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UNM-LA and LAPS Team Up for Hazardous Waste Disposal

on June 15, 2013 - 10:35am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos Public Schools will be working together June 18–20, to properly dispose of hazardous waste generated in their science and art classes.

The two schools have contracted with PSC, a Texas based company who specializes in the packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials. The material being collected from both campuses is the type, which cannot be discarded by either pouring down the drain or placing in the trash.

Disposal of this waste is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is done in


Taos Author John Nichols in Los Alamos for Authors Speak

on June 15, 2013 - 10:27am

John Nichols with his most recent novel. Photo by Morris Witten


Telling tales has been John Nichols’ life-long career.

“Ever since I was a kid, I had a great imagination and told a lot of lies,” the Taos author said.

The chance to hear Nichols’ stories first-hand is approaching. He will make an appearance in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series at 7 p.m., June 27 in the library’s rotunda.

Nichols has published 20 books of both fiction and non-fiction. Several of his novels, including The Milagro Beanfield War, have been made into movies.

In addition to books,


Ashley Pond Duck Roundup

on June 15, 2013 - 9:28am
Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and Sallye Sibbitt of Duck Buddies stand near a cage filled with ducks removed Wednesday from Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Parks Department employees have been slowly draining the water in Ashley Pond in preparation for this summer's remodeling project.

A work crew Wednesday rounded up the handful of remaining ducks living at the pond. Some of those ducks fly short distances and evaded the crew for many hours.


They're Off! Local Teens Jet to Europe

on June 15, 2013 - 8:30am
Twenty four Los Alamos High School students are jetting off from the Albuquerque Sunport for an educational tour of Europe June 13-25. The Los Alamos Daily Post will be following their progress and publishing updates and photos from the trip. Courtesy photo

Bring Family to PEEC to Learn Birding

on June 15, 2013 - 8:03am

Young bird watcher. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings continue Tuesday, June 18 with Family Birding. Birder and educator Dave Yeamans will be at PEEC to teach kids and adults how to identify a variety of local birds. 

This event is free for PEEC members and $5 per family for non-members. Drop in any time between 6:30-8 p.m., and as a special treat, participants may get to wear PEEC’s famous bird hat and hear stories about its great collection of bird feathers.

Photos of mystery birds are welcome, as are descriptions of backyard birds.


Rain and Hail Hammer Los Alamos

on June 14, 2013 - 2:05pm

Rain and hail hammer Los Alamos today. Photo by Greg Kendall/

NWS Report

Doppler radar registered heavy rain at 1 p.m. today from slow moving thunderstorms between Canones and Los Alamos.

These storms are moving slowly southeast. Rainfall amounts of 1/3 to 1/2 inch are possible over portions of the northern extent of the Las Conchas burn scar, including Santa Clara Canyon.

Hail fell across Los Alamos today. Courtesy photo

Current Los Alamos weather:

  • Humidity: 56 percent
  • Wind Speed: NW 9 G 23 mph
  • Barometer: 30.21 in
  • Dewpoint: 45°F (7°C)
  • Visibility: 10 miles

Seven Day Forecast:

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: June 14

on June 14, 2013 - 12:46pm

Sponsored by

Flag Day 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 Los Alamos Elks Lodge.
Hot Dogs will be served following the ceremony.

Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - Lightning Malcom 7 p.m. Friday, June 14 Ashley Pond Park.
A Piedmont Blues performance extraordinaire. It's Los Alamos Daily Post night!

Los Alamos Downtown Friday Night 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14 GET CREATIVE
Wallflowers Exhibit until 9 p.m and Crafts for kids until 7 p.m. Fuller Lodge Art Center
Discover Los Alamos until 8 p.m. Bradbury Museum
Group Dog Walk 6 to 7 p.m. Pet Pangaea
Fine Art Gallery & Studio until 8 p.m.


Body Found In Local Apartment Sent for Autopsy

on June 14, 2013 - 12:44pm

In the afternoon of Tuesday June 4, Los Alamos Police, OMI Deputy Carlos Gonzales and personnel from DeVargas Funeral Home carry a body from the Los Cerros Apartment Complex, 3000 Trinity Dr., near downtown Los Alamos to an awaiting vehicle. The body was removed from Apartment 95 in Building 9. The cause of death is awaiting autopsy results from the OMI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Officers wait just outside the apartment door of the deceased for a vehicle to arrive to transport the body to OMI for an autopsy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Lightnin' Malcolm Plays the Pond For Los Alamos Daily Post Night

on June 14, 2013 - 12:09pm

Lightnin Malcom and drummer Stud. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

Delta Blues great Lightnin’ Malcolm will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond for the second annual Los Alamos Daily Post Night at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert.

Don’t worry about the fences. In spite of construction at the Pond, the show will go on. There’s plenty of room in the grassy area on the west side of the Pond, the site of the former Municipal Building.

Delta Blues goes back to the origins of the blues. Lightnin’ Malcolm, one of the future greats, is a man who understands, respects and loves the genre.

College Students Attend Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School at LANL

on June 14, 2013 - 12:05pm

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce discusses local businesses and details the many activities available in town  for college students gathered at Tuesday's day-long orientation at the Los Alamos Research Park. The students are participating in the LANL/UCSD Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School Engineering Institute. During Tuesday's orientation, the students heard from a variety of speakers including LANL's Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens who welcomed them to the Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

College students from across the country are

Thompson Ridge, Jaroso, Tres Lagunas Fire Updates

on June 14, 2013 - 11:57am

Storm clouds fill the sky looking west from N.M. 4 toward the Thompson Ridge Fire late Thursday afternoon. The fire is now 75 percent contained. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 15 crews, 35 engines, 29 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 833 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters.

Summary: Fire activity last night was minimal,

'Get Grounded' Trail Class Offered by PEEC

on June 14, 2013 - 11:35am

Kristi Beguin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Kristi Beguin will offer another of her popular classes, called “Get Grounded,” 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15.

After meeting at PEEC, participants will spend the morning connecting with nature in an unusual way. While traveling scenic trails off the beaten path, attendees will have the chance to get their feet dirty and explore concepts of natural movement, grounding, mindfulness and balance.

In this age of fast-paced, high-tech lifestyles, this class will allow individuals to slow down, observe, breathe and enjoy the outdoors in a deeply

Young Eagles Flight Rally Takes to the Sky Saturday

on June 14, 2013 - 11:25am

EAA News:

Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies Saturday, June 15 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 691 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Los Alamos Municipal Airport.

Come to the Terminal Building at 8:30 register for flight. Flights will begin at approximately 8:40 a.m., with registration closing at 11:30 a.m. Flights are dependent upon weather and pilot availability and will last approximately 15-20 minutes.  

All youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to grant permission in order to complete registration.


Local Swim Team Takes On Florida

on June 14, 2013 - 11:20am

Sports News:

Charger Aquatics team members from Los Alamos join other swimmers during a training session in Fort Myers, Fla. Courtesy photo
Charger swimmers in yellow caps are, from left, Maria Venneri, Sarah Lott and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo

Sports News:

Charger Aquatics swimmers from Los Alamos arrived in Fort Myers, Fla. Saturday, June 8 to begin a week of sea-level training with other teams from around the United States.

Their host is Gulf Coast Swim Team (GCST).  

The teams will be competing against 15 clubs in the 2013 GCST Summer Open Meet that began Thursday, June 13


T. Jackson King Signs Books Saturday

on June 14, 2013 - 11:11am

Staff Report

Local science fiction writer T. Jackson King will be selling and signing his books 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock.  

All his novels will be available for personal autographing and sale, including his latest adventure novel, Galactic Avatar, which tells the tale of the last 16 humans who flee to Andromeda Galaxy when the Skrill aliens devastate Earth with "assault asteroids."

Another of King’s recent novels, Stellar Assassin, raced to the top of's Top 100 Hot New Releases in the Space Opera Science Fiction category, reaching the


How the Hen House Turns: Turkey Two

on June 14, 2013 - 11:09am
How the Hen House Turns: Turkey Two
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Turkey Two, these days, like Turkey One, barks at me when I open the back door, but it is only one small sound in a chorus of demanding honks, croaks, and quacks from the pen, insisting, "Let us out of here. Now!"

Since Turkey Two never quite bonded with me, the whole pecking order thing took a bad turn when she matured. Having been raised by a devoted white Silkie chicken, Turkey Two knew me only as a big female creature who daily invaded her territory and stole eggs from all the birds.

Her challenge, like

White Rock Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Starts Monday

on June 14, 2013 - 8:18am

WRBC News:

White Rock Baptist Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School next week, 8:45 a.m. to noon June 17 through June 21.

All children ages four years old through sixth grade are welcome. 

This year's theme is Colossal Coaster World, and children will learn about facing fear and trusting God. 

The church will host VBS Family Night, Friday June 21, which will include a short music program and a barbecue dinner for children who attend VBS and their families. White Rock Baptist Church is at 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock. 

Register for VBS online at or call the church

Rumelia and Folk Dancers Bring Balkans to Pyramid Cafe Saturday

on June 14, 2013 - 8:15am
Rumelia at the Pyramid Cafe in Los Alamos May 13. Photo by David Griggs
Los Alamos folk dancers at the May 13 Rumelia show at the Pyramid Cafe. Photo by David Griggs

Staff Report

Rumelia is returning to the Pyramid Café, 751 Central Park Square, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The band has an enthusiastic local following, including Los Alamos folk dancers, who add their talents to the evening. There is a $10 cover and children are free.

Rumelia is a band composed of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans.


‘Downtown Friday Nights’ Infuses Culture & Fun in Los Alamos This Summer

on June 14, 2013 - 7:59am


Visitors and newcomers to Los Alamos – one of the top 10 “Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” (Smithsonian Magazine, March 2013) will get to enjoy a number of special cultural, historical and educational events with “Downtown Friday Nights,” every other Friday on June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26.

Downtown Friday Nights is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District in coordination with local businesses and cultural organizations.

“Downtown Friday Nights are a great kick-off to programming in the Creative District – our version of an Arts and Culture District in Los

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy (Ret.) Shares Experience With Operation Tomodachi

on June 14, 2013 - 7:45am

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy (now retired) was the guest speaker at the June 4 Rotary Club lunch meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos. Loy was a liaison officer working at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo when the devastating tsunami of 2011 struck Japan’s shores. During his talk, Loy shared his experiences leading the evacuation in Operation Tomodachi. Loy is married to Rotarian Laura Loy and is the son in law of Rotarians Anne and Hal Davis. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy, retired, now lives in Los Alamos with his wife Rotarian Laura Loy and their

Learn to Backpack at Bandelier

on June 14, 2013 - 7:36am

Bandelier Backcountry. Photo by Sally King/BNM


Join Bandelier staff and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for the second annual Introduction to Backpacking course.

This three part course will be offered Tuesday June 18, Thursday June 27, and Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21. We encourage anyone who wants to experience Bandelier’s backcountry beyond day hikes to attend. Both beginner backpackers and those with experience are welcome to participate in this exciting event.

Tuesday, June 18: The Los Alamos Mountaineers and Bandelier staff will offer a presentation uncovering the basics

Name Applied to New Muni Building

on June 14, 2013 - 7:30am

As the final touches are made to the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave., a worker recently attached letters high above the entrance to the building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/




Romero Records Twofold First Place in Weekly Pace Race

on June 14, 2013 - 7:28am
Ted Romero leads the pack and was top predictor at Tuesday's Pace Race. Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

Ted Romero was the top predictor as well as the fastest finisher in the three mile race in the weekly pace race Tuesday in hot, dusty conditions with a bit of smoke from the fires in the area on the sewage treatment plant access road in lower Bayo Canyon.
Romero was 16 seconds off his predicted time recording a 20:56 finish time. David Kratzer and Zach Medin were tied for second best predictor at 32 seconds off their predicted time.
The fastest finisher on the one mile course was Isabelle

OBITUARY: Edward Fredric Hammel Jan. 6, 1918–June 8, 2013

on June 14, 2013 - 7:21am

EDWARD FREDRIC HAMMEL Jan. 6, 1918June 8, 2013

Edward Fredric Hammel, 95, a Los Alamos resident for 69 years, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 at home in Los Alamos.

He was born in New York City, New York on Jan. 6, 1918. He grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY. His father, Edward F. Hammel, Sr. was a civil engineer. His mother, Louise Schultz Hammel, was a church secretary, loving housewife and mother.  

Edward Hammel graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939 with a major in chemistry. It was at Dartmouth where he also worked as a waiter in Mrs.


Is This Your Dog Trotsky?

on June 14, 2013 - 7:19am