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Pajarito Mountain Collects 5 Million Gallons Of Water

on July 28, 2015 - 5:21pm

Taken July 24, this photo shows the Pajarito staff doing a direct pond depth measurement. Photo by George Lawrence


Last week was an impressive water collection period for Pajarito Mountain.

They pumped 62 hours straight (from Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. through Thursday at 8:30 p.m.), and the staff made a direct pond depth measurement Friday. They took this measurement to George Lawrence, former Los Alamos Ski Club president and a local expert when it comes to water at Pajarito Mountain (he was also instrumental in the design of Pajarito’s original pond.)

Lawrence has

White Rock Branch Library Soft Opening Tomorrow!

on July 28, 2015 - 4:35pm

The new White Rock Branch Library is having a soft opening at 10 a.m., Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The information desk at the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Library System Manager Steve Thomas during a tour last week of the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The White Rock Branch Library on Sherwood Boulevard is holding a soft opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29. Children’s programs at the new branch will start next week.

“Everything is mostly done and

FBI: Former Ringleader Of Albuquerque-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To Federal Prison

on July 28, 2015 - 2:38pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Christopher Roybal, 35, the former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization, was sentenced this morning in federal court to 168 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges.

Roybal also is required to pay a $184,080.00 money judgment under the terms of his plea agreement.

Roybal was one of the 19 defendants charged in Dec. 2012, with drug trafficking and money laundering charges in a 60-count indictment. The indictment was superseded twice; first in Feb.

State Police Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In August

on July 28, 2015 - 2:24pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month August.

Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Governor Directs NM State Parks To Establish First Miles Of Rio Grande Trail

on July 28, 2015 - 2:12pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Six New Mexico State Parks to Designate More than 20 Miles for proposed trail

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed New Mexico State Parks Division to designate more than 20 miles in six parks throughout the state as the first miles of the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch more than 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

“The Rio Grande Trail has the potential to attract visitors from all around the world, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” Martinez said.

Obituary: Brenda Hatler July 24, 2015

on July 28, 2015 - 2:05pm

BRENDA HATLER July 24, 2015

Brenda Hatler, a faithful Christian who loved her Lord and Savior, passed away on Friday evening July 24, 2015 at the age of 70 years. 

Brenda was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.  She attended Highland High School and UNM in Albuquerque where she met her future husband, Larry.  Brenda and Larry lived briefly in Beaumont, Texas, before moving to Los Alamos in 1968, where they raised their family.

She was a loving wife and was always there for her two sons in all their endeavors.


‘Polluted Parks’ Analysis Finds Southwestern National Parks Among Worst In Air Quality

on July 28, 2015 - 9:52am

NPCA News:
  • Majority of Parks Experience Days Risky for Vulnerable Visitors; Four Parks Regularly Unsafe for Most People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new analysis, released today by National Parks Conservation Association, shows that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued by significant air pollution problems and climate change impacts.

Fifteen of the parks in the Southwest with these protections rank among the worst for air quality, including Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

Cowboy Breakfast Benefits Alzheimer's Assoc. Sunday

on July 28, 2015 - 9:29am

DEA Holds 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

on July 28, 2015 - 9:17am

DEA News:

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 26 local time.

As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

In Los Alamos, a Prescription Drug Take-Back receptacle is available to the public year round in the Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr.

Collection sites in communities throughout the nation at

Measure Your Child's Passion For Flying Aug. 1

on July 28, 2015 - 9:01am

A student learns about flying. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


If you want to know whether your child has a passion for flying, mark Aug. 1 on your calendar and prepare for the local Young Eagle Program.

The program has a host of local pilots who have a passion for aviation to share with kids. The event, coordinated by pilot Amy Ross allows youth the opportunity to tap into the fun of flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes.

“All of the pilots and other volunteers are members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, an organization with the


Montessori Hosts Open House Aug. 1

on July 28, 2015 - 8:48am

Sage Cottage Montessori, 142 Meadow Lane. Courtesy photo

SCM News:

Sage Cottage Montessori will host an open house 3-5 p.m., Aug. 1 at the school at 142 Meadow Lane in white Rock.

The school has room for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Sage Cottage School's philosophy is to guide children in the development of a positive self-image through a unique combination of Montessori, Play-oriented, Science-based, and Self-directed programs.  This will help foster self-confidence, respect of life and environment, love of learning, and socially acceptable behavior.

Obituary: James ‘Jim’ Caffey Sturrock, Sr. April 27, 1945 – July 24, 2015

on July 28, 2015 - 8:20am

JAMES “JIM” CAFFEY STURROCK, Sr. April 27, 1945 – July 24, 2015

James “Jim” Caffey Sturrock, Sr., age 70, of Espanola, died Friday, July 24, 2015, at his son’s home in Lawrenceville, GA while surrounded by his children.

He was born April 27, 1945, to James Parker and Catherine (Caffey) Sturrock, both of blessed memory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Jim attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1962. He received Bachelor’s (1967) and Master’s (1968) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Tickets Available For ‘Opera On The Rocks’ At Bandelier

on July 28, 2015 - 12:46am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott introduces the 2014 ‘Opera On The Rocks’. Courtesy/NPS Photo


Opera on the Rocks, at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater, is an annual event now in its fourth year. 

This year the performance will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Opera Alta will present Bastien and Bastienne and selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute. “Bastien and Bastienne” was composed by Amadeus Mozart when he was 12. It is the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician. 


Registration Open For Alex Kirk Basketball Skills Camp

on July 27, 2015 - 4:50pm

Rio Arriba County Fair July 29-Aug. 1

on July 27, 2015 - 4:28pm

RACF News:

The Rio Arriba County Fair is July 29-Aug. 1 and the Rio Arriba County Fair Association is welcoming all food, arts and crafts, promotional and information vendors to participate.

To obtain a $20 permit for the entire fair, visit This year's fair will feature the most livestock and indoor projects seen. Come out and see the lambs, goats, swine, steers, breeding heifers, rabbits and poultry.

Indoors, fair goers will find baking, photography, welding, sewing, cake decorating and many youth projects.

The Rio Arriba County Fair also will feature a kid’s rodeo

Letter To The Editor: San Juan Generating Station Context

on July 27, 2015 - 4:07pm
By Andrew M. Fraser and David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos

At its regular meeting Wednesday July 15, the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve and forward to the County Council for its approval the following five agreements related to the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS):

  • The San Juan Project Restructuring Agreement;
  • The Amended and Restated Mine Reclamation and Trust Funds Agreement;
  • The San Juan Decommissioning and Trust Funds Agreement;
  • The Restructuring Amendment Amending and Restating the Amended and Restated San Juan Project Participation Agreement;
  • The

Fresh Cold Press Juice Arrives In Los Alamos!

on July 27, 2015 - 3:02pm
Verde Juice owner Kelly Egolf stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday to talk about her product and its introduction in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Verde Juice owner Kelly Egolf began juicing seriously by necessity. After an operation required her jaw to be wired shut for months.

Products available for a liquid diet were unappealing and she decided to get back into juicing. Soon she was juicing for 10 of her friends.

“Everyone kept asking me why I didn’t start a business,” Egolf said. “I thought, why not?”

So began Verde

Santa Fe Opera Revives A Worthy Early Work By Mozart

on July 27, 2015 - 3:01pm

Heidi Stober (Sandrina) in ‘La Finta Giardiniera.’ Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015


Los Alamos Daily Post

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s eighth opera, La Finta Giardiniera, written in 1775, when the German wunderkind was only 18 years old, represents another venturous effort by the Santa Fe Opera festival to introduce a lesser-known work by a big name composer.

A somewhat marginal dramatic undercarriage artificially inflated by Mozart’s rapidly developing musical gifts, “The Phony Gardener,” as the title might be translated awkwardly from the

Governor Announces Statewide Vaccination Program

on July 27, 2015 - 2:33pm

  • Got Shots? Protect Tots! Program Protects New Mexico’s Children from Dangerous Diseases

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide vaccination program to help make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized before they head back to class.

Aug. 1-15, the Got Shots? Protect Tots! program will offer clinics throughout the state at convenient hours and at little or no cost. The Governor made the announcement at a public health office in Albuquerque and reminded parents about the importance of vaccinating their children before the new school year.

Griffin & Associates Makes Inc. 5000 List For 2015

on July 27, 2015 - 1:56pm


Griffin & Associates, one of New Mexico’s largest communications firms, has made the Inc. 5000 list for 2015 of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.

Joanie Griffin, the company’s CEO, got official word this morning and will receive the award at the Inc. 5000 conference in Orlando in October. Griffin & Associates handles tourism marketing for Los Alamos County.

“I am thrilled to receive this award, especially coming out of the tough economic times that has plagued all small businesses,” Griffin said.

Joe Kabourek To Lead Democratic Party Of New Mexico

on July 27, 2015 - 1:36pm

Joe Kabourek

DPNM News:

  • Hire begins building much needed ties between Border States

New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland announced thi morning the selection of Joe Kabourek as executive director of the DPNM.

Kabourek, an attorney and top-level staffer from Colorado, has been called on to lead the Democrat’s into the crucial 2016 election cycle.

"I look forward to working with Democrats across New Mexico to win in 2016 and to create a strong foundation for elections to come,” Kabourek said.

Kabourek comes to New Mexico from Denver, Colo., where he worked on multiple

LAHS's Chloe Keilers Represents New Mexico At National Youth Science Camp

on July 27, 2015 - 1:35pm
Cloe Keilers of Los Alamos in class at National Youth Science Camp. Courtesy/NYSC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School represented New Mexico receently as a delegate to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC).

Keilers joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other countries at the prestigious three and a half week program.

The NYSC, in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.


Bodil Brandow Honored For Service To Self Help, Inc.

on July 27, 2015 - 1:29pm

Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond, left, presents a retirement gift to Bodil Brandow. Courtesy photo


Self Help, Inc. volunteers and board members gathered at the home of  Deb and John Gill recently to honor Bodil Brandow.

Brandow is retiring from eight years of volunteer service to the nonprofit organization.

Self Help Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond presented gift to Brandow at the farewell event.


Transparency, Financial Preparedness Can Help New Mexico Avoid Becoming The Greece Of North America

on July 27, 2015 - 1:11pm
By Paul J. Gessing, President
NM Rio Grand Foundation

Despite (or perhaps because of) the latest bailout, the nation of Greece remains deeply-troubled. The crisis has manifested itself due to Europe’s single currency, the Euro. Greece cannot pay its bills, but because of the Euro, it cannot devalue its currency either. So a series of bailouts and “austerity” measures have been imposed.

This is a quick synopsis of the Greek situation, but what are the parallels for New Mexico? For starters, in July of 2011, The Economist magazine noted one interesting parallel when an article “Greek


Op-Ed: We Need Wet Water, Not Paper Water

on July 27, 2015 - 12:30pm
By Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I’ve been a New Mexico state senator for 11 years. When I first ran, it was because as a retired social worker my background in health planning, mental health care and children’s services seemed like a way to make a contribution in shaping state policies in those fields. I quickly realized, however that most of the time I’d be voting on issues far removed from my fields of interest.

Ill prepared to cast informed votes on tax policy, insurance underwriting, gaming compacts and other crucial matters I knew little about, I had to undertake crash courses