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County Council Holds Regular Meeting 6 p.m. Today

on September 26, 2017 - 5:35am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 26, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public. 



  • Proclamation declaring the week of October 2-6, 2017 as "Customer Service Week" in Los Alamos County (accepted by representatives of the Customer Care Center). Presenters: County Council - Regular Session
  • Proclamation declaring the Month of October as

Daily Postcard: Double Rainbow Over LAHS

on September 26, 2017 - 5:25am

Daily Postcard: A double rainbow appears Saturday over Los Alamos High School. Photo by Amy Casson

Cowboy Breakfast At Sheriff's Posse Sunday

on September 25, 2017 - 10:10pm

LAHS Marching Band Performs At Football Game

on September 25, 2017 - 3:36pm

The Los Alamos High School marching band was on hand to provide a show at the football game Friday night at Sullivan Field. With more than 90 members, the middle school always provides great entertainment. Here, Band Director Zane Meek directs the band through the national anthem prior to the start of the game. Photo by John McHale/

A scene from the band performance. Photo by John McHale/ 

A scene from the band performance. Photo by John McHale/ 

A scene from the band performance. Photo by John McHale/

A scene from the band

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Meow Wolf Debuts Stunning New Installation

on September 25, 2017 - 11:30am
Art Collective caps astonishing summer with The Art Motel, presented by Zappos. Courtesy photo
LAS VEGAS, Nev.  In April, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe won a coveted THEA Award from the Themed Entertainment Association in Anaheim, California for the collective’s first permanent installationHouse of Eternal Return.

Since then, the group has enjoyed a nearly incredible summer where it concluded the fastest regulation crowd fund in history, secured $1.1 million in Local Economic Development Act funding from the State of New Mexico and City of Santa Fe, began distributing grants

Coyote Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns

on September 25, 2017 - 11:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Sept. 26 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:
  • French Mesa treatment area, 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina
  • Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway

Espionage In Early Los Alamos

on September 25, 2017 - 10:07am
The Manhattan Project Gallery in the Los Alamos History Museum includes an exhibit on espionage. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos History Museum
Of all the stories about Los Alamos history, visitors find ones about spies to be some of the most intriguing.
Without a doubt, the three known Manhattan Project spies in Los Alamos helped usher in the Cold War. When we think of spies, their methods, and their weapons and instruments, we think of the tropes and technologies developed during the Cold War.
“Atomic spies” is a name often given to those who operated during

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.


LANLF: An Encomium For Senator Pete Domenici

on September 25, 2017 - 9:00am
Sen. Pete Domenici with a group of his scholarship winners from 2011. Courtesy/LANL Foundation, Andrea Multari
As the citizens of New Mexico mourn the passing of Sen. Pete Domenici, we reflect upon his many legacies that have enriched our State. One such legacy is the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation.
Without the vision and legislative acumen Domenici, the nonprofit LANL Foundation would not have the resources needed to make sustainable investments in public education in Northern New Mexico.

Los Alamos Middle School Cross Country Update

on September 25, 2017 - 8:57am
The Los Alamos Middle School Cross Country team is mid-way through its season and the winning tradition is as strong as ever.
The Hawks have competed in races at Cochiti (Aug. 31), Academy for Technology and Classics (Sept. 9) and this week at Albuquerque Academy (Sept. 20).
The 8th grade boys group has tremendous depth this season. In fields of 80-100 competitors, the top 8-10 runners have been finishing within 45s of their lead runner, resulting in a perfect record of 3 team wins in three outings, and many top 20 placings.
Ryan Aldaz, top 7th grader returner,

Obituary: Wendy Jo McGuire Oct. 4, 1948 – Feb. 8, 2017

on September 25, 2017 - 8:23am

WENDY JO MCGUIRE Oct. 4, 1948 – Feb. 8, 2017

Wendy passed away in her apartment at the Albuquerque Grand Sr. Living on February 8th, 2017. She hadn't lived there long and always felt it would be temporary, but in that time she had made friends and become essential to the running of the place. The memorial the manager and others created for her was lovely and memorable. But now that it's fall, with Wendy's birthday approaching, it's time for a celebration of her life at the farm, which she had loved since 2000.

Wendy spent her school years in the Los Alamos school system (attending her 50th


FBI: Man With Lazy Eye; Neck And Cheek Tattoos, Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 25, 2017 - 8:16am
FBI News:
A man with a lazy eye and tattoos on his neck and cheek robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The robbery occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” to 5'8” tall, with a slender build and close-cropped hair. He wore a dark baseball cap with a red visor, a black hooded jacket over a white T-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect had tattoos on the left side of his neck and his left cheek. Witnesses also said he had a lazy eye. 

Back To School Safety Tips

on September 25, 2017 - 8:14am

LA Firefighters Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ To Little Girl

on September 25, 2017 - 8:04am
Los Alamos firefighters were working out and playing a game of kickball Sunday at Urban Park when they heard a little girl across the park was celebrating her 7th birthday. They interrupted their game to go over and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. She thanked them and shared her birthday cake with them. Photo by Marian Flandrick

John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.

World Futures: Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the last column we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi. 

Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity. Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying a gallon of gasoline, or is it a liter) and how we function interactively in society (like buying a gallon of gasoline).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is

Summer Flower Baskets Coming Down

on September 25, 2017 - 7:11am

A worker removes the summer flower baskets hanging on the pole Sept. 13 at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Summer flower baskets come down from the pole at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Inspirational People: A Cop And A Widower

on September 25, 2017 - 7:10am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Covering retirement events is a typical part of a community reporter’s job. Such occasions feature the boss commending the retiree, co-workers sharing memories and the inevitable jokester lightening the mood recounting comical moments on the job.

I’m a pushover for these gatherings … actually love to cover them. There are a couple that stand out as extra special. One involved a local police officer.

The story begins some five years before he retired. We met each Friday to go over his weekly arrest report.

Billy Bob Volleyball Game Slated For Tuesday

on September 25, 2017 - 7:03am

Los Alamos High School senior boys practice for Tuesday evening's Billy Bob volleyball game. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos High School senior boys enjoy a laugh during Sunday's practice for the Billy Bob volleyball game. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Billy Bob Game”, a longstanding Los Alamos High School tradition where senior boys play volleyball as a fundraiser for the volleyball team is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at LAHS.

Some 20 senior boys have already signed up to play in the


Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store Taking Shape

on September 25, 2017 - 6:58am

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store is taking shape Sunday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Obituary: Richard P. Best Sept. 7, 1924 – Aug. 26, 2017

on September 25, 2017 - 6:50am

RICHARD P. BEST Sept. 7, 1924 – Aug. 26, 2017

At the age of 92, Richard P. Best passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2017, in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by his loving children.

Richard was born in Paris, Illinois, on Sunday, September 7, 1924, the only child of Paul and Dorothy Mae Best. He graduated from Paris High School 1942 and headed to college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he became a proud and significantly involved lifelong member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

During his first semester of his freshman year at DePauw, he enlisted in the Army


Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Buck In Denver Steels

on September 25, 2017 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: This young mule deer buck was spotted Sunday morning in the back yard of a Denver Steels home. His antlers are red, showing that he has just shed the blood-rich velvet that covered them while they were growing. One of his antlers was damaged while they were growing. Photo by Chris Judson

Severed Power Line Cuts Power To Western Area

on September 24, 2017 - 8:05am
Power went out briefly Saturday in the Western Area due to this severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive. Photo by Daren Savage
County utility workers arrive Saturday at the scene in the Western Area to repair a severed power line. Photo by Daren Savage
Los Alamos

Saturday afternoon Los Alamos Western Area residents experienced a short blackout due to a severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive.

The power went out at approximately 3:15 p.m., and was restored by 4:15 p.m.

One young resident who lives across the street