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Dr. Tom Csanadi Brings Reach Out and Read Program To Los Alamos Pre-schoolers

on December 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Astrid Hengartner reads to Steven Yeamans as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Photo by Chris Clark/
Dr. Tom  Csanadi (in back) and teen reader volunteers, from left, Astrid Hengartner, Jessica Allen. Alex Csanadi, Rachel Reynolds and Aletta Marciano. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pediatrician Dr. Tom Csanadi, affectionately known as Dr. Tom, is the first pediatric medical provider in New Mexico certified to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into his private practice.

Reach Out and Read builds

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 11 To Dec. 17, 2014

on December 18, 2014 - 4:58pm

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.

Dec. 11 at 9:27 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was assaulted on Sioux Street.


Dec. 11 at 10:07 p.m. / Police arrested Kenneth Hagedorn, 33, of Los Alamos at 1200 Sioux St., and charged him with aggravated assault.




Dec. 12 at 12:06 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property.

School Board Candidate Pulls Out Of Race

on December 18, 2014 - 4:38pm

Update: Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was glad to see people active in running for school board this time around because in the past there have been times when that wasn't the case. "After seeing there are good candidates and weighing my situation, I decided to withdraw," Key said.


Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key filed filed a declaration of Withdrawel of Candidacy this afternoon in the County Clerk's Office.

Key had filed her candidacy for District 4 Tuesday and told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Plateau Property Management Cuts Ribbon At Grand Opening And Unveils New Apartment Names

on December 18, 2014 - 3:26pm

During Wednesday's grand opening event, Property Manager Mike Lippiatt congratulates contest naming winner Valerie DeWulf who suggested Ponderosa Pines as the new name for the former Los Cerros Apartment Complex. Photo by Carol A.Clark/

The new sign for Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex is revealed during Wednesday's event. Photo by Carol A.Clark/


Plateau Property Management and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening ribbon cutting event Wednesday for the newly named Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex and The Cottonwoods at Gold

Los Alamos Medical Center Earns Patient Safety Award

on December 18, 2014 - 2:01pm
LAMC Patient Safety Award. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) was recently recognized by the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Partnership for Patients campaign.

The HEN campaign project was designed to help identify solutions to reduce hospital acquired conditions and readmissions, and then provide those solutions to hospitals and other health care providers. LAMC received the award for meeting and improving all patient safety goals and core measures across the entire hospital system.

“We improved by 89 percent over the past three year period, moving from the

Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Making Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Successful

on December 18, 2014 - 1:58pm
Breakfast With Santa Chairperson

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful.

Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event.

To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

And lastly, without the help of the Key Club, Builders Club and Kiwanians who work tirelessly throughout the morning, we would


Deadline For LAESF Scholarship Applications Jan. 20

on December 18, 2014 - 1:55pm


The deadline to apply for 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards is Jan 20.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs.

Fitness Column: Safe Snow Shoveling

on December 18, 2014 - 1:53pm
Safe Snow Shoveling

It happens every year at this time. People injure themselves while shoveling snow.

The most common injuries while shoveling snow are back and shoulder injuries. While these injuries are most often moderate injuries that can be resolved, the best way to treat the injury is to prevent it in the first place.

Shoveling snow places a large amount of stress on the lower back because of the forward flexion position most of us assume while shoveling. For your safety, avoid a forward lean when you shovel and maintain the natural curve in your spine.

LAFD Schedules Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on December 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Conducting a pre fire burn assessment, from left, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Dan Devall, Capt. James Pepe, Los Alamos resident Marv Alme and Driver Engineer Mike Lewis. Courtesy photo

LADF News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has scheduled a prescribed burn Jan. 9-10 near Los Alamos in Bayo Canyon.

LAFD Willand Division Chief Ramon Garcia explained that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring the ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Christmas Tubas Concert Saturday

on December 18, 2014 - 1:15pm
Tuba Choir from left, Larry Bronisz, Dave Korzekwa. Ryan Finn, Sally Grindstaff, Jenny Lee Jerry Morzinski and Deniece Korzekwa. Courtesy photo
Christmas tubas. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums. The concert will be at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge. There is no admission charge. The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring the event.

The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then.


CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report On WIPP

on December 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the Feb. 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility.

Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area.

In and Around Town: Dec. 18

on December 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
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.
December Events at Bandelier
Planitarium Holiday Laser Light Show
Shows are each day at 3 p.m., Dec. 27-30, and cost $6 for adults, $5 for members and seniors and $4 for children.
AfroBrasil: Art and Identities

Golf Course Community Building/Restaurant Update

on December 18, 2014 - 12:53pm

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building. Courtesy/LAC


Recreation Division Manager Randy Smith provided an update today regarding the negotiated lease agreement terms that will pave the way for the Pajarito Golf Group (PGG) to open a new restaurant at the Golf Course Community Building – an amenity that the public has long awaited since last summer.

Smith said that the two parties are very close to announcing a new lease date that will take effect in early 2015. The lease start date was originally anticipated for Nov.

DPU Employees Adopt Christmas Family

on December 18, 2014 - 12:35pm

Lisa Romero, Naomi Maestas, Joann Gentry and Jaime Kephart place wrapped gifts for the department’s adopted Chrristmas family under the tree at DPU. Photo by Karen Kendall

DPU News:

Each year, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) adopts a Christmas family through the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s service organization. The Utilities’ 95 employees donate more than $500 each year.

DPU’s adopted family this year is a mother and three children selected by Beta Sigma Phi and unknown to DPU.

LANL Helps Raise United Way's Thermometer

on December 18, 2014 - 12:25pm
From left, LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega  and LANL Principle Associate Director Allen Bishop raise the thermometer this morning in front of the downtown Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Chris Clark/

If you work for Los Alamos National Labratory (LANL) you are probably aware that LANL and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) work together to raise money for nonprofits through LANL's Employee Giving Campaign. 

What you may not know is that there is more to this partnership than just

Fusion Multisport Provides Ski/Snowboard Tuning

on December 18, 2014 - 11:58am

The ski and snowboard tuning shop at Fusion Multisport, 106 Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
Spotlight On Fusion Multisport
Staff Report

Well the snow is finally falling. Could this be the year Los Alamos breaks out of its 3-year snow drought? Predictions say yes but regardless, there will be snow somewhere. 

This means it’s time to get those boards in shape. Fusion Multisport at 106 Central Park Square in the heart of Los Alamos provides ski and snowboard tuning. Fusion Multisport does all manner of base and edge work from a simple hot wax to base and edge replacements.

Los Alamos County Recount Numbers Issued In New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Presiding Judge Sanchez, center, explains recount procedures to recount election clerks Dec. 11 for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race. From left, District Judge Designee George Chandler, Recount Election Clerk Peggy Pendergast, Sanchez and Recount Election Clerk Stephen Ciddio. Courtesy photo


The original Los Alamos County totals in the Dec. 11 recount for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race were 3,781 for incumbent Ray Bennett Powell, a Democrat, and 3,741 for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The final totals are Powell 3,782 and Dunn 3,743.

Before the recount, there

Letter to the Editor: Plateau Property Mgmt Says Thank You Community!

on December 18, 2014 - 10:22am
Property Manager

I would like to thank everyone for helping to make Plateau Property Management’s grand opening such a wonderful event.

There were a lot of people who helped put this event together and a lot of work has gone into the renovation of our new apartments. The PPM team has really come together on all counts to bring us to this day and has laid a wonderful foundation to enable us to move forward in a positive and successful manner.

Mike McNiel, our construction and maintenance manager, has put together an awesome crew.


USNRC Public Document Room Holiday Closure

on December 18, 2014 - 10:11am


The USNRC Public Document Room will be closed, along with the rest of the Federal government, Friday, Dec. 26.

This closure is in addition to the Christmas Day holiday Thursday, Dec. 25. It will open again Monday, Dec. 29.

The mission of NRC's Public Document Room is to help the public find and obtain NRC information in the agency's extensive electronic, paper, and microfiche collections. Located in Rockville, Md., it is staffed by reference and technical librarians.

Letter to the Editor: Patron's Generosity Fulfills LALT's Dreams

on December 18, 2014 - 9:47am
Los Alamos Little Theatre

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is very pleased to announce that one day and one very generous patron was all it took to raise the final money for the purchase and installation of an assisted listening system for the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St.

All contributions received will go toward improving the listening experience for LALT productions and special performances.

We want to give a special thanks to the Los Alamos National Bank for jump-starting our fundraising effort through its community reinvestment program.


Methane Gas Extractor Placed At Landfill To Decrease Levels

on December 18, 2014 - 9:37am


Residents might notice a large piece of equipment that recently arrived at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. It is a methane gas extractor that will be used to reduce higher than acceptable methane gas levels.

The extractor works like a vacuum system, which pulls the landfill gas through the landfill material and vents the methane gas through the stack. Staff expects that the methane extraction unit will be in place for the next six months or until methane levels decrease to an acceptable level.

Higher than desired methane levels have been detected, which range from 0.0 to 41

Los Alamos Elks Make Christmas Bright For Kids

on December 18, 2014 - 9:26am

Los Alamos Elks Christmas Family Committee members Lisa Harris (Past Exalted Ruler), Craig Taylor (Exalted Ruler), Sue Cummings (Past Exalted Ruler), and Natalie Dimitruck (Committee Chair, Lodge Trustee) stand with gifts that Lodge members donated this year to brighten Christmas for more than 90 northern New Mexico children. Courtesy photo

Farolitos Light Up Foggy Night At LARC Luminaria Walk

on December 18, 2014 - 9:14am
Farolitos light the path Wednesday evening between Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and Sombrillo Nursing Center. The  Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) sponsored the special event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Farolitos shine through the fog at Wednesday's Luminaria Walk. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk At Bandelier Sunday

on December 18, 2014 - 9:08am

The eastern sky driving into Bandelier National Monument at about 7 a.m. Dec. 22, 2012 for the winter solstice. Photo by TK Thompson


All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.

At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes. One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Sunday, Dec. 21, is this year's Winter Solstice.