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LAPS Hires Tim Doyle As Payroll Supervisor

on January 6, 2015 - 11:06am

New Payroll Supervisor Tim Doyle at the entrance of the LAPS administration building on Trinity Drive. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Tim Doyle was recently selected as the new Los Alamos Public Schools Payroll Supervisor. Monday marked his first day on the job.

Doyle and his wife Christine have three children, two of whom have graduated from Los Alamos High School and a third attends Los Alamos Middle School.

Play Reading For 'Avenue Q' At LALT Wednesday

on January 6, 2015 - 11:04am
'Avenue Q' poster. Courtesy/LALT

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold a play reading for "Avenue Q" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

"Avenue Q," a multi-Tony Award-winning musical, will be performed at LALT in May as a joint production with the Dixon Community Players. Auditions are Jan. 17 in Dixon, and Jan. 18 and 19 in Los Alamos.

The play features puppet characters interacting with human characters in a Sesame Street-like vibe.


Dust Bowl Years Classic 'Grapes of Wrath' Thursday

on January 6, 2015 - 11:00am

Poster for 'Grapes of Wrath.' Courtesy/


Los Alamos

“The Grapes of Wrath” (1940, unrated), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, follows the story of one of hundreds of thousands of Depression-era “Okie” families who head for California and its promises of work.

In this Oscar-winning film based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel of the same name, the Joads and their neighbors have been forced off land their families have been living on for generations.

DOE Issues Safety Assessments For Diesel-Operated Equipment Underground At WIPP

on January 6, 2015 - 10:46am

WIPP News:

The Office of Nuclear Safety and Environmental Assessments, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s independent Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA), recently issued reports following reviews conducted on the WIPP Recovery Plan for Operating Diesel Equipment with available underground airflows and the Conduct of Maintenance and associated planned program enhancements.

The onsite portions of the reviews were completed in October 2014.

The EA reports identified concerns associated with the ventilation plans and engineering approach to the evaluation of diesel equipment operations

LALT Presents 'Murdered to Death'

on January 6, 2015 - 10:22am


Habitat For Humanity Seeks Los Alamos House Partner

on January 6, 2015 - 10:18am

HFH News:

Habitat for Humanity of Espanola Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a New House Partner. The home is to be built on a small empty lot at 3564 Questa in Los Alamos.

Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos and fit the HUD income guidelines for Los Alamos.

Applications are available online at, at the Habitat office or contact 505.747.2690, for further information and/or an application.

Aaron's Kids Free Store Open Thursday And Friday

on January 6, 2015 - 10:13am


Survey Open To Collect Opinions About Potential Bike Sharing Project In Los Alamos County

on January 6, 2015 - 9:53am

P&S News:

An online survey is open for responses at that invites all interested public to provide information that will be used in assessing the feasibility of providing a bicycle sharing service in Los Alamos County.

The survey is a project of Places & Spaces Los Alamos, a 501c3 community development organization. The group has researched approaches to bike sharing systems that are being implemented in other communities with a particular emphasis on private sector initiatives.


LAMC To Permanently House Air Medical Helicopter

on January 6, 2015 - 9:10am

Patients at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) in need of air transport to a hospital off the hill, will no longer have to wait for a helicopter to fly in from somewhere else. LAMC has contracted with Classic Air Medical, headquartered in Woods Cross, Utah to permanently house a medical air helicopter in Los Alamos. Classic Air Medical's helicopter is now at the Los Alamos County Airport and will be moved to LAMC once its helipad extension project is completed. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The seal on the side of the new air medical helicopter temporarily housed at Los Alamos County

Heinrich Backs Reforms To Prevent Use Of Torture

on January 6, 2015 - 8:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is supporting a series of reforms to prevent the future use of torture.

The recommendations, which were derived from the committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, were outlined in a letter from Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent to President Obama last week.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Senator Heinrich made the following statement today:

“In her letter to the President, Senator

County Crews Begin Picking Up Christmas Trees

on January 5, 2015 - 11:43am

Christmas tree waiting for ride to composter. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County's Environmental Service Division crews will begin picking up Christmas trees throughout Los Alamos and White Rock today and continue to do so through Friday.

This is different from the bulk item pickup dates, which begins today as well in Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda and Hawks Landing.


Leadership Los Alamos Examines Local Government

on January 5, 2015 - 10:35am
LLA participants Jorge Silva-Banuelos, Margaret Trujillo, Kelly Michel and Lucy Foma discuss issues facing local government. Photo by Martha Katko
LLA participants Geoff Goins and Laurie Glascock have fun in their mock Council roles. Photo by Martha Katko
LLA Board Co-Chair 

The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015 participated in a Local Government session in December in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

County Manager Harry Burgess and Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt chaired the session with assistance from Leadership Los Alamos Board Member

Brush And Bulk Item Collection Begins Today

on January 5, 2015 - 9:46am

Bulk items. File photo


Los Alamos County's Brush and Bulk Item Collection begins today.

The following schedule was prepared to reduce the amount of time items sit at the curb. The County asks residents to please be courteous to their neighbors and not set out materials sooner than two days before the first day of their scheduled collection date. Direct questions to the Eco Station at 505.662.8163.


  • Jan. 5 - Jan. 9 - Oct. 8 - Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda and Hawks Landing
  • Jan. 12 - Jan. 16 - Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange and Nickel
  • Jan. 19 - Jan.

STEM Opportunities For Middle School Teachers

on January 5, 2015 - 9:18am

Gaithersburg Campus. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting applications from eligible public school districts and accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and its territories nominating middle school science teachers to participate in the 2015 NIST Summer Institute Program.

The two week workshop will provide selected middle school teachers hands on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Md.

Classical Music World: Viva Baroque!

on January 5, 2015 - 8:58am
Red Priest. Courtesy photo
Classical Music World

Have you noticed the posters around town advertising the Los Alamos Concert Association’s next event featuring Red Priest? Maybe you assumed that the rock star poses, leather pants, and crazy hair mean they will be playing something other than classical music. Look again! You will see a recorder, a violin, a cello and a harpsichord. Not an electric guitar or amp in sight.

This flamboyant ensemble from the UK has taken the vibrant artistic spirit of the 17th  and early 18th centuries very much to heart.

Pegg: New Year’s Exercise Program

on January 5, 2015 - 8:45am

New Year’s Exercise Program
Los Alamos

Another new year is upon us and that means that many of you will be resolving to get fit, lose weight, or improve your health this coming year. Good for you! There is no time like the present to start out on your path to a healthier, more fit life.

But often that’s easier said than done. If you don’t have a significant workout history it can be challenging to find the right exercise program and stick with it long term.

Yang: Do Geeks Have Three Ears & Eight Fingers?

on January 5, 2015 - 8:33am
Do Geeks Have Three Ears & Eight Fingers?
Los Alamos

Go figure. Right after I mentioned in the last column before the holiday that is one of the sites that can generally lift my spirits, I “stumbled upon” an article that impacts me like a particle landing in my eye. 

The title of the article is The Unspoken Truth about Managing Geeks, by J.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meet Jan. 8

on January 5, 2015 - 8:15am
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) will hold its regular monthly meeting noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.
All registered Republican women are encouraged to join attend. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe for abused women and children that provides retraining and counseling. 
Contact Donna MacDonald for further information at 505.662.4001.

2015 Legislative Preview At Fuller Lodge Jan. 8

on January 5, 2015 - 7:29am


The 2015 New Mexico legislative session will begin Jan. 20 and continue for 60 days.

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is coordinating with the American Association of University Women to hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in Fuller Lodge. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend this annual event.

Legislators planning to come and share their views on the upcoming session include Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez. Also, Rep.

OBITUARY: Don Liska Nov. 3, 1929 – Dec. 26, 2014

on January 5, 2015 - 7:13am

DONALD J. LISKA Nov. 3, 1929 – Dec. 26, 2014

Don Liska, 85, died at home after a brief illness with Alice, his wife of 59 years, by his side.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Don received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. It was there that he met Alice. Don and Alice were avid members of the UofW Hoofers, an outdoor enthusiast club where they discovered their love of climbing and the outdoors. Don was drafted into the US Army immediately upon his graduation and served for 2 years.

Don began his career as an Engineer in


2014: Los Alamos Police Department Year In Review

on January 4, 2015 - 2:44pm

Los Alamos Police Officers, John Hughes of Metzger's in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto painted the rock Oct. 15 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Men Paint Rock Purple To Draw Attention To Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Los Alamos Police Officers were joined Oct. 15 by John Hughes of Metzger's Best Buy in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto to paint the rock in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone


Registration Opens For 'Not Forgotten Outreach' Appreciation Ski Weekend At Taos And Angel Fire

on January 4, 2015 - 11:50am

Veterans and their families and surviving familes break bread togather during Military Appreciation Ski Weekends. Courtesy/NFO


The "Not Forgotten Outreach" Appreciation Ski Weekend for surviving families, Veterans, Active Military and their families is set for two weekends and two locations:

  • Jan. 23, 24 and 25 at Taos Ski Valley; and
  • Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at Angel Fire.

The event provides alpine skiing and snowboarding for the Military Family and includes:

  • $25 "All Day" lift tickets;
  • Free Ski/Snowboard Rental Equipment at TSV and $15 Rentals at Angel Fire Resort;
  • Half Price Group

Smart Design With Suzette: Closet Organization

on January 4, 2015 - 10:21am
A custom closet designed for a client by Suzette Fox. Photo by Suzette Fox
Smart Design with Suzette
Closet Organization

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. I’ve had requests to write a column on organization, specifically closet organization. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and body. Taking the time to organize your life can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

Solo Traveler: Testing Manhood

on January 4, 2015 - 9:57am
The Matadors greeted by the Queen and her Lady. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
Testing Manhood

My Cuban Spanish teacher taught us a lot about bullfighting when I was in high school; the purpose of matadores and picadores, how the bulls were raised, that the skill and the dance of the bullfighter made him a true artist. But in my lifetime I had yet to see a bullfight.

In September, 2010, my friend and I were in San Miguel de Allende for the Bicentenario of the Mexican Revolution. Bullfights are always part of those independence day celebrations.

Pendergast: Soufflé Is Not Magic

on January 4, 2015 - 9:36am
Los Alamos

Does just reading that word "soufflé" fear and trepidation in your heart?

Soufflés are nothing more than little cakes and these little cakes are actually pretty darn resilient. Chef extraordinaire James  Beard shared that if you show "absolutely no fear ... your soufflé will not fall".

So with utter confidence, let's make a soufflé.

A soufflé has a base, which should be highly seasoned to taste and a leavener (egg whites). These egg whites are instrumental as when whipped to their full capacity, provide the oomph and oomph is a great part of the allure of