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Casting Call For Feature Film In New Mexico

on December 7, 2016 - 4:46pm

Several hundred New Mexico residents are needed as background actors for the Jerry Bruckheimer film Horse Soldiers.
Horse Soldiers is a retelling of the first group of Special Forces to enter Afghanistan after 9/11. Upon arrival they meet up and partner with a local alliance as they fight side by side to save the mountain villages and communities from the Taliban.
Background actors are being sought for this film who are willing to represent the brave Afghan people who fought alongside of American soldiers to defend them from the Taliban, but all types and

Zia Credit Union Strives To Curb Elder Financial Abuse

on December 7, 2016 - 1:52pm
ZCU President & CEO David Woodruff
ZCU News:
On Wednesday of last week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging called for tougher state actions to prevent elder abuse by guardians – and in a 2011 MetLife study, it was suggested that older Americans lost more than $2 billion to financial exploitation by a spectrum of perpetrators in 2010. 
In June of this year, the Taos News reported that, in the U.S., approximately 1 in 10 of senior citizens has been a victim of elder abuse, for a total of more than 1 million each year.

IRS, Security Summit Partners, Remind Taxpayers To Protect Themselves Online

on December 7, 2016 - 1:47pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry recently urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft.
Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal taxpayers’ personal information and ultimately their money. But, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to help protect themselves, like keeping computer software up-to-date and being cautious about giving out their personal information.
This is the first reminder to taxpayers during “National Tax Security Awareness Week,”

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit

on December 7, 2016 - 1:46pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted the special audit to determine why a backlog of 5,440 untested kits amassed in New Mexico and develop best practices to clear it and prevent it from happening again.
In New Mexico, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime and 65 percent of sexual assault victims are minors.

County: Winter Sidewalk Guidelines

on December 7, 2016 - 1:40pm
County reminds residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Courtesy photo
During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.
When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos

on December 7, 2016 - 1:27pm
By Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk
And Turkey Trot Committee
The organizing committee for this year’s Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot would like to express its gratitude to the Los Alamos community for helping us raise over $14,000 to fight hunger locally and globally.
More than 180 people participated in our November 20th event, running or walking the 2.57 mile, or the shorter 1.7 mile, route from Los Alamos Middle School to, or through, the stables and back.
Several sponsoring businesses made it possible for us to gear up for the event.

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising At An Alarming Rate

on December 7, 2016 - 1:24pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States.
Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61 percent (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
This opioid epidemic has been

Brown Bag Concert: Los Alamos Early Music Ensemble Performs At Fuller Lodge Today

on December 7, 2016 - 8:54am
Violinist Matt Hanson. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Early Music Ensemble will perform a free Brown Bag Concert for the community at noon today at Fuller Lodge.

The group consists of:

  • Matt Hanson – baroque violin;
  • David Hanson – viola da gamba;
  • Ben Christianson – harpsichord;
  • Juanita Madland – harpsichord; and
  • Joyce Lynn – Shakespeare reading.

Secret City Kitchen Expands Dinner Nights

on December 7, 2016 - 8:48am
The Secret City Kitchen is expanding its dinners to four nights a week beginning Dec. 12. . 
Wednesday night will still be featured family dinner night. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the eatery will offer tasting plates for either delivery or pick up. 
Diners may choose five items to make a meal for the evening. Click here for the menu and order form.
Secret City Kitchen also provides catering - visit

Dec. 7, 1941 ... A Date That Lives In Infamy

on December 7, 2016 - 8:02am

The forward magazine of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Courtesy/wikimedia

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.

Los Alamos County Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Adopting 2016 Comprehensive Plan

on December 6, 2016 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, at right, asks clarifying questions of P&Z Chair Phil Gursky prior to moving to approve the 2016 Comprehensive Plan this evening, which Council approved 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

P&Z Chair Phil Gursky answers questions from councilors about the Comprehensive Plan at this evening's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Three citizens spoke during public comment this evening about the open space area south of the Los Alamos County Airport being designated mix use in the Comp Plan at a previous council

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Speaks To Lab Fellows

on December 6, 2016 - 3:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory speaking today at the Bradbury Science Museum during the Induction Ceremony for the 2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. The new fellows are: Scott Crooker, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Dean Preston and Roger Wiens. Laboratory Fellows are technical staff members who have been appointed in recognition of their sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement.

Letter To The Editor: Addressing Misunderstandings Related To Open Space, Mixed Use and Industrial Use

on December 6, 2016 - 3:27pm
Los Alamos County Councilor
Owner/Broker Zia Realty Group

I would like to address some misunderstandings regarding a couple of lots addressed in the new Comprehensive Plan that have been a topic of conversation lately. 

The lots in question are two of three lots directly across from the Los Alamos County Airport. All three lots are currently zoned as “INDUSTRIAL USE”. The County Council chose to designate the two lots along the road as “Mixed Use” with the third lot along the canyon that includes the Canyon Rim Trail being designated as “Open Space”.

Apparently, in the last

North Mesa Luminaria Walk & North Pole Workshop

on December 6, 2016 - 12:39pm

Scen from Sunday's Luminaria Walk and North Pole Workshop hosted by the Los Alamos Posse Lodge and the North Mesa Stables. The event was part of MainStreet’s Winterfest weekend of events. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Annette Preston and her son, Kaius, enjoy the festivities Sunday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge before embarking on a hay ride through the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

The Preston family get ready to take a holiday tour Sunday night through the North Mesa Stables.

Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Adoption Special

on December 6, 2016 - 12:34pm

Letter To The Editor: The Problem Is Us...

on December 6, 2016 - 12:09pm
Los Alamos
This is in response to the recent Letter to the Editor (letter) by the League of Women Voters. 
My understanding is that Hillary Clinton spent twice as much as Donald Trump on the last election. How did THAT work out for her! Money isn’t the problem. The problem is us.

The reason candidates use attack ads is because they work. This isn’t anything new. About 100 years ago H. L.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms

on December 6, 2016 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement.
The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by

County Issues Winter Driving Safety Tips

on December 6, 2016 - 11:43am

Los Alamos County issues winter driving safety tips. Courtesy photo



Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

Letter To The Editor: Call For Council To Withdraw Open Space To Mixed Use Amendment Before Adopting Comprehensive Plan

on December 6, 2016 - 8:17am
Los Alamos

To the Los Alamos County Council:

We object to the Council’s amendment of the Comprehensive Plan changing the parcels south of the airport and #502 from open space to multi-use after numerous meetings during which the public saw them marked as open space.

The fact that the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission could see no better designation than open space for the parcels south of the airport and #502 should give pause to the Council.

DNCU Leads Community Drive To Help Disadvantaged Youth

on December 6, 2016 - 8:16am

Del Norte Credit Union invites the community to help “Stuff our Stockings” at all six DNCU branches through Dec. 19 – collecting personal and small items for disadvantaged youth – in concert with several area organizations and charities that work with teens. Courtesy image

League’s Lunch With A Leader Features Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto At Mesa Public Library Dec. 13

on December 6, 2016 - 7:26am

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto


The League of Women Voters will hold its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Mesa Public Library.

This month's speaker is New Mexico State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto of Albuquerque. Sen. Ivey-Soto will speak on the recent election, upcoming ethics legislation, and public safety.

The senator is a life-long public servant. He is a former director of the State Elections Office, prosecutor and teacher as well as a member of the League of Women Voters.

SFCC's 27th Annual Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair

on December 6, 2016 - 7:13am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College will host the 27th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in the college’s Main Hallway and Campus Center, 6401 Richards Ave. The event is free and there is plenty of free parking.
The popular community event features about 75 artists, who sell items ranging from fine art to regional handcrafted goods. The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair gives students and local artists an opportunity to sell their work directly to the public.
Area residents enjoy the festive fair along with the opportunity to support

Letter To The Editor: Fear Of Islam

on December 6, 2016 - 7:11am
Los Alamos
I am appalled with all I read about Radical Islam, calls to intern US Muslims, and calls to bar further Muslim immigrants.
Now I hear Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be National Security Advisor (a post not requiring Congressional approval). Flynn has tweeted and said, “it is not irrational to fear Muslims and their religion.”
Fear of Islam, like many of our fears, is born from ignorance; few US citizens know Muslims or know much about the Islamic Faith. It is somewhat normal to fear the unknown.
During 38 years associated with LANL, I

Los Alamos National Laboratory @theBradbury

on December 6, 2016 - 7:07am
LANL News:
In honor of the more than 2,400 U.S. personnel who died due to the attack Dec. 7, 1941, the Bradbury Science Museum will present an exhibit on Pearl Harbor.
In addition to a detailed chronology of events beginning at 6:18 a.m. on that historic morning, the display includes snippets of a serviceman’s diary, samples of newspaper pages of the time, and an extensive slideshow of more than 60 images taken before, during and after the attack.
Beginning this month, Museum visitors

Q & A With Author And Y Friend Laura Kelly

on December 6, 2016 - 7:00am
Y staffer Estrella Young, left, and Y CEO Linda Daly, right, congratulate author Laura Kelly on her new book. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA is hosting a book signing for local author and Y fitness instructor Laura Kelly, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.
In a recent interview, Kelly disclosed more about her new book, “Splintered Reflections”.
Q: Besides being a new author and a world-class, fun, engaging fitness instructor at the Y, what do you do in the real world to pay the bills, and how long have you lived in Los Alamos?
A: I