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Obituary: Harold Eugene Rayburn April 1, 1916 - June 8, 2012

on June 19, 2012 - 9:00pm

Harold was born in Campbell, Missouri, the son of Charles William Rayburn and Zola Elizabeth Waltrip.  The eldest of five children, he was predeceased by sisters Virginia Paulfrey, Margaret Moates and Doris Aileen Boothby.  He is survived by a brother, Finis Rayburn.  Harold married Lois Lucille Love on January 30, 1941.  After celebrating 66 years of marriage in January 2007, Lois passed away a few months later.

Harold is survived by two children, a daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Dale Thomas, a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sandy Rayburn; grandchildren Kim (& Mike) Bissell, Jennifer


FAN Club is Wednesday at Betty Ehart Senior Center

on June 19, 2012 - 8:44am

This month's FAN (Food and Networking) Club meets from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Chamber members are invited to attend and learn more about this organization and its goals and projects and network with fellow Chamber members.

The Betty Ehart Senior Center, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Alzheimer's Association are hosting the June FAN Club to introduce people to the local Memory Walk organization.

The event is sponsored by Los Alamos Retirement Community.

Food is provided by the chef of Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Obituary: Thomas Keane 1956 - June 14, 2012

on June 18, 2012 - 2:20pm

Thomas Keane, 55, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012. Tom was born in Chicago, Ill and was a 1975 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Keane, father, James R. Keane and step-daughter, Cynthia J. Archuleta.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Keane (Navarrette), daughter, Kristy Ortega (Chris), son, James Keane (Sarah), daughter, Dusty Rose Keane, son, TJ Keane, and 2 step-son Simon Montoya and Jerome Montoya.

Local Woman Vacations Hard...

on June 18, 2012 - 8:12am

While vacationing in Hawaii 11 days ago, Heather Burke of Los Alamos smashed the top of her head into the Kailua Beach Park Bridge causing the skin around her eyes to blacken and resemble the face of a racoon. "I had stepped out of our kayak and let my daughter continue paddling as I walked along side when I collided with the bridge ... we vacation hard," Burke said laughing. She and her husband Brady Burke own Enterprise Computing Systems, LLC and Piñon PC Support.

Rotary Club Sponsors Sunday's Deborah Beene Memorial Award-Winners Concert

on June 18, 2012 - 7:10am

Jin Park, left, and Dalton Smith wait for the Deborah Beene Memorial Award-Winners Concert to begin Sunday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted the annual concert. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

David Li plays a piece by Samuel Barber. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bryant Letellier plays Sontata in A Minor on his trombone. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Jin Park plays a piece by Maria Theresa Von Paradis. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Susan Hargreaves, a soprano, sings In dem Shatten. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LALT Awards Scholarship; Elects Board

on June 18, 2012 - 7:09am

Aidan Bradbury-Aranda has been accepted into the School of Cinematic Arts at the the University of Southern California. Courtesy photo

At the June 10 Annual Meeting of the Los Alamos Little Theatre, members elected the new Board of Directors and applauded the 2012 recipient of the LALT scholarship.

Los Alamos High School graduate Aidan Bradbury-Aranda received the $1,000 LALT scholarship, given for academic achievement and intent to pursue a career associated with the performing arts.

Bradbury-Aranda will attend the University of Southern California where he was accepted into the School of

Kiwanis Meets Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge

on June 18, 2012 - 6:43am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.
Tuesday June 19, speaker Melinda Fuller of Del Norte Credit Union will discuss the Quality New Mexico program and its recent award to Del Norte of a "Level 2 Recognition" for "Commitment to Performance Excellence."

“Meet the PEEC Critters” Summer Family Evening

on June 18, 2012 - 6:43am

PEEC News:

Foxxy the Hognose Snake is a friendly favorite of kids visiting PEEC. Courtesy photo

What is a turtle’s favorite food? Does a snake feel smooth or rough? Join animal-care expert Jennifer Macke at 6:30 p.m. at PEEC, (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) Tuesday June 19 for an informative presentation about the live animals on exhibit.

Macke will discuss what each animal eats and tell some amazing facts about each one. The program will answer many questions about local reptiles and amphibians, including questions you never knew you had.

Kids of all ages will get to touch and

Rotary Meets Tuesday at Fuller Lodge

on June 18, 2012 - 6:42am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos currently meets at at 11:45 a.m. at Fuller Lodge on Tuesdays. 

Everyone is  welcome. Contact Linda at 662-7950 to make lunch reservations.

The speaker Tuesday June 19 is Director Linda Deck of the Bradbury Science Museum.





Father's Day Has Long History

on June 17, 2012 - 1:19pm

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”

However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

Origins of Father's Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm--perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of


Local Doctor Aided Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

on June 16, 2012 - 5:51pm

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, has served four mobilizations with the Army Reserves. Photo by Sharon Stover

Staff Report

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos during a recent lunch meeting about his military experiences in Iraq.

Daly lives in White Rock and is a colonel in the Army Reserve. He returned in late December from his fourth mobilization.

During this deployment, Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, Ind., but draws soldiers from several neighboring states.

Hope Surrounds Ashley Pond's Relay for Life

on June 16, 2012 - 1:23pm

Dennis McLain, left and Scott Mills, members of the Order of Thisle Piples and Drums, lead a procession around Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life event Friday night. Photo by Salvador

Luminarias are placed along the edge of Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador

Gloria Martinez (center) of the American Cancer Society poses with Sue and John Hofmann, Chair for the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador

Betty Myers, left, and Sheila Riedel of the Hospital Auxiliary sell baked goods Friday at Ashley

Elks Lodge Celebrates Flag Day with Community

on June 15, 2012 - 12:09pm

Historical flags line the wall inside Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr. in preparation for the organizations annual Flag Day Ceremony Thursday. From left, the Pine Tree Flag, the Snake Flag, the Grand Union and the Flag of 1776. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
From left, Shirley Ray, Marie Todd, Lucille Bonner, Mary Wilhoit and Mary Brooks attend the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Alan Woodward holds one of the flags to be used in the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Attendants of the Flag Day

Baby Goats and Councilors Invigorate Farmers' Market

on June 15, 2012 - 8:18am

A baby goat draws attention in front of the Old Windmill Farms booth at Thursday's Farmers' Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Joyce Nichols and her grandson Ean chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover. County  Council members were at the Farmers' Market Thursday morning greeting residents and answering questions. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Andrea Anderson of Los Alamos feeds a baby goat underneath the Old Windmill Farms tent at the Farmer's Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Mike Lyon of Los Alamos engages Councilor Frances Berting and Council

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - June 14th, 2012

on June 14, 2012 - 7:10pm


The Police Experience – Friday, Jun 15th at Ashley Pond
Tribute to the British rock/ska band from Cal. Relay for Life conert.

Relay for Life Friday, Jun 15th & Saturday, Jun 16th at Ashley Pond
Free survivor dinner - 5 pm Friday
survivor kickoff lap - 6:15 pm, Relay teams - all night
Live Music by Gordons Summer concert Series - 7 pm to 10 pm Friday
Food, fun and games all evening Friday
Luminaria lighting ceremony - 8:30 pm Friday
Yard art silent auction ends - 10 pm Friday

Relay continues- relay teams Saturday
Relayer's (free) Mason's waffles breakfast - 7:30 to 9 am
pet walk and other

Take Dad to See the Birds

on June 12, 2012 - 9:13pm

PEEC News:

On Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, PEEC will be offering a free Birdscape Tour of White Rock. 

This is a chance to visit four homes that have optimized their yards for attracting birds. 

The yards will be open for visitors 1-5 p.m. This is a self-guided tour, and no registration is required.

The four yards on display this year will be at the Dunns, 107 Sierra Vista Dr.; the Walkers, 305 Donna Ave.; the Foxes, 238 Rio Bravo Dr.; and the Arendts, at 608 La Bajada. 

A map and directions are available at PEEC’s website,, and participants may visit the yards in

Los Alamos Friday Night Out? Lend Us Your Ears! Drop by to Hear Locals Reading Poetry in June!

on June 12, 2012 - 9:05pm


As part of the Los Alamos Friday Night Out events, Mesa Public Library is hosting a series of poetry readings each Friday night in June featuring local poets.

On June 15, Mike Katko and David Schiferl will read their work. Katko will read new work as well as poems from his recently published book, Skies and Other Poems.

David Schiferl will read his recent work. Along with others featured in the Friday poetry readings, Schiferl has participated in Mesa Public Library’s Poetry Gatherings facilitated by Jane Lin who also teaches poetry at UNM LA.

On June 22, the

Waterman's Wild Ride Off Main Hill Road

on June 12, 2012 - 7:01pm

Roger Waterman's Starchief lies wrecked at the bottom of the cliff below what is today known as Anderson Overlook. Photo courtesy Roger Waterman (See more photos below)

The date was Dec. 30, 1968. Roger Waterman was driving his good friend, Mike Benziger, down the main hill road, heading to Benziger’s home in Santa Fe, after both had been playing basketball in Los Alamos. 

Waterman was driving his large and powerful 1959 Pontiac Starchief. He had driven the Starchief 25 times on cross-county trips to and from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he was a senior classman.

A powerful


Los Alamos Geological Society Meets at 6 p.m. June 19

on June 12, 2012 - 7:49am

In the facinating world of geology, one never knows what lurks under the next rock or just inside an abandoned silver mine. Geologist Javier Garcia-Guinea put his head inside an opening of an old silver mine in Almeria, Andalusia, Spain in June 2000 and found a gigantic geode, covered with large crystals of gypsum of exceptional transparency. The chamber measured eight meters long, 1.8 wide and 1.7 high. Courtesy/

The Los Alamos Geological Society meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday June 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.


This meeting will be a potluck and silent auction

Celebrity Models and Vocalists Entertain Sold Out Crowd during Opera Guild Fashion Show at Blue Window Bistro Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 3:20pm

Anna Caspersen, left, her celebrity model husband Roland Caspersen and Opera Guild President Mary Cummings at The Blue Window Bistro during Sunday's musical fashion show. Julia Fair, Alicia Solomon and Jess Cullinan performed at the elegant event at which 11 local celebrities modeled fashions by Uli's. The Blue Window Bistro partnered with the Los Alamos Opera Guild and the Guilds of Santa Fe Opera on this event, providing savory hor d'oeuvres, desserts and a variety of wines. Proceeds from the sold out event benefit the Opera Guilds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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‘Julie’s Helpers’ Hosts Scholarship Event with Navajo Frybread and Tacos at Ashley Pond Friday

on June 11, 2012 - 1:03pm

By Carol A. Clark

The community is invited to enjoy authentic Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos at the second annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo Taco Sale.

The event is set for 5-9 p.m., Friday June 15 at Ashley Pond in conjunction with the Gordon’s Summer Concert and kickoff of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo partners will prepare the Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos for the event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.


Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and

Los Alamos Elks Lodge Invites Community to Special Flag Day Event at 6 p.m. Thursday

on June 11, 2012 - 9:18am

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge is hosting a Flag Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive next to Sonic. The event includes a talk on the history of the American flag, a flag folding demonstration and instruction on the proper way to dispose of a flag, with a flag burning ceremony to follow. The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will provide free hot dogs, chips and cookies to those who attend the event. For more information, contact the Elks at 662-5611.


Deer Saunter Through Los Alamos Neighborhood

on June 11, 2012 - 8:24am

Looking out her kitchen window this morning, a Los Alamos resident saw these six deer stroll calmly across her street near Los Arboles and Loma Vista. Photo by Judith Stauber

Golf Course Dedication Ceremony Honors Ed Griggs

on June 10, 2012 - 11:40am
All the carts are loaded and ready to go at the start of the tournament. At the go signal everyone goes dashing off to their assigned tee - the official start is called a "shotgun" start, which is now a horn blast. The Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic held at the Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday honors noted golfer Ed Griggs who passed away last year. He played his final round of golf in the Strong Kids Classic tournament last year. It is the second major fundraiser of the year for the Los Alamos Family YMCA. There were 28 foursome teams entered in the best ball scramble tournament.