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Autumn In The Valles Caldera

on October 13, 2014 - 8:21am

Sunbeams shine down on the Valles Caldera. Photo by Shari Mills

Today Is Columbus Day

on October 13, 2014 - 8:09am



Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World Oct. 12, 1492.

It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage.

Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.

The first Columbus


2014 Los Alamos Studio Tours Continues Today

on October 12, 2014 - 2:46pm
Printmaker Becky Nystrom is one of the White Rock artists on this year's Los Alamos Studio Tours. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Stained glass artist Joanne Kozuchowski in her White Rock studio. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Dean Carstens shows his photography to Susan Mack at his Pajarito Acres home. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Bettina Hehlen. left, displays her jewelry and photography during Saturday's tour. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Artist Thelma Hahn demonstrates calligraphy. Photo by Bonnie J.

Letter to the Editor: JPEC Data Convinces Me To Support Judge Raphaelson

on October 12, 2014 - 2:26pm
Los Alamos

Thanks to Karen Mehlin and Khalil Spencer for providing links to the NM Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC). 

I found the data on the JPEC website (  to be of interest, particularly when I reviewed, in full, the perspectives of the various subgroups.  

Attorneys were split in their recommendations to retain Judge Raphaelson. Resource Staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, etc.) were 78 percent in favor of her retention while JPEC judges did not recommend retention.  

Jurors like me, with whom I most


'Stand Down' For Homeless/Near-Homeless Veterans Oct. 24-25 In Santa Fe

on October 12, 2014 - 2:25pm

  • Free Clothing, Backpacks, Blankets, Shoes, Jackets, Toiletries

SANTA FE - Homeless and near-homeless veterans in northern New Mexico can receive free clothing, food and services at the Fourth Annual Vet MissionPossible Stand Down for homeless and near-homeless veterans on Friday, Oct. 24 and continuing Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

This year’s stand down is once again at university’s Alumni Hall. Oct. 24 is set aside for veterans only; Oct. 25 is open to veterans and non-veterans. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The Fourth Annual Vet

Letter to the Editor: Experience Joy Of Giving

on October 12, 2014 - 2:25pm
Campaign Co-Chairs
United Way of Northern New Mexico

Los Alamos is a unique, wonderful community with good schools, favorable climate and beautiful scenery. However, there are those in our community who need some aid in order to enjoy these gifts.

Fortunately, there are resources available to facilitate these needs, but they likewise need funding to accomplish their missions. Both of us have been regular contributors to the United Way for several decades. We have watched our donations used wisely to ‘give a hand’ to those who, for whatever reason, can use a boost.


OBITUARY: William Earl Stein May 30, 1924 – Sept. 17, 2014

on October 12, 2014 - 1:43pm

William Earl Stein May 30, 1924 – Sept. 17, 2014

William Earl Stein (Bill) passed away on September 17, 2014 after a brief illness.

Bill was born on May 30, 1924 to David and Phoebe Stein in Rochester, New York. Bill was dedicated to serving his country. Bill’s father had served in the U.S. Navy during WWI, and Bill followed his example by enlisting in the Navy at the end of WWII. He served on the cruiser USS Cleveland, and then was sent to study electrical engineering at the University of Virginia by the Navy. 

While at the University of Virginia, Bill was a distinguished scholar and


Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos - Vote Exponentially Against Charter Amendment 2

on October 12, 2014 - 1:37pm
By R. Wayne Hardie
Los Alamos
If anybody is undecided about whether or not to vote against Charter Amendment 2, the recent County Council action to approve an additional $225,000 (on top of the $55,000 already spent) for the new brand ("Los Alamos: Live Exponentially") should help you make up your mind.  
You might think that the LANS GRT windfall is enough revenue for our big-spending Council, but you would be wrong. And if this ill-conceived amendment passes, the Council will be able to divert utility funds for more wasteful projects.
Except for members of the County Council, I have only

Letter to the Editor: Try A Dog Collar

on October 12, 2014 - 1:33pm

By Dog Owner With A Suggestion

I am also regularly awakened throughout the night and early morning hours by barking dogs.

I once contacted LAPD to report a neighbor dog’s nighttime incessant barking and was told to resolve the issue with the neighbor. I wasn’t comfortable doing that; and I concluded it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway because there are barky dogs throughout the neighborhood – not just next door on my street.


Rainbow Appears Over Walnut Street Rooftops Thursday

on October 12, 2014 - 1:18pm

A rainbow appears in the sky above homes on Walnut Street following Thursday's rain shower. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Help After I Ditched My Motorcycle Involuntarily

on October 12, 2014 - 1:17pm

Los Alamos

On Monday, Oct. 6, I ended up ditching my motorcycle involuntarily, due to a flat tire. I wish to thank several motorists; in particular, two gentlemen, who stopped and stayed until the emergency personal had arrived.

Fortunately for me, my injuries could have been much worse; I never lost consciousness, and my cell phone even worked, despite being drug through the dirt. So, I was able to call for assistance; however, the two men stopped, got my bike up, and made sure I wasn't more seriously hurt.

In the confusion of LAPD, LAFD arriving, even though I did ask their


SFI: 'Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy For Efficient Information Flows In Animal Groups'

on October 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Amos Korman

SFI News

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy for Efficient Information Flows in Animal Groups" by Amos Korman (CNRS) at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Michael Lachmann.

Abstract.  Social animals may share information to obtain a more complete and accurate picture of their surroundings.

Letter to the Editor: With Dog Ownership, Comes Responsibility

on October 12, 2014 - 1:02pm
Los Alamos

Its unfortunate when citizens have to petition the government for a redress of grievances as simple as asking a neighbor to control their dog, but civilization in Los Alamos seems to have come to that.

In our case, we have few problems with incessant barking, but I have, on occasion, walked to the street to get the morning paper and barely avoided a “soft landing” on something left on the sidewalk by a neighbor walking his or her dog.

It should go without saying that good citizenship means cleaning up after your dog when it drops a reminder of its presence in


Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Letter to the Editor: DPU/BPU Consistently Honest

on October 12, 2014 - 12:13pm
Los Alamos

In the 42 years that I have lived in Los Alamos County, the only department and body that have always been consistently above board, open and honest with the citizens of Los Alamos are the Utilities Department and the Utilities Board. 

That's a lot more than I can say for any of the County Councils or their spokesmen.



Central Avenue Improvements Project Set For Completion By Oct. 31

on October 12, 2014 - 11:52am

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/


The contractor anticipates reaching substantial completion of the Central Avenue Improvements Project on or before Oct. 31.

The project area is on Central Avenue from 15th Street to Oppenheimer and Oppenheimer from Trinity north to the library driveway, ending at the entrance to the west parking lot. Improvements include mill and overlay of asphalt, upgrade all sidewalk ramps to ADA standards, one additional crosswalk, concrete pedestrian crossings, tree removal and replacement, changes to planters, and

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 13

on October 12, 2014 - 11:51am


Road Construction Update: Oct. 13

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: The below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 2:

46th /47th Streets off Sandia is scheduled to be paved Monday and Tuesday, followed by manhole/valve adjustments in the roadway.

Letter to the Editor: The Utilities Issue

on October 12, 2014 - 10:39am
Los Alamos

With all the viewpoints pro and con regarding the utilities issue, it appears to me that John Arrowsmith, in his Oct. 9 letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post, zeroes in on the basic issue concerning the proposed change to Article 5 of the County charter: how much autonomy should the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) have. Right now it is a semi-independent entity. The proposed change to the charter could adversely affect its operation. Other former heads of the DPU concur.



Board of Adjustment Hears Structure Waiver Request Monday

on October 12, 2014 - 10:29am

BOA News:

Monday Oct. 13, the Los Alamos County Board of Adjustment (BOA) will meet in Council Chambers to hear a case involving a waiver for an accessory structure.

The subject property is at 121 Verde Ridge in the La Vista subdivision, R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) zone. County staff recommends approval with one condition, of a request for approval of a 16-foot high accessory structure, to be placed at the rear of the property. The Development Code permits an accessory structure up to 12-feet high in an R-1-10 zone.

The condo was built in 1972 and the current owners purchased the

Locals Raise Glass At Pajarito Brewpub's Oktoberfest

on October 12, 2014 - 9:54am
Oktoberfest partier raises her stein at Saturday's second annual event at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pajarito Brewpub staff show their enthusiasm at Oktoberfest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Brewpub owners and staff welcome guests to Oktoberfest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Oktoberfest crowd celebrates at tables set up in the parking lot Saturday outside the Pajarito Brewpub. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
An unusual visitor attends Oktoberfest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LuzMarina Serrano Presents 'Super Allies: How to Support LGBTQ Youth' At JJAB Meeting Oct. 15

on October 12, 2014 - 9:38am

LuzMarina Serrano

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. 

LuzMarina Serrano, the New Mexico Gay Straight Alliance Network Program Coordinator, will give a presentation about Super Allies: How to Support LGBTQ Youth. 

The public is welcome to attend.


Letter to the Editor: I Can Shut My Eyes To Weeds But Can't Shut My Ears To Barking Dogs

on October 12, 2014 - 9:19am

By New Los Alamos Resident

I am happy to see the barking dog issue come into the news.

I recently moved to Los Alamos and have a wonderful new home in a wonderful neighborhood, but I am surrounded by barking dogs, which are a constant frustration. The owners of these dogs are rude, thoughtless and unmannered. I have no objection to a dog barking a few times at what it perceives as a threat, but then the barking should be stopped by the owner. The message has been passed up the chain of command and the dog has done his duty. That doesn't usually happen.

The dogs around me bark for no reason


LALT Crew Builds Set For 'And Then There Were None'

on October 12, 2014 - 8:57am

Los Alamos actor Larrry Gibbons paints a door frame during construction for the set of  'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie. The play, directed by Dennis Powell and produced by Kate Ramsey, runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings Oct. 31 to Nov. 22 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14, general admission; $12 students/seniors from CB FOX, at the door starting 30 minutes prior to showtime, or at Brown Paper Tickets. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The set crew is hard at work on 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie. Photo by

Letter to the Editor: Live Square-Rootedly!

on October 12, 2014 - 7:58am
Los Alamos

Live Exponentially!

What a wonderful slogan! It could be improved with an explicit exponential value! Say 1/2. Then we could say Live Square-Rootedly!

Thanks to the councilors for this marvelous brand for our town!


Program: When Hearing Aids Don't Do The Job - A Cochlear Implant May Be The Answer

on October 12, 2014 - 7:49am

SANTA FE - Are your hearing aids failing you? Have you considered a cochlear implant?

The October meeting of the Santa Fe Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will feature a representative from a major cochlear implant manufacturer who will discuss the procedure, the results you can expect and how Medicare and most health plans cover the costs. Following the presentation, HLAA members with cochlear implants will share their experiences and take questions.

The meeting is free and open to all. No reservations are required. The meeting is 10 a.m., Sat. Oct.