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Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today's Jemez Mountain Trail Races

on May 23, 2015 - 11:51am
From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford.

Governor Visits Aspen Elementary School Friday To Announce Her Annual Summer Reading Challenge

on May 23, 2015 - 11:24am

Gov. Susana Martinez visits Aspen Elementary School Friday to announce her Summer Reading Challenge for 2015. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Second grade students at Aspen Elementary react to the different prizes available for participants of the Summer Reading Challenge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Gov. Martinez recognizes Rainy Ferrel, 2nd grader at Aspen Elementary, as a winner of last year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Udall Opposes Extension Of NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records

on May 23, 2015 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early this morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a majority of senators in opposing an extension of the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, a Patriot Act program declared illegal earlier this month in a unanimous decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The program is set to expire June 1. The Senate took two procedural votes on two bills, which both failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster and resulted in deadlock.

Local Western Tanagers Dine On Suet

on May 23, 2015 - 9:57am
Female Western Tanagers dine on suet recently in a yard on Zuni Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Joel Williams
Female and male Western Tanagers gather recently for a meal on Zuni Street. Photo by Joel Williams

County Councilors Host Farmers' Market Booth May 28

on May 23, 2015 - 9:49am


Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers’ Market Thursday, May 28. They’ll be visiting with citizens 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics.

The weekly Farmers’ Market is located downtown in the library overflow parking lot just north of Ashley Pond Park. 

Pet Of The Week: Egypt The Dog

on May 23, 2015 - 9:44am
Egypt the dog. Courtesy/FOS
Egypt is a spayed female Lab/hound/shepherd mix who is 18 months old. She is a little bit shy but has been very sweet at the shelter.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on vaccinations.

For information about volunteering, adopting and donating and learning more about special needs animals and cats and dogs in foster care, visit

Shelter hours

Unique Places LLC Forms GIS And Design Group

on May 23, 2015 - 9:43am
ALBUQUERQUE  Unique Places LLC, based in New Mexico and North Carolina, recently formed a wholly owned subsidiary in New Mexico named Unique Places GIS & Design. 
The new GIS and design group will provide highly specialized GIS consulting, custom map production and other design services to better serve existing and potential clients from across the country. The new group will primarily focus on GIS services related to natural resource issues, but will also service other client segments including human and community services, transportation and business logistics.

Letter To The Editor: Facebook Dilemma

on May 23, 2015 - 9:40am
Los Alamos

When one tries to become more independent of Facebook, it can lead to some surprising results, and I have had to deal with one that has me effaced. 

My friends who were a part of my account keep getting invitations to be friends. After trying to rectify the problem, if you are still getting notices, and this goes for any other person having the same problem; unfriend the person
who has been seemingly sending such notices repeatedly. 

It is only mechanical. It eliminates the account successfully, and the person who has unsubscribed does not know.



Bathtub Row Brewing Grand Opening May 29-30

on May 23, 2015 - 9:29am
BRB News:
Bathtub Row is brewing up community in Los Alamos with the grand opening of the town’s first craft brewery.
Three years ago, a collective vision by community members to create an atmosphere similar to a neighborhood English pub has transformed into a full-fledged cooperative –– only the fourth such co-op in the nation.
Grand opening festivities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Friday, May 29, and continue that evening with music, food and new beer releases. Celebration activities will continue 3-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30. 
The idea to align the

Letter To The Editor: Only You Can Control Your Personal Carbon Footprint

on May 23, 2015 - 9:23am
Los Alamos
Here! Here! T.J. Taub, does anybody who is in favor of plastic bags know how many MILLIONS of gallons of petroleum it takes to produce these plastic bags
every year?
Each and everyone of us plays an important part in how we interact with our environment here and now to protect our wildlife and our planet from further damage. It's totally self centered and naive to think that we can't make a difference.
YOU, and only YOU can control your personal carbon footprint.

Legislation Introduced To Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

on May 23, 2015 - 9:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba.
Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications.
Smartphones also are unusable in Cuba, and the few Cubans who do have access to cellular technology

Letter To The Editor: 'Thank You Alan Wadlinger'

on May 23, 2015 - 9:07am
Los Alamos
Thank you Alan Wadlinger for the timely letter regarding White Rock Visitors Center. In its present configuration, I agree this beautiful tourist facility says ‘NO’ to Los Alamos, loud and clear.

The first big issue is that the facility is expensive:
  • $100,000 annual fee paid by Los Alamos County to LACDC to run WRVC; and 
  • $150,000 paid by Los Alamos County for ‘free shuttles’ to take visitors to Bandelier. 

That is a quarter of a million dollars spent to efficiently shuttle people out of town.

The second issue is that in several years of operation, WRVC has not

IIE Announces 160 Study Abroad Scholarships

on May 23, 2015 - 8:57am
IIE News:
NEW YORK — Leading up to its centennial celebration in 2019 and building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, the Institute of International Education launched Generation Study Abroad® in 2014 to double the number of students who study abroad each year.
With less than 10 percent of American college students studying abroad, IIE is taking action to enable more U.S. students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad, to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.

IIE has announced a first round

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee Meets May 26

on May 23, 2015 - 8:52am
LAC News:
The next meeting of the newly established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Municipal Building Room 330.
The public is welcome to attend meetings of the committee. The committee has not yet determined a regular meeting time, date and location.
The purpose of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee is to identify and review the various issues that must be addressed in order to prepare Los Alamos County for the opening of the Park.

Sign Up For YMCA Earth Service Corps This Summer

on May 23, 2015 - 7:59am
YMCA News:
YMCA Earth Service Corps is an innovative service-learning Summer program that gives middle school youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and create a more sustainable future.
Committed youth, YMCA staff, and adult volunteers work together to plan and carry out service learning projects that promote positive environmental and social change. Youth develop as leaders, learn about the environment, get involved with their communities and, most importantly, LEARN BY DOING!
Participating in YESC is a unique opportunity for youth and adults to work together to

James Carothers Playing Ashley Pond Tonight

on May 22, 2015 - 8:38pm

Community Bids Gerry And Audrey Washburn Farewell

on May 22, 2015 - 8:25pm

Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn remarks at how much he and Gerry Washburn do NOT look alike. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Gerry Washburn receives a pillow from teacher Bernadette Ziomek and her 5th grade class. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Gerry and Audrey Washburn. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report

The community turned out with members of Los Alamos Public Schools to say good-bye Thursday to Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and his wife Audrey.

The farewell event was celebrated in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary

Los Alamos County Officials Discuss Projects And Initiatives During Washington, D.C. Trip

on May 22, 2015 - 7:23pm

From left, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, Councilor Rick Reiss, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich,  Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz in Washington D.C. this past week. The Los Alamos contingent met with Heinrich and other members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation along with various DOE, NNSA and other federal officials to discuss County projects and initiatives. Photo by Seth Kirshenberg/Kutak-Rock

From left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Council Chair Kristin Henderson, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Jemez Mountain Trail Races Take Place May 23

on May 22, 2015 - 6:59pm
Runners on Canada Bonita Trail at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo
Jemez Mountain trail race flags. Courtesy photo
JMTR News:
The Jemez Mountain Trail Races take place this Saturday, May 23.
These are a wonderful community event that starts and finishes at the Posse Lodge and take full advantage of our beautiful mountain running trails. 
The event includes a half marathon, 50 kilometer and 50 mile race. More than 600 runners have registered, with 400 from out of town. The Perimeter Trail in particular will be quite busy in the early morning hours of Saturday.

You may see

Videos: Police Dash Cam And Neighbor's Cell Phone Capture Aspects Of May 15 Cheyenne St. House Fire

on May 22, 2015 - 3:16pm

Smoke from the May 15 house fire in Tsikamu Village could be seen from the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The home at 913 Cheyenne is now boarded up following the May 15 house fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

  • Snippets of the May 15 house fire at 913 Cheyenne St. where captured on video

Watch Police Cam Video Here. Watch Neighbor's Cell Phone Video Here.

Friday, May 15, a single structure fire occurred at 913 Cheyenne St., in Tsikamu Village in Los Alamos. Cpl.

In And Around Town: May 22

on May 22, 2015 - 2:20pm
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published each Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page
10th Biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, May 21–23
 With a wide array of fiber arts exhibits, classes, fashion shows, vendors, and special events, the Fiber Arts Fiesta returns to EXPO New Mexico in the Manual Lujan Complex for this special three-day event. Judith Roderick, artist, silk painter, and quilter, will be the featured artist of the Fiesta and will showcase her incredible quilts.

Prevention Is Key To Fire-Safe Memorial Day Weekend

on May 22, 2015 - 10:53am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest would like to remind the public that despite all the recent moisture, the potential for wildfires is always present. 
At this time there are no fire restrictions on the forest; however, visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. It does not take much time for weather conditions and fuel moisture levels to change and increase the risk of wildfires. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you light it.
To help minimize the risk of wildfires, please consider the following:
  • If

LAMS 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes Of The Year!

on May 22, 2015 - 10:39am
LAMS athletes, from left, Hunter Swavely, Elijah Velasquez, Paulina Burnside and Neha Sadasivan. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:
Los Alamos Middle School Announces its 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes of the Year.
LAMS would like to congratulate the following students for receiving the Hawk Athlete of the Year Award for the 2014-2015 School Year:
  • For 7th Grade Boys: Hunter Swavely (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Boys: Elijah Velasquez (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 7th Grade Girls: Neha Sadasivan (Cross Country, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Girls: Paulina Burnside (Cross

Poll: What's Causing Bright Spots On Ceres?

on May 22, 2015 - 10:32am

Unusual bright spots discovered on Ceres. Courtesy/JPL

JPL News:

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? Volcano, geyser, rock, ice, salt deposit, other?

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike.

Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote. See more

Albert I. Pierce Foundation Awards $5K Grant To PEEC

on May 22, 2015 - 10:17am
Kids enjoy digging in the dirt during Nature Playtimes. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Playtimes are one of its most popular programs.
Offered free to families every Monday morning, the Playtimes combine fun, developmentally appropriate stories, songs, crafts and activities with time outside enjoying nature. Albuquerque’s Albert I. Pierce Foundation recognizes the worth of this program and the value it brings to families, and has given PEEC $5,000 to support it.
During a recent Nature Playtime, families explored an ant theme.