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Coffee With A Cop Underway At Morning Glory

on June 29, 2015 - 11:58am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone chats with a citizen this morning at the Morning Glory Baking Company on Diamond Drive. The chief and several police offers are meeting with community members this morning as part of the 'Coffee With a Cop' event. Photo by Derrick Key

Los Alamos Police Officers Jaime Gonzalez and David Bradshaw at this morning's 'Coffee With a Cop' event at the Morning Glory Baking Company on Diamond Drive. Photo by Derrick Key

LAPD News:

Officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department and community members are meeting this morning for the department's Coffee

LAFD Fitted For Customized Hearing Protection

on June 29, 2015 - 11:42am
Dr. Kathleen A. Romero makes a mold  of Los Alamos Firefighter Raymond Barela's ears from which to create custom plugs. Romero spent Friday fitting local firefighters at the LAFD Administrative Offices on Central Avenue. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Michael Garcia takes his turn to be fitted for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief Wendy Servey is fitted Friday for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Ear mold impressions were taken Friday of Los

SFI: Science On Screen Presents 'Serenity' July 1

on June 29, 2015 - 10:15am
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents Science On Screen: "Serenity" with Cris Moore, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
 
A band of outlaws out on the raggedy edge of space. A brilliant psychic escaping from the government. An experiment in social engineering gone horribly wrong. Join Captain Malcolm Reynolds, River and Simon Tam, Jayne, Wash, Zoe, and Inara of the beloved series Firefly as they try to right wrongs and be left alone. We aim to misbehave.
 
The popular Science On Screen series continues July 1 with

Latest Commissary Fire Update

on June 29, 2015 - 10:11am
SFNF News:
 
Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hang ignitions on 200 acres as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives.
 
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen and improving watershed and overall forest health. Firing operations will continue with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres more, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern boundary of the planned area.
 
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LASG Summer Camp In Full Swing

on June 29, 2015 - 10:05am

This week campers at the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics visited the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center for some rafting fun. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

Looking for an alternative to Daycare for your elementary-aged child? Los Alamos School of Gymnastics (LASG) has the answer with the most flexible program in town.

Join the Summer Sports Camp Program for one to five days per week, full days, half days or any combination.  Drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up by 6 p.m. Half day starts or ends at 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy fun, fitness and instruction in a safe environment with LASG's qualified,

Curiouser And Curiouser: Bright Spots On Ceres

on June 29, 2015 - 9:18am

Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

SCIENCE News:

The closer the Dawn spacecraft approaches, the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres appear more complex, and the more complex they appear, the more interesting they become.

The cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken June 9 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). These new images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat

Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town: 'Excellent Example Of Community Resources Partnering For Students'

on June 29, 2015 - 8:57am

Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy enjoys the Kinder Safety Town Graduation Ceremony with Instructional Assistants Susie Bustos, Sara Cooper, and Alyssa Van Anne. Courtesy/LAPS

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Jordan Redmond worked in conjunction with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) to organize the first Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town program.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone initiated the program based upon his attendance at a similar program when he was a five-year old student. Courtesy/LAPS

Students in the two-week

Full Moon Run In Valles Caldera July 31

on June 29, 2015 - 7:38am
HAAC News:
 
There will be a full moon run July 31 in the Valles Caldera National Preserve starting at the main staging area.
 
The run will start at sundown (8:11 p.m) with the full moon rising about 10 minutes later. The course will be out and back on dirt roads. Aid stations will be set up at 2.5 miles and 5 miles. Runners can turn around at either aid station or at any shorter distance of their choice.
 
Awards will be given to the first male and female completing 5 mile or 10 mile distances. All entrants are eligible for many random prizes that also will be given out.
 
This

Road Rage Turns Violent In Los Alamos

on June 28, 2015 - 2:23pm

A truck driver apparently overcome with road rage on the Main Hill Road on June 12, intentionally rammed into this Honda Accord, crumpling its hood, damaging the radiator and frame before fleeing the scene. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • As I was rolling down my window, he sucker punched me.” –Roger Smith, visiting scientist from Seattle, Wash.

A man driving a truck apparently went berserk about 11 p.m., June 12 on the Main Hill Road coming into Los Alamos.

“Coming up the Hill just above the curves, a new model light colored truck that had been tailgating the two

Letter To The Editor: Community Invited To Worthy Events As Rotary Club Of Los Alamos Begins 2015-16

on June 28, 2015 - 1:10pm
By LINDA HULL, Vice-President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

On July 1, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos begins its new year, 2015-16, and will kick off the month with two events over the 4th of July weekend.

On Independence Day, we cordially invite the community to attend the naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. The program, which bestows American citizenship on qualified applicants, begins at 11 a.m. behind the main building. As one of its sustaining principles, Rotary promotes international peace and good will and is pleased to provide refreshments for this meaningful event.

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NMDOH: Tularemia Kills Cat In Los Alamos

on June 28, 2015 - 8:11am

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). Courtesy/CDC

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health reports there have been 20 cases of the severe infectious bacterial disease tularemia in animals since Jan. 1 in New Mexico.

Cases include two cats from Los Alamos County as well as dogs, cats and or rabbits in Taos County, Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County.

Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division, NMDOH officials said.

A White Rock resident residing near Pinon Elementary School reported finding two dead

Snodgrass: Great Opera Is Coming To Your Neighborhood ... Some Thoughts On What To Expect

on June 28, 2015 - 7:48am

BEYOND TAILGATING As a part of a major new upgrade that has transformed much of the area around the main entrance to the Santa Fe Opera, a new patio behind the box office will offer picnic suppers with tables for diners. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post

With less than a week to go to opening night Friday, July 3, you can almost feel the joy wriggling in the first lively notes of the overture to Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Next, Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto lights up the stage on Saturday.

So, it’s about

Smart Design With Suzette: The Future Of Design

on June 28, 2015 - 7:42am
Bechtel's environmental classroom - Smith College A Living Building. Courtesy photo
 
Smart Design With Suzette
By SUZETTE FOX
The Future of Design

In reading an article recently about design ideas that matter, I was blown away. All roads lead in the direction of resiliency – not just sustainability, but designing and building for the next hundred years. Architects, designers and developers are creating innovations into the next century. Pretty cool stuff.

Buildings That Produce Their Own Energy

Architect Eric Corey Freed feels that the typical new building is an energy glutton.

Mathematicians: Boeing 777 Nosedived Into Ocean

on June 28, 2015 - 7:38am

Courtesy/TAMU.edu

HSNW News:

The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.

The researchers’ computer simulations lead to the forensic assertion that a 90-degree nosedive explains the lack of debris or spilled oil in the water near where the plane is presumed to have crashed. The research was the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Notices of

Los Alamos County Council And Board Of Public Utilities Meet In Closed Joint Session Wednesday, July 1

on June 28, 2015 - 7:37am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to meet in a joint session with the Board of Public Utilities at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 1 in room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is closed to the public and the media.

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Udall, Nelson Urge FTC To Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used To Sell Soccer Headgear

on June 28, 2015 - 7:36am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bill Nelson, D-Fla. called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear.

The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

The senators asked that the FTC take action if the investigation findings reveal that makers of soccer headgear or other children's sports safety equipment are engaged in false or deceptive advertising practices.

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Pet Of The Week: Brindy The Dog

on June 28, 2015 - 7:36am

Brindy the dog is looking for a new family. Courtesy/LAC

SHELTER News:

Brindy is a beautiful brindle pit cross female who is three years old.

This fine lady is spayed, housebroken, leash trained, crate trained and knows a lot of obedience requests. She is affectionate and smart. She can be protective of her family and home, so should probably be contained when visitors arrive.

Brindy needs to be the only pet in a home without small children. This crafty girl has exhibited skills in climbing a chain link fence, so she probably shouldn’t be left alone outside for long periods of time.

The

NMED Announces Opportunity To Comment Or Request Public Hearing

on June 28, 2015 - 7:35am

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announces an opportunity to comment on and/or request a public hearing on a proposed certification that New Mexico has an adequate, federally-approved State Implementation Plan (SIP) that addresses all elements of a Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 110(a)(2) infrastructure plan, as applicable to the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) revised NAAQS.

The purpose of the proposed certification is to confirm to the U.S.

Pastor Granillo: All Powerful Access

on June 28, 2015 - 7:34am
Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos

Billy Sunday once said, “If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”

I confess that I have struggled with the importance of prayer in my Christian walk. I’m an action guy and I am driven to engage physically in whatever needs to be done. My struggle has been with the reality that I can accomplish more from my knees than from anywhere else. I struggle with this because my natural instincts tell me that being on my knees makes me weak, and to depend on God’s power is a gamble.

Even for the mature Christian, it can be difficult to grasp the

FBI: Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Wire Fraud Charges In New Mexico

on June 28, 2015 - 7:34am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Joseph Lawler, 54, of Peoria, Ariz., entered a guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque to a 12-count superseding indictment charging him with wire fraud offenses.

The guilty plea, which was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement, was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Lawler pled guilty to all 12 counts of a superseding indictment that was filed on June 9, 2015, and alleged that between Aug.

Rodeo de Santa Fe Wraps Up For 2015

on June 28, 2015 - 7:33am

Rodeo de Santa Fe 2015. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Rodeo de Santa Fe 2015. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Staff Report

This weekend marked the 66th Rodeo de Santa Fe. Audience members were treated to heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances of top PRCA rodeo athletes and top PRCA rodeo entertainment ... big time rodeo, with a small town feeling.

The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge and few others had a dream and determination to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on June 27, 2015 - 7:07pm

REAL ESTATE News:

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!

Descartes Labs CTO Speaks At Rotary Meeting

on June 27, 2015 - 1:19pm
Descartes Labs CTO Steven Brumby presents a talk on his company at Tuesday's Rotary meeting at the Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Descartes Labs CTO Steven Brumby explains at Tuesday's Rotary meeting that his company is teaching computers to see the world. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary appears to have influenced the life of Descartes Labs, Inc. co-founder and CTO Steven Brumby.

He explained during Tuesday's weekly Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting that 26 years ago he attended a

WR Baptist Church Launches 30 Hour Famine

on June 27, 2015 - 12:19pm
 
WRBC News:
 
Over the years, the youth from the White Rock Baptist Church have participated in an event called the 30 Hour Famine. At the famine, students and adult sponsors go 30 hours without eating anything.
 
There's year's event began at noon Friday and participants will break their fast at 6 p.m. today. Students do this event in order to raise their own personal awareness of global hunger issues, but they also do this event as a fundraiser.

AFTNM On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on June 27, 2015 - 11:59am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

AFTNM News:

Ruling Breaks Down Barriers For Committed Couples

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:

“By writing four words, ‘It is so ordered,’ Justice Anthony Kennedy, on behalf of the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States, ushered in marriage equality for all Americans.

 “Today’s ruling sends a strong message to students in New Mexico who have same-sex parents and for educators who are in same-sex relationships – in the

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