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Great American Backyard Campout Saturday at Bandelier

on June 20, 2013 - 9:53am
Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Thousands of people around the nation will gather to take part in a one-night event called the "Great American Backyard Campout" Saturday, June 22. 

Join the staff at Bandelier National Monument for food and fun activities 6-9 p.m. at Juniper Campground. Visitors are encouraged to camp in Juniper Campground or arrive just to participate in the event. 

Activities include:

  • 6-7 p.m. – Did you say free food? Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be grilled by monument staff and offered free of charge.

Local Republicans Meet Today

on June 20, 2013 - 9:49am

GOP News:

Any interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend a party meeting at 7 p.m. today  in room 612 (Building 6)  on the UNM-LA Campus.

Discussion will focus on standing committees, organizing and looking to the future, along with basic principles and issues.


LAHS Makes 'Newsweek' List of Top High Schools

on June 20, 2013 - 9:47am

LAPS News:

Principal Sandy Warnock has announced that Los Alamos High School was on Newsweek magazine's 2013 America’s Best High School list. 

Los Alamos was ranked 780 from a group of the top 2,000 high schools in the nation.

“Once again I am reminded what a wonderful staff and student body we have who work hard to achieve their best,” Warnock said. “It is confirmation that what we do is making a difference in improving student achievement.”

Newsweek lists those high schools that have have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.


Community Invited to Municipal Building Grand Opening and Tours June 28

on June 20, 2013 - 9:20am
The community is invited to tour the new Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., 9-11 a.m., June 28. Courtesy/LAC


The public is invited to tour the new Los Alamos Municipal Building from 9-11 a.m. Friday, June 28.

Tours led by County staff will depart from the main lobby in small groups, approximately every 15 minutes, with the last tour beginning at 10:15 a.m. The tour is expected to take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

At 11 a.m., the public is invited to attend the official grand opening and building dedication ceremony hosted by the County Council.

The ceremony will be

YMCA Back on Regular Weekend Hours

on June 20, 2013 - 8:50am

YMCA News:

The YMCA is back on regular hours on weekends.

The main facility at 1450 Iris St., is open 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The Y Express in Central Park Square is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays.


Homemade Jamz' Blues Band Plays Summer Concert At Ski Hill Friday

on June 20, 2013 - 8:35am
Homemade Jamz' Blues Band on stage. Courtesy photo


The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 with what will be a fantastic concert up at the Ski Hill staring the Tupelo, Miss., group, the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band.

This family band grew up a couple of blocks from the home of Elvis Presley. They’re the most successful young blues band in the world.

According to BB King, “In my 87 years, I’ve never seen something musically … so remarkable. These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor.

Torre and Rau Play 100 Holes in One Day

on June 20, 2013 - 8:05am

Golf Pro Donnie Torres with his 'Longest Day of Golf' partner Sean Rau, 12, Wednesday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy photo

Golf Pro Donnie Torres playing one of 100 holes with his 'Longest Day of Golf' as partner Sean Rau, 12, looks on Wednesday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Golf Pro Donnie Torres and local junior golfer Sean Rau, 12, played 100 holes at Los Alamos Golf Course Wednesday during the annual "Longest Day of Golf" charity event.

The PGA section that Torres is involved with uses the "longest day" event as a fundraiser for Junior Golf.

"We also


Jeet Kune Do - 'The Best Self Defense The World Will Ever Know' Available in Los Alamos

on June 20, 2013 - 7:43am

Students spar during a Jeet Kun Do class. Courtesty photo


Jeet Kune Do classes are available at High Flyers Gymnastics Center, 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Classes are taught by Lawrence Garcia, a Full Instructor under Paul Vunak Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and the only certified JKD instructor in New Mexico. 

Garcia has numerous black belts in the martial arts, but his primary focus is JKD.

Hofmann: The LTC Basics #5

on June 20, 2013 - 7:36am

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers insights into Long Term Care:


Consumers may hear many confusing statements regarding the topic of long term care, both published in the public domain and repeated by misinformed individuals. Over the next few weeks, I will be submitting a series of columns containing accurate information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, website I encourage you to watch for and read these informative columns.

The LTC Basics #5:   

Where can you receive Long Term Care?

Most long term

Eighth Annual 'Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.' is Today

on June 20, 2013 - 7:32am


With the ever fluctuating gas prices, Atomic City Transit will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day today. 

This year’s slogan is: “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2013 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation and save money instead of driving a car.


How the Hen House Turns: Peace and Quiet Comes to the Hen House

on June 20, 2013 - 7:25am
How the Hen House Turns:
Peace and Quiet Comes to the Hen House—Another Cautionary Tale
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

What a beautiful morning it was—after the two-inch rain Friday—the first rain in how many months? There were blue skies, no wind, and quiet in the Hen House pen!

The noise has been driving husband Don wild. (He’s trying to write a serious blog. (There are such things.)) I couldn’t hear the noise because my office is on the other side of the house.

What noise? It was the noise of one male duck, Mr. Campbell.

LANL's Physical Security Chief Retires

on June 19, 2013 - 11:27am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Physical Security Division Leader John (Jack) E. Killeen of Los Alamos National Laboratory retires Friday, June 21.

His career in security police forces has taken him on assignments across the globe. Killeen has planned his retirement to be just as hard driving. He'll take a brief break before embarking on a two month mountain bike ride through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.

In October, Killeen will launch a consulting firm, JEK Enterprises, LLC, through which he will apply his skills in consultation and program

Artists and Scientists Share Insights Into Creative Process

on June 19, 2013 - 11:26am
From left, Luis Bettencourt, Kade Twist and Valerie Plame Wilson. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

In the second annual discussion between the Santa Fe Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, SFI Professor Luís M.A. Bettencourt and Cherokee artist Kade L. Twist will explore the creative process in art and science and wonder whether Native artists and complexity scientists are so far apart.

The discussion is moderated by SFI’s Valerie Plame Wilson.

Chaos to Complexity: Artists and Scientists Share Insights Into the Creative Process is 2-4 p.m.

Money IQ: Trustee - Corporate v. Individual

on June 19, 2013 - 11:23am
Money IQ
By Dara McKinney

Trustee: Corporate v. Individual

You have met with your attorney and discussed your estate planning needs. You have decided that you do want a trust. If you create what is commonly known as a revocable living trust, regardless of the trust provisions, the next big question is once you can no longer act as trustee whether due to death or incapacitation, who should be successor trustee? 

A trustee is a fiduciary who is obligated to the trust beneficiaries as the trustee manages and controls the trust assets.

RE/MAX Agents Earn Hall Of Fame Award

on June 19, 2013 - 11:20am


Paula Barclay, Cindia Hogan, and Tammy Lu Olinger were recently been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. 

This award honors top producing realtors. In 2012, less than two percent of the nearly 90,000 RE/MAX affiliates worldwide earned this prestigious award.

“Paula, Cindia and Tammy Lu are outstanding realtors,” RE/MAX Qualifying Broker and local RE/MAX owner Kendra Henning said. “They have over 45 years of combined knowledge and experience, and have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals. They are very deserving of this prestigious award.

No Perimeter Growth on Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 19, 2013 - 11:14am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 6 crews, 11 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 276 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: There was no new perimeter growth yesterday as unburned fuels within the interior continued to smolder and burn. Today crews will continue mop up, patrol and rehab on all divisions of the fire.

Los Alamos Students Explore Germany

on June 19, 2013 - 11:11am
Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. They gathered  here outside the gates of Dachau Tuesday. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students take a tour at the BMW factory and get behind the wheel of a new BMW. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Some of the tour group got up early for a morning run in the alps outside a hotel in Garmish, Bavaria. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Self Help Receives Grant to Aid Children

on June 19, 2013 - 11:08am


Self Help, Inc., a community partner of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, has received a $4,000 grant from the The New Mexico Children’s Foundation.

New Mexico Children's Foundation is unique. It is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children's organizations throughout New Mexico. The foundation's core belief is that many children have a wide range of under-served needs. The foundation's goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible.

Self Help Inc., formed in 1969, is a non-profit organization dedicated


Luján Discusses Need to Address Climate Change and Drought Conditions

on June 19, 2013 - 10:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor this morning about the need to address climate change and the impact it is having on drought conditions in the West.

The Safe Climate Caucus is a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Click here to watch Luján's speech.


'Longest Day with the Longest Play' Underway at Los Alamos Golf Course

on June 19, 2013 - 10:35am

Los Alamos Golf Course

LAGC News:

Today is the "Longest Day with the Longest Play" at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

PGA pro Donnie Torres will once again play golf most of the day to raise money for PGA youth golf programs. But this year, Torres has invited 12-year-old Sean Rau to play with him. Rau, who will be an eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School in the fall, "loves golf and loves helping others," his mom Karen Rau said.

Sponsors who have pledged dimes or dollars for each hole played will help the duo raise about $4,000. About half of the pledges will go to the PGA youth golf

Barranca Mesa Elementary Welcomes New Principal

on June 19, 2013 - 10:23am

Bradford W. Parker

LAPS News:

It is with great pleasure that Los Alamos Public Schools announces that Bradford W. Parker has accepted the position of Principal at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

Andrea Determan, fourth grade teacher and Committee Chair of the interview committee noted that, “We were impressed with his qualifications and experience and are excited and happy to have him become a member of our school community.” 

The interview committee and district leadership are excited about the leadership qualities he brings to the district.

Parker comes to Barranca Mesa Elementary


Bradbury Presents Lunchtime Lecture

on June 19, 2013 - 10:03am

Pet Pangaea Named Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year

on June 19, 2013 - 10:02am
Cyndi Wells with her 2013 Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year Award. Courtesy photo


Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells accepted the 2013 Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year Award ffrom Rotary International District 5520 at a Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting Tuesday, June 18.

The Los Alamos Club nominated Pet Pangaea for the District Award.

In 2005, Rotary’s Centennial Year, the Sonny Brown Business Award (SBBA) was established to honor Sonny Brown of El Paso, Rotary District 5520’s past governor, for his many years of service to Rotary International and District 5520 and

'A Down Under Photo Adventure' at Mountaineers Meeting 7:30 p.m. Today!

on June 19, 2013 - 9:54am

Sunset on Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Today's meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature photography from a month-long exploration of Australia and New Zealand. Photo by Momo Vuyisich

Misty rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park, Australia. Photo by Momo Vuyisich

LAM News:

Late in 2012 - our winter, their summer - Momo Vuyisich of Los Alamos and his family took a month-long camping trip through Australia and New Zealand.

They drove, hiked, kayaked and flew, exploring the forests, cities, mountains and coasts of these two beautiful countries.

Update: School Board Meets in Two Sessions June 27

on June 19, 2013 - 9:07am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Los Alamos High School Athletic Conference Room to discuss a specific personnel issue per Section 10-15-1-H(2) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board has scheduled a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Revised: The agenda items include the IRS Briefing Report, a safety presentation and a review of School Board policies 8000–9000.