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Due To Technical Difficulties Council Meeting Won't Be Broadcast Over PAC 8 On Cable TV Tonight

on November 25, 2014 - 1:53pm

Courtesy image


Due to technical difficulties, the County was not able to broadcast over PAC 8 during the last council meeting.

Since then, the County has have been investigating possible causes of the problem, working in cooperation with PAC 8, but have not been able to resolve it yet. The County IT Division will be running some additional tests this afternoon on the fiber connection, but it seems unlikely that it will be able to broadcast this evening’s Council meeting over PAC 8 on cable TV starting at 7 p.m. and thus wanted to alert the viewing audience.

This issue does

Los Amigos Christmas Tree Sales Begin Friday

on November 25, 2014 - 1:34pm

Christmas Trees go on sale Friday. Courtesy photo


Los Amigos is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve to offer Christmas Trees once again. All proceeds from the sale go to help projects on the Preserve including restoration of wetlands, roads, streams and recreation opportunities.

Trees will be sold 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas at the Valle Grande Staging area just off N.M.

LASG Competes At Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational

on November 25, 2014 - 1:15pm

LASG gymnast Addie Richie. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG gymnast Sarah Gardner. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG gymnast Kaeley Bustos. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG News:

The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics travelled to Rio Rancho Nov. 14-16 for the Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational where 300 gymnasts represented 12 teams from New Mexico.

Mia Nuckols won the Los Alamos all-around total of the day with a personal best of 35.40. Nuckols, who is a first year competitor, won gold in the younger bronze division of the Xcel competition. She also took gold on bars (9.10), beam (8.90) and vault (9.10).   

Letter to the Editor: Live Exponentially, Not!

on November 25, 2014 - 12:45pm
Los Alamos

A few months ago I wrote a letter about my disappointment in the proposal to re-brand Los Alamos with the high-falutin’ “Live Exponentially”; well, since the issue is still being pushed down our throats I’m writing again because I feel so strongly against it.

This idea, this plan to spend $250,000 of my  community’s funds in order to promote Los Alamos as an arrogant, elitist community is unacceptable.

First of all, it was only a few years ago that a significant amount of OUR money was spent in branding Los Alamos “Where Discoveries Are Made”, on surveys,


LAHS Participating In American Mathematics Competition

on November 25, 2014 - 12:04pm


LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams Tuesday, Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and Wednesday, Feb. 25 (“B” exam).

Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, Room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up, which begins now and goes through Thursday, Dec. 11.

The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.


County Installing Safety Railing Along Ashley Pond Boardwalk

on November 25, 2014 - 11:55am
County workers are installing safety railings along the boardwalk during the winter months at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/

After Ashley Pond Park re-opened last year, the County recognized the danger to the public on the boardwalks during inclement weather and installed temporary gates when bad weather was anticipated, in order to limit public access.

To resolve this issue, the plan was to fabricate railings to be installed this year that would provide safety, but yet allow the public to enjoy the boardwalks freely.

LAPS Cancellation/Delayed And Start/Early Dismissal

on November 25, 2014 - 11:29am

LAPS News:

As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours.

The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 a.m. so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner. 

When a decision to cancel, delay or dismiss school early is made, all of the major network television stations and local media will be contacted.

Scenes From Monday's Swearing In Ceremony Of New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief

on November 25, 2014 - 10:43am

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone welcomes those gathered in the Justice Center for the swearing in of his new deputy chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, center, by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados at left. Chief Sgambellone noted that the different segments of the community represented in the audience was reflective of Wardlow-Herrera's involvement throughout the community. Photo by Carol A.

Two Los Alamos Businesses Team Up To Talk Unique Travel Opportunities During Small Business Saturday

on November 25, 2014 - 10:42am
Two Los Alamos home-based businesses, Guanaco Adventures and Prime Passages Travel are teaming up Saturday to host a table at the Small Business Saturday home-based business fair taking place at 170 Central Park Square (next door to Quiznos). 
The business fair is a part of the overall Small Business Saturday events downtown. The two businesses will be available 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to share information about their travel offerings and meet people interested in future travel adventures. 
Guanaco Adventures specializes small group travel to Chilean Patagonia.

Food on the Hill: Thanksgiving Fun And Make-Ahead Gravy

on November 25, 2014 - 8:35am
Food on the Hill
Thanksgiving Fun And Make-Ahead Gravy
By Felicia Orth

Things Have Changed!

In the Midwest as a girl, my family of seven annually joined a few dozen others on my mom’s side in Aunt Dolores’ and Uncle Jim’s home.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents; and there were a few firm traditions: only married couples sat at the adults’ table, with the rest of us at the large kids’ table; the most recently married bride brought the carrots and celery sticks; dinner always began with a small plate upon which sat a thick slice of can-ribbed

LANL Employees Pledge $2.17 Million In 2015 Giving Campaign

on November 25, 2014 - 7:40am

LANL News:

  • More than 250 nonprofits, social service providers will benefit

The work of more than 250 community and social service organizations will benefit from the more than $2.17 million pledged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees to United Way and other nonprofits during the Laboratory’s 2015 Employee Giving Campaign.

“We are proud to help the many community focused non-profit organizations working hard to improve the lives of so many people in Northern New Mexico,” said Alan Bishop, Los Alamos’ principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering and this

Residents Encouraged To Run For Local School Board

on November 25, 2014 - 7:14am

LAPS News:

With the Dec. 16 sign up deadline for those interested in running for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board fast approaching, Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie is encouraging residents to consider applying.

“Get ready to serve your community,” Bjarke-McKenzie said. “There are many critical decisions the school system will be making including the selection of the next school superintendent. Serving on the School Board gives residents a voice in the future direction of the school system.”

Any resident of the District, who is a “qualified elector” (qualified to vote under the

Obituary: Gavin Vaughan March 14, 1931 – Nov. 14, 2014

on November 25, 2014 - 7:02am

Gavin Vaughan March 14, 1931 – Nov. 14, 2014

Gavin Vaughan, of Alvin, Texas, passed away at age 83, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Gavin dedicated his life to serving the Lord and had a great love for all people.

Gavin is survived by: three  children – Cullene Hobbs and husband Larry; Gavin Vaughan II and wife Shelby; and Debbe Vaughan; five grandchildren – Kevin Hobbs and wife Tara; Travis Hobbs and wife Shandar; Jena Polly and husband Scott; Cody Jones and wife Lynsey; Chelsae Haines and husband Matt; and five great-grand children – Keller Hobbs, Rylyn Hobbs, Reagan Haines, Kaiden Polly and


Unquarked The Wine Room Serves First Customers

on November 24, 2014 - 9:21pm

Unquarked The Wine Room opened its doors today at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. The new wine room will be open 2-9 p.m. Tuesday for those wishing to purchase their Thanksgiving wines and mingle with friends and family. Regular hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and for special events Sundays. A community-wide grand opening event is set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. The event includes live music 5-8 p.m., and appetizers created by local restaurants. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Terry Salazar, left, and Philip Kunsberg are the very first

Personal Account Of New Nature Center Tour

on November 24, 2014 - 12:11pm

A wall of windows as seen from Acid Canyon looking up at the new nature center. Photo by Laura Loy

Work continues on the new nature center. A wall of windows provides a stunning view of the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies that make up the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Laura Loy


A Wall of Windows
By Laura Loy

Last Friday, I approached the new Los Alamos Nature Center as I climbed out of Acid Canyon on the trail just shy of 10 a.m., when a group would assemble to tour the facility.

Though I was rushing to arrive on time to meet the group, I stopped for a moment to admire

Mountain Club Reopens For Swimmers

on November 24, 2014 - 11:34am

Swimmers competing. Courtesy photo


The Mountain Club is a member of USA Swimming.

The mission of the Club is to provide an opportunity for all ages to engage in physical fitness, proper conditioning, and recreational activity, to provide an environment for participant to effectively learn swimming skills and compete in organized swimming competitions, and to encourage young students to achieve the excellence in swimming as well as academics.

The Mountain Club is a relatively new swimming club in Los Alamos.

Pet of the Week: Azule The Blue Pitbull

on November 24, 2014 - 11:13am
Azule the blue pitbull hopes to find a home in time for Thanksgiving. Courtesy/FOS

Azule is a lovely blue pitbull spayed female who is ready for a home without cats. And she really means that!

Azule bonds particularly well with women and is reported to do well with gentle children. She is learning how to politely walk on a leash, and some of the Shelter volunteers have been teaching Azule clicker training, which she is picking up quickly.

She loves people and would love nothing more than to be someone's new best friend for ever!

To learn more about Azule, call her

Mountain Elementary Presents 'Pop Star For The Day' Awards

on November 24, 2014 - 10:55am
Mountain Elementary School first grade student, Savanna Strother, second from left, was a winner of 'Pop Star for the Day' Nov. 14. Her prize included leading the pledge in the morning and the announcements as well as performing a song during lunch. Strother decided to share her singing experience with a few of her friends and they sang 'Let It Go' from the movie 'Frozen.' After her performance, Strother was escorted to her pop star throne. She wants to be a rock star when she grows up and she is definitely on her way! From left, Sophie, Savanna Strother, Sydney and Brooke. Courtesy photo

White Rock's Debra Minyard Named New Mexico Teacher of the Year

on November 24, 2014 - 10:38am

Pojoaque School Board recognizes White Rock resident Debra Minyard as New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Joshua Minyard

White Rock resident Debra Minyard named New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Rhonda Evenhus


White Rock resident Debra Minyard has been recognized Nov. 12 as New Mexico Teacher of the Year by the Pojoaque School Board. Minyard is a music educator for Pojoaque High School and has been the band director since 2003.

"I take great take joy in working at Pojoaque,” Minyard said.


Udall Statement On DOD's Chuck Hagel Stepping Down

on November 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: 
“Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear leadership.

Yang: Can We Escape From Intergroup Dynamics?

on November 24, 2014 - 9:54am

Can We Escape From Intergroup Dynamics?
Los Alamos

Can We Escape From Intergroup Dynamics? – Only if you live a hermit life, but understanding and a little humility may help.  

Human beings are social animals -- some more so than others – but we all came to be as a result of at least one relationship. Further, the majority of us look for relationships or groups to provide some measure of satisfaction, along with frustration. Understanding how various group memberships impact us provides us some insight with which to better manage our group lives.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Awards C’YA Grant

on November 24, 2014 - 9:37am

Future Ph.Ds of Dixon: Dixon Elementary School students in Jeannie Cornelius’ class pose with the Sci Guy, Chad Lauritzen from C’YA. The local non-profit received grant from the LANL Foundation, which allows the science educator to buy supplies such as these safety glasses and lab coats and to teach fun free science at six elementary schools on his Fridays off from LANL. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has received its first grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

The $1,500 grant allows volunteer

WalletHub Study: New Mexico Has Third Biggest Spenders

on November 24, 2014 - 9:16am


WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network has issued an in-depth analysis of 2014’s States with the Biggest Spenders and ranks New Mexico as number three.

On the heels of its recent report on the Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals, the group sought to identify the states where Americans are spending the most cash. They did so by examining 10 key metrics such as personal spending on various categories, the number of cars per household, and auto and credit card debt.  

Spending in New Mexico (1=Biggest; 25=Average)

  • 3rd in Personal Expenditure on Food &

Governor To Recognize New Mexico True Heroes

on November 24, 2014 - 8:54am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Albuquerque at 2 p.m. today to recognize the extraordinary citizens being honored as New Mexico True Heroes.

Through a partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the New Mexico True Heroes program honors four New Mexicans who contribute to making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The Governor will recognize:

  • John Masterson, Roswell, is being recognized for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches

Letter to the Editor: Grateful To Community In This Season Of Thanks

on November 24, 2014 - 8:15am
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

Thank you all for your support. In this season of thanks, I want to acknowledge and thank our communities throughout New Mexico for the support provided so generously to our Girl Scouts. Girl Scouting in this community is successful due to the enthusiasm of our girls, dedication of parents, and the commitment of volunteers and support of communities throughout northern New Mexico.

Without you, our Girls Scouts would not have the opportunity to participate in this premier leadership organization for girls.

Girl Scouts are