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Bandelier Invites Amateur Photographers To Enter National ‘Share The Experience’ Contest

on July 18, 2015 - 9:56am
Olympic National Park: The ever present force of erosion along the Olympic Coast has sculpted a vast array of interesting sea stacksthat take all sorts of shapes and forms. This particular set is located at Point of the Arches, and make this area a wonderful backcountry camping destination. By Joey Priola

Yellowstone National Park: Grand Fountain Geyser at Sunset. Photo by Linda Hartzog

Glacier National Park: Sunrise at Swiftcurrent Lake. Photo by Bibek Ghosh

Bandelier National Monument: Alcove House. Photo by Apurva Kulkarni


Bandelier National Monument is sharing the

Blue Window Bistro Announces Menu For July 25 ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

on July 18, 2015 - 8:49am

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Mark your calendar for ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, a festive event taking place 6-10 pm. Saturday, July 25 at Fuller Lodge.

All proceeds raised at ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, a fundraiser of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, will support a shelter for the parents of children receiving treatment in Juarez, Mexico who are forced by poverty to sleep on the street while their children are in the hospital.

The Blue Window Bistro, a Gold sponsor and caterer of the event, has announced the menu as follows (subject to change):

  • Salsa/dip bar (six or so different salsas, queso,

PEEC Summer Family Evenings: Meet Wildland Firefighters July 22

on July 18, 2015 - 8:02am

Wildland firefighter at work. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fireighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting?

Individuals and families can find the answer to these and other fire-related questions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s

NCLR Applauds EEOC Ruling Protecting Workers Against Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

on July 18, 2015 - 7:23am
NCLR News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 15, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency charged with enforcement of federal employment nondiscrimination laws—ruled that existing federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sex also protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers against employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
The Commission ruled that “allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex.”
The ruling constitutes the EEOC’s official

IRS Offers Affordable Care Act Webinars

on July 18, 2015 - 7:21am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  If you’re an employer or health coverage provider, you can attend a series of educational webinars this summer to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements.
The IRS is presenting three different webinars in July that will each be repeated in August and September.
The IRS designed these webinars for business owners, tax managers, employee benefits managers and health coverage providers. All time listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
Employer Shared Responsibility and Information Reporting
Learn about the ACA’s employer

Ravens Among Smartest Of All Birds

on July 18, 2015 - 7:17am

Perched high on a utility pole, this Common Raven has a bird's eye view of homes on Zuni Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Cory Lueninghoener

Staff Report

The intriguing Common Raven has accompanied people around the Northern Hemisphere for centuries, following their wagons, sleds, sleighs and hunting parties in hopes of a quick meal.

Ravens are among the smartest of all birds, gaining a reputation for solving ever more complicated problems invented by ever more creative scientists.

Not just large but massive, with a thick neck, shaggy throat feathers, and a Bowie knife of a beak.


Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million For Support Services At College Campuses Across New Mexico

on July 18, 2015 - 6:58am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.
College campuses across New Mexico will receive funding to provide services designed to help students stay in school and graduate, such as tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, and financial guidance. 
The New Mexico schools receiving grants are:
Individual grant award amounts follow:

Pet Of The Week: Annie The Cat

on July 18, 2015 - 6:52am
Annie the cat is looking for a new home. Courtesy photo
Annie is a 9-year-old spayed female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange, and white coat with short hair.
Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for a new home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up with some belly rubs.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. All adoptable pets are

Letter To The Editor: 'Dearth Of Humming Birds Lately?'

on July 18, 2015 - 6:47am
Los Alamos
Since there have been a few letters regarding hummingbirds this year, here is our input. 
We live in Pajarito Acres. We have seen more hummingbirds this year than we have ever seen before. We have four feeders out and are filling them almost every day. 
We have also had a wider variety. We see Black Chinned, Rufous, Calliope and Annas every day.

ScienceFest Event Explores Computational Mathematics

on July 17, 2015 - 6:23pm
The crowd listens as computational mathemetician Nathaniel Morgan talks about the past and future of his field Thursday at UnQuarked - The Wine Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Nathaniel Morgan gives the audience a (very) short course in computational mathematics. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos may be the only place in the world where you can find more than 60 members of the community gathered at a local watering hole to hear a talk on computational mathematics.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday

Letter To The Editor: No Conspiracy Underfoot Folks

on July 17, 2015 - 5:53pm

NPS And DOE Officials Visit Los Alamos To Discuss Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on July 17, 2015 - 5:45pm
Victor Knox, NPS point person for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) were in town Thursday to discuss the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will be partially located In Los Alamos.

NPS Assistant Director for Partnerships Jeff Reinhold described the local group working on the Park as “amazing.”

“This is an amazing group.

Preparations Underway For ScienceFest Activities At Ashley Pond

on July 17, 2015 - 5:05pm

LAPD Arrests Motorist Suspected Of Crashing Into Three Vehicles And A Pedestrian On Main Hill Road

on July 17, 2015 - 4:24pm

Marcos Ortiz

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police arrested Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe Thursday following several accidents on the Main Hill Road.

LAPD Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez reported that he observed a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on the Main Hill Road/N.M. 502. Los Alamos Police immediately responded, however three vehicles were reported being struck or had crashed as a result of the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction in Santa Fe County.

Los Alamos Police also received a report of a pedestrian struck by the same motorist just inside the Los Alamos County line.

LAPD Asks Public's Help Identifying Suspects In Theft

on July 17, 2015 - 4:03pm

Camera surveillance photo of the two suspects involved in a theft case at a local business in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking citizens to help identify two suspects involved in a theft case at a local business in Los Alamos. 

“We are offering up to a $200 reward for anyone who has information that leads to identity of two young males in the surveillance video,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cmdr. Oliver Morris at 505.662.8281 or the LA Crime stoppers hotline at 505.662.8282.

Classic Air Medical Helicopter Landing At Nature Center

on July 17, 2015 - 1:46pm
Classic Air Medical helicopter on a mission. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Classic Air Medical will bring their rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. The helicopter will touch down in the nature center parking lot.
PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong in 2015. Los Alamos families have enjoyed wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at these Wednesday evening events.
For July 22nd, the wildland fire fighters were scheduled to bring their fire

Sneak Peak At White Rock Youth Activity Center

on July 17, 2015 - 1:29pm
Here is a sneak peak of the newly remodeled Youth Activity Center in White Rock set to have a grand opening at 11 a.m., July 31. Tables, chairs and other furniture have arrived and finishing touches are underway. Courtesy photo
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Staff Report
The Youth Activity Center in White Rock has been relocated to the White Rock Municipal Complex - Town Hall Building to allow for remodeling of  the Youth Activity Center Building on Sherwood Boulevard.
Site work for the Library building began in late August 2014 and the overall project is just about completed.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 9 To July 15, 2015

on July 17, 2015 - 1:03pm

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.

July 9 at 4:04 p.m. / A 43-year-old Espanola woman reported that she is the victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

July 10 at 9:27 a.m. / A 67-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of fraud on Cheryl Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

July 10 at 7:05 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Heads-up To Quemazon Homeowners

on July 17, 2015 - 1:02pm
Los Alamos
I want to give my former neighbors in the Quemazon communities a heads-up about some exorbitant fees you may be unaware that you will face when/if you decide to sell you home within the Quemazon Master Association or its Woodlands Homeowner Association (HOA). I suspect the other HOAs within Quemazon have similar fees. 
We recently sold our home on Sinuoso and much to our surprise we were hit with an additional $800+ expense from the management company of the Quemazon Master and Woodlands HOAs added to our closing costs.
Following is the text of a message

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.1 Million In FAA Grants For New Mexico Airports

on July 17, 2015 - 12:55pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Thursday, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has awarded more than $6.1 million for rehabilitation and development projects for airports across New Mexico.
These grants will be used for the construction of a new airport at Zuni Pueblo, runway rehabilitation, airport planning, and perimeter fencing.
"These grants will improve and expand airports throughout New Mexico, helping boost local economies by increasing

Luján Statement On 70th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday on the 70th anniversary of the first test of an atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity test site in southern New Mexico:
“Today, we honor the memory of those who have fallen ill or passed on due to radiation exposure from the Trinity test. On this day 70 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb.

Triatomics’ Splash n Dash #2 Results

on July 17, 2015 - 11:31am


Results have been released from the July 8 Triatomics’ Splash n Dash #2.

Triatomics Splash n Dash #2 Results:

Short Course   
NumberNameSwim 400 YdRun 5KFinal Time

The next Splash n Dash is July 22 and includes a long course (400M swim and 5K run), short course (200M swim and 3K run) and a youth course (swim and run). 

Registration opens at 6:20 p.m. and the first swimmer starts at 7 p.m. The start is staggered and athletes are able to choose a starting group similar to their own speed. The event is free to all but limited to the first 75 participants to sign up.




Report Shows Nuclear Trumped By Renewables Worldwide

on July 17, 2015 - 11:30am
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — The 2015 edition of an annual empirical analysis of the state of nuclear power globally, confirms a continued decline that belies claims to a “nuclear renaissance.”  
Instead, the report shows, solar energy in particular, is soaring ahead while nuclear stagnates and falters.
The findings of the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, published July 15 in the UK and available on-line, illustrate, as Forum for the Future trustee, Jonathon Porritt, wrote in the foreword:
"The impressively resilient hopes that many people still have of a global nuclear