Today's News

  • Update 10-21-12

    Chat with the Chief

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy will be in his office from 2-3 p.m. Monday and invites any member of the public to drop by and chat with him at the Police Department (next to the Justice Center at Ashley Pond).

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Early voting begins

    Early voting for the 2012 election opened Saturday at the Los Alamos Community Training Room and the White Rock Fire Station Training Room. Hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Early voting runs through Nov. 3.

  • Eastern Area 2 construction continues

    Construction of the Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving, and Utility Project Phase 1 continues. For the week of Oct. 22, expect concrete work to continue on Myrtle as well as on 5th Street.
    RMCI, the contractor, has to install multiple concrete valley gutters across 15th at Myrtle, across 11th Street at 15th, and on 9th at Canyon. When the contractor places the valley gutters, detours will be established until the concrete has cured.
    Paving operations will follow concrete work, with paving operations anticipated to begin no later than Oct. 29.
    Associated traffic control includes flagging operations on Myrtle during the day with two-way traffic at night. The detours for the installation of valley gutters will be announced as the work progresses. 5th Street remains closed and 9th between Myrtle and Canyon is also closed.
    The County Public Works Department staff would like to thank the public for their continued patience and cooperation throughout the duration of this project. Detailed project delay information is available on the County’s project website at losalamosnm.us/Projects.

  • United Way sets goal

    United Way of Northern New Mexico continues to reach out for donations and pledges from local communities and businesses for its campaign fundraiser, which began mid-September and continues through November.
    Executive Director Kristy Ortega wants to raise enough money to help all grant applicants. She set the campaign goal at $1,590,689 — the total requested amount of all 32 grant applicants. These nonprofit organizations have expressed a community need and United Way wants to meet that need. The focus of the campaign is to raise grant money for the United Way Community Action Fund. The grant program funded 24 local nonprofit organizations this spring (see list below). United Way asks for support by donating online at UnitedWayNNM.org, participating in your workplace campaign, completing a pledge form online, or attending a fundraising event.
    Upcoming campaign events include:
    • Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner, 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Catered by the Hill Diner, 1315 Trinity Dr. Come dressed in costume.
    • Speakeasy Soiree at Dixie Girl Restaurant, Nov. 16.  A roaring ’20s benefit for United Way — sponsorship opportunities and tickets available. Contact Taylor Guskey at 662-1099 for more information.

  • More on ballot questions

    As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments.  We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration.  The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue.  We support the proposed changes and would like to offer our explanations for our concrete support.
    We begin by providing an explanation of the terms.  A citizen initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of voters can require a public vote on a citizen proposed ordinance or charter amendment.  A referendum is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of voters can require a public vote to repeal an ordinance enacted by the Council. Both initiative and referendum processes are sometimes called “citizen directed legislation.” A recall is a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before his or her term has ended.

  • Honkytonk spirits

    The rumors persist that the old Line Camp building in Pojoaque is haunted. The building has been standing for nearly 100 years and has been host to a variety of businesses. It has served mainly as a tavern, with many locals having fond memories of their visits there.

    Recently, an older gentleman who has been associated with the Line Camp for years shared some of the stories and experiences related to the historical building. Some stories are chilling and some are related to local folklore. However, one thing is certain — the tumultuous history of the place has left a mark on this old wooden building.

    The Tavern Cat
    There once was an old drunkard who practically lived at the tavern. He was a permanent fixture at the bar. After many years of patronage, the old man acquired an illness that kept him away from his beloved tavern. He was bedridden and eventually passed away.

  • People in the News 10-21-12

    Chandra Kluk graduated in May from the University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.
    The National Commission subsequently certified her for Certification of Physician Assistants in June. Kluk recently accepted a PA-C position with Grand Valley Urgent Care in Grand Junction, Colo.
    She is the daughter of Emily and Mike Kluk of White Rock.


    Tony Buchen, a Los Alamos native is showing his work at Virtual Artspace in Santa Fe.
    He received his degree, summa cum laude in physics, from the University of New Mexico and did graduate work in Brookhaven, N.Y. In 1980, he began a collaboration with Santa Fe artist Jeralyn Goodwin, which he has continued to date. Working exclusively in cyberspace, they are creating sculptures as 3D models.
    The works at the studio — photos, videos and sculptures — represent three ways of experiencing a virtual object.

  • News for Retirees 10-21-12

    Oct. 21-27
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish (salmon)
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing guest Virginia Murphy
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken fajita
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge

  • Animal Shelter 10-21-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Bear — Large year-old male Heeler-mix. Housebroken, people oriented. Reported to be good with dogs.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • PEEC hosts Halloween events

    Drop into Pajarito Environmental Education Center between 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31 for a creepy, crawly Halloween.  There will be games, crafts, a spider-hunting walk and from 2-3 p.m., see live creatures from the Harrell House of Natural Oddities.
    Halloween at PEEC will be unlike any other.  Children and adults alike will enjoy getting in the holiday spirit making crafty owls, spiders, bats and more to decorate for the season.  
    And what better way to enjoy the crisp, fall air than a short hike?  Participants will search for spiders on the nature trail and use magnifying glasses to find the smaller critters.  
    Then stay out on the lawn for games like Ghost in the Graveyard, Capture the Ghoul and Spooky Scavenger Hunt.
    The Harrell House of Natural Oddities was the hit of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings. More than 100 people came to see their fascinating critters, which include tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, giant cockroaches and crabs.
    PEEC has invited the Harrell family back for Halloween, which is the time to take another look at these creepy creatures.  The Harrell House will be open for viewing from 2-3 p.m.