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DNFSB Reports Deficiencies In U.S. Nuclear Labs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

on September 19, 2014 - 7:34am

HSNW News:

A recently released study of 17 U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), which examined operations at the labs over the last three years, found deficiencies in emergency preparedness plans.

Three New Mexico labs — the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque — exemplify various gaps in disaster preparedness throughout the nation’s nuclear defense system.

The assessment comes as the Energy and Defense Department are looking to

Sunday At Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos

on September 19, 2014 - 7:11am


This Sunday at 10:30 a.m., the South Dakota Supreme Court, a high school biology teacher and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will help the Rev. John Cullinan answer the question, “Can a Corporation Have a Soul?”

The worship service is preceded at 9 a.m by a weekly forum and 9:30 a.m. children’s religious education.

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome.

The Unitarian Church

League of Women Voters Forum Shines Spotlight On Candidates

on September 18, 2014 - 8:38pm

This evening's League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum leaves the audience with much to ponder as the candidates share their perspectives and answer League and audience questions throughout the event at Fuller Lodge. The second League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 2, (with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.) in Fuller Lodge and will feature the four Democrats and four Republic candidates running for County Council.

Dist. 43 State Representative Candidates Square Off

on September 18, 2014 - 8:29pm

Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers answers questions from the audience during this evening's League of Women Voters Forum at Fuller Lodge. He explained what he believes needs to be done to improve the legislature, education and other issues in the state. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dist. 43 State Rep. incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, makes her opening remarks and fields questions from the audience. She spoke from her experience as a legislature. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Municipal Judge Candidates Present Perspectives

on September 18, 2014 - 8:03pm

Incumbent Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, a Republican, presents his opening remarks as Democratic opponent Paul Martinez looks on. Kirk spoke of his 37 years of service to the community. Martinez said a vote for him is a vote for change. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Magistrate Judge Candidates' Forum Was Shy One Participant

on September 18, 2014 - 7:59pm

Incumbent Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, a Democrat, was allowed four minutes to speak to the audience but was not allowed to answer questions because her Republican opponent Blair Redmond did not attend this evening's forum. Redmond was allowed to submit a statement to be read at the forum but she declined to do so. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sheriff Candidates Discuss Duties Of The Office

on September 18, 2014 - 7:35pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero, a Democrat, takes the podium during this evening's forum in which he stacks up his law enforcement experience against his Republican opponent Jaret McDonald. He said there is a big difference between certified and non-certified law enforcment. The candidates also discussed following the charter with regard to the duties of the sheriff's office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Forum Leads Off With County Assessor Candidates

on September 18, 2014 - 7:13pm

League of Women Voters President Barbara Caleb welcomes the audience and candidates, expalains the ground rules and invites County Assessor candidates Abe Dispennette, a Republican, and Ken Milder, a Democrat, to begin tonight's forum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers serve this evening as timekeepers and audience questions assistance aides. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Packed House For Tonight's League of Women Voters Forum At Fuller Lodge

on September 18, 2014 - 6:58pm

The community has turned out in droves for tonight's League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum about to get underway at Fuller Lodge. Check back for more scenes from the scene shortly. Photo by Carol A. Claek/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2014

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Sept. 11 at 2 a.m. / A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on E. Jemez Road. 

Sept. 11 at 5:44 p.m. / Police arrested Brandi Vigil, 30, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding District Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Sept. 11 at 11:07 p.m. / A 31-year-old Olympia man reported that he is the victim of public affray on Fairway Drive.


United Way Hosts Giving Campaign Launch

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

The United Way of Northern New Mexico launched its annual Giving Campaign Wednesday at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank's Cathe McClard, left, presents United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega with a $50,000 donation from he bank during Wednesday's event. LANB provides office space at no charge to the United Way to enable the organization to help the community and has been its largest contributor for many years. McClard also serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SOC Director Jack Killeen and

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'For' Charter Amendments On Nov. 4 Ballot

on September 18, 2014 - 12:24pm
(Civil Engineering, with experience managing facilities and utilities organizations)
Los Alamos

A few letter writers have opposed approval of the Charter Amendments to be voted on in the Nov. 4 general election, essentially arguing that the status quo should be preserved … because that’s the way things have always been. 

Let’s look at specific issues:

First, Los Alamos County government structure is unusual in that 40 percent of our community’s budget, public utilities, is controlled by an organization not explicitly under our council or county administration.


The Y Issues Youth Mentoring Challenge

on September 18, 2014 - 12:24pm

YMCA News:

Raymond’s name has been changed to maintain his and his family’s confidentiality but he is representative of several scenarios that we have seen in Los Alamos at The Y.

With the recent addition of Reach & Rise™ youth mentoring at The Family YMCA the benefit to Los Alamos is evident. One such child in Los Alamos who is being helped is an 8-year old boy named Raymond. Before being removed from his home, Ray was living with his methamphetamine addicted parents in Farmington.

Although now out of a dangerous family life, his new caregiver has a real lack of resources to support Ray


This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 18, 2014 - 12:13pm
Reel Deal Theater   

By popular demand we will again bring you Reel Deal Tuesdays starting Sept. 23.  All movies, all day are only $6.50! Holidays are excluded.

This week we are opening The Drop, Magic in the Moonlight and The Maze Runner. We will hold Dolphin Tale 2 for another week. The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay will end this Thursday.

For Woody Allen fans, Magic in the Moonlight is a must see. We will only have it for a one-week run so don’t let it slip by.

The Drop, which is a limited release with stellar reviews is a limited release, but Fox

Bandelier: Comments Sought On Replacement Of Motor And Pedestrian Bridge

on September 18, 2014 - 11:24am

Map of Project Area and road and trailhead maintenance. Proposed actions would restore park infrastructure and help ensure the safety of visitors and protection of the monument’s natural and cultural resources. Courtesy/NPS


The National Park Service (NPS) is considering replacement of a motor vehicle bridge and two pedestrian bridges that were lost during recent flooding.

The purpose of the proposed project is to reestablish safe access to the picnic area, parking, and trailheads on the west side of the Rito de los Frijoles (Frijoles Creek). The Las Conchas Fire in June

Teen Center Open House Updates Community And Gathers Input On New Facility

on September 18, 2014 - 10:24am

From left, Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust discusses features of the new Teen Center with YMCA CEO Linda Daly, Senior Program Director Diana Martinez and Teen Center Assistant Director George Marsden during Monday's community design presentation at the current Teen Center at 3900 Trinity Dr. The County also held a community meeting later Monday at the Municipal Building. Abatement work for the new Teen Center in the Community Building at 20th and Central Avenue is on-going. The Training Room, old Municipal Court and Historical Archives area and Council Chambers have been abated.

In and Around Town: Sept. 18

on September 18, 2014 - 9:59am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published on the front page of the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.


The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg
On display through Sept. 30 in the Upstairs Gallery at Mesa Public Library
Los Alamos artist Elena Yang
Starbuck's at 106 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. See more of Yang's work at

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:32am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hosts its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m.,  Friday in Los Alamos.

The meeting is in the Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350. The agenda includes important updates and information on economic development issues, including the subcontractor situation and upcoming, possible new major construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a response to new safety disclosures. 

Friday's meeting also includes guest speakers from NNSA, the Feynman Center and REDI-Net.

PEEC: Discover Super Secret Slot Canyon 1.5 Miles From Downtown Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:00am

Discover a super-secret slot canyon only 1.5 miles from downtown Los Alamos. Courtey/PEEC

PEEC News:

Visit a slot canyon so secret that most townies know nothing of it, or get off the beaten path at Tsankawi to explore little known caves, petroglyphs and visits.

In both cases, you will be guided by experts – County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin to the slot canyon, and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott through Tsankawi.

These are two of the many Take Wing events that PEEC is offering exclusively to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign. The Tsankawi tour is 10 a.m., Sept.

Enjoy Gourmet Cheese at Opera on the Rocks and Support Local and International Projects

on September 18, 2014 - 8:04am

Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS set up their cheese platters at last year’s Opera on the Rocks. Photo by Katy Korkos


What goes better with a night of fine wine and opera, than gourmet cheese, fruit and chocolate?

The Los Alamos Rotary STARS (Service to All Rotary Satellite) will participate in Saturday’s Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier for a second year, where they will provide gourmet cheese plates for donations. Opera on the Rocks, Bandelier’s signature event, will take place at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept.

Seeking Peace with Hand in Hand

on September 18, 2014 - 7:52am



Today at 6:30 p.m. at Karen McLaughlin Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (3700 Canyon Road) will be hosting Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand—an organization in Israel promoting peace through cooperative education of children of the various ethnicities and faiths in Israel. 

The organization’s stated mission is “to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual schools and organized communities.” 

Per their website (, they currently operate integrated

Registration Open For Wuldor Tournament At ULLR Fest

on September 18, 2014 - 7:39am


Registration is open for the Wuldor Tournament during ULLR Fest Sept. 20 at Pajarito Mountain.

Wuldor is a unique mountain disc golf tournament. Entries are $15 for Pro and $10 for all other divisions. Cash payout for top of field. Divisions will be Pro/Advanced/Novice. First 20 players to register will receive player packs.

To ensure fair play, enter your Division level:

  • Pro;
  • Advanced - anyone having played in two or more prior tournaments; and
  • Novice - beginner players only.

Divisions may change based on number of registrants.

Online registration closes Sept. 19 at 9:19 p.m.

Learn How Hand in Hand Schools Build Community Between Arabs and Jews in Israel in Talks Today and Thursday

on September 17, 2014 - 4:42pm
Arab and Jewish kids learn together at a Hand in Hand School. Courtesy/Hand in Hand
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Israel, most Arabs and Jews lead separate lives. They live in separate neighborhoods and attend separate schools, and of course, they speak different languages.

Surrounded by conflict, it’s hard to bridge the gap, but 1,200 students at five Israeli schools are doing just that. Hand in Hand was founded with the idea that by educating Arab and Jewish children together, a community of neighbors could be built where before, there were only perpetual strangers.

OBITUARY: Gilbert Wayne Butler Feb. 22, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2014

on September 17, 2014 - 4:33pm

GILBERT WAYNE BUTLER Feb. 22, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2014

Avid runner and Rotarian Gilbert Wayne Butler was born February 22, 1941 in Fort Collins, Colorado to John Lafayette Butler (Lafe) and Phyllis Elizabeth (Hunter) Butler.  He was raised in Boise, Idaho and graduated from Borah High School in 1959. 

In 1963 he received his B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University, Corvalis. Bypassing a master’s degree, he went directly into the doctoral program at the University of California, Berkley, receiving his Ph.D.