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Ground Is Broken On New Nature Center

on April 23, 2014 - 12:30pm

During a special ceremony Tuesday, current and past county councilors, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and officials from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, broke ground on the County's new Nature Center on Canyon Road. PEEC will operate the new center. Read the full story and see more photos from the event later today in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members turned out for Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Pegasus Parking Lot Extravaganza May 3

on April 23, 2014 - 12:18pm
The Pegasus Parking Lot Extravaganza has been slated for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Los Alamos High School Duane Smith Auditorium. 
Pegasus is the LAHS art and literary magazine. If you have too much stuff, your closets are overflowing, your garage or shed need to be cleaned out, this is the perfect time to get rid of items you no longer need. Crafters are also welcome.
Spaces are available for $20 and vendors keep any money they make. Donations of items for sale by the Pegasus students are also being accepted for the event and may be dropped off at the LAHS

Barranca Pool is Turning 45 Years Old

on April 23, 2014 - 11:17am

Barranca Pool is turning 45 years old this summer. It has been a place where many fine summer memories have been made for the families of Los Alamos. For information about the pool and memberships, visit Courtesy photo

A Brief History of the Barranca Mesa Pool

Original member

“We’ve come to the end of another swimming season without a neighborhood pool here on Barranca Mesa” was the opening statement of Doug Lier’s memo to “Dear Barranca Mesa Dweller” Sept.


LAHS Coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood Nominated For National Award

on April 23, 2014 - 10:49am

Kathy Hipwood


The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the advancement of Kathy and Rob Hipwood from Los Alamos High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of cross country.

Rob Hipwood

Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet, which will take place June 18 at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Registration Opens For Los Alamos County Recreation Summer Camp Programs

on April 23, 2014 - 10:23am

Los Alamos County Bear Camp activities. Courtesy/LAC


Registration for the Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division’s Summer Camp Programs will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 26.

The lobby of the Walkup Aquatic Center will be opened at midnight for parents to wait inside.

The Bear Camp program is for youth entering Kindergarten through 6th grade and Bear Camp Unplugged is back and this traveling program is geared toward older campers and designed to be in a more independent atmosphere. Both programs will be 7:30 a.m.

Don’t Miss the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival at PEEC Saturday May 3

on April 23, 2014 - 9:59am

Clan Tynker to perform again at the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival. Courtesy photo

The Hillstompers delight at the 2013 Earth Day Festival. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

PEEC’s signature event, the annual Earth Day Festival now in its 14th year, will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the PEEC nature center at 3540 Orange St. Join this free community event for entertainment, food, activities, information booths and fun for all ages.

Clan Tynker, a world-renowned "Vaudeville" style Circus group out of Santa Fe, will perform at the Earth Day festival again this year.

Community Discussion on Student Stress Thursday

on April 23, 2014 - 9:00am


When the community showing of the documentary, “A Race to Nowhere” took place in March, the organizer, Los Alamos High School student Tessa Snyder was thrilled with the turnout. The film deals with student stress.

“My goal was 100, so to have close to 200 was so exciting,” she said.

Snyder said that she hopes many of those in attendance will return to a follow up event to discuss how to initiate community change. The event is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Jeannette O. Wallace Lecture Hall (Building 5) on the UNM-Los Alamos campus.

After the documentary was


LAFSE Hosts 'Meet & Greets' Monday for Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales

on April 23, 2014 - 8:52am


The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) will hold a "meet and greet" for its endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Howie Morales 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

A reception will follow, hosted by LAFSE President Ellen Mills and Karyl Ann Armbruster, former LAFSE president, 6-7:30 p.m. at Armbruster's home at 605 Totavi to allow additional opportunity to meet Morales. Refreshments will be served.

Morales grew up in Silver City.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 23, 2014 - 8:08am
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening The Other Woman. We will hold Captain America, Transcendence and Rio 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel will end this Thursday so don’t miss it. It is quirky and funny.  

'The Other Woman' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In The Other Woman, after discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend.

Fitness Column: Summer Shape Up

on April 23, 2014 - 8:03am
Fitness Column: Summer Shape Up

Winter is over. Spring break has come and gone. That means summer is just around the corner. In the next few weeks the days will get longer and warmer and that means we’ll be wearing more shorts, tank tops and swimsuits.

Many of you may have gained a few pounds over the winter, and if you’re going to look the way you want this summer, now is the time to get your body in shape. The first thing you’re going to need to do to change your body for the summer is to begin exercising more.

How the Hen House Turns: Wild Neighbors (Number One)

on April 23, 2014 - 7:47am
How the Hen House Turns:
Wild Neighbors (Number One)
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

On the other side of the yard from the Hen House—on the west side—sits the covered front porch. It is enclosed by a wooden fence topped with a two-by-four railing. On that railing and on the various shaped blocks that decorate the fencing, go unsalted peanuts in the shell, for the jays.

A feeder tray sits atop the west side of the railing, next to a plastic bowl of water.

CED Director Presents FY2015-FY2016 Budgets

on April 22, 2014 - 10:00pm

Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent presents her budgets to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Community & Economic Development Director Director Anne Laurent presented her departmen's FY2015-FY2016 budgets to Council this evening in Council Chambers.

The CEDD encompasses Facilities, Capital Project Management, Economic Development, Building, Planning, Custodial, Lodgers’ Tax and Housing.

The FY2014


Community Services Director Presents Her Budgets to Council

on April 22, 2014 - 9:11pm

Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan presents her FY2015-FY2016 budgets to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Social Services Division Manager Kim Gabaldon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan presented her budgets to Council this evening.

The Community Services Department encompasses Social Services, Cultural Services, Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Health Care Assistance, Recreation Programs, Cemetery, Golf Course, Ice Rink and Aquatic Center.   

Community Services 2014


Chief Presents Police Department Budgets

on April 22, 2014 - 8:19pm

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents his FY2015-FY2016 budgets to Council this evening as Deputy County Administrator/CFO Steven Lynne looks on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presented his budgets to Council this evening. He has reduced the Police Department's FY2015 proposed budget by 2 percent from the 2014 Adopted Budget of $7,208,239 to $7,078,355. His FY2016 projected budget is $7,314,197.

Sgambellone briefed Council on the significant changes and impacts in his department and commended his

Probate Court Judge Presents FY2015-FY2016 Budgets

on April 22, 2014 - 7:10pm

Probate Court Judge Christine Chandler presents her FY2015-FY2016 budgets and laughs together with Budget and Grants Manager Gina Torpy and Deputy County Administrator/CFO Steven Lynne as she said her budget is likely the smallest in the County to which Council Chair Geoff Rodgers joked, 'And tonight it will be cut in half.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Probate Court Judge Christine Chandler presented her FY2015-FY2016 budgets to County Council this evening in Council Chambers.

The Probate Court Adopted Budget for 2014 is $5,747 and Chandler was able to tighten up

Dorothy Smoker Presents Remarkable Life of George McJunkin at Today's Rotary Club

on April 22, 2014 - 3:38pm

From left, Dorothy Smoker, a docent with the Palace of the Governors presented a PowerPoint program at today's Rotary Club luncheon at The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill titled, 'A Unique Discovery by an Unlikely Cowboy: The Remarkable Life of George McJunkin.' At center is Rotary Past President Linda Hull and at right Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan and former Executive Director Hedy Bunn who stopped by to listen to the talk.

Join in Today's Celebrations of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's 110th Birthday!

on April 22, 2014 - 3:03pm

It's a festive scene at the Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves statues today on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos in honor of Oppies' 110th birthday. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Staff Report

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the Los Alamos Historical Museum is hosting a daylong birthday party to celebrate.

The Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row (just north of Fuller Lodge), will have free cupcakes available while supplies last. Oppenheimer biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus, will be 20


History of Earth Day

on April 22, 2014 - 10:43am

Earth Day 1970. Courtesy/


Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans.


Letter to the Editor: Wonderful Opportunity For Los Alamos to Reexamine its Government

on April 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Los Alamos

I would like to express my thanks to Mr. Wiggins for his letter submitted April 16, 2014 in response to the editorial submitted April 13, 2014 by Mr. Chiravalle. These gentlemen present a wonderful opportunity to the community of Los Alamos to reexamine the purpose and significance of our government.

Mr. Chiravalle exhorted our state government to "get out of the way of job creators." Mr. Wiggins quickly rebuked Mr.


Annual Dog Jog This Weekend!

on April 22, 2014 - 10:04am

T-shirt logo designed by local sixth grader Katie Laintz. Courtesy/LADOC


The 2014 Dog Jog is Saturday, April 26 in White Rock at a new location in front of the White Rock United Methodist Church on Meadow Lane across from the entrance to Overlook Park.

The Dog Jog is coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners as a fund raising benefit for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter.


Which Businesses and Restaurants Do You Want In Trinity Site Development?

on April 22, 2014 - 9:49am


The firm hired to bring additional businesses to the Trinity Site development where the new Smith’s Marketplace is being built would like public feedback regarding the kinds of retail stores (services or products) and restaurants that individuals think would be a good “fit” for Los Alamos.

Visit and click on the “Open Forum” link to take the survey ... responses must be entered before May 9.

LAPD Dispatcher Ulises Nieto Graduates Academy's Telecommunication Course

on April 22, 2014 - 9:39am

Los Alamos County Police Dispatch Supervisor Kate Stoddard, Dispatcher Ulises Nieto and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is proud to announce that Dispatcher Ulises Gabriel Nieto graduated April 18 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Telecommunication Course.

Dispatcher Nieto has been employed with the Los Alamos Police Department for one year and continues to be a great asset to the department.

Community Invited to Thursday Dinner to Help LAHS Teacher Joy Handsberry's Battle With Cancer

on April 22, 2014 - 9:17am
Joy Handsberry, left, with fellow LAHS math teacher Judy Nekimken at a LAHS anti-smoking event in March. Nekimken is one of the organizers of upcoming events to support Hansberry in her battle with cancer. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Thursday, members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host a dinner to raise money for LAHS math teacher Joy Handsberry, as she undergoes chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

The fundraiser is 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.

UNM-LA Board to Discuss Student Housing Options

on April 22, 2014 - 9:02am

UNM-LA News:

The UNM Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the Student Center Lecture Hall.

The Board will discuss the status of the UNM-LA student housing and redevelopment/renovation options.

The meeting is open to the public.


Food on the Hill: Asparagus Salad

on April 22, 2014 - 8:17am
This Week's Recipe: Asparagus Salad
Photo by Sue York/
1 ½ pounds asparagus
½ cup olive oil
Ziploc bag
1 clove of garlic, pressed
Salt and cracked pepper
½ of a red pepper sliced and chopped into 1 inch pieces
½ cup of red onions sliced thin and chopped to 1 inch pieces
1 jalapeño chili, seeded and sliced thin and chopped into 1.2 inch pieces
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
Fresh lime juice to taste
Bend the asparagus and where it breaks off, use the top and throw away the bottom.
Photo by Sue