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Letter to the Editor: Response to Local Editorial Regarding 4th of July Event

on June 27, 2013 - 4:16pm
President, Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

In their editorial comment section of June 23, the Los Alamos Monitor chose to criticize the manner in which the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is preparing for our annual 4th of July celebration at Overlook Park. 

I would like to respond to that editorial with our own viewpoint, and to remind all of the residents of Los Alamos that a great deal of preparation and planning has already taken place, and much of that has been in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department.


Jim Nesmith Elected President of Rotary Club of Los Alamos

on June 27, 2013 - 12:23pm

Rotary President Jim Nesmith

Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has elected Jim Nesmith as president. He received the gavel from Immediate-past President Linda Hull during the organization's annual dinner Tuesday at the Posse Lodge.

"I'm just so honored to be elected to this position and represent such a fantastic group of people," Nesmith said. "I hope we can continue to provide service to the community at the same level as our former President Linda Hull has done."

Nesmith is the Foreign National Program Coordinator at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Reception for 'Wallflowers' Coincides with Flower Show

on June 27, 2013 - 12:22pm
Some of the work on display in 'Wallflowers.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A painted rain barrel surrounded by paintings in 'Wallflowers' at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Everything’s coming up roses ─ and lilies and daisies ─ at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The current exhibit, “Wallflowers” presents five dozen artists and eight dozen blooming works in every imaginable media. It’s quite the bouquet.


Carol A. Clark Named 'Rotarian of the Year'

on June 27, 2013 - 12:20pm

Rotary President Linda Hull, right, with 'Rotarian of the Year' Carol A. Clark. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos named Carol A. Clark as its 2012-2013 'Rotarian of the Year' during an annual event Tuesday night at the Posse Lodge.

Clark is publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post. She joined the local Rotary Club in January 2012 and serves on its Board of Directors.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in this way by such an outstanding organization," Clark said.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos applauds as Carol A. Clark is named

Thompson Ridge Fire 95 Percent Contained ... 3 Percent Sustained High Intensity Burn

on June 27, 2013 - 10:15am

Initial Burn Severity Map for Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy/BAER

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Thompson Ridge BAER specialists recently completed their field surveys and are finalizing their analysis and findings.

The hydrologists and soils scientists finished their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels.

The BAER team identified critical values-at-risk and is finalizing their recommended emergency stabilization actions and treatments for these values that will be included in their BAER assessment report along with their data, analysis, and findings.

US, Japan Develop New Method for Radiological Dose Assessment Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

on June 27, 2013 - 9:53am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have developed a novel method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data. This new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the NNSA and JAEA in the months following the March 2011 radiological incident in Japan.

Aerial surveys were employed in the region surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to cover the area impacted by the accident quickly, thoroughly and safely.

Letter to the Editor: Democrats and Republicans Should Address Root of Problem

on June 27, 2013 - 9:36am
By Tom Ribe
Santa Fe

Behold the shallow immigration debate in Congress! Watch as republicans struggle with their racist base. See Democrats embrace a symptoms based “solution” while the root causes go unaddressed like a starving dog in the yard.

Why do millions of people from Central America and Mexico come to the U.S.? Why do they risk their lives in hot deserts and dodge heavily armed drug gangs to get minimum wage jobs in freezing cities full of strangers? In Santa Fe hundreds of immigrants are homeless on our south-side.

Yes, the U.S.

Column: June 26, 2013 Marks Beginning of Hope!

on June 27, 2013 - 9:09am

Column by Josh Dolin

June 26, 2013 probably does not carry a lot of meaning for most people. But for millions of gay Americans, including myself, it marked the beginning of hope for a nation-wide legalization of gay marriage. Or to me, a hope for equality in my future.

Just yesterday the Supreme Court made two historic decisions regarding gay rights. In United States v. Windsor, the court ruled that a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.

Los Alamos Salutes Americans with Free 4th of July Fireworks Show & Events

on June 27, 2013 - 9:02am


In honor of Independence Day, Los Alamos is offering many free events on July 4 to celebrate our freedoms including a fireworks show, Fun Run and naturalization ceremony to welcome our newest Americans.

Families will have the liberty on whether or not to walk or run at the “Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run” on July 4. The walk/run benefits the YMCA, with entry fees for adults at $25; $10 for youth and $15 for YMCA members. T-shirts are included, door prizes will be given away, and prizes will be awarded to the person with the best 4th of July inspired costume.

Letter to the Editor: Be Wise on Water Wells

on June 27, 2013 - 8:23am
Los Alamos

I am sorry I was out of town when the meetings were held about the proposed new water wells in White Rock. If those who have taken the Not In My Backyard position toward those wells succeed, everyone in LA county will lose!

Some say, “We don’t need the water right now, so let’s just wait.” That is very short sighted. When you lose water rights, it is usually impossible to ever get them back!

I grew up in Southeastern Idaho in the middle of an 82-year fight over the water of the Bear River. For details, give me a phone call or see M. R. McCarthy, The Last

LANL Application for Android Now Available

on June 27, 2013 - 8:23am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) new application is now available for the Android platform. The application is free and can be downloaded from Google play.

The new application was created as part of LANL’s year long celebration of 70 years serving the nation. The LANL application for iPhones and iPads has been downloaded more than 600 times.

The Apple application can be downloaded here.

Read more about the LANL application here.

Read more about LANL's 70th anniversary.

Scribble Works Reviews: Monsters University

on June 27, 2013 - 8:20am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri


Scribble Works Reviews



Monsters University


Pixar: Losing the Midas Touch


Here is a list: The Incredibles, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Toy Story, and Monsters University. Can you find the black sheep? While the first four are remarkable works of film, the latter is not. Pixar has always been known for creating wonderfully original works of animation that stole both the audience’s hearts and their money. Half of this trend seems to be coming to an end. Pixar is on a string of mediocrity with Cars 2 and Brave, and

Local Swimmers Do Well at Florida Meet

on June 27, 2013 - 8:13am
Sarah Lott begins the backstroke. Courtesy photo

Charger swimmers returned to Los Alamos Wednesday, after successfully competing in the 2013 Gulf Coast Swim Team Invitational Meet in Fort Myers, Fla.

With 740 swimmers competing, it was not a surprise to see World Championship qualifying cut times being made in the top heats. Los Alamos Charger swimmers did surprisingly well with several of the kids earning places in the top-16 finals heats (see results below). 

Congratulations goes out to Maria Venneri, who got her first Sectional cut in the 200 backstroke at this meet, along


Hannemann's Music Corner: Go With The Flow

on June 27, 2013 - 8:06am
Hannemann's Music Corner: Go With The Flow
This is from my someday-to-be-released second volume of my guitar method "Music and Guitar" the first volume of which is available at Mesa Library. Downside to be more than just a little ADHD is that it takes forever to get anything done...
Music is a dynamic. It is constantly in motion and the relationships of its elements are constantly changing.
Heraclitus wrote, "You cannot step in the same stream twice" and there is some real truth to that. Imagine standing on a stream bank. The stream at 9 a.m. is not the same as the

For Giving Productions Presents Provocative Plays

on June 27, 2013 - 7:55am

Staff Report

For Giving Productions and Warehouse 21 present The Valerie of Now and Imagining Brad by Peter Hedges.

The production is directed by Janet Davidson. There will be two shows, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors. Order advance tickets at Hold my or call 505 886-1251. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20, general admission and $17 for seniors. Because of adult content, no one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

'Milking the Rhino' Screens at Wildlife Center

on June 27, 2013 - 7:49am

'Milking the White Rhino'/Screen shot

TWC News:

ESPANOLAThe Wildlife Center is hosting a special screening of the documentary Milking the Rhino at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between rural Africans and the animals in the ever-shrinking African wilderness. Decades ago, the creation of Africa’s national parks and vast game reserves forced out thousands of indigenous people who had coexisted in harmony with wildlife for millennia on a land without borders.

Hofmann: The LTC Basics #6

on June 27, 2013 - 7:43am

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers insights into Long Term Care:


Consumers may hear many confusing statements regarding the topic of long term care, both published in the public domain and repeated by misinformed individuals. Over the next few weeks, I will be submitting a series of columns containing accurate information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, website I encourage you to watch for and read these informative columns.

The LTC Basics #6:

Who pays for Long Term Care? 

The facts may surprise

Tod Tijerina Trio at Pajarito Brewpub Saturday

on June 27, 2013 - 7:33am
The Todd Tijerina Trio. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

At 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, The Todd Tijerina Trio will showcase a command of its fierce, truly unique brand of dance-R&B and blues at Pajarito Brew Pub, 614 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The Albuquerque-based group expands promotion efforts for its newest album, Meant To Be, which received four New Mexico Music Award nominations, winning Blues Song of the Year for Tijerina’s song “Nothin’ Like the Blues.” 

“Tijerina’s technical prowess is glazed with a finesse that can mesmerize an audience into a state of

OBITUARY: David J. Heimdahl June 17, 1949–June 24, 2013

on June 27, 2013 - 7:27am

DAVID JOHN HEIMDAHL June 17, 1949-June 24, 2013

David J. Heimdahl, 64, died from a sudden illness on June 24, 2013.

He was born in Havre, Mont., to Finn and Alice Heimdahl. The family moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., in 1952. David graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1967 and received his Bachelor degree in Business from Moorhead State University in 1971.

After graduating college, David found his true passion working with young people as Youth Director and Director of Camp Cormorant of the YMCA in Fargo, ND.


OBITUARY: Mary Delores Cornely Griffin Aug. 11, 1931–June 7, 2013

on June 27, 2013 - 7:21am

MARY DELORES CORNELY GRIFFIN Aug. 11, 1931–June 7, 2013

Died June 7, 2013 in the Hillhaven Skilled Nursing Center, Prince Georges County, MD, of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. 

A Memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, and a Memorial Mass in St. James Roman Catholic Church, 8320 Brookside Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. All are welcome, and invited to communicate with the family at

In lieu of flowers, we request that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to


Council Extends Proclamation on Fireworks Restrictions

on June 26, 2013 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes receives a 30-day extension to a fireworks ban proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens on behalf of the Council at Tuesday's meeting. The ban relates to members of the public. The County has granted permission to the Kiwanis Club to hold its annual July 4 extravaganza at Overlook Park. Hughes said firefighters will not be pulled for any of the six Los Alamos fire stations for the event. Salaried fire personnel as well as volunteers will stand watch at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark


LANB Gives Away Piggy Banks as Part of 50th Birthday Celebration

on June 26, 2013 - 3:20pm

Operations Officer Karen Easton smiles for the camera in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr., where piggy banks are being given to the public as part of the bank's 50th anniversary celebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian Youth Visit Los Alamos

on June 26, 2013 - 3:02pm

At Tuesday's first meeting in the new Municipal Building, Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting presents gifts on behalf of the Council to youth from Sarov, Russia visiting town as part of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian youth present Los Alamos County Council members with gifts during Tuesday's meeting. The group has a full schedule of activities and events to attend before leaving for home Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Money IQ: What is EBITDA

on June 26, 2013 - 2:05pm
Money IQ

What is EBITDA

What is EBITDA? Pronouned ē-bi-da or i-bi-da. If you watch or listen to any of the business channels or radio stations you will hear the analysts discuss a company’s EBITDA as a performance measure, a cash flow measure or even use it occasionally as a valuation tool.

Either way, EBITDA is not just for large companies or corporate analysts, it is used every day by our local lending institutions when evaluating your company for new or existing loans. Simply stated, EBITDA measures the operating performance of your company with certain limitations. 

High-Speed Imaging Explored at Bradbury Science Museum

on June 26, 2013 - 12:28pm

Downtown Friday Nights is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District in coordination with local businesses and cultural organizations. Courtesy/BSM

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum will host “What’s in a Click: The Wonders of High Speed Imaging,” 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 28.

Laboratory personnel and their families and the general public can learn about the advances of high-speed cameras and the discoveries scientists at LANL have made with them.

The museum partners with Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Los Alamos County