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Healing Field Honors Soldiers with 1,000 Flags

on May 28, 2012 - 5:02pm

The Healing Field in Questa, a few miles north of Taos, is the site of a Memorial Day service today. There are 1,000 flags in the field honoring all who have served for America's freedom. Photo by Gary Warren

The Healing Field in Questa, N.M. Photo by Gary Warren
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Memorial Day 2012 Observed

on May 28, 2012 - 7:22am

In Memorium

Have you ever looked, really looked, at a soldier's face? Sometimes it's young, barely an adult the hopes of youth still painted in its features.

Sometimes it's old older than faith, older than wisdom, older than time. And sometimes ... sometimes it's a bit of both all at once.

Sometimes it's gritty and pained, remembering the face of another who has fallen.

Sometimes it's laughing, pleased to have a moment of peace. Most of the time it's proud because it knows, oh yes it knows, the world is a different place a better place because of it.

Next time you look at a soldier's

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No Trash or Recycling Collection Today [Memorial Day]!

on May 28, 2012 - 7:09am

COUNTY News:

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection today.

If today is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday May 30 for collection.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 17 to May 23, 2012

on May 28, 2012 - 7:04am

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.

 

 

JERRY GALLEGOS

May 17 at 3:15 p.m. / Police arrested Jerry Gallegos, 46, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

 

 

 

SONJA MARTINEZ

May 18 at 5:22 p.m. / Police arrested Sonja Martinez, 34, of Los Alamos near 20th Street and Deacon Street and charged her with driving while her license is suspended or revoked.

 

 

 

Karen Wray Fine Art Celebrates and Nurtures Local Artists

on May 28, 2012 - 6:53am

By Bonnie Gordon

Eighteen artists are represented at Karen Wray Fine Art–Gallery and Studio including many well-known in this community such as Secundino Sandoval, Janice Parker Muir, Sheridan Brown and gallery owner Karen Wray herself.

Wray has been providing local artists with a place to show and sell their work in her gallery at 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite B for the past three years.

“We’re celebrating Los Alamos with our own gallery and our own artists,” Wray said, adding that five new artists joined her gallery in April.

The gallery is bright and cheerful with great lighting to showcase

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Senior Appreciation Night Ends with French Toast & Prizes

on May 27, 2012 - 9:55pm

The Kiwanis crew made eggs, sausage and french toast for Saturday's graduating seniors to cap off Senior Appreciation Night early this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall

Senior Appreciation Night ended this morning with students heading to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for breakfast prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

County Recreation personnel drew names of seniors who attended all events of the evening.

The prizes won by those seniors included $500 cash, a lap top, Kindle Fire, TV/DVD player, docking audio system, Wii, $200 Best Buy gift card, $300 REI gift card, $200 REI gift

Senior Appreciation Night Packed with Fun

on May 27, 2012 - 8:49pm

Alicia Bowyer and Kurt Schramm duke it out in the bouncy ring during Senior Appreciation Night at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Students who graduated from los Alamos High School Saturday morning were invited along with their friends to celebrate begining at 6 p.m., the 30th year of Senior Appreciation Night (SAN.)

The event began with a BBQ at Fuller Lodge and ended Sunday morning with breakfast at the Senior Center.

The Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Family YMCA co-chair the annual celebration.

Chris Calhoun tackles the rock wall at the Family Y

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 27, 2012 - 8:40pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 05/16/2012Number of Personnel: 907 personnel including
Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM11 hotshot crews, 10 hand crews
Cause: LightningEquipment: 39 Engines, 19 Water Tenders, 6 Dozers
Size: 122,388Aircraft: 5 Helicopters
Percent Contained: 0Injuries to Date: Five

Special Announcement The Gila National Forest has reported a new fire approximately 15 miles northeast of Reserve near Aragon, N.M.

Fire crews and helicopters are providing assistance with initial attack efforts on the Wagon Tongue Fire.

For more information on

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CCW Keeps Bad Guys Guessing

on May 27, 2012 - 1:20pm

By Carol A. Clark

As strange as it may seem, walking down Central Avenue carrying a loaded pistol in plain sight is perfectly legal. It only becomes illegal if the bearer holsters that gun beneath an overcoat or otherwise hides it from plain view.

New Mexico is an "Open Carry State," meaning it is legal to carry a loaded weapon as long as it is not concealed.

At the same time, New Mexico law does allow a person to conceal a loaded firearm in his or her vehicle, including motorcycles and bicycles, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

In New Mexico, a person's car is

Rotarian to speak about South Africa Trip

on May 27, 2012 - 1:19pm

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos currently meets at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday's at Fuller Lodge.

Contact Linda at 662-7950 to make lunch reservations. Everyone welcome!

May 29: Christina Kraemer will speak about her recent Rotary-sponsored 4-week trip to South Africa.

June 5: LAHS Student Award recipients will tell about their future plans.

June 12: TBA

June 18: Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum.

June 25: No lunch meeting; Club awards banquet.

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Los Alamos High School Graduation Day

on May 26, 2012 - 8:07pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School held its annual Commencement Ceremony at Griffith Gymnasium. Following the ceremony, graduates gathered with friends and family outside the gym for congratulations and pictures.

Madalina "Ada" Ciuca and Aidan Bradbury-Aranda. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Jin Park with proud parents, Min and Monica. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Happy graduates. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The field outside Griffith Gym was crowded with graduates, friends and family. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Photo by Greg

PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

School Board Selects LAMS Project Contractor

on May 26, 2012 - 12:28pm

Los Alamos Middle School project rendering. Courtesy/Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

By Kirsten Laskey

The days of cold classrooms in 1960-era buildings are coming to an end at Los Alamos Middle School.

With the Board of Education's approval of a contractor during Thursday's special board meeting, LAMS $18.5 million makeover will begin this summer.

Eight contractors initially showed interest in the project and ultimately three returned proposals.

After holding interviews May 13, the evaluation committee decided on McCarthy, a builder out of Albuquerque with offices across the country.

Known

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Sen. Richard C. Martinez Speaks to Constituents

on May 26, 2012 - 11:40am

Column by Sen. Richard C. Martinez

I want to thank all of my constituents living in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties for the warm receptions I received along the campaign trail. 

I have been ill recently, so I will probably not be able to see a lot of you who live in the areas I planned to visit before election day.

As I met with some of you, we talked about topics related to our daily lives and we shared ideas about them.

As we move forward in the next few years, we will need to find solutions for issues like:

  • ­       Balancing environmental concerns with
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Candidates Address the Issues

on May 26, 2012 - 10:54am

County Council candidates discuss the issues during a forum Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Monitor. From left, Vincent Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Ken Johnson, Pete Sheehey and Roger Waterman. Courtesy photo 

House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, at left, was among audience members at Thursday's forum. Monitor Publisher Keven Todd, at right, served as moderator. Courtesy photo  
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Evacuation of Mogollon Underway

on May 26, 2012 - 9:13am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation:  An evacuation of Mogollon has been ordered by the Catron County Sheriff's Office effective noon today.

Evacuees will be sheltered at the Glenwood Community Center located on Community Center Road with their small pets.

Large animals can be relocated to a temporary animal collection center at the residence of County Commissioner Hube McKeen.

Tony Sciacca’s Southwest Type 1 Fire Management Team has assumed command of the complex as of this morning.

The Incident Command Post is now set up and located at the Reserve Fair Grounds.

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Column by Dist. 5 Senate Candidate Alfredo Montoya

on May 26, 2012 - 8:53am

Column by Alfredo Montoya

I have been honored, in recent weeks, to appear before voters in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties to debate the issues with my opponent for the District 5 State Senate seat.

I am anxious to appear in public with him so that you can learn about the differences between us.

I am confident that I can win your trust in fair debate.

Yesterday evening, my opponent and I were asked to continue the discussion we began at the Los Alamos League of Women Voters forum, albeit in Espanola.

I was extremely disappointed because, even though theRio Grande Sun called this

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Red Elvises [Video]

on May 26, 2012 - 8:42am

Red Elvises, Los Alamos' favorite band, plays at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert  Series (produced by Russ Gordon). Fun for everyone including a couple future Los Alamos head bangers.

Red Elvises Rock the Pond

on May 26, 2012 - 7:19am

The Red Elvises rocked the large crowd gathered around Ashley Pond Friday night as part of the Gordons Concert Series. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises' "Disco Dancer". Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises are Los Alamos' favorite band. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Two youths wait for their Italian sodas between sets by the Red Elvises. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises played crowd favorites. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises performed a great show. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Local Smoke Blowing in from Arizona Fires

on May 25, 2012 - 10:43am

Image: NASA Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team

Los Alamos Daily Post Staff Report

There are no fires in the Los Alamos and surrounding areas.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said this morning that winds are carrying smoke from the fires burning in Arizona right over the townsite.

Smoke from Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Affecting 6 States

By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fires burning and rugged terrain in the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico have been generating a lot of smoke.

New White Rock Visitor Center Takes Shape

on May 25, 2012 - 9:57am

The new Visitor Center construction project on N.M. 4 in White Rock is moving right along with exterior siding nearing completion. The interior sheetrock is finished and tile and light fixtures were being installed Thursday. The large circular silver object in the right side of the photo is a storage tank for collecting rain from the roof for watering shrubbery once the landscaping is completed. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

The newly asphalted RV parking lot on the east side of the Visitor Center looking toward the West. The pylons contain electrical hookups for the campers.
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Bandelier Temporary Bridge

on May 25, 2012 - 9:54am

Temporary bridge installed Thursday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy.
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N.M. 4 Improvements Reach New Heights

on May 25, 2012 - 9:39am
Workers install tall new streetlights across the street from White Rock Firestation 3 and several more along N.M. 4 this week. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worker installs a banner side-arms on the light pole. White Rock will now have seasonal  banners on its streetlights similiar to Los Alamos. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worm's eye view of a new streetlight installed Thursday in White Rock as part of the N.M. 4 road improvement project. LED lights that have a guaranteed life of five years are being installed. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of May 28

on May 25, 2012 - 9:19am

Road Construction Update: Week of May 28

Orange cones will be sprouting up next week around Canyon Road, Central Avenue and 15th Street in the downtown area.

Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Starting Tuesday, Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green will be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on nearby side streets.

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Elks Honor Fallen Soldiers Monday

on May 25, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/Elks

This year’s community Memorial Day Celebration: “Remembering All Who Have Fallen,” by James Hay, Commissioner, Governor’s Commission on Disability

State of New Mexico for the Disabled, will be hosted by the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge at 11 a.m., Monday at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The planning committee consists of the Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2083; The American Legion Post 90; Knights of Columbus 4th Degree – Donald A. Larson Assembly; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; and Daughters of the American Revolution.

A complimentary lunch

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