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Utilities Manager Briefs Council on Gas Issue

on September 6, 2012 - 8:46pm

Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith briefs County Council during the public comment section of tonight's meeting about the status of the approximately 800 local customers left without gas Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DPU News:
Crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have been working long hours to restore natural gas to approximately 800 North Mesa customers.
Unexpectedly, the gas line feeding North Mesa residents was depressurized Wednesday afternoon, during a gas line tie in.
Efforts to restore gas service began

Council Questions Three Finalists

on September 6, 2012 - 8:14pm

County Council selected from left, Rick Reiss, Ralph Phelps and Stephen Boerigter from the field of seven applicants to fill a vacancy on Council. Reiss received five votes and Phelps received four votes. Boerigter prevailed in a second round of voting after having tied at three votes with Andrea Cunningham. Each of the three finalists are fielding questions from Council members before the final selection is made this evening to fill the vacancy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilors remarked how difficult their decision has been this evening because of the significant

Rick Reiss Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 8:01pm

Rick Reiss - Developer/Serves on Kiwanis Board - Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ralph L. Phelps Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:58pm

Ralph L. Phelps - Former County Councilor/Works at LANL – Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Philip H. Kunsberg Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:55pm

Philip H. Kunsberg - Businessman/Former LANL Technical Staff Member - Declined to State Political Party during discussion with members of the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Andrea S. Cunningham Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:47pm

Andrea S. Cunningham - Works at LANL/Serves on LAPS Foundation Board - Democrat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Stephen T. Boerigter Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:38pm

Stephen T. Boerigter - Works at LANL/Serves on UNM-LA Advisory Board - Declined to State Political Party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

John L. Bliss Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:25pm

John L. Bliss - Works at LANL - Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Edward R. Birnbaum Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:19pm

Council Candidate Edward R. Birnbaum - Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee - Democrat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council to Appoint New Member Tonight

on September 6, 2012 - 6:53pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess speaks with some of the candidates under consideration to fill a vacancy on council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos County Council is preparing to publicly interview, in Council Chambers this evening, the following local residents who submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on Council created by the resignation of Ron Selvage in August:

  • Edward R. Birnbaum - Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee - Democrat;
  • John L. Bliss - Works at LANL - Republican;
  • Stephen T.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Project Completed

on September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Courtesy/NM Tourism Dept.


NMDOT District Five announced today the completion of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is 10 miles northwest of Taos.

Work began in July, 2011 and ended Aug. 29, 2012.

NMDOT congratulates all crew members on their great work and also thanks the people of the Taos area for their patience and cooperation.

Glen Baker

The job of restoring and repairing the nearly 50-year-old bridge was a monumental task headed up by Assistant District Engineer Phil A. Gallegos and Taos Project Manager Glen Baker.

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 14

on September 6, 2012 - 12:03pm

Editor's note: This is part 14 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of honey bees as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Junseo Kim.


Cornering Moonshine Market Drives 'Lawless'

on September 6, 2012 - 11:10am

Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Lawless. Photo By Weinstein Company

Movie Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa,DOM, L.Ac.

Lawless takes place in 1931, Franklin County, Va, when bootlegging, moonshine and prohibition are going strong. (Prohibition ended in 1933.)

Taken from a true story and the book, “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant, grandson of the main character, three brothers are going about their business of making their living bootlegging and selling moonshine in a pastorally green Garden of Eden when a nasty businessman/mobster (Guy Pearce) appears from the big city of


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Sept. 6, 2012

on September 6, 2012 - 9:52am

This week's preview is sponsored by

Bird Banding Talk 7 p.m. Thusday, Sept. 6 @ PEEC
Have you ever wondered what exactly scientists do when they study birds? Dave Yeamans will talk about local bird banding with photos, stories and movies of ornithologists at work.

Film, The Biggest Story Problem @ Bradbury Science Museum 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
The Biggest Story Problem is an independent documentary film examining the sudden drop in math scores and competency seen as students in the U.S. transition from primary to secondary schools.

UPDATE: SFI Lecture: Leveraging Social Science for Prediction

on September 6, 2012 - 9:35am

Richard Colbaugh of Sandia National Laboratories will give the talk, "Leveraging Social Science for Prediction" at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There is significant interest in developing methods for predicting human behavior, for instance to enable the outcomes of unfolding events to be forecast or the nature of ongoing but “hidden” activities to be inferred, and machine learning (ML) has proven to be a useful approach to such problems.

In this talk I suggest that the performance of ML algorithms can often be improved by

Glacial Thinning has Sharply Accelerated at Major South American Icefields

on September 6, 2012 - 9:10am

The thinning of the Grey Glacier in Patagonia is visible by comparing the current glacier with the bottom of the vegetation line on the surrounding mountains — where the glacier reached until recently. Photo by Andres Rivera

American Geophysical Union News:

WASHINGTONFor the past four decades, scientists have monitored the ebbs and flows of the icefields in the southernmost stretch of South America's vast Andes Mountains, detecting an overall loss of ice as the climate warms.

A new study, however, finds that the rate of glacier thinning has increased by about half over the last dozen


Public Invited to Saturday Book Fair at Fuller Lodge

on September 6, 2012 - 8:45am

LAHM News:

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and its publishing arm, Bathtub Row Press, are sponsoring a book fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in Fuller Lodge.

More than 20 book publishers and authors from throughout the state are participating.

These book publishers and authors are excited about coming to Los Alamos because of its reputation as an intellectual community where people read books.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and Bathtub Row Press hopes to make this an annual event and to eventually include writing and publishing workshops and other book-related pursuits.

PEEC Offers Second Hike in Fire Recovery Series

on September 6, 2012 - 7:58am

The Upper Crossing at Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” Sunday, Sept. 16. The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required. 

Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. 

The hike will first go about 1.5 miles to the rim of Frijoles Canyon, through moderate burn damage and one badly flood-damaged site.

UPDATE: Ring in for LALT’s 'Dead Man’s Cell Phone'

on September 6, 2012 - 7:48am

By Bonnie Gordon

Mild-mannered Jean is calmly eating a bowl of lobster bisque in a café when she’s disturbed by an annoying cell phone at the next table.

She asks the man to turn it off several times before discovering he can’t — because he’s dead.

Sara Ruhl’s dark comedy, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” opens Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

Jean starts answering the dead man’s cell phone and is plunged into a black comedy in which she meets Gordon’s larger than life circle of friends and family, including  his wife — and his girlfriend.

As Jean is dragged into Gordon’s world,

Los Alamos Little Theatre Grand Re-Opening Sept. 14

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am



The public is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council and County staff at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 for the Grand Re-Opening of the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Dr. 

Refreshments will be served and community members will be able to view a brief showing of the Performing Art Center's latest play, "Dead Man's Cell Phone."


Several years ago, County staff was approached about replacing the roof due to leaks. The LALT roof and siding were constructed during the 1970’s.

Facilities staff performed some temporary repairs at that time.

Comment Dates on Plans to Expand Disposal at WIPP

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety News:

There are two opportunities to make public comment on the Department of Energy (DOE) proposals to expand the disposal options at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

DOE is seeking to use lead shielded containers for disposal of “hot” Remote-Handled (RH) waste and to dispose of six metric tons of “surplus plutonium.” 

Fact sheets and sample comment letters about both proposals are available on the CCNS website: Public comments about the proposal to use shielded containers are due to the New Mexico Environment

Utilities Board Possible Quorum and Meeting Dates

on September 6, 2012 - 7:14am

DPU News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities may attend the following events:

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House ribbon cutting ceremony
2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Dr.; and

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House reception
4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

No board action will be taken. A quorum may be present.

Board of Public Utilities Regular Meeting Agenda
5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012
DPU Conference Room @ 170 Central Park Square

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report



Reception/Gallery Walk for Physiocartographies Sept. 15

on September 6, 2012 - 6:58am

Bill Gilbert: Physiocartographies @ Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Sept. 27.

Started in 2003 in the field with the Land Arts of the American West mobile studio, the physiocartographies series combines the abstraction of cartographic maps with the physical act of walking the surface of the planet to create portraits of place.

Bill Gilbert follows prescribed paths across the landscape using a GPS unit to navigate and record points, a camera to shoot images and a  digital recorder to capture sounds.

The final works appear as reconstructed maps, videos and installations.

Join the


Bestsellers at Otowi Station: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

on September 6, 2012 - 6:50am
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:
  1. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, Hubert Dreyfus
  2. Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Mark Cross*
  3. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  4. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  5. Survival Under Atomic Attack, U.S. Government
  6. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  7. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  9. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  10. Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, Margaret Coel

*Local or regional author.


Bob Weeks Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 6, 2012 - 6:46am
Bob Weeks was only 3 seconds off his prediction at Tuesday's pace race.
There were many good predictions in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres. There were 28 people who competed. The course was a fairly-flat one mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way.
One could run any number of loops but with a requested predicted time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.
The fastest for 1 mile were Duncan Fuehne (6:49), Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel (both 13:43). The faster 3-mile runners were Roxana