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JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Precision and Stability Records

on January 27, 2014 - 7:41am

JILA’s experimental atomic clock based on strontium atoms held in a lattice of laser light is the world's most precise and stable atomic clock. The image is a composite of many photos taken with long exposure times and other techniques to make the lasers more visible. Photo by Ye group and Baxley/JILA

NIST News:

Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has set new world records for both precision and stability—key metrics for the performance

Healing Hands: Managing Pain with Massage

on January 27, 2014 - 7:30am
Healing Hands: Managing Pain with Massage

Your local massage therapist can help you manage pain. The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) reports that up to 50 percent of all primary care physician visits are due to some type of musculo-skeletal pain. Pain reduction is indicated for a majority of people suffering from musculo-skeletal pain with regular application of therapeutic massage.

Massage effectively and therapeutically applied, warms the soft tissue and improves circulation which in turn improves oxygen and nutrient uptake.

Glenn Randall Will Present Landscape Photography Workshop

on January 27, 2014 - 7:26am

LAPC News:

The Los Alamos Photography Club and the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group are sponsoring a one day workshop by landscape photographer Glenn Randall 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12 upstairs at Fuller Lodge Art Center. The cost is $70.

Randall is a nationally known photographer and teacher. He is a regular contributor to the magazine Outdoor Photographer. Here is a link to the syllabus for the class. Visit to see examples of Randall's work.

“I took a workshop from Glenn last August at Rocky Mountain National Park and found it to be excellent,” club


Los Alamos Ski Club May Dissolve - Transition Assets to County

on January 27, 2014 - 7:21am
2013 Winter Trail Map. Courtesy/PMSA
LASC News:
The Board of Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) has announced a Special Membership Meeting set for 6 p.m., Feb. 4 at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, to present to its membership a path forward that the board unanimously believes will secure and improve the future of skiing in Los Alamos County.
The board proposes to dissolve Los Alamos Ski Club and transition all assets to Los Alamos County, which, subject to County Council approval, will then take over operation of the Ski Area.

Yang: Appearing Confident ≠ Being Competent

on January 27, 2014 - 6:36am
Appearing Confident
≠ Being Competent

Do we know, with high confidence, how to discern competence from confidence? I am sure we have encountered, or dare I say, even been fooled, by people who act confidently but who really are borderline nincompoops. If we were fooled, we usually keep quiet lest we appear incompetent ourselves.

Last week, my column focused on Amy Cuddy’s research that demonstrates the value of “faking it till making it.” She would argue, from her own experience and research, that there are plenty of people who are genuinely competent but doubt themselves

Sign Up for Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C.

on January 27, 2014 - 6:34am

Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored event.

Visit to sign up for the trip using trip ID Number 77813 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


LANL Foundation Grant Helps PEEC Facilitate Hands-On Science Program

on January 27, 2014 - 6:28am
Students at Barranca Elementary School participate in the Pajarito Plateau Field Science program facilitated by PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Thanks to a grant of $1,500 by the LANL Foundation in late 2013, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has been able to build on the success of its hands-on field science program in Los Alamos elementary schools.

The Pajarito Plateau Field Science (PPFS) curriculum is designed to get students outside doing hands-on field science in their schoolyards or on local trails.

Changes Underway at Los Alamos Daily Post!

on January 26, 2014 - 12:15pm
Mary Hrbek

Staff Report

Changes are afoot as 2014 gets underway and the Los Alamos Daily Post nears its two-year anniversary in business.

Mary Hrbek is joining the Los Alamos Daily Post news team as a copy editor. Her first full-time job after college was as an editorial assistant at the Chicago Tribune.

Hrbek majored in English at the University of Illinois and spent several years working as a freelance editor, proofreader and desktop publisher before her children were born. She moved to Los Alamos in 1998 with her husband George Hrbek and their sons Geordy and Bobby.

"I am delighted to reenter


Education 101: Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions

on January 26, 2014 - 10:11am
Education 101:
Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

The role of a school board, like any elected body from the County Council to the Congress, is to provide leadership and to make decisions within its scope of responsibility; decisions that are consistent with the priorities and values of the stakeholders it serves. 

Because constituencies often have divergent values and priorities, that’s a significant challenge for any elected body or individual elected official.

New Beginnings Rebuilds After July 4, 2012 Fire

on January 26, 2014 - 9:54am

Lanessa Amburgey, left, and Shelly Jankowski at work Saturday putting finishing touches on the main lobby of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The new auditorium in which services are being held at 10 a.m. Sundays. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road were busy Saturday putting finishing touches on the rebuilt church destroyed in a July 4, 2012 fire.

The inside of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church following the July 4, 2012 fire. File photo

The New Mexico Fire

Los Alamos Choral Society & Symphony Orchestra Perform at 4 p.m. Today

on January 26, 2014 - 9:20am

A recent Choral Society and LASO concert at the Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bill Godwin


The Los Alamos Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra are performing their Winter Concert at 4 p.m. today, Jan.26, at Crossroads Church, 97 East Road. Tickets are $15 and free for students.

This concert is described as "just beautiful" and "anyone who likes choral and orchestra music would not want to miss it."

The program will feature W. A. Mozart’s Requiem and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Soloists for the Requiem are Viera Moore, Mary Beth Stevens, Gloria Streit, Rene Le


Young Fans Enjoy Craig Martin Experience

on January 26, 2014 - 9:06am
Calvin and Gloria Marksteiner check out Craig Martin Experience at the Dixie Girl last night. Quinn Marksteiner, left, is on alto sax and father of the kids. Also pictured are trumpetor Carl Hagelberg, Rob Heineman on bass and Craig Marton on tenor sax. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Iris Street Closing Monday for 2-3 Weeks

on January 26, 2014 - 8:55am


Starting Monday, Jan. 27, expect a flagging operation on Iris Street between the east driveway to 1075 Iris St. and 9th Street. Jaynes Corporation will dig holes to locate utilities.

Following Monday's digging effort, this section of Iris Street will be closed starting Tuesday, Jan. 28, to allow for construction of a trench drain across Iris Street at 9th Street. This work is needed to better control storm water runoff. All work should be completed within two to three weeks.

For questions, contact Project Manager Steve Huebner at the Community and Economic Development

Hilltalkers Host Waffle Breakfast

on January 26, 2014 - 8:42am


The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will host an all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 15 at Pajarito Masonic Lodge. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under six years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream and blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will be served.

This community event raises funds for the high school and middle school speech and debate teams to attend tournaments and compete around the state and beyond.

Letter to the Editor: Pass Fair Teacher Evaluation System; Stop Standardized Testing Obsession

on January 26, 2014 - 8:37am
New Mexico President of the American Federation of Teachers

Recently Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera admitted that the Public Education Department (PED) will not be ready to base most teacher evaluations on 50 percent of student test results for years. In the meantime, she will base teacher evaluations on a hodgepodge of calculations that apply differently to each teacher depending on how and when his or her students are tested. 

Teachers across New Mexico have protested Skandera's new reforms.

Boys and Girls Invited to Participate in Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition Jan. 26

on January 26, 2014 - 8:33am

Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya, left, and Grand Knight Ray Chavez with last year's Free Throw State Champions EliIram-Bent and Alicia Gonzales and Runner-Up Champ Wilhelm Schmidt, right. Photo by Yvonne Gonzales

K of C News:

All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Los Alamos High School's Griffith Gymnasium.

Registration is free of charge and will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.

Pet of the Week: Bubbles the Cat

on January 26, 2014 - 8:30am

Bubbles the Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Bubbles is a three-year-old neutered white and tabby male who tricked volunteers into thinking “he” was a “she” due to his long hair and cute pink nose.

He likes to hang out in one of the little hidey holes in the cat room, but Bubbles quickly comes out for love and attention when there are visitors around.

He is very gentle and friendly, and he loves to roll over for belly rubs. His long hair requires daily brushing, since he is prone to matting.

Governor Announces Extradition of Fugitive Child Killer

on January 26, 2014 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler announced that fugitive child killer Edward Salas has been extradited to New Mexico where he will spend life in prison, plus 56 years, for the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez in 2005.

After fleeing to Mexico more than five years ago, Salas was recently brought to New Mexico by U.S. Marshals and placed in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department.

“Eight years ago, Carlos Perez lay sleeping in his bed when he was shot and killed.

Leadership Los Alamos Session Examines Local Government

on January 25, 2014 - 10:57am

Leadership Los Alamos panelists from left, DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary, Utilities Board Chair David Powell and DPU Manager John Arrowsmith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Leadership Los Alamos participants listen as DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary presents details on her committee's recommendations to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Session Co-Chairs Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge) and Chris Chandler (Probate Judge) led the Dec.

Santa Fe Institute Seeks New President

on January 25, 2014 - 8:36am

The Santa Fe Institute at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an uncommon leader to guide the world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. Dr. Jeremy Sabloff will retire in August 2015 after serving two 3-year terms leading the Institute.

The President is responsible for defining and implementing a strategic vision to continue and extend the Institute’s leadership in computational and theoretical research within and across the natural and social sciences, while building bridges to the humanities.

Sound Wall Construction Planned for Spring

on January 25, 2014 - 8:16am

Rendering in progress of the planned sound wall along the north side of N.M. 502 south of East Road, between Tewa Loop and Airport Road. Courtesy/LAC

Rendering in progress of the planned sound wall along the north side of N.M. 502 south of East Road, between Tewa Loop and Airport Road. Courtesy/LAC

Shade tolerant landscaping will be planted along the sound wall. Courtesy/LAC

Staff Report

Renderings and a Landscape Plan have been generated for the planned sound wall along the north side of N.M. 502 south of East Road, between Tewa Loop and Airport Road with a budget of $655,000. The


Workshop: Write Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks

on January 25, 2014 - 7:35am


Award-winning Los Alamos authors Shirley Raye Redmond and Jennifer McKerley will offer a half-day workshop for the Southwest Writers organization 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Carlisle Executive Offices, 3200 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Suite 114 in Albuquerque.

Using the method explained in their workbook, "Write Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks," Redmond and McKerley have sold dozens of children’s books to major publishers, including Random House and Simon & Schuster.

They have had titles translated overseas into French and Spanish.

Los Alamos Students Shine at 2014 Junior Theater Festival

on January 25, 2014 - 6:49am

Los Alamos students from Atomic City Children's Theater at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival. Photo by James Barker/Junior Theater Festival

ACCT News:

Los Alamos students from Atomic City Children’s Theater earned national praise at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival Jan.17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. 

The 18 students, ages 9-15, presented selections from Disney’s Mulan JR. for Ryan Macaulay, who works in the amateur licensing department of Josef Weinbergur Ltd. in the U.K.); and Linda Hartzell, artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre; and Steven G.

Solo Traveler: Red Light Districts

on January 25, 2014 - 6:37am
Hot tamales for sale in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Red Light Districts

When I turned 15, my family lived in the Panhandle of Texas. The town, Dimmitt, wasn't exactly the buckle on the Bible Belt, but it was definitely one of the holes.

The city fathers believed that dancing was a sin-like playing cards and drinking alcohol. Playing cards leads to gambling, drinking alcohol leads to a life of debauchery, and dancing leads to sinful unmarried sex.

We never had a dance at the high school for prom or homecoming but

Tapestry Artists Stir Up 'Alphabet Soup Exhibit'

on January 25, 2014 - 6:29am
Airplane in Air by Cindy Dworzak. Courtesy photo
Spiral in Space: Whirlpool Galaxy by Evelyn Campbell. Courtesy photo
FLAC News:

Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild (Albuquerque and Central New Mexico) and Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild (Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico) present a tapestry show, the Alphabet Soup Exhibit, at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery Jan. 31–March 15.

There will be an opening reception for this show, and for “Signed Sealed Delivered" in the Main Gallery, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

The Alphabet Soup Exhibit consists of 31 small tapestries