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National Defense University Students Tour Los Alamos

on May 19, 2015 - 11:24am

National Defense University students gather for lunch Monday at Fuller Lodge during their visit to Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Staff Report

Students from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., paid a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday as part of a two-week trip visiting various national security facilities around the country. 

According to a staff member traveling with the students, 50 different countries are represented by this gathering and all are studying for a Masters Degree in National Security.

Before gathering for lunch at

Say Farewell To Gerry And Audrey Washburn Thursday

on May 19, 2015 - 10:48am

Audrey and Gerry Washburn at the May15 retirement event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LAPS News:

The community is invited to join members of Los Alamos Public Schools in saying good-bye to Gerry and Audrey Washburn.

Gerry and Audrey have been active community members for more than 30 years in Los Alamos. They have been strong advocates in their commitment and dedication to Los Alamos Public Schools, students, parents and staff. 

LAPS will miss them.

The farewell event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 21 in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary School.

Surveillance Camera Captures Cougar At IHM Church

on May 19, 2015 - 10:06am

A surveillance camera captured a cougar roaming the grounds of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Monday evening at 3700 Canyon Road. IHM wants community members to be aware of the sighting because people sometimes walk through the grounds or walk their dogs in the church parking lot after dark and before dawn. Students from the adjacent Los Alamos High School also need to be made aware of the sighting as many routinely walk through the church parking lot. Courtesy photo

The surveillance camera also spotted the cougar Monday evening walking near the entrance to the IHM office on Canyon

Los Alamos Little Theatre Unveils 2015-16 Season

on May 19, 2015 - 9:41am

LALT News:

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season.

Harvey, by Mary Chase

This 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which falls into the "classic" category, tells the story of Elwood Dowd, who believes he is accompanied by an invisible, human-sized rabbit, much to the embarrassment of his family. Directed by Gwen Lewis.


LALT's fifth presentation of this format of eight short plays provides opportunities for wanna-be directors and actors to get their feet wet and for established ones to join the plunge.

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Weekly News

on May 19, 2015 - 9:38am


Register online today - Chamber Breakfast May 21 – Payment Technologies
Merchants, restaurants, hotels, home-based businesses, and professionals alike will want to attend this Chamber Breakfast as we discuss the latest Payment Technologies with Gingergaye Hollowell, author of Secrets of Credit Card Processing Fees Revealed.

In addition to talking about technologies such as Paypal,  Apple Pay and Square, Hollowell will discuss the EMV Chip deadline coming up in October and what it means for merchants who rely on magnetic strip technology.


LAPS Announces 20 Staff Retirements

on May 19, 2015 - 9:32am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools announces the retirement of the following staff members:


  • Roger Scot Carmody is retiring after 16 years of service as an elementary teacher at Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame in English.
  • Carol Hermes is retiring after 19 years of service as an elementary and special education teacher at Pinon and Chamisa elementary schools.

Food On The Hill: Dino Kale Chips

on May 19, 2015 - 8:49am

Kale chips. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill
Los Alamos

Dino Kale Chips

Kale chips are easy and inexpensive to make, and fun to eat. The kale that tastes best as a chip is Lacinato kale, also referred to as “Dino kale” or “Tuscan kale.” Lacinato kale was cultivated in Italy in the 18th century, and grown in Thomas Jefferson’s garden in 1777. 

To assure crisp, delicious chips, just observe a few pointers: make sure the kale leaves are dry before oiling. Use very little oil and salt and bake the leaves in a single layer on the baking pan.

All Work And No Play?

on May 19, 2015 - 8:27am

College student Dillon Barnes with Assistant Library Manager Bernadine Goldman and a special cake served during Monday's Thank You party for junior volunteers at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Katy Korkos

Fun and games are provided to junior volunteers at Monday's Thank You party at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Katy Korkos

MPL News:

Let’s say you’re just eight to 12 years old, but you have a lot of energy and you just love the library. You can’t get a job, so how about volunteering?

Fourteen lucky kids get to do just that - and they were treated to a party in thanks for all the hours

Obituary: Todd Mark Sander Dec. 14, 1964 – April 30, 2015

on May 19, 2015 - 7:37am

TODD MARK SANDER Dec. 14, 1964 – April 30, 2015

Todd Mark Sander was born in Seattle, WA on December 14, 1964, to Oscar R. Sander and Janet Blohm Sander. He shared his birthday with his sister, Julie Sander Bucknam, who was born two years later.  

Because his family moved often during Todd’s elementary school years, Todd changed schools every year until his family moved to White Rock in 1977. He then entered Mrs. Spingler’s sixth grade class at Pinon School.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1982 and graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with both a B.S.


LLA Graduates Leave Nest Prepared To Lead

on May 18, 2015 - 11:06pm
Leadership Los Alamos Co-Chair Debbie Huling, left, gives graduate Tony Fox a congratulatory hug during Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Graduation at the Ski Hill. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Participants at Friday night’s Leadership Los Alamos graduation ceremony raise their glasses to toast the newest crop of people to complete the program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Looking at the newest 19 individuals to graduate Leadership Los Alamos, Jason Lott, superintendent of Bandelier National Monument and co-chair of


LAPD Officer Brent Hudspeth Promoted To Sergeant

on May 18, 2015 - 11:04pm
Los Alamos Police Ofc. Brent Hudspeth takes the oath as he is promoted to sergeant Monday in a ceremony presided over by Judge Pat Casados in the chambers of the Magistrate Court. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone signs off on Sgt. Brent Hudspeth's promotion, as Hudspeth and Judge Pat Casados look on. 'He's done an excellent job as accredidation manager and as a relief sergeant and we know we can expect great things from him,' Chief Sgambellone said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
From left, Cdr.

Udall To Discuss Critical NM Funding For Labs

on May 18, 2015 - 11:00pm


WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will attend Senate Committee meetings on several issues important to New Mexico, including the Fiscal Year 2016 budgets for New Mexico's national labs, military bases and the Department of Veterans Affairs; Indian water rights settlements; important safety updates at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that affect all airports; and expanding U.S. relations with Cuba.

Additionally, a bill that Udall recently introduced to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), will be considered by the Senate Energy and

Science On Tap: Risks Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on May 18, 2015 - 10:58pm

James Privette 

LANL News:

James Privette of the Integrated Services group at Los Alamos National Laboratory describes how LANL is working to counter the risk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) pose to national security.

Privette will discuss the issue in a Science on Tap conversation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking in Central Park Square.

As the use of drones increases in popularity, their threat to the nation's assets also increases.

Relay For Life Volunteer Meeting 6 P.M. Thursday

on May 18, 2015 - 9:35pm

LAMC News:

A volunteer committee meeting for the Los Alamos Relay For Life is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Volunteers are needed for the event planning committee to ensure the Aug. 21-22 American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay For Life is a success, organizers said.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Relay For Life is a team fundraiser to Fight Back against cancer.

“Relay For Life is a community

Yang: Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

on May 18, 2015 - 9:24pm
Los Alamos

Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

When we enter the world, are we wired to be passive and inert? Or are we wired to be active and engaged?” I can’t imagine anyone with a functioning mind would answer the former. And as adults, wouldn’t we prefer to work in the latter mode, engaging our minds to be in charge?

One of the comparisons I learned from Mr. Dan Pink’s TED talk on motivation and his book, Drive, has become my favorite: In 1995, Microsoft began a monumental project to assemble the information needed for their “encyclopedia on CD-ROMs, and later online.” “On Oct.

Memorial Day Weekend At Bandelier National Monument: Shuttles, Walks, Star Talk, Craft Demos

on May 18, 2015 - 8:53pm

An Atomic City Transit shuttle bus brings visitors to Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Each year, the Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season at Bandelier National Monument, and this year the activities will actually begin Friday.  

As part of New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month, Bandelier's Preservation Program Manager will be presenting a walk Friday, May 22, focused on the changing cultural landscape of Frijoles Canyon.

Day 2 Scenes At Track & Field State Championship

on May 18, 2015 - 7:13pm
Hilltopper Sienna Ahlers is off to a fast start in the 800 m. during Saturday's State Championship at the UNM Track in Albuquerque. Photo by Blake Wood 
Ralph Archbold earned a spot on the podium with a 6th place finish in the 110 m. hurdles. Photo by Blake Wood
Ashley Land placed 6th in the shot put. Photo by Blake Wood
Elena Abeyta placed 4th in the 400 m. and anchored the 'Toppers 4x100 m. and 4x400 m. relays, in which they finished 4th and 5th respectively. Photo by Blake Wood
Liz Lockhart was the 'Toppers only individual State Champion, winning the triple jump with a mark

Two Children From La Vista Church Travel To California To Compete On New Mexico All Star Bible Quiz

on May 18, 2015 - 5:54pm
Ray Gallegos, 11, Sienna Granillo, 8, and Coach Trina Granillo at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Photo by Raul Granillo


Two children from the La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock, traveled to San Diego, Calif., to compete on the New Mexico All Star Bible Quiz Teams.

The three New Mexico teams competed May 16 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, against 20 other teams from California, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nev.

Sienna Granillo, 8, and Ray Gallegos, 11, earned their spots by memorizing 20 verses from the Bible and by scoring well against more

LANL's Surplus Property Sale May 21 Is Cancelled

on May 18, 2015 - 5:41pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday, May 21, has been cancelled.
The next scheduled surplus property sale is June 18, weather permitting.

Officials Celebrate $14 Million Solar Power Project

on May 18, 2015 - 4:44pm
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced that 3rd Dist. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan will join him and the management of the Springer Electric Cooperative at 10 a.m., May 26 to celebrate the completion of construction of a $14 million solar power project.
The funding provided by USDA Rural Development also includes the expansion and upgrade of 74 miles of electric line and system. A total of $3.4 million of the $14 million loan was used to construct the one mega-watt solar power generation facility located just north of Springer.
The upgrade of

Masonic Lodge Hosts Charity Breakfast For 'Project Y'

on May 18, 2015 - 4:31pm
Los Alamos High School Robotics Club members stand for a group photo during Saturday's community breakfast hosted by Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 to benefit 'Project Y', LAHS's Robotics Club. Club members worked alongside the Lodge brethren to cook and serve waffle breakfasts to a hungry public; the club also demonstrated their latest robot to an enthusiastic crowd. Courtesy photo
Project Y's new robot. Courtesy photo

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on May 18, 2015 - 4:22pm
LAC News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board is meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

Agenda items:

IV. Board Business

a. Plastic Bag Ban Discussion
b. Business Recycler of the Year Process Modification
V. Staff Report
a. Brush and Bulk Item Collection
b. Landfill Gas Update
c. NM Citizen Advisory Board Updates
d. SWANAPALOOZA 2015 – Zero Waste Conference
e. Clean Up Los Alamos Day 2015
VI. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
a. Chair Report
b. Board Member Reports
i. FER Ad Hoc – Don Machen-FERC
c. Liaison Reports

Letter To The Editor: Should Have A Say In Our Town

on May 18, 2015 - 1:39pm

Los Alamos

The Comprehensive Plan was completed in 1987. By now even the updates are outdated. An effort to rewrite the whole plan in the early 2000’s produced only a Vision Statement and Policy Plan, adopted in 2005, that is now cited by the Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) as “the Comprehensive Plan.”

This is 19 pages of aspirational platitudes that are so vague and ambiguous that they are useless to anyone attempting to satisfy the requirements of applications for permits and rezoning, or anyone attempting to defend their neighborhood against one of


Women Train In Rapid Assault Tactics, Environmental Weapons, Ground, And Ambush Techniques

on May 18, 2015 - 1:24pm

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico / Contemporary Jeet Kune Do held another successful Women's Self Defense Seminar last weekend.

The women were trained in Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT), Environmental Weapons, ground, and ambush techniques. Another seminar will be announced in a few months.

For more information, call 505.450.2540 or