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First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Black Pomeranian Has Gone Missing

on October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Velvet, a 15-pound black Pomeranian has gone missing. She is a puppy mill breeder rescue, easily frightened and doesn't know her name. She has a chip. Anyone with information about Velvet is urged to call 505.450.6683. Courtesy photo
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Letter to the Editor: Suggestion For Use Of Old Smith's Building

on October 21, 2014 - 6:50pm
By NICOLAS PILAT
Los Alamos
 
Our Smiths' recent and sudden movement across the street has left Los Alamos with a large vacant property.
 
Since the old Smith's building provides ample interior space, it's clear that it offers many options as to what could go inside. This space could be used as a car dealer, a fishing tackle store, a Blockbuster's, and an almost infinite number of other things!
 
One option, however, strikes me as the one which would contribute the most to Los Alamos. I can't tell you how many times I think 'Man, I wish Los Alamos had an aquarium.' 
When Ed's closed about 10
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Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Speaks At 'Lunch With A Leader'

on October 21, 2014 - 6:42pm

Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon presented a talk today to members and guests of the League of Women Voters monthly meeting at Mesa Public Library. Gordon spoke about her role at the newspaper where she covers art, culture, music and other community events. She was joined by Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark who spoke about the early days of the paper and its evolution as it nears its three year anniversary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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LAJC Helps Stock Shelves For LA Cares

on October 21, 2014 - 3:22pm

Students from the Los Alamos Jewish Center Religious School shopped at Smith's Marketplace recently to purchase food for LA Cares with funds raised by the LAJC. Photo by Stephanie Rittner

JEWISH CENTER News:

Over the past six weeks, Los Alamos Jewish Center (LAJC) has been raising funds to shop for L.A. Cares. L.A. Cares is a small, independent organization, providing help to the needy of Los Alamos County. They provide both financial help and supplemental food help.

The Los Alamos Jewish Center raised more than $1,500 to purchase food.

Region 6 States Receive More Than $1.1 Million In FEMA

on October 21, 2014 - 3:16pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas –have been awarded more than $1.1 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE). The CAP-SSSE grants provide funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.

The agencies that

Mayor’s Ball Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Northern New Mexico

on October 21, 2014 - 3:12pm
BBS supporters at the Mayor's Ball. From left to right: Back row, Dawn Brown, BBBS-NNM Regional Director, LA/RA Regional Board members, Jim Liberty, Leo Marquez, Art Brown and Rhonda Montoya. Front row, Kenna Chavarria, BBBS-NNM,  Linda Padilla,  Regional Board Member, Big Sister Sarb and Little Sister Eve. Not pictured, Caitlin Cleary, BBBS-NNM and Regional Board Members Kelly Myers, Paula Pana and Darroll Abeyta. Courtesy/BBBS

BBBS News:

SANTA FE– Mayor Javier Gonzales hosted his first Mayor’s Ball on Oct.11 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Los Alamos Fire Department Ready For Ebola

on October 21, 2014 - 9:41am

LAFD News:

How have the County’s first responders prepared for a possible Ebola epidemic?

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak.

The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire

Longest Serving Under Secretary Of State Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky Presents Major Lecture Oct. 28

on October 21, 2014 - 9:38am

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky

CIR News:

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky's Oct. 28 appearance before The Council on International Relations (CIR) represents the third Fall 2014 lecture in a series of four focusing on the crisis in Ukraine and its ramifications for Europe, NATO and the United States.

Dr.

Kyoto University To Explain Demand Response Research In Los Alamos

on October 21, 2014 - 9:34am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities invites the public to attend a special presentation on preliminary results of the Mesa Smart Meter Study. 

Researchers from Japan's Kyoto University, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Toshiba Corporation will provide an update and explain the continuing research being conducted at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in Los Alamos in the New Golf Course Community Building, 4250 Diamond Dr.

For the past year and a half, Los Alamos volunteers in North and Barranca Mesas participated in three of the four Mesa

KJM Auto Body And Glass Open For Business

on October 21, 2014 - 9:33am
James and Kellie Michel with their team. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos natives Kellie and James Michel opened KJM Auto Body and Glass, LLC in August at 195 Knecht St.

They employ four mechanics and average 10 repairs per week ranging from small fender benders to full collision repairs. In addition to body work, services include glass repair, window replacement and pit repair, paintless dent repair, headlight restoration, water spot removal from paint and glass and spray-in bed liners.

James and Kellie Michel

“I like cars …

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Letter to the Editor: Read Fine Print On PAC Ads Before Blaming Candidates

on October 21, 2014 - 9:32am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos

Political Action Committees (PACS) are running amok. I have been a political activist since the early 1980s. I have never seen campaigning so out of control as it is now. Political parties such as the Democrat and Republican Party have financial limits on spending. Not so – PACS.

PACS are free to advertise for candidates without the candidate’s authorization. Most of the time the candidate isn’t even aware of what the PAC has planned.

I do not have a suggestion for fixing this problem.

Get Ready For Halloweekend Oct 24-25!

on October 21, 2014 - 9:24am
Trick or Treat on MainStreet 2013. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos, “the best small town in the country” (Livability.com, July 2014) – is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with their two-day “Halloweekend” featuring hair-raising events Oct. 24 and 25 and on Halloween Day.

“Halloweekend” begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue and MainStreet keep their doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters. Expect to see a few haunted houses along the way.

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Don't Minimize Seriousness Of Problem Drinking

on October 21, 2014 - 9:21am

AL-ANON News:

Problem drinkers often say that their drinking is not as serious as people think.

Even people who are in close relationships with problem drinkers tend to minimize how seriously the drinker’s behavior has affected them. “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015” magazine, complimentary from Al-Anon Family Groups, offers ways to evaluate whether Al-Anon can help people cope with the drinking behavior of a family member or a close friend.

 “Often, people think if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you.

White Rock Presbyterian Church Volunteers Help Build Homes

on October 21, 2014 - 8:57am

White Rock Presbyterian Church and House of Fellowship church volunteers work together constructing a home near Gallup. Courtesy/WRPC

Members of White Rock Presbyterian Church and House of Fellowship church. Courtesy/WRPC

WRPC News:

Volunteers from White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) worked with members of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church near Gallup over the Columbus Day weekend to work on houses for two families of the HOF. The House of Fellowship is a Navajo church ministering to the needs of the people in their community.

A young girl shows off a quilt. Courtesy/WRPC

The two

Important Community Talk On Drugs And Drug Abuse In Los Alamos Wednesday

on October 21, 2014 - 8:22am

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk designed to raise awareness of drugs and drug abuse within the local community.

"I would like to see this presentation act as a catalyst for a more open discussion about drugs in Los Alamos County and what we can do as a community about it," Sgambellone said.

The presentation is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Duane Smith Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

YMCA Presents Free Zumba Class For Kids

on October 21, 2014 - 8:14am

YMCA News:

Zumbatomics, the Zumba class for kids, combines Latin music with dance movements to create a festive atmosphere where kids can combine fun and fitness at the same time. Songs are tailored for children and they will learn the basic steps to salsa, meringue, cumbia, reggaeton, hip-hop and more.

This Zumba class for kids ages 6-12 begins Oct. 22 at The Family YMCA. The class is 2-15-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Classes are free to all youth in the community. Parents are required to sign a liability form prior to the child attending the class. Annie Trujillo-Garcia is the instructor.

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Los Alamos County Prepares Parks For Winter

on October 21, 2014 - 8:05am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will stop issuing park reservations and field permits Nov.1 through April 1 as the water and restrooms are shut down and closed in preparation for winter weather. 

The parks and fields will remain open but this means that utilization of shelters and fields in the parks will be on a first-come, first-served basis without services.

These winter preparations will also impact Ashley Pond and Camp May. At Ashley Pond, the stage cover and lights will be removed and placed into storage over the winter.

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Letter to the Editor: Annoying Noise Can Be Reminder We’re Not Alone

on October 21, 2014 - 7:52am
By SHARON E. SMITH
Los Alamos

The first morning home after the Cerro Grande Fire, I awoke to total silence. It was a lonely day. 

The second morning home, I awoke to three things generally considered annoying: an early morning lawn mower, a barking dog, and the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street. They were the most beautiful sounds I ever heard!

I think of that day whenever I hear these sounds, even dogs late at night. I am not alone. I am in a neighborhood and a community I love.

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AAUW Sponsors Talk On Preparing For Next Wildfire

on October 21, 2014 - 7:50am

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy/AAUW

AAUW News:

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will sponsor a talk by Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia titled “How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. The talk is free and open to the public.

Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Using maps, he will summarize work already done and projected future plans.

Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Cesspools

on October 21, 2014 - 7:42am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I wish to express my outrage with paleontologist Ralph Chapman for his assault on the integrity of cesspools. 

By insinuating that cesspools have any connection with the 43rd District Slandertisements we have been receiving in Los Alamos, readers of his letter might come to the conclusion that cesspools promote dishonesty and are intrinsically evil. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Cesspools perform a useful function in that they provide a place, albeit primitive, to dispose of human waste.

Nature On Tap Focuses On Prescribed Burning And Wildfire Training Thursday

on October 21, 2014 - 7:34am

Participants in the Spanish-language international Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) were in the Jemez Mountains recently for two weeks learning about and implementing controlled burns. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.

But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10

Peterson: Weight Of Head Can Be 42 Pound Gorilla

on October 21, 2014 - 7:30am
The Weight of Your Head Can Become a 42 Pound Gorilla
By Kreig Peterson
Medical Massage Therapist

I would like to talk about forward head posture (FHP) a painful and insidious condition, and how it occurs.

The average human head weighs around 8 to 12 pounds all stacked up nice and neat on seven little vertebrae. This wasn’t a problem until we developed a forward head leaning world through extended the use of computers and decided to load our children down with 60 pounds of books to carry around all day at school. 

Normally, the head should sit directly on the spine and shoulders nice and

Sipapu Management Group Officially Begins Operating Pajarito Mountain Ski Area!

on October 20, 2014 - 4:27pm

LASC News:
  • Ski Area Now Preparing for Thanksgiving Opening

 

The Los Alamos Ski Club announced today that the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort officially started operating Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

 

Resort officials say they are now preparing for a full ski and snowboard season starting Thanksgiving Day.

“We are excited to take this next step for the future of Pajarito Mountain,” said Susan Brockway, president of the Los Alamos Ski Club Board of Directors.

Letter to the Editor: UFCW 1564 Members Vote This Week On Tentative Agreement With Smith's

on October 20, 2014 - 4:23pm
By THOMAS J. KING JR.
Los Alamos

Our Los Alamos citizens and their families should be aware that the hundreds of local folks employed at the ‘new’ Smith’s Grocery Store that recently opened on Trinity will shortly be voting on a ‘new’ union contract offer from Smith Foods.

Their old contract expired in July. Based on my talks with several longtime Smith’s food workers who have worked at Smith’s for 20, 30 or more years, we should be aware that even this new, ‘better’ contract offer keeps in place a system of employee classification that is grossly unfair and union-unfriendly.

In short,

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