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Pain Free Athlete: Pain Aids Healing

on October 31, 2014 - 7:16am
Pain Free Athlete: Pain Aids Healing

“Pain is part of the body's defense system, producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.”

This is the evolutionary and behavioral role of pain as described on Yet this is not generally how we think of pain. Our view of body pain is more in line with the definition: “A distressing sensation in a particular part of the body.”

What is pain?
Combining the above, pain is a protective

In and Around Town: Oct. 31

on October 31, 2014 - 7:14am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in 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.

Artist Monika Kaden will teach a variety of workshops at Fuller Lodge Art Center Satuardays in November
October Events at Bandelier National Monument
Wallwork-Heineman's Exhibit "No Limitations"

McKerley: Why I'm Running For County Council

on October 31, 2014 - 7:14am

Why I'm Running For County Council


I’m Bill McKerley, and I’m a candidate for the County Council. My wife and I have been extremely fortunate to live and rear our children in this great community. I retired from the Lab after 34 years, serving as group leader and program manager. I am a US Army veteran and served in Korea during the Vietnam War era.

Since moving here in 1978, we have attended the Los Alamos Church of Christ. I have been active in youth programs through our congregation and in the community.

Pajarito Astronomers Host Year's Final Dark Night Nov. 15

on October 31, 2014 - 6:57am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold its final 2014 County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 5 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 15 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mars, Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall and winter constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

New Business 'Launch Endurance' Targets Triathlon Training

on October 30, 2014 - 1:38pm

Los Alamos triathlete Cyndi Wells coming out of the swim portion of this year's Ironman in Boulder, Colo. Courtesy photo


Have you ever cheered on a friend or family member as they complete a triathlon and wondered whether you could ever do it?

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned athlete, one of the most exciting things about training and competing in triathlon is finding ways to beat your own best time, working hard and getting better. 

Los Alamos triathlete Cyndi Wells riding in this year's Ironman in Boulder, Colo. Courtesy photo

Cyndi Wells is a

Milder: Why I’m Running For Assessor

on October 30, 2014 - 12:52pm
Why I’m Running For Assessor

People often ask me why I am running for county assessor. This is an easy question to answer: I get great personal satisfaction from public service. I am, for example, completing my second term on the board of Los Alamos Retirement Community, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Sombrillo Nursing Home and Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Community. LARC is an $8.5 million per year operation and I’ve had the pleasure of being its president for three of the six years I’ve served on the board.

Due to term limits, the current assessor, JoAnn

Leadership Class Completes Community Programs Session

on October 30, 2014 - 12:45pm

Leadership Los Alamos participants listens to a panel discussion Oct. 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Leadership Los Alamos participants visit the Bandelier table during the Oct. 17 'non-profit' fair at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Another scene from the LLA 'non-profit' fair. Courtesy photo

Executive Director Heather McClenahan, right, of the Los Alamos Historical Society speaks with members of the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos class. Courtesy photo

LLA News:

  • Session included assisting the Senior Center, the Library and Historical Society

The Leadership Los Alamos Class

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 23 to Oct. 28, 2014

on October 30, 2014 - 11:35am

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.

Oct. 23 at 8:31 a.m. / A 19-year-old Albuquerque woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Trinity Drive.


Oct. 23 at 9:10 a.m. / Police arrested Tashina Bustos, 26, of Chimayo and charged her with battery on a household member at 535 Trinity Dr.

Oct. 23 at 3:53 p.m.

Jonathon Gerson Appointed To Oversee Handling Of Election Fraud And Voting Rights Complaints In New Mexico

on October 30, 2014 - 10:24am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jonathon M. Gerson will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 4 general elections.

AUSA Gerson has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

“Every citizen must be

Results From Friday's Elementary Mile Los Alamos Cross Country Invitational

on October 30, 2014 - 10:06am
Results from Friday's Elementary Mile Los Alamos Cross Country Invitational:

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President's Disaster Declaration For September Floods

on October 30, 2014 - 9:45am

  • Lawmakers had requested expedited action to help state recover from storm damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding that occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 26. 

The disaster declaration provides the counties of Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Sierra with access to Federal Emergency

Letter to the Editor: Election Years Always Make Me Feel Good

on October 30, 2014 - 9:34am
Los Alamos

I’m always happy during an election year. The LADailyPost, for example, has been a continuous stream of encouraging, positive descriptions of how our Congressional representatives have been productive for New Mexico. In fact, since Oct. 13 of last year, there have been (about) 108 citations of Tom Udall, 96 for Martin Heinrich, 41 for Ben Ray Lujan, 16 for Michelle Lujan Grisham, and nine or so for Steve Pierce. In every picture, the smiles are broad and the eyes are beaming.

Why start counting with Oct.

Manhattan Project Bar & Grill Is Back!

on October 30, 2014 - 8:46am
The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill at 1789 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Manhattan Project Bar & Grill

The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill is back to full capacity and we would like to thank the community for their support during the summer and issue a very special thanks to our Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for her help in expediting our restaurant liquor license.

We have many new exciting events coming to the restaurant and invite the community to join us and participate in all of the fun.

Beginning next week, we

Los Alamos Elks Club Donates To Charities

on October 30, 2014 - 7:53am

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Margot Liberty, Jon Rau of Special Olympics NNM, Special Olympian Gabe Rau, Lisa Harris and Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Lisa Harris, Bill Biggins of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory and Margot Liberty. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Lisa Harris, Willie Romero of UNM Children’s Hospital, Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory and Margot Liberty. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

ELKS News:

The Los Alamos Elks hosted its annual golf tournament earlier


Fitness Column: Lower Back Strengthening

on October 30, 2014 - 7:25am
Lower Back Strengthening

The lower back is one of the most often injured areas of the body. It also is one of the most difficult areas of the body to train - meaning that strengthening the region can be a challenge and rehabbing a lower back injury can be a long and tedious process.

The lower back does not have a great deal of muscle. It has many large tendons that attach the muscles to the bones. Tendons do not have the stretch and contract that muscles have, adding to the difficulty of strengthening the area.

One way to strengthen the lower back is to begin with exercises

Self Help Provides Seed Money For Self Reliance Grants

on October 30, 2014 - 7:05am
Products created by Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions. Courtesy/Self Help, Inc.
The Original Kangaroo Scarf with Pockets is made by women living in Taos. Courtesy/Self Help, Inc.


Self Help Inc., formed in 1969, is non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people in need in northern New Mexico by providing brief case management, emergency funds, advocacy, 2-1-1 information and referral, and seed/education grants.  

Self Help Inc.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Green Gentian, A Curious Geometric Flower

on October 30, 2014 - 6:56am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Green Gentian, a Curious Geometric Flower

A remarkable plant can be seen blooming in the open pine forest and meadows of the high country on the way to the Valles Caldera and in Canada Bonita.

Its popular name is green gentian but it is also called deer’s ears, monument plant, or elk weed. Its scientific name is Frasera speciosa.

Green gentian grows as a set of leaves on a single stem that is low to the ground. The soft, fuzzy leaves resemble the ear of a deer, as the popular name suggests.

How the Hen House Turns: Trouble With Chickens

on October 30, 2014 - 6:51am
How the Hen House Turns
Trouble With Chickens
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I hate to admit it, but domestic birds have some questionable social ... uh ... tendencies that are less than attractive. Take, for example, the serious pecking order incidents that erupted amongst the Hen House gang years ago.

Peeky’s broods had grown into handsome black and white roosters. All were fine until they started crowing. We knew we couldn’t keep them. There’s a reasonable ordinance in town that prohibits roosters.

LAHS Choir Extends Pumpkin Sale Through Halloween

on October 30, 2014 - 6:35am

BY POPULAR DEMAND: The Los Alamos High School Choir program is extending its Pumpkin Patch sale through Halloween! Come get your perfect pumpkin 4-6:30 p.m. today, Thursday Oct. 30 and 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 and thank you for supporting the LAHS Choir Program! Courtesy/LAHS Choir

Governor Launches 17-City Bus Tour In Los Alamos

on October 29, 2014 - 8:30pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez steps off the bus with the First Gentleman Chuck Franco this morning at Smith's Marketplace and greets Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gov. Susana Martinez addresses the large crowd gathered at Smith's Marketplace this morning as the First Gentleman Chuck Franco looks on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gov. Susana Martinez greets Los Alamos School Board member Jim Hall. The Governor appointed Hall to fill a vacancy in the legislature a couple of years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Special School Board Meeting Focuses On Superintendent Search

on October 29, 2014 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at the School Board Room at the Administration Building.

The meeting will focus on the search for a new superintendent.

The public is invited to attend.


Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham: Air Force Awards $7.4 Million Air Force Contract To Albuquerque Software Company

on October 29, 2014 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Stellar Science Will Support Directed Energy Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Air Force has awarded a $7.4 million contract to Albuquerque’s Stellar Science Ltd. Co. to support research and development into directed energy at Kirtland Air Force Base.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Kirtland is home to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), which builds upon New Mexico’s strength in science and technology to conduct research to advance U.S. national security.

USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner Visits Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper Headquarters

on October 29, 2014 - 9:26am

USDA State Director Terry Brunner visited the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about potential projects and programs for Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

After meeting with Los Alamos County officials Friday, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office to introduce himself and share information about his organization. 

Brunner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. He oversees six field offices and the state office in Albuquerque.