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Festival of Trees Saturday

on November 22, 2013 - 5:43am
'Merry Christmas from Don Ho Ho Ho,' palm by Linda Hull is one of the trees available for auction at Saturday's Festival of Trees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen


The weather about to roll in will certainly support the idea that it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions will present the Festival of Trees 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Festival functions as a fundraiser for these two community organizations.

More than 60 items are on display at the Betty Ehart Senior Center as last


Los Alamos Native Returns From Third Overseas Tour

on November 21, 2013 - 11:35am
Staff Sgt. Devin Sullivan, a Los Alamos native, has returned from his third tour overseas to his duty station in Ft. Stewart, Ga. Sullivan graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006 and went on to serve two tours in Iraq, 15 and 12 months respectively, before this past tour from which he is returning after nine months in Afghanistan. His mother, Linda Sullivan, and parents-in-law Joe and Pam Reynolds, all of Los Alamos, welcome him back. His wife, Leslie, and their two dogs, Ransom and Ranger, welcome him back in Savannah. Thank you for your service Staff Sgt. Sullivan! Courtesy photo

White Rock Presbyterian Church Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

on November 21, 2013 - 8:57am

UNM-LA Ceramic Artists Go to the Dogs

on November 21, 2013 - 7:49am
Lara Sandling Bennett displays the 2014 Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter calendar along with her 'pots for pets.' Courtesy photo

UNM-LA psychology professor Carol Furchner displays her 'petroglyphs for pets' to be sold to benefit progams of the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Courtesy photo 


UNM-Los Alamos ceramic artists have gone to the dogs ─ at least their pottery and ceramic artwork goes to the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter for the benefit of dogs and cats in need of homes.

UNM-LA ceramics instructor Barb Yarnell and her students Lara Sandling Bennett, Carol

Chamber Celebrates 50 Years in Grand Style

on November 20, 2013 - 11:35am


LACC News:

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Nov. 30 with a Gala Banquet and awards ceremony in Fuller Lodge.

The Chamber will honor those founding member businesses who have been a part of the Chamber for 50 years – the Los Alamos Family YMCA, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN Radio, CB FOX and Metzger’s Do-It-Best. The Business Recycler of the Year will be recognized as well.

The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services Success Client for 2013 is the Los Alamos Daily Post, and publisher Carol A.

Atomic City's Got Talent Showcases Locals

on November 20, 2013 - 10:27am


It is no surprise that our community is full of talented people. Are they entertaining? You betcha! The United Way of Northern New Mexico Youth Team invites you to see for yourself.

At 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 23, Crossroads Bible Church hosts Atomic City's Got Talent, a night of music, skits, and performances sure to bring laughter and smiles to your face. Acts include vocalists,a jump rope team, and a dance group and audience members are in for a special treat. This year's event features a pianist who made it to the third round of America's Got Talent.

Is This Your Cat? Found Near 48th & Trinity

on November 20, 2013 - 7:48am


This cat with distinctive smoky tabby coloring was found roaming near 48th Street and Trinity Drive. 

She is friendly and being cared for at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, which is open noon to 6 p.m., weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

Call the shelter at 505.662.8179.

Arts Council's Holiday Fair a 46-Year Tradition

on November 20, 2013 - 7:12am
Raku turtle by Renee Wiley. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Santa Fe Artist Erika Eckerstrand worked for an awning company for seven years when an injury made her change careers. Almost five years ago Eckerstrand started her own business, creating a line of tote bags, messenger bags, purses and wallets.

Messenger bag by Erika Eckerstrand. Courtesy photo

 What makes Eckerstrand’s bags unique is that they are made from an industrial woven vinyl, similar to what is used for outdoor furniture.

“It’s different,” she said. “It’s not your traditional kind of bag.”

Prepare for Super Comet at PEEC Presentation

on November 20, 2013 - 6:57am

Hubble Telescope image of the ISON Comet. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

By now, you have probably heard about the much-anticipated “Super Comet,” Comet ISON. Expected to make a close encounter with the sun later this month, there is much speculation about whether the comet will delight or disappoint, depending on how its close approach to the sun turns out.

Chick Keller, founding member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will give a presentation about the comet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.  21.

In his presentation, Keller will talk about comets in general, why they are

Three Community Events Announced

on November 20, 2013 - 6:51am


Festival of Trees will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the  Betty Ehart Senior Center. The festive fun includes; free pictures with Santa, an arts and crafts fair, a silent auction of more than 60 holidays trees, wreaths, ornaments, quilts and more.

Admission is a non-perishable item to benefit a variety of programs. A special request has been made to donate diapers for the Los Alamos High School FCCLA program. One tree will be raffled off for a $1 ticket. For additional information, call 505.662.8920.

Assets In Action Community Asset Awards nomination process has


Highlights From November County Administrator's Report to Council

on November 19, 2013 - 9:42am

County News:

County Administrator Harry Burgess included the following project highlights in his November report to Council:

  • Golf Course Community Building: Good progress, with anticipated completion date January/February 2014.
  • Teen Center: RFP for design services should be advertised this month, and could begin latter part of 2014. Several stakeholders meetings will occur during design process.
  • Nature Center: Council approved contract with design-build contractor.
  • Fuller Lodge Phase I: Most work is done.

Comet ISON Visible in Binoculars

on November 19, 2013 - 7:49am

Comet ISON is visible in binoculars, in spite of the Moon. Here it is this morning, below the bright star Spica, in the east above Santa Fe. It will whip around the Sun on Nov. 28. Photo by Glen Wurden

Arborist Speaks on Aspens in the Urban Landscape

on November 19, 2013 - 7:32am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Local certified arborist Laural Hardin is a popular presenter at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). She has spoken on several topics related to local tree species and their care in the urban landscape. Hardin returns to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 to discuss aspen trees.

Many homeowners have or want to have aspen in their yards. This talk will cover many of the challenges property owners face when aspens are put in the urban setting.

Volunteerism at its Finest: LAMC Auxiliary

on November 18, 2013 - 3:06pm

Auxiliary Board members: Top row, Judy Dudziak, Betty Myers, Susan Friar, President Carol Pyburn and Dorene Marsh. Bottom row, Sharrie Baker, Barbara Honey, Annette Hiteman, Kathleen Hoverson and Vice President Carol Watanabe. Courtesy/LAMC

LAMC News:

The Hospital Auxiliary of the Los Alamos Medical Center has been an integral part of the hospital and community for more than 60 years.

The ladies (and yes, sometimes gentlemen) who wear the pink or red jackets have worked tirelessly as Hospital partners in education (both within the facility as well as in the community) and in providing


Hurford: Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed

on November 18, 2013 - 1:58pm
Nov. 22, 1963: Presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas moments before Kennedy's assassination. Photo by Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed
Los Alamos
I was Jeanne Tremblay then, and I had just a month ago begun to work at LASL (Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) in SP-11 ) Supply and Property 11), at the P-Prime Building on Ashley Pond.

I was finishing lunch at my desk in our Buyers' Office (Ken Davis and Ed Wortman), when I heard the voice of Dimas Chavez (SP-DO) come down our second floor hall saying "The

Los Alamos Family Council Holds DWI School

on November 18, 2013 - 12:56pm

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council will hold DWI School 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. DWI School is for those charged with a DUI offense.
Registration in advance is required. Call 505.662.3264 for information or to schedule the program.

Girl Scouts Host Craft Sale Saturday

on November 18, 2013 - 9:17am


The Girl Scouts are hosting a craft sale Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church gym.

The even opens 9-9:30 a.m. for Girl Scout shopping then is open 9:30 to noon to the public. There will be food and crafts made by the girls to help raise money for their troops.

Troop 10213 is collecting non-perishable food, which is going to benefit Cassandra Sparks, a scout working on her Gold Award Project in Los Lunas.

Wear Purple Nov. 22 to Support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

on November 18, 2013 - 8:39am
Volunteer and Research Advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. A purple ribbon symbolizes hope for pancreatic cancer patients and Friday, Nov. 22 people across the country will support for Purple With A Purpose by wearing purple to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer is the deadliest form of cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent and no early detection tools or effective treatments.


Leadership Los Alamos Session Targets Economic Development

on November 17, 2013 - 8:23am

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos leads a discussion on business funding at Friday's Leadership Los Alamos session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Budget Officer Aaron Menefee discusses various aspects of the Lab's budget at Friday's LLA session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

David Pesiri, Division Leader, Technology Transfer at LANL gives a presentation Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Friday's Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) session at the Research Park focused on Economic Development.

Annual Crèche Show Dec. 6

on November 17, 2013 - 6:07am

Note: Drop crèches to be displayed in show at the church between 8 a.m. and noon Dec. 6. Crèches must be picked up 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Send an email to with the number of crèches and any special set-up requirements.

Council on Cancer Offers Appearance-Related Workshop

on November 17, 2013 - 5:56am

LACC News:

Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength, but it doesn’t have to take away her self confidence.

Look Good Feel Better® is a free non-medical nationwide program helping women with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Workshops include instruction in skin care and makeup application; a complimentary makeup tool kit filled with donated products from the cosmetic industry; practical tips and instruction on wigs, head coverings, and nail care.

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is happy to announce that its certified cosmetologist, LeAnne Parsons,


Community Wishes Denise Lane Farewell

on November 16, 2013 - 1:11pm

From left, Rose Corrigan, Merry McIntyre, new Dixie Girl owner Victor M. Medina, former owner Denise Lane and Lori Heimdahl Gibson Friday at a farewell event for Lane. Lane is moving to Albuquerque with her husband Mike after several decades of living and operating restaurants and selling real estate in Los Alamos. She sold the Dixie Girl Restaurant to Medina and his wife Patricia Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Mary McInerny with her husband Dan Saxton at the banner signing table set up for Denise Lane Friday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant.

LAHS Staff Showered With Appreciation

on November 16, 2013 - 11:08am

LAHS Topper Parent Organization President Cecilia Garcia-Frank, standing, jokes with teacher Janet Newton at Friday's Staff Appreciation Lunch in the LAHS staff lounge. Courtesy photo

LAHS Staff enjoy an appreciation lunch Friday prepared and served by the Topper TPO in the LAHS staff lounge. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Friday was Staff Appreciation Day at Los Alamos High School.

Elks Present $8,000 to Worthy Causes

on November 16, 2013 - 7:02am

From left, Los Alamos Elks Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval, Special Olympiad Gabe Rau, Los Alamos Elks Lecturing Knight Bill Gregory, John Rau of the Special Olympics of Northern New Mexico, Allison Hendricks Smith and Bob Biggers of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Los Alamos Elks Past Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris. Courtesy photo

ELKS News:

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 recently presented $8,000 in checks from proceeds raised at their annual Elks Golf Tournament for Charity event held last June.

The Elks presented checks to four organizations during the ceremony including $4,000 to the Make-A-Wish


Authors Speak Series Hosts Photographer and Author Don Usner

on November 16, 2013 - 6:55am


Mesa Public Library Art Gallery presents seventy remarkable photographic portraits by Don Usner of participants in the Lannan Foundation’s Readings and Conversations literary series of the last 15 years. All the portraits are black and white and eloquently reveal the personality of each author.

The exhibition is open to the public this month, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 Don Usner will be guest speaker for the monthly Authors Speak event. Both an author and photographer, he will discuss his experience meeting and photographing the Lannan authors as well as his own books.