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Letter to the Editor: The World Is Not Black And White But Not Uniformly Gray Either

on September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Los Alamos

When a child first learns to draw in a coloring book, she has no patience for lines and boundaries, and so the crayon is spread evenly across the page. I am afraid that Mr. Spencer has succumbed to this temptation in his letter of Sept. 6, comparing the recruitment of young men to join the ISIL and other terrorist organizations, to Mr. Miller's enrollment in the Israel Defense Forces.

It is true that the world is a complicated place where moral boundaries are hard to define, difficult “Sophie's Choice” decisions are forced on our leaders, and appeals to


SFI: Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy

on September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Gabriela Barrantes

SFI News:

The next SFI Seminar is 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Gabriela Barrantes of the University of Costa Rica will speak on "Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy."

Abstract: The problem of preserving individual privacy while giving third parties access to large data sets has been an issue of concern for many years. The advent of big data and large-scale data breaches, however, have highlighted the need for new approaches to this problem.

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

NCRTD 10th Celebrates Anniversary

on September 13, 2014 - 8:29am

Among the speakers at an event honoring the certification of the North Central Regional Transit District as the first regional transit district in the State of New Mexicoe from left, Patricia Dominguez, representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich; Leticia Delgado, representing U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan; Dan Barrone, NCRTD chair, Taos County Commissioner and Mayor of the Town of Taos; James Rivera, First NCRTD Board chair, Pueblo of Pojoaque; and Dave Harris, New Mexico Department of Transportation director, Transit and Rail Division. Barrone holds the Sept.

UNM-LA and JJAB to Hold Six-Class Series on Parenting

on September 13, 2014 - 8:04am

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Sept. 18. Photo/iStock

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has joined forces with the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), to put on a six-class parenting series called Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents.

Kristine Coblentz, Coordinator and Facilitator of the program said, “This new class series is designed for parents and caregivers of elementary school aged children.

Today's Los Alamos ScienceFest Schedule

on September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

The White Rock rock features ScienceFest. Photo by Ryn Herrmann


Today is the final day of this year's weeklong ScienceFest with innovative, action-packed activities, music and food throughout the day.

Saturday, Sept. 13

9 a.m.–noon – Exploring the Science of Flight, Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road

9 a.m.–4 p.m. – Exhibit Opening: Early Photographs of Berlyn Brixner, Los Alamos Historical Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row

10 a.m.–3 p.m. – Convergance in the Dome: Science, Art, Experiences, Ashley Pond Park, 20th and Central Avenue

10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Detonography: The

GOP Meets At Party Headquarters Sept. 18

on September 13, 2014 - 7:26am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Dr. 

Note the earlier than normal starting time. 

Final campaign efforts will be planned. All Republicans, supporters, and anyone who would like to get more involved are welcome. 

For more information, call Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159 or Bill McKerley at 505.672.1067.

Pets of the Week: Milo and Otis

on September 13, 2014 - 7:16am

Milo, 8, and Otis, 8, have never been apart and are looking for a home that will take both of them. Courtesy photo


Milo and Otis are recent transfers from Rancho de Chihuahua rescue in Albuquerque. They are being featured together as the Pets of the Week since they would do best in a home together.

The 8-year-old dogs are very bonded, having never been apart since birth. They are still a little shy and cautious, but are quickly learning to enjoy new human and dog friends. Stop by to meet these two cuties or contact thier sponsor Bonnie at 505.672.3944, for more information.


Funding for LAMS Speech and Debate Team Draws Crowd to Tuesday's School Board Meeting

on September 12, 2014 - 4:46pm
Members of the Hawk Talkers Middle School Speech and Debate Team and their supporters packed Tuesday's School Board Meeting to ask the Los Alamos School Board for help in paying for travel to tournaments. They currently have no funding and are therefore unable to compete. The Los Alamos Hill Talkers High School team has been helping them with funds, but the LAMS program has become so successful (around 90 students are involved) they need $3,000-$7,000 to travel to competitions. Although sports teams at Los Alamos Middle School have a travel budget, this popular activity does not.

Letter to the Editor: Israel The Nation Is Not Judaism The Faith

on September 12, 2014 - 4:45pm
Los Alamos

Valarie Harris has attacked me and my letter, which is certainly her right, just as it is my right to criticize young men for volunteering to join various Middle Eastern military or terrorist organizations when it is apparent that neither military force nor terrorism have a ghost of a chance of solving the problems endemic to the region for the last half century.

Indeed, Mr.


NancyAnn Holmes Tapped For School Board Vacancy

on September 12, 2014 - 1:44pm
NancyAnn Holmes, new District 3 School Board Member, gives her opening statement during Thursday evening's selection process. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Board members Jim Hall, center, and Kevin Honnell congratulate NancyAnn Holmes on her selection as the District 3 representative on the School Board. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board has chosen NancyAnn (Nan) Holmes to serve the remainder of David Foster’s term representing District 3 on the Board.

Foster resigned because he is moving from


Municipal Building's West Plaza 'Call For Art' Draws Innovative Submissions

on September 12, 2014 - 1:34pm

Artist Bill Wiener with a model of his submission of a 3-D Zia sculpture combined with an atom. 'Los Alamos is the only place in the country for this sculpture,' Wiener said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artists, Art in Public Places board members, County staff and the public gathered Thursday for a special event at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artist Peter Swedenborg with a model of his submission. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artist Eric Thelander holds a model of his submission.

Manhattan Project Restaurant Closing in on Liquor License

on September 12, 2014 - 1:02pm

Victor Medina of the Mahattan Project Restaurant Thursday, which was the final day required to display the public notice of intent to obtain a liquor license for the downtown eatery at 1789 Central Ave. Medina told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one stepped forward to oppose the request so it's on to the next steps in the process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Learn Ins-and-Outs of Geocaching Sept. 19

on September 12, 2014 - 12:05pm
A group geocaching near the PEEC Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you heard about geocaching and want to learn more or don’t know what it is, but like hiking and adventure? Coleen Meyer, an experienced and passionate geocacher, will teach the ins-and-outs of geocaching in a free program 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at PEEC.

Meyer will start the program by describing geocaching and explaining how to play the game. Then she will briefly talk about the history of the technology. Key points Meyer will cover include: GroundSpeak's website and setting up an account,

Halfway Through First Season of WGN's Manhattan

on September 12, 2014 - 11:54am

Workers loading uranium slugs into the X-10 Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Photo public domain

LAHS News:

There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society's viewing of the seventh episode of WGN's new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

The episode was high in drama, but we found a lot of history to discuss! Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on this website, and on our Facebook page.

Homecoming! ... 50th Reunion of LAHS Class of ’64

on September 12, 2014 - 11:34am

Rick Nebel’s ‘55 Chevy 'stealth truck' is totally outrageous under the hood sporting a 6-71 supercharger with two Holley 4-barrel carburetors, 18-inch-wide rear tires and noisy side pipes. Well maybe the 'stealth' concept didn't work out real well, but it’ll be playin’ the American Graffiti soundtrack Sept. 19 as a very spectacular member of the Class of ’64 Homecoming Parade entry - Go Toppers! Courtesy photo


Los Alamos is puttin’ on the Ritz as it welcomes some of its kids back home ... okay, so they’re a bit older, still, they’re kids at heart.

Members of the Los Alamos

Meet Fran Stoval Participating In 2014 Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour

on September 12, 2014 - 10:51am

Stained glass art work by Los Alamos artist Fran Stoval. Courtesy photo

ART News:

This year's Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 11-12 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a "Get to Know Your Artist" series leading up to the annual event.

Each of the 16 artists participating in the tour will be showcased prior to the beginning of the tour to allow our readers an opportunity to learn about them and their work.

Los Alamos artist Fran Stoval. Courtesy photo

Meet Los Alamos artist Fran Stoval:

Fran Stoval, Looking Back and Stepping Forward

When I was a little girl, drawing was

Los Alamos Sciencefest Schedule Today and Saturday

on September 12, 2014 - 10:28am

Los Alamos Sciencefest Schedule for today and Saturday:

Friday, Sept. 12

10 a.m.–6 p.m. – Detonography: The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue

4–5 p.m. – Smart House Tour, Los Alamos Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Drive

4–6 p.m. – Exhibit Opening: Early Photographs of Berlyn Brixner, Los Alamos Historical Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row

5:30–6:30 p.m. – Smart House Tour, Los Alamos Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Drive

5:30–7 p.m. – Overview of Recent Climate Change Science Development & Actions for Resilience, Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Avenue

Los Alamos Business Incubation Rolls Out LABi Tech Army©

on September 12, 2014 - 10:15am

LABi founders from left, Robert Nolen - vice president of science, engineering & technology, Ralph Chapman - vice president of operations and Andy Andrews - president. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Business Incubation (LABi) is using Los Alamos ScienceFest as a platform to introduce the LABi Tech Army© to the Los Alamos community.

The LABi Tech Army© is a growing group of local and national scientists, engineers, technologists and other individuals who will serve to help mentor entrepreneurs and help them create successful businesses.


LAHS Staff Presents 2014 Donation Wish List

on September 12, 2014 - 10:05am

LAHS News:

Click here to see this year's Los Alamos High School Staff's 2014 Donation Wish List.

Put the name of the recipient on the donated item. It can be taken to the Main Office or delivered directly to the staff member.

Any questions should be directed to the individual staff member.


Bucks Spotted in the Hood on Barranca Mesa

on September 12, 2014 - 9:58am

A small herd of bucks were spotted at dusk Thursday on Chamisa Street in Barranca Mesa socializing before rutting season. Photo by Kei Davis

Bucks grazing on Chamisa Street Thursday in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Kei Davis


LA Mountaineers: 'Trekking Nepal Peaks for Dummies - A Himalayan Adventure' by Climber Carol Kotcheck

on September 12, 2014 - 9:57am

Carol Kotchek in the Himalayas. Courtesy/Carol Kotchek


The September meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a presentation by Carol Kotchek, a staff member at the American Alpine Club who has been climbing for more than 30 years, including a number of years working classic climbs in the Yosemite Valley.

Her presentation, though, will focus on a trek up a 6,100-meter peak in the Khumu region of Nepal. Normally a climber who prefers t-shirt weather and steep rock, Kotchek says that on a whim she decided to get a taste of some Himalayan altitude.

LACDC's LAVA 2014 Elevator Pitch Winners Announced at LANL Feynman Awards

on September 12, 2014 - 8:31am

Participants mingle at LAVA’s Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

LeAnne Parsons, left, won a $500 'Audience Choice' award and Prisca Tiasse won a $500 'First-timer' award. Courtesy photo

From left, Mandy Marksteiner won the $500 'Most Amusing' award and LeeAnne Parsons won the $500 'Audience Award' pose with LAVA Founder Nik SeetsCourtesy photo


Duncan McBranch announced the winners of the Los Alamos Venture Accelerator’s Elevator Pitch Contest at the 2014 LANL Feynman Awards held Thursday afternoon at historic Fuller Lodge.

The winners


Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Los Alamos School Board Appoints NancyAnn Holmes to Fill Vacancy

on September 11, 2014 - 8:37pm

NancyAnn Holmes

LAPS News:

In a special meeting this evening, the Los Alamos School Board voted to appoint NancyAnn Holmes to fill the remainder of David Foster's term, which ends in March.

Foster served in Position #3 and resigned in August to move to San Diego, Calif.

Read the full story in Friday's Los Alamos Daily Post.