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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

National Honor Society President Advocates Community Service

on May 25, 2012 - 8:54am

By Bonnie Gordon

Paulina Majewska is the newly elected president of the Los Alamos High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Those invited to join NHS are chosen by a committee of teachers and staff at each school.

Although a high grade point average is a requirement, members are also selected for community service, school activities and leadership, Majewska said.

“Each member has the responsibility of doing a service project as a community volunteer,” Majewska said. “We meet once a month to discuss the service projects.”

In addition to

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Rotary District 5520 Honors Nate Delgado

on May 25, 2012 - 8:36am

Los Alamos Middle School student Nate Delgado was recently awarded third-place honors by Rotary District 5520 at its annual convention May 19 in Albuquerque. The eighth grader was recognized for his winning essay in the Four-Way Test Essay Competition, which is conducted annually throughout New Mexico and West Texas. The Four-Way Test is based on the principles of truth, fairness, good will, and friendship. Delgado is pictured with his parents, Patti and James Delgado and sisters Elise and Katie. Delgado is a student of Lorene Beckstead; the essay committee was led by Rotarian Linda King.

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Information - 5/25/12 AM Update

on May 25, 2012 - 8:30am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News

Situation: Incident Command Post relocated to the Reserve Fairgrounds on Thursday. Phone numbers for fire information will be changing and an updated number will be posted as soon as possible. In the interim please call the Reserve Ranger District at (575) 533-6231 for fire information.

The Whitewater Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 16) has merged with the Baldy Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 9), and is now being called the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

on May 25, 2012 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to “conduct further scientific and technical analysis” to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water.
 
The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force’s goal to cleanup the spill and ensure the area continues to meet federal drinking
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Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 24, 2012

on May 25, 2012 - 8:18am

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.

The RAW list:

The Red Elvises - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 25th @ 7 pm @ Ashley Pond

Learn to Manage Chronic Disease

on May 24, 2012 - 10:06am

Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service News:

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2-and-a-half hour "MyCD Workshop" sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y. 

You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. 

If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart

N.M. House District 43 May Update

on May 24, 2012 - 8:39am

Column by House District 43 Representative Jim Hall

This is the third in my monthly series on “doings” in District 43. 

It will be brief since I submitted previous articles on two major issues this month Opioid Abuse and on Forest Restoration. 

Other activities since the middle of April included a meeting with the Northern New Mexico branch of the National Association of Women Small Business Owners. 

I heard many inspiring stories of successful startups in Northern New Mexico, usually at the cost of many, many hours and great financial risk. 

This was followed by meetings in La

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Letter to the Editor: LAPS Foundation Says Thanks

on May 24, 2012 - 8:37am

Good community citizens are not hard to come by in our small town. 

We have those who care for the elderly and those who care for the very young. 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation wishes to express its sincere thanks to the long-time proprietors of Central Avenue Grill, Min and Monica Park.

In a final act of kindness and with their eye on the many students and teacher in our fine public school system, the Parks invited everyone in the community for a delicious array of appetizers and beverages asking only that those in attendance donate $5 to the LAPS Foundation.  

Donations

Eclipse Shots From Overlook Park

on May 24, 2012 - 8:35am

The moon initially appears cloudy Sunday as the eclipse event gets underway at Overlook Park. Photo by Brian McCool

Brian McCool and his family purchased the optics in phases off eBay for less than $100. The rest of the telescope was built with parts from local hardware stores. It isn't much to look at, but that isn't important, he said.

The telescope used to take this group of shots of Sunday's eclipse from Overlook Park is a home-built 8-inch reflector on a Dobsonian mount. Photo by Brian McCool

A bit of cloud remains. The man at right looks through a pinhole camera.
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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 24, 2012 - 7:17am

STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation: Extreme fire behavior has caused the Whitewater and Baldy Fires to combine, creating the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Evacuations of the Willow Creek and Mogollon are still in effect. 

Smoke from these fires is clearly visible from the Silver City area and is affecting much of the southern third of New Mexico. 

The fire has now come out of the Gila Wilderness and on to the Gila National Forest in the Willow Creek Subdivision, crossed State Road 159 at Silver Creek Divide and is working its way into Mineral Creek.

  • Incident Name: Whitewater-Baldy Complex
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The Red Elvises are Coming!

on May 23, 2012 - 10:34pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Russ Gordon
 
Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,
 
The Red Elvises are coming! The Red Elvises are coming! This is going to be one of the absolute best concerts we’ve ever had in Los Alamos and it’s free.
 
How do you say in English, “These cats are a gas!?" 
 
C’mon out Friday, May 25 to Ashley Pond. The show starts at 7 p.m. and goes till 10 p.m.
 
The original members of the Band came out of Moscow, Russia as a folk and folk-rock band.
 
The band moved to Santa Monica,Calif.

Scientists Take Giant Step in Understanding Plutonium

on May 23, 2012 - 10:24pm
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Offers New Insights into the Element

“In nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a resonance between the energy levels of the nuclear spin (black arrow) in a magnetic field (B) is achieved with the help of a coil. For the first time, the nuclear magnetic resonance signature of Plutonium 239 was observed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.” Courtesy photo

Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones.

But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out

PEEC’s Nature Playtimes Have Changed

on May 23, 2012 - 10:13pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center News

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will have shorter hours for its popular, free Nature Playtimes starting in June, and will also have a new teacher for the preschool program. 

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC’s Nature Playtimes offer a chance for the youngest kids to get out and enjoy nature on the Pajarito Plateau. 

Each session offers time to explore outside, a craft or sensory activity, and stories and songs. 

The program is free and open to all, with no registration required. 

Nature Playtimes have been running from 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays

First John F. Kennedy Banquet Set for June 2

on May 23, 2012 - 9:40pm

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LOS ALAMOS News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will host its first JFK Banquet 6-9 p.m., Saturday June 2 at the Best Western Hilltop House.

Local baseball legend Bun Ryan is the featured guest.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is the at the Keynote Speaker. A special video will be shown of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman honoring Bun Ryan.

The cost is $50 per person or reserve a table of eight for $350.

A delicious three course meal will be served with your choice of beef tenderloin or vegetarian crepes with dinner salad, baked potato, rolls and chocolate cheesecake.  

The

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Quality New Mexico Accepting Examiner Applications

on May 23, 2012 - 9:13pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the Board of Examiners through May 31.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

The program is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, using the same Baldrige Criteria for

Prepare for Upcoming Transit of Venus with PEEC

on May 23, 2012 - 8:58pm

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

Paul Mutschlecner. Courtesy Photo

At 7 p.m., Thursday May 24, local scientist Paul Mutschlecner will give a talk at PEEC about the upcoming transit of Venus across the sun. 

The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. 

And starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday June 5, PEEC will have a telescope available at the Center, at 3540 Orange St., for anyone interested in watching the transit.

On June 5, there will be a rare "transit of Venus" when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be

Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

on May 23, 2012 - 8:01pm

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150 Ancestral

Council Candidates Forum 6 p.m. Thursday

on May 23, 2012 - 6:24pm

CHAMBER News:

A County Council Candidates Forum is set for 6 p.m., Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park, 2nd floor conference room, 4200 West Jemez Road.

The Forum is sponsored by the Los Alamos Monitor and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the County Council candidates. The focus will be on business and economic issues.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

 

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Kiwanis - Local GOP Candidates Forum [Audio]

on May 23, 2012 - 5:01pm

Editor's Note: Marc Clay was unable to attend last week's forum. He spoke to the Kiwanis Club Tuesday, May 22, and his talk has been added to the original story.

Marc Clay, Candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Karen Kendall.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos held a local Republican Candidates Forum today.  Local Los Alamos Republican Candidates Sharon Stover (Candidate for County Clerk - represented by her husband Steve Girrens), Vincent Chiravalle and Roger Waterman (both candidates for County Council) were in attendance.

Marc Clay, County Council Candidate, confirmed he would

FBI Needs Help Identifying Woman

on May 23, 2012 - 3:07pm

FBI News:

The FBI and New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are asking for the public's help in identifying a homeless woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Dona Ana County in 2003.

The black female suffered from schizophrenia and used several aliases, including Sonja Rebecka Ihu, Gretchen Saldingo, Gretchen Sundingo, Melanie Rumba, Melanda Votz and Tinkerbell Votz.

It is believed she spoke English as a second language and may have immigrated to the U.S. from Africa.

She spent some time in Flagstaff, Ariz., in July 2001, and also may have been to Canada and the Seattle

Rumors of Smith's Demise Seem Greatly Exaggerated...

on May 23, 2012 - 3:05pm

Corporate officials state that Smith's Food & Drug in White Rock will remain open for business despite rumors to the contrary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Rumors that Smith's in White Rock is closing down have escalated considerably over the last two weeks among customers and employees alike.

The panic seemed to reach a fever pitch Thursday with some customers vowing to circulate petitions asking everyone living in White Rock to boycott the Los Alamos store in protest.

Smith's Public Affairs Vice President Marsha Gilford set the record straight on Tuesday –

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County Clerk May Go Fulltime

on May 23, 2012 - 2:34pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Clerk Janet Foster is not seeking re-election and may be the last clerk to work on a part time basis.

The idea of making the County Clerk position fulltime and salaried came as a result of the local Charter Review Committee's government structure research work. 

State requirements are expanding the duties of the clerk to the point where the move may be necessary to keep up with demand.

This issue is scheduled to go before County Council June 12. County Council Chair Sharon Stover's term ends Dec. 31 and she is running for County Clerk.

Stover said

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Speak Pashto? The FBI Wants You

on May 23, 2012 - 10:49am

The FBI is seeking to hire foreign language speakers and will host its first ever foreign language job fair in Houston on Friday, May 25.

The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Houston Community College’s (HCC) Conference Center, located at 3100 Main Street in Houston, Texas.

Hum Tum Radio-KLVL 1480 AM, will broadcast noon to 5 p.m. live from the job fair.

“FBI linguists play an extremely important role in keeping America safe,” said FBI Houston Foreign Language Program Manager Larry Wallace. “It’s a job opportunity that promises to be both challenging and rewarding.”

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