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Family YMCA Sponsoring Giving Tree

on November 30, 2012 - 7:26am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Y, take a tag off the tree in the lobby, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it with the tag attached by Dec. 10.

Families have requested gift cards, grocery gift cards and some specific gifts.

The Y will give the wrapped gifts to the Adopt-A-Family program.

For more information, call the Y at 662-3100.


County's Janet Bettinger Retires

on November 29, 2012 - 2:41pm

Retiring Department of Public Utilities Assistant Manager-Administration Janet Bettinger with DPU Manager John Arrowsmith at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Janet Bettinger went to work for Los Alamos County as a student intern in the finance department when she was 18 years old.

"I always said I would retire when I was 46 and that seemed so old," Bettinger said at her farewell party at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. "Now I'm 46 and it doesn't seem so old."

Bettinger moved over to the Department of Public Utilities in 1989 as a customer service

Local Author Explores Sustainability, Practical Economics Through Fiction

on November 29, 2012 - 1:19pm

BOOK News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper's second novel, "The Webs of Varok" launches Tuesday, Dec. 4.

California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House will release the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and ebook formats.

The second book in "The Archives of Varok" series, this young‐adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper's 1975 first‐contact novel A Place Beyond Man as they leave a troubled 21st Century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.

What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented


Race Volunteers Needed

on November 29, 2012 - 11:30am

YES Corp youth on a campout last year. Courtesy/YMCA


  • Event to Support Youth Programs

Race guides, set-up and registration volunteers are needed to assist with The Family YMCA’s Holiday Half Marathon and Festive 5K set for Dec. 8.

Helpers are asked to call the Y as soon as possible at 662-3100 so staff may plan for needs. Volunteers can work from one to three hours in shifts starting at 7:30 a.m. for this event that will benefit youth programs.


In 2011, the Y served a total of 3,067 youth and teens in 77 youth programs.

The Y provides scholarships to

Traveling the World

on November 29, 2012 - 11:03am

Jason, Sydney and Kerri Frazier prepare to spend the next two years traveling the world. Photo by Teralene Foxx


By Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

Our youngest daughter, Kerri  (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and her husband Jason Frazier told us six years ago they were planning on quitting their jobs, selling everything, and sailing around the world when they were in mid-life. 

All I could think of was pirates, large waves and being cramped together on a small boat for days. That is something I could not imagine. 

It certainly did not appeal to me, but it was their lives.

Eat Breakfast With Santa This Saturday

on November 29, 2012 - 10:31am

Santa listens to Christmas wish lists at the annual Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to the annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with support from Del Norte Credit Union, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money.

Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need.

Coping With The Holidays

on November 29, 2012 - 7:34am


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is sponsoring two Grief Support Groups this holiday season. 

Meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 or 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

For those coping with loss due to the death of a loved one, holidays are portrayed as merry times, but they may be times of intense emotion, stress and loneliness when we are experiencing grief.

Groups will be facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, PHD, MSW and longtime Los Alamos resident.

Please join us to share your feelings and to


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 29

on November 28, 2012 - 10:07pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa – 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Free breakfast and photos with Santa. Request a donation of non-perishable food or a monetary donation to help with the Kiwanis annual Foster Children Christmas Party. LA Cares will distribute the food donations.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Knights of Columbus on DP Road. Arts, crafts, breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Meet Me at Mesa – Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Tonight's Powerball Skyrockets to $550 Million

on November 28, 2012 - 8:37pm

Powerball lottery tickets are selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute across the United States today, according to reports, and the jackpot has risen to $550 million. Unlike the long lines seen in cities across the nation, local ticket sales were much slower this evening with a line beginning to form at Smiths on Central Avenue at 7 p.m. and just two people in line at Chevron on Trinity Drive. Victor Martinez is shown purchasing four tickets at 7:15 p.m. from Chevron clerk Robert Torres. "The first thing I will do if I win is help the homeless," Martinez said.

Community Bids Farewell to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon

on November 28, 2012 - 12:45pm

Mourners say goodbye to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Community members, family and friends filled Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road this morning to say goodbye to Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Ventura-Arencon.

Ventura-Arencon, 14, was a ninth grade student at Los Alamos High School who died in a head-on collision Nov. 21 on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y."

Los Alamos Public Schools is providing grief counseling to students and staff.

The principals at Los

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

on November 27, 2012 - 4:47pm

Now that Thanksgiving is over, County workers were out in today's nearly spring-like weather adding holiday decorations to the light poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Three Generations Construct School Float Structure

on November 27, 2012 - 8:50am

Newly elected County Councilor Steven Girrens, left, works in the garage of his White Rock home Friday, Nov. 23 with his son Craig Girrens - home on Thanksgiving break from college in Colorado and father Paul Girrens - visiting from Kansas for the Thanksgiving holiday. The three generations engineered and constructed the base structure for the Los Alamos Public Schools float for next month's Parade of Lights in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, float builders Steve Girrens, Paul Girrens and Craig Girrens move their project from the garage to an outside

Earth Treasure Show Set for Winterfest Weekend

on November 27, 2012 - 6:02am

Smithsonite, New Mexico State Mineral, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, N.M. Courtesy/LAGS

LAGS News:

Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Masonic Temple at the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. 

The show has been moved one week later than usual to coincide with Winterfest activities around town.

This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include unique exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and


Letter to the Editor: Thank You Community for Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Success

on November 27, 2012 - 6:01am

By Bill Blumenthal, Boy Scout Coordinator
Jim Evans, Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) Coordinator
Robert MacFarland/Jean Butler, LA Cares Coordinators
Cheryl Sedlacek, San Martin de Porres Coordinator

First, a big "Thank You" to all the citizens of Los Alamos County who gave generously to the recent Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Saturday Nov. 17.

An estimated 18,000 lbs of food and supplies were collected with about 1,000 pounds sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Espanola.

The remainder was donated to LA Cares for distribution to those in need within our community.



Jack Richardson to Address SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project

on November 27, 2012 - 6:00am

Test drilling in 2002. Photo by Tim Glasco/DPU


The public is invited to hear a talk on the SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Project Manager Jack Richardson of the SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project will address Los Alamos County's plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.

The event is a joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters.

Tiger Trot Raises Nearly $10,000 for Aspen Elementary

on November 27, 2012 - 5:58am
Duncan Fuehne and Thomas Chadwick. Courtesy Photo

Final results are in for Aspen Elementary School's Tiger Trot fundraiser held in October - the event raised early $10,000 for the school.
The Aspen Elementary School PTO would like to thank the local businesses who provided prizes and incentives for the top fundraising kids and staff. 

"Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, Charla Glasco, CB Fox, Home Run Pizza, Bob's Bodacious BBQ, The Coffee House, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Reel Deal Cinema, REMAX, Metzger's, Pyramid Cafe, Subway, LA Fitness, Dixie Girl Restaurant, Hill Diner

First of its Kind Northern New Mexico Birth Summit Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

on November 27, 2012 - 5:58am


The Northern New Mexico Birth Summit and related events are this weekend, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

This first-ever event of its kind will offer a unique opportunity to explore birth and early parenting issues affecting Northern New Mexican birthing families and those who work with them from cultural, social and policy perspectives.

The public is invited to be a part of this unique experience and enjoy an inspiring and informative weekend. Be part of the change you want and hope to see.

Space is limited.

Everything Christmas Sale Dec. 5

on November 27, 2012 - 5:57am


An Everything Christmas Sale is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The WCSS of the United Church is sponsoring the holiday event in Graves Hall on Rose Street.

Items available for purchase include:

  • Christmas lights;
  • Christmas trees;
  • Decorations;
  • Wreaths;
  • Cookie Cutters; and
  • Ornaments;
  • Trash to Treasures gently used items donated specifically for holiday giving; and
  • Bake Sale full of yummy Christmas goodies.

Christkindlmarket at Winterfest Dec. 8

on November 27, 2012 - 5:56am

DWM News:

Denver Wealth Management is hosting a Christkindlmarket in conjunction with Winterfest in the parking lot at Central Avenue and 15th Street.

The Christkindlmarket will run 5-9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 with vendors from all over Northern New Mexico showcasing a wide array of products available for purchase..

There will be several different styles of artists and jewelers, jams and jellies, craft foods, wood and metal works, clothing and accessories, arts and crafts and German style food and drink.

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a brisk evening of festive atmosphere.

Rotary Club Student of the Month: Marcus Gutierrez

on November 26, 2012 - 12:13pm

Marcus Gutierrez. Courtesy photo

Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  

Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James Gutierrez.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

Cowboy Breakfast Set for Sunday

on November 26, 2012 - 12:05pm

Beware of Door-To-Door Magazine Crews

on November 26, 2012 - 7:14am

Staff Report

It's that time of year when magazine peddlers descend on White Rock and Los Alamos neighborhoods.

While some may represent legitimate companies - many do not.

A local resident contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to say she had been duped:

"Please post to let residents beware. The shady mag crews are in town again. We had one at our door yesterday. I was not aware of this 'scam' that goes around and I wrote a check for $66 for a magazine subscription.

Funeral Mass Wednesday for Nikolas Ventura

on November 26, 2012 - 5:55am

Friends painted the rock in White Rock in memory of Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Rian Ventura-Arencon, 14, who died in a car crash Nov. 21 near the White Rock 'Y' on N.M. 4.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to make a donation to Los Alamos National Bank to the Nikolas Ventura-Arencon Memorial Fund. The family will be donating all monies received to the Wounded Warrior Project on Ventura-Arencon's behalf. Photo by Carol A.


Hike Ancho Rapids to Red Dot Dec. 1

on November 26, 2012 - 5:52am

Ancho Canyon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Paul Arendt for a winter hike in White Rock Canyon 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the bottom of Piedra Loop where hikers park for the Red Dot Trail and car pool to a parking area three miles south of White Rock.

From this second parking area, the hike will proceed eastward - eventually dropping into Ancho Canyon. Hikers will proceed along Ancho Canyon until its terminus at Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande.

There will be some interesting rock formations to observe in the lower portions of Ancho Canyon, as

Five Generations Gather For Thanksgiving

on November 25, 2012 - 7:07am
Five generations gather in Los Alamos over the Thanksgiving holiday including from left, longtime Los Alamos resident Marylee Lehman, 91, (generation one), Greg Salazar of Rio Rancho (generation three), Megan Salazar of Bernalillo (generation four) holding Emma Rae Priest (generation five) and Mary Salazar of Taylor Ranch (generation two.) Photo by Leland Lehman/
Marylee Lehman, 91, of Los Alamos meets her great great granddaughter Emma Rae Priest for the first time during the Thanksgiving holiday. Megan Salazar is at right. Photo by Leland Lehman/