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Pino Fire Underway in Jemez Ranger District

on August 14, 2014 - 1:01pm

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District. 

It is approximately one-half acre in size on a spur ridge. The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours. 

No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited. As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  

The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit. 

LANL: Public Comment Invited for Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:49pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan is available year-round for comments.

LANL reviews the Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan, if needed, in August to include necessary changes and comments received during the year. LANL welcomes public comment, which may be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations

Community and Historical Society Discuss Third Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:36pm

Swimming at the cistern at Anchor Ranch ca. 1945: GIs Charles Graf and Burt Lutz with Stella and Josephine (last names unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

As the drama continues in WGN’s new series, Manhattan, there was another great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the third episode. 

Manhattan presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

TORGV Registration Is Open

on August 14, 2014 - 11:30am


The Tour of the Rio Grande Valley (TORGV) ride is Sunday, Sept. 14. 

Registration is $60, ($15 late fee after Sept. 3--$75 total) and includes the ride with maps, rest stops, sag support, TORGV T-shirt and other goodies. Riders may register online until Sept. 12. Riders are welcome to register day of event (cash and check only).

TORGV was started by the Albuquerque Wheelmen in the 1970’s and ran for more than 20 years.

At its height, TORGV attracted thousands of riders and was the premier bicycle tour in New Mexico.

Don't Cook Tonight ... On Tap! is at Blue Window Bistro

on August 14, 2014 - 11:08am

Don't cook dinner tonight! Fuller Lodge Art Center has much better plans in store for Los Alamos. 'It's our turn to host On Tap! 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro with guest speaker Laurie Tomlinson with the Los Alamos Light Opera. Listen as she talks about LALO's newest production Broadway on the Hill. Courtesy photo

School is Back in Session!

on August 14, 2014 - 10:18am

Aimee Morrison is Piñon Elementary School's favorite crossing guard. Her smiling face and happy waves have greeted students and parents for several years at the Sherwood/Grand Canyon intersection. She enjoys wearing silly hats for the kids, and today's hat says, 'Welcome Back!' in honor of the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year. Photo by April Nolan

Aroma of Roasting Chili, Guitar Music, Fresh Bread and Vegetables Fills Farmers Market

on August 14, 2014 - 9:55am

A delicious aroma wafts through the Farmers Market this morning as Matt Romero roasts fresh picked chili from Romero's Farm in the Mesa Public Library parking lot near Fuller Lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/

Music fills the air this morning at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/

Fresh bread on sale at today's Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/

Colorful vegetables. Photo by Chris Clark/

Lots of shoppers. Photo by Chris Clark/

Guy Forsyth and the Hot Nut Riveters at Del Norte Credit Union Friday

on August 14, 2014 - 9:11am
Summer Concert Series Producer

Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.15, is at Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Dr. We’re calling the evening “Co-op Night” and we thank DNCU, Zia Credit Union, LA Schools Credit Union, LA Co-op Market and the Espanola Community Market for their support of the Series and support of our town.

Friday’s concert is free of charge, thanks to our sponsors. Bring your own chairs.

The music Friday will be by the great Guy Forsyth and his new band, the Hot Nut Riveters from Austin, Texas.


Los Alamos Pianist Juanita Madland Competes in Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest

on August 14, 2014 - 9:03am
Juanita Madland at the piano. File photo


Local piano virtuoso Juanita Madland is competing in the Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest. The winner will be awarded automatic entry into the seventh International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2016.

Competitors submitted a performance video of 5-10 minutes in length and the winner will be determined by public voting online.

To see and vote for Madland’s video entry or for the videos of other contestants, click here. Voting continues through Firday.


School Board Seeks Candidates For Vacant Seat

on August 14, 2014 - 8:29am

Los Alamos School Board from left, President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Jim Hall, Secretary Matt Williams, Vice President Kevin Honnell and David Foster who recently resigned. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The August meeting of the Los Alamos School Board was Tuesday at the Administration Building Conference Room.

The meeting opened with a short recognition ceremony for David Foster who is leaving the School Board. Foster represented District 3. He is moving from Los Alamos. School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie thanked Foster for his service to the District.


Los Alamos Co+op Market Community Event Packed With Festivities This Weekend!

on August 14, 2014 - 8:07am


CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is trying something new this weekend, Aug. 16- and 17, its first Truckload Sale featuring deep discounts for everyone, two consecutive Co+op Member Appreciation Days, activities for all ages, and organic roasted chile.

The Co+op will have activities for all ages this weekend:

  • Bouncy House, donated by Little Forest Playschool, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Live music by local guitarist Matt Tapia 5-6 p.m.
  • Scavenger Hunts for all ages – self guided
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy face painting by Son-shine Art noon to 2 p.m.
  • Other

Meet PEEC Volunteer Teralene Foxx

on August 14, 2014 - 7:56am
Teralene (Terry) Foxx
PEEC Featured Volunteer

Teralene (Terry) Foxx is well-known around town as a fire specialist, author, storyteller, teacher, Living Treasure and volunteer. She has volunteered at PEEC for many years and in different capacities, most recently serving as board president for the past 19 months.

In that role, Foxx took PEEC from a mostly-volunteer organization, to hiring several part-time, paid staff members. She also oversaw the initiative to establish the Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and PEEC.


Juniors and Seniors Invited to 'College Search 101'

on August 14, 2014 - 7:34am
Louise O’Brien and Joanna Gillespie from the LAPS Foundation meet with Connie Goettee from the LAHS Career Resource Center to plan 'College Search 101.' Photo by Morrie Pongratz 


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has partnered with Connie Goettee from the Los Alamos High School Career Resource Center to present “College Search 101” at 6 p.m., Friday in the Lower Commons at LAHS.

The Foundation has recruited a dozen recent grads to share their college search experience with current juniors and seniors.


Talk on Climbing the Adriatic at Mountaineers Meeting Aug. 20

on August 14, 2014 - 7:25am
Laura Heerschap rock climbing in the Adriatic will speak about her experiences Aug. 20 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/Laura Heerschap


Live to work or work to live? That’s a question that some of us will be left pondering after the August presentation at the Los Alamos Mountaineers Meeting.

The monthly meeting of the LA Mountaineers is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20  at Fuller Lodge. The meeting starts with refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming LAM-sponsored trips, a “safety minute” courtesy of one of the members, and a feature presentation.

This month, Lauren Heerschap

LALT Presents Play Reading at Urban Park Sunday

on August 14, 2014 - 7:10am


How the Hen House Turns: Chickens Can Learn

on August 14, 2014 - 7:02am
How the Hen House Turns
Chickens Can Learn
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In earlier columns, we’ve talked about the importance of routine in animal care. Repetition also counts. It’s hard to tell if a duck understands that they may not go out of the pen, but repeating the same simple phrase may help, along with body language to go with the verbiage. How much is actually learned?

It’s quite clear that the ducks know how to ask me to dig for worms with the trowel. They’ve got me well trained with a quiet “Mack mack” and their close approach.

Young Eagles Flight Rally Lifts Off Saturday

on August 14, 2014 - 6:55am

Pilot Jeff Scott takes to the skies from Los Alamos in his Cub. Scott is one of many pilots volunteering their time and planes for Young Eagle Rally flights this Saturday. Courtesy photo


When the weather fails on you, fly, fly again.

This Saturday, Jeff Scott, past chapter president of the local EAA program and ardent Young Eagle supporter, will help the youth of the community take to the skies once again.

After the Young Eagle event was postponed due to bad weather earlier this summer, plans were already in the making to reschedule.

The Experiemental Aircraft

Column: I Love the Co+op Because …

on August 13, 2014 - 8:37pm

Los Alamos Co+op Market Board of Directors welcome newest member Megan Green. From left, Cecile Hemez, Karen Kendall, Consuelo Montoya, Merry McIntyre, Megan Green, David Fellenz, Tracy McFarland and Ed Santiago. Not pictured Kathy Gursky. Photo by Steve Watts

I Love the Co+op Because …

Co+op board treasurer
Your Los Alamos Co+op Market Board has been having a busy and fun summer attending Gordon’s concerts to meet folks and talk about the Co+op.
We’ve been asking people at the concerts to write on our white board and finish the sentence “I love our Co+op

LAPS Staff Welcomed Back at All-hands Breakfast

on August 13, 2014 - 12:24pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, chats with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at the LAPS Staff Breakfast Tuesday at Los Alamos High School. McMillan made a surprise appearance at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Gene Schmidt and School Board members Matt Williams, Kevin Honnell and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie on stage at Tuesday's Welcome Breakfast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Mathew Schmidt of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union and Joanna Gillespie of the LAPS Foundation show off an image of the new credit card available from

This Week at the Reel Deal

on August 13, 2014 - 12:18pm
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening The Giver.  Into the Storm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy (great film!) will hold for another week. Lucy will end Thursday.

I did see Into the Storm and despite poor review, I enjoyed the film. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Next week on Aug. 22, we are confirmed to open The Hundred Foot Journey and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. That leaves two remaining screens. If Guardians is still doing well, we will have to hold it another week and choose between When the Game Stands Tall

'The Other Son' Explores Destiny and Fate

on August 13, 2014 - 12:17pm

Movie poster of 'The Other Son.' Courtesy/


Immediately upon birth, most of us inherit a culture, race, religion and economic status. We go home to a large house in a modern city or a shack in an occupied territory. Freedom might belong to us, or it might not. Everything that makes us “us” starts from these facts, over which we have no control.

In other words, who we are depends on who we are born as. So what happens if we are switched at birth? Who are we then?

Alert: Elevated Potential For Flash Flooding

on August 13, 2014 - 12:11pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports an upper level disturbance will track slowly eastward over New Mexico today through Thursday. Abundant moisture in place and strong forcing for vertical ascent will result in widespread showers and thunderstorms, many with heavy rain.

Key Impacts:

  • Stronger storms will produce torrential downpours with rain at rates near 2 inches per hour;
  • The potential for flash flooding will be elevated in several urban areas that have experienced flooding, as well as near wildfire burn scar areas;
  • Models forecast a broad cluster of storms to

State Police Launch Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across New Mexico

on August 13, 2014 - 11:43am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scams

on August 13, 2014 - 11:00am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.

"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Solo Traveler: Religion Again

on August 13, 2014 - 10:40am
Statue of the God of Chocolate: Mayans prayed to the God of Chocolate for a good harvest. Cocoa provided the nectar of the gods, plus the cocoa beans were used as currency. Theirs was a culture in which money literally did grow on trees. Photo by Sherry Hardage.
Solo Traveler: Religion Again

Several years ago, when I was traveling through the American South, I stopped at a reservoir and took a dip in the relatively cool waters. Afterwards, sitting in the shade of the only tree with grass under it, a woman walked past and asked if she could share the shade with me.