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Meet Short List for Los Alamos Police Chief

on September 10, 2013 - 10:42am

Staff Report

The search for a new police chief to replace Wayne Torpy who retired last month drew 40 applicants, of which 26 met the minimum qualifications. Of those 26, five have made the short list and will travel to Los Alamos this week for in-person interviews:

Roy E. Melnick, Chief of Los Lunas Police Department

Tenure: 2009-Present (21 years with police department in New Hampshire)

Salary: $100,101

Employees: 41

Education: Juris Doctorate in Law, Master in Business Administration and Bachelor in Criminal Justice, FBI National Police Acadamy

Comment: "My strongest attribute is

Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements ... A Gift to the Community

on September 10, 2013 - 10:08am

Gathered Monday evening on the Cañada del Buey Trail along Longwiew Drive near Rover Boulevard, from left, Tony Fox (WRMPIC), Paul Andrus (Housing and Special Projects manager) Steve Foltyn, (WRMPIC) Darby Martinez (administration support), Robert Repass, Ray Alcouffe, Dan Saxton, David Sherrill WRMPIC members), Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (Community Services director), Katy Korkos (WRMPIC vice chair), Denny Erickson (WRMPIC chair), Steven R. Parks (WRMPIC) and Ann Laurent (CEDD director). Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation

Letter to the Editor: Education in Los Alamos

on September 10, 2013 - 8:09am

Los Alamos

I am concerned about the lack of funding for education in the state, and how it affects the quality of education in Los Alamos.

The community is committed to strong education, but the funding is not supportive of the quality that this town has come to expect. Considering that, for the last few decades, the great schools in Los Alamos have attracted and kept many families in this town, the quality of education is not just a concern for current parents, but for LANL, the county, as well as other community members. It is a source of recruiting and retention for LANL.

Letter to the Editor: Great Local Customer Service

on September 10, 2013 - 7:59am
Los Alamos

About two years ago, my husband and I bought a Lazy-Boy Recliner from CB Fox in Los Alamos. 

Recently, the foot rest broke. I contacted CB Fox to find out how I could get the chair repaired. Someone from the store came to my home to look at the chair and figure out what part was needed. The part was ordered, and CB Fox arranged to come pick up the chair and take it to their store. 

They fixed the chair and returned it to my home the same day. I was not charged for the part, labor, or transporting the chair to/from the store.

Great Customer Service from a local

Food on the Hill: Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs

on September 10, 2013 - 7:58am

This Week's Recipe:
Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs
Photo by Sue York/
1 large pot for boiling
10-12 cups of strong brew coffee
50 percent water 50 percent milk mixture
racks of baby back ribs
Grill and smoking chips
Olive oil
Spices: granulated garlic, onion powder, cayenne pepper, McCormick’s Grill Mates (both olasses bacon and mesquite.) You can use other spices if you want.
Barbeque sauce (I use K.C. Masterpiece Original.)  


Prep the ribs by cutting off all the fat that you can, without hurting the meat. 


Upgrade to Mars Rover Could Aid Discovery on More Distant Worlds

on September 10, 2013 - 7:55am

Mars Rover. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Smart as the Mars Curiosity mission has been about landing and finding its own way on a distant world, the rover is pretty brainless when it comes to doing the science that it was sent 567 million kilometers to carry out.

That has to change if future rover missions are to make discoveries further out in the solar system, scientists say.

 The change has now begun with the development of a new camera that can do more than just take pictures of alien rocks – it also thinks about what the pictures signify so the rover can decide on its own

Yum Run Supports Work of LA Cares

on September 10, 2013 - 7:53am
Rosmarie Frederickson, vice president of LA Cares, left, with June Gladney, treasurer, at Ruby K's Bagel Café. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


LA Cares runs the food bank in Los Alamos. They feed 65-75 families a month. Families receive a box of staples like rice, noodles, and beans.They can “shop” for specialty items. LA Cares also provides rent and utility payment assistance for people who have fallen behind and are in danger of having their utilities shut off or losing their housing.

“Everyone assumes that all the people in this town are wealthy, but last year we helped

Nearly 9,000 NM Homes to Gain Broadband Access

on September 10, 2013 - 7:38am

FCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households.

This announcement follows Udall’s efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not.

“Reliable high-speed Internet is critical to leveling the playing field between rural and urban communities,” Udall said.

NJROTC Holds Car Wash Sept. 21

on September 10, 2013 - 7:36am


The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will hold a car wash fundraising event at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will be held in front of the Pueblo Gymnasium on Diamond Drive.


Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on September 10, 2013 - 7:24am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Los Alamos Middle School, Room 149.

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting include Aspen Construction Update, LAMS Construction Update, LAMS Material Change Request, LAMS Landscape Credit, LAMS East Parking Lot Rock, LAMS Start of School in New Building Sept. 17 and Central Office remodel, including the Board Room.


Letter to the Editor: On Big Ideas, Ignorance, and Irony

on September 9, 2013 - 3:23pm
Los Alamos

It strikes me as ironic that in an age that has not known smallpox, in a town founded on reason, we're debating whether or not a make-believe sky-god will be offended by our choice of date for a Big Idea conference.

Why limit our concern to Jehovah, though? Should we also check with Allah, God, Zeus, Amen-Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Zoroaster, Yukiyú, and the thousands of other gods mankind has invented  throughout the millennia? Each of those has or had adherents whose belief is just as strong and whose sacred-day rules are just as arbitrary.
No matter what day is picked -

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2013

on September 9, 2013 - 12:04pm

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.



Aug. 28 at 12:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald Heck, 35, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 28 at 9:46 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Canyon Road.



Aug. 30 at 2:10 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos at 39th Street and Trinity

Memorial Services Set For Token Adams

on September 9, 2013 - 11:37am

SIMT News:

The Southwest Incident Management Team has announced a memorial service scheduled for fallen firefighter Token Adams. 

Captain Token Mark Adams, 41, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

The service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Calvary of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Road NE in Albuquerque. Inurnment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE in Rio Rancho.

For further information about the service, visit

Letter to the Editor: Is the Next Big Idea to Tackle Ignorance, Revisited

on September 9, 2013 - 11:32am

Los Alamos

After reading Judith Stauber and Daniel Cooper's letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post, I kept expecting an explanation from the organizers of the Next Big Idea to what looks to this reader like a display of either insensitivity or stubbornness.

I do find it amazing that an event predicated on great ideas would have the "great idea" to schedule the event on Yom Kippur. Like the two authors of the original letter, I doubt that the organizers would schedule such an event on Easter, Good Friday, or Christmas Day.

Given that one can not separate the development of Los


Syria's Bashar al-Assad Interview Airs 7 p.m. Today

on September 9, 2013 - 11:06am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy photo

PBS News:

Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on KNME-New Mexico PBS at 7 p.m. today on Ch. 5.1.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (KNME will pre-empt the 7 p.m. episode of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, then resume regular programming.)

The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts From Sam

on September 9, 2013 - 10:52am
Thoughts From Sam
Chairman, NMDP

This past weekend over 500 New Mexico Democrats attended our first “Rising Star” Dinner, which was a sold out extravaganza. Congressman Jaoquin Castro spoke strongly and eloquently about how Democrats are slowly but surely turning America ‘blue.’ The next day, close to 300 Dems attended our Fall SCC meeting which conducted important business, listened to potential 2014 candidates and adjourned early!

The big news was the announcement from Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver-she is running for the Democratic nomination for

Local Einstein Impersonator Makes Rounds of TV Stations Promoting 'Next Big Idea' Festival

on September 9, 2013 - 10:28am

Katy Korkos, manager of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce was interviewed Friday at television stations in Albuquerque about this weekend's 'Next Big Idea' festival in downtown Los Alamos. Donning her Albert Einstein persona, Korkos is seen here promoting the festival on 'New Mexico Style.' Her interview aired live Friday morning on KASA Fox Channel 2Courtesy photo

Chamber Manager Katy Korkos AKA Albert Einstein on the set of 'Good Day New Mexico' during Friday morning's taping. Host Casey Messer chatted with 'Einstein' about this weekend's 'Next Big Idea' festival. The interview is set

Yang: Simple Ideas

on September 9, 2013 - 8:04am
Simple Ideas

Summer fantasies and lite-writing are supposed to be over…well, summer isn’t officially over, and I allow myself to cross my “black line” every so often. Black line, as in “black words,” shows on your computer white background.

The first simple idea is this: What if we dropped packages of Sarin antidote in Syria?

Do I cross the line into politics? Not really. Geopolitics has a profound impact on economics and organizations.

Taste the Sky Fundraiser Kicks Off Event Season

on September 9, 2013 - 8:03am

Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta and other members of the United Way Youth Team kicked off this year's event season Sunday with the annual Taste the Sky fundraiser at the Los Alamos County Airport. All proceeds from the event are reinvested in the community through the Community Action Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega, second from right, with members of the Youth Team. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UWNNM Youth Team stands ready to serve the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos

LAPS Invites Community to Special Event

on September 9, 2013 - 8:00am

Impromptu Gathering Called for Corvette Owners

on September 9, 2013 - 7:58am

Staff Report

There will be an impromptu gathering of all Los Alamos Corvette owners at 196 El Rayo on Barranca Mesa at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Green chile cheeseburgers, Nathan's quarter pound hot dogs, and all the fixing will be on the menu.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet and lie about our cars,” organizer Mike Luna said.

All Corvette owners, past, present and future are welcome. Attendees are encouraged, but not required to bring a side dish. RSVPs are requested. For more information, contact Luna at or at 661-9988.

County's First Social Services Manager Featured at Lunch with a Leader Sept. 17

on September 9, 2013 - 7:55am

Kimberly Gabaldon

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker is Kimberly Gabaldon, Los Alamos County’s first social services manager. She will present a talk on ‘the journey so far’ in developing the Social Services Division.

Gabaldon served as a Native American liaison for the State of New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division for the last five years before coming to Los Alamos.

Expert on Modern Russia to Present Talk

on September 9, 2013 - 7:47am

Dr. Erica Monahan


Los Alamos is familiar with frontiers. It is well known for crossing frontiers in science. On the opposite side of the world, Russia is also noted for crossing frontiers and the challenges that entails.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, Russian frontiers will be brought a little closer to Los Alamos. Dr. Erika Monahan, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico will present the talk, “People, Politics and Prospects in the Post-Soviet Peripheries,” which is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

During her

Shallow Communication Line Uncovered on 15th Street

on September 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Due to uncovering a shallow Century Link communication line, the concrete work on the 15th Street road project scheduled for this past week has been delayed. North Sage at 15th Street remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. North Oakwood Loop at 15th remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. Nectar Street at 15th Street is closed for the installation of concrete pavement on the east end of Nectar adjacent to 15th Street. The work zone encompasses the easternmost 75 feet of Nectar.

The Pain Free Athlete: Self-Healing is Within You

on September 9, 2013 - 7:29am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
Self-Healing is Within You

Do you believe you can heal yourself? We hear this phrase often, there are numerous books written on the subject, but is it true? How do you feel when you hear someone say you can heal yourself? Is your first reaction denial - no I can't - or do you feel empowered to take care of yourself - yes, I can make myself better? Knowing where you stand is an important awareness that may be impacting your ability to recover.