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Obituary: Abelina ‘Lita’ Lovato Aug. 14, 2016

on August 16, 2016 - 7:12pm


Abelina “Lita” Lovato, 89, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away of a lengthy illness on Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Abelina was preceded in death by her parents, Abelino and Rose Lucero; daughter, Betty Roberta Lovato, son, Alex Lovato Jr.; sisters, Sophie, Mary, Esther, and Simon.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Alejandro “Alex” Lovato; children, Betty Ann Valdez, Rita Jo Romero (Leroy), Rudy Lovato (Madeline), and Elias Lovato; grandchildren, Debbie Roybal (Bryant), Norma Escobedo (Adrian), Mark Valdez, Maranda Lovato, great-grandchildren,


Unitarian Church: ‘Songs For A Summer Evening’ Friday

on August 16, 2016 - 5:38pm


The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is presenting “Songs for a Summer Evening,” a concert celebrating the grand opening of its new building. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

Quartetto Enérgico will play works by Haydn and Mozart. The quartet features Rachel Hixson and Lee Harvey on violins, Kathy Gursky on viola, and Jim Knudson on cello. Sopranos Jess Cullinan and Nora Cullinan will sings works by Mendelssohn, Barber and Gordon, featuring Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” Nylea Butler-Moore and Cindy Little accompany on piano.

Admission to

Accident At Camel Rock Backs Up Traffic To Pojoaque

on August 16, 2016 - 5:23pm


A reader just arrived in Los Alamos from Santa Fe and said that an accident on 84/285 south at Camel Rock has traffic backed up to Pojoaque.

Rotary Interact Students From Los Alamos High School Welcome Exchange Student Ida Mattila From Finland

on August 16, 2016 - 4:47pm

Rotary Interact students from Los Alamos High School welcome the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s new exchange student, Ida Mattila, second from right, from Finland. From left, Mikayla Hanawalt, Interact Club President Faith Koh, Mattila and 2016 graduate Leslie Thalmann. Koh and Thalmann both traveled abroad in 2014-15 as Rotary Youth Exchange students to France and Belgium, respectively. To learn more about Rotary Youth Programs, contact Club President Rob Metcalf at 670.8336. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Registration Open For Fall Classes At UNM-LA

on August 16, 2016 - 4:42pm
Students find the small class size one of the keys to their success at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs 
Fall classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin on August 22.
Registration is open, and there is still available space in most classes. UNM-LA offers academic classes and academic programs in a variety of subjects to help students who are interested in increasing their knowledge, improving their skills, entering the workforce, or transferring to four-year degree programs.
In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA also

Los Alamos High School Softball Team Waits Out Storm

on August 16, 2016 - 4:38pm

The Los Alamos High School Girls Softball Team shows good humor while waiting out the rain and lighting Saturday during their golf tournament. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert At Ashley Pond

on August 16, 2016 - 10:40am
Emily Gimble belts out a song at the Summer Concert Friday evening in the Pavillion at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
On air. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pat Boyer and concert promoter Russ Gordon share a dance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kathy and Steve Boerigter are all smiles as they dance under the stars at Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Passing through. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
What have we here? Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Explore The Universe: Modern Astrophysics For Everyone

on August 16, 2016 - 10:17am
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UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos Community Education is offering a unique opportunity for all community members who have an interest in learning more about the universe.
Beginning Aug. 23 and running through November, “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone” will meet 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In this class, students will work in small teams on current, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, guided by mentors who work as astrophysicists at LANL and span a wide range of expertise. Class facilitator Dr.

Luján And White House Drug Policy Director Hold Conference Call Today; Community Forum Thursday

on August 16, 2016 - 8:59am
National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli
WASHINGTON, D.C.  National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will travel to Albuquerque Thursday, Aug. 18, to host a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug misuse and heroin use.
This is one of a series of forums across the country that will continue the conversation that President Obama began in West Virginia in October of last year, when he announced new public and private sector efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

Director Botticelli will

SFNF: Forest Restoration Grants Awarded

on August 16, 2016 - 8:43am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  As part of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), the Santa Fe National Forest has awarded more than $1 million in grants for forest rehabilitation, riparian restoration and the environmental planning analysis for future restoration work.
The 2016 grants will go to the following recipients:
  • $360,000 to Padilla Logging Restoration LLC to purchase heavy equipment and expand capacity to support forest rehabilitation work.
  • $359,994 to WildEarth Guardians to decommission 15 miles of road, restore 200 acres of meadow by removing small trees, and perform

State’s Largest 'Walk To End Alzheimer’s' Sept. 17

on August 16, 2016 - 8:42am
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announce that at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Albuquerque will host the state's largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
The event is at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza and more than 2,000 residents from Albuquerque and surrounding communities are expected to participate to raise awareness and promote research for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s flagship fundraiser, and its largest event, with Walks scheduled across the country from Summer through Fall.

White Rock Pottery Replica Project Now Complete

on August 16, 2016 - 8:32am

The last piece of the White Rock Pottery Replica project, a large 10-foot in diameter plate patterned after a Maria Martinez plate, was installed Aug. 8 on an exterior wall at the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. This is part of the Los Alamos County Public Art Collection.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The 10-foot in diameter plate installed Aug. 8 on an exterior wall at the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Planetarium Film: ‘Exploding Universe’ Aug. 19, 20, 21

on August 16, 2016 - 7:53am
The family-friendly film ‘Exploding Universe’ plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) new planetarium film, “Exploding Universe”, explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide and protons give birth to life as is known today.
This family-friendly film plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on Canyon

Daily Postcard: Saturday Evening Sky Over Los Alamos

on August 16, 2016 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Saturday evening's sky paints a spectacular picture over Los Alamos. Photo by Phil Dabney

C-130 Drops Water On Pajarito Mountain For Movie

on August 15, 2016 - 8:51pm

The C-130 transport aircraft is spotted this afternoon flying around Pajarito Mountain to drop a large quantity of water for the film 'Granite Mountain' that is being filmed in the area. Photo by Donna Reil

Alert: Motorists Can Expect Traffic Delays On Diamond Today

on August 15, 2016 - 3:28pm


Los Alamos County officials announced that utility work on Orange Street and Diamond Drive will create a 10-minute delay for this evening's commuters heading north on Diamond Drive. Supporting the Western Area Phase 4 improvements, construction crews have been replacing waterlines in the Denver Steels area, requiring a lane drop on Diamond Drive. For the past two weeks, construction crews have been removing traffic control devices to eliminate the lane drop on Diamond Drive and accommodate the evening rush hour traffic. However, a water tie-in scheduled for Monday, Aug.

LAPS Announces Its Back To School Web Page

on August 15, 2016 - 3:19pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is proud to announce its Back to School web page ( Whether you are new to the LAPS district or returning to continue your academic career, this web page is packed with useful information.

Think of it as a concierge service for all of your back to school needs, including information about academics and activities. 

In our Find It Fast sectionvisit our Back to School card, there are links to our school calendar, each school's home page, registration links and web tools for parents.

U.S. Rep. Luján Tours Los Alamos Nature Center

on August 15, 2016 - 2:59pm

PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson, left, shows a map of Los Alamos trails to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján during his visit Friday afternoon to the Los Alamos Nature Center. The congressman was joined on the tour by Council Chair Rick Reiss, County Manager Harry Burgess and Council candidate Chris Chandler. when he left the Nature Center, Luján was scheduled to visit the Los Alamos Teen Center and look over the renovations at Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos History Museum. Photo by Chris Clark/

PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson discusses Los Alamos trails with U.S. Rep.

Scenes From 2016 Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade

on August 15, 2016 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos High School's NJROTC leads the 2016 Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo parade Satuday morning down Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Hilltopper Band. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
'Topper flags. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Spectators settle in for Satuday's parade on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Park rangers and their mascot. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Park Ranger waves to the crowd lining Central Avenue for Saturday's parade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Scenes From 'Born To Be Wild' Opening Reception

on August 15, 2016 - 1:37pm
Jocelyn Warner with her work at Friday's opening reseption of 'Born to be Wild' at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Alligator. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Lori and Robert Gibson examine a sculpture. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wildflower 3. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artists Lily Schlein and Ted Greer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Piece by Valentina Devine. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
One of the Wild Ones. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Amy Bjarke of

Heinrich Launches Online Zika Resource Center

on August 15, 2016 - 1:24pm

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From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is providing New Mexicans with critical resources and raising awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

Today, he launched a Zika Resource Center on his website to provide information about the virus and tools to help New Mexicans stay healthy.

“While the Zika crisis grows, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans have access to critical information about how to keep themselves and their families safe during the summer months and while traveling.

LANL: Wiring Reconfiguration Saves Millions For Trinity Supercomputer

on August 15, 2016 - 12:59pm

The first row of cabinets for the new Trinity supercomputerat Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New wiring, prefab tray cables and aluminum power cables reduce cost and time

A moment of inspiration during a wiring diagram review has saved more than $2 million in material and labor costs for the Trinity supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Laboratory’s High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities team, led by Data Center Manager Ron Velarde of HPC-Design (HPC-DES), discovered the potential to re-engineer Cray’s initial wiring diagram for the power feed

Los Alamos County Fair Prize Winners Chosen

on August 15, 2016 - 11:05am
Exhibit winners are chosen including these examples of fine fare at the Los Alamos County Fair Saturday at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Grand Champion sweet treat. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Blooming quilt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Prize needlework. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The best in fine art. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Playing card tutu. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Olympic Rings in Legos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photography attracts

Superintendent Welcomes Staff Back To School

on August 15, 2016 - 9:59am

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus welcomes staff back to school during this morning's all hands meeting at Dwayne Smith Auditorium. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Police Advisory: Be Aware That School Begins Thursday

on August 15, 2016 - 9:48am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school is back in session this Thursday and officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure all students, parents and staff return from summer break safely and have an enjoyable school year.

LAPD also would like to remind parents whose children are taking Atomic City Transit to school to ensure they are aware of the bus routes they are supposed to take.

At the start of school last year, several children were reported missing because they were confused about the different