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Local Art Classes Feature New Materials

on February 15, 2016 - 12:09pm
‘Under The Sea,’ acrylic on yupo by Melissa Bartlett. Courtesy photo
‘Autumn Gold’ gelli print on Bristol paper by Melissa Bartlett. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Karen Wray's Fine Art Studio is offering two one-half day workshops on some exciting new art materials. These classes are taught by local artist, Melissa Bartlett, and she promises to provide a creative afternoon of fun and experimentation.

Contact Karen Wray for details at 505.660.6382 or for sign up information.

Classes include:

  • Yippee For Yupo-Try a new medium in this fun afternoon workshop.

Climate Change Lecture Series Begins With Effects In The Southwest At Nature Center Tuesday

on February 15, 2016 - 11:51am
Dr. Chick Keller, a retired LANL scientist and dedicated naturalist. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Rapid climate changes are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot people can do.
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium, Dr. Chick Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about how people can move forward.
This talk is part of a lecture series on climate change organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting

Presidential Proclamation: Death Of Antonin Scalia

on February 15, 2016 - 11:47am
As a mark of respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day

Storytelling With Terry Foxx, Kimberly Gotches Saturday

on February 15, 2016 - 11:43am
Gathered around the campfire to listen and imagine. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing two great storytellers to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, to light up our imagination.
Listen to stories about what animals do in the frosty environment of winter. With master storytellers Teralene (Terry) Foxx and Kimberly Gotches as guides, children and adults will enjoy activities and stories about hibernation, migration, and adaptation.
Teralene (Terry) Foxx is known as an ecologist and storyteller, who uses storytelling in

Blue Monday Writing Group Meets Feb. 22 To May 23

on February 15, 2016 - 11:41am


Papers Pile Up At Los Alamos Home

on February 15, 2016 - 11:38am

A newspaper carrier continues to deliver papers to this Los Alamos home that has been vacant for quite some time. Photo by Robert Beberniss

LAPS Has New Online Student Registration System

on February 15, 2016 - 11:25am

Kindergarten Roundup, scheduled for April 6, is for incoming LAPS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School District has announced a new online student registration system for the 2016-17 school year. 

Parents will see a reduction in the number of paper forms to be completed and an increase in information security. The system will be used beginning with Kindergarten Roundup scheduled for April 6.

For all students in grades 1-12, online registration will begin Monday, Aug. 1. The first day of school is Aug. 18.

All parents will have the option of using the new

Peggy Durbin Dons Crab Chapeau For Presentation

on February 15, 2016 - 11:10am

Donning a crab chapeau, Rotarian Peggy Durbin, chair of the club's annual Crabfest fundraiser, provides an update of the event to Rotary Club of Los Alamos members during Tuesday's meeting at the United Church. The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. It will feature a family-style seafood dinner, catered by the Blue Window Bistro. In addition, there will be a live and silent auction. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Science On Tap: What’s The Matter With Matter? Feb. 18

on February 15, 2016 - 10:49am

Jack Shlachter


Like people, materials contain defects or imperfections not visible to the human eye.

These variations can come into play during material creation and use for many applications including nuclear reactors and weapons.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a concept for a large-scale facility, called MaRIE (short for Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes), to probe materials during processing and while they are undergoing high stress to follow in real time the evolution of their defect structures.

Discover E 2016 At LAHS Thursday, Feb. 25

on February 15, 2016 - 10:35am


As part of the 14th annual Engineers Week, Discover E (Engineering) is set for 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. The activity involves an evening of interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International (a professional society for Metallurgical Engineers and Materials Scientists), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Los Alamos

Local Quartet Serenades Customers At Smith's

on February 15, 2016 - 10:08am

These four gentlemen from a nostalgic era serenade customers Sunday at Smith's Marketplace and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day. From left, Eric Ferm, Chuck Tallman, Doug Lier and Joe D'Anna. Photo/Compliments of your friendly produce and floral departments at Smith's Marketplace

GOP Meeting At UNM-LA 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

on February 15, 2016 - 9:54am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 203 at UNM-LA. 

The meeting will begin with guest speaker Republican Party of New Mexico Chair Debbie Maestas. She will present an overview of how things are moving ahead in New Mexico and what to expect in this year’s election cycle.

A brief business meeting will follow her presentation.

For more information, contact RPLA Chair Bill McKerley at 505.331.3686.

State Senate Snuffs Effort To Legalize Marijuana

on February 15, 2016 - 9:47am

Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino


SANTA FE – The State Senate voted down a proposed constitutional amendment Sunday evening that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana on a 17-24 vote.

Before the final vote, however, the Senate approved an amendment that would have raised the legal age to use marijuana from 21 to 25 years of age.

There was some lengthy and spirited debate on Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), Use & Tax of Marijuana & Revenue, CA,  sponsored by Sen.

Los Alamos Chamber Hosts Business After Hours At Pig + Fig Bakery & Cafe Tuesday, Feb. 16

on February 15, 2016 - 9:26am


This month's Business After Hours is 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the newest Chamber member's establishment, the Pig + Fig Bakery & Cafe, 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G in White Rock.

Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities for chamber members.

Reserve a seat online here or by emailing

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization

Daily Postcard: Unique Clouds Spotted From Conoco Hill

on February 15, 2016 - 9:17am

Daily Postcard: Unique clouds are spotted from Conoco Hill Sunday floating above the Sangre de Cristos. Photo by Laurie Waters

Los Alamos Navy JROTC Precision Rifle Team Takes First Place At Regional Championship In Utah

on February 15, 2016 - 8:59am
LCDR Wes Shumaker with members of the LAHS Navy JROTC Precision Rifle Team Samantha Miller, JoAnna O'Neill, Steffie Neilsen and Holly Hayes. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos HIgh School Navy JROTC Precision Rifle Team finished in first place for Navy teams this weekend in Provo, Utah. 
The team increased its score by 21 points on day two of the competition to finish in first for the Navy teams competing at the Utah event.
Other Navy teams also competed in Anniston, Ala., and others will compete in Ohio this coming weekend.

Teen Center Holding 'Healthy Relationship' Classes

on February 15, 2016 - 8:37am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA is hosting Healthy Relationship classes for high school youth 3:30-5 p.m., Thursdays at the Los Alamos Teen Center.
Additionally, a Teen Action Team is forming and meets 4-6 p.m., Fridays with the intention of sharing information with youth in the community.
The meetings are being held in response to requests by the Center’s users, Teen Center Director Sylvan Argo said. Recent discussion forums on the topic at the Center revealed that young people were interested in learning more about responsible, respectful and healthy relationships.
The discussion forums were

Los Alamos Friends Of The Shelter Announces Annual Dog Jog Logo Contest

on February 15, 2016 - 8:25am


The Los Alamos Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2016 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest.

The 2016 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest is open to youngsters in the third through sixth grades whose families live or work in Los Alamos County. The winning design will be used as the official 2016 Los Alamos Dog Jog logo and be placed on event t-shirts and other official event materials. The Logo Contest winner will receive one free t-shirt.

Logo Entry Guidelines:

  • All entries should be

LAMC's Dr. Josiah Child, RN Lori Coffelt Share Latest CPR Procedures With Los Alamos Rotarians

on February 15, 2016 - 7:50am

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull

Colorful Morning Sky Greets Presidents' Day

on February 15, 2016 - 7:37am

A colorful sky this morning greets Presidents' Day with a predicted high near 54, sunny skies and a low tonight of around 29. Both President's Day and George Washington's birthday are celebrated on the third Monday of February. The observed federal holiday is actually called George Washington's Birthday. Certain states, such as New Mexico however, list the holiday as Presidents' Day. Although George Washington's birthday is celebrated Feb. 22, it is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of February. To complicate matters, Washington was actually born .Feb.

Obituary: W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016

on February 14, 2016 - 12:56pm
W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016
Walter Clarence “Court” Courtright, longtime lab employee, business owner, and farmer died February 11, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.  
Court was born on June 7, 1928 in Beaver City, Nebraska to Byron G. and Marie C. Courtright. He graduated from Beaver City High School in 1946 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. 
Court was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leland Courtright.
Court began his career in 1955 as a safety engineer

LAHS Hosts Statewide Student Council Event

on February 14, 2016 - 10:04am

Los Alamos High School is hosting Student Councils from across the state and Thursday welcomed more than 1,000 students. The 3-day event is filled with meetings and workshops all about leadership for the students. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus

Daily Postcard: Little Boy Creates Special Valentine

on February 14, 2016 - 10:03am

Daily Postcard: Harvey Sheppard, 5, paints a Valentine's Day message on the rear window of his home on Woodland Avenue in Los Alamos. Photo by Julia Sheppard

In Honor Of Mr. Lincoln

on February 14, 2016 - 9:46am



The YMCA had only existed in American for 10 years when the Civil War separated the country into North and South. The New York and Chicago YMCAs raised troops for the North, while several YMCAs in the South also did so. In 1861, 5 Northern YMCAs came together to create the “U.S. Christian Commission” for the relief of soldiers on the battlefield.

A conference with President Abraham Lincoln led to the full-scale recruitment of YMCA volunteers, eventually numbering 5,000, who served as surgeons, nurses and chaplains.

DPU Seeks Public Input On Policies For Customer-Owned Solar Systems

on February 14, 2016 - 9:21am

DPU News:
  • Discussion is scheduled for Board of Public Utilities meeting March 16

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum at and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. 

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16 board meeting at 5:30 p.m.