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Obituary: Brent A. Burtschell June 23, 1946 – June 18, 2016

on June 27, 2016 - 9:41pm

BRENT A. BURTSCHELL June 23, 1946 – June 18, 2016

Brent A. Burtschell, age 69 a resident of White Rock, NM passed away June 18, 2016 due to a motorcycle accident. He was born June 23, 1946 in Crescent City, CA to Margaret and Bruce Burtschell.

Brent is preceded in death by his father Bruce Burtschell, mother Margaret Burtschell, wife Manuelita Burtschell and sister Blythe Unican.

He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Ginger Grant of Los Alamos, NM and her two sons and six grandchildren, Jimmy & Melissa Grant and their children, Abigail, Aubrey, Alexander and Andrew; Joey & Naomi Grant


LAPD Thanks Community For Aid In Solving Crimes

on June 27, 2016 - 4:48pm
LAPD News:
The Los Alamos Police Department has solved multiple criminal incidents that were reported earlier this year thanks to local L.A. Crime stopper press releases.
“LAPD would like to thank the local media and the public for their assistance related to these incidents. These tips show that the citizens, job-holders, and visitors in our area wish to assist the Los Alamos Police Department in our mission to provide quality pro-active law enforcement services to help keep our community safe and hold those accountable who choose to commit crime in our area,” LAPD Cmdr.

Tuesdays At The Pond Features An Evening Of Opera

on June 27, 2016 - 1:23pm
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This week Tuesdays at the Pond features An Evening of Opera presented by Opera Singers, Soprano, Heather Bingham with Baritone, Tyler Oliphant and Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Morris, accompanied by Sarah Frogget.
The concert begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28 at Ashley Pond. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoys opera favorites by Bizet, Mozart, Delibes, Floyd, Meyerbeer, and musical theater favorites from South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and others.
Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through August 9. It

Albuquerque Bank Robbers Flee In Damaged Car

on June 27, 2016 - 1:21pm
FBI News:
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a team of robbers who hit an Albuquerque bank Wednesday, June 22, and fled in a vehicle with front-end damage.
Three suspects were possibly involved, and they fled in a late-model, four-door car with faded gold paint. The vehicle was missing a front driver-side hubcap and its hood was not closed completely. The robbery occurred at approximately 3:21 p.m. at the Bank of the West at 5401 Central Ave. NE;
A male suspect described as approximately 6’0” tall and skinny entered the bank and demanded money.

Consent Order Governing Legacy Cleanup At Los Alamos Finalized

on June 27, 2016 - 1:18pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department signed and finalized the Consent Order between the State of New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management office, which will guide and govern the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“The new Consent Order will accelerate the pace of environmental restoration activities in and around Los Alamos,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said.

Gardeners Take Over Nature Center Tuesday

on June 27, 2016 - 1:16pm

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday to learn valuable tips on gardening. Photo by Siobhan Niklasson


Green-thumbed gardeners will be taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Master Gardeners, Los Alamos Garden Club and Summit Garden Club will all gather at the nature center to share valuable information and answer questions related to gardening. This event is free and open to the public.

This fun evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Letter To The Editor: To Our Christian Brethren At FBCLA

on June 27, 2016 - 9:34am
By Rev. GLENN JONES, Pastor
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

To our Christian brethren at First Baptist Church of Los Alamos,

Please know that you are in the hearts and prayers of all of us here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church as you work through the grief, shock, pain, fear, humiliation and horror of recent revelations. 

The extended Catholic family throughout the world has had to endure so many agonies of such—and even worse—betrayals of trust in recent years, especially of our most innocent…by some of our most trusted. 

Such incidents tar all of our Christians

LA Majors All Stars Win District, Head To State!

on June 27, 2016 - 9:13am

Members of the Los Alamos Majors All Stars, Team Manager Adrienne Lovato and coaches Michelle Harris and Lori Norman. The LA Majors All Stars won the district tournament this weekend against Espanola (17-4 and 17-5). The team now advaces to the state championship. Courtesy photo

LA Majors All Stars:

  • Aspen DeHerrera
  • Jenna Harris
  • Isabella Robertson
  • Isabelle Matteson
  • Kaitlyn Gonzalez
  • Kaitlin Remde
  • Felicity Sandoval
  • Jorda Tucker
  • Dailynn Rodriguez
  • Muira Mowrer
  • Karin Ebey
  • Rachel Norman
  • Carley Hollander
  • Audrey Nolen

History Adventures On Fuller Lodge Lawn Tuesday

on June 27, 2016 - 9:05am

Tuesday morning's History Adventures is a presentation from the Bradbury Science Museum. Explore local rocks and discover how the geology of the local region is connected to local history and culture. The activity is aimed at children in grades K–3 and offered at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Gather on the lawn of Fuller Lodge for this free program. Courtesy image

SFOG: Meet A 21st Century Diva July 17

on June 27, 2016 - 8:56am

Kiwanis Prepares Its Annual 4th Of July Extravaganza

on June 27, 2016 - 8:36am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is preparing for its annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza at Overlook Park in White Rock. The first shell explodes at 9:15 p.m., followed by 2,999 more. Courtesy image

Los Alamos Girls High School Soccer Sponsors L.E.A.D. Soccer Academy, UNM Women’s Soccer Camp

on June 27, 2016 - 8:22am


Registration is now open for the Los Alamos Girls High School Soccer sponsored L.E.A.D. Soccer Academy, UNM Women’s Soccer Camp,

Register at or call 505.263.4433.

Date: Monday, July 11 through Thursday July 14

Times Each Day:

  • 8-9:30 a.m. on Field
  • 9:30-10 a.m. Leadership training
  • 4-5:30 p.m. on Field
  • 5:30-6 p.m. Leadership training

Age groups: All incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. 

Cost: $250 + tax. Fee includes camp shirt.

Location: Sullivan Field

Letter To The Editor: Something Has Changed And It's Not The Gun

on June 27, 2016 - 7:19am

By White Rock Resident

I’ve written about this subject before, but last night I noticed something that seemed to support my opinion even more.

Last night I watched The Silence of the Lambs (1991). I’ve seen this movie before but there was something I noticed this time. During the gun scenes, the vast majority of the FBI agents were carrying revolvers. I did see what appeared to be a submachine gun in one scene, and a couple wooden stock bolt action sniper rifles. But I did not see one single AR style rifle.

Granted, this isn’t actual footage, it’s a Hollywood movie, but my point is, back


Scenes From Local Pickling Class

on June 27, 2016 - 7:09am

The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service hosts a Pickling Class June 16  at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/



The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service hosted a Pickling Class June 16  at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle, or, to prevent ambiguity, prefaced with the

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Love & Friendship

on June 27, 2016 - 7:08am
Los Alamos

“Love and Friendship” is based on an unpublished 1790 novella called “Lady Susan” and written by Jane Austen (later author of Pride and Prejudice) when she was 18 years old.

Austen composed the story through a series of letters; in the movie the texts of these letters serve as the basis for long conversational expositions, thanks to screenwriter Whit Stillman. The action of the film takes place around 1790.

Movie poster for 'Love and Friendship. Courtesy photo

The lovely Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon, a youngish widow with a debutante-aged

RTD Mountain Trail Route Up Hyde Park Road Resumes Service July 1 To Aug. 31 For Summer Pilot Phase

on June 27, 2016 - 6:59am
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that it will resume service on its pilot RTD (“Blue Bus”) Mountain Trail route Friday, July 1 and run through Aug. 31.
The Mountain Trail route provides service from South Capitol Rail Runner Station to stops through Downtown, Fort Marcy Park and then up Hyde Park Road to recreational areas and businesses along N.M. 475 concluding at Ski Santa Fe.

Trace Steps Of Manhattan Project Spies With 3D App & Guided ‘NM True Spy Tour’ July 14-17

on June 27, 2016 - 6:58am
LASF News:
The secret is out: as a new edition to the Los Alamos Science Fest this year, July 14–17, history and mystery lovers will get an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Manhattan Project’s most well known spies with a guided “New Mexico True Spy Tour.”
Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) scientists have also developed a 3D app allowing anyone with a cell phone to take a virtual tour from the perspective of a 1940’s Manhattan Project scientist. The NM True Spy Tour continues in Los Alamos with tours of actual sites where scientists lived, worked and played.

The guided

CCNS Challenges EPA To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on June 27, 2016 - 6:56am
CCNS News:
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF). 
After November 2010, the RLWTF became a zero-liquid-discharge system. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System (MES) to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still includes Outfall 051 in the Clean Water Act permit that it issues to LANL. 
This has a serious impact.

State Auditor Tim Keller Calls On DOH To Comply With Lynn And Erin Compassionate Use Act

on June 27, 2016 - 6:55am

SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to comply with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received reports from multiple sources that DOH has not processed applications for medical cannabis patient cards within 30 days as required by state law. The OSA received reports that patients have experienced processing times up to 90 days.
“For patients with debilitating medical conditions, the difference between 30 days and 60 days to get the help they need can be devastating,”

Chase Ealey Takes Second In NCAA Shot Put Final

on June 27, 2016 - 6:54am
EUGENE, Ore. Los Alamos High School graduate and Oklahoma State University senior Chase Ealey closed the book on her Cowgirl career with her second All-America honor of the year, finishing second in the shot put final, and Kaela Edwards of Los Alamos and Ingeborg Loevnes of Norway advanced to NCAA finals Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
In the rain on the Hayward infield, Ealey set a school record of 17.99m/59-0.25 feet and finished runner-up in the shot put to finish her Oklahoma State career.
"I was going after a PR and the podium, and I did

Daily Postcard: Hiking In Water Canyon

on June 27, 2016 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: Scene from a hike Saturday in Water Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Local Printer Creates Exterior Sign For Boomerang

on June 26, 2016 - 11:34am
Local printer patrick Brenner and Boomerang owner Anna Dillane with the new sign he created for her business at the corner of Central Avenue and Knecht Street. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Los Alamos

After being in business for a year and a half, Boomerang Consignment and Resale is ready to install a permanent sign above its door front on Central Avenue.

Boomerang’s owner, Anna Dillane, researched several sign vendors and decided to work with a local print shop, EDJ ink, owned by Patrick Brenner.

“He was wonderful,” Dillane said.


Splash n Dash #2 Results

on June 26, 2016 - 11:21am

One of 55 runners participating in Wednesday's Splash n Dash #2. Courtesy photo

One of 55 runners participating in Wednesday's Splash n Dash #2. Courtesy photo

Madalyn and Scott Bailey. Courtesy photo


Fifty-five athletes of all ages participated in the Triatomics Splash n Dash #2 last Wednesday.

Clay Mosely turned in the best time on the long course.

The Triatomics will hold two more Splash n Dashes this year. The next one is July 6 and consists of three courses to choose from:

  • Long (400M swim 5K run);
  • Short (200M swim, 3K run); and
  • Youth (swim and run with parent).

Letter To The Editor: Brexit ... Mourning Exit From EU

on June 26, 2016 - 10:41am
Los Alamos

I think I may wear black today (June 24) in mourning for the UK voting to leave the EU.

In early 1975, we left home in New Mexico to move to Italy. We took three months to get there, driving across the US, sailing on a Russian ship, Mikhail Lermontov, to La Hague, and then through France and northern Italy to Ispra. For almost 2.5 years, I worked in the Joint Research Centre of the European Communities (EURATOM).* 

In late 1978, we arrived back in Los Alamos after taking three months driving through Europe, mainly France; taking a ferry to England;

Luján Statement Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

on June 26, 2016 - 10:27am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement in celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

"June has long been the month that we celebrate LGBT Pride to honor the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement that began at the Stonewall Inn. It is a time to recognize the tremendous contributions the LGBT community makes to New Mexico and our nation, and remember all those who have stood up and fought for equality.

"Just over a year ago, we watched and celebrated as the