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Acting EM Manager Christine Gelles Blazes New Trail

on August 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
Acting Manager Christine Gelles of the EM field office in Los Alamos at Wednesday's ETEBA meeting in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Christine Gelles will not forget Valentine’s Day, Feb.14, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

“I had already had a really bad restaurant experience that day and then all of these reports came in,” she recalled 16 months later. “Life has been strange since then,”

That was the evening a barrel of plutonium waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory erupted at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the underground

As One Door Closes, Another Opens: Los Alamos Teen Center Moves Into New Facility Next Week

on August 15, 2015 - 2:15pm

Los Alamos Teen Center Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director Gearge Marsden gleefully accept keys Monday to the new Teen Center. Courtesy photo


By SYLVAN ARGO, Director
Los Alamos Teen Center

LATC Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director Gearge Marsden jump for joy Monday when receiving the keys to the new Teen Center. Courtesy photo

Life is full of transition, changes, and new experiences that offer opportunities for growth.

LAFD Ceremony Honors Promoted; Retiring Firefighters

on August 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes welcomes family, friends and community members and delivers opening remarks at Friday's promotional and retirement ceremony at fire station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Chris Clark/
Fire Chief Troy Hughes recognizes newly promoted firefighters, from left, Joe DeFranco, Ray Gandara and Larry Roybal. Photo by Chris Clark/
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider addresses the audience. Photo by Chris Clark/
Larry Roybal's son pins a promotional badge on his dad's uniform. Photo by Chris Clark/

Robert Gibson Presents 'Powering Los Alamos Into The Mid-21st Century...' At GOP Meeting Thursday

on August 15, 2015 - 2:13pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230.

Guest speaker is Robert Gibson will present "Powering Los Alamos into the Mid-21st Century: Our Energy Uses, Sources, and Emissions."  

The public is invited to hear Gibson's presentation, which is followed by a short break before the Central Committee business meeting. For further information, contact Bill McKerley at 505.672.1067. 

20th Street And Trinity Drive Parking Lot Reopens

on August 15, 2015 - 1:34pm


The 20th Street and Trinity Drive parking lot is now open.

The reconstruction of the parking lot was completed as part of the Los Alamos Teen Center remodel of the Community Building on 20th Street. Work in the parking lot included full depth reconstruction of the parking lot as well as a new layout.

Vehicular access to/from the new parking lot is at 20th Street. The United Stated Post Office mailboxes and UPS drop box temporarily relocated to Deacon Street during construction are back at the center of the 20th/Trinity parking lot.

The Los Alamos County thanks the public for

Pet Of The Week: Harry The Cat

on August 15, 2015 - 1:22pm

Harry has his hopes up that someone will adopt him soon. Courtesy/LAC


Harry is a friendly, 6-month-old, neutered male kitten recently surrendered by his adoptive family for family reasons. 

He is well adjusted, fostered from birth by shelter volunteers, and is a wonderful companion. Hurry down to see Harry—he won’t be at the shelter for long!

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: Adventures With Animals

on August 15, 2015 - 11:18am
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

It's been a busy summer and I've had a short vacation from writing my column. However, I have been extremely "jewelry" busy in the last two months.

Two weeks ago was the 3rd annual Santa Fe Opera costume assistants shopping party at Mrs. Beadsley. It was a lot of fun as usual.

A month ago my hubby and I took a road trip through Colorado. I did some treasure hunting in every small town we passed through.

Free Events Focus On Overcoming Trauma

on August 15, 2015 - 11:14am

Adonata Pyaga


Adonata Pyaga will present four free events at San Ildefonso Pueblo on overcoming trauma.

“Did you know there is a distinct brain state that forms during the experience of an emotionally upsetting event?” Pyaga said. “Cognitive approaches to your mental well-being, that is thinking or talking about your upset in a positive light, are not enough to bring quick and lasting relief. If you are weighed down by changing moods, physical stress symptoms, poor concentration and more, you will enjoy learning more!”

Highlights of Pyaga's events include:

  • Overview of

SFI Holds Two-Night Lecture Sept. 15-16

on August 15, 2015 - 8:39am
Jennifer Dunne, ecologist
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds two lectures, "The Web of Life and the Ecological Human" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15-16 at the James A. Little Theater (1060 Cerrilos Road). 
Life has a hidden order. In two lectures over two nights, ecologist Jennifer Dunne will reveal surprising characteristics shared by ecosystems in radically different environments, comprising different species, and in different time periods.
By highlighting patterns in the architecture of how species, including humans, interact, she reveals new ways

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces Volunteers Of Year

on August 15, 2015 - 8:37am
Ed and Juan hold up their art project. Courtesy photo
BBBS News:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Alamos Rio Arriba recently announced their Big Brothers and Big Sister of the year for 2014.
The winning volunteers were recognized at the 4th annual Drive for Matches Golf Tournament awards dinner. The tournament and awards dinner were July 18 in Los Alamos with the Bigs of the Year being presented plaques by Regional Director Dawn Brown of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.
Los Alamos School Based Big Brother of the Year
Big: Edward Jacquez
Little: Juan
Ed and Juan meet

Scenes From Tonight's Summer Concert At Ashley Pond

on August 14, 2015 - 10:55pm

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband from Utah is tonight's energizing entertainment at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Music draws out the dancers. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Nightfall blankets the concert as crowd cheers for more. Photo by Judith F. Stauber

Large crowd gathers at Ashley Pond Park to hear Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. Photo by Judith F. Stauber

Letter To The Editor: It's Important To Always Remember End Of WWII

on August 14, 2015 - 10:26pm
Los Alamos

Having worked in the field of Los Alamos history for a decade, I have never had a fear that our history would be lost or forgotten. It’s too important, it affected too many people, and WWII was the greatest tragedy in history. There’s no way it can ever be disregarded, I thought. Until today.

World War II ended on Aug. 14, 1945 (in the U.S., Aug. 15 on the other side of the international dateline). The end of WWII meant millions of American “boys” would return home and be reunited with their families. It meant Europe and Asia could begin, with U.S.


Ryan Shupe And The Rubberband At Pond Tonight

on August 14, 2015 - 6:46pm

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. Courtesy photo


Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband play a free Summer Concert Series gig at 7 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond.  

“Ryan outplays the Devil,” promoter Russ Gordon said. “Expect bluegrass, rock and a little country thrown in. Ryan's been touring since he was 10 years old. He is a born entertainer.”

Tonight’s concert will be First National Santa Fe/ Los Alamos night. Check out Ryan Shupe at

The Red Elvises play at 7 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 21 at Ashley Pond. Check them out at

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Reads With Chamisa First Graders

on August 14, 2015 - 5:37pm
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez visited Chamisa Elementary School first graders this morning. After sharing the cowboy alphabet book 'B Is For Buckeroo,' by written by Louise D. and Gleaves Whitney and illustrated by Susan Guy, with the first graders, each children received a hardcover copy of the book from Sanchez as part of the 'New Mexico Reads to Lead' initiative, which promotes early reading. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, seated, Chamisa staff, guests and first graders listen intently as Lt. Gov.

Los Alamos Post Office Officially Placed On National Register Of Historic Places

on August 14, 2015 - 11:23am

Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Chair Mark Rayburn of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board just announced that the Los Alamos Post Office has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"I just received great news from Steven Moffson from the Santa Fe State Historic Preservation Office this morning, and also received the 33-page document making it official that the Los Alamos Post Office has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places," Rayburn said.

Planning for a communitywide

Governor Announces Long-Term Impact Review Team to Monitor EPA-Caused Spill In Animas River

on August 14, 2015 - 11:11am

Effects of the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River flowing through Aztec last week. Photo by Randy Foster


FARMINGTON — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the creation of a multiagency, long-term impact review team to monitor the effects of the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

After touring the spill by helicopter for the second time in less than a week, the Governor made the announcement with cabinet secretaries and directors of the New Mexico Departments of Agriculture, Environment,

Conditions Are Perfect For UNM-LA Mushroom Hike

on August 14, 2015 - 11:01am

Boletes mushrooms. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The recent rains have made local mountainsides green, wildflowers dot the mesa tops, and the wild mushrooms abundant if one knows where to look.

That’s why UNM-LA Community Education is excited to offer a mushroom hike 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Experienced mushroom forager Thomas Peña is leading the hike.

“This year’s precipitation is going to be a real boon for the mushrooms,” Peña said. “Normally, the area where we hike is quite green and lush, but this should be a banner year.”

This one-day outing will have students hiking in

Central Park Square Has Become 'The Place To Be'

on August 14, 2015 - 10:02am

Crowds have been gathering all summer in Central Park Square as seen Thursday with a packed house inside the Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op that spills onto the patio. CPS Owner Philip Kunsberg has been strategic in the types of businesses he is attracting including Unquarked, The Wine Room and Rigoberto's Mexican Restaurant. Live music is now heard coming from the bandstand outside the beer co-op and large metal sculptures by Los Alamos artist Richard Swenson and loaned pieces from the Shidoni Gallery add visual interest throughout Central Park Square.

Wildflower Walk With Chick Keller Aug. 17

on August 14, 2015 - 9:07am

Los Alamos wildflower. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

With the continued rain, we’ve been having lately, beautiful wildflowers abound. Join PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for a Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 to discover what some of them are and where they can be found.

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, and the group will carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Mr. Holmes'

on August 14, 2015 - 9:05am
Los Alamos

“Mr. Holmes” may have left the local theater, but he will live on in the hearts of those who saw this film. We know Sherlock Holmes stories enough to know he is one who values reason, logic and true facts above all else. In this film, emotion, compassion and companionable friends find their place in his life, as well.

Ian McKellan expertly plays a 93-year-old Holmes (as well as a 63 year old Holmes). Laura Linney so inhabits the character and Irish accent of his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, that we don’t recognize the actress in her first scenes.

Experts Present ‘Coyotes In Our Midst’ At Nature Center

on August 14, 2015 - 9:03am
A coyote spotted in Corrales. Photo by Project Coyote

PEEC News:

From deserts to mountains, coyotes are one of the most adaptable species in New Mexico. However, not everyone welcomes the resilience of this local predator.

To learn more about this canine, meet New Mexico Project Coyote representative, Judy Paulsen, and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board Wildlife Biologist Dave Parsons, as they speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, about the challenges and opportunities coyotes provide to both urban and rural communities.

This presentation reveals the

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Visualizing Nature With Art

on August 14, 2015 - 8:28am
Maple leaf. Courtesy photo
Maple leaf painting by Cathy Hillegas. Courtesy image
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Visualizing Nature with Art
The natural world can be visualized with a digital technology in a variety of ways.
A digital photograph may have its contrast, spectrum, or color saturation manipulated to create a more interesting image or emphasize some characteristic. The maple leaf photograph is an example of this.
The leaf is lit from behind in order to emphasize the rib pattern in it.

Spaces Available At Final Two White Rock Artist Markets

on August 14, 2015 - 8:18am
Artist Market outside the White Rock Visitor Center. Courtesy photo

ART News:

White Rock Artist Market has space available for its two remaining outdoor Artist Markets, Labor Day weekend Saturday Sept. 5, and the final market for the season Balloon Fiesta Saturday Oct 3. 

Local artists and artisans are encouraged to sell at the market. On average 400-600 visitors go through the White Rock Visitor Center each day in conjunction with the shuttle going to and from Bandelier National Monument. 

The White Rock Artist Market is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MOWW Guest Speaker Stephen Younger Aug. 18

on August 14, 2015 - 8:12am
MOWW News:
This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is 6 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 18, in the Los Alamos Research Park, 2nd floor conference room. 
The Los Alamos Research Park building is west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez Road.)
Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east

JJAB Meets At Pajarito Cliffs Site Aug. 19

on August 14, 2015 - 7:52am
JJAB News:
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.
Debra Bryant will speak about Stand Up for Kindness: from Bystander to Upstander, a bullying prevention initiative.
The public is welcome to attend.