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Letter To The Editor: No Silver Bullets

on May 21, 2015 - 8:24am
Los Alamos

I am continually amazed at the vehemence and/or mildly condescending voice of those who reject change – e.g. banning plastic bags – rationalizing their position with the argument that since the change doesn't fix the ENTIRE problem and, according to them, only affects some small-to-infinitesimal portion of a problem, we should not make ANY change.  

Although I admit it took a bit of time to remember to take the reusable bags into the store, most of us ARE trainable.


PEEC Presents Talk On Life Of Wildlife 'Rehabber'

on May 21, 2015 - 8:17am

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, here talking about birds, will give a presentation May 26 at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it mean to be a wildlife “rehabber”, and what goes into this important work? Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center, will give a talk on the topic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

In her talk, Dr. Ramsay will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work is important to wildlife and to us all.

Northern New Mexico College Receives Accreditation Of Its Baccalaureate Business Programs

on May 21, 2015 - 7:56am
Associate Professor Karen Simpson instructs students in her accounting class at Northern. Photo by Stephanie J. Montoya
ESPANOLA  The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Northern New Mexico College accreditation of its baccalaureate business programs.
"This decision shows that Northern's business program is of a quality equal to and as rigorous as those at other schools," College of Business Administration Dean Lori Baca said.

Strong Start For America’s Children Act Introduced

on May 21, 2015 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country.
The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.
"Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and become more successful as they grow up.

Meet Katsina Carver At Millicent Rogers Museum

on May 21, 2015 - 7:37am
Katsina carvings by Elmer Yungotsuna. Courtesy/MRM
MRM News:
Come meet and watch renown Hopi katsina carver Elmer Yungotsuna at Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado.
Yungotsuna will be demonstrating katsina carving and talking to visitors in the museum's galleries 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24 and Monday (Memorial Day).
Elmer Yungotsuna. Courtesy/MRM
He will make a more formal presentation at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
Call the store for more information at 575.758.4316
Yungotsuna was born on the Hopi

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.

Beagle Owner Details Encounter With Mountain Lion

on May 20, 2015 - 2:20pm
Remy the beagle is recovering from wounds sustained during his encounter with a mountain lion. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

After our walk last night (May 12), I let Remy, our beagle, out into the back yard (Rim Road area) at about 9:30 p.m. to relieve himself. Within a few seconds there was a big ruckus, with Remy baying like a beagle does on a scent.
A fight was underway and I was out of the house immediately to pull Remy off whatever he was going after. Recently there was a cat that he cornered under the deck, so that was my first thought.

White Rock Residents 'Meet The Superintendent'

on May 20, 2015 - 2:06pm
Acting School Board Chair Matt William, standing, introduces new LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus to the audience at the second of two 'Meet the Superintendent' events. The first event Monday night at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus shares some good news with the audience. Steinhaus and LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya have negotiated a $41,000 Title I grant to fund a pilot program in reading intervention at Aspen School.

New Mexico Honors Three Fallen Police Officers

on May 20, 2015 - 1:56pm
DPS News:
SANTA FE  Three New Mexico law enforcement officers, from three different centuries, were honored this morning at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Law Enforcement Memorial when their names were unveiled on a memorial wall.
The black marble memorial wall, which now lists 198 names, is dedicated to the memory of New Mexico law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The morning's memorial honors Rio Rancho Police Officer Anthony Haase, Santa Fe Police Chief Apolonio Pino and Santa Fe Police Officer Jose A. Griego.


Proposed Los Alamos Bag Ban Bad For Environment And Freedom

on May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
By PAUL J. GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

The Los Alamos County Council is considering banning plastic grocery bags. More than 200 municipalities in the United States, including two in New Mexico – Santa Fe and Silver City – have banned the distribution of lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Proponents of bag bans, specifically the Sierra Club, claim they will reduce litter and protect the marine environment, diminish our consumption of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce waste, and save taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the supposed environmental benefits of

'Eye Spy' Opens At Fuller Lodge Art Center Friday

on May 20, 2015 - 1:28pm

FLAC News:

Come see what secrets are hidden in the art displayed in Eye Spy. Curiosity and imagination are more important than 20/20 vision.

The Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit about the Rosenbergs, who were  executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Fuller Lodge Art Center is hosting Eye Spy, a challenge to artists to work with layers, camouflage, and illusions..

The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 22. Meet many of the artists while enjoying light refreshments.


Farmers Market Thursday May 21

on May 20, 2015 - 1:27pm
Photo by Chris Clark/
LAFM News:
The Los Alamos Farmers' Market will set up shop 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 in the Los Alamos Library Parking lot on Central Avenue.
What's in store this week: 
Certified organic seeds, vegetable starts, dried chile pods, and lettuce bowls, vegetable and flower starts, potted plants and flowers, hanging plants, also native plants and starts.
Lavender body and soap products, goat soaps, fabulous fresh pork, ungraded eggs and pecans, spinach, salad greens, green onions kettle corn, dried apples, applewood, apple cider, hot

Letter To The Editor: Still Hundreds Of Plants For Sale

on May 20, 2015 - 1:23pm
Los Alamos
Dear Los Alamos Daily Post Editor, thank you so much for covering the details of The Los Alamos Garden Club Spring Plant Sale held last Saturday. 
With your help, the sale was a success even without the cooperation of the weather. The stalwart souls of Los Alamos braved wind, rain and even a little snow to come out and support our efforts. 
As a consequence of Mother Nature, we still have a few hundred plants left and so will be offering them for sale again from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 23, at 811 Tiffany Court.
Again thank you

Los Alamos County Launches Photo Contest As Part of National ‘Find Your Park’ Campaign

on May 20, 2015 - 12:41pm
In conjunction with the national “Find Your Park” campaign, Los Alamos County has launched a contest seeking the best photo submissions taken within the county’s three national parksBandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and the recently designated Manhattan Project National Historic Park.
The photo contest runs until 5 p.m., June 2. Visitors may submit photos on the "Visit Los Alamos" Facebook page.
The contest celebrates Los Alamos’ recent designation as the hub for three national park sites.

Public Comments Sought On STIP

on May 20, 2015 - 12:36pm
NMDT News:
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 9th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until June 18, 2015. In addition,

Court Reverses Sabotage Verdict For Y-12 Protesters

on May 20, 2015 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Nuke Resister & Transform Now Plowshares
Los Alamos Daily Post

By a 2-1 vote, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Knoxville, Tenn., overturned a sabotage conviction for three religious protesters on May 8.

The decision led to the release Saturday of Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 66-year-old Michael Walli. They were arrested while infiltrating the Y-12 National Security Site near Oak Ridge National Laboratory on July 28, 2012.

Rice has been serving a 35-month sentence and the two men were working on a 65-month sentence each.

County's Seasonal Cone Zone Report Begins Friday

on May 20, 2015 - 11:13am


Los Alamos County will resume its road construction newsletter titled “The Cone Zone” starting Friday, May 22.

Residents and commuters to Los Alamos or White Rock are encouraged to visit the Newsletters section of the County’s webpage at to sign up for the newsletter.

It is issued to media and then sent out by e-mail to Cone Zone subscribers every Friday afternoon while road construction projects are underway during the summer/early fall months, in order to keep the community informed of planned road construction activities and possible delays that may

Community Plant Swap May 24 And May 31

on May 20, 2015 - 8:59am

Plant swaps coming up May 24 and May 31. Courtesy/UCLA


The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is hosting two plant swaps for the community at its temporary home at 195 East Road (TRK building between East Park Pool and Fire Station).

The plant swaps are 9 a.m. to noon Sundays, May 24 and May 31. Bring plants you wish to give away, and take home any you can use. All unclaimed plants after the swap will be donated to PEEC and/or put to good use. Don’t have a plant to swap? No problem. Take some anyway.

Participation is FREE.

Obituary: James “JW” Smith May 18, 2015

on May 20, 2015 - 8:27am

JAMES JW SMITH May 18, 2015

James “JW” Smith, 88, a resident of White Rock, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 of “too many miles and not enough tread”.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.

The family of James “JW” Smith has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505.747.7477 –


Katie Gattiker Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on May 20, 2015 - 8:03am

Tuesday's Pace Race gets underway at East Park. Courtesy photo

Two and four legged runners participate in Tuesday's Pace Race at East Park. Courtesy photo


Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in the weekly pace race Tuesday at East Park being only 3 seconds off her predicted time.

She was followed by Sam Crooks and David Kratzer who tied at a 5 second differential. Aurea Rojas recorded 10 seconds off her estimated time.

On the 1 mile course Mariela Saenz was the best finisher at 10:25. The top male participant was Brian Newnam with a time of 10:48.

Ted Romero finished the 3


Four Sham Cancer Charities Allegedly Bilk Over $187 Million From Consumers

on May 20, 2015 - 7:41am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
SANTA FE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia Tuesday in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.
The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and also women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their families, friends, and fundraisers.
“Our office

Luján Celebrates 50 Years Of Head Start Program

on May 20, 2015 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third district marked the anniversary of “Project Head Start” Monday, launched 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Since its creation, Head Start has provided early childhood education to more than 30 million children from working and low-income families.
“Helping our children succeed begins by putting them on the right path at the earliest ages.

Obituary: Keith Connett Russell IV June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015

on May 20, 2015 - 7:29am

KEITH CONNETT RUSSELL IV June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015

June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015 Keith Connett Russell IV, 31 years old, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Keith was born on June 12, 1983, in Birmingham, Alabama. Keith attended Indian Springs School and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Master's Degree in Computer Technology.

He worked diligently for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy as a contract employee where he created a groundbreaking program to protect the environment from nuclear waste that is now in demand in other countries.


Los Alamos Animal Shelter: Is This Your Dog?

on May 19, 2015 - 11:06pm

This little miniature pinscher was found Monday roaming along 650 San Ildefonso Road. Fortunately a person found him before the mountain lion did. He is safe at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, where volunteers are enjoying comforting him. If he is yours, come claim him before the five-day holding time is over. Once he becomes county property, he is sure to be adopted quickly. Courtesy/LAC

SFNF Offices Closed For Memorial Day

on May 19, 2015 - 11:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, May. 25, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 26.

For additional information, contact your local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.