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Small Business Saturday Profile: Pet Pangaea

on November 16, 2014 - 4:15pm

Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, left, and co-worker/pet specialist Caitlyn LeClaire Rupprecht. Courtesy photo


Two once-in-a-lifetime canines were the inspiration for Pet Pangaea LLC - the hub of all things pet-related in Los Alamos County. Former Chief Canine Officers Hana and Jasper served from 2005 until 2009 and 2012, respectively.

And, although they have both crossed the rainbow bridge to that great dog store in the sky, their passion for great toys, food, treats, chews, grooming products and much more still inspires the daily operations at Pet Pangaea.

Like her former

SFI Seminar: Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 And A Few Questions About Complicated Technology

on November 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
Laurence Gonzales
SFI Journalism Fellow

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a seminar by Laurence Gonzales called Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 and a Few Questions About Complicated Technology 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.  18 in the Noyce Conferance Room.

Abstract: As mechanical systems become more complicated, major accidents begin to emerge as part of their normal operation. In other words, it becomes 100 percent certain that a catastrophic accident will happen.

Community Giving Tree At The Co+op

on November 16, 2014 - 3:40pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market Giving Tree. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is putting together a Giving Tree in the Co+op café this year starting Monday and running through Dec. 14.

The Co+op works to strengthen the local community this holiday season by encouraging compassionate giving. The Giving Tree gifts go to families in need thanks to the Co+op’s partnership with the Los Alamos School District. 

How to participate:

  • Look for gift request “leaves” on the tree in the back of the Co+op Café, starting Nov. 17.
  • Take a request sheet and buy the desired item(s). 
  • Return

NM House Majority Announces Senior Staff

on November 16, 2014 - 3:08pm

SANTA FE The New Mexico House Majority Caucus has announced its senior staff.

The team includes:

  • Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk;
  • Ryan Gleason as chief of staff for House Speaker-nominee Don Tripp;
  • Ryan Hedin as chief of staff for Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry; and
  • Chris Sanchez as communications director for the caucus.

"Our number one priority this session is putting New Mexico first. We have a lot of work to do, but I believe we can come together to pass an agenda that creates good jobs and improves our school system," House Speaker-nominee Tripp said.

Scenes From Thursday's FIRST Robotics Open House

on November 16, 2014 - 2:11pm

Community members had the opportunity to explore the FIRST Robotics new location at 3450 Orange St., next to the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center during Thursday’s open house. FIRST Robotics has programs in at Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and at the local elementary schools. During the open house, information was disseminated on how to become involved in the program as a student, mentor or sponsor. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris

DOE Awards $425 Million In Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

on November 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

Secretary Ernest Moniz learns about the work underway in high performance computing and additive manufacturing. Photo by Sarah Gerrity/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 


Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence

Los Alamos Garden Club Hosts Annual Wreath Sale In LANB Lobby Dec. 4

on November 16, 2014 - 12:19pm

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club is hosting its annual fresh green wreath sale, 9 a.m. until sold out, Thursday Dec. 4 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.

Garden Club members create each wreath from greens collected in the Jemez Mountains. The wreaths sell for $20 each and include pine cones and a bow.  

All proceeds from the sale of these wreaths benefit the Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship Fund, which provides an annual scholarship to a graduating senior at Los Alamos High School.


UNM-LA Spring 2015 Class Schedules Now Available

on November 16, 2014 - 11:31am

UNM-LA News:

Class schedules for the Spring 2015 semester at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) are now available on the UNM-LA campus and in stands around Los Alamos and White Rock.

Schedules also will be arriving in all area mailboxes soon.

The Spring 2015 semester will offer 173 classes with 42 of those being online classes. An online version of the schedule is available by visiting Click on the Spring 2015 tab.

Registration opens Monday and classes begin Jan.


Friends Of The Shelter At Annual Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair Nov. 22

on November 16, 2014 - 10:57am

Scene from previous Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Courtesy/Los Alamos Arts Council

FOS News:

Friends of the Shelter (FOS) will be at the Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Los Alamos Middle School.

Molly and Maggie are looking for a permanent home. Courtesy/FOS

The Friends of the Shelter 2015 calendars will be available as well as a variety of small craft items including Pet and Petroglyph magnets and Pottery for Pets. Funds from sales enable FOS to improve the lives of shelter animals in northern New Mexico.

Small Business Saturday Profile: Los Alamos Historical Museum

on November 16, 2014 - 9:26am

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenehan surrounded by gift items available for purchase at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop offers a variety of unique gifts for any time of the year, from science kits to local trail guides, books about Los Alamos and the Southwest, and souvenirs for Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project. Holiday cards that depict local landscapes, 2015 calendars, and a coffee mug with the chemical formula for caffeine can be found among the Shop’s offerings.

The Museum is

United Way Raises Fundraising Campaign Thermometer

on November 16, 2014 - 8:28am

United Way of Northern New Mexico youth mentor Morrie Pongratz and UWNNM  Executive Director Kristy Ortega give the thumbs up as United Way Youth Team member Jenna Erickson raises the mark on the fundraising campaign thermometer Thursday at the downtown Post Office on Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/

Attending Thursday's United Way thermometer raising event Thursday from left, UWNNM Youth Team members Akane Dunn and Jenna Erickson, youth mentor Morrie Pongratz, UWNNM  Executive Director Kristy Ortega and Zia Credit Union Youth Team sponsors J.C.

TOTH Erects New Sign

on November 16, 2014 - 8:06am

A new sign was erected Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by Chris Clark/

Los Alamos Impacts Highlands Of Guatemala

on November 16, 2014 - 7:47am

At Tuesday's meeting at the Manhattan Project, Rotarian Deborah Simon updates the local club on a project that provides clean water to rural villages in the highlands of Guatemala. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost


Los Alamos Daily Post

Sitting on top of a mesa with nothing but canyons surrounding it, Los Alamos can feel a little isolated from the world; but believe it or not, this small town impacts not only neighboring cities but also countries.

For instance, the local Rotary Club is helping to bring a positive impact in another secluded part of the world - the

Snow Falls Over Los Alamos Area

on November 16, 2014 - 7:23am


Snow is falling on the local area today including the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. The National Weather Service projects today's high near 31 with snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible, mainly before noon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow covers yards and rooftops this morning on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Anne Davis Of Los Alamos Profiled At Connecticut College

on November 16, 2014 - 6:22am

Anne Kimball Davis of Los Alamos teaches graduate classes in biblical studies at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque. Courtesy/Connecticut College

Connecticut College News:

Anne Kimball Davis ’62 remembers arriving at Connecticut College and being told that a liberal arts education gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want in life.

And she should remember. The former teacher, politician, publisher, real estate broker and current Bible scholar is living proof.

“I took those words to heart and, by golly, it’s worked,” says Davis.

Though technically retired, Davis teaches

Children's Christmas Bazaar Seeks Gift Items

on November 16, 2014 - 6:20am

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

TOTH News:

Donations are needed for the annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar to be held at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in December.

The Children’s Christmas Bazaar is a fun family event where children in kindergarten through sixth grade may shop for gifts for family and friends without their parents. Gifts are wrapped free of charge as parents relax and enjoy coffee while their children shop. The success of this event relies on donations of new and gently used items from members of our community.

Suggested donations include dolls, stuffed animals (any

Sunday Wellness Column: The Art Of Sleeping Well...

on November 16, 2014 - 6:06am
The Art of Sleeping Well: Natural Solutions for Insomnia
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

We all have suffered from lack of sleep at one point or another in our lives, and we get through it with some extra caffeine or whatever means it takes knowing that we will catch up on sleep later.

However, people can experience prolonged periods of poor quality sleep due to being parents of young children, having a job that requires shift work, having a high stress job, having a health condition or going through a big change in their life that evokes

Boy Scouts Ready To Accept Donations For Community Food Drive Nov. 22

on November 16, 2014 - 5:01am
By Bill Blumenthal
Northern New Mexico District – Boy Scouts of America
Food Drive Coordinator
By Terry Jones
National Association of Letter Carriers – 4112
Food Drive Coordinator

Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:

Your local Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts of Los Alamos County are geared up to help LA Cares Food Bank by collecting, sorting, and storing your donations of food and supplies during the Fall Community Food Drive Saturday, Nov. 22.   

Did you know that there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who

LAPD Detectives Share Investigation Techniques With Chamisa Elementary School Students

on November 15, 2014 - 1:24pm

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris shares with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los Alamos police conduct investigations. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. Photo by Kateri Morris


Members of the Los Alamos Police Department Detective Division headed by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris were out in full force Nov. 7 at Chamisa Elementary School. Fortunately, the detectives were not securing a crime scene at the school.

In keeping with Chamisa’s theme this academic year, “Chamisa Investigations Academy”, the detectives were sharing with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los

Councilor To Discuss Los Alamos Community Foundation Proposal Monday

on November 15, 2014 - 1:14pm

UNM-LA News:

County Councilor David Izraelevitz will discuss the Los Alamos Community Foundation proposal at the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 in the Student Center Conference Room (Building 2) at UNM-LA.

Reports from various staff members also are on the agenda.

A closed Executive Session will follow the regular meeting to discuss legal and personnel matters.


Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Veterans Day Participation

on November 15, 2014 - 12:58pm
By Ken "Lucky" Nadeau
Frank G. Frainier, Post 90 – Cmdr.
President, ALR Chapter 19

I would like to personally thank all the members of The American Legion, Frank G. Frainier Post 90; and the membership of the Fraternal Organizations of the BPOE, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and the Military Order of World Wars for their support in making the 2014 Veteran’s Day Ceremony such a success.

A very special thanks goes to the Los Alamos Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and especially Brownie Troop 10357 from White Rock who sang “Thank You Soldier’s”.

To the young adults of the LAHS Chorus and


Town Hall Meetings Set To Obtain Citizen Input For Superintendent Search

on November 15, 2014 - 12:19pm

LAPS News:

Stanley Paz of recruitment firm Ray and Associates Tucson office will be in town next week to gather community input for the search for a new superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt will be leaving the district in July.

In addition to meeting with members of the six search advisory committees and the LAPS Board, Paz will conduct a series of Town Hall meetings at which citizens may express their ideas about the qualifications and other attributes they would like to see in a new superintendent. This is also an opportunity to ask questions.


SFNF Christmas Tree Permits Available Nov. 24

on November 15, 2014 - 12:17pm

SFNF News:

Follow a familiar family tradition or start a new one this year by cutting a Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Christmas tree permits go on sale Monday at Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters and Ranger District offices. The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 24. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree. 

One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in height.

Jason Herrera Promoted To LAPD Deputy Chief

on November 15, 2014 - 11:57am

Jason Wardlow-Herrera

LAPD News:

Jason Wardlow-Herrera has been promoted to deputy chief at the Los Alamos Police Department.

Wardlow-Herrera most recently served as commander at the department.

Letter to the Editor: Dimas Chavez's Book Backordered

on November 15, 2014 - 10:57am
Los Alamos

I apologize to prospective buyers who have tried to find Dimas Chavez's Book On My Own.

I wrote in my review of the book that copies were available at the Los Alamos History Museum and on Amazon. The Los Alamos Daily Post kindly added a link to the Amazon site.

I discovered on Friday morning that the shipment of books to the museum has been delayed a week and that the books on Amazon are now back ordered.

The books will eventually be available and I apologize if any buyer was inconvenienced.