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Luján Joins Effort to Limit Money in Politics

on July 17, 2014 - 8:57am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced July 15 that he has joined in an effort to limit money in politics by introducing an amendment to the United States Constitution.

The constitutional amendment would overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC in an effort to reduce the growing influence of money in the political system. The constitutional amendment is the companion to the amendment introduced in the Senate by Sen.

‘Slowgirl’ at Santa Fe's WH 21 Aug. 2-3, 9-10

on July 17, 2014 - 8:51am
'Slowgirl' author Greg Pierce. Courtesy photo
WH 21 News:
A new play written by Greg Pierce and directed by Janet Davidson with Tatyana Stavrowsky and Chris Dempsy will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 2 and 9 and 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 and 10 at the WH 21, 1641 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
The new play, which opened at Lincoln Center in 2012 with former "CSI" actor William Peterson, brings fresh eyes to the problem of bullying. The play tells the story of Becky, who is sent to Costa Rica to hide out with her recluse Uncle Sterling after a horrific accident.

Bear Entertains Neighbors In Western Area

on July 17, 2014 - 8:47am

A young bear entertained the neighbors on upper Fairway and 47th Street Sunday evening. Photo by Inez Ross

Photo by Inez Ross

Photo by Inez Ross


How the Hen House Turns: Listening and Body Language

on July 17, 2014 - 8:05am
How the Hen House Turns: Listening and Body Language
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Los Alamos

The bottom line lesson for conversing with birds--and dogs also, I suspect--is to repeat simple word phrases in context, add a simple motion with arms or hands, and note any response.

An example from the Hen House—at dusk, I enter the pen saying “Time to go sleeping,” then I say it again with an arm motion toward the Hen House or nest box, wherever those particular birds usually sleep.

In winter the phrase is, “It’s cold.


Houser Centennial Tribute Showcases Monumental Works by Sculptor and Devotees

on July 17, 2014 - 7:57am

Allan Houser. CourtesyMIAC

MIAC News:

Internationally collected and admired sculptor, painter, and teacher Allan Houser (1914-1994), is back in the Santa Fe spotlight in a major way this summer on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Beginning Aug.


Heinrich on Confirmation of Norman Bay to FERC

on July 17, 2014 - 7:48am


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting to confirm Norman C. Bay to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Bay was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 45. The president is expected to designate him to be chairman of FERC next year.

Heinrich spoke on the Senate floor in support of Bay's nomination:

"Norman Bay is an outstanding public servant with extensive experience to address our energy challenges in New Mexico and around the nation.

Udall Expresses Disappointment in GOP Filibuster Over Hobby Lobby Decision

on July 17, 2014 - 7:42am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., expressed disappointment Wednesday, after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to restore women's access to contraceptive health care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby.

The court ruled that closely held corporations may deny coverage for certain forms of birth control if members of the board object on religious grounds.

The filibuster of the Not My Boss's Business Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Senate from considering a measure to restore the contraceptive

Expansion of WIC Reimbursements to Include Farm Food Stands

on July 17, 2014 - 7:28am

Gov. Susana Martinez

WIC News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s successful expansion of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits to include reimbursement for any authorized farmer food roadside stand selling fresh, local produce.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for women, infants, and children, which helps more kids and families get the nutritious food they need to eat and live healthier. The program also includes Senior Dollars, a supplemental food program for low-income seniors.

“Our New Mexico farmers grow some of the highest-quality produce in the

LANB Wins 1st Place for Nine Consecutive Years in 'Best of Santa Fe' Award

on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently received recognition as Santa Fe’s preferred bank by the Santa Fe Reporter, during their 2014 “Best of Santa Fe” contest. This is the 9th consecutive year that LANB has been recognized by the local community for their exemplary service.

Los Alamos National Bank operates six full-service locations throughout northern New Mexico and supports a team of 360 employees. The bank sponsors more than 100 community events each year, and encourages LANB employees to engage locally.


Los Alamos Community Winds Presents Free Concert at Ashley Pond Wednesday, July 23

on July 16, 2014 - 7:01pm
The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Ashley Pond. Come bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a slice of Americana as LACW continues the tradition of the town band with a concert of light music and good, old-fashioned popular tunes. Photo by TK Thompson

Shoppers Descend On Smith's Marketplace Opening Day

on July 16, 2014 - 3:36pm
Smith's Marketplace sent in the clowns for Opening Day, much to the delight of local youngsters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Managers and staff rushed to keep up with the hundreds of shoppers thronging Smith's Marketplace this morning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Free samples were available all over the store. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Shoppers line up to check out. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Three generations of shoppers gather in the flower section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors to the new

Del Norte Credit Union Proclaimed 'Best of Santa Fe'

on July 16, 2014 - 3:31pm


  • The Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers Choose DNCU for Fourth Consecutive Year

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to be recognized as the 2nd Place winner for Best Bank/Credit Union in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2014 reader poll. This marks the fourth consecutive year that DNCU has been selected by Reporter readers for exemplary financial products and services.

“It is wonderful that the Santa Fe community has distinguished DNCU in this way,” says DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti.


Steven Fode Charged With Reckless Driving After Hitting Pedestrian in Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 16, 2014 - 2:23pm

Police at the scene of an accident today in which a driver ran into a pedestrian on Main Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Today at approximately 11:16 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square near the Los Alamos Post Office in reference to a vehicle vs pedestrian crash.

Steven Fode

Officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central Avenue to find an elderly woman laying in the roadway with apparent injuries.

LANL Reminder: Use Official Trails When Biking and Hiking

on July 16, 2014 - 1:36pm

Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure, left, and Ben Poff view a kiosk at an official trailhead to ensure they ride on an official trail. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Trails opened last year at TA-70 and TA-71 south of White Rock for recreational purposes may be closed if users continue to stray off of the official trails.

“We want people to use and enjoy these areas, but it’s important to stay on the designated trails to protect wildlife, archaeological sites and other trail users,” said Environmental Planner Dan Pava, chair of the Trails Working Group.


Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure and Ben Poff,

Driver Runs Into Woman Walking Near Central Avenue

on July 16, 2014 - 1:09pm

LAPD News:

Police arrested a male driver after he ran into a pedestrian on Main Street near Central Avenue near noon today.

Commander Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the driver ran into an elderly woman who was walking at the crosswalk. She has been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

The area is sectioned off with police tape while an investigation into the accident is conducted.

New Phone Number For Pharmacy in Smith's Marketplace

on July 16, 2014 - 12:56pm

New Smith's Marketplace Pharmacy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The pharmacy in the new Smith’s Marketplace store has a new phone number, and the old phone numbers are not forwarding correctly.

The new phone number is 505.661.2770.

Aquatic Center HVAC & Boiler Replacement Begins Mid-August

on July 16, 2014 - 12:27pm


The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will close to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 until mid-November for a project to replace the HVAC system and boilers. 

The project will begin Aug. 18 immediately after the 40th Annual Triathlon, when the Aquatic Center normally closes two weeks for annual maintenance. All of the affected groups have been informed of this closure as early as the fall of 2013.

The purpose of the project is to replace the pool boilers and HVAC system, which are at the end of their expected life and install more energy efficient systems.

The Aquatics Center

Hydrant Testing Underway Through October

on July 16, 2014 - 11:53am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County through October. 

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). 

LAFD firefighters and vehicles will be visible throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants

LAESF Announces Record $592,849 Raised For Scholarship Fund

on July 16, 2014 - 10:15am

Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), from left, Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer; Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office; and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs, at the beaker that tracked campaign results at the Los Alamos Post Office.

Smith's Marketplace Is Open For Business!

on July 16, 2014 - 9:06am

The doors to Smith's Marketplace are now open to the public following the 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony today. Local dignitaries such as Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, and Los Alamos County Chair Geoff Rodgers, second from left, attended a special pre-opening event Tuesday evening inside the new store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 16, 2014 - 8:57am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL    
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Planes: Fire and Rescue, Begin Again, and Jersey Boys. We will hold Planet of the Apes, and Tammy. Transformers,and Earth to Echo will end this Thursday.

We had planned on opening Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal this weekend but Sony gave us the run-around again and told us we didn't make the cut. Truthfully I don't know if it's a good film or not but now at least we have a chance to see how it opens and what the critics say. If it doesn't live up to the hoopla we won't show it.

We originally didn't make

Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk July 18

on July 16, 2014 - 8:52am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead another Wildflower Walk at 5:15 p.m., Friday, July 18.

The Wildflower Walks occur monthly and are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

Participants will receive a plant list.

YMCA Holds Wrestling Clinic July 28-Aug. 1

on July 16, 2014 - 8:49am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St., will hold a Wrestling Skills Clinic coached by Steve DiMarino 9-10:30 a.m., July 28 to Aug. 1, for children ages 5-12 (matched by ability).

The cost is $40 per child. Scholarships are available through the United Way of Northern New Mexico and YMCA Annual Strong Kids Campaign.

For more information, visit or call the Y at 505.662.3100.

Results of Border Wars Races Announced

on July 16, 2014 - 8:44am
Racers pose with their cars pose after the close of racing Sunday. Courtesy photo


The Northern New Mexico Radio Controlled Car Club has announced the results of  the races held Saturday and Sunday at the three-day Border Wars racing series.

The event attraced racers from four states to the Overlook Park Track in White Rock.

Find detailed race results here and more information about the club at and


Municipal Court to Close at Noon July 22-25

on July 16, 2014 - 8:41am
The Municipal Court will close at noon July 22-25 for Court Staff Professional Development.
For more information, call 505.662.8025.