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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24 to July 30, 2014

on July 31, 2014 - 12:09pm

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.

July 24 at 9:16 a.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone sprayed graffiti on property on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

July 27 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30 of Chamita at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with petty theft and issued her a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.


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In and Around Town: July 31

on July 31, 2014 - 12:08pm
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 at any time by clicking the red button at the top right of the page.
Ongoing Exhibits
Paintings by Richard Wasilewski
Wasilewski’s work can be viewed through Aug. 5 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours.
'Eureka!' and 'Eclecticity' at Fuller Lodge Art Center
FLAC displays “Eureka!” In the Portal Gallery is “Eclecticity,” work by Katherine Brittin and Charryl Greenwood Berger.

Luján on House Republicans Suing President Obama

on July 31, 2014 - 11:21am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján released the following statement after House Republicans moved forward with legislation supporting a lawsuit against the President rather than addressing critical issues facing the country.

"Today House Republicans hit a new low with their frivolous lawsuit against President Obama.

Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums Practices at Pond!

on July 31, 2014 - 11:01am

The Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums, the local bagpipe band, holds a special practice Wednesday evening at Ashley Pond in preparation for their upcoming outdoor concert, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Aug. 13 at Ashley Pond. Families and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the unique music of Scotland. Photo by James E. Rickman

LAPS Hires Lisa Montoya As New CFO

on July 31, 2014 - 10:52am
Lisa Montoya
Superintendent of Schools

On behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools, I am pleased to announce that Lisa Montoya has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of Los Alamos Public Schools. 

Ms. Montoya brings 17 years experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University.  She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

In accepting this position, Ms.


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

on July 31, 2014 - 10:40am

Discussion got underway following Sunday's premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, at Time Out Pizzeria. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAHS News:

There was an amazing turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

Letter to the Editor: Smith's Pricing Issues

on July 31, 2014 - 10:15am
White Rock
I would like to encourage the residents of White Rock to give feedback to Smith’s Food and Drugs about the issue of prices not being the same at both of our Smith’s stores.
The sale ad that comes in the mail to ALL residents of Los Alamos (including White Rock) are only good at the Smith’s Marketplace. I have spoken with the customer service department and they recommend that we write letters and emails requesting that the prices of items available at both stores be the same.
Right now the sale prices are not the same and White Rock residents are not

Strother is Top Predictor and Female Finisher Again

on July 31, 2014 - 10:13am

Runners in Tuesday's race. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

Nikol Strother repeated her achievement of three weeks ago by being the top predictor of once second off her predicted time and being the top female finisher in the three-mile race with a time of 19:41 at Pinon (Rocket) Park in White Rock. 

Ted Romero followed suit by being the next best predictor with a five second differential and recording a 19:27 for best three-mile finisher.

Other top predictors were Roy Cope at six seconds off, Heather Hughes with a 19 second difference, and Duane Marr recording a 21 second differential.

Los Alamos Homeschoolers Meet & Greet Aug. 14

on July 31, 2014 - 10:04am

School Grades Show New Mexico on Path to Improvement

on July 31, 2014 - 10:01am


There are several take-aways from the latest round of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grading.

One is that more schools earned A’s and B’s, and another is that more schools earned D’s and F’s.

However, the most important is that more students are improving.

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Bill to Protect New Mexico Jobs

on July 31, 2014 - 9:58am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act, which he supported to protect and create jobs in New Mexico and across the nation by offering incentives for companies that insource jobs and eliminating a tax loophole that benefits companies moving offshore: 

"Today, we had an opportunity to do right by workers in New Mexico and across the country by moving forward on legislation to help build up communities and create jobs right here at home.

Cowboy Breakfast Sizzles Sunday at Posse Lodge

on July 31, 2014 - 9:55am

SFI: The Joy of x ... A Guided Tour of Math

on July 31, 2014 - 9:52am

Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University

SFI News:

Steven Strogatz will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the James a Little Theater – 1060 Cerrillos Road.

Abstract: Viewed through the right lens, the universal language of math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture and current events. It underpins every aspect of our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works.

Yet few of us understand math well enough to appreciate its beauty, prompting world-class mathematician

DOE Shares Steps For Modernizing Natural Gas Infrastructure

on July 31, 2014 - 9:48am

DOE News:

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

“By expanding our discussions through these methane roundtables, we have heard from several different groups about the benefits to finding workable solutions to the problem of methane leakage,” Secretary Moniz said.

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep to 1st Judicial District Court

on July 31, 2014 - 9:10am


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court.

Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state. Candidates for this judgeship were not able to run in the June Primary Election because the position wasn’t officially available until May and did not allow enough time for candidates to participate in that election.

The Democratic

WIPP Performs Weekly Shaft Inspections

on July 31, 2014 - 9:04am

WIPP News:

In accordance with Mine Safety and Health Administration requirements, WIPP employees continue to perform inspections of the mine shafts.

Shaft inspections are required on a weekly basis and prior to allowing personnel to ride the conveyances, or elevators, into the underground facility. Currently, both the Salt Handling and Air Intake Shafts are inspected every Monday. Once the Waste Shaft is returned to service it will be added to the weekly inspection schedule.

In addition to the weekly inspections, crews also perform checks of the equipment on a daily basis to ensure the

Atomic City Transit Solicits Community Feedback

on July 31, 2014 - 8:59am


Atomic City Transit is soliciting comments regarding the Los Alamos Comprehensive Transit Study and Updated Five-Year Service Plan.

So far, LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., have conducted two public meetings to solicit suggestions for potential improvements. LSC also has made its technical memorandums available at:

The deadline for comments has been extended to Friday, Aug. 1. Your suggestions are important and Atomic City Transit wants to hear from you.

Los Alamos Pony Club's Erin Kober Wins Charles Owen Technical Merit Award

on July 31, 2014 - 8:53am
Erin Kober of Los Alamos riding Dakota Night in a competition earlier this year at the Las Cruces Horse Trials in the cross country phase. Photo by Cristie Cumberworth.

LAPC News:

Los Alamos Pony Club member Erin Kober, 17, won the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award July 26 in the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials in Dexter, Mich.

Kober, riding her horse Dakota Night, an 18-year-old Morgan/Arab cross (aka Cody), is a HB/C3 Traditional rider in the USPC certifications. Her plans for Pony Club advancement include HA/B Traditional testing within the next two years.

Heinrich Votes For Highway And Transportation Bill Critical To Keeping New Mexicans On The Job

on July 31, 2014 - 8:46am

I-25 map. Courtesy/


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Tuesday to pass H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a bill that will prevent an immediate reduction of nearly $129 million in annual funding for construction on roads, bridges, and transit systems in New Mexico, which will support more than 1,600 jobs in the state. 

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 18 and now goes back to the House.

"Investments in public transit, paved roads, and other transportation infrastructure are critical to providing the groundwork

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship To Sidney Ellis

on July 31, 2014 - 7:57am

From left, Margaret Ellis, mom; Sidney Ellis and Kiwanis President Karen Kendall. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Los Alamos High School student Sidney Ellis with a scholarship Tuesday. Sidney was recognized for his participation since 8th grade in the United Way Youth Group as well as serving as a coach to young basketball players during Toppers Basketball Camp.  

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit

Entries Sought For 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar

on July 31, 2014 - 7:51am


FOS News:

Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say cheese! (or Tuna! or Kibble). Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6.

Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year's calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year's calendar.

Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the

Los Alamos Ranked Second Best County For Homeowners to Save Money

on July 31, 2014 - 7:45am
SmartAsset, a personal-finance advice platform, recently released data comparing 1,800 U.S. counties according to highest potential for homeowners to save money in.
Counties were evaluated based on income and costs of living including taxes, home value, health care, food, transportation costs and energy to see how the counties stacked up against each other.
In the study, conducted by SmartAsset, Los Alamos County ranked as the second best place for homeowners to save money.

Momentum Builds For Heinrich's Bill to Improve Hunting and Fishing Access on Public Lands

on July 31, 2014 - 7:36am

Sen. Martin Heinrich



U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's, D-N.M., bill to improve hunting and fishing access on public lands received a key hearing Wednesday in the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee.

The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, introduced by Heinrich last September, would unlock countless public lands in New Mexico and grow the outdoor recreation economy. Hunters and anglers alone spend more than $465 million per year in New Mexico, and outdoor recreation as a whole contributes $6.1 billion to the state's economy.

"The number one

Physical Forms Must Be Completed to Participate in LAHS Boys Soccer Tryouts

on July 30, 2014 - 8:00pm


Players interested in Los Alamos High School Boys Soccer tryouts must have their Physical Forms completed by the first day of tryouts or they will not be able to participate.

Forms can be printed from the high school website FamilyID is also found on this same page and must also be completed.

  • Day 1: Monday, Aug. 11, 7:15 a.m. - Pinon School, and 4 p.m. - North Mesa Fields
  • Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:15 a.m. - North Mesa and 4 p.m. - Overlook Fields
  • Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7:15 a.m. - North Mesa and 4 p.m. - Overlook Fields
  • Day 4: Thursday,

Letter to the Editor: About 'Alex Kirk Day'

on July 30, 2014 - 7:39pm
Los Alamos

After reading the story about Alex Kirk Day, I have to say his accomplishments are awesome. It's great to see the local kid do so well. 

However, I don't recall seeing something about a day for a wounded local soldier. That we would celebrate a basketball player before recognizing a soldier who volunteered for a position that risks more than knee injuries is a systemic illness of the US culture. 

Alex's accomplishments are noteworthy, and I congratulate him. I certainly don't blame him.