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NMAA's February 'Compete with Class' Honoree Is Clovis Girls Basketball Team

on March 2, 2015 - 12:03pm

Clovis Girls Basketball Team and coaches. Courtesy photo

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The New Mexico Activities Association is proud to announce that the Clovis Girls Basketball Team has been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipient for the month of February.

A true act of sportsmanship was displayed by the Lady Wildcats before their game against Alamogordo in mid-February. Kim Buie, Alamogordo High School Varsity Cheer Coach, nominated the Lady Wildcats and shared this story:

“As each team member from Clovis was announced and after acknowledging the opposing coach and officials,

DNCU Sponsors Inaugural 'LEGO Competition'

on March 2, 2015 - 11:38am

DNCU News:
  • Kids compete for prizes March 14-15

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is proud to support the inaugural Lego Competition at the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Home Show, taking place March 14-15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

DNCU believes this is an ideal way to help energize the attendees—while helping young children build an appreciation for the construction process. DNCU also is a Silver Sponsor of the Santa Fe Home Show.

The competition is divided into two age categories (8 and younger and 9-12) and will run each day of the Santa Fe Home Show (20


Letter To The Editor: Novice Swimmers Need Leisure Pool

on March 2, 2015 - 11:24am
Los Alamos

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, surf, participate in beach parties, pool parties, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, a crew team, river running, fishing, fancy diving, water ballet, water polo, synchronized swimming, and a variety of the new water sports?

All of these activities have one common thing that is required to participate. You must know how to swim.

Swimming is easy to learn. Pre-school children can swim; students at all levels can swim. You are never too young or too old to learn to swim.


Los Alamos Small Business Workshop March 24

on March 2, 2015 - 11:11am

UNM-LA Advisory Board Meets March 9

on March 2, 2015 - 11:06am

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, on the college campus at 4000 University Dr.

An agenda will be released at least 72 hours before the meeting.

Freemasonry Opens Doors To Public March 7

on March 2, 2015 - 11:00am


Max Gomez Plays Fuller Lodge March 20

on March 2, 2015 - 10:16am
HOTH News:
History Off The Hill, a teen travel group not affiliated with the local schools, is bringing musician Max Gomez to Los Alamos Friday, March 20 at Fuller Lodge.
Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. and drinks will be available for purchase from Don Quixote Winery/Distillery.
Tickets for the concert are $15 and available only at Film Festival At Home, 3601-D Arkansas St.

Letter To The Editor: Giving Credit Where It Is Due

on March 2, 2015 - 9:54am
Los Alamos

In the article "Los Alamos Boosts Light-Water Reactor Research With Advanced Modeling And Simulation Technology," nominally highlighting some science and engineering advances made at the lab in support of a national reactor program, I note that exactly zero (0) day-to-day lab scientists and engineers are named, only someone calling herself a "software business development executive." 

This seems odd. Are we to assume that Ms. Kathleen McDonald, the bearer of this lofty title, somehow managed to do all this work by herself?

Help Bring Nation’s Longest-Running Citizen Science Project To Los Alamos

on March 2, 2015 - 9:44am

Sharp-shinned hawk, photo by Mouser Williams. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it's easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos.

A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society. As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, PEEC will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

NMDOT Park And Ride Offers Real-Time Bus Tracking And Mobile Apps

on March 2, 2015 - 8:58am


SANTA FE – Real-time technology is elevating the public transit experience for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) Park and Ride passengers with P&RealTime.

The addition of real-time transit information allows riders to know the location and arrival time of their bus at any point along the route. This puts riders in control of their schedule by minimizing wait time and avoiding anxiety over missed buses. The information can be accessed in real time from a web browser, SMS or smartphone using top-rated mobile apps developed by TransLōc.

“NMDOT Park and Ride bus

Poll Shows New Mexico Business Leaders Urge More Campaign Finance Transparency

on March 2, 2015 - 8:50am


WASHINGTON, D.C./ALBUQUERQUE – Today, a poll of New Mexico business leaders was released showing serious concern about the lack of transparency in the state’s government and campaign finance system.

The poll shows overwhelming support for reform amid serious concerns among the business community over the lopsided influence of political donors compared to every day voters. The poll was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board, a nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization, and conducted by Research & Polling, Inc.

Los Alamos Boosts Light-Water Reactor Research With 
Advanced Modeling And Simulation Technology

on March 2, 2015 - 8:03am

A simulation demonstrates the volume fraction of a bubble phase in the region downstream of a 3×3 rod bundle after a short burst of bubbles has been introduced into the flow field upstream. In a reactor, a large number of entrained bubbles reduce the heat transfer to the coolant, resulting in a lower efficiency in power production. Excessive bubble production through subcooled boiling can result in undesirable local hotspots and the accumulation of excess corrosion and contaminants.

LANL News:

  • Simulated nuclear reactor project benefits from funding extension

Hard on the heels of a five-year

Teen Center Remodel Gets Underway Monday

on March 1, 2015 - 10:52pm

The Teen Center Remodel project in the Community Building gets underway Monday and workers have installed temporary fencing around the perimeter on 20th Street. The project is scheduled for completion in September. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The public parking lot at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street, on the southeast corner of Ashley Pond Park is enclosed with temporary fencing and will be closed to public parking beginning Monday.

Crews Move Mountain Of Snow After Storm

on March 1, 2015 - 10:22pm

Work begins today to move a mountain of snow piled in the parking lot behind CB FOX on Deacon Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow plows scoop away at the massive snow pile and transport it across the roadway to an empty area adjacent to the VFW on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow plows make trip after trip today clearing snow from the Deacon Street parking lot. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A new snow pile begins to form next to the VFW on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The pile of snow grows larger next to the

Los Alamos Plastic Bag Survey: 64.65% Against Ban

on March 1, 2015 - 4:05pm

Survey results graph. Courtesy/Survey Monkey

Community Survey:

Results from the community survey conducted in the Los Alamos Daily Post reveal that 64.65 percent of the 1,027 respondents are against a County-wide ban of plastic bags and 35.44 percent are for it.

The banning of disposable plastic bags, such as those used at grocery stores has been a hot topic in Los Alamos County.

Survey Comments:

What a stupid idea. Recycle them! You can take them back to Smith's or put them in your recycle container.

2/28/2015 7:13 AM

I think we should be free to choose which kind of bags to use.

Letter To The Editor: Leisure Pool Petitions Available

on March 1, 2015 - 3:23pm
Los Alamos

Due to the abundance of requests, petitions for the Leisure Pool are now available at the Los Alamos Fitness Center and the Los Alamos Co-op Market.

Thanks to the generosity of both businesses for making this petition available to those residents who chooses to sign it.


Pastor Granillo: Finding Happiness

on March 1, 2015 - 3:07pm


Los Alamos

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” I dare say most of us can relate to that. As I put more years behind me, I find that I appreciate what I have more than I used to and that I make a greater attempt to enjoy those things I do have before I lose them.

The romantic love that caused me to pursue my wife, the moments that my kids want to hang out, the ability to comfort friends; all these things mean more to me now than they used to and as such they also make me happier.

EEOC Discrimination And Harassment Report Reveals Good And Bad News For New Mexico

on March 1, 2015 - 2:57pm


EEOC News:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement and litigation report on reported cases of discrimination and harassment in New Mexico’s workplaces revealed both good and bad news.

The good news is that in Fiscal Year 2014, which ran from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014, the number of cases filed went down compared to previous reporting period. In FY 2013, the total number of charges was 1,121, compared to the reported 955 reported cases in FY 2014.

Additionally, the EEOC speculates this could a result of businesses  putting more time and effort

Tools Needed For Hilltop Garden

on March 1, 2015 - 2:31pm

Volunteers work on the hilltop garden. File photo

HGC News:

With spring approaching, the Hilltop Garden Club is gearing up to do some community garden work but needs some tools in order to complete the work.

The Hilltop Garden Club is tentatively set to build a greenhouse in June and plans to begin work on other parts of the garden early in the spring, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Youth Conservation Corps.

The Hilltop Garden’s mission is to provide a space for educational garden-related activities in Los Alamos.


Letter To The Editor: On Banning Plastic Bags

on March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm
Los Alamos

In response to the letter from Jody Benson (Let's Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags):

First of all, I take issue with the misleading heading of the letter. These bags are most definitely NOT single-use. Our household reuses ALL of the plastic grocery bags that we bring home, mostly to collect and contain trash and garbage that get tossed into our roll cart for weekly collection.

We also use these bags for containing our lunch, which is then placed in our rucksacks, for hikes or for work, and they are thus reused many times.


Bill To Toughen Child Abuse Laws Passes House

on March 1, 2015 - 2:03pm


SANTA FE — Legislation that will toughen penalties for convicted child abusers and those whose abuse contributes to the death of a child passed the House floor Thursday by a vote of 50-10.

“This bill protects our children by going after the predators that intentionally seek to harm them,” said Rep. Conrad James, R-Bernalillo, the bill’s sponsor. “Tonight, we sent a message that child abuse will not be tolerated.”

Currently, those who intentionally beat a child to death only face life in prison if the victim was under the age of 12. This is called Baby Brianna’s Law, named after

Letter to the Editor: Against Plastic Grocery Bag Ban

on March 1, 2015 - 1:54pm
White Rock

I’m writing to voice my opposition to the idea of a plastic grocery bag ban that’s been going around lately. Bag bans have become the latest Eco-Fad for people that don’t have anything better to do than to punish everyone for the actions of a few. They are just a warm fuzzy feel good idea that’s completely ineffective. 

Most of the time I shop at Smiths I bring my own cloth bags since they are sturdy, carry more, and I get bonus rewards points for doing so.


DALA Dancers To Compete In Denver Grand Prix

on March 1, 2015 - 1:37pm

From left, DALA Director Jonathan Guise with dancers Sophia Dendy, Sophia Jeffery, Melina Burnside, Indiana Warrior, Jenna Erickson, Camille Rousculp, Annie Smith and Cody Maggiore. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Eight ballet students from Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will travel to Denver this weekend to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Ballet Competition.

Sophia Dendy and Indiana Warrior will compete in the Junior Division. Melina Burnside, Jenna Erickson, Sophia Jeffery, Cody Maggiore, Camille Rousculp and Annie Smith will compete in the Senior Division.

Letter To The Editor: Support For A Trap Free New Mexico

on March 1, 2015 - 1:16pm

I would like to respond to the letter in support of allowing trapping in New Mexico. 
I feel it is an issue of cruelty no matter how it is justified. Hunting is nearly zero cruelty (if the hunter knows what they're doing). But to trap an animal and let it wait for its fate to be sucker shot is unacceptable in my eyes. I don't necessarily want to run into a predator on a hike, but that doesn't mean I want all predators world wide destroyed. Everything has their role in the grand scheme of things.

My concern here is that we take a moment and think about what this

Registration For Dog Training Classes Begins March 5

on March 1, 2015 - 12:53pm

A trio of students in training at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club. Courtesy/LADOC


Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) begins March 5. 

Classes  this session will include a special offering to introduce kids to the fun sport of agility, Basic Manners, Beginning and Continuing Scent Work, Introduction to Rally Obedience, Intermediate Agility, the paRENT Free Club (for kids), Canine Good Citizen, Cujo to Compadre (for dog-reactive/aggressive dogs) and Self-directed Practice, and will begin the week of