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Rio Grande Guitar Quartet Performs April 26

on April 19, 2012 - 9:03pm


Rio Grande Guitar Quartet. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet at 7 pm., April 26 at Fuller Lodge. The cost is $15 ($10 for LAAC members) and includes light refreshments.

The Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, made up of premiere New Mexico classical guitarists Mickey Jones, Jeremy Mayne, Lynn McGrath and Ben Silva, is an exciting ensemble whose eclectic repertoire spans centuries and genres, including new compositions and new transcriptions. 

The members of RGGQ bring a deep wellspring of expertise, talent and experience

Coming Soon! Los Alamos County Libraries To Offer Expanded Service: Download Audiobooks and eBooks!

on April 19, 2012 - 8:40pm


Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere, starting May 7!

Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website.

Starting May 7, library card holders can check out and downloaddigital media anytime, anywhere by visiting

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, OverDrive Media Console;


PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids

on April 19, 2012 - 7:32pm


This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors, learning to watch and listen, to be

Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

on April 19, 2012 - 5:34pm

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project's [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos

Schools Hosting Important Community Meeting Saturday

on April 19, 2012 - 2:16pm

The students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 21 at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School. 

Strategic Plan Thrust Captains will provide a briefing on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.

Thrust Captains will also provide an update on the path forward in five key areas, including:

  •  Student Achievement
  •  Effective Teachers
  •  Aligned Resources and Support Systems
  •  Community Partnerships
  • System for Continuous Improvement

School and community involvement is important in


Cancer Therapy Gets a Boost from New Isotope

on April 19, 2012 - 1:43pm

Los Alamos scientist Meiring Nortier holds a thorium foil test target for the proof-of-concept production experiments. Research indicates that it will be possible to match current annual, worldwide production of Ac-225 in just two to five days of operations using the accelerator at Los Alamos and analogous facilities at Brookhaven. Photo by Robb Kramer/LANL

A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven

ESGR Honors Local Police Department

on April 19, 2012 - 1:24pm

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) honored the Los Alamos Police Department at a ceremony today at the Albuquerque National Guard for practicing personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. From left, Police Chief Wayne Torpy, ESGR State Field Chair Raymond Battaglini, Gov. Susana Martinez and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Daniel Roberts who nominated the LAPD for the award. Photo by Sharon Stover

Haunting Melodies From ¡Fiesta Primavera, Que Alegria! Fill Fuller Lodge

on April 19, 2012 - 1:00pm

Director Ellen Walton of Los Alamos directed last weekend's Fiesta Primavera, !Que Alegria! extravaganza at Fuller Lodge and preformed a solo number with castanets. Photo by TK Thompson/

The historic building rocked out with haunting Spanish melodies and the sound of stamping feet and clapping hands amid words of encouragement for the dancers as the full Company preformed the opening number "Sevillanas." Photo by TK Thompson/

The action was mostly fast and furious! Photo by TK Thompson/

The entire Company in the Grand Finale.

Scenes From "Petra & the Jay"

on April 19, 2012 - 11:54am

The sci-fi musical "Petra & the Jay" was performed at Crossroads Bible Church April 13 and April 14 with music by Alice (Bonnie) Kellogg and book and lyrics by Carolyn (Cary) Neeper. Photo by TK Thompson/

Alicia Solomon in action as she directs the final dress rehearsal for "Petra & the Jay." Photo by TK Thompson/

Petra (Maura Taylor, LAHS senior) with Kayll (Rose Click, 12 year old Middle Schooler.) Photo by TK Thompson/

Costume designer, Joy Drake, with her alien friends. Photo by TK Thompson/

Mean Barb (Juli Mackenzie ),

NM House District 43 Update

on April 19, 2012 - 11:35am

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

This is the second monthly column discussing a few of the concerns and issues that have come to me in New Mexico House District 43 in the past 30 days. 

It is a short column intended to recognize both the diversity and community in this beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. 

If anyone in District 43 has state government issues (1) that are referenced in the column or (2) are not being addressed, I welcome questions or comments.

During the last 30 days l gave three presentations on the last legislative session to local organizations. 

Since the even-year

County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Re-organization, Promotions

on April 19, 2012 - 11:19am


During Wednesday night's County Council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various County departments and divisions and their relationship to his office.

Burgess was appointed as County Administrator in October 2011.

“I reviewed the organization after meeting with Staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the County’s


Luján Offers Bipartisan Legislation to Address Fire Hazards in National Forests

on April 19, 2012 - 10:53am

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District introduced legislation to help protect national forests from wildfires while creating jobs in local communities.

The Forest Stewardship and Fire Fuels Reduction Act of 2012 is a 10-year reauthorization of a federal program that funds efforts to reduce overgrown vegetation in forests that contributes to the intensity and devastation of wildfires. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona.

“Last year our national forests were devastated by wildfires.

Hilltopper Softball Secures District Title After Downing Espanola 11-0!

on April 19, 2012 - 10:17am

Krysta Salazar avoids inside pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk

Dancie Smith avoids tag at first base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk hits double scoring three runs. Photo by Alan Kirk

Aimee Gutierrez at second base after hitting double driving in two runs. Photo by Alan Kirk




Driver in Staged Crash Faces the Judge

on April 19, 2012 - 8:52am

A teenage driver faces Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados for sentencing following the "Every 15 Minutes" staged crash in which four youth were injured and another died at the scene created at Los Alamos High School Wednesday morning. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The student driver with his made up facial lacerations faces the judge during the courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The teen driver's parents also participated in the mock courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Careflight pilots arrive at Los Alamos High School to transport a "critically" wounded teen passenger from one

Council Tentatively Approves Overall Funding for Capital Improvements

on April 18, 2012 - 9:54pm

From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz join the rest of the council in tentatively approving 7-0 the motion for overall funding for capital improvements in the proposed FY2013 and directed staff to look at ways to reduce the larger projects within the County. Council also tentatively approved 7-0 a full time position, which is to be paid from the indigent fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves 3 percent in New Money for County Salary Pool

on April 18, 2012 - 8:43pm

From right, Councilor Geoff Rodgers, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Councilor Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Fran Berting tonight in Council Chambers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle via telephone voted 5-2 to tentatively approve tonight a 3 percent increase in new money be placed in the proposed FY2013 County employee salary pool.

Citizens Speak up During Tonight's Public Comment Session

on April 18, 2012 - 7:40pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk at the podium and, from left, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Ron Selvage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dave Shiferl and Mary Pat Kraemer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pauline Schneider Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Coordinator Kristine Coblentz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A.

Tonight Marks the Third and Final in Council's Marathon County Budget Hearings

on April 18, 2012 - 7:02pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess just announced that he is eliminating the "Assistant to the County Administrator" position held by Brian Bosshardt. He has moved Bosshardt into one of two assistant county administrator positions. Burgess told the County Council that he has tapped Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne to become permanent. Burgess further announced that he is folding the Capital Projects & Facilities Department into the Community Development Department and has appointed' Anne Laurent to be the new director.

Griffith Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting and Rededication is 6 p.m. Monday

on April 18, 2012 - 6:35pm


The community is invited to the Ribbon Cutting/Rededication of Griffith Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Griffith Gym is named after 1st Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith, Jr., a 1958 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“Turk” was awarded posthumously by General William Westmoreland the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In December of 1964 “Turk” was assigned to the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.

He served as an adviser to units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Binh Tuy Province.


New Scalable Green Protocols for Processing Carbon Nanotubes

on April 18, 2012 - 6:20pm

NIST News:

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to develop and validate general methods and protocols for purification, size-separation and dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that will enable aqueous 'biological' applications. New NMR metrologies are also being developed and applied to characterize and compare the physio-chemical properties of various length/diameter sized separated CNTs in aqueous dispersions.

Description: Since the discovery of the C60 "buckyball" by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto, and Richard E.

The Muster Tradition Event Set for Hilltop House Hotel Saturday

on April 18, 2012 - 6:02pm

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the annual Texas Aggie Muster will be held at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel to honor those Fallen Aggies.

Ron Selvage said that he is proud to organize this event.

The Muster Tradition:

Century-old roots provide the basis for Muster as Aggies know it today. It has changed, yet the Spirit in which it was established remains the same.

Since the founding of Texas A&M, every Aggie has lived and become a part of the Aggie Spirit.

“What we feel today is not just the camaraderie of fellow Aggies, it is the Spirit of hundreds of thousands of Aggies who have gone

Staged Crash at LAHS Drives Home Distracted Driving Dangers

on April 18, 2012 - 1:43pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

An emotionally charged emergency-response exercise involving a staged crash in which five students were injured and a sixth student died at the scene took place this morning at Los Alamos High School.

The vehicular accident was staged in the faculty parking lot as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes" is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students and adults about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police

ALERT: An Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS Today

on April 17, 2012 - 11:09pm

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes" is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight, a critical care transport