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Pajarito Mountain Finishes Season With More Days On Slopes And Increased Skier Visits!

on April 27, 2016 - 3:54pm

Scenes From QNM Summit With Speaker Jim Collins

on April 27, 2016 - 2:22pm

Many Los Alamos residents joined some 2,000 people at the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit to hear internationally renowned leadership speaker Jim Collins April 12 at Isleta Resort. From left, UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus who is a new member of the QNM Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank is a major sponsor of the QNM Summit. LANB officials from left, Rod Pittman, Jillian Bartley, Cathe McClard, Anne Kain and CEO John Gulas.

Books For Babies Project Exceeds Expectations

on April 27, 2016 - 12:43pm
Barranca Elementary School students gather with hospital staff this morning at Los Alamos Medical Center to celebrate the student's success in raising $622 for their ‘Books for Babies’ Service Project. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAMC Chief Financial Officer Steve Winegeart congratulates students this morning on the success of their service project. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1st through 4th grade students set a goal of $500 for their “Books for Babies” Service Project.

Pig & Fig Café’s Food & Wine Pairing Benefit Los Alamos Special Olympics May 12

on April 27, 2016 - 11:56am
Pig + Fig Café — the northern New Mexico eatery that’s gaining notoriety for its gourmet comfort food — will host ‘A Very “Special” Wine Dinner’ benefiting Los Alamos Special Olympics at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at its 35 Rover Blvd. location in White Rock.
The six-course dinner features rare and highly sought-after wines paired with new American delicacies such as Hudson Valley foie gras, ratatouille stuffed squash blossoms and candied Berkshire pork belly.

UNM-LA Hosts Free Jazz Concert Friday

on April 27, 2016 - 11:54am
Lenny Tischler stands in front of a mural on the UNM-LA campus. Tischler is an adjunct lecturer at the college. He also teaches jazz in Santa Fe. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-LA News:
Lenny Tischler will perform “Freedom Work: Folk Forms and Variations” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Student Center (Building 2) at the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos (UNM-LA).
The public is invited to attend this free performance, which serves as the culmination of UNM-LA’s “April is for the Arts” celebration.
“Freedom Work” evolved from a single piece to a 5-part suite over the course of two decades.

GOP Statement On Cruz, Kasich Efforts In New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 11:51am
RPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement Monday on the news that Sen. Ted Cruz would cease campaigning in New Mexico and let Gov. John Kasich compete here on his own: 

"The New Mexico Primary is going to be very important this year, and when every delegate matters, we certainly understand that campaigns will have to decide strategically where to compete, and they have every right to do so," RPNM spokesman Tucker Keene said.

Letter To The Editor: LAPD Is An Important Community Partner And We Thank Them

on April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
Executive Director
Pajarito Environmental Education Center

I would like to thank the Los Alamos Police Department on behalf on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the assistance they have been giving us in tracking down the vandal who has attempted to stop participation in our Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC designed this program as a fun way to get kids and adults outside, enjoying our many beautiful trails.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 20 To April 26, 2016

on April 27, 2016 - 10:40am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

April 20 at 7:05 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card on Diamond Drive without permission. The estimated loss is less than $300.

April 21 at 10 a.m. / Police charged a 14-year-old Espanola boy with the unlawful possession of switchblades at 2101 Hawk Dr., and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.


April 21 at

Register For Los Alamos Youth Football & Cheer

on April 27, 2016 - 9:43am

DOE/NNSA Awards $13.1 Million Design-Build Contract To Gardner Zemke For Electrical Substation At LANL

on April 27, 2016 - 9:25am

Elements of a substation: A-Primary power lines' side. B-Secondary power lines' side. 1-Primary power lines. 2-Ground wire. 3-Overhead lines. 4-Transformer for measurement of electric voltage. 5-Disconnect switch. 6-Circuit breaker. 7-Current transformer. 8-Lightning arrester. 9-Main transformer. 10-Control building. 11-Security fence. 12-Secondary power lines. Source:


Under an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

Letter To The Editor: Wow!

on April 27, 2016 - 8:52am

Los Alamos

In February of 2014 and again in May of 2015 we were surprised by a knock on our door. A utilities crew told us they were coming into our yard to find a leak. Looking over our back fence, each time we discovered a river of the county’s water emanating from our yard and washing across our neighbors’ yards and into the street.

The water main runs through our neighbor’s backyard and connects to our delivery line there.

More Scenes From Saturday's Earth Day Festival

on April 27, 2016 - 8:33am

Scene from the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from PEEC's annual

Community Celebrates Earth Day At Nature Center

on April 27, 2016 - 8:24am

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Files Petition To Form New Unit At Highlands University

on April 27, 2016 - 7:46am
AFT News:
LAS VEGAS  The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico released the following statements in response to the recent representational campaign at Highlands University:
“We stand behind the staff at NMHU and their desire to be recognized as a bargaining unit in our union, and we support their right to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.

Pajarito Greenhouse Plant Shipment Delayed

on April 27, 2016 - 7:41am

Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox with a flower basket. Courtesy photo


Pajarito Greenhouse will be open today at 9 a.m., however the large shipment of plants they expect will not arrive until noon.

The staff suggests shoppers come around 1 p.m. to find the plant best selection.


Nature Center Presents 'We Are Stars' To Show Friday

on April 27, 2016 - 7:40am
PEEC News:
From the makers of We are Astronomers, comes an exciting film that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) new planetarium film, We are Stars, connects life on earth to the evolution of the universe by investigating the chemistry of stars. This family-friendly film will premiere at 7 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium, Astrophysicist Dr. Richard Wallace will give a talk and be available to answer questions.
Richard Wallace has a Ph.D.

DPNM Commends Balderas For Working To Protect Access To Health Care Services In Northern New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 7:38am
DPNM News:
SANTA FE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) commended Attorney General Hector Balderas for working to protect access to health care services for women in northern New Mexico.

“We are proud that Attorney General Balderas is standing for women who have lost access to services that keep our families healthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Ensuring all New Mexicans have access to quality health care is the right thing to do, and women in rural New Mexico should not have to jump through hoops to get the care they need.”

Recently, Alta

Letter To The Editor: Between Trump And Clinton...

on April 27, 2016 - 7:36am
Los Alamos
I once swore that I would never vote for Hillary for President. It's funny how life seems to always make one eat one's words. If the choice be between Hillary and Donald, I would now have to vote for Hillary.
The reason I didn't like her is because I thought she was self-serving and only interested in her own welfare. But she was a very good Secretary of State and that made me change my opinion of her. What was most important to me, was that she never spoke of her own plans during that time. She was a team player and totally followed the will of her President.

Polka Dot Powerhouse Opens Newest Chapter

on April 27, 2016 - 7:29am
PDP News:
SANTA FE  Polka Dot Powerhouse has announced its newest chapter location in Santa Fe.
The chapter’s inaugural launch meeting will occur Thursday, June 2. Positive women interested in business connection can attend their first meeting at no cost. Additional meetings occur monthly and participants are encouraged to register in advance. Registration is open and available here.
Polka Dot Powerhouse is an expansive, rapidly-growing, closely connected family of extraordinary professional women from around the globe.

Spring Open House At Kindred Spirits May 7-8

on April 27, 2016 - 7:25am


EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
Investigations Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
Today EWG, which has

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30

on April 27, 2016 - 7:21am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds—2,762 tons—of unused prescription drugs in the past five years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.
The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA’s tribal and local law enforcement partners 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, Saturday April 30. This service is free of charge, with

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise From Quemazon

on April 27, 2016 - 7:14am

Daily Postcard: Another colorful sunrise is spotted Sunday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Green Lights Utilities Department's $71.4 Million FY17 Budget

on April 26, 2016 - 8:40pm

Deputy Utility Manager Robert Westervelt, left, and DPU Manager Tim Glasco present their proposed budget to Council this evening in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council members unanimously vote to tentatively approve the DPU's proposed FY2017 budget at this evening's meeting. Councilors from left, Kristin Henderson, Steven Girrens, Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, Chair Rick Reiss, David Izraelevitz, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council approved 7-0 the