Skip directly to content

Los Alamos Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Melanie Pickering To Imaging Department

on August 29, 2014 - 9:27am

Dr. Melanie Pickering

LAMC News:

X-Ray Associates of New Mexico is pleased to announce that Dr. Melanie Pickering, D.O. has joined their practice. 

She will be located primarily at the Los Alamos Medical Center Imaging Department. Dr. Pickering is an accomplished physician specializing in general diagnostic radiology, and she recently completed a womens’ imaging fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Originally from New Mexico, she grew up in Albuquerque and Tularosa. 


Community and Historical Society Discuss Fifth Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on August 29, 2014 - 9:18am

Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s Manhattan continues with another dramatic episode and great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the fifth episode. 

Manhattan presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

More Than $20K Raised For Jean Nereson Book Memorial Fund

on August 29, 2014 - 9:17am

AAUW News:

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has announced that in June, it surpassed its $20,000 goal for the Jean Nereson Book Memorial Fund.

This fund was established in memory of long-time branch member Jean Nereson, who died two years ago. The fund is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and will provide $1,000 each year for four years to each elementary school library in the district for new printed resources. 

Nereson is fondly remembered for teaching 52 years in the Los Alamos elementary schools and her enthusiastic

South By Southwest Plays Summer Concert at Ski Hill Tonight

on August 29, 2014 - 8:57am
Photo of Michael Hearne. Courtesy/
Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Producer

Tonight, the Summer Concert will be at Pajarito Ski Area and features South By Southwest’s Michael Hearne, Zeke Severenson and special guest Jimmy Stadler. The show starts at 7 p.m.  and is free of charge. It’s paid for by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The sponsors and other information are listed at

In the 25 years that we’ve produced this Series, South By Southwest has played 20 shows. Why?


TALES OF OUR TIMES: Drones Are All The Buzz

on August 29, 2014 - 8:50am

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Drones Are All The Buzz

“Drone” has assorted meanings that fit the range of human industry. To honey farmers, a drone is a male honeybee, which is stingless and makes no honey.

In military news, a drone is an unmanned aircraft steered by itself or by remote control that packs detectors and deadly weapons. Some say the name recalls the plane’s bee-like shape.

Bagpipes get their commanding voice from the loud one-note pipes called drones.

Today’s topic is the variety of tasks that flying drones are doing.


FBI Offers $2,000 Reward in Albq. Hate Crime Case

on August 29, 2014 - 8:36am

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for attacking and robbing an Albuquerque woman while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI, which is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department on this case, is investigating this incident as a hate crime.

On June 5, 2014, an unknown masked man forced his way into the victim’s home in Albuquerque. The victim said the suspect punched her in the head and stomach while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

Registration for Limited ScienceFest Events Open Now, Space Going Fast

on August 29, 2014 - 8:27am

MainStreet News:

Registration is now open and space is going fast for limited capacity events happening during Los Alamos ScienceFest, Sept. 5-13.

The festival has more than 70 events happening throughout the week. The majority of the events are free and open to the public.

Events that have limited capacity and require registration include:

Eco Tours: Los Alamos County Eco Station and Landfill Solar Array

Monday Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Meet at the Eco Transfer Station, 3701 East Jemez Road 

Tours of New Mexico’s firsts:

  • Los Alamos’ solar powered, green built

Author Paulette Frankl Shares Memories of Marcel Marceau With Rotarians

on August 29, 2014 - 7:51am
Paulette Frankl discusses her new book about her relationship with Marcel Marceau. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Paulette Frankl has done it all. She was a self-described “hippie farmer,” a photojournalist, a courtroom sketch artist, a magician, a mime and an author. Her latest literary work is a memoir titled, “Marcel and Me,” which details another interesting aspect of Frankl’s life; her relationship with Marcel Marceau, the famous mime, which spanned 36 years.

Paulette Frankl recalls her relationship with Marcel Marceau.

Gattiker Top Predictor In Aquatic Center Trail Pace Race

on August 29, 2014 - 7:51am
ACRR News:
Katie Gattiker was the best predictor at 5 seconds off her prediction in the Atomic City Road Runners Club's weekly pace race held on the “Jim Billen” Trail in Pueblo Canyon behind the Aquatic Center with an accompanying light rain. 
Jessica Baumgaertel was next with a 48 second differential followed by Jackie Marr with at 92 seconds off as well as the first female on the 1 mile paved course at 14:06. Four-year-old Diego Leonard had a 93 second difference and also was the overall winner on the 1 mile paved course with a time of 12:29.
Nikol Strother was the fastest

Nominations Open For MADD Heroes

on August 29, 2014 - 7:32am

MADD News:

Saturday, Nov. 8, MADD New Mexico, the state’s largest and most active nonprofit dedicated to ending DWI, is holding its annual Honoring Heroes brunch.

This event takes place every year to recognize outstanding law enforcement officers, first responders, judges and regular citizens, who demonstrate a remarkable commitment to MADD’s mission – to end drunk driving, to support the victims of this crime, and to prevent underage drinking.

The event is open to the community, with proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction reinvested into MADD’s victim advocacy and underage

Free Bridge Lessons At Pinon and LAMS

on August 29, 2014 - 6:41am
Cliff Rudy, left, and Bob Walker play bridge with Pinon Elementary students Cory Liechty, left, and a friend. Courtesy/LADBC


Volunteers from the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons, starting the first week of September, to students at Los Alamos Middle School and to students in grades 3-6 at Pinon Elementary School. 

Lessons will be offered at the Middle School during lunch hours on Tuesdays. Lessons will be offered at Pinon as part of the Before School program on Thursday mornings and during lunch hours on Fridays.

LANB President Steve W. Wells to Retire

on August 28, 2014 - 7:22pm

LANB President Steve W. Wells

LANB News:

Steve W. Wells notified the chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB”) and Trinity Capital Corporation (“Trinity”) Aug. 21 of his intent to retire as president and chief administrative officer of LANB and secretary of Trinity effective Dec. 31.

Wells serves as president and chief administrative officer for LANB and as secretary of Trinity, as well as a director on the boards of both Trinity and LANB.


Los Alamos School Officials Take Bucket Challenge

on August 28, 2014 - 7:21pm

Taking the ALS ice bucket challenge after school today, from left, Los Alamos High School Teacher Joanne Ploeger, Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist, Athletics director Ann Stewart, Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn. Members of the LAHS student council did the pouring. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, 2014

on August 28, 2014 - 7:20pm

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.

Aug. 21 at 12:23 p.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Christopher Davis, 22, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and issued a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

Aug. 21 at 6:52 p.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone tampered with her vehicle on Connie Avenue.

Helene Suydam Celebrates 95th Birthday

on August 28, 2014 - 5:52pm

John Ruminer, board member of the Los Alamos Historical Society, presents a maquette (statuette) of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer to Helene Suydam for her 95th birthday this week. Mrs. Suydam lives in Oppenheimer's wartime house on Bathtub Row and has donated the cottage, in a life trust, to the Historical Society. Courtesy/LAHS.

Smith's Marketplace Hosts After Hours Reception

on August 28, 2014 - 5:42pm
Smith's Marketplace hosted members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and guests at an 'After Hours' reception Wednesday with gourmet fare and wine parings served on the canyon rim patio. Barbara Montano, one of Smith's wine experts, poured for the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kathryn Fulton, left, associate community specialist for Smith's Marketplace, poses on the Smith's deck with Los Alamos Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, center, and three of four Smith's Marketplace assistant managers, from left, David Lopez, Steve Jones and Serena Haslam.

C-130 Airplane Finally Arrives In Los Alamos!

on August 28, 2014 - 5:15pm
The demilitarized C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base finally arrived at N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. today after being delayed since Wednesday trying to obtain permission to pass through Santa Fe. The plane is surplus from Kirtland AFB and has been given to Los Alamos National Laboratory for emergency response training at Technical Area 49. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie

In and Around Town: Aug. 28

on August 28, 2014 - 2:16pm
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.
Authors Speak Talk with Sci-fi Author  T. Jackson King
Science fiction writer T. Jackson King talks about his writing and his novels at Mesa Public Library’s “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series” 7 p.m., Upstairs Rotunda.
Nautre on Tap:

Sheriff Marco Lucero Issues Scam Alert

on August 28, 2014 - 1:55pm


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero released an advisory today alerting the residents of Los Alamos County of a scam that has been reported to his office.

A person(s) is posing as a Los Alamos Sheriff’s Department deputy and calling local residents advising them that they failed to report for jury duty and deputies have a warrant for their arrest.

The caller advises the victim to pay a fine and their warrant will be quashed.

Lucero advises the community that this is a complete scam and asks anyone receiving a call of this nature to report it to 505.662.8222, adding that the

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders Steven C. Porter to Pay Nearly $100K in Cash to Get Out of Jail

on August 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

Steven C. Porter

Staff Report

In order to get out of jail this time, Steven C. Porter of Pajarito Acres in White Rock must pay nearly $100,000 in cash after being arrested Monday and charged with violating the terms of his release.

Police suspect Porter removed the electronic monitoring bracelet attached to his ankle for some 20 hours between Friday and Saturday. A truck was vandalized about a mile from his home within that time period.

Porter went before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados this morning.

Couple Suspected of Burglarizing Los Alamos Homes Granted Bail With Conditions

on August 28, 2014 - 12:55pm

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Staff Report

In seperate hearings this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados set bond for an Ojo Caliente couple who are engaged to be married. The couple is charged in a string of local residential burglaries over the past two months.

Casados set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield. Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th degree felonies) and one count of burglary of a dwelling (3rd degree felony). Her bond was reduced from $28,000 due to her inability to pay.

Senators Visit Sandia to Discuss Tech Transfer

on August 28, 2014 - 7:45am

Senators Tom Udall and Richard Durbin meet with scientists at Sandia National Laborator. Courtesy/Office of Sen. Udall


ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. visited Sandia National Laboratories with fellow Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois to discuss ways to support New Mexico's national labs and promote technology transfer to create new well-paying jobs.

Udall welcomed Durbin, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to receive an update on Sandia's work on the B61 Life Extension Project.  

Udall has fought to maintain adequate funding for this and

CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 Features Talk by Ambassador Marc Grossman

on August 28, 2014 - 7:41am

Ambassador Marc Grossman

CIR News:

Join the Citizen Diplomats of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at the CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Palace Ballroom of the New Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.

This is the kick-off event for CIR’s upcoming 50th anniversary year of hosting international visitors and bringing greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe.  

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the garden of the new Drury Plaza Hotel, followed by an elegant dinner in the Palace Ballroom. 



Sen. Candelaria Calls Upon Legislature to Fund Bullying Prevention Act

on August 28, 2014 - 7:37am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


ALBUQUERQUE—In light of new state revenue projections, Sen. Jacob Candelaria D-26-Bernalillo renewed calls today for the state of New Mexico to fund student-centered, effective bullying prevention programs statewide.

“I was bullied growing up because I was different, so I can relate and understand the damage bullying can do to a child,” Candelaria said. “Our fundamental duty to New Mexico students requires that we stand up, speak out and support student and community efforts to eliminate bullying in our schools.”

This will mark the second year that

Former Sandia Scientist Pleads Guilty to Taking Government Property to China

on August 28, 2014 - 7:36am

Jianyu Huang

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation (Sandia) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.

The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S.