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Money IQ: What is Mobile Banking?

on March 27, 2013 - 2:19pm
Money IQ

What is Mobile Banking? 

Mobile Banking is just what it sounds like, banking from a mobile device. Mobile banking allows customers to access their accounts anywhere, anytime, by texting their bank or credit union or by using their smart phone web browser. 

Most mobile banking products allow customers to check account balances, verify transaction history, set up and receive automatic alerts and transfer funds within a user’s accounts. For added convenience customers can typically locate branch offices and ATMs. 

Some banks or credit unions provide mobile banking by

County Officials Attend Council Meeting

on March 27, 2013 - 2:18pm

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and County Administrator Harry Burgess greet each other before the start of Tuesday's County Council meeting in the Community Building downtown. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former LANB Employee Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

on March 27, 2013 - 2:00pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday, March 26, to eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for her bank fraud conviction.

Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Wood pled guilty in December 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud.

Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office Announces New Software for Tracking Convicted Sex Offenders

on March 27, 2013 - 1:54pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero


The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce added software capabilities that will help residents of Los Alamos County find updated information regarding convicted sex offenders.

This new site provides viewer tracking capabilities, alert notifications, sharing abilities and school notifications.

"As Sheriff, I would encourage all to review the new web page and take advantage of the services provided at," Sheriff Marco V. Lucero said.

For more information, contact the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office

Los Alamos Historical Society's April Lecture: 'Bandelier Trails: Before & After'

on March 27, 2013 - 1:29pm

Dale Cocker

LAHS News:

Bandelier's Trails Program Manager Dale Coker will present, “Bandelier Trails: Before & After” at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Coker's April lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Coker will take the audience on a journey where he presents and annotates his Bandelier National Monument photo album, entertaining questions along the way. 

He will begin with a short history of the trail system in Bandelier and then talk about the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the trails and give an update on current conditions.

About the

Los Alamos Athletes Eli Iramk-Bent and Alicia Gonzales Win State Free Throw Tournament

on March 27, 2013 - 1:06pm
State Free Throw champions Eli Iramk-Bent, 10, and Alicia Gonzales, 11, of Los Alamos show off their trophies after winning their divisions in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Competition March 23 at Grants High School. Photo by John Bent

DPU Employees Earn 2013 'Operator of the Year' Awards

on March 27, 2013 - 12:40pm

Three Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities employees garnered “Outstanding Operator of the Year” awards at a recent awards banquet of the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association. Pipefitter Jeff Romero of the Gas, Water, Sewer Division earned “Water Distribution System Operator of the Year,” Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Jennifer Baca earned “Wastewater Operator of the Year” in the Laboratory Technician category while Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Chris Lopez earned “Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year.” Courtesy/LAC

LANL Seeks Housing for Summer Students

on March 27, 2013 - 12:31pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory is well into its Summer 2013 student placement campaign and we are getting a lot of inquiries regarding housing options for students.
This year the LANL Student Programs Office will be facilitating the process via a new "Student Housing" web page.
If you or your neighbors have a living space that would be suitable and available for students, please forward the details to Rebecca Duran ( in the LANL Student Programs Office.

Rotary Donates to FSN's Beth Ladino Library

on March 27, 2013 - 12:06pm

Susan Mack, executive director of Los Alamos Family Strengths Network. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Executive Director Susan Mack of Los Alamos Family Strengths Network (FSN), spoke to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday.

Mack thanked the Club for its donation of $250 to purchase books for FSN’s Beth Ladino Family Resource Library.

The donation is part of the Rotary Club’s Literacy Project.

The Beth Ladino Family Resource Library houses 1,400 resources on a wide range of topics related to family well-being.

Books for adults and for children of


Million March Against Child Abuse April 22 in Santa Fe

on March 27, 2013 - 10:14am

Elks Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Pond

on March 27, 2013 - 9:39am

An Easter egg hunter takes a moment to greet Elk mascot Elroy the Elk at last year's Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS

Scene from Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt in 2012 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS

Scene from Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt in 2012 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS


Learn About Linux At The Hive

on March 27, 2013 - 9:34am
HIVE News:
Do you wish you had more options besides Mac OS and Windows? 
Have you ever considered using Linux operating system? 
What are the pros and cons of Linux? How easy is it to install, maintain and use?
Geoff Chesshire will answer these and many other questions at the brown-bag lunch Thursday at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. The brown-bag lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the talk begins at noon.
Chesshire has a great deal of experience with a wide variety of Linux distributions and versions, and will demonstrate some of the more popular options.

Watch 'Whip It' and Meet Local Derby Dames

on March 27, 2013 - 9:31am
MPL News:
See  "Whip It," the movie that inspired a whole generation of derby girls.
Meet Los Alamos' own roller derby team, the M'Atom Bombs, before the movie.
The team is part of the local league, the LA Derby Dames. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Mesa Public Library.
This is a free event.
"Whip It" is based on the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by former competitor Shauna Cross.
The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town misfit who finds her true passion when she joins an Austin roller derby league.

Rotarians Present Life Saving AED at Council Meeting

on March 27, 2013 - 9:03am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Linda Hull, center, with Rotarian Alison Walters and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider at the podium during Tuesday's County Council meeting in the Community Building. The local Rotary Club purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the community from proceeds raised during the annual Crab Fest last month. The AED will be dedicated at 1 p.m. today, March 27, at Fuller Lodge will it will be installed - the community is invited to attend the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Applications for UNM-LA / LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 Program Accepted Through April 8

on March 27, 2013 - 8:32am
Applications for UNM-LA/LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 program are being accepted through April 8.
This coming summer LANL and the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus are teaming up to deliver the Tech Frontiers 2013 program for area high school students.
The program will provide an exceptional opportunity for high school students to explore fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century.
Participating students will learn about materials science, robotics, computer science, and technologies related to our energy

Council Approves Community Building For New Teen Center

on March 26, 2013 - 9:15pm

Los Alamos Teen Center Director Michelangelo Lobato and County Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent address Council on new Teen Center details. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Los Alamos County Council this evening unanamously approved the Teen Center to be located at the Community Building, 20th Street and Central Avenue, and directed County staff to pursue design and development documents for the construction of this project.

During the Phase 2 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) public meetings in May 2012, Council approved a reduced program idea to


FSN Presents Critical Info for Teens and Tweens

on March 26, 2013 - 10:51am

FSN News:

While most families appreciate the importance of navigating through the tweens and teens safely and successfully, many struggle to connect with high quality, relevent resouces.

Family Strengths Network focuses on providing such resources to the community and has teamed up with some well respected partners to bring you instructive and fun workshops this spring.

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in April. IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people age 15 through adult 6-8 p.m.,

Trinity on the Hill Hosts Service of 'The Seven Last Words'

on March 26, 2013 - 10:33am

Chimayo Road Cross. Photo by T.K. Thompson/


Los Alamos

This Friday, March 29 from noon until approximately 3 p.m., at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, the Los Alamos community is invited to a unique Good Friday service that features the ministry of six different churches in town. 

The service of “The Seven Last Words” is a distinctive worship service of prayer, song and reflection.

During the three hours, priests, pastors, and ministers from Los Alamos’s diversity of Christian churches are each given an opportunity for a seven-10 minute reflection

New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013

on March 26, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos National Laboratory during a morning rain and hail storm. Courtesy/LANL

NOAA News:

Monday marked the beginning of New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, which runs through Friday, March 29.

To bring awareness to the community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service released the following information:

What Types of Severe Weather Can I Expect in New Mexico?

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico experience severe thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, deadly lightning, and heavy rains at some time during the year.
  • During the

Judge Sylvia LaMar Speaks With Local Democrats

on March 26, 2013 - 9:00am

Judge Sylvia LaMar with Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Mike Wheeler and Party Secretary Carlotta McInteer. Photo by Carl Newton

DPLA News:

New Mexico's 1st Judicial District Judge Sylvia LaMar spoke at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos March 21.

LaMar discussed her judicial docket, which includes hearing domestic cases each Wednesday in the district courtroom of the Los Alamos Justice Center.

Before she was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez last November, LaMar practiced domestic relations and personal injury law in Santa Fe for many years.

Following her

Passover in Los Alamos

on March 26, 2013 - 8:15am

David Sigeti leads family and friends in traditional Passover rituals at his White Rock home in 2012. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Passover began at sundown Monday and ends Tuesday, April 2 - chag sameach to our Jewish readers!

In her oral history, Evelyn Litz recalls celebrating Passover at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project: "I remember one year we had Passover there and it was a gigantic room. And we had a beautiful Passover Seder and I think it was led by the Army chaplain but I’m not positive. But it was a very wonderful feeling; yes."

The eight-day

Sneak Peek at Upcoming Summer Concert Series

on March 26, 2013 - 8:05am

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises 'Disco Dancer' last summer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


By Russ Gordon

This is what we have so far for the Los Alamos County Gordons Summer Concert Series. I think this will be our best Series yet (our 24th.)

Hope to go to print with the concert fliers in next two weeks. Almost all acts can be found on “Google” and “Youtube.”

  • 5/17 TBA Kite Fest at Overlook Park
  • 5/24 Red Elvises Ashley Pond Siberian rock- LA’s favorite band
  • 5/31 Los Pinguos TBA Argentina’s great traditional & folk-rock band
  • 6/7 Warren Hood

Signed! Río Grande del Norte a National Monument

on March 26, 2013 - 7:39am
New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte. Photo by Bob Wick/BLM
WASHINGTON – From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation celebrated Monday the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama.
The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area.
Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.

SFI Seminar: Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions

on March 26, 2013 - 7:21am


Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado, Boulder; SFI External Professor will present the seminar, Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions.

Abstract: The outcomes of many team-based competitions are determined by the steady accumulation of minor interactions over time.

Yet we lack a general understanding of their fundamental dynamics and how those dynamics are shaped by a competition's structure.

We introduce a novel generative model that can directly quantify a competition's scoring

Food on the Hill: Dipping Olive Oil

on March 26, 2013 - 7:19am
This week's recipe:
Dipping Olive Oil
Photo by Sue York/
1 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground rosemary
1-2 teaspoon kosher salt
ground pepper
red pepper flakes
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon parsley
Photo by Sue York/
Simmer on stove top for 4-5 minutes to combine,cool.  keeps for a very long time in fridge. serve at room temp.
Good for breads and over hummus also.
Photo by Sue