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Local Author Launches New Book About Heroic Dog

on July 7, 2012 - 7:19am

Staff Report

"Mason, A New Mexico Hero," describes the life of a dog, originally a homeless and unwanted puppy, running away, finding himself caught and taken to a shelter, from where he is adopted through the local annual Dog Jog into a loving family.

Caroline Mason is the author of this short story. The book is written in the first person by the dog, so the reader gets the dog’s perspective on the importance of food and regular baths and on his adaption to living in a multi-animal home.

However, Mason amply repays his owner’s trust in him by his heroic behavior in helping his mistress

House Committee to Vote July 11 on Manhattan Project Park

on July 6, 2012 - 3:36pm

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation


U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-WA, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced July 6 that his committee will vote on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act Wednesday, July 11.


Hastings said"I expect the Committee will vote to favorably advance the bill to the full House for consideration.

Children of All Ages Participate in YMCA Parade

on July 6, 2012 - 10:10am
Tom Houlton and Charles Hosford of the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade with their "new" fire truck participated in Wednesday's Family YMCA 4th of July Children's Parade. Photo by TK Thompson/
Charles Hosford shows off the Fire Brigade's "old" fire truck, a 1921 model. Photo by TK Thompson/
M'Atom Bomb members of the Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby League roll through the parade. Photo by TK Thompson/
Kids on trikes participated in the parade. Photo by TK Thompson/

What's a parade without kids on scooters.

PEEC Offers Hike to Veronica Springs with Dorothy Hoard

on July 5, 2012 - 9:26pm

PEEC News:

On Saturday, July 7, Dorothy Hoard will lead a Natural Wonders of Los Alamos hike to Veronica Springs to see the wild Veronica that blooms in the seeping spring water. 

The hike is free and open to the public. Participants can meet at 9 a.m., at PEEC or at at 9:30 a.m., the trailhead at American Springs Road (Forest Road 181.)

PEEC’s Natural Wonders of Los Alamos series of outings aims at showing newcomers and natives interesting and beautiful places they may have never visited. 

In May, Janie O’Rourke led a hike to the Cave of the Winds, and in August, Sarah Gustafson will

Bug Zoo Comes to Summer Family Evenings at PEEC

on July 5, 2012 - 9:14pm


The Harrell House of Natural Oddities will be bringing some of the world’s most unusual creatures to PEEC at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday July 10, as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings series.

The program is free for PEEC members, and $10 per family for non-members.

The Harrell House is a family-run business based in Santa Fe, and dedicated to educating the public about arthropods. 

The Harrells travel the country putting on insect shows and will bring their critters to PEEC Tuesday. 

Their collection includes tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, crabs, and more, and they’ll present

Crowd Joins YMCA's Firecracker Run

on July 5, 2012 - 6:52pm
A large crowd participated in the Los Alamos Family YMCA's 2012 Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run that began at 8 a.m. Wednesday in front of the "Y" on Iris Street. The event was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, Southwest Safety Services and Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by TK Thompson/
Linda Daily, executive director of the Los Alamos Family YMCA, posts Wednesday's race winners. Photo by TK Thompson/
Adrian Larsen and her shadow were the top woman finisher. Photo by TK Thompson/
The first man flying across the finish

Families Cool Down at Pinon Pool

on July 5, 2012 - 8:41am

Families emerse into the cool water at Pinon Pool to escape the Fourth of July heat Wednesday. Photo by Glen Wurden

Family YMCA Independence Day Parade Planned

on July 3, 2012 - 11:39am



The annual Family YMCA Independence Day Children’s Parade will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday July 4.

Youth should assemble for this free event at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and 20th Street.

The parade offers youth an opportunity to show their patriotic colors. Participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, favorite toys and family members.

Pets will be allowed in the parade but children must be able to restrain and clean up after them. No two-wheeled bikes will be allowed.

The parade will head east down Central


House of Hope Women Host 'Pie in the Sky' Dinner July 12

on July 2, 2012 - 3:49pm

Four House of Hope Women possess both house-building and pie-making skills including from left, Angela-Sanchez Pope, Cathy Walters, Lynn Finnegan and Marie Pierce. Courtesy/HOH

In support of the Trinity on the Hill-sponsored house-building mission trips to Juarez, Mexico, the House of Hope women are hosting a pot pie, “Pie in the Sky” Fundraiser Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday July 12 in Kelly Hall.

The menu includes chicken and vegetable pot pies, salad and ice cream. (There also is a vegetarian option and a gluten-free option is available.)

Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child.

Four Infant Slots Open at Bilingual Montessori

on July 2, 2012 - 3:19pm


Infants enrolled at Bilingual Montessori School, 115 Longview Dr. in White Rock are graduating and moving up to the toddler's room, which opens up four new spaces in the school's infant building.

The 1,600-square-foot new building houses 12 cribs.

Bilingual Montessori provides preschool classes for children six weeks to six years of age, including kindergarten in a Montessori bilingual setting.


The school offers:

  • Year-round school;
  • Remains open during parent/teacher conferences and when teachers attend conferences;
  • Low teacher to student ratios; and
  • Children

Rotary Hosts Blood Drive with United Blood Services

on July 2, 2012 - 12:33pm


The members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos are partnering with United Blood Services (UBS) to host a blood drive July 12-13.

The public is invited to participate in this life-saving activity.

There is a hero inside each person ready to make a difference when others need help.

People who donate blood are heroes to those in need.

Blood Drive Details


  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday July 12; and
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday July 13


  • First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

APPOINTMENTS:; log in and register; (walk-ins always welcome.)


Cowboy Breakfast Aids American Cancer Society

on July 1, 2012 - 9:48pm

Mary Martucci helps out in the kitchen during this morning's Cowboy Breakfast at the Sheriff's Posse Lodge held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bill Casson lays down some batter for the Cowboy Breakfast held today and on the first Sunday of each month at the Sheriff's Posse Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Blueberry pancakes cook on the griddle this morning at the Sheriff's Posse Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

From left, Debe Braden, Hilde Fitzgerald, Cathy Grastataro and Jim Krone.

Three Local Organizations Partner to Promote Literacy

on July 1, 2012 - 3:26pm

Community news:

Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club, and Self-Help, Inc., are partnering to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren.

The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program in which the books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors.

Members of the community can buy a copy of a book at Otowi Station Bookstore and the Los Alamos Rotary Club will match the purchase with a second book.

The objectives of the “Book of My Very

Espanola YMCA Teen Center Celebrates Tournament

on July 1, 2012 - 3:14pm


Team members gathered with their trophies at the Espanola YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/Espanola YMCA Teen Center


By Gabriel Dion, Program Co-Director
Espanola YMCA Teen Center

The Espanola YMCA Teen Center hosted its fourth annual Str8 Ballin’ Basketball Tournament Saturday, June 16.

The event drew 150 audience members and 44 youth-age participants.

The youth of Espanola were given a chance to shine and that is what we, the Espanola YMCA Teen Center are all about.

Kiwanis Club Speaker Schedule for July

on July 1, 2012 - 2:14pm


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. Guests are always welcome!


July 3-Los Alamos Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega is arranging to show a Kiwanis International movie on Project Eliminate, the Kiwanis-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus, a major killer of mothers and babies in 34 nations.

July 10-Kiwanian Paul Cunningham will speak on a recent trip to Alaska that he and his wife, Mary, took.

Volunteers Needed Now for Y's Firecracker Fun Run & Children's Parade

on June 29, 2012 - 12:00am


The Family YMCA needs volunteers to help with its Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run and Children’s Parade on July 4.

Sign up to help at the YMCA or call 662-3100 for more information.

Registration fee for Runners is $20 in June, $30 in July, and $10 for youth 12 & Under.

Canyon Road will be closed from 15th Street to Central Avenue from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. July 4 for the Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run.

There will be traffic control on 15th Street from Iris Street to Canyon Road and on Canyon Road from

Rotary Inducts New Members and Announces New Executive Board and Paul Harris Fellowship Recipients

on June 27, 2012 - 1:39pm

At right, Assistant Rotary Governor Lleta Scoggins, from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, inducted new members into Rotary Club of Los Alamos during a special ceremony Tuesday evening at the Posse Lodge. From left, Rotarian Skip King who sponsored new member Carl Thornton, new memberinductee Harold “Hal” Davis and his wife and sponsor, Rotarian Anne Davis. Photo by Gil Butler

Incoming President Linda Hull, center, of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, introduces members of the Executive Board for the new Rotary year starting July 1. Outgoing President Thurman Talley and his wife Gaye are seated at

Registration Open for Family YMCA Independence Day 5K Family Fun Run

on June 25, 2012 - 10:02pm
Registration is open for the annual Family YMCA Independence Day 5k Family Fun Run.
The fee is $20 in June / $30 in July. The race starts at 8 a.m., Wednesday July 4.
Prizes will be given for top male and female runners as well as for top costume, stroller, dog and others chosen at random.
The Y needs volunteers to help with the race. Sign up on-line or at the Y at the corner of 15th Street and Iris Street.
The annual Children’s Parade will begin at 11 a.m., following the race.

Local Man Captures Bird Development

on June 25, 2012 - 7:59am

Day one. Photo by Carl Newton

By Carl Newton:

About two months ago, a couple of Say's Phoebes began building a nest at my back door.

The Say's Phoebe, a passerine, is in the Tyrant-Flycatcher family. Named for Thomas Say, the American naturalist, it is a common bird in the western United States that prefers dry, desolate areas.

After the nest was built, I raised a mirror above the nest to see when things would be interesting to take pictures.

I monitored the nest by holding up the mirror until the first chick appeared, then photographed one or two times a week.

I have a sequence of

Entrada Water Feature Brightens Up Pajarito Cliffs

on June 24, 2012 - 5:45pm

The water feature marking the entrance to Entrada at Pajarito Cliffs with its bright yellow flowers and green grass and shrubbery paints a refreshing picture during these hot days plaguing the area of late. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The “Grandmother's Joy” statue outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center surrounded by flowers stands oblivious to the summer heat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Swimmer Jackie Marr Competes in Italy

on June 24, 2012 - 12:31pm

Jackie Marr

Los Alamos swimmer Jackie Marr, 69, recently participated in the 14th FINA World Masters Championship swim meet in Riccione, Italy.

The event is the Federation’s biggest competition in terms of participation, for the reason that it welcomes, every two years, swimmers, divers and water polo players aged 25 to more than a 100 years old from all corners of the world.

Marr works out several times a day at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center as well as with youth on various local swim teams when she has filled in as a substitute coach.

Marr, a graduate of UCLA, in mathematics and


LAAC Presents Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet

on June 24, 2012 - 8:19am


As part of FRIDAY NIGHT OUT LOS ALAMOS, the Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet with Very Special Guests:

County's Sandra Quintana Honors Husband's Memory

on June 22, 2012 - 12:31pm

Sandra Quintana, left, is surrounded by friends and colleagues from Los Alamos County this morning as she rededicates the elk sculpture at the entrance to Los Alamos in the memory of her husband Julian Quintana. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Longtime Los Alamos Police Department Records Specialist Sandra J. Quintana lost her husband Julian eight years ago.

Julian Quintana was killed by a drunk driver Feb. 9, 2004, on his way to work at the County's Abiqui plant. He had worked for Los Alamos County for 27 years.

County employees Darryl Tabor and Darryl Hastings embrace Sandra