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  • Co-opROCKS! Feb. 16

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS!, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 16.
    This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs, acoustic musicians and bands including DJ Mickey Paws, DJ BotEars, Choking on Air, All the Wrong Reasons, Syzygy, Maddy Boyd, Mohit Dubey, Dogsit Godsit, Jovani Griego, Sammie and Andy, and Mariam Kass. Co-opROCKS! kicks off with workshops between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., which are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Workshops include break dancing, screen-printing, comedy improv, hula-hoop and POI, and adobe brick making.
    In addition, participate in live free form art, vote for the Co-opROCKS! logo, and sample food from La Montanita and the Los Alamos Co-op Market, while enjoying food-related documentaries and learning about like-minded local businesses.
    Co-opROCKS! will showcase Los Alamos talent including Sammie and Andy Hammon, DJ BotEars, DJ Mickey Paws, Syzygy, and graphic design students from Brittany Felton’s class at Los Alamos High School. Other Los Alamos supporters include the Los Alamos Teen Center, whose staff includes Syzygy band members and The Los Alamos Historical Society, who is partnering with Cornerstones to host an adobe brick-making workshop facilitated by Raffi Andonian.

  • Taking a look at the Oak Ridge Role

    Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its 70th anniversary lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum, with a talk by Oak Ridge National Laboratory historian Ray Smith, about that laboratory’s role during World War II and the shared national security mission with Los Alamos that continues today.
    Smith has worked at the Tennessee facility since 1970, becoming its official historian in 2005.
    Soon after assuming this role, he led the first-ever public tours of selected Y-12 National Security Complex historic buildings and began facilitating the creation of a formal Y-12 history center that opened in 2007.
    Initially at Y-12, Smith was an electronics technician. Subsequently, he supervised craft workers that maintained nuclear weapons production facilities.
    From 1994 through 1999, Smith served as associate director of the site’s facilities management organization.
    A U.S. Air Force veteran, Smith completed Air Force Technical School training in electronics and attended the University of Tennessee. He holds a certificate from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and is a member of five historical societies.

  • Two Feet of Snow Could Hit New England
  • Winter wallop on tap for weekend

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    A POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN ON FRIDAY AND GRADUALLY MOVE EAST ACROSS COLORADO OVER THE WEEKEND... BRINGING A RETURN TO WINTRY CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL INCREASE OUT OF THE SOUTH ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING SYSTEM AND TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGES IN MOST AREAS.

    STRONG MOUNTAIN TOP LEVEL WINDS WILL SPREAD OVER THE STATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY AND WORK DOWN TO THE SURFACE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON... CREATING WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AREAWIDE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ON SATURDAY WILL GENERALLY BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN... POSSIBLY EXTENDING FARTHER SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE SATURDAY NIGHT... BUT WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LINGER ACROSS MUCH OF THE EAST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS.

    A COLD FRONT WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SYSTEM AND SWEEP ACROSS THE STATE SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NOTICEABLY COLDER BEHIND THE FRONT SATURDAY ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS... WHILE HIGHS ON SUNDAY WILL BE QUITE CHILLY... UP TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

  • Today in History for Thursday, February 7th
  • On The Docket: Local Courts 02-06-13

    Jan. 30

    Les E. Templeton was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was also fined $750 and ordered to pay $356 in court fees. He was also ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and have interlock devices installed on all of his vehicles.

    Gina Koehler was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. She was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $46 in court costs.

    Jan. 31
    Tanya Lopez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit, failing to appear in court and failing to pay her fines/court costs. She was ordered to pay a $150 fine and $138 in court costs.

    Abigail L. Greco was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of causing an accident through careless driving. She was ordered to pay $46 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until April 30.

    Jose M. Sansinena was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign, which caused an accident. Sansinena was ordered to pay $46 in court cost. Sentencing deferred until March 29.

  • Update 02-06-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future without coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. today in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

  • Bank robbery suspect remains on the loose

    Los Alamos Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed White Rock Tuesday as they looked for a woman suspected of robbing Los Alamos National Bank at 77 Rover Blvd.

    As of press time Wednesday, the suspect in Tuesday’s heist remains at large.

    With police activity in the area, nearby Piñon and Chamisa Elementary Schools were in lockdown mode, as well.

    Wednesday morning, the schools were back to a normal schedule.

    But it was anything but normal Tuesday.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the LANB branch just before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds. She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black or gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

    Anyone with information about the bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at 505-889-1300 (24 hours) or LAPD, 662-8222.

  • Science Fair Results

    Energy and Transportation
    Junior Division
    First place
    Haley Capon, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation award $10
    Second place
    Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Evan Shipley, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $30 gift card, Kiwanis of Los Alamos $75
    Mikala Bucklin, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Energy and Transportation
    Senior Division
    First place
    Simon Redman, Los Alamos High School, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50
    Second place
    Kim Seungheon, Los Alamos High School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical
    Junior Division
    Junior Physical Science Grand Award
    First place
    Colin Hehlen, Los Alamos Middle School, Los Alamos Geological Society $10, IEEE $10
    Second place
    Noah McCabe, Los Alamos Middle School, AMS International/Los Alamos Chapter $30, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Aaron Lauritzen, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Jerome Colletti, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Honorable Mention

  • Have Lunch with a Leader Feb. 14

    This month the League of Women Voters invites the community to their Lunch with a Leader with Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Library manager. He will not have to go far, since the event is from 11:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 14, upstairs in the Mesa Public Library. 
    Thomas grew up in Arkansas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas. While he was at the University of Tennessee, he earned his master’s degree in library and information science and met his wife Lisa.
    His career has taken him all over the United States. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y., then went to Fayetteville, Ark. as director of operations, then went to Charleston, W.V., as assistant director of a system of 11 libraries. Just before coming to Los Alamos, he was the assistant director of the Washington County Library System.
    Although he was not really looking for a job change, when he and Lisa saw an advertisement for Mesa Public Library, they knew they wanted to move here. He said he immediately fell in love with Los Alamos, the library and its staff.
    He will talk about e-books and current trends in publishing, and how this is impacting libraries. He will also talk about relevant updates regarding the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and libraries.