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Letter to the Editor: Caveat Civis LosAlamosum

on September 9, 2014 - 11:48am

Los Alamos

Regarding the letter from Gibson et al:


Take note of the cognitive dissonance that runs through all the arguments against the charter changes. In a rhetorical sleight of hand, Gibson et al appear to deny my point that they are firmly and wrongly convinced that the council inappropriately intends to seize the utilities revenues. 

In the next paragraph they promise to produce proof that councils everywhere lust after and if given the opportunity will seize the utilities revenues.


Applicants Sought For Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk

on September 9, 2014 - 11:43am

Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting the 5th annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk Saturday, Sept. 13, a festival and celebration of chalk drawing, the artistic process and, of course, all the local, creative, talented individuals who make Los Alamos an unusual and quietly exotic place to call home.


Join us for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks near Ashley Pond in collaboration with The Los Alamos ScienceFest. Special prizes will be awarded to an entrant in each category selected by the judges.

New Child Psychiatrist in Los Alamos Presents Talk at JJAB Sept. 17

on September 9, 2014 - 11:30am
JJAB News:
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. 
Dr. Brian Haigh, the new child psychiatrist in Los Alamos, will give a presentation about reasons to refer to a child psychiatrist. 
The public is welcome to attend.

Broken by Secrets: Robert Oppenheimer and the Early Atomic Age

on September 9, 2014 - 11:21am

Gen. Leslie Groves speaks at a ceremony honoring Robert Oppenheimer, far left, in Los Alamos in 1945. Courtesy/Palace of the Governors Archives

NMHM News:

  • A Free First Friday Evening Talk

SANTA FE—Less than a decade after he helped craft the weapons that helped bring an end to World War II, Robert Oppenheimer was stripped of his top security clearance.

In a public display played out in the nation’s newspapers, he was removed as even an advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. Learn more about “Oppie’s” fall from grace when Dr.

More Than 50 Players Gather For Mad About Science Trivia Night

on September 9, 2014 - 11:07am
A big crowd gathered Monday to play Mad About Science Trivia at the Pajarito Brewpub. The event was part of ScienceCafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A team puzzles over a Science Trivia question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Game Master William Tucker reads a question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A team works out their answer to a trivia question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter to the Editor: Schools Please Take Precautions to Avoid Spread of Enterovirus 68

on September 9, 2014 - 11:03am
By Liviu Popa-Simil, PhD.
A concerned parent

In a talk with my sons with respect to the Human Enterovirus 68 (a respiratory virus infecting and hospitalizing children across 10 states including nearby Colorado), about staying away from crowded places, I have identified some very sensitive points in schools where kids are forced to crawl like "chickens in a non-ecological chicken farm" (animal protection groups call that animal cruelty).

These are the locker spaces where all students come at once during almost every break, crawling one over another, spreading spit and vapors all over.


Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise Course in Crowd-Financing Begins Sept. 19

on September 9, 2014 - 10:56am


Local entrepreneurs are invited to take a course on launching a startup and getting it funded at the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (in the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office).

Nicholas Seet, the founder of the Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA), will teach Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise noon to 4 p.m., each Friday beginning Sept. 19.

The class will be hands-on, project-based and cover entrepreneurship theory and best practices, building a team, identifying resources, and raising funds.

Seet is an expert at financing startups: His


Letter to the Editor: Heat, But No Light, in Chandler’s Letter

on September 9, 2014 - 9:33am
By Robert Gibson, Ken Milder, Lawry Mann, John Arrowsmith, Chris Ortega and Felicia Orth
Citizens to Preserve Sound Utilities

The letter from George Chandler of Sept. 6 has prompted requests for further information regarding Charter Question 2 on the November ballot to the group of us organized in opposition. We have prepared several letters to share for informational purposes, and will participate in the Forum on this issue Oct. 7.

For now, we will note that there are a number of erroneous statements in the letter, and that each of the errors will be addressed in upcoming letters. 



DEA Releases New Rules Creating Convenient, Safe, Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

on September 9, 2014 - 8:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online Monday for preview by the Federal Register at

The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors

Food on the Hill: Apple Crisp

on September 9, 2014 - 8:24am
This Week's Recipe: Apple Crisp
Photo by Sue York/
6 firm medium apples (I like to get a mix of different ones), peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
In a large pie pan (12") slice apples and sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Photo by Sue York/
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Photo by Sue York/
In a medium bowl mix together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking soda,

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Tadpoles and Temporary Streams

on September 9, 2014 - 7:52am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Tadpoles and Temporary Streams

An estimated 88 percent of the miles of streams in New Mexico are intermittent as shown in the hydrographic map.

Extensive permanent streams exist only in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico. The Los Alamos area is typical of this pattern. The few perennial streams are in the higher elevations toward the Valles Caldera, while many intermittent and ephemeral streams are in the lower elevations toward the Rio Grande.

National Hydrography Dataset, Courtesy/Robert Dryja

The temporary streams


Los Alamos Historical Society Gala Treats Crowd To Evening Under The Stars

on September 8, 2014 - 5:01pm
A crowd attends the Los Alamos Historical Society 2014 Fall Gala 'An Evening Under the Stars' Friday on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Clay and Dorothy Perkins with their Los Alamos History Award. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Clay Perkins speaks at the podium after he and his wife Dorothy Perkins received the Los Alamos History Award for their contributions to preserving the history of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Historical Society hosted the 2014 Fall Gala "An Evening Under the Stars"

Los Alamos Students Compete in Small Business Grand Championship Tonight

on September 8, 2014 - 3:16pm


Today, Los Alamos High School student Jonmichael Weaver and home school student Savannah Martinez will compete in a small business grand championship, as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest activities.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Business Grant program originally supported the entrepreneurs with business grants to begin their businesses back in May.


OBITUARY: Michele 'Micki' Leger June 27, 1942 – Sept. 6, 2014

on September 8, 2014 - 3:15pm

MICHELE "MICKI" LEGER June 27, 1942 – Sept. 6, 2014

Michele “Micki” Leger, 72, a longtime resident of Sapello, NM, passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM.

She was born in Albuquerque, NM in June 27, 1942 to Arthur Naylon Morgan, Jr. and Dorothy Jamison. She first lived in Santa Fe then eventually moved up the “Hill” to Los Alamos, NM. She and her siblings grew up with the many canyons of Los Alamos as their backyard and playground.


Four Candidates Vie For School Board Vacancy ... Interviews Set For Thursday

on September 8, 2014 - 2:55pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in the School Administration Board Room, 2075 Trinity Dr.

The Board will conduct interviews with the four candidates vying for School Board Position #3, recently vacated by David Foster who is moving out of town.

Candidates include:

  • Shelby Redondo;
  • Caroline Boyle;
  • NancyAnn Holmes; and
  • Keeley Miller Power.

The Board may select a new board member at Thursday's meeting or may defer the decision to a later date.


Letter to the Editor: Response to Milder Letter on Utilities Article V Charter Vote in November

on September 8, 2014 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos

Ken Milder’s letter encouraging voters to vote down Question 2 on the November ballot has some incorrect and/or misleading statements regarding the revisions proposed to Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter that address the operation and oversight of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

Although it is true that the language in Question 2 appears to be completely new, the text of roughly half of Article V is actually not new, but rather just rearranged for clarity and to separate fundamental issues so that they are not co-mingled, as they are in the


Checkout Today's ScienceFest Events

on September 8, 2014 - 1:17pm


Today's ScienceFest events include:

  • Fido’s Favorite: A Parade of Painted Fire Hydrants, Central Avenue, voting begins
  • 10 a.m.–6 p.m. – Detonography: The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue
  • 2–4 p.m. – Eco Tours (Eco Station & Landfill Solar Array), Eco Transfer Station, 3701 East Jemez Road
  • 3:30–5 p.m. – Teen Mythbusters, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue
  • 5–7 p.m. – Entrepreneurial Teen Grand Challenge. UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Drive, in lecture hall, room 230
  • 6–7 p.m. – The Training Games, Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central

Letter to the Editor: Mathematicians And The Narrow Minding Of Scientific Thought

on September 8, 2014 - 12:49pm
Los Alamos

Einstein, being probably the most famous modern scientist, has many quotes. While pictured as deeply involved in mathematics as a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he had some critical opinions of "mathematicians."

A couple of quotes make the point: "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality" and "Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore."

The veneration of Bohr and subsequent


Meet Joanne Kozuchowski Participating In 2014 Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour

on September 8, 2014 - 12:28pm

Art by Joanne Kozuchowski. Courtesy photo

ART News:

This year's Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 11-12 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a "Get to Know Your Artist" series leading up to the annual event.

Each of the 16 artists participating in the tour will be showcased prior to the beginning of the tour to allow our readers an opportunity to learn about them and their work.

Meet Los Alamos artist Joanne Kozuchowski:

Joanne Kozuchowski will tell you that her life as an artist did not truly begin until she left the confines of the city of Chicago in 2003 and moved to the

Semi-annual Paper Shredding Event At RE/MAX of Los Alamos Saturday

on September 8, 2014 - 12:27pm

Heinrich Highlights National Labs R&D Program

on September 8, 2014 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


ALBUQUERQUE - During a visit to the University of New Mexico's Science & Technology Park Aug. 28, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.

In an effort to foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program.

PEEC: Call For Trail Photos For New Nature App

on September 8, 2014 - 11:32am

Quemazon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

While the walls are going up and the roof is raised, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to bring together all the elements that will make the much anticipated Los Alamos County Nature Center a great new resource for the local community.

PEEC is working with professionals to design not only the exhibits, but also an exciting new app that will be one of the highlights of the new center. The app will provide trail recommendations, and PEEC is calling on members of the community to submit photographs of local trails to be used for the app.

FEMA Region 6 Urges Public To 'Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare'

on September 8, 2014 - 11:15am


FEMA News:

September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office is urging the public to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The theme this year for NPM is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.” Emergency managers are asking individuals, families, friends and co-workers to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept.

LAMC Knocks Down Walls to Invest in Patient Services

on September 8, 2014 - 10:49am

LAMC Chief of Staff Barbara VanEeckhout, M.D., center, LAMC on-site radiologist Melanie Pickering, D.O., right, LAMC Advisory Board Chairman Jeffrey Sauer D.P.M., yellow shirt, and LAMC Director of Radiology Michael Luscombe, red shirt, join others Thursday morning near the Imaging Department as workmen prepare to take down a wall to make way for new equipment. Photo by Leland Lehman/


View video of wall demolition:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) knocked down a few walls Thursday morning to make room for new


Michelle Harkey Presents Talk At Los Alamos Rotary

on September 8, 2014 - 10:41am

Los Alamos Rotarian and occasional Sergeant at Arms, Michelle Harkey, presented her classification talk at Tuesday's Rotary meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Harkey owns Mullein Leaf Massage at 3500 Trinity, Suite A-5 where she offers Integrative Massage and Bioelectric Therapy and other modalities. Visit, for more information. Photo by Carol A. Clark/