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AFTNM Responds To Closure Of Eastern Child Development Center

on October 1, 2015 - 10:47am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“Without question, the video evidence showing the abuse of a child by a former employee of the Eastern Child Development Center merits their immediate dismissal, arrest, and fullest prosecution under the law. However, it was only through the center staff’s self-reporting of the incident to the Children, Youth, and Families Department and the Albuquerque police department that lead to the firing and subsequent arrest of the individual in question.
“Center staff and

Many Millions To Settle Livermore Lay-off Suit

on October 1, 2015 - 10:39am

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory span one square mile. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

The claims of 129 of the plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit brought by 130 former workers against Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been resolved.

In the settlement, the Laboratory has agreed to pay the former employees a total of $37.25 million in contract damages. 

The lawsuit arose out of a 2008 workforce restructuring at the Laboratory, which impacted more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, the claims of five “test plaintiffs,” out of the 130, were litigated in two separate jury trials.

The first

Cody Unser First Step Foundation Event Oct. 10

on October 1, 2015 - 10:16am
The Cody Unser First Step Foundation (CUFSF) will be in Los Alamos 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 for an Introduction to SCUBA dive at the Aquatic Center, 2760 Canyon Road
Everyone is welcome. All Veterans get in free and there is a $25 charge for others. CUFSF would like to serve as many Veterans and people with disabilities in the community as possible.
Enrollment, Medical Statement, Liability, Safe Diver forms are required. Youth Diving forms are available upon request for those who are under 18 and will be attending the event with a legal guardian.
Visit the

October Hours Announced For National Hispanic Cultural Center Library And History And Literary Arts Building

on October 1, 2015 - 10:08am
National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and History and Literary Arts Building in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NHCC
NHCC News:
Effective today, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and History and Literary Arts Building in Albuquerque will be open to the public Wednesday, Friday and for Saturday public programming only as announced. 
Regular hours for the Library and Building are expected to resume Nov. 2.
The reduced hours are intended to ensure public access to the Library, a community resource treasure, despite current, unexpected shortages in staff.

Heinrich Statement On Final Passage Of Clean Continuing Funding Resolution

on October 1, 2015 - 9:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement today after voting to pass a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through December 11, 2015:

“It’s my hope that this marks the end of governing by manufactured crises and a return to focusing on growing the economy and making sure all Americans get a fair shake at getting ahead.

History Of Jews In LANL's Theoretical Division Discussed At Public Presentation Oct. 4

on October 1, 2015 - 9:55am

LANL News:

Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shlachter notes that in 1945 a "disproportionate fraction" of T Division management was of Jewish origin. He will talk about several of these individuals and explore what role, if any, their religious background played in their lives.

A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los

Bandelier To Raise Entrance Fees In January 2016

on October 1, 2015 - 9:55am
Visitors walk up the trail through the Ancestral Pueblo homes in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
BNM News:
Starting Jan. 1, 2016, Bandelier National Monument will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park. 
New fees will be:
  • Vehicle pass (7 days): $20
  • Individual/bike (7 days): $10
  • Motorcycle (7 days): $15
  • Annual entry pass to Bandelier: $40
Camping fees at Bandelier will remain unchanged at $12 per night. All interagency passes (Senior, Military, Access, Every Kid In A Park, and Volunteer), will continue to be honored.

Hilltopper Fundraiser 'Kick For The Cure' Oct. 2

on October 1, 2015 - 9:51am
The community is encouraged to come out and support the JV and Varsity girls Hilltoppers Friday as they take on the Highland Hornets and raise money for Kick For The Cure!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the money collected at the games goes to support the Los Alamos Council on Cancer - a local organization that helps residents with their fight against cancer.

The community is encouraged to come out and support the Toppers and give generously to this important cause. 

Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2.

Hear Migratory Bird Studies At Nature On Tap

on October 1, 2015 - 9:42am

Karen Paramanandam will facilitate a discussion about alternative energy for Los Alamos at Nature on Tap. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Which birds visit local area canyons and mesas during their migration?

Biologists are conducting a study of migratory bird populations at a site in Bandelier’s backcountry. By catching, measuring, observing, banding, and releasing birds, they hope to identify which species visit Bandelier along their journey. What have they learned so far? How will this data help us in the future?

To answer to these and other questions, the community is invited to take part in

Study Reveals Urban Smoke Absorbs Sunlight, Exacerbating Climate Warming

on October 1, 2015 - 9:35am

A new study by a science team led by LANL stresses the importance of understanding mixed black and brown carbon in smoke emissions for climate models. The particulates found in urban smoke are especially prone to absorbing sunlight and having a heating effect on the planet. A measurement station, shown here (Detling, UK), is one of several deployed in the UK throughout the study. Photo courtesy Manvendra Dubey/LANL

LANL News:

  • First Field Demonstration Of Warming Caused By Soot And Brown Carbon

Cloaking urban areas and wildfire zones, tiny smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere have a

Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am
Courtesy photo
By James Nesmith, Chair
Naturalization Ceremony

Los Alamos is incredibly diverse and culturally rich. We have people from more than 90 countries in our midst and their contributions are incalculable, not just their professional contributions but their cultural contributions.

They are a part of the story and the complex tapestry that is Los Alamos. and at 11 a.m. this Saturday, some of these individuals will take the last step in becoming full-fledged members of our society.

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson Assumes Command Of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center At Kirtland AFB

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson will assume command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) in a ceremony this morning at Hardin Field.

Before coming to the AFNWC, Jansson was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and director of the Armament Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Jansson replaces Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, who is going to the Pentagon to be the deputy chief information officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. Gen.

Experience 17 New Mexico True Adventures During Balloon Fiesta Beginning Saturday Oct. 3

on October 1, 2015 - 9:32am

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins Saturday. CourtesyNMT


The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a list of 17 things for visitors to do during Balloon Fiesta week, encouraging an extended stay for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that travel to see New Mexico’s sky burst with color in early October.
The list, titled “17 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta,” showcases the wide variety of cultural activities and authentic experiences visitors can encounter before, during and after the Albuquerque International

Atomic City Transit Bus And Pickup Collide On NM 4

on October 1, 2015 - 8:59am

An Atomic City Transit (ACT) “Dial a Ride” bus was involved in an accident at about 6:40 a.m. today on N.M. 4 near White Rock. The bus was carrying two passengers and no injuries were reported, however the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. A County spokesperson said that the ACT bus driver took evasive action to avoid a near head on collision with the pickup. The shoulder was soft and the bus rolled onto its side. The road was closed to clear the accident but has re-opened now.

Udall Welcomes OK Of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget For NM

on September 30, 2015 - 10:48pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting today for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11.

The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law.

Toppers Volleyball Steamrolls Capital

on September 30, 2015 - 10:19pm
Voice of the Hilltoppers
Volleyball is a momentum sport. Last Thursday evening the 4th-ranked Toppers hosted the 21st-ranked Capital Jaguars and it took a while for the Topper flywheel to get up to speed, but in the end the Toppers were victorious 25-19, 25-15 and 25-7.
With good passing from the back row and great setting by senior, Samatha Melton, the twin powerhouses of the Topper machine, Sierra Foley and Brianna Montano, combined for 27 kills. 
The Topper serving was on target, too.

Orchid Talk Thursday At White Rock Library

on September 30, 2015 - 9:11pm

Orchids. Courtesy/LAMG

LAMG News:

The Los Alamos Master Gardeners are presenting a talk on orchids by Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids of Santa Fe.

The talk is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the new White Rock Branch Library on the corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4.

The public is invited to attend.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2015

on September 30, 2015 - 9:04pm

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.

Sept. 23 at 10:13 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 36, of Ojo Caliente on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Sept. 23 at 3:40 p.m. / Police arrested Mario Sanchez, 27, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo is not available.



Sept. 24 at 9:56 a.m.

October Night Sky Planetarium Show Friday

on September 30, 2015 - 4:14pm

Night Sky Milky Way Galaxy Astrophotography from Wikimedia Commons by ForestWander. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you want to learn more about the planets, stars, and other visible objects in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a star show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 2600 Canyon Road.

The show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars. After the planetarium show, venture outside for a brief tour of the evening constellations, weather permitting.

The October Night Sky planetarium shows

Faubert Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 30, 2015 - 3:43pm
Runners are off! Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
Madeleine Faubert was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Lower Water Canyon Trail off N.M. 4 near White Rock. 
She was 32 seconds off her predicted time. 5 year old Anders Medin recorded a 39 second differential and was also the fastest 1 mile runner with a time of 12:58. 
Other accurate predictors were Duane Marr at 42 seconds off and Sue Elkins and Felix Candia both at a 45 second difference.
On the the 1 mile course 4 year old Adrian Medin was close behind his brother with a 14:44 and his grandmother Aurea Rojas was the fastest

Final 2015 White Rock Artist Market Saturday

on September 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Artist market at White Rock Visitor Center. Courtesy photo
WRVC News:
The White Rock Artist Market continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, outside the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. 
This market will feature local artists and artisans selling a variety of different types of locally made art. This is the final White Rock Artist Market of 2015. The Artist Markets program will continue in 2016.
For more information, contact Melanie Pena at 505.661.4836 or email
The Los Alamos Meeting & Visitors Bureau is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development

Obituary: William Miles Brittelle Jr. Sept. 27, 2015

on September 30, 2015 - 1:33pm
William Miles Brittelle Jr., departed this world September 27th, 2015 surrounded by his family at home in Los Alamos, NM; he was 83.
Miles was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in his passing by his mother and father Mildred and William M. Brittelle Sr. and his children Christine and Mark. He is survived by his beloved wife Joyce; his revered brother Martin; his cherished children Bill, Greg & Suzi, Matthew, Micah & Stacy, and Mack; his three nieces, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Miles graduated from

Pajarito And Sipapu Announce Earliest Opening Dates In Recent History

on September 30, 2015 - 1:23pm

Riding the lift last season at Pajarito. Courtesy photo


  • More Choices With New Discounted Lift Ticket Products Available This Fall

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area officials have announced the earliest opening dates in the resorts’ recent histories.

The lifts at Sipapu will start turning Saturday, Nov. 14 as the resort prepares to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Pajarito kicks off the ski season earlier this year with lifts scheduled to start turning Friday, Nov. 27.   

Located 20 miles southeast of Taos and known for offering the

Obituary: Jeanne Carpenter Houtz Sept. 25, 2015

on September 30, 2015 - 12:59pm


Jeanne Carpenter Houtz, 93, died quietly in her sleep on Friday, September 25, 2015, in Chandler, AZ.

She was married to Harry Edward Houtz, Jr. in 1949. They had been married for 50 years at the time of his death in 1999.

She is survived by her brother, James Carpenter and his wife, Cleo, of Alexandria, MN; four children: Marguerite, and her husband, Barry Cooper, of Tempe, AZ, their children, Christopher, Shawn, and Amy; Bryan, and his wife, Kelli of Gilbert, AZ, their children, Shaun, Jason, Nathan, Thomas, Ryan, Kylli, and Jeremiah; Stephen, of


Rotarians Tour Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op

on September 30, 2015 - 12:49pm

Former Los Alamos resident David Griggs is in town visiting friends this week and attended Tuesday's Rotary lunch meeting at the Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op. He was given a tour of the facilty along with other Rotarians including Judy Goldie and Peggy Durbin, left. Photo by Katy Korkos