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Teen Center Participates In Holiday Lights Parade

on December 6, 2015 - 9:43am

Los Alamos Teen Center Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director George Marsden looking festive as they walk along with the teen center float in Saturday's annual Holiday Lights Parade. Courtesy photo.

Teens who built the float Los Alamos Teen Center for the Holiday Lights Parade Saturday night include from left, Connor Bailey, Ashley Roybal, Jerome Colletti and David Vigil. Also pictured is Teen Center Youth Mobilizers Coordinator Maire O'Neill. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Los Alamos Creche Show 2015

on December 6, 2015 - 9:30am

This nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger is part of this year’s International Creche Show at the Los Alamos LDS Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger is part of this year’s International Creche Show at the Los Alamos LDS Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger is part of this year’s International Creche Show at the Los Alamos LDS Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The LDS Church hosted its annual Los Alamos Creche Show Friday and

Los Alamos Winterfest Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 6

on December 6, 2015 - 7:42am

The lights at Ashley Pond Park were turned on Saturday night following the annual Holiday Lights Parade on Central Avenue. Photo by Karen Kendall 


Today's Los Alamos Winterfest Schedule:

Annual Earth Treasure Show

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Masonic Temple, 15th and Canyon

Santa Paws Photos

  • Noon to 4 p.m. at Pet Pangaea

Dance Arts Los Alamos Presents Nutcracker on “The Hill”

  • 2 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium

Pajarito Film Club Mockumentary Contest Premier

  • 3 p.m. at Los Alamos Nature Center

LA County’s North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk

  • 5-7 p.m. Posse Lodge & Stables

SFI: 'Real-Space Condensation In Mass Transport Models...' Dec. 8

on December 6, 2015 - 6:37am
Ori Hirschberg, Weizmann Institute of Science
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Real-Space Condensation in Mass Transport Models: Statics, Dynamics, and Large Deviations" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 8, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: The formation of traffic jams on highways, the clustering of particles in shaken granular gases, and the emergence of macroscopically-linked hubs in complex networks are all examples of real-space condensation.
This phase transition, in which a finite fraction of the “mass” in a macroscopic system is concentrated in a

Pastor Granillo: Love.

on December 6, 2015 - 6:24am
Los Alamos

It can be frustrating to hear a Christian’s response to a tragedy to be only, “My prayers are with you.”

It can be frustrating because many do not believe in the power of prayer and so they feel as if no real help is being offered, and nothing else will be done. But to be fair, for many Christians, prayer is an act that relieves them of the responsibility to get further involved in what may be happening. Prayer is important—it has the power to change the world; but it should never be an excuse for inaction.

James wrote, “Suppose a brother or

2015 Holiday Lights Parade Winners Announced

on December 5, 2015 - 9:51pm
The annual Holiday Lights Parade on Central Avenue was delayed for about 40 minutes this evening while police removed a parked vehicle without license plates parked along the parade route near the Los Alamos Post Office, but the wait didn't dampen the spirits of these young audience members. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The First Place winning float by New Beginnings Fellowship featured a snow machine, smoking chimney, costumed riders, music and more. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Riders on the New Beginnings float. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund Honors Avid Debater

on December 5, 2015 - 11:28am

Mark Wolfsberg


Often when a family has lost a son, brother, a husband and a father, they feel compelled to give. Mark Wolfsberg grew up in Los Alamos and was on the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers speech and debate team from 1979-1982.

An enthusiastic debater, he participated in humorous interpretation at first and then moved into Policy and then Lincoln-Douglas.

Wolfsberg’s mother, Alice, established the Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund though the LAPS Foundation, to assist the Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School speech and debate teams to honor her son.

Chamisa Elementary Now A Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

on December 5, 2015 - 11:25am

LAPS News:

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Chamisa Elementary as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Chamisa Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyber-bullying.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of


DALA's Nutcracker On The Hill Draws Full House

on December 5, 2015 - 11:22am
Bryan Jenkins and Melina Burnside as Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker on the Hill 2015 opened Friday evening, with more performances at 2 p.m. today and Sunday in Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Scott Doebling
DALA's Nutcracker on the Hill 2015 opened Friday evening to a packed house and ended with a standing ovation at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Scene from Friday's opening of DALA's Nutcracker on the Hill 2015. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. today and Sunday in Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Obituary: Michael H. J. Backsen July 17, 1941 – Dec. 3, 2015

on December 5, 2015 - 10:55am
MICHAEL H. J. BACKSEN July 17, 1941 Dec. 3, 2015
Mike Backsen died on Dec. 3, 2015. He was born on July 17, 1941, in Mandan, North Dakota. After graduating from high school, he spent three years in the Navy.
He married Marcy Buresh in 1965, while attending North Dakota State University. She preceded him in death in 2006. He received a BSEE from NDSU in 1966 and an MSEE for the University of Wyoming in 1968. He and Marcy raised their family in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where Mike worked at the Los Alamos National Lab for 34 years.
After retiring from the Lab, Mike and Marcy moved

Engagement Announcement: Whalen/Coffman

on December 5, 2015 - 9:44am
Newly engaged couple Nick Whalen and Courtney Coffman plan a June wedding. Courtesy photo
Lorraine Whalen and Charles Farrar of Los Alamos are delighted to announce the engagement of their son, Nick Whalen to Courtney Coffman, daughter of Elizabeth and Craig Coffman of Denver, Color.
The future bride earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is employed at the USDA Food and Nutrition Services. 
The future groom received his degree in Finance from New Mexico State University. He is employed at the FDIC.

Los Alamos Winterfest Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 5

on December 5, 2015 - 7:56am

Festive buck at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/LACC


The Los Alamos Winterfest Schedule for today includes:

Kiwanis of Los Alamos Breakfast with Santa

  • 7-11 a.m. at Betty Ehart Senior Center

11th Annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar

  • 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church

Annual Crèche Show

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Alamos LDS Church, 1967 18th St.

Annual Earth Treasure Show

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Masonic Temple, 15th and Canyon

Arts/Crafts & Stories for all Ages

  • 10 a.m. to noon at Mesa Public Library

Fuller Lodge Holiday Open House

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 10 a.m.

Chamisa School Recycle Bowl Challenge

on December 5, 2015 - 7:55am

Poster Contest grand prize winner Lia Rushton with County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule, Chamisa Recycle Bowl Coordinators Megan Lee and Sabina Johns and poster contest coordinator Renee Mitsunaga. Courtesy photo

Grand Prize winning poster by Lia Rushton. Courtesy photo



Chamisa Elementary School and Los Alamos County worked together to enter the National Competition, Keep America Beautiful-Recycle Bowl Challenge. The challenge took place Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

A GREEN TEAM comprised of fourth and fifth grade students and teachers helped students at lunch

NHCC Theater To Showcase Heart Gallery Kids

on December 5, 2015 - 7:24am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled the National Hispanic Cultural Center as the first-ever New Mexico theater to showcase Heart Gallery children before every film and other performances.
Heart Galleries feature foster children available for adoption and help them find families. There are more than 500 Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) foster children statewide available for adoption, with 180 in Bernalillo County alone.
“Every child needs and deserves a loving family,” Martinez said.

Registration Open For American Mathematics Competition At Los Alamos High School

on December 5, 2015 - 7:19am
LAHS News:
Students at Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition in February.
The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.
The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation. The problems are for all students with a mix of easy, challenging, and fun questions.

Registration For Dog Training Classes Begins Dec. 7

on December 5, 2015 - 7:13am
Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) begins Dec. 7. 
This session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Novice Agility, Self-Directed Practice, Scent Work, Rally Obedience and a new class "7 Weeks to a Cool Canine", and will begin the week of Jan. 18.
Three easy ways to register:
  • In-person Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m. at LADOC, 246 East Road, near East Park. Bring copies of vaccination records for LADOC to keep, registration form, and payment (cash or check);

NMFRW President Speaks At Local Meeting Dec. 10

on December 5, 2015 - 6:51am
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Place.
Barbara McClain, the newly elected New Mexico FRW president, is the special guest speaker for the event.
LAFRW member Terry Marzili will collect the donations and Christmas gifts to be delivered to the Adopt-a-Family program.
All registered Republican Women are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Bethany Douglas at 505.690.6883.

Obituary: Gary Raper Oct. 5, 1949 – Dec. 1, 2015

on December 5, 2015 - 6:42am

GARY RAPER Oct. 5, 1949 Dec. 1, 2015

Gary Raper died Dec. 1, 2015. Gary was born in Los Alamos, the Son of Verdie and Catherine Raper. He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at 9 years, his disability severely restricted his life. He was cared for at home until he was 36 when he was able to move into a group home managed by the Albuquerque Association for Retarded Citizens. He lived, worked and traveled for the next 20 years due to the wonderful care of this remarkable organization. 

As his health declined he needed more intensive health care.


DPU Seeks Input On Carbon Neutrality Definition

on December 5, 2015 - 6:41am
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review various recommendations included in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report over the next three Board meetings. 
First up is the recommended definition for "Carbon Neutrality" which will be considered for adoption at at 5:30 p.m., at the Dec. 16, Board meeting scheduled in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go online to the County’s open forum at and provide feedback on the recommended

Obituary: Duwayne Todd Dec. 1, 2015

on December 5, 2015 - 6:37am

DUWAYNE TODD Dec. 1, 2015

Duwayne Todd, 56, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away of a lengthy illness on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Duwayne served in the Navy as a Dental Technician for 5 years. He worked many years in Dental Laboratories and as a Journeyman Metal Smith.

Duwayne is survived by his parents, Billy and Marie Todd of Los Alamos; daughters, Breeanna of Salt Lake City, Utah and Andrea of Napa Valley, California; sisters, Paula Nichols and husband Tim of Dallas, TX, Roberta Reinhardt of Albuquerque; brother, Tim Todd and wife Vicki of Seattle, Washington; nieces, Erica, Larrisa,


Pajarito, Purgatory & Sipapu Now Open

on December 4, 2015 - 5:31pm
Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Skip Wecksung
SKI News:
  • Open Fridays - Sundays
  • Snow report
  • Early Season rates are $29 for all ages
  • Deals: Active Military 50% Off and FREE Lodging 
  • Events
  • News: This year, Pajarito Mountain expanded its water collection system and the Los Alamos ski area has accumulated more water than it has ever before, which means mountain crews will be making more snow than ever before. The Los Alamos ski area is also building a new trail on the west side of the mountain, providing a gentle slope that’s ideal for beginners.
  • Follow us at Pajarito Mountain (Facebook),

Mrs. Beadsley's Jewel Box: Holiday Gift Ideas

on December 4, 2015 - 5:30pm
Mrs. Beadsely's Vintage Jewelry

It's that time of year again. We are all racking our brains to come up with that unique and relevant gift idea for family and friends. Vintage and antique things are definitely unique; that's the easy part. But what about something that's really relevant to a particular person? How about a gift that will actually thrill someone; that they will truly love? Great gifting isn't easy and it takes time. But maybe it doesn't need to be that hard.

Guys can be hard to shop for. Here's a few ideas you might not have thought about.

LAHS Girls’ Basketball Team Defeats Belen Thursday

on December 4, 2015 - 5:28pm
Scene from Thursdays game. Courtesy photo
Voice of the Hilltoppers
Thursday night the Hilltoppers Girls’ basketball team moved to 4-0 on the young season with a hard-fought 62-42 victory over the Belen Eagles.
The Toppers led by only 14-12 after the first quarter and only 30-25 at halftime.
Belen’s co-captain Sam Valdez kept the Eagles in the game scoring 13 of their 25 points by the half. Belen used a two-three zone to minimize drives to the basket by the Toppers.

Grab Some Free Paper At Fuller Lodge Art Center

on December 4, 2015 - 5:23pm

Community News

New Los Alamos printer EDJ Ink is making a donation of a large amount of various types of paper to the Los Alamos community.

Visit Fuller Lodge Art Center during its regular hours to pick up free paper of all sizes, shapes and colors, in many styles, as well as envelopes for your holiday needs, art projects and other uses, courtesy of EDJ ink owner Lisa Brenner.