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Former Singer/Guitarist Of 'Wardog' Releasing Old Song: 'Clouds Of Magellan' Sung In Klingon

on February 27, 2015 - 7:05am
Musician Tom Gattis of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Tom Gattis, former singer/guitarist for 90's Heavy/Power Metal band Wardog announces the upcoming release of an old song titled "Clouds Of Magellan," which is sung in the Klingon language.
Klingon is a well-known language originating from the Star Trek television series.
Wardog originated from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994, but disbanded in 2000. Tom Gattis has lived in Los Alamos since 2009 and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a structural engineer.

Garcia Richard's DWI Bill Passes House 61-0

on February 26, 2015 - 10:16pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

SANTA FE – Efforts to stop drunk driving and close loopholes in the current DWI laws secured a major victory this evening.

The New Mexico House voted unanimously (61-0) to pass Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's, D-Los Alamos, DWI Interlock Removal Requirements legislation, House Bill 86.

"For three sessions, I have fought alongside of DWI prevention advocates to continue to raise awareness and pass legislation to address shortcomings and loopholes hindering our state from fully eradicating its drunk driving problem," Garcia Richard said.

Survey: Should Los Alamos County Ban Plastic Bags From Local Stores?

on February 26, 2015 - 9:59pm

Courtesy photo

Community Survey

The banning of disposable plastic bags, such as those used at grocery stores has been a hot topic in Los Alamos County.

Do you think they should be banned? Take our survey and weigh in on this issue HERE. There is a place for comments, too.


WIPP Hosts All-Hazards Planning Meeting

on February 26, 2015 - 3:07pm
WIPP News:
WIPP hosted the first annual All-Hazards, Offsite Interface Briefing and Regional Radiological Response Planning Meeting Feb. 20 to provide information on changes and enhancements to WIPP’s Emergency Management Program and how these changes would be coordinated with WIPP’s offsite partners.
The meeting was attended by local, state and federal agencies with emergency response roles related to incidents or accidents at the WIPP facility.

Letter to the Editor: Support Regulated Trapping On Public Lands

on February 26, 2015 - 2:59pm
Jemez Springs

I thought I would take a moment to respond to Monique Beyerle’s distorted reporting (letter) on trapping in New Mexico in the Feb. 24 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

I would encourage everyone to get online and read the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish’s five pages of regulations pertaining to trapping of wildlife in NM that is included in the current years hunting rules and info. Trapping is highly regulated – much like hunting or fishing.


LAHS Junior Parent Night Location Changed To Topper Theater March 2

on February 26, 2015 - 2:43pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will host its annual Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m., Monday, March 2. Due to a scheduling conflict, the location for this event has been changed to Topper Theater in the Speech Theater.

Interested students and parents should plan to attend to learn about post-high school options, including the college admissions process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.

For more information about Junior Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 505.663.2797.




Udall Applauds FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules

on February 26, 2015 - 11:41am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules.

The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet “toll lanes.” 

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 19 To Feb. 25, 2015

on February 26, 2015 - 11:08am

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.


Feb. 19 at 10:05 a.m. / Police arrested Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive and charged him with operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Feb. 19 at 1:41 p.m. / Police arrested a 16-year-old Hernandez boy at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Feb. 19 at 2:46 p.m.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Calls On DOE To Suspend APD Access To National Training Center Coyote Canyon

on February 26, 2015 - 10:12am

Members of the Wackenhut Services Inc. Oak Ridge team sprint for the next station in the Super Team competition in 2008 at the National Training Center known as Coyote Canyon. The last team member is carrying a 40-lb simulated special nuclear material canister. Courtesy/DOE


ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has asked the U.S.

LAPS Superintendent Addresses PARCC Testing

on February 26, 2015 - 9:35am
By GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Open Letter to the Community,

Los Alamos Public Schools will soon begin testing students in grades three through 11 on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

This will mark the first year this test has been administered in our community. The purpose of the assessment is to help determine our students’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards in reading, language arts and mathematics as well as provide data about our students’ college and career readiness.


MidSchoolMath National Conference Feb. 27-28

on February 26, 2015 - 9:23am


TAOS – Hundreds of middle school mathematics teachers and school district professionals from around the country will convene in Santa Fe this week for the MidSchoolMath conference, the brainchild of two Taos entrepreneurs.  

Poised to change the way mathematics are taught in middle school classrooms nationwide, MidSchoolMath addresses the drop known as the Mid School Math Cliff – the most precipitous decline in mathematics competency in the world, as documented by the past few generations of American children.

MidSchoolMath will soon release a new online learning game,

Venture Acceleration Fund Awards Spur Investment In Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2015 - 9:20am

LANL News:
  • Proposals due by March 20

Companies located in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties have until March 20 to submit proposals for Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards for calendar year 2015.

Preference for funding are given to businesses in these counties, as are technology and manufacturing firms that can demonstrate their ability to stimulate job growth and attract additional revenue to the region.

“The VAF has become a very important and popular economic development resource and we expect that this year will be our most competitive to

UNM-LA To Repeat Popular Customer Service Class

on February 26, 2015 - 9:05am

Customer Service and Relations instructor Laura Loy. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to an American Express survey, 78 percent of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.

In today’s competitive business climate, you can’t afford to lose business because of poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service through UNM-LA’s upcoming Customer Service class.

The class is 10-11:30 a.m.

Benefit Party For Bathtub Row Brewing In Central Park Square At 5 P.M. Friday

on February 26, 2015 - 8:05am

The public is invited to a benefit for Bathtub Row Brewing begins at 5 p.m., Friday at 170 Central Park Square. There will be a $10 suggested donation to help Bathtub Row Brewing in one last push to get open. Kakistocrats will be playing music and Bosque Brewing will have beer available for purchase. It's a picnic-type event, so people are asked to bring whatever they would like to eat in from home or take-out from local eateries. Courtesy/BRB

Solo Traveler: Zoos Around The World

on February 26, 2015 - 7:57am
A coati (or coatimundi) at the zoo in Belize. Photo by Sherry Hardage
A spider monkey at the Belize Zoo. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
Zoos around the World

While on a family trip to the Dallas zoo, in the late 60s, my father spotted a man cleaning out the yak enclosure. He asked if he could have a small bag of yak poop. The man looked at him in horror, as if he imagined those little round balls might end up as a joke in somebody’s spaghetti sauce.

I was in junior high at the time, and got away from that conversation as fast as I could.

Los Alamos Slam Basketball Tryouts March 8

on February 26, 2015 - 7:54am


Knights Of Columbus Fish Fries Begin Friday

on February 26, 2015 - 7:36am
IHM News:
The popular Lenten Friday night fish fries hosted by the local Knights of Columbus are in full swing again at Karen McLaughlin Hall next to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road. 
The Knights will serve fish with coleslaw, wild rice or fries and dessert with tea, lemonade/limeade, or coffee for $10 for an adult meal and $7 for a kid's meal. Grilled cheese sandwiches with fries also are available for $7. 
The fish fries will run 5-7 p.m. each Friday through April 3.

Right-To-Work Compromise Passes House Floor

on February 26, 2015 - 7:34am


Bill Also Raises Minimum Wage To $8

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night that will raise the minimum wage to $8 per hour and give workers the right to choose whether they financially contribute to a union.

The legislation – which passed by a bipartisan vote of 37-30 and will now head to the Senate – is the result of hours of debate and a compromise that not only creates a right-to-work law, but also raises the minimum wage to the third highest in the region.

“A vast majority of New Mexicans agree that our workers should never

Attorney General To Support Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill In House Committee Today

on February 26, 2015 - 7:33am

NM Attorney General Hector Balderas


Senate Bill 278, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith, will be heard this afternoon, by the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee.

The bill, which requires disclosure of donors to independent political action committees, picked up a new supporter this week – the Attorney General. SB 384, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, mirrors SB 278 in the Senate.

In a letter to the bill’s sponsors, AG Hector Balderas said, “We believe your bills will allow New Mexico laws to conform to U.S.

LANL Major Subcontractors Report 'Washington Got The Message'

on February 25, 2015 - 10:36pm

LANL MSC members in Washington, D.C., from left, Jeff Lunsford, Joseph Sanchez, Liddie Martinez, Floyd Archuleta and Aaron Scutt. Courtesy photo


  • Local Subcontractors Trip to DC Yields Big Results in Protecting Local Businesses from Contract Loss

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL subcontractors travelled to Washington, D.C. the week of Feb.

Paradox Jazz Quintet At Pajarito Brewpub Friday

on February 25, 2015 - 10:25pm

Parking Lot At Trinity And 20th Closing March 2

on February 25, 2015 - 9:19pm


The public parking lot at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street, on the southeast corner of Ashly Pond Park will be closed effective Monday, March 2.

The Teen Center Remodel contractor, R&M Construction, will be using this parking lot as a staging area while the community building is remodeled. Toward the end of the remodel project, this parking lot will be reconfigured and reconstructed.


Purgatory Is Back!

on February 25, 2015 - 9:07pm

Purgatory Ski Resort in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.


  • James Coleman Finalizes Purchase of Durango Mountain Resort and Changes Name Back to Purgatory

DURANGO, Colo. – Durango Mountain Resort has announced that James Coleman, a Durango, Colo., businessman, finalized the purchase today of the resort. Coleman disclosed that his first order of business is to change the name of Durango Mountain Resort back to “Purgatory” Resort and use the ski area’s popular “retro” logo with the red and white inverted triangles.

James Coleman

Since 2000, Coleman has been the

UPDATE: Have You Seen This Dog?

on February 25, 2015 - 8:00pm

Update: Cassidy returned home safe and sound this afternoon!

The owners of 3-year-old pit mix Cassidy are asking the community for help in finding their beloved dog. Cassidy was spotted Tuesday morning near Smith's in White Rock. She has been missing since Saturday night. She is very friendly. Anyone seeing her is asked to get her and/or call Shy Lackas at 500.5252 or Lance Lackas at 412.3830. 'We miss her terribly,' they said. Courtesy photo


Get A Bachelor's Degree In Los Alamos: Information Meeting Noon to 2 P.M. Thursday

on February 25, 2015 - 7:56pm