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PEEC Talk Highlights Chama River Charms, Challenges

on February 6, 2015 - 7:34am

Fall foliage lines the Chama River. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Did you know that the Chama River is one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers? Yet the river has been facing some serious issues recently due to drought conditions, water management and unregulated fishing.

In a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at PEEC, Noah Parker will discuss the current situation on the river from a holistic point of view, as well as touch upon a catch and release initiative that is being proposed for the fishery.

Starting in the mountains on the Colorado border, the charming Chama River

Letter to the Editor: It's Been An Honor To Serve

on February 6, 2015 - 7:03am
LAPS Board Member
(Lost Tuesday's Election)

It has been an honor to serve the students, teachers, and community of Los Alamos as a School Board member.

I appreciate the support I received not only in the recent election but throughout my service on the School Board. I know that Bill Hargraves is a hard worker and will do a fine job serving our schools.

I hope to continue to serve in some capacity to support our students and I hope that you will all join me.

How The Hen House Turns—Remembering Susie

on February 6, 2015 - 6:46am
How the Hen House Turns:
Remembering Susie
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Two thousand years ago, a lady of the Chinese Imperial family designed a dog to look like a lion, as requested by Buddhist monks.

Breeding, she decided, should continue to select for small hairy dogs with black faces and low foreheads, large eyes and bent forelegs. When such a dog was presented to England’s Queen Victoria as a present, it became valued as a high class lap dog. Thereafter, the breed was called Pekinese.

My grandmother Ethel Almond Snyder had a Pekinese named Susie.

Beer Co-op's New Name Is Bathtub Row Brewing!

on February 5, 2015 - 2:55pm


The results are in, the Board has voted and a decision has been made ... the Los Alamos Beer Co-op will soon be doing business as "Bathtub Row Brewing."

In its recent survey, "Bathtub Row" emerged as the top choice of its member/owners, and has long since been a favorite of the LABC Board of Directors as well.

"While we understand that many of you will be sad to see the LABC name and brand take a step out of the spotlight, we want to assure you that the LABC is not going away -- it will remain a key piece of our business identity and a wonderful reminder of our amazing

Project Reach Completes Photographic Work In Room 7, Panel 7

on February 5, 2015 - 2:46pm

Project Reach team members work to obtain video of emplaced waste located in Panel 7, Room 7 where the radiological event occurred. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Photographic work in support of the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has been completed in Room 7 Panel 7, the location of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

Using Project Reach, a specially designed and manufactured 90-foot composite boom equipped with high resolution photographic equipment, WIPP employees completed video mapping of all waste stacks and packages in Room 7. Waste in the WIPP underground facility is

QNM Leadership Training Workshop At LANB Feb. 12

on February 5, 2015 - 2:04pm

Quemazon Montessori Kids Tour Smith's Marketplace

on February 5, 2015 - 2:02pm

Twenty 4- and 5-year-old children from Quemazon Montessori School participated in a field trip this morning to Smith's Marketplace. They checked out all the different seafood available and tasted foods such as sausage, sushi and Murrays cheese. The children capped off their visit with fruit and especially enjoyed the watermelon, said Kathryn Fulton of Smith's. 'We all had a lot of fun and we invited them to have a watermelon party on our patio when it warms up,' Fulton said. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 29 To Feb. 4, 2015

on February 5, 2015 - 1:50pm

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.

Jan. 29 at 1:38 p.m. / A 62-year-old Taos woman reported that she was the victim of larceny on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Jan. 29 at 9:30 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on Joya Loop. The estimated loss is $ less than $250.


Jan. 29 at 9:43 p.m.

Bandelier: Call For Artists For Park Centennial Logo

on February 5, 2015 - 12:33pm

The 'Bandelier Turkeys' are the park's logo and now the park is looking for a logo for its Centennial in 2016. Courtesy/NPS


In 2016, Bandelier National Monument will mark its 100th anniversary, and artists are invited to submit entries for a logo for the celebration. The logo will be used on many centennial items, as well as on the Bandelier Annual Pass for 2016

“This is an opportunity for all who love Bandelier to be an integral part of the centennial celebration," Superintendent Jason Lott said.

OBITUARY: Robert Oscar Riley Nov. 23, 1938 – Feb. 3, 2015

on February 5, 2015 - 12:21pm

ROBERT OSCAR RILEY Nov. 23, 1938 – Feb. 3, 2015

Robert Oscar Riley, 76, of Hernandez, passed away without pain on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in White Rock, following a short illness.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Lola Riley; in-laws, Ruth and Harold Nedrow.  Robert was born November 23, 1938, the second child of Clarence Oscar and Lola Belle Rawls Riley in Monticello, Arkansas.


UNM-LA Staffer Recognized For Going The Extra Mile For Others

on February 5, 2015 - 11:57am

UNM-LA Special Events Coordinator Alex Zubelewicz is the recipient of a Community Asset Award presented by the LACDC’s Assets in Action. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA Special Events Coordinator Alex Zubelewicz was recognized with a Community Asset Award as part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s (LACDC) Assets in Action Program.

Zubelewicz was recognized at the Community Asset Awards Ceremony in late January for his dedication and the customer service he provides at UNM-LA.

Kristine Coblentz from the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), nominated

Letter to the Editor: We Have To Decide That Our Collective Futures Are Worth The Time And Effort

on February 5, 2015 - 11:42am
By Dr. Jessica McCord
New Mexico Educator

It’s a busy time for education in New Mexico. This represents my effort to help continue these conversations that will help the public stay informed and involved and communicate with their lawmakers as they discuss, debate, and make decisions about important legislation.

Senate Bill 205 is being sponsored by Sen. John Sapien – Please support this bill! It would allow our state to take both this and the next school year to evaluate the utility of the PARCC assessment to grade our schools and evaluate teachers.

TOTH: Grappling With The Bible

on February 5, 2015 - 11:35am
New Testament image. Courtesy/wikipedia
Trinity on the Hill

Did you know that the New Testament is God’s love story for the earth? Do you know its purpose? This Sunday evening, Feb. 8, at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, the community is invited the attend a contemporary worship service at which Mother Alicia Pope will explore the New Testament and why it is historically and spiritually significant.

EVERYONE is welcome to come help rock the house of God at this contemporary worship service. Food, music and a great teaching will be served.

Counselor Introduces Kindness Rocks Campaign

on February 5, 2015 - 11:15am

Counselor Jen Schmierer introduces the Kindness Rocks campaign this morning to the Mountain Elementary School students, teachers and some parents. She spoke about the importance of performing random acts of kindness, paying good fortune forward and passing along kindness to others. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Pajarito And Sipapu February Events

on February 5, 2015 - 10:59am

Right now at Sipapu. Courtesy/Sipapu

Right now at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/Pajarito webcam


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort are hosting a number of events in February.

February's biggest and best events from each ski area include:


  • 6th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Feb. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A charity event to help raise funds for men and women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.
  • K2 Demos for Women Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Women's K2 Ski Demos plus ski clinics with Pete Giuliani, a PSIA Certified Level 3 alpine and

Mountain Elementary Orchestra Performs This Morning For Large Crowd

on February 5, 2015 - 10:13am

Mountain Elementary School Gymnasium is packed this morning for a concert performed by Mountain Elementary Orchestra advanced and beginning students, conducted by Orchestra Director Monica Oechsner. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Extension Service Welcomes Helen Idzorek

on February 5, 2015 - 9:55am

Helen Idzorek

LAES News:

Helen Idzorek has been selected to the position of Los Alamos Extension Service(LAES) Home Economist for New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

She replaces Paula Roybal Sanchez, who retired last year after serving Extension for more than two decades. Roybal Sanchez was awarded emeritus status from NMSU in recognition of her outstanding service.

Idzorek comes to Los Alamos by way of Alaska where she worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service for nearly ten years.

IRS Warns Against Erroneously Claiming Tax Credits

on February 5, 2015 - 9:46am

IRS News:

While falsely inflating income on tax returns may seem an enticing way to get tax credits, the reality is the consequences could be extremely costly.

No wonder erroneously claiming tax credits is one of the items on the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) “Dirty Dozen” list for the 2015 tax filing season. This scam involves inflating or including income on a tax return that was never earned, either as wages or as self-employment income, usually in order to maximize refundable credits.

Just like falsely claiming an expense or deduction you did not pay, claiming income you did not

NMAA Selects January 'Compete With Class' Honoree

on February 5, 2015 - 9:42am

Gallup girls’ basketball team recognized for conducting themselves with class. Courtesy/NMAA

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) recognized the Gallup girls’ basketball team and Head Coach Kamau Turner as the Compete with Class award recipients for January.

Aztec Athletic Director Bryan Sander shared these comments following a girls’ basketball game against Gallup and Aztec in late January: “Coach Turner seemed very classy with the way he behaved with his athletes and the officials.


Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Feb. 12

on February 5, 2015 - 9:33am

LAGA News:

Amanda Galbraith will discuss “Family Search and Family Tree: A Valuable Tool for Every Family Historian" during the Los Alamos Genealogical Association (LAGA) meeting at 7 p.m., Feb. 12 at Mesa Public Library.

Prior to the meeting, the traditional no-host dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon.

The public is welcomed to attend.


Report: Positive Energy Solar State’s Top Installer

on February 5, 2015 - 9:29am

Solar panels. Courtesy/PES


SANTA FE - Using solar tax credit data, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department (EMNRD) reports that state residents have invested more than $30 million in this energy resource from 2009-2014 and Positive Energy Solar has installed the lion’s share of those residential rooftop panels.

“It’s clear from customer demand that New Mexicans want clean, affordable energy,” Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler said. “What’s not clear is whether or not the state will continue to support this growing industry.

Beer And Band Day At Pajarito Mountain Saturday

on February 5, 2015 - 9:18am

Tech Trek Summer Camp For 7th Grade Girls

on February 5, 2015 - 9:16am


Does your daughter have a sharp mind and an interest in science or technology? If so, she will not want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime science/technology summer camp, to be held at New Mexico Highlands University (NMSU) in July 2015.  

Middle school science, math and technology teachers in New Mexico are being asked to nominate their promising female students to attend the Tech Trek summer camp, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). The camp is open to seventh grade girls from throughout New Mexico who


'Great Ideas' Grant Applications Available Now

on February 5, 2015 - 9:12am


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF) is interested in funding innovative ideas that augment the basic curriculum from licensed teachers in the district.

Parents can team with licensed teachers to apply for this grant. The Spring Great Ideas Grant application is due by 4 p.m., Feb. 17 and will be awarded by May.

Grant winners must implement their proposed projects by December. For additional information, to view past winners, or download the grant in PDF or Word form, visit the Foundation’s website at and click on the Teacher Grant icon on the


Free Concert With Shine Bright Baby Friday

on February 5, 2015 - 9:06am
Coming from Nashville, Tenn., Shine Bright Baby kicked off their national headlining Dreamers Tour this week, with special guest Loftland. 
They will be in Los Alamos for a FREE Concert Friday, Feb. 6 at Trinity On The Hill Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
All ages are welcome and the community is invited to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Arrive early as space is limited and the show could be packed.
Email for VIP Pass, good for early entry (5:30 p.m.) to meet the bands and hear some private music. Additional information can be