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CodeRed Mobile Alert App Now Available

on August 15, 2012 - 5:26pm


An upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app is now available as a free download for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

With this upgrade, CodeRED Mobile Alert subscribers may now view weather alerts for the entire country, with previous access limited to a 500-mile radius.

CodeRED is the notification system used by Los Alamos County to alert residents to local emergencies.

To sign up, visit and click on CodeRed in the right sidebar.

The mobile app is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.

Countywide Power Outage Hit Today

on August 15, 2012 - 3:45pm

Update to 4:30 p.m. power outage caused by lightning to local substation: DPU customers still without power should call 311 or 662-8333 ASAP.

A major electrical power failure hit the entire County of Los Alamos at 1:50 p.m. today.

Word from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is that a high voltage transmission service within Los Alamos National Laboratory was lost. LANL is investigating the cause.

Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

on August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm
Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance

Column: Sign Code Revisions Move Forward

on August 15, 2012 - 12:18pm

Good or bad use of signs?  Courtesy Photo

Column by Greg Kendall

The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) is once again tackling a major revision to Los Alamos County's sign code.

CEDD believes that this time will be the charm for getting the sign code revised and approved by the County Council. CEDD has an aggressive schedule to move the sign code to Council approval before the end of the year.

Draft revisions as a result of more public input and a public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commision are planned.

On Monday, CEDD held a "stakeholders" public meeting at


Boomerang Thrift Boutique Celebrates First Decade

on August 15, 2012 - 10:48am

Boomerang Thrift Boutique, 814 South Riverside Dr. in Espanola carries gently used clothing for every member of the family including Fido. Shoes and cowboy boots, furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, books, cd's and dvd's, home decor items, kitchen items, toys and more are available in the store. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

When you pull into the driveway, you’ll notice adobe walls have been cheerfully painted with flamingoes and flowering vines.

The flower garden has been cared for and decorated with colorful pinwheels.


Meet Ruby K’s New Operations Manager: Melissa Schmidt

on August 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Ruby Alexander, center, of Ruby K's at 20th Street and Central Avenue with her new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, left, and architect Steve Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

Melissa Schmidt, newly hired operations manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, plans to use her communication skills to lead the staff through changes at the restaurant.

“This is a big time at Ruby K’s,” said Schmidt, who was also a shift supervisor at Starbucks, where she has worked for the past six years. “Ruby (Alexander) has a lot of great ideas.


Aquatomics Place 11 in Long Course Championship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:44am


The Four Corners Aquatic Team and New Mexico Swimming hosted the New Mexico Long Course State Championships Swim Meet July 19-22, at the Farmington Aquatic Center in Farmington.

A total of 446 swimmers from 22 teams attended.

The Los Alamos Aquatomics had 23 swimmers attend the championship meet; several of whom scored points for the team by finishing in the top eight in their events:         

  • Jillian Bennett scored 2 points
  • Kaitlin Bennett scored 4 points
  • Max Corliss scored 5 points
  • Alana Goodwin scored 5 points
  • Nick Greenfield scored 5 points
  • Ian Jaegers scored 11 points

Steve Wells to Speak Thursday at The Hive on Financial Challenges of Entrepreneurship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:34am

LAEN News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a conversation with Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank.

Steve W. Wells
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Los Alamos National Bank

LAEN is privileged to host Wells on the evening of Aug.16 at The Hive,134 N.M. 4 in White Rock ... please note that seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Wells has served as president of Los Alamos National Bank since 1994.

He began his banking career 34 years ago and has been with LANB since 1985 and serves on the bank's


Thursday's CIP Evaluation & Oversight Meeting Canceled

on August 15, 2012 - 9:02am


The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will not meet Thursday, Aug. 16.

Instead, the committee will take a private tour on Friday afternoon of the new Municipal Complex under construction on Central Avenue.

The committee plans to meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 with County Administrator Harry Burgess in a special committee meeting in Council Chambers.

This will be the only agenda item for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.



Wilson Campaign Names "Women for Heather" Los Alamos County Chair

on August 15, 2012 - 8:52am
  • Los Alamos woman to lead coalition operations in county

ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Los Alamos resident Francine J. Mendoza will lead Women for Heather in Los Alamos County.

Mendoza joins the statewide grassroots team and will lead the county's efforts to elect the first female senator from New Mexico.

“This year we have a special opportunity to elect Heather Wilson as New Mexico’s first woman U.S. Senator,” Mendoza said. “Heather is the only pro-life candidate running for the U.S.


Chili Roasting Season Has Arrived

on August 15, 2012 - 8:36am


Chili roasting time is here and Matt Romero, owner of Romero Farms in Dixon is prepared. He has been a regular at the Farmer's Market for years and will be there on Thursday morning in the parking lot near Mesa Public Library. Photo by Clay Dillingham.

Church Fire Deemed Accidental

on August 14, 2012 - 2:50pm

Courtesy photo


The New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office has determined that the cause of the fire at the New Beginnings Church July 4 was electrical and accidental.  


Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Food on the Hill: Grilled Salmon

on August 14, 2012 - 10:22am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/

Grilled salmon

Fish seasoning:

  • Equal parts of -- No Salt Cajun Seasoning
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • -- 1/2 part of Mesquite seasoning
  • Salmon Filets with skin on
  • Spray butter
  • Seasoning (above)

Photo by Sue York/


** If you need to freeze the uncooked fish filets, put them in a plastic zip bag and put in a little water and a tablespoon or two of lemon juice. Zip the bag with all of the air out and do not freeze for more than one month.
Photo by Sue York/
Check fish

Police Halt Jail Fight This Morning

on August 14, 2012 - 9:30am

Photo by Greg Kendall/

LAPD News:

A fight between inmates broke out this morning at the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

Police officers stepped in and stopped the fight quickly.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs were called to the scene and are transporting this 24-year-old inmate to the Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution.

Medic 3 considers this a non-emergency transport.

The cause of the fight is not readily known.



LAPS Hosts Annual All Hands Breakfast and Meeting

on August 14, 2012 - 7:39am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, right, and Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell welcome staff and teachers to the annual "All Hands Breakfast and Meeting" Monday morning at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jim Ivanovich, newly hired principal at Mountain Elementary School greets staff and teachers arriving for breakfast at LAHS. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Tim O' Leary from the Los Alamos Site Office helps greet teachers and staff at the All Hands Meeting. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


The Valles Caldera Deserves a Rim Trail

on August 14, 2012 - 7:35am

Yvonne Delamater of Los Alamos looks out over the Valles. Courtesy photo


The Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Fuller Lodge, Historian Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality.

The resurgent dome of the Valles Caldera is, geologically speaking, very young. Its structure is largely intact. 

It is also a small caldera, a mere 13 to 15 miles in diameter, so it is easy the see its bowl-shape depression atop a mountain. 

These attributes led a small group of

UNM-LA Community Education Offers Unique New Classes

on August 14, 2012 - 7:33am





By Bonnie J. Gordon

This fall, the UNM-Los Alamos Community Education department kicks off the semester with an interesting set of new course offerings and ambitious plans for expanding the program even more in following semesters.

More than 20 new topics have been added to the schedule of classes, which includes new areas of focus such as:

  • “Local History and Culture”
  • “Contemporary Arts”
  • “Native American Culture”

Class series, in topics such as Science Fiction, will also be debuted in the fall.


Dance Arts Los Alamos Hosts Dancer’s Resale and Open House; Announces Fall Classes

on August 14, 2012 - 7:30am

Photo by Paulo T. Photography

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will kick off its 2012-2013 year with the Dancer’s Resale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Studios at 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. 

An Open House will be held noon to 4 p.m. for families new to DALA, or anyone who has questions about classes or needs assistance with the registration process.

DALA has expanded its class offerings again this year and is offering more than 45 classes at its three studios located in both Los Alamos and White Rock. 

DALA is pleased to add Melissa Briggs to the faculty

Board of Adjustment Meets Today in Council Chambers

on August 13, 2012 - 11:18am


A Board of Adjustment meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 13 in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.





IV. PUBLIC HEARING (Quasi-judicial case)

A. Case No. 12-BOA-015
A request for approval of a fence height waiver to place a 6-ft high chain link fence within the required 25-ft front setback at 2403 Club Road, North Community No. 2, Lot 1, in an R-1-8 (Single Family Residential) zone.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2012

on August 13, 2012 - 10:32am

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.

Aug. 4 at 1:27 p.m. / A 28-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of criminal trespass.


Aug. 4 at 11:10 p.m. / Police arrested Donaven Vanwijkweijer, 18, of Los Alamos in the 1400 block of 40th Street and charged him with criminal trespass, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Aug. 4 at 11 p.m.


Fire Hydrant Testing Underway

on August 13, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos Firefighters test the water pressure in area fire hydrants Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Off to the next hydrant... Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Betty the Bullfrog Attracts New Parents

on August 13, 2012 - 10:29am


Betty the bullfrog charmed members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos so much that the Club has adopted the portly beauty for an entire year beginning Nov. 1. Betty lives at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and is big and round, with a dark colored back and a creamy colored belly. She likes to hide underwater as well as float along the surface. Betty sometimes comes out of the water to bask under a warm lamp. She dines on earthworms, crickets and pinky mice. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Live animals are an important but costly part of the educational mission at