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Fitness Column: Exercise to Reduce Stress

on November 6, 2013 - 8:13am
Fitness Column
Exercise to Reduce Stress

No matter who you are, you have no doubt experienced stress at some point during your life. The majority of Americans say they face at least a moderate level of stress most every week. Nearly nine out of 10 people report having experienced high levels of stress at some time.

The American Institute of Stress estimates that 90 percent of all doctor visits are for stress related disorders. Additionally, 95 million people in this country take some form of medication for a stress related problem each week.

People who suffer from stress

Chamber Facilitates Two Workshops Thursday

on November 6, 2013 - 8:08am


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is facilitating two workshops Thursday, Nov. 7 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Lecture Hall in the Student Center, Bldg. 2.

From 8-9:30 a.m., there will be a presentation about the Affordable Care Act and its options and requirements for employers, Health Insurance Exchange and the SHOP program for employers. The presenter is Steve Morgan, who has extensive experience in the insurance industry.

This is a Business Breakfast, and is open to all employers, whether they are Chamber members or not, free of charge.


Omega Laser Facility Completes Record 25,000 Experiments

on November 6, 2013 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Tuesday, that the Omega Laser Facility, a national user facility for NNSA that is located at and operated by the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in Rochester, N.Y., recently conducted its 25,000th experiment to create and study extreme states of matter.

“The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics plays an important role in advancing NNSA’s national security missions.

How the Hen House Turns: Birds in the Sun

on November 6, 2013 - 7:54am
Dogs, geese and turkey enjoy the sun near the woodpile at Cary Neeper's house. Courtesy photo
How the Hen House Turns: Birds in the Sun
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

It's been beautiful lately here in New Mexico. The skies are their usual deep blue, and the sun is warm. Lucy, Bobbi and the gang hang out with the dogs near the south fence by the back porch, where the sun rides over them all day—evidence for a certain survival instinct, an ancient wisdom emerging in the birds.

Chickens are very hard to defend against chicken hawks.

Location Change for Information Day for Discovery Day 2014

on November 6, 2013 - 7:49am


Pajarito Brewpub Celebrates First Anniversary

on November 6, 2013 - 7:45am
Pajarito Brewpub owners, from left, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Dorota and Pawel Listwan celebrated the first anniversary of the Brewpub Saturday night. Photo by Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Business Assistance Services

OBITUARY: Fidel Lee Gutierrez Nov. 3, 1962–Nov. 3, 2013

on November 5, 2013 - 10:24pm

Service announcement update:

FIDEL LEE GUTIERREZ Nov. 3, 1962–Nov. 3, 2013

Fidel Lee Gutierrez, 51, of Santa Fe , New Mexico passed away peacefully on his birthday, Nov. 3, 2013, in his home after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was a beloved son; husband, brother, uncle, friend, banker and leader in the community.

Fidel was born in Las Cruces , New Mexico on Nov. 3, 1962. He graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1980. After attending UNM and UCLA, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University in 1985.

Fidel is survived by his wife,


Council Approves Artwork For White Rock

on November 5, 2013 - 10:04pm
Chair of the Arts in Public Places Board Carolyn Bossert, left, and County Senior Management Analyst Libby Carlsten present details and background on artwork proposed for installation in White Rock. Print Screen photo  
White Rock Implementation Planning Committee Vice Chair Katy Korkos and committee member Steve Foltyn provide backgound to Council on the artwork for White Rock. Print Screen photo
Council unanimously approve the use of Art in Public Places funds and the APPB's recommendations for public art in White Rock, including the purchase, delivery, and installation of three

Council Approves $3,225,000 Design-Build Contract For Nature Center

on November 5, 2013 - 9:15pm

Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent briefed Council on the Nature Center projectafter which Council unanimously approved a construction services agreement for the design-build of a Nature Center to Klinger Constructors for $3,225,000 plus applicable gross receipts tax. Print Screen photo





Council Approves $365,248 to Aid Struggling Commercial Air Service Program

on November 5, 2013 - 8:44pm

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist presented to Council this evening a commercial air service update and asked for a budget revision of $365,248 to the contract with the County to fund the commercial air service program, which includes $100,000 for associated marketing.

Australian Rotarian's New Book Has Los Alamos Connections

on November 5, 2013 - 10:25am

Rotary District Governor John Kevan from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in 2011. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

John Kevan, Rotary District Governor from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in May 2011. He made a special point to visit Los Alamos on his way to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. 

Kevan contacted Los Alamos Rotarian Linda Hull, club secretary at the time, who arranged for Georgia Strickfaden of Buffalo Tours to meet him at the ABQ airport and give him tours of Lamy, Santa Fe, Bandelier and Los Alamos.

Food on the Hill: Panang

on November 5, 2013 - 9:26am

This week's recipe: Panang


Photo by Sue York/
3 pounds of chicken, cubed
1 ½ cans of non-sweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons of red curry paste
3 teaspoon oil (vegetable or coconut)
½ cup cashews, chopped
1 teaspoon fish sauce
4 leaves of basil
1 clean lime, juice and seeds removed, use skins only
Cooked sticky rice or jasmine rice


Heat non-stick fry pan on high with one teaspoon of the oil. Flash fry the chicken pieces, one-half batch at a time, just to get some color on the meat. This will not cook the chicken, it will cook later.

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmer Sets State Record!

on November 5, 2013 - 9:12am
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set state record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday. Courtesy photo
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set a New Mexico State record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lobo Holiday Classic swimming meet in Albuquerque.
Lo’s time of 1:17.21 shattered the previous record of 1:23.75 set by James Zamora in February 2009. Lo's feat was particularly remarkable as his record came while he was swimming the event for the first time. His time places him in the top 20 in the United States for his age this year.

Guaje Pines Cemetery Recognized By Wreaths Across America

on November 5, 2013 - 9:02am


ALR News:

The Los Alamos American Legion Riders, working in conjunction with Los Alamos County, are proud to announce that Wreaths Across America has recognized Guaje Pines as a participating cemetery to honor our community’s fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries.

Geoengineering The Climate Would Reduce Vital Rains

on November 5, 2013 - 8:07am

Monsoon rainfall wets Beijing streets and passersby in 2011. New research indicates geoengineering to reduce global warming would also reduce average global precipitation. Photo by Sierra F

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although a significant build-up in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would alter worldwide precipitation patterns, a widely discussed technological approach to reducing future global warming would also interfere with rainfall and snowfall, new research shows.

The international study finds that a massive increase in greenhouse gases and warming of the planet would spur a

QNM Offers 'Preparing for Stategic Planning' Workshop

on November 5, 2013 - 7:55am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Quality New Mexico will conduct a workshop “Preparing for Strategic Planning – Your Approach to the Future” 8:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 13 at CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque.  

Registration is available at The workshop fee is $150 for non-members and special discounts apply for Quality NM Members. You’ll use the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to guide your planning for the future.

Who should attend? This workshop is designed for owners, leaders, managers, supervisors and team leaders.


Scenes From Ruby K's Yum Run

on November 5, 2013 - 7:44am

A group of 141 participants take off on Central Avenue near Fuller Lodge in the 9th Annual Ruby K's Yum Run Oct. 26. The 1K, 5K and 10K races raised about $5,200 for local food bank LA Cares. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Photo by Jim Nesmith

Los Alamos Golf Course Update

on November 5, 2013 - 7:19am

Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy/LAC


Golf Course Manager

Progress continues on the clubhouse with window installation taking place. The HVAC work is nearly complete, sheet rock work in the basement has started and a great deal of site work is taking place in the parking lot.

Speaking of the parking lot, we appreciate the patience that players have shown, as the contractor works to complete this portion of construction site work. We expect this work to be completed in mid- November and players to have access again to the main entrance and parking lot.

To date we’ve

Presentation Explores Importance of River Otters

on November 5, 2013 - 7:11am
River otters in winter. Photo by Diana-Hargraves

PEEC News:

Populations of otters throughout the world face increasing challenges as the quality and quantity of water resources decline. As conflicts over water use intensify, many otter species are being down-listed to Vulnerable or Endangered. With concerted conservation efforts, however, otter abundance is increasing in certain places, including New Mexico.

Presenter Melissa Savage will explain why otters are important to our state in a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.


Udall Addresses Employment Non-Discrimination Act

on November 5, 2013 - 7:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Monday issued the following statement after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared an important procedural step in the U.S. Senate, winning a bipartisan filibuster-proof 61 votes for the first time in history and moving a significant step closer to passage:

"Today the Senate has taken an important step toward protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination. Clearing this procedural hurdle with a bipartisan vote shows the progress we've made in the Senate and in our country.”

"I am proud to be a

Wear Orange to Support RSD/CRPS

on November 5, 2013 - 7:03am
RSD/CRPS Awareness
Poster. Art by Cheryl Lynn Poppe

Staff Report:

November is national Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month. Today, Nov. 5 is RSD/CRPS National Awareness Day. People around the world will wear orange to bring awareness to this disease and to advocate for a cure. Currently, there is no cure for RSD/CRPS.

RSD/CRPS is a malfunction of part of the nervous system. Nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain.


The Pain Free Athlete: Is Strength Training Ruining Your Posture?

on November 5, 2013 - 6:53am
The Pain Free Athlete

Is Strength Training Ruining Your Posture?

If you're lifting weights without addressing postural disparities such as one shoulder higher than the other, a hip that is rotated forward or rounded shoulders then yes, your unbalanced posture is becoming stronger and more engrained with every repetition performed.

I'm not saying don't resistance train if you have postural disparities, but rather use your resistance workout to improve your posture and muscle balance.

Many of my clients are particularly concerned about the rounding they are

Holiday Success Tips and Tricks: Part 3

on November 5, 2013 - 6:51am
Holiday Success Tips and Tricks: Part 3
Los Alamos Business Assistance Services


Marketing during the holiday rush is a must to really attract customers and boost business. Let’s talk about a few great ideas and best practices when advertising during the holidays.

Paid Advertising

There are time-tested ways to get the word out about your business. Radio is still a powerful medium and can get you into the ears of a highly targeted market. Search engine ads are more and more useful especially as online shopping becomes even more popular.


Waffle Breakfast Benefits American Cancer Society

on November 5, 2013 - 6:49am


‘Matchstick Men’ Shows Thursday at MPL

on November 5, 2013 - 6:48am


I love a good con, at least onscreen, and Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men” (2003, rated PG-13), on the “big” screen this week at Mesa Public Library, is a pretty fantastic con.

It tells the deviant story of Roy (Nick Cage), one of those rare con artists who has to open the door exactly three times before letting a guest in the house, a spotless environ where the guest must immediately remove his shoes and vigorously disinfect the receiver after using the phone.

Without medication, he’s compulsive to the point of being disabled, so when he loses his pills, he quickly