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Nation Remembers Civil Rights Leader

on January 21, 2013 - 10:18am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28, 1963. It was from the steps of this memorial that King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. King's many speeches and nonviolent actions are credited with being instrumental in shaping the nation's outlook on equality. Courtesy/

Staff Report



Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2013

on January 21, 2013 - 10:02am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Jan. 10 at 4:17 a.m. / Police received a report from Los Alamos National Bank of criminal damage to property in the 2000 block of Trinity Dr. the estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 10 at 5:11 p.m. / Police received a report from a 20-year-old Los Alamos man that he was the victim of fraud in the 4900 block of N. Sol. The estimated loss is less than $100.

Jan. 11 at 8:08 a.m.

Column: Part II - Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics

on January 21, 2013 - 9:26am

Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics: How Men’s Covert Conflicts Got Expressed in Overt Conflicts Between Women – Part II, Intervention and Outcomes

By Elena Yang

The principle of parallel process can be applied to intervention. A small group of representatives chosen from the larger system can grapple with pertinent issues, unpack the layering of conflicts, understand their emotions and the sources, and imperatively, reflect back their lessons to the larger system.  

In this case of “Fixing the Women,” Smith and his colleagues created a “microcosm group” to identify issues, learn to

Rick Nebel Discusses DC Transformer Project Jan. 24

on January 21, 2013 - 9:25am
The Hive, 134 N.M. 4, is hosting it's weekly brown-bag lunch gathering starting at about 11:30 a.m. V, Jan. 24.
At noon Thursday, Rick Nebel will provide a presentation on his development of a DC transformer.

About 100 years ago, there was a dispute between Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla about whether the United States would run on alternating current (AC) power or direct current (DC) power.


Tesla ended up winning that battle solely on the basis that it is easy to move the voltages and currents up and down with AC power using transformers.


Community Invited to Local AARP Meetings

on January 21, 2013 - 9:24am

AARP News:

Local AARP Chapter 492 is holding two meetings Tuesday, Jan. 22:

  • noon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center; and 
  • 2:30 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center.

State Director Gene Varela will speak at both meetings about chapter activities.

The community is invited to attend and to contribute their ideas on activities ... all are welcome.



Perch Paperie Officially Opens for Business!

on January 20, 2013 - 9:34am

Owner Gloria Brehm cut the red ribbon on her new new business, Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock Saturday as Felicia and Pam Naugle, left, and Adam Brehm, Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and George Brehm holding son Luke grasp the ribbon. The event was packed with family fun including a bouncy house, face painting and balloon animals and included snacks and a raffle. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd filled the Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., Saturday during the store's grand opening hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas

on January 20, 2013 - 9:33am

At left, the ruins of Tyuonyi Village at Bandelier National Monument and Beach Day at Dry Tortugas. Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service


Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas
By Kirsten Laskey

In a perfect example of coincidence, Glenn Simpson, acting administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument, is preparing to leave the park’s canyons and mesas for the islands and coral reefs of Dry Tortugas, a National Park in the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clark, an employee at Dry Tortugas, traveled to Bandelier National Monument for a temporary

Warmer Weather Floods Local Car Wash

on January 20, 2013 - 8:29am

The recent Los Alamos 'heat wave' brought out a flood of drivers Saturday to the car wash on Knecht Street to spray away the grime built up on their vehicles during frigid temperatures earlier in the month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Boys and Girls Invited to Participate in Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition

on January 20, 2013 - 7:48am

K OF C News:

Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.

The local competition will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 from at Los Alamos High School's Griffith Gymnasium.

Registration will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. and it's free of charge.

Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.

'Meetup' With Others to Experience Interesting Events

on January 20, 2013 - 7:19am

Meetup group members enjoy a tasting event Saturday at Don Quixote Winery & Distillery in White Rock. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Staff Report

The Chamber of Commerce is providing an online service to community members who are looking to meet other people and experience a variety of events with others.

The service is built on the popular social network, “” and more than 40 people have signed up so far. The web address for the group is

There is a bit of expense involved to set up a Meetup group, so the Chamber is sponsoring the group to

Letter to the Editor: Name Building for Values

on January 20, 2013 - 7:07am
By John Bartlit
Los Alamos

 I offer a different idea for naming the new municipal building.
The idea is to use the opportunity to honor and publicize a precious concept of governance and citizenship rather than for any individual in the process.

I suggest the name “Los Alamos Community Town Hall.”
“Community” emphasizes that Los Alamos is uniquely a county-town, yet is one community.
“Municipal Building” and “Town Hall” are historical synonyms. “Town Hall” is a fresh, yet old and powerful concept of democracy.

“Town Hall” brings to mind the historic American values of

¡COLORES! Returns to New Mexico PBS

on January 20, 2013 - 7:03am

NM PBS News:

¡COLORES! returns to New Mexico PBS as a weekly local and national art series beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 on CH. 5.1.

The popular art series presents stories devoted to the creative spirit, featuring local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theatre, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

¡COLORES! provides an in-depth look at the inspiration, challenges and processes of a wide range of artists.

Descriptions of the first eight episodes are listed below with air dates:

Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
• One of New

Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America to Sponsor 'Gentle Zephyr' Class

on January 20, 2013 - 6:37am


Local embroiderers have a unique opportunity to learn Romanian Point Lace and Surface Embroidery from guest teacher Sylvia Murariu at a workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

The class, Gentle Zephyr, is sponsored by the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America and is open to non-members.

It will be held in the classroom of the Fuller Lodge Art Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration with a deposit for $70 must be received by Feb. 15.

The cost of the two-day session will be less than $90; the exact amount depends on expenses and number of

Kiwanis: Katherine Gauntt to Speak on Horse Rescue

on January 20, 2013 - 6:19am


Kiwanis meets noon to 1 p.m., each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.

Katherine Gauntt


Jan. 22 - Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch's program of horse rescue.

Jan. 29 - Committee Meetings.

Feb. 5 - Kiwanian Pat Soran will speak on Project Eliminate, a joint project of Kiwanis International and UNICEF that is aimed at wiping out maternal and neonatal


Art in Public Places Board Meets Jan. 24

on January 20, 2013 - 6:16am

‘Industrial Machine’ created by artist Robert Davis is on display at the Los Alamos Eco-Station on East Jemez Road.


The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)


  • A. Approval of Minutes from Dec. 12, 2012
  • B.

President's Inaugural Festivities Kick Off With National Day of Service

on January 19, 2013 - 10:47am

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room. Courtesy/


Inaugural festivities for the President of the United States begin today, Jan 19 with a National Day of Service.

Americans from all across the country - including President Obama and his family - will join together to participate in service projects in their communities.

President Obama's first term ends at noon Jan. 20, at which point, the President and Vice President will be sworn-in for a second term in a small ceremony at the White House.

It's a longstanding tradition,


Mail In Ballot Do's and Don'ts...

on January 19, 2013 - 10:21am


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office reports as of Friday, Jan. 18, that 4,000 ballots have been received for the Special School Bond Election. 

On Jan. 8, the Clerk’s Office mailed out 13,826 ballots.

The Clerk’s Office would like to remind registrants of several do’s and don’ts:

  • Do sign the outer envelope. If there is no signature on the outer envelope, the ballot cannot be counted.
  • Don’t have someone sign your ballot on your behalf. If you cannot sign the outer envelope, an ‘X’ is acceptable as your signature.

Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets

on January 19, 2013 - 9:52am
'The Three Amigos' by Los Alamos Artist Melissa Bartlett. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets 
By Mandy Marksteiner
Do you ever wonder what makes a painting interesting enough to buy? There’s always something about the piece that is especially attractive, whether it is the way the images are balanced or the way the color of the sky contrasts with the color of the rocks.
How do they do that?
Starting next week, Melissa Bartlett answers that question during her class at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

Los Alamos Eligible to Receive USDA Funds

on January 19, 2013 - 8:16am


Washington, D.C. Los Alamos is among several counties in northern New Mexico eligible to receive funds after submitting their application to USDA.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District Friday highlighted the more than $10.2 million that has been awarded to New Mexico counties to support local schools and roads as well as wildfire protection programs.

The funds from the U.S.


Luján Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2013 - 7:23am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/


Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"On Monday, our nation will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man whose compassion and enduring pursuit of justice and equality impacted the lives of so many and whose message continue to resonate to this very day.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter to the Editor: Drop 'Municipal' ... Consider 'The County of Los Alamos Building'

on January 19, 2013 - 6:54am
By Linda Goforth
Los Alamos

As much as I like Jeanette Wallace, I think the new county government building should be named without mystery.

Perhaps leaving "municipal" out of it covers its true purpose, too. The County Government of Los Alamos, or perhaps The County of Los Alamos Building. I like the second of these.


Pet of the Week: Yoda the Cat

on January 19, 2013 - 6:51am

Yoda the cat. Courtesy/Shelter


Pet of the Week: Yoda – a handsome orange tabby sporting tufts on his ears, is a sensitive and affectionate 6-year-old neutered male.

Yoda can be possessive of his person and a bit persnickety - not wanting to share with cats, dogs or children - so he is recommended as a loving companion to an adult.

When you pet Yoda, you will enjoy the feel of a very sleek and solid cat.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets just waiting for adoption.

Others are currently off-campus in

P&Z Meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

on January 19, 2013 - 6:45am


The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th St.






A. Comprehensive Plan Maps, Gary Leikness
B. Commissioner Training, Katie Thwaits
C. FY14 Work Plan

A. Director’s Report
B. Chair’s Report
C. Committee Reports
D. Board of Adjustment Report
E. Report from Liaisons to Other Boards & Commissions


Hilltopper Girls Beat Sandia 46-43

on January 18, 2013 - 11:48pm

Kiana Zerr with shot for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk with move to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr posting in lane. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan with move to basket for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan open for shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alisonn Crane attempting to take charge. Photo by Alan Kirk

Swarming team defense Erin Kirk gets foul. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott hits game winning 3pt shot.Photo by Alan Kirk

2013 FIRST Robotic Project Gets Underway

on January 18, 2013 - 10:10am
Steve Anton discusses the robotics project schedule in which the team must design, build, debug and learn to operate their robot by Feb. 19. Photo by TK Thompson/
Heads start spinning with ideas as soon as the 2013 rules presentation ended at UNM-LA earlier this month. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Students and mentors held a kickoff meeting of the 2013 FIRST Robotic Project in Los Alamos Jan. 5, where they learned the rules for the competition, which include 45 days to design, build, program, debug and learn to operate their robot.

Los Alamos Team 4153,