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Thanksgiving During The Manhattan Project

on November 27, 2014 - 10:10am

Thanksgiving feast preparation in the kitchen at Camp Hanford. Courtesy/AHF

A typical Manhattan Project era Thanksgiving meal. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

Manhattan Project workers around the country were usually not allowed to travel home for vacation - even for Thanksgiving.

Top scientists had important meetings on Thanksgiving, preventing them from spending the holiday with family. The communities banded together to celebrate Thanksgiving. New traditions were begun, new friends made, and a good meal was had by all.

Pet of the Week: Kita The Cat

on November 27, 2014 - 8:04am

Kita the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Kita is a young spayed female black cat. Originally a bit shy and retiring, she now approaches visitors for gentle pets.

She gets along with the other shelter cats and is good with adults and gentle children. Kita would like an indoor home.

The shelter is open noon to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day from, so come meet Kita and the other shelter animals. Starting on Black Friday, the Shelter is offering a special sale on black animals.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder

Why The Turkey Didn’t Fly

on November 27, 2014 - 7:41am
Why The Turkey Didn’t Fly
By Paul Aron

The choice of the eagle as our national symbol did not please everyone, especially since the eagle was traditionally an aristocratic and military symbol as well as a republican one. Most famously, in a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, Benjamin Franklin derided the eagle:

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.


Los Alamos Historical Society Launches First ebook On Small Business Saturday

on November 26, 2014 - 9:12pm
Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of The Secret Project Notebook by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children's book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist, and is now available on your ereader!

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29, and the Museum Shop will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come by to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get your Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.

Continue your

Walk In The Woods With Mary Venable

on November 26, 2014 - 4:53pm

Mary Venable conducts a Walk in the Woods group from the Betty Ehart Senior Center each Thursday on various exciting trails around Los Alamos. Last Thursday she took the group to Bandelier and then up Frijoles Canyon for a ways. It is a beautiful stretch of country with many beautiful views. The group saw several deer and many birds. They also got some much needed exercise. From left, Margie Bruell, Pam Bello, Aloma Naivar, Sue Elkins, Mary Venable, Ken Kutac and Bill Davis in Frijoles Canyon by one of the hundreds of log jams along the trail. Photo by Paul Elkins

TOTH: Shop On The Corner Christmas Sale Dec. 3

on November 26, 2014 - 1:36pm
By NANCY WURDEN, Volunteer
Shop on the Corner

The annual Christmas Sale at the Shop on the Corner Thrift Store is a decades-old tradition. For more than 40 years, the shop has offered a special sale featuring holiday items and gifts on the first Wednesday in December.

This year’s sale will take place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Shop on the Corner is in the Old Parish Hall on the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on Canyon Road by the corner of Diamond Drive.

Shop on the Corner volunteers have been preparing for the Christmas Sale all year, setting aside

Children Pose With Santa At Festival Of Trees Event

on November 26, 2014 - 9:49am

Zoey Greenberg demonstrates how to steal people's hearts in this beautiful moment with Santa at Saturday's annual Festival of  Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The free photo opportunity draws children from newborns to teens and several senior citizens. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Anders and Adrian Medin pose for photos with Santa at Saturday's Festival of Trees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Gwen Matthews and Santa discuss the season of giving and flash dazzling smiles. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Free YMCA Thanksgiving Day Workout

on November 26, 2014 - 9:26am
YMCA News:

Have some fun and burn some calories with The Family YMCA fitness instructors during a free Thanksgiving Day fitness class. 

The class is open to the public and will be held 9-10 a.m., Thursday in the Y gymnasium on Iris Street.

The Y is closed for all other activities. Water bottles will be given to the first 50 participants. Ages 12 and up.

Couple Follows Dream With Cross Country Trek

on November 26, 2014 - 8:08am
Mike and Julie Pearson on the road. Mike Pearson joked that if any married couples need counseling, they should try a cross-country walk. You learn a lot about your spouse, he said. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
SANTA FE Follow your dreams is a popular statement to make although it is not always practiced. Aspirations can get lost in day-to-day routines or ignored in order to fulfill other obligations. Sometimes the statement seems to be nothing more than fluff-an unrealistic piece of advice.

Are You Covered? Health Insurance Enrollment Now Open

on November 26, 2014 - 7:37am

Feliciano Jiron
Are You Covered? Health Insurance Enrollment Now Open
Los Alamos Medical Center

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is here. From Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015, individuals and families in the Los Alamos community and across the country can enroll and gain access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare coverage.

Whether you’re currently uninsured and enrolling for the first time, or enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan and want to re-enroll or make a change in your health coverage, now is


CB FOX Recognized For 35 Years Of Chamber Membership

on November 25, 2014 - 3:50pm
Manager Nancy Partridge of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents Dave and Andy Fox of CB FOX with a gift basket and certificate recognizing 35 years of Chamber Membership. CB FOX joined the Los Alamos Chamber in November of 1979. Courtesy/Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

Los Alamos Medical Center Launches Lobby Renovations

on November 25, 2014 - 3:43pm

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has been providing compassionate care, close to home for more than 60 years. In continuing to build on that legacy of care and service, LAMC has initiated a renovation of the main lobby at 3917 West Road.

In addition to upgrading the look of the lobby, the project will significantly improve patient privacy, flow and comfort.

"Our top priority is to improve customer service and ensure that our guests have a positive, enjoyable experience," said Feliciano Jiron, Chief Executive Officer of LAMC.

Small Business Saturday Map To Participating Merchants

on November 25, 2014 - 3:34pm

American Legion Hosting Annual Thanksgiving Meal

on November 25, 2014 - 1:54pm

Traditional Thanksgiving meal. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos American Legion Frank G. Frainier Post 90 is hosting its traditional Thanksgiving meal.

The community is invited to attend. The meal will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or for as long as there are those in need Thursday in the American Legion Hall at 1325 Trinity Dr.

In addition, members will be delivering meals to those in the community who are homebound.

Due To Technical Difficulties Council Meeting Won't Be Broadcast Over PAC 8 On Cable TV Tonight

on November 25, 2014 - 1:53pm

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Due to technical difficulties, the County was not able to broadcast over PAC 8 during the last council meeting.

Since then, the County has have been investigating possible causes of the problem, working in cooperation with PAC 8, but have not been able to resolve it yet. The County IT Division will be running some additional tests this afternoon on the fiber connection, but it seems unlikely that it will be able to broadcast this evening’s Council meeting over PAC 8 on cable TV starting at 7 p.m. and thus wanted to alert the viewing audience.

This issue does

Los Amigos Christmas Tree Sales Begin Friday

on November 25, 2014 - 1:34pm

Christmas Trees go on sale Friday. Courtesy photo


Los Amigos is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve to offer Christmas Trees once again. All proceeds from the sale go to help projects on the Preserve including restoration of wetlands, roads, streams and recreation opportunities.

Trees will be sold 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas at the Valle Grande Staging area just off N.M.

LASG Competes At Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational

on November 25, 2014 - 1:15pm

LASG gymnast Addie Richie. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG gymnast Sarah Gardner. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG gymnast Kaeley Bustos. Photo by Laura Trader

LASG News:

The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics travelled to Rio Rancho Nov. 14-16 for the Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational where 300 gymnasts represented 12 teams from New Mexico.

Mia Nuckols won the Los Alamos all-around total of the day with a personal best of 35.40. Nuckols, who is a first year competitor, won gold in the younger bronze division of the Xcel competition. She also took gold on bars (9.10), beam (8.90) and vault (9.10).   

Scenes From Monday's Swearing In Ceremony Of New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief

on November 25, 2014 - 10:43am

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone welcomes those gathered in the Justice Center for the swearing in of his new deputy chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, center, by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados at left. Chief Sgambellone noted that the different segments of the community represented in the audience was reflective of Wardlow-Herrera's involvement throughout the community. Photo by Carol A.

LANL Employees Pledge $2.17 Million In 2015 Giving Campaign

on November 25, 2014 - 7:40am

LANL News:

  • More than 250 nonprofits, social service providers will benefit

The work of more than 250 community and social service organizations will benefit from the more than $2.17 million pledged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees to United Way and other nonprofits during the Laboratory’s 2015 Employee Giving Campaign.

“We are proud to help the many community focused non-profit organizations working hard to improve the lives of so many people in Northern New Mexico,” said Alan Bishop, Los Alamos’ principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering and this

Unquarked The Wine Room Serves First Customers

on November 24, 2014 - 9:21pm

Unquarked The Wine Room opened its doors today at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. The new wine room will be open 2-9 p.m. Tuesday for those wishing to purchase their Thanksgiving wines and mingle with friends and family. Regular hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and for special events Sundays. A community-wide grand opening event is set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. The event includes live music 5-8 p.m., and appetizers created by local restaurants. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Terry Salazar, left, and Philip Kunsberg are the very first

Personal Account Of New Nature Center Tour

on November 24, 2014 - 12:11pm

A wall of windows as seen from Acid Canyon looking up at the new nature center. Photo by Laura Loy

Work continues on the new nature center. A wall of windows provides a stunning view of the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies that make up the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Laura Loy


A Wall of Windows
By Laura Loy

Last Friday, I approached the new Los Alamos Nature Center as I climbed out of Acid Canyon on the trail just shy of 10 a.m., when a group would assemble to tour the facility.

Though I was rushing to arrive on time to meet the group, I stopped for a moment to admire

Pet of the Week: Azule The Blue Pitbull

on November 24, 2014 - 11:13am
Azule the blue pitbull hopes to find a home in time for Thanksgiving. Courtesy/FOS

Azule is a lovely blue pitbull spayed female who is ready for a home without cats. And she really means that!

Azule bonds particularly well with women and is reported to do well with gentle children. She is learning how to politely walk on a leash, and some of the Shelter volunteers have been teaching Azule clicker training, which she is picking up quickly.

She loves people and would love nothing more than to be someone's new best friend for ever!

To learn more about Azule, call her

Results Of Sunday's 2014 CROP WALK/Turkey Trot

on November 24, 2014 - 8:03am

The 2014 CROP WALK/Turkey Trot held Sunday at Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa drew 200 participants who ran or walked the 2.57 or 1.6 mile courses.
The top 24 finishers on the 2.57 mile course include:
1.  Grayson Venhaus - 16:17
2.  Ted Romero - 16:37
3.  Duncan Fuehne - 17:29
4.  Ryan Smetzer - 17:38
5.  Elias Velasquez - 17:54
6.  Tad Hughes - 18:24
7.  Nikol Strother - 18:38
8.  Jeremiah Palmer-Scott - 18:46
9.  Quinn Abfalterer - 19:03
10. Nick Parra-Vasquez - 19:04
11. Bill Rice - 19:35
12. Roxana Candia - 19:59
13. Paul Bradley - 20:02

Scenes From Saturday's LAAC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

on November 23, 2014 - 3:41pm
Lange Burnett of Colours of the Wind sees the holiday fair through rose-colored glasses during the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. By Kirsten Laskey/

Leah Senator, left, Annie Romero and Janet Trask of Four Generations get into the holiday spirit Saturday during the Los Alamos Arts Council's fair. By Kirsten Laskey/

Akala of Akala's Jewelry participates in the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. By Kirsten Laskey/


Parking Lot Renovation Underway At Central/Knecht

on November 23, 2014 - 3:38pm

Workers were busy Saturday digging up the asphalt in the parking lot at 1247 Central Ave., near Knecht, to prepare for resurfacing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/