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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 24

on January 24, 2013 - 11:24am

This week's preview sponsored by

Authors Speak Series from 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Mesa Public Library
Poet Laureate of New Mexico Jon Davis kicks off the new season of this popular literary series. Mesa Public Library, with support from the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, is pleased to continue the Authors Speak series for the community.


Patrons Pack Final Night At Canyon Bar

on January 24, 2013 - 10:40am

Patrons packed into Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Wednesday night, Jan. 23 for its last night in business. Photo by Sal Zapien/

AnnMarie and Michael Cutler. Photo by Sal Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

It was a bittersweet moment for owners Michael and AnnMarie Cutler as the doors closed forever Wednesday night on the Canyon Bar in Central Park Square.

The Cutlers have owned the popular establishment at 163 Central Ave., for 16 years, but recently received a purchase offer for their packaged liquor license from Giant Gas Stations.

Cutler explained that Giant

Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

Sioux Street Loses Power

on January 24, 2013 - 9:22am

DPU News:

A bad transformer was the cause of last night’s outage on Sioux Street in the North Mesa neighborhood. Reported at 6:30 p.m., approximately 120 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without electricity.

DPU’s electric line crew initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power by 9 p.m.; permanent repairs will continue today, Jan. 24.  

Crews will plan a 30-minute outage affecting eight customers, to complete the repairs. The time of this planned outage is not yet determined.


Personnel Board Meets 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29

on January 24, 2013 - 9:14am


The next Personnel Board Meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Training Room at the Community Building, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes for Jan. 8, 2013

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

IV. Chair’s Report

V. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items

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

VI. Discussion Items for Future Personnel Board Agendas

  • A.

Utilities Board Elects Officers

on January 24, 2013 - 9:04am

From left, Deputy Utility Manager Electric Production Steve Cummins, Department of Public Utilities Board member Chris Ortega, Utility Manager John Arrowsmith, Board Chair Glenn Woodwell, Board member Kevin Anderson and Deputy Utility Manager Finance & Administration Bob Westervelt during a November meeting at the DPU in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU News:

At its meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities elected David Powell to serve as board chair for 2013.

Tim Neal was elected to continue to serve as board vice-chair and


What's That Bird?

on January 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A Cooper's Hawk in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What is that bird? Need help figuring out what you're seeing in the backyard, on the trail, or soaring overhead?

The community is invited to attend a presentation on birds from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Bird expert Dave Yeamans will discuss backyard winter birds seen flying around the Los Alamos area during the one hour program with time available afterward for sharing problematic bird IDs, bird feeding discussions and ideas and general birding information.

Yeamans' program

Accelerate Program Helps Students Transition to Career

on January 24, 2013 - 7:16am

Accelerate Program News:

ESPANOLA – On Feb. 8, students earning 2-year business and technical degrees in six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization, and establishing a career.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional human resource directors and hiring managers to host a one day workshop for graduating students entitled “From Classroom to Career – A Dress Rehearsal.”  

Accelerate, a program of the Regional Development Corporation in conjunction with six northern New Mexico

Chaparral Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on January 24, 2013 - 7:08am

SANTA FE —The Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger District expects to begin the 60-acre Chaparral prescribed burn today, Jan, 24 northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs, 10 miles southeast of Cuba and nine miles northwest of Jemez Springs.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.


Creative Classes Abound at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on January 24, 2013 - 7:00am

FLAC News:

Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer art studio experiences for children on Wednesday afternoons.

There are a few single session classes, as well as a number of serial classes.

Longtime Los Alamos artist Thelma Hahn will teach a 4-week "Clay Creations" class, first for grades 1-3, then later in the semester for grades 4-6.

Artist Dee Homans returns with some new classes and also some repeats of popular classes.

Classes will be held Feb. 2 through May 23. The Center also offers adult classes. Check out all the classes at

Join Gillian Sutton of

Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

Letter to the Editor: School Bond Timing Questioned

on January 23, 2013 - 4:51pm
Peter Heimdahl
Los Alamos

This letter is not intended as a pro or con for the School Bond Vote, but a disclosure of information that the pro bond contingent has neglected to make public.

According to the County Clerk’s Office, the cost of this special election to taxpayers is approximately $30,000.

The Los Alamos Public Schools administration could have saved taxpayers a large sum of money by holding this election on the same date as the general November 2012 election, but opted not to.

Why? It is a common strategy throughout the U.S.

Letter to the Editor: On Naming Los Alamos County Public Facilities

on January 23, 2013 - 4:03pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

Los Alamos County is unique in also being a municipality. "In the United States, a 'municipality'is usually understood as a city, town, village."
Los Alamos County Municipal Building and Los Alamos County Town Hall are names that convey this uniqueness.
Los Alamos Citizens' Building and Los Alamos Community Town Hall are good in that they convey citizenry and community. We already have a Los Alamos Community Building. The County Council is the governing body, however, and County includes both WR and Townsite.

Money IQ: 2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

on January 23, 2013 - 12:19pm
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

Although Congress temporarily avoided the “fiscal cliff”, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Act”), enacted Jan. 2, 2013, made some permanent changes with respect to the lifetime estate and gift tax exemptions that may affect your estate plan.

This column outlines two key changes and also discusses how the annual gift tax exemption may be used as an estate planning tool.

Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions: 

Legislators permanently approved the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption (also

Intellus Training Begins Jan. 28 at UNM-LA

on January 23, 2013 - 12:06pm

Letter to the Editor: Approving School Bond is Good Investment for Future

on January 23, 2013 - 11:12am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

I ask the citizens of Los Alamos to join me in voting "yes" in the 2013 Los Alamos Public Schools bond election.

These are challenging times for our local and national economy, but we can still afford to pay for the most important things for our community, such as good schools.

Passing the 2013 bond will not increase property tax rates; it will maintain them at the level set in 2009. The school board and administration have done a good job of planning and prioritizing how this money will be spent; see details at

If we

LAHS Wins Pecos Invitational

on January 23, 2013 - 11:09am

LAHS senior Ben Mitsunaga. Photo by Roger Brewer


LAHS senior Aaron Hinojos. Photo by Roger Brewer


LAHS News:


Los Alamos entered both Varsity and Junior Varsity wrestling teams Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Pecos Invitational.


The LAHS-V cruised to a team victory in the tourney. LAHS-V and JV placed 12 wrestlers in either the finals or consolation finals of their weight class.


LAHS medalists with associated finals result:

  • Dominique Montoya 4th, lost 3-9
  • John Michael Romero 2nd, lost by pin
  • Chandler Lauritzen 1st, won 9-8
  • Aaron Hinojos 3rd, win by pin
  • Ben Mitsunaga 3rd, win 11-0

Local GOP Women to Visit Roundhouse

on January 23, 2013 - 11:03am


Members of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will visit the New Mexico State Capitol Friday, Feb. 1, attending the Legislature and the annual Governor's Tea.

Republican women who would like to join in the visit should contact Norma Tech at 505-662-7424 for details.

There is a small fee for attending the Governor's Tea and reservations must be received by Jan. 25.

Carpooling will be available from Los Alamos. For further information, contact Mary Wilhoit at 858-922-9070.


Hilltopper Girls Down Bernalillo 58-24

on January 23, 2013 - 10:05am

Erin Kirk with short jump shot over defender. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr works for shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan scores on layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

Workshop to Educate Baby Boomers on Social Security

on January 23, 2013 - 9:48am






An educational workshop titled "Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income" has been scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

This workshop is free of charge and will cover:

  • Five factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits;
  • When it makes sense to delay benefits – and when it does not;
  • How to estimate your benefits;
  • How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits; and
  • How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement

Dr. Anastasia Steffen Discusses Forest Fire Effects on Obsidian Artifacts in the Jemez Mountains

on January 23, 2013 - 8:57am
During Tuesday's presentation at PEEC, Dr. Anastasia Steffen explains that patterns in the fracture face determine whether an obsidian rock fracture was caused by fire or man. Photo by TK Thompson/
PEEC Co-founder and board member Becky Shankland addresses the audience at Tuesday's talk. Photo by TK Thompson/
Staff Report:
Dr. Anastasia Steffen of the Valles Caldera National Preserve presented a night Tuesday evening at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos.
The topic of her talk was the effects of forest fires on the

Dr. Paul Bauer Featured Speaker at Jan. 26 Los Alamos Geological Society Banquet

on January 23, 2013 - 8:34am

LAGS News:

Dr. Paul Bauer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society's 2013 Banquet.

The community is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, and at 7 p.m., Bauer will present his talk.

Titled “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” Bauer’s presentation is a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, with an emphasis on the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape.

It will include some

Officers From 1980 NM Penitentiary Riot Honored

on January 23, 2013 - 8:12am
Former Corrections Officer Valentine Martinez, center, was honored Jan 21 and seen here with his wife, Angelina Martinez and far left, Gov. Susana Martinez and NMCD Cabinet Secretary Gregg Marcantel. Courtesy/NMCD
NM Corrections Department News
SANTA FE – Monday Jan. 21, Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel honored the Corrections Officers involved in the 1980 Penitentiary of New Mexico Prison Riot.
“As painful as it is to remember the 1980 riot is a part of this State’s history,” the governor said.

Los Alamos County Science Fair Draws 319 Students

on January 23, 2013 - 7:57am
Los Alamos students at the 2012 Regional Science Fair. Courtesy photo.

LAPS News:

The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area and between 1-3 p.m., the public is invited to view the projects.

Los Alamos Public Schools and home school students and teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4-5th grade individual elementary, K-6 grade elementary class, 6-8 grade junior division and 9-12 grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories: Physical, Earth and Life Sciences.