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Andrew J. Wong Of Los Alamos Wins Grand Prize In 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

on November 21, 2015 - 11:43am

Out of more than 1,700 entries from around the world, Andrew J. Wong of Los Alamos just won the Grand Prize in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta photo contest. The annual fiesta is the world's most photographed event. Wong's winning photo is this striking silhouette of a crew and their hot air balloon. Wong works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his wife Charissa Wong owns Photo Essence by Charissa, a local photography business. For his award winning photograph, Wong is receiving a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Photo by Andrew J. Wong

Christmas Wreaths And Garland Decorate Light Poles Along Central Avenue In Downtown Los Alamos

on November 21, 2015 - 11:36am

County crews were out hanging the annual Christmas wreaths and garland on the light poles Friday along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Boy Scouts Letter Carrier Food Drive Is Today

on November 21, 2015 - 10:54am
BSA News:
Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:
Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help LA Cares to collect, sort, and store your donations of food and supplies during the Fall Scouting-for-Food Drive sponsored jointly by the Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112) and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday, Nov. 21.
One in 6 Americans struggle to get enough food to eat.

Letter To The Editor: Bomb Scare

on November 21, 2015 - 10:51am
By Lynne Compton
Los Alamos

How refreshing it is that in this town of relative calm unusual things get noticed. Friday it was a false alarm in a cooler at the wrong place that got noticed.

We as a people in these modern times most not take everything for granted. We should not live in fear but realize that sometimes a cooler may not contain a left over picnic someone forgot but something meant to harm and destroy. 

Kudos to the police officer that noticed and the firemen, bomb squad and other police officers who answered the call not knowing that they might be in great danger.

It's a

Holiday Arts And Craft Fair At LAMS Today

on November 21, 2015 - 10:40am

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council's annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair runs to 3:30 p.m. today at Los Alamos Middle School, 1 Hawk Dr.

This is an opportunity to do holiday shopping plus benefit an organization that brings numerous events to the community throughout the year, such as Brown Bag Concerts, Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow and Missoula Children's Theatre.

Future Events:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, noon Brown Bag performance of Winternacht at Fuller Lodge; and
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fuller Lodge Open House at Fuller Lodge.

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Visits Aspen School

on November 21, 2015 - 10:29am

Students at Aspen Elementary School check out the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Local Realtor Ian Maes brought the balloon to the school for the kids to see up close. Courtesy photo

Aspen Elementary School students learn about the workings of the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

RE/MAX Realtor Ian Maes gave students at Aspen Elementary School a special treat Friday afternoon. He brought the corporate hot air balloon to the school.

First introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, the balloon stands

Pajarito Ski Hill Opening Soon

on November 21, 2015 - 9:55am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area General Manager Tom Long speaks at a recent Kiwanis meeting at TOTH. Photo by Don Casperson


Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and director of the hill’s ski school, visited Kiwanis recently, speaking on the history of the ski area and plans for its future.

Long was born in the Boston area, but during this coming ski season, he will mark 50 years of continuous full-time service in the ski industry in New Mexico.

In a biography provided to Kiwanis, he said, “I began my skiing career at


Annual Festival Of Trees 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. Today

on November 21, 2015 - 9:39am
Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Los Alamos

They call it the twelve days of Christmas and this weekend the Betty Ehart Senior Center will host the 12th annual Festival of Trees.

The four hour festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, will be a hub of activity as they hold a multitude of yuletide activities under one roof. The event includes more than 60 silent auction items ranging from trees, wreaths and quilts to ornaments and decorations, some which begin at just $1.

“In the late summer, we also took delivery of a Studio 21 Christmas Village that


Aspen Elementary School 1st and 2nd Graders Delight Audience In Thursday's ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical

on November 21, 2015 - 8:41am

Aspen Elementary first and second grade students perform in Thursday's ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical to the delight of staff, students and parents in the school gymnasium. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

Aspen Elementary School's first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, perform Thursday in the musical ‘Pete The Cat’. Photo by Minesh Bacrania


Aspen Elementary School's first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, presented a musical “Pete the Cat” Thursday for staff, students and parents in the school gymnasium.

Pete the

LAVNS Celebrates 21 Years Of Hospice Care

on November 21, 2015 - 7:40am
Debbie Storms, Dr. Ross Bridge, Sande Cremer, April Cranmore, Collette Fordham, Pam Lee, Pauline Schneider and Deena Streit. Camera Shy: Kristi Bradshaw and Kristi Keffer. Photo by Debbie Weber
November is National Hospice Month. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is celebrating two decades of compassionate caring for patients.
“Several years ago my husband John Ledford was diagnosed with end-stage COPD, lung disease," Tammy M. Thorn-Ledford said. "As the COPD progressed my husband John asked if he could die at home.

Dean Cummings Draws SRO Crowd To Mountaineers Meeting Co-Hosted By Los Alamos Ski Club

on November 21, 2015 - 7:21am
Large crowd tunes in to Dean Cummings' presentation Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Felicia Orth
Big mountain skiing legend Dean Cummings drew a standing-room-only crowd of all ages to his talk on heli-skiing at Wednesday's Los Alamos Mountaineers Club meeting, hosted jointly with the LA Ski Club.
Dean Cummings speaks at LA Mountaineers Club. Photo by Felicia Orth
Cummings showed photographs and video of heli-skiing in the Chugach Mountains around Valdez, Alaska over the last 24 years.

SFI: 'Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology...' Nov. 23

on November 21, 2015 - 6:43am
Erica Newman, University of California, Berkeley
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology: A new method for cross-system comparisons of ecosystems in transition" for 12:15 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe. 
Abstract: Natural disturbances increase heterogeneity and diversity of ecosystems, while anthropogenic changes often decrease ecosystem complexity and diversity.
To a disturbance ecologist, factors such as the type, size, and seasonality of disturbances explain patterns on the landscape;

Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

on November 21, 2015 - 6:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 
Luján offered an amendment to

IRS, States And Tax Industry Announce New Steps To Help Public Protect Personal Tax Data

on November 21, 2015 - 6:37am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and the private-sector tax industry today announced a new campaign aimed at encouraging more people to protect their personal and financial data online and at home.

The “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign is designed to raise public awareness that even routine actions on the Internet and their personal devices can affect the safety of their financial and tax data.
The education campaign will complement the expanded series of protections the IRS, states and tax industry are putting in place for the start of the 2016

SFI: 'Biotic Interactions And The Diversification Of Life' Nov. 23

on November 21, 2015 - 6:36am
David Hembry, University of Arizona
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Biotic Interactions and the Diversification of Life" at 12:45 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: The argument that interactions promote the generation and maintenance of species diversity, thereby engendering the generation of even more biodiversity in a sort of virtuous circle, is long-standing and highly influential in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Not only is this one of the major problems in biology and the study of ecological complexity, but it is

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on November 20, 2015 - 7:17pm
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Los Alamos Bomb Team Investigates Suspicious Item

on November 20, 2015 - 6:55pm

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responds to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LAPD on scene of a suspicious item near LANB in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responded to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock just before dark today.

A patrol officer arrived at the scene and saw a cooler sitting on the

Secret City Kitchen Opens In Los Alamos!

on November 20, 2015 - 5:54pm
Secret City Kitchen owner Jeremy Varela officially opened his new restaurant today in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Secret City Kitchen staff Violet Starr, left, and Jackie Casias-Gutierrez preparing lunch deliveries today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Secret City Kitchen officially opened for business today in Los Alamos.

Owner Jeremy Varela sat down this afternoon with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss his new business.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do since moving to Los Alamos from Las Cruces in

Letter To The Editor: ISIS, Terrorism, And Fear

on November 20, 2015 - 3:41pm
Los Alamos

I’m sure any terrorist will site some reason to validate their belief that their nihilistic violence is a good means to whatever end they seek. ISIS is no exception. They have been successful through their propaganda in recruiting young, marginalized men from all over the world.

I think it’s important to recognize they are attracting young men (not old), men of an age in which the prefrontal cortex has yet to fully develop and who thus lack an important requirement for accurate long-term decision-making.


K-9 SOS Trains Dogs To Sniff Out Danger

on November 20, 2015 - 3:28pm

K-9 SOS Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield Visiting the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper recently to discuss his company and its canine training program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

K-9 SOS handlers and their canines with Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield, center, conducting a demonstration recently at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jase, a black Labrador retriever, arrived in Los Alamos from Oakridge, Tenn., Oct. 21 and promptly stirred up the neighbors.

The 2-year-old

Bouman: What To Look For In A Long-Term Care Policy

on November 20, 2015 - 2:53pm
Alpine Financial Partners

November is Long-Term Care awareness month. You may have read my last column on Understanding Long-Term Care. That in mind, I’d like to take you through the basics of what to look for in a Long-Term Care Policy. 

Confronting our own mortality is a difficult task in itself. Add to that the notion that we may need someone else to care for us at some point in our lives and it makes for a very difficult topic to broach.

The sooner the conversation begins the better off you will be. Age makes a difference in the cost of a long-term care policy.

Pamper Yourself On Small Business Saturday

on November 20, 2015 - 2:48pm


Shoppers can pamper themselves while they shop onSmall Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Chair massages will be available in the kiosk mall for weary shoppers who need a little relief from carrying packages and bags.

Black Mesa Massage will be offering $1 per minute chair massages, or free 10-minute massages with the purchase of a gift certificate. Christy O’Brien is offering her massage company’s services to support the business community and encourage residents to shop local.

Shoppers can find Black Mesa Massage in the kiosk mall, 170 Central Park Square, along with more than

Los Alamos Firefighters Knock Down House Fire

on November 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

Los Alamos firefighters knock down a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of Ridgeway. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD fights a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of  Ridgeway. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

At approximately 3 a.m., today, Los Alamos fire and police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ridgeway for a reported house fire.

First responders arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed vacant home at that address.

REPORT: Governor’s REAL ID Proposal To ‘More Than Double’ Wait Times At MVD

on November 20, 2015 - 12:10pm

Imagine your worst MVD experience … now double it. Courtesy/ProgressNow New Mexico

ProgressNow New Mexico News:

  • New Mexicans Petition Governor & Legislative Leaders To Pass Simpler Bi-partisan Fix

MVD lines are about to get a lot longer if a driver’s license proposal supported by Gov. Susana Martinez passes the state legislature this January, a national report of state legislatures says.

According to a report from the non-partisan, non-profit National Council of State Legislatures:

“To comply with the requirement that all DL/ID (Driver’s license or identification) card holders re-verify

NEA-NM Applauds Game Commission Decision

on November 20, 2015 - 11:39am

NEA-NM News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands.

The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre.

The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95 percent of the money collected by the Land Office.

“I congratulate