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Obituary: W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016

on February 14, 2016 - 12:56pm
W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016
Walter Clarence “Court” Courtright, longtime lab employee, business owner, and farmer died February 11, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.  
Court was born on June 7, 1928 in Beaver City, Nebraska to Byron G. and Marie C. Courtright. He graduated from Beaver City High School in 1946 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. 
Court was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leland Courtright.
Court began his career in 1955 as a safety engineer

LAHS Hosts Statewide Student Council Event

on February 14, 2016 - 10:04am

Los Alamos High School is hosting Student Councils from across the state and Thursday welcomed more than 1,000 students. The 3-day event is filled with meetings and workshops all about leadership for the students. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus

Daily Postcard: Little Boy Creates Special Valentine

on February 14, 2016 - 10:03am

Daily Postcard: Harvey Sheppard, 5, paints a Valentine's Day message on the rear window of his home on Woodland Avenue in Los Alamos. Photo by Julia Sheppard

In Honor Of Mr. Lincoln

on February 14, 2016 - 9:46am



The YMCA had only existed in American for 10 years when the Civil War separated the country into North and South. The New York and Chicago YMCAs raised troops for the North, while several YMCAs in the South also did so. In 1861, 5 Northern YMCAs came together to create the “U.S. Christian Commission” for the relief of soldiers on the battlefield.

A conference with President Abraham Lincoln led to the full-scale recruitment of YMCA volunteers, eventually numbering 5,000, who served as surgeons, nurses and chaplains.

DPU Seeks Public Input On Policies For Customer-Owned Solar Systems

on February 14, 2016 - 9:21am

DPU News:
  • Discussion is scheduled for Board of Public Utilities meeting March 16

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum at and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. 

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16 board meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Food On The Hill: Sauced Burritos

on February 14, 2016 - 8:43am

A pan of sauced burritos after baking. Photo by Felicia Orth

Sauced Burritos

This is another of my “best intentions” recipes; I set out to make chicken enchiladas and wound up with chicken and vegetable burritos drenched in enchilada sauce. The homemade red chile (chile colorado) sauce is the only critical element of the dish; everything else can be changed or made simpler by shortcut. Do not be tempted to save time by using canned enchilada sauce; this homemade sauce can be made quickly with items typically found in a New Mexican pantry and it is well worth the effort.

NM Senate Passes Historic Compromise, Bipartisan REAL ID-Compliant Driver’s License Legislation

on February 14, 2016 - 8:09am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate Saturday night unanimously approved House Bill 99, as amended, an historic, bipartisan compromise to bring the state’s driver’s licenses into compliance with federal REAL ID requirements.

The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for concurrence with the Senate’s amendments. The measure would make New Mexico driver’s licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act if it is approved by the House, and signed by the Governor.

“After six years of impasse, Republican Senate Leader Stuart Ingle and I worked collectively to

Smart Design With Suzette: Cool Stuff

on February 14, 2016 - 7:56am
Cell phone charging pads and tables make life easier. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

While researching the latest trends, I came upon technology items being brought to market that are the coolest things I have seen in a while. I thought I would share them before I move on to other design stories.

Transparent TV. Courtesy photo


The first thing to catch my eye was a transparent television. The transparent TV designed by Michael Friebe is a marvelous piece of technology that combines conventional LCD and the latest TOLED display technology.

Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on February 14, 2016 - 7:48am

Today's Featured Home

El Rancho, NM 87506



IRS: Seven Tips To Avoid Presidents' Day Rush

on February 14, 2016 - 7:47am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The period around Presidents' Day marks the peak busy season for IRS toll-free phone service, but there are faster ways to find answers to your questions. The Internal Revenue Service provides tools and apps on that can help taxpayers get answers immediately online.
Traditionally, the Tuesday after Presidents Day is the busiest day of the year for phone calls. The IRS will staff the toll-free lines Monday, Feb. 15, the Presidents' Day holiday in an effort to answer more taxpayer calls.
The hours of operations are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Monday.
But on,

Pastor Granillo: Crossing The River

on February 14, 2016 - 7:44am
Los Alamos

“It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.” –Jeremy Taylor

God had rescued the Israelites from Egypt. To do this, He inflicted plagues upon Egypt, He had parted the sea for the Israelites to pass through, He provided manna in the morning and quail in the evening for them to eat, and He brought water out of the rock for them to drink. God had saved the people and become their provider; and He did this in order to take them into a land that was “flowing with milk and honey.”

The land of Canaan was the land God

Luján On Death Of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

on February 14, 2016 - 7:42am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

From The Office Of Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Saturday evening on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia, 79, was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday at a resort in Texas.

“Justice Antonin Scalia dedicated much of his life to public service and never wavered in his dedication to the Court. Over his three decades of service as a Supreme Court Justice, he took his duty to interpret the law seriously.

LANL Executive Director Richard Marquez Resigns

on February 13, 2016 - 8:54am

Richard Marquez

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez resigned his position Thursday. The Lab has not yet released a reason for the resignation.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan sent out a memo to employees to announce the resignation and say that effective immediately, he has asked Craig Leasure, Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business, to serve as interim Executive Director in addition to his PADOPS responsibilities.

McMillan added that duties of the Executive Director also will be distributed among members of his office and the

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Walnut Street

on February 13, 2016 - 8:38am

Daily Postcard: A buck paid a visit recently to a home on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

Obituary: Neil Zack April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

on February 13, 2016 - 8:36am

NEIL ZACK April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

Neil Zack, 68, passed away February 10, 2016. He was born April 26, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Joseph and Frances Zack.

Neil is survived by one brother, Philip Zack, his wife Susan, and sister in law, Shirley Zack, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother, Duane Zack.

Neil had a very productive career after receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry working at INEL In Idaho Falls, ID and LANL in Los Alamos, NM.


'Sheriff Qualifications' SB 203 Deemed Unconstitutional

on February 13, 2016 - 8:12am


Senate Bill 203 is deemed unconstitutional.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Martinez announced Friday afternoon that SB 203 was withdrawn by the sponsor because it was determined to be unconstiutional. 

Michael Padilla sponsored SB 203, which addressed qualifications for sheriff.

Armstrong Pushes Bill To Strengthen Medicaid Fraud

on February 13, 2016 - 7:40am
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to give the New Mexico Attorney General increased authority in investigating false Medicaid claims was heard in the House Health Committee Thursday, only a few days after Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 10 more behavioral health providers accused of Medicaid fraud more than two years ago by the Martinez Administration.
“While HB 201 does not relate directly to the alleged Medicaid fraud within the state’s behavioral health system,” Armstrong said, “the disastrous disruption in services those allegations caused made it

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Meets Feb. 17

on February 13, 2016 - 7:34am
JJAB News:
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.
A panel of adults and teens will speak about "Teen Relationships: Risky choices and recognizing abuse" followed by discussion.

Fake Charities Make IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 13, 2016 - 7:33am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season.
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime, but many of

Udall Statement On Proposed FY 2017 Budget

on February 13, 2016 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, which was released Tuesday, Feb. 9.
"The president's proposed budget is an important starting point, which Congress should consult as we begin the budget process and writing the appropriations bills that fund the government.

American Federation of Teacher's Statement From Tuesday’s Senate Majority Press Conference

on February 13, 2016 - 7:30am
President Stephanie Ly
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement, delivered at the Senate Democratic Majority press conference: 

“From Albuquerque, to Carlsbad, to Gallup, to Taos, our members educate the children of New Mexico. Our members span from a child’s first classroom to the halls of higher education. We are teachers, educational assistants, bus drivers, maintenance, secretaries, food service workers, early educators, professors, and everything in between.
With so many different schools, jobs, and

National Park Service Designated 34 New Communities As Certified Local Governments In 2015

on February 13, 2016 - 7:29am
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Park Service designates 34 communities from across the United States as Certified Local Governments in 2015. 
More than 1,900 communities now participate in the program which provides local governments access to historic preservation guidance and grants.
Certified Local Government (CLG) designation makes communities official partners in the portion of the federal historic preservation program which engages local, state, and federal partners to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level. 
As a Certified Local Government, communities can use

Los Alamos School Of Gymnastics Boy's Meet Results

on February 13, 2016 - 7:27am
Troy Makela. Photo by Karri Hatler
LASG News:
The boys competitive team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho recently to compete in the Winter Challenge meet at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics. More than 100 boys from three states competed in the compulsory levels 4-6 section of the meet.
In the level 4 competition, Arturo Yarotski was fifth and Dominic Valdez was eighth in the children's division. Pasha Trudolyubov was fourth in the junior division, and Caleb Kersteins was second in the senior division.

Letter To The Editor: New Mexico Economy

on February 13, 2016 - 7:24am
Recent Edition To New Mexico Workforce
Osceola Energy Solar
Extending the residential and commercial rooftop solar tax credit is essential to keeping a New Mexico industry growing and producing economic benefits for New Mexicans.

After graduating from Georgetown University, I aspired to return home to New Mexico, join the workforce, and make a positive contribution to my community.

After turning down job opportunities in Washington DC, the experience of searching for a job in Albuquerque was disheartening.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Strategy To Defeat ISIS

on February 13, 2016 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, on worldwide threats, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) emphasized that Arab partners are integral in the fight to destroy ISIS. Heinrich also discussed the ongoing effort to dismantle ISIS's financial resources.
The Committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. and Director Of The Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, United States Marine Corps.
During the hearing, Heinrich stressed that the