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Letter To The Editor: Doubts About County Property Clean-Up Effort

on June 22, 2016 - 6:43am
Los Alamos
I love the optimistic article about county clean-up and the idea that code enforcement will actually make people comply.
I had a friend in town last summer for a class reunion and we drove down a street where he used to live in the 60s. It was 41st Street between Urban and Sycamore. I watched his face fall as we drove past his former home and he commented that the entire street resembled a shanty town.

Compelling Reason NOT To Build LANL Bypass Road

on June 22, 2016 - 6:37am
This bear is spotted recently strolling along West Road. Photo by Andi Kron
Los Alamos
On an evening around sunset recently, I was enjoying a beautiful view and quiet stroll across Omega Bridge and then onto the trail behind the Research Park.
As usual, I like to take the trail behind the building rather than the noisier West Jemez Road. As I headed out of the trees and approached the intersection with West Road, I looked up and quite unexpectedly saw the cutest little bear--about 2 years old--wandering around the road in front of me.

'Latitude' Exhibit At Mesa Public Library July-August

on June 22, 2016 - 6:25am
Painting by Maureen Howles. Courtesy photo

Clearing skies oil painting. Painting by Maureen Howles


“Latitude”, a solo exhibition of work by Maureen Howles is set for July 4 through Aug. 5, in the gallery at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.
A reception is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. This exhibit presents various presentations of “scapes” from the traditional or representational naturalistic landscape to the semi abstract study of nature as pure form and to the fictitious conceptual invented landscape.

Crowley, Serrano, Luján Language In Support Of STEM Grants For Hispanic Serving Institutions Included In Appropriations Bill

on June 22, 2016 - 6:13am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx) announced the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes their push to require the National Science Foundation to move forward with a grant program to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Specifically, the language directs the National Science Foundation to establish a STEM grant program for

Lensic Receives Coveted 4-Star Rating

on June 22, 2016 - 6:03am
SANTA FE  The Lensic Performing Arts Center is proud to announce it has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Only about one quarter of the more than 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator achieve this distinction.
Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that The Lensic “adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator in a letter to The Lensic.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Report Foreign Accounts

on June 22, 2016 - 6:00am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who have one or more bank or financial accounts located outside the United States, or signature authority over such accounts that they may need to file an FBAR by Thursday, June 30.

By law, many U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts exceeding certain thresholds must file Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, known as the “FBAR.” It is filed electronically with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen).

“Robust growth in FBAR filings in

Review: The Untold Biology Of A Physicists’ Town

on June 21, 2016 - 8:23pm

Elizabeth Church signs copies of her new novel in May at Collected Works in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

“The Atomic Weight of Love” is Los Alamos novelist Elizabeth Church’s first book, written by an unproven, non-celebrity writer, not even a relative of Los Alamos’s most famous literary figure, the poet Peggy Pond Church.

Elizabeth Church is on her own hook.

Obituary: Theodore (Ted) S. Lopez Nov. 9, 1949 – June 15, 2016

on June 21, 2016 - 6:04pm

THEODORE (TED) S. LOPEZ Nov. 9, 1949 – June 15, 2016

Theodore (Ted) S. Lopez, loving husband, amazing father, caring son and brother, devoted co-worker, and dedicated friend passed away in the early morning of June 15th, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Ted was born on November 9th, 1949, in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Frank S. and Jessie M. Lopez. He was preceded in death by his father - Frank S. Lopez, as well as; father-in-law - Ambrosio F. Ortiz;/ mother-in-laws - Ernestine S. Ortiz and Frances L. Ortiz; niece/goddaughter - Karen Ortiz; and aunt - Sr. Vianney Martinez, OSF.

Ted was a

DOE Awards $4 Million Contract To RRC-JGMS NHO

on June 21, 2016 - 6:01pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to RRC-JGMS NHO, LLC (RJ-JV), a small business in Wexford, Penn. 
The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million over 4 years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the base contract. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various DOE-EM sites.
The Contractor will provide the U.S.

Obituary: Linda Harris Jan. 24, 1946 – June 12, 2016

on June 21, 2016 - 5:40pm

LINDA HARRIS Jan. 24, 1946 – June 12, 2016

Linda Harris, 70, beloved mother and wife, passed away peacefully from this life to the next on June 12, 2016 after a long courageous struggle with esophageal and lung cancer.

Linda was born January 24, 1946 in St. Louis, MO. At the age of 4, Linda's family moved to Albuquerque, NM where she attended grade school through high school. She married Eddie Harris and they moved to Los Alamos where they lived until her passing.

Over the years, Linda made many friends working at her second home, the Sports Bag, which she thoroughly enjoyed for nearly 20


Tuesdays At The Pond: Craig Martin Experience Tonight

on June 21, 2016 - 5:08pm

Courtesy image


Tuesdays at the Pond continues tonight with the Craig Martin Experience under the pavillion at Ashley Pond Park.

CME celebrates the start of summer with a night of upbeat jazz at the Pond. Two hours of funky, swinging jazz from the septet including jazz classics and original tunes by band members. The concert begins at 7  p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoys some great music!

Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through Aug.

Update: ‘Granite Mountain’ Film: Fire, Smoke And Loud Helicopters At Pajarito Mountain

on June 21, 2016 - 5:00pm


“Granite Mountain” is a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

The production is based at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, July 29 and will be producing the following special effects and impacts:

  • FIRE on Pajarito Mountain, film crews under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Division, will produce controlled ground fire. Current dates for ground fire are June 21, June 27 and June 28.


DOE Invests $82 Million In Nuclear Technology

on June 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states.
In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

State Auditor Issues Scam Alert On Wire Transfer Fraud

on June 21, 2016 - 4:28pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller sent a Risk Advisory to government agencies and schools across the state alerting officials to a wire transfer scam targeting public money. Scammers posing as high-level government officials wrote emails directing financial staff to make wire transfers in large amounts.
Employees at Zuni Public Schools, Deming Public Schools and San Miguel County initiated transfers to the scammers totaling over $100,000 from public funds.

LALT Acting And Directing Workshops June 25-July 2

on June 21, 2016 - 4:25pm

LALT News:



Joanne Camp and Shepard Sobel will present a two-day Acting and Directing workshop on consecutive Saturdays, June 25 and July 2 at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos.
Each instructional day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. On the first day (first weekend), participants will separate into two groups, with each group following a separate instructional track in the workshop.
The first group will consist of actors, who will work with Camp on techniques and exercises to enhance interaction on the set; i.e., the pursuit of objectives in such a way as to

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos!

on June 21, 2016 - 3:55pm
Los Alamos 24-Hour Laundry Service
Los Alamos 24-Hour Laundry Service has had a wonderful and successful launch, and I have to thank everyone who has been so supportive of the idea and encouraging.
We got started a few days ago with a simple offer, that we will pick up, wash, fold and deliver your laundry within 24 hours. Los Alamos 24-Hour Laundry Service is a home-based business, but we are looking for opportunities to expand.
We’ve already had several pickups, and I’ve hired two wonderful women to help to ensure that we can fulfill all of our

KRSN Morning Show Broadcasts Live Today From San Ildefonso Pueblo

on June 21, 2016 - 8:09am

KRSN News:

The KRSN FM 107.1 and AM 1490 Morning Show is broadcasting live this morning from Than Povi Cottonwood Trading Post on the San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Today's show features KRSN Morning Show host David Sutton and special guest co-host Elmer Torres. Torres is a San Ildefonso tribal member, former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee and Than Povi Fine Art Gallery co-founder.

Today's topic is “Learning The Culture” of San Ildefonso and includes an interview with San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor and Los Alamos High School graduate James Mountain.

The Morning Show airs 6-9 a.m.


Filming At Pajarito Mountain Producing Smoke - No Fire

on June 21, 2016 - 8:08am


Do not be alarmed if smoke appears to be coming directly from Pajarito Mountain this week. It is a special effect for a scene simulating a wildland fire for “Granite Mountain,” a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

“Granite Mountain” will be on location at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, June 29.

The smoke produced for all fire scenes is a natural, water-based compound that produces a vapor that looks like real

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: LeAnne Parsons

on June 21, 2016 - 7:36am

2015-16 Leadership Los Alamos graduate LeAnne Parsons during a confidence building exercise. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen


HHS Awards $1,749,783 To Health Centers In New Mexico To Expand Oral Health Services

on June 21, 2016 - 7:13am
HHS News:
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $1,749,783 in funding to support four health centers in New Mexico.
The funding will increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Nationwide, Thursdays announcement includes nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served.

Northern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Funding Applications

on June 21, 2016 - 7:11am
USDA News:
SANTA FE  The Northern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee (NNMRAC) is seeking proposals for projects that enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health and water quality on the Cibola, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests and adjacent lands in Taos, Sandoval, Mora, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Torrance, McKinley and Cibola Counties.
The NNMRAC has up to $473,000 to allocate to projects through the congressional re-authorization of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

New Mexico Demands Greater Scientific Integrity And Regulatory Honesty From EPA

on June 21, 2016 - 6:46am
Although the Animas River fosters many recreational activities; when it arrives in New Mexico it borders agricultural and residential lands. Residences at Cedar Hills, New Mexico on the Animas River pictured here. Courtesy of S. Palko-Schraa.
NMED News:
SANTA FE – June 14, the New Mexico Environment Department provided official comments to the U. S.

Letter To The Editor: Against Los Alamos Roundabout

on June 21, 2016 - 6:43am
White Rock
As a White Rock resident the roundabout is just another reason to avoid going to Los Alamos.
Rather than encourage folks getting in and out of the townsite this monstrosity will simply impede traffic flow. Yes, I know some folks think roundabouts are the European thing to do.

Kaylen Pocaterra Competes For Miss Teen Title

on June 21, 2016 - 6:42am
Kaylen Pocaterra of Los Alamos will compete in the Albuquerque Miss Teen Pagent July 24. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Kaylen Pocaterra of Los Alamos was recently selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Teen pageant competition Sunday, July 24.

Pocaterra submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year's Albuquerque pageant coordinator. Pocaterra learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the Albuquerque area.

Pocaterra will be competing for her share of

History Museum Seeking Participants For Digital Storytelling Workshop

on June 21, 2016 - 6:40am
NMHM News:
Turn On, Tune In, a New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) 3-day Digital Storytelling Workshop to produce stories about and inspired by 1960s and 1970s counter culture in New Mexico. We are seeking applicants to participate.
Inspired by the revolutionary movements of the 1960's, we are looking for people who want to tell their own stories of the times. We are working with five cities around the state: Las Vegas, Taos, Dixon, Placitas, and Silver City. We are seeking two members of each community to participate in this fall workshop:
  • An individual who lived in New Mexico between