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Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Saturday

on December 2, 2016 - 9:12am
Young man chats with Santa at last year’s Kiwanis Breakfast. Courtesy photo


Enjoy a morning of fun! The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with a large contribution from Del Norte Credit Union, at 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party.

IRS Launches New Online Tool To Assist Taxpayers

on December 2, 2016 - 9:02am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service announced today the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way.
This new and secure tool, available on allows taxpayers to view their IRS account balance, which will include the amount they owe for tax, penalties and interest. Taxpayers may also continue to take advantage of the various online payment options available by accessing any of the payment features including: direct pay, pay by card and Online Payment Agreement.

PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: #5

on December 2, 2016 - 9:01am

Kids are so important, they also are the focus of this week's reason to support PEEC. The number 5 reason why people support PEEC is to help kids have fun exploring science at the nature center. Support PEEC and make PEEC's free programs possible. Courtesy photo

‘The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree’ Reading Saturday

on December 2, 2016 - 9:00am
Cover of 'The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree'. Courtesy photo


The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree, a children’s book based on a true story, tells of a little girl in Santa Fe who creates Christmas joy by mixing the little she has with the natural bounty provided all around her.

There will be a book reading and signing by local author, Bridget Thomas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 33 at Sirphey, 1793 Deacon St., off Trinity Drive next door to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Copies of The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree can be purchased in Los Alamos at CB FOX, Trinity on the Hill’s Children’s

Savvy Caregiver Seven Session Course Jan. 10

on December 2, 2016 - 8:57am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. The course will be offered as both an afternoon and evening course.
“The Savvy Caregiver” a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The afternoon course option is 1-3 p.m., once a week, beginning each Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Feb. 21. This afternoon option will be held at Brookdale Santa Fe Assisted Living located at 640 Alta Vista in Santa Fe.

Toppers Trounce Scorpions

on December 2, 2016 - 8:49am
Brandon Duran zooms past the Scorpions defense leading to a 2-point play. Photo by Niccolo Snyder/
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

Not many games go as swimmingly as you expect, but the two wins the Topper teams shared over the Scorpions sure seemed like a walk in the park.

The first set of the two wins was the JV game in which the boys wheeled past Moriarty with a 26 point win. The boy’s lost their advantage at times but kept a comfortable lead during most of the game.


Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am
Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks

Celebrate Holiday Season At Fuller Lodge Open House

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am

The annual Fuller Lodge Open House Saturday helps kick off the holiday season. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAAC News:

The annual Fuller Lodge Open House helps kick off the holiday season as well as the Winterfest festivities.

The  Los Alamos Arts Council, along with the Art Center at Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Society are hosting the event Saturday at the Lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.

The community is welcome to check out Fuller Lodge, which will be fully decked out for the holidays.

Los Alamos GOP Hosts Christmas Party Dec. 9

on December 2, 2016 - 8:17am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women invite all Republicans to their Annual Christmas Party.

The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the home of RPLA Chairman Bill McKerley. Food will be potluck style, so bring along a favorite Christmas dish.

For more information, email RPLA at

Merry Christmas!

2016 Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-LA

on December 1, 2016 - 10:53pm

Presenter Jenna White MD speaks to first responders Nov. 19 at the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Management and Critical Care Conferance at UNM-LA.. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from the conferance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First responders from across the Southwest convened Nov. 18-20 for the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Conference at UNM-Los Alamos.

Speakers from across the region presented talks on various aspects of emergency and critical care to 75 first responders.

Among the many

‘Fix-It Friday’ At Los Alamos Makers 6 p.m. Dec. 2

on December 1, 2016 - 10:22pm

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By Prisca Tiassé Yoder, PhD

What if we fixed, re-purposed or donated our "stuff" instead of throwing it away?

Who's got time for that, right?

Fixing, re-purposing and even donating can be an investment in time AND money. Sometimes it's just easier to trash it...But where does it all go? Well, that is probably a loaded question.

What are the options currently available to consumers?

DOE Awards $39.1 Million Contract To e-Management Consultants

on December 1, 2016 - 9:58pm

DOE News:

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a contract to e-Management Consultants, Inc. for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement.

The contract includes Firm Fixed-Price (FFP), Non-Fee Bearing Cost-Reimbursable (CR), and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs). The total value of the contract is $39,136,798.13 with a five-year period of performance. Thirteen proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

The services to be provided under the contract

LANL’s Entropy Engine Appears Perfectly Unpredictable

on December 1, 2016 - 8:24pm
Quantum-Secured Communication team leader Ray Newell. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Entropy Engine, one of Los Alamos National Laboratories R&D 100 award-winning technologies this year, was designed to address a dangerous authentication crisis in the world today.

What computers need to know to ascertain who is talking to whom has come a long way from what was once quaintly termed a “handshake,” and yet there are still large holes and uncertainties in the distributed computing, as has been most conspicuous in the hacking related charges and suspicions surrounding

In And Around Town: Dec. 1

on December 1, 2016 - 8:17pm
Planetarium Show 'Exploding Universe
  • The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will feature a fascinating talk by astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace along with a showing of the planetarium film Exploding Universe, at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Meet Up
  • Wondering what to do this Friday evening after a LONG week at work? Why not come to Friday Night Happy Hour with your local Meet Up group? Meet up is a free and easy way to connect with new friends in town. We meet at the VFW from 5:30 to 7ish every Friday evening (non

Quality Of Education Survey Reflects High Confidence In Los Alamos Schools

on December 1, 2016 - 9:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools 2015-2016 Quality of Education Survey results reflect high levels of confidence in key areas that impact student learning and student well being.

For the last five years, the top three survey questions were consistently at the top of the list. The area of highest satisfaction, schools holding high expectations for academic achievement, focuses on student learning has been #1 for the previous four years.

Participation in the annual survey also is at an all time high. Last spring 929 surveys were submitted across all schools.

Police Operation Targets Porch Package Thieves

on December 1, 2016 - 9:20am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit is conducting covert operations this holiday season as a proactive measure against package theft from citizen’s front porches. 

“We want to be proactive this season to deter and possibly catch any would-be thieves who target packages left at Los Alamos residences,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.

As the increase in online shopping continues each year, the draw toward a trend tagged as “Porch Pirates” also increases, he said.

The Los Alamos Police Department also wants to encourage citizens who believe they have had a package

School Delays, Cancellation, Early Dismissals

on December 1, 2016 - 8:57am
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools has issued the following message to help prepare for the winter of 2016-17:
  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.;
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, the school district’s information line (505.663.2223), and each individual school line;
  • LAPS will be coordinating with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation or early dismissal;
  • In general, if the Lab is on a delay, school opening will be

McQuiston: I Thought Jewelry Was Covered By My Homeowners Policy

on December 1, 2016 - 8:54am
The Jemez Agency

I was visiting with a customer the other day when we started reviewing his homeowners policy for gaps in coverage. While we were talking about his personal property coverage, he stated how he had just purchased an expensive anniversary ring for his wife. He was happy to see he had a high limit of coverage for his property and wouldn’t have to worry about the ring being stolen. A logical but inaccurate belief.

Homeowners policies are designed to insure your property against theft.


Udall Joins Senate In Passing ECHO Act To Increase Rural Access To Health Care

on December 1, 2016 - 8:53am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 97-0 to approve the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act -- a measure based on the University of New Mexico's successful Project ECHO program -- to increase access to high quality health care in rural communities.
Udall is a cosponsor of the bill and, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of funding for the program.
The ECHO Act would expand the successful Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO), a model program founded at the

The Towering Toppers

on December 1, 2016 - 8:51am
Michael Naranjo and Adam Paulson line up for a free throw. Courtesy photo
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post
This season’s Los Alamos High School Boys Basketball team went head to head in a clash with Valencia High School Nov. 22 in Griffith Gymasium.
The Toppers C team was first to go and fell to Valencia 40-32. The game was hard fought, but the Jaguars got the edge in the end.
The JV was up next and looked hyped up for their first match of the season. The Toppers struggled in the first half with scoring.

How The Hen House Turns: Master Smellers

on December 1, 2016 - 8:28am
Cary and Don Neeper and their dogs. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
An article in Science News, Oct.1, 2016 reports that the left side of a dog's brain is activated by the words "good boy." 
The right side responds to human voice intonation, according to Science Magazine, Dec. 2.
Human brains are no different: words' meanings are processed in the left side of the brain; the words' intonation is interpreted on the right side. It's another example of how closely related we are to some other mammals.
A University of Budapest neuroscientist says, "Dogs pay

New Mexico School For The Arts Open House Dec. 3

on December 1, 2016 - 8:15am
NMSA News:
Come and explore New Mexico School for the Arts during its fall open house at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. 
Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn about the tuition free arts focused high school offering programs in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. 
An affordable residential program is available for students who live outside a reasonable, daily commuting distance to NMSA. At NMSA, the focus is on both academic and artistic excellence.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Mirrored In Bird Bath

on December 1, 2016 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: A sunset is mirrored in a bird bath on a back deck Nov. 22 in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Doug Reilly

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 16-Nov. 29, 2016

on November 30, 2016 - 8:31pm
LAPD News:
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.

Nov. 16 at 1:51 p.m. / A 47-year-old Papillion man reported that he is the victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.


Nov. 17 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Colin, 25, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.





Nov. 19 at 8:36 a.m.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Takes On Oppenheimer Role In 2016 ‘Nutcracker On The Hill’ This Weekend

on November 30, 2016 - 1:57pm

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 ‘Nutcracker on the Hill’. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 “Nutcracker on the Hill” was a smash hit. The classic Tchaikovsky’s score was mixed with Los Alamos’ history, which produced a show completely unique to the community.

“Nutcracker on the Hill” returns this year but continues to add new twists to this popular holiday ballet. The first being Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will take on the role of Oppenheimer.

“I decided to take a shot in the dark,” DALA Artistic Director Jonathan Guise explained.