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‘Winterfest’ Three-Day Event Dec. 4-6

on November 29, 2015 - 1:44pm

Scene from Winterfest 2014. Courtesy photo


A magical family event, the annual “Winterfest” will bring the sights, sounds and experiences of the Christmas season alive with a three-day holiday celebration Dec. 4-6.

Anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to conduct an orchestra will get a chance to try their hand at the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Crossroads Bible Church.


Two Christmas Tree Lots Open For Business

on November 29, 2015 - 1:20pm

The annual Delancey Street Christmas Tree Lot is now open while supplies last at the corner of 15th Street and Trinity Drive. Alire's New Mexico Trees at Trinity Dr. and DP Rd. Photo by Chris Clark/

Shoppers look over the tree inventory  available at the Delancey Street lot Saturday. Photo by Chris Clark/

Alire's New Mexico Trees is open for the holiday season at the corner of  Trinity Drive and DP Road. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scenes From Small Business Saturday 2015

on November 29, 2015 - 1:06pm

Shoppers take to the streets to seek out those perfect gifts in downtown Los Alamos during Small Business Saturday. Photo by Chris Clark/

Shoppers of all ages search for just the right gifts at CB FOX on Small Business Saturday. Photo by Chris Clark/

Shoppers coming and going at Fusion Multisport during Saturday's event on Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/


Nov. 28 marked “Small Business Saturday” in Los Alamos County and the community turned out to show its support for small businesses and merchants by shopping locally.


How The Hen House Turns: Animal Oxymorans (1)

on November 29, 2015 - 12:16pm

How the Hen House Turns
Animal Oxymorans (1)

We humans like to oversimplify things. So it is with animals. Too often we think of them as domestic or not, pets or not, dangerous or not, when in fact they are a little bit of this and a lot of that and a smidgen of something else—just like the rest of us.

Take rats, for instance. It’s not fun to find a  rat in one’s backyard, only to be told that they live in the sidewalk ivy bed. I’ll agree, but it doesn’t mean that all rats are nasty. They have been living in or near human habitats for thousands of years.

Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on November 29, 2015 - 12:15pm

Today's Featured Home

Los Alamos, NM 87544

$245,000 (Right of 1st Refusal)


Frosty Landscape At Pajarito Mountain

on November 29, 2015 - 9:41am

A frosty landscape is revealed at the east end of Pajarito Mountain after Saturday's fog lifts. Photo by Marc Bailey

Learn About Longest-Running Citizen Science Project In The World 7 p.m. Tuesday At Nature Center

on November 29, 2015 - 9:33am

Mouser Williams. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

PEEC News:

Local wildlife photographer, birder and occasional electrical engineer Mouser Williams will give a presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 about the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count program.

The talk will cover the historical origins of the bird count, how it has grown in the last 116 years, and how scientists take advantage of such a rich database of bird population data. The Christmas Bird Count is coming to Los Alamos for the first time since 1953, and Dr.

Children’s Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. To Noon Saturday

on November 29, 2015 - 9:20am

Young shoppers at the 2014 Children’s Christmas Bazaar. Courtesy photo

A young shopper at the checkout table at the 2014 Children’s Christmas Bazaar. Courtesy photo


TOTH News:

Can you imagine the look on a child’s face as they emerge from shopping at the Children’s Christmas Bazaar? Their anticipation and excitement of giving their gifts is extraordinary! 

Join us 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill Church. This event is for children in kindergarten to 6th grade.

Check Out Annual Window Display At Village Arts

on November 29, 2015 - 8:56am

Check out this year's holiday window display designed by Yours Truly Diana at Village Arts, 216 DP Road. Village Arts carries the area's largest variety of art supplies and provides custom framing. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Makes National Geographic’s ‘Best Secret Ski Towns of North America’ List

on November 29, 2015 - 8:22am

Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jason Halladay


By Aaron Teasdale
National Geographic

Most people haven’t heard of these towns, which is just fine with the skiers and boarders that live and play there.

These are the places without gloss, the unknown gems, where the locals are friendly and shops are locally owned. Some have terrain for everyone, while many are for experts with avalanche training. Typically reached via long miles of scenic driving, they all deliver some of the most unspoiled skiing North America has to offer.

Los Alamos: Best for Cold War history buffs with a taste for green

Store Data Forever In An Ion Vault

on November 29, 2015 - 7:31am

Dr. Monty Wood, left, and Nicholas Seet of Los Alamos dine recently at Ashok Rao’s Songkran Thai Kitchen in Houston. Courtesy photo


Dr. Monty Wood, a longtime resident and staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has patented a method for etching in sapphire the very data that citizens and corporations spend billions of dollars a year trying to preserve. 

His company,, leverages his patents to speed to market this revolutionary process.

Pastor Granillo: Hope.

on November 29, 2015 - 7:03am
Los Alamos


“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

“Hope” is one of those terms that we have romanticized and made very ambiguous. That may be the reason we often enjoy quotes like, “Hope is a waking dream.” After all it is mysterious, poetic, and speaks to hope as being something we imagine as possible; while at the same time accepting “hope” as something easily lost as we begin to awaken to reality.

For too many, the romantic notion of hope has left them cynical in a world where darkness pours into a lit restaurant, music hall, or even an elementary school.

Fractured Faiths: An Original Exhibition

on November 29, 2015 - 6:54am
Shackles from the Inquisition prison in Mexico City, 17th century. Private collection. Photo by Jorge Pérez de Lara
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — In the 10th through 13th centuries, Spain flowered into a golden age, as Muslim, Jewish and Catholic peoples achieved new heights in science, philosophy and the arts. 
That triculturalism, though, endured repeated challenges, first by fundamentalist Islamic Almohads in the 12th century, then by Christian kingdoms in the late-14th century, when it finally deteriorated into dissent, segregation and riots.
By 1492, when King Ferdinand and Queen

Toys For Tots Drive At Metzger's Today

on November 28, 2015 - 9:13am


The HMS Implacable, the Santa Fe/Los Alamos Chapter of the Honor Harrington Fan Association, is pleased to announce its Toys for Tots Drive, to take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Metzger's Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

Toys For Tots is a national charity organized by the United States Marines Corps Reserve. Its goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

"We are asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and art

Heinrich Continues Call For Wildfire Budget Fix

on November 28, 2015 - 8:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) underscored the need to increase wildfire suppression efforts and continued his call for wildfire funding reform.
The hearing focused on a review of previous wildfire seasons to inform and improve future federal wildland fire management strategies.
The committee heard testimony from U.S. Government Accountability Office Director for Natural Resources and Environment Team Anne-Marie Fennell.
Last month, Heinrich initiated a 

Udall Responds To Senate Resolutions Opposing Steps To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

on November 28, 2015 - 8:53am
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against two resolutions expressing Congress' opposition to steps the administration has taken to reduce global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions. 
Earlier in the day, he delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the pending resolutions, which express disapproval of the administration's Clean Power Plan and its regulations of new and existing power plants.
Udall urged Congress to work together to develop a diverse energy portfolio and a comprehensive climate strategy instead of wasting time on symbolic resolutions that the

Today Is Small Business Saturday ... Shop Los Alamos!

on November 28, 2015 - 8:19am


Small Business Saturday is today and local establishments are stocked and ready for shoppers. Many have discounts and special sales, prizes and treats and are counting on the community to stop by and visit.

First observed Nov. 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Small Business Profile: Zia Realty Group Invests In Community

on November 28, 2015 - 8:14am
Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski in his newly purchased office suite Monday afternoon on the top floor of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Homeowners who visit owner/broker James Chrobocinski today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Zia Realty Group, 15th and Central, can have their home listed for just 4.5 percent.

James Chrobocinski is a local business owner, county councilor and community volunteer.

He moved back to Los Alamos in 2012 with his wife

Small Business Profile: Fuller Lodge Art Center Shows Off Local Treasures

on November 28, 2015 - 8:10am
Amy Bjarke, left, and Nancy Coombs welcome visitors to the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Fuller Lodge Art Center has its earliest roots in the post-war years with the Los Alamos Arts and Crafts Association. This group got together to share their love of making art but also to bring “exhibits” of well known New Mexico artists to Los Alamos.

There are later ties to the Los Alamos Arts Council and Pajarito Art League.

Small Business Profile: Send In The Drones: Radio Shack Of Los Alamos Fills The Techno Niche

on November 28, 2015 - 8:09am
Bill Cabral at his Radio Shack store in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bill Cabral arrived in Los Alamos in 1977 to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s laser fusion program but in 1988 he decided to open his own business to not only exercise his technical skills but his entrepreneurial ones, too.

His business was a computer store called Bill’s Computer Shop. He ran his store until 2001 when Cabral had the chance to buy the Radio Shack franchise from Dan and Lynn Steele.

Small Business Profile: Furry Friends Served By Pet Pangaea

on November 28, 2015 - 8:06am
Cyndi Wells behind the counter at Pet Pangaea. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Cyndi Wells first arrived in Los Alamos in 2000, she pursued a career at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

She explained she chose to move from Austin, Texas to Los Alamos because, “Los Alamos intrigued me. I grew up in the Midwest and always loved the beauty of New Mexico. As an undergraduate, I double majored in chemistry and Japanese; I thrive on challenge. My mother is from Germany and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Small Business Profile: The Finishing Touch Caters To Customers’ Needs

on November 28, 2015 - 8:05am
The Finishing Touch team from left, Josh Fox, Mariana Ianhkievh, Linda Maes, Owner Cheryl Sowder, Danny Burns and Kris Hollis. Photo by Chris Clark/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

When customers walk into The Finishing Touch at 174 Central Park Square, they encounter a beautiful selection of custom fit Hunter Douglas window coverings, shades, blinds, shutters, drapes, cornices, carpet, wood flooring, tile, paint and stains.

“At The Finishing Touch you will find more than great window coverings.

Small Business Profile: Dreams Come True With Journey Pacific

on November 28, 2015 - 8:02am
Beach at Aitutaki-Cook-Island. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Journey Pacific strives to fulfill people’s travel dreams. Owner Colette Levine explained she founded her travel agency nearly 13 years ago when she was pregnant with her first son in Boston. She, her business and family then moved to Las Vegas, Nev., and Knoxville, Tenn., before relocating to Los Alamos in 2011. Her husband works as a construction manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The greatest thing about Journey Pacific is listening to my clients’ travel dreams and then helping make them

Small Business Profile: Metzger’s Has Served Los Alamos Since 1947!

on November 28, 2015 - 8:01am
General Manager David Jolly and Metzger’s longest serving employee, head bookkeeper Sue Smith at the Los Alamos Store. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos and Metzger’s Do It Best have a long history together. Metzger’s has been in business since 1947.

“When the decision was made to make Los Alamos a permanent community after the Manhattan Project, officials approached Lee Metzger Sr about opening a retail store in Los Alamos, knowing that Mr.

Small Business Profile: Everyone Is Part Of The Family At Blue Window Bistro

on November 28, 2015 - 7:59am
Blue Window Bistro owner Melissa Paternoster receives glowing praise for her elegant catering of a special Historical Society event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Melissa Paternoster was working as a hostess at the Blue Window Bistro when she learned the owner was interested in selling it.

“I loved everything about it from my first day, so when I found out the owner was ready to sell, it didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to buy it.”

Paternoster has owned the bistro for five years.