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Community: Peterson Family Visits Little Free Library

on April 13, 2017 - 7:42am

Leave a book ... take a book ... Leia Peterson, 5, visits the Little Free Library this week at the corner of 45th and 46th Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Leia Peterson, 5, waits patiently as her brother, Samuel, 8, selects a book while their mother, Gina looks on at the Little Free Library this week at the corner of 45th and 46th Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack List

on April 13, 2017 - 7:35am
USPS News:
LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.
“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S.

Daily Postcard: Black-Chinned Hummingbird

on April 13, 2017 - 7:21am

Spring is here and hummingbirds are beginning to appear around town like this Black-chinned Hummingbird spotted Sunday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Its velvety black chin is bordered by a thin strip of iridescent purple only visible when light hits it just right. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are exceptionally widespread, found from mountain forests to deserts. Many winter along the Gulf Coast. These tiny birds often perch at the very top of a bare tree branch. They have a low-pitched humming sound produced by their wings. Source: Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

NASA's MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

on April 12, 2017 - 6:13pm
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
"MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth," said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new study detailing MAVEN’s results.
"Because metallic

Chamber Serenades Members: ‘It Was a Very Good Year’

on April 12, 2017 - 6:07pm

Chamber Serenades Members: ‘It Was a Very Good Year’ at the Chamber Gala Saturday night, April 22. Courtes/LACC


Fifty-Five Chamber Members were nominated by their peers for recognition as the best business in their field in 2017. Categories include Financial Institution of the Year, Innovative Business of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Service Business of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Non-profit of the Year, Media Outlet of the Year, and Overall Business of the Year. As Frank Sinatra said, “It Was a Very Good Year”.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber Gala on

Central Avenue Closed From 20th To Oppenheimer Saturday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:59pm


Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park.

Motorists should plan to use Trinity Drive or Canyon Road to bypass the closure during these hours

Los Alamos Golf Course Temporary Schedule Announced

on April 12, 2017 - 5:40pm

Golf Course News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed for State Varsity High School Matches until 3 p.m. Monday, then open after 3 p.m. for regular play. The Pro Shop will be open regular hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

The course will be closed all day Tuesday for routine Spring golf course maintenance. The driving range and the Pro Shop will not be open Tuesday.

Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant inside the Golf Course Community Building will remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner both days.

Los Alamos Nukes Play Montezuma Friday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:31pm

Friday night is rugby night at Sullivan Field. The Los Alamos Nukes are slated to play Montezuma at 7 p.m. The Nukes beat Montezuma at the High Desert Classic Tournament in Albuquerque earlier in the season and are eager for a rematch. There also will be another youth exhibition game. The Los Alamos Teen Center will host a team social after the game. Admission to the game is free. Photo by Corrina Hughes

On The Job In Los Alamos: Police Records Division

on April 12, 2017 - 5:24pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Los Alamos Police Department staff members, from left, Juanita Apodaca, Records Manager Teresina Berg and Brenda Gurule. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

2017 Elks Annual Easter Egg Coloring TODAY

on April 12, 2017 - 3:56pm


LAHS Olions Thespian Society Presents Mary Poppins

on April 12, 2017 - 3:26pm
LAHS News:
Are you in need of a jolly holiday? Well you’re in luck since the LAHS Olions Thespian Society’s production of Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way.
The cast and crew have been working tirelessly to make this show as sweet as a spoonful of sugar. We would like to invite you to come review our preview showing at 7 p.m., April 20 (admission will be free with a press pass or $7 for all).
Additional showings will be at 7 p.m., April 21, 22, 23, 28, and 29, and at 2 p.m., April 29 and 30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children under

Letter To The Editor: Response To Roundabout

on April 12, 2017 - 3:21pm
Los Alamos
About a year ago I wrote a letter to all of the Los Alamos County Council and Atomic City Transit. I received no reply from anyone.
I was appalled at the fact that these councilors are elected "at large", which means they are responsible to everyone but in reality "no one".
My father was a city councilman in Indianapolis for 32 years, which has discreet districts and they are directly liable to their 100,000 plus constituents. The editor added a note to a recent letter that said it was NMDOT that was building the roundabout, not LA county.

LA Bombshells Rugby In Round Robin Tournament

on April 12, 2017 - 3:09pm

Los Alamos Bombshells Under-19 Girls Rugby Team play San Juan Spartans in a round robin tournament Saturday at Sullivan Field. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Stephanie Nielsen runs the ball followed by Lexi Tepley and Kaidin Liming. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bombshells playing San Juan Spartans Saturday at Sullivan Field. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Teammates lift Celina Jeffries during Saturday's tournament at Sullivan Field. Photo by Corrrina Hughes

Celina Jeffries takes off during Saturday's rugby game between the Los Alamos Bombshells and the South Valley Pink Panthers. Photo by Corrina Hughes


FBI: Espanola Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Bank Robbery Charge

on April 12, 2017 - 1:09pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Troy Montoya, 24, of Espanola pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque to a bank robbery charge. The guilty plea was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Sheriff Jerry L. Hogrefe of the Taos County Sheriff’s Department and Town Marshal David Smith of the Red River Marshal’s Office.


Montoya, and co-defendants Jennifer Marissa Miera, 23, of Questa and Shawn Michael Goodrum, Jr., 20, of Pima, Ariz., were arrested in October 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey - Elected Sheriff Should Be Supported

on April 12, 2017 - 12:27pm
Los Alamos County Councilor

Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 by stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. Majorities on County Councils, not including myself, have worked against this, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the Office of Sheriff. Our citizens disagreed, and voted to keep an elected Sheriff.

Sheriff Lucero will present a proposal at next week’s budget hearings to restore his office’s budget.

LANL: On-The-Range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

on April 12, 2017 - 12:13pm

In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the United States, Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Biomarker-based assay offers ranchers immediate, on-site test results

A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County’s Budget Season Is About To Begin ... So Pay Attention

on April 12, 2017 - 11:33am
Los Alamos
As Los Alamos County’s (LAC’s) budget season begins, I would like to provide our citizens some information. 
Recently I wrote to all Council members and made a presentation at their meeting of my intent to bring this proposal to the Council during the coming budget process. All the Councilors had stated at one time or another how they support greater efficiency in the county - now it's time to begin to make it happen. When Council was given this data last year, it “considered” and no changes were made.
First of all, a discussion of the new enterprise

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 5 To April 10, 2017

on April 12, 2017 - 10:58am

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 against them.


April 5 / John A. Martinez, 35, of Santa Fe, was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.





April 6 / April T. Martinez, 27, of Chimayo was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.




April 8 / Jeremiah D.Morris, 25,

AGU: ‘Cold’ Great Spot Discovered On Jupiter

on April 12, 2017 - 8:57am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A second Great Spot has been discovered on Jupiter by astronomers, rivaling the scale of the planet’s famous Great Red Spot and created by the powerful energies exerted by the great planet’s polar aurorae.
Dubbed the ‘Great Cold Spot’, it has been observed as a localized dark spot, up to 24,000 kilometers in longitude and 12,000 kilometers in latitude, in the gas giant’s thin high-altitude thermosphere, that is around 200 degrees Kelvin cooler than the surrounding atmosphere, which can range in temperature between 700 degrees Kelvin (426 degrees Celsius)

Toppers Baseball Beats Española In Doubleheader

on April 12, 2017 - 7:40am
All smiles for the Toppers as they get ready for the 2nd game. Photo by John McHale/
Travis Gonzales slides into 3rd base well ahead of the throw in the 1st inning. Photo by John McHale/
Jayson Rutten was the lead off pitcher for the second game. Photo by John McHale/
Arthur Steinkamp slides into 2nd just under the tag in the 2nd period. Photo by John McHale/
The Topper baseball team played a doubleheader in Espanola against the Sun Devils. 
The Sun Devils are always a strong baseball team and the games

Letter To The Editor: Syria

on April 12, 2017 - 7:35am
Los Alamos
The recent chemical attack (ID'ed as Sarin gas) is horrific, to be sure, whoever has done it. WAR IS HORRIFIC! When we respond to killing by killing more people, we only guarantee there will be further killing.
President Assad, in my opinion, has done exactly what the USA would do if faced with another civil war, i.e. fight the rebels.
In addition, the USA’s actions have been responsible for prolonging the dying and suffering of the Syrian people, and the millions of refugees from Syria and other states in the middle east.

David Kratzer And Mariela Saenz Are Top Predictors In First Pace Race Of 44th Season!

on April 12, 2017 - 7:33am
After a day filled with snow showers and wind Tuesday, April 4, the weather turned sunny and bright for the beginning of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th Annual Pace Race, which drew a large crowd of enthusiastic runners and walkers. Courtesy photo
David Kratzer and Mariela Saenz were the top predictors in the opening pace race of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th season Tuesday, April 4 along the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo


David Kratzer and Mariela Saenz were the top predictors in the opening pace race of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th season Tuesday, April 4.

Los Alamos Nature Center Features Weekend Films

on April 12, 2017 - 7:11am
PEEC News:
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sea Monsters, a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as the hunters excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.

Ninth Annual Pegasus Flea Market April 15

on April 12, 2017 - 7:03am
LAHS News:

Do you have too much stuff? Are your closets overflowing with clutter? Is your shed or garage in need of some attention? Could you use some extra cash?
Get ready for some spring shopping fun!  It is time for the bi-annual Pegasus Flea Market. Pegasus, Los Alamos High School's art and literary magazine, will be hosting it's ninth swap meet.
When: Saturday, April 15 for one-stop treasure hunting!  
Where: LAHS Duane Smith Parking Lot on Diamond Drive
Time: 8 a.m. - ?
To reserve a space at the Rummage Sale:
Deliver or mail reservation and payment of $20 to
  • Los

Letter To The Editor: Respect, Justice And Compassion Is The American Way

on April 12, 2017 - 6:50am
Los Alamos

Treating all people with respect, justice and compassion seems like something we can all agree on, doesn’t it? I was surprised to find this statement being treated as controversial as I watched the April 4 County Council meeting.

Councilor Pete Sheehey proposed a resolution stating that “we support and observe the fundamental American value that all people, including immigrants and refugees, should be treated with respect, justice and compassion.” This sounds simple enough.