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Letter to the Editor: DPU Commended For Improvement Efforts Through QNM

on October 22, 2014 - 5:39pm

By BILL WADT

Immediate past chair of the QNM Board

I commend the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities on their continued efforts at systematic and systemic improvement using independent, third-party feedback through the New Mexico Performance Excellence Award process administered by Quality New Mexico.

In 2008, DPU received Roadrunner recognition for demonstrated performance improvements and this year DPU is pursuing the process again in their quest to achieve performance excellence. As the immediate past chair of the QNM Board and a former lead judge in the awards process, I have seen

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OBITUARY: Martha Lou Davis Aug. 20, 1953 – Oct. 8, 2014

on October 22, 2014 - 5:27pm

MARTHA LOU DAVIS Aug. 20, 1953 Oct. 8, 2014

Martha Lou Davis was a relative newcomer to Los Alamos, but quickly adapted her gardening style to the Southwest, practicing xeriscaping and permaculture. On a small number of fruit trees in her backyard she grafted over 100 fruit varieties including apples, pears, and apricots. It’s been said that her yard is one of the most fertile parts of Los Alamos.

Martha was born on August 20, 1953 in Dallas, OR to Crystalle and Paul Davis. The family moved to Corvallis, OR where she completed high school.

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Los Alamos First Co-Op Brewery Seeks 300 Member-Owners In Order To Open

on October 22, 2014 - 10:46am

 

LABC News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.

The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer

Los Alamos Merchants Present Vendor Blender

on October 22, 2014 - 10:25am

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Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

on October 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Beefsteak Hill on the road from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Fall color in the Jemez. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks
By SHERRY HARDAGE

When I returned to my home state in the 1980s, I bought Halka Chronic's book, “Roadside Geology of New Mexico.” Her books are a great resource for people who want to know more about the amazing scenery they drive through.

But the New Mexico book left me cold because one of the prettiest drives in the state wasn't even mentioned - the road from San Isidro north to Jemez Springs and on to Los Alamos' NM 4.

Many

Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

Local Voting Puts LAHS In #1 Spot In New Mexico!

on October 22, 2014 - 10:14am

STATE FARM News:

Great news Los Alamos, your voting has shot Los Alamos High School into the #1 position in New Mexico and we are quickly approaching the top 100 in the Nation!

These last few days are the most important in voting because as other communities get complacent in their top spots we can vote Los Alamos to the top. 

Just three more days of committing!

High-Tech Halloween At Bradbury Friday

on October 22, 2014 - 10:01am

The Cryogenics Show featuring ‘Lady Bug’ (Pam Matteson) and ‘Lance Armstrong’ (Brent Matteson of LANL's Chemistry Division. Courtesy/BSM

BSM News:

High-Tech Halloween returns to the Bradbury Science Museum 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. This annual event is one of the most popular for the museum and is in conjunction with Los Alamos County's Trick or Treat on MainStreet event.

Each year, hundreds of children from kindergarten through middle school flock to the museum to enjoy a variety of activities that teach them about STEM topics and the principals of science.

"Instead of candy, we offer kids

Talk On Medications And Fall Risks Monday

on October 22, 2014 - 9:59am

LARSO News:

Jacqueline Kakos, MS, Health Educator at the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center will give a talk at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on the subject of medications and fall risk.

Prescriptions can be very helpful to seniors, but often they put those who take them at great risk for falls.

This talk will identify risks, drug interactions, side effects and what to know and ask about medications in order to reduce the chance of falls. 

Prescribed Burn 17 Miles Southwest Of Los Alamos

on October 22, 2014 - 9:27am

Prescribed pile burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.  A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers

Nominations Open For Los Alamos County Business Recycler Of The Year Award

on October 22, 2014 - 9:09am

COUNTY News:

Do you know of a local business that goes above and beyond when it comes to recycling?

Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the second annual Business Recycler of the Year Award. The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes. Nominate your own businesses, your employer, or your favorite local sustainable retailer/restaurant. Send the business name and a brief description explaining the nomination to angelica.gurule@lacnm.us

Recycling is a big step businesses can take to create a more sustainable operation, but it can take a

Sierra Club Presents Jeri Sullivan Graham On The Energy-Water Nexus

on October 22, 2014 - 8:55am

Jeri Sullivan Graham

SIERRA CLUB News:

The public is invited to hear Jeri Sullivan Graham present "The Energy-Water Nexus" at an open meeting of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at UNM-LA Media Bldg. 2. Rm. 203.

Water and Energy are inextricably linked. It takes water to develop and transmit energy; it takes energy to acquire, treat, and transport water.

Toppers Beat Espanola 56-0 Monday Night

on October 22, 2014 - 8:42am
Coach Marco Lucero pumps up the team Monday night inside the Los Alamos Topper football inflatable helmet before kickoff of the C-Team football game. 'I'm proud of our players at the high school who play with very little substitutions because of the low number of participants,' Lucero said. The Toppers beat Espanola 56-0. This is the second shutout the team has had this season. Three weeks ago they shut out Santa Fe High 41-0. The team's record is now 4 and 3. Their last game of the season 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Sullivan field. Photo by Mike Brake
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This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 22, 2014 - 8:26am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL 
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This week we are opening The Book of Life and John Wick. We will hold Fury and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for another week.

The Judge and Gone Girl will end this Thursday. I liked both of these films very much. Do see them on the big screen if you can.

Movie poster for 'The Book of Life.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Book of Life is a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a

Still Time To Sign Up For Yum Run And Support LA Cares

on October 22, 2014 - 8:23am
The 10th annual Yum Run will take place Nov. 1. Courtesy photo
 
By RUBY ALEXANDER
Ruby K's Bagel Cafe
 
There is still time to get registered for Ruby K’s Annual Yum Run, which is LA Care’s largest fundraiser of the year. LA Cares runs the food pantry in Los Alamos and feeds some 85 families a month and also can provide rent and utility payment assistance to those in need in Los Alamos County.

Begin your season of giving and help LA Cares fulfill its mission by participating in this downtown annual event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1. The races begin and end at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe.

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OBITUARY: Fay Hand Feb. 16, 1932 – Oct. 3, 2014

on October 22, 2014 - 8:22am

FAYE HAND Feb. 16, 1932 – Oct. 3, 2014

Fay Hand was an amazing woman. She loved cooking large fancy holiday dinners, shopping, time with her family, gardening, kitty-cats, and (surprisingly) the Phoenix Suns basketball team. For those of us that knew her, it is with fond memories that we look back on her life. For those of you that didn't know her quite as well, this is the story of her life. 

Wanda Fay Clark was born on February 16, 1932. She grew up with two sisters, Iris and Patsy. Their young lives were filled with wild adventures that she loved to tell stories about.

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Saturdays Workshops With Monika Kaden At Fuller Lodge Art Center

on October 22, 2014 - 8:07am

'Dance, When You are Perfectly Free', bronze by Monika Kaden. Colored Patina on Steel Ball, 10 feet tall on display at SHIDONI Sculptural Garden in Tesuque. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Artist Monika Kaden will teach a variety of workshops at Fuller Lodge Art Center:

  • Oct. 25 Collage – Art of the New Deal - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 1 – Plaster/Alabaster: When Images Speak Lauder Than Words - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 Plaster/Alabaster: When Images Speak Lauder Than Words - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 Ceramic Pots as Sculpture - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 22 Ceramic Pots as Sculpture - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec.
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Taos Historical Society: Food Of Dia De Los Muertos Lecture

on October 22, 2014 - 6:49am

TCHS News:

The Taos County Historical Society presents a free, public lecture on “Food of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)” by Deborah Gallagher at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the Kit Carson Electric Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta in Taos.

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is by far the most significant of the calendrical festivals in the Southwest. El Dia de los Muertos is a time for families of the deceased to commemorate the dead. This day is set aside to commune with ancestors through the serving of a symbolic meal, and to tend to the grave sites of ancestors.

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Meet PEEC Volunteer Karla Sartor

on October 22, 2014 - 6:35am

Ecologist Karla Sartor serves on the PEEC Board. Photo by Liz Rank

PEEC News:

Ecologist and PEEC Board member Karla Sartor is fresh off the lines of a two-week, bilingual training in the Santa Fe National Forest focused on prescribed burning for forest health. We sat down with Karla to learn more about this fascinating topic, how she ended up in Los Alamos, and what she does as a volunteer for PEEC.

PEEC: We’re looking forward to your discussion at Nature on Tap this Thursday about prescribed burning. Why did you suggest that topic, and what do you plan to talk about?
K.S.: With proper

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Black Pomeranian Has Gone Missing

on October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Velvet, a 15-pound black Pomeranian has gone missing. She is a puppy mill breeder rescue, easily frightened and doesn't know her name. She has a chip. Anyone with information about Velvet is urged to call 505.450.6683. Courtesy photo
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Letter to the Editor: Suggestion For Use Of Old Smith's Building

on October 21, 2014 - 6:50pm
By NICOLAS PILAT
Los Alamos
 
Our Smiths' recent and sudden movement across the street has left Los Alamos with a large vacant property.
 
Since the old Smith's building provides ample interior space, it's clear that it offers many options as to what could go inside. This space could be used as a car dealer, a fishing tackle store, a Blockbuster's, and an almost infinite number of other things!
 
One option, however, strikes me as the one which would contribute the most to Los Alamos. I can't tell you how many times I think 'Man, I wish Los Alamos had an aquarium.' 
When Ed's closed about 10
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Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Speaks At 'Lunch With A Leader'

on October 21, 2014 - 6:42pm

Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon presented a talk today to members and guests of the League of Women Voters monthly meeting at Mesa Public Library. Gordon spoke about her role at the newspaper where she covers art, culture, music and other community events. She was joined by Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark who spoke about the early days of the paper and its evolution as it nears its three year anniversary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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LAJC Helps Stock Shelves For LA Cares

on October 21, 2014 - 3:22pm

Students from the Los Alamos Jewish Center Religious School shopped at Smith's Marketplace recently to purchase food for LA Cares with funds raised by the LAJC. Photo by Stephanie Rittner

JEWISH CENTER News:

Over the past six weeks, Los Alamos Jewish Center (LAJC) has been raising funds to shop for L.A. Cares. L.A. Cares is a small, independent organization, providing help to the needy of Los Alamos County. They provide both financial help and supplemental food help.

The Los Alamos Jewish Center raised more than $1,500 to purchase food.

Region 6 States Receive More Than $1.1 Million In FEMA

on October 21, 2014 - 3:16pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas –have been awarded more than $1.1 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE). The CAP-SSSE grants provide funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.

The agencies that

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