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IRS Has Options For Those Who Owe

on March 18, 2015 - 9:13pm

IRS News:

PHOENIXThe Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay their taxes electronically, and for those who can’t pay on time, quick and easy solutions are available.

This is the 10th and final in a series of 10 daily IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as the April 15 deadline approaches.

Taxpayers who owe taxes can now choose among several quick and easy e-pay options, including the newest and easiest, IRS Direct Pay (


Senate Confirms Fouratt DPS Cabinet Secretary

on March 18, 2015 - 9:02pm

Cabinet Secretary Gregory J. Fouratt


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate today unanimously confirmed by a 37-0 vote Cabinet Secretary Gregory J. Fouratt to continue his leadership over the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. 

Secretary Fouratt was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez and began overseeing the Department of Public Safety March 15, 2014. He has a highly qualified background equipping him to lead the Department of Public Safety.

Scenes From Today's Air Medical Base Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Los Alamos Medical Center

on March 18, 2015 - 1:51pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge gives the countdown for Classic Air Medical's Director of Operations Kory Hale, left of center, and Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron, right of center, to cut the ribbon on the new Air Medical Base this afternoon behind the hospital. The remodeled Air Medical Base will house Classic Air Medical's $3.8 million helicopter that has been parked at Los Alamos County Airport since the company began local operations in January. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Classic Air Medical's Director of Operations Kory Hale, left,

VIDEO: Watch Lauren Bucklin Give Up Her Hair

on March 18, 2015 - 10:57am

Watch video here of Lauren Bucklin, 23, the sole woman to get her hair shaved at Tuesday's St. Baldricks fundraising event,  sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department to help fight childhood cancer. Bucklin is a kindergarten IA and YMCA After School site manager at Barranca Elementary. Photo and video by Leslie Bucklin

Lauren Bucklin is surrounded by firefighters after she gave up her hair Tuesday morning during LAFD's third annual St. Baldricks fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. Photo/video by Leslie Bucklin

Los Alamos National Laboratory Creates Bioinformatics Tool For Metagenome Analysis

on March 18, 2015 - 10:25am

Many molecular biology studies begin with purified DNA and RNA extracted from the soil and other complex environments such as the human gut. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of these microbial communities.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘GOTTCHA’ tool could aid ID of co-infections in medical samples

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of microbial communities such as those found in the ocean, the soil, and our own guts.

“Metagenomics is the study of entire microbial communities using

Scenes From LAFD's St. Baldricks Hair Shaving Event

on March 18, 2015 - 8:36am

BEFORE: The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer, Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Among the many firefighters, community members and local officials taking part in the event were from left, Terry Salazar of Zia Commercial Realty, Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and County Councilor Rick Reiss who formed a team and together raised $450 from family, friends and their own piggy banks. 'We did it for this important cause and for the Los Alamos Firefighters,' Reiss said. Photo by Carol A.

United Way Holds Annual Meeting, Elects Officers

on March 18, 2015 - 8:33am

Newly elected President Stephen Boerigter of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors addresses representatives from area nonprofit organizations at Tuesday evening's annual meeting at UNM-LA. Through this year's annual fundraising campaign, United Way has $586,458 for 2015 Community Action Fund giving to nonprofits. The partnership between United Way and Los Alamos National Laboratory enhances the quality of life for residents in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Bless Me, Ultima Returns To NHCC

on March 18, 2015 - 8:31am

Movie still from 'Bless Me, Ultima.' Courtesy/

NHCC News:

Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya’s dramatization of his acclaimed novel, returns to the National Hispanic Cultural Center as the seventh production in the NHCC’s ongoing Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival.

Performances run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 16-19 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $17, $22, and $27, with a $5 discount for students and seniors, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at 505.724.4771 or  

Bless Me, Ultima, probably

Rotary's March Student Of The Month: Katherine Wang

on March 18, 2015 - 8:29am
Katherine Wang, center,  is honored as Rotary Student of the Month at the the March 10 meeting of the club. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self” and to support this the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors one student each month of the academic year. Los Alamos High School (LAHS) student Katherine Wang is the newest young person to receive this recognition.

She was honored during the regular club meeting Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.

Rotary students of the month are first nominated by their

Fitness Column: Time To Get Started

on March 18, 2015 - 8:28am
Los Alamos

One of the hardest parts of anyone’s workout program is getting it started. We all know the benefits of regular exercise but for many getting started can be the most difficult step to take.

Not having enough time, not having enough exercise knowledge, and not having enough energy are three of the most common cases people give as to why they never get going on an exercise program.

First, you can make time to exercise if you want to. I know it’s difficult to add one more thing into our already busy lives, but this is just too important to neglect.

Music Benefits Patients At Aspen Ridge And Sombrillo

on March 18, 2015 - 8:25am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Music has the ability to change moods, provoke memories and stir emotions.

“It enhances everyone’s lives,” Aspen Ridge Lodge Activity Director Carmela Miller-Martinez said.

Recently, Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Home started utilizing music’s abilities to benefit the residents. Using $6,500 from United Way of Northern New Mexico, the two retirement centers purchased individual iPod shuffles, iTunes gift cards and four Sirius radios.

Science On Tap: Engineering Microalgae For Biofuel Production

on March 18, 2015 - 8:19am

LACD News:

The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central.

The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.

Concerns about high-energy prices, finite fossil fuel reserves, rising atmospheric CO2 levels, and energy security have put focus on microalgae as a renewable domestic fuel source. The optimization of microalgae for biomass and lipid production in a biofuel production pond environment would be highly desirable.

Artists Sought For 2015 Los Alamos Art Studio Tour

on March 18, 2015 - 8:16am

ART News:

Calling all Los Alamos artists! Last year, after a long hiatus, a group of artists decided to get the artist studio tour going again.

Sixteen artists participated in the 2014 tour and it had visitors come from all over northern New Mexico and from the Balloon Fiesta to see what Los Alamos had to offer. Now that the word is out that the tour is happening again, it’s sure to bring in even bigger crowds to the area, organizers said.

The 2015 Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be an artist’s reception 5-7 p.m.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 18, 2015 - 8:13am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Second Best Marigold Hotel (one week only) and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. We will hold Cinderella and Run All Night for one more week. Still Alice and Chappie will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'The Second Best Marigold Hotel.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

 The Second Best Marigold Hotel: Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they've found just th place: The Second Best

Letter To The Editor: Answer To The Notion That Hydrogen Is Too Expensive

on March 18, 2015 - 8:11am
By Roy M. Moore
Los Alamos
Recently, Mo Rocca on a CBS childrens program, interviewed a gentleman who was inventing see-through solar panels, which could be used as windows on buildings. Mo started the interview by stating that everyone knew that renewable energy was too expensive. I don't understand how anyone could come to this conclusion, except that they have been listening to the oil companies too long.
Since the 1970's, it has been known that once solar panels drop below $1 per watt, they would be the cheapest energy on the planet.

LALT Announces Cast For Avenue Q, The Musical

on March 18, 2015 - 8:07am


LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the cast of Avenue Q, The Musical, which includes Kile Uhlenbrock, Kate Ramsey, David Daniel, Glenda Fletcher, Sara Barber, Stuart Rupprecht, Connor Schultz, Henry Knutsen, Henry Knutsen, Zack Baker, Tyrrell Cummings, Gwen Lewis, Pat Beck and Jeanne Adkins.

Avenue Q, The Musical by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics written by Academy Award winner Robert Lopez and directed by Holly Haas opens in May at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.

Avenue Q features music direction by Sheila Schiferl, scenic design

LADOC: How To Better Understand And Manage Dogs

on March 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Why does my dog do that? How can I gently mold his behavior?
Get expert answers and advice on these and other dog behavior issues from Jeff Nichol, DVM. Dr. Nichol will present a class entitled How to Better Understand and Manage Your Dogs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 18 at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) Training Center, East Park in Los Alamos.
Does your dog bark excessively, chew inappropriate objects, dig in the yard, escape from your fenced yard, pee or poop in the house, pull when on leash?

Letter To The Editor: Jesus Wants Us To Love Each Other, Not Money ...

on March 18, 2015 - 7:56am
By Roy M. Moore
Los Alamos
Frankly, the thought of Mr. Creflo Dollar asking his church members for $65 million to buy a new jet plane, makes me sick.
As someone who read the Bible four times before entering high school and as someone who has tried to follow the teachings of Jesus, I recently reread his words to see exactly what he said. He told his disciples to go out into the world and to make more disciples by loving others the way he loved them.
He didn't ask for any more ministries and he didn't ask anyone to read the Bible (it wasn't written until centuries later) and he

NMDT Performance Company Presents 'Giselle'

on March 18, 2015 - 7:52am
NMDT-PC dancers Sarah Dale Devon McCleskey and Sarah Dale and back row from left, Louisa Belian, Rebbeca Cai and Megan Hemphill. Photo by Dan Mahoney


Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “Giselle,” one of the world’s most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

The ghostly love story will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.

IRS Interest Rates Same For Second Quarter 2015

on March 18, 2015 - 7:43am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1. 

The rates are:

  • 3 percent for overpayments or 2 percent in the case of a corporation;
  • 0.5percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
  • 3 percent for underpayments; and
  • 5 percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.

How The Hen House Turns: Goats And Deer

on March 18, 2015 - 7:37am
How the Hen House Turns
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Goats and Deer

When we first moved to Los Alamos, we were told about a lady, Alice Westervelt, who had a house goat. Rumor had it that the goat had been easily trained, was quite civilized really, but that it ate everything in the garden.

Goats are famous for eating tin cans, but I suspect that was not Alice’s problem. She was probably not a Master Gardener, and she probably could not hang up her red shirts on the line outside to dry. Trains have probably never passed through Los Alamos, so there were none to flag.

LAPS Takes Students' PARCC Test Concerns Seriously

on March 17, 2015 - 11:16pm
LAPS Superintendent

On Thursday, March 11, a group of Los Alamos High School students met for half an hour after school in the LAHS lobby to provide information to the public about their concerns for next week’s state test, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC, as it is known to students and staff, replaces previous years’ Standards Based Assessment.

This marks the first year of the PARCC test, which is a part of the New Mexico state graduation testing requirements.


House Rejects Voter ID Bill 61 For HB 340

on March 17, 2015 - 11:13pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard



SANTA FE - At 10:30 p.m. Monday, the New Mexico House took up debate on the highly contentious House Bill 340, the voter identification bill sponsored by Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Eddy
Proponents of the bill argued that a majority of New Mexicans supported measures to show photo identification when casting a vote in future elections.
Rep. Cathrynn Brown
Opponents of the bill argued HB 340 would guarantee 3-5 percent of legitimate voters would become ineligible and unfairly marginalize veterans, minorities, young voters and people with

Learn About Wetland Restoration At PEEC Thursday

on March 17, 2015 - 10:37am

Southern New Mexico grasslands. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Southern New Mexico has many desert grasslands, which are home to a number of bird and plant species. This important habitat, however, is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change.

In a free presentation at PEEC at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Karla Sartor will discuss this topic, including techniques to restore wetland and grassland habitats in southern New Mexico, which can also be applied to the Pajarito Plateau.

Sartor is an ecologist who worked as a restoration and conservation ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in

Food On The Hill: St. Patrick’s Day Sides—Colcannon Pie And Pickled Red Cabbage

on March 17, 2015 - 10:36am
Food on the Hill

I decided long ago to cook vegetables separate from meat, even when they are traditionally cooked together. I didn’t like what happened to the vegetables when they were together; they often turned limp and greasy. 

The two recipes that prompted this change in practice were osso buco and chicken soup. In each case I ended up cooking the meat and veggies separately and “marrying” them late in the cooking process.