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Young Actor Sheds Light on Highway Shrines with His Film ‘Descanso’

on April 6, 2014 - 10:30am
Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Christopher Garcia wrote the short film ‘Descanso’ along with his father. He also acts in the film. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eleven-year-old actor Christopher Garcia spends a lot of time on the highway. He travels between his home in Velarde where he lives with his mom, Sha-marie Reid; his school, Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos; and Albuquerque where he visits his dad, takes acting lessons and acts in commercials and films.

During those drives, Garcia kept noticing the shrines alongside the

Letter to the Editor: My Two Cents About Movie Productions in Local Neighborhoods

on April 6, 2014 - 10:27am
Chamisa Street Homeowner
Los Alamos

Regarding Ellen Walton's Letter to the Editor (click here) about the current filming in White Rock, I'd like to add my two cents.

A few years back there was a movie production of some weeks' duration on Chamisa Street in Los Alamos. The nominal site was two houses down from mine, which is on a corner. There were numerous offensive aspects to this:
  • Traffic control. The crew took it upon themselves to regulate traffic on Chamisa, barring all but residents of the affected section.

Los Alamos Author Hits Number 9 on Amazon Bestseller List With Interstellar Adventure Novel

on April 6, 2014 - 9:56am
Cover of 'Anarchate Vigilante.' Coutesy/T. Jackson King

T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has hit No. 9 on the Amazon Hot New Releases in Space Opera sci-fi with his novel Anarchate Vigilante, an interstellar adventure about a human vigilante-for-hire who brings justice and hope to planets oppressed by the Anarchate galactic culture.

Amazon’s Kindle ebook ranking lists only bestselling novels released in the last 30 days and is updated hourly. King’s novel was released March 27, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

His novel also has hit Amazon


It's a Birthday Celebration … LeRoy Horpedahl is Turning 90!

on April 6, 2014 - 9:45am

LeRoy Horpedahl


The Horpedahl Family cordially invites friends in the community to an informal reception honoring LeRoy Horpedahl on the occasion of his 90th birthday! 

His wife, Alice, and sons Gary, David and Paul, will serve as hosts, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2490 North Road, Los Alamos. Cake and coffee will be served.

In lieu of gifts, please consider a contribution to the Los Alamos Historical Society in honor of Horp’s 90th birthday.


National Work Zone Awareness Week: Watch Out For Workers And Stay Safe

on April 6, 2014 - 9:42am

Arnold Murphy from the NMDOT Moriarty Project Office created this 'orange barrel family' as a safety reminder in the work zone just west of Moriarty on I-40. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE—The week of April 7 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which also is the official start of the roadway construction season across most of the country. 

Each year local, state and federal transportation officials observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding drivers to slow down and drive safely through work zones. 

What many motorists may not realize is that they are more at risk of

Letter to the Editor: Spraying Herbicide Environmental Risk to Every Person, Pet, Wildlife and Beneficial Insect

on April 6, 2014 - 9:28am
Los Alamos

I agree with Diana McPherson of White Rock regarding the county's use of herbicides. Last year the county sprayed herbicide along the sidewalks at Western Area Park, a park well used by families and pet owners, killing not only the minimal amount of weeds that might have existed but all the grass bordering the sidewalk to within six inches.

The irony of this procedure is that it left the borders looking terrible and the weeds survived and came back during the summer sprinkling with a vengeance! 

So not only was it a waste of chemical, time and taxpayer money, it was an

LAFRW Hosts Candidate Meet & Greet

on April 6, 2014 - 9:15am

GOP Candidates from left, James Chrobocinski running for council, Jaret McDonald running for sheriff and Abe Dispennette running for assessor chat during Thursday's candidate meet & greet event in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Mary Wilhoit


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women hosted a 2014 Republican Candidate Meet & Greet event Thursday in the lower-level of a building at 15th Street near Central Avenue.

Fifteen state and local candidates spoke at the event, presenting their background, experience and what they offer to the respective office for which they are


WIPP Conducts Q&A With Public

on April 6, 2014 - 8:39am

WIPP News:

With regard to the Feb. 5 incident, the public has asked a number of questions at recent Town Hall meetings and in an effort to share this information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has provided some of the questions and corresponding answers:

Q. If the filters were not deployed, how much radiation would have come out of the exhaust?
A. We cannot speculate. The filtration system is in place to minimize the amount released to the environment, and this is what happened.

Q. Wasn’t there some time after the air monitors went off, but before the filters were deployed?

Los Alamos Tennis Club Defeats Sierra Vista

on April 6, 2014 - 8:04am

Bob Benjamin of the Los Alamos Tennis Club returns service against the team of Nasi/Reyes of the Sierra Vista Tennis Club during a match Saturday at Urban Park. Benjamin and his partner Joel Williams beat Nasi/Reyes 6-2, 7-5. Photo by John Sarracino

Geoff Mills of the Los Alamos Tennis Club hits the winning ground stroke against his opponent from the Sierra Vista Tennis Club of Albuquerque. Photo by John Sarracino

Joel Williams of the Los Alamos Tennis Club volleys the winning point against Nasi/Reyes in a doubles match against a team from the Sierra Vista Tennis Club of Albuquerque.

Local Speech and Debate Coaches Earn Top Honors

on April 6, 2014 - 7:31am

Award-winning speech and debate coaches from Los Alamos. From left, Margo Batha, Janet Newton and Carolyn Connor. Courtesy photo


Judging by their success, you might think that Los Alamos students are very accomplished at speech and debate. And you would be right; but that is only part of the story.

The true unsung heroes are their coaches. Three local Speech and Debate coaches have recently been recognized both state-wide and nationally.

Margo Batha and Janet Newton coach the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Team, The Hilltalkers.


NCRTD Board Elects Three New Officers

on April 6, 2014 - 7:23am


The Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has elected three members to serve as officers for the District.

Daniel R. Barrone, Taos County Commissioner, District 1, was re-elected to the post of NCRTD Board Chair;




Miguel M. Chavez, Santa Fe County Commissioner, District 2, will now serve as Vice Chair; and




Dennis Tim Salazar, City of Española Councilor, is the newly elected Treasurer/Secretary.  NCRTD officers are elected to serve a two-year term.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service

Good Times Rolled at Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Fundraiser Friday Night

on April 5, 2014 - 9:42pm

Concert promoter Russ Gordon and his wife welcome community members to Friday's fundraiser at the Posse Lodge for which all proceeds go to the Summer Concert Series. Carol A. Clark/

Dancing gets underway at Friday night's fundraiser. Carol A. Clark/

Bidders check out silent auction items. Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Friday night's fundraiser for the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series drew a large crowd to the Posse Lodge.

DK & the Affordables performed with special guest musicians Eddy Partridge of the Nomads and James Carothers of the Renegade

Small Hail Storm Showers Down on White Rock

on April 5, 2014 - 7:12pm

Hail came down for several minutes over the White Rock area around 6:15 p.m. today as seen in this yard on Aster Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos County Adjusts Commuter Flight Schedule

on April 5, 2014 - 1:24pm

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist. Photo by Leslie Bucklin


Los Alamos County applauded the one-year anniversary of New Mexico Airlines’ commercial airline service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque, during its Friday meeting, and recognized all of the important general aviation-related contributions that the Los Alamos Airport brings to the community and Northern New Mexico.

The Council also issued a proclamation declaring the Month of April "Aviation Month" in Los Alamos County.

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist accepted the proclamation and announced an adjusted time schedule


Los Alamos County Council Special Session April 17

on April 5, 2014 - 1:21pm


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The purpose of the special session is to discuss Charter Review issues.

The meeting is open to the public.


Letter to the Editor: Holding People to Higher Standard Should Be Only Way to Go

on April 5, 2014 - 1:19pm
Los Alamos

There is an opinion piece in the Los Alamos Daily Post today (April 4) about not criticizing the police for killing people because ‘we haven’t walked in their shoes.’

Under this logic we shouldn’t criticize teachers for mistreating students because after all ‘we haven’t walked in their shoes.’ Nor should we criticize anyone with a difficult job who mistreats people, prison guards who kill inmates, priests who molest children, the list goes on.

Maybe the entire concept of holding people to a higher standard should just be thrown out altogether and we should accept


County Hazard Mitigation Plan Gets Underway

on April 5, 2014 - 1:17pm


Los Alamos County is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update to their 2006 plan. The purpose of this LHMP Update is to assess risk to natural hazards, implement actions to reduce future losses, and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Most people who live or work in Los Alamos County have been affected by natural hazards in one way or another. The County and its residents are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including wildfire, flood, earthquake, dam failure and severe weather events.


Letter to the Editor: Response to County's Plan for Herbicide Spraying Next Week

on April 5, 2014 - 11:39am

White Rock

As a citizen of White Rock, I am requesting the county cease their planned use of the chemical herbicides, Dupont HYVAR X-L and Monsanto Ranger Pro, during the week
of April 7 “along the gutter/pavement lines throughout the community.”

Active ingredient of HYVAR X-L

The active ingredient in HYVAR X-L is 5-Bromo-3-sec-butyl-6-methyluracil, more commonly known as Bromacil. Bromacil stops the photosynthesis process of the weeds.
This would happen to other plants were Bromacil accidentally spread to non-target plants.

Environmental Conditions and Biological Activity

Help Get Teen Center Garden in Shape for Spring

on April 5, 2014 - 11:11am


Unique Opportunity to Influence Long Term Strategic Management Plan for Santa Fe National Forest

on April 5, 2014 - 11:08am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest is beginning a four-year process to revise its Forest Plan, the guiding document that serves as a “vision” for land management activities. Once approved, the Forest Plan will guide activities for the next 10-15 years.

The public is invited to provide input and participate in the Forest Plan revision process. This unique opportunity will allow community members to influence the long term strategic management plan for Santa Fe National Forest. 

The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that addresses many activities including hunting, hiking, camping,

Mountain Elementary School’s Production of Disney’s Cinderella Kids is a Big Success!

on April 5, 2014 - 10:51am

First and second grade students at Mountain Elementary School perform April 3 in Disney’s 'Cinderella Kids.' Courtesy photo


Five classes of first and second grade students put on Disney’s musical 'Cinderella Kids' April 3 in the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium.

Each student had a special role - whether Cinderella, narrator, solo singer, a wheel of the carriage, or something else. Six students performed as Cinderella. Families and teachers all worked together to help the students perform this “happily-ever-after” tale.

Mountain art teachers, Lorri McInroy and

CCNS Calls For Independent Investigation of WIPP

on April 5, 2014 - 10:24am


CCNS News:

By Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)

It has been almost two months since the vehicle fire and radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and we don’t know the essential facts about what happened. We do know that the radiation release was never supposed to happen, and the federal government is unprepared to safely address the situation. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with determining whether WIPP would leak in 10,000 years, said it would not.  

On Wednesday, two eight-person teams traveled down an elevator to the

FBI Honors Community Leaders

on April 5, 2014 - 9:54am


FBI News:

The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities they serve and for the nation as a whole. But they can’t do it alone—they also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Friday, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Director James Comey publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving the FBI that support.

Letter to the Editor: Regarding Film Operations and Residents on Monte Rey South

on April 5, 2014 - 9:34am

Daughter of long-time Monte Rey South residents Leona and Roddy Walton

Why should one invest in a residential home in this community? Those of us who invest and stay here are apparently at the mercy of the film industry and whatever other industry decides to woo our neighbors and our county government.

The latest film activity in our community has brought great disruption to Pajarito Acres. Film vehicles are parked in the roadway on Monte Rey South. Official County communication was received by residents second-hand after commercial activity began.


Meet PEEC Volunteer Mary Carol Williams

on April 5, 2014 - 8:36am
Mary Carol Williams
PEEC Featured Volunteer

Mary Carol Williams’ love of nature and enthusiasm for life is evident when you see her around PEEC, always with a smile on her face. But it wasn’t until we sat down with her for this interview, that we learned where that stemmed from and all the amazing experiences she’s had (literally, swimming with the sharks!).

PEEC: You seem to really enjoy nature. How did you develop your love of the outdoors?
M.C.W.: When I was young, we lived on a lake in Virginia that had a lot of ducks, fish, birds and all those good things.