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McQuiston: Am I Covered Driving A Friend's Car?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:05am
The Jemez Agency

I’m borrowing my friend’s car … am I covered?

Most people have an idea of what’s covered and not covered under their various insurance policies. But at The Jemez Agency we get a lot of questions about borrowing or loaning a car.

Now that summer is in full swing and you might be looking to borrow your neighbor’s truck for a home-improvement project or a trip to the local landfill, we thought it was a great time to provide a little more information.

Generally, insurance coverage follows the vehicle rather than the driver.

In And Around Town: Aug. 25

on August 25, 2016 - 10:05am
Authors Speak with Rosanne Roberts Archuletta and Phil Archuletta
The public is invited to meet Rosanne Roberts Archuletta and Phil Archuletta at the monthly Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda. The Archulettas’ book “Women Marked for History” profiles the lives of women who are commemorated on New Mexico’s Historic Markers.
FRIDAY Aug. 26
Summer Concert Series - David Luning
7 p.m.

Kerr: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:04am

Los Alamos

A Good Question: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

One answer: I don’t need to go to church and I need that time to get ready for the coming week. I am a very busy person and I need that time to relax and take care of projects around the house.

Another answer: Church people are hypocritical and don’t live up to their standards. I can teach my own children about morals and right and wrong. As I find time.

And another answer: What’s the sense if GOD is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful why does he allow mayhem, sickness, poverty and war?

Bjorklund And Wallstrom Tie For Top Predictor

on August 25, 2016 - 9:58am
Lynn Bjorklund and Sarah Wallstrom tied for top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runners weekly Pace Race with a 33 second differential held off Canyon Road on the trail behind PEEC and the Aquatic Center. 
Other accurate predictors include: 
  • Duane Marr at 45 seconds off;
  • Nikol Strother recording a 52 second difference; and
  • Marjorie Keilers with a 60 second differential.
On the 1 mile course Nick Miller was the best finisher at 6:49 and Heather Hughes was the top female with a time of 11:25.
Ted Romero was first in the 5K race recording a 25:24 and Roxana

NMDOT Unveils Powerful Ad To Combat Drunk Driving

on August 25, 2016 - 9:50am


ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church and Department of Public Safety Secretary Scott Weaver will unveil a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving and announce New Mexico’s participation in a nationwide effort to crackdown on drunk driving through Labor Day.

They will unveil the new ad at 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Police District 5 Office in Albuquerque.

Luján’s Staff Holds Mobile Office In White Rock Today

on August 25, 2016 - 9:38am
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s staff is holding mobile office hours in the Third District this week including 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.
Mobile office hours provide constituents who may not have the means or time to travel to one of Luján’s six district offices greater access to the services offered.
Staff will be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services, and other federal

High-impact Innovations Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 25, 2016 - 8:48am

Pulak Nath, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, holds the Pulmonary Lung Model (PulMo). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Eight technologies offer breakthroughs in energy, computing, cybersecurity, health, materials and particle accelerators

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

Letter To The Editor: Kosiewicz Reply To Bowman Retort

on August 25, 2016 - 8:39am
Los Alamos

A few days before Charles Bowman wrote his retort to my letter, I asked the Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor to publish the correct gas composition of gases generated by radiolysis of cellulosics. The Post immediately corrected my online story to show the main gases were hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and lesser amounts of carbon monoxide, see Zerwekh (ref.1) and Kosiewicz (ref.2) cited below. Hereafter, I will just refer to them as ref. 1 and ref.2.

Bowman cites ref. 1 as showing radiolytic gas pressure doubling in one experiment in 21 days.

National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today!

on August 25, 2016 - 8:36am

Turret Arch and North Window are two of the massive stone arches at the Windows Section in Arches National Park Utah. Photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank

NPS News:

The National Park Service turns 100 years olds today and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs.

The National Park Service invites the nation to find a park and discover the national parks and programs in their own backyard.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Pete’s Dragon'

on August 25, 2016 - 7:50am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Pete’s Dragon” is a Disney live action movie that opened Aug. 12.
Like its predecessor, an animated feature in 1977, it features a 10-year-old lost boy and the (CGI-animated) furry dragon who protects him during the six years he’s in the deep forest. It is a family drama appropriate for elementary aged kids up through adults. Nobody dies, but there is some heartbreak, and scary situations for little kids. The movie opens with Pete in the back seat of his parents’ station wagon as they go on a camping adventure.
Five-year-old Pete is reading his

Humanist Lobby Group Releases Scorecard For US House Members On Church/State Separation

on August 25, 2016 - 7:45am
CFE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Freethought Equality, the 501(c)4 sister advocacy organization of the American Humanist Association, released its scorecard of the members of the US House of Representatives of the 114th Congress.

“It’s time for our US Representatives to listen to the concerns of the nonreligious community, especially now that the Pew Research Center is reporting that nearly a quarter of Americans do not identify as religious,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the Center for Freethought Equality.

Celebration Of Life For David Rust Aug. 27

on August 24, 2016 - 11:52pm


Celebration of Life:

The family of David Rust will be holding a celebration of his life on Saturday at 1 p.m., Aug. 27 at the Camp May Pavilion. All are welcome to attend this informal gathering. 


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 17 – Aug. 23, 2016

on August 24, 2016 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Aug. 17 at 12:41 p.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 17 at 2:24 p.m. / A 34-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked on La Paloma Drive.

The estimated loss is unknown.

Aug. 17 at 6:49 p.m.

NMPED Releases Annual School Grades

on August 24, 2016 - 4:42pm

LAPS News:

Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department released individual school grades. Here is information to keep in mind when reviewing the school grade reports.

First, the PED School Grades are primarily a measure of increases in state test scores. The school grades are not a reflection of overall student achievement or quality of teaching. 

Second, based upon PARCC test scores for the last two years, the Los Alamos Public Schools is the highest achieving district in the state.

Authors Speak: ‘Women Marked For History’ Thursday

on August 24, 2016 - 3:54pm
Courtesy photo


The public is invited to meet Rosanne Roberts Archuletta and Phil Archuletta at the monthly Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

The Archulettas’ book “Women Marked for History” profiles the lives of women who are commemorated on New Mexico’s Historic Markers.
The New Mexico Women’s Historical Marker Initiative, comprised of members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum, noted that of the more than 500 markers in New Mexico in 2004, only one featured a woman, and set about to remedy that.

Dist. 43 Candidate Stover Listens To Senior Concerns

on August 24, 2016 - 3:51pm

Senior residents gather with House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover recently to voice their views on a range of issues important to them. Courtesy photo
From left, Glen Lockhart, House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover and host Dorothy Crawford. Courtesy photo


Sharon Stover, Republican candidate for House Dist. 43 recently sat with a group of residents in White Rock to discuss issues of concern to the senior community.

Dorothy Crawford hosted the event. Topics included the new White Rock Senior Center, public transportation availability and senior housing options.


National Park Service Turns 100 Years Old: All Parks Are Free To Visit Aug. 25-28

on August 24, 2016 - 3:16pm

NPS News:
My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland. This Thursday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit Aug. 25-
28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.

Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.

Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or

Call For Submissions For The Friends Of The Shelter 2017 Calendar

on August 24, 2016 - 3:07pm
It’s Time to Celebrate our Shelter Alumni and We Need Your Help!
Friends of the Shelter is calling on pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal to submit a photo and short story to appear in our 2017 Shelter Alumni calendar.
Submissions are open for pets either adopted from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter or another shelter whose owners live or work in Los Alamos County. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year's calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year's calendar.

Arts In Public Places Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on August 24, 2016 - 3:06pm
The Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Room #110 Municipal Building. 
The meeting is open to the public.
I. Call to Order
II. Public Comment (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)
III. APP Board Business
A. Approval of Minutes from June 23, 2016
IV. Future Projects
A. Potential Artwork Donation offer from Scott Robertson (Carlsten)

Robot Electrocutes Invasive Lionfish In Coral Reefs

on August 24, 2016 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
RISE News:
A US non-profit company has designed an innovative method of controlling the spread of lionfish threatening to devastate fish stocks and coral reef ecosystems in warmer ocean waters.

Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) joined deep ocean research charity, Nekton, on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic to test a prototype being developed to operate remotely in deep water to locate and deliver a fatal electric shock to the invasive species.

Nekton’s research vessel was off the Bermudian coast conducting the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, a pioneering

NMVC: Pre-Special Session Negotiations Need To Be Open And Focused On Resources For Public Investment

on August 24, 2016 - 2:59pm
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Voices for Children issued the following statement from executive director James Jimenez regarding Gov. Susana Martinez’s agreement to call a special legislative session:
“Closed-door deals aren’t in the public’s interest. And quick ‘solutions’ that fail to promote long-term public investment don’t serve New Mexicans.
“For New Mexico’s communities to thrive, we need the resources for good schools, roads and other infrastructure, and safe neighborhoods.

‘Granite Mountain’ Filming At Urban Park Friday

on August 24, 2016 - 2:54pm


“GraniteMountain” is filming approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Urban Park. There will be no loud noises, stunts or special effects conducted as part of filming this scene.

“Granite Mountain” has obtained a permit to reserve all Urban Park facilities, including the pavilion, all fields (soccer/baseball), courts (basketball, volleyball, tennis) and parking spaces connected to the park. The production will block off and sign areas not accessible to the public during filming.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 through 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.

Open House At Chamisa Tonight

on August 24, 2016 - 12:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools open houses begin tonight at 5-7 p.m. at Chamisa. (visit for other school dates.) Topics of discussion include the following:

Emergency and Weather-related Communications – LAPS is Using “School Messenger”

School Messenger replaces E-Alert as our new Parent Communication System.

Parents or grandparents DO NOT need to sign up for School Messenger – phone numbers and email addresses are pulled from the information you submitted at registration.

School Messenger extends the ability to communicate with parents and students about

Hilltopper Football 2016 Season Opens 7 p.m. Friday!

on August 24, 2016 - 8:52am
LAHS Booster Cclub

Here we go again! A welcome back to Hilltopper Football and the 2016 Season!

We are poised for an exciting year! This season’s team will push hard toward that district title and birth to state that eluded us by one game last season. That push will be made through the experience of 10 returning seniors, six returning starters on offense and seven returning starters on defense.

Leading our offense this year will be Senior All-District Quarterback Nick Quartieri and a solid offensive line returning four of five starters.


Summit Garden Club Fall Plant Sale Sept. 10

on August 24, 2016 - 8:43am

Summit Garden Club President Shelby Redondo displays a few of the plants for sale at the Sept. 10 event at PEEC.  Photo by Nancy Nunnelley 


Here's some good news for anyone in need of more plants for their home or garden or who just can’t pass up a good bargain, especially when it involves plants. Summit Garden Club is holding a plant sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

More than 300 landscape garden and indoor plants will be available for sale, in 2-inch to 1-gallon containers, some even in 5-gallon containers.