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Central Avenue Now Closed Between Post Office And 15th

on July 30, 2014 - 7:03pm


The recent significant rain has caused delays to the Central Avenue Improvements Project. In order to maintain the project schedule and increase safety along the section of Central Avenue currently under construction, a change to the traffic control plan was required.

Therefore, effective at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Central Avenue between the Post Office entrance and 15th Street has been fully closed and will remain closed for the next 4-6 weeks.
Access to the Post Office will be maintained and a pedestrian crossing will be located near Starbucks.

LANL: The Real History of Los Alamos During the Manhattan Project

on July 30, 2014 - 11:24am

LANL Historian and Historic Buildings Manager Ellen McGehee presents a talk here. PrintScreen/LADP

View historic details about the Manhattan Project here. PrintScreen/LADP

LANL News:

Recently there’s been a lot of chatter about the fictionalized history of the Manhattan Project. But what about the real history? What did Los Alamos really look like during the Manhattan Project?

The Manhattan Project laboratory constructed at Los Alamos, New Mexico, beginning in 1943, was intended from the start to be temporary and to go up with amazing speed.

Council Declares Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 'Alex Kirk Day'

on July 30, 2014 - 10:17am

The long and the short of it is that Tuesday night on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presented a proclamation to athlete Alex Kirk declaring Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as 'Alex Kirk Day' in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos High School graduate and former Lobos basketball star Alex Kirk thanks County Councilors Tuesday night after they declared Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as 'Alex Kirk Day' in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday evening declaring Saturday, Aug.

Why See a Nurse Practitioner?

on July 30, 2014 - 9:14am

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are caring and competent primary health care providers.

A graduate degree and licensure are required for entry-level practice. We are registered nurses prepared with advanced education and clinical courses designed to teach specialized content and clinical competencies relevant to primary care.

Essentially, NPs are licensed, independent providers with a blend of medical and nursing preparation. This blend uniquely prepares NPs to provide the patient-centered care that is central to meeting the primary care needs of our patients.

Los Alamos Swimmers Compete in California

on July 30, 2014 - 9:11am

Kaan Unal, Sydney Schoonover, Jennifer Barich-Mooday and Sarah Lott prepare to board the plane for California championship meet. Courtesy photo


Four swimmers from Los Alamos left Tuesday to compete in the 2014 Western Zone Senior Championship meet taking place in Clovis, Calif., through Sunday, Aug. 3. 

This meet has 128 teams participating from 13 western states including Hawaii and Alaska.

Today’s competition opens with the women’s 1500 meter free and the men’s 800 meter free swims, which both Sarah Lott and Kaan Unal of Los Alamos will be racing.


Herbal Wisdom: Botanicals for Pregnancy

on July 30, 2014 - 9:01am
Los Alamos

Pregnancy is a joyous and exciting time in a woman’s life.

During pregnancy, women may experience a variety of conditions and discomforts that can be effectively treated with botanical remedies. Safety is usually the number-one concern of women when it comes to choosing any remedy, whether an over-the-counter medicine for heartburn or an herbal cough remedy during a cold. 

There are many botanical remedies that are both safe and effective during pregnancy, and which can bring significant relief for a number of conditions and issues.

Mountaineers Present Specialty Class For Rock Climbers

on July 30, 2014 - 8:58am
A climber with the anchor she's built. Courtesy/LAM

LAM News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers announce a specialty course for rock climbers on building anchors, the protection that prevents gravity from making a climber's day a nightmare.

Zack Baker will lead the 2014 "REALLY Understanding Rock Climbing Anchors" class, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

The class is free to all graduates of the 2014 Climbing School and costs $20 for all other LAM members. If you are not already an LAM member, annual LAM dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.



Corrections Event Aimed at Ending DWI

on July 30, 2014 - 8:40am


Did you know there are nearly 500 people serving time in a New Mexico prison for a DWI? Of those 98 were convicted for vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

The New Mexico Corrections Department, in an effort to commit ourselves to ending DWI, has reached out to our brothers and sister in law enforcement and partners in private agencies for a statewide initiative.

Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Target Uptown, 2120 Louisiana Blvd NE (on the south side of the building, outdoors).

This event is held by New Mexico Corrections Department, along with other

Double Rainbow Shines Over American Legion Post 90 on Trinity Drive Tuesday

on July 30, 2014 - 8:25am

A double rainbow shines over the American Legion Post 90 on Trinity Drive late Tuesday. Photo by Diane Swan


Heinrich Statement on New VA Secretary

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Courtesy/Wikipedia



U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement July 29 after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

"Robert McDonald's military and private sector experience will help him provide the leadership and management needed at the VA. I am confident he will contribute to restoring accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs and also hire a well-qualified permanent director at the New Mexico VA Medical Center.

"Addressing the

New Mexico Majority Whip Tim Keller Selected CSG Toll Fellow

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

Sen. Tim Keller. Courtesy photo


Sen. Tim Keller, who serves as New Mexico’s majority whip, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

The 48-person class of 2014 Toll Fellows represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

“The Henry Toll

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital For Saving Our Small Dog

on July 30, 2014 - 8:21am
Los Alamos

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the doctors and staff at the Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, they all went above and beyond to save our smallest dog from a rattlesnake bite he received Sunday, July 20.

You guys are wonderful! We couldn't do without you. We are very grateful!


This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 30, 2014 - 8:20am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Guardians of the Galaxy, Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, and The Purge: Anarchy. Lucy, will hold for another week. Planes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Begin Again will end this Thursday

Movie Poster for 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Guardians of the Galaxy: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy.

GOP's Star Parker to Speak in Santa Fe Aug. 9

on July 30, 2014 - 8:19am

Star Parker. Courtesy photo


Star Parker is the honored guest speaker for the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s (SFFRW) Gala 6-10 p.m., Aug. 9 at the La Fonda Ballroom.

Parker is founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CSPAN and CBN.

When she commands the stage, it is hard to believe that for seven years she participated in robbery at gunpoint, defrauding the government welfare system, habitual drug use, and had multiple abortions. 

Parker is currently sought-after as a social policy consultant on

UNM-LA Schedule for GED and ESL Classes

on July 30, 2014 - 8:19am

UNM-LA News:

GED® schedule:

  • Session 1 – Mandatory Orientation for all new students is 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, Adult Learning Center Room B17 
  • Classwork begins 2-5 p.m., Aug. 19, 2-5 p.m.
  • Session 2 - Mandatory Orientation for all new students; 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, Adult Learning Center Room B17;
  • Classwork begins 2-5 p.m. Oct. 14.

GED® classes are free of charge.

Students under the age of 18, or who are 18 and enrolled in a public school, must have a completed Underage Form when they come to the orientation.

ESL schedule for Fall 2014:

  • High Beginning/Low Intermediate ESL –

How the Hen House Turns: Raising Chicks In House

on July 30, 2014 - 8:12am
How the Hen House Turns: Raising Chicks In House
Los Alamos

One spring, several years ago, my daughter and her husband, my granddaughter, and their niece, were coming to visit. I wanted them to experience new chicks, so I chose two at the feed store in time for their arrival.

The Hen House was ready for two more chickens, but it was too early for anyone to be setting. We had a fine time socializing the chicks. As usual,  the dogs assumed that they were supposed to guard them, as if they were new puppies in the pack.


'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design

on July 30, 2014 - 8:11am

NIST physicists Scott Diddams, left, and Scott Papp with a prototype atomic clock based on a chip-scale frequency comb. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.

The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies

Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday July 31

on July 30, 2014 - 8:11am


LAFM News:

This week - double tickets day! For every $5 spent in a booth, receive two tickets and double the chance to win in the next contest.

What’s at the market:

Shell peas, snow peas, salad mixes and a variety of head lettuces, basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, beets, beet greens, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, squash blossoms, ice tea, coffee vegetable starts, herb starts, tomato starts, cider snow cone, tea breads, scones, goat cheese spreads, butter, cow cheeses, turnips, garlic , onions, ungraded eggs, radishes, tarts, slinky, cinnamon buns, pizzas, muffins, pies, pot

Ninety-seven Golfers Raise Funds For BBBS

on July 30, 2014 - 8:06am


The Los Alamos Golf Couse hosted the third annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament in which 97 golfers participated.

Art Brown, Dawn Brown, Kelly Myers, Kenna Chavarria and the rest of the volunteers helped make this a successful tournament.

The team of Ian Maes, Mike Maes, Kay Linda Crawford and Chris Ortega shot a 20 under par 52 to win first place gross. The low net team consisting of Randy and Tanner Vaughn, Don Branch and James Merhege shot a 19 under 53 to take the prize.

Read all the results here.

Cutting Edge Breast Cancer Screening Comes to Santa Fe

on July 30, 2014 - 8:03am


According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue, and no compression is necessary.

Entry to WIPP Underground Facility Resumed

on July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

WIPP News:

Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.

Employees entered the underground facility July 18 to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams.

State of the Art Hotel Coming to Old Town Albuquerque

on July 30, 2014 - 7:59am


Plans have been finalized for a new multi-million dollar hotel in Old Town, Albuquerque, according to Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. 

The 118-room project will break ground by late fall with completion set for spring, 2016. The hotel will provide 100 new jobs in Albuquerque. The contemporary boutique hotel will be a contrast of ancient and modern elements. 

The property will be built adjacent to Hotel Albuquerque and will share Hotel Albuquerque’s pool, ballrooms and chapel.

Best-Selling Author John Sandford Joins Hillerman Conference

on July 30, 2014 - 7:56am

John Sanford. Courtesy photo

ARTS News:

Wordharvest is pleased to feature The New York Times best-selling author and Santa Fe resident John Sandford at the 10th annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in November.

Sandford is the author of 31 published novels, all of which have appeared in one format or another on The New York Times best-seller lists. His latest thriller, Field of Prey, was released this summer to stellar reviews. The Huffington Post calls it “one of his best,” and Booklist named it “another top notch thriller destined for best-seller lists.”

A Pulitzer Prize winning


School Board Holds Closed Session To Discuss Superintendent Candidates Aug. 5

on July 30, 2014 - 7:53am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a special school board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Conference Room A.

The agenda items for the meeting include a motion to go into a closed Executive Session to discuss perspective candidates for the position of superintendent and their qualifications for the superintendent position, per section 10-15-1-(H)(2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978.


Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship To Laura Dison

on July 30, 2014 - 7:45am

From left, Amy Perrault, mom, Laura Dison and Kiwanis President Karen Kendall. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Los Alamos High School student Laura Dison with a scholarship this past Tuesday.

Dison was recognized for her community service to Teen Court the past two years in serving as juror, attorney and judge as well as her participation in NJROTC and assisting with the monthly pancake breakfasts held at the Posse Lodge. 

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects.