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I-25/St. Francis Drive Ramp Closed Tonight

on August 31, 2012 - 10:55am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that there will be a ramp closure at the Interstate 25/St. Francis Drive interchange in Santa Fe tonight.

The northbound off-ramp to St. Francis Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 31 until 5 a.m. Sept. 1. The ramp is being closed for safety reasons while work is done on the bridge above it.

Motorists exiting from I-25 to Santa Fe may take the Old Pecos Trail, Cerrillos Road, or N.M. 599 exits. The southbound on-ramp from St. Francis Drive to I-25 will remain open.

Crews will be working at the interchange all

Los Alamos Historical Museum Prepares Exhibit 'Jack Aeby: His Life and Work Beyond the Blast'

on August 31, 2012 - 10:21am

A new exhibit is going up today in the Changing Exhibit Room of the Los Alamos Historical Museum: "Jack Aeby: His Life and Work Beyond the Blast." Aeby took the only color photograph of the Trinity test. His daughter has been working together with a museum specialist and an archivist to prepare the extraordinary exhibit for a special public opening from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Courtesy/LAHM

Former LANL Director Drops By Local Bookstore

on August 31, 2012 - 9:44am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Robert Kuckuck stopped in to peruse the books and gifts available in the Otowi Station Bookstore Thursday. Consensus among employees: "What a nice man." Kuckuck is pictured here in his office preparing for a business meeting. Courtesy photo


LANL Researcher Named as American Chemical Society Fellow

on August 31, 2012 - 9:27am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientist Kristin Omberg was named as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow for her contributions to national security as a “technical leader in detecting and mitigating biological threats” and to the ACS community.

Omberg is the acting division leader of the Decision Applications Division and the Laboratory’s project leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch Program.

BioWatch is a detection system that monitors for potential airborne bioterror attacks.

Virginia Creeper Spotted on Trinity Drive

on August 31, 2012 - 9:26am

This Woodbine (aka Virginia Creeper) was spotted growing along Trinity Drive Thursday. Photo by TK Thompson/

Los Alamos County Launches Sunshine Webpage

on August 31, 2012 - 9:25am


Los Alamos County has added a new “Sunshine” webpage to its County website.

The new feature can be accessed by clicking on the sun icon on the County's home page.

The Sunshine webpage addition is another step toward the County’s goal to build citizen trust by being open and transparent.

The new webpage makes more government documents available on-line and offers a more direct way to navigate to key documents that are already offered on the website.

For example, the Sunshine webpage offers new information to residents through a County “checkbook register” that shows


'Mozart on the Rocks' Opera at Bandelier on Sept. 29

on August 31, 2012 - 9:08am


FREE TO ALL! The Los Alamos Opera Guild (LAOG) The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. and Bandelier National Monument will co-host OPERA AT BANDELIER.

The event will be held on National Public Lands Day, Saturday Sept. 29, at the Bandelier amphitheater. Visitors will be able to enjoy the fall colors at Bandelier while listening to music.

The performance will be "THE THREE SOPRANOS" singing Mozart; coordinated by local Opera singer Alicia Soloman with Jess Cullinan and Heather McCulloch.

Enjoy selections from the Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan tutte

New Trend in Effective Speed Control...

on August 31, 2012 - 8:42am

Municipalities around the nation have hit on an effective new way to slow down speeders on public roadways. Courtesy photo

This method proves much cheaper than speed cameras, radar guns and police officers. Courtesy photo

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 9

on August 31, 2012 - 8:08am

Editor's note: This is part 9 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 the cuttlefish as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Ethan Aulwes.


National Park Service to Host Two Public Meetings

on August 31, 2012 - 8:07am
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
In an effort to inform the public and solicit input regarding the plan/EA, NPS will be hosting two public meetings.
The format of the public meetings will include a brief (30-minute) open house followed by a presentation about the project and a question/answer session.
Park staff will be available to discuss the plan/EA and answer questions.

Federal Sustainability Requirements and LANL

on August 31, 2012 - 7:53am


Energy Manager Monica Witt of Utilities & Institutional Facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a talk on "Federal Sustainability Requirements and LANL" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Witt has worked at LANL for 10 years in the environmental and energy management fields. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.

As the Energy Manager of Utilities & Institutional Facilities, she is responsible for implementing projects to reduce energy and water to meet the Laboratory's sustainability goals.

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building Construction Begins Tuesday

on August 31, 2012 - 7:52am


The start of construction for the Golf Course Community Building begins Tuesday, Sept. 4.  

Contractor Gerald Martin will be fencing off the southern half of the parking lot.

Patrons to the golf course will be allowed to park in a single row of angled spaces in the main lot and in the overflow parking lot on the west side of the driving range.  

There is existing signage directing traffic to the overflow parking lot. The contractor will be using a portion of the overflow parking lot as a staging area for their equipment. 

The contractor is required to abide by the county

Barranca Invites Community to Family Activity Night

on August 31, 2012 - 6:56am



Web-footed Vigilante Stands Guard at Pet Pangaea

on August 31, 2012 - 6:25am

Without law enforcement credentials or being asked by store management to do so, this local goose waddled up to a door at Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square, and began guarding it Thursday. Apparently, word got out among the flock of geese and ducks living at Ashley Pond that Pet Pangaea sells highly nutritious pet food - so this feathered vigilante took it upon himself to protect the coveted merchandise. Customers avoided a potential ankle pecking by exiting through an alternate door.

Fencing Classes Resume at YMCA

on August 30, 2012 - 11:50pm
The fencing classes at The Family YMCA will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for beginning fencing and 7:30 p.m. for the advanced class.
A beginning class for students starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 2. The class will focus on basic footwork and blade skills.
Register at The Family YMCA at 662-3100 or The cost is $24 per month for Y members or $36 per month for fencing program only members. All equipment is provided by the Y.
For additional information, contact Tom Hill (672-1058).
Financial Assistance is available thanks to the

GOP Convention Takes Center Stage on NM In Focus

on August 30, 2012 - 11:37pm

at 7 p.m. Friday,  Aug. 31  on Ch. 5.1
The program repeats 5 p.m. Saturday on Ch.9.1 and 7 a.m. Sunday on Ch. 5.1

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, the Republican National Convention in Tampa has taken center stage in the political world. NMIF checks in with Gov. Susana Martinez from the convention, gathering her thoughts on its highpoints and on her prime-time speech Wednesday. The Line opinion panel will analyze Martinez’s performance. Panel regular and RNC delegate Jamie Estrada reports back from the convention hall.

LAPS Schedules Special School Board Meetings

on August 30, 2012 - 11:19pm


Los Alamos Public Schools has announced two Special Board Meetings.

The first meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Los Alamos High School main lobby. The only agenda item for this meeting will be information on the 2013 Bond Election, including review of the the Bond Resolution.

The second meeting is 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Coffee Booth to review School Board Policies. 

Both meetings are open to the public.


Secret Service Agent Left Loaded Handgun in Bathroom of Romney Plane

on August 30, 2012 - 10:00am


From an NPR Tweet:

A secret service agent accidentally left her gun inside the lavatory of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign plane.

CBS News reports that the loaded gun was found by one of its reporters who was travelling with the Republican presidential nominee from Tampa to Indianapolis, Ind., where Romney was scheduled to deliver a speech.

CBS adds:

"A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun.

LANL Provides HOPE for Radiation Belt Storm Probes

on August 30, 2012 - 9:36am

Artist's rendering showing two spacecraft representing the not-yet-designed Radiation Belt Storm Probes that will study the sun and its effects on Earth. Courtesy/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

LANL News:

  • Spacecraft pair to explore mysterious region where other satellites fear to tread

Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise in radiation detection and shielding is poised to help a national team of scientists better understand a mysterious region that can create hazardous space weather near our home planet.

The Helium Oxygen Proton Electron (HOPE) analyzer is one of a

No Trash Collection Monday, Sept. 3

on August 30, 2012 - 8:29am


In observance of Labor Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday, Sept. 3 in Los Alamos or White Rock.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, please place your material out at the curb by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 for collection.



UPDATE: County Shares Letters of Interest

on August 30, 2012 - 8:17am

UPDATE: The Los Alamos County Administrator's Office has made available the Letters of Interest submitted by seven local residents who want to be considered to fill a vacancy on the Los Alamos County Council.  Click HERE to view the letters.

Staff report: 

The following Los Alamos County residents submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the Los Alamos County Council created earlier this month by the resignation of Ron Selvage:

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

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 30, 2012

on August 30, 2012 - 7:38am

Toppers end Wednesday's practice on a high note. Photo by Greg Kendall/

This week's preview is sponsored by

W.O.L.F. visit to PEEC 6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday
Elke Duerr, filmaker and founder of the Web of Life Foundation (W.O.L.F.) brings her "wolf trunk" to PEEC. She'll have wolf tracks and fur, play wolf howls and tell wolf stories, and show footage from her documentary films. Suitable for all ages. PEEC 3540 Orange St.

Soccer Game Boys C-Team vs. Sue Cleveland High School @ Dara Jones Field in White Rock 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Topper Football Varsity Season


Gov. Susana Martinez: In America, Everything is Possible [Video]

on August 30, 2012 - 7:24am

Watch New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as she addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday night:

Jean Nereson - Teacher of Over 50 Years has Died

on August 30, 2012 - 7:20am

Jean Nereson, 93, who taught at Los Alamos Public Schools for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully of natural causes at her Los Alamos home Sunday, Aug. 26. One of her sons, a daughter, and her caregiver, Rose Gilani, were present.

Jean’s parents were immigrants from Greece. She was born in 1919 and grew up in New York City. She went on to attend Texas State College for Women, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, followed by her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, and postgraduate work at Columbia and Rutgers universities.

She arrived in Los Alamos in 1943 as one


Blue Moon to Light Up Friday Night Sky

on August 30, 2012 - 6:58am

A blue moon isn't really blue, as this artist rendering suggests. The moon can appear somewhat blue if there's been a major volcanic eruption that put tons of particles in the air, but otherwise blue moons refer to multiple full moons in certain time frames. Courtesy/Dreamstime

Staff report

The next blue moon is set for Friday, Aug. 31. There are two full moons in August, the first was on Aug. 1.

If you miss this one, you'll have to wait three years for the next blue moon. There will be two full moons in a single month in July 2015: July 1 and July 31.

But can the moon really be blue?