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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2014

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Sept. 11 at 2 a.m. / A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on E. Jemez Road. 

Sept. 11 at 5:44 p.m. / Police arrested Brandi Vigil, 30, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding District Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Sept. 11 at 11:07 p.m. / A 31-year-old Olympia man reported that he is the victim of public affray on Fairway Drive.


United Way Hosts Giving Campaign Launch

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

The United Way of Northern New Mexico launched its annual Giving Campaign Wednesday at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank's Cathe McClard, left, presents United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega with a $50,000 donation from he bank during Wednesday's event. LANB provides office space at no charge to the United Way to enable the organization to help the community and has been its largest contributor for many years. McClard also serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SOC Director Jack Killeen and

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'For' Charter Amendments On Nov. 4 Ballot

on September 18, 2014 - 12:24pm
(Civil Engineering, with experience managing facilities and utilities organizations)
Los Alamos

A few letter writers have opposed approval of the Charter Amendments to be voted on in the Nov. 4 general election, essentially arguing that the status quo should be preserved … because that’s the way things have always been. 

Let’s look at specific issues:

First, Los Alamos County government structure is unusual in that 40 percent of our community’s budget, public utilities, is controlled by an organization not explicitly under our council or county administration.


The Y Issues Youth Mentoring Challenge

on September 18, 2014 - 12:24pm

YMCA News:

Raymond’s name has been changed to maintain his and his family’s confidentiality but he is representative of several scenarios that we have seen in Los Alamos at The Y.

With the recent addition of Reach & Rise™ youth mentoring at The Family YMCA the benefit to Los Alamos is evident. One such child in Los Alamos who is being helped is an 8-year old boy named Raymond. Before being removed from his home, Ray was living with his methamphetamine addicted parents in Farmington.

Although now out of a dangerous family life, his new caregiver has a real lack of resources to support Ray


This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 18, 2014 - 12:13pm
Reel Deal Theater   

By popular demand we will again bring you Reel Deal Tuesdays starting Sept. 23.  All movies, all day are only $6.50! Holidays are excluded.

This week we are opening The Drop, Magic in the Moonlight and The Maze Runner. We will hold Dolphin Tale 2 for another week. The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay will end this Thursday.

For Woody Allen fans, Magic in the Moonlight is a must see. We will only have it for a one-week run so don’t let it slip by.

The Drop, which is a limited release with stellar reviews is a limited release, but Fox

Bandelier: Comments Sought On Replacement Of Motor And Pedestrian Bridge

on September 18, 2014 - 11:24am

Map of Project Area and road and trailhead maintenance. Proposed actions would restore park infrastructure and help ensure the safety of visitors and protection of the monument’s natural and cultural resources. Courtesy/NPS


The National Park Service (NPS) is considering replacement of a motor vehicle bridge and two pedestrian bridges that were lost during recent flooding.

The purpose of the proposed project is to reestablish safe access to the picnic area, parking, and trailheads on the west side of the Rito de los Frijoles (Frijoles Creek). The Las Conchas Fire in June

Teen Center Open House Updates Community And Gathers Input On New Facility

on September 18, 2014 - 10:24am

From left, Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust discusses features of the new Teen Center with YMCA CEO Linda Daly, Senior Program Director Diana Martinez and Teen Center Assistant Director George Marsden during Monday's community design presentation at the current Teen Center at 3900 Trinity Dr. The County also held a community meeting later Monday at the Municipal Building. Abatement work for the new Teen Center in the Community Building at 20th and Central Avenue is on-going. The Training Room, old Municipal Court and Historical Archives area and Council Chambers have been abated.

In and Around Town: Sept. 18

on September 18, 2014 - 9:59am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published on the front page of the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.


Masquerade Exhibit in the Main Gallery and work of Gilbert Candelaria in the Portal Gallery
Fuller Lodge Art Center through Nov. 15
The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg
On display through Sept. 30 in the Upstairs Gallery at Mesa Public Library

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:32am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hosts its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m.,  Friday in Los Alamos.

The meeting is in the Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350. The agenda includes important updates and information on economic development issues, including the subcontractor situation and upcoming, possible new major construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a response to new safety disclosures. 

Friday's meeting also includes guest speakers from NNSA, the Feynman Center and REDI-Net.

PEEC: Discover Super Secret Slot Canyon 1.5 Miles From Downtown Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:00am

Discover a super-secret slot canyon only 1.5 miles from downtown Los Alamos. Courtey/PEEC

PEEC News:

Visit a slot canyon so secret that most townies know nothing of it, or get off the beaten path at Tsankawi to explore little known caves, petroglyphs and visits.

In both cases, you will be guided by experts – County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin to the slot canyon, and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott through Tsankawi.

These are two of the many Take Wing events that PEEC is offering exclusively to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign. The Tsankawi tour is 10 a.m., Sept.

Enjoy Gourmet Cheese at Opera on the Rocks and Support Local and International Projects

on September 18, 2014 - 8:04am

Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS set up their cheese platters at last year’s Opera on the Rocks. Photo by Katy Korkos


What goes better with a night of fine wine and opera, than gourmet cheese, fruit and chocolate?

The Los Alamos Rotary STARS (Service to All Rotary Satellite) will participate in Saturday’s Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier for a second year, where they will provide gourmet cheese plates for donations. Opera on the Rocks, Bandelier’s signature event, will take place at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept.

Seeking Peace with Hand in Hand

on September 18, 2014 - 7:52am



Today at 6:30 p.m. at Karen McLaughlin Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (3700 Canyon Road) will be hosting Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand—an organization in Israel promoting peace through cooperative education of children of the various ethnicities and faiths in Israel. 

The organization’s stated mission is “to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual schools and organized communities.” 

Per their website (, they currently operate integrated

Registration Open For Wuldor Tournament At ULLR Fest

on September 18, 2014 - 7:39am


Registration is open for the Wuldor Tournament during ULLR Fest Sept. 20 at Pajarito Mountain.

Wuldor is a unique mountain disc golf tournament. Entries are $15 for Pro and $10 for all other divisions. Cash payout for top of field. Divisions will be Pro/Advanced/Novice. First 20 players to register will receive player packs.

To ensure fair play, enter your Division level:

  • Pro;
  • Advanced - anyone having played in two or more prior tournaments; and
  • Novice - beginner players only.

Divisions may change based on number of registrants.

Online registration closes Sept. 19 at 9:19 p.m.

Learn How Hand in Hand Schools Build Community Between Arabs and Jews in Israel in Talks Today and Thursday

on September 17, 2014 - 4:42pm
Arab and Jewish kids learn together at a Hand in Hand School. Courtesy/Hand in Hand
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Israel, most Arabs and Jews lead separate lives. They live in separate neighborhoods and attend separate schools, and of course, they speak different languages.

Surrounded by conflict, it’s hard to bridge the gap, but 1,200 students at five Israeli schools are doing just that. Hand in Hand was founded with the idea that by educating Arab and Jewish children together, a community of neighbors could be built where before, there were only perpetual strangers.

OBITUARY: Gilbert Wayne Butler Feb. 22, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2014

on September 17, 2014 - 4:33pm

GILBERT WAYNE BUTLER Feb. 22, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2014

Avid runner and Rotarian Gilbert Wayne Butler was born February 22, 1941 in Fort Collins, Colorado to John Lafayette Butler (Lafe) and Phyllis Elizabeth (Hunter) Butler.  He was raised in Boise, Idaho and graduated from Borah High School in 1959. 

In 1963 he received his B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University, Corvalis. Bypassing a master’s degree, he went directly into the doctoral program at the University of California, Berkley, receiving his Ph.D.


Los Alamos Grads Gather At Rivalry Game

on September 17, 2014 - 4:32pm

Los Alamos High School graduates Cory Geyer, Nate Robbins and Madison Ahlers get together at their school rivalry game (Coast Guard vs. Merchant Marine Academy) at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.. Ahlers and Robbins are going into their third year while Geyer is going into his second. The game was a tough match but Coast Guard came out on top winning 42-31. All three students are in a STEM major and looking forward to this school year. Although the rivalry of their schools brought them together it is always good to see old friends. Courtesy photo


UNM-LA Census Shows Fall Enrollment Increase

on September 17, 2014 - 3:55pm

Dr. Wynn Goering, CEO, UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Bucking a statewide decline, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) recorded a significant increase in its unofficial census numbers after the first 21 days of the fall semester.

Fall 2014 totaled 870 students, an increase of 14 percent over the same period in 2013. UNM-LA students are taking a total of 5,515 credit hours, which is a 4.2 percent increase from fall 2013 and a 21 percent increase from fall 2012.

“With fall enrollment numbers down at virtually every other campus in New Mexico, we see clearly how successful UNM-LA has been


Sen. Pete V. Domenici Endorses Geoff Rodgers For House Dist. 43

on September 17, 2014 - 2:20pm

Pete V. Domenici


The Committee to Elect Geoff Rodgers announced today that retired Sen. Pete V. Domenici has endorsed Geoff Rodgers for the critical race for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.

In his endorsement, Domenici said, “New Mexico has enormous potential, but, in order to realize that potential, changes need to be made at the state level. That change requires independent-minded elected officials, like Geoff Rodgers who are willing to vote their conscience, tackle the tough problems and break through the gridlock.”  

Geoff Rodgers

House District 43


NJROTC Takes Shooters To CMP Cup Match In Texas

on September 17, 2014 - 2:02pm

Stephanie Nielsen, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe and David Murphy. Courtesy/NJROTC

Samantha Miller and Samuel Wolfe at the final round. Courtesy/NJROTC


By STEPHANIE NIELSEN, Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Los Alamos NJROTC

Los Alamos High School's NJROTC Precision Air Rifle team consisting of David Murphy, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, and Samuel Wolfe, and Sporter shooter, Stephanie Nielsen, traveled to a CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) Cup match Saturday, Sept. 13 in Lubbock, Texas.

Despite the six hour long drive, the team did extremely well.

Letter to the Editor: Rocket Day Was A Blast!

on September 17, 2014 - 1:48pm
By Ryn Herrmann and Nan Holmes
Girl Scout Troop 116

Thanks For Coming Out to Rocket Day!

On Saturday, Sept. 6, Girl Scout Troop 116 and the Zia Spacemodelers organized the first ever Rocket Day at Overlook Park. Close to 1,300 people turned out to watch the launching of over 260 rockets. It was a great day and we hope to earn our Girl Scout Silver Award for all of our hard work.

There were so many people that helped make the day a success. First we would like to thank our event sponsors, the LANL Community Programs Office and Boeing.


Governor Announces $100,000 Investment To Triple Alzheimer’s Caregivers Trained In New Mexico

on September 17, 2014 - 1:35pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Targeted Investment and Programs Designed to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment and Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

SANTA FE — Today Gov. Susana Martinez announced nearly $100,000 in funding to greatly expand training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia presents so many physical and emotional challenges,” Martinez said. “Caregivers often don’t know where to turn for help.

Los Alamos Hosts 307th Bombardment Group Friday

on September 17, 2014 - 1:22pm



Los Alamos will host the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association, Inc. Friday morning at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Members of the association are expected to arrive around 10:45 a.m. These individuals are the last remaining veterans and family members of the pilots, navigators, bombardiers, radio operators, gunners and maintenance crews of the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th Bomb Squadrons known as the Long Rangers. They defended the entire Pacific Theater during World War II, flying missions that sometimes never made it home.

Scenes From PEEC's Roadside Geology Tour

on September 17, 2014 - 12:47pm
Geologist Patrick Rowe led a Roadside Geology Tour last weekend stopping along the Main Hill Road, Valle Caldera and Overlook as one of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Take Wing events. The group learned about nested calderas, the earlier caldera was the Toledo, and the original path of the Rio Grande running under the Townsite. Rowe's essential point was that the landscape of the Pajarito Plateau was formed in a dynamic but elegant fashion. Photo by Felicia Orth
Geologist Patrick Rowe points to locations on his map during the tour with Karl Anderson, left, and at right from

Letter to the Editor: No Politicians In Homecoming Parade

on September 17, 2014 - 11:47am
Los Alamos

CAN'T WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE COMMUNITY EVENT WITHOUT POLITICS! We should be focused on our kids not our political views.  

There are plenty of other community venues for the politicians. We have three other parades through the year, not to mention the craft fairs in May and October. And of course the Friday night concerts at the pond.

This should be the one event our kids should not have to compete for community attention.