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Tall Crane Hoists Exterior Sign At Unquarked The Wine Room In Central Park Square

on July 30, 2015 - 3:06pm

A tall crane arrived in Central Park Square Tuesday morning to hoist a new sign up on the exterior wall above Unquarked the wine room. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A worker installs a new sign on the exterior of Unquarked the wine room at 145 Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Shelly Wiemann Cuts Ribbon On New Edward Jones Investments Office On Oppenheimer Drive

on July 30, 2015 - 2:40pm
Shelly Wiemann of Edward Jones Investments cuts the ribbon to officially open her new office at 555 Oppenheimer Dr., Ste. 206. From left, Susan Kestell of James A. Dinkel CPAs, Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, Wiemann and Wiemann's assistant Martha Whitt. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA Offers New Student Orientations

on July 30, 2015 - 1:25pm
UNM-LA Student Advisor Jeff Dietz leads a campus tour. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Are you (or your child) new to the university lifestyle? UNM-Los Alamos Student Services welcomes all new students to new student orientation 3–6 p.m.Thursday, July 30 with a second option 3-6 p..m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Short and sweet, but packed with vital information for students new to the university environment—and specifically to the UNM-LA campus—the mandatory orientation gives students what they need to succeed at college.


Vote Now: Los Alamos Hometown Musician James Carothers A Leader In Competition For Record Deal

on July 30, 2015 - 11:08am
Los Alamos hometown musician James Carothers. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos hometown musician James Carothers is currently among the leaders in the Nash Next Contest, a talent competition sponsored by Cumulus Media designed to discover up-and-coming country music artists.

Ultimately, the winner will be signed to the new Nash Next Record Label (Big Machine Records) and the Top 10 Place-Winners will participate in a nationwide tour in 2016. First-round voting is underway and continues through Aug. 7. As of this morning, Carothers is ranked at 10. 

Artist rank is determined by a


In And Around Town: July 30

on July 30, 2015 - 10:57am


The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the top right red button on this page.

FRIDAY July 31
Beer Coop Full House Party
Festivities will begin Friday, July 31. The brewery will be open from noon to 11 p.m. with live music 3-7 p.m. and the brewery will open back up for more fun at noon with live music 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.
Friday Band Lineup
  • 3-5pm Alex Maryol
  • 5-7pm Merican Slang
Saturday Band Lineup
  • 3-5pm DK & the Affordables
  • 5-7pm Eddie and the Nomads
  • 7-9pm Boo Koo

From Robotics To Preserves And Quilts Get Exhibits Ready For 2015 Los Alamos County Fair And Rodeo

on July 30, 2015 - 10:50am

Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension

If you’re into robotics here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts.

Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists – you have two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair.

The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 6-9. Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter. 

Exhibit categories include: 

  • Culinary (baked items);
  • Preserved Foods;
  • Hobbies & Crafts;
  • Fine Arts;
  • Photography;
  • Quilts;
  • Clothing;
  • Knitting;

Beyond Pluto: The Search For The Edge Of The Solar System Focus Of LANL's Frontiers In Science Lectures

on July 30, 2015 - 10:22am

An image of the IBEX spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and physicist Herb Funsten will explore the edge of the solar system and anticipate its future as it moves through our galactic neighborhood in a series of three Frontiers in Science lectures.

The first lecure is Aug. 5 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Titled “Beyond Pluto: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” the talks focus on the heliosphere — the region of space under the Sun’s influence — that extends far beyond Pluto and forms a

White Rock Artist Market Saturday, Aug. 1

on July 30, 2015 - 10:12am

Artist Market outside the White Rock Visitor Center. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The White Rock Artist Market continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 outside the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will feature six local artists and artisans selling a variety of different types of jewelry including hand stamped, silver and turquoise and rose wrapped pieces, paintings, a variety of natural beauty products, crocheted, knitted and sewn scarves and shawls, matted photos, flannel receiving blankets, embroidered dish towels, herbal hot/cold eye masks, vinyl decals, Christmas ornaments, mini

Kids Programs At New White Rock Library Start Friday

on July 30, 2015 - 9:52am

Lego Club is a popular program, which will come to the White Rock branch as part of a full week of programs for kids of all ages. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Library System will be wrapping up the 2015 Summer Library Club during the grand opening of the new White Rock Branch Library.

“We can’t wait. It’s going to be two amazing parties in one. We’re especially excited because WiseFool Puppets is putting on a show for us,” Youth Services Coordinator Angie Manfredi said.

WiseFool and their giant puppets will present A Look Insideat 1:30 p.m., Friday at White Rock

Letter To The Editor: A Way To Make A Difference

on July 30, 2015 - 9:21am
Reach & Rise Mentoring Program

Early last week, information was published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranking the 50 states on various factors that indicate child well-being. New Mexico is a jaw-dropping 49th – even more astounding, our state has hovered in this area (dropping to 50th position in 2013) for several years!

Child poverty rates around the state are increasing steadily, and programs to help these children are few and far between.


EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup

on July 30, 2015 - 8:59am

A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil. Courtesy/

A waste container is loaded for off-site disposal. Courtesy/

DOE News:

The Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office has completed the steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of Smith's Marketplace shopping center in Los Alamos.

The project was finished in about five weeks — approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

Obituary: Lawrence Edward Wangen July 27, 2015

on July 30, 2015 - 8:54am

Dr. LAWRENCE EDWARD (LARRY) WANGEN Oct. 3, 1941 - July 27, 2015

Larry Wangen, age 73, a resident of Edmonds, WA since 1997, passed away Monday July 27, 2015 at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by his beloved family. Larry and his family fought hard for two months following a tragic surgical accident.

He was born October 3, 1941 in New Rockford, North Dakota to Obert and Violet (Pfeiffer) Wangen.


LAPS Announces Hot Lunch Program Details

on July 29, 2015 - 8:35pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools today announced that it will begin taking applications for free and reduced­ price meals for elementary students served under the National School Lunch Program.

An application will be sent home with each elementary school student during the first few days of the school year.

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Weekend Aug. 7-9

on July 29, 2015 - 8:00pm

2014 the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo. Courtesy photo


Participants have just two days left to register for the Rodeo Parade. Get ready for some fun ... the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo is Aug. 7-9.

The Rodeo Parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating.

To register, visit:


Fair & Rodeo Schedule of Events


Thursday, August 6

County Fair Exhibits Check-In: Mesa Public Library 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Friday, August 7


LAHS Students Preview 'Cold Mountain'

on July 29, 2015 - 7:29pm
Author Charles Frazier reads a passage from Cold Mountain prior to the performance. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Students of Catherine Puranananda’s AP Literature and Composition class were invited to an exclusive dress rehearsal performance Tuesday of the Santa Fe Opera’s Cold Mountain.

SFO General Director Charles Mackay and SFO Director of Education Andrea Walters went to great lengths to set up this unique experience for the students who recently studied the novel and worked in conjunction with the opera house in gaining a better understanding of the art, Puranananda said.

The evening

'High Elevation' Opening In Downtown Los Alamos

on July 29, 2015 - 12:13pm

Brian Appell and his daughter Lidia, 11, Tuesday in front of their new restaurant 'High Elevation' opening in mid-September at 1789 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Restaurateur Brian Appell is launching a new eatery at 1789 Central Ave., in the heart of downtown Los Alamos.

Appell takes possession of the space most recently occupied by the Manhattan Project Bar & Grill, Saturday, Aug. 1 and he plans to begin interior renovations right away.

“We are naming our new restaurant High Elevation,” Appell told the Los Alamos Daily


LANB Wins ‘Best Of Santa Fe’ Award 10th Straight Year

on July 29, 2015 - 12:11pm

Los Alamos National Bank CEO John Gulas


SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) received recognition as Santa Fe’s preferred bank by the publication, The Santa Fe Reporter, during their 2015 “Best of Santa Fe” contest.

This is the 10th consecutive year that LANB has been recognized by the local community for their outstanding service.

Los Alamos National Bank operates six full-service locations throughout Northern New Mexico and supports over 300 professional employees.


Biographer Of Santa Fe Opera Founder Speaks At Rotary

on July 29, 2015 - 12:11pm
Author Craig Smith speaks about his new biography, Visions and Voices: John Crosby and the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Craig Smith regaled members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday, with anecdotes and insights from his new biography, Visions and Voices: John Crosby and the Santa Fe Opera.

As a classical music critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican for 20 years, Smith covered the opera and its founder for many years and was uniquely qualified to write the life story of one of the great cultural giants of modern

EMT-Basic Course Serves Students & Community Alike

on July 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Holly Erickson, a junior at Clemson University, took advantage of the UNM-LA EMT Basic class while back home in Los Alamos for the summer. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Life-sized manikins, piles of medical equipment, and extensive checklists filled the testing room during the last day of UNM-LA’s EMT-Basic class last week as students endeavored to diagnose and treat their “patients.”

They were taking practical and written tests to finish the 10-credit core course that enables them to sit for the National Registry Exam to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs.


Del Norte Credit Union Proclaimed #1 Best Credit Union In Santa Fe Fifth Consecutive Year

on July 29, 2015 - 11:52am

DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti


  • Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers also Vote DNCU as #2 Best Financial Institution and #3 Best Mortgage

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to be recognized as the 1st Place Winner for Best Credit Union in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2015 reader poll. 

This marks the fifth consecutive year that DNCU has been selected by Reporter readers for exemplary financial products and services. In addition, DNCU was also picked as the #2 Best Financial Institution and #3 Best Mortgage.


Wildlife Friendly Home Welcomes Flamingo Flock

on July 29, 2015 - 9:59am
A flock of flamingos swarms Shelly Cross and Troy Matevia's home at 3338 Orange St. Courtesy photo


Shelly Cross and Troy Matevia's home at 3338 Orange St. in Los Alamos is a wildlife sanctuary.

Feeders hang at every window and the yard is aglow with color from a variety of flowering plants. A small fountain bubbles quietly beside the porch swing.

Shelly and Troy have worked hard to turn a fairly barren yard into this quiet paradise.


Local School Supply Drive Underway

on July 29, 2015 - 9:52am


This Sunday, one youth from the Christian Church in Los Alamos is hoping you will donate some school supplies for those in need as the school year is about to begin.

Victoria Hypes is a Chamisa, LAMS and LAHS graduate attending Santa Fe Community College for a dual Associates' in biology and engineering.

She has been active in the church since from a young age and was inspired last year to take on this fundraising challenge after being inspired by a Christ in Youth conference attended by the youth of the Church of Christ in California.

“I loved being able to make a

Registration Still Open For Babysitters Course

on July 29, 2015 - 9:42am

YMCA News:

There is still room in the Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course July 31 and Aug. 1. 

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session is 4-8:30 p.m. July 31 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session in order to receive certification.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 29, 2015 - 9:37am
Real Deal Theater

Notice:  Due to its huge popularity this year “Summer at the Movies” sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank has been extended another week! 

Next week we are excited to bring you Hotel Transylvania at 10 .m. Aug. 3, 5 and 7. The timing is nice as the new Hotel Transylvania 2 opens next month. 

New Reduced ticket prices:

  • Matinees before 6 p.m. for everyone $7.50
  • Evenings after 6 p.m.
    • Adults: $8.75
    • Seniors 60 and over: $7.50
    • Students (ID may be required) $7.50
    • Children 12 and under: $7.50
  • 3D surcharge: $2

This Friday we are opening Mission Impossible: Rogue

LAHS Freshmen Sam Crooks Creates Commercials

on July 29, 2015 - 9:32am

Los Alamos filmmaker Sam Crooks. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


LAHS Freshmen Sam Crooks loves film making and if your business is in need of a commercial for the Reel Deal Theater, he can be hired to create one for you.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Youth Business Grant recipient received his second grant to expand his services for the summer of 2015.

“The YBG program gave me funds to purchase more gear for my business, which improves the quality of my commercials,” Crooks said.