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Labor Day Citizen Science Project: Yard Day Bird Count

on September 2, 2015 - 11:55am

Spotted Towhee. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

On Labor Day, Dave Yeamans, a long-time enthusiast of the natural world, is opening his home for a citizen science project, Big Yard Day Bird Count.

To participate, register at for the Big Yard Day and stop by Dave Yeaman’s house anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. “Everybody learns something and has fun or my job is not complete,” says Yeamans, who also is a caring host.

Participants are encouraged to wear natural-colored clothing, move gently, and whisper to improve the chances of seeing a wide variety of birds.

Los Alamos Daily Post Print Edition Now Available

on September 2, 2015 - 11:46am


Staff Report

This week's print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post has just been published and is available at no charge for readers to pick up at the following locations:  

  • Los Alamos Co+op;
  • Los Alamos Visitor Center;
  • Smith's Marketplace;
  • Smith's White Rock;
  • White Rock Visitor Center;
  • White Rock Branch Library;
  • Mesa Public Library;
  • CB FOX;
  • Los Alamos Medical Center;
  • UNM-LA;
  • Zia Realty Group; and
  • Los Alamos Daily Post Headquarters.

The Los Alamos Daily Post print edition will soon be delivered weekly to every home and business throughout the County.

Letter To The Editor: Police Are Not Required To Protect Any Specific Individual

on September 2, 2015 - 10:29am
Los Alamos 

There have been numerous letters to the Post recently regarding the subject of firearms. But in one of these letters, Mr. Pat Kestell made a statement that strikes right to the heart of the matter. He said: “It is not the job of the police to protect my family, it is mine.”

Here Mr. Kestell makes a statement that most Americans do not understand. The police in America are not required to protect any specific individual, their job is to keep the general order. Here are a few citations, which prove this fact:

Law-enforcement has no duty to protect individuals.

Williams And Marr Top Predictors In Weekly Pace Race

on September 2, 2015 - 10:20am

Members wait to take off in Tuesday's Pace Race. The run was a staggered start where the slower runners left first and each member waited to start according to their prediction. Courtesy/ACRR

Several runners make their way down the course. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

Joan Williams and Duane Marr had the best predictions in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race, with delta times adjusted to 3 miles of 15 seconds.

The annual staggered-start pace-race/fun-run was held Tuesday on the White Rock bike path. The predictors with the slowest times started first from Piñon/Rocket Park.

Council Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action On Capital Improvement Projects Thursday Sept. 10

on September 2, 2015 - 10:02am

Los Alamos County Council from left, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, David Izraelevitz, Susan O'Leary, Kristin Henderson, Steven Girrens and Pete Sheehey. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Council is holding a Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action on Capital Improvement Projects at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

This will be an informal setting for the Council; however, the meeting will be streamed on the Internet, broadcast on PAC-8, and available for later viewing using Video-on-Demand on the Council’s

Blue Buses And RTD Chile Line Not Running Labor Day

on September 2, 2015 - 10:01am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” and the RTD Chile Line in Taos will not be in service Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Regularly scheduled service will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española and the Towns of Taos and

Poet Laureate Joan Logghe Returns To Teach Creative Writing At UNM-LA

on September 2, 2015 - 9:51am

Author, Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe

UNM-LA News:

Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at UNM-LA. The class will meet 9-11:45 a.m., Fridays from Sept. 11–Dec. 4.

Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction. This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style.

Community Invited To Hear Panel Of Los Alamos Residents Who Witnessed WWII At Lecture Sept. 8

on September 2, 2015 - 8:20am


The Los Alamos Historical Society announces its 2015-2016 lecture series, “70 Years Since World War II.”

We are honored to have a panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways. Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.

As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan.

Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge 7-11 a.m. Sunday

on September 2, 2015 - 7:54am

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day; Recreational Areas Open

on September 2, 2015 - 7:43am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest is preparing for one of the busiest recreation weekends of the year.  

All recreation facilities on the forest will be open with one exception. The E.V. Long Campground on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is closed for restoration due to flood damage in 2013. 

To check the availability of campgrounds that require reservations, visit the Reserve America website. The first-come, first-served sites will likely fill up fast. With the increase in visitors over the holiday weekend, please remember that recreation and camping etiquette is

DOE Taps Todd Shrader To Lead Carlsbad Field Office

on September 2, 2015 - 7:31am

New Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader, third from left, during a tour last November at Hanford with EM Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith, right, Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney. Courtesy/DOE

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of Todd Shrader as the manager for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

“Todd Shrader is a proven leader and experienced engineer who has successfully tackled some of DOE’s toughest issues,” said Monica Regalbuto, Assistant

Luján And FTC To Educate Children And Seniors On Safe Online Practices

on September 2, 2015 - 7:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Encourages Students to Share with Care and Help Seniors Learn How to Avoid Scams

SANTA FE –  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District will join with a representative from the Federal Trade Commission to hold two events Wednesday, Sept. 2 to share best practices and tips to be safe online and avoid scams, identity theft, and other forms of fraud.

At Luján’s invitation, Dama Brown, the FTC’s director of the Southwest Region, will be in Northern New Mexico to participate in a school assembly regarding cyber safety and bullying,

Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Program Begins At IHM

on September 2, 2015 - 6:57am

IHM News:

If you have ever wondered if there is more to life than this, how you can make the most of your life, about the existence of God, the afterlife, who is Jesus, or how we can have faith, the Alpha Course may be just what you are looking for.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Dec. 16, the course is 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. There is no charge for the course and no commitment.

“The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly

Girls Varsity Soccer Loses 2-0 To St. Pius

on September 1, 2015 - 8:57pm


Today at Sullivan Field the Hilltopper Girls Varsity Soccer Team fell by a score of 2-0 to the number one ranked St. Pius Sartans.  

Miranda Hart scored their first goal goal in the 26th minute and Zahrah Gonales got the second Sartan goal in the 46th minute. The Hilltoppers did shut out Tatiana, Limon the leading scorer for the Sartans.

Tatiana Sarracino, the St. Pius goalie, was credited with 5 saves. The Hilltoppers freshman goalie, Anna Lemke, was credited with 12 saves. 

The next game for the Topper girls is Sept. 10 against Hope Christian.


Pajarito Environmental Education Center Leads Efforts To Certify Los Alamos As A Community Wildlife Habitat

on September 1, 2015 - 6:38pm

PEEC Board members celebrating the certification of the nature center as a Wildlife Habitat, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Bob Walker, Jennifer Macke, Selvi Viswanathan, Esta Lee Albright, Michele Altherr, Nancy Arendt, Felicia Orth, Ann Shafer, Sue Watts, Mary Carol Williams, Becky Shankland, Talia Dreicer, Karla Sartor and Rebecca Oertel. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers is working to make Los Alamos the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico.

To date, our community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas, and

LAHS Girls JV Soccer Loses To St. Pius 1-0

on September 1, 2015 - 6:04pm


At 4 p.m. today, the Los Alamos High School Girls JV Soccer Team played Albuquerque's St. Pius JV Girls Soccer Team at Sullivan Field.

St. Pius beat LAHS 1-0.

Los Alamos High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team is set to play St. Pius varsity at 6 p.m. today at Sullivan Field.

Check back for the final score from that game.


Orientation Kicks Off Leadership Los Alamos 2016

on September 1, 2015 - 5:21pm
The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2016 gathered for orientation Saturday at Bandelier. Photo by Martha Katko
Team and confidence building activities are part of the annual orientation session for Leadership Los Alamos. Photo by Martha Katko
Participants gather at the Friday night orientation session at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Martha Katko
By NANCY COOMBS, co-chair
Leadership Los Alamos

The 2016 Leadership Los Alamos Class kicked off its orientation weekend Friday, Aug. 28.

The new class consists of 27 adults who live and/or work in Los Alamos, and are eager


Governor Surprises Piñon Elementary Student With Grand Prize In Summer Reading Challenge

on September 1, 2015 - 3:57pm

Gov. Susana Martinez surprises 2nd grade student Rocko Del Mauro Monday at Piñon Elementary School. The Governor announced that Del Mauro is a grand prize winner of the Summer Reading Challenge. Courtesy/LAPS

Alberta and Ronald Heil (grandparents), Diana Del Mauro (mom), Summer Reading Challenge grand prize winner Rocko Del Mauro, Gov. Susana Martinez and David Del Mauro (dad) celebrate the 2nd graders achievement Monday at Piñon Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:


Udall Announces New Chief Of Staff

on September 1, 2015 - 11:22am

Bianca Ortiz Wertheim


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has hired Bianca Ortiz Wertheim to serve as his new chief of staff starting Sept. 8.

A native of Nambé, north of Santa Fe, Ortiz Wertheim has worked for Udall for six years as the director of his state offices, supervising his constituent service work and team of local representatives. She will move to Washington with her husband, attorney and businessman John Wertheim.

She succeeds Michael Collins, of Taos, who is leaving for the private sector. Collins has worked in Udall’s U.S.

Branding Consultant Atlas Reviews Public Input

on September 1, 2015 - 11:19am


As of Aug. 31, Los Alamos County branding consultant Atlas Advertising is in receipt of all public input on the short list of straplines developed by Atlas in coordination with the Branding Review Committee for Los Alamos County's brand.

Public input was submitted on-line via the County's Open Forum survey process, hard copy, e-mail and transcribed from phone conversations between July 31 through Aug. 28, 2015.

Atlas is synthesizing the data to determine the community's summary ranking of the five straplines.

Attorney General Balderas Searching For Relatives Of Former Attorneys General

on September 1, 2015 - 11:10am
DOJ News:
The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas is actively searching for relatives of past Attorneys General to be included in the unveiling of a photo gallery honoring AGs serving from 1846 to present.
The gallery housed in the Santa Fe OAG building is open to the public for tours during normal business hours.
Anyone who is related to a past AG or who knows relatives of past AGs is encouraged to contact the OAG Constituent Affairs Unit to provide contact information at
Classes of students wishing to tour the historical gallery may also contact the OAG here.

DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative Returns To Los Alamos

on September 1, 2015 - 10:31am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to announce that it will once again host three collection sites 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug take-back day initiative. 

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. (please deposit prescription medications into the drop box)
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4, east side parking lot.
  • Site 3: Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr., south side parking lot near the patio.

If there is inclement weather, sites 2 and 3 will move inside the White Rock

LAPS Mental Health Design Team Launches Survey

on September 1, 2015 - 10:30am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools has created a Mental Health Design Team that has been charged with providing a report to the Board of Education by the end of November that includes a statement of preferred future for mental health programs in Los Alamos Public Schools, a brief situational assessment, a gap analysis and drafting a 3-5 year LAPS Mental Health Project Plan.

One of the first tasks is to gather community and stakeholder input. This survey will focus on the state of mental health awareness and support that we desire. 

Surveys are available is Spanish and English at

Los Alamos Choral Society Holds Brahms Requiem Rehearsals Sept. 8

on September 1, 2015 - 10:02am
LACS News:
The Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) is beginning preparations for its winter concert, which will be presented in collaboration with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
Directed by Mary Badarak, LACS will be presenting Robert Shaw’s English translation of Brahms Requiem at 4 p.m., Jan. 23, 2016 at Crossroads Bible Church.
2015 is a significant year for the Brahms German Requiem, as it is the 150th anniversary of its composition; 2016 is also the centennial year of the noted conductor Robert Shaw who, in 1997, prepared the extraordinary annotated English translation of the Brahms