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Los Alamos GOP Meets Oct. 17

on October 14, 2013 - 7:11am
GOP News:

The Republican Central Committee and other interested Republicans are invited to the Party's October meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Room 608 on the UNM-LA Campus.

Plans for future events will be discussed, planned and organized. All party workers are invited to share their ideas. Party principles and rules also will be discussed.

Expansive View From the Hill

on October 13, 2013 - 10:18am

Looking east from Anderson Overlook on the Main Hill Road Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Canopy Erected Over New Stage at Ashley Pond

on October 13, 2013 - 8:54am

The canopy over the new permanent stage at Ashley Pond was installed last week. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The Ashley Pond Improvements Project is expected to be completed in November with a dedication ceremony held in the spring. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Del Norte Credit Union is Here to Help

on October 12, 2013 - 11:36am

Del Norte Credit Union CEO Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

We are pleased to be able to offer assistance to our members who have been furloughed from any federal government agency or contractor for any federal government agency. 

We are happy to work with you on an individual basis and have designed the following options to help you during this period of uncertainty:

  • One -time replacement loan equal to two times your net pay (last two most recent paychecks direct deposited to DNCU). Interest free for the first 60 days, at which time the loan will be paid in full or converted to a 4.99% loan for

Fall Colors Frame Downtown Los Alamos

on October 12, 2013 - 7:49am

Trees sporting vibrant colored autumn leaves brighten Central Avenue in front of the CB FOX Department Store Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Autumn colored leaves in downtown Los Alamos looking west on Central Avenue. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Kiwanis Family Floats Top Homecoming Parade

on October 12, 2013 - 6:33am

The entire Kiwanis family (K-Family) worked together for a 1st place winning group of floats in the recent Homecoming Parade. The High School Key-Club float depicted a Topper football player branding the Chargers. The local K-Family includes the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School Key Club, Los Alamos Middle School Kiwanis Builder's Club, Aspen Elementary K-Kids and Barranca Mesa K-Kids. Courtesy photo

Aspen K-Kids sported construction hats and matching tie-dye shirts as they marched behind the Key Club float. Courtesy photo

The Barranca Mesa Elementary School K-Kids with


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct. 11

on October 11, 2013 - 1:11pm


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Friday, Oct. 11

Los Alamos Hilltoppers Football 7 p.m. Friday, Oct.11 at Sullivan Field. Toppers vs. Bernalillo

Los Alamos Light Opera presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 12

Historical Hike along Abandoned Roads with Dorothy Hoard 9:30 a.m. at PEEC, or 10 a.m. at Forest Road 181 (American Springs trailhead parking lot) Parking is limited at the trailhead, so participants are encouraged to meet at PEEC to carpool. The hike is free, and no advance registration is required.


Electrical Short Sparked Barn Blaze

on October 11, 2013 - 1:07pm

The aftermath of the barn that burned down Tuesday night at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Leland Lehman/
An electrical short inside Lisa and Garth Reader's barn at the North Mesa Stables is blamed for a massive fire that destroyed the entire structure late Tuesday night. The fire also killed one of the Reader's beloved horses, which they had owned for nearly 20 years.
"Our investigation concludes that the fire started in the barn from an electrical short," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "It occurred somewhere between a small refrigerator

Pet of the Week: Owl the Cat

on October 11, 2013 - 11:28am

Owl the cat. Courtesy photo


Owl is a two-year-old female calico that is very bonded to her friend Sarabi, who just left on a trial adoption. Owl hopes she is next! She definitely enjoys playtime more than cuddle time, and she'll be your best friend if you have a toy for her to play with.

She does well with adults, older children, and she would absolutely love a buddy to play with and keep her company. Owl has been trained to use a scratching post rather than furniture, so be sure to provide some scratching posts for her.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road,

Two Chances Left to Solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood

on October 11, 2013 - 9:15am
From left, Anna Dillane as Princess Puffer; Patrick Webb as Durdles; Carlos Archuleta as Rev. Crisparkle; Christina Martos as Rosa Bud; Warren Houghteling as John Jasper; Alexis Perry as Helena Landless; Jason Rutledge as Neville Landless. Photo by Larry Lamsa
LALO News:
Los Alamos audiences have two chances left to solve Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, with the Los Alamos Light Opera's production of the musical murder mystery.
Could it be the Rev. Crisparkle who killed the title character? Or was it the drunken stonemason, Durdles?

Enjoy Food and Fun at PEECnic

on October 11, 2013 - 9:12am

Family fun at a previous PEECnic. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) will hold its annual meeting of members Oct. 20, but this will be a far cry from a formal membership meeting.

Dubbed “PEECnic,” the event will feature a dessert buffet, prizes, activities and much more and is not limited to PEEC members. Everyone is invited and it's free!

PEECnic 2013 is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the PEEC Nature Center, 3540 Orange St., in Los Alamos. The activities and prize drawings will run throughout the event, so those interested in attending are welcome to drop


Student Sells Baked Goods to Fund Space Center Trip

on October 11, 2013 - 8:55am

Delectible fudge is among the baked goods Alex Martinez is offering for sale. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Local sixth grader Alex Martinez will be taking a class trip at the end of the school year to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla. She is raising funds to help her get there.

“When Alex asked if she could go, I right away started thinking of fundraisers that I could do to help her get there,” Alex’s mom, Ana Martinez said. “I started to brain storm with a friend of mine, Sandra Quintana, and we came up the idea of baked goods for the holidays.”

Ana will be taking orders for the


Dr. Ben Neal Hosts Health Presentation Oct. 15

on October 11, 2013 - 8:45am

Dr. Ben Neal


Dr. Ben Neal of the Los Alamos Children's Clinic will host the first in a series of health presentations in partnership with Assets In Action.

On Oct. 15, the White Rock Branch of Mesa Public Library will welcome the community for a free presentation by Neal and youth development information and community resources from Assets In Action.

“We at Children's Clinic will be doing a series of talks in Los Alamos and White Rock focusing on topics that are of importance to families,” Neal said.

Smith's Marketplace Construction Progresses

on October 11, 2013 - 8:44am

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

Construction for the future Smith’s Marketplace is underway, and with it comes preparation of the building site, which requires the infill of dirt so the store’s foundation may be laid. 

Completion of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project in the vacant property on Trinity Drive, across the street from Mari Mac Plaza in Los Alamos is one of the County’s top economic goals, intended to promote economic diversity, increase jobs, and bring additional shopping

Zia Credit Union Helping Members in Time of Need

on October 11, 2013 - 8:19am

ZCU News:

The following loan terms will be made available for any member who is furloughed or misses a paycheck with direct payroll deposit to Zia Credit Union from the federal government or a contractor of the government (e.g., LANL or LANS), and is affected by the government shutdown.  

  • Unsecured loan up to two (2) times net payroll deposit to Zia Credit Union* - Up to a maximum of $5,000
  • 4.99% Annual Percentage Rate
  • Repayment term up to 18 months
  • First payment not due until 60 days after funding

* Direct deposit must have been previously set-up and coming to Zia Credit Union

In addition,

NJROTC Holds Brisket Dinner

on October 11, 2013 - 7:59am


The LAHS Naval Junior ROTC unit will hold a Brisket Dinner 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Posse Lodge.

The donations for the meal will benefit Los Alamos High School graduate Lt. Micah Anderson. Anderson was injured in Afghanistan and continues to recover. 

All donations will be made through Los Alamos National Bank into an account set up to benefit Anderson and his family.


Breaking News: Los Alamos National Bank Launches Program to Provide Relief for Furloughed Federal Employees

on October 10, 2013 - 1:41pm

LANB President Steve Wells

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is rolling out a program to provide relief for furloughed Federal Employees called “LANB S.T.R.O.N.G., which stands for “Short Term Relief Options (while) No Government.

“Our community and customers have always counted on LANB to be there for them. The unfortunate situation many may find themselves in due to government furloughs is a time when LANB can again help,” LANB President Steve Wells said.

LANB S.T.R.O.N.G. contains four main relief options for furloughed Federal Employees:

  • Payment Deferrals on Consumer Loans

High Tea on the Hill Oct. 20

on October 10, 2013 - 10:03am


Tea sets are gathered and it's time for tea. High Tea on the Hill is here! The United Way Youth Team invites the community to "Tea Time" at High Tea on the Hill in the Los Alamos High School lobby 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20

Hot Rock Java Cafe will be serving up some scrumptious sandwiches and scones. An assortment of desserts will be provided by Ruby K's, CB FOX, and sugar cookies from Creative Inspirations by Peggy. A minimum $15 donation is requested.

High Tea on the Hill is a great way to invest both in the United Way Community Action Fund and the youth of Los Alamos.


Halloween Spirit Comes to White Rock

on October 10, 2013 - 8:22am

Halloween spirit is popping up in yards across White Rock such as this home with a grave yard theme on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A pile of perky pumpkins greet visitors to this White Rock home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ghosts hover above pumpkin heads depicting a pirate, a caballero and a tourist. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

With Halloween just 21 days away, homes throughout White Rock displayed holiday spirit Wednesday. 

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.

Family Fun at Holy Cross All-Saints Eve Festival

on October 10, 2013 - 8:20am

Holy Cross Catholic School Gymnasium is on Holy Cross Street off N.M. 76 in Espanola.


No RTD Bus Service Columbus Day

on October 10, 2013 - 8:16am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Monday Oct.14, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume on Tuesday, Oct.15.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Annual Yum Walk/Run Is Oct. 26

on October 9, 2013 - 8:20am
Runners and walkers gather for the Yum Run/Walk in 2012. Photo by Greg Kendall/
The Annual Yum Run/Walk 5k, 10K, and 1K is starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in front of Ruby K’s Bagel Shop downtown Los Alamos off Central Avenue right across from the Post Office.
The 5K will be 2 loops around the downtown area and the 1K will head down Central Avenue Westbound and return. The 10K is mainly a trail run that will be a short loop downtown and then head down the trail behind the Aquatic Center and return to Central Avenue.
The 5K and 10K Runs

Mountain School's Halloween Carnival Oct. 18

on October 9, 2013 - 8:14am


Mountain Elementary School's annual Halloween Carnival has a new time and day: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

This is a week earlier than previous years and the start time is a little earlier for families with little ones. Weather permitting, game booths will be outdoors on the upper playground.

The carnival began in the 1970s as a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating. This year, the festivities include the popular haunted house, silent auction, book fair, cake walk, face painting, game booths and prizes.

Tickets are $5 for 20; games are 3 tickets each, cake walk

Festival of Chocolate at Betty Ehart Senior Center Nov. 16

on October 9, 2013 - 8:12am

Chocolate fountain illustration. Courtesy

BESC News:

The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host its annual Festival of Chocolate 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event includes live music and an all you can eat chocolate buffet.

"We already have a small forest of trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, so the excitement is starting to build towards Nov. 16 when the public will see this year's display for the first time,” LARSO Director Pauline Powell Schneider said.