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Yang: Data, Thinking & Wisdom

on July 27, 2015 - 8:26am

Los ALamos

Data, Thinking, & Wisdom

After learning the pitfalls of relying on common sense (link) and our shortcomings in using heuristics for judgment (link), I am left with, “now what?”

Knowing all the foibles doesn’t automatically, or easily, propel us to temper our old tendencies. Neither does the newfound awareness immediately lead us to locate newer and better tools with which to navigate our daily lives, and more importantly, to make weighty decisions. 

The tension between relying on intuition and researching for facts and data will always be there.

Memorial For Karen Ann Mehlin Saturday, Aug. 1

on July 27, 2015 - 7:27am

Karen Ann Mehlin


There will be a memorial celebrating the life of Karen Ann Mehlin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.

Mehlin passed away peacefully July 11, 2015 at the age of 60 after a courageous battle with cancer.


Father Chris Adams Is New Rector At TOTH

on July 26, 2015 - 5:47pm

Father Chris Adams is the new Rector at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Father Chris Adams stepped behind the pulpit for the first time July 19 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Adams is the church’s new Rector; he succeeds Colin Kelly who retired in May 2013.

Reflecting on his first sermon, Adams told the Los Alamos Daily Post, “One of things that has been really awesome is the warmth that this community has received me and my family.”

He added a highlight has been becoming a part of the community

¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Fundraiser Draws Sell Out Crowd

on July 26, 2015 - 5:46pm

Speaking from the heart, Los Alamos Rotary STARS members Michael Erickson and Laura Loy thank the sold out crowd at Satuday's ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds will provide shelter for parents of children receiving medical treatment in Cd. Juarez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso share in the festivities at Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A sold out crowd of more than 220 people gathered Saturday evening at Fuller Lodge for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

Cat Found Roaming On 45th Street

on July 26, 2015 - 5:44pm


This cat was brought to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Saturday, July 25.

The cat has been roaming on 45th Street and a concerned citizen brought it to the shelter. Someone must be missing the cat, as it seems well groomed and loved.

Anyone with information about this cat is asked to call the animal shelter at 505.662.8179 or stop in at the shelter at 226 E. Road.



LAPS Elementary Summer School Earns An A+

on July 26, 2015 - 5:28pm

Team success at the final day of LAPS 2015 Summer School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools elementary summer school program has come to an end.

The last day was filled with field activities designed for fun and to further develop small and large motor skills. Students, parents, and teachers participated. 

School Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus attended and observed that everyone was safe and had a great time.  

“We extend thanks to all of the caring and skilled staff members that helped to make our 2015 summer school a great success,” he said.

This year’s summer


Pastor Granillo: Fearless Love

on July 26, 2015 - 4:58pm
Los Alamos

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to love fearlessly? By that, I mean to love without the fears of disappointment, betrayal, rejection, or anything else that could hinder or prevent love.

Being open to love is scary because we know that it makes us vulnerable. And we know that people are capable of hurting us if we don’t set up guards—guards that protect us from getting hurt by others, but that can also prevent us from reaching out.

I spend a week every year at a youth camp, helping teens work through the everyday issues of life.

Final Week Of Summer Reading Challenge

on July 26, 2015 - 4:56pm

LAPS News:

On June 20, the Los Alamos School Board announced additional student incentives to help address the “summer slide” in reading skills.

This is the final week for participation.

The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break. 

Reading is the foundation for learning and when students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace, and in life. 

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and

Classical Music World: Musical Taste

on July 26, 2015 - 12:51pm
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t like sushi. Growing up near fishing boat and cannery aromas conditioned me to avoid eating anything raw from the sea and there is something about that chewy seaweed wrap that sets my teeth on edge. My husband and children love the stuff.

Musical taste, like culinary taste, is a very personal matter.

Several years ago, I heard from two friends after a concert. One described the experience as “transcendent.” The other referred to “that horrible, horrible pianist.” And guess what? They were both right. 

In matters

Classic Air Medical Pilot: Thanks For 'Adopting Us'

on July 26, 2015 - 9:25am
Classic Air Medical Senior Pilot/Base Manager Geoff Rodgers speaks to Rotarians Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

As a former Los Alamos county councilor and candidate for the Dist. 43 New Mexico House of Representative, Geoff Rodgers has heard it all when he has answered his phone.

But a call that he answered as a senior pilot and base manager for Classic Air Medical is one that has really stuck with him.

During Tuesday’s Rotary of Los Alamos Club meeting at Cottonwoods on the Green restaurant,

Letter To The Editor: We Need To Stop Invoking Nazis

on July 26, 2015 - 8:53am

Los Alamos

Between Jacqueline Krohn's letter to the editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post and another letter to the editor in the last edition of the Jemez Thunder, there's been a lot of invoking Nazism to attack various beliefs lately, and I want to take a stand against that.

It is important not to forget what the Nazis were: a racist, genocidal regime that murdered 10 million people for nothing more than who they were, and helped start a war that killed another 60 million plus people.


Local Family Heading To Africa As Missionaries

on July 26, 2015 - 8:35am

The Blake Family of Los Alamos


The Blakes, a Los Alamos family of five, plans to enter full-time mission work with SIM ( in Niger, Africa.

Carrie (Valentine) Blake, daughter of Allen and Judy Valentine, grew up in White Rock. She, along with her husband Sean and their teenagers Caitriona, Garrett and Derrick are leaving in August for French language training in Paris to prepare for their mission work in Galmi, Niger.

The Blakes will join the SIM team at the Galmi Hospital in Niger.

SFI: An Exploration Of Beauty And Madness Aug. 5

on July 26, 2015 - 8:28am
SFI News:
A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold Aug. 5 in Santa Fe in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.
During the free event sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, guests will be treated to an exploration of beauty and madness at the intersections of drawing, reading, and counting by Santa Fe luminaries from the arts and sciences.
Krakauer, an evolutionary biologist, will converse with Drake, a visual artist most recently celebrated for his 1,242

Smart Design With Suzette: The Value Of Interior Design – Why Hire A Designer?

on July 26, 2015 - 7:59am
An example of a well designed kitchen. Courtesy photo
The Value of Interior Design – Why Hire a Designer?
Smart Design With Suzette

Lately I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value of interior design. Defining one’s personal value is more than what service we offer, of course, but it’s good to communicate a lifetime’s wealth of knowledge in order to help others.

One of the most common myths about working with an interior designer is that it will cost too much.

Bridge Players Flock To Tournament In Los Alamos

on July 26, 2015 - 7:57am
Bridge players filled the Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday during the locally sponsored New Mexico Unit #381 Tournament. Courtesy photo


It’s been a full weekend for local duplicate bridge players.

The Northern New Mexico Unit #381 Tournament is currently underway at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The tournament began Friday and continues through today. The tournament is being sponsored by the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club.

Duplicate bridge is a variation of contract bridge.

How The Hen House Turns: First Days Of Turkey One

on July 26, 2015 - 7:53am
How The Hen House Turns
The First Days Of Turkey One

It's June 2-4, sometime in the mid-1970s. We called our surviving turkey poult Dee-dum, but the name didn’t stick. She (we hoped) was called Turkey. She is now known in this column as Turkey One.

The young fuzzball insisted on a cuddle every evening at dusk. The rocking chair worked for both of us. After one half-hour, she was sleepy enough to settle down with the chicken chicks on an old ski hat under a piece of pale green blanket. They all slept through the night, quietly, if the box was closed.


2015 Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund Recipients Recognized At Special Event

on July 25, 2015 - 10:44am

A group shot of all the recipients who attended Thursday's Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awards reception at the LANL Foundation Office in Espanola. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

More than 100 people from several communities in the seven counties surrounding Los Alamos attended the Thursday evening event as students from Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos, Mora, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Pojoaque and elsewhere received scholarship awards. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Christine Gelles Speaks At ETEBA Aug. 12

on July 25, 2015 - 8:58am

Christine Gelles at Puye Cliffs. Courtesy/


Energy Technology Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) will hold its member meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Lodge at 750 North Saint Francis Dr. in Santa Fe.

The guest speaker is Christine Gelles, acting manager Acting Manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office. Gelles will provide an update on EM’s legacy cleanup program at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the status of the field office’s transition.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the

Luján On Death Of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am

Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the recent passing of Kee Etsicitty, a Navajo Code Talker from Chichiltah, N.M.:

“As a young man more than 70 years ago, Kee Etsicitty joined the Marine Corps to help fight the forces of tyranny that were waging war across Europe and in the Pacific. Mr. Etsicitty proudly answered the call when his country needed him, serving in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

“As a member of the Navajo Nation, Mr.

'Art, Wind And Fire' Event At PEEC Tuesday

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am
Artwork by Rumi Vesselinova shows the landscape after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.

The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.

Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.

Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss

Letter To The Editor: Sure To Be 2016 Campaign Issue

on July 25, 2015 - 8:33am
Former County Council Member

Please do not enact a plastic bag ban or tax on each bag.

There is no evidence that plastic bags are a problem in Los Alamos. In fact if the ban or tax is enacted, this would be a sign to prospective new businesses that Los Alamos is not a business friendly community. If the tax is enacted and the stated proposal to return the monies to the merchant becomes law there will be a law suit vis a vis the anti donation clause in the Constitution.

The ban will become a political campaign issue in 2016. The council has already passed one tax increase


Final Splash n Dash Aug. 5

on July 25, 2015 - 8:32am


The final Splash n Dash this year is Wednesday, Aug 5. 

There will be swag there for anyone who participated or helped in three or more of this year’s Splash n Dash. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first swimmer pushed off at 7 p.m. 

There will be a long course (400M swim + 5K run), short course (200M swim + 3K run) and a youth course (swim + run). Athletes get to choose their own starting position at registration.

See results from the July 22 Splash n Dash here.

Letter To The Editor: The Sheriff's Position In Los Alamos County Charter

on July 25, 2015 - 8:26am

Los Alamos

To the Council of the County of Los Alamos:

As an active participant in the Charter Commission charged with writing the Los Alamos Charter, which was approved by the voters in 1968, it is worthwhile to relate some of the thinking that took place in writing the original document.

Prior to the writing of the Charter, an approved amendment to the New Mexico Constitution allowed the formation of Los Alamos as an "H Class" County with the intent to unify county and municipal functions.


Reminder From Bandelier: It's Flash Flood Season Again

on July 25, 2015 - 7:53am

Major flash flood Sept. 14, 2013 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Although it has been a rainy summer so far, there haven't yet been any large flash floods in Bandelier National Monument, either in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, or in the other canyons in the park. 
However, floods are certainly possible, and the park has announced that the annual closure of all canyon bottom camping zones July 1 through Sept. 15 is in effect. Hikers are still welcome to go out on the trails, and backpackers can get Wilderness permits to camp in zones on mesa tops.

Letter To The Editor: Nazis Would Be Proud Of Us

on July 25, 2015 - 7:52am
Los Alamos

In two chilling and gruesome videos, Planned Parenthood officials casually discuss harvesting and selling body parts from 17 to 18 week aborted babies (and 24 weeks, which are viable babies outside of the womb). 

Dr. Deborah Nucatola discusses how to obtain the organs; “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that I’m not going to crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below.