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Got Apple Trees? Participants Wanted for Local Experiment

on September 10, 2012 - 1:38pm

By Richard Nebel

We have tried raising apples without using pesticides for more than 25 years in Los Alamos. We haven’t been very successful.

The primary problem we’ve had is with codling moths. Almost every apple we have produced has worms in it.

However, this year we have a noticeably improved apple crop. This was especially true with our early apples. 

We still have some worms, but there aren’t as many of them as in years past. I’m curious if other Los Alamos  residents have noticed this as well.

Initially, this struck me as being a little odd.


Democratic Council Candidates to Discuss Los Alamos' Economy: Diversity, Jobs and Future

on September 10, 2012 - 1:28pm

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos invites the community to hear a discussion among the three Democratic candidates running for Los Alamos County Council.

The discussion will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square.

Candidates Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Pete Sheehey will discuss the topic of Los Alamos' economy: diversity, jobs and the future.

The Democratic Party Headquarters entrance faces the large parking lot that borders Nectar Street and 15th Street.


Heather Wilson Coming to LAMC to Discuss Heathcare Reform

on September 10, 2012 - 1:05pm

GOP News:

Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson is set to meet with medical professionals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Los Alamos Medical Center. 

The topic to be discussed at the meeting is concern over healthcare reform.

Individuals working in the medical field are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

RSVP to Dr. Lisa Shin at 695-9622 or JoAnn Johnson at 662-7981.


Initiative, Referendum and Recall Ballot Questions – A Path to Good Governance

on September 10, 2012 - 11:55am
By John C. Hopkins, Charter Review Committee Chair
By Chris Chandler, I&R Subcommittee Chair

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) spent more than two years studying the Los Alamos County Charter. 

After numerous public meetings and considerable debate, the CRC’s and Los Alamos County Council’s proposals relating to initiative, referendum and recall are now being presented to the voters on the fall ballot.  

The CRC approached its study of initiative and referendum (I&R) beginning with the tenet that representative democracy is the basis of our American system of

How Do You Motivate People? By structuring the organizational environment!

on September 10, 2012 - 11:39am

Column by Elena Yang

The first point that resonated with me in Dan Pink’s TED presentation on motivation,, is that there is a gap between science findings and business practices. 

This is the same point made in Pfeffer & Sutton’s book on “Evidence-Based Management,” which I will review in the future, as well as Ghoshal’s critical assessment of business schools in his essay on “Bad Management Theories,” which was the focus on my first post.

So, the notion isn’t new, but it still hasn’t caught the full attention of the public, and definitely not


Archuleta Responds to Hate Mail

on September 10, 2012 - 11:36am

Editor's note: New Mexico businessman Phil Archuleta reports that he has been receiving hate mail since speaking at the Republican National Convention last month. Here is his response to a letter from a small business owner:

By Phil Archuleta

I’m writing regarding your letter dated Aug. 31, 2012.

First of all, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write to me, communicating your disappointment about my comments in my speech given during Tuesday night at the convention.

You stated that stories about people who genuinely make it on their own without the backing of government are very

White Rock Artists Paint From Anderson Overlook

on September 10, 2012 - 10:46am

White Rock artists Petr and Louise Jandacek set up their easels at Anderson Overlook on the Front Hill Road Friday to record another magnificent New Mexico evening. Photo by TK Thompson/
Louise Jandacek works on the painting she started last winter as evidenced by the snow on the Sange de Christo peaks on her canvas. Photo by TK Thompson/
Petr Jandacek lays on more paint. He says he is primarily a sculptor and his wife Louise is the painter in the family. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Y Encourages Families to Address Healthy Living During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

on September 10, 2012 - 8:58am

The Family YMCA offers healthy eating and physical activity tips to help residents live healthier. Courtesy/FYMCA


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Family YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living — wants to help families understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.

Childhood obesity rates have soared over the last few decades.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2012

on September 10, 2012 - 8:27am

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. 31 at 1:34 p.m. / A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of larceny in the 600 block of 43rd Street. The estimated loss is less than $20,000. The matter is under investigation.


Sept. 1 at 5:50 a.m.


Breaking News: 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Fall Sick Saturday Night Following Roast Pork Dinner

on September 9, 2012 - 5:53pm

Los Alamos Elks Lodge. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Environment Department is investigating the source of an intestinal sickness that struck 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Saturday night.

The firefighters fell ill after eating a roast pork dinner provided to them by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr.

"The Elks invited firefighters and police officers as a way to thank us for the work we did during the Las Conchas Fire," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Opening This Fall!

on September 9, 2012 - 4:24pm

Restaurateur Patrick Mockler-Wood stands in the center of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Thursday, which is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The highly anticipated opening date of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is drawing near. Partner Patrick Mockler-Wood invited the Los Alamos Daily Post on Thursday to tour progress at the new eatery at 614 Trinity Dr.

"We are opening later this fall and are very excited to have the community finally get to come in and enjoy this restaurant," Mockler Wood said.

The Jemez Mountains are the inspiration for


Nona Bowman Hosts Event for Hall

on September 9, 2012 - 3:53pm
About 25 people attended a campaign meeting hosted by former Los Alamos County Councilor Nona Bowman for Rep. Jim Hall Thursday night at her home. Hall, a Republican running for the District 43 House seat gave a short presentation on current issues in New Mexico state government, answered questions and spent time with individual voters over refreshments. Photo by Christina Sierk

Planting Bulbs this Fall Helps Students Next Spring

on September 9, 2012 - 3:41pm

From left, Rotarians Alison Walters, Chris Sierk and Linda Hull sell flower bulbs for a Club fundraiser Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The Club will sell bulbs again from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in front of CB FOX on Central Avenue and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 27 and 28 and Oct. 5 at LANB. Flower bulb selections include mixed crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils, red tulips and pink tulips. Proceeds benefit year-end Los Alamos High School student awards. Photo by Gil Butler

Richard Campaigns at Annual Cuba Fiestas

on September 9, 2012 - 3:40pm

District 43 Democratic House candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard greets voters at this weekend's annual Cuba Fiestas. Courtesy photo

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk is Sept. 15

on September 9, 2012 - 3:06pm


LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the third Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk Sept. 15, "where the sidewalk ends … and your imagination begins."

The event is a festival and celebration of chalk drawing, the artistic process and, of course, all the local, creative, talented individuals who make Los Alamos an unusual and quietly exotic place to call home.

Join the LAAC for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks behind Fuller Lodge in collaboration with The Next Big Idea. 

Special prizes will be awarded to an entrant in each category selected by the judges.

Local Glass Recycling Returns Sept. 29

on September 9, 2012 - 2:54pm


Starting Sept. 29, residents will once again be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program. 

Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers; Sullivan field across from Los Alamos High School and Overlook Park in White Rock for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors. 

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. 

In order to ensure a successful program, please adhere to these glass recycling requirements:

  • The program is limited to glass bottles and


County Line Highlights Fall Hours for Shuttle

on September 9, 2012 - 2:47pm



County Council Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers)

What's on the agenda? It may be a fairly short meeting, with two public hearings on the schedule: one for a liquor license for the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill, and one for designating a lead agency for efforts related to the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The only business item relates to adoption of property tax rates for calendar year 2012.

Download the agenda here:

Grand Re-Opening of the Little Theater 11:30 a.m. Friday

Join the

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept.10

on September 9, 2012 - 2:34pm


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Continues in Quemazon and Western Area

Fog sealing operations will continue in Quemazon on Monday finishing with fog sealing the full length of Quemazon Road. Crews will then move to Western Area: Ridgeway, 47th Street – Trinity to Ridgeway, 49th, and the upper Trinity/Sandia loop.

Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of construction beginning in the

Democracy or Plutocracy?

on September 9, 2012 - 2:29pm

WeArePeopleHere! News:

Democracy or Plutocracy?

The public is invited to attend a 30 minute power point presentation "Reviving Democracy," created by the grassroots group in Santa Fe, WeArePeopleHere!.

It sets the stage for a conversation about the disastrous effects of wealth inequality on American politics, Congress, the legislation and local democracy.

How can the American people reverse the effects of government by and for the very wealthy? How can they best continue to care about the common good?

Join the conversation and be a part of coalition-building around the state.

When: 2


Smith's Gas Station Takes Shape on Trinity Drive

on September 9, 2012 - 2:11pm
Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive near 15th Street is moving forward with the installation of new pump islands last week. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Nearly 200 People Flock to Book Fair

on September 9, 2012 - 9:25am

Los Alamos residents Earl and Linda Hoffman leave with their purchase Saturday from the Book Fair at Fuller Lodge sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Museum and its publishing arm, Bathtub Row Press. More than 20 book publishers and authors from throughout the state participated in the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan and Board President Ron Wilkins welcomed nearly 200 community members to Saturday's Book Fair at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Saturday's Book Fair spanned the

Cyndi Wells Competes in Ironman Sunday

on September 8, 2012 - 10:06am

Cyndi Wells of Los Alamos at the Ironman in Madison, Wis. finish line, which she will compete in tomorrow, raising money for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Sunday, Sept. 9, Cyndi Wells of Los Alamos will compete in the Ironman in Madison, Wis. ( The race will likely take her more than 15 hours to finish, she said. 

Wells explained that it has been a hard summer with the loss of her beloved dog, Hana Dog, and too much work at her store, Pet Pangaea, to train properly.

"In remembrance of our former CCO Hana Dog, some great


Sept. 29 Fall Fiesta and Mozart on the Rocks: A Big Day at Bandelier

on September 8, 2012 - 9:39am

Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House. Courtesy/BNM


From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 29, Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park.

The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture."

Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people

Henderson Supporters Distribute Campaign Signs

on September 8, 2012 - 9:14am

First thing Friday morning campaign workers for Kristin Henderson began planting signs for her County Council race. More than 80 signs were placed around the area throughout the day. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Crews Keep Roadway Illuminated

on September 8, 2012 - 8:29am

Crews work on a light pole next to the tower at the entrance to town Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/