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Letter to the Editor: Another Multimillion Dollar Blunder

on November 22, 2014 - 8:01am
Los Alamos

I agree with the two other published comments on the ugly starkness left behind by the so called "renovation" of our minute business strip on Central Avenue. Whoever planned this and ran it through without prior input from the public ought to be dismissed from public service in Los Alamos. 

The two surviving trees from the "renovation" of 17 years ago and provided the only shade available in front of CB FOX and along that strip of Central Avenue at a cost of $10,000 per tree to save at that previos time of renovation, were hacked down without so much as a


Heinrich Introduces Bill To Modernize Nation’s Electric Transmission Grid

on November 22, 2014 - 7:55am

Sen. Martin Henrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced a bill (S. 2947) to remove barriers to creating a cleaner, more consumer-friendly electric grid.

The bill clarifies that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the legal authority to require regional grid operators in interstate wholesale markets to allow consumers to be compensated for voluntarily reducing their electricity consumption-a tool referred to as demand response.

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents 'A Baroque Christmas'

on November 22, 2014 - 7:54am
The organ at the Loretto Chapel, which will be played for 'A Baroque Christmas.' Courtesy photo

SFPM News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica is pleased to present its beloved holiday tradition A Baroque Christmas featuring the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble with mezzo-sopranos Deborah Domanski and Drea Pressley (alternating performances) 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec.19 through Wednesday, Dec. 24 in the historic Loretto Chapel.

Experience the magic of the holidays at Santa Fe Pro Musica’s seasonal favorite A Baroque Christmas, featuring music of Baroque era composers performed on baroque instruments.


Small Business Saturday Profile: Fusion Multisport

on November 21, 2014 - 3:44pm

Fusion Multisport owners Rose and Brad Nyenhuis. Courtesy photo


Meet Rose and Brad Nyenhuis, avid runner and experienced mountain biker, owners of Fusion Multisport in downtown Los Alamos.

For years, this Indiana couple spent their vacations traveling throughout the west racing, adventuring, and scouting out mountain towns. In Los Alamos Rose and Brad found the perfect combination of mountain trails, wide open spaces, and friendly people.


Community Invited To Swearing In Ceremony For Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera At Justice Center

on November 21, 2014 - 12:02pm
New Los Alamos County Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during an interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to attend a ceremony for Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for Los Alamos County Police Department.

The ceremony is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Honorable Judge Pat Casados’ Chambers at the Justice Center followed by a special reception next door in the Police Department Training Room.

Registration Opens For Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade

on November 21, 2014 - 11:07am
Scene from 2013 Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. Courtesy photo


Registration is now open for the annual Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. This years “frozen” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating in the Winterfest Light Parade! To register for the parade, click here. From Breakfast with Santa to the Snow Queen ballet, Los Alamos celebrates winter with many

Santa Fe Community Foundation Funds Healthy Choices For Teens

on November 21, 2014 - 11:01am
Teens engage in a giant game of chess during a field trip. Courtesy photo
Teens from the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participate in a robotics competition last spring in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  

According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.

“Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses

on November 21, 2014 - 10:53am


This weekend is a great time to tour the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting 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 home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house 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 this

Blue Buses Not In Service Thanksgiving Or Day After

on November 21, 2014 - 10:36am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27as well as Friday, Nov. 28in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday, Dec. 1.

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

Del Norte Credit Union Sponsors Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa

on November 21, 2014 - 10:15am

Eric Baldonado, Manager of Branch Operations, and Matthew Waldschmidt, Branch Manager, present a check from Del Norte Credit Union to President of Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is Steve Boerigter. Courtesy photo


Del Norte Credit Union is proud to again be the main sponsor of the upcoming Breakfast with Santa, taking place Dec. 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos.

This annual pancake breakfast organized by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos features a chance for kiddos to visit with Santa.


San Ildefonso Road Utility Work Begins Nov. 28

on November 21, 2014 - 10:13am


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities plans to install a gas line along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability in North Mesa.

The two-month project is scheduled to begin Nov. 28, following Thanksgiving.

The department’s contractor will be working Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to install gas lines along San Ildefonso Road from the roundabout at Diamond Drive to just past Hawk Drive. The lines will then be connected to loop the system between the Los Alamos Middle School and San Ildefonso Road.

Information Sought On Hit And Run Driver

on November 21, 2014 - 8:39am
A driver damaged this car parked at the White Rock Y Sunday and left the scene. Courtesy photo


A Los Alamos High School senior parked her car at the White Rock Y between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 while she went to Albuquerque to coach her team in a gymnastics meet.

"There is no way the person who hit her car doesn't have some damage or didn't know they hit her car," the girl's mother told the Los Alamos Daily Post.. "We have filed a police report ... I would like the person who hit my daughter's car to be held responsible."

The girl's mother explained that she is on

High Flyers Gymnasts Win 10 First Place Event Awards

on November 21, 2014 - 8:12am

High Flyers win 1st place Level 2 Team at Autumn Invitational. Gymnasts from left, Valarie Valdez, Anna Kirkland, Cammie Pressett, Ashley Hammond, Elizabeth Merril, Megan Martinez, Tara McDonald, Kwani Moya Lopez, Aubrey Talachy, Ashley Smith, Violet Henderson and Emily Smith in front. Courtesy photo.


Level 2 High Flyers gymnasts were awarded the 1st place team trophy last weekend at the Autumn Invitational in Rio Rancho. The team of 12 girls scored 106.325 points to capture the top spot over teams from Albuquerque and Belen.

In the individual competition, High Flyers gymnasts


Udall Responds To President’s Immigration Decision

on November 21, 2014 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration: 
“Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrorists.
“New Mexicans have seen firsthand the problems caused by House

Friday Final Day To Fill Out Superintendent Survey

on November 20, 2014 - 7:43pm

LAPS News:

A website has been set up at to update residents on the Los Alamos Public School's superintendent search.

An online survey in English and Spanish is available there for residents to fill out on what they consider to be the most important attributes of the new superintendent. Friday is the final day to fill out the survey and provide input on the qualifications one prefers in a new school superintendent.


Weck's Restaurant Postpones Los Alamos Location

on November 20, 2014 - 5:38pm
Weck's Restaurant at 2000 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rumors swirling around town for weeks of a new eatery opening on the hill have come to a temporary end.

Weck's has decided to postpone opening a restaurant in Los Alamos for at least six months.

Weck's Santa Fe owner and licensee Michael Dennis explained during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post that he had come very close to finalizing negotiations to open a restaurant at Smith's Marketplace.

"We really like Los Alamos and think it is a great place to open one of our

Los Alamos County Assessor's Office Employee Curtis Valencia Receives Appraiser Certification

on November 20, 2014 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, left, with Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia who just recieved his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification. Courtesy photo


Congratulations goes out to Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia of the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office. 

Valencia received his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 2014

on November 20, 2014 - 1:14pm

LAPD News:

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.

Nov. 13 at 1:25 p.m. / A 52-year-old Santa Fe women reported that she was the victim of battery on a school employee on Meadow Lane.

Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive. The estimated loss is less than $500.

Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.

Chamisa Staff Gets Creative For A Good Cause: Empty Bowls Project

on November 20, 2014 - 12:39pm

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator Deborah Gill receives a finished bowl from fifth grade teacher David Parsons. Courtesy photo

Chamisa teachers had so many colors to choose from. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary staff gathered Wednesday in the art room to participate in the Empty Bowls Project with coordinator Deborah Gill. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga will hold a second event Dec. 3 for parents. 

"We would like to provide our parents an opportunity to show off their creativity for a good cause," Mitsunaga said.

This service project benefits Self Help, Inc., an

LAPS Receives $250,000 Scholarship In Memory Of Irene U. Boone

on November 20, 2014 - 12:04pm

James Dinkel, personal representative of the Zenas and Irene U. Boone Estate, presents a $250,000 check to LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya. Attorney Reid Griffith assisted in the presentation of the scholarship. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Zenas Boone bequeathed a needs-based scholarship in the memory of of his wife Dr. Irene U. Boone, a long time pediatrician in Los Alamos.

The memorial scholarship will provide financial assistance for future Los Alamos graduates to attend post high school studies.


Olions One Act Plays Preview 7 P.m. Today

on November 20, 2014 - 11:48am
Olions members acting in 'Idiosynchronization' from left, Leander Murphy, Emma Martens, Lauren Partin, Max Herrmann and Jack Majure-Barkley. Courtesy photo
'Roll the Dice' cast members from left, Ryan Gunther, Megan Pimentel, Donald Poston, Marja Graham, Opale Schappert and Rosemary Vigil. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School Olions' one act plays kick off with a special preview night at 7 p.m. today in the Black Box Theater in the main high school building.
"Idiosynchronization", directed by Ben Reichelt, features cast members Leander Murphy, Emma Martens,

Significant Activities Resume At WIPP

on November 20, 2014 - 11:08am

WIPP News:

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility.

Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary.

Learn To Capture Autumn Plants And Pods At PEEC's Art Workshop Series

on November 20, 2014 - 11:05am

A drawing and watercolor by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is pleased to welcome back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn.

Coddington will lead a drawing workshop Thursday, Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop Dec. 11. Both classes run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art.

Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

on November 20, 2014 - 10:48am

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted this morning in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. Grider commended his firefighters saying they did a fantastic job of containing the blaze before it could spread to neighboring homes, which were just 30-40 feet away.

Small Business Saturday Profile: Fuller Lodge Art Center

on November 20, 2014 - 9:57am

Ready to greet shoppers on Small Business Saturday, from left, Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel, Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke and Art Center volunteer Arlene Mansfield. Courtesy photo


Facilitating and supporting creativity in the visual arts since 1977, the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Affordable Arts Sale is a long-standing tradition in Los Alamos.

Year round the Art Center gallery hosts an average of 100 local and regional artisans. Every November the gallery shop expands to add 30 to 40 artists and take over the entire gallery space.