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Letter to the Editor: Search Exponentially

on October 14, 2014 - 12:03pm
Los Alamos

Maybe, like me, you figured the unlikely phrase "live exponentially" sprang forth from a creative frenzy at the company hired to brand Los Alamos.

Not so.

A simple web search tells us it's been floating around for years. Try it! But remember to put quotes around the phrase or you'll probably get an Ebola story first.

Apparently it started blossoming about six years ago, usually as part of a longer predicate such as "live exponentially longer" or "live exponentially healthier" where "exponentially" is a synonym for "much" or "a lot." Possibly "bunches and


Methane Detected Three Times Larger Than Predicted Using EPA Inventory

on October 14, 2014 - 11:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory measurement instruments were placed in the field for analysis of Four Corners area power plant emissions. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the US Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.

“A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA.

Group Celebrates Mesa Public Library's 20th Birthday Of Move To 2400 Central Ave.

on October 14, 2014 - 11:29am

Library staff member Melissa Mackey leads a group of parents and toddlers in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday,' to celebrate the 20th Birthday of Mesa Public Library's move to its home at 2400 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. M & M's (for Music and Movement) are held at 9:30 a.m. uesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Los Alamos and Wednesdays at the White Rock Branch. In 1994, when the library made its move from the old building in Central Park Square, children and their little red wagons were helpful with transporting books from one place to the other. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Ski Racing Club Holds Ski Swap Oct. 18

on October 14, 2014 - 11:01am

Scene from previous Los Alamos Ski Swap event. Courtesy photo


Fall is approaching and the time to get ready for the upcoming ski season is upon us. The annual Los Alamos Ski Swap, hosted by the Los Alamos Ski Racing Club is Saturday, Oct. 18.

The ski swap is a decades-long tradition of Los Alamos. It’s unclear exactly what year the first swap was held, but many an “experienced” skier will tell you it’s been going on for at least 30 years. 

The swap is free to the public, and is the primary fundraiser for LASRC, a 501c3 non-profit corporation that operates locally on Pajarito

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendment #2 Would Give Council More Unrestrained Power

on October 14, 2014 - 9:58am
Former County Councilor

I would like to lend my voice to that of Anthony Amsden, John Arrowsmith, Robert Gibson, Wayne Hardie, Kevin Holsapple, Lawry Mann, Ken Milder, Gil Miranda, Chris Ortega, Felicia Orth, Ralph Phelps, Khal Spencer and others who have urged defeat of Charter Amendment #2.

I served on the 2009 Charter Review committee. In that committee former Utility Board member, Harry Ettinger, and I (a six-term member of the County Council) were asked to review the 1968 charter section on utilities and make any recommendations to the full committee. 


Food on the Hill: Apple Cake

on October 14, 2014 - 9:35am
Food on the Hill
Editor's note: We are pleased to announce that longtime Los Alamos resident and local home cook Felica Orth has taken over writing the weekly 'Food on the Hill' column from Sue York. York recently retired from writing the column after sharing her delicious recipes with our readers for more than two years.

This Week's Recipe:

Apple Cake

Photo by Felicia Orth

Fall usually brings multitudes of fresh, crisp apples. Delicious eaten from the hand, chopped into salads, simmered into apple butter or pressed into cider, fresh apples also make a great cake.

Fall Festival Supports Victims Of Domestic Violence

on October 14, 2014 - 9:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Visits White Rock Troop 71

on October 14, 2014 - 9:26am

U.S Rep. Ben Ray Luján visited with Boy Scout Troop 71 Monday night in white Rock to discuss the three branches of federal government with them as they work on their Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Photo by Travis Weaver

Take Wing Week Continues At PEEC Wednesday With Talk On Dragonflies And Damselflies

on October 14, 2014 - 8:43am
PEEC News:
Take Wing Week continues at PEEC Wednesday, with an informational and free program all about dragonflies and damselflies.
Relf Price will present “Silver-Winged Acrobats of the Sky” at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Price will give a non-technical talk on the amazing lifestyles of dragonflies and damselflies. He will share dramatic photographs and fun tidbits about the life cycle and reproductive process of these wonderful creatures, and he will demonstrate how to catch dragonflies without a net.
This program is free to attend, and no advance registration is

CDC 'Rethinking' Ebola Strategy

on October 14, 2014 - 8:27am

Image Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

U.S. federal health officials have urged hospitals to think Ebola as officials in Texas are anxiously trying to identify all staff involved in the care of Americas patient zero following the news that a nurse -- Nina Pham, 26 -- who was involved in his care is the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

"We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection and control because even a single infection is unacceptable," Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said on Monday.

CDC officials are now watching the Dallas hospital personnel as they put

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Motorcycle Driver Transported To LAMC In Stable Condition Following Accident On N.M. 502

on October 13, 2014 - 7:12pm

Motorcycle Accident:

A man driving a motorcycle westbound on N.M. 502 at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, crashed into a guard rail and landed on the other side of it in the dirt.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMT's treated the man, reported to be about 20 years old, at the scene and transported him in stable condition to Los Alamos Medical Center.

"He was wearing protective gear and that is so important," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

The accident occurred about half a mile from the Totavo Gas Station. Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Court: Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Illegal

on October 13, 2014 - 2:42pm


In response to a petition by the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has ordered New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and the Water Quality Control Commission to explain the illegal scheduling of a hearing on groundwater-protection rules for the dairy industry.

Although 57 percent of New Mexico dairies have polluted groundwater in excess of health standards, Flynn’s Environment Department has not been enforcing a groundwater-protection rule the commission passed in 2011 specifically for the dairy industry.

The Environment Department and

Letter to the Editor: Thank You To Los Alamos Police Officer

on October 13, 2014 - 2:41pm
Los Alamos

As a 15-year animal shelter volunteer, I would like to publicly recognize an officer who responded beyond his job description and upheld the highest of humane standards.

Cpl. Brent Hudspeth was called to 48th Street the evening of Oct. 11 to pick up some roaming kittens. He determined that the kittens were too young to comfortably and safely spend the night at the shelter, so he brought them to his own home. They eagerly accepted the cat milk he fed them, and he was able to determine their age at about four weeks.

Our community can be proud to have officers

2014 Los Alamos Art Tours Wrapped Up Sunday

on October 13, 2014 - 2:23pm
Los Alamos artist Nicole Dunn's studio was one of many participating in last weekend's 2014 Los Alamos Art Studio Tours featuring studios throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
One of Nicole Dunn's quilts displayed Sunday on her studio couch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Nicole Dunn's newest creation is still under construction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fiber art by Elise Koskelo, a Los Alamos High School student who has started a business to sell her creations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Autumn Leaves Create Sunday Fun

on October 13, 2014 - 2:21pm

Los Alamos students Qiu, 10, left, and Myella, 9, hidden in the flying leaves, spent time raking and playing in a large pile of leaves Sunday afternoon in a yard on Grand Canyon in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Qiu does handstands in the leaves. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Myella and Qiu throw leaves into the air Sunday in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Communitywide Vote Early Rally Saturday

on October 13, 2014 - 11:41am

Democrats, Republicans, Independents and children and teens are encouraged to attend this patriotic event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/LADP

Bring The Band Perry To Los Alamos!

on October 13, 2014 - 10:59am

The Perry Band. Courtesy photo


Local State Farm Agents Abe Dispennette and Lou Santoro have partnered together with Los Alamos High School to help raise awareness for safe teen driving.

First, the not-so-good news: More teens die from car crashes than any other cause. And the first year of driving is the most dangerous.

The good news: There’s something we all can do about it. And it involves a celebration!

That’s what Celebrate My Drive is about – celebrating this big, new life of freedom that comes with a driver’s license.

Los Alamos 3rd Quarter 2014 Housing News And Statistics

on October 13, 2014 - 10:47am

Chart of the median sales prices for the 3rd Quarter of 2014 for the Los Alamos Area. Courtesy/LAAOR


  • Los Alamos Area Condos & Townhome Sales Up; Single Family Home Sales Hold Steady

Single Family home sales inched up from 67 in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 to 69 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also saw an uptick from $19.8M in 2013 to $21.1M for the 3rd Quarter of 2014.

Condo and Townhome sales more than doubled in the 3rd Quarter of 2014 to 14 units compared to six units sold in the same Quarter of 2013. The median price of Condo and Townhome sales noted a rise of 4

Los Alamos Named 2014 Google eCity For New Mexico

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am


Los Alamos has been named the 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy. 

Google will recognize the Los Alamos' innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

Letter to the Editor: Dogs And Anonymity

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am
Los Alamos

While I appreciate that some people don't feel comfortable actually talking to their neighbors, please stop publishing anonymous letters about dog barking.

I have about the same interest in listening to an anonymous person whining about something they are doing nothing to resolve as I do listening to a dog bark incessantly.

If you can't stand up and advocate for yourself then stop complaining about the dog that is just doing that.


LAPD Promotes Officers

on October 13, 2014 - 9:48am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced promotions for the following indivduals:

 EMployee:                     CUrrent Position:                NEw Position:

Jennie Martinez               Detention Officer I                      Detention Officer II

Jude Binion                        Detention Officer I                     Detention Officer II

Joshua Cordova               Detention Officer I                      Detention Officer II

Erika Bustos                     Detention Officer II                    Detention Supervisor

James Keane                     Officer   

UNM-LA CEO Urges Los Alamos To Vote For Bond C

on October 13, 2014 - 9:29am
UNM-Los Alamos

A colleague of mine at UNM recently told me that the upcoming election was “the most uninteresting” he could remember in all his years of observing New Mexico politics. It may be, if the polls are to be believed. But the University of New Mexico and its campus in Los Alamos will have a great deal at stake when voters cast their ballots between now and Nov. 4.

“Bond Question C,” of the state “2014 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act,” asks voters to accept or reject $141 million worth of funding for capital improvements to colleges and

Learn To Dance Starting Tuesday At LAHS

on October 13, 2014 - 9:18am

Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Ever dreamed about learning how to dance? Never had time? Now it’s your chance to learn how to TANGO!

As a part of fundraising efforts for the Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students and their teacher Natasha Barkhudarova are offering four weekly sessions of TANGO dance classes for Beginners, starting Tuesday.

Classes are 7-8 p.m., each Tuesday - Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 - at the Topper Theater at LAHS. No partner is required. Everybody is welcome to join the class.

The cost

Take Wing Week has begun at PEEC: Tuesday Local Beekeeper Demonstrates Simpler Way Of Raising Bees

on October 13, 2014 - 8:53am

Local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees during a program Tuesday at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Take Wing Week has begun at PEEC - a week of programing all about things that fly. 

At 7 pm. Tuesday at PEEC, local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees. Traditionally, raising bees has been quite an involved process. In this program, Enemark will talk about the Top Bar method of keeping bees, which is used widely in countries such as Kenya. The hive can be easily made from scrap wood and at very little cost.