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State Drops Bombshell On Teachers

on October 13, 2016 - 5:25pm
Mountain 6th grade science teacher teacher Michele Altherr asks for a show of hands of how many teachers at Tuesday’s school board meeting were there to discuss the state’s teacher evaluation system. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos teachers packed Tuesday’s school board meeting to urge the administration to do something to help them with the state’s latest mandate to the teacher evaluation system.

The state dropped the bombshell last Thursday. Los Alamos Superintendent Dr.


Local Health Office Closes But Expected To Reopen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:20pm
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Los Alamos County Health Office effectively stopped seeing patients Sept. 14 across from Los Alamos High School at 1183 Diamond Dr.

Public Health Nurse Manager Andrea Cunningham staffed the office for two years but was directed to tender her resignation after she asked for three weeks off without pay in September to accompany her husband on a trip to South Africa.

“I wrote them a letter asking them to reconsider but they said if I was going to take three weeks off then I needed to resign,” Cunningham said.

Sheriff Has Limited But Important Role

on October 13, 2016 - 5:16pm

Los Alamos County Councilor

I will vote against eliminating the office of Sheriff in Los Alamos County, because it is important for an elected Sheriff to offer independent investigation of citizen concerns, among other services.  This opinion is my own, not a legal position of the County.   I offer here for your consideration the facts upon which my opinion is based.

The County Charter  ( does not take away all law enforcement authority from the Sheriff.

Look For European Touch In Work Of Bettina Hehlen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:08pm
Photography and jewelry by Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo

Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo

Art News:

The confluence of shape and color is the common theme for Bettina Hehlen in her photography and jewelry and continually inspires her to develop new ideas.

As a photographer she likes to bring images alive through designing beautiful art cards. Additionally, her exquisite jewelry creations are one-of-a-kind, always with a touch of glamour.

Hehlen will show her work at Fuller Lodge Art Center, Stop #1 on the Los Alamos Studio Art Tour.

Visit Fiber Artist Valentina Divine’s Studio Oct. 15-16

on October 13, 2016 - 5:04pm
Valentina Devine with some recently created hats in her studio. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Valentina Devine with her hand-dyed yarn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

“I have always knitted!” fiber artist Valentina Devine said. Devine was born in Russia and grew up in Germany, “I can remember knitting all sorts of things from doll clothes to small garments,” she said.

Devine came to Los Alamos 26 years ago from the Washington, D.C. area, where she became a life-time member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas

on October 13, 2016 - 4:45pm
Tiny graveyard. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Halloween’s just around the corner. If you like to decorate for Halloween, it’s not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Here are a few of my favorites…

Tiny Ghost Town
I saw this last year in a magazine and it turned out terrific. Matte black spray paint or dark gray craft paint will turn craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders to your scene.

Billowing Ghosts
The two ghosts pictured are about 25

Community Winds Presents 100th Concert

on October 13, 2016 - 3:47pm

The Los Alamos Community Winds  will present its 100th concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible  Church.

“It’s really gratifying to be 16 years down the road with one fourth of the original members still with us,” Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vivas said. “A special sense of community develops when people oplay music together.”

This concert features pianist Julian Chen, performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

“It’s going to be outstanding,” Vivas said.
Julian is a scientist who is also a wonderful musician, and I wanted an opportunity to feature him”


Los Alamos Startup Builds Immunity

on October 13, 2016 - 3:43pm
Goutam Gupta, LANL scientist, founded the biotech company Innate Immunity. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

About 10 years ago, according to Goutam Gupta, a molecular biophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, researchers in his lab came up with an idea about an emerging problem related to antibiotic drugs.

The problem, which has been recognized as a global threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that antimicrobial agents have been so effective and so widely used that the infectious organisms they were designed to kill have developed

Los Alamos-UK Collaboration Unveils Hidden Molecular Machinery In RNA Processes

on October 13, 2016 - 3:38pm
Artist’s impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Courtesy/LANL


A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set given to mere strings of RNA.

“We are

Chandler: Sustaining Our Character

on October 13, 2016 - 2:04pm
County Council Candidate

Over the course of my campaign for county council, I have worked hard to talk to as many residents as possible. As of today, I personally have knocked on over 1,600 doors, walked in every neighborhood, spoken to hundreds of residents. 

The people with whom I spoke spanned a wide range of demographics – long term residents, people relatively new to town, home owners and renters; parents, grandparents and singles; young and older folks, some from other cultures and countries.

Woods: Why I'm Running For County Clerk

on October 13, 2016 - 2:03pm
County Clerk Candidate

I’m Amy Woods and I am running for Los Alamos County Clerk. I grew up here in Los Alamos. Our family came to Los Alamos when it was a closed military town and everyone had to have a badge or an escort. Clearly, things have changed a lot, however, I have inherited Carlotta and BB McInteer’s commitment to contribute to the community. 

I returned to Los Alamos after living in a variety of places.

McQuiston: Drinking And Driving

on October 13, 2016 - 2:03pm
The local driver of this vehicle hit earlier this month by a drunken driver fortunately walked away. Courtesy photo
The Jemez Agency

So a week and a half ago I got a call at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning from one of our clients. He was badly shaken up from an accident the night before. He was driving on a four lane highway just outside of Santa Fe when out of nowhere a drunk driver hit him. His car did two 360's, rolled and ended up on the concrete median wall. 

By the grace of God, wearing a seat belt and driving a well-built car, he walked away. Shaken, but alive.

Two Members Of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Convicted On Drug And Money Laundering Charges

on October 13, 2016 - 2:02pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces returned a verdict yesterday finding Amado Acevedo-Gonzalez, 36, a Mexican national, and Yolanda Rodriguez, 50, a U.S. citizen who formerly resided in Mexico, guilty on drug trafficking offenses and money laundering charges after a four-day trial. 
The jury’s guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R.

Sheriff Duties Can Be Handled By Police Department

on October 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

This is a graph showing the processes of service requests for the first seven months of this year for the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office. Courresy image

Los Alamos

If you are concerned about the ability and capacity of the Police Department to handle the work done by the Sheriff’s department, please consider the actual statistics and volume of work performed by the Sheriff department.

The Sheriff was formerly required to provide service of process for the courts.

Los Alamos County Councilors Give Additional Direction On Proposed Capital Improvement Projects

on October 13, 2016 - 9:33am


At the Oct. 4 Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilors gave the Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) team new directives for the proposed capital improvement projects. Their directives follow the Sept. 20 County Council work session and input from residents and businesses.

The directives include:

  • Los Alamos County staff should move forward with design concepts for two of the Economic Development projects – 20th Street extension and Deacon Street improvements. Staff should establish a project budget of $1.3 million for the 20th Street extension and $2.1 million for the Deacon

LANL: Rocket Motor Concept Could Boost CubeSat Missions

on October 13, 2016 - 9:21am


Artists concept of a CubeSat on-board propulsion system. Courtesy/Inside Out Visuals

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. These small, low-cost satellites are an easy way for scientists to access space, but are lacking in one key area, on-board propulsion.

“The National Academy of Sciences recently convened a meeting to look at science missions in CubeSats,” said Bryce Tappan, an explosives chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead researcher on the CubeSat

Rotary's Interact Club Members Make A Difference

on October 13, 2016 - 9:11am

Members of the new Interact Club, a community-based service club for young people ages 12-18, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, pose in front of their new banner. Interactors are students who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, members can carry out hands-on service projects, make international connections, develop leadership skills, and have fun! The local Interact Club meets 4-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street adjacent to Ashley Pond Park.

Letter To The Editor: Opinion On Question 1 And House Race

on October 13, 2016 - 8:59am
Los Alamos
I write in favor of Question 1 to abolish the office of sheriff as well as the re-election of Stephanie Garcia Richard.
The duties of the sheriff are very limited in this county. Every so often, we elect a sheriff who isn’t interested in that limited role; this is one of those times. The simple fact is that we do not need a second county law enforcement agency; further, elected law enforcement is a bad idea in general because it slides so easily into tyranny of the (voting) majority.
However, the title “sheriff” attracts those who want to do law

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Final Wildflower Walk Of Season Oct. 17

on October 13, 2016 - 8:58am

Goldenrods like this Solidago simplex bloom in late summer and into the fall. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead the final Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Wildflower expert Chick Keller (right) leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You For Supporting Fundraiser In Memory Of Arleigh Huff

on October 13, 2016 - 8:32am
By Julie, Janet and Lisa
Los Alamos

We would like to thank those who supported the fundraiser in memory of Arleigh Huff held Oct. 7 at the Posse Lodge.

It is such a wonderful thing when the local business’s and people come together to help a family that suffered such a tragic loss. We would like to give a shout out to all those who donated their time, door prizes, silent auction items and music! 

Thank you: Ruby K’s, KJM Auto Body & Glass, Float Los Alamos, Samantha D’Anna Photography, Knecht Automotive, Sirphey’s, Starbucks, Home Run Pizza, La Queva Lodge, SashaStylz Art Class, Jenny


SFI: 'The Unlikely Power Of Uncertainty And Contradiction' Oct. 19

on October 13, 2016 - 8:25am
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SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community lecture, “The Unlikely Power of Uncertainty and Contradiction” with Jordan Ellenberg is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 18, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
Math is often thought of as a discipline of certainty and consistency — of black and white, zeroes and ones. In reality, mathematics is full of uncertainty and contradiction. Jordan Ellenberg discusses how this gray area offers powerful tools for thinking about the seemingly non-mathematical matters that dominate our lives.

Obituary: Michelle Decoteau Padilla – Sept. 20, 2016

on October 13, 2016 - 8:23am


Michelle Lynne Decoteau (Padilla) passed into the arms of angels on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Our beloved “Shelly Brown” or “Shell” as her family lovingly called her was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many.

Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Frances Padilla, and Lola and Ernest Hodson; uncle, Patrick Hodson; and father of her daughter, Nasario Maldonaldo. 

She was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2003. Michelle earned an Associates degree in


CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot Nov. 20

on October 13, 2016 - 7:59am


The annual Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Los Alamos Middle School.

Registration to participate in the event begins at 1 p.m. at LAMS.

The Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1997 by Los Alamos resident Aaron Goldman and was soon combined with the long-standing annual Turkey Trot. The event is held each year to remember those who struggle to feed themselves or to find water. The event also raises money through donations given by friends and family in support of the walkers and runners.


Hilltoppers Play For Family Strengths Network

on October 13, 2016 - 7:47am

FSN News:

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers will raise money for Family Strength Network at Friday's football game at Sullivan Field.

Family Strengths Network provides education and activities to all types of families, parents, teens, and children in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. FSN’s goal is to help all types of families and their members with the challenge of being healthy, self-sufficient, and able to share with and learn from other families.

Family Strengths Network has a toy library, a book library with material on family topics, play space, meeting space, classes for parents and

Fall Vendor Blender At Holiday Inn Express Oct. 22

on October 13, 2016 - 7:32am