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Smart Design With Suzette: Designing A Green Lifestyle

on October 21, 2016 - 5:02pm
Solar panels. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Earth is currently facing some serious challenges. Fires and droughts are becoming more common and ice caps are melting. If climate change is going to be managed, it’s going to require participation from everyone in society. Below are a few ways you can live green and design your home to help the environment.

Use a Smart Thermostat
In the summer, homes consume a lot of energy for air conditioning. During the winter, heating is the biggest energy expense.

Los Alamos County Taps Joan Ahlers For Economic Development Administrator

on October 21, 2016 - 4:57pm

Joan Ahlers


Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced this morning that Joan Ahlers has been selected for the position of Economic Development Administrator.

Ahlers has been the Chief Operations Officer for Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) for over four years, with oversight of six departments and responsibilities involving leased facilities, construction of new projects, custodial and maintenance operations, managing fixed assets, and technology and data integration.


Artist To Present Rubber Stamp Carving Class

on October 21, 2016 - 4:33pm
Rubber stamp carving tools. Courtesy photo

ART News

Local artist, writer, Web designer, and self-proclaimed Geek, Else Tennessen is a recent transplant to Los Alamos.  

A staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Else has always pursued her artistic passions in her spare time. An avid user of Instagram, Else enjoys cataloguing the beauty of northern New Mexico, along with beautiful snapshots from her own life.  

Currently Tennessen has been focusing on participating in the popular national art challenge Inktober, where artists post new art in response to a national one word prompt


The Prize On The Horizon

on October 21, 2016 - 4:22pm
Students work on arranging 25 pennies in the graph theory workshop at the Expanding Your Horizons Workshop. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Expanding Your Horizons conference in Santa Fe Saturday was all about girls in the fifth through eighth grade and STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM crusade, to prepare the workforce of the future, also includes STEM-related occupations from architecture to health and zoology.

The conference was hosted by the Santa Fe Community College, part of a tradition that began in Los Alamos

Entrepreneurial Gene Presentation At Project Y Tuesday

on October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Entrepreneurs meet at project Y to share ideas. Courtesy photo


Do you have the entrepreneurial gene? This is the topic of a presentation and discussion at project Y 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in Central Park Square.

Andy Andrews and Bob Nolen from LABi and Los Alamos World Futures Institute (LAWFI) will host a presentation and discussion about assessing your interests and discovering if you have the qualities to be a successful entrepreneur.

“You have a great idea for something that you know everyone needs,” Andrews said.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 21, 2016 - 3:56pm

Family Felt Comforted By Community Following Mother's Tragic Accident At Bandelier

on October 21, 2016 - 12:55pm

Beverly J. Modlin

Staff Report:

The visitor who died Oct. 3 in Bandelier National Monument after being struck by a falling tree has been identified. Beverly J. Modlin, 81, of Wheeling, Ill., died in the tragic accident while on vacation with her children.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan M. Hines and her children, Michael and Anne Hines; and her son, Robert C. Modlin and his children, Nicholas, David and Christopher Modlin. She was their loving mother and friend, grandmother of their children, and wife to their father who died 29 years ago.

Modlin taught hundreds of piano students


Heinrich Presents Service Medals To Veterans

on October 21, 2016 - 12:04pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo


From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich: 

FARMINGTON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) held a ceremony Thursday to recognize two U.S. Marine Corps veterans at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington.

Marine Corps Private

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 24

on October 21, 2016 - 8:58am


Road Construction Update: Week of Oct. 24.

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by

Letter To The Editor: Protecting Party Line Instead Of School Funding

on October 21, 2016 - 8:51am
Los Alamos
I heard about the recent vote Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard made to take away $25 million from New Mexico public schools. This vote seemed inconsistent with her promise to protect education funding during the special session, so I decided to watch a video of the committee hearing and see what actually happened.

 I am very troubled by what I saw. It seems that Rep. Garcia Richard initially voted to table the bill in question, Senate Bill 10, but when she saw that all of her Democrat colleagues voted to support the bill, she changed her vote.

 This bill would have

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking

on October 21, 2016 - 7:20am

FBI News:
  • Case Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative, which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Shannon Lamont Jackson, 38, of Albuquerque pled guilty Thursday to a federal heroin trafficking charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Jackson will be sentenced to 77 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Jackson was arrested Dec. 3, 2015, on an indictment charging him with distributing heroin Sept. 6, 2015, in Bernalillo County.

PEEC Daytrip Explores Nacimiento Mine Oct. 29

on October 21, 2016 - 7:06am

Exploring the tailings of Nacimiento Copper Mine is fun for all ages. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine Oct. 29 near Cuba.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

In addition to the petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite, trip

CCA Presents Farms, Films, Food

on October 21, 2016 - 6:44am

CCA News:

SANTA FE – The CCA, Farmers Market Institute and Street Food Institute celebrate the harvest with Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration.

The third edition of the community-oriented program “Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration” arrives Nov. 2 for food demos, community presentations, free films, gallery tours and low-cost meals provided by local vendors. The event is produced by the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, the Street Food Institute and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

The November event includes food demonstrations; meals prepared by local chefs including the

2016 Model International Criminal Court Mock Trials

on October 21, 2016 - 5:44am

Bringing ‘Purple Pinkie Day’ To Local Schools Oct. 24

on October 21, 2016 - 5:42am
ROTARY CLub of Los Alamos

What is Purple Pinkie Day? It is an effort by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to support Rotary International Foundations Polio Plus Program for the eradication of Polio worldwide.

For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. Therefore, in an effort to raise awareness and encourage participation, our local Rotary Club is asking for your support at a “Purple Pinkie” Day that is aimed at the students of our community. 

Why Purple Pinkie?

Los Alamos Makers Launches CoderDojo For Teens

on October 21, 2016 - 5:37am
From left, Prisca Tiassé, Akkana Peck, Neale Pickett and Caroline Boyle. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Makers is organizing a CoderDojo branch for teens. CoderDojo is a free global network of volunteer-led computer programming clubs.
At CoderDojo, teens are welcome to come and learn how to code, build websites, create apps and games, and learn programming languages in a social setting.
Starting Oct. 25, teens ages 13 and up, can participate 6-7 p.m., Tuesday nights at Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St. Suite LV1 in Los Alamos.

Daily Postcard: Red Necked Sapsucker Recuperates

on October 21, 2016 - 5:26am

Daily Postcard: This Red Necked Sapsucker is recuperating after he flew into the window of a Los Alamos home Tuesday and broke a bone in his chest. He is being seen by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay at the Wildlife Center in Espanola. Photo by Libbi Lovejoy

Daily Postcard: This Red Necked Sapsucker recuperates following a collision with a window Tuesday in Los Alamos. The impact broke a bone in his chest. He is being seen by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay at the Wildlife Center in Espanola. Photo by Libbi Lovejoy

LANL MSC Consortium Honors Donors

on October 20, 2016 - 3:45pm

From left, LANL Deputy Director Rich Kacich, Executive Director Dave Lyons and MSC President Joseph Sanchez recognized MSC Grant Pool donors during the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, RDC Executive Director Val Alonzo, Executive Director Dave Lyons and CPO Director Kathy Keith at the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

SANTA FE – The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) and Los Alamos

Los Alamos Scientist Recognized For Work To Increase Availability Of Critical Medical Isotope

on October 20, 2016 - 3:44pm

Iain May was recognized for his work to increase the availability of critical medical isotopes. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • Study predicts shortage of isotope used for medical diagnostic imaging 

A scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for his work towards ensuring the reliability and domestic supply of a critical medical isotope used for diagnostic imaging.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on October 20, 2016 - 3:30pm
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

DOE Releases Request For Information/Sources Sought For Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition

on October 20, 2016 - 3:12pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI OH  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) /Sources Sought in support the upcoming follow-on procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The current SRS M&O contract, DE-AC09-08SR22470, with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), expires on July 31, 2018 and is a major component of the overall SRS work scope and contracting structure.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from

Letter To The Editor: Note Of Sorrow

on October 20, 2016 - 3:05pm
Los Alamos

A brief note of sorrow after hearing about the death of Max Baker. I was on the County Council (including a stint as Chair) while Max Baker was the Chief Administrative Officer ICAO) of Los Alamos County. I worked extensively with him on Los Alamos issues and governance.

Simply, he was a great public employee and a wonderful person. He always operated and asked “What is best for Los Alamos and its citizens?” and followed through on the answer. He was kind, hardworking, and dedicated to his employees, his community, and their elected representatives.


Socialist Presidential Candidate Gloria La Riva Visiting Albuquerque

on October 20, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Socialist Candidate on the ballot in New Mexico available for interview
ALBUQUERQUE – Gloria La Riva, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s candidate for president of the United States will be campaigning in Albuquerque Wednesday, Oct. 26. 
Born and raised in Albuquerque, La Riva is a graduate of Manzano High School and has decades of experience as a community activist and labor organizer, and has been active in the anti-war movement since the 1970s.

Letter To The Editor: What Is The State Doing To Its Teachers?

on October 20, 2016 - 2:58pm
Los Alamos
What is the State doing to its teachers?
The New Mexico State Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, has ideas in dealing with educators that go from bad to worst. Her latest announcement, “retroactive to July 1, any teacher taking more than a three day leave will be penalized a point a day,” is a poorly conceived approach for an attendance policy.
Instead of demoralizing the teachers with punishment for taking more than a three day leave, to which there are legitimate reasons for doing so, Ms.

RCLC Receives Informative Updates On Consent Order Agreement And Steps To Move Forward With GRT Issue

on October 20, 2016 - 2:45pm
RCLC News:
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) held its monthly Board meeting Oct. 14, at the Taos Plaza Old County Courthouse in Taos.
From the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), NM Secretary of Environment, Bruce Tongate and Katie Roberts, Director of the Resource Protection Division reported on the updated Consent Order Agreement. This agreement between the NMED and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guides and governs the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Roberts discussed how NMED has incorporated public