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Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and Los Alamos County Fire Restrictions

on June 1, 2012 - 4:24pm

UPDATED FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Los Alamos County Fire and Smoking Restrictions
Effective June 1, 2012

Building, maintaining or using an open fire is prohibited on all Los Alamos County lands except within developed campsites (concrete pad with metal fire ring), metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, at Overlook Park and at any park within Los Alamos County.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable

Letter to the Editor: Why doesn't LANL patch its potholes?

on June 1, 2012 - 3:55pm

Dear Editor,

I'm wondering why Los Alamos National Laboratory lets West Road, near the Ice Rink, get so full of potholes?

There are now several in the eastbound lane that I go into the other lane to avoid.

In the past when I've called Los Alamos County to report the potholes, I discovered that this is a section of West Road that is the responsibility of the Lab to maintain.

Locating the responsible person at the Lab is always an "interesting" (time-consuming) process.

I can't understand why the Lab doesn't do routine checks of West Road to assess the potholes and quickly patch them.

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College-Educated Officers Comprise Majority at Los Alamos Police Department

on June 1, 2012 - 12:14pm

The Los Alamos Police Department set up a static display of its vehicles and equipment for inspection by the state accreditation assessment team in 2010, at which time its administration, operations, personnel and training procedures passed compliance with state standards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The standards required to join the ranks of the Los Alamos County Police Department are stringent when measured against police departments around the country.

"We have such high expectations of our people that applicants who would have been hired elsewhere are not hired to work for

New Feature - Craigslist in Marketplace

on June 1, 2012 - 10:46am

Trying to sell a piece of furniture you no longer use? Trying to find your daughter a good used mountain bike?

The Los Alamos Daily Post now provides a link to Craigslist (and Freecycle - more below).

Craigslist is the leader in FREE online classifieds. We at the Los Alamos Daily Post have had much luck selling our used items on Craiglist in the past.

Our Craigslist link will take you to items that specify their location as "Los Alamos." Items for sale in Los Alamos will be displayed.

When you post a classified item to Craigslist, be sure to enter "Los Alamos" in the location field.

County Invites Public to View Election Results

on June 1, 2012 - 10:23am
COUNTY News:
The Los Alamos County Clerk will post results of Tuesday's Primary Election after the polls close at 7 p.m. as they become available.
 
The results will be posted from 7-9 p.m. inside the lobby of the Justice Center.
 
Members of the public are welcome to stop by and review the results.
 
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Letter to the Editor: Why do a few individuals so distrust the citizens of Los Alamos?

on June 1, 2012 - 9:12am

Why is a small special interest group afraid of the voters?

The Charter Review Committee in good faith made its best recommendations to the Los Alamos County Council for improvements to the Charter. 

These were intended to clarify, remove ambiguities and to rationalize the processes that had slowly become obsolete over the years. 

Council agreed that the separate recommendations had sufficient merit to warrant sending to the voters for their approval or disapproval.

A small group of people in an organization called LAGRI does not want to let the citizens vote on the CRC recommendations.

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Alexander M. Kirkland Receives National Honor

on June 1, 2012 - 12:37am

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS News:

A New Mexico Military Institute student is recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that New Mexico Military Institute student Alexander M. Kirkland from Los Alamos has been selected for membership.

The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the

Hearing Forces NM Secretary of State to Obey Law

on June 1, 2012 - 12:06am

By Cynthia B. Hall, Candidate for PRC

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico will hear arguments at 4 p.m. today (May 31) from publicly-funded PRC Candidate Cynthia B. Hall and others concerning whether New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran should release matching funds as required by state law. 

Hall hopes for a decision today on the Temporary Restraining Order and Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus she filed over the last week. 

This hearing has the potential to remedy the damage the Secretary of State has done to Hall and other

Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

on May 31, 2012 - 11:04pm

Courtesy/LAC
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen "Satch" Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the "Satch Cowan Trail."
The Committee emphasized in the motion and in comments before the

County Sends Letter Supporting Manhattan National Park

on May 31, 2012 - 10:51pm

Los Alamos County has sent a letter of support for the proposed Manhattan National Park to three congressional leaders.

Clear HERE to view the letter.

For more information on the status of the potential Manhattan National Park, read the newsletter story from the Atomic Heritage Foundation:

MP National Historical Park Legislation Moves Ahead

 

Free Shuttle Service Transports Visitors to Bandelier

on May 31, 2012 - 10:44pm

Benches and canopies have been installed in a parking area on Rover Boulevard near N.M. 4 in White Rock for visitors to park their vehicles and wait in the shade for Atomic City Transit to transport them to Bandelier this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

A free shuttle service operated by Atomic City Transit is the only way in which visitors will have access to Bandelier National Monument this summer through November, Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Visitors should park in the designated lot at the intersection of N.M.

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 31, 2012

on May 31, 2012 - 4:07pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar 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 for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond.

To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

Here is our raw calendar information:

Friday, June 1st Bluegrass at Ashley Pond - 7pm - FREE 2012 Los Alamos

New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program Recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce

on May 31, 2012 - 1:35pm

LANL News:

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories and the state of New Mexico, received the 2012 Manufacturing Advocate of the Year award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The award was presented this month at the 2012 Manufacturing Innovation conference in Orlando, Fla., for “commitment to the business growth and transformation of U.S.–based manufacturing through work in the manufacturing sector.”

The NMSBA was specifically recognized

Early Voting Ends Saturday!

on May 31, 2012 - 1:02pm

2012 Primary Election Information:

Los Alamos County Bureau of Elections is reminding registered voters that Early Voting will end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday, June 2 at the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. or White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4.

Absentee Voting In Person will also end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 2 at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit

Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions

on May 31, 2012 - 12:40pm

NIST News:

Stephen Jordan. Courtesy/NIST

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have.

According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

Quantum computers require technology that may not be perfected for decades, but they hold great promise for solving complex problems.

The

LANL Scientist Selected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

on May 31, 2012 - 12:24pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Materials Chemistry group has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC.)

The Royal Society of Chemistry is Europe’s largest professional and academic society for chemistry and traces its roots to the Chemical Society of London, established in 1841.

Fellowship is awarded to nominees who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement or application of chemical science or who have demonstrated excellence in the chemical science profession.

Research achievements

Kiplinger is internationally

New Mexico Receiving Nearly $1.6 Million for AmeriCorps Jobs

on May 31, 2012 - 8:22am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that New Mexico will receive nearly $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state.
 
The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs.
 
"AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico," Udall said.
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Los Alamos Man in Afghanistan Calls for Support

on May 31, 2012 - 7:19am

Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Editor's note: Local veterinarian Bob Fuselier, is in Afghanistan representing the Afghan Sister Villages education project. The project includes Los Alamos High School students communicating by computer with students in an Afghan school. Fuselier is seeking support to build a school in a second village. Fuselier's colleague, Dr.

Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

on May 31, 2012 - 12:18am

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:

East Road/NM502 Gas Line Replacement and Reinforcement Begins this Week

on May 30, 2012 - 10:34pm

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

Gas line replacement and reinforcement work on East Road/NM502, from Tewa Loop to Airport Road, begins this week with most work confined to the shoulder of the roadway.

Drivers in the area are asked to use caution while this work is underway this summer.

In the coming weeks there will be greater traffic impacts as a lane closure will be required in order to safely execute the project.  
 
Notifications of such traffic impacts will be provided in advance.
 
For continuing updates, visit

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Grows to 170,272 Acres

on May 30, 2012 - 10:27pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Raging fire is visible from Forest Road 141. Photo by Steven Meister, Mt. Tayloyr Hotshots. Courtesy/USFS Gila National Forest

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire has grown to 170,272 acres, which makes it the largest fire in New Mexico history. Last summer's Las Conchas fire burned 156,293 acres.

The fire has continued to spread in all directions as it remains active on more than 95 percent of the perimeter.

Firefighters are working on the line around the fire to provide the buffer needed to minimize the spread.

Burnout operations on the north side of the

Bluegrass to Surround Ashley Pond Friday

on May 30, 2012 - 6:41am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Courtesy/LASCS

By Russell Gordon

I was listening to the music of Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum today thinking about what I’ll write for this article.

They both grew up in the 60’s.

Tom was more of a rocker and said that he started listening to more and more Folk and American roots music after driving home to Connecticut following the infamous Woodstock Festival of August 1969.

Laurie started listening to the same in high school and college. I read that she really loved the music of the Dillards, the Greenbriar Boys, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.

H.E.L.P. Provides Rides to Medical Appointments

on May 30, 2012 - 6:15am

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos Lions Club created a program that has become a lifeline to local residents without a way to get to their medical appointments.

H.E.L.P. is filled with volunteers who drive Los Alamos residents to medical appointments at Los Alamos Medical Center as well as to doctor offices throughout the County, in Espanola, Santa Fe and all the way to Albuquerque.

"The Lions Club formed the H.E.L.P.

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