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White Rock Senior Center Extends Open Hours

on November 19, 2015 - 6:50am

WRSC workout equipment. Courtesy photo

WRSC workout equipment. Courtesy photo

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

on November 18, 2015 - 4:15pm

Brian Kent and his electric car this morning during a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/


By Rebecca Shankland
Los Alamos
Brian Kent, tired of hearing people say that they couldn't take road trips in their Leaf all-electric vehicles, decided to drive his Leaf cross country, visiting every state capital, and even planting trees in every state to offset the small amount of carbon required to generate electricity for the vehicle.
Wednesday Kent checked his charging station possibilities and found one at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Weekend Meet Results

on November 18, 2015 - 4:01pm
Chantel Biebeault. Photo by Laura Trader 
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their season this past weekend with a meet in Santa Fe.
High scorer of the day was Chantel Biebeault with 37.60. She took first place in the silver junior division. Second place went to Anika Lovato with 35.50 and third was Deeanna Foster with 34.085.
In the silver children's division, Danielle Trellue took first with 35.55, Colette Biebeault was second with 34.95, and third place was Alexandra Simakov with 31.70.
In the silver senior division, Cyra Bishop was first with a 34.50, Sarah Hutchens was second

New Mexico Recognized For Raising Awareness Of Prescription Drug Abuse

on November 18, 2015 - 3:47pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department’s (HSD) campaign to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse, called A Dose of Reality, has been awarded the 2015 Silver Cumbre Award for public service campaigns from the New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

“This campaign is an important tool in getting the word out to more New Mexicans about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Wayne Lindstrom, director of the HSD Behavioral Health Services Division, which oversees New Mexico’s efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.

The A Dose of

ACCT Presents Disney The Lion King Jr. Nov. 20-21

on November 18, 2015 - 3:41pm

Cast of the Atomic City Children's Theater production of Disney The Lion King Jr. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater is proud to present its production of Disney The Lion King Jr. All of your favorite characters from the classic Disney film and hit Broadway musical are here – Simba, Nala, Scar, Pumbaa, Timon, Zazu, and of course, Rafiki!

Disney The Lion King Jr. will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at Smith Auditorium.

ACCT’s Co-Directors, Daren Savage and Kelsey Cline were both very pleased how well this cast worked with this show which

Unitarian Church: Peter Mulvey In Concert Thursday

on November 18, 2015 - 3:33pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve Holiday Closures

on November 18, 2015 - 3:28pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the Valle Grande visitor center and main entrance Thanksgiving and Christmas days to allow employees to spend the holidays with their families. 

Visitors are welcome to access the preserve via the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trailheads. 

The visitor center and main entrance will re-open at 9 a.m. the day after each holiday. Visitors can hike, bike, fish the East Fork River, or ride their own horses within the preserve until the snow falls.

AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

on November 18, 2015 - 3:22pm


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,

Seeking Applicants For Library Board Vacancy

on November 18, 2015 - 3:20pm


The Los Alamos County Library Board is accepting applications for one vacancy on its Board. 

The next 12 months will be an exciting time as the library board will be supporting a strategic planning process that will guide the future of the library for the next four to five years. Activities include leading community focus groups, playing a role in the community survey process, and providing input into the development and finalization of the document.

The Library Board meets the first Monday of each month and is a fun and collaborative team that has a history of achieving

Obituary: Virginia Dillon Lee Nov. 16, 2015

on November 18, 2015 - 3:14pm


Virginia Dillon Lee, 82, passed away Monday, November 16, 2015. Her spirit is now with her deceased spouse, James Oliver Lee who died on November 24, 1990. She is survived by: her sister, Dorothy O’Hara, and her five daughters; Rosemary Rezendes and spouse, Dee Keoski, spouse and two children, Virginia Lee Bateman, spouse and four children, Nora Lee and spouse, Megan Lee Ito, resident of Los Alamos, her spouse and two children.

Virginia Lee was born in New York, New York.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 10 To Nov. 16, 2015

on November 18, 2015 - 2:50pm
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.
Nov. 10 at 7:48 a.m. / Police arrested Juan Perez, 21, of Abiqui on East Jemez Road on an outstanding warrant from another Jurisdiction.




Nov. 10 at 10:12 a.m. / Police arrested Jeremy Martinez, 31, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
Nov. 10 at 10:59 a.m.

UNM-LA Donates Darkroom Equipment To LAHS

on November 18, 2015 - 11:02am

LAHS photography teacher Michelle Griffin looks on as her husband Matthew, left, and UNM-LA staffer Alex Zubelewicz move one of four enlargers that UNM-LA has donated to LAHS. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Traditional darkroom photography skills­—developingfilm, printing, enlarging, and using filters—are still valuable for aspiring photographers to learn.

UNM-LA recently donated a significant amount of darkroom equipment to the photography program at Los Alamos High School where 75 - 100 students take photography classes each semester.

“We now have enough equipment for every student, and


LANL Structure-Damage Software Wins R&D 100 Award

on November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

LANL News:
  • SHMTools monitoring project takes home prestigious award

A software package called SHMTools, which can detect damage in a variety of structures and was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, won an R&D 100 Award Friday.

“This R&D100 award highlights the Laboratory’s tremendous strength in structural health monitoring, and our long-standing collaborations with the University of California,” said Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.

Festival Of Trees Saturday Nov. 21

on November 18, 2015 - 10:45am
Flourless Chocolate Cake. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Chocolate abounded Saturday night at the 10th annual Festival of Chocolate.
The event formally kicks off a week-long celebration of the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  The big event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and donations of school lunch or snack items is requested for entry.

Watch the Los Alamos Daily Post for more Festival of Trees details throughout the week.
Chocolate Pecans. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team Takes 1st Place ... Again!

on November 18, 2015 - 7:38am
Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team 1st place champions and their coaches following their big win at the Taos Middle School Tournament over the weekend. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team took another 1st place trophy home at the Taos Middle School Tournament over the weekend.
This is the second first place trophy for LAMS wrestling in as many weeks.
Taking 1st place in the Tourney:
  • Devin Atencio;
  • Xavier Massara;
  • Antonio Vigil; and
  • Aiden Johnson.
Second place went to:
  • Izzy Maestas;
  • Gloria Ramos; and
  • Noah Santi-unger.
Third place medals went

Meet Man Traveling US To Prove Viability Of Electric Vehicles At Nature Center 10 a.m. Today

on November 18, 2015 - 7:18am
Brian Kent of New York will be topping off the batteries in his LEAF at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet him. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Johnny Appleseed meets the electric highway. Proving the viability of electric vehicles while planting trees in each of 48 U.S. States, Brian Kent of New York will charge his batteries at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The community is invited to stop by and meet Kent and hear about his efforts to change the public's perceptions of

Math & Science Night At Mountain School Today!

on November 18, 2015 - 6:41am


Mountain Elementary School is hosting a Family Math and Science Night 5:30-7 p.m. today in the school’s gymnasium.

The community is invited to the event and participants will have the opportunity to play math games, check out math and science displays and enter a raffle drawing. Dinner will be provided.

Mountain Elementary School is at 2280 North Road in Los Alamos.

Council Directs Staff To Research Matter Regarding Endangered Species Act In Collaboration With Petitioner

on November 17, 2015 - 9:37pm

Michael Dax of the Defenders of Wildlife in Santa Fe, left, and Donald Jones of White Rock discuss the importance of Los Alamos County adopting a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Susan O'Leary makes the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition asking Council to adopt a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act and direct staff to work with the petitioner and return to Council with additional information. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Pete Sheehey seconds the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition regarding the Endangered Species

Council Proclaims Nov. 28 ‘Small Business Saturday’

on November 17, 2015 - 8:37pm

Councilor James Chrobocinski reads the proclamation on behalf of Council this evening declaring Nov. 28 as ‘Small Business Saturday’ in Los Alamos County. Print Screen/LADP

Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge thanks the Council for proclaimimg Saturday, Nov. 28 as ‘Small Business Saturday’ in Los Alamos County and commented that 60 some local businesses are involved in this year's event, which runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 6. Print Screen/LADP

Small business owner Katie Brousseau of Warm Hearts Yarn thanks Council for issueing the proclamation and for the attention they are placing on

Snow Scenes Around Los Alamos

on November 17, 2015 - 6:35pm
Snow falls around historic Fuller Lodge today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Some 11 inches of new snow falls overnight on the Los Alamos Ski Hill. Photo by Chris Clark/
View of Los Alamos today from Mesa Public Library. Photo by Chris Clark/
Fall leaves stand out among today's blanket of snow in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
A metal horse sculpture by artist Richard Swenson rears up in the snow today in Central Park Square. Photo by Chris Clark/
Marigolds stand out near

Residents Reminded To Keep Sidewalks Clear

on November 17, 2015 - 6:18pm

Courtesy photo


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. Sidewalk priorities include:

  • Safe routes

Atlas To Present Proposed Straplines, Logo Concepts To Council Dec. 1

on November 17, 2015 - 2:47pm


Atlas Advertising will travel to Los Alamos Tuesday, Dec. 1 to present to County Council the selected straplines plus logo concepts that support the branding initiative.

The Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., and branding is the main item on the Council's business agenda. All Council meetings are open to the public.

The Colorado based company has been under contract since March 2015 to develop the straplines and logo concepts for $17,500. They traveled to Los Alamos in May for public meetings and stakeholder

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/


With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

Newell Discusses Quantum Encryption Nov. 19

on November 17, 2015 - 1:59pm

Raymond Newell 

LANL News:

Raymond Newell of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Applied Modern Physics group discusses quantum encryption during a Science on Tap presentation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking at Central Park Square.

“Quantum cryptography is very different from current encryption systems because it takes advantage of the fundamentally unpredictable behavior of individual subatomic particles of light [photons],” Newell said.