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County Council Delays Electric Rate Hike

on December 17, 2014 - 2:16pm

Lisa Vedder and Scott Burnham of Leidos Engineering LLC answer questions during Tuesday evening's public hearing on a proposed electric rate increase. Also briefing Council and answering questions were Department of Public Utilities officials from left, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall, Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt and DPU Manager Tim Glasco.

Foxx: From Rags To Riches In Memories?

on December 17, 2014 - 1:54pm
Sydney Frazier and her family volunteer to help work in a rice paddy while traveling in Asia. Courtesy photo
World travelers from left, Sydney Frazier and her parents Kerri and Jason Frazier being faux farmers in New Zealand. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Just over two years ago, my youngest daughter, husband, and then, 8-year-old child left on a two year travel around the world. Two years seemed like a long time but Jan. 7 they leave New Zealand to return to the United States.

Students Create 'Don't Text and Drive' Posters

on December 17, 2014 - 1:05pm
Los Alamos High School Driver's Education Teacher Scott Pomeroy works with students to educate each other and the community through poster presentations. By texting '#X' students tell their friends that they will be driving and won't respond until they have reached their destination. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Another of the posters created by LAHS Driver's Education students. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Santa Fe National Forest Office Holiday Hours

on December 17, 2014 - 1:05pm

SFNF News:

All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed for the holidays Thursday Dec. 25, Friday Dec. 26 and Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.

For additional information about the Santa Fe National Forest’s holiday hours, contact a local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.


Senate Confirms Estevan López As New Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

on December 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Estevan López
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate Tuesday in confirming Estevan López, a native New Mexican, as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. 
López, who previously served as director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, replaces former Commissioner and fellow New Mexican, Michael Connor, who was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior in February. 
"Water is a defining issue in New Mexico and across the Western United States today, and the Bureau of Reclamation plays a

Letter to the Editor: Public Servants Deserve Thanks For Smooth Recount

on December 17, 2014 - 12:57pm
Los Alamos

A big thank you to the Secretary of State’s staff and the Los Alamos County Clerk and her staff for all the many hours and hard work that went on behind the scenes in accomplishing the first ever in New Mexico statewide recount.

I’m sure much the same thing went on in clerk’s offices across the state. Those of us who did the recount in Los Alamos saw how hard Sharon Stover, Adrianna Ortiz, Gloria Maestas, Ona Trujillo and Jocelyn Warner had worked in preparing for the recount to go smoothly.

Thank you for making a tedious and time-consuming job as painless as


LeAnne Parsons' Unique Tool Measures Energy Level

on December 17, 2014 - 12:44pm


For some, the holidays can feel like an emotional roller coaster.

At times you’re bursting with generosity and positive energy. You look forward to connecting with loved ones, sharing good times and enjoying the season. But it can be easy to slip into negative thinking, depression, grief and loneliness. It’s almost as if your personality changes depending on your level of stress and energy.

It does.

Your energy level plays an enormous role in how you show up in the world.


Udall Addresses New Cuba Relations; Prisoner Release

on December 17, 2014 - 11:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released a statement today on the president’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. 

In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

LALT Launches Assisted Listening System Fundraiser

on December 17, 2014 - 11:05am

Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced a fundraising effort to support the purchase and installation of an assisted listening system in the Performing Arts Center, the facility in which LALT theatrical productions are staged.

"We have heard from many patrons over the years that their enjoyment of our productions would be greatly enhanced with an assisted listening system," LALT President Gracie Cainelli said. "This system generates a signal that can be picked up directly by most hearing aids.


Chamisa Spelling Bee Winners Announced

on December 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Chamisa Spelling Bee winners pose with pronouncer Judy Crocker. From left, Hanna Levings, Lida Appel, Ravijit Khalsa, Malik Abouda and Judy Crocker. Courtesy photo


Chamisa held its annual Spelling Bee Dec.11. Judy Crocker was the pronouncer

Spelling Bee participant Francesca Vogel-Castillo. Courtesy photo
The winners are:

First place Ravijit Khalsa, fourth grade;

Second place Malik Abouda, sixth grade;

Third place Hanna Levings, fourth. grade; and

Fourth place Lidia Appel. 


Community Asset Award Nominations Close Dec. 22

on December 17, 2014 - 10:47am


Assets In Action would like to highlight good deeds done throughout our community, the state or the world, with the sixth annual Assets In Action Community Asset Awards sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).

 One special person will be selected to receive the Spirit of the West Award.

To nominate someone:

  • Select a category for the nominee: Individual, Senior Citizen, Youth Business, Couple, or Other (specify)
  • Select an asset category:
  • Support Boundaries and Expectations;
  • Positive Identity;
  • Constructive Use of Time;
  • Commitment to Learning;
  • Positive Values Empowerment;

Elementary School Carolers Fill Night With Song

on December 17, 2014 - 10:37am
Carolers from the Chamisa and Aspen Elementary School Choirs entertained in front of CB FOX Tuesday evening. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

NMSA Theater Student Selected 2015 YoungArts Finalist

on December 17, 2014 - 10:35am
YoungArts Finalist Jasper Keen performs. Courtesy photo

NMSA News:

Jasper Keen, a junior theater student at New Mexico School for the Arts, has been selected as a 2015 YoungArts Finalist.

New Mexico’s first-ever finalist – and the only finalist in New Mexico this year – Keen will receive an all-expense paid trip to Miami Jan. 3-10 to take master classes with world class theatre professionals. 

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational

Snow Message From LAPS Superintendent

on December 17, 2014 - 9:53am

LAPS News:

Road conditions are snow covered and slippery. The bulk of the storm is expected to pass through by noon. Los Alamos County road crews are sanding and plowing the roads. 

If your children are already at school, the safest place for students and staff are to remain in school. This will give the County time to clear the roads.

At this time our plan is to release all schools at their normal Wednesday dismissal time. As always, parents may choose to pick up their children early.

It is important to remember that any closure or early dismissal is coordinated with the Los Alamos

Los Alamos High School Staff Hold Ugly Sweater Contest

on December 17, 2014 - 9:50am
In an attempt to help lighten the mood during Finals week at Los Alamos High School, staff and teachers held an ugly Christmas sweater contest where students voted for the 'winner'. From left, Rene Dunwoody, Stephanie Fabry, Connie Goette and Christine Hazard, get students to vote for the Ugliest Sweater. Dunwoody would go on to 'win' for her Santa suit red sweater vest. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
From left, Marty Leal, Anita Boshier and Louise Foliot-Gentile proudly display their seasonally stylish sweaters. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Joanne Ploeger models

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 17, 2014 - 9:40am
Reel Deal Theater

Today, we are opening The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. On Friday, we will open Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

 We will hold The Theory of Everything and Exodus until Christmas Eve and open Wild and The Interview on Christmas Day.

The buzz in Hollywood is whether or not Sony Pictures will actually open The Interview due to the fallout and Internet hacking with and by the North Koreans. The film plot follows two journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco whom the CIA recruits to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Scenes From This Morning's Snow Shower

on December 17, 2014 - 9:34am

Shadow, a curious dog is checking out the snow this morning at a residence in the Royal Crest neighborhood in Los Alamos. Photo by Christina J. Archuleta

This morning's snow shower covered cars, trucks, rooftops and blanketed the ground around Los Alamos. Photo by Christina J. Archuleta

Hannemann Creates Christmas Medley For Community

on December 17, 2014 - 9:11am

A Christmas card for the community created by Los Alamos musician and music teacher Richard Hannemann. Courtesy image


Los Alamos musician and music teacher Richard Hannemann has created, as a gift to the commmunity, a Christmas Medley of Jingle Bells and What Child Is This. 
To listen to Hannemann's Christmas Medley, click here.

Holiday Laser Light Show At NMMNHS Planetarium

on December 17, 2014 - 8:29am


Celebrate the holidays with the sights and sounds of laser concerts in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) Planetarium.

Two laser systems will fill the planetarium dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and light to envelope the viewer. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.

For only four afternoons, families can see favorite holiday songs transformed into a feast for the eyes in Winter Holiday Celebration.

Snow Spreads Across Los Alamos And White Rock

on December 17, 2014 - 8:07am

Snow showers fall this morning over the Los Alamos area including this scene on Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts total daytime snow accumulation of about an inch and a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers tonight with less than an inch of new snow expected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Honors Councilors Geoff Rodgers And Frances Berting As Their Terms Come To An End

on December 16, 2014 - 8:07pm
This evening in Council Chambers, Councilors, Board and Commission members and staff formally recognize County Councilors Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting who are completing their terms on Council and will be leaving the Council Dec. 31, 2014. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, on behalf of Council, presents Council Chair Rodgers with a special Nambe plaque in honor of his many years of service to the County and the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Councilor Chair Geoff Rodgers, on behalf of Council, presents Councilor Fran Berting with a special Nambe plaque in honor of

Council Honors Los Alamos Coaches And Proclaims Dec. 17 'Rob & Kathy Hipwood Day'

on December 16, 2014 - 7:51pm

Councilor David Izraelevitz, right, on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council this evening presented a proclamation to Los Alamos High School coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

It was standing room only in Council Chambers this evening as local athletes turned out in droves to see their coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood of Los Alamos High School honored by the County Council for their many achievements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Council recognized Los Alamos High School coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood as Girls'

Los Alamos Police Department Hosts Awards Banquet

on December 16, 2014 - 5:50pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents the Civilian of Year Award to Senior Office Specialist Connie Salazar. Courtesy/LAPD

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents the Detention Officer of the Year Award to Ofc. David Bradshaw. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday to honor employees for their outstanding performance, dedication to their profession and service to their community.

Chief Dino Sgambellone wants to emphasize the importance of recognizing employees for going “above and beyond” what is expected of them during day to

LANL's Surplus Property Sale Thursday Is Cancelled

on December 16, 2014 - 5:04pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale set for Thursday, Dec. 18 has been cancelled.
Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 15, 2015.

Ballot Order Selected For UNM-LA / LAPS Elections

on December 16, 2014 - 5:04pm

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