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Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club Hosts 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge

on October 27, 2014 - 1:56pm
Participants in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clays Challenge were treated to a black powder shotgun display by Jack Raines of Mora County. Courtesy photo
Young people from five counties competed Oct. 18 in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clays Challenge. Courtesy photo
LASC News:
Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club (LASC) hosted the 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge Oct. 18 for athletes from Taos, Otero, Mora, Sandoval and Los Alamos counties.
Shooters from 4-H, Scholastic Clay Target Program, and Boy Scouts participated in the event, which involved a round of International

Letter to the Editor: Important Decisions In Midterm Elections

on October 27, 2014 - 12:59pm
Los Alamos

Not many people pay attention to the midterm elections, yet we have some very important decisions to make as we cast our ballots.

One of them is deciding on a new judge to send to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. I will support Kerry Kiernan because of his 30 years of legal experience serving New Mexicans. He began his career as a New Mexico public defender and later worked for a highly respect law firm in Albuquerque. His experience is not only broad but it is deep.

2014 NMAA Fall State Championship Events

on October 27, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association would like to highlight the following important information regarding the upcoming 2014 Fall State Championships.

Cross Country

Official Championship Name:

  • Laguna Development Corporation State Cross Country Championships, presented by Farmers Insurance Group


  • Adults: $8
  • Students/Seniors: $5

Championship Location:

  • Rio Rancho High School

Championship Dates:

  • Nov. 8

Live Video Stream:

Championship Results:

Los Alamos Road Construction Update: Oct. 27

on October 27, 2014 - 12:12pm



Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The contractor has closed Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central.

Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.

Directions starting from westbound Central:

  • Right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left

Running State Farm Agency A Safe Risk And Instant Business Education For Abe Dispennette

on October 27, 2014 - 12:07pm

Abe Dispennette

LAVA News:

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) has worked hard to support entrepreneurs who are trying to turn their ideas into viable businesses. The Los Alamos entrepreneurial community, however, also includes business owners who run successful franchises. Abe Dispennette, one such entrepreneur, owns and operates the State Farm Agency next to Violas at 1362 Trinity Dr.

“For aspiring entrepreneurs, Abe is a great success story,” said LAVA’s founder Nik Seet.

“I’m never going to think of the ‘Next Big Idea,’ but I am good at running a business,” said Dispennette,

St. Francis Drive Concrete Wall Barrier Repair Starts Tuesday

on October 27, 2014 - 11:50am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin construction repairs to the center concrete wall barrier on St. Francis Drive (U.S. 84/285) between Alamo Drive and the N.M. 599 bypass.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 28, the northbound and southbound left lanes will close 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weather permitting, this project is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zones with caution, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted speed limit.

PEEC Offers Nature-Themed Activities Halloween Afternoon

on October 27, 2014 - 11:39am

PEEC News:

School's out for conferences, the kids are at home, and it's Halloween. What to do before Trick-o-Treat begins? Drop-in at PEEC anytime 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, for some not-too-spooky, nature-themed activities for kids of all ages.

Costumes are optional, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost to participate is $5 per child, and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of

Atomic Tumblers Compete In Trick Or Treat Meet At Zia Gymnastics In Santa Fe

on October 27, 2014 - 11:36am

LASG News:

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Santa Fe this past weekend to compete in the Trick or Treat Meet at Zia Gymnastics. Eight teams and more than 100 gymnasts from New Mexico participated in the competition.

Kayli Lincoln and Danielle Bellamy represented LASG in the Junior Olympic Compulsory competition, level 4. Lincoln took bronze in the all-around with 33.65. She also was golden on both the balance beam (9.00) and floor exercise (8.95), capturing first in both events. Bellamy was eighth all-around with 32.35. She also took the silver on bars (8.30) and bronze on beam (8.85).

Santa Fe Opera's Young Voices Perform At Fuller Lodge Nov. 9

on October 27, 2014 - 11:20am


Music lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy an hour of music at Fuller Lodge 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, a gift from the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

Soprano Lauren Partin of Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAOG

Now in its eighth season, Young Voices is an audition-based program of The Santa Fe Opera, created to teach, coach and nurture vocal talent in high school students from across New Mexico.

Fifteen students, accepted by audition, receive weekly voice lessons and coaching.

Governor To Welcome 450 Jobs To New Mexico

on October 27, 2014 - 10:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Comcast will welcome 450 new jobs coming to New Mexico.

Comcast will locate a new bilingual customer support center in Albuquerque with the capacity for approximately 450 agents and will begin filling positions this year.

With the addition of the customer support center, Comcast will have more than 850 employees across New Mexico, doubling their presence in the state. In 2013, Comcast’s total employee investment including payroll, payroll taxes, benefits, healthcare, training, and tuition reimbursement totaled more

Second Annual Career Fair At LAHS Nov. 3

on October 27, 2014 - 10:26am

LAPS News:

The Guidance Department of Los Alamos High School will host the 2nd Annual Career Fair 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in A-wing at which more than 25 career options will be represented by local employers and employees. 

“It’s a great opportunity for students to meet with members of the community who represent the careers they may be interested in pursuing, and learning about what it takes to get there,” LAHS Guidance Counselor Cindy Black said.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Career Fair, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at

Richard And Rodgers Present Their Views

on October 27, 2014 - 9:39am

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers and Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday's Kiwanis Club meeting. Photo by Don Casperson


Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

The two General Election candidates for New Mexico House of Representatives District 43—Geoff Rodgers, a Republican, and incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat—both spoke at Kiwanis on Oct. 21, emphasizing the issues they believe are most important. For Rodgers, the No.

Creativity Explodes At Saturday's Pumpkin Glow

on October 27, 2014 - 9:18am
Whether it was cartoon characters, scary faces or themes of Halloween, Los Alamos Arts Council showcased a wide array of jack-o-lanterns during its annual Pumpkin Glow event Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
A spectator at the Los Alamos Arts Council's Pumpkin Glow event gets into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up as a Creeper from the game Minecraft.

Cowboy Breakfast Benefits MOWW Nov. 2

on October 27, 2014 - 8:19am

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Completes Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 27, 2014 - 8:07am

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, right, with her sister Valerie Partridge crossing the finish line Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge making the world a better place Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Yang: The Prison Walls For The Top Group

on October 27, 2014 - 7:29am
The Prison Walls For The Top Group
Los Alamos

(This is the third piece in this series of intergroup dynamics.)

First, author’s clarification. When I typed “dynamic conservatism” in the previous post, it crossed my mind that in this election cycle, people might associate this “conservatism” with political affiliation. Far from it. In the usage of “dynamic conservatism,” the word just means the preservation of current power status. 

Have you ever contemplated what’s like to be in a dramatically different working condition? living situation?

More Scenes From Friday's Halloween On MainStreet

on October 26, 2014 - 11:40am

The Bradbury Science Museum displays Halloween spirit during Friday's Trick or Treat on Mainstreet. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/

A sweet young lady sits down to read a brochure at the Family YMCA. Photo by Leland Lehman/

A trio sporting similar tennis shoes and jeans walks along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A.

LAHS's Cross Country Team Results From Friday's Invitational At Los Alamos Golf Course

on October 26, 2014 - 10:54am

Victor Kim accents the school colors at 3.5 km in the varsity race. Photo by Blake Wood


Scenes and results from Friday afternoon's Los Alamos Cross Country Invitational at the Golf Course:

A group of eager athletes in the Elementary School Mile. Photo by Blake Wood

Cameron Staples finishes as the first 'Topper in the Boys Varsity race. Photo by Blake Wood

The start of the Elementary School Mile. Photo by Blake Wood

Alex Shirey, Skyler McCall, and Derek Janetzky start the Boys JV race. Photo by Blake Wood

8th Grader Paulina Burnside finishes third (first 'Topper) in the

Letter to the Editor: Youth Team's Final Event Monday

on October 26, 2014 - 9:17am
On Behalf of the United Way Youth Team

Hello! This is Jenna Erickson from the United Way Youth Team, and I am back with the news of our fourth and final event happening this coming Monday.

Hamburger Night, which takes place 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Bandelier Grill in White Rock, is the last event of United Way’s 2014 youth campaign. We are so excited to put it on, and we hope everyone is able to come out and join us. We have had tremendous support for the other events thus far, and we are truly grateful for each and every person involved. Thank you!

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Expansion Of President’s Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

on October 26, 2014 - 9:16am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Lawmakers had urged ‘prompt action’ to help state recover from widespread storm damage 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced that President Obama has expanded a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding July 27-Aug. 5, to include the Pueblo of Santa Clara, Sandoval, Otero and Lincoln counties.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich



UnQuarked - The Wine Room Taking Shape In Central Park Square

on October 26, 2014 - 8:12am

The bar is now installed as renovations move along inside Unquarked - the new wine room opening soon at 145 Central Park Square. The new business is a combined effort by the owners of Anasazi Fields Winery, Black's Smuggler Winery and Vivac Winery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UWNNM Leadership Givers Gather At Soran Hayes Home

on October 26, 2014 - 7:54am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Action Fund investors attended a thank you event Thursday at the Los Alamos home of Pat Soran and Ann Hayes. Soran and Hayes spoke about their experiences visiting a number of program agencies as this year's UWNNM campaign co-chairs and thanked the group of leadership givers for making these programs possible. From left, Cynthia Rooney, Hayes, Kathy Boerigter, Rick Reiss and United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Wynn Goering, Steve Boerigter, Harry Ettinger, Marge Agnew, Lew Agnew and Pat

Johnson: Giving People Cash Works

on October 26, 2014 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
(Currently in a master's program in Nova Scotia)

Much emergency aid in disaster and war zones takes the form of in-kind assistance: food, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc. Part of the reason for this is that these may simply not be available in the area. Often though, some forms of services are still operational, especially near refugee camps or after natural disasters in heavily populated areas.

So, why not give people in these situations cash to take advantage of available, local services?