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Parks Manager Seeks Public Input on Younger, Older and Tired Dog Safety Issues

on April 22, 2012 - 10:50am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre will meet with users of the east side dog park at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is in regard to recent requests to add space at the park for younger, older and tired dogs to play safely.

To meet these requests would require adding more fencing, at a relatively minor expense, to the existing dog park located inside East Park.

The public is invited to stop by East Park at 6 p.m. Thursday and visit with McIntyre and share any dog-related concerns.

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Classic Cars Take Tour Through Bandelier

on April 22, 2012 - 9:23am
All lined up in the Bandelier parking lot, these classic cars drew a lot of admirers Friday. The cars were Cord and Auburn automobiles from the 1930s and made in America. They were quite ahead of their time with front wheel drive, supercharged V8 engines, very aerodynamic styling, concealed door hinges ... some even had headlights that turned direction along with the front wheels when turning a corner.

Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC's Earth Day 2012

on April 21, 2012 - 10:24pm

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today's Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year's Earth Day theme. PEEC's Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico's Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank employees Keely Garrity and

Los Alamos Softball Sweeps Capital 16-7, 18-0!

on April 21, 2012 - 10:05pm

Kiana Zerr slides into second. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danci Smith and Aimee Gutierrez Chase grounder. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danci Smith fields ground ball. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alyssa Mojica catches pop up. Photo by Alan Kirk

 

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N.M. 4 Project Moves into New Phase

on April 21, 2012 - 9:40pm

New lane changes on N.M. 4 in White Rock took place April 19. Motorists are now to use the south two lanes, which have been finished. The reduced speed limit remains at 30 mph. Construction work has started on the north two lanes of the roadway. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
 

Large Volume of Brush and Bulk Items Puts Collection Efforts Behind Schedule

on April 21, 2012 - 8:59pm

COUNTY News:

An old couch and large tree branch cuttings piled on the curb of a residence near 20th Street and Rose Street are among items ready for pick up by the County Collection Service throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Due to the large volume of material placed out for collection, the spring pickup is running a week or so behind schedule. The County appreciates the public's patience and ask that they feel free to call 662-8163 with any questions.

Brush and Bulk Item Collection

A program offered to residents with curbside refuse collection four times a

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Bandelier Offers National Park Week Activities in Los Alamos

on April 21, 2012 - 8:24pm

BANDELIER News:

Perhaps the most distinctive furry resident at Bandelier is the Aberts Squirrel. Courtesy/Bandelier

National Park Week runs through April 29 and Bandelier National Monument is offering opportunities both in Los Alamos and at the park to celebrate National Park Week.

“Bandelier partners with many organizations in Los Alamos. We’re very happy to be able to offer National Park Week activities in town where they are available to people who may not be able to get down to the park," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "We hope to see lots of our neighbors this week.”

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Vehicle Plows into McDonalds

on April 21, 2012 - 9:38am

A vehicle crashed into the front wall of McDonald's at 1247 Trinity Dr. this morning. People were sitting at tables eating on the other side of the wall where the impact occurred. Employees said no one was injured and that they believe the 95-year-old driver was parked and he inadvertently put the car in drive rather than reverse and stepped on the accelerator when attempting to leave the restaurant. The driver was not cited because the accident occurred on private property, Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Employees clean up broken glass and

DOE IG Again Calls for DOE Closures and Reprioritization of Cleanup Projects

on April 21, 2012 - 9:33am

DOE News:

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee at a hearing on "Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE" last Thursday, April 18, DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman reiterated his office's recommendation that DOE consider:
  • (1) Closing national laboratories
  • (2) Reprioritizing environmental remediation efforts, and
  • (3) Reincorporating NNSA into DOE.

Friedman said DOE may not be able to sustain its complex of 16 Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and should therefore convene a blue ribbon commission to examine the issue.

Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

on April 21, 2012 - 9:14am

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians

Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs

on April 21, 2012 - 8:56am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy Photo

A New Mexico Centennial Exhibit

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904–1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30.

The photos and their captions show the full range of Oppenheimer’s life, from early childhood, through his youth, his professional life at Cal Tech, Los Alamos, University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study which he directed

Renowned Scientist George Cowan Has Died

on April 20, 2012 - 5:33pm

By Carol A. Clark

Internationally renowned scientist George A. Cowan has died. 

Cowan was a scientist, philanthropist and businessman who conducted early research for the Manhattan Project and went on to found Los Alamos National Bank and the Santa Fe Institute.

Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following statement today on the death of the Laboratory's Senior Fellow.

“Dr. Cowan was a central figure at the Laboratory for 39 years. As a Senior Fellow and Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal Winner, he set an example of service to the nation that we strive to follow today.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview - April 20, 2012 [AUDIO]

on April 20, 2012 - 3:43pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar audio webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview."  Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Today's Weekend Preview ran about 20 minutes in length because there is so much going on around the community this weekend and beyond that was covered in this webcast.

This program is sponsored by Kristin Henderson for Council (Paid for by Kristin Henderson for County Council, George Chandler, Treasurer, Andrea Cunningham, Co-treasurer.)

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Who is Giving Out Half a Million Free Books All Across America?

on April 19, 2012 - 9:37pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News

Otowi Station Bookstore is a community partner for the first World Book Night in the United States. From Kodiak, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, in 5,000 towns and cities across America, volunteer book givers will give away half a million free books to reluctant or underserved readers on April 23.

Front row: Patrice Goodkind, Dana Kline, and Nina Thayer. Middle row: Judy Goldie, Kelly and Amelia Dolejsi, Thelma Hahn, and Melanie Sorsby. Back row: Linda Carver and Ellen Ben-Naim. Courtesy Photo

“We are so excited to host activities for World Book Night,” said

Rio Grande Guitar Quartet Performs April 26

on April 19, 2012 - 9:03pm

LOS ALAMOS ART COUNCIL News:

Rio Grande Guitar Quartet. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet at 7 pm., April 26 at Fuller Lodge. The cost is $15 ($10 for LAAC members) and includes light refreshments.

The Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, made up of premiere New Mexico classical guitarists Mickey Jones, Jeremy Mayne, Lynn McGrath and Ben Silva, is an exciting ensemble whose eclectic repertoire spans centuries and genres, including new compositions and new transcriptions. 

The members of RGGQ bring a deep wellspring of expertise, talent and experience

Coming Soon! Los Alamos County Libraries To Offer Expanded Service: Download Audiobooks and eBooks!

on April 19, 2012 - 8:40pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere, starting May 7!

Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website.

Starting May 7, library card holders can check out and downloaddigital media anytime, anywhere by visiting http://lacnm.lib.overdrive.com

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, OverDrive Media Console;

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PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids

on April 19, 2012 - 7:32pm
PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (PEEC) News:
 
Coutesy/PEEC

 

This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

 
The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors, learning to watch and listen, to be

Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

on April 19, 2012 - 5:34pm

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project's [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos

Schools Hosting Important Community Meeting Saturday

on April 19, 2012 - 2:16pm

The students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 21 at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School. 

Strategic Plan Thrust Captains will provide a briefing on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.

Thrust Captains will also provide an update on the path forward in five key areas, including:

  •  Student Achievement
  •  Effective Teachers
  •  Aligned Resources and Support Systems
  •  Community Partnerships
  • System for Continuous Improvement

School and community involvement is important in

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Cancer Therapy Gets a Boost from New Isotope

on April 19, 2012 - 1:43pm

Los Alamos scientist Meiring Nortier holds a thorium foil test target for the proof-of-concept production experiments. Research indicates that it will be possible to match current annual, worldwide production of Ac-225 in just two to five days of operations using the accelerator at Los Alamos and analogous facilities at Brookhaven. Photo by Robb Kramer/LANL

A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven

ESGR Honors Local Police Department

on April 19, 2012 - 1:24pm

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) honored the Los Alamos Police Department at a ceremony today at the Albuquerque National Guard for practicing personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. From left, Police Chief Wayne Torpy, ESGR State Field Chair Raymond Battaglini, Gov. Susana Martinez and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Daniel Roberts who nominated the LAPD for the award. Photo by Sharon Stover

Haunting Melodies From ¡Fiesta Primavera, Que Alegria! Fill Fuller Lodge

on April 19, 2012 - 1:00pm

Director Ellen Walton of Los Alamos directed last weekend's Fiesta Primavera, !Que Alegria! extravaganza at Fuller Lodge and preformed a solo number with castanets. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The historic building rocked out with haunting Spanish melodies and the sound of stamping feet and clapping hands amid words of encouragement for the dancers as the full Company preformed the opening number "Sevillanas." Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The action was mostly fast and furious! Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The entire Company in the Grand Finale.

Scenes From "Petra & the Jay"

on April 19, 2012 - 11:54am

The sci-fi musical "Petra & the Jay" was performed at Crossroads Bible Church April 13 and April 14 with music by Alice (Bonnie) Kellogg and book and lyrics by Carolyn (Cary) Neeper. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Alicia Solomon in action as she directs the final dress rehearsal for "Petra & the Jay." Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Petra (Maura Taylor, LAHS senior) with Kayll (Rose Click, 12 year old Middle Schooler.) Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Costume designer, Joy Drake, with her alien friends. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Mean Barb (Juli Mackenzie ),

NM House District 43 Update

on April 19, 2012 - 11:35am

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

This is the second monthly column discussing a few of the concerns and issues that have come to me in New Mexico House District 43 in the past 30 days. 

It is a short column intended to recognize both the diversity and community in this beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. 

If anyone in District 43 has state government issues (1) that are referenced in the column or (2) are not being addressed, I welcome questions or comments.

During the last 30 days l gave three presentations on the last legislative session to local organizations. 

Since the even-year

County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Re-organization, Promotions

on April 19, 2012 - 11:19am

COUNTY News:

During Wednesday night's County Council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various County departments and divisions and their relationship to his office.

Burgess was appointed as County Administrator in October 2011.

“I reviewed the organization after meeting with Staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the County’s

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