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LAHS NJROTC Cadets Compete At Area 9 West Drill

on December 10, 2014 - 6:26pm

Unarmed Regulation Drill Cmdr. Gianna Maggiore reporting in with her platoon. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets in Albuquerque with their trophies. Courtesy photo

Cadets from Los Alamos High School NJROTC program’s special teams traveled Saturday to Albuquerque to compete in the annual Area 9 West Drill meet where they went head to head with NJROTC units from throughout New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

Events included regulation and exhibition drill, color guard, physical fitness and academics.

LAHS cadets placed second overall, and took

IRS Issues 2015 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

on December 10, 2014 - 5:47pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014;
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014; and 
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The standard mileage rate for business

Los Alamos Chiropractors Hold Annual Holiday Lunch

on December 10, 2014 - 5:42pm
Gathered at the Blue Window Bistro for their annual holiday luncheon today from left, Dr. Merry McIntyre, Dr. Gary Storkan and Dr. Nancy Savoia. The group held up signs for Dr. Kim Lazerus who moved to Alaska earlier this year. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos chiropractors Dr. Nancy Savoia, Dr. Merry McIntyre and Dr. Gary Storkan held their third annual holiday lunch today at the Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos.
Fellow colleague Dr. Kim Lazarus, who moved to Alaska earlier this year, was greatly missed.

Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting 7 p.m. Sunday

on December 10, 2014 - 4:54pm


The Los Alamos Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host a local participation in the Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Ashley Pond bandstand. 

As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons worldwide commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Please join with us in creating faralitos to honor the children of Los Alamos lost to us through an early death.

Materials will be provided between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to create faralitos. The faralitos will be lit promptly at 7 p.m.

Community Invited To Santa's Workshop Friday

on December 10, 2014 - 4:35pm


Little Forest Playschool is hosting a Santa's Workshop Party 4-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 on the school grounds, 3880 Villa St., in Los Alamos. LFP welcomes the community to join in the fun!

There will be hot cocoa and hot cider, cookie decorating, decorating "life-sized gingerbread houses", singing carols, staying warm by the fire, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there.

Although the event is open to the public and free of charge, we ask that if you can please bring a new, unwrapped toy or coat for a child in need.

It's going to be a fun, festive evening,

Mountaineers Meeting Features Annual Potpourri

on December 10, 2014 - 11:17am
A hippo encountered by Jean Dewart and Colleen Olinger on their adventures in Africa. Courtesy photo
Momo Vuyisich will piece together a half-dozen weekend trips he did from Los Alamos this summer during his presentation. Courtesy photo
A scene encountered by nette Weyrauch and Mari Jorgensen during theirhiking adventure in Cappadocia, Turkey. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Mountaineers

The December meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature its annual “potpourri,” a special meeting featuring a potluck dinner and a collection of short presentations from

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 10, 2014 - 11:14am
Reel Deal Theater  

This Friday we are opening The Theory of Everything and Exodus. Penguins of Madagascar, and Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 will hold for another week. Birdman and Horrible Bosses 2 will end this Thursday.

I saw Birdman last night and it probably is in my top three favorite films so far this year. This film is one you want to see on the big screen as it is set within the vestiges of the rambling old St. James Theater (est. 1927) in New York City which in its youth premiered the likes of Oklahoma, The King and I, and Hello Dolly. It really sets

Food on the Hill: Muhammara Sauce

on December 10, 2014 - 11:13am
Food on the Hill

The unmistakable influence of the Arab world in New Mexico came as a surprise to me when I was preparing a meal for a special Earth Day event a few years ago—a meal based on the fruits and vegetables in the gardens of “New Spain.” 

Ultimately, it was the fragrant and concentrated flavors of orange blossom essence, rosewater, rose petal syrup and pomegranate molasses in some of the Spanish recipes I found that revealed the depth of the Arabic contributions to that cuisine. 

A book published this fall by the late Juan Estevan Arellano, “Enduring

WIPP Waste Techs Encounter Abnormal Odor

on December 10, 2014 - 10:57am

WIPP News:

Late last week, four waste handling technicians at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) were performing surface temperature measurements on transuranic waste containers in the Waste Handling Bay when they encountered an abnormal odor. 

The odor was described as a “cleaning solution-like” odor, similar to odors that have been detected in the past when opening shipping containers during routine waste operations at WIPP.

Employees stopped work, notified their supervisor and left the area.

Letter to the Editor: Boy Scouts And Letter Carriers Deliver Big Thank You To Los Alamos

on December 10, 2014 - 10:49am
Northern New Mexico District – Boy Scouts of America
Food Drive Coordinator
National Association of Letter Carriers – 4112
Food Drive Coordinator

Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:

Your local Boy Scouts and Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) would like to thank the community for their generosity in supporting the LA Cares Food Bank and St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen with your donations of food and supplies during the Fall Community Food Drive Saturday, Nov 22.

We would also like to thank RE/MAX Realty, Knights of Columbus #3137, Smith’s Foods,


Council Defines Path Forward For Town Tagline

on December 10, 2014 - 10:26am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council Tuesday evening on the effort that began in 2005 to find an effective way in which to market Los Alamos to those living outside the community. County Attorney Rebecca Elher, center, ensures Council stays within the guidelines of its current contract with Atlas. Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo documents the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council removed 'Live Exponentially' and is adding 'Where Discoveries Are Made' to the list of possible taglines to market to people living outside the

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on December 10, 2014 - 8:38am

Recently the committee gathered to celebrate their work and look at future projects and goals. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Education is key in the prevention of drinking and driving or other impairments and the local DWI Planning Council (DWIPC) has been working on the issue for a decade in our community.

In order to apply for and receive this grant money, the Los Alamos County Council established the DWIPC through a resolution in 2004. The DWIPC advises the County Council on its DWI plan and spending of DWI grant funds. 


The DWIPC will receive $64,000 for 2015 and the

'Live Exponentially' Has Died

on December 10, 2014 - 12:33am

Following weeks of public outcry through emails, telephone calls and letters to the editor expressing opposition, the Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to scrap the tagline 'Live Exponentially'. Seated from left listening to community members speak out against the unpopular tagline at Tuesday's Council meeting, Councilors Fran Berting, Steven Girrens, David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey. Councilor Rick Reiss attended the meeting via telephone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members wait in line to

Local Strategic Partnership Expands Business News

on December 9, 2014 - 11:55am

Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, left, Los Alamos Daily Post Pubisher Carol Clark and LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan shake hands on their strategic partnership to expand coverage of local business news through 'Los Alamos Business,' a LA Daily Post page devoted to business coverage. Courtesy photo


Today, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos Daily Post are announcing a strategic partnership to launch Los Alamos Business, a page on the LA Daily Post that is dedicated to local business news. Read more at

This page carries

Business Community Briefed On Legislative Agenda

on December 9, 2014 - 11:54am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard gives a legislative report at Thursday's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members listen to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's legislative report at Thursday's Business Breakfast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, briefed the local business community on the 60-day session opening next month.


Plateau Property Announces Apartment Contest Winners

on December 9, 2014 - 11:52am
A newly renovated Plateau Property apartment. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Chamber Manager

Plateau Property Management is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting for two of its apartment properties 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. The grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held, snow or shine, at 3000 Trinity Dr. #62.Signs for Ponderosa Pines and the Cottonwoods at Gold Street will be unveiled during the celebration that will include tours, music, refreshments and a special presentation of awards to the winners of the apartment complex naming contest. Read more at

Heinrich Remarks On Release Of Report On CIA Detention, Interrogation Program

on December 9, 2014 - 11:41am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will deliver the following remarks today on the release of the executive summary and the findings and conclusions of the committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Senator Heinrich has been a leading proponent of declassifying the report. 

A copy of the report is available HERE.

Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery are below:


Aquatic Center Reopening 6 a.m. Wednesday!

on December 9, 2014 - 11:28am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division just announced that the Aquatic Center is reopening at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The pool will remain open until 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Los Alamos Physicist Hockaday Honored For National Security Contributions

on December 9, 2014 - 11:11am

LANL's Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday is the recipient of two significant honors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday of Los Alamos National Laboratory is the recipient of two significant honors this week. She earned a 2014 fellowship from the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Alumni Association.

“I have been truly surprised, humbled and honored by these awards; I greatly appreciate the folks who

Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos Should Be Visited By The World - Not Shrouded In Secrecy

on December 9, 2014 - 11:07am
Los Alamos

It's always surprising to me the many experts who come out against initiatives of the council never having bothered to even make a cursory review of the issue.

The branding effort by the council is another way that the rest of the world can be encouraged to visit our community. The proposed brand was not developed to appease the local population but to give the world a more inviting phrase that will encourage visitors rather than turning them away as does the "atomic city" brand.


Los Alamos Student Ruby Selvage Named 2014 Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy

on December 9, 2014 - 10:51am

LAHS's Ruby Selvage, honored as the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Middle School Student, poses with officials at a Nov. 5 awards luncheon in Albuquerque. Courtesy/AFP-NM


Los Alamos High School freshman Ruby Selvage has been named the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy from her middle school endeavors and involvement by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-New Mexico (AFP-NM) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).

AFP-NM recognizes the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations make in New Mexico to countless causes and

Latest National Security Science Magazine Now Out

on December 9, 2014 - 9:48am


LANL News:

The newest issue of National Security Science magazine now available.




Letter to the Editor: Forty-One Aspen Students Write expressions Of Thanks To Los Alamos!

on December 9, 2014 - 9:20am

Aspen Sixth Grade

Dear Los Alamos,

This new building that Los Alamos has built is beautiful!

One thing that surprised me about the new building was the architecture. The architecture around the whole school is just amazing and beautiful. Another thing that surprised me was the media center. The media center has a fireplace and couches so you can read quietly.

One thing that was eye-catching in the building was the Aspen trees all over the school. The trees in the windows of the media center are incredible! Another thing that was eye-catching was the dining hall.

Hilltopper Hockey Plays Santa Fe Blue Jackets Friday

on December 9, 2014 - 8:32am


The Los Alamos Hilltopper Varsity Hockey team plays its first home game at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Prior to the game against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets, there will be a special appreciation celebration for former Varsity Hockey Coach Craig Wermer.

This year the Los Alamos Hilltopper Varsity Hockey team has two official sponsors, Los Alamos Landscaping, LLC and Compa Industries, Inc.


Letter to the Editor: Support Open Space Plan

on December 9, 2014 - 7:13am
Los Alamos

I’m one of those kids who came back. I had many choices, but my family and I chose Los Alamos. Why? What makes Los Alamos special?

My friends who live elsewhere are not impressed by my lab job. Nor are they impressed by the slower small-town pace of life, the great schools, the friendly people, or the opportunity to really make a difference in public service. These types of things are big pluses, but they are available in lots of places.
However, they are impressed by the fact that I can walk out my back gate into a forested canyon system on public land.