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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

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.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Recall East Fork

on July 21, 2014 - 8:47am
Los Alamos Mountaineer Kei Davis jumps into the Jemez River during a 2011 outing before the Las Conchas Fire left it filled with silt. Photo by Momo Vuyisich
Los Alamos Mountaineers
A popular local hike is to start at the Las Conchas trailhead and proceed to where the trail turns away from the river (about two miles), then wade/splash down the river rather than follow the trail.  
At three points along the river there are opportunities to jump from the tops of waterfalls into pools below, and these are popular choices.
Last weekend we discovered that the first

Los Alamos Farmers Market Features RZ's Bees

on July 21, 2014 - 8:17am

Beekeeper Ricardo Sanchez with his grandson Marcos Romero. Courtesy/LAFM

LAFM News:

Q&A with Los Alamos Farmers Market Manager Cindy Talamantes and beekeeper Ricardo Sanchez of RZ's Bees of San Juan Pueblo.

Talamantes: Ricardo when did you get started raising bees and why?

Ricardo S: I was introduced to beekeeping by my father-in-law, Robert (Bob) Hayes in 1980 and started keeping my own hives in Alcalde around 1987 since Bob would soon be physically unable to keep bees.

Talamantes: Did it start out a hobby or was it always intended to be a source of income?

Ricardo S: My interest

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Begin Again'

on July 21, 2014 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

“Begin Again” is a simple movie, motivated by the power of music - but it works. The story is about the redemption of two down-on-their-luck strangers and what they get from teaming up together.

Dan Mulligan (a scruffy Mark Ruffalo), was just dumped as a music producer from the company he founded. In his drunken sorrow, he stumbles into an East Village bar and hears Greta (Keira Knightley), a young woman who writes songs in her spare time, singing.

OBITUARY: Gilda Kave May 28, 1946 – July 14, 2014

on July 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

GILDA MARGARET KAVE May 28, 1946 – July 14, 2014

Gilda Kave of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the age of 68.. She was born in Paterson, N.J. May 28, 1946,  She was a longtime resident of Allentown/Bethlehem Pa. and moved to Los Alamos in 1979. She was a nurse at Los Alamos Medical Center for more than 20 years and most recently was a nurse at Aspen Ridge. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Regina Verzino (Noti) and her father, William John Verzino.


Kids Become Engineers at 'Big Sky Learning Build It!'

on July 20, 2014 - 10:44am
The 7-8 year-old campers show off targets and marshmallow cannons of various types they built themselves. Big Sky Learning Build It! Summer Camps have been taking place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for the past two weeks. A third session takes place next week. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
These campers created their own stereo boom boxes. Kids collaborate, brainstorm, design and build just like adult engineers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Five and 6-year-old campters created costumes and built light sabers at Jedi Training Camp. Photo by Bonnie J.

Letter to the Editor: Take Time To Check Out Local Merchandise

on July 20, 2014 - 10:28am
Los Alamos

I have felt compelled to shop in Santa Fe over the years because I was sure that certain items or services didn't exist in our stores. But, the other day, I realized that I haven't really made the effort to find out what is actually in our stores.

While at the Village Arts store down on DP Road for some framing supplies, I wandered into their store section. I was totally surprised to see the huge selection of goods beyond the paint, brushes and art supplies that I had expected to see.


More Antics By Bear At Ridge Park Condos

on July 20, 2014 - 10:17am

The bear spotted Saturday at Ridge Park Condominiums continued to entertain the neghbors. Photo by T. Steck

The bear peeks out from inside the dumpster. Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Meet Buddy’s Beans Teenage CEO Jonmichael Weaver of Los Alamos High School

on July 20, 2014 - 9:42am


Los Alamos High School senior Jonmichael Weaver would like to start your day off right, as another recipient of LACDC’s Summer Youth Business Grant Program. Weaver is the owner and chief bean counter of Buddy’s Beans, a new local coffee roaster with a heart of gold and the integrity to back it up.

“All my beans are from a couple of Christian missions around the globe,” Weaver said. “The beans are grown in small quantities by farmers who care.”

Weaver has always loved food and drink and decided to apply for the Summer Youth Business Grant Program to set up shop and


Luján Introduces Legislation to Promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

on July 20, 2014 - 9:12am

U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District introduced legislation recently that will promote energy savings through increased efficiency standards and increased investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass. 

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, introduced by Luján and Rep.

Betty Nance Smith Chosen For National Exhibition

on July 20, 2014 - 8:50am

Farmer's Market Gold by Betty Nance Smith. Courtesy photo

AWA News:

Work by highly regarded artist Betty Nance Smith of Los Alamos will be featured in the American Women Artists 17th Annual Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition.

As American Art Collector Magazine recently observed, AWA members are “women of distinction,” representing some of the very best painters and sculptors working today. The Addison Art Gallery is pleased to have been chosen to present this important show that you can now preview by clicking here.

Betty Nance Smith paints obscure and obvious beauty


Bear Scores Lunch From Trinity Dumpster

on July 20, 2014 - 8:37am

A bear is spotted Saturday taking food from a dumpster at the Trinity Condominiums. Photo by Susan Morales

Photo by Susan Morales