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Finishing Touches Underway On Central Avenue Between 15th and 20th Streets

on September 21, 2014 - 7:55am

This truck was spraying water Saturday along Central Avenue between 20th and 15th streets as the finishing touches are underway for the Central Avenue Improvements Project. This portion of Central will open to the public by Oct. 4 with a big event being planned that includes inviting shoppers to visit the local businesses who have endured the closed street all summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fall Colors Turning Up Around Los Alamos

on September 21, 2014 - 7:50am

Fall colors begin to show in the trees near Fuller Lodge Art Center and throughout the area. The official first day of Autumn is Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Forever Grateful For Kind Act

on September 20, 2014 - 9:09pm
Los Alamos

This morning I was headed out of Los Alamos going on a motorcycle ride.

I stopped at Totavi to fuel up and realized my purse was missing. I called home in a panic knowing in my heart I had placed it on one of the saddlebags. My daughter looked around the driveway and said it was not there.  

I went home to see if I had possibly left it somewhere else at home. I pulled up and she came to my bike and said I was one very lucky person. Evidently a very nice man and his daughter had seen it in the road by Smith's. I would like to say thank you to who ever this person was.


Bighorn Sheep Now Spotted On Barranca

on September 20, 2014 - 9:01pm

This bighorn sheep was spotted about 7 p.m. today climbing up the trail from Rendija Canyon into a residential yard on Barranca. Photo by Ann Thoma


Louise Mendius Named Kiwanian of the Year!

on September 20, 2014 - 7:08pm
Kiwanians gathered for an evening of fellowship, dinner and the installation of next year's officers and board members. Photo by Greg Kendall
Outgoing President Karen Kendall, left, awards Louise Mendius Kiwanian of the Year. Photo by Greg Kendall

Lt. Gov. Don Casperson, left, installs Steve Boerigter as president
. Photo by Greg Kendall

Los Alamos Kiwanians gathered Sept. 13 at the home of Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton for a potluck installation dinner. The special event raised more than $1,000 for Project Eliminate, the Kiwanis International-UNICEF joint vaccination


Pinon Elementary School Celebrates 50th Birthday

on September 20, 2014 - 4:45pm
Pinon Elementary School Principal Jill Gonzales shows off the school's 50th birthday cake Friday during the school's celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Elvis the Pinon Panther shares high fives with students. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pinon Alumni share their favorite memories of their days at the school including Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, left. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Students play a parachute game at Pinon's 50th Birthday Celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pinon students enjoyed Field Day

Many Elk Spotted During PEEC's Valles Caldera Tour

on September 20, 2014 - 4:35pm

Participants in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's latest Take Wing event traveled Thursday to see elk moving around the Valles Caldera National Preserve at dusk. The group heard many elk bugling, saw several males with large racks and many females during the special event for people who have contributed $150 for the new Nature Center. For more information, click here. Photo by Rick Wallace

Photo by Rick Wallace

Laura Loy and her daughter. Photo by Felicia Orth

Linda Doolen. Photo by Felicia Orth

Victoria LeDuc. Photo by Felicia Orth

Guide Jim Trout. Photo by Felicia Orth


Birth Announcement: Leon Vahap Perriot

on September 20, 2014 - 2:20pm

Leon Vahap Perriot was born at Los Alamos Medical Center Aug. 25, 2014 to Diana Abdikasheva and Romain Perriot. He is the couple's first child. Courtesy photo


Classical Music World: A Revolution Is Underway

on September 20, 2014 - 1:45pm
LACA Artistic Director

Today I went to and got a real education. 

The Grammy organization gives awards to recording artists in 82 categories. I scrolled down the increasingly obscure list of winners, past four categories for rap, past Best Children’s Album, Best Regional Roots Music Album, Best New Age Album, on and on through 70 different categories. 

 At the deep, dark bottom of the list were the 10 categories for classical music. 

There was a time when every concert presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association sold out the Smith Auditorium. A friend

Entrepreneurship Enables Michelle Harkey To Create Better Life For Herself And Clients

on September 20, 2014 - 9:46am

Entrepreneur Michelle Harkey in her Los Alamos office with LAVA founder Nik Seet. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


One of the goals of LACDC’s Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) is to celebrate entrepreneurship, because entrepreneurs are taking a risk to do something cool.

Michelle Harkey of Los Alamos is an entrepreneur willing to walk away from a safe and stable existance to build a life that she dreamed for herself; a life that she creates every day. Before starting her own business she was an accountant. She was paid well, and had a consistent career.

Renaissance Fair At Rancho De Las Golondrinas Underway In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2014 - 9:45am

Renaissance Fair at Rancho de las Golondrinas is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., today and tomorrow in Santa Fe. Tickets and information is available at Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

WIPP: No Evidence Of Second Breached Drum

on September 20, 2014 - 8:17am

WIPP News:

Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. There is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum.

The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and WIPP personnel have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different.

Worker safety is the Department's highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art

Brig. Gen. Stephen Davis In Top Military Post At NNSA

on September 20, 2014 - 8:16am

Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Friday welcomed Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis (USAF) as Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application.

Brig. Gen. Davis will assist Dr. Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which maintains the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Brig. Gen.

Heinrich Co-sponsors Bill to Expand STEM Education

on September 20, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored a bill to expand engagement in afterschool programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and encourage New Mexico students to pursue STEM careers.

The bill, S. 2543, the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act, would help provide resources to support afterschool and STEM programs by strengthening state, local, and community partnerships.

"It has become increasingly important to engage students in STEM education.

School Board Work Session At Pinon Thursday

on September 20, 2014 - 7:23am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Work Session at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Pinon Elementary School Library.

The agenda includes:

  • Pinon Elementary School Report;
  • Transition of Aspen School;
  • Visions Inventory update;
  • School Board Committee Reports;
  • RFP process for superintendent search;
  • Salaries Study; and
  • School Board Policy Review.

The meeting is open to the public.


How the Hen House Turns—The Human Factor (Part 6)

on September 20, 2014 - 7:19am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor (Part 6): The Human Factor and Cats
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

When trying to define the Human Factor, we had better be careful to distinguish who does what when we’re dealing with dogs and cats. There may be something to be learned in the difference between these two animals.

Why do we (some humans) support and defend feral cats, when no one these days encourages packs of unlicensed dogs? And what draws us to one and not the other?

I had both as a child, and they were great pals to each other.

Letter to the Editor: Asking Cat Owner To Sign Surrender Paperwork At Shelter

on September 19, 2014 - 9:18pm

Whoever dropped off this very sweet elderly gentleman cat at the door of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter the night of Sept. 18 or morning of Sept. 19, we are asking the former owner to please come in to the shelter and sign surrender paperwork.

Without that signature, we cannot consider this cat to be county property, get him vetted, and place him for adoption ASAP. The shelter is very crowded, and the only way we can keep our euthanasia rate low is to keep our adoption rate high.

We are not a no-kill shelter, and we try to move our animals into good homes

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Selected For Leadership New Mexico Core Program

on September 19, 2014 - 5:49pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LNM News:

Leadership New Mexico has announced that Los Alamos County Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone is among the 42 leaders from 19 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Core Program. This is the 19th class for the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Open to all citizens of the state, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government and non-profit sectors.

Homecoming Parade 2014 ... Go Toppers!

on September 19, 2014 - 3:39pm

Topper spirit was fierce at today's Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade on Central Avenue. The Toppers play against the Kirtland Central High School Broncos tonight at Sullivan Field. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Go Toppers! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

It was a balmy 80 degrees as spectators lined Central Avenue to cheer on the entries in today's Homecoming Parade and participants handed out candy and Topper tee shirts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr.

Central Avenue Opens For Today's Homecoming Parade

on September 19, 2014 - 1:59pm

Cars are once again driving on Central Avenue for a short time today ahead of the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade, which begins at 2:30 p.m. traveling down Central from 4th Street to Rose Street. Some floats will continue on to Sullivan Field. Central will reclose following the parade for another few days of finish work. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A street sweeper cleans the dust off Central Avenue today ahead of this afternoon's parade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community Invited To 20th Annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s Saturday

on September 19, 2014 - 10:32am
Alzheimer's Association Board members Kay Burick, Pauline Schneider, Mary Yamada and Susan Heckethorn show off Silent Auction and Raffle Baskets available at Saturday's Walk to End Alzheimer's. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Betty Ehart Center and Ashley Pond will be filled with the color purple Saturday as Los Alamos chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association hosts the 20th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

A host of events are planned:

  • 9 a.m. Registration Opens at the Betty Ehart Center
  • 9:30 a.m. Jerry Bower Memorial 5K
  • 9:30 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks LAPSF For Science Classroom Makeover

on September 19, 2014 - 10:25am
Barbara Musgrave
LAHS Science Teacher

During the summer of 2014, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation chose my classroom (E113) at Los Alamos High School as a classroom make-over. And boy did it need it! I had a room full of really old, broken sinks and lab tables with carvings from the Jurassic Period!

I also had an asbestos floor and several species happily breeding in the old lab tables (mice and cockroaches). The workmen told me they found papers from 1968!

I did not have an adequate white board for teaching and none of the tables were movable, so last year when I took video

Change to Atomic City Transit Route 12

on September 19, 2014 - 10:19am

Courtesy photo


Effective Monday, Sept. 22, Atomic City Transit will implement changes to the current Route 12 (Bandelier Shuttle).

This route will no longer travel down Grand Canyon Drive to Rover Boulevard through residential areas and back to the Visitor Center on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The new route will include a stop at N.M. 4 and Sherwood and then turn south at Bonnie View with one stop on this street and turn east on Longview with two stops on Longview and then connect back to Rover and N.M. 4 to end at the White Rock Visitor Center.

This route change is designed to

Public Astronomy Dark Night At Overlook Sept. 27

on September 19, 2014 - 9:53am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 7 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Sept. 27 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. 

A crescent moon as well as the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.