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PEEC Adds Fourth Camp to Summer Outdoor Adventures

on January 31, 2013 - 10:01am

Last year's Medicine Hawk's Mountain School participants learn about primitive camouflage. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering 4-6th grades, one week for students entering 7-8th grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children 12 or older.

The new camp, titled Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills, will be run by Rourke McDermott, and will be held Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9 in the Jemez Mountains. 

Pajarito Mountain Re-opens Saturday!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:43am

Panaramic shot of Pajarito Mountain Ski lifts. Courtesy/PMSA

PMSA News:

The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain Saturday, Feb. 2 as it re-opens for skiing.

Significant snowfall from the recent storm has resulted in very good snow conditions on the mountain, so lift operations will resume with Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts on Saturday.

All facilities, including the Cafe, Rental Shop and Snowsports School will be open as well.

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on January 31, 2013 - 9:25am

Kim Aeby’s scale model of a stage set for a production of 'It Is So If You Think It Is So' by Luigi Pirandello. Courtesy/Fuller Lodge Art Center

By Bonnie J. Gordon

We’ve all wondered what inspired a particular work of art. Or maybe we’re curious about the process that an artist used to create a particular piece.

The new show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center will take us “Behind the Scenes.” The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and will be up through March 9.

Knitted hat by Melissa Alexander. Courtesy photo

Many of the artists will be on hand Feb.

Letter to the Editor: Consultants Must Love It Around Here!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:08am
By Jerry Fleming
Los Alamos

I read the other day that there is a serious shortfall in county receipts, and that now county management is scrambling to cut expenditures in order to avoid a serious deficit situation.

Personally, I cannot understand how this could happen, except that when you look around at all the projects going on now and over the past few years, it's pretty clear that the county has been spending as though ever-increasing receipts would continue forever.

Now I see in the Los Alamos Daily Post that yet another boondoggle expenditure for "developing a brand" is about to

Guided Hike at Valles Caldera this President’s Day

on January 31, 2013 - 9:07am

The Valles Caldera Rim. Photo by Yvonne Delameter

LAVC News:

Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike of Cerro la Jara at the Valles Calder Preserve. The hike will take place 10 a.m – noon, President’s Day, Feb. 18.

The group will meet at the Valle Grande Staging Area for registration, snowshoe rentals, and hot refreshments. Arrive as early as 9 a.m. to secure snowshoes, as equipment is limited.

Adult rentals are $15 and youth rentals are $10. The cost is  $20 for Los Amigos members and $25 for non-members. The fee includes full-day trail permit.

RSVP to Jim

School Board Approves $1,000 Reward for Information on Vandals

on January 31, 2013 - 9:01am
School Board President Kevin Honnell and Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie discuss vandalism at Piňon Elementary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
By Kirsten Laskey

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Piňon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

The Los Alamos Public School Board is working to make sure the Piňon Elementary School vandals are caught.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Jan.

Change the Date for INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation

on January 31, 2013 - 8:48am

LAPS News:

The date has changed for the INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation being held for any student/parents (incoming 9th thru 11th grade) who think their child will participate in college athletics.

  • Speech Theater
  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6

For more information, call the Los Alamos High School Athletic Office at 663-2531.


Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band Resumes Saturday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:44am

The Squash Mountain Boys. Courtesy photo

Staff report:

The popular Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band is back! The next event will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be offered by the Santa Fe Brewing Company and from 3-5 p.m., the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque will provide the music.

Atomic City Transit is providing a new bus service to Pajarito Mountain with the last bus going down Saturday at 5:20 p.m. so people can enjoy the show and get a ride home.

Beginning as a garage rock band, the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque

Aspen Art Teacher Receives LAPSF Grant

on January 31, 2013 - 8:38am

Britt Williams


Britt Williams, art teacher at Aspen Elementary School, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Williams’ grant will impact 55 6th grade students. The students will learn about the Empty Bowls events from Gillian Sutton. 

Then, they will learn about clay process, see examples from other artists and do the preliminary sketches of their bowls. 

After constructing their bowls using slabs and forms, the students can add texture to their bowls or build up features on the bowl’s surface. 

Once their pieces have dried and been

Free Piano Recital by Beau Gerard Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:35am


This is the final in a series of Beau Gerard's Piano Recitals and Compositions hosted by Los Alamos Friends. Gerard is back from the first round of eliminations for America's Got Talent and is expected to make it to round II. 

Gerard will play his compositions on his Yamaha Grand Conservatory Piano in his living room at 3711 Trinity Ave. in Los Alamos, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. The event is free.

Light refreshments and wine will be served at 3 p.m. The piano recital will commence at 3:30 p.m. 

Drop-ins are okay until 3:30 p.m., after which there will be no

Obituary: Benjamin Whitmore July 18, 1980 - Jan. 18, 2013

on January 31, 2013 - 8:31am

BENJAMIN WHITMORE July 18, 1980 - Jan. 18, 2013

Benjamin David (Ben) Whitmore, age 32, died unexpectedly at his home in Albuquerque Jan. 18, 2013.

Ben was born in Bozeman, Mont., July 18, 1980. He attended public school in Bozeman and Los Alamos, N.M. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1999 and attended UNM receiving bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry and an associate degree in Applied Science in Applied Technologies.

He had worked as a technician at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.

Ben was preceded in death by grandparents David E.

Canvassing Board Officially Approves Bond Election Count

on January 30, 2013 - 4:19pm

Members of the canvassing board this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reviewed vote tabulations from Tuesday's School Bond Election before signing documents to render the final count - 4,283 For and 1,784 Against as official. The canvassing board learned that of the 7,378 ballots/envelopes received, 40 were rejected because they were unsigned, 4 were rejected because the outer envelope was received with no ballot inside and another one had no name.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Resounding Endorsement!

on January 30, 2013 - 3:15pm

By Kevin Honnell
LA School Board President

On behalf of your School Board, I would like to thank the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos for their resounding endorsement of our public schools in the recent referendum.

Whether you voted yea or nay, we appreciate that you took time to contemplate the future of your schools and provide us with direction, by way of your ballot.

From the Ranch School days, though the Manhattan Project and into the present, Los Alamos has always been a community that values education.

This endorsement of the schools-revitalization program by our citizens

School Bond Passes By Wide Margin

on January 30, 2013 - 8:47am

Members of the ballot counting committee were hard at work in the County Clerk's Office late Tuesday afternoon tallying more than 6,000 ballots for the Los Alamos School Bond Election, which ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday. From left, John Puckett, Linda Fox, Ken Thomas, Norma Puckett, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Kim Thomas, Deputy Clerk Naomi Maestas, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Cookie Halsted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Warren Houghting cast his vote Tuesday afternoon for the School Bond. How did he vote? 'Both my wife and I voted for the bond,' he told the Los Alamos Daily

Money IQ: SBA 504 Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 7:58am
Money IQ

SBA 504 Loans

The U.S. Government offers a number of business assistance programs through various entities, the most well-known of which is the Small Business Administration (SBA.)

The SBA offers direct, indirect, sponsored and guaranteed loan programs largely through existing lending institutions in your community and throughout the country.

This column is going to focus on just one of the many SBA products, the SBA 504 Loan program. 

For small businesses that are currently paying rent, outgrowing their current space or even needing to downsize, the SBA’s 504

Council Approves Budget Guidance

on January 30, 2013 - 7:32am

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne answers Council questions about the budget guidance while County Administrator Harry Burgess looks on. Photo from PAC 8 streaming video

Staff report

During Tuesday's County Council meeting, County Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi presented the current fiscal year mid-year budget review highlighting revenue shortages.

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne and County Administrator Harry Burgess reviewed the draft Budget Guidance and shared their suggestions for creating the FY 2014 budget.

This is the second half of a two-year budget


County Selects Destination Marketing Contractor to Develop Brand for Los Alamos

on January 30, 2013 - 7:26am

Don McEachern President/CEO of North Star Destination Strategies, Inc.


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division announced today that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., based North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. to conduct targeted research to define and develop a unified brand for the community of Los Alamos.

This six to eight-month project is scheduled to kick-off next week with the Research and Planning phase, starting with the collection and assessment of existing data, including research, plans, communication and media, as well as an “in-market” visit to tour


Luján Addresses New Mexico Legislature

on January 30, 2013 - 7:20am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján greets lawmakers at the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District addressed the New Mexico State Legislature Tuesday afternoon.

Below are his remarks as prepared:

"Distinguished members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico Senate, Gov.


Los Alamos' Own Andy Thoma Wins Huskies Most Improved Player Award

on January 30, 2013 - 7:00am

Andy Thoma on the soccer field. Courtesy/

Staff Report

SEATTLE The 2012 University of Washington Men's Soccer Team held their annual post-season awards banquet Jan. 18, honoring Husky players and alumni.

Sophomore Andy Thoma from Los Alamos finished a successful season on the backline. He started every game and earned two assists, garnering him this year's Most Improved Player Award.

This award was presented by former Husky and ex-MLS player Bill Sleeth (2002.)

Last season, Thoma received the Rookie of the Year Award.

Read about Thoma’s soccer record and see photos of

Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 6:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
Sen. Jeff Merkley
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley said.

TOTH Hosts Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

on January 30, 2013 - 6:52am

TOTH News:

Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., invites the community to a Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) pancake supper from 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 12.

There will be beads, masks and Dixieland music. The menu includes ham, pancakes, a variety of syrups, fruit, eggs cooked to order, and orange juice. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door at $4 for children, $8 for adults, and $20 for a family. All proceeds go toward the Juarez House Build Mission trips, which take place this fall.

Come hungry and you will be fed!

Sumners Foundation Supports Española YMCA Teen Center Program

on January 30, 2013 - 6:47am

Teens work on projects at the  Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/Family YMCA


Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center is launching a middle school mock-government program thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

The grant is also supporting life-skills classes and tutoring.

“We’re in the process of finding the right person to engage the kids,” Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval said. “We have the kids, we have a model program, we just need a dynamic mentor to facilitate meetings once a week.

Mariel Nanasi Speaks on ‘Securing a Future Without Coal in NM’

on January 30, 2013 - 6:41am

Mariel Nanasi


Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy Mariel Nanasi will be speaking on the topic "Securing a Future Without Coal in NM” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the UNM-LA Media Room (Room 203, Bldg.) in the UNM-Los Alamos Student Center.

Her talk is sponsored by the LASE (Los Alamos Sustainable Energy) Network and the Sierra Club.

New Energy Economy’s Native Power Initiative, located in Santa Fe, is bringing community-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy to the Navajo Nation and New Mexico’s Pueblos.

In addition to the

Brown Bag Concert Features Lads of Enchantment; Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet

on January 30, 2013 - 6:37am

The Lads of Enchantment perform a Christmas Concert in Espanola. Courtesy photo

By Maxine Schmidt

The Los Alamos Arts Council will present The Lads of Enchantment Chorus and The Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet at the February Brown Bag concert.

The concert will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. The Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public.

The Hot Flashes. Courtesy photo

The Lads of Enchantment Chorus is the Los Alamos Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). The Los Alamos Area Chapter was granted a charter in 1993.

The founding

YMCA Beginning Fencing Classes Start Feb. 5

on January 30, 2013 - 6:29am


The new Los Alamos Family YMCA Beginning Fencing class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.5.

The class is intended for those with no previous fencing experience. Enrollment is for adults and children above the age of 10.

Parent/child pairs are encouraged.

The class will cover basic footwork, fundamental blade skills, rules of engagement and some bouting. All necessary equipment is provided by the YMCA.

Registration cone be done at the YMCA front desk or on-line at

For further information or questions, contact Tom Hill, 672-1058