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United Way Announces 2015 Community Action Funded Partners

on May 28, 2015 - 12:57pm

Members of the United Way Community Action Fund Grant Committee listen to Los Alamos Family YMCA CEO Linda Daly discuss programs the Y provides to the community and surrounding area, during the committee's annual week-long grant hearing meetings held earlier this month at Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


More than $1 million was requested for 49 programs by 38 organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Community Action Fund grant process concluded with the funding of $600,000 to 25 local nonprofits.


LAPD's Special Olympics Torch Run Underway

on May 28, 2015 - 12:40pm

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department, family members and Special Olympics athletes gather near the police station this morning for the annual torch run to Jemez Springs. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam Zimmerly carrying the torch run with Cdr. Oliver Morris this morning on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

LAPD News:

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department joined Los Alamos Special Olympics athletes this morning in running the torch from LAPD to Jemez Springs to help raise awareness and support for Special Olympics.

NDI Student Dancers Shine In Front Of 1,700 People

on May 28, 2015 - 11:38am

More than 500 student dancers and an audience of 1,700 people fill Española Valley High School Gymnasium Wednesday evening for the annual NDI End-of-Year performance. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Special guests participating in Wednesday's event include businessman Omar Sanchez, in blue t-shirt, who owns Time Out Pizzeria restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock. Sanchez also is a retired New Mexico State Police officer and Wednesday marked his 8th year participating in the event. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

ESPAÑOLA – The National Dance Institute

Join Clan Tynker At Ashley Pond Park To Kick Off Summer Library Club June 1

on May 28, 2015 - 10:25am

The Summer Library Club kicks off with a special performance from circus troupe Clan Tynker at 6 p.m. Monday at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

“Every Hero Has a Story” this summer at the Los Alamos County Library System!

As school lets out for summer, it’s the perfect time for children, teens, parents, and caregivers to come to the Los Alamos County Library System and get involved in all the fun of our Summer Library Club.

“One thing we’re really excited about is how we’ve revamped our summer programming,” says Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park: NPS & DOE Field Team Visits Los Alamos June 2-4

on May 28, 2015 - 10:15am


With the passage last December of legislation creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), a field team of representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Park Service (NPS) has scheduled a trip to Los Alamos June 2-4.

This three-day site visit will include tours of historic buildings, both in town and on DOE/LANL property, as well as high-profile public and stakeholder meetings. 

The community is invited and encouraged to attend an important event during the team's visit:

  • Public Meeting & Reception for the MPNHP Field Team
  • Including NPS &

'Tension - 25 Years Underground' In Albuquerque June 5

on May 28, 2015 - 10:04am
Albuquerque Film and Music Experience presents: “Tension - 25 Years Underground”, a documentary on the power/thrash metal band Tension, which will be played from 7-9 p.m., Friday June 5, at South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE in Albuquerque.
Tension originated from Laurel Maryland, with founding members Tom Gattis and Marty Friedman in 1978. Later, Friedman would leave Tension to play in bands like Cacaphony and Megadeth. Tensions member lineup then finally included Timmy Meadows, Billy Giddings, Tim O'Connor and Tom Gattis from 1985-88. In 1988, Tension

Aspen Elementary Student’s Film Premieres Monday

on May 28, 2015 - 9:51am

Movie poster for Descanso. Courtesy photo


Descanso, the film written by, Christopher Garcia when he was 11 years old has been completed and is set to Premier at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1 at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (AFME). 

Christopher Garcia

Garcia, now 12, said he is excited to invite the community to his premier and share this success with him and everyone who helped make this movie happen. Descanso will premiere at the South Broadway Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Film and Music Event.

Garcia lives in Velarde with his family and

April Showers Bring May Flowers In Bayo Canyon

on May 28, 2015 - 8:01am
Cactus flower blooms in Bayo Canyon. Photo by Kei Davis
Yellow flowers. Photo by Kei Davis
Yucca flower. Photo by Kei Davis
Red cactus flowers. Photo by Kei Davis
Cactus flowers. Photo by Kei Davis
Red flowers. Photo by Kei Davis
Red cactus flowers. Photo by Kei Davis


Yucca flowers. Photo by Kei Davis


NMMA Appoints Rebecca Aubin To Newly Created Position Of Head Of Education And Visitor Experience

on May 28, 2015 - 7:58am
New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy/NMMA
NMMA News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Museum of Art welcomes Rebecca Aubin to the newly created position of Head of Education and Visitor Experience.
Aubin will develop a comprehensive vision for the museum's educational and public programs with the goal of improving and enhancing overall visitor experience. Enhancing the museum's position as a community center for the arts and extending its statewide outreach are also in the works.
The museum's First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibition in February 2016 will see the

LA Sportsmen's Club Hosts Junior Olympic Qualifier

on May 28, 2015 - 7:55am
Medal winners in the Junior Olympic Qualifier, from left, Garit Graham, Chris Bond, and Josh Smith. Courtesy photo
Young women competing in the JO Qualifier, from left, Kes Luchini, Lauren Williams, Savannah Williams, Shauna Moss and Jourdyn Rino. Courtesy photo
LASC News:
Young athletes from across New Mexico shot International Bunker Trap in the cold and rain Saturday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club to qualify for the Junior National Olympic Shotgun Competition in Colorado Springs July 20-26.
Los Alamos participants were Kes Luchini, Josh Smith, David Smith, Chris

SFBG Refocuses Programming Toward Museum Hill & Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Sites

on May 28, 2015 - 7:51am
SFBG News:
After eight years of providing programs at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, the Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors has voted to discontinue their hikes on wilderness property owned by Santa Fe County.
In announcing this change, CEO Clayton Bass noted, “Our mission of educational programming has grown 10-fold over the last few years and we are placing our staffing and efforts where we have the greatest impact for children and adults of the region.

New Mexico History Museum Unveils June Events

on May 28, 2015 - 7:47am
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends, or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:
Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palace Guard trip to Glorieta
Members of the museum’s Friends group journey to the Civil War battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a tour with Ranger Eric Valencia, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Casa Escuela, a private museum with historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling (505).982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? Call (505).982.6366, ext. 100 to join.

Local Rotary Club Selects Los Alamos Daily Post As Small Business of the Year

on May 28, 2015 - 7:44am

From left, Small Business Development Center Director Ted Lopez joins members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Kirsten Laskey, Carol A. Clark, Bonnie J. Gordon and KayLinda Crawford as they receive a $250 award for their Business of the Year recognition. Photo by Laura Loy

Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos honored the Los Alamos Dailky Post with its Sonny Brown Business of the Year Award during a meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building.

The award was established in 2005 to honor Past District Governor Sonny Brown for his many years of service to

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

on May 28, 2015 - 7:27am
Los Alamos

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is not the sort of movie I yearn to see.

OK, that’s an understatement. I really did not intend to see this movie AT ALL. But then The Santa Fe New Mexican gave it four chilies (and they are very snooty about which films they like). I could let that go, but then The Week, in its Review of Reviews (May 29 issue) gave it four stars. What’s going on here? OK, we have to see it now, before it gets an Oscar nomination or something.

Movie Poster for 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Admittedly, it took me several years to

Snares Set To Catch Cougar Roaming Los Alamos

on May 27, 2015 - 6:58pm

A reader just shared this photo she took a couple of weeks ago of what appears to be a cougar paw print in the mud on the White Rock Rim Trail. UPDATE: Another reader just let us know that this is actually a dog paw as cougars do not show the nail imprints. Courtesy photo

LAPD News:

Department of Game and Fish officers are using foot snares to try to catch a dangerous cougar that has killed at least two dogs and attacked another dog this month in Los Alamos.

Snares are set near Ranch School and Acid Canyon trails. More are being set down the canyon off of East Fork trail.

Scenes From Guaje Pines Memorial Day Ceremony

on May 27, 2015 - 5:09pm
The Los Alamos High School NJROTC Color Guard opens the annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Tristan Goodwin plays the bag pipes. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Troy Matevia plays the horn. Photo by Leland Lehman/ 

Fr. Glenn Jones of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church recites the opening prayer. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Everyone lowers their head in prayer. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Vice Commander Art Brown Junior of VFW Post 8874 and the Master of Ceremonies

Get Head Start With UNM-LA Summer Credit Classes

on May 27, 2015 - 5:02pm

Biology lab at UNM-LA. Courtesy/UNM/LA

UNM-LA News:

Summer is the perfect time to get a head start on your college career, earn a few extra credits while home for the summer, or take a class or two to brush up on some of your skills.

Credit classes at UNM-LA begin Monday, June 1. Registration is now open both online and in person on the UNM-LA campus.

There are nearly 60 classes being offered ranging from Art Studio to Statistics with everything in between including Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


Heinrich Introduces Energy Storage Promotion And Deployment Act

on May 27, 2015 - 3:34pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. introduced S. 1434, the Energy Storage Promotion and Deployment Act, to establish an energy storage portfolio standard for electric utility companies.
A utility may meet the standard with any combination of storage technologies and ownership, including storage located at homes or businesses. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine is a cosponsor of the bill.
The bill would set national targets for energy storage in order to meet the growing demand on the electric grid and encourage the

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night June 13

on May 27, 2015 - 3:32pm
PA News:
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

New Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

on May 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa's surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available online.
“We have many

New Mexico Regulators Delay Final Ruling On PNM Plan To Continue Burning Coal

on May 27, 2015 - 3:28pm
PRC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) announced plans to postpone a final ruling on PNM’s proposal to continue burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station until the utility is able to secure final coal supply and ownership agreements.
Earlier this month, PNM filed draft, non-binding contracts with the PRC that threatens to lock the utility into burning coal at the aging San Juan Generating Station for the foreseeable future.

Exhibition: 'One Life - Dolores Huerta' Opens July 3

on May 27, 2015 - 3:26pm
Dolores Huertaby Barbara Carrasco, Silkscreen, 1999, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, ©1999 Barbara Carrasco
The story of the modern agricultural workers’ movement in the United States is deeply intertwined with that of Dolores Huerta, a Latina leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of farm workers.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will highlight her significant role in this movement of the 1960s and 1970s through the exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” July 3-May 15, 2016.
This 11th installment in the Portrait Gallery’s

Letter To The Editor: 'Time To Invest In Our Families And Communities'

on May 27, 2015 - 3:21pm
Bernalillo County
Much has been made of America’s crumbling infrastructure. Rusting bridges and crumbling highways are only a part of our neglect. A much bigger part, and one that many of us don’t see is the neglect of inner-city communities, distressed schools and long forgotten playgrounds.
The recent protests in Baltimore, much like Albuquerque’s protests last year, may have been triggered by unjust police violence, but are much more deeply rooted in decades of neglecting our families and communities, especially communities of color.
When Governor Martinez was

Roller Derby Mashup Scrimmage Saturday

on May 27, 2015 - 3:18pm


School Board Meets At Central Office Thursday

on May 27, 2015 - 3:16pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session and Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, School Board Room, 2101 Trinity Dr.

The special School Board Meeting will consist of an Executive Session to discuss limited personnel items - Superintendent’s progress report; and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, specifically a discussion with the Department of Transportation.

After the closed Executive Session is over, School Board President Jim Hall will reconvene the Special School Board meeting.