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DPU Highlights Proposed FY-2016 Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 3:03pm

From left, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall and Utilities Manager Tim Glasco provide Council with highlights of the DPU's FY-2016 proposed budget at Monday's Budget Hearing in Council Chambers. Glasco explained that DPU's total budget is $79,070,472 or 2 percent below the 2015 adopted budget. Glasco told Council that the proposal does not include any projected rate increases except for a previously approved 8 percent sewer rate increase.

Tourism Department Encourages Residents To 'Keep New Mexico True'

on April 21, 2015 - 2:47pm
NMTD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) is celebrating Keep America Beautiful Month by encouraging residents to sign up for a community cleanup event, and using a big voice to get the message across.

To inspire and remind residents what a pristine landscape the state has, the department is releasing a new video in its “New Mexico True Stories” series. “Wild Territory,” the seventh in the series, showcases the natural beauty of the Land of Enchantment along with people who use the land for recreation and preservation of cultural heritage.

Letter To The Editor: Who Exactly Is Pointing Fingers?

on April 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Los Alamos

Who Exactly is Pointing Fingers?

In Bill O'Neill's Letter to the Editor, "On Finger Pointing ... Never A Good Idea" it only took O'Neill four short paragraphs to get to the point of his column; pointing his finger at the "Republican-led House" who did not approve the "Democrat-led Senate" spending bill.

I added the party affiliation to the NM Senate for O'Neill since he overlooked that detail when describing himself and fellow House members.

I am not surprised that O'Neill has heard of the saying, “when one points a finger, there are three fingers pointing back."



Los Alamos Sheriff's Office Issues Public Safety Alert

on April 21, 2015 - 2:32pm

Ray Glenn Smith

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is alerting the community to the possibility of a sex offender moving to or living in a county in New Mexico. 

New Mexico Department of Public Safety has advised that Ray Glenn Smith, a convicted sex offender from the State of Texas is moving to an unknown county in the state of New Mexico. 

Smith has not yet registered with any New Mexico Sheriff. 

Sheriff Lucero is asking anyone who sees Smith in Los Alamos, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 505.662.8028.


Dog Jog At Rover Park April 25

on April 21, 2015 - 2:01pm

Scene from the 2014 Dog Jog. Courtesy/FOS


Almost time for the annual Dog Jog!  The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter would like to remind the community that it is almost time for the always popular annual  Dog Jog.  

This year we are excited to announce an expanded number and types of prizes from some donors new to the Dog Jog in addition to our popular traditional prizes. Come see what our creative crew has come up with to treat you and your canine companion!  

The competitive 3.1 mile race and the 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run begin at a NEW LOCATION this year,


Letter To The Editor: On Finger Pointing ... Never A Good Idea

on April 21, 2015 - 1:32pm

D-13 Bernalillo
SANTA FE  The 2015 legislative session has adjourned, giving ample time to reflect on both its disappointments and accomplishments.
Certainly, the inability to pass our much-needed $264 million capital outlay bill was disheartening to say the least. Included in the capital outlay bill were vital improvements for senior centers, public school buildings, public libraries, museums, health centers, etc.
Following the usual procedure, the Senate sent a unanimously approved bill to the House with plenty of time for it to be amended and sent back to us

Hobbs Forensic Lab Secures Coveted Accreditation

on April 21, 2015 - 1:29pm

From left, Forensic Chemist Martin Brady, Lab Quality Assurance/Operations Manager Abi Chidambaram, Technician Catherine Gallegos, Lab Manager Edard Love, Ralph Keaton and Noreen Purcell. Courtesy/NMDPS


HOBBS – In a ceremony April 9, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Hobbs Forensic Laboratory was acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).

“The accreditation

Getting Better All The Time: JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records

on April 21, 2015 - 10:02am

JILA's strontium lattice atomic clock now performs better than ever because scientists literally "take the temperature" of the atoms' environment. Two specialized thermometers, calibrated by NIST researchers and visible in the center of the photo, are inserted into the vacuum chamber containing a cloud of ultracold strontium atoms confined by lasers. Photo by Marti/JILA

NIST News:

In another advance at the far frontiers of timekeeping by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, the latest modification of a record-setting strontium atomic clock has achieved

LAPS Seeks Nominations For 2014-2015 Los Alamos Teacher And Classified Staff Person Of The Year

on April 21, 2015 - 9:48am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is seeking nominations for the 2014-2015 Los Alamos Teacher of the Year and Classified Staff Person of the Year.

Nomination criteria and nomination forms are available at each public school site, the district website and from the Assistant Superintendent’s Office.

Deadline for nominations is May 8.

Past Teacher of the Year winners include:

Connie Witt, Joy Handsberry, Pam Towry, Susan Benjamin, Stan Johnston, Nancy Baiardo, Terry Quinn, Jean Nereson, Sandy Warnock, Carol Busch, Roberta Cocking, Nancy Schick, Debbie Smith, Patti Stevenson-Brown,

It's Spring: Remember To 'Create Defensible Space'

on April 21, 2015 - 9:22am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of

Los Alamos Music Teachers Association Spring Musicale At UNM-LA 2 P.M. Sunday

on April 21, 2015 - 9:04am
Pianist. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) will present a student recital this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. at the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus. The concert is free to the public and will last about an hour.
In going to a recital like this, you are supporting and encouraging young musical talent. Through the last few months these dedicated young artists have prepared music to share with an audience.

Food On The Hill: 'Tree Slice' Veggie Roll-ups

on April 21, 2015 - 8:35am
'Tree slices' served on a real tree slice. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill
By Felicia Orth

“Tree Slice” Veggie Roll-ups

Los Alamos has a new Nature Center opening this week on Earth Day at 2 p.m., and there’ve been recent opportunities to make special snacks for those who contributed substantially to its completion. 

Themes are a large part of what makes cooking fun for me.

Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session In Santa Fe 6-8 P.M. Today

on April 21, 2015 - 7:53am


SANTA FE – Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session 6-8 p.m., today at the St. Michael's High School Library, 100 Siringo Road for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

Representatives from Udall's office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S.

Assessor's Office Presents Proposed FY-2016 Budget

on April 20, 2015 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder, right, and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present their proposed FY-2016 budget during this evening's Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez presented their proposed FY-2016 budget to the County Council during this evening's Budget Hearing.

They explained that the County Assessor's Office budget is funded by two funds - the General Fund and the Property Valuation Fund, which is a revolving; restricted fund.

The Proposed General Fund


County Budget Hearing Underway In Council Chambers

on April 20, 2015 - 6:51pm

The FY-2016 Budget Hearings got underway at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Manager Harry Burgess introduces an overview of the FY-2016 Proposed Budget this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County FY-2016 Budget Hearings kicked off at 6 p.m. this evening in Council Chambers.

County Manager Harry Burgess and Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne are presenting an overview and summary of the proposed budget to Council.

"We did achieve a 1 percent reduction in the overall


LAWGA Offers Golf Prizes For 6th Grade Girls

on April 20, 2015 - 4:14pm

Contractor To Stock Ashley Pond With Fish Tuesday

on April 20, 2015 - 3:57pm


Ashley Pond water levels are a little low right now because the County's contractor has been completing some work on the intake valves from the pond to the irrigation system around the pond.

The contractor will start refilling the pond with water Wednesday and it is expected to be full by the end of Thursday.

Mr. Fish (the company name of the County's fish contractor) is set to arrive with the pond’s fish Tuesday for the long-awaited stocking of the pond.


New Church Building Underway For Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos

on April 20, 2015 - 3:43pm
Architect's rendering of the new Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Courtesy/Mullen|Heller Architecture
Vote: Church members raise their hands in affirmation of the new building project. There were two abstentions, but zero 'no' votes of the 90 members present. Photo by Rev. John Cullinan


The congregation of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will soon have a new church building. After seven years of preparation, the congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to go ahead with the project, starting demolition in just a few short weeks.

“I’m thrilled that everyone’s hard work and

Community Participates In 'Run For Her Life' Races

on April 20, 2015 - 3:13pm
Racers take off from the starting line for 'Run for her Life' Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

People of all ages turned out for the 5th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races sponsored by Los Alamos Hadassah and Atomic City Roadrunners Sunday at East Park.

All proceeds from the annual event are donated to breast cancer research.

In the 5K, the top female winner was Leanne Smith with a time of 21:476. The first male and overall race winner was Daniel Santistevan recording a time of 20:33. The first female finisher in the 10K race was Sanna Sevanto at

SFI Presents: 'Optimal Learning For Finding Minimal Peptide Substrates'

on April 20, 2015 - 2:52pm
Peter Frazier of Cornell University
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Optimal Learning For Finding Minimal Peptide Substrates" 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Scientists use laboratory experiments to search for molecules with desirable properties, e.g., that make efficient solar cells; or that cure cancer. The success of such a search hinges on making good decisions about which experiments to perform.
We show how Bayesian statistics and value of information analysis can be used to choose good experiments, that reach

New Light Pole Installed At 20th And Central Avenue

on April 20, 2015 - 2:27pm
Workers string wire in new light pole this afternoon at 20th Street and Central Avenue as part of the downtown beautification project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Heinrich Tours Movie Set At Kirtland, Highlights N.M. Film Industry / Military Installations Partnerships

on April 20, 2015 - 11:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Military Equitable Reimbursement Act--signed into law--ensures New Mexico remains top destination for movie and TV productions

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, highlighted the partnership between New Mexico's film industry and military installations earlier this month while touring the production set for a new film from Paramount Pictures starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman, currently being filmed at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in Albuquerque.

Heinrich met with some of the

Yang: When Science Meets Reality – Part II+

on April 20, 2015 - 11:02am
Los Alamos

When Science Meets Reality – Part II+

My comment about “unless a scientist is independently wealthy or can attract wealthy patron, she is pretty much destined to work for organizations” elicited a reader’s correction. 

His point is well taken: In certain areas where the computer plays the key component in scientific exploration, some scientists can still operate independently. I even received a little tour of his modest facility, a small den equipped with a computer and a contraption with light bulbs, tubes, duct tape, lots of wire, etc.

His enthusiasm was

Annual Inmate Craftsmanship And Trades Fair May 2

on April 20, 2015 - 10:41am

New Mexico State Penitentiary 'Old Main' Prison. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

It’s that time of year when the New Mexico Corrections Department hosts the Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair May 2.

The fair will feature inmate artists from 11 prisons across the state. Furniture, wood working, paintings, sewing and much more will be on display and for sale.

Proceeds from sales benefit victims, the offender’s children or designated family member, funds other inmate programs and is deposited into a savings account for the inmate artist.

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Compete In Men's Gymnastics Championships

on April 20, 2015 - 10:04am

Daniel Fryer competing in the level 6 session. Courtesy photo


Los a Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics March 22-23 to compete in the men's New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.

Daniel Fryer competed in the level 6 session. Fryer, once again, for his third consecutive year has qualified to the Region 9 Championships. This is his third year competing in USA men's gymnastics and his third level of accomplishment.

In the 2012-13 season, Fryer won the New Mexico State Championships for his age division in level 4 and qualified to Regionals in