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NDI NM Students Bring Broadway to Northern N.M.

on April 22, 2014 - 8:08am
NDI NM News:
ALBUQUERQUE—Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI New Mexico) will showcase the talent and discipline of more than 570 public school students in nine Northern New Mexico elementary schools, with an end of the year performance titled, “Broadway Bound!” May 15-16.Tickets are now on sale.
“Broadway Bound!” is a celebration of the magic of Broadway musicals. Students will perform songs and dances from dozens of great Broadway shows, which share NDI New Mexico’s messages of teamwork, perseverance, and self-confidence.

Hike Oak Canyon From Jemez Historic Site

on April 22, 2014 - 8:00am
Ranger Marlon Magdalena leads a hike up Oak Canyon from the Jemez Historic Site in 2013. Magdalena is leading the hike this Sunday as well. Photo by Matthew J. Barbour, manager of Jemez Historic Site


At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27 rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (a.k.a. Church Canyon). The hike begins at Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument). This is a strenuous hike of about 1.5 miles over rough terrain and hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a sack lunch.

Rangers will do their best to identify the species of flora and fauna


Applications Open for Jonathan Sherman Spradling Memorial Scholarships

on April 22, 2014 - 7:53am

Jonathan Sherman Spradling. Courtesy/NMCF

NMCF News:

New Mexico Community Foundation has announced that applications are now open for the Jonathan Sherman Spradling Memorial Scholarships for fall semester 2014.

Four awards of $1,000 each are available to New Mexico high school seniors who plan to attend a post high school educational institution in New Mexico. Students must have attended an eligible New Mexico high school and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Application deadline is 5 p.m., April 30. For application information, click here or contact Paula Doane at


Chief Presents Fire Department's Budgets

on April 21, 2014 - 10:32pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes presents his department's proposed budgets including $27,395,633 for FY2015 and $28,380,385 for FY2016, up from the FY2014 Adopted Budget of $26,210,761. Hughes explained the increase is primarily a result of the 10-year contractual agreement his department recently received from DOE for fire services. Council commended Chief Hughes and his staff and firefighters for their service to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Hears FY2015-FY2016 County Clerk's Office Budgets

on April 21, 2014 - 10:29pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover presents her department's budget to Council. She requested a FY2015 budget of $482,773 and FY2016 of $499,990 from the FY2014 Adopted Budget of $510,057. Council will make its final approval of the budgets after hearing from each of the County departments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Presents FY2015-FY2016 Budgets

on April 21, 2014 - 10:10pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess discusses his department's budget. He is proposing a budget for FY2015 of  $13,056,066 and $13,499,949 for FY2016 from his FY2014 Adopted Budget of $12,394,558. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Commends County Attorney and Staff

on April 21, 2014 - 9:54pm

Councilors commended County Attorney Rebecca Ehlers, here with County Administrator Harry Burgess, for the job she and her staff has done in carrying out their duties. Ehlers explained that her junior attorney has gained the necessary skills to be promoted to an assistant attorney and asked Council for approval to do so. Her office has made adjustments and cost saving measures to keep her department's budget flat for FY2015-FY2016. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Hears County Assessors Office Budget

on April 21, 2014 - 9:36pm

Deputy County Assessor Joaquin Valdez presents is department's budget, proposing a FY2015 budget of $519,851, which is down from the FY2014 Adopted Budget of $523,440. He also presented a proposed budget for FY2016 of $537,143. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Sheriff Requests Official Vehicle Be Added to His Budget

on April 21, 2014 - 9:24pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is asking Council for a budget increase of $26,900 of which $26,000 is for an official truck for the sheriff's use and a $900 increase to his $5,880 annual salary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council FY2015-FY2016 Budgets Reduced

on April 21, 2014 - 8:31pm

As appears to be the case in most Los Alamos County department budgets for FY2015-FY2016 across the board, the County Council's proposed budget is reduced by 3 percent in FY2015 and 2 percent in FY2016 from the FY2014 Adopted Budget of $389,311. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

70 Percent of County's FY 2015 General Fund Revenue Comes From Gross Receipts Taxes

on April 21, 2014 - 7:54pm

Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne with Budget & Grants Manager Gina Torpy presents an overview of the proposed FY2015-FY2016 budget to County Council tonight in Council Chambers. Lynne explained that 70 percent of the FY2015 General Fund Revenue comes from Gross Receipts Taxes. He said the GRT high point was $58 million in 2009 and the low point is 2014 with $40 million. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

First of Four Nights of County Budget Hearings Now Underway

on April 21, 2014 - 7:42pm

The first of a projected four nights of FY2015-FY2016 budget hearings is underway in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. Officials from each department will present their budget to the County Council for approval and each department was instructed to keep their budget flat. County Administrator Harry Burgess told Council that a 2 percent increase for employee salaries is in the proposed budget.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 21, 2014 - 6:13pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to hold its Regular Business Meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 25 in Los Alamos County Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

Presenters for the April 25 meeting:

  • Charlie McMillan, LANL Laboratory Director
  • Ryan Flynn, Secretary of the State Environmental Department
  • Joe Franco, WIPP Management and Operating Contractor

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any

Lunch with a Leader Features Social Services Manager

on April 21, 2014 - 5:54pm
Social Services Manager Kim Gabaldon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LVW News:
The League of Women Voters will have its monthly Lunch with a Leader combined with its annual meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Mesa Public Library.  
The beginning time of 11 a.m. gives people an opportunity to browse and bid on silent auction items at the event. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. as usual.
Social Services Manager, Kim Gabaldon will be the featured speaker.

LAHS Boys Soccer Spring Meeting Wednesday

on April 21, 2014 - 5:38pm


LAHS Boys Soccer - Spring Meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Speech Theater (near the AUX Gym) at Los Alamos High School.

This is for All interested players (7th-11th grade) and parents.


Evan Gartz, Boys Varsity Coach, will discuss:

  • Expectations for the summer
  • Topper Soccer School dates
  • Camps, Tournaments and
  • Tryouts in August

Program fundraising will be explained and booster checks will be accepted ($50).

Contact information for players and parents will be taken.

Bring Checkbook to sign up for 5v5.


Letter to the Editor: Creating Jobs: Is It Really Business vs. Government?

on April 21, 2014 - 5:18pm
Los Alamos
43rd District GOP candidate Vincent Chiravalle and others, one here have recently batted back and forth the idea of job creation and whether Government is involved in a constructive or negative way. I think both sides miss the point a little, or perhaps their letters are not long enough to elaborate.

First off, its rather hilarious to think that in little Los Alamos County, government does not create jobs. Without that 900 pound Federal gorilla in town redistributing other people's tax dollars (Vince and I both work there), "...the woman who does your nails,

Nature Center Groundbreaking 4 p.m. Tuesday

on April 21, 2014 - 5:02pm

Esterlyn Live In Concert @ WR Baptist Church

on April 21, 2014 - 4:42pm

‘Fire Up’ For Scouting!

on April 21, 2014 - 4:36pm

BSA News:

The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock Tuesday and Thursday:

  • Tuesday April 22 - 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #3 in White Rock, 129 N.M. 4, and
  • Thursday April 24 - 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #4 in Los Alamos, 4401 Diamond Dr. across from the Golf Course.

Boys who will graduate from Kindergarten through 4th grades (5-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program, including summer activities such as June Day Camp.


Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Executive Session Added to Thursday's School Board Agenda

on April 21, 2014 - 4:11pm

LAPS News:

The School Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting 5 p.m. Thursday April 24 at Pinon Elementary School in the library.

An Execultive Session has been added to the agenda of the meeting. After the Executive Session is adjourned, the School Board will go into the School Board Work Session.

The agenda includes: Approval of Agenda, Public Comment, Budget Update and Pinon Report. The meeting is open to the public.


Los Alamos Historical Society Hosts Chamber FAN Club at Bethe House

on April 21, 2014 - 3:59pm

From left, Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop Manager Kathy Ankeny, former Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Hedy Dunn and current Executive Director Heather McClanahan gathered together at Wednesday's FAN Club at the Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

This month's Chamber FAN Club was hosted Wednesday evening by the Los Alamos Historical Society and held at the Bethe House on historic Bathtub Row. The house at 1350 Bathtub Row has been completely renovated by Roland Caspersen with an eye to historical accuracy ... and it has two

Chamber Workshop Thursday: Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Starting or Re-inventing a Business

on April 21, 2014 - 2:36pm


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host a free workshop 1-3 p.m. April 24, at UNM-Los Alamos, Lecture Hall 2. The topic is “Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Starting or Re-inventing a Business.” 

The information presented will be suitable to both startups and established businesses. The presenters are principals in a Los Alamos-based business called “LABi” for “Los Alamos Business incubation.” They include Andy Andrews, Martin Bidus, Ralph Chapman and Robert Nolen, all of whom bring a wide range of business experience and acumen to their presentation.

They will cover


Aaron's Kids Closet Offers Gently Used Clothes, Shoes, Backpacks & Lunch Boxes

on April 21, 2014 - 1:46pm


Aaron's Kids Closet will open its doors again this Saturday April 26 - new hours 9-11 a.m. - in Fellowship Center at the First United Methodist Church.

Feel free to come by and take what your school age children are in need of.

Aaron's Kids Closet is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos and provides gently used clothes, shoes, backpacks and lunch boxes to those in need of assistance.

While you are doing your spring cleaning, please remember us and drop off your donations to the First United Methodist Church office or call 505.660.0340 to arrange

Easter Sunrise Service At Overlook Park

on April 21, 2014 - 12:19pm

A beautiful morning at Overlook Park in White Rock just after Sunday's Easter Sunrise Service. Photo by Glen Wurden