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North Mesa Loses Gas

on September 5, 2012 - 6:38pm


More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon today.

Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

DPU crews began an extensive restoration effort around 12:30 p.m., which includes shutting gas valves to each North Mesa customer, pressurizing the line, and revisiting each customer to turn gas back on and relight appliances.

Crews will be working around the clock

Police Charge Local Man With Battery

on September 5, 2012 - 12:50pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police issued a court summons to a local man Tuesday morning charging him with battery.

Matthew Story, 21, reportedly suffers from a mental handicap and attempted to choke a Los Alamos High School student who he believed had taken his paint brushes from his art class at UNM-Los Alamos in July, according to the police report.

The 15-year-old student told police that she encountered Story near the County bus stop at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road before school started Tuesday, according to the police report.

Story was angry about the loss of his paint brushes


West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico to Date

on September 5, 2012 - 11:04am

OEM News:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.

New Human Cases in New Mexico by County:

Six new cases have been reported since Aug. 29, bringing the total for this year to 14 cases:

  • 78-year-old man from Dona Ana County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 59-year-old man from Lea County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 79-year-old man from Sandoval County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 9-year-old boy from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 72-year-old man from

The End of an Era: 'The Black Hole' is Closing

on September 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Despite operating a junk yard, Ed Grothus almost always dressed in a white shirt with an elaborate inlaid kachina bolo. Often his enthusiasm overrode the caution to don work clothes and he ruined countless shirts and pairs of pants. He wore the bolo everywhere for years. Courtesy photo


Barbara Grothus, president of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close.

The business, established in 1953, has operated at 4015 Arkansas Ave. in Los Alamos since the 1970s.


Money IQ: Financial Powers of Attorney

on September 5, 2012 - 10:27am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte

Financial Powers of Attorney

Tom is 78. He’s been married to Sarah for 52 years. They have five children, none of whom live nearby. Tom had always been blessed with exceptional health until he suffered a serious stroke on July 15.

Sadly, Tom is looking at a slow and uncertain recovery. Throughout their entire marriage, Tom has taken care of all bill paying, tax returns and investments.

He is now unable to assist in any way. Sarah is committed to being Tom’s primary caregiver and has become responsible for all household financial matters.

Tom and Sarah had talked


Rotarians, Guests and Candidates Hear Economic Vitality Talk by Greg Fisher of Los Alamos County

on September 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Rotarian Lewis Muir chats with Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administratorr Greg Fisher, who delivered a talk at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidates on both sides of the aisle listen to County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher speak about the progress the County has made and the challenges yet to overcome in terms of infrastructure, attracting new business, affordable housing and similar issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator

Disseminating the Kilogram, No Strings Attached

on September 5, 2012 - 8:44am

Patrick Abbot inspects the upper (vacuum) section of the apparatus. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

The impending redefinition of the kilogram presents a weighty dilemma. Methods to be used to realize the redefined kilogram are based on the Planck constant and the Avogadro constant respectively and realize the kilogram in vacuum.

But secondary standards, as well as transfer standards for laboratory and industrial use, must be deployed in air.

Devising a practical method of resolving this difference is extremely complicated. Two masses can easily be compared when both are in vacuum.

NMFRW President at GOP National Convention

on September 5, 2012 - 8:43am

New Mexico Federation of Republican Women President Elaine Miller of Albuquerque attended last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa Fla., as an alternate delegate. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the real turning point for her in the convention was listening to the inspirational speech given by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. "He said the things that made me feel positive and enthusiastic and I'm ready to get busy helping to get our candidates elected," she said.

LeadHer: Los Alamos Launches Sept. 12

on September 5, 2012 - 8:26am

LeadHer: Los Alamos News:

LeadHer: Los Alamos is a new, interdenominational Christian women’s group.

The first LeadHer Los Alamos meeting will be 6:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Mesa Public Library (Community Rooms upstairs) in Los Alamos.

The purpose of this group is to help women grow spiritually through revelation, inspiration and application.

LeadHer Los Alamos meets twice a month. The first meeting the women get together and watch a video teaching with a theme.

The second meeting, the women participate in a community service project.

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 13

on September 5, 2012 - 8:25am

Editor's note: This is part 13 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the chimpanzee as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Lena Vinogradova.



United Way Campaign Kick-off is Sept. 12 at LANB

on September 5, 2012 - 8:24am


The United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) invites you to the 2013 Campaign kick-off.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.

The Blue Window Bistro is sponsoring this year’s event by providing hors d'oeuvres. The 2013 Campaign co-chairs are Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendant Dr. Gene Schmidt and his wife Wendy.

UWNNM is a grant making organization dedicated to engaging human and financial resources to help meet the needs of our communities.

The campaign kick-off marks the beginning of


White Rock Visitor Center Grand Opening is Sept. 28

on September 5, 2012 - 8:24am

Los Alamos County will host a grand opening celebration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the site of the newly constructed White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. The event is open to the public and also commemorates the completion of road work along N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

OBITUARY: BOB NUNZ 1939-Sept. 2, 2012

on September 5, 2012 - 7:27am

Robert A. Nunz, 73, of White Rock, N.M., passed away peacefully Sept. 2 after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Bob was born in New York City March 5, 1939 to Sylvester and Elizabeth Nunz. He is the younger brother of Gregory Nunz, formerly of White Rock, now of Las Vegas, Nev.
Bob was employed as a Probation Officer for the City of New York serving in both Family and Criminal Courts and was promoted to supervisor and then to branch chief for the Borough of the Bronx.
He married Mary Carpenter in 1972. Upon their retirement in 1995, they relocated to White Rock.

Local Democratic Headquarters is Officially Open

on September 4, 2012 - 10:51am

County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center, introduces former council candidate Ken Johnson, left, to his replacement Michael Redondo, who as a hobby, is an extra in movies requiring him to wear his hair and beard long. Johnson resigned from the race last month because he is likely moving out of town. The introduction of Johnson and Redondo was made Sunday as the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County officially opened its new headquarters in downtown Los Alamos with a grand opening celebration.

Running Technique, Posture and Pain

on September 4, 2012 - 9:14am

Column by Jessica Kisiel

There are no sports beyond our body's capability! When we have pain playing a sport though, it is easy to blame the activity for our pain.

Running, the primary functional movement our body was designed for, has a reputation for being hard on or even bad for the body.

It is often the first sport we are advised not to do if we have any lower extremity pain. If running were the problem then everyone who runs should hurt as a result of participating, right?

The fact is, some people suffer while others are pain free. Why?

The difference lies in the physical body that

FSN Announces Programs for this Semester

on September 4, 2012 - 9:11am

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network is a private, non-profit organization serving families since 1989 through its Family Resource Center within the Pueblo Complex at 1900 Diamond Dr. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday with scheduled evening class times available.

This semester, FSN is offering a variety of programs:

"Prevent Suicide: Provide A.I.D."

Date: Monday, Sept. 10 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Teen Center

Instructor: Elisa Enriquez, MSW, LISW

Cost: Free

Registration: Appreciated, but not required: Online at

Are you worried about someone

Food on the Hill: Apricot Chicken

on September 4, 2012 - 8:20am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe...
Apricot Chicken
4 large chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups of cup up apricots
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 cups of Russian Salad dressing (not creamy)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 cups of cooked rice
Photo by Sue York/
Slice chicken breasts crosswise about 1/2 inch thick. Heat the oil and butter in a non-stick pan and fry the chicken breast in batches as to not crowd the pan.
Photo by Sue York/
You just need to sear the outside of the chicken, about 2

Special Poetry Gathering: Film Performance of Beowulf

on September 4, 2012 - 8:19am

J. R. Skelton's illustration in the children's book ''Stories of Beowulf'' (H. E. Marshall). Published in New York in 1908 by E. P. Dutton & Company


September is Arts and Culture Month in Los Alamos and Mesa Public Library is pleased to show a film performance of Beowulf, the heroic, epic poem dated from between 800-1100, in the original Anglo Saxon with modern English subtitles featuring Benjamin Bagby.

This special event is part of the regular library program, Poetry Gatherings, hosted by local poet and UNM LA teacher, Jane Lin, which meets the second Thursday


Cupcakes Coming Soon to Ruby K's Menu

on September 4, 2012 - 8:18am

From left, Ruby K's owner Ruby Alexander with bakers Katherine Johnson and Beth Bowman. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Ruby K’s Bagel Café has been a part of Beth Bowman’s routine for the past seven years. Every Wednesday, after working out with friends, they all go to Ruby K’s for bagels.

She has recently joined the staff as a baker.

Bowman, along with Katherine Johnson (another Ruby K’s employee), is test baking to come up with a new line of cupcakes. 

Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

They initially plan to introduce several basic flavors.

“The flavors will evolve,”

What’s at Thursday's Farmers Market...

on September 4, 2012 - 8:06am

This week Matt Romero will sell bushel’s of Green Chile ... medium hot only. Courtesy/LAFM


Los Alamos Farmers Market is set for 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at Central Avenue and Bathtub Row.

What’s at market:
Zuchunni, beets, celery, onions, tomatoes of every variety and color, cucumbers, garlic, kale, potatoes, bell peppers, fennel, pumpkins, Pabalnos, Big Jim chiles, Joe parker chiles, alcalde improved, Yellow hots, Jalapenos, green onions, Salad mixes, heads of butter lettuces, carrots of every color, Shishitos peppers,

LAYL Seeks Dirty Cars for Fundraiser

on September 4, 2012 - 8:05am

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) members will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in the parking lot at Los Alamos National Bank.

Money raised from the event will be used on volunteer projects such as the annual Adopt A Family. Last year's car wash raised about $350 dollars.

LAYL was founded in 2005. It is a program that helps students in grades 9-12 gain leadership skills that are useful later in life.

Each year, students are placed in groups with adult leaders.


Jazz on Tap for Fest at Central Park Square

on September 4, 2012 - 8:05am

PAC 8 and Otowi Station Host Amy Goodman Oct. 11

on September 4, 2012 - 8:04am

PAC 8 News:


During this 2012 election season, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan are on a national speaking tour to mark the 16th anniversary of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and to launch their new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.


PAC 8 will host Goodman and Moynihan in a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Fuller Lodge.


Cost of the event is $15, which includes lunch (sandwich supplied by the Los Alamos Co-Op.) Otowi Station Bookstore will host a book signing of The


'The Descendants' Screens Sept. 6 at Mesa Public Library

on September 4, 2012 - 8:02am

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Review by Kelly Dolejsi

"The Descendants," screening Thursday at Mesa Public Library, is the kind of film that smart people wish would win awards.

It's not sensationalistic or gratuitous. It's not one easy laugh after another, one car chase after another, one famous person after another saying dumb, obvious things with their multi-million-dollar voices.

And in fact, the film did win an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for four others: Best Achievement in Directing (Alexander Payne), Best Achievement