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Business Owners Showcase Their Services at Chamberfest

on June 15, 2014 - 1:40pm
Valerie Montoya of Navarro, a LANL subcontractor, hands out swag Saturday afternoon at Chamberfest. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Valerie Nevarez of SA Associated Services, LLC and Sandra Villa of Beauty Villa show off their wares at Chamberfest. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Saturday, 65 Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce business members pulled out promotional banners, key chains, tote bags and pamphlets and headed to Central Park Square to mingle with the public and spread the word about their enterprises.

The event these

Eight Teams Compete at Los Alamos Petanque Tournament

on June 15, 2014 - 1:02pm
Players from around the region competed in the first petanque tournament held at the new petanque court at Urban Park. The tournament was hosted by the La Mesa Petanque Club. Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young player takes her shot. Bonnie J. Gordon/
The aim in petanque is to toss or roll a number of hollow steel balls ('boules') as close as possible to a small wooden target ball, called 'cochonnet.' Players check out the results of their throws. Bonnie J. Gordon/

Alex Kirk Enters Fourth Week of Team Workouts

on June 15, 2014 - 12:39pm
Former Lobos athlete Alex Kirk received multiple trophies including the Bob King 'Most Outstanding Player' at the UNM Basketball Awards Banquet in April 2013.
Photo by Carl Thornton
Los Alamos native and former UNM Lobo Alex Kirk begins his fourth week of team workouts this week after deciding to forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft.
Kirk, 22, graduated in May from UNM with a business degree.

Medicine from the Garden: Five Common Garden Plants that Belong in Your Medicine Chest

on June 15, 2014 - 12:30pm
Medicine from the Garden
Five Common Garden Plants that Belong in Your Medicine Chest

Summer is here! As a result of the recent and very welcome spring rains, our local trails are suddenly burgeoning with blossoms. A stroll through any one of our Los Alamos canyons becomes a sensory-filled experience thanks to the lush colors and scents of the many plants, herbs, shrubs, and blossoms that are coming out in force. Many of us have planted our gardens, and are eagerly awaiting our first harvest.

Summer is the perfect time to collect, preserve and store up a supply of herbs

NM Wineries Offer Tasting at UnQuarked - The Wine Room Opening in August in Central Park Square

on June 15, 2014 - 12:14pm
During Saturday's Chamberfest in downtown Los Alamos, Christelle Sanchez and Jesse Padberg of Vivac Winery serve up samples at the wine tasting in the space where UnQuarked - The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square is scheduled to open in August. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Gerard Johnson of Anasazi Fields Winery explains the qualities of various vintages during Saturday's wine tasting at UnQuarked - The Wine Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Tony Black of Black's Smuggler Winery shows off his wares. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Honoring Fathers – a Longtime YMCA Tradition

on June 15, 2014 - 11:38am
Sonora Dodd; circa 1910. Courtesy of Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society

YMCA News:

More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

On Sunday, June 15, The Family YMCA joins the nation in


Pain Free Athlete: Breathe Well to Reduce Back Pain

on June 15, 2014 - 11:11am
The Pain Free Athlete
Breathe Well to Reduce Back Pain

Did you know that respiration (breathing) and back pain are intimately linked? A 2006 study found that "the presence of respiratory disease is a stronger predictor for lower back pain than other established risk factors." And "clinical observation supports the notion that patients with poor breathing muscle co-ordination are more prone to chronic back pain and neck pain."(Courtney R The functions of breathing and its dysfunctions and their relationship to breathing therapy International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

The Kids of Chamberfest 2014

on June 15, 2014 - 10:34am
Siblings play in the giant sand pile at Chamberfest sponsored by LANB Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kids fish for ducks at the CB FOX Duck Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Frothy fun in sudsy pit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Karate kids. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dipping for ducks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Suiting up for sumo. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Pet of the Week: Tank the Russian Blue Cat

on June 15, 2014 - 10:27am

Tank the Russian Blue Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Tank is a 4-year-old Russian Blue who is a little blue that he hasn’t been adopted yet. Tank was surrendered with three other cats, all of whom have been adopted, and Tank hopes that it’s his turn next.

Tank is an indoor cat only, and he enjoys the company of other cats (although he might need a little bit of an adjustment period when meeting new feline friends), as well as adults, some dogs and gentle children.

Join the Y Circus Camp this Summer

on June 15, 2014 - 10:12am


Parsons: The Core Energy Coaching Difference

on June 15, 2014 - 9:59am
The Core Energy Coaching Difference

One of the most important things that most individuals want to know about Life and Leadership coaching is the underlying philosophy and principles. Most coaches base their practice on the traditional coach approach, which is about helping people take their goals to fruition, or taking them “from where they are to where they want to go.”

Essentially, this philosophy of coaching involves working with individuals, couples, groups, or organizations to help them clarify and focus on a goal, determine action plans and next steps, hold them


Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of June 16

on June 15, 2014 - 9:38am


Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 16:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

The northern 2-1/2 lanes of Trinity Drive are closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue.

Eastbound: One travel lane of eastbound N.M.

CHCR: Reading Policy Description Carefully is Key to Using Health Insurance Coverage Effectively

on June 15, 2014 - 9:22am

By Los Alamos Community Health Care Roundtable

It’s four months into the new health insurance plan year, and if provider experiences are any indication, that hasn’t been enough time for people to figure out exactly what “High Deductible” – especially as it relates to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new insurance offerings - means.

As defined by the glossary, “Deductible” is “The amount you owe for health care services your health insurance or plan covers before your health insurance or plan begins to pay.


Lots of Activities, Food and Relaxation at Chamberfest

on June 15, 2014 - 8:49am

A young Benjamin Guo gets sparring tips at Chamberfest Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Participants relax at the Access Consciousness booth. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

A couple of kids whack at each other during Chamberfest. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Sheriff's Posse member Tamara Hallman (sitting) shows off Pearl the turkey and two of Pearl's eggs. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Logan Lathrop, left, and Sydney Shelton don sumo gear to duke it out during Chamberfest. Photo by Salvador Zapien/



Visit United Way's Born Learning Trail Thursday

on June 15, 2014 - 8:18am



Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning.

That won’t be the case at Urban Park in Los Alamos - now when parents, grandparents and caregivers take their favorite young child to Urban Park, they’ll be able to play fun games together that will help the child come to school ready to succeed.

This is because United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM), Los Alamos County, Metzger’s Do It Best and the YMCA YES Corp, along with some community volunteers will come together Thursday,

OBITUARY: Vicki Jo Biggs June 11, 2014

on June 15, 2014 - 7:50am

VICKI JO BIGGS June 11, 2014

Vicki Jo Biggs, 63, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away of natural causes Wednesday, June 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and May Belle Harman. 

Vicki was a resident of Los Alamos for 26 years. She was a dedicated special education teacher for 32 years and was a member of the White Rock United Methodist Church, where she played in the English Hand Bell Choir and was a member of the Church quilting group. 

Vicki also was a member of the Chapter AK, PEO Sisterhood.


Art and Inspiration Adorn the Grounds of IHM

on June 15, 2014 - 7:37am

Artistic inspiration surrounds the grounds of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 2700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. Established in 1946, IMH is a Catholic Church of the Roman Rite that serves Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A tall statue carved in wood of Saint Mary stands outside IMH on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A peaceful garden area invites contemplation at IHM in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LALT Will Hold Annual Membership Meeting June 22

on June 15, 2014 - 6:36am

LALT News:

The annual membership meeting for the Los Alamos Little Theatre ( is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at the Performing Arts Center.

The first hour and a half, 1-2:30 p.m., will be devoted to eating and socializing. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to recap the 2013-14 season, find out what's coming up in 2014-15, visit with fellow thespians, meet LALT's scholarship recipient and have some burgers!  

All current and prospective LALT members are encouraged to attend.

Red Elvises Rock Ashley Pond Park Friday

on June 14, 2014 - 10:01am
Singer and guitarist Igor Yuznov fronting the Red Elvises Friday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Bassists Oleg Bernov urges the crowd on. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
A colorful dance. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers entertain between sets. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Dancers put their hands in the air for the Red Elvises. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Gillian and David Sutton of KRSN celebrate KRSN Night at Firday's Summer Concert Series.

LAVNS Announces New Leadership Team

on June 14, 2014 - 9:13am
Georgina Williams, new executive director of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. Courtesy/LAVNS

LVNS News:

Georgina Williams, former Los Alamos Public School District prevention specialist and licensed therapist, has accepted the position of executive director for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) effective June 2. Joining Williams on the leadership team is Debbie Storms, RN, as director of clinical services.

LAVNS is the only non-profit home health care and hospice organization in Los Alamos and has been providing patient care in Northern New Mexico for more than 41 years.


Pajarito Astronomers Hold County Sponsored Dark Night June 21

on June 14, 2014 - 9:05am


The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, June 21, at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets  Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the 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.


Kiwanis Presents Elizabeth Hjelvik With Stoddard Scholarship Award

on June 14, 2014 - 8:48am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Elizabeth Hjelvik with a scholarship award in memory of longtime Kiwanian Steve Stoddard this past Tuesday. Hjelvik will attend the University of New Mexico to study biochemistry with a minor in Neuroscience and French. From left, Adult Key Club Mentor Don Casperson, Adult Key Club Mentor, Kiwanis President Karen Kendall, Elizabeth Hjelvik, her father Karl Hjelvik, her mother Lisa Pansoy-Hjelvik and her brother Christian Hjelvik. She was selected because of her strong participation in Key Club.

Wednesday PEEC Classes for Kids Explores Region

on June 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Torsten and Aven Heavner blow bubbles using recycled plastic water bottles. Courtesy/PEEC
Melissa Mackey demonstrating the 'magic' properties of air and water pressure. Courtesy/PEEC
Los Alamos Daily Post

Canyons, mesas, mountains and skies are the most prominent features of Los Alamos, not to mention the main focus of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) mission statement. The statement reads that PEEC strives to enrich people’s lives by strengthening their connections to these four elements.

Melissa Mackey is cultivating this connection with the younger

Reminder: Event With Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez Cancelled Due to His Death

on June 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Chester Nez and Judith Avila. Courtesy/JSPL

JSPL News:

The Jemez Springs Public Library reminds the public that the Chester Nez event scheduled for today has been cancelled due to Nez’s recent death.

Author Judith Avila and Nez’s grandson Latham will be coming to Jemez Springs at some point to talk about the book she co-wrote with Chester about his experiences as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II,  but this is still an intense period of mourning for the Nez family scheduling is still uncertain.

OBITUARY: Joe Asa Mariner Sept. 3, 1923 – June 10, 2014

on June 14, 2014 - 7:57am

JOE ASA MARINER Sept. 3, 1923 – June 10, 2014

Joe Asa Mariner, 90, soldier, scientist, musician, husband, and father died peacefully at his home in Los Alamos, N.M., June 10, 2014, surrounded by family.

Mariner, who had lived in Los Alamos for 57 years, was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Jacksboro, Tenn., the son of George Washington Mariner and Nora Katherine Queener Mariner. He graduated from Jacksboro High School as valedictorian  in 1941.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, during World War II, serving  in New Guinea and the Philippines.