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PEEC’s Take Wing Week Culminates In PEECnic Today!

on October 19, 2014 - 9:03am
The Craig Martin Experience plays this afternoon at the annual PEECnic at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
PEEC’s Take Wing Week culminates today in its annual PEECnic, a fun and free afternoon of activities for all ages.
 
The community is invited to this year’s event from 2-4 p.m., which is special because it is the last one at PEEC’s current location at 3540 Orange St. Next year’s PEECnic will take place at the new nature center under construction on Canyon Road.
 
This year, there will be a dessert buffet, activities for kids, photo opportunities, and live music by the

Letter to the Editor: Sheriff Marco Lucero Superbly Qualified

on October 19, 2014 - 8:35am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos Councilor

I support re-election of Sheriff Marco Lucero because he's superbly qualified for the job, and he's a committed and active member of our community. 

Being retired from his full-time job, he has the time and energy to be our sheriff without distraction. Although the county charter specifies a limited number of duties for our sheriff, state law requires him to investigate all lawbreaking, which comes to his attention.

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Hilltopper Volleyball Holds Dig Pink Games

on October 19, 2014 - 8:22am

The Los Alamos Hilltopper Volleyball Program held its Dig Pink games Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The players wore pink to support breast cancer awareness. All three teams are represented here including C team, JV and Varsity, the entire coaching staff and LAHS Athletic Director Ann Stewart's baby Landry Stewart. Photo by Michelle Robertson
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Letter to the Editor: Disgusted With Intermittent Comcast Internet Service In White Rock

on October 19, 2014 - 8:06am
By GEORGE KYRALA and TRISH MYLET
White Rock

We are disgusted with the poor intermittent Comcast Internet service in White Rock.

For the last three months we have had intermittent Internet service from Comcast in White Rock. With the local office closed, and the one in Santa Fe non responsive and unreachable by phone, we had to contact their service numbers at least a few times a month.

The operators on the phone are nice, keep repeating verbatim the same lines, do not connect us to higher ups, keep saying they can only send line-people, refuse to give us a technical support beyond the

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New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance During Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge

on October 18, 2014 - 9:54pm
Family and friends join 17 new U.S. citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos this morning at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer Peter Rechkemmer breaks down the naturalization ceremony to participants Saturday at Fuller Lodge. He also spoke about his experience taking part in his own naturalization ceremony. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Chief U.S. District Judge M.

Manhattan Project Restaurant Has New Liquor License!

on October 18, 2014 - 8:46pm

This evening KayLinda Crawford, left, and Marcie Long toasted the Manhattan Project Restaurant finally receiving its liquor license after months in the process. The restaurant on Central Avenue received its liquor license Friday and owner Victor Medina credits Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for stepping in and helping him work his way through the maze at the state level. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Manhattan Project Restaurant bartender Ashley Shaw was busy this evening filling drink orders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Victor J.

Letter to the Editor: Utilities Charter Change Is Not In Our Interest

on October 18, 2014 - 8:06pm
By CHRIS ORTEGA
Retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager

As a retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager, 10-year member of the Board of Public Utilities (Board), and a utilities customer, I urge voters to vote Against Ballot Question #2 – Utilities. I am  concerned about the potential negative effects the proposed re-write of Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter will have on Utilities customers. 

Unless a voter digs deeply into the background he/she may not realize that Article V, which was ratified in 1968 and has effectively guided Utilities operations since, will be deleted

New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
 
By VICTORIA ERHART
 
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
 
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
 
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Meets With Residents In Jemez Springs

on October 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses citizens Thursday evening at a community meeting in Jemez Springs. The residents discussed the various issues that impact them in the Jemez Valley. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair Draws Shoppers

on October 18, 2014 - 4:39pm
Arts and Crafts Fair shoppers check out items on display today at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
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Angels and crosses. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Knitted shawls in bright colors. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
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Steel Garden sells posies outside the Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Warm and fuzzy. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Treasure boxes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Mother and son sell wooden bowls. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
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Letter to the Editor: Pass Or Fail, Charter Amendment 2 Is No Guarantee Against Folly

on October 18, 2014 - 4:31pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Along with all the meaningless B.S. I've been getting in the mail from various special interest political groups, there is a constant influx of mostly thoughtful letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the Charter Amendments, particularly Amendment 2, regarding the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and County Council.

I've not got the strong feelings others have about it although on balance, I remain skeptical, especially in light of Council trying to run around and brand our backsides with e^x.

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Letter to the Editor: If It Ain't Broke, Fix It 'Til It Is

on October 18, 2014 - 3:48pm
By GILBERT MIRANDA
Los Alamos

The advocates of Charter Amendment 2 are now claiming that it is preventive maintenance for the Utilities Department. This type of maintenance is based on the principle:

"If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is."

Don't let them politicize our utilities. Vote NO on Charter Amendment 2.

Los Alamos Rotarian Tony Chan Shares Travels On The Silk Road

on October 18, 2014 - 3:38pm

At the Los Alamos Rotary Club's Tuesday meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, Rotarian Tony Chan gave a presentation about his family’s trip on the Silk Road, which included exploring Kashigar, Urumqui and Turfan . The photo shown here was taken at a livestock market. Chan also showed photos of treks across frozen lakes and switchbacks climbing up steep mountains. The photos showed everything shrouded in snow and mist, 'Doesn't look very friendly, does it,' Chan told the crowd. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
In addition to the wintery scenes Tony Chan captured in his photos

Celebrate Safe Teen Driving - Vote Again Today

on October 18, 2014 - 3:19pm

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

Don't let the weekend keep you from voting! Let's keep our campaign going in full force to help achieve some great prizes for our high school students and continue to show our support for their safe driving habits.

Vote for Los Alamos High School at www.CelebrateMyDrive.com and help bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos.

Downtown Los Alamos Looks A Lot Like Halloween As LAAC Launches Annual Scarecrow Contest

on October 18, 2014 - 3:07pm
Jack the Pumpkin King from the movie, 'Nightmare before Christmas,' pays a visit to Los Alamos. Jack joins the rest of the scarecrows created by community members and placed along Central Avenue that are taking part in  Saturday's Los Alamos Arts Council's annual scarecrow contest. The scarecrows will stay up through Oct. 26. During this time, the entries will be judged and prizes awarded. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Caroline Boyle, David Clark and his daughter, Anna, attach a Los Alamos School of Gymnastics scarecrow to a pole this afternoon on Central Avenue.

Governor Directs DOH To Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.

DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans

Letter to the Editor: More Than/Before Anything, Let's Handle Dog Barking Issues As Community Members

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

In response to the original letter titled, Please Address Failure to Control or Enforce Nuisance Dog Barking, I too would like to comment on the issue with barking dogs in Los Alamos.

For many months now I have been trying to relieve barking dog issues in my neighborhood. To all who may read this, I understand, dogs bark. That is what they do. They have been historically bred to do so, and to reference one letter, titled “City Dogs, Country Dogs”, it is part of their sentinel network to protect their area.

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Canyoncito Montessori Students Busy With Community Projects

on October 18, 2014 - 2:27pm

Students from Canyoncito Montessori package the cookies they baked to raise money for charities helping those in need. Photo by Caroline Boyle

Students from Canyoncito Montessori create a scarecrow they call 'Unknown.' Photo by Caroline Boyle

Check Out This Weekend's Featured Open House!

on October 18, 2014 - 11:39am

REAL ESTATE News:

This weekend is a great time to tour the top open house 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 home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house 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

Officials Break Ground On First 'Fiber Meet Point'

on October 18, 2014 - 10:12am

Friday's REDI Net 'meet point site' ceremony on N.M. 4 near Bonnie View, from left, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Chief Information Officer Laura Gonzales, REDI Net General Manager Duncan Sill, LABi President Andy Andrews, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Councilor Fran Berting, Attack Research CFO Tadeusz Raven, LABi Vice President Ralph Chapman and Attack Research  staff member Mark Lorinc, partner David Sayre and CEO Anthony Clark. Attack Research is a computer security business on Bonnie View

Letter to the Editor: Charter Article V Is Broken ... It's Time To Fix It ... Vote YES On Charter Amendment #2

on October 18, 2014 - 10:09am
By MIKE WHEELER
Los Alamos
 
Let’s see if I’ve got this right:
  • We don’t trust the County Council that we elected; we do trust the Utility Board appointed by the council. 
  • We can recall elected officials but not the utility board. The Council can appoint but not remove Utility Board members.
  • Council meetings are televised. Utility Board meetings are not. 
Everyone has a boss. Private utility companies are held accountable by state regulatory agencies and boards of directors. Our public utility needs to be accountable to the council.

Letter to the Editor: We Need Strong Sheriff Who Understands The Law

on October 18, 2014 - 9:51am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Jarrett McDonald (Republican candidate for sheriff) recently wrote a letter to the editor explaining what his vision of the office of the sheriff should entail. In my opinion, his letter displays a significant lack of understanding as to what the office of the sheriff in New Mexico is and what the sheriff is required to do under New Mexico state law.

Mr. McDonald comments often on the County Charter, the H class County, and home rule status of Los Alamos.

Post Everlasting Ceremony Honors Vets Oct. 25

on October 18, 2014 - 9:49am

John Stanhope

By CATHY RENEE STANHOPE

To honor the sacrifice of John Stanhope – Pearl Harbor Veteran, who passed away Aug. 25, the American Legion Post #75 in Jemez Springs will host a Post Everlasting Ceremony and building fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 25.

Stanhope wanted a new American Legion building to honor the veterans who served before him, during his military service, those who served after him, and those serving now. He stated, “The veterans deserve a new building for their sacrifice and service for our great country – America!"

Per Stanhope's last request, all proceeds will go

Letter to the Editor: County Provides Infrastructure – Business Thrives

on October 18, 2014 - 9:06am
By RICK REISS
Los Alamos County Councilor

With the volatile business and economic climate we now live in, the communities that will succeed and prosper are those that find a way to stimulate the efforts of their local business community with strategic support from local government entities to get the ball rolling.

Support, in the form of infrastructure and essential services, benefits the bigger community and enhances our business climate. Providing this catalyst to local business then serves to provide better products and services to the residents of the community

I am happy to report that

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