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Tickets Sales Ending For Historical Society Gala

on August 31, 2015 - 7:24pm

Scene from the 2014 Historical Society Gala at Fuller Lodge. Couresy photo


Ticket sales will be ending very soon for the Historical Society Gala set for Saturday, Sept. 12. You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to celebrate 70 years since the end of WWII in the beautiful and historic Fuller Lodge.  Tickets can be purchased on line at

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.


Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting and clicking on Policy Statements.  
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
The public is invited, but

Holy Ghost Canyon Open For Labor Day Weekend; Expected To Close For Repairs Sept. 8

on August 31, 2015 - 1:12pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The popular Holy Ghost Canyon on the east side of the Santa Fe National Forest will be open to recreationists over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. 
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Forest expects to implement a closure order to protect public health and safety during the reconstruction of Forest Road (FR) 122, also known as Holy Ghost Road. 
FR 122 was severely damaged by flooding after the 2013 Tres Lagunas Fire.
The restricted area includes land within 500 yards on either side of FR 122 as well as recreation residences, the Holy Ghost campground and group site, and the

Private Well Water Precautions For San Juan County & Other Affected New Mexico Residents

on August 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  Private domestic water well owners in San Juan County and other parts of New Mexico inundated by floodwater caused by recent heavy rain are being advised to take precautions.
Flood water can be tainted by sewage leaked by flooded septic systems, or other contaminants, and the floodwater can contaminate water wells.
For private domestic water well users whose wells have been inundated by the floodwater, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recommends the following actions:
1. The well water should be vigorously boiled for 5 minutes before use for drinking,

Aspen Boys Invited To Raingutter Regatta 6:30 p.m. At East Park Today

on August 31, 2015 - 12:44pm


Aspen Elementary School cub scouts will be having a fun time this evening at East Park starting at 6:30 for the Raingutter Regatta where they race little boats down rain gutters and eat ice cream afterward. 

Anyone wih a boy in grades 1 to 5 at Aspen School interested in Cub Scouts is invited to join Cub Scout Pack 22 this evening at East Park. 

For further information, contact the Pack Committee Chair at 505.661.9619 or with a clear subject line about Cub Scouts or Pack 22. 

Little Forest Playschool Fall Fiesta Sept. 12

on August 31, 2015 - 12:42pm
Little Forest Playschool is holding its annual Fall Fiesta 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. 
Everyone in the community is invited to join in on the family fun. There will be a dunk tank, bubble pit, bounce houses, alpine slide, goats and ponies, face painting, food, games and prizes.
Food will include hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and a bake sale and cake walk.

Los Alamos County Holiday Hours Of Operation

on August 31, 2015 - 11:26am


Los Alamos County has announced the following closures / hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday:


  • Eco Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day and reopen regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 8.
  • NO RECYCLING or TRASH PICK-UP Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Alternate Pick-up Day if affected: Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Recreation Facilities

  •  Golf Course will be open as usual Monday, Sept. 7.
  • Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Monday, Sept.

Albuquerque Rotary Seeks Service Award Nominations

on August 31, 2015 - 10:55am
ALBUQUERQUE  In celebration of the club’s centennial, The Rotary Club of Albuquerque announced that it is seeking nominations for its “Centennial Celebration of Service Above Self” Awards.

The Club, which has been a staple of the Albuquerque community since its inception in 1916, will recognize volunteer service to the community with one-time awards to five living New Mexicans (individuals or groups) in the following categories:
First Responders, Military, Community, Youth and a Rotarian within District 5520.
Awards will be presented to those who have demonstrated

Yang: Ashley Who?

on August 31, 2015 - 10:42am
Los Alamos

Summer is ending – if we go by the school calendar; so ends my occasional “summer lite” writing with today’s piece.

From certain perspectives, “Ashley Madison Hack” (link) story highlights depressing aspects of human nature and behavior: infidelity/cheating, disregard for innocents’ lives, sneaky attacks (illegal and, more so, unethical), executives’ unapologetic digging in, lying. I am sure there are other dimensions I haven’t thought of, but do we need more?

Yet, those of us who hadn’t even known about the existence of Ashley Madison before it was hacked can’t

Common Cause Statement On SOS Charges

on August 31, 2015 - 9:22am

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison released the following statement Sunday regarding the Secretary of State situation:

“Like the rest of the state, Common Cause New Mexico was shocked to hear of the criminal complaints filed against our Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, by the Attorney General.

“As Secretary of State, Dianna Duran is the elected official in New Mexico in charge of many important functions, including the implementation of campaign finance laws; ethics enforcement for candidates

Meet Classic Air Medical At Los Alamos Nature Center

on August 31, 2015 - 8:59am

Classic Air Medical helicopter in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To live in Northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if you have a medical emergency when you're out exploring the wilderness?

Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team to discuss the exciting work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.

Rodgers is a former Los Alamos County councilor who

Letter To The Editor: Questioning Writer's Arithmetic

on August 31, 2015 - 8:49am
Los Alamos
"14,196 murders in America by firearm, of every type and description, and 69 percent of those were by firearm (letter). That equals about one per day."
Without getting into the subject of the memo, I'd question the arithmetic.
14,196 murders by firearm in 2013 divided by 365 days in a year = about 39 murders by firearm per day, not one! That's over 1.5 per hour.

LAHS Girls Soccer Team Spruces Up Pajarito Complex

on August 31, 2015 - 8:26am

LAHS Girls Soccer Team paints the handrails at Pajarito Complex as a community service project. Courtesy/LAPS

Painting underneah the handrails at Pajarito Complex as a community service project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Senior players on the Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Team came up with the idea of finding a community service project for the program.

Since Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Gary Ahlers is married to Los Alamos Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers, he received a long list of options.

The Ahlers together with the LAPS Facilities Department and Girls Junior

Letter To The Editor: Correcting Gun Law Comments

on August 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

I read the comments by Stephanie Nakhleh (letter) in Saturday's paper, and I have to correct her errors.

She states that "by the time I finish (this letter), three more people will be killed by guns in America." The truth is, according to the FBI Crime Statistics for 2013, the last year available, there were 14,196 murders in America by firearm, of every type and description, and 69 percent of those were by firearm. 

That equals about one per day, not three in the time it would take her to write a letter, as stated. Quite a big difference.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 31

on August 30, 2015 - 11:53am


Los Alamos County has released the following road work information for the coming week:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north.

Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on August 30, 2015 - 10:18am

Today's Featured Home

308 Potrillo
Los Alamos

Click on the photo for more information


Letter To The Editor: Tagline Reply

on August 30, 2015 - 10:12am
Los Alamos

JJ Maier (letter) and Chris Weaver (letter) may think that the current tagline, “Where Discoveries Are Made” is all we need, but I haven’t seen any evidence that this tagline is having the desired impact on the targeted audience, resulting in increased tourism.

Maier may think that the viewpoints of relative newbies to Los Alamos are irrelevant, but in my experience as a past resident of Philadelphia, most people have never heard of Los Alamos or LANL, or, if they know the town as the place where the atomic bomb was developed, know nothing about it as a place


LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists describes

Letter To The Editor: Response To Gun Law Letter

on August 30, 2015 - 9:29am
Los Alamos

Well isn’t this different ... an anti-gunner (letter) who spouts off not knowing anything about present Federal Fire Arms Laws that are already being enforced in America.

Let me first say that evil will always find a way to raise its head and bad guys don’t want to obey the law so to believe that they are not a threat is complete naivete! Criminals do not obey the law!

First off buying an arsenal on the Internet is pretty much impossible as anyone who wants to purchase a firearm over the web will find it shipped to a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer.

History Of Acequias And Future Of Taos Sept. 12

on August 30, 2015 - 9:27am

Courtesy image

TCHS News:

Acequias are hand dug, gravity-fed irrigation canals that divert stream water to sustain the agro-pastoral economy Spanish colonial settlers established in the upper Rio Grande valley in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries.

Acequia agriculture extended riparian habitats, transformed regional ecology, and created the cultivated New Mexican landscape we see today. Ditches divert, divide, and deliver water to crops and livestock. They form borders and pathways. They connect and define communities of irrigators who manage water as a commons.

They sustain

Letter To The Editor: About Gun Laws

on August 30, 2015 - 9:06am

Los Alamos

Just a quick few comments on Stephanie Nakhleh's letter.

First, there have already been bills introduced to require universal background checks. So far, they have failed, but not because no one tried. But as a Federal law enforcement officer offered to USA Today**, Vester Flanagan bought his handgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in Virginia, passed a background check, and there was nothing in his background to prohibit the transaction.

Second, there is already Federal law in place to prohibit those who are adjudicated as violently mentally ill from buying

LANL: Capture Sunlight With Your Window

on August 30, 2015 - 9:05am

The luminescent solar concentrator could turn any window into a daytime power source.Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • With integrated photovoltaics, quantum dot solar windows go non-toxic, colorless, with record efficiency

A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy; It could turn any window into a daytime power source.

“In these devices, a fraction of light transmitted through the window is absorbed by nanosized particles (semiconductor quantum dots) dispersed in a glass window, re-emitted at the

Letter To The Editor: Overcoming Instinct

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
Los Alamos

When I was 17 I was recruited by Soviet Block spies to join the U.S. Military and pass secrets. I went to work with the FBI to build a case against them.

At the outset I didn't think the Communist spies would be some of the best people I would ever know. Nor did I think the FBI agents would be morally repugnant, but that was how it went. I don’t know why I didn’t then see
the need for balance between countries holding the line on war and those run by corporate prostitutes.


Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Love And Mercy'

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
Los Alamos

“Love and Mercy” is an intense bio-pic about Brian Wilson, the genius behind the 1960s band the Beach Boys, and his downward spiral into mental illness.

Rated PG-13 “for thematic elements, drug content and language,” “Love and Mercy” is not light fare. Its focus on mental health, abusive therapists and parents requires of the audience a strong and merciful heart. However, the story is historically informative and courageous.


Movie poster for 'Love and Mercy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

John Cusack plays a mentally and emotionally oppressed Brian in the

Pastor Granillo: Missional Christian

on August 30, 2015 - 8:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“Why do Christians insist on shoving their religion down everyone’s throats?”

This complaint is so common that many simply expect every Christian to try and recruit them as if they are in some kind of pyramid scheme and need to build up a base for the sake of their position. “No thanks, I’ve had plenty of Amway and Herbalife in my life!”

Unfortunately, it seems as if evangelism has become one of the practices most negatively associated with the Christian Church; and I fear this is not just to those outside the church, but also within the very body of