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Men Paint Rock Purple To Draw Attention To Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 16, 2014 - 11:16am
Los Alamos Police Officers were joined by John Hughes of Metzger's Best Buy in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto to paint the rock Wednesday in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone adds some finishing touches to the rock. The group wants to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence.

Eight Council Candidates Speak At Kiwanis

on October 16, 2014 - 11:10am

Democratic candidates for council from left, Andrea Cunningham and Susan O'Leary, Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster, and council candidates Michael Redondo and David Izraelevitz. Photo by Don Casperson

Republican candidates for council from left, Rick L. Reiss, Billy J. McKerley,  John L. Bliss and James T. Chrobocinski. Photo by Don Casperson


All eight of the General Election candidates seeking the four positions open on the County Council have spoken at Kiwanis recently.


Barranca's Lynne Higdon Named 2014 NM Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

on October 16, 2014 - 10:55am

Lynne Higdon holding her awards for New Mexico Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Lynne Higdon, the physical education teacher at Barranca Elementary School, was named the 2014 New Mexico Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made at the State PE Conference in Albuquerque.

Higdon demonstrates rope turning in Double Dutch. Courtesy/LAPS

Higdon has served as the PE teacher at Barranca for the past 10 years.

SGR: Advance NM Now PAC Caught Lying To Voters

on October 16, 2014 - 10:20am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


Statement from Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, "After a string of fraudulent mailers and yesterday's (Oct. 15) utterly false attack against a vote I didn't even make, Advance New Mexico Now PAC has clearly illustrated their disregard for the facts and the depths with which they will deceive to sway an election. The truth is that I voted against the bill cited in the mailer and Advance New Mexico PAC and my opponent have repeatedly distorted the facts instead of focusing on real solutions to solve New Mexico's problems.

"I am

County Posts New Open Forum Question Today

on October 16, 2014 - 9:59am


Los Alamos County has opened a new question on its Open Forum, asking residents to weigh in about a proposed change in the length of time required that must pass before Council could consider a request to name a County facility after a deceased person.

Current code requirements are six months after the person’s death, but the proposal would increase that time frame to five years. Comments will be collected on the forum until 4 p.m., Oct. 28, the date that the public hearing on the ordinance has been set for the regular Council meeting at 7 p.m.

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am


 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

SFNF Pecos And Las Vegas Ranger Stations Change Operating Hours

on October 16, 2014 - 8:55am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger Stations have changed operating hours for selling Forest maps and Forest product permits (i.e., firewood, latillas, vigas, wildlings, and posts).

Although the ranger stations will remain open for business 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m., the new hours for sales are 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-3 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-4 p.m. in Las Vegas. 

For more information, contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Stations at

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on October 16, 2014 - 8:28am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

Bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos - Vote Today

on October 16, 2014 - 8:12am

The Band Perry in a live performance. Courtesy photo


Don't forget to vote today and everyday through Oct. 24 and show our teenagers your support for safe driving and help them win awesome prizes!

Stay faithful and keep voting and put Los Alamos on the leaders board to bring The Band Perry to town. Vote at


House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Speaks At Jemez Springs Community Meeting 7-8 p.m. Today

on October 16, 2014 - 8:00am

House Dist. 43 Rep. Geoff Rodgers


The public is invited to attend a "Meet the Candidate" event for Geoff Rodgers, Republican candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43.

Rodgers is a longtime Los Alamos resident who currently serves as chair of the Los Alamos County Council.

Today's event is 7-8 p.m., in the Jemez Springs Conference Room of the Library.

Light refreshments will be served.


Robotics Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Oct. 23

on October 16, 2014 - 7:46am

League of Women Voters Education Meeting Oct. 22

on October 16, 2014 - 7:34am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters' Los Alamos Education Study Committee has been researching the issue of communication between the Los Alamos School Board and citizens. 

The focus is on high district-wide concerns such as the budget and the strategic plan as well as the distribution of information. 

The public is invited to an open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at UNM/LA, Building 2, Room 230 to learn how the study is progressing.

Kiwanis Donates $500 For Lunch Box Program At LAMS

on October 16, 2014 - 7:20am

Kiwanis President Steve Boerigter presents a $500 check to Erica Sullivan Oct. 7 to assist the Unitarian Church in its Lunch Box Program at Los Alamos Middle School. Sullivan said the church launched the program after learning that there was an 'extreme need' at LAMS for meals for children who came to school hungry. She told Kiwanis, 'Thank you so much. This makes a huge difference to those children.' Photo by Don Casperson

Bill Hudson Speaks At MOWW Oct. 21

on October 16, 2014 - 6:24am

Iwo Jima Veteran Bill Hudson

MOWW News:

Bill Hudson of Los Alamos is be guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars October General Meeting at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe.

The meeting is Oct. 21 in the Los Alamos Research Park 2nd floor conference room on West Jemez Road. The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Hudson will speak at about 7:15 p.m. of joining the US Marine Corp, and his experience in Iwo Jima and WWll. 

The Military Order of the World Wars dinner


Community Invited To Witness 20 People Become American Citizens At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on October 15, 2014 - 6:37pm

Twenty individuals from nine countries wll become Americans at Historic Fuller Lodge Saturday. Courtesy/LAC


In keeping with its outreach to the international community, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will host a Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 at Fuller Lodge. 

At the event:

  • U.S. Chief District Judge M. Christina Armijo will preside;
  • Boy Scout Troop 22, also known as the Ranch School Troop and the third oldest continuously registered troop in the nation, will post the colors;
  • opera singer Christina Martos Hilton will sing the

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Federal/Local Officials To Announce $8 Million To Improve Access To Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

on October 15, 2014 - 6:10pm

From left, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Mountain View Neighborhood Association President Angela West at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE At the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined U.S.

Homelessness in Los Alamos

on October 15, 2014 - 5:28pm

Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church put together food packets to distribute to homeless people in Los Alamos and other communities. Courtesy photo

Homelessness in Los Alamos

Self Help, Inc.

Reggie has been finding doorways and a local park restroom to sleep in each night. He is a former LANL employee who over a period of a year lost his job, his home and vehicle, and his marriage.

Barbara and Kurt, a young couple with an infant, were both laid off in September.

Vote Now To Bring The Band Perry To Los Alamos

on October 15, 2014 - 4:45pm

The Band Perry, a family band best known for their breakout hit 'If I Die Young,' performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards after winning the coveted Top New Artist award. Courtesy photo


Voting starts today to bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos and it's very simple:

  • Click:
  • Click on "Make Your Safe Driving Commitment"
  • Login with your email address and birthdate
  • Search for Los Alamos High School
  • Answer two safe driving questions and submit your vote. (Abe admits he got one question wrong!)

Local State Farm Agents Abe Dispennette and Lou


Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 3rd Quarter Crime Statistics

on October 15, 2014 - 4:11pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Department's Records Division.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime). Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Mountain Elementary's Annual Halloween Carnival Oct. 17

on October 15, 2014 - 2:49pm

From left, PTA President Abe Dispennette, Treasurer Kristin Kucko, Secretary Julia Baker and Vice President James Chrobocinski invite the community to come out for Mountain Elementary School's annual Carnival at 4:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17. There will be lots of fun and games for kids and parents to play and all funds raised go to the Mountain School PTA. People are able to donate on if they wish as well. Courtesy photo

Testicular Cancer Seminar With Dr. Eric D. Bernstein Oct. 23

on October 15, 2014 - 2:37pm

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH


Testicular Cancer is the Most Common and Most Treatable Cancer in Young Men

Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. 

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be speaking. The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer (LACC), begins with a free light supper 5:15-6 p.m. followed immediately by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a question and answer session.


County Launches New Webpage For Ordinances And Resolutions

on October 15, 2014 - 2:23pm


In its continued efforts to make it easy for citizens to find and review public notices, Los Alamos County has launched a new section on the Clerk’s webpage for published ordinances and resolutions.

When the Clerk’s Office submits the ordinance or resolution for publication to the local newspaper of record in order to meet legal posting requirements, they also will post the title and a PDF file of the ordinance or resolution being proposed for the public to download from this new webpage.

The date of introduction and public hearing also are posted for easy reference.

Letter to the Editor: We Extend Our Sympathy To Residents Enduring Barking Dogs

on October 15, 2014 - 2:15pm
By Los Alamos Couple

Dear County Councilors, Law Enforcement Officers and Residents,

We read with interest the letters from individuals and families who are frustrated with the difficulty of enforcing the nuisance dog barking ordinance and the lack of sensitivity and cooperation on the part of neighbors who continue to allow their dogs to bark and annoy others. 

We extend our sympathy and support to these residents. We know it can be a lonely battle. It’s one we’ve been fighting for over four years with considerable, but not total, success.


Give A Child A Smile ... Become A Mentor

on October 15, 2014 - 7:57am

YMCA News:
  • Y Mentoring Program Hosts Informational Sessions

The Family YMCA is hosting two question and answer sessions regarding Y youth mentoring at noon and again at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

People interested in youth mentoring should attend either of the sessions lasting about 45 minutes. Mentors must be over 23 years old, complete the mentor training and pass a background check. The informational sessions accompany The Y’s Fall Youth Mentoring Challenge aiming to match 30 of Los Alamos youth with caring adult mentors by December.

The two sessions will be held at the Y Express conference room


Take Wing Week Continues At PEEC Thursday With Special Screening Of A Birder’s Guide To Everything

on October 15, 2014 - 7:51am
PEEC News:
Thursday PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater will present a special screening of A Birder’s Guide to Everything, as part of PEEC’s Take Wing Week.
This is a touching film for all ages, about a 15-year-old birding fanatic who thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
There will be a special introduction by local birder Hari Viswanathan, who will briefly recount his own birding discovery of a lifetime.
The movie is 6:30