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Los Alamos Historical Society 2nd Annual Fall Gala Draws Glamorous Crowd To Fuller Lodge

on September 12, 2015 - 9:14pm

The annual Fall Gala would not be complete without Los Alamos History experts Nancy Bartlit, left, and Hedy Dunn at historic Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Guests are elegantly attired for the 2nd annual Fall Gala this evening at Fuller Lodge. County Councilor Rick Reiss, second from left, Pat Soran and Ann Hayes, center, and Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins, right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Chamber Marketing Manager Ryn Herrmann, left, and MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

United Way Says ‘Thanks A Million LANB!’

on September 12, 2015 - 7:52pm

During an appreciation celebration at Los Alamos National Bank Thursday afternoon, United Way Board President Stephen Boerigter, center left, thanks LANL CEO John Gulas for the bank’s decades of faithful support, which now totals $1 million. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB CEO John Gulas, United Way Board President Stephen Boerigter, Treasurer Cindy Rooney and Executive Director Kristy Ortega gather with officials and staff in the lobby of LANB Thursday to celebrate the bank’s $1 million milestone in community support through United Way.

The Elephant In The Room: Annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday Sept. 19

on September 12, 2015 - 7:10pm
The Elephant in the Room
By the Los Alamos Republican Party

The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women are pleased to announce that The Honorable Saira Blair will be the keynote speaker at the annual Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 19.

The Honorable Saira Blair 

Delegate Blair made history in 2014 by becoming the youngest person ever to be elected to a state legislature in the United States. One week before she graduated from high school, Blair defeated Republican incumbent Larry D. Kump in West Virginia’s 2014 primary election.

Blair could not cast a

Scenes Of 2015 Homecoming Parade From Above

on September 12, 2015 - 6:25pm

Judges selected the Los Alamos Middle School Cheerleaders as top winners in Friday's 2015 Homecoming Parade down Central Avenue as photographed from the third floor of a building along the parade route. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The Los Alamos High School Key Club came in second Friday in the Homecoming Parade. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The Pinion Minions rounded out the top three winners in this year's Homecoming Parade Friday down Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

The 2015 Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon on

Elementary School Good News Clubs Start Sept. 14

on September 12, 2015 - 1:02pm
Students raising hands and having fun in Good News Club. Courtesy photo
Good News Clubs begin next week in Los Alamos elementary schools:
  • Mondays beginning Sept. 14: Aspen (Dining Hall) and Mountain (room 102, Mrs. O'Brien's room)
  • Tuesdays beginning Sept. 15: Barranca (music room) and Pinon (science lab, room 601)
  • Thursdays, beginning Sept. 17: Chamisa (music room)
The Good News Clubs are free interdenominational Bible Clubs that meet once a week, right after school until 5 p.m., starting in mid September and run through the end of April, except for holidays, snow days, parent

Letter To The Editor: Comment On Bear ‘Attack’

on September 12, 2015 - 1:01pm
Los Alamos
I'm continually amazed by the folks who come forward to destroy an animal that is protecting its young from human invaders to their environment. It's just wrong!

It's also sad that someone was injured – everyone in Los Alamos needs to know that when you venture into the woodlands around us you may encounter wildlife of all sorts.

You are the one invading their space and need to pay attention and behave in a manner that is conducive to reducing defense mechanisms by the wildlife. Obviously, if there is a critter stalking you as their source of food, then fight back!

WIPP Update: Supplemental Ventilation System

on September 12, 2015 - 12:59pm

SVS installed in the WIPP underground. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

The Underground Ventilation System at WIPP is undergoing a significant change that will provide additional airflow in the underground. 

The large fan that is part of the Supplemental Ventilation System (SVS) was recently downloaded to the underground and has been successfully installed. The fan and shroud were connected to the new bulkhead and the associated electrical modifications are proceeding.

The fan is expected to be connected to the underground electrical infrastructure in October, once modifications to an underground

Unitarian Church Welcomes All To Ingathering Sunday

on September 12, 2015 - 11:29am


The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos returns to its regular schedule this Sunday, Sept. 13, with an ingathering service and its annual water communion ceremony.

Rev. John Cullinan will kick off this year’s theme, “Let Your Light So Shine,” with a sermon on the spiritual and moral imperative to meet the needs of the wider community, no matter who is in need. The water communion is annual ritual in many Unitarian Universalist congregations that serves as a reminder of the gifts of individuals that flow and blend together into a single community.

The service begins at

Lift Station Renovation Begins On Karen Circle

on September 12, 2015 - 11:09am


Construction activities are getting started next week on Karen Circle in White Rock and are anticipated to continue through October. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor, RMCI will be upgrading and renovating a sanitary sewer lift station that services 25 customers on Karen Circle.

The project footprint is in the County right-of-way in front of properties 13 and 14 Karen Circle, where the existing lift station facility is sited.


PEEC Monthly Wildflower Walk Sept. 14

on September 12, 2015 - 10:28am

Local wildflowers. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Since the Los Alamos area received an abundance of rain this summer, beautiful wildflowers abound even as the end of the summer draws near.

Join PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller for a Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 to discover what some of them are and where they can be found.

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Children's Dentistry Opening In October

on September 12, 2015 - 9:54am

Workers install a sign Friday for Children's Dentistry, a new practice opening next month in the business park near Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Workers install a new sign Friday for the Children's Dentistry practice opening in October near Smith's Marketplace. Photo by Julie Habiger

Staff Report

The signs went up Friday for Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry at 751 Trinity Dr., Suite 305 in the Smith's Marketplace business park.


LANL Awards Protective Force Contract To Centerra

on September 12, 2015 - 1:26am
Aerial view of LANL, '1995 aerial TA-3 south to north'. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded its protective force services contract to Centerra Group, LLC.

Centerra won the contract over longtime LANL security contractor SOC LLC, which provided protective force services to Los Alamos for more than a decade as Protection Technology Los Alamos, and during the last five years as SOC Los Alamos.

“LANS LLC recently completed a competitive acquisition for protective force services at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” a Lab

LAFD/LAPD Host 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 11, 2015 - 12:54pm

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments held a 9/11 Memorial Climb this morning at the Pajarito Ski Hill to honor the fallen in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. They started at the lodge and went to the top via the fire road. Both Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participated in the event. Next year the public is invited to participate. A big thanks to Smiths  for providing a wonderful lunch for all the participants. Courtesy/Christine Stempleski Nackers


Luján On 9/11 Anniversary: Remember The Fallen, Honor Their Memory, Reflect On Enduring Spirit Of Our Great Nation

on September 11, 2015 - 12:41pm

Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

“Today our nation mourns for all those we lost during the terrorist attacks fourteen years ago. Though we continue to grieve over the horrific events of that day, we also remember how our nation responded through strength and resolve to remain united in spirit.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

“We remember those who were directly affected by this tragedy – the loved ones who were lost,

UNM-LA Faculty Initiative Award A Win-Win-Win For Faculty, Students And Community

on September 11, 2015 - 12:27pm

Thomas Beach, Ph.D., left, presents Patrick Harris with the 2015 Faculty Initiative Award during the UNM-LA graduation ceremony in May. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

For a small university with a limited amount of funding available, UNM-LA has to dig deep to find resources to maintainitshigh level of teaching and variety of class offerings. The Faculty Initiative Award is one way the professors have been able to fund their academic dreams.

In 2005, a retired English instructor with the assistance ofthe UNM-LA Foundation started the Bobbye Straight Endowment Fund(now called the Faculty

Oppie Ready For Today's Homecoming Parade

on September 11, 2015 - 12:09pm

The J. Robert Oppenheimer statue in front of Fuller Lodge Art Center is decked out in school spirit in anticipation of the 2015 LAHS Homecoming Parade, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m., today on Central Avenue, with approximately 40 entries. The Toppers take on the Moriarty Pintos with a 'Punt the Pintos' theme. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field with a presentation for halftime with the Topper Band and Color Guard and the crowning of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen. Photo by Katy Korkos

YMCA Improving Healthy Habits During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

on September 11, 2015 - 10:01am
YMCA News:
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their children’s habits with the ultimate goal of improving health.
That’s why The Family YMCA—a leading voice on improving health—wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents over the

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Welcomes New Fellow: Elaine Heumann Gurian

on September 11, 2015 - 9:59am
Elaine Heumann Gurian
SANTA FE — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum welcomes Museum Studies Fellow-In-Residence Elaine Heumann Gurian Sept. 21 to Oct. 23.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Museum Studies Fellowship Program appoints one museum professional per year for a month-long residency in Santa Fe. This year’s recipient is esteemed museum consultant and writer, academic, writer and lecturer in Museum Studies programs around the world.
Her area of expertise is helping museums that are “beginning, building, or reinventing themselves.” She counts the Museum of the City of London, UK;

LAPS Hosts Community Input Meetings On Next School Construction Choice

on September 11, 2015 - 9:06am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus invite residents to attend a Community Input meeting about the next school construction.

Community members are invited to attend any of the meetings and encouraged to provide suggestions to the district.

Community Input Meetings:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen;
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 5:30-7 p.m. at Barranca;
  • Thursday Oct. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. at Pinon; and
  • Monday Oct. 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at Chamisa.

Rotary Hears About Upcoming United Way Campaign

on September 11, 2015 - 8:22am
Kritsty Ortega of United Way speaking recently to Rotarians. Courtesy photo
By Kirsten Laskey
Los Alamos Daily Post
Kristy Ortega, executive director of United Way of Northern New Mexico, recently provided the Rotary Club of Los Alamos with a preview of the United Way’s upcoming fundraising campaign.
During the regular club meeting Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens, Ortega explained that United Way operates its fundraising campaign in the fall and provides monies to nonprofits in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties in the spring.
The criteria United Way uses to select

Middle East Expert Nakhleh Speaks On ISIS, The Middle East And US Policy Thursday

on September 11, 2015 - 7:57am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh


"ISIS, the Middle East and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Iran Agreement" is the subject of Emile Nakhleh's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Fuller Lodge with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. 

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and American Association of University Women are sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Nakhleh is a government consultant on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East.

Award-Winning Author Sharman Russell Speaks At PEEC Tuesday

on September 11, 2015 - 7:02am

Sharman Apt Russell

PEEC News:

Revolution. renaissance. transformation: these are the words of Sharman Apt Russell, an award-winning New Mexican author, as she describes the exploding world of citizen science.

Russell will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. She will share her stories, knowledge and passion for being a part of the world where thousands of volunteers contribute to cutting edge science: monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, watching clouds for NASA, or excavating mastodons.

Her most recent book, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 2015

on September 10, 2015 - 11:28pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Sept. 3 at 8:32 a.m. / It was reported that a 5-year-old girl was the victim of criminal sexual contact with a minor under 13. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 3 at 9:15 a.m. / A 65-year-old woman reported she was the victim of unreasonable animal noise on Catherine Avenue.


Sept. 4. At 9 a.m.

Seventeen LAHS Students Named Semifinalists In 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 10, 2015 - 5:21pm

2016 National Merit Semifinalists representing Los Alamos High School at the Capital Congressional Debate at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe from left, Rory Cooley; Rebecca Cai; Sincheng Huang; Colin Wilburn and Michael (Cade) Mallett. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LAHS Students named Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program pictured with Principal Brad Parker (front right) and Superintendent Dr.

Ceremony Held For New LAPD Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman

on September 10, 2015 - 5:02pm
Judge Pat A. Casados swears in Alysha Lenderman as new Public Service Aide in Los Alamos County. Photo by Chris Clark/
New LAPD Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman signs official documents this morning with Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Chris Clark/
From left, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Public Service Aide Supervisor Robert Aragon, new Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, stand for a group photo. Photo by Chris Clark/
New Los Alamos County Public Service Aide Alysha