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Taos County Historical Society Holds Reception and Signing for ‘Taos: A Topical History’

on November 7, 2013 - 7:26am

TCHS News:

In the 1950s Frank Waters observed, “For a tiny hinterland community that has never heard the whistle of a train, (Taos's) impact has been exceeded by a few metropolitan communities.”

Surprisingly, the last full-length book to attempt the history of this storied town is Blanch C. Grant's 1934 When Old Trails Were New. That was almost 80 years ago. Now, there is a new book that fills the need for a substantial new account of this place, where three cultures–Tiwa, Spanish and Anglo–have shared land, water, and traditions continuously for at least 700 years.

In six parts and 25

November Events at Bandelier

on November 6, 2013 - 1:58pm
Domesticated turkeys. Courtesy/BNM

The leaves are changing color, the Sandhill Cranes can be heard migrating overhead, and the brisk fall weather make it a perfect time to explore Bandelier National Monument. Join us for fun and exciting activities in the month of November. For more information about these upcoming events, contact the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center at 505.671.3861 x 517

 Nov. 9-11: Fee Free Veterans Day Weekend

The National Park Service would like to honor our brave veterans by offering fee free entrance to everyone over the upcoming weekend.

Dr. Patricia A. Combs Bids Community Farewell

on November 6, 2013 - 1:23pm

By Patricia A. Combs, M.D.          

Dear Patients, Colleagues, and Friends:

I have made the difficult decision to close my medical practice, effective Dec. 31, 2013.

I will be joining a larger, private-practice group in southern New Mexico where I will be able to resume a full-time obstetric and gynecologic practice with shared call coverage. I have missed delivering babies, and the special bonding that occurs when participating in such a special time for families.  

For the time being, my three boys will remain in school here, and I will keep my home here in Los Alamos.


5K Run/Walk for 1st. Lt. Micah Anderson Nov.11

on November 6, 2013 - 10:48am


No RTD Blue Buses on Veterans Day

on November 6, 2013 - 10:11am

Blue Buses. Courtesy/NCRTD


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Author Will Speak on New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel

on November 6, 2013 - 8:31am

Author Loretta Hall


New Mexico has the longest continuous record in the nation of research to make space travel possible. In a Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture, author Loretta Hall will describe crucial contributions to manned spaceflight made by scientists, engineers and assorted adventurers, beginning with Robert Goddard’s arrival in Roswell in 1930. The free lecture is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.12 at Fuller Lodge.

In subsequent decades, creative and courageous researchers working in this state refined rocketry and resolved other potential impediments to human

Australian Rotarian's New Book Has Los Alamos Connections

on November 5, 2013 - 10:25am

Rotary District Governor John Kevan from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in 2011. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

John Kevan, Rotary District Governor from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in May 2011. He made a special point to visit Los Alamos on his way to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. 

Kevan contacted Los Alamos Rotarian Linda Hull, club secretary at the time, who arranged for Georgia Strickfaden of Buffalo Tours to meet him at the ABQ airport and give him tours of Lamy, Santa Fe, Bandelier and Los Alamos.

Guaje Pines Cemetery Recognized By Wreaths Across America

on November 5, 2013 - 9:02am


ALR News:

The Los Alamos American Legion Riders, working in conjunction with Los Alamos County, are proud to announce that Wreaths Across America has recognized Guaje Pines as a participating cemetery to honor our community’s fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries.

Scenes From Ruby K's Yum Run

on November 5, 2013 - 7:44am

A group of 141 participants take off on Central Avenue near Fuller Lodge in the 9th Annual Ruby K's Yum Run Oct. 26. The 1K, 5K and 10K races raised about $5,200 for local food bank LA Cares. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Photo by Jim Nesmith

Presentation Explores Importance of River Otters

on November 5, 2013 - 7:11am
River otters in winter. Photo by Diana-Hargraves

PEEC News:

Populations of otters throughout the world face increasing challenges as the quality and quantity of water resources decline. As conflicts over water use intensify, many otter species are being down-listed to Vulnerable or Endangered. With concerted conservation efforts, however, otter abundance is increasing in certain places, including New Mexico.

Presenter Melissa Savage will explain why otters are important to our state in a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.


Wear Orange to Support RSD/CRPS

on November 5, 2013 - 7:03am
RSD/CRPS Awareness
Poster. Art by Cheryl Lynn Poppe

Staff Report:

November is national Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month. Today, Nov. 5 is RSD/CRPS National Awareness Day. People around the world will wear orange to bring awareness to this disease and to advocate for a cure. Currently, there is no cure for RSD/CRPS.

RSD/CRPS is a malfunction of part of the nervous system. Nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain.


Waffle Breakfast Benefits American Cancer Society

on November 5, 2013 - 6:49am


‘Matchstick Men’ Shows Thursday at MPL

on November 5, 2013 - 6:48am


I love a good con, at least onscreen, and Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men” (2003, rated PG-13), on the “big” screen this week at Mesa Public Library, is a pretty fantastic con.

It tells the deviant story of Roy (Nick Cage), one of those rare con artists who has to open the door exactly three times before letting a guest in the house, a spotless environ where the guest must immediately remove his shoes and vigorously disinfect the receiver after using the phone.

Without medication, he’s compulsive to the point of being disabled, so when he loses his pills, he quickly

Registration Opens for CROP Walk & Turkey Trot

on November 4, 2013 - 7:41am
The 2013 Los Alamos CROP Walk & Turkey Trot Organizing Committee is hard at work getting this year's event together. Committee members top row from left, Ted Williams, Jeanne Butler, Gil Butler, Cynthia Biddlecomb and bottom row, Lynn Wysocki-Smith, Elisa Enriquez and Wendee Brunish. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in front of Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive. Runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs are invited to participate. Sign up on line at, or register the day of the event. For more information, call  Lynn Wysocki-Smith 661.9619 or Elisa Enriquez

VFW Hosts 2013 Veterans Day Ceremony

on November 4, 2013 - 7:16am


VFW News:

This year’s Veterans Day community celebration is 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874, 1793 Deacon St. All Veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend. The local theme is “Courage, Sacrifice, and Duty – We Honor Those Who Serve(d).”

Veterans Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the 23 million living Veterans who have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime. There are 1.4 million Americans serving in the U.S.


Yum Run Raises $5,200 for LA Cares

on November 4, 2013 - 6:58am


The 9th Annual Ruby K's Yum Run, to benefit LA Cares was deemed a great success. The morning of Oct. 26 brought beautiful weather and 141 participants in the 1K, 5K and 10K races. 

With the help of about 40 very appreciated volunteers, LA Cares raised about $5,200 to help its mission.

Tree Shines Bright in White Rock

on November 4, 2013 - 6:25am

A small tree filled with yellow leaves shines bright in the afternoon sunlight Friday on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Graveside Service for Frank Osvath Monday

on November 3, 2013 - 7:27pm

Frank Osvath, 93, a resident of Los Alamos. New Mexico, passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos.


Community Effort Brings Back Pajarito Canyon Trail

on November 3, 2013 - 11:22am
On Saturday, 22 volunteers spent the day roughing in the remaining 1,800 feet of a rebuild of the Pajarito Canyon Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
Community Effort Brings Back Pajarito Canyon Trail

Hikers, runners, and mountain bikers looking for a challenging trip near Los Alamos have an option that hasn’t been available since 2000.

On Saturday, 22 volunteers spent the day roughing in the remaining 1,800 feet of a rebuild of the Pajarito Canyon Trail. The trail now connects the east side of Pajarito Mountain to West Jemez Road with about 5 miles of trail.

While the lower,

Los Alamos Elks Kids Volunteer at Veterans Appreciation Dinner

on November 3, 2013 - 10:03am

The Los Alamos Elks Kids volunteered with the Veterans Appreciation Dinner Saturday at the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Rotary Youth Exchange student Thomas Routiaux's "Shelter Box" project From left, Derrick Laniz, Graeme Taylor, Sean Rau, Robin Hollis, Cassidy Gardner, Cameron Sisneros, Matthew Campbell, Thomas Routiaux, Dimitrius Sisneros, Gabe Rau (not pictured Hanna Campbell. Photo by Leland Lehman/

From left, Rotary Youth Exchange student Thomas Routiaux, Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris and Esteemed

LARSO: REVISIT Downton Abbey!

on November 3, 2013 - 9:14am



If you’ve missed the previous three seasons of PBS’s popular English drama and would like to get up to speed on the story line, join the Los Alamos Retired Senior Organization (LARSO) at The Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level - the Day Out Living Room - Sunday afternoons in November and December to catch up on the previous episodes.

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 3, we will be showing Downton Abbey Season One at no charge 2-4 p.m., two episodes per week and continuing Nov. 10 and 17. LARSO will begin again on Sundays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at the same 2-4 p.m. time.   

Free Seminar on Pancreatic Cancer Thursday

on November 3, 2013 - 7:29am

Dr. Katherine Morris


One in 70 people will have Pancreatic Cancer in their lifetime.  Learning the incidence and mortality of pancreatic cancer will be just one of the topics presented at the upcoming Pancreatic Cancer Seminar presented by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.

Lori Ballinger

 Speakers Katherine Morris, MD, FAC, assistant professor, division of surgical oncology, UNM School of Medicine and Lori Ballinger, MS, CGC, senior genetic counselor and lecturer, UNM Cancer Center, Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program will be speaking. 

This free seminar is

Pet of the Week: Muffin the Dog

on November 3, 2013 - 6:56am

Muffin the Dog. Courtesy photo


Muffin is a 10-year-old spayed female heeler mix. She is housebroken and leash trained. She is very mellow and would love a quiet home where she can be walked daily and get lots of snuggles and affection from her people.

She can be a little shy, so she would probably be best in a home with no children or older children who understand the needs of an older dog. She does quickly make new dog friends though and loves trips to the dog park.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets ... just


Los Alamos Rotary Club Hosts 14 Swedish Guests

on November 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Swedish Rotarians on a Friendship Exchange Trip with Los Alamos Rotarians gather for a photo with statues of Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Groves in downtown Los Alamos Tuesday. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Los Alamos Rotarians Linda and Skip King toast with Rotarians from Sweden during a potluck dinner Wednesday at the home of Rotarian Chris Sierk. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted a Friendship Exchange this week with 14 Rotarians visiting from Sweden.