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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

White Rock Fall Festival 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday

on October 15, 2014 - 7:44am


The community is cordially invited to the White Rock Fall Festival; this is two great events in one location.

Stop by the pumpkin patch sponsored by Pinon Elementary’s PTO for all the usual pumpkin patch festivities. There will be face painting, a hay maze, carnival games, food vendors and more. Be sure to stop by the bake sale or try to win a baked good at the cakewalk. Then, head to the Chamisa Elementary Arts and Crafts fair inside the Pinon gymnasium. Get a head start on holiday shopping and for $15, have a picture taken with Santa.

This truly is fun for the whole

Learn To Make Tea Cup Bird Feeders With Joyce Zaugg At Los Alamos Garden Club Meeting Oct. 20

on October 15, 2014 - 7:34am

LAGC News:

Members of the Los Alamos Garden Club will gather for their monthly meeting Oct. 20 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

Social time and ingathering activity begins at 9:30 am. Joyce Zaugg will lead the group in making tea cup bird feeders. All materials for this activity will be provided. The business meeting starts at 10 a.m.

This month's program is Holiday Craft, also led by Zaugg. The garden themed project will be napkin holders/ornaments.

Visitors are welcome.

Looking For A Yard Sale Fix? Check Out 26-Mile Trail Sale

on October 15, 2014 - 7:07am

Courtesy/26-Mile Trail Sale Facebook
Jemez Daily Post

At its inception, the idea seemed a little far-fetched. A yard sale strung all along N.M. 4, from San Ysidro to La Cueva? Really? Well, turns out the idea was a pretty good one, and it’s not all that surprising if you consider how many yard/garage sales there are in the metro area every weekend.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have the same fun while driving along a beautiful – so pretty it is designated a National Scenic Byway – road in the mountains?


Letter to the Editor: Central Avenue Improvement?

on October 15, 2014 - 6:31am
Los Alamos

I wasn't in town to attend the Block Party opening the "new and improved" Central Avenue, but I did take a walk down the street yesterday.

I have read that the majority of improvements were in underground utilities (or something like that) and the line-of-sight for pedestrians crossing the street. However, it baffles me that these so-called improvements couldn't be done while still keeping the charm of the street intact. Just a personal note: I never had a problem crossing the street as long as I waited for cars to stop at crosswalks!  

The metal fences


Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Judge'

on October 15, 2014 - 6:31am

“The Judge” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall as estranged son and father, Hank and Joseph “Judge” Palmer. Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong play Judge’s other two sons, who, unlike Hank, still live in the same small town as their father.

Hank must suddenly leave his successful Chicago defense attorney practice (and his much less successful marriage) to attend his mother’s funeral back in Indiana. Hank’s return to the family home is key to the dysfunction and mistrust that erupt when he shows up.

As happens in such coming home movies, Hank meets up with his

How the Hen House Turns: The Human Factor and Dolphins

on October 15, 2014 - 6:25am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor and Dolphins
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Just what do we mean when we refer to something unique about humans? 

All life recognizes other life, so that’s not it. Recent science magazines report that bacteria communicate with chemicals, so individuals can form mats or colonies, when there are enough fellow bacteria nearby. Communication doesn’t make us unique. Perhaps we assume too much.

We experienced a fascinating example of shared experience in the Bahamas with bottlenose dolphins. Our boat was parked near a dolphin feeding ground.

Burglary At The Catholic Church

on October 14, 2014 - 4:45pm
IHM News:
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 3700 Canyon Road was burglarized sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. 
Culprits were able to manipulate the safe and obtain the weekend collection, so parishioners who wrote checks this weekend are advised to watch their bank account activity.  
The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating.

Biodidact: A Scientific Playground With A Mission

on October 14, 2014 - 4:35pm

Biodidact owner Prisca Tiasse. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


Prisca Tiasse won $500 at the Sept. 11 Los Alamos Venture Accelerator’s Elevator Pitch Competition.

After winning the “First-Timer” award, she is continuing to raise funds for her business. Her business, Biodidact, offers fun hands-on workshops that teach biotechnology concepts. The day after Tiasse won the award, she showed how fun it is to get creative with science with her “Extract your Own DNA” workshop during Los Alamos ScienceFest.

Yang: Conceptual Foundation For Understanding Power Differentials: Competing Multiple Realities Get Us Trapped – Part I

on October 14, 2014 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos

How do you tell the difference between GM and Ford, as organizations? There may not be that many differences, but somehow we know. 

So, how do you tell the difference between different groups? Implied in my question is the answer that groups have identity, too, just like organizations and individuals. Hence, the cautionary principle for describing individuals applies also to groups: We should take care not to describe groups in static terms, as if their assigned characters were part of their permanent being. What do I mean?

Letter to the Editor: Please Folks, Let’s Unplug And Notice Our Surroundings

on October 14, 2014 - 3:52pm
Former Los Alamos Resident
I was born and raised in Los Alamos and until recently lived there. I want to remind my fellow Los Alamosians to be observant and to pay attention to their surroundings. 
We often are so absorbed in our daily routine that we forget to notice situations that may require our attention. This inattention could be hazardous to not only our own lives, but also the lives of others around you.

For example, my father left to take his golden retriever for a walk there in Los Alamos.


Troop 10507 Paints 'The Rock' For Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Craft Fair Saturday

on October 14, 2014 - 3:26pm
Troop 10507 painted 'The Rock' Monday for the Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Craft Fair in White Rock. The Troop 10507 painting crew includes Lindsay, Sabrina, Becca, Shelby, Malaya, Esperanza, Jadie, Lizzie and Solenne. The Troop also cleaned up trash and weeds along the Red Sidewalk for their fall service project while waiting for the white paint to dry. The Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Christmas Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Pinon Elementary School.

First Domestic Violence Outreach Meeting Held Oct. 9

on October 14, 2014 - 3:13pm

Members gathered Oct. 9 at the LAPD for the first Domestic Violence Outreach meeting. Photo by Jenn Bartrum

LAPD News:

The first local Domestic Violence Outreach meeting was held Oct. 9 at the Los Alamos Police Daprtment.

Attendees expressed a desire to continue participating and some plan to bring others into the group. There were others invited who could not attend but plan on being involved. The group wants to unite organizations to facilitate service sharing/resources.

The plan is to start meeting twice a month and move forward with strengthening response and service by those who

Special Needs Focus Of This Week’s UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Series

on October 14, 2014 - 2:48pm


UNM-LA News:

The UNM-LA/JJAB parenting series Raising a Child in a Challenging World, continues Thursday, Oct. 16 with the discussion of Supporting Children With Special Needs.

This class is designed to help parents and caregivers of children with special needs navigate the IEP process, locate community resources and make time for self care.

This week’s session will feature three experienced panelists; Dr.


Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Set For Oct. 24

on October 14, 2014 - 2:21pm

MainStreet News:

Friday Oct. 24, 4-6:30 p.m., Los Alamos MainStreet hosts Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos.

Last year more than 3,000 people attended the event. Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up tables along Central Avenue to hand out treats to costumed trick-or-treaters.

A performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos will start at 5 p.m., followed at 5:15 p.m. by the High Flyers Gymnastics. The Hallowiener Parade will march down the street at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by a New Mexico Dance Theater performance.

OBITUARY: Elizabeth Anne Jalbert Oct. 9, 2014

on October 14, 2014 - 1:39pm


Elizabeth Anne Jalbert, 83, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, October 9, after a lengthy illness.

She is survived  by her husband of 57 years, Roland A Jalbert. She is also survived by her children and their spouses and grandchildren: Marc Jalbert, Darby and Maddy  from Longmont, Colorado; Louis and Dawn Jalbert, Elyse and Amanda from Los Alamos; Marie-Louise Jalbert Hadden and Blaine Hadden from El Rito; and Christophe and Connie Jalbert and Connor of Seattle, Washington.



High Winds Cause Power Outage On 47th Street

on October 14, 2014 - 12:54pm

DPU News:

A small power outage occurred Sunday evening along 47th Street in the Western Area. 

At 5 p.m. Sunday, about eight residents along 47th St. were without power and had their power restored by 10:50 p.m. following the replacement of the affected overhead electric lines.

Officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that high winds caused a nearby tree to come into contact with cable TV lines and electric lines resulting in the failure. The DPU thanks 47th Street customers for their patience while electric crews worked to resolve the outage.