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Classical Music World: Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts On Upcoming Performance

on October 28, 2014 - 11:43am
Orion Weise and friend. Courtesy/LACA
Classical Music World
Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts on Upcoming Performance

When you go to a classical concert, you are usually handed a printed program that includes some information about the music that you will hear.

But reading about music never comes close to the pleasure of just listening to it and program notes rarely give you any idea of how the artists up on the stage feel about the music they are playing.

That is why I want to share something really special with you.

The next Los Alamos Concert Association event

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

NCRTD Receives FTA Administrators Award For Outstanding Public Service In Rural Public Transportation

on October 28, 2014 - 10:54am

NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro


The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation. 

The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, Calif.

In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, “This year’s award features rural transit providers who

Letter to the Editor: We Need Judges Willing To Hold Criminals Accountable

on October 28, 2014 - 10:44am
Los Alamos

Enough is enough! It is time for a change in the first judicial court.

We need a judge who is willing to recognize that a victim of a crime should at least have some rights as well as the respect of the court. We need a judge who is willing to hold a criminal accountable for their crimes and quit "plea dealing" them back on to the streets to continue their criminal careers.

Judge Sheri Raphaelson's sentencing record is atrocious! Her "catch and release" program belongs in the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, not in the courts.

Popular Los Alamos History Young Adult Novel Back In Print

on October 28, 2014 - 10:05am
The Secret Project Notebook, published by Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is back in print and the Society is celebrating with a week-long scavenger hunt in the History Museum.
Written by award-winning author Carolyn Reeder, The Secret Project Notebook is a historical novel for young adults about a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II. Exactly what are his father and other scientists working on at the lab? Fritz is determined to find out.

New Sign Marks Museum Parke In Downtown Los Alamos

on October 28, 2014 - 9:53am

A new sign has been installed for Museum Parke near the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street in downtown Los Alamos. TRK Management owns the building, which has just two vacancies remaining before the entire building is fully leased. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Community Turns Out Sunday For Mesa Public Library Building's 20th Birthday Celebration

on October 28, 2014 - 9:18am

Guests at Mesa Public Library's 20th birthday party Sunday at 2400 Central Ave., were treated to a special cake and cupcakes covered in Italian creme created by Carmela Miller-Martinez of DD Bakery by L.I.A. Photo by Katy Korkos

Mesa Public Library Manager Steven Thomas leads guests on a tour of the library during Sunday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Community members and county officials joined present and former staff to help celebrate 20 years since the dedication of the Mesa Public Library building at 2400 Central Ave.

Los Alamos Artist Fran Bergstein Will Show At Rio Grande Art Association Juried Exhibit

on October 28, 2014 - 9:15am

Artist Fran Bergstein paints in her Los Alamos home. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Los Alamos artist Fran Bergstein has had a painting accepted by the Rio Grande Art Association’s 12th annual juried painting and sales exhibition. The exhibition features 114 paintings by artists working in a variety of styles and media. 

The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2-23 at the African American Performing Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, 310 San Pedro, NE in Albuquerque. Admission is free

“Drawing and painting are the constants in my life,”


Explore Small Canyons In White Rock With PEEC

on October 28, 2014 - 9:02am

One of the small canyons in White Rock. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News: 

While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.

Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m., Nov. 1 to discover the wonders of some of these canyons. Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.

The hike will proceed (roughly) adjacent to N.M.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on October 28, 2014 - 7:17am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Las Conchas Meadow, Thompson Ridge and Fenton Hill prescribed pile burns may be conducted beginning today through Nov. 21, as weather permits: 

  • Las Conchas Meadow with a total of 76 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the south end of the Valles Caldera Preserve, nine miles southwest of Los Alamos.
  • Thompson Ridge with a total of 59 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the east side of the community of Thompson

Food on the Hill: Calabacitas

on October 28, 2014 - 6:56am
Food on the Hill


This week's recipe:


Photo by Felicia Orth

Fall 1986. We had recently moved to Santa Fe from St. Louis. “What are you bringing to the Church potluck?” “Calle-besitas,” I said, showing off my new pronunciation skills with my new recipe. “Little street kisses? Sounds like an interesting dish….” We talked long enough that our friend was able to (stop chuckling and) correct my pronunciation of a New Mexican dish, calabacitas. Squash, corn and chiles—all vegetables long grown in the New World.

United Way Series: Carmen

on October 28, 2014 - 6:20am

Carmen escaped from a lifetime of abuse. Courtesy/UWNNM


At 65, Carmen left the only life she had known for 47 years. She walked away one blustery day in February and took with her a light load of only the necessities. The necessities included pictures of her grandchildren that she knew she would not be seeing for a while. Her whole life and lifetime was in a box the size that she could carry quickly to her car.

Carmen was married at 18. Like most young women of her generation she took her vows of marriage seriously and when she said forever, she intended to be with this man for

Highlights From School Board Work Session

on October 28, 2014 - 6:03am
The Los Alamos School Board listens as parents express concerns about drug use among local students. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several parents spoke out about drug problems at the Los Alamos Public Schools during Public Comment at Thursday’s School Board Work Session at Los Alamos Middle School.

One parent said other parents are in denial about drug use in the high school.

“Teachers are seeing students wasted in class. Teachers need education on the symptoms of drug use. The high school is a safe haven for drug use,” he said.


Auditions For 'Mr. Roberts' Nov. 2-4

on October 28, 2014 - 6:02am

Public Art Graces White Rock Visitor Center

on October 28, 2014 - 5:53am
The County's Art in Public Places Board hosted a special ceremony to dedicate new art Oct. 7 at the White Rock Visitor Center, 115 N.M. 4. Preparing to cut the ribbon, from left, Art in Public Places Board Member Vicky Carrejo, Vice Chair Ken Nebel, artists Kathi Geoffrion Parker and Richard Swenson, councilors Francis Berting and Rick Reiss and Art in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn. A watercolor by Kathi Geoffrion Parker is in the foreground. Parker's watercolors are displayed in the Conference Room at the Center. The White Rock Visiotr Center officially opened Sept.

Kiwanis Club's 'Wines of the World' Event At Blue Window Draws Rave Reviews

on October 27, 2014 - 9:14pm
Kiwanis Club's 'Wines of the World' Autumn Wine Tasting Sunday at the Blue Window Bistro featured 10 hors d’oeuvres paired with international wines. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Kiwanis Vice President Lisa Wismer chaired Sunday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Wine Tasting Was Delicious
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

About 50 people attended the Kiwanis “Wines of the World” Autumn Wine Tasting Sunday at the Blue Window Bistro. The event featured 10 attractive and delicious hors d’oeuvres, each matched with an interesting international wine.

White Rock Woman Runs In 2014 NYC Marathon

on October 27, 2014 - 3:14pm

Ellen McGehee of White Rock at mile 20 of the Poulsbo, Wash., marathon course - her last major training run before Sunday's NYC Marathon. Courtesy photo


Ellen McGehee of White Rock and her sister Martha Teck are running in Sunday's New York City Marathon to raise awareness of a specific type of cancer.

As Team IBC, they are raising awareness for inflammatory breast cancer, a form of cancer that McGehee's friend has and is difficult to diagnose through mammography because there is generally no lump.

T-shirt designed by Celeste Levy. Courtesy photo

McGehee's daughter

United Way Series: Alandra

on October 27, 2014 - 2:47pm

Alandra's parents thought she would never walk. Courtesy/UWNNM


Alandra was severely debilitated by a premature birth and CMV, and her parents thought she would never walk. Medical treatment and physical therapy alone could not help.

Alandra’s parents were told to give Moving Arts a try to give her more opportunity to move her limbs. A dedicated staff from Moving Arts Espanola took a stand to help 3-year-old Alandra through movement, dance and the arts. After months of practice and hard work, Alandra began to tumble and as her strength improved, so did her sense of balance.


New Mexico Consortium First To Use Social Media To Track Northern Lights

on October 27, 2014 - 2:20pm

A recent All-sky camera photo of the northern lights or aurora, a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is launching a new citizen science platform today called Aurorasaurus that allows the public to track auroras in real-time using their smartphones and the project website.

The public can help researchers track auroras on their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Courtesy/NMC

This NSF funded project provides data to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind the

Letter to the Editor: Sierra Club Endorses Incumbent Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on October 27, 2014 - 2:02pm
Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club has endorsed incumbent Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for re-election in District 43. Stephanie is a strong supporter of New Mexico’s clean air, land and water and will continue to support renewable-energy development to create jobs and boost our state’s economy. Stephanie is a hard worker, with a clear understanding of the issues before the legislature. She is always available to discuss issues and concerns with her constituents.

Stephanie scored a solid 79 percent in voting to protect our air, land, water and wildlife,

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club Hosts 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge

on October 27, 2014 - 1:56pm
Participants in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clays Challenge were treated to a black powder shotgun display by Jack Raines of Mora County. Courtesy photo
Young people from five counties competed Oct. 18 in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clays Challenge. Courtesy photo
LASC News:
Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club (LASC) hosted the 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge Oct. 18 for athletes from Taos, Otero, Mora, Sandoval and Los Alamos counties.
Shooters from 4-H, Scholastic Clay Target Program, and Boy Scouts participated in the event, which involved a round of International

Letter to the Editor: Important Decisions In Midterm Elections

on October 27, 2014 - 12:59pm
Los Alamos

Not many people pay attention to the midterm elections, yet we have some very important decisions to make as we cast our ballots.

One of them is deciding on a new judge to send to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. I will support Kerry Kiernan because of his 30 years of legal experience serving New Mexicans. He began his career as a New Mexico public defender and later worked for a highly respect law firm in Albuquerque. His experience is not only broad but it is deep.

2014 NMAA Fall State Championship Events

on October 27, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association would like to highlight the following important information regarding the upcoming 2014 Fall State Championships.

Cross Country

Official Championship Name:

  • Laguna Development Corporation State Cross Country Championships, presented by Farmers Insurance Group


  • Adults: $8
  • Students/Seniors: $5

Championship Location:

  • Rio Rancho High School

Championship Dates:

  • Nov. 8

Live Video Stream:

Championship Results:

Los Alamos Road Construction Update: Oct. 27

on October 27, 2014 - 12:12pm



Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The contractor has closed Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central.

Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.

Directions starting from westbound Central:

  • Right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left

Running State Farm Agency A Safe Risk And Instant Business Education For Abe Dispennette

on October 27, 2014 - 12:07pm

Abe Dispennette

LAVA News:

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) has worked hard to support entrepreneurs who are trying to turn their ideas into viable businesses. The Los Alamos entrepreneurial community, however, also includes business owners who run successful franchises. Abe Dispennette, one such entrepreneur, owns and operates the State Farm Agency next to Violas at 1362 Trinity Dr.

“For aspiring entrepreneurs, Abe is a great success story,” said LAVA’s founder Nik Seet.

“I’m never going to think of the ‘Next Big Idea,’ but I am good at running a business,” said Dispennette,