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New Trend in Effective Speed Control...

on August 31, 2012 - 8:42am

Municipalities around the nation have hit on an effective new way to slow down speeders on public roadways. Courtesy photo

This method proves much cheaper than speed cameras, radar guns and police officers. Courtesy photo

Web-footed Vigilante Stands Guard at Pet Pangaea

on August 31, 2012 - 6:25am

Without law enforcement credentials or being asked by store management to do so, this local goose waddled up to a door at Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square, and began guarding it Thursday. Apparently, word got out among the flock of geese and ducks living at Ashley Pond that Pet Pangaea sells highly nutritious pet food - so this feathered vigilante took it upon himself to protect the coveted merchandise. Customers avoided a potential ankle pecking by exiting through an alternate door.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 30, 2012

on August 30, 2012 - 7:38am

Toppers end Wednesday's practice on a high note. Photo by Greg Kendall/

This week's preview is sponsored by

W.O.L.F. visit to PEEC 6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday
Elke Duerr, filmaker and founder of the Web of Life Foundation (W.O.L.F.) brings her "wolf trunk" to PEEC. She'll have wolf tracks and fur, play wolf howls and tell wolf stories, and show footage from her documentary films. Suitable for all ages. PEEC 3540 Orange St.

Soccer Game Boys C-Team vs. Sue Cleveland High School @ Dara Jones Field in White Rock 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Topper Football Varsity Season


Jean Nereson - Teacher of Over 50 Years has Died

on August 30, 2012 - 7:20am

Jean Nereson, 93, who taught at Los Alamos Public Schools for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully of natural causes at her Los Alamos home Sunday, Aug. 26. One of her sons, a daughter, and her caregiver, Rose Gilani, were present.

Jean’s parents were immigrants from Greece. She was born in 1919 and grew up in New York City. She went on to attend Texas State College for Women, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, followed by her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, and postgraduate work at Columbia and Rutgers universities.

She arrived in Los Alamos in 1943 as one


Blue Moon to Light Up Friday Night Sky

on August 30, 2012 - 6:58am

A blue moon isn't really blue, as this artist rendering suggests. The moon can appear somewhat blue if there's been a major volcanic eruption that put tons of particles in the air, but otherwise blue moons refer to multiple full moons in certain time frames. Courtesy/Dreamstime

Staff report

The next blue moon is set for Friday, Aug. 31. There are two full moons in August, the first was on Aug. 1.

If you miss this one, you'll have to wait three years for the next blue moon. There will be two full moons in a single month in July 2015: July 1 and July 31.

But can the moon really be blue?


Act Fast to Secure Spot in Hummingbird Photography Class at PEEC

on August 29, 2012 - 11:49pm

Rufous Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker

PEEC News:

Spend from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 with local bird photographer Bob Walker and consider a variety of methods for photographing hummingbirds. 

The class is $20 per person, $16 for members. Participants can register at or by calling 662-0460.

There are only eight spaces available in the class, and registration must be made by Sept. 1. 

Hummingbirds are attractive and colorful summer visitors that can be both challenging and rewarding photographic subjects.

Bathtub Row Press Hosts First Los Alamos Book Fair

on August 29, 2012 - 11:01pm

Walking on Burnt Mountain. Courtesy illustration


More than 20 authors and publishers will gather to sell their books from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Fuller Lodge during the first Los Alamos Book Fair, sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and its publishing venture, Bathtub Row Press.

Shoppers can meet the authors, discuss their work, or pick up a signed copy of a new release to tuck away for a holiday gift. Several recently released titles will be showcased, including Cindy Bellinger’s Walking on Burnt Mountain, A Spiritual Quest in


Census: Los Alamos Lacks Young Adults, Has Plenty of Middle-agers

on August 29, 2012 - 10:03am

Updated (12/08/30-9:30 A.M.) with 65-plus age group by county data.

By Greg Kendall

The 2010 federal census shows that Los Alamos is lacking in its level of 20 to 34 year olds compared to the rest of the United States and has an abundance of 35 to 49 year olds and 50 to 64 year olds.

With a County population of 17,950 in 2010, Los Alamos was ranked against 3,141 counties and Independent Cities (IC) across the nation. (A higher ranking means a larger percentage of population in an age grouping.)

According to the Commerce Department, 20 to 34 year olds constitute 20.3 percent of the U.S.

Couple Covering Country in Tandem for Charity

on August 29, 2012 - 9:06am

Leanne and David Smith on a cross country bicycle trip from Maine to Oregon. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Great ideas are conjured up every day. Take Los Alamos residents Leanne Smith and her husband, David, who came up with a plan to bike from Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore. for charity.

As of Sunday, the two were pedaling on their tandem bicycle through Wisconsin. Their journey began Aug. 2 and is expected to cover 3,000 miles in eight weeks.

The Smiths are raising money to repair a broken well in a community in Nicaragua. They invite people to sponsor one mile of their journey


Wednesday FAN Club at Former Scout Lodge

on August 28, 2012 - 11:13am



The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce August FAN Club is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

This is a great opportunity to see the site where the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses organization will be building Los Alamos' first-ever hospice, and tour one of the more historic buildings in Los Alamos at the same time, in the former Scout Lodge, 2202 Canyon Road.

The driveway is just to the east of the Jewish Center and will be well marked for the occasion.

FAN Clubs are a great way to enjoy some light refreshments and network with fellow chamber members.

Helping Neighbors - Enriching Lives: Los Alamos’ Newest Living Treasures

on August 28, 2012 - 7:54am

By Janet “TJ” Taub


On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, L. Dick Tatro, Jeanne Butler and Douglas & Ruth Helmick Lier will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos (LTLA.)
The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will commence at 2 p.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is warmly invited to attend.
This event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have so greatly enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories

Community Invited to Tie Teal Ribbons Event

on August 28, 2012 - 7:46am


In memory of Cheri Host, Kathy Aikin and Emmy Hopson, the community is invited at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 to tie teal ribbons to the trees at Ashley Pond.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Saturday's event is being held to raise awareness and not lose any more women in the community to the disease.

Even in its early stages ovarian cancer has symptoms. Research indicates that 95 percent of women with ovarian cancer had symptoms and 90 percent of women experienced symptoms with early-stage ovarian cancer.

Symptoms vary from woman to woman and


Rotary Club Speakers Through September

on August 27, 2012 - 4:30am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave. Guests are always welcome.

September speakers include:

Sept 4: Greg Fisher, the County’s Economic Vitality Administrator, will share his observations, as well as his ideas, to address the challenges facing the community.

Sept. 11: Gillian Sutton of KRSN AM 1490 will present a view of local news through the perspective of radio.

Sept. 18: Sue York, national test kitchen consultant and Los Alamos Daily Post food columnist, will speak about her culinary background


Peak of Growing Season Underway for Farmers Market

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Produce from Salvador Corona’s family farm in Española can be found each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

A wide variety of produce, dairy products, meats and more are available for purchase each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

Espanola YMCA Teen Center Issues Call for Help

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Members of the Espanola YMCA Teen Center sold water to raise much needed funds for the nonprofit organization. Courtesy/EYTC
By Ben Sandoval, director
Española YMCA Teen Center

On Saturday Aug. 4, the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participated in what some are calling the largest cultural display of Northern New Mexico: The inaugural Mainstreet Showdown Lowrider and Custom Bicycle show.

This event was powered by Cultura Promotions, The City of Española and the community therein.

We (EYTC) were asked to participate in the event as a way to help boost funds to our already struggling program.


Kiwanis Club Speaker Schedule for September

on August 26, 2012 - 9:35am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome.

Sept. 4: Young people from Los Alamos County who recently visited the Sister City Sarov (Russia) will talk about their trip.

Sept. 11: Tom Nagawieki, an environmental services specialist with Los Alamos County, will speak about the County's plans for a new glass recycling program. Nagawieki will be accompanied by Sandra West from the Co-op Store.

Sept. 18: Los Alamos Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega


PEEC Offers New Afterschool Nature Clubs

on August 26, 2012 - 7:11am

Members of PEEC's Critter Club. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering two new clubs for kids in grades kindergarten through third:

  • Nature Detectives for grades K-1; and
  • Outdoor Explorers for grades 2-3. 

The clubs are 3:45-5:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 and run every Tuesday through Nov. 27. Angelique Harshman and Beth Cortright will teach the clubs.

PEEC’s Nature Clubs are a great way to help children connect with the outdoors. Members will investigate local animals and plants, and connect with the wild side of the Pajarito Plateau through a variety of activities. 


W.O.L.F. Comes to PEEC

on August 24, 2012 - 11:55pm

Photo by Elke Duerr

PEEC News:

Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation comes to PEEC for an interactive presentation about wolves in the southwest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

This presentation will be suitable for all ages, and will include hands-on activities and documentary film footage. The talk is free and open to the public.

Duerr will provide facts about wolves in New Mexico, and hands-on experiences from her “Wolf Trunk.”

The audience will be able to see wolf tracks and fur, and learn about how researchers radio collar a wolf to track its movements.

Participants will be

OBITUARY: CAROL ANN HANSON Jan. 4, 1943-Aug. 7, 2012

on August 24, 2012 - 8:46am

Carol Ann Hanson. Courtesy/Hanson Family

Carol Ann Hanson passed away unexpectedly Aug. 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas, at the age of 69.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1943 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Julia and John Koenig, the first of four children.

Carol attended California State College at Northridge and UCLA, where she graduated with a degree in teaching English as a second language.

She was awarded a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she met her husband David Hanson while working in the Physics Department.

They were married in Cove,


The Charter Review Committee ... How it All Got Started

on August 23, 2012 - 12:17pm
Column by Mike Wismer
County Councilor

With the election on the horizon, most are aware of the fact that there will be four questions on the ballot that relate to potential changes to the Charter for the County of Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

Specifically, the questions for consideration for the November 2012 election deal with the provisions for Initiative, Referendum and Recall. 

I believe it would be helpful to provide a little background on why the Charter Review Committee was formed and outline exactly what the Council tasked the Committee to do. 

In 2009, amid an environment where a variety of

United Church Undergoing $2.4 Million Renovation

on August 23, 2012 - 11:41am

A tall crane is on the job for the major renovation project underway at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Photo by David Elton


The United Church of Los Alamos is under construction. The $2.4 million renovation project includes most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, Sanctuary, Thrift Shop and parking lots at 2525 Canyon Road. 

An elevator and atrium are being installed in the Christian Education Building.

The church had a successful fund raising campaign earlier this year that has allowed it to proceed with this major project.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 23, 2012

on August 23, 2012 - 11:28am

A cake walk is one of the events at the VFW Family Day fundraiser on Saturday. Courtesy photo

This week's preview is sponsored by

Wildflower Walk with PEEC Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m to carpool or caravan to the location. Free, no registration required

Author Speaks 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library
New Mexico Centennial Children’s author and Coretta Scott

Jane Johnson Guides Students Toward Class

on August 23, 2012 - 10:24am

Photo: Jane Johnson

By Mandy Marksteiner

Jane Johnson assists Los Alamos High School Administration with truancy intervention.

“There are a number of reasons that students have unexcused absences,” Johnson said. “Some students, in the beginning, think they can get by with ditching and no one will notice or care, or they just don’t feel like going to class that day. Some students will ditch a class when they have a test coming up that they don’t feel prepared to take. They sometimes skip one class and use that time to prepare for the next class.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Closes Deal on New Headquarters and Hospice Center

on August 22, 2012 - 11:19am
Spirits were high as the final paper was signed Tuesday morning on a $1.2 million contract that is giving the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service a new home and the community a new Hospice Center. From left, LAVNS attorney Lynn Finnegan, Title Guaranty President Denise Terrazas, LAVNS Executive Director Sarah Rochester and LAVNS Board member Steve Stoddard. Photo by TK Thompson/
The former Boy Scout Cabin off Canyon Road is the new headquarters of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. A Hospice Center will be built on the property.