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LAHS Grads Honored For Natural History Day Project

on August 24, 2015 - 10:53am
Daniel Wang, Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and NHD Advisor Allen Andraski, a teacher at LAHS, at Frederick Douglass House in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo
Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and Daniel Wang, all graduates of Los Alamos High School and past club members of National History Day (NHD), an academic competition focusing on history, recently won an accomplishment award from Honorable Gov. Susana Martinez for their achievement at the National Competition.
On top of this honor, they won two awards.

Seed Harvesting Hikes Begin Friday

on August 24, 2015 - 9:46am

Seed collection volunteers. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Since the Las Conchas Fire, many areas of the Pajarito Plateau are in stream channel stabilization and floodplain restoration. To help in this effort, join Chick Keller to collect grass seeds and look at other interesting native plants.

These seeds will be used next spring in the post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek near the Visitor Center in Bandelier National Monument.

Learn About Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Tuesday

on August 24, 2015 - 9:32am

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Which site has 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs? What is the largest petroglyph site in North America? The answer to both of these questions is Mesa Prieta, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard.

To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Wells will show petroglyphs from the Archaic,

Gov't. To Stockpile 75 Million Doses Of Anthrax Vaccine

on August 24, 2015 - 9:12am

Pfenex is a leading-edge biologics company. Courtesy/

HSNW News:

San Diego, California-based Pfenex Inc. has announced that it has signed a five year, cost plus fixed fee contract valued at up to $143.5 million with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the advanced development of Px563L, a mutant recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine.

“This contract for the development of Px563L offers the potential for a dramatic improvement in the rapid production of large amounts of a high value

Celebrate College And Military Day Sept. 4

on August 24, 2015 - 8:51am

Dates For Festival Of Chocolate; Trees Announced

on August 24, 2015 - 8:36am

Last year's donations included those from LAMC, the Blue Window Bistro, Aspen Ridge, Smith's and many more. Photo by Chad Lauritzen


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Center and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) announce the dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees for 2015.

The Festival of Chocolate is Saturday, Nov. 14 and the Festival of Trees is Saturday, Nov. 21.

Community organizations interested in donating to either event should call 505.695.9139. The events raise funds for youth development projects, science education in the classroom,


Yang: OMG! No Annual Performance Evaluation?!

on August 24, 2015 - 7:51am
Los Alamos

Like late night TV show hosts having a heyday with political news, I take guilty pleasure in the recent rash of news and articles about workplace practices, such as the frantic pace at (link), the cosmic stupidity of using a work email address for an Ashley Madison account (link), and now, the new trend at several major corporations of eliminating annual performance reviews (link).

I want to get into all of these topics – the story alone offers myriad of blog opportunities – but today, I’ll start discussing the ritual of the annual performance

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys Are Not Chickens

on August 24, 2015 - 7:51am
Wild turkeys. Courtesy photo
How the Hen House Turns
Turkeys Are Not Chickens

A turkey growing up with chickens: “I walk slowly through the twittering mob, and though they catch more bugs than I do, I know what part of the broken dandelion is good to eat, therefore I look it up and down and around before I peck at it.

"I stroll across the grass, and I feel it press back at me. I do not snatch; I am snatched from. But I take what I need—carefully aiming at the grasshopper before I swallow it. I also call for reassurance when I need it.

"I doze, and

Letter To The Editor: Thank You All For Helping Me

on August 24, 2015 - 7:42am
Los Alamos

For the past three months I have been seriously ill (Septis). It appears that I am finally over it and I would like to thank the people who helped me through this ordeal. 

First of all I would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Los Alamos Medical Center who literally saved my life. Our community is fortunate to have such a group of compassionate, caring and hard-working people.

Secondly, I would like to thank my wife and family for putting up with me and caring for me during my long recovery.


Los Alamos County Recognized By School Board

on August 23, 2015 - 9:35pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education expressed its appreciation to the Los Alamos County Council through the following statements:

  • The Los Alamos County Council has provided support for School Resource Officers (SROs). SROs are an example of the important partnership between the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS). LAPD has school SROs assigned to both the middle school and the high school, as well as a Juvenile Officer. LAPD has also expanded the outreach of the SROs and has begun working in the elementary schools.

Upper Gold King Mine Spill Still Not Cleaned Up

on August 23, 2015 - 12:22pm
Mine Wastes on Animas River bank rocks in Durango Aug. 14, 2015. Courtesy/Dr. Jack Nyhan
Independent Environmental Scientist
Northern New Mexico

The ghost town of Gladstone is found in one of the most stunningly beautiful areas of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, located at the head of Cement Creek about 6 miles north of Silverton. 

Proceeding south along the Animas River from Silver City leads to the most beautiful farmland in all of Colorado and New Mexico adjacent to the Animas River.

Breakfast Burritos, Zumba, Walk Cap Off Relay For Life

on August 23, 2015 - 10:47am

Masonic Lodge #66 members from left, Alan Wadlinger, Fritz Rene, Chris Hames and Rick Garland and American Cancer Society Representative Manuel Luna serve Relay for Life participants breakfast Saturday morning at Ashley Pond Park. Rene said they made 120 breakfast burritos and they were going fast. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Vera Jaramillo hosts a zumba fitness class for Relay for Life participants Saturday morning at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Jennifer Harris walks

Scenes From 2015 Relay For Life Event At Ashley Pond

on August 23, 2015 - 10:28am

The Hillstompers lead cancer survivors in a lap around Ashley Pond Friday night as part of the opening ceremony for this year's Relay for Life. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron, lef, and Communications Manager Manuel Luna of the Great Western Division of the American Cancer Society welcome the crowd to the 2015 Relay for Life event Friday at Ashley Pond Park. LAMC was one of the major sponsors and organizers for this year's event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


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Crowdfinancing Class Starts @ Diamond Mix Friday

on August 23, 2015 - 8:42am


Nicholas Seet’s Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise class returns to Los Alamos at noon Fridays Aug. 28 through Oct. 30 at the Diamond Mix co-working space in Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive.

The class walks students though the fundamentals of raising money from investors through the creation of a real-money crowd-financing campaigns on sites like KickStarter, IndieGoGo and GoFundMe.

Past students successfully funded projects as varied as a documentary on the metric system, a USB-splitter/adapter, the Bathtub Row Brewery, and clean water for Santa Fe.


Smart Design With Suzette: Garages

on August 23, 2015 - 8:16am
The organized garage. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette

If you can’t find room to park your car, it’s time to clear out the clutter and reclaim your garage.

It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. It holds our garbage and recycling, bikes, sports equipment, yard sale items, paint, tools, potting bench and gardening equipment, lawn mower, and of course one car in our two-car garage.

We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk

Pastor Granillo: God’s Abode

on August 23, 2015 - 7:47am
Los Alamos

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always." A.W. Tozer

It may be cliché to say “The Church is not composed of a building, it is composed of people.” It may be cliché, but it is absolutely true, and very easily it can be taken for granted.

Los Alamos Orthodox Church Gears Up For Move

on August 23, 2015 - 7:41am

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church at 2270 39th St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

While the golden onion dome on the Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church UOC of USA in Los Alamos is visible from Diamond Drive, the church itself is tucked away at the far end of a residential neighborhood on 39th St,

Fr. Theophan Mackey and his congregation will be leaving this location to move into a much more central location in the former Magistrate Court building behind Hill DIner on Trinity Drive.

A Santa Fe investment group recently

'Our Lady Of Mariposas' Opens In Santa Fe Sept. 3

on August 23, 2015 - 6:47am
Esperanza (Maya Sanchez), left, and her neighbor Kate (Liza Frolkis) share a moment together in 'Our Lady of Mariposas.' Courtesy photo


Teatro Paraguas launches its 12th season with a premiere production of Santa Fe playwright Alix Hudson’s play Our Lady of Mariposas, beginning Thursday, Sept.3.

The play, which builds a story of a family in southeastern New Mexico around the massive die-off of monarch butterflies in the winter of 2002, will be presented at Teatro Paraguas Studio through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Manuel (Jason Jaramillo), an immigrant from Mexico, is trying to raise

Los Alamos Cops & Firefighters Dive Against Cancer

on August 22, 2015 - 1:56pm
A youngster sends Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone into the drink Friday during Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Park. The Los Alamos Police and Fire Deparments were taking dunks to raise funds to fight cancer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone hits bottom for a worthy cause. Photo by Kateri Morris
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider is on his way down. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy tries to take down Fire Chief Troy Hughes Friday at the dunking tank. Photo by Kateri Morris
One way or another,

Red Elvises Rock Friday's Relay For Life

on August 22, 2015 - 1:46pm
The Red Elvises entertained a big crowd at Relay for Life Friday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Igor winds up the crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, left, and Kandice and Jeff Favorite of the Hill Stompers put their hands in the air for the Red Elvises. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Youngsters take to the dance floor. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Relay for Life participants chat before Friday's concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The sun sets on the large

Moving Right Along: The Exemplary Progress Of Sheri Lopez

on August 22, 2015 - 1:38pm
Sheri Lopez intends to get her PhD in aerospace engineering. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An early version of Sheri Lopez grew up and graduated from high school in Pojoaque. Back when she was 18, she was starting college at Eastern New Mexico University and running on the track team. She wanted to be a writer and figured she would be out of school by age 21 with a teaching degree.

But then, as she says, “Life happened.”

She dropped out of school after her first semester, moved to California, worked in retail for 10 years until the Great Recession caught up

Golf Club Raffle To Support Special Olympics

on August 22, 2015 - 1:35pm
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and son Ty at Ashley Pond Park Friday are raising funds for the Los Alamos Special Olympics through a raffle of a set of professional golf clubs and bag valued at $750. The clubs are right-handed. Tickets are $3, or five for $10. Watch for the clubs on display around Los Alamos or contact Morris at to purchase tickets. The raffle is Oct. 10. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Relay For Life: Team Gloria

on August 22, 2015 - 12:56pm
Team Gloria members and survivors, Gloria Cordova, Carol Neal and Ginny White. Photo by Nina Thayer

Team Gloria walkers Cas Mason, Carolyn Robinson, Nancy Scheer and Denise George. Photo by Nina Thayer
By Nina Thayer
Los Alamos

Twenty-four strong, committed women, calling ourselves Team Gloria, walked all 16 hours in the Relay for Life to honor Gloria Cordova’s struggle with pancreatic cancer. 

Cordova was diagnosed this past February and had surgery in March. Today she is recovering and feeling good.


Thomas Crotzer Returns From Two-Year Mission To Chile

on August 22, 2015 - 12:42pm

Elder Thomas Crotzer of Los Alamos during his assignment in Corral, a small historical sea port near Valdivia, Chile. Couresy photo

Elder Thomas Crotzer of Los Alamos is greeted by his family at the airport after serving a two-year mission to Chile. From left to right, Ron Crotzer, Madelyn Crotzer, Laura Crotzer, Elder Thomas Crotzer and Sarah Crotzer. Courtesy photo


Thomas Crotzer, a 2012 Los Alamos High School graduate, recently returned to Los Alamos after serving a two-year mission to Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Crotzer, whose foreign

Basketball Star Alex Kirk Discusses Importance Of Having Goals And Working Hard

on August 22, 2015 - 12:17pm
Basketball star Alex Kirk at Pinon Thursday discusses the importance of having goals and working hard in school. Photo by Natalie Sinnis
Basketball star Alex Kirk signs autographs Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. Photo by Natalie Sinnis
By Natalie Sinnis
Pinon Elementary School
Basketball star and Los Alamos native Alex Kirk visited Pinon Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Kirk spoke with 6th graders in Ms. Sinnis’, Ms. Martinez’s, and Ms. Nolen's class to discuss the importance of having goals and working hard in school.