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County Line Highlights Dedication & Groundbreaking

on August 18, 2012 - 12:34pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7 p.m. - streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! Download the agenda here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx

Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday

Have you seen it yet? The "Scale of Justice" will be formally dedicated by the Arts in Public Places Board at 3 p.m. in front of the Justice Center.

Smith's Annual Chile Roasting Operation is Underway

on August 18, 2012 - 9:48am

Smith's Food and Drug Center employee Avi spent Friday running the two chile roasters outside the Central Avenue store. Smith's annual roasting operation kicked off Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Avi loads the roaster with fresh green chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Avi bags roasted chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Galey Bland Launches New Skincare Business

on August 18, 2012 - 9:29am

Galey Bland, center, is an independent consultant for a line of dermatology-based skincare products called Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She cut the ribbon for her new business recently at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Bland at galeyj@msn.com. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber
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Local Organizations and Businesses Partner to Help Students

on August 18, 2012 - 9:20am

 

Local organizations and businesses join together to help students. First row from left, Joyce Nickols (Self Help, Inc.), Ellen Ben-Naim (Otowi Station Bookstore) and Alison Walters (Rotary.) Second row from left, Rick Garland (Masonic Temple), Judy Goldie (Rotary) and Jane Phillips (Rotary.) Third row from left, Lewis Muir (Rotary), Mary Burns (Rotary), Linda Anderson (Rotary) Steve Ciddio (Rotary) and Linda Hull (Rotary.) Not pictured: Brian Newnam (Rotary) and a representative of REMAX of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
SELF HELP News:
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Los Alamos Police Douse Local Firefighters!

on August 17, 2012 - 7:11pm

With a final score of 13-11, Los Alamos Police officers reined victorious today over Los Alamos Firefighters in a baseball game played at Overlook Park. The game was a continuation of a Fourth of July matchup that ended abruptly when a fire broke out at the New Beginnings Church on East Road. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, far left, and Police Chief Wayne Torpy, third from left, congratulate the players for giving it their best effort. Photo by Kateri Morris

Police Lt. Jason Wardlow Herrera smacks a fly ball as Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider holds his catchers mitt and watches the ball sail away.

County Settles Stepan Case

on August 17, 2012 - 5:39pm

Photo: Diana Stepan

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County has settled the sex discrimination case brought by former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.

The County issued the following statement today regarding the settlement: "Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan reached a settlement agreement on Aug. 1, 2012. The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the County and former Acting County Administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment.

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BREAKING NEWS: Ken Johnson Withdraws from Council Race

on August 17, 2012 - 5:39pm

Ken Johnson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Democratic candidate Ken Johnson officially withdrew his name from the Los Alamos County Council race, filing his paperwork with the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office late this morning.

Johnson shared with the Los Alamos Daily Post his reasons for leaving the race.

"A confluence of events in recent months has made it highly likely that I will be moving away from Los Alamos in the fairly near future," Johnson said. "Consequently, if elected to the council, I would be unable to complete my term.

Los Alamos Democratic Party Opens 2012 Headquarters

on August 17, 2012 - 3:54pm

The newly leased headquarters of the Los Alamos County Democratic Party in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: The Democratic Headquarters will open to the public with regular hours begining Saturday, Aug. 25.

The Los Alamos County Democratic Party inked a deal this afternoon to lease a space in Central Park Square for its 2012 campaign headquarters.

"We are very excited to have a central location where we can conduct the party's business," Chair Michael Wheeler said.

The 2,700-square-foot space at 140 Central Park Square is comprised of a large open area, 5 individual offices,

Advancing Lives: Our Journey to Excellence

on August 17, 2012 - 3:01pm

Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell welcomes staff back to school Monday. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell welcomed the staff back to school Monday morning, Aug. 13. The annual event includes a “Back to School” breakfast for staff and opening remarks from Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

In his remarks, Honnell praised staff for the high quality and important work that they do.

“Los Alamos is a recognized leader in education,” he said.

“What makes a school excellent?” Honnell asked before answering his own question, “iPads,

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Steve Wells Details Elements of Business Success

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Andy Andrews, left, president of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network, introduces LANB President Steve Wells who gave a presentation to community members and entrepreneurs gathered at The Hive Thursday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells isn't an entrepreneur but he knows quite a few. In fact, thousands of people with business ideas have sat across the desk from Wells over the last 35 years.

"I've seen some of those ideas turn people into millionaires and I've seen people go broke," Wells told the audience

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New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, states

Seeing and Observing Part 2: A Tale of Two Mesas

on August 17, 2012 - 1:19pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Many of us have seen the impact of two forest fires on the Jemez Mountains.

The mountains west of Los Alamos form the rim of the Valles Caldera. 

These mountains have had two forest fires, the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas, pass through them in the past 12 years. 

The general impression given by many news organizations is that total and permanent destruction has occurred.

Indeed, half of the grassland of the Valle Grande was burnt and blackened last year.

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White Rock's Art Market Seeks Exhibitors

on August 17, 2012 - 1:04pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy's Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan's Market.

ChemCam Laser Sets Sights on First Martian Target

on August 17, 2012 - 11:43am

Image of calibration target on the back of the Mars Science Laboratory mission Curiosity rover taken by the rover's ChemCam instrument. Courtesy NASA/JPL

LANL News:

  • Rock zapper ready after beaming back images of calibration targets

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team have received the first photos from the instrument’s remote micro imager. The successful capture of ChemCam’s first 10 photos sets the stage for the first test bursts of the instrument’s rock-zapping laser in the near future.

“The successful delivery of these photos means we can begin efforts in

Alan Bishop Selected to Lead LANL Science, Technology & Engineering Directorate

on August 17, 2012 - 8:42am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced today that after a yearlong, nationwide search, Alan Bishop has been selected to be the Laboratory’s next Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE.)

Bishop has been acting in that role since Aug. 29, 2011.

Over the course of a distinguished 30-year career as a research scientist and leader, Bishop has more than 700 publications in archival journals and has served as a guest scientist, guest scholar and visiting professor.

He has received Distinguished Fellow awards from the

LAMS Construction Completed in Time for School

on August 17, 2012 - 8:05am

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin briefs the Board of Education on the status of the Los Alamos Middle School construction project during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By Kirsten Laskey

Despite a two-week delay in the construction project, Los Alamos Middle School was ready to greet students for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday.

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, which serves as the owner representative for the project, reported the good news to Los Alamos School Board members during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

“McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the project, pulled

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Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

on August 17, 2012 - 7:09am
UPDATE - Domino has been adopted!
 
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
 
FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:
 
Don Taylor of Don Taylor's Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter's adoptable animals.
 
Taylor's recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
 
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
 
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino and describes him as fun and energetic

Public Invited to Join PEEC's Fire Recovery Walk

on August 16, 2012 - 1:28pm

Flood damage on the trail to Upper Crossing just beyond Ponderosa Campground due to severe burns above. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

For the first program of its Fire Recovery Series, PEEC will offer an exploratory hike from Ponderosa Campground starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

The hike will be led by Terry Foxx and Chris Judson, and will be non-strenuous. 

It is free and open to the public, with no registration required.

This slow meandering walk will focus on observation and discovery of the complexity of the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau, and the change that these ecosystems

Katherine Hemphill Receives Kiwanis Scholarship

on August 16, 2012 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos High School graduate Katherine Hemphill has received an educational scholarship from the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club for her good works in the community. Hemphill served as a Key Club member and will attend Arizona State University to study Biomedical Engineering. Pictured from left, Kiwanis Club members Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson, President Kristy Ortega, Hemphill and her father Richard Hemphill. Kiwanis has a focus on youth projects and meets at noon each Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge near 15th Street and Sage.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 16, 2012

on August 16, 2012 - 1:06pm

The community is invited to attend the Masonic Waffle Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

 

This week's preview is sponsored by www.fyila.com

FRIDAY

Carolyn Wonderland (Texas Blues Rocker) - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series

7 p.m. @ Rover Park – White Rock



Tri, Tri and Tri Again @ Fuller Lodge Art Center

Give an artist the primary colors or a child three wheels, and whole new worlds are opened to them. See what happens in threes, and what makes the third time the charm!

The community is invited to view the new shows

NRC to Discuss Apparent Violations at Harris Nuclear Plant

on August 16, 2012 - 12:25pm

NRC News:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a regulatory and pre-decisional enforcement conference with officials of Duke Energy to discuss apparent violations of NRC requirements involving the ventilation systems for facilities at the Harris nuclear power plant that would be staffed during emergencies.

The Harris plant, which is operated by Duke Energy, is located near New Hill, N.C., about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.
 

NRC and company officials will discuss the safety significance of two inspection findings related to the ventilation systems for the plant’s

Family YMCA & Fusion Volleyball Offer Skills Development

on August 16, 2012 - 11:14am

FAMILY YMCA News:

The Family YMCA and Fusion Volleyball have teamed up to offer a Volleyball skills development program for girls ages 12-15.

Practice starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 and will be twice a week at the Y through October.

Stop by the Y to observe practice and meet the coaches at 1 p.m. this Sunday at no charge.

Program will be $45 for Y members and $60 for program only members.

Diggers Volleyball for ages 8-11 is open for registration at $32 for Y members and $48 for program members.

Practice/Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock

NMDOT Installing New Stop Signs in Espanola

on August 16, 2012 - 10:54am

NMDOT News :

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have additional stop signs installed at two “T” intersections on N.M. 369 in the City of Espanola by Aug. 24.

The additional stop signs will help to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Upper San Pedro Road, and the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Lower San Pedro Road. 

Currently, there is only one stop sign at each “T” intersection.

The installation of the new stop signs means that traffic coming from all directions must now stop.

A portable electronic message board will be

FTC Takes Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

on August 16, 2012 - 10:29am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product’s ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence.

 

"I applaud the FTC for taking action to stop Brain-Pad from making marketing claims about whether their mouth guards can reduce the risk of concussions," Rockefeller said.

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