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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Jersey Boys’

on July 24, 2014 - 8:06am
Los Alamos

“Jersey Boys” is Clint Eastwood’s effort to put the hugely successful Broadway musical of the same name on the big screen.

It is the story of Frankie Valli and the original N.J., through their trying to survive in the big time. The music of the Four Seasons plays throughout the film, making it more than worth the price of admission.

The story is told by each of the four band members, cutting away at times to talk straight to the camera.

Movie poster for 'Jersey Boys.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Tommy DeVito’s (Vincent Piazza) version of the story comes's Elite Combine Showcases State's Top High School Football Players

on July 24, 2014 - 8:00am


The seventh annual's Elite Combine powered by Defined Fitness is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and will showcase more than 200 of New Mexico's best high school athletes.

The event is at the Cleveland High School Football Stadium, 4800 Laban Road, NE in Rio Rancho. Admission is free.

Each high school athlete will be tested in five core events:

  • Bench Press;
  • 40-Time;
  • Vertical Jump;
  • Standing Broad Jump; and
  • Shuttle Run.

The 2014 premier event will showcase the athletic talent of top New Mexico high school football players.

PEEC’s Summer Family Evening Explores Night Sky

on July 24, 2014 - 7:53am
View the summer night sky at PEEC’s Star Party July 29. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

Look up on a summer night in Los Alamos, and there is so much to explore. That’s exactly why the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) decided to host a star party Tuesday, July 29 for its final Summer Family Evening of 2014.

Those wishing to attend should meet at PEEC by 8:30 p.m. to drive to the viewing site.

The star party will have learning opportunities for both kids and their parents, with instruction and stories by Chick Keller.

The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is our

Letter to the Editor: Taken Aback By Pricey Fruit Salad

on July 24, 2014 - 7:47am
Los Alamos

Me and my friends were at the grand opening of the new Smith's recently. We waited in line for only about 30 minutes, and we were pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the new shopping center.

Every improvement that could've been made over the old Smith's had been made. We spent the better of three hours there just looking at all the new items they had in stock when my eyes fell upon the most beautiful fruit salad I had ever seen. All sorts of goodies (apples. grapes, peaches, etc.) tucked inside of a nutritious but delicious melon bowl.

I was ready to buy


Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Visits Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:13pm

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was spotted around Los Alamos today including Smith's Marketplace and here at Overlook Park as part of National Hot Dog Day. Photo by David Martinez

UC President Janet Napolitano Expresses Strong Support For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on July 23, 2014 - 2:41pm
UC President Janet Napolitano speaks at a gathering of LANL employees Monday at the NSSB. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a private half hour talk with employees gathered in an auditorium at the National Security Sciences Building Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano spoke of her commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We are proud of our relationship with Los Alamos and we remain unwavering in our support," Napolitano said.

Letter to the Editor: Smith's and Locals

on July 23, 2014 - 1:08pm
Los Alamos
Back in 07 we had need to fill a prescription. Of course, we went to Mr. Anderson. There was a problem with the prescription though -- the medication asked for was written by brand name available only at Smith's. This was the doing of the doctor. When asked, the doctor replied, "well, that's where everyone gets their medications." I don't think I've ever seen Mr. Anderson so steamed.
Smith's seems to have tried to be very careful with the new Marketplace in providing mostly those products which are otherwise not being offered here, suggesting they don't want to

Tickets Available For Guitarist Genevieve Leitner's Performance at Bethe House Thursday

on July 23, 2014 - 12:51pm

Genevieve Leitner

PEEC News:

A few tickets remain for the benefit concert the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold at 7p.m. Thursday, July 24.

Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform for the intimate audience, at the beautifully renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they also will be sold at the door for $40.

The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private

OBITUARY: Emily Mares-Lang – July 21, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 12:04pm

EMILY MARES-LANG July 21, 2014

My beloved Wife, Emily Mares-Lang, 73, a native of Taos, NM, went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2014.

She died at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico of a head trauma after a reckless driver hit her while she was walking.

Emily grew up on La Loma in Taos surrounded by her three sisters, Mom and Dad and neighbors who were all called Tio and Tia. As a young woman Emily was a talented seamstress who taught herself ine tecnniques of making her own cloths.

Family and friends knew her as a person who was totally generous, kind, thoughtful, and


Show Your Passion For Innovation With A Creative Talk

on July 23, 2014 - 11:47am

Image/Los Alamos MainStreet

LANL News:

  • Presentations sought for TechRev Day at Los Alamos ScienceFest

Organizers of Los Alamos ScienceFest, a weeklong celebration of science, are seeking innovative presentations from passionate people with a love of innovation.

“TechRev Day, a ScienceFest event, will showcase a series of 15-minute presentations from students, educators, scientists, engineers, bloggers, inventors and other creative types who are just bursting at the seams to share their contagious enthusiasm about innovation or innovation-related topics,” said Shandra Clow of Los Alamos

Curiosity's Rock-Zapping Laser Sparks New Interest

on July 23, 2014 - 11:29am


LANL News:

Last week the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover captured a series of images that showed the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) rock-zapping laser in action.

Although the ChemCam laser has fired more than 150,000 times on Mars, this marks the first time the plasma plume created by the laser has been captured on film.

Each time the laser hits a target, the plasma light is captured by the system’s 4.3-inch aperture telescope, which sends the light down an optical fiber to a spectrometer located in the body of the rover.

Hiking, Biking, Beer & Music July 26

on July 23, 2014 - 11:14am

LABC News:

The Second Annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is Saturday, July 26 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sullivan Field.

As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support their community and fellow cooperative.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 23, 2014 - 11:04am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson. Begin Again, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will run for another week. Jersey Boys will end this Thursday so don’t miss it.

Next week on Aug. 1, we will definitely open Guardians of the Galaxy, and the following week Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is certain. The film I’ve been working hard to open on Aug. 8 is The Hundred Foot Journey which is perfect for this town. Disney is saying we don’t make the cut again for opening weekend but we can get it by Aug.

Three Los Alamos Scientists Named ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

on July 23, 2014 - 10:59am

LANL News:

  • Aiken, Korber and Perelson spotlighted in Thomson Reuters report

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Allison Aiken, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson have been named to Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

“To have three of our premier scientists recognized on this list is a great honor and attests to the intellectual vitality that feeds the breadth of disciplines essential to our national security mission,” LANL Director Charles McMillan said.

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/


  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.



Letter to the Editor: Stop The Cones, Stop The Madness

on July 23, 2014 - 10:28am
Los Alamos

Anyone who has been through the center of town lately knows there's a lot of road work. As a result of said road work, motorists need to re-route themselves often and many oft-traveled trails are missing in action.

Alas, road work is often a necessary evil. Be it for repairing, adding to, or updating the roads and other infrastructure, construction usually has a place in Los Alamos. However, these projects introduce a new feature to the vehicular landscape that creates a threat equaled by no other: Cones.


Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

on July 23, 2014 - 10:07am

Madelyn Creedon

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Los Alamos Community Winds Presents Free Concert at 7 p.m. Today at Ashley Pond

on July 23, 2014 - 9:55am

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a free concert at 7 p.m. today, July 23, at Ashley Pond. The community is invited to bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket and enjoy a slice of Americana as LACW continues the tradition of the town band with a concert of light music and good, old-fashioned popular tunes. File photo

Local Shiz Tsu Went Missing Last Week

on July 23, 2014 - 9:40am

DJ went missing last week in the North Mesa area. Courtesy photo


A Los Alamos family is offering a $500 reward for the return of their beloved shiz tsu DJ.

While the family was on vacation last week, DJ, along with another family dog, was under the care of a friend when he ran away.

DJ is brown and white and responds to his name being called but is shy, so might try to run away from people he doesn’t know. The family heard a report that DJ was last seen on Camino Uva but said he could be anywhere in the North Mesa area.

He is brown and white and responds to DJ.


Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

Zach Medin Best Predictor Tuesday Night

on July 23, 2014 - 8:59am

Los Alamos Relay For Life 2014 Is All Day Event Aug. 23

on July 23, 2014 - 8:33am

ACS News:

The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay for Life, a Team Fundraiser to Fight Back against cancer, is set for 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Ashley Pond.

This year's event is a bit different in that it will be an all day event rather than overnight. The Relay for teams to raise money for the ACS will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., during which a few to several people will walk or jog around Ashley Pond.

Teams may signup for the ACS Los Alamos Relay for Life at Team captains may schedule and coordinate the activities of their team to


OBITUARY: Max Brinkman Dec. 20, 1925–June 30, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 7:40am

MAX BRINKMAN (aka Maxene Beckman) Dec. 20, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Max Brinkman of Eagle, Idaho passed away peacefully on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 20, 1925.

She was a longtime resident of Los Alamos and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years.

Max was an avid tennis player. Once during a tennis match, Max fell and hurt her wrist but didn’t stop playing until she had won the match. Later she discovered she’d broken her wrist. She also loved to ski and taught her two granddaughters ages 2 and 4 to ski.

Max is


Letter to the Editor: Volunteers & Donations Made YMCA’s July Fourth Family Fun Run Successful

on July 23, 2014 - 7:24am
Sports and Adventure Program Director
Los Alamos Family YMCA

I would like to thank all those who helped with the YMCA’s July Fourth Family Fun Run. This community event would not happen each year without the sponsors, donors, volunteers and of course the participants.

The event was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center and Southwest Safety Services Inc.