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Hilltoppers Hockey Schedule Announced

on October 29, 2014 - 6:16am


Beer Co-op Halloween Party Friday

on October 29, 2014 - 6:14am

Derby Dames Host New Skater Practice Nov. 7

on October 29, 2014 - 6:13am

Registration Opens For YMCA Youth Basketball

on October 29, 2014 - 6:11am

Council OKs Teen Center Final Design Concept And Public Restrooms For Ashley Pond

on October 28, 2014 - 9:58pm

Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust, right, with the architect from NCA Architects in Albuquerque briefed Council this evening on the Teen Center final design concept and Community Building upgrades project and requested a budget increase to install public restrooms for Ashley Pond Park. Screen Shot/LAC

Staff Report:

Council unanamously approved the Teen Center final design concept and Community Building upgrades and a budget revision of $200,000 to construct a public restroom addition to support Ashley Pond Park activities.


Council Approves Increase In Compensation For Elected Officials

on October 28, 2014 - 9:05pm
Councilor David Izraelevitz and five other councilors voted this evening to approve an increase in compensation for elected officials. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers voted against the measure saying it in no way was a reflection of the elected officials but rather a personal decision. As an appointed councilor, Izraelevitz is running for election Nov. 4 and this pay increase goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015 for all newly elected officials, which means if elected, he will benefit from the vote. Izraelevitz said he will donate his increase in pay to charity. Screen Shot/LAC
Staff Report:

BPU Transparency Concerns Raised During Public Comment At Council Meeting

on October 28, 2014 - 8:29pm

During public comment this evening in Council Chambers, Christine Chandler played a portion of a tape of a recent meeting of the Board of Public Utilities in which board members were discussing the possible purchase of a coal mine. Chandler encouraged the Council to find a way to have the BPU hold its meetings where they can be recorded and those recordings be placed in an easily accessible location for the public. ScreenShot/LAC

Mark Jones also spoke during public comment to the transparency issue related to the Department of Public Utilities and its board. ScreenShot/LAC

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Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley Briefs Council

on October 28, 2014 - 7:45pm

Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley briefed Council this evening on the activities of the Personnel Board. Council leadership has requested that each Board/Commission chair make a presentation to the Council once a year focused on what has been completed and what they are currently working on, and what challenges or opportunities they see coming up in the future. Priestley explained that the purpose of the Personnel Board is to serve in an appellate and advisory capacity in the administration of the County personnel program.

Aspen Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov. 17

on October 28, 2014 - 4:15pm


Aspen Elementary School will celebrate the completion of its newly built and renovated school by hosting an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 17.

The event is 4:30-6 p.m. with opening remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Aspen’s Tiger Choir will perform. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will take self-guided tours. Staff members will be available to answer guests’ questions. Cake will be served in the new Dining Hall near the end of the event.  

Aspen thanks the community for their support of the bond, which made construction a reality.

Sheriff Urges Parents: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

on October 28, 2014 - 4:06pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero today issued the following Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80 percent of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under 12, and 75 percent of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.

WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

Governor To Meet With Voters In Los Alamos

on October 28, 2014 - 3:11pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez will stop in Los Alamos at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday to meet with voters as part of her 17-city bus tour across New Mexico.

The community is invited to attend the event on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr.

Monday's Hamburger Night Packs Bandelier Grill

on October 28, 2014 - 2:43pm

Members of the United Way Youth Team, with Bandelier Grill owner Brian Appell, center left, and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, hosted Hamburger Night, their final fundraiser of the year Monday at Bandelier Grill in White Rock. The team sold more than 200 hamburgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy spotted a hippie loitering inside Bandelier Grill and ordered him to 'assume the position' until he realized he was roughing up LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

New Mexico Pianist Presley Gao Is A Division Finalist In MTNA Junior Piano Competition

on October 28, 2014 - 1:12pm

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, is a Division Finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Courtesy/MTNA

MTNA News:

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Piano Competition.

Gao, the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian, earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.

LAMS Walk Run Club Issues Marathon Challenge

on October 28, 2014 - 12:28pm

LAMS Walk Run Club. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School Walk Run Club invites all 7th and 8th grade students and staff to participate in the Marathon Challenge until the end of the school year.

It’s Easy:

  • Walk or run the LAMS track and document the number of laps on the sign-in sheet.

And / Or

  • Accumulate miles on your own, and submit to toward an end of year goal of 26.2 miles (105 laps around the track)

In May, the Walk Run Club will have an ice cream party to celebrate the Marathon Challenge accomplishment!

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt Issues Open Letter To Staff And Community

on October 28, 2014 - 12:13pm
Open Letter to Staff and Community:
By Superintendent Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Public Schools

An article in the Sunday Edition of Los Alamos Monitor (DeRoma, 2014), posed the question of illegal drug use in our community. The drug awareness event, which was held in Smith Auditorium, presented an opportunity for community members to voice concerns on illegal drug use.

As Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools, I would be naïve to say that drugs have not made their way into our schools and our community.

UNM-LA Parenting Series Begins Second Run

on October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Oct. 30. Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The popular parenting class Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is returning for it’s second run this Thursday, Oct. 30. The six-class series is a collaboration between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The series begins with Cyber Safety and Technology and will explore topics related to apps and social media, online safety, cyberbullying, tools and guidelines for using the Internet, and

Classical Music World: Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts On Upcoming Performance

on October 28, 2014 - 11:43am
Orion Weise and friend. Courtesy/LACA
Classical Music World
Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts on Upcoming Performance

When you go to a classical concert, you are usually handed a printed program that includes some information about the music that you will hear.

But reading about music never comes close to the pleasure of just listening to it and program notes rarely give you any idea of how the artists up on the stage feel about the music they are playing.

That is why I want to share something really special with you.

The next Los Alamos Concert Association event

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

NCRTD Receives FTA Administrators Award For Outstanding Public Service In Rural Public Transportation

on October 28, 2014 - 10:54am

NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro


The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation. 

The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, Calif.

In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, “This year’s award features rural transit providers who

Letter to the Editor: We Need Judges Willing To Hold Criminals Accountable

on October 28, 2014 - 10:44am
Los Alamos

Enough is enough! It is time for a change in the first judicial court.

We need a judge who is willing to recognize that a victim of a crime should at least have some rights as well as the respect of the court. We need a judge who is willing to hold a criminal accountable for their crimes and quit "plea dealing" them back on to the streets to continue their criminal careers.

Judge Sheri Raphaelson's sentencing record is atrocious! Her "catch and release" program belongs in the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, not in the courts.

Popular Los Alamos History Young Adult Novel Back In Print

on October 28, 2014 - 10:05am
The Secret Project Notebook, published by Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is back in print and the Society is celebrating with a week-long scavenger hunt in the History Museum.
Written by award-winning author Carolyn Reeder, The Secret Project Notebook is a historical novel for young adults about a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II. Exactly what are his father and other scientists working on at the lab? Fritz is determined to find out.

New Sign Marks Museum Parke In Downtown Los Alamos

on October 28, 2014 - 9:53am

A new sign has been installed for Museum Parke near the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street in downtown Los Alamos. TRK Management owns the building, which has just two vacancies remaining before the entire building is fully leased. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Community Turns Out Sunday For Mesa Public Library Building's 20th Birthday Celebration

on October 28, 2014 - 9:18am

Guests at Mesa Public Library's 20th birthday party Sunday at 2400 Central Ave., were treated to a special cake and cupcakes covered in Italian creme created by Carmela Miller-Martinez of DD Bakery by L.I.A. Photo by Katy Korkos

Mesa Public Library Manager Steven Thomas leads guests on a tour of the library during Sunday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Community members and county officials joined present and former staff to help celebrate 20 years since the dedication of the Mesa Public Library building at 2400 Central Ave.

Los Alamos Artist Fran Bergstein Will Show At Rio Grande Art Association Juried Exhibit

on October 28, 2014 - 9:15am

Artist Fran Bergstein paints in her Los Alamos home. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Los Alamos artist Fran Bergstein has had a painting accepted by the Rio Grande Art Association’s 12th annual juried painting and sales exhibition. The exhibition features 114 paintings by artists working in a variety of styles and media. 

The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2-23 at the African American Performing Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, 310 San Pedro, NE in Albuquerque. Admission is free

“Drawing and painting are the constants in my life,”