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Decorating A Kid’s Bedroom

on August 26, 2016 - 8:34am
Beautiful nursery. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I love to write about interior design, but often forget to cover one important group – kids! Most parents will agree that providing their children with a wonderful living space in which they can thrive, learn and play is of paramount importance.

For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It is a place to do schoolwork, listen to music, play games, sprawl on the floor, rough-house, read, build models, daydream, visit with friends and keep innumerable possessions.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

on August 26, 2016 - 8:33am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb 
Los Alamos
“Florence Foster Jenkins” is a BBC/Pathé Pictures release starring Meryl Streep as the 20th century heiress and performer who only thought she could sing. Her mostly true story is both funny and sad, but beautifully presented in this film. Lavish costumes and sets reflect the Victorian era in which Florence grew up—she was born in 1868—as a counterpoint to 1944, the year the story takes place.
By 1944 Florence Foster Jenkins was 76 and had been a New York socialite all her adult life.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on August 26, 2016 - 8:31am
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

David Luning Performs At Pond Tonight

on August 26, 2016 - 8:30am
David Luning. Courtesy photo


Gritty, soulful singer/songwriter David Luning is a lively storyteller whose music, earnest songwriting and rich, captivating voice would have you believe you’re listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville.

Luning is performing as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park. The concert is free.

His debut album “Just Drop On By” was met with high critical praise and garnered Luning numerous film and TV placements with most recently, a featured placement of his song “ Whiskey Bottle” in NBC’s series “Grimm”.

Adobe Rose Theatre Presents ‘Lobby Hero’

on August 26, 2016 - 8:22am


The Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe will present ‘Lobby Hero’ by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Staci Robbins Sept. 8-25.

Lobby Hero - nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, tells the story of Jeff, a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the Navy.

But the lobby proves to be no sanctuary from the world, as Jeff is drawn into a local murder investigation involving his supervisor, a tightly wound young man called upon to bear witness against his troubled brother, and an overzealous and

LAHS Varsity Girls Soccer Skins Bosque Prep Bobcats

on August 25, 2016 - 8:05pm
Voice of the Hilltoppers
The Los Alamos High School varsity soccer teams kicked off their home seasons Tuesday taking on the Bosque Prep Bobcats.
The girls' game was held up for about 40 minutes because of lightning in the region. Once the whistle blew it did not take long for the Toppers dynamic duo of Sienna Ahlers and Abby Schmalz to score the first goal, Ahlers scored in the 4th minute off an assist from Schmalz.

Defender Valerie Li scored in the 17th minute with a bending shot from about 25 yards out. The score remained 2-0 at halftime.

Los Alamos Police Requests Public’s Assistance To Identify Two Female Suspects In Shoplifting Case

on August 25, 2016 - 4:38pm

Do you know who this woman is? Call L.A. crime stoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous. Video screen shot/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a shoplifting case. 

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following two female suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.  

Anyone with information can call L.A.

Blue Sky Pilates Transitions To New Owners

on August 25, 2016 - 4:37pm
Alex Ignacio, left, and Leci Langille, right, have purchased Blue Sky Pilates from Mary Lutes, center. Lutes will continue to be involved with the business as an instructor. Courtesy photo


Mary Lutes, founder of Blue Sky Pilates, is excited to announce that ownership of the studio has transferred to “two amazing, energetic highly motivated individuals, Lecie Langille and Alex Ignacio, both from Santa Fe.”  

The transition of ownership began Aug. 15, 2016, and will be completed by the end of the month.
Lutes decided to sell the studio due to medical issues.

“I am giving

Wider Temperature Tolerance Is Based On Ion-pair-coordinated Polymers

on August 25, 2016 - 4:35pm
Researchers Yu Seung Kim,left, and Kwan-Soo Lee. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:

A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.

A Los Alamos National Laboratory team, in collaboration with Yoong-Kee Choe at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and Cy Fujimoto of Sandia National

Yang: On ‘Doubt’…This Time, Doubt Was Addressed With Evidence

on August 25, 2016 - 4:34pm

Los Alamos

The second crime story of the “Anatomy of Doubt” of This American Life took place in Colorado in 2011, two years after the crime against Marie of Lynwood, a suburb of Seattle (see previous article).  

In Colorado, there was a series of three rapes, which took place in three locations in close proximity.  The lead detectives of at least two of the three cases were female and a crime analyst providing one piece of key (in retrospect) information was also a female.  

I highlight the female part because I think it’s relevant in rape cases.

Y Membership September Special

on August 25, 2016 - 3:25pm

YMCA News:

In support of healthy lifestyles, The Family YMCA is offering a “Pay The Day” discount on the joining fee this September.

New members or former members who reactivate can pay a join fee equal to the day they join. For example, for someone joining Sept. 3, a $3 join fee along with the pro-rated cost for the month is charged. The Y’s normal joining fee is $50.

The Y also offers financial assistance to anyone who cannot afford to pay the monthly membership fee. Financial aid “scholarship” applications are available online at or at the Y, 1450 Iris St.

About The

Central Park Square Owner Buys Downtown Building ... Blue Window Bistro Moving In

on August 25, 2016 - 11:33am
Central Park Square owner Philip Kunsberg and Blue Window Bistro owner Melissa Paternoster in front of the building he just bought and where she is going to move her popular restaurant in the next few months at 1789 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Central Park Square owner Philip Kunsberg has purchased the building at 1789 Central Ave., which houses Star Bucks, Ruby K’s Bagel Café, Southwest Office Solutions, Hilltop Spa and the recently closed High Elevation Restaurant space.

“I just couldn’t stand to see the building

Robert Josh Archuleta Named Head Coach Of LAHS Girls Basketball Program

on August 25, 2016 - 11:33am


The Athletic Department has announced that Robert Josh Archuleta has been named Head Coach of the Girls Basketball Program.

Coach Archuleta coached at all levels at Mesa Vista from 2009-2015. He currently works for the Protective Force Training Department as the Senior Instructor. He has worked for the Protective Force for more than 15 years.

Coach Archuleta takes over for Nestor Trujillo who resigned in July following two seasons at the helm of the LAHS girls basketball program.

Coach Archuleta stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill the commitment as Head


Burgess: Summing Up Summer

on August 25, 2016 - 10:08am
Los Alamos County Manager

(Part 1 of a 2-part series: Now you see us…now you don’t.)

Part 1. Now you see us…

With the County Fair & Rodeo behind us, regular afternoon rain showers bringing us cooler weather, and students returning to school, it begins to feel like autumn might be just around the corner. For those of us working in local government, however, the shift in seasonal work won’t happen for a few more months.

Johnson Supports Johnson

on August 25, 2016 - 10:06am
Longtime Los Alamos GOP leader JoAnn Johnson worked side by side with Gary Johnson as his regional campaign chairman in the 1994 election in which he became Governor of New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos

If you are looking for a viable candidate for President of the United States in the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is your man.

Johnson’s beliefs are what I want to hear. He has pushed for equal rights for LGBT couples, criminal justice and immigration reform and for less American military intervention.

McQuiston: Am I Covered Driving A Friend's Car?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:05am
The Jemez Agency

I’m borrowing my friend’s car … am I covered?

Most people have an idea of what’s covered and not covered under their various insurance policies. But at The Jemez Agency we get a lot of questions about borrowing or loaning a car.

Now that summer is in full swing and you might be looking to borrow your neighbor’s truck for a home-improvement project or a trip to the local landfill, we thought it was a great time to provide a little more information.

Generally, insurance coverage follows the vehicle rather than the driver.

In And Around Town: Aug. 25

on August 25, 2016 - 10:05am
Dedication of Pottery Replicas
The public is invited to join the Art in Public Places Board, Los Alamos County Council and guest artists at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 to celebrate the dedication of the large San Ildefonso pottery replicas stationed along N.M. 4 in White Rock. The Governor of the Pueblo will participate in the ceremony, which will be held at the White Rock Visitor Center.
Water Quality Talk

Kerr: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:04am

Los Alamos

A Good Question: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

One answer: I don’t need to go to church and I need that time to get ready for the coming week. I am a very busy person and I need that time to relax and take care of projects around the house.

Another answer: Church people are hypocritical and don’t live up to their standards. I can teach my own children about morals and right and wrong. As I find time.

And another answer: What’s the sense if GOD is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful why does he allow mayhem, sickness, poverty and war?

Bjorklund And Wallstrom Tie For Top Predictor

on August 25, 2016 - 9:58am
Lynn Bjorklund and Sarah Wallstrom tied for top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runners weekly Pace Race with a 33 second differential held off Canyon Road on the trail behind PEEC and the Aquatic Center. 
Other accurate predictors include: 
  • Duane Marr at 45 seconds off;
  • Nikol Strother recording a 52 second difference; and
  • Marjorie Keilers with a 60 second differential.
On the 1 mile course Nick Miller was the best finisher at 6:49 and Heather Hughes was the top female with a time of 11:25.
Ted Romero was first in the 5K race recording a 25:24 and Roxana

NMDOT Unveils Powerful Ad To Combat Drunk Driving

on August 25, 2016 - 9:50am


ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church and Department of Public Safety Secretary Scott Weaver will unveil a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving and announce New Mexico’s participation in a nationwide effort to crackdown on drunk driving through Labor Day.

They will unveil the new ad at 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Police District 5 Office in Albuquerque.

Luján’s Staff Holds Mobile Office In White Rock Today

on August 25, 2016 - 9:38am
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s staff is holding mobile office hours in the Third District this week including 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.
Mobile office hours provide constituents who may not have the means or time to travel to one of Luján’s six district offices greater access to the services offered.
Staff will be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services, and other federal

High-impact Innovations Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 25, 2016 - 8:48am

Pulak Nath, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, holds the Pulmonary Lung Model (PulMo). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Eight technologies offer breakthroughs in energy, computing, cybersecurity, health, materials and particle accelerators

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

Letter To The Editor: Kosiewicz Reply To Bowman Retort

on August 25, 2016 - 8:39am
Los Alamos

A few days before Charles Bowman wrote his retort to my letter, I asked the Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor to publish the correct gas composition of gases generated by radiolysis of cellulosics. The Post immediately corrected my online story to show the main gases were hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and lesser amounts of carbon monoxide, see Zerwekh (ref.1) and Kosiewicz (ref.2) cited below. Hereafter, I will just refer to them as ref. 1 and ref.2.

Bowman cites ref. 1 as showing radiolytic gas pressure doubling in one experiment in 21 days.

National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today!

on August 25, 2016 - 8:36am

Turret Arch and North Window are two of the massive stone arches at the Windows Section in Arches National Park Utah. Photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank

NPS News:

The National Park Service turns 100 years olds today and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs.

The National Park Service invites the nation to find a park and discover the national parks and programs in their own backyard.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Pete’s Dragon'

on August 25, 2016 - 7:50am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Pete’s Dragon” is a Disney live action movie that opened Aug. 12.
Like its predecessor, an animated feature in 1977, it features a 10-year-old lost boy and the (CGI-animated) furry dragon who protects him during the six years he’s in the deep forest. It is a family drama appropriate for elementary aged kids up through adults. Nobody dies, but there is some heartbreak, and scary situations for little kids. The movie opens with Pete in the back seat of his parents’ station wagon as they go on a camping adventure.
Five-year-old Pete is reading his