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It’s All About Eggs! Three Hunts This Weekend

on March 26, 2016 - 6:12am
Kids scramble for candy filled eggs at last year’s Eggstravaganza at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report:

It will be all about the eggs for Los Alamos youngsters this weekend. Three separate egg hunts are scheduled.

The first is the annual Elk’s Lodge Easter Egg Hunt plus Wildfire 2016. Activities start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park

This will be a fun event for the entire family with the Easter Egg Hunt, a bicycle rodeo, children’s bicycle helmet giveaway, the LAPD bomb truck, the LAFD public education trailer,

Governor On 36-Year Low In DWI Highway Deaths

on March 26, 2016 - 6:06am
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico saw a 36-year low in the number of DWI deaths that occurred on New Mexico roadways last year.
In 2015, there were 122 DWI deaths – a 28 percent decrease from 2014. This marks a 70 percent decrease since 1979, the year New Mexico started tracking DWI fatalities.
“DWI has been a major problem in our state for a long time. I’m encouraged by this progress. A 36-year low in DWI deaths is a big deal. But our greatest challenge remains: ending drunk driving for good and getting that number to zero,” Martinez said.

Importance Of Healthy Sleeping Habits

on March 26, 2016 - 6:05am

Suffering with a snorer in your bed. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

The days are getting longer - a sign that spring is here – and some of us are still groggy from the hour of sleep we lost when the clocks bounced forward an hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

 “Many people do not realize the importance of healthy sleeping habits to their overall wellness,” said Dr. Frank Ralls of Quality Sleep Solutions and Medical Director of the Los Alamos Medical Center sleep clinic. “Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health.

Update On Del Norte Credit Union In White Rock

on March 26, 2016 - 5:52am

The design including two drive-thru lanes is taking shape Friday on the new Del Norte Credit Union under construction at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The new Del Norte Credit Union under construction in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The design on the new Del Norte Credit Union building in White Rock is taking shape. It is being constructed on the vacant SE corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, directly across the road from where a leased branch currently resides.

Designed to

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Receives $1 Million

on March 26, 2016 - 5:47am

Mallard ducks in the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge's agriculture fields. Courtesy/USFWS


ALBUQUERQUE ― U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich have announced that Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) will receive $1 million in additional annual funding to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. 

The Refuge, located in Albuquerque’s South Valley, is only five miles from downtown and has been working extensively with partners and community members to create a shared vision for

FBI Seeks Suspect In Officer-Involved Shooting

on March 26, 2016 - 5:25am
FBI News:
The FBI and the Laguna Police Department (LPD) are searching for a suspect related to an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m., Thursday in the area of the Route 66 Casino on the Pueblo of Laguna.
An LPD officer investigating a vehicle that was reported stolen was shot but is expected to recover. A male suspect was shot and killed.
Video footage can be seen here. Another man, who can be seen in the video, fled and is wanted by authorities. He was wearing black shorts with a white stripe, a black jacket with white trim, and black shoes with white soles.

Peaceful Demonstrations Near Trinity Site April 2

on March 26, 2016 - 5:22am
CCNS News:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNC) has announced that the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium is organizing two peaceful demonstrations Saturday, April 2 at the entrances to the White Sands Missile Range at the Stallion Range Station and Tularosa Gate. 
The protests are to support those who have been negatively affected by exposure to radiation as a result of the July 16, 1945 Trinity Atomic Test in south central New Mexico
The White Sands Missile Range holds an open house twice a year for the public to view the site of the Trinity Test.

'Blue Bus' La Cienega Pilot Route Launches March 28

on March 26, 2016 - 5:08am
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), operator of the RTD “Blue Bus,” will kick-off its six-month pilot service Monday from the La Cienega Valley to south Santa Fe.
The new service will offer three roundtrips per day, Monday through Friday, with one early morning, midday and late afternoon. Service will be from La Cienega and La Cieneguilla with stops at Las Golondrinas, 599 Rail Runner Station, Santa Fe Place Mall, Walmart, the Santa Fe Outlet Mall, VA Clinic on Bruckner Rd. and New Mexico Human Services.
Santa Fe Place Mall provides connecting service to Santa Fe

Float Your Cares (Pains) Away At Float Los Alamos

on March 26, 2016 - 5:04am
Carlos and Linda Casias with one of their flotation tanks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carlos and Linda Casias opened Float Los Alamos in November at 927 Central Ave., near the DMV and Rose Chocolatier.

The new business provides floatation therapy or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution.

The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve

Library Survey On Open Forum Until March 31

on March 25, 2016 - 12:31pm
Library Manager Steven Thomas
The Open Forum survey about the Los Alamos County Library System on the Los Alamos County website will end in just a few days - so if you’d like to make your wishes known, now is the time.
Nearly 600 people have already expressed their opinions, on topics ranging from children’s programs to electronic databases. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
“We are so pleased with the excellent response we’ve gotten from the community,” Library Manager Steven Thomas said.

UNM-LA Advisory Board Vacancy

on March 25, 2016 - 11:42am

UNM-LA News:

Michael DiRosa has resigned his position as a UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board member due to a work assignment that will have him away from Los Alamos for the next two years. 

DiRosa was elected to the position in February of 2015.

"We appreciate Michael's service on our Advisory Board," UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cindy Rooney said. "His passion for higher education and his commitment to the success of our campus were evident in all of our interactions. We wish him the best in his new assignment."

Per UNM-LA bylaws, when a vacancy occurs during a term, the "remaining board

Daily Postcard: View From Nambé At Dusk

on March 25, 2016 - 10:00am
Daily Postcard: View from a home in Nambé at dusk Tuesday looking west through the cottonwoods toward Los Alamos. Photo by Doug Roberts

TALES OF OUR TIMES: What Decides How Big Is Best?

on March 25, 2016 - 9:28am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

What Decides How Big Is Best?

The environment, which is everything on Earth, constantly struggles to find the right size for a system. A “system” means a set of parts that must work together as conditions change. The system could be a live animal, a corporation, an agency or a jurisdiction.
Systems have been tried in a wide range of sizes.  

Nature tried dinosaurs in different sizes.

LAHS Students Launch Atomic Landscapes

on March 25, 2016 - 9:09am
Los Alamos

To say that Los Alamos High School teacher Holly Phillips is proud of her students would be an understatement. This week, Phillips, a work study teacher was proud to announce that two of her pupils have taken the skills they have acquired to launch their own business.

Leo Marquez and James Larranaga have created Atomic Landscapes, which can be found on Facebook as they spring into business this month.

“I'm really proud of Leo and James,” Phillips said.

Heinrich Leads Group Of Senators Urging Congressional Leaders To Address National Parks' Maintenance Backlog

on March 25, 2016 - 8:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, led a group of senators in urging congressional leaders to include sufficient funding for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies appropriations bill in order to address the maintenance backlog facing our nation's National Parks.
"With a nearly $6 billion maintenance backlog attributable to the type of repair, rehabilitation and cyclic maintenance projects that receive

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Underway

on March 25, 2016 - 8:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Favorable conditions today allowed fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest to proceed with the planned prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  
The 200-acre broadcast burn adjacent to the Nichols Reservoir will be done with hand and aerial ignitions. Smoke from the prescribed pile burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. 
Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.

IRS Offers Simplified Method For Claiming Home Office Deduction

on March 25, 2016 - 8:26am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people with home-based businesses filling out their 2015 federal income tax returns that they can choose a simplified method for claiming the deduction for business use of a home.
This is the fourth in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as this year’s April 18 deadline approaches.
In tax year 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, more than 3.4 million taxpayers claimed deductions totaling just over $9.6 billion

Luján Statement In Honor Of Women’s History Month

on March 25, 2016 - 8:23am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
From The Office Of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement celebrating Women’s History Month.
“This month, we take the opportunity to celebrate the innumerable achievements and contributions women have made in the United States and around the world.  We reflect on the sacrifice and courage of those who persevered to break down barriers and open the doors of opportunity for every generation who came after them.
“Suffragettes like Susan B.

Chris Chandler Knows Her Way Around

on March 25, 2016 - 8:19am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I have decided to run for the Los Alamos County Council and I am asking for your support.

We face many exciting opportunities to move our community forward. We are also confronting a number of challenges that will impact the town for decades to come. I have a wealth of experience from which I can draw that will help the council address these challenges as they arise.

I have previously served as a county councilor as well as council chair and vice chair.

UNM-LA Student Jemima Spill Earns Academic Scholarship

on March 25, 2016 - 8:18am
Jemima Spill, center, a UNM-LA student selected to the All-State Academic Team, was honored at the State Capitol in Santa Fe during the Legislative Session. She is pictured here with UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney, right, and her mother Mary Spill. Courtesy/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos sophomore Jemima Spill was selected in January as a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.
The 19-year-old from Española will receive the $1,250 scholarship provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, in September.

State Museums; Historic Sites Closed Easter Sunday

on March 25, 2016 - 8:13am
The four state museums in Santa Fe, the New Mexico Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governor's both located on the Plaza, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art both located on Museum Hill, will be closed Easter Sunday.
The museums will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29.
All state historic sites also will be closed on Easter Sunday;
  • Jemez (Jemez Springs);
  • Coronado (Bernalillo);
  • El Camino Real (Socorro);
  • Fort Selden (Radium Springs);
  • Fort Sumner/Bosque Redondo (Fort Sumner); and
  • Lincoln (Lincoln).


Amy Woods Seeks To Serve As County Clerk

on March 25, 2016 - 8:04am
Democratis Candidate
Los Alamos County Clerk Candidate

I am committed to public service and believe it is important for residents to contribute to their community. I serve as president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, am a commissioner on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission and a board member on the Pajarito Acres Homeowners Association.

I was raised in Los Alamos and many of you may know my mom, Carlotta McInteer. After 25 years on the road, I now work as an associate broker at Zia Realty Group and reside with my younger brother in our family home.

I hold an MBA

White Rock Makes Richest Town In Each State List

on March 25, 2016 - 7:53am

This map comes courtesy of Business Insider's Andy Kiersz, who used data from the Census Bureau's 2008-12 American Community Survey to determine the place with the highest median household income (with at least 1,000 residents) in each state. Courtesy/

By Business Insider's Andy Kiersz

The geographic distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. is always a fascinating topic. 

One of the many types of geography the Census Bureau tabulates figures for are "places." These are either legally incorporated cities or towns or Census-designated statistical equivalents.

Business And Community Leaders Gather At Red And Black Ball To Support Youth

on March 24, 2016 - 5:01pm
Business and community leaders (Benefactors of Youth) gather Saturday night at the YMCA's annual Red and Black Ball and are honored for their support. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Members of the YMCA's Chairman's Roundtable are honored at Saturday's annual Red and Black Ball. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, LANL's Community Programs Office Director Kathy Keith, LANL's Government Affairs Office Director Patrick Woehrle, Janet McMillan, LANL Director Charlie McMillan, Barbara Kacich and LANL Deputy Director Rich Kacich. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Obituary: Clifton ‘Skip’ Collins, Jr. Aug. 12, 1939 – March 23, 2016

on March 24, 2016 - 4:37pm

CLIFTON SKIP COLLINS Aug. 12, 1939 March 23, 2016

Clifton “Skip” Collins, Jr. a resident of White Rock, NM passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, with his family by his side.

He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on August 12, 1939.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clifton M. Collins, Sr., mother Lois Casperson-Collins, and Uncles Robert and Ralph Casperson.

After proudly serving in the Army he returned to New Mexico and started his career as a Security Specialist for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and retired after twenty three years.