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Obituary: Denise M. Behnke Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

on April 17, 2015 - 12:37pm

DENISE M. BEHNKE Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

Denise M. Behnke passed away April 15, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Behnke was born Oct. 17, 1963 and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1982. She leaves behind her husband, Kevin Smith and daughter Jade, 18.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., in Colorado Springs.


The Sweet Sound Of Junk

on April 17, 2015 - 11:47am

Recycleman will entertain with his unique, interactive musical experience. Courtesy/PEEC

Stomp your feet and enjoy the music with Hillstompers at the Earth Day festival. Courtesy/PEEC



It’s hard to imagine that old car parts and other junk could make sweet music, but that’s exactly what Recycleman does – and the crowds love it. On Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 2  p.m., the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will welcome Recycleman to its Earth Day Festival, the first ever to be held at the new Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

The theme of

DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Phase II Investigation Report

on April 17, 2015 - 11:06am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released Thursday the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The AIB completed an exhaustive investigation at WIPP and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to examine the cause of the radiological release at WIPP and identify managerial controls and safety measures necessary to prevent or minimize the probability or severity of a recurrence of this type of accident.

Based on

New Awards For Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

on April 17, 2015 - 10:56am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Department of Energy today awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy.

The awards include 59 undergraduate scholarships and 32 graduate-level fellowships for students at American colleges and universities.

“The awards announced today will directly help support the future of the nuclear energy research workforce, as

Pet Of The Week: Willow The Cattle Dog Cross

on April 17, 2015 - 10:41am

Willow the dog. Courtesy photo


Willow is a petite, 7-year-old female cattle dog cross. Her family was forced to move when their rental house was sold, so she is back at the shelter, where she was adopted a few years ago.

Willow does well with adults and gentle children, but she can be a bit protective of her family around other dogs. 

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on vaccinations.


Migrating Birds Spotted In Los Alamos Yard

on April 17, 2015 - 10:34am

These Evening Grosbeaks were spotted last week by Aidan Logan, 8, at his grandparent's home on North Mesa before school. They were seen enjoying the morning supply of bird feed as they were just passing through town. Photo by Aidan Logan

An Evening Grosbeak. Photo by Aidan Logan

Staff Report

Spotted last week in a yard on North Mesa in Los Alamos, this heavyset finch of northern coniferous forests, the Evening Grosbeak, adds a splash of color to winter bird feeders every few years, when large flocks depart their northern breeding grounds en masse to seek food to the south.



Attorney General Announces Free Trainings To Students

on April 17, 2015 - 10:16am

Attorney General Hector Balderas


  • Trainings offered with the intention of teaching New Mexico students how to be financially responsible

SANTA FE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of a new financial literacy program, Your Financial Well-Being.

The program, created with New Mexico high school and college students in mind, will help students build a strong foundation and understanding of how to be fiscally savvy.

Letter To The Editor: Support From Community Allows For Support To Community

on April 17, 2015 - 10:07am
By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Although it has already been six weeks since the large snowstorm of Feb. 28 swept through Los Alamos, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to pause now to thank the community for so generously supporting our 6th Annual Crab Fest held that snowy evening. 

Against all odds, we had a sell-out crowd!


American Legion Breakfast 8:30-11 A.M. Sunday

on April 17, 2015 - 10:07am

Letter To The Editor: We Can't Have It Both Ways

on April 17, 2015 - 9:56am
Los Alamos

In reference to Donald Simonson's column, "How Corporate Tax Loopholes Compromise Our Future", Simonson does not want to admit, or doesn't understand that corporations don't pay taxes; their customers do.  

Consumers pay for every cost of running a business, plus a bit more to make it worth the owners' time to keep the business open.

Trying to enforce some type of imaginary corporate tax only increases the tax burden on all of us.

LANL’s Feynman Center For Innovation Reaches Out To Teen Entrepreneurs

on April 17, 2015 - 9:54am

Isaac Schilling, LAHS alum and Feynman Center coordinator for entrepreneurship event. Courtesy photo


The Feynman Center for Innovation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the help of Los Alamos High School alumnus Isaac Schilling, will host a series of events for teenagers interested in entrepreneurship. 

The Teen Startup Challenge is a series of events to teach teens how to quickly and effectively share their entrepreneurial ideas with the goal of gaining funding to start a business or to expand a current venture, according to Schilling.

Schilling will

No Sales At Santa Fe National Forest Offices April 21

on April 17, 2015 - 9:16am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Sales to the public, including passes, maps and firewood permits, will be suspended at all Santa Fe National Forest offices for one day only Tuesday, April 21.

The temporary suspension is due to required training for customer service staff. Sales of permits, passes and maps will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 22. 

Customers may want to call the Forest Headquarters 505.438.5300 or Ranger District Offices in advance to confirm the availability of permits.

'Around The World In White Rock' At Chamisa April 22

on April 17, 2015 - 9:05am


The community is invited to join Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools celebrate their 4th annual “Around the World in White Rock” multicultural fair.

The fair is 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Chamisa Elementary School.

More than two dozen cultures will be represented through food, music, dance, art and education.

This fair is made possible with funding from the Fine Arts Education Act, generous donations from the Chamisa and Pinon PTOs, as well as local families and community members.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Responds To WIPP Accident Investigation Board Report

on April 17, 2015 - 8:29am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Board, analyzing the direct cause of the of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP): 

"According to today's report, a series of critical failures of leadership at every level led to the very serious accident and release that put numerous New Mexicans at risk, shuttered WIPP for over a year, and have

Dive-In Movie At Aquatic Center 7-9 P.M. Today

on April 17, 2015 - 8:05am

New Bus Stop Area At Trinity And Oppenheimer Drive

on April 17, 2015 - 7:51am

Workers prepare a new bus stop area Wednesday aftternoon at Trinity and Oppenheimer Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DOE Hosting Los Alamos Town Hall At Fuller Lodge

on April 17, 2015 - 7:36am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy will host a Town Hall meeting in Los Alamos Thursday, April 23, to discuss the Accident Investigation Board findings from the Feb. 14, 2014, drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Members of the AIB will be on-hand to present the findings and answer questions.

The Los Alamos meeting is the second of two public meetings following the AIB’s release of its Phase II Report on the WIPP event. The report is available at 

The Los Alamos meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., April 23 at Fuller Lodge,

Kiwanis Club Hosts Kentucky Derby Party May 2

on April 17, 2015 - 7:30am



The Kentucky Derby is almost here!

Grab your hat and enjoy the Big Race while helping to Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join in the fun 3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2 at the annual Kentucky Derby Party. This year the new Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event to include a Derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a Derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing, and 50/50 betting on the big race!

All proceeds from the event will benefit Project


Council Corner: Part 2 – Highlights Of The Budget

on April 17, 2015 - 7:29am
By Vice Councilor David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Council
Part 2. What is a Budget? (Part 2 of a 2-part series)

In my previous column, I gave a brief overview of the budget process. Today, I will focus on a few highlights in the Fiscal Year (FY) 16 budget proposal to be presented by staff. As I mentioned in the last column, this budget proposal should ideally reflect the initial Council budget guidance discussed early in the budget process, as well as staff input regarding their operational needs.

It’s no surprise to anyone living in Los Alamos that spending has been down at Los

LAHS Navy JROTC Are State Drill Champions

on April 17, 2015 - 7:28am

The Los Alamos High School Navy JROTC won their first state drill championship. The teams took first place trophies in unarmed regulation, unarmed inspection, armed regulation, armed inspection, male fitness, female fitness and male color guard. Second place in precision air rifle and female color guard and third place in armed and unarmed exhibition drill. Many of the cadets participating in the drill competition also earned individual medals as well. Courtesy photo  

The Los Alamos High School Navy JROTC won their first state drill championship. LAHS Navy JROTC Senior Naval Science

Breidenbach Replaces McQuinn As NWP President And Project Manager At WIPP

on April 17, 2015 - 7:26am

Philip Breidenbach

NWP News:

CARLSBAD – Philip Breidenbach, a nuclear expert with more than 30 years of experience in Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear and high-hazard operations, will replace Bob McQuinn as president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

“Bob has done a tremendous job leading the recovery effort at WIPP since he arrived in March 2014,” said James Taylor, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nuclear and Environment for AECOM’s Management Services Group.

Los Alamos Police Release 2015 1st Quarter Crime Stats

on April 16, 2015 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2015, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

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. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

Authors Speak Series Features Stan Crawford April 23

on April 16, 2015 - 11:16pm

Author Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, The Canyon, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

MPL News:

New Mexico author and local favorite Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, The Canyon, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. His talk is part of the ongoing Authors Speak series, held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Crawford, a Dixon resident, has spent a lot of time in Los Alamos, teaching writing at UNM-LA, selling garlic at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market, and


Annual Spring Vendor Blendor Sunday

on April 16, 2015 - 11:15pm


New Gospel Principles Class Begins Sunday April 19

on April 16, 2015 - 11:14pm

Salt Lake Temple. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons


A new "Gospel Principles" class will begin Sunday, April 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos.

Are you curious about the Mormon faith? Do you have questions about what Mormons believe? Or are you wishing to return to church activity but it's been a while? Want to take it slowly and start with a gospel refresher?

This free course will provide basic gospel instruction in a comfortable small-group setting where questions and discussion are welcome. Interested community members are