• People In the News 04-21-13

    Garret M. Nelson
    First Lt. Garret M. Nelson, USMC, received his wings as a United States Naval Aviator in the Marine Corps.
    He will be flying the AH-1W Cobra Helicopter. Lt. Nelson will be training in San Diego, then stationed in North Carolina. Lt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School and a 2010 United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
    Garret is the son of Lori and Lew Nelson and the grandson of Nina and
    Allie Laird.

    Benjamin Batha
    Benjamin Batha, a senior majoring in computer science and political science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2012 semester.
    Batha, a resident of Los Alamos, is the son of Margo and Steven Batha, and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.

    Neil Peterson
    Current Ph.D. student, Neil Peterson earned a School of Nursing teaching award from the University of Virginia, for the second year in a row.
    Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and still has family in town.
    Peterson, a part time emergency room clinician at the University of Virginia Medical Center, also won the all-university GTA award for students in math, engineering and nursing.

  • People In the News 04-16-13

    Local student, Batha, named to Dean’s List at University of Rochester
    Benjamin Batha, a senior majoring in computer science and political science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2012 semester.
    Batha, a resident of Los Alamos, is the son of Margo and Steven Batha, and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is a private research university located in Rochester, N.Y., (pop. 212,000) on the south shore of Lake Ontario.
    The University offers a unique undergraduate curriculum, with no required courses, that emphasizes a broad liberal education through majors, minors and course “clusters”— a Rochester innovation—in the three main areas of knowledge: humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences/engineering.
    The University (on the web at rochester.edu) is also home to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music, as well as graduate professional schools of business, education, medicine, and nursing.  

  • Sun-Times: Famed Movie Critic Roger Ebert Dies
  • Local EMT recognized for services

    The Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) recently recognized William F. Purtymun, a National Ski Patroller with the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, for achieving 30 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT.
    This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.
    To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Purtymun completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America.
    He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills. This includes recently completing the National Association of EMT Tactical Combat Casualty Care course.
    By maintaining his Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Purtymun is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

  • 40 years on, Vietnam troop withdrawal remembered

    Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home so that they wouldn't be accosted by angry protesters at the airport. For a Vietnamese businessman who helped the U.S. government, a rising sense of panic set in as the last combat troops left the country on March 29, 1973 and he began to contemplate what he'd do next. A young North Vietnamese soldier who heard about the withdrawal felt emboldened to continue his push on the battlefields of southern Vietnam.

    While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived the war. Since then, they've embarked on careers, raised families and in many cases counseled a younger generation emerging from two other faraway wars.

    Many veterans are encouraged by changes they see. The U.S. has a volunteer military these days, not a draft, and the troops coming home aren't derided for their service. People know what PTSD stands for. And they're insisting that the government take care of soldiers suffering from it and other legacy injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Births 03-17-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Feb. 4: A boy, Raymond Roy Farrar, born to Rachael Saenz and Chris Farrar
    • Feb. 13: A boy, Antonio Leroy Montoya, born to Leanne and Jemuel Montoya
    • Feb. 13: A boy, Emmett Grant Hanks, born to Michelle and Brandon Hanks
    • Feb. 15: A girl, Jayla Vest, born to Angela and Devan Vest
    • Feb. 16: A girl, Claire Baumbach, born to Amber and Ryan Baumbach
    • Feb. 23: A girl, Emmalynn Martinez, born to Dyna Trujillo and Joseph Martinez
    • Feb. 25: A boy, William Scott Nelson, born to Katherine and Andrew Nelson
    • Feb. 26: A boy, Kash Nicholas Preston, born to Annette and Daniel Preston
    • March 3: A boy, David James Gurule, born to Jennifer Espinoza and James B. Gurule
    • March 6: A girl, Cora June Melton, born to Kylene and William Melton
    • March 7: A boy, Glynn Michael Taylor, born to Laura and Stuart Taylor
    • March 8: A boy, Noah Richard Walker, born to Kimberly and Andrew Walker

  • People In the News 03-17-13

    Suzanne M. Birdsell, a resident of Los Alamos, has been named to first honors on the Clark University dean’s list. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2012 semester.


    Erin Dinehart, a senior biochemistry major from Los Alamos, has been named to the University of Dallas dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


    The Southwest District of Kiwanis had its annual mid-year conference at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe March 2. Representatives from Los Alamos’ two K-Kids Clubs (Aspen and Barranca Elementary) and Builders Club at the middle school, were invited to make their presentations describing their club’s activities.
    Representatives and their clubs are as follows: Katherine Elton, president of Aspen Elementary K-Kids Club; Neha Sadasivan, president of Barranca Elementary K-Kids Club; and Esperanza Tapia, president of the Middle School Builders Club. Don Casperson is the Kiwanis advisor for all the Los Alamos clubs; Audrey Juliani is the Barranca staff advisor; and Sharon Allen is the Aspen staff advisor. All the clubs are helping to support Project Eliminate, a Kiwanis three-year initiative to try and rid the world of neonatal tetanus.


  • Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies--VIDEO EXTRA

    With his long silver beard and uniform with braided trim, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

    His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion.

    Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted "Koop, Koop" at his appearances but booed other officials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact.

  • Births 02-10-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Jan. 17: A girl, Camdyn Kayce Wilcox, born to Dinah and Nicholas Wilcox
    • Jan. 23: A girl, Yarely Fierro Martinez, born to Cynthia Martinez and Jesus Fierro Villarreal
    • Jan. 22: A boy, Taseun Vigil, born to Linda Vigil

  • People In the News 02-10-13

    Adam Nekimken, a resident of Los Alamos, has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.
    Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students.


    First National Bank of Santa Fe announces the promotion of Becky Farnham, senior mortgage loan originator, to vice president. Farnham has been a mortgage loan originator at First National Bank of Santa Fe for 11 years.
    She has lived and worked in Northern New Mexico for more than 37 years and has more than 24 years of financial and mortgage lending experience. She has designed, built and remodeled several homes over the past 18 years. Farnham is known for her customer service and responsiveness and works from application to closing.