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Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.

A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Los

Council Adopts Property Tax Rate for 2012

on September 11, 2012 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Budget & Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi addresses Council with regard to property tax rates for calendar year 2012 as certified by the State Department of Finance and Administration. Council voted 7-0 to adopt the property tax rate as presented by Coluzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson listens to Council discuss the property tax rate issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Taps Historical Society to Lead Manhattan Project National Historic Park Effort

on September 11, 2012 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins thanks Council for its confidence in his organization. Council voted 7-0 to designate the Los Alamos Historical Society as the lead agency responsible for communicating the interests and participation of Los Alamos County in the development of the proposed Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Liquor License for Pajarito Brewpub & Grill

on September 11, 2012 - 7:55pm

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill owners from left, Pawel and Dorota Listwan, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Art Baca who represented the estate that owns the license, listen from the audience as the Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 this evening to approve the liquor license for their new restaurant opening this fall at 614 Trinity Dr., in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Proclaims Sept. 15, 2012 'Next Big Idea Day'

on September 11, 2012 - 7:20pm

The Los Alamos County Council has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as "The Next Big Idea Day" in Los Alamos County. Councilor Rick Reiss presents Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation with the official proclamation during this evening's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



V-22 Osprey Military Aircraft Visit Los Alamos

on September 11, 2012 - 5:37pm

V-22 Osprey military aircraft arrived at Los Alamos County Airport today. Three of them buzzed low over the townsite this morning during high altitude training, according to sources at the scene. Courtesy photo

Photo by Alan Kirk

Encore Summer Concert Friday at Ashley Pond

on September 11, 2012 - 4:50pm

Concert goers pack Ashley Pond this summer. Courtesy Photo

By Russ Gordon

We’re back for a fun-filled weekend. “Ha Ha,” you say. No, it’s the truth! Friday Sept, 14, we have an encore summer concert. LA MainStreet asked us to participate in their Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention & Innovation.

Here’s what we have: 7 p.m. Friday, we’ll be back at Ashley Pond for a concert with Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess plus Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, two excellent rock bands from Santa Fe.

Hot Mess is an indie rock band playing mostly original music with a great drummer and loud guitars.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

on September 11, 2012 - 8:40am

Staff report

Solemn ceremonies are taking place around the community and throughout the nation today; remembering lives lost and heroes who rose up when terrorists attacked America 11 years ago.

At 8:45 a.m. on the clear Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of

Local Detective Instructs Cyber-Safety Class Thursday

on September 11, 2012 - 8:01am

LAPD News:

Come learn what your children may already know...

Los Alamos Police Det. Daniel Roberts is instructing a Cyber-Safety Class from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

The class is hosted by the Family Strengths Network and will be taught at its facility at 1900 Diamond Dr. in the Pueblo Complex.

The issues covered will be directed for parents about the danger their children can encounter using modern technology:

• Social Networks and peer pressure
• Cyberbullying
• Teens, texting and technology
• Online games
• Chatrooms and predators

Cost is $10 per family, and there is a possibility for

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Pecos

on September 11, 2012 - 7:38am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

Pecos reveals its story...

Between two relatively large, well-known New Mexico cities – Las Vegas and Santa Fe, there is a town off I-25 that may not attract as much attention.

In fact, if you are in a hurry to get to Highlands University in Las Vegas or the plaza in Santa Fe, you might miss this off-the-beaten-path community.

It would be a pity because Pecos offers something special to its visitors. For an outsider, finding that special quality took a few turns.

Chain stores and gas stations adorn both sides of the main street going into town.



High Holy Day Services Sunday at Los Alamos Jewish Center

on September 11, 2012 - 7:36am



Ashkenazi-style shofar is used during the High Holy Days. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Jewish Center is pleased to invite all members of the greater Jewish family to attend High Holy Day services beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.


Services this year will be led, with assistance from knowledgeable congregants, by Rabbi Melissa Klein, of Philadelphia.


Klein grew up in Los Alamos.


The theme “Generation to Generation: Dor l’dor” has been chosen for this year’s High Holy Day season.


Times and details of related events are available from the calendar page at

Food on the Hill: Onion Rings

on September 11, 2012 - 7:35am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Onion Rings
Photo by Sue York/
** You will need at least 1 onion per person, REALLY – they disappear quickly!
3 onions
1 ½ cup flour
1 tablespoon mesquite seasoning
1 tablespoon no-salt Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pre-heat deep fryer to 375 degrees. Mix flour and seasonings in a plastic food bag.
Photo by Sue York/
Slice onion a little larger than 1/8 inch thick. Slice only enough onion to fry in one batch.
Do not pre-slice your onions in advance, they will

Hilltopper Volleyball Team Repeats Win

on September 11, 2012 - 7:34am

Hilltopper Vollyball team beats Bernalillo 3-2 last weekend.

Hilltopper Claire Stewert with Block. Photo by Alan Kirk
Hilltopper Brianna Montano with Kill. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Erin Kirk with Kill. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball team beats Capital 3-1.

Hilltopper Erin Kirk with Kill. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Claire Stewart with Block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Brianna Montano with Kill. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Samantha Melton with Block. Photo by Alan Kirk



Underground Work Continues at 15th and Myrtle

on September 11, 2012 - 7:28am
County road crews have been installing electrical and communications conduit beneath the area near 15th Street and Myrtle Street. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Creating a Marketing Plan that Builds Community

on September 11, 2012 - 6:31am

SBDC News:

Many businesses and organizations struggle with creating a marketing plan.

Join Founder and CEO Rubina Cohen of Firefly Innovation Group to learn how to create and implement the various parts of a marketing plan that not only grows and sustains your business or organization, but one that gives back and builds community.

Utilizing a brand new and easy method of marketing planning called the Firefly Method, which focuses on the needs of the business and the needs of the community, participants learn how to market and grow their business or organization for long term

What’s on Your Mind?

on September 10, 2012 - 10:09pm


Joyce Nichols and her grandson chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover at the Farmer's Market in June. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff report

Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, to visit with citizens about current projects, issues, and other topics.

The market is located downtown, in the library overflow parking lot just north of Ashley Pond Park on Central Avenue.


Local "Tower of Magic" Performs at Santa Fe Playhouse

on September 10, 2012 - 9:52pm


The community is invited to a staged reading of "Tower of Magic," a comedy by Los Alamos playwright, Tess Light, directed by Mish Schneider, and featuring an all-star cast of local film and Broadway actors. 

This quirky, award-winning comedy follows the ordinary Felix as he tries to fit in with an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo soprano, a murderous chef, an occasionally-mute savant and a dual-personality linguist. 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas Street in Santa Fe.  

Storytelling Jamboree in Jemez Springs

on September 10, 2012 - 9:36pm


Scenic Jemez Springs is the scene for the Storytelling Jamboree at Jemez Springs Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Hear stories, play games, eat, and support vendors.

Storytellers are fine-tuning their yarns and will be coming from:

Corrales - Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis;

Albuquerque - Elaine Maury and Steven Pla;

Santa Fe - Cynthia Dobson;

White Rock/Los Alamos - Terry Foxx;

Jemez Springs - Shefa Gold; and

Edgewood - Sarah Malone.

There will be a great mix of food vendors and a super group of arts and crafts people and several

Sign Code Subject of P&Z Work Session Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 9:13pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th St.




IV. DISCUSSION OF SIGN CODE, Gary Leikness, Principal Planner



The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission is 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26.


Arts in Public Places Board Meets Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3


II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to four minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Aug. 8

A. Discussion and Possible Selection of Animal Shelter Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)
B. Discuss the Content, Format and Publicity for the
Proposed October “Open Call


SFI Seminar: On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior & What Lies on Either Side

on September 10, 2012 - 2:53pm

Nicolas Perony
ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the talk, "On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior, and What Lies on Either Side" by Nicolas Perony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Scientists working on the study of animal groups are mainly divided between two schools: those who study social behaviour, and those who study spatial dynamics.

Whilst these two dimensions are intrinsically linked, traditionally there has been little interaction

DOE Extends Comment Period, Adds Hearing in Espaňola for Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on September 10, 2012 - 2:38pm

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has given the public an additional 15 days and a fourth hearing in New Mexico to comment on the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of

LANL Study's Tree Death Climate Change Connection [VIDEO]

on September 10, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory News:

What are the exact physiological mechanisms that lead to tree death during prolonged drought and rising temperatures?

These are the questions that scientists are trying to answer in a Los Alamos National Laboratory research project called SUMO.

SUMO stands for SUrvival/MOrtality study; it's a plot of land on the Lab's southern border that features 18 climate controlled tree study chambers and a large drought structure that limits rain and snowfall.

Scientists are taking a wide variety of measurements over a long period of time to determine what happens

2012 Proposed County Charter Changes not Clearly Presented to Voters

on September 10, 2012 - 1:59pm

By Ellen Walton

This is a call to Los Alamos voters to study charter change proposals well ahead of the upcoming general election.

These 21 changes are rolled together into four groups, and are not separated by subject matter, making a clear choice by voters impossible.

To date, one can only find the full text of these proposed changes (Ordinances 598-618) at the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative website,, or at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office.

Among other things, these changes will increase the signature requirements for citizen petitions, cut in half time periods