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More Snow Scenes From Los Alamos And White Rock

on April 18, 2015 - 1:46pm

Snow covers yard art in the Pajarito Acres area of White Rock. Photo by Petr 'Czechano' Jandáček

Snow tops bird feeders at a home this morning on Oakwood Loop. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Snow Blankets Eastern Area

on April 18, 2015 - 1:19pm

Snow fell overnight in the Eastern Area and painted an artistic scene captured on camera early this morning. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Tulips stand strong above the snow that blankets the Eastern Area today. Photo by Sharon Snyder

LAHS Hosts Sophomore Parent Night Monday

on April 18, 2015 - 1:15pm

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night at 6 p.m. Monday, April 20 in the Speech Theater.

Sophomore Parent Night gives parents an opportunity to learn what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April, as well providing a review of this information for the students,” explains Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “The presentation focuses on what students and parents need to be doing at this stage to get ready for life after high school.


Hummingbird Weathers Snow On North Mesa

on April 18, 2015 - 12:22pm

Overnight snow didn’t stop this hummingbird from enjoying breakfast this morning in a back yard on North Mesa. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Hilltopper Baseball And Softball Games Cancelled

on April 18, 2015 - 12:02pm

LAHS News:

Today's baseball and softball games have been cancelled due to weather.

The games are rescheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday.


Snow Decorates White Rock Tulips

on April 18, 2015 - 11:27am

Snow decorates a Tulip this morning in White Rock. Photo by James Foley

Snow gathers atop this Tulip today in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe Unveils 'Estevan'

on April 18, 2015 - 11:06am

Chef Estevan Garcia Courtesy/Heritage Hotels and Resorts

HCSF News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― Well known for its red and green chilies, New Mexico will now offer residents and tourists a new Santa Fe restaurant, which will feature dishes that pay tribute to one of the state’s oldest communities, Chimayo.

Estevan, the Northern New Mexican restaurant created by Chef Estevan Garcia, will open inside Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe in early May and will incorporate authentic Chimayo chile into its signature dishes.

Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc., the parent company of Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, is thrilled


School Board Meets Thursday At Chamisa Elementary

on April 18, 2015 - 9:50am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a Special School Board Meeting and Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Chamisa Elementary School gymnasium.

Agenda items include:

  • Chamisa Elementary School Report – presented by Principal Debbie Smith;
  • Approval of Budget FY 2015-16 – presented by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Lisa Montoya;
  • Committee recommendation for next audit firm – presented by Chief Procurement Officer Regina Mertz;
  • Approval of BARs; and
  • Policies and Regulations  - Second Reading and board action requested on Alternative Demonstration of Competency for

Jack The Bichon Frisé Strolls Downtown Los Alamos

on April 18, 2015 - 9:25am

Jack, a 14-year-old Bichon Frisé who is blind with a bad leg, goes for an outing in his stroller Thursday afternoon near the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. A Bichon Frisé (curly lap dog), is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frisé descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. Bichons were first bred around the year 1300, in France; the queen at the time named them Bichon Frisé. They were the result of breeding her poodle and a Maltese. They were the Queen's lapdog. Source: wikipedia. Photo  Carol A.Clark/

DreamBuilders Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

on April 18, 2015 - 8:02am


DreamBuilders annually celebrates individuals, whose lifetime achievements exemplify their ability to work across disciplines to achieve their dreams, making them potential role models to those in the STEAM pipeline.

They are honored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center DreamBuilders Program and invited to address the workshop attendees and to encourage their continuing commitment to STEAM. This year’s winners Eva Encinias Sandoval and Dr. Teresita E. Aguilar were honored April 17 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Eva Encinias Sandoval belongs to one of the


National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Underway

on April 18, 2015 - 7:51am

APNM News:

The week of April 12-18 marks National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

The staff of Animal Protection of New Mexico and all who care about the welfare of animals know the importance of honoring the men and women who protect the animals and communities in which they live and serve.

Often the first responders on the scene, Animal Control Officers (ACOs) frequently find themselves in dangerous, volatile situations. A call concerning an injured dog turns out to be an incident of domestic violence.

Grand Opening: Golf Course Community Building

on April 18, 2015 - 7:40am

Golf Course Community Building. County/LAC


The public is invited to join the County Council at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 as they dedicate the new Golf Course Community Building at 4244 Diamond Dr., in Los Alamos.

The new restaurant, Cottonwood on the Greens, will provide free light refreshments after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Golf Course staff will set up the miniature golf course and will offer free driving range balls as part of the event.

The public is welcome to tour the new facility, including the new community room that is now available to rent for a variety of

Snow Falls On Area Overnight

on April 18, 2015 - 6:57am

Snow fell in the area overnight as seen early this morning in this yard in White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts a high today near 53 with snow showers before noon, followed by a slight chance of rain showers. Some thunder also possible. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch expected. Tonight's low around 31 with a slight chance of rain showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos School Board Honors Science Fair Winners

on April 17, 2015 - 6:38pm
Los Alamos High School students who qualified to compete in the upcoming Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburg, Pa., from left, Coleman Kendrick, Ashvini Vaidya, Eseban Abeyta and Jovan Zhang were honored at Tuesday's School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair winners from Los Alamos High School pose with Science Fair Coordinator Dawn Brown, right.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos 6-8th grade students who won awards at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair. Photo by Bonnie J.

Los Alamos Chamber Members Learn How New Mexico True Is Increasing Tourism

on April 17, 2015 - 5:13pm
New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham speaks to Chamber Breakfast participants Wednesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Rebecca Latham was the featured speaker at the Chamber Business Breakfast Wednesday at UNM-Los Alamos.

Latham took over the post in January. She was formerly the public information officer for the Tourism Department.

Latham explained that she and her team will be in Los Alamos June 11-12 to work with businesses, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and County

Orchids And Wisteria Bloom In Los Alamos

on April 17, 2015 - 5:05pm

Orchids are blooming this week in the yard of this home on Oakwood Loop and 15th Street near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Wisteria is blooming this week in the yard of this home on Oakwood Loop and 15th Street near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Barranca Student Council Donates $50 To Shelter

on April 17, 2015 - 4:59pm
Fifth and sixth grade students on the Barranca Elementary School Student Council presented a check for $50 today to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. The money was raised at the Student Store, which the Council operates. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Puppy love ensues today as Barranca Student Council members tour the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Puppy Marlon greets his visitors ... he sure would love to go home with someone. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Two tuxedo tabbies get some love. Photo by Bonnie J.

Guidelines For Living With Large Predators

on April 17, 2015 - 4:31pm

Mountain Lion. Courtesy/


Los Alamos County officials would like to remind the public that springtime typically brings with it an increase of large predators roaming throughout the forests and traveling on the trails surrounding the area – and that means some of these animals will likely enter the community’s residential areas, too.

They are seeking food or water, especially during times of drought. In our area, large predators can include mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes.

UNM-LA Music Theory Class Invites Public To Concert

on April 17, 2015 - 4:04pm

Students in the Music Theory for the Non-major class at UNM-LA from left, Joann Brown seated at piano; Nancy Ullmann, violin; Michele Vochosky, mandolin, banjo, violin, guitar; Rheta Moazzami, piano; Kapil Goyal, guitar; Pamela Reass, piano; Allene Lindstrom, piano; Nathan Lindsay, guitar; Robin Gurule, piano; Kaleb Eifert, guitar; Dorothy Brown, violin; David Hanson, viola da gamba; instructor Juanita Madland, piano. Students not pictured, Annika Davenport, Angel Ponce, Daniel Reass, Becky Scarborough, Phyllis Slattery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

Quality New Mexico Honors Los Alamos Public Schools

on April 17, 2015 - 3:55pm

From left, LAPS CFO Lisa Montoya, LAPS Incoming Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Chamisa Elementary Principal Debbie Smith, 770KKOB emcee Bob Clark, LAPS outgoing Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, daughter of the late Malcolm Baldrige Megan Baldrige, QNM Executive Director Julia Gabaldon, LAPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction Pam Miller, LANL Foundation Board President Bill Wadt, New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, KOAT TV emcee Shelly Ribando and QNM Board Chair Kim Hedrick. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt accepts Piñón Recognition from

Los Alamos Passed Over In First Round Of Public School Capital Outlay Council Matching Funds Requests

on April 17, 2015 - 2:56pm
Incoming Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and outgoing Superintendent Gene Schmidt explain the PSCOC process to the Los Alamos School Board at Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
School Board President Jim Hall, left, and Vice President Matt Williams brief the Board on the progress of the LAPS Budget Committee. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos was passed over in the first round of selections of projects for funding by the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC), LAPS Chief Operations Officer


Take Time To Thank A 911 Dispatcher This Week

on April 17, 2015 - 1:27pm

This week is dedicated across the nation to thank the people who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Public safety telecommunicators in Los Alamos include, Kate Stoddard, Wendy Strain, left, Randon Romero, Ruben Garcia, Rob Montoya, Seth Martinez, Erica Manzanares, Susie Feiertag, Angela Cordova, Michael Matison, Greg Lynch and Robert Lujan. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the people who serve as public safety telecommunicators.

In Los Alamos, Public safety telecommunicators work inside the police station and

Letter to the Editor: First Earth Day In Los Alamos

on April 17, 2015 - 1:01pm
By Mary Louise Williams
Los Alamos
To remember the first Earth Day in Los Alamos County, one must give credit where it is due - the Los Alamos High School students to Save Our Environment.
A group of very concerned students answered the call of a teacher and formed a group to determine how to plan for a first Earth Day. They were linking up with the efforts of the newly formed Citizens for Clean Air and Water, a group of citezens and lab scientists who had begun addressing the deadly air pollution from the Four Corners power plants.
The idea for the First Earth Day arose

Heartland Financial USA To Acquire Community Bancorporation Of New Mexico

on April 17, 2015 - 12:55pm


DUBUQUE, Iowa—Heartland Financial USA, Inc. announced Thursday on its website that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Community Bancorporation of New Mexico, Inc., parent company of Community Bank in Santa Fe.

According to terms of the Agreement, Heartland will acquire Community Bancorporation in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $11.3 million. Heartland expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings per share within the first full year of combined operations.

Under terms of the Merger Agreement, which has been unanimously approved

Obituary: Denise M. Behnke Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

on April 17, 2015 - 12:37pm

DENISE M. BEHNKE Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

Denise M. Behnke passed away April 15, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Behnke was born Oct. 17, 1963 and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1982. She leaves behind her husband, Kevin Smith and daughter Jade, 18.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., in Colorado Springs.