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Food on the Hill: Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers

on July 22, 2014 - 7:41am
This Week's Recipe: Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers
Photo by Sue York/
8 strips bacon, cooked - save fat
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 1/2 slices white bread, crusts removed and torn into small pieces
1/4 cup milk1/4 cup of very finally chopped onion
1 1/3 pounds ground beef1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
1 cup chopped and very well drained roasted green chile
4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
Mix milk, bread and onions, until you make a paste.
Photo by Sue York/

Snow Is Best Predictor In Ski Hill Race

on July 22, 2014 - 7:35am
ACRR News:
Mary Snow was only 8 seconds off her predicted time in the July 15 Atomic City Road Runners' weekly pace race held on the trail across the road from the Pajarito Ski Lodge. 
Ted Romero has a 13 second differential and was also the fastest runner on the 3 mile course with a time of 23:33. Other top predictors were Paul Elkins at 33 seconds off and John Ullmann with a 43 second difference.
In the 3 mile race, the top female was Roxana Candia recording a 27:21. The top 2 mile trail participants were Melina Burnside with a time of 21:09 and

Los Alamos Aquatomics Place Third at State

on July 22, 2014 - 7:21am

Los Alamos Aquatomics team members and coaches. Courtesy/LAA

LAA News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics placed third out of 19 teams and second among boys at the New Mexico Swimming 10 & under Championship meet in Farmington July 19-20, 2014. 

The team, comprised of two eight & under girls, and eight 10 & under boys posted some impressive best times and great relay swims.

Leading the team was Ming-Yuan Lo, 9, who won the 100 meter freestyle, and placed second in 50 and 100 meter butterfly and 50 meter freestyle.


Local Experts to Teach Wildflower ID Class

on July 22, 2014 - 7:07am

New Mexico wildflower. Photo by Terry Fox

PEEC News:

Do you enjoy the large variety of colorful wildflowers that pop up around Los Alamos, but wish you knew more about what you were looking at?

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will be holding a course beginning on July 30 and running Wednesday evenings for four weeks. in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers.

The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am


The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

New Mexico Moves From 50 to 49 in Child Well-being

on July 22, 2014 - 6:50am



New Mexico moved up from the bottom ranking of 50 in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT rankings to 49 in child well-being this year in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

While improvement was made from the 2013 to 2014 editions of the report in some child well-being indicators—such as child poverty (dropped from 31 percent to 29 percent), high school graduation rates (rose from 67 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2012) and our teen birth rate (dropped from 53 births per 1,000 female teens to 47 per 1,000)—others declined.

Key child well-being indicators that declined from


'Nature on Tap' July 24: Mountain Biking as a Stimulator for Local Economic Development

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Steve Watts. Courtesy/LACM

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Blue Window Bistro.

Steve Watts, general manager of the Los Alamos Co+op, will lead a discussion on how a local mountain bicycling association is hoping to stimulate economic development in Los Alamos, all centered around fun on our single-track trails.

The “On Tap” series is a relatively new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on

High Tea & Fashion Show Aug. 30

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Photo by TK Thompson

TOTH News:

Tickets are on sale now for the High Tea and Fashion Show 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 2900 Trinity Dr. in Kelly Hall Fashions from Shop on the Corner (Trinity on the Hill thrift shop), also silent auction with handmade items, gift certificates, time and talent donations, and more. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.

Letter to the Editor: Response to Bears and Smith's

on July 22, 2014 - 6:18am
Los Alamos

Please allow me to respond to two previous letters: I respectfully, but vehemently, disagree with the "writer" who labeled the bear pictures as stupid. I always fear the lack of objectivity of people who choose emotional descriptiveness instead of looking for an intelligent way to deliver a point.

I find the photos enjoyable as well as educational. As a resident of the county, I WANT to know when these creatures are around and what they're doing. I believe the photos contribute to public safety.


Municipal Court Closing From Noon July 22-25

on July 21, 2014 - 9:03pm


Los Alamos County Municipal Court will close at noon Tuesday, July 22 and remain closed through Friday, July 25 for Court Staff Professional Development.

The Court will reopen Monday, July 28.


Bear Returns To Ridge Park Condominiums

on July 21, 2014 - 7:57pm

The bear spotted over the weekend by several residents living in the Ridge Park Condominiums on Oppenheimer near Trinity Drive paid a return visit to the area today. Residents want their neighbors and visitors to be aware that the bear is prowling around the grounds. Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Letter to the Editor: Enough of the Stupid Bear Pictures

on July 21, 2014 - 7:46pm
Los Alamos
Enough of the stupid bear pictures. Please do something useful with your newspaper -- encourage our county's Environmental Sustainability Board to work toward bear-aware trash containers at a residential and business level. 
We only have one planet.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases Department's 1st & 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime).

Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

July 22 Personnel Board Meeting Cancelled

on July 21, 2014 - 6:23pm


The Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meeting scheduled for July 22 has been cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.


Woman Winds Up In Ditch On Main Hill Road

on July 21, 2014 - 5:20pm

Los Alamos police responded to the scene of a young woman driving a Lexus sedan down the Main Hill Road about 9 p.m. Sunday in rainy conditions who wound up in a ditch. The woman told witnesses at the scene that she hit her head on her steering wheel but did not lose consciousness. Police closed down the east bound lane for a short period of time while they pulled the woman's vehicle out of the ditch. Rain causes roads to become extremely slippery and officials caution drivers to lower their speed. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Letter to the Editor: Local Retailers And Smith's Making Big Gamble

on July 21, 2014 - 1:17pm
Los Alamos

Lisa Shin's letter suggesting that the Smith's Marketplace would have a "WalMart effect" on local businesses revisits an important issue. 

The Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee, of which I was a member, and which advised the County Administrator and Council on this project, considered this question at some length.

My take on it following this discussion is that although there would be some loss of business by local retailers to the Smith's it would be more than compensated by the increase in local shopping because people would no longer be


Concerns Grow About CDC’s Tracking, Securing Dangerous Pathogens Under Its Supervision

on July 21, 2014 - 12:57pm


HSNW News:

Last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials reported that the same federal scientist who found vials of smallpox in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cold storage room at the National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Md., also found a collection of 327 vials, which could contain pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia.

The new revelation adds to growing concerns about the government’s ability to track and secure dangerous pathogens under its supervision.

The fact that these materials were not discovered until now is

Vintage ’55-’64 Car Call For Homecoming Parade

on July 21, 2014 - 12:38pm

Courtesy photo


Would you like your classic car featured in the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade?

There are still a few positions available for vintage ’55-’64 autos in the 50th Reunion of the Class of ‘64 section at the head of the parade set for Friday, Sept. 19. 

Call 505.412.7442 by July 30, to reserve your spot.


AWF Conducts Ecological Restoration at Valles Caldera July 25-27

on July 21, 2014 - 11:52am

AWF News:

Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF) and Amigos de Valles Caldera are hosting a weekend-long volunteer project and group campout in the National Preserve.

Volunteers from both groups will be coordinating with ecological restoration specialists to improve integrity of streams and wetlands in the preserve via rock structures, fencing, and planting of native species.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the project or Albuquerque Wildlife Federation’s activities and mission, contact Phil Carter at 505.463.0125 or, or visit

SF National Cemetery Hosts Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops Wednesday

on July 21, 2014 - 11:05am

SFNC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Cemetery Director James P. Sanders will host Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 23.

The hour-long workshops will provide an overview of the National Cemetery Administration, highlighting the Santa Fe National Cemetery, burial benefits provided by the National Cemetery Administration and how to make burial arrangements.

The Veteran Burial Benefit Workshops are at the Bataan Memorial Building, second floor, room 238 (the Old Senate Chambers).

The times are set-up on the hour/every hour as follows:

  • 8 a.m.
  • 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.


Yang: Spend On A Dress Or A Dresser?

on July 21, 2014 - 10:50am
Spend On A Dress Or A Dresser? -- A story of near-sighted and far-sighted

One man’s ego and antics are finally catching up with him and causing his own company to struggle and decline in a “complicated” industry.  Another man’s strong will and principles are keeping his company afloat in a declining yet highly competitive industry. 

It took more than a decade for the board of directors to take note of Dov Charney’s  (founder and former CEO of American Apparel) misbehavior and mismanagement.

This Week's Science and Faith Event: How Christianity Laid Foundations for Scientific Revolution

on July 21, 2014 - 10:50am

Courtesy image


The upcoming Seeking Truth in Science and Faith talk and discussion will focuse on “How Christianity Laid the Foundations for the Scientific Revolution: Why Modern Science Emerged in Europe and Nowhere Else.”

The discussion and talk are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at United Church’s Craig Hall, 2525 Canyon Road. More than 40 people from pastors to mathematicians will participate. The presenter is Nelson Hoffman. Dinner is at 6 p.m., the presentation 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., the discussion begins.

Many people view science and religion as being in

Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County

on July 21, 2014 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Department relaxed its Fire Restrictions in Los Alamos County Saturday.

This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:

o    Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall

o    Rising humidity values in the weather

  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for  several weeks

o    Reduction in Ignition Potential

o    Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Daily fire occurrence situations, including:

o    The

New Mexico Airlines Free Flight Winners Announced

on July 21, 2014 - 9:43am

New Mexico Airlines plane. Courtesy/NMA


Five lucky individuals were winners in July’s free flight giveaway contest for round trip flights on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the County that provides commercial airline service between Los Alamos Airport and Albuquerque's Sunport.


  • Joseph Baiardo;
  • Mary Barrus;
  • Steve Ciddio;
  • Opal Lee Gill; and
  • Clifford Hewitt.

The five winners were all awarded gift certificates for the free round trip flights after their names were selected in a random drawing held last week.

Individuals completed a short survey about

Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team Competes at National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships

on July 21, 2014 - 9:06am

Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team members from left, JoAnna O’Neill, David Murphy, Samuel Wolfe, Holly Hayes and Samantha Miller. Courtesy photo


It has been a busy summer for the Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team. After a long road to qualify including matches in Albuquerque, Piedra Vista and Salt Lake City (Regional), the team was invited to compete June 26-28 at the National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships at the CMP facility at Camp Perry Ohio.

The qualification process began in December with the firing a submission of postal targets.