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Williams: It's School Budget Time Again

on January 29, 2015 - 2:56pm
Los Alamos Board of Education

Well it's that time to begin preparing for the 2015-2016 budget. The Budget Steering committee is beginning to meet in preparations to brief the Board at the February meeting.

So what does this mean to all of you? Two things that I will discuss here, the first is what the process may look like and how you might be involved; the second is a more informative narrative about what this process really is (hint - it's not a budget!).

So what do you as a community member probably want to know right now?

Heinrich On CIA Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

on January 29, 2015 - 2:55pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"It would be unprecedented and misguided for the Executive Branch to relinquish its copies of the full committee report. I've always believed the committee's full report on the CIA detention and interrogation program should be publicly released.

League Releases Position Statement On Education

on January 29, 2015 - 2:54pm

Susan O'Leary


Los Alamos Daily Post

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos has just released its position statement on education. 

Recently elected County Councilor Susan O'Leary was the lead on the project. 

"It was a nine month project with about 12 League members participating," O'Leary said. "We looked at communication between the school board (elected body) and citizens. The bulk of our research was looking at other school districts around the country and identifying good examples of communication between the two groups.


Los Alamos Develops New Technique For Growing High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

on January 29, 2015 - 2:52pm

Scientists Aditya Mohite, left, and Wanyi Nie are perfecting a crystal production technique to improve perovskite crystal production for solar cells at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Researchers’ crystal-production insights resolve manufacturing difficulty

This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals.

“These perovskite crystals offer promising routes for developing low-cost,

Workshop On Mentoring Programs Serving At-Risk Youth Streams Live At Los Alamos Justice Center

on January 29, 2015 - 2:27pm

JJAB News:

Los Alamos JJAB will stream a youth mentoring workshop: "Effective Program Practices in Mentoring Programs Serving At-Risk Youth" provided by the Office of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The event is 9:30-11 a.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Justice Center, after which the group will debrief together. 

The public is invited to learn about and discuss this important topic.

Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 29, 2015 - 2:25pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting against the measure:

“Tar sands are not the right choice to meet our future energy needs. Instead of focusing on the past, which the Keystone XL Pipeline represents, we need to look to the future of clean energy technologies and the domestic jobs they support.

ProgressNow Banned From Speaking Today In Right-To-Work Hearing

on January 29, 2015 - 1:01pm

ProgressNowNM’s Alex Curtas during House Business and Employment Committee public comment. Courtesy/ProgressNowNM

ProgressNowNM News:

SANTA FE – ProgressNowNM issued a news release today saying that after allowing members of the public to read letters from business leaders and employees across the state, the Chair of the House Business and Employment Committee told ProgressNowNM’s communications director he could not read an email between the sponsor’s expert witness and political operatives discussing right-to-work legislation, then had him removed from the microphone.

In the third hour

School Officials Meet With State Lawmakers

on January 29, 2015 - 1:01pm


Learn To Identify Birds And Participate In Great Backyard Bird Count

on January 29, 2015 - 11:06am
Can you identify this raptor? If not, birder Dave Yeamans can help. The upcoming PEEC presentation 'What is that Bird?' will help you learn to identify local birds. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, "What is that bird? Can anybody help me figure out what I'm seeing?" Avid birder Dave Yeamans will give it a try in a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.

The program, which has been very popular in the past, will last about an

NMSBA Leveraged Projects: Call For Proposals

on January 29, 2015 - 9:44am


The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program is accepting proposals for 2015 leveraged projects.

NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a project funded in the range of $20,000 to $100,000 (the sum of the assistance for which each participating company is eligible). Leveraged projects must be completed by the end of calendar year 2015.

Interested small businesses may submit proposals for 2015 leveraged projects by midnight, Feb.


Forum: How Evolution Shapes Our Loves And Fears

on January 29, 2015 - 9:38am

UCLA News:

Carl Newton will review the book 'Snakes, Sunrises and Shakespeare'

In the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Forum at the Unitarian Church, Carl Newton of Los Alamos will review the book, "Snakes, Sunrises and Shakespeare.”

Newton: "Our brains evolved to help us make decisions. Emotions that are evoked by our encounters with the environment became instinctive throughout humans' deep evolutionary history. People today respond with a type of knowing from behavioral adaptations, which benefited our ancestors living in and negotiating environments, which are alien to us today.

Annual DWI March Of Hope And Sorrow Feb. 17

on January 29, 2015 - 9:31am

USDVA Approves $15.6 Million For New Mexico State Veterans' Home

on January 29, 2015 - 9:27am


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility.

The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer’s beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services and a new pool.

The N.M.

Shine Bright Baby Performs In Los Alamos Feb. 6

on January 29, 2015 - 9:13am
Shine Bright Baby. Courtesy photo


Shine Bright Baby, with special guest Loftland, will stop in Los Alamos to play a show Friday, Feb. 6 at Trinity On The Hill Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
The community is invited to attend this free concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. at Trinity On The Hill Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. Arrive early as space is limited space and show could be packed. Email for VIP Pass.  
See for more information on the band.

Council Extends Wait Time To Five Years Before County Building May Be Named After Deceased Person

on January 29, 2015 - 8:58am

Council votes to extend the amount of time from six months to five years before a County building may be named after a deceased person. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Los Alamos County Council passed Ordinance 02-241 during its meeting Tuesday night, amending Chapter 2, Article V, Section 2-421 to extend the amount of time from six months to five years before a County building may be named after a deceased person. The vote was 6-0. Councilor Steven Girrens was on travel.

Council left the shorter time frame of six months in place for facilities that are not

Meet School Board Candidate Sheryl Nichols

on January 29, 2015 - 7:58am
Los Alamos School Board District 3

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, and after successfully navigating through the Los Alamos school system moved away until 1990. Upon returning home was hired by Los Alamos County and worked in the County Clerks Office until August - 2014, when I retired.

While working for the county I observed various interactions between the LA School Board and Administration, and Los Alamos County such as: budget issues; coordination of physical building allocations in the development of Trinity Site and Airport Basin; and of course

In And Around Town: Jan. 29

on January 29, 2015 - 7:57am
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays in the Los Alamos Daily Post, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
Weekly Events for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
'In Bounds' at Fuller Lodge Art Center
Through February
February Events at the New Mexico History Museum

Cunningham Becomes World's Newest Rotarian

on January 29, 2015 - 7:56am

Andrea Cunningham, center, became the newest Rotarian in the world Tuesday during a special induction ceremony at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. From left, Rotarian Susan O'Leary, who sponsored Cunningham, Rotary President Troy Hughes, Cunningham and Rotarian Nancy Cerutti who conducted the induction ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rose Chocolatier Art Show Reception Friday

on January 29, 2015 - 7:47am

Tahini truffles from Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Rose Chocolatier at 991 Central Ave. is hosting an Art Show and Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

This new show features work by Ward Zaelke, which will be on display through February on an art wall at the chocolate shop.

Rose Chocolatier also is starting to gather books from local authors to feature in its Book Corner. This section will display resident authors' books.

"We are excited to showcase these authors and highlight some of the many talented people living here in Los Alamos," owner Marguerite McClay said.

Tech Trek Summer Camp Returns To New Mexico

on January 29, 2015 - 7:39am

Tech Trek summer camp July 12-18 at New Mexico Highlands University. Courtesy/NMHU

NMHU News:

Tech Trek, a week-long summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for girls going into eighth grade, is returning July 12-18 for the second year to the campus of New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Ratzlaff is the camp director. The Tech Trek summer camp is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), both nationally and in New Mexico. Tech Trek builds on AAUW’s research report Why So Few?

Carnaval 2015: Port To Port

on January 29, 2015 - 7:36am

NHCC News:

Frank Leto and PANdemonium with the Odara Dance Ensemble, in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), continue the Center’s annual celebration of Carnaval with “Carnaval 2015: Port to Port” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14 in the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

If you’ve ever wished you could hop on a cruise to the hottest Carnaval locations in the world, now is your chance.

County Dessert Dance Events Feb. 4, 11, 12

on January 29, 2015 - 7:36am


The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will host annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge in February.

The Daddy/Daughter event is Wednesday Feb. 4, the Mother/Son event is Wednesday Feb. 11 and the Family Dance is Thursday Feb. 12. All events are 6-8:30 p.m., and includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital photo keepsake.

The event is limited to 80 participants. Sign up beginning Jan. 12 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

NMPW: ‘The Power Of Storytelling’

on January 29, 2015 - 7:34am

NWPW News: 
  • Annual Conference April 24-26 at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

New Mexico Press Women will present its annual conference, “The Power of Storytelling,” April 24-26 at the Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu.

It is geared for all journalism, marketing and media professionals.

“This conference in the unique setting of Ghost Ranch promises to be one of the most interesting and fun,” 2015 Conference Chair Sherri Burr said.

Conference attendees can stay at Ghost Ranch with room rates ranging from $40 to $92 a night.

The weekend will kick off Friday, April 24, with a dinner, included

Sanchez Proposes Bill Raising Minimum Wage

on January 29, 2015 - 7:30am


SANTA FE – This week Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia counties, introduced Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) proposing a minimum wage increase to $8.30 an hour.

New Mexico’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

“People who are working at a minimum wage need all the help they can get. Seven fifty an hour is not enough to live on when considering mortgages or rent, bills and loans, especially when one adds children to the equation,” Sanchez said.

According to the bill, new employees will earn the current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour, while in training, for no

Opening Reception For 'In Bounds' 5-7 P.M. Friday

on January 29, 2015 - 7:24am