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Tune Up Your Business in 2013

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am
The Small Business Development Center affiliation between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) ended in December.
Going forward, LACDC services are being offered under the identity of the “Los Alamos Business Assistance Services.”
No-cost, confidential business advising and assistance as well as affordable business workshops will continue to be offered in synergy with other LACDC programs including the Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet programs.
LACDC has assisted hundreds of

Former New Mexico State University Student Sentenced to Prison for Making False Bomb Threats

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning, Jan. 17, a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Daud Anwar, 30, of Albuquerque to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction for making false bomb threats.

Anwar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

SAC Carol K.O. Lee

On March 21, 2012, Anwar was charged with using electronic communication devices on March 3, 2011, to falsely claim that buildings on the New Mexico State

Personnel Board Meets Noon Jan. 22

on January 18, 2013 - 7:30am


The Personnel Board is meeting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Training Room at the Community Building.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes for Oct. 24, 2012

III. Approval of Minutes for Appeal Committee Oct. 26, 2012

IV. Public Comment - Limit of four (4) minutes per person on items not on the agenda

V. Chair’s Report

VI. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items

A. Continue to Review & Vote of Proposed Changes to the Personnel Rules 100-600 Series.

VII. Discussion Items for Future Personnel Board Agendas



OBITUARY: Selma Kron Nov. 11,1931-Jan. 13, 2013

on January 18, 2013 - 7:29am

SELMA KRON Nov. 11 1931-Jan. 13, 1931

Selma Kron, 81, passed away on Jan. 13, 2013 in the presence of her beloved family. Born Nov. 11, 1931 in Philadelphia to Rose and William Adelman, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and married the love of her life Norman Kron who preceded her in death in 1995.  

Together they raised five children and built a successful skilled nursing facility, Ambler Rest Center.

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm


On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

Crowd Packs Metal Menagerie Show at Mesa Library

on January 17, 2013 - 12:23pm

Community members filled the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library for Wednesday's opening reception of the Metal Menagerie Show. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scrap Metal Artists Richard Swenson, left, and David Trujillo speak with Marsha Gilford, vice president public affairs for Smith’s Food and Drug Centers. Gilford is in Los Alamos visiting County officials and local business owners. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Metal Menagerie, showcasing the work of two Los Alamos metal sculptors, David Trujillo and Richard Swenson, opened Wednesday, Jan.

Public Has Two More Opportunities to Weigh in on Muni Building Name

on January 17, 2013 - 12:22pm


Two public hearings have been set for residents to give their comments to the “Committee to Consider a Request to name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette Wallace.”

  • 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room; and 
  • 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, White Rock Town Hall

Councilor Fran Berting brought the request to name the building after Wallace to the Council during its meeting Jan. 8. The Los Alamos County Code governs the process the County must use when this kind of request to name a facility after an individual is received.

Letter to the Editor: Voting Yes for School Bond Makes Sense

on January 17, 2013 - 12:12pm
By Kathryn E. Thomas
Retired LAPS Assistant Superintendent

My name is Kate Thomas, and I resigned in 2010 from Los Alamos Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent. Since then I have worked closely in different situations related to the schools. 

I have been involved in education for 42 years, either as a teacher or an administrator. I am writing this letter to strongly urge Los Alamos voters to vote “Yes” to continue the funding of school renovation in our school district.

Learning is a complex activity, which supremely tests students’ motivation and physical condition.

Special Utilities Board Meeting Set For Jan. 22

on January 17, 2013 - 10:55am


NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

No Trash or Recycling Service Monday Jan. 21

on January 17, 2013 - 10:10am


In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday Jan. 21.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, please place your trash and recycling out  by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 for collection.

For more information, visit the Environmental Services website.


Letter to the Editor: Just Name It 'The Los Alamos County Municipal Building'

on January 17, 2013 - 9:28am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

The new municipal/administration building is THE Los Alamos citizens’ building! As such, it should not be a memorial to any one person, dead or alive.

While a few previous, and some current, councilors doggedly refused to allow LA citizens to vote on it, the building is still the citizens’ building and not the council’s building.

If a nickname is needed, make something like “The GRT (Golden Revenue Trove or Gross Receipt Tax-windfall) Building” as that is what enabled it.

Councilor (Fran) Berting put forth the request that the building be named in memory of

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano


WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528

Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

Stilwell Leads Way for Atomic Tumblers’ at Gold Cup Classic

on January 17, 2013 - 8:31am

Caden Stilwell earns silver on parallel bars. Courtesy photo

Philo Shelton takes silver on still rings. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

The boys’ competitive team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics competed in the Men’s Gold Cup Classic in Albuquerque on Jan. 5-6.

The Atomic Tumblers’ competed against 115 gymnasts from 11 teams from New Mexico and Texas.

The Atomic Tumblers’ highest scorer was Caden Stilwell, in the Level 4 Junior Division, who scored a 54.75 and earned fourth place in the all-around competition.

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement Wednesday following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March:
"I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior.
"Over the last four years, Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.

OBITUARY: Edwin A. Kelley Feb. 7, 1934–Jan. 15, 2013

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am

EDWIN A. KELLEY Feb. 7, 1934 Jan. 15, 2013

Edwin A. Kelley, 78, a resident of White Rock passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, which would have been his 25th anniversary to his beloved wife, Billie.

Ed was born in Washington, Pa., to John B. Kelley Sr. and Ruth A. Kelley on Feb. 7, 1934. He graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Pa., in 1951.

He was a machinist all his life as many of the Kelley families were, and was known for being “one of the best.” He moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1967 to work for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, in the main Shops.

In 1976 until 1981

OBITUARY: Martha Virginia Osborn Oct. 27, 1920 - Jan. 13, 2013

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am

MARTHA VIRGINIA OSBORN Oct. 27, 1920 - Jan. 13, 2013

Martha Virginia passed away gracefully on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, at home with family in Albuquerque. Her 92 years were full of adventures. She was born in Duenweg, Mo., one of four sisters.

She survived polio at a very early age with all but her left arm recovering. She could tie a shoe one handed tight enough to hold all day, something that continually amazed her daughter who could never figure it out.

She married Robert L. Osborn on Feb. 8, 1947 and was able to celebrate 66 years.

Money IQ: What’s In Store For 2013

on January 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

What’s In Store For 2013

As we start the New Year there are many forces in play that can have an influence on the stock markets, not only in the United States but around the world

All eyes continue to be on Washington as the Fiscal Cliff issues continue to dominate the airwaves.

Taxes and tax rates have been established, however, the debt issues will remain in the headlines as Washington gears up for another round of budget talks and budget battles in February.

Everyone is hoping for a permanent solution that makes the government’s finances sustainable.

UNM-LA Faces 8 Percent Budget Shortfall

on January 16, 2013 - 11:47am

UNM-LA Advisory Board members meet Monday evening with college administrators and staff. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

UNM-Los Alamos faces a budget shortfall of $290,000 for fiscal year 2012-2013, reported UNM-LA Campus Resources Director Lisa Wismer at the Jan. 14 meeting of the UNM-LA Advisory Board. 

The campus will attempt to institute an 8 percent budget cut, although, “I don’t think we can pull back 8 percent," Wismer said.

Wismer pointed to three cost areas that had major negative impacts on the budget: 

  • The one-time bonus (approximately $1,100

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers

on January 16, 2013 - 11:37am

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers
By Daren Savage

Then-Senator Joe Biden noted during the Democratic primary debate on Apr. 26, 2007, “We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness,” Biden said. “We should know that when you send a kid to college, you're going to be safe on college.”

“My wife is a doctor of education, a teacher at a community college,” Biden said.

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

LANL Cancels Thursday's Surplus Property Sale

on January 16, 2013 - 11:14am
LANL News:
The monthly surplus property sale at Los Alamos National Laboratory scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 has been cancelled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions.
Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.

Govenor Delivers State of the State Address

on January 16, 2013 - 9:55am


SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives Tuesday, Jan. 15:

2013 State of the State Address

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr.


Garcia Richard Signs Education Appropriation Bill

on January 16, 2013 - 8:16am

At the start of the 2013 60-day session Tuesday, newly elected Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at her desk on the House Floor signs the education appropriation bill to fund New Mexico schools in 2013-14. Garcia Richard was named to serve on the House Appropriations Committee and is cosponsoring this funding bill. Photo by Garcia Richard's daughter, Elia Vasquez