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LANL Physicist Honored With E.O. Lawrence Award

on April 16, 2014 - 11:17am

LANL physicist John Sarrao is being honored with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • John Sarrao’s research in plutonium, superconductivity, magnetism praised

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

"John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Don’t Miss the Bobcat Bonanza Carnival at Barranca Mesa Elementary School April 25!

on April 16, 2014 - 11:06am

Join in the fun at the Bobcat Bonanza carnival 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca School. Courtesy photo


Bring the family and come on down to the Bobcat Bonanza, a blowout carnival not to be missed. The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar.

Win prizes at the April 25 Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo

The Bobcat Bonanza will feature food, carnival games, a bouncy castle, face painting, and even a dunk tank with “celebrity” guests in the dunk seat.

Corrections Department Eliminates Overnight Visits

on April 16, 2014 - 10:07am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.

The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.

Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days.

Melanoma Cancer Expert to Speak at Seminar April 24

on April 16, 2014 - 9:46am

Dr. Brendan D. Curti


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The Los Alamos Council on Cancer will sponsor free Melanoma Cancer Seminar with a free light supper at 5:15 p.m. and the seminar beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Dr. Brendan D. Curti, the featured speaker, holds two positions within Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Ore. He is director of genitourinary oncology research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, and also the director of Providence Biotherapy Clinical Program. 



Our Lady of the Woods Celebrates Beltane April 27

on April 16, 2014 - 9:37am
Maypole Dance at a previous Beltane. Courtesy/OLW
OLW News:

Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) will celebrate Beltane with a ritual, feast, and Maypole dance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. 

The Beltane sabbat marks the beginning of the summer for the Celts. For many England towns, the May pole remained stationed at the town center, becoming a gathering place for the whole season, which was a sort of on-going block party.

OLW hopes to recreate some of those good times at this celebration. The pot luck feast will give way to songs, dance and stories.


LAPSF Telethon Raises Funds and Engages Students

on April 16, 2014 - 9:24am


Earlier this year, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation invited Los Alamos High School students to participate in a telethon to raise money for Los Alamos Public Schools. 

LAPS Foundation Executive Director Joanna Gillespie organized the telethon and trained the telethon volunteers.

The Foundation’s mission is to leverage time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in Los Alamos Public Schools. The foundation funds professional development for teachers, Great Ideas Grants submitted by teachers, teacher licensure and classroom materials requested by teachers. 



NJROTC Brings Home Honors From New Mexico State Military Skills Championships

on April 16, 2014 - 9:16am
NJROTC team members with their trophies at the New Mexico State Military Skills Championships. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School NJROTC competed at the New Mexico State Military Skills Championships April 12 at La Cueva High School.

The events at this competition include Armed and Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, Marksmanship, and Fitness. For the first time, Los Alamos High School finished in the top three with a third place behind the much larger high schools of La Cueva and Albuquerque.

The NJROTC had proven earlier in the year that they were the best “Navy” unit in the


Letter to the Editor: Sharing Necessary Information

on April 16, 2014 - 9:12am
Los Alamos

For the public and for Historical Society members specifically, I have received some valuable feedback from my previous letter (see letter here) that contained the suggestion that Certified Preservationists were not being consulted.

A lack of trust among people in the same genre of interests, such as the history of the area can be remedied by the equal sharing of information so that those who donate funds, and those who advise the County Council are aware of their shared concerns.


How the Hen House Turns: Imprinting and the Importance of Hands

on April 16, 2014 - 9:04am
How the Hen House Turns:
Imprinting and the Importance of Hands
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Animal behaviorists now agree that we humans are not very different from animals in many ways—like our susceptibility to imprinting. Some call it “phase-sensitive learning” or “filial imprinting.”

I doubt many animal behaviorists would argue with the psychologists who suggest that young humans (and young animals) learn behavior from their parents and  that environmental factors and experience can influence brain development.

A recent more ominous finding that humans abused in

OBITUARY: Frances Sutherland Feb. 23, 1932–April 11, 2014

on April 16, 2014 - 8:44am

FRANCES SUTHERLAND Feb. 23, 1932–April 11, 2014

Frances Sutherland passed away on April 11, 2014. She was born on February 23, 1932 in Brussels, Belgium to Rene Beyersdorf and Mathilde Bloch Beyersdorf. Although they lived in Belgium, they were Swiss citizens. In 1940 they left Belgium and moved to the United States.

Frances graduated from Great Neck High School and Russell Sage College in New York. In 1955, she married Dexter Sutherland. They moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1962.

She went by many alias’s: Frances, Franny, Frannie Belle, Fran, Mom, and Granny.


National Day of Prayer at Ashley Pond Park May 1

on April 16, 2014 - 8:19am


May 1 is the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer. More than a million Americans will unite at more than 42,000 locations from coast to coast to pray for the nation. 

This year’s theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer” based on Romans 15:6. There will be a local prayer gathering at Ashley Pond Park noon to 1 p.m., on the first Thursday of May. 

The local event is hosted by Crossroads Bible Church. For further information, call 505.662.6080.

The 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer also will be broadcast LIVE from the Cannon House Office Building in

This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 16, 2014 - 7:51am
Reel Deal Theater                   

This week we are opening Transcendence. We will hold Captain America, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2. Need for Speed will end this Thursday.  

Movie Poster for 'Transcendence.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In Transcendence,Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

Michelle Harkey of Los Alamos Shares Two Weight Loss Secrets On National Webinar Broadcast Today

on April 16, 2014 - 7:31am

Michelle Harkey will be interviewed at 1 p.m. today on a national webinar broadcast. Photo by Fotogrph


At 1 p.m. today, Marci Lock will interview local business owner Michelle Harkey on a national webinar broadcast.

Lock is a life transformation coach and nutrition and fitness expert who has helped thousands of people achieve life-long fitness results. She believes that excess weight is a symptom of a deeper problem and true weight loss must come from an inner transformation. Her website is and you can sign up for the webcast at

Letter to the Editor: In the United States, the People Are the Government

on April 16, 2014 - 7:09am

Los Alamos

Mr. Vincent Chiravalle recently wrote a letter to your paper suggesting that, “When government gets out of the way, we can compete and win in any industry” and “To get our economy moving and creating jobs, government simply must get out of the way of the job creators.”

Sadly, Mr. Chiravalle is forgetting that in the United States, the people are the government. Our laws and regulations have been passed through due process, supported by democratic votes, and are often in place to protect us from the abuses of industry.

It seems that Mr.


Santa Fe Business Incubator Nets Big Boost from Los Alamos Lab

on April 15, 2014 - 9:49am

Modern flow cytometers were invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory and can be used to count and sort individual cells from a stream of liquid. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • BioScience Lab receives funding for cell-sorting machine

Los Alamos National Laboratory is providing funding to the Santa Fe Business Incubator BioScience Laboratory for the purchase of a commercial flow cytometer—a technology originally developed at Los Alamos and then later successfully commercialized by a Santa Fe company. The SFBI BioScience Lab is holding its open house today.

“The commercialization of flow cytometry

Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center Issues Annual Safety Alert For Walkers

on April 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

EMO News:

SANTA FE – The annual journey to El Santuario de Chimayó is underway. Dozens of walkers have already begun their trek to the church. The Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be safe as they make their way along the route. 

The public safety for this event is a joint coordinated effort between the Emergency Management Offices (EMO)  in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.

Apple Blossoms Photographed in Pajarito Acres

on April 15, 2014 - 7:56am

Apple Blossoms at sunrise in the yard of a home on Potrillo Drive in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

LAHS Sophomore Parent Night April 21

on April 15, 2014 - 7:55am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 in the Speech Theater.

Sophomore Parent Night gives parents an opportunity to learn what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April, as well providing a review of this information for the students,” said Cindy Black, a guidance counselors at the high school. “The presentation focuses on what students and parents need to be doing at this stage to get ready for life after high school.


'A Second Chance' at Reel Deal Saturday Benefits High Flyers Gymnastics

on April 15, 2014 - 7:49am


HFG News:

Sometimes in life we all wish for “A Second Chance.” That is the premise behind an inspirational family gymnastics film showing Saturday, April 19 at Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos.

Sponsored by High Flyers Gymnastics (HFG) as a fundraising event, the movie focuses on a group of school-age gymnasts and their quest to compete for spots on the Australian national gymnastics team.

Tickets for the one-time showing are $10 (child/adult) and on sale now at CB FOX, Uli’s Cottontail, Reel Deal Theater and High Flyers Gymnastics.

Pegg: Crank Up Your Metabolism

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am
Crank Up Your Metabolism

One of the key factors to weight loss and weight management is your metabolism. If you are want to lose weight and keep the weight off, one important thing to do is to rev up your metabolism.

Metabolism is a term that refers to how your body transforms the calories in the food you eat into energy. The food is broken down into sugars and amino acids that the body then has available for use as energy. The energy is then either used or it is stored as muscle or fat.

One very important key to keeping your metabolism high is to have a large amount of lean

Residents Asked to Sign Petition To Ban Trapping

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am

TFNM News:

Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM) is asking residents to sign a petition here to ban animal trapping in New Mexico. 

TFNM is a coalition of citizens, conservation organizations and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

"We seek to ban traps in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico's native wildlife," TFNM said.

Food on the Hill: Loco Moco

on April 15, 2014 - 7:40am

This Week's Recipe: Loco Moco

This is considered Hawaiian comfort food.

Photo by Sue York/


1 cup of cooked rice
cooked hamburger patty (I like to smoke it on the grill)
Slice of cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of brown gravy, heated
1 or 2 poached eggs


Poach eggs in simmering water with a tablespoon of vinegar.

Photo by Sue York/
You can also use an egg poacher, usually use an egg poacher, you end up losing less of the egg white that way.
Photo by Sue York/
Layer this in a bowl, rice, hamburger,

New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair

on April 15, 2014 - 7:39am


Los Aamos sent 27 6-12th graders to the 62nd New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro April 4-5.

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and is bound by the rules governing that organization. The fair also is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). NMSEF is a non-profit program hosted by New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Financial support for the Fair comes from New Mexico Tech, the State of New Mexico,

Monday Night's 'Blood Moon' Casts Rosy Glow

on April 15, 2014 - 7:39am

The 'Blood Moon' photographed Monday night from White Rock. A 'Blood Moon,' occurs during a full lunar eclipse that  renders the moon a reddish color. It was visible overnight in the skies above North America. Photo by Glen Wurden


Tax Day Celebration at Local Businesses!

on April 14, 2014 - 9:55pm


Come celebrate Tax Day with your favorite local businesses, and we'll pay your gross receipts taxes for you!

Tuesday, April 15, we're waving goodbye to all the stacks of paper and constant headaches at least for a little while, and saying a great big "Thank You" to all of our customers who give us a reason to pay taxes in the first place!

Stop by:
  •   The Fuller Lodge Art Center;
  •   Pet Pangaea;
  •   Village Arts; and
  •   Warm Hearts Yarn.

... and make sure you wish us all a "Happy Tax Day" at the check out counter before the merchandise has been rung up!