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Fire Destroys LAPS Custodian's Home

on February 1, 2014 - 8:53am

Los Alamos Public School custodian Tony Romero has worked for the district for 35 years. He lost his home in a fire Jan. 15 in Mandanales. Romero lived in the home for five years. Donations for Romero are being accepted in the offices at Los Alamos High School and Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Donations also may be mailed to the Prevention Office at LAHS, 1300 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos, NM 87544. Courtesy photo

LANL CPO Director Discusses Lab Impacts

on February 1, 2014 - 6:55am

CPO Director Kurt Steinhaus. Courtesy/LANL


Kurt Steinhaus, director of community programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, spoke at Kiwanis Jan. 21, addressing the laboratory’s commitment to the community.

In a biographical statement provided to Kiwanis before he spoke, Steinhaus said his work “is focused on math, science, engineering and technology education, technical assistance for small businesses and helping entrepreneurs start new companies, and partnering with non-profit organizations to advance their strategic goals.”

He is a former deputy cabinet secretary for the

Cowboy Breakfast Benefits Pony Club

on February 1, 2014 - 6:45am

Pet of the Week: Malcomb the Dog

on February 1, 2014 - 6:35am
Malcomb the dog. Courtesy/FOS


Malcomb is a three or four- year old bichon poodle mix who is calm, easygoing and loves to hang out and take gentle walks. He has a beautiful coat that will require regular grooming and brushing. He would make a wonderful addition to a quiet home and would be happiest living with a family without small children.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets - see the Petfinder website for photos here.

For information about volunteering, adopting and donating, and learning more about


Last Day to Take Rename Dixie Girl Survey - 1,066 Votes Cast So Far!

on January 31, 2014 - 10:21am

Dixie Girl Restaurant. File photo

Staff Report

The community survey to rename the Dixie Girl Restaurant ends at midnight today. There have been 1,066 votes cast to date since the survey launched Wednesday and the results so far are:

  • Los Alamos Bar & Grill - 282
  • The Manhattan Project - 375
  • The Summit - 209
  • Ground Zero - 200

Here's your chance to pick from among the top four choices members of the public have submitted to Dixie Girl owner Victor Medina as new names for the restuarant.

Victor Medina and his wife Patricia purchased the Dixie Girl in November from Denise Lane and they would like

Power Interrupted on Sioux, Cheyenne, Seminole Streets as Replacement Work Proceeds

on January 31, 2014 - 9:57am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage affecting about 120 customers in North Mesa’s Tsikimu Village neighborhood beginning at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday. Power was restored to all but six customers at 11:30 a.m. and to the remaining six at 12:10 p.m., the DPU said.

Trenching work on the Sioux Street Underground Electric Cable Replacement Project caused the line failure which affected a transformer. The permanent repair work included the replacement of the affected transformer.

'Topper Revue' Opens Tonight

on January 31, 2014 - 9:42am
Topper Revue 2014 emcees from left back row, Daniel Ahrens, Ethan Clements, Ali Berl and front row from left, Richard Jia, Katie Downing and Haley Henson. Photo by Don Taylor

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2014 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

This year's emcees are Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Ethan Clements, Katie Downing, Haley Henson and Richard Jia. The show is written, directed and performed by the students themselves.

"As someone still relatively new to Los Alamos, it always amazes me how engrained Topper Revue is in the history

Vehicle Flips Upside Down Near Totavi

on January 31, 2014 - 9:41am

A vehicle flipped upside down at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday on N.M. 502, near the Totavi gas station. Minor injuries were reported in the single car accident. Photo by Allison Majure

Los Alamos ELL Teachers Honored at Roundhouse

on January 31, 2014 - 9:28am

Los Alamos teachers of English Language Learners, along with bilingual teachers from around the state, were recognized Thursday by the State Legislature for their work with students who are learning the English language, and as a special feature, Los Alamos Public Schools was presented the 2014 Title III Incentive Award during Bilingual Day at the State Legislature. Photo by Rick Reiss

Don Casperson Receives Kiwanis Governor's Award

on January 31, 2014 - 8:59am
Kiwanis Southwest District Governor Windy Mortensen presents Don Casperson with a Governor's Award Certificate of Achievement. Courtesy/Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Don Casperson, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, has long been recognized by his peers as a remarkable volunteer and leader. On Jan. 25, his outstanding record was recognized by the Kiwanis Southwest District governor.



Revised Outdoor Advertising Requirements Approved

on January 31, 2014 - 8:51am


Santa Fe – The State Transportation Commission has approved revisions to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Outdoor Advertising Requirement. The current rules were adopted in 1998 and had not been revised since then. 

The revised rules include application and permit fee increases and provisions governing the use of changeable electronic variable message technology on off-premise advertising signs (also known as digital billboards.) The NMDOT was tasked with developing standards concerning digital technology on off-premise signs since no such state standards were in


Café Scientifique Explores Algae Biofuels

on January 31, 2014 - 8:33am


Teens are invited to Café Scientifique Thursday, Feb. 6 featuring a discussion about algae biofuels. The presenter is Jose Olivares from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Cafe is held at the Los Alamos Research Park (second floor conference room.) Free food is served at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7-8:30 p.m. by a talk and hands-on activity. 

Olivares grew up in a small village outside of Madrid, Spain, one of seven children. His father owned a small hotel and restaurant.

 More information is available at and


Valles Caldera Trust Recaps 2013 Challenges and Successes

on January 31, 2014 - 8:29am
The Valles Caldera. Courtesy/


For the second time in less than 24 months, a downed power line dramatically changed the best laid plans of the Valles Caldera Trust. The Thompson Ridge Fire of 2013 burned more than 23,000 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve less than two years after the 2011 Las Conchas Fire scorched 30,000 acres.  

Both fires figure prominently in the trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.) 

The 2013 Annual Report to Congress (RTC) details how post-fire flooding destroyed the

MainStreet Grants Available For Curb Appeal and Promotions

on January 31, 2014 - 8:13am

MainStreet News:

Los Alamos MainStreet is offering matching grants to downtown business or organizations that plan to improve their curb appeal. A second grant is offered to help with event advertising or business promotions. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to take advantage of these grants.

Curb Appeal Grants of up to $500 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible projects will address curb appeal improvements such as signage, landscaping, or façade improvements.


Los Alamos Heart Council Hosts Go Red For Women®

on January 31, 2014 - 8:09am


Many people think that heart disease is a problem for other people. Women especially may feel this way. But heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more than all forms of cancer combined and killing more women than men. Yet only one woman in five believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.  

Go Red For Women® is a national movement led by the American Heart Association that is now in its tenth year of raising awareness to save the lives of women by reducing heart disease. 

Currently one woman in three dies of cardiovascular disease, but


Sierra Club Talk: Diversion of the Gila River

on January 31, 2014 - 8:06am


Allyson Siwik, of the Gila Resources Information Project is the featured speaker at a Sierra Club open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at UNM-Los Alamos (Student Center Lecture Hall.) Her talk is titled “The Gila River Versus Development.”

The NM State 30-day Legislative Session focuses primarily on budget issues, but Gov. Martinez also wants to put forth new water policy, including infrastructure and the looming Arizona Water Settlement Act.

This is the last opportunity for the legislature to discuss the issue of AWSA before the state must decide to pursue it (at a


Pajarito Brew Pub to Compete in Girl Scout Cookie Challenge

on January 31, 2014 - 8:02am


Who would have thought you could make the iconic Girl Scout Cookie even tastier? More than a dozen chefs are taking on the challenge to make either sweet or savory creations for the Girl Scout Cookie Challenge, including Los Alamos' own Pajarito Brew Pub. 

Originally, this event was the Girl Scout Cookie Caper, taking place in Santa Fe for the past 19 years. The Cookie Caper was a gala event for adults, with primarily northern New Mexico chefs creating desserts with Girl Scout Cookies. 

It was decided to open up the event to a broader audience.


Udall, Heinrich Welcome PILT Extension in Farm Bill

on January 31, 2014 - 7:59am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that the Farm Bill conference report, made public last night, includes one year of funding for the critical Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. The news provides relief for rural counties in New Mexico, which face major budget cuts if PILT is not extended.

The senators were among a bipartisan coalition who wrote to Farm Bill negotiators to request an extension of the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal.

Create 2014 Dog Jog Logo

on January 31, 2014 - 7:57am

The 2013 Dog Jog Logo by Kristen Carrara. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Tails are wagging all over Los Alamos in anticipation of the 2014 Los Alamos Dog Jog and Fun Walk, set for the morning of Saturday, April 26.

The Dog Jog and Fun Walk is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter, who provide financial assistance for veterinary care for animals in need and fund spay/neuter programs all over New Mexico. The Dog Jog and Fun Walk Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put your imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2014 Dog Jog Logo Contest.

The Logo


Bill to Fully Staff CYFD Gains Bipartisan Support

on January 31, 2014 - 7:29am

Sen. Michael Padilla

N.M. Senate News:

Santa Fe, NM — Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, has introduced bipartisan legislation to fully staff the Children, Youth and Families’ (CYFD) Protective Services Division. The Social Worker Loan for Service Act will provide a pipeline of certified social workers to meet the caseloads for children in protective services.

“This legislation will dramatically reduce caseloads for social workers at CYFD,” Padilla said.

The plan calls for CYFD to select individuals to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work programs at New Mexico higher

Column: Trinity Site Construction Issues

on January 30, 2014 - 1:42pm

Thick mud flows onto Miller's Knecht Automotive/NAPA Autoparts property at 201 Knecht St. in November. Courtesy/Clint Miller

Trinity Site Construction Issues

Los Alamos Daily Post

A few weeks back, I was contacted by Sam Gardner, a local developer, about problems at the Trinity Site Smith’s Marketplace development. The issues involved alleged bad treatment of a couple of local businesses, slack enforcement of county construction policies and rude behavior toward a citizen who had a badly cracked car window from a construction truck near the site.

I decided to take a


Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 24 to Jan. 29, 2013

on January 30, 2014 - 12:15pm

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Jan. 24 at 9:28 a.m. / A 78-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on Maya Lane. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 28 at 10:41 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of harassment on Trinity Drive. 


Jan. 28 at 4:26 p.m.

Chief Dino Sgambellone Speaks to Los Alamos Rotary

on January 30, 2014 - 11:14am

During his presentation to the Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dixie Girl, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone cracked up the audience, including Fire Chief Troy Hughes, when he joked about becoming a police officer rather than a firefighter. Sgambellone explained that he applied to both organizations following his military service and it was the police department that offered him a job first. He added that his father was a firefighter. Sgambellone told the group he and his family are settling into Los Alamos life; he enjoys his job and his children are happy in school. Photo by Carol A.

Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact: Part 2

on January 30, 2014 - 10:42am
Youth Matters
Editor's note: This column (the second in a three-part series) is sponsored by the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Columns will appear periodically with the goal of informing parents and the community about issues that impact local young people and their families.
Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact: Part 2
By a Los Alamos Parent
After becoming aware of the recreational drug use and binge drinking by our son, the scholar and athlete, we overcame our denial and started to look into treatment options.

Kiwanis Awards 43 Science Prizes

on January 30, 2014 - 10:33am

Kiwanis News:

Seven Kiwanis judges plowed through hundreds of entries and selected 43 winners in four hours at the Los Alamos Science Fair Saturday, Jan. 25, awarding $1,505 in prize money.

Roger Stutz, Science Fair Committee chairman for Kiwanis, said those who joined him in judging this year were Don Casperson, Kurt Deshayes, Fran Berting, Paul Cunningham, Dennis Gill and Robert Weldon.

Stutz said that he heard in the Judges’ Meeting that the trend in number of entries is still up.