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Letter To The Editor: Wither The Good Samaritan In Los Alamos?

on July 23, 2016 - 7:52am
By MARK MACINNES
Los Alamos
 
Regarding Stephanie Nakhleh’s poignant letter about the injured cyclist and supposed absence of Los Alamos Good Samaritans, who didn’t stop, here are some thoughts:
 
1) She is A good Samaritan, an ethical stranger that stopped to help an injured traveler!
2) In the words of Lewis Carroll: ‘The Hurrier I go, the Behinder I get’.
 
Drivers analyze and react to situations that are complex, changing quickly, by making semi-unconscious decisions – go, stop, avoid, and navigate normal driving situations. Things can go south quickly!  
 
But my point is: It
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Trash Piles Up On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 23, 2016 - 7:52am
Trash left at dispersed camping site in Dalton Canyon last weekend. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Trash is an all-too-common sight on the Santa Fe National Forest. It’s everywhere – at developed recreation sites, at dispersed camping sites, in Wilderness, on trails and even in streams. 
 
It seems clear that the “Pack It In, Pack It Out” mantra isn’t getting the job done. The Santa Fe National Forest is asking visitors to take one more step and “Pack It Home” to throw away with the household trash. 
 
Estimates by Forest recreation staff indicate that the

Celebrate DNCU's New White Rock Branch July 29

on July 23, 2016 - 7:48am
DNCU News:
 
Del Norte Credit Union invites the community to celebrate its new, full-service White Rock Branch during the Grand Opening Party 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 29.
 
Help dedicate the new building, have a tour, enjoy popcorn and ice cream (while supplies last), play Baxter Toss with the kids and listen to music. The new building is at 40 Rover Blvd. at the corner of N.M. 4. in White Rock.

SCAM ALERT: Phishing Scam Targeting New Mexico Businesses; Scammers Claim To Be With AG's Office

on July 23, 2016 - 7:44am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexico businesses and the public about a new phishing scheme.
 
The scammers are sending emails to businesses claiming to be with the Office of the Attorney General and claiming that there has been a complaint filed against the business. The business owners are then asked to click a link to see the “complaint” and that they have ten days to respond. The Office of Attorney General will not, and does not, send emails like the ones being used in this scam which hit New Mexico this week.
 
“We are

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on July 23, 2016 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act in response to deep concerns from local communities in southern Sandoval County about the negative impacts of a proposed gravel mine in the area.
 
The bill will withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
 
In 2012, the BLM released a draft of the new resource management plan for BLM lands in central New

DPNM To Send Diverse Delegation To Democratic National Convention In Philadelphia

on July 23, 2016 - 7:32am

POLITICAL News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) will send a diverse delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, where 43 delegates will represent New Mexico.

The New Mexico delegation ranges in age from recent high school graduates to a 93-year-old World War II Veteran, members of the LGBT community and consists of a majority minority, which stands in stark contrast to the lack of diversity at the Republican National Convention last week.

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico is proud to have such a diverse delegation to represent our state at the

DWI Awareness & Prevention In Los Alamos County

on July 23, 2016 - 7:08am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council is seeking the public's input related to DWI in the community.

Residents may have seen banners, posters and coasters from the DWI Planning Council as it steps up to take a more active role in the community. Given that, the DWI Planning Council wants to hear from residents about it should spend State of New Mexico grant funds in Los Alamos.

Would residents participate of the DWI Planning Council offered a designated driver type of incentive (wear a bracelet, get free non-alcoholic drinks at a local bar that evening)? What about a taxi

Daily Postcard: Duck Watching At Ashley Pond

on July 23, 2016 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: The ducks are a popular sight at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

McMillan: Workforce Turnover At Lab Bodes Well For Community

on July 22, 2016 - 6:01pm

Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right, Kim Davis Lebak, NNSA Los Alamos Field Office manager and Douglas Hintze, DOE/EM Los Alamos Field Office manager, listen to a comment from an audience member during Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. Courtesy/LANL

Brittany Baker, center, of Los Alamos' Business Systems Solution Center, along with Alex Ortiz, left, of the Plasma Theory and Applications group and Sam Biggs of the Weapons Test Engineering group, all spoke at Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. All three are Northern New Mexico area students. Courtesy/LANL

 

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Udall, Heinrich On Bill Passage To Provide Cost Of Living Increases To Veterans' Disability Compensation

on July 22, 2016 - 5:47pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Senate passage of a bill to implement an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans' disability compensation.
 
As of Dec. 1, 2016, all veterans and their family members who receive service-related disability compensation through Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses and children, and clothing allowances will receive annual increases in their compensation. The bill passed the U.S.

Obituary: June E. Agnew May 11, 1951 – July 19, 2016

on July 22, 2016 - 5:25pm

JUNE E. AGNEW May 11, 1951 – July 19, 2016

June E. Agnew, loving mother to Ernie Agnew, Joe Agnew, Manny Bello, Cara Bello, Katie Hughes and T.J. Agnew. Wife of “Bud” Agnew for 36 years.

Passed away from complications of COPD. Cremated July 21, 2016 and returned home to stay with “Bud.” 

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County’s Citizen Survey Results Now Available

on July 22, 2016 - 5:24pm

COUNTY News:

The County’s bi-annual citizen survey results are now available for the public to review. The report can be downloaded from the County’s website

http://www.losalamosnm.us/Pages/SunshineWebpage.aspx

A printed copy also is available to review in the west vestibule of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., or at the reference desk of either public library.

The firm under contract to conduct the County’s survey was Research & Polling, Inc. in Albuquerque. They randomly selected approximately 400 County residents to participate in a short phone survey.

Cone Zone: Week Of July 25

on July 22, 2016 - 11:52am
COUNTY News:
 
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.
 
Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
 
The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 662.8150 for meeting information. Children are attracted by activity and heavy equipment.

Pet Of The Week: Milton The Chihuahua

on July 22, 2016 - 11:51am
Milton the Chihuahua. Courtesy/Paulina Gwaltney Photography
 
SHELTER News:
 
Milton is the most petite Chihuahua that shelter staff and volunteers have seen in a while.
 
He is a bit underweight, so he hopes that his new owners will help him get to a healthier weight. He needs a fun, playful home where he will get lots of attention. He loves learning new tricks and is very treat and food motivated, so he would likely be easy to train.
 
Los Alamos County Animal Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m., Sundays.

PEEC: Local Storytellers Tell Tales On The Trails July 30

on July 22, 2016 - 11:38am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:

The community is invited to join storytellers Terry Foxx and Kimberly Gotches at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30 for a walk around the beautiful landscape of northern New Mexico.

The easy one-mile trek will stop at four different outdoor locations near the Los Alamos Nature Center and Kinnikinnik Park, and participants can enjoy stories and activities along the way. Adults and children are welcome to attend.

Meet in front of the Los Alamos Aquatic Center near the Kinnikinnik Park trailhead.

Focus Groups Scheduled For Library System Planning

on July 22, 2016 - 10:29am

LIBRARY News:

The library’s strategic planning process enters its next public phase with a series of six upcoming focus groups, which will be held throughout the month of August.

Each session will be led by a Library Board member and provide community members with an opportunity to explore and discuss one element of library services in depth.

“I think it's important for people to participate in the focus groups,” Library Board Chair Michelle Griffin said. “This process will help the library gain many perspectives and make the best choices for moving forward.

Guitarist Diego Figueiredo Plays Ashley Pond Tonight

on July 22, 2016 - 10:03am

Russ Gordon, ‘Diego (Figueiredo) will possibly be the greatest guitarist to play Los Alamos.’ Courtesy photo

SUMMER CONCERT News:

Brazilian music, classical and jazz maestro, Diego Figueiredo will play a FREE concert at the Ashley Pond Pavillion in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. today.

The concert is this week's production of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series (www.gordonssummerconcerts.com.) Diego will possibly be the greatest guitarist to play Los Alamos. Check him out on Youtube or his website www.diegofigueiredo.

Voice Of Los Alamos Features Little League Coaches

on July 22, 2016 - 9:49am

Listen to the Voice of Los Alamos radio show at noon today on 101.5 FM to hear Los Alamos County Little League Coaches Adrian Lovato and Robbie Harris talk about the 2016 Regional Tournament that begins today at the North Mesa Ball Fields. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jonathan Neal: My Top Ten Most Joyful Memories Of Teaching Elementary School In Los Alamos

on July 22, 2016 - 8:45am
Jonathan Neal and his third grade students memorized the Gettysburg Address. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

  • Jonathan Neal, a third-grade teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, just completed his fifth year teaching. In this feature he describes his ten most joyful moments he has experienced while teaching in Los Alamos.

Dear Los Alamos and Barranca Mesa Community,

The past five years serving as a teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have provided me with some of the most magical, memorable, sweet, and fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had.

I have decided to move on to the next

Smart Design With Suzette: Backsplash Beauty

on July 22, 2016 - 8:41am
Decorative backsplash. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Backsplash designs are an extremely important element to consider during a kitchen renovation. The right backsplash design should be a focal point of your kitchen and really tie the whole room together.

Kitchen backsplash design should really incorporate your own personal style. Many people have trouble choosing a backsplash. I’m here to help. I’ll show you examples of what’s tending now and guide you to make an educated decision that suits your personality.

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Santa Fe Opera’s Roméo et Juliette Hits Right Notes

on July 22, 2016 - 8:18am
Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) and Stephen Costello (Roméo) in ‘Roméo et Juliette’ (c) Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016
 
Susan Vishmid (dancer), Tim Mix (Capulet), and Beth Miller (dancer) in ‘Roméo et Juliette) (c) Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016
 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
And CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos Daily Post

What is not to like about the Santa Fe Opera’s first production of French composer Charles Gounod’s 150-year-old opera, Roméo et Juliette?

Opening night on Saturday introduced a work of passionately clashing circles of romantic love and social hatred, ecstasy and oppression, sunrise and

Auditions For Missoula Children's Theater Monday

on July 22, 2016 - 8:17am
Los Alamos kids perform in a previous Missoula Children's Theater production. File photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

With a cast of young thespians, Missoula Children’s Theater tells classic children’s stories but with a twist. These productions are more than just fun entertainment, however; they provide valuable life skills to participants.

Missoula Children’s Theater Directors Clinton Dickinson and Jade Coates will roll into town, offering children the chance to perform “Rumpelstiltskin” July 25,

Auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. July 25 at Crossroads Bible Church.

LAHS Class Of 1956 Returns To Los Alamos!

on July 22, 2016 - 8:14am
Members of the Los Alamos High School Class of 1956 were in Los Alamos the weekend of July 15-18 to celebrate their 60th Reunion. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Class President David McAGillivry and his wife Barbara (LAHS Class of 1957). The two were high school sweethearts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post


The LAHS Class of 1956 was back in town last weekend to celebrate their 60th Reunion. The class originally had 82 members and 25 of them were on hand for the reunion.

“We managed to locate all but five members of our class,” David

Carina Echave Competes For 2016 Miss Teen Title

on July 22, 2016 - 7:41am
Carina Echave of Los Alamos was recently selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Teen pageant competition in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Carina Echave of Los Alamos was recently selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Teen pageant competition taking place Sunday, July 24.

Echave learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviews in the local Albuquerque area. Echave  submitted an application and participated in her interview session conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.

Echave  will

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Learn About Wildland Fire Fighting Wednesday

on July 22, 2016 - 7:38am
Wildland fire truck.Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fire fighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting? On Wednesday, July 27, bring the family to find the answer to these and lots of other fire-related questions! Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use their firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and

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