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Nature Center Would Enhance Community

on May 11, 2012 - 9:18am
Letter to the Editor:
I feel that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has proven the value to the community and the acceptance of the community for a nature center.

The current location at the Little Valley/UNM-LA building on Orange Street has served a useful purpose in demonstrating these values to the community.
It has acted as a nursery for environmental ideas, outdoor student classes, relevant daytime and evening lectures, adult programs of every description, support for local groups with similar focus, and collection/cataloguing of our native flora and fauna.

Hilltopper Sports Update

on May 11, 2012 - 8:41am

Hilltopper Softball vs Los Lunas, loss, 0-9; vs Del Norte, loss 1-5 - The Hilltoppers have been eliminated from the State Championships.

Track & Field, Boys and Girls are District Champions!

Hilltopper Softball vs St. Pius X, win, 5-4

Hilltopper Baseball vs Miyamura, 1st game, loss, 0-4, 2nd game loss, 1-5

Hilltopper Tennis, Girls are District champions!


Aimée Ringle's Bowl of Stones Tour

on May 10, 2012 - 9:21pm

Aimée Ringle is performing at 7 p.m., Saturday May 12 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Kelly Hall.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Aimée grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

She is a singer/songwriter, doing a tour to promote her first album.

Unique Opportunity to View Bradner Film

on May 10, 2012 - 9:07pm


The Military Order of World Wars (MOWW), Chapter 229 announces a dinner meeting on May 15 with a presentation of the "Bradner Film."

This is a unique opportunity to observe notable Los Alamos citizens as they lived in the community during the wartime days of Project Y.

RSVP required by Friday, May 11 to Ltc. Gregg Giesler AUS Retired, Chapter Commander at 662-5574 or email or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF Retired, Chapter Adjutant, 662-9544 or email



Espanola YMCA Teen Center

on May 10, 2012 - 8:45pm


The Espanola YMCA Teen Center (EYTC) hosted the second annual Born-2-Cruise Model car & Custom Bicycle Show Saturday, April 14.

This event was a great success and was flooded with more than 200 visitors and more than 50 participants.

Low-rider enthusiasts from all around the community and outward attended and showed off their custom creativity.

Courtesy Photo


"The Espanola youth were given a chance to shine and that is what we (EYTC) are all about," EYTC Program Co-Director Dion Gabriel said.

CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting Canceled

on May 10, 2012 - 8:15pm


Because members of the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee plan to attend the May 15 and 16 special Council meetings regarding funding and prioritization of capital projects, they have canceled their regular monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers on Thursday, May 17.


Take the Survey

on May 10, 2012 - 5:30pm

Editor's Note: The survey is now closed. The results will be available shortly.

During meeting's on Tuesday May 15 and Wednesday May 16, the Los Alamos County Council will discuss which proposed Phase II Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) will be funded and allowed to move forward and which will not.

In the following survey, the Los Alamos Daily Post is asking readers to rank the order in which they would like to see the unfunded Phase II CIP projects completed.

The option, "Do not proceed" is provided for projects the reader does not want to see funded by Los Alamos County.

Results of


Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 10, 2012

on May 10, 2012 - 4:11pm


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.

Today's Weekend Preview runs about 23 minutes.

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.

This program is sponsored by Kristin Henderson for Council (Paid

Family Fun Day Rocks Mountain Gym

on May 10, 2012 - 9:45am
Don Pollock, the Hillstompers cymbal player, watches as Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn recognizes teachers and staff during Wednesday's "Family Fun Day." Photo by TK Thompson/

The white line running horizontally through the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium is a paper chain comprised of 3-inch links made by students. Each link represents five "green slips" a student accumulates from doing good deeds. The chain stretches two-and-a-half times the length of the gym. There have been a whole lot of good deeds happening at Mountain Elementary School.

Scenes From Cinco de Mayo Concert

on May 10, 2012 - 9:25am
The Los Alamos Community Winds wrap up their Cinco de Mayo concert Saturday night at the Crossroads Bible Church in which they were joined by the Los Ninos de Santa Fe dance troupe. The concert subtitle was "Celebrating a century of the music and dance of Mexico and New Mexico." One of the songs performed "Over the Waves" was written by Mexican composer Juventino Rosas in 1888. Photo by TK Thompson/
Flutist Austin Keyser of Los Alamos was awarded a $1,000 music scholarship by Bryan Fearey of the Los Alamos Community Winds. Photo by TK Thompson/

Girls Softball State Championship Today @ 8 a.m. and noon

on May 10, 2012 - 7:51am

The Hilltoppers Softball Team. Photo by Alan Kirk


The six seed Lady Hilltoppers take on the third seed  Los Lunas's Lady Tigers this morning at 8am at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The State Championchip is a double elimination tournament. Win or loss against Los Lunas, the Hilltopper's second game starts at 12 noon. Both games will be broadcast live on KRSN AM 1490 and online at


Planning and Zoning Approves Site Plan for Bandelier Shuttle Service Facility

on May 9, 2012 - 10:05pm

Site Plan for a shuttle service facility for a shuttle to Bandelier National Monument. Source: Los Alamos County.

The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a site plan for a shuttle service facility for shuttles to Bandelier National Monument. The shuttle service facility will be located at the corner of State Road 4 and Rover across the street from the White Rock Visitor's Center and Conoco gas station, on what is now a vacant lot. Areas for up to two food vendors will be reserved on the commercial zoned lot at 40 Rover Blvd.

Forest Hosts Public Field Trips Into Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Area

on May 9, 2012 - 10:00pm

The Santa Fe National Forest is hosting three educational field trips into the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration project area.

These field trips are designed to provide on-the-ground information about the project. Participants will be guided through the area to see and learn about existing conditions, desired conditions, ecosystem function, treatments that have been accomplished, and engage in interactive conversation with Forest personnel about the project.

“We are in the process of drafting a proposal to treat approximately 110,000 acres of

Council Approves Motions Relative to Initiative, Referendum, Repeal and Charter Amendment

on May 9, 2012 - 9:11pm

Council approved replacing all parts of the existing Charter pertaining to Initiative/Referendum/Recall/Charter Amendments. Council votes 6 to 1 to approve Charter Amendment Alternate 2 removing the requirement for legal review prior to circulating petitions. Council voted 6-1 to approve Charter Amendment Alternate 2 relative to the referendum motion again removing the same legal requirement, 6-1 to approve the Charter Amendment relative to Recall and 5-2 to approve additional repeal language for each ordinance reviewed. Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the

Council is Considering a Set of Proposed Amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter

on May 9, 2012 - 7:57pm

Contract Attorney Chay Rennick speaks to Council about ordinances under review. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public turnout is light for tonight's Special Council Session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chris Chandler, right, of the Charter Review Committee addresses the issues as Charter Review Committee Chair John Hopkins, center, and contract attorney Chay Rennick look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

During the public comment portion of tonight's hearing, Ellen Walton addressed specific issues she has with the process. Photo by Carol A.

Espanola Man to Serve 10 Years in Prison

on May 9, 2012 - 5:27pm

FBI News:

A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced James Aley White, 31, of Espanola to a 120-month term of imprisonment for his bank robbery conviction.

White will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay full restitution to the bank that was the victim of his crime.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that on Nov. 15, 2011, White pled guilty to robbing the Bank of America at 8040 Academy Road NE in Albuquerque on Aug. 19, 2011.

According to court filings, the bank was robbed on Aug.

Bandelier Advising of Upcoming Closure May 22 or 23

on May 9, 2012 - 4:26pm

Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, has announced that the main visitor area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed for at least part of the day on either Tuesday, May 22 or Wednesday, May 23. 

“We will be having very large pieces of equipment working in the canyon that day to install an interim crossing of the creek,” he said. “We are not certain yet which day, or at what time, this work will happen, but we want to minimize the impacts on our visitors.” 

Anyone planning a visit to the park on either of those days should keep an eye on information sources for updated

Safety & Security Matters Show [Audio]

on May 9, 2012 - 3:12pm

Safety and Security Matters radio show, hosted by Carol A. Clark and recorded at the KRSN AM 1490 studios in Los Alamos.

April 25, 2012 - FBI Featured on Safety and Security Matters radio show with Carol A. Clark



Feb 29, 2012 -  This month's program focuses on the "Every 15 Minute" program highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. Program guests are Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Los Alamos Fire and Police Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon.


Taste Regional Flavors with New Mexico Wine Tours

on May 9, 2012 - 1:15pm

Ponderosa Landscape. Courtesy/NMWT

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Get a sip of New Mexico with one of the special tours offered by New Mexico Wine Tours. New Mexico is the oldest wine making region in the country, with more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms.

“We often combine wine tasting with scenic tours or recreational events” said Cindy Capelli, owner and operator of New Mexico Wine Tours. “I tailor the tour to what the guests want to do.”

Some dedicated wine tasters choose to visit up to six wineries, while others choose to combine wine tasting at two or three wineries with an afternoon

UNM-Los Alamos Honors Rep. Jeannette Wallace

on May 9, 2012 - 11:49am

By Carol A. Clark

The Building 5 Lecture Hall on the UNM-Los Alamos campus is being named the "Jeannette O. Wallace" Lecture Hall in memory of longtime New Mexico State Representative Jeannette Wallace.

"We are just delighted to be able to honor Representative Wallace in this way,” said UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page during an interview Tuesday. "We'll host a formal dedication ceremony here at the campus in late August or early September and invite the family, community leaders and the public to join us in dedicating the Lecture Hall in her name with a special plaque."


Council Wrestles with Policy Questions

on May 9, 2012 - 11:14am

"I think if we put something on the ballot - we have an obligation to the citizens to explain it - both the pros and cons," Los Alamos County Councilor Michael Wismer said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Two topics dominated discussion at the County Council Work Session held Tueday evening at White Rock Fire Station 3: The general organization of committees that are formed by Council and the County Administrator and the roles of those committees; Council policy on the spending of County resources to desseminate information to the public on major projects and how balance can be


Deer Trap Mesa: May 6, 2012

on May 9, 2012 - 9:55am


Column by Nina Thayer

Deer Trap Mesa has been our family's favorite hike for more than 30 years, so there shouldn't be any surprises, right?  Wrong!  

Yesterday we set out on the trail that leaves from the very end of Barranca Road on a typically windy Sunday afternoon. 

We were greeted immediately by dozens of Beardtongue, the 10- to 15-inch tall stately blue-purple member of the Penstemon group of the Snapdragon Family.


I had not remembered seeing them in past years.  

Before we had covered a hundred yards, we spotted large white yucca, commonly called Banana


Los Alamos Youth Food Project Plows Forward

on May 9, 2012 - 8:38am

A major milestone in the development of a community garden by the Los Alamos Youth Food Project has been accomplished. The garden's field at the Los Alamos Middle School has been leveled. Good fill dirt is being added. Leveling is a key step that is necessary before planter boxes can be built. To find out more about the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, check out our special Focus section.

A plow levels the Los Alamos Youth Food Project garden field at the Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Greg Kendall/

From Nazi Germany to the Manhattan Project: A Love Story

on May 8, 2012 - 10:56pm

In a chilling story of her parents’ escape from Hitler’s reign of terror, Bettina Hoerlin reveals the depth and breadth of Nazism in pre-war Germany at a reading and signing at Otowi Station Bookstore on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m.

Hoerlin’s book, Steps of Courage, is a unique blend of historical and personal facts that documents how her parents overcome obstacles to their romance, one between an Aryan and Jew, and fight the nazification of culture, science and mountaineering.