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Letter to the Editor: Request Herbicides Not Be Sprayed

on April 7, 2014 - 11:52am

Los Alamos

Hello Nancy, (Public Works Department)

My husband and I are chemically sensitive and request, as in the past, that herbicides not be sprayed in our area. You should make an announcement that residents can request that herbicides not be sprayed near their homes. In addition, you should be putting out signs in advance of any spraying, so that people, their children and pets can avoid the area.

How will water used for cleanup of equipment be disposed? Will applicators be protected?
How do you reconcile the use of bromacil (Hyvar) with DuPont's instructions on the


Letter to the Editor: Request Herbicides Not Be Sprayed In Our Area

on April 7, 2014 - 11:38am
Los Alamos
Hello Nancy (Talley at County),

My husband and I are chemically sensitive and request, as in the past, that herbicides not be sprayed in our area. You should make an announcement that residents can request that herbicides not be sprayed near their homes. In addition, you should be putting out signs in advance of any spraying, so that people, their children and pets can
avoid the area.

How will water used for cleanup of equipment be disposed? Will applicators be protected?
How do you reconcile the use of bromacil (Hyvar) with DuPont's instructions on the Hyvar X-L

Nuclear Arms Control R&D Consortium Includes Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 11:22am

A neutron detector like this one at LANL is an invaluable national-security technology tool. Researchers at Los Alamos can help train and mentor the next generation of nation-security scientists thanks to formation of consortium led by the University of Michigan that focuses on R&D of arms control verification technologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Laboratory can help groom next generation of arms-control-technology experts

A consortium led by the University of Michigan that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory as a partner has been awarded a $25 million grant by the National Nuclear

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental

Jimmy Stadler Band Plays Posse Lodge Saturday

on April 7, 2014 - 10:42am

OBITUARY: Myron Gordon Silbert (Mike) April 14, 1929–April 5, 2014

on April 7, 2014 - 10:29am

MYRON GORDON SILBERT April 14, 1929–April 5, 2014

Myron Gordon Silbert (Mike) passed away peacefully on April 5, 2014 with his family at his side.

He was born April 14, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin before serving in the Army Chemical Corps in Europe. He then earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

He married Ruth Morse on December 17, 1955. Ruth and Mike met at a picnic in Los Alamos in 1955 where he was working as a student.


Jean Cocteau Gallery Presents Works of Silversmith and Photographer Wings

on April 7, 2014 - 10:17am

Silver and stone bracelet by Wings. Courtesy/Jean Cocteau Gallery


The Jean Cocteau Gallery inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma, Santa Fe) presents the work of the Taos Pueblo silversmith and photographer Wings, April 14-May 11.

Wings, a self-taught silversmith and professional photographer, is an enrolled member of Taos Pueblo, the People of the Red Willow. His heritage is exclusively Tiwa, which is his people’s name for their ancestry, their spiritual beliefs, and their native language, which he speaks fluently.

The third of seven children, Wings was


World’s Largest Single Crystal of Gold Verified at Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 9:54am


Neutron diffraction data collected on the single-crystal diffraction (SCD) instrument at the Lujan Center, from the Venezuelan gold sample, indicate that the sample is a single crystal. Courtesy/LANL

Science staff prepares measurements on the Single Crystal Diffraction Device at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Lujan Neutron Scattering Center. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lujan Center neutron diffraction team confirms structure

When geologist John Rakovan needed better tools to investigate whether a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world’s largest single-crystal specimen—a

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Los Alamos for a Great Visit!

on April 7, 2014 - 7:53am
Lynne Dzuba
Manitowoc, Wisc.

I had the opportunity to visit your lovely city in early march and I must express my appreciation. A beautiful city, with many great activities and adventures well within in driving range. 

I especially enjoyed the Aquatic Center, WOW what a great swim venue! I loved the ability to lapswim most anytime ... and very reasonable ... Loved It!

We made a trip to Bandelier National Monument and that was a great day, so sad the destruction from the fires and floods are so evident. We Lunched at Pajarito Brewpub & Grill and it was Wonderful.


Historical Society Lecture Features Author Patricia McCraw

on April 7, 2014 - 7:50am

Cover of 'Tiffany Blue' by Patricia McCraw. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Historical Society presents a lecture by Patricia McCraw, author of “Tiffany Blue,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is part of the Historical Society’s 2013-2014 lecture series, “Frontiers.” 

Visit for a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture. The lectures are sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society.

“Tiffany Blue” is the true story of territorial New Mexico told through


Yang: If I Were To Do A Study Or Two

on April 7, 2014 - 7:39am
If I Were To Do A Study Or Two

The publicity and controversy accompanying “Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother” at least spurred a special issue on Asian parenting by AAPA, Asian American Psychological Association: Asian American Journal of Psychology, Volume 4, No. 1, March, 2013. Perhaps the “The Triple Package” will compel some academics to conduct more rigorous research to address a few of the issues laid out in the book. So, I have been thinking about what I would have pursued if I were to have sufficiently generous funding. 

My research preference has always leaned toward

White Rock Elementary Schools Hold Multicultural Fair

on April 7, 2014 - 7:32am
Pinon and Chamisa elementary schools held a Multicultural Fair April 3, featuring the many cultures of the students, their families and the community. Art teachers Renee Mitsunaga of Chamisa Elementary, left, and Stephanie Rittner of Pinon Elementary organized the Fair. Courtesy photo
Susan Hettinga and her sons Wakei and Abera prepared a presentation of the country of Ethiopia. Courtesy photo
Teachers engage in a workout with the African drums with Fred Simpson of Santa Fe and Soribe of Guinea. Courtesy photo
Three-dimensional art created by students include: Greek vases,

Letter to the Editor: LA and Hollywood

on April 6, 2014 - 2:01pm
Los Alamos
I sympathize with folks being more than inconvenienced by movie making. Folks in LA (big version) are far more used to the annoyance than in LA (not so big version).
Movie making does generate an income stream of some amount to Los Alamos -- in taxes, fees, rentals, re-imbursements, and other expenditures. Question is: is it worth the headache? The cameras roll in, the cameras roll, the cameras roll out. It's the Hollywood drive-by shooting. 
But how much post-production is done here?

Young Actor Sheds Light on Highway Shrines with His Film ‘Descanso’

on April 6, 2014 - 10:30am
Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Christopher Garcia wrote the short film ‘Descanso’ along with his father. He also acts in the film. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eleven-year-old actor Christopher Garcia spends a lot of time on the highway. He travels between his home in Velarde where he lives with his mom, Sha-marie Reid; his school, Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos; and Albuquerque where he visits his dad, takes acting lessons and acts in commercials and films.

During those drives, Garcia kept noticing the shrines alongside the

Letter to the Editor: My Two Cents About Movie Productions in Local Neighborhoods

on April 6, 2014 - 10:27am
Chamisa Street Homeowner
Los Alamos

Regarding Ellen Walton's Letter to the Editor (click here) about the current filming in White Rock, I'd like to add my two cents.

A few years back there was a movie production of some weeks' duration on Chamisa Street in Los Alamos. The nominal site was two houses down from mine, which is on a corner. There were numerous offensive aspects to this:
  • Traffic control. The crew took it upon themselves to regulate traffic on Chamisa, barring all but residents of the affected section.

Los Alamos Author Hits Number 9 on Amazon Bestseller List With Interstellar Adventure Novel

on April 6, 2014 - 9:56am
Cover of 'Anarchate Vigilante.' Coutesy/T. Jackson King

T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has hit No. 9 on the Amazon Hot New Releases in Space Opera sci-fi with his novel Anarchate Vigilante, an interstellar adventure about a human vigilante-for-hire who brings justice and hope to planets oppressed by the Anarchate galactic culture.

Amazon’s Kindle ebook ranking lists only bestselling novels released in the last 30 days and is updated hourly. King’s novel was released March 27, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

His novel also has hit Amazon


It's a Birthday Celebration … LeRoy Horpedahl is Turning 90!

on April 6, 2014 - 9:45am

LeRoy Horpedahl


The Horpedahl Family cordially invites friends in the community to an informal reception honoring LeRoy Horpedahl on the occasion of his 90th birthday! 

His wife, Alice, and sons Gary, David and Paul, will serve as hosts, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2490 North Road, Los Alamos. Cake and coffee will be served.

In lieu of gifts, please consider a contribution to the Los Alamos Historical Society in honor of Horp’s 90th birthday.


National Work Zone Awareness Week: Watch Out For Workers And Stay Safe

on April 6, 2014 - 9:42am

Arnold Murphy from the NMDOT Moriarty Project Office created this 'orange barrel family' as a safety reminder in the work zone just west of Moriarty on I-40. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE—The week of April 7 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which also is the official start of the roadway construction season across most of the country. 

Each year local, state and federal transportation officials observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding drivers to slow down and drive safely through work zones. 

What many motorists may not realize is that they are more at risk of

Letter to the Editor: Spraying Herbicide Environmental Risk to Every Person, Pet, Wildlife and Beneficial Insect

on April 6, 2014 - 9:28am
Los Alamos

I agree with Diana McPherson of White Rock regarding the county's use of herbicides. Last year the county sprayed herbicide along the sidewalks at Western Area Park, a park well used by families and pet owners, killing not only the minimal amount of weeds that might have existed but all the grass bordering the sidewalk to within six inches.

The irony of this procedure is that it left the borders looking terrible and the weeds survived and came back during the summer sprinkling with a vengeance! 

So not only was it a waste of chemical, time and taxpayer money, it was an

LAFRW Hosts Candidate Meet & Greet

on April 6, 2014 - 9:15am

GOP Candidates from left, James Chrobocinski running for council, Jaret McDonald running for sheriff and Abe Dispennette running for assessor chat during Thursday's candidate meet & greet event in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Mary Wilhoit


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women hosted a 2014 Republican Candidate Meet & Greet event Thursday in the lower-level of a building at 15th Street near Central Avenue.

Fifteen state and local candidates spoke at the event, presenting their background, experience and what they offer to the respective office for which they are


WIPP Conducts Q&A With Public

on April 6, 2014 - 8:39am

WIPP News:

With regard to the Feb. 5 incident, the public has asked a number of questions at recent Town Hall meetings and in an effort to share this information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has provided some of the questions and corresponding answers:

Q. If the filters were not deployed, how much radiation would have come out of the exhaust?
A. We cannot speculate. The filtration system is in place to minimize the amount released to the environment, and this is what happened.

Q. Wasn’t there some time after the air monitors went off, but before the filters were deployed?

Los Alamos Tennis Club Defeats Sierra Vista

on April 6, 2014 - 8:04am

Bob Benjamin of the Los Alamos Tennis Club returns service against the team of Nasi/Reyes of the Sierra Vista Tennis Club during a match Saturday at Urban Park. Benjamin and his partner Joel Williams beat Nasi/Reyes 6-2, 7-5. Photo by John Sarracino

Geoff Mills of the Los Alamos Tennis Club hits the winning ground stroke against his opponent from the Sierra Vista Tennis Club of Albuquerque. Photo by John Sarracino

Joel Williams of the Los Alamos Tennis Club volleys the winning point against Nasi/Reyes in a doubles match against a team from the Sierra Vista Tennis Club of Albuquerque.

Local Speech and Debate Coaches Earn Top Honors

on April 6, 2014 - 7:31am

Award-winning speech and debate coaches from Los Alamos. From left, Margo Batha, Janet Newton and Carolyn Connor. Courtesy photo


Judging by their success, you might think that Los Alamos students are very accomplished at speech and debate. And you would be right; but that is only part of the story.

The true unsung heroes are their coaches. Three local Speech and Debate coaches have recently been recognized both state-wide and nationally.

Margo Batha and Janet Newton coach the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Team, The Hilltalkers.


NCRTD Board Elects Three New Officers

on April 6, 2014 - 7:23am


The Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has elected three members to serve as officers for the District.

Daniel R. Barrone, Taos County Commissioner, District 1, was re-elected to the post of NCRTD Board Chair;




Miguel M. Chavez, Santa Fe County Commissioner, District 2, will now serve as Vice Chair; and




Dennis Tim Salazar, City of Española Councilor, is the newly elected Treasurer/Secretary.  NCRTD officers are elected to serve a two-year term.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service

Good Times Rolled at Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Fundraiser Friday Night

on April 5, 2014 - 9:42pm

Concert promoter Russ Gordon and his wife welcome community members to Friday's fundraiser at the Posse Lodge for which all proceeds go to the Summer Concert Series. Carol A. Clark/

Dancing gets underway at Friday night's fundraiser. Carol A. Clark/

Bidders check out silent auction items. Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Friday night's fundraiser for the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series drew a large crowd to the Posse Lodge.

DK & the Affordables performed with special guest musicians Eddy Partridge of the Nomads and James Carothers of the Renegade