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Letter to the Editor: We Could Make Something Special Happen At Old Smiths

on October 23, 2014 - 10:16am
Los Alamos

While having a whale and jellyfish would be an awesome attraction I'd like to expand on that idea to include a tank containing sharks with laser beams on their heads and if we can get in touch with John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park, maybe he can create a Plesiosaurs or Mososaurus.

In the freezer storage area we could leave the freezers intact and operational so to allow for an Arctic climate. That area could house a colony of penguins, walrus, polar bears and some Siberian Huskies. 

The options are endless and as a community of highly educated and


Small Business Saturday Meeting Set For Tuesday

on October 23, 2014 - 10:01am


Do you own or run a small business in Los Alamos? Are you interested in making Small Business Saturday great for the community?

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching on Nov. 29. Pet Pangaea LLC would like to invite all local, independent small business owners or managers to a meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 159 Central Park Square. We’ll watch a video packed with fantastic ideas on the use of social media for Small Business Saturday and then brainstorm ideas.

If possible, please RSVP to here so that we may plan adequate supplies for the meeting.

Letter to the Editor: Ads Distort Proven Benefits Of First Born Program

on October 23, 2014 - 10:00am

Founder First Born Program

As the founder and former Program Manager of the First Born Program of Los Alamos County, I feel compelled to respond to negative print and radio ads attacking home visiting programs. Recent ads depicting government monitors and mandatory home visits are pure distortion and demonstrate either a frightening ignorance of (or a deliberate choice to ignore) the proven benefits of early childhood development programs.

Across our state, home visitation is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it works.

Nominations Sought For New Living Treasures

on October 23, 2014 - 9:36am


Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30, and a nine-member board will chose three new Treasures, who will be honored at a ceremony in April 2015. Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public; letters should include the following information:

  • When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
  • In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
  • How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
  • How did the contributions

Letter to the Editor: Who Cares If LAHS Is #1 If Your Child Hates Going To School Every Day?

on October 23, 2014 - 9:22am

Los Alamos

I read the article about how Los Alamos High School is the #1 high school in the state. I guess that’s great if that is what is important to the school district. After all, their goal is to be in the top 100 schools in the nation.

What concerns me is that the district cares so much about getting recognition for what they do rather than simply serving the students in our community well and making sure that ALL of them have the chance to succeed.

I’ve been an educator in this state for 30 years and I have worked in many New Mexico communities.


Venture Acceleration Fund Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

on October 23, 2014 - 9:12am
RDC News:

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and administered by the Regional Development Corporation received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at IEDC's annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.


The IEDC annually recognizes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders. The VAF program was one of 34 recognized by the IEDC.

LANL: Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

on October 23, 2014 - 9:06am

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

LANL News:

  • New Rocket Propellant and Motor Design Offers High Performance and Safety

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.

"What we're trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that's both very high-energy, as well as very safe," said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the Laboratory.

SFI Colloquium: The History of the Universe ...

on October 23, 2014 - 8:09am

John Mather

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a colloquium titled “The History of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going” by John Mather of NASA at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is David Pines.

Abstract. The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents ‘Transfigured Night’

on October 23, 2014 - 8:06am
Mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski will join the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra for 'Transfigured Night.' Courtesy photo

SFPM News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica is delighted to welcome back mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski, joining the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra (Thomas O’Connor, conductor) in a feast of fin-de-siècle Viennese music. The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.

Tickets are $20, $35, $45, $65 and are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office 505.988.4640. Tickets are also available at The Lensic


Food on the Hill: Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup

on October 23, 2014 - 8:04am
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipe:
Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup
Photo by Felicia Orth
The acorn squash is glossy green, ribbed, and sits next to the butternut squash--tall, pale yellow and smooth.  No need to choose between them. They are delicious together, whether roasted and mashed, sliced into gratins or casseroles, and in this lovely soup. This recipe is lightly adapted from the 1977 Moosewood Cookbook, which holds many of the soup recipes I use and adapt.

UNM-PNM Announce Statewide High School Mathematics Contest

on October 23, 2014 - 7:54am

UNM News:

The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2014-2015 school year.

The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.

The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class.

SFI Lecture: The Complexity of Competition ...

on October 23, 2014 - 7:52am

Jessie Barker of the University of Arizona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, "The Complexity of Competition - How Contested Resources and the Scale of Competition Shape Cooperation in Human Groups" by Jessie Barker at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Caitlin Stern.

Abstract. Cooperation among people across societies is required to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems.

Los Alamos Little Theatre Presents Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'

on October 23, 2014 - 7:47am
The cast of 'And Then There Were None' rehearses for the upcoming play. Courtesy/LALT

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 1 through Nov. 22. The play opens Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31.

Ten people find themselves together on an island. The first one suddenly dies. There are nine people left. One by one they continue to die. A mysterious voice accuses each of them of murder. In this classic Agatha Christie, indulge yourself in murder mystery. Until there are none.

Tickets are $14 ($12


How the Hen House Turns: A Homesick Dog?

on October 23, 2014 - 7:44am
How the Hen House Turns
A Homesick Dog?
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In late summer 1983 we drove to Flagstaff, Ariz. to begin a delightful year of teaching and folk dancing. Our Santa Fe shepherd, Poncho, went with us. He hated riding in the car, until we stopped at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Gallup and shared our lunch with him.

What a mood change! Instead of moping, all curled up in the back seat, he sat up and stuck his nose eagerly into the crack in the rear window, all the way to our rented house on the hill above the railroad station in Flagstaff.

The house was

NMSA Hosts School's Art Show 'Birch'

on October 23, 2014 - 7:38am
A photo taken at the 2012 Birch show.  Photo by Alvin Gill-Tapia

NMSA News:

New Mexico School for the Arts is hosting a third rendition of Birch, the school’s unique art show featuring anonymous art for sale, created by NMSA Visual Art students as well as renowned New Mexico artists. All pieces start at $99!

The event is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Santa Fe University of Art and Design Fine Arts Gallery, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. in Santa Fe.

Join NMSA for this event celebrating and sharing the creations of its own students, as well as those of the broader New Mexico community.



Letter to the Editor: DPU Commended For Improvement Efforts Through QNM

on October 22, 2014 - 5:39pm


Immediate past chair of the QNM Board

I commend the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities on their continued efforts at systematic and systemic improvement using independent, third-party feedback through the New Mexico Performance Excellence Award process administered by Quality New Mexico.

In 2008, DPU received Roadrunner recognition for demonstrated performance improvements and this year DPU is pursuing the process again in their quest to achieve performance excellence. As the immediate past chair of the QNM Board and a former lead judge in the awards process, I have seen


OBITUARY: Martha Lou Davis Aug. 20, 1953 – Oct. 8, 2014

on October 22, 2014 - 5:27pm

MARTHA LOU DAVIS Aug. 20, 1953 Oct. 8, 2014

Martha Lou Davis was a relative newcomer to Los Alamos, but quickly adapted her gardening style to the Southwest, practicing xeriscaping and permaculture. On a small number of fruit trees in her backyard she grafted over 100 fruit varieties including apples, pears, and apricots. It’s been said that her yard is one of the most fertile parts of Los Alamos.

Martha was born on August 20, 1953 in Dallas, OR to Crystalle and Paul Davis. The family moved to Corvallis, OR where she completed high school.


Los Alamos First Co-Op Brewery Seeks 300 Member-Owners In Order To Open

on October 22, 2014 - 10:46am


LABC News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.

The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer

Los Alamos Merchants Present Vendor Blender

on October 22, 2014 - 10:25am


Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

on October 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Beefsteak Hill on the road from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Fall color in the Jemez. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

When I returned to my home state in the 1980s, I bought Halka Chronic's book, “Roadside Geology of New Mexico.” Her books are a great resource for people who want to know more about the amazing scenery they drive through.

But the New Mexico book left me cold because one of the prettiest drives in the state wasn't even mentioned - the road from San Isidro north to Jemez Springs and on to Los Alamos' NM 4.


Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo


TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

Local Voting Puts LAHS In #1 Spot In New Mexico!

on October 22, 2014 - 10:14am


Great news Los Alamos, your voting has shot Los Alamos High School into the #1 position in New Mexico and we are quickly approaching the top 100 in the Nation!

These last few days are the most important in voting because as other communities get complacent in their top spots we can vote Los Alamos to the top. 

Just three more days of committing!

High-Tech Halloween At Bradbury Friday

on October 22, 2014 - 10:01am

The Cryogenics Show featuring ‘Lady Bug’ (Pam Matteson) and ‘Lance Armstrong’ (Brent Matteson of LANL's Chemistry Division. Courtesy/BSM

BSM News:

High-Tech Halloween returns to the Bradbury Science Museum 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. This annual event is one of the most popular for the museum and is in conjunction with Los Alamos County's Trick or Treat on MainStreet event.

Each year, hundreds of children from kindergarten through middle school flock to the museum to enjoy a variety of activities that teach them about STEM topics and the principals of science.

"Instead of candy, we offer kids

Talk On Medications And Fall Risks Monday

on October 22, 2014 - 9:59am


Jacqueline Kakos, MS, Health Educator at the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center will give a talk at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on the subject of medications and fall risk.

Prescriptions can be very helpful to seniors, but often they put those who take them at great risk for falls.

This talk will identify risks, drug interactions, side effects and what to know and ask about medications in order to reduce the chance of falls. 

Prescribed Burn 17 Miles Southwest Of Los Alamos

on October 22, 2014 - 9:27am

Prescribed pile burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.  A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers