curry at Los Alamos Co-op Market Feb. 26.Courtesy phtoto.

Join Chef Ara Whetten and learn to prepare Thai green chicken curry with coconut milk at the next Los Alamos Co-op Market Shop with the Chef class.

The class takes place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Co-op. The cost is $15 for Co-op members or $20 for non-members. Stop by the Co-op to register, but hurry! There are only nine spaces remaining in the class.

“Growing up in South Korea, I would watch my mother cook traditional Korean food over

Community Invited to Share Chamisa's 45th Birthday!

on February 13, 2013 - 7:19am


Two special events next Wednesday will mark Chamisa Elementary School's 45th birthday.

The first event is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Chamisa's gymnasium with entertainment and staff recognition planned.

Sixth grade students will sell jewelry, baked goods and fruit for a fundraiser.

In addition, there will be birthday cupcakes for everyone, so one or two parent volunteers per class are needed to help make cupcakes - email your name and teacher to

The second event includes a community potluck at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.

County Administrator Releases Information on Capital Projects

on February 12, 2013 - 10:11am


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess released information today about the upcoming Council discussion regarding capital projects.

The discussion will take place at the Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

As previously announced, the Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years and up to $12.5 million in order to assist with projected revenue shortfalls.

The only projects that will be considered for deferral are the eight projects approved in May 2012. They are:

  • Ashley

Public Invited to Leadership Connection Town Hall

on February 12, 2013 - 7:02am


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall at Fuller Lodge 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The public is invited to attend the Town Hall for which the goal is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations.

Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. 

Local LACHC member agencies will have materials available about resources and services in Los Alamos.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP by Monday, Feb.25 to

State Farm Invests $20K in Area Youth

on February 12, 2013 - 6:42am
Teens work on a project at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/YMCA 

YMCA News:

Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center received a $20,000 grant from State Farm Saturday during the Y’s annual Red and Black Ball in Los Alamos.

Local State Farm agents Lou Santoro and Abe Dispennette presented the award to Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly on behalf of the company’s regional Good Neighbor Citizenship program.

The grant will fund educational programming, skill-building classes and recreational activities in support of keeping an underserved population engaged in learning and