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Alert: Planned Power Outage Thursday April 3

on March 30, 2014 - 9:57am
DPU News:
In order to improve electric reliability in the downtown area, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) plans a 10 a.m. to noon power outage Thursday, April 3 on Oppenheimer, Short, Los Arboles and Loma Vista Drive south of Trinity Drive.
Thursday's outage will affect approximately 350 residents and several businesses, according to the DPU.
“The planned electric outage is needed so that our crews can safely install a new electric switch for this neighborhood," said DPU’s Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez. "The switch will enable us to

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

Book By Local Author Inez Ross On Sale At CB FOX

on March 30, 2014 - 9:27am
'Without a Wagon on the Santa Fe Trail' by Los Alamos author Inez Ross is now on sale at CB FOX. Ross poses next to the display on the counter of the women's department. The book chronicles the adventures of Ross and her fellow hikers, who hiked the entire length of  the Santa Fe Trail in segments over a  period of several years. The book was published in 2004. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Pain Free Athlete: Should You Stretch A Tight Muscle?

on March 30, 2014 - 9:15am
Pain Free Athlete:

Should You Stretch A Tight Muscle?

Seems like a silly question with an obvious answer, right? Wrong! 

When we stretch a tight muscle we make the assumption that the muscle is tight because it is shortened and needs to be lengthened, but this is not always the case. A muscle can also be tight because it is too long. To illustrate this idea we'll need to review our muscle anatomy.

Muscle contraction is achieved when muscle filaments slide over each other, increasing their overlap and shortening the muscle.


Santa Fe Celebrates George R. R. Martin Day Saturday

on March 30, 2014 - 8:41am
Author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin gives a thumbs up, as Mayor Javier Gonzales declares March 29 George R. R. Martin Day in Santa Fe. In addition to writing the award-winning 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO blockbuster, 'Game of Thrones' is based, Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which premiered the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones' Saturday. 'It's wonderful that the top show on television is premiering in Santa Fe in both Spanish and English,' Gonzales said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Santa Feans queued up to sit atop the Iron Throne,

LAHS Girls T&F Competes at Cleveland HS

on March 30, 2014 - 8:37am
The Los Alamos High School Girls Track & Field team competed Saturday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The meet was an all-relays format so all events were either run as traditional relays or scored by combining the individual marks in the event.

Los Alamos finished second overall and had two more State qualifiers. Sophia Galvez qualified in the 3200m (12:10.84) and the 4x400m team of Elena Abeyta, Sienna Ahlers, Clare Ticknor and Hayley Schake ran a qualifying time of 4:12.11.

"It's been a great start to the season and we hope to continue to improve," Girls Track & Field

Santa Fe Trail Association Hopes to Keep Rail Access Open

on March 30, 2014 - 8:00am
The view from the Southwest Chief as it travels from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. Photo by Inez Ross

Ron Kemp entertains passengers on the Southwest Chief Amtrak Train. Photo by Inez Ross


Members and friends of the End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association took the two hour train ride from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. and enjoyed the joys of train travel as they lunched in the dining car, took in views from the observation car and got to meet travelers on their way to Chicago.

The group was also raising awareness of historic sites along Apache Canyon and Glorieta

Los Alamos Co+op Selected For Sonny Brown Business Award

on March 29, 2014 - 9:25am
Rotary Club Sonny Brown Business Award selection committee members presented a $250 check to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market as part of its selection as the Club’s nominee for 2014 Sonny Brown Business Award in the medium-size business category. From left, Rotarian Gary DeRosier, Co+op Program and Outreach Coordinator Sandra West, Co+op General Manager Steve Watts and Rotarians Deesh Narang and Linda Hull.
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos honored the Los Alamos Cooperative Market by selecting it as the

Movie Production in Pajarito Acres March 31-April 7

on March 29, 2014 - 9:22am

The Lifetime made-for-TV movie "Jubilee" will be filming in Pajarito Acres March 31 through April 7. 

Los Alamos County will post announcements regarding the film production at under "News & Alerts."

Film Location:

The production company has an agreement with a homeowner on S. Monte Rey Drive. This week they will be constructing a temporary wall on the property near the road for filming, after which it will be dismantled.

Shooting schedule:

Filming is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4th, as well as Monday, April 7. (There will be no

Crowd of 170 Views Documentary on Student Stress

on March 29, 2014 - 8:38am

Audience members sign in at 'Race to Nowhere.' Some 170 students and adults attended the documentary film and follow-up discussion at UNM-Los Alamos Thursday. The film discusses the stressful lives of today’s students. The event was organized by Los Alamos High School student Tessa Snyder. The documentary showing was followed by a lively discussion and will lead to a follow-up event next month. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

on March 29, 2014 - 8:35am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year.

Candidates Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

on March 29, 2014 - 8:14am

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers with Secretary of State Dianna Duran at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park. The annual event was sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Vincent Chiravalle speaks about his candidacy. He is a former Los Alamos Couny Councilor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

State Treasurer candidate Rick Lopez ueged the crowd to vote for Secretary of State Dianna Duran in her bid for re-election.

Nature Center Construction Set Up Activities Begin on Canyon Road This Week

on March 29, 2014 - 8:04am



The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is collaborating with Los Alamos County to build a nature center on Canyon Road, scheduled to be finished by Earth Day 2015.

The contractor, Klinger Construction, took possession of the construction site for the Nature Center Friday. Starting next week, residents or motorists in the area may see them mobilizing their equipment, setting up their work site trailer, taking down or setting up fences and other project set up activities.

Klinger Construction will not be performing any earth work until the 15-day

Harwood Museum of Art Hosts Art, Music and Educational Events March 29-April 18

on March 29, 2014 - 7:47am
The Harwood Museum of Art. Photo by Michael Braxenthaler
HMA News:

TAOS - The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos is hosting a number of art, educational and cultural activities for all ages to kick off the spring season beginning March 29 with a panel discussion of contemporary art in Northern New Mexico, and continuing through April 18 with a jazz concert.

“We’re thrilled that we could offer the community our popular children’s education programs, lectures, films and musical presentations,” said Rebecca Aubin, director of public programs.


Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Divergent'

on March 29, 2014 - 7:33am

'Divergent' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater


"Divergent" is classic science fiction, the context of the story being a post-apocalyptic society divided into five "factions" and a coming of age personality test to fit young people into one of them. Seeing the film has made this sci-fi fan want to read the books. 

Divergent is, like the book from which it originates, directed at an audience of young adults (YA) and teens.

New Mexico Community Foundations Hope To Make History

on March 29, 2014 - 7:29am
SANTA FE - The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Because Give Grande NM is one of many giving days being held across the country, it could become one of the largest online fundraising events in history.
Give Grande NM is one of many giving events happening May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event. Donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting Visitors to the site will also be able to search

Chamber Offers Workshop; Business Breakfast

on March 29, 2014 - 7:18am


April is fast approaching, and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce has two events coming up next week:

  • Free Workshop - Maximizing your Online Presence, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at the Chamber of Commerce. To register for the workshop, sign up here

  • Chamber Business Breakfast with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at UNM-LA. To sign up to attend the business breakfast, register here.

Los Alamos Student Vies for $18,000 Scholarship

on March 29, 2014 - 7:07am
Daniel James Ahrens, a Los Alamos High School senior, will vie with 54 other speech champions for a top scholarship of $18,000 starting April 5 in Indianapolis.
The quarter finals of the 77th annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program will begin at 9:45 a.m., April 5 ET, and conclude April 26 with the selection of three winners of scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000. The live webcast can be viewed at
The scholarship program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” encourages young Americans to improve their communications

Pet of the Week: Sho the Dog

on March 29, 2014 - 6:53am

Sho the dog. Courtesy/FOS


Sho is a 4-year-old neutered male. Volunteers guess that he is a pit/husky mix – one look at his stunning blue eyes and you’ll see why volunteers think that he has some husky in him.

Sho came to the shelter with his son Pounce, who has since been adopted, and Sho really hopes that it’s his turn next. He is a very easy going dog who would make a great family dog.

Sho would love to show you his training – he knows how to “sit” and also is learning how to “lie down.” He is crate-trained and housebroken, but he will need a secure fence since he likes to go

Survey: Name Another Night Creole Nouvelle Should Open For Dinner

on March 28, 2014 - 8:26pm

Take the survey here through Wednesday night and read the results in the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday morning on which night Creole Nouvelle should reopen for dinnerCo-owners Esther Lucchini and her husband Peter began Feb. 23 reopening at 5:30 p.m. every Friday night for the dinner crowd and have been overwhemed by the response. Tonight drew another packed dining room at the eatery, 1793 Deacon St. 'Now we would like to invite the community to choose a second night of the week they would like us to stay open for dinner,' Esther Lucchini said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

School Board Votes to Make Gene Schmidt Interim Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools

on March 28, 2014 - 1:42pm
From left, Superintendent Gene Schmidt, School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Board Vice-president Kevin Honnell, Board Secretary Matt Williams, Board Member David Foster and Board Member Jim Hall. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The saga of the Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent reached its conclusion at the March 27 Special Meeting of the School Board at Mountain Elementary School.

After 40 minutes in Executive Session, some of it in consultation with Superintendent Gene Schmidt, the Board returned and immediately voted


Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Race Sunday

on March 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

Runners approach the finish line at the 2013 Run For her Life race. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

Put on your running (or walking) shoes. At 9 a.m. Sunday, March 30 the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah  and Atomic City Roadrunners will present the fourth annual Run for Her Life. The event is a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

The race will begin at East Park on East Road, also known as N.M. 502. Register at the race for a fee of $30, which net the registrants a t-shirt with the race logo.

Los Alamos Lincoln Day Dinner Draws Secretary of State, Community Members and Candidates

on March 28, 2014 - 1:26pm

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Audience members stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park on West Jemez Road Jemez Road.

In addition to being the chief elections officer of the state, Duran also overseas campaign finance reporting, lobbyist registration, and financial disclosures by certain public officials.

FBI Opens Investigation Into APD Shooting

on March 28, 2014 - 1:18pm

FBI News:

The FBI has opened an investigation into the March 16, 2014, shooting involving the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque FBI Division wants to assure the public that a thorough and fair investigation will be conducted to determine if any civil rights were violated.

No time frame or additional details about this investigation will be provided at this time.