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Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session Tuesday In Albuquerque

on August 24, 2014 - 9:06am
The United States Corps of Cadets assembled on the Plain, Aug. 16, for the Acceptance Day Parade to officially welcome the Class of 2018 into the Long Gray Line. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley/USMA Public Affairs
ALBUQUERQUE - Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session Tuesday in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Pet of the Week: Tucker the Cat

on August 24, 2014 - 8:38am

Tucker the Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Tucker is a handsome long-haired, adult male Angora cat. He is dark with white tuxedo markings on his chest. 

Quite the fastidious kitty, he loves to be brushed and has a soft, silky coat. Tucker is exceptionally friendly and comes right up to be petted by visitors. He loves to be petted. 

Tucker was originally adopted from our shelter about two years ago and was surrendered when his owners moved and could not take him.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder

Sunday Wellness Column: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Emotional Wellness

on August 24, 2014 - 8:28am
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Emotional Wellness
Patricia (Trish) Wald-Hopkins MSc, DABT, LMT, RMP
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Essential oils (EOs) are volatile, aromatic plant essences derived most commonly by steam distillation of various botanical sources including petals, leaves, roots and in some cases the entire plant.

For example, the EOs of the orange are extracted from its flowers, leaves and the rinds of its fruits.

Wet Weather Slows Pino Fire Growth

on August 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District is now estimated at 91 acres.

The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was slowed Friday due to wetting rains in the area most of the day. Some active fire behavior was observed in the heavy fuels. Fire crews continued to monitor behavior and made preparations to step up ignition operations next week if conditions allow.

There are no road closures due to the fire at this time.

LAVA Hosting Elevator Pitch Contest at ScienceFest

on August 24, 2014 - 7:36am

Nicholas Seet

By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) will host a Pitch Contest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The event will take place at Fuller Lodge and more than $1,000 in prize money is available.

In the world of entrepreneurship, a quick speech opens doors. It can lead to meeting a team member or getting a check from an investor. Participants will have 60 seconds to sell judges on their-prize winning business venture ideas. Judges will include experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives from the community.

Beta Sigma Phi Shares Ice Cream Social With Scouts

on August 24, 2014 - 7:33am

Kate Stoddard and Susan Heckethorn at Saturday's Ice Cream Social hosted by Preceptor Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The local council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held its annual Ice Cream Social at East Park in Los Alamos and it was open to all members and any prospective members. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Heather Majors at Saturday's Ice Cream Social. Beta Sigma Phi is an international group of women who care about each other, their community and the world. The main theme is “life, learning and friendship.” There are social gatherings, cultural programs and service projects.


Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 25

on August 24, 2014 - 7:32am


For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are underway on several streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Los Alamos Democrats Raise Over $2K For Cancer Research

on August 23, 2014 - 11:38pm
'Team SGR,' Eric Vasquez, Elia Vasquez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Tarin Nix and Karyl Ann Armbruster together with other Los Alamos County Democratics and candidates walked around Ashley Pond 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the luminaries were lit Saturday at the Pond as part of the annual Relay For Life. 'Team SGR' and the rest of the local Democrats raised more than $2,000 from community members for cancer research. Courtesy photo
Incumbent County Councilor David Izraelevitz and council candidate Susan O'Leary with her daughter take a break Saturday from walking around Ashley Pond. Courtesy

Overnight Crash Closes Truck Route All Day

on August 23, 2014 - 7:45pm

The truck route has been closed since 6 a.m. today, according to a guard at the scene. He explained that a woman crashed her vehicle into an electrical pole overnight, which knocked out power all day to the nearby mobile home park, Royal Crest at 2025 E. Jemez Road. He added that the woman was complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing following the crash and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The guard did not know when power would be restored or the truck route reopened. Photo by Carol A.

Breaking News: SOS Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver Taps Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos As Her Deputy

on August 23, 2014 - 2:35pm
Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, left, candidate for N.M. secretary of state with her choice for deputy, Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos, at a private residence in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Democratic candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that if elected New Mexico secretary of state, she intends to appoint Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos as her deputy.

Nichols worked for the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office for 24 years. She retired as chief deputy clerk earlier this year.

"The voters of Los Alamos have

Los Alamos Big Band Entertains Concert Crowd

on August 23, 2014 - 11:24am
The Los Alamos Big Band entertains the crowd at Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. The Los Alamos Daily Post sponsored the concert for the third year in a row. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A crowd gathers to hear the Los Alamos Big Band despite Friday's chilly temperature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Members of the Los Alamos Big Band's saxophone section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Jennifer and Los Alamos sheriff candidate Jaret McDonald dance to the Los Alamos Big Band, led by his father, Jan McDonald. Photo by Bonnie J.

The Amateur Naturalist: Summer Monsoons and Temporary Streams

on August 23, 2014 - 11:17am
The Amateur Naturalist
Summer Monsoons and Temporary Streams

The summer monsoon rains during the past several weeks have brought many of the temporary streams in our area to life. 

Why have some streams been flowing but others have remained dry? Why have some flowed for only a short time? Rain water is a primary consideration, but it is the level of water in the ground below and around a stream that has a major influence on whether a stream will have flowing water on a continuing basis.  

The ground around a stream may contain sufficient water so that some of the water is


WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am


WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of

Entire Manhattan Project History Declassified And Online

on August 23, 2014 - 10:55am

Cover of Manhattan District History - Book 1, Volume 1. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

General Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Engineer District, in late 1944 commissioned a multi-volume history of the Manhattan Project called the Manhattan District History.

Prepared by multiple authors under the general editorship of Gavin Hadden, a longtime civil employee of the Army Corps of Engineers, the classified history was "intended to describe, in simple terms, easily understood by the average reader, just what the Manhattan District did, and how, when, and where."

The Office of Classification and

Man Behind New Subway Shares Opening Schedule

on August 23, 2014 - 6:52am

Subway owner Larry Singh invited the Los Alamos Daily Post to his new restaurant Friday. The eatery on Central Avenue just east of 15th Street has been a longtime in the making. He explained that he is installing high-end everything in the restaurant from tile to countertops. 'The truck with the finishing products is scheduled to arrive Aug. 29 ... we'll finish everything by Sept. 2 and after that all we'll be waiting for to open our doors to the public is the final inspections,' Singh said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A.

Robots Wow Crowd At Bradbury Science Museum

on August 23, 2014 - 6:52am

Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave., was a big hit Friday. Operators and their robots of different sizes, shapes and uses from Legobots to Bomb Squad robots showed off their skills and dazzled the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ready! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Set! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Goal! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Stargaze At Dark Night Saturday Aug. 30

on August 23, 2014 - 5:01am


The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:45 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Aug. 30 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. 

A crescent moon as well as the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Udall Seeks To Protect Service Members From Abusive Loan Contracts

on August 23, 2014 - 4:58am

Courtesy photo


WASHINGTONThursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced that he and several colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, urging them to close a loophole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that leaves service members vulnerable to abusive loan contracts.

The letter follows a ProPublica report on USA Discounters, a business that appears to be using an FDCPA loophole to sue thousands of service members in a venue where they often

Skin Care Column: Probiotics and Skin Care

on August 23, 2014 - 4:51am
Skin Care Column
Probiotics and Skin Care


Today many people are aware that probiotics can be found in sources like Greek yogurt and supplements. However the benefits of probiotics can be found beyond the dairy case and vitamin shelves.

Topical probiotics have been shown to enhance the skin’s natural defense barriers, as well as increase immune responses. Immunity is important not just for fighting infection but for overall skin function, including the production of collagen.

Certain strains of lactic acid bacteria have been shown to modulate growth factor production.

Hilltopper Marching Band Music Fills Sullivan Field

on August 23, 2014 - 4:03am

The Los Alamos High School HilltopperMarching Band is playing and marching Thursday at Sullivan Field on the UNM-LA campus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Services For Trent Johnson 1 p.m. Saturday

on August 22, 2014 - 12:16pm

Trent Johnson


Services for Trent Johnson will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday Aug. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos. The address is 1967 18th St.

Johnson, 39, died Monday in a single vehicle crash off N.M. 4 near mile marker 49. He worked for 14 years at Los Alamos National Bank.

LANB President Steve Wells issued the following statement about Johnson:

"He was a wonderful person ... liked by everyone ... he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is - it's the people like him - and he will be sorely missed," Wells said.


Vigorous Debate Ensues At Thursday's GOP Forum at UNM-LA Over Proposed DPU Charter Changes

on August 22, 2014 - 11:51am

From left, moderator Bill McKerley goes over the ground rules with 'con' panelists John Arrowsmith and Felicia Orth and 'pro' panelists Susan O'Leary and Ed Birnbaum during Thursday's GOP forum on the proposed changes to the charter for the Department of Public Utilities and its board. Read the full story in this weekend's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Many audience members took notes during Thursday's GOP Forum at UNM-LA on the proposed charter changes to the Department of Public Utilities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Check Out 10 Top Open Houses This Weekend!

on August 22, 2014 - 11:26am


This weekend is a great time to tour the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of this

Cleanup Project Begins Near Upper Truck Route

on August 22, 2014 - 11:16am
A worker shovels dirt at the TA-61 soil cleanup site. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program has begun a legacy-contaminant soil cleanup project at the former Technical Area 61.

Located on the south side of East Jemez Road adjacent to the county landfill, the project began Aug. 11 and will last until mid-September. Crews will excavate about 120 cubic yards of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are common in industrial sites, from a utility corridor where a leaking transformer was staged in the past.


Fast Company Magazine Founder Keynotes Santa Fe Startup Weekend

on August 22, 2014 - 11:08am


  • First Startup Weekend Event to Recognize Social Entrepreneurs

SANTA FE – Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, entrepreneur, business man and former candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, keynotes the second annual Santa Fe Startup Weekend, Sept. 19-21 at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, 3900 Paseo del Sol in Santa Fe.

In addition to traditional business startups, the Santa Fe Startup Weekend organizers offer specialized coaching, mentoring and other services for participants interested in socially minded startups.

“Social entrepreneurship