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A View From the Stacks: Exhibit Space Means the Library is Much More Than Just Books

on March 30, 2013 - 11:50am
Gallery Manager, Mesa Public Library

From cutting edge contemporary art installations to quilts, recycled scrap metal sculpture to World War II memorabilia, traveling museum exhibits to exhibits designed and created by university students, the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery provides the only flexible, general exhibition space in Los Alamos County.

It is a great space:  light filled and soaring, a gem tucked away on the third floor in the landmark building designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, dubbed by New Mexico museum professionals one of the best

Column: Easter Challenge

on March 30, 2013 - 11:49am
Easter Challenge
Over the past week God has put something on my heart and I can't seem to get it out of my mind.
It is a burning desire and it takes up every moment of my thoughts.
I think He has been telling me to spread the good news and truth about Easter.
Last week I made a tract that tells the true meaning of Easter and contains the gospel.
I have made more than 400 copies and have been passing them out to people. But this is not enough.
What if we could get 3,000 people to read the gospel message before Easter?
Then I started to think.

County Budget Hearings Set for April 15-17

on March 30, 2013 - 9:00am

Comparison of Expenditures by Category. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County Office of Management and Budget released the prosposed 2014 County Budget.

By County Charter, the proposed budget for the next fiscal year must be published each year no later than March 31.

The proposed Los Alamos County budget for FY14 is available for review at the 311 Customer Care Center in Central Park Square and at the reference desk at Mesa Public Library.

The schedule for budget hearings also was announced. The budget hearings are 7-10 p.m. April 15-17.

Public Comment is 7-7:30 p.m.


County Line: March 29

on March 30, 2013 - 8:56am

Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday at the Golf Course

Get out and enjoy the spring weather with your family and friends at our local golf course - the egg-stravaganza is sponsored by the local golf association - the fun begins at 1:00 p.m.

Council takes a break from meetings

No Council meetings for the next two weeks, but after that, get ready for Councilors to dive into budget hearings for three days (April 15 through 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers).

Publication of the Proposed County Budget for FY14

By County Charter, the proposed budget for the next fiscal year must be published

AAUW: Dorothy Shaner Presents Talk April 4

on March 30, 2013 - 8:53am

AAUW News:

Dorothy Shaner will present, Burma/Myanmar: Nexus of a modern Silk Road or Battleground in a new "Great Game"? at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.  at 7:30 pm. Thursday, April 4.

The talk is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Shaner has lived in Los Alamos for 11 years and is a member of the American Association of University Women.

She claims no “expertise” on Burma, but offers background on the subject.

While raising children and getting her Ph.D.


Karen Wray Fine Art Celebrates Spring With 'Living Things'

on March 30, 2013 - 8:19am
'Mother Daughter Time' by Heather Ward
Karen Wray Fine Art Celebrates Spring with “Living Things”
Los Alamos Artist Heather Ward

After the snow melts and the winds die down, the artists at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery will be ready to celebrate spring with their upcoming exhibit, Living Things.

The artists will kick off the new exhibit with a public reception from 5-7 p.m., April 19.

“All of my work is about animals,” said Heather Ward, the newest artist to be represented at Karen Wray Fine Art. “They’re all so different and unique.


First Female Selected to Lead U.S. Secret Service

on March 30, 2013 - 7:47am


U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

Julia Pierson was sworn in as U.S. Secret Service Director Wednesday, March 27, in a ceremony in the Oval Office.

President Obama watched as Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the highly respected veteran of the Secret Service and praised her dedication, professionalism and commitment to her work:

"I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary," President Obama said following the ceremony. "She’s come up through the ranks.

Research Deciphers HIV Attack Plan

on March 30, 2013 - 7:13am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scientists get inside look at how AIDS virus grooms its assault team

A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Pennsylvania scientists defines previously unknown properties of transmitted HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS.

The viruses that successfully pass from a chronically infected person to a new individual are both remarkably resistant to a powerful initial human immune-response mechanism, and they are blanketed in a greater amount of envelope protein that helps them access and enter

UPS Agrees to Forfeit $40 Million

on March 30, 2013 - 6:58am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

SAN FRANCISCO – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“USAO-NDCA”) entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement (“NPA”) today in which UPS agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments it has received from illicit online pharmacies and to implement a compliance program designed to ensure that illegal online pharmacies will not be able to use UPS’s services to distribute drugs.

UPS has cooperated fully with the

LANL Hosts Community Leaders Breakfast

on March 29, 2013 - 2:26pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, speaks with Ohkay Owingeth Pueblo representative Ray Chavez at Tuesday's Community Leaders Breakfast in Española. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Several hundred northern New Mexico community leaders attended a breakfast at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center in Española with LANL officials and staff Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a breakfast for northern New Mexico community leaders Tuesday at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center.


Community Packs Zia Realty Group Open House

on March 29, 2013 - 2:09pm

Zia Realty Group brokers and family members, including JJ Chrobolinski holding giant scissors, cut the ribbon Thursday to celebrate the 'fastest growing realty company in Los Alamos.' Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski, center, founded Zia Realty Group in 2012 and has since purchased REA Realty Company and Los Alamos Properties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

More than 300 community members, business leaders and County officials, including County Administrator Harry Burgess, filled the Zia Realty Group office building at 1416 Trinity Dr.

Crowd Gathers for Los Alamos Family Council Sock Hop

on March 29, 2013 - 12:33pm

Poodle skirts were flying as community members took to the dance floor for the Los Alamos Family Council's Sock Hop fundraiser held last weekend. Local merchants provided door prizes and the snack bar provided root beer float prizes for winners of the bubblegum blowing, dance and hula hoop contests. Marlane Hamilton (Vice President) and Diane Daughton (President) are at the front table selling tickets. Popcorn on the table is served in an antique record that was ruffled by baking it in an oven. Every table had free popcorn served this way at the event.

County Eco Station Closed Sunday March 31

on March 29, 2013 - 11:57am


In observance of Easter, the Los Alamos County Eco Station and Overlook Park Convenience Center will be closed Sunday March 31.

DIrect questions to the Environmental Services Division at 662-8163.


Birth Announcement: Blumenthal / Mockler-Wood Baby Girl Born March 20

on March 29, 2013 - 11:48am

Patrick Mockler-Wood and Emily Blumenthal with their newborn daughter Emma Aspen Mockler-Wood. Courtesy photo

New Baby News:

Patrick Mockler-Wood, co-owner of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in Los Alamos and Emily Blumenthal celebrate the birth of their daughter Emma Aspen Mockler-Wood.

Emma Aspen was born March 20 at the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center in Taos.

She weighs 7 lbs. 6 ozs. and is 19.5 inches long.





Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's 2013 Legislative Session Review

on March 29, 2013 - 11:05am
Stephanie Garcia Richard is the newly elected State House Representative for District 43, which includes Los Alamos and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and teaches 3rd grade at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque. Courtesy photo
SGR News:

In her 2013 Legislative Session Review, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following information to her constituents:

It has been an honor to serve as your State Representative for District 43 and I am excited to continue to work together as we build a better

Multicultural Education: Around the World in White Rock

on March 29, 2013 - 10:53am

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary School


White Rock schools will kick off a multicultural fair, titled "Around the World in White Rock" thanks to the Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

This event, lead by Julie Bulthuis and Renee Mitsunaga, will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

"Carnival" masks were created byChamisa and Pinon elementary schools with artist-in-residence/former LAPS teacher Thelma Hahn.

Hahn worked with 4th and 5th grade classes at Pinon with Stephanie Rittner


Russian Visitors Experience Life in Los Alamos

on March 29, 2013 - 10:29am

A Russian Delegation from the Sister City of Sarov are visiting Los Alamos through next Wednesday, April 3. The delegation spent time with County Administer Harry Burgess, center, and other County officials Thursday afternoon in the conference room at the County Administrator's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian Delegation members from the Sister City of Sarov gather in Council Chambers Tuesday evening in preparation for their recognition by Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Council Chair Geoff Rodgers accepts a gift from the Russian

New Mexico High School Coaches Association Releases 2013 Boys & Girls All-State Basketball Teams

on March 29, 2013 - 10:19am


The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has released its 2013 Boys & Girls All-State Basketball teams for the 2012/2013 school year.

View all of the teams online at View All-State Teams (If the link doesn’t work, go to


Learn About YMCA Express Through Orientations

on March 29, 2013 - 9:45am
YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is offering free orientations to its new Y Express facility beginning at noon today.

One of the Y's wellness coaches will introduce community members to the Functional Training room at the Y Express, discuss and demonstrate proper use of the functional training and cardio room machines and give attendees an opportunity to try out the equipment.

Anyone unable to attend a scheduled orientation may schedule an individual orientation.

These orientations are free to the public, Y membership is not required and there is no need to register. 

Several days and times are

LANL: End of the Road for Roadrunner

on March 29, 2013 - 9:21am



LANL News:

  • Once the World’s Fastest Supercomputer; Central to the Success of Stockpile Stewardship

Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break the once-elusive petaflop barrier—one million billion calculations per second—will be decommissioned Sunday, March 31.

During its five operational years, Roadrunner, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program to provide key computer simulations for the Stockpile Stewardship Program, was a workhorse system providing computing power for stewardship of the U.S.

Los Alamos Democratic Party Elects New Officers

on March 29, 2013 - 9:04am
State Central Committee members and local officers were elected at the Los Alamos Democratic Party Convention Wednesday, March 27 at Fuller Lodge. From left, County Vice Chair Michael Redondo, County Chair Robyn Schultz and committee members Phil Gursky, Cathy Chapman and George Chandler. Several candidates for the 2014 election and for the State Democratic Chair position were in attendance. Courtesy photo

Jason Marks, candidate for New Mexico Attorney General with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., attended the Los Alamos Democratic Party Convention Wednesday, March 27 at Fuller Lodge. The

County Pavement Manager Tom Roach Retires

on March 29, 2013 - 7:38am

Los Alamos County Pavement Manager Tom Roach in the Pajarito Cliffs office of Transportation Manager Nancy Talley on his final day of work Thursday. Roach retired after 14 years of service to Los Alamos County. 'I started here without fanfare and I want to leave here without fanfare,'  Roach told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton said that Roach will be greatly missed and that he was completely dedicated to the County - working around the clock during snow removal efforts to ensure that everyone else in the community could travel safely.

How The Hen House Turns: Streak, Chapter One

on March 29, 2013 - 7:18am
How The Hen House Turns: Streak, Chapter One
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In the early days of the Hen House, we had an animal explosion--lots of baby animals arrived to live in or near the Hen House. Streak was not part of that explosion, but she was a large part of our lives.

In those days, when oldest daughter Indra ("OD: in a previous story with all three daughters) needed a pet of her own.

You could adopt a skunk, if it had been raised five generations from the wild. This was supposed to dilute out the rabies virus that skunks might carry.

When we adopted her, Streak was just a


Finishing Touches Underway on Municipal Building

on March 29, 2013 - 7:12am

A worker paints an exterior wall of the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building in preparation for next month's phased move-in of employees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: March 28

on March 28, 2013 - 10:10pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Zia Realty Group Open House & Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 1

Authors Speak Series: Sun Sticks and Mud: 1000 Years of Earth Building in the Desert Southwest
7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Mesa Public Libr
Bart Kaltenbach and Barbra Anschel with Photographer Steve Fitch
A fascinating look at earth architecture in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Utah and California.

The Reel Deal Theater and PEEC will present two exciting short films that teach sustainability through fly fishing at 7 p.m.