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Genealogical Association Meets Jan. 22

on January 16, 2015 - 9:26am

LAGA News:
  • Kent Parsons To Discuss ‘Descendancy Research’

The LA Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the upstairs meeting room of the Mesa Public Library.

Note the unusual date for this month only.  

The usual no-host social dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant before the 7 p.m. meeting.

The public is welcome to attend.


News Alert: Vehicle Rolls Over On Truck Route

on January 16, 2015 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

A single vehicle rolled over on the truck route at about 7 a.m. today and the male driver was transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew explained that the driver was heading west on the truck route when he hit black ice and flipped over.

"It's still winter and there is ice on the roads ... we are urging motorists to slow down," Ballew said.

The truck route is open but Ballew said motorists should proceed with caution because police are wrapping up details at the scene.

Cobb Discusses Los Alamos Community Foundation

on January 16, 2015 - 9:19am

Don Cobb speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during Tuesday's lunch meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Cobb is a member of the steering committee for the Los Alamos Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that a local group is working to form. He explained how such a foundation would enhance and strengthen the many nonprofits working throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotarian Chuck Tallman, left, powers up a powerpoint presentation for speaker Don Cobb at Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Hansjorg Jansen Speaks At MOWW Tuesday

on January 16, 2015 - 8:04am

MOWW News:

Hansjorg Jansen, who grew up in Germany during WW ll, is the guest speaker at this month’s meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the 2nd floor conference room of the Los Alamos Research Park.

The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m., followed at 6:25 p.m. by a brief business meeting and dinner. Jorg Jansen will speak at 7:15 p.m. about his experiences growing up in Germany during World War II.

The Major General Franklin E.


UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidates Present Views At League Of Women Voters Forum

on January 15, 2015 - 4:28pm

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef moderates Wednesday's forum with UNM-LA Advisory Board candidates, from left, Michael D. DiRosa, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, James Nealy Robinson and incumbent Stephen Boerigter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA Advisory Board candidates field questions from the audience Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Editor's Note: This is part one in a two-part series on the League of Women Voters education forum.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 9 To Jan. 14, 2014

on January 15, 2015 - 3:20pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Jan. 8 at 8:43 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of identity theft on Pecos Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.


Jan. 8 at 11:10 p.m. / Police arrested Derrick Koehler, 28, of Los Alamos at 3701 Arkansas Ave., and charged him with Aggravated DWI: Blood Alcohol concentration of .16 or more.





New Mexico ACI, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Introduce Legislation For New Mexico Business

on January 15, 2015 - 2:32pm

Dr. Beverlee McClure


Today, The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) partnered with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard to introduce HB 130, a bill to strengthen the procurement process in New Mexico and modernize the state’s definition of small business.

ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure praised Garcia Richard for working closely with ACI and ACI member businesses to develop this legislation. 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard 

“Rep. Garcia Richard’s bill takes much-needed steps to strengthen our state’s procurement process,” said McClure.

PNM Greenwashing Plan For More Coal And Nuclear

on January 15, 2015 - 2:18pm

Karen Paramanandam

Hello New Mexico, my name is Karen Paramanandam, marketing director at Positive Energy Solar.

It is with great respect for the people of this state that I feel I must speak up.

I miss the days of truth in advertising. It is amazing to me that PNM gets away with the outrageous claims they make in their full-scale PR assault on the good people of New Mexico.

Every time we see a PNM advertisement these days, it is full of half-truths and exaggerated statistics. 

For instance:

“More Sol.


Meet UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3 Candidate James Robinson

on January 15, 2015 - 2:02pm
UNM-LA Advisory Board, Position 3

It is hard to believe that we are only three weeks from another election. It seems just like yesterday that I was filling my candidacy forms and gearing up for the holidays.

With the holidays behind us, I would like to take some time to explain what I would like to do if I am elected to Position 3 of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

I would first like to thank The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos for inviting me to talk to and meet their chapter last week. It was a great pleasure to meet the members, and enjoy a great lunch.

As I have

Hargraves: Middle Level Students

on January 15, 2015 - 1:52pm
LAPS Board Aspen District  
My last column discussed education tracks and suggested areas to improve. In this column I want to suggest what approach might be taken to address the needs of the middle level or middle track students.
Middle level students struggle in various ways. Until recently and except for family there was very little assistance or support systems, no safety nets to help. Even now as we start to acknowledge the struggle of these students, our solutions are often ineffective and take too long to initiate.

Bayo Canyon Pile Burn Operations Begin Saturday

on January 15, 2015 - 1:42pm


Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on County land this week.

The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning beginning Jan 17, in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas. 

Burn units are located in the bottom of Bayo Canyon between the North Mesa

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Mountain Science Fair Features Nearly 100 Exhibits

on January 15, 2015 - 1:11pm

Community turns out for Wednesday's science fair at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A large crowd attended Wednesday's annual science fair at Mountain Elementary School where nearly 100 exhibits were on display.

“I’m very impressed with the high caliber of projects this year,” Mountain Elementary Principle Jennifer Guy said. “I think many of these exhibits will be very competitive at the County Science Fair and some will go as far as state.”

“Nearly two-thirds of the exhibits seen Wednesday will be going to


Los Alamos High School's Deanna Gutierrez Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 15, 2015 - 12:23pm

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos High School


Students Headed to Washington, D.C.; Receiving $5,000 Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) set for March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos and Jonathan Salazar of Albuquerque were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.

Gutierrez attends

Ark Kids Get Creative At Smith's Marketplace

on January 15, 2015 - 12:06pm

A group of 3- and 4-year-old children from the Ark Child Development Center at First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos decorated cookies with their teacher Tammy Jones Tuesday at Smith's Marketplace. Kathryn Fulton of Smith's said the children were 'so cute and very well behaved.' Courtesy photo

Work Turns Inside On New Nature Center; Time Is Running Out On Naming Opportunities

on January 15, 2015 - 11:08am

The Los Alamos County Nature Center exterior this morning on Canyon Road. Photo by Chris Clark/

Exhibits are being fabricated for the new nature center. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

With the new year comes a new focus on the Los Alamos County Nature Center. The building, now nearly completed, sits ready for the next phase of construction: installing the professionally designed and developed exhibits and planetarium projector.

Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made on the exhibits in a fabrication facility in Albuquerque.

Public Invited To Special 100 Year Celebration

on January 15, 2015 - 9:53am

Courtesy photo


The congregation at the Santa Cruz United Methodist Church invites the public to celebrate its 100 years of serving people in the Espanola valley. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the church at 405 S. McCurdy Road.

The missionary work and the church development began with the United Brethren Church in the early 20th Century. In 1946, the United Brethren Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Dan Guerrero’s ¡Gaytino! Coming To NHCC

on January 15, 2015 - 9:33am

Dan Guerro. Photo by Luther Orrick-Guzman

NHCC News:

  • Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to César Chávez—A True Fable in Story and Song

A gay Chicano moves from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture in ¡Gaytino!, chronicling Dan Guerrero’s remarkable life journey from East LA in the 1950s to New York’s Broadway in the 60s and 70s and back again to Hollywood.  

Guerrero’s riveting solo show, touching, provocative, hilarious, and absolutely one-of-a-kind, comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Jan. 23-24 as the fourth production in the NHCC’s Siembra: Latino Theatre

Grant: Taking Risks

on January 15, 2015 - 9:14am
Los Alamos
Become The 'Da Vinci' Of Your Own Life!

For many of us, the start of each New Year coincides with an enthusiastic commitment to improve our lives in some form of a New Year’s resolution. A membership at the local gym, more trips to the salad bar or pledges to cut down on unpleasant habits can each make for a commendable effort for self-improvement.

But what if our New Year’s Resolution was to become an artist, a sculptor and inventor of our lives, a Da Vinci? What if we resolved to jump into our lives more fully?


Energy Secretary Moniz On 2014 Solar Job Census

on January 15, 2015 - 9:13am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz issued the following statement today on the 2014 National Solar Jobs Census:

“Solar power is a key component of our all-of-the-above approach to American energy, creating good-paying American jobs that support our growing clean energy economy. According to a new report released by the Solar Foundation today, the solar industry is continuing its rapid growth, with more than 170,000 Americans employed throughout the U.S. solar supply chain.

Study: Big Donors Dominate Competitive 2014 Congressional Races

on January 15, 2015 - 8:08am


 ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Public Interest Group (NMPIRG) released a new study Wednesday, “The Money Chase: Moving from Big Money Dominance in the 2014 Midterms to a Small Donor Democracy.”

The study, which was written by NMPIRG and Demos, found that the top two vote-getters in the 25 most competitive districts in 2014, got 86 percent of their campaign dollars from individuals giving $200 or more.

Atomic City Transit Keeps It Clean

on January 15, 2015 - 7:44am

During Tuesday's snowy conditions, an Atomic City Transit driver took a moment to pull over on Central Avenue to clean the large rear window of his bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Today Marks Second Open Enrollment Deadline For 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

on January 15, 2015 - 7:36am

HHS News:
  • Coverage Begins Feb. 1

STATE - Today marks the second Open Enrollment deadline for the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace. For coverage starting Feb. 1, it is important for people to sign-up today.

“As of Jan. 9, 40,972 New Mexicans signed up for coverage and have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015, through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “There are just over four weeks before the Feb. 15 deadline and the end of Open Enrollment.


Letter to the Editor: Stop Judgmental Glances

on January 14, 2015 - 6:10pm
Daniel's Cafe

As a longtime employee of Daniel's Cafe, I wish to inform all customers that it is indeed the employees' fault that our most popular trademark, ice cream, is tragically absent. Thus, the scathing looks, comments, and disappointed sighs are completely warranted, since, as aforementioned, it is our decision that Häagen-Dazs ice cream should be replaced with disappointment--but we offer it for free!

In all seriousness, I understand Los Alamos residents often dislike change, and it is understandably frustrating when a long (ten to fifteen minute) drive is made for


Bandelier Opens This Afternoon

on January 14, 2015 - 1:35pm
Bandelier opened at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) to allow for clearing snow from the road and trails. Photo by Chris Judson/BNM