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Two Quickbook Classes Offered In January

on December 19, 2014 - 8:49am

Terry Brunner Addresses Affordable Care Act

on December 19, 2014 - 8:39am
Terry Brunner
USDA Rural Development Director

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in New Mexico Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in New Mexico can choose from a

Letter to the Editor: Please Return Red Jackson's Sign

on December 19, 2014 - 8:24am
Los Alamos

An act very upsetting to the North Mesa Stable area has occurred.

Red Jackson's barn has been an icon at the stables since the late 50's. Sometime in the last week the sign he hung at the barn was stolen. His barn has been called Red's Bunkhouse since he owned the barn and was quite a character at the los Alamos stables. The dressage area is named after him.

I currently own the barn and have for the past three years. I filed a police report Thursday and am very upset such an iconic piece of the stable's history is gone.

I am asking for help from the public


Key Club Helps At Foster Children's Christmas Party

on December 19, 2014 - 8:10am

Key Club members Camille Rousculp and Sara Shiina with Santa Claus at Thursday's annual Foster Children's Christmas Party in Espanola. Monetary donations from the Kiwanis Club's 'Breakfast with Santa' goes to help the Kiwanis Club work with CYFD to put on a Christmas party for the foster parents and foster children in CYFD's three county area. Key Club partners with Kiwanis in helping with the party. Key Clubbers take photos of children with Santa and help them make gingerbread houses. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Mackenzie Kieltyka helps children decorate gingerbread houses at Thursday's Foster

Study Shows Cataclysmic Event That Killed Dinosaurs Also Profoundly Effected Mammals

on December 19, 2014 - 8:03am


The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.

Metatherian mammals--the extinct relatives of living marsupials ("mammals with pouches", such as opossums) thrived in the shadow of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. The new study, by an international team of experts on mammal evolution and mass extinctions, shows that these once-abundant mammals nearly followed the dinosaurs into oblivion.

When a 10-km-wide asteroid struck what is now

Letter to the Editor: Response To Story About Bob Geyer

on December 19, 2014 - 7:59am
Los Alamos
Editor's note - The author of this letter is a woman and is not to be confused with Assistant Wrestling Coach Jude Montoya.
After reading the story about the complaints that had been filed against Los Alamos High School Head Wrestling Coach Bob Geyer and then reading the letter to the editor regarding those complaints; it is obvious that those who read the story were mislead into thinking that the complaints about Coach Geyer were only about him yelling at the wrestlers ... that couldn't be further from the truth.
I want to clarify that the complaints

Pet of the Week: Koko The Cat

on December 19, 2014 - 7:57am

Koko the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Koko is a newly surrendered, declawed, spayed, female DSH white cat with lovely tabby markings and a demure pink nose.

She’s about 10 years old, and was with the same owner for the entire time. She’s good with adults and older, gentle kids, but no little kids. We don’t know how she is with dogs and other cats.

She’s very affectionate, but meows loudly when she’s unhappy. A real charmer, she definitely needs an indoor home with a family – not a barn cat.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of

Dr. Tom Csanadi Brings Reach Out and Read Program To Los Alamos Pre-schoolers

on December 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Astrid Hengartner reads to Steven Yeamans as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Photo by Chris Clark/
Dr. Tom  Csanadi (in back) and teen reader volunteers, from left, Astrid Hengartner, Jessica Allen. Alex Csanadi, Rachel Reynolds and Aletta Marciano. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pediatrician Dr. Tom Csanadi, affectionately known as Dr. Tom, is the first pediatric medical provider in New Mexico certified to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into his private practice.

Reach Out and Read builds

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 11 To Dec. 17, 2014

on December 18, 2014 - 4:58pm

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.

Dec. 11 at 9:27 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was assaulted on Sioux Street.


Dec. 11 at 10:07 p.m. / Police arrested Kenneth Hagedorn, 33, of Los Alamos at 1200 Sioux St., and charged him with aggravated assault.

Dec. 12 at 12:06 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property.

School Board Candidate Pulls Out Of Race

on December 18, 2014 - 4:38pm

Update: Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was glad to see people active in running for school board this time around because in the past there have been times when that wasn't the case. "After seeing there are good candidates and weighing my situation, I decided to withdraw," Key said.


Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key filed filed a declaration of Withdrawel of Candidacy this afternoon in the County Clerk's Office.

Key had filed her candidacy for District 4 Tuesday and told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Plateau Property Management Cuts Ribbon At Grand Opening And Unveils New Apartment Names

on December 18, 2014 - 3:26pm

During Wednesday's grand opening event, Property Manager Mike Lippiatt congratulates contest naming winner Valerie DeWulf who suggested Ponderosa Pines as the new name for the former Los Cerros Apartment Complex. Photo by Carol A.Clark/

The new sign for Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex is revealed during Wednesday's event. Photo by Carol A.Clark/


Plateau Property Management and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening ribbon cutting event Wednesday for the newly named Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex and The Cottonwoods at Gold

Los Alamos Medical Center Earns Patient Safety Award

on December 18, 2014 - 2:01pm
LAMC Patient Safety Award. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) was recently recognized by the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Partnership for Patients campaign.

The HEN campaign project was designed to help identify solutions to reduce hospital acquired conditions and readmissions, and then provide those solutions to hospitals and other health care providers. LAMC received the award for meeting and improving all patient safety goals and core measures across the entire hospital system.

“We improved by 89 percent over the past three year period, moving from the

Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Making Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Successful

on December 18, 2014 - 1:58pm
Breakfast With Santa Chairperson

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful.

Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event.

To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

And lastly, without the help of the Key Club, Builders Club and Kiwanians who work tirelessly throughout the morning, we would


Deadline For LAESF Scholarship Applications Jan. 20

on December 18, 2014 - 1:55pm


The deadline to apply for 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards is Jan 20.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs.

Fitness Column: Safe Snow Shoveling

on December 18, 2014 - 1:53pm
Safe Snow Shoveling

It happens every year at this time. People injure themselves while shoveling snow.

The most common injuries while shoveling snow are back and shoulder injuries. While these injuries are most often moderate injuries that can be resolved, the best way to treat the injury is to prevent it in the first place.

Shoveling snow places a large amount of stress on the lower back because of the forward flexion position most of us assume while shoveling. For your safety, avoid a forward lean when you shovel and maintain the natural curve in your spine.

LAFD Schedules Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on December 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Conducting a pre fire burn assessment, from left, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Dan Devall, Capt. James Pepe, Los Alamos resident Marv Alme and Driver Engineer Mike Lewis. Courtesy photo

LADF News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has scheduled a prescribed burn Jan. 9-10 near Los Alamos in Bayo Canyon.

LAFD Willand Division Chief Ramon Garcia explained that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring the ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Christmas Tubas Concert Saturday

on December 18, 2014 - 1:15pm
Tuba Choir from left, Larry Bronisz, Dave Korzekwa. Ryan Finn, Sally Grindstaff, Jenny Lee Jerry Morzinski and Deniece Korzekwa. Courtesy photo
Christmas tubas. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums. The concert will be at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge. There is no admission charge. The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring the event.

The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then.


CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report On WIPP

on December 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the Feb. 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility.

Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area.

In and Around Town: Dec. 18

on December 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
December Events at Bandelier
Planitarium Holiday Laser Light Show
Shows are each day at 3 p.m., Dec. 27-30, and cost $6 for adults, $5 for members and seniors and $4 for children.
AfroBrasil: Art and Identities

Golf Course Community Building/Restaurant Update

on December 18, 2014 - 12:53pm

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building. Courtesy/LAC


Recreation Division Manager Randy Smith provided an update today regarding the negotiated lease agreement terms that will pave the way for the Pajarito Golf Group (PGG) to open a new restaurant at the Golf Course Community Building – an amenity that the public has long awaited since last summer.

Smith said that the two parties are very close to announcing a new lease date that will take effect in early 2015. The lease start date was originally anticipated for Nov.

DPU Employees Adopt Christmas Family

on December 18, 2014 - 12:35pm

Lisa Romero, Naomi Maestas, Joann Gentry and Jaime Kephart place wrapped gifts for the department’s adopted Chrristmas family under the tree at DPU. Photo by Karen Kendall

DPU News:

Each year, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) adopts a Christmas family through the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s service organization. The Utilities’ 95 employees donate more than $500 each year.

DPU’s adopted family this year is a mother and three children selected by Beta Sigma Phi and unknown to DPU.

LANL Helps Raise United Way's Thermometer

on December 18, 2014 - 12:25pm
From left, LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega  and LANL Principle Associate Director Allen Bishop raise the thermometer this morning in front of the downtown Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Chris Clark/

If you work for Los Alamos National Labratory (LANL) you are probably aware that LANL and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) work together to raise money for nonprofits through LANL's Employee Giving Campaign. 

What you may not know is that there is more to this partnership than just

Fusion Multisport Provides Ski/Snowboard Tuning

on December 18, 2014 - 11:58am

The ski and snowboard tuning shop at Fusion Multisport, 106 Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
Spotlight On Fusion Multisport
Staff Report

Well the snow is finally falling. Could this be the year Los Alamos breaks out of its 3-year snow drought? Predictions say yes but regardless, there will be snow somewhere. 

This means it’s time to get those boards in shape. Fusion Multisport at 106 Central Park Square in the heart of Los Alamos provides ski and snowboard tuning. Fusion Multisport does all manner of base and edge work from a simple hot wax to base and edge replacements.

Los Alamos County Recount Numbers Issued In New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Presiding Judge Sanchez, center, explains recount procedures to recount election clerks Dec. 11 for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race. From left, District Judge Designee George Chandler, Recount Election Clerk Peggy Pendergast, Sanchez and Recount Election Clerk Stephen Ciddio. Courtesy photo


The original Los Alamos County totals in the Dec. 11 recount for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race were 3,781 for incumbent Ray Bennett Powell, a Democrat, and 3,741 for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The final totals are Powell 3,782 and Dunn 3,743.

Before the recount, there

Letter to the Editor: Plateau Property Mgmt Says Thank You Community!

on December 18, 2014 - 10:22am
Property Manager

I would like to thank everyone for helping to make Plateau Property Management’s grand opening such a wonderful event.

There were a lot of people who helped put this event together and a lot of work has gone into the renovation of our new apartments. The PPM team has really come together on all counts to bring us to this day and has laid a wonderful foundation to enable us to move forward in a positive and successful manner.

Mike McNiel, our construction and maintenance manager, has put together an awesome crew.