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Los Alamos Co+op Market Increases Wages

on October 23, 2014 - 12:24pm
Front-end Clerk Cody Ulibarri serves a customer at the Co+op Market. Courtesy/LACM

When employees of the Los Alamos Cooperative Market opened their paystubs Thursday, they found, on average, a $0.54 wage increase in their hourly rates. For a clerk who works 35 hours per week, that ads up to an extra $75 per month, or about $900 per year.

“It’s incredibly important because it keeps moral up and it gives us peace of mind,” Front-end Clerk Cody Ulibarri said.


Los Alamos Firefighters Union Endorses Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard For Reelection

on October 23, 2014 - 12:21pm

Los Alamos Firefighters Union with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo


Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard received the endorsement of Los Alamos Fighters Union IAFF Local #3279 in her run for re-election to the New Mexico State House, Dist. 43 in the Nov. 4 General Election.

“We proudly stand in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard,” said Bert Quintana, president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union. “Stephanie’s commitment to public safety has been unwavering and she has proven to be a strong champion for area firefighters.”

“I am proud to have this critical

Elizabeth Grant Opens Los Alamos Psychotherapy Practice

on October 23, 2014 - 11:48am

Elizabeth Grant


Elizabeth Grant is opening her new psychotherapy practice Nov. 3 at 1505 15th St. in Los Alamos, adjacent to the Los Alamos Family Council.  

Grant has a master’s degree in counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe with a specialty in grief and trauma. She spent her internship working with adults at Santa Fe Recovery Center and continued her work with substance abuse at Hoy Recovery. 

She also has worked extensively with children and teenagers at TeamBuilders, YouthWorks and Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe.


Los Alamos Historians Sharon Snyder And Heather McClenahan Featured At 'Author’s Speak' Thursday

on October 23, 2014 - 10:51am

Sharon Snyder


Los Alamos is blessed with a group of history enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, who devote countless hours to researching and understanding the stories that have shaped our community.

Two of those professionals, Sharon Snyder and Heather McClenahan, will be featured at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

Snyder is the director of publications for Bathtub Row Press, the publishing arm of the Los Alamos Historical Society and McClenahan is the executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Orion Weiss And Salzburg Marionette Theater Perform In Los Alamos

on October 23, 2014 - 10:50am
Pianist Orion Weiss with marionette friend. Courtesy photo

LACA News:

A unique collaboration between a stellar pianist and a world renowned marionette theatre will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Smith Auditorium.

Pianist Orion Weiss will perform works by Schumann and Debussy with the Salzburg Marionette Theater providing a magical visualization of the stories suggested by the music.

“This performance is a piano recital enhanced by the artistry of the Marionettes,” LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin said.


Co+op Fest Big Success

on October 23, 2014 - 10:49am
A child enjoys the bouncy house at Co+op Fest. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

Last weekend, the Los Alamos Co+op Market celebrated their first annual Co+op Fest, as a part of National Co-op Month.

Parents enjoyed deli samples and shopping and while their children searched for clues to the scavenger hunt and jumped in the bouncy house donated by Little Forest Playschool.

The Co+op featured items from 17 different cooperative businesses, including ones using internationally sourced ingredients.

Still Time To Register For Boys Council Training

on October 23, 2014 - 10:46am


Letter to the Editor: Knights of Columbus Thanks Community for Support of Golf Tournament

on October 23, 2014 - 10:45am
2014 Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament

Los Alamos Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3137 held our annual scholarship fund raising golf tournament on Friday Sept. 16 at the Los Alamos golf course with over 80 golfers participating, followed by a wonderful steak dinner at the Hall. 

The tournament raised nearly $10,000, all of which will be used to award scholarships to worthy Los Alamos High School students. As the Knights look to support students with potential but from disadvantaged backgrounds, these scholarships have a real impact. 

We are grateful to the

Ben & Jerry's Ben Cohen Coming To Santa Fe And He's Bringing Ice Cream

on October 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerrys


Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's, will speak 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

His presentation will be followed by Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia and other tantalizing Ben and Jerry's classic and new flavors of ice cream for all who attend.    

"When one thinks of an entrepreneur and business man who exemplifies social and environmental responsibility in the way they conduct business, Ben Cohen certainly is one that comes to mind immediately," said Glenn Schiffbauer, executive director of Santa Fe's Green

Calling All Dachshunds!

on October 23, 2014 - 10:38am
A participant in last year's Hallo-weiner Parade. Courtesy photo.

Tell your owners that Central Park Square is the place to be Friday, Oct. 24 for the Eighth Annual Los Alamos Hallo-wiener Parade.
Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet isn't just for two-legged critters!

Come in costume and meet at 5:15 p.m. on the north side of Ashley Pond. We’ll start the parade at 5:30 p.m. ending across from CB FOX for a costume contest.

Rail Runner Hosts In Transit Book Club’s Author Series

on October 23, 2014 - 10:17am


If you commute on the Rio Metro Regional Transit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you’ll be excited to hear about the upcoming “Author Event Series” as part of New Mexico Rail Runner’s In Transit Book Club in collaboration with Upland Avenue Publishing Group. The upcoming events are as follows:

Oct. 25 is “Ride the Rail with Germaine.” Kids will come dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoy the decorated pumpkins, free candy, giveaways, coloring sheets, and listen to Los Alamos author Janice Lovato of “Germaine the Beatle” read to them.

November is the “Art and Literary Lounge.” A

Letter to the Editor: We Could Make Something Special Happen At Old Smiths

on October 23, 2014 - 10:16am
Los Alamos

While having a whale and jellyfish would be an awesome attraction I'd like to expand on that idea to include a tank containing sharks with laser beams on their heads and if we can get in touch with John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park, maybe he can create a Plesiosaurs or Mososaurus.

In the freezer storage area we could leave the freezers intact and operational so to allow for an Arctic climate. That area could house a colony of penguins, walrus, polar bears and some Siberian Huskies. 

The options are endless and as a community of highly educated and


Small Business Saturday Meeting Set For Tuesday

on October 23, 2014 - 10:01am


Do you own or run a small business in Los Alamos? Are you interested in making Small Business Saturday great for the community?

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching on Nov. 29. Pet Pangaea LLC would like to invite all local, independent small business owners or managers to a meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 159 Central Park Square. We’ll watch a video packed with fantastic ideas on the use of social media for Small Business Saturday and then brainstorm ideas.

If possible, please RSVP to here so that we may plan adequate supplies for the meeting.

Letter to the Editor: Ads Distort Proven Benefits Of First Born Program

on October 23, 2014 - 10:00am

Founder First Born Program

As the founder and former Program Manager of the First Born Program of Los Alamos County, I feel compelled to respond to negative print and radio ads attacking home visiting programs. Recent ads depicting government monitors and mandatory home visits are pure distortion and demonstrate either a frightening ignorance of (or a deliberate choice to ignore) the proven benefits of early childhood development programs.

Across our state, home visitation is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it works.

Nominations Sought For New Living Treasures

on October 23, 2014 - 9:36am


Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30, and a nine-member board will chose three new Treasures, who will be honored at a ceremony in April 2015. Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public; letters should include the following information:

  • When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
  • In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
  • How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
  • How did the contributions

Letter to the Editor: Who Cares If LAHS Is #1 If Your Child Hates Going To School Every Day?

on October 23, 2014 - 9:22am

Los Alamos

I read the article about how Los Alamos High School is the #1 high school in the state. I guess that’s great if that is what is important to the school district. After all, their goal is to be in the top 100 schools in the nation.

What concerns me is that the district cares so much about getting recognition for what they do rather than simply serving the students in our community well and making sure that ALL of them have the chance to succeed.

I’ve been an educator in this state for 30 years and I have worked in many New Mexico communities.


Venture Acceleration Fund Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

on October 23, 2014 - 9:12am
RDC News:

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and administered by the Regional Development Corporation received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at IEDC's annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.


The IEDC annually recognizes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders. The VAF program was one of 34 recognized by the IEDC.

LANL: Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

on October 23, 2014 - 9:06am

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

LANL News:

  • New Rocket Propellant and Motor Design Offers High Performance and Safety

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.

"What we're trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that's both very high-energy, as well as very safe," said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the Laboratory.

SFI Colloquium: The History of the Universe ...

on October 23, 2014 - 8:09am

John Mather

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a colloquium titled “The History of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going” by John Mather of NASA at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is David Pines.

Abstract. The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents ‘Transfigured Night’

on October 23, 2014 - 8:06am
Mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski will join the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra for 'Transfigured Night.' Courtesy photo

SFPM News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica is delighted to welcome back mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski, joining the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra (Thomas O’Connor, conductor) in a feast of fin-de-siècle Viennese music. The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.

Tickets are $20, $35, $45, $65 and are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office 505.988.4640. Tickets are also available at The Lensic


Food on the Hill: Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup

on October 23, 2014 - 8:04am
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipe:
Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup
Photo by Felicia Orth
The acorn squash is glossy green, ribbed, and sits next to the butternut squash--tall, pale yellow and smooth.  No need to choose between them. They are delicious together, whether roasted and mashed, sliced into gratins or casseroles, and in this lovely soup. This recipe is lightly adapted from the 1977 Moosewood Cookbook, which holds many of the soup recipes I use and adapt.

UNM-PNM Announce Statewide High School Mathematics Contest

on October 23, 2014 - 7:54am

UNM News:

The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2014-2015 school year.

The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.

The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class.

SFI Lecture: The Complexity of Competition ...

on October 23, 2014 - 7:52am

Jessie Barker of the University of Arizona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, "The Complexity of Competition - How Contested Resources and the Scale of Competition Shape Cooperation in Human Groups" by Jessie Barker at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Caitlin Stern.

Abstract. Cooperation among people across societies is required to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems.

Los Alamos Little Theatre Presents Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'

on October 23, 2014 - 7:47am
The cast of 'And Then There Were None' rehearses for the upcoming play. Courtesy/LALT

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 1 through Nov. 22. The play opens Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31.

Ten people find themselves together on an island. The first one suddenly dies. There are nine people left. One by one they continue to die. A mysterious voice accuses each of them of murder. In this classic Agatha Christie, indulge yourself in murder mystery. Until there are none.

Tickets are $14 ($12


How the Hen House Turns: A Homesick Dog?

on October 23, 2014 - 7:44am
How the Hen House Turns
A Homesick Dog?
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In late summer 1983 we drove to Flagstaff, Ariz. to begin a delightful year of teaching and folk dancing. Our Santa Fe shepherd, Poncho, went with us. He hated riding in the car, until we stopped at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Gallup and shared our lunch with him.

What a mood change! Instead of moping, all curled up in the back seat, he sat up and stuck his nose eagerly into the crack in the rear window, all the way to our rented house on the hill above the railroad station in Flagstaff.

The house was