Today's News

  • UNM-LA begins 2 mil-levy campaign

    Coming to a dinner table or civic club near you: a conversation about taxes and education, courtesy of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    UNM-LA hosted a kickoff event on campus Wednesday for community leaders as well as faculty in an effort to get the word out about UNM-LA’s proposed, 2 mil tax increase. The tax increase is due to go to voters on a ballot this fall and the election is scheduled for Sept. 17.

    During the event, college officials emphasized to their respective audiences how important it is that the increase passes and why the additional funds are necessary.

    “I hope they take away from this a clear understanding as to why we need the funding the tax levy will bring,” said Campus Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page following the presentation.

    Steven Boerigter, the chairman of UNM-LA’s Advisory Board, was blunt in his assessment that he shared with community leaders who gathered for the presentation. “UNM-LA is in trouble,” he said. “State funding has gone down, costs are going up, we need as a community of Los Alamos, we believe we need to step up to the table.”

  • Excavation Underway At Ashley Pond

    The County’s contractor, RMCI, began excavation of Ashley Pond this week. Last week, all remaining ducks were gathered and transported to facilities at the county’s Pajarito Cliffs Site, where they will remain until the project is completed. Care of the ducks is being provided by the Duck Buddies, a local group. The pond was drained and fish removed by the end of the day on Saturday. Approximately 60 fish, some 24inches long, were removed and taken to the Eco-Station. The county announced last week that the pond would not be re-stocked in November; however, this is incorrect. The pond will be restocked using a special “fish recipe” to safely re-introduce aquatic life into the pond that is beneficial to its operation, as well as providing an attraction. The types of fish include sunfish, catfish, bass and trout. Some of the fish will be stocked this fall, with others being added in the spring, as conditions for cold and warm water ponds and the type of fish that can be introduced may vary from season to season.

  • DOE Stockpile Report: Lab workforce to stabilize

    The Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration unveiled its 2014 Stockpile Stewardship Management Plan, and in so doing it revealed some of its plans for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and provided a forecast for the LANL workforce in the next five years.

    A big part of the NNSA plan was the issue of the aging nuclear security enterprise.

    And the report revealed the thinking behind deferring the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility for five or more years.

    The report reads, “This deferral is only possible by leveraging previous investments such as the new radiological laboratory for analytical chemistry; conducting the plutonium characterization work at LANL and possibly other available laboratories, as necessary; and accelerating plans to process, package, and ship excess special nuclear material out of the plutonium facility at LANL.

  • Be There 06-20-13

    All members of the Republican Party, and central committee are invited to attend the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in room 612 on the UNM-LA Campus.

    Wildflower Walk with PEEC. 5:30 p.m. Chick Keller leads participants on an easy hike to learn the names of local wildflowers. Plant lists provided. Meet at PEEC to carpool to the trailhead. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “ParaNorman,” 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Tickets go on sale at CB Fox for the Summertime Coffee House. An evening of chamber music with desserts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music begins at 8:15 p.m., July 20 at Fuller Lodge Featured musicians are: Kay Newnam, violin, Joel Becktell, cello, Anthony Maroudas, piano.

    Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for students in grades fourth-12th. Classes also will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center downstairs conference room. These classes will take place once a week until further notice. For more information, call Earle Marie Hanson at 672-9576.

  • Local artist Kremer featured at Mesa Public Library

    The work of local artist Meg Kremer is being featured at the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library, upstairs gallery.
    The “New Work” exhibit is a selection of elegant and evocative drawings and prints from a project that started November of 2011 and was completed this past January.
    “The work is the result of a disciplined process producing one or two drawings a day,” Kremer said. The subject of each piece was an arrangement of organic and inorganic material such as dried wild flowers and stems collected along the White Rock canyon rim. Sand dollars and smooth stones were gathered from an Oregon beach. “Some work has a serious feel to it, others are whimsical. Many have a lyrical quality,” she said.
    The work is rendered in a predominately square format using a limited color palette; this constraint provided a physical structure for the series.
    The mixed media work includes graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil and oil-based ink. “I use these alone or sometimes in combination,” Kremer said, “Line mark making and design are emphasized and much of the work is abstract in form. The challenge of creating work, everyday, over an extended period of time provided a premise and purpose of the series and also reinforced the discipline, the frustration and the joy of working.”

  • People In the News 06-20-13

    Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah members Charlie Thorn and Andi Kron, were honored with the Los Alamos chapter of Hadassah as the top nonprofit organization in the Vecinos Volunteers program of 2012. These volunteers logged the highest number of hours of service of any group and were awarded $8,000. The award ceremony took place June 12 at Fuller Lodge.

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    Colleen Fearey, of Los Alamos has earned Highest Honors for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of New Hampshire. Students named to the Dean’s List are those who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance.

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    Haley Ball, a 2012 graduate of Los Alamos High School made the Dean’s List for Spring 2013 in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University.

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    Adam Nekimken, of Los Alamos participated in Gonzaga University’s graduation exercises during the commencement ceremony on May 12 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena. Nekimken graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

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    Paula Barclay, Cindia Hogan and Tammy Lu Olinger have recently been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.  This award honors top producing Realtors.®
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  • Homemade band jams at Pajarito Mountain

    The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series continues Friday with what will be a fantastic concert up at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area starring the Tupelo, Miss., group, the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band.
    The family band grew up a couple of blocks from the home of Elvis Presley. B.B. King has stated, “In my 87 years, I’ve never seen something musically and so remarkable. These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they’ve got a great future ahead.”
    The lead singer and guitarist, Ryan Perry started playing guitar when he was nine years old and discovered he had amazingly fast and agile fingers. That was 10 years ago. The bassist is brother Kyle, 17 and sister, Taya, 14 is the drummer.

  • Which bugs are beneficial for gardens

    Laural Hardin will talk about beneficial insects for your greenhouse or garden. The talk is 6:30 p.m., June 27 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Cost is $6 per person, or just $5 for PEEC members, and no advance registration is required.
    Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden. Many people are unwittingly destroying beneficial insect populations with poor gardening practices. This workshop will cover the types of beneficial insects and how they can be encouraged thrive, or be safely introduced into your environment.
    Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist. She specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems. With an interest in helping people understand the natural balance in the landscape, Hardin teaches how to avoid most issues by learning to see the root cause.
    Also at PEEC, artist and illustrator Lisa Coddington teaches botanical illustration. The all-day class is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 28. Cost $50 or $40 for PEEC members and advance registration is required.

  • What to do when a loved one dies

    Whether it’s expected or accidental, the death of a loved one can shake you to the core. The last thing you want is to have to interrupt grieving to deal with mundane tasks, but unfortunately there are many actions that must be done on behalf of the deceased. Some must be taken immediately, while with others you can take your time and reflect on the best path to follow.
    Here’s a checklist:
    If the death occurs under hospital or hospice watch, they will notify the proper authorities and help you make arrangements with the coroner’s office for transport of the remains. If it happens at home, call local police or 911 for assistance. If he or she was an organ donor, you’ll need to act quickly.
    Reach out for help in making arrangements and locating key documents. Split up such tasks as contacting others who will want to know, taking care of pets, collecting mail and safeguarding the deceased’s home if it’s now vacant.
    Look for a will or other document that spells out the deceased’s burial or cremation wishes — many people make funeral arrangements in advance, even paying ahead of time. The funeral home can guide you through the paperwork process, such as placing an obituary and ordering death certificates.

  • Manhattan Project Park moves forward

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park has finally cleared a major hurdle. The proposed legislation passed the United States House of Representatives last week and must now go to the Senate and to the president for his signature.
    The historic project would include nuclear activities Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Wash. These were the three facilities that had the most to do with development of the atom bomb, the most world-changing event of the 20th century.
    House members from all three states have been working hard on the measure for two years and the same will happen in the Senate.
    The bill failed last year when it was included in a group of measures designated for expedited passage. Those bills required a two-thirds favorable vote. The Manhattan Project bill vote fell just short. It had over a two-thirds vote this time.
    This year, the bill was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. Such games are played in Washington. Few bills seem to pass on their own merits. They have to be tied to other measures containing goodies for other members of Congress.
    In the Senate, the bill will go through more hearings where many additions and subtractions will be made. If it passes the Senate, the bill will go to a House-Senate conference committee where differences will be ironed out.