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Valles Caldera Trust Commits To Smooth Transition To National Park Service Management

on December 13, 2014 - 7:45am

VCNT News:

Jemez Springs - The Valles Caldera Trust has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's passage of legislation transferring management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service:

The Valles Caldera Trust’s Board and Executive Director are committed to a smooth transition to National Park Service management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Pet of the Week: Vuitton The Dog

on December 13, 2014 - 7:20am

Vuitton. Courtesy/FOS


Vuitton is a 2-year-old neutered male Lab/shepherd cross surrendered to the shelter.

He has silver markings on his legs and muzzle. He loves to go for hikes and spend time with his family.

Vuitton will need a tall fence with a barrier along the top. The best way to avoid escape attempts is to prevent loneliness and boredom by including him in family life.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering, adopting and

Congress Approves Valles Caldera National Preserve And Manhattan Project National Historical Park!

on December 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

NPCA News:

With today’s Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has approved the most significant expansion of the National Park System in nearly three decades.

The legislation includes the approval of Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Las Alamos as well as Hanford, Wash., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“This bipartisan legislation represents years of work by community members, business leaders, scientists and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA),” said Clark

School Officials Look Into Complaints Issued Against Los Alamos High School's Head Wrestling Coach

on December 12, 2014 - 6:59pm

Bob Geyer


The conduct of Los Alamos High School's Head Wrestling Coach Bob Geyer is being investigated following complaints by parents and students of "aggressive and bullying behavior".

"We have received complaints and we are looking into those complaints," Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt confirmed this afternoon with the Los Alamos Daily Post. "Anytime a complaint is received against a staff member or coach it is investigated. We cannot go into any further detail because this is a personnel matter."

Parents have contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to express concern about

Family Shares Holiday Cheer On Nickel Street

on December 12, 2014 - 6:58pm

The owners of this home at 3034 Nickel St., told the Los Alamos Daily Post that they decorated their home to share holiday cheer with the community. Courtesy photo

Christmas lights at 3034 Nickel St. Courtesy photo

Community Winds Prism Concert Most Diverse Ever This Saturday

on December 12, 2014 - 6:33pm
Courtesy/Community Winds
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present the fourth annual Prism Concert for the holidays at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. As with all Winds performances, the concert is free ( $10 donation suggested).

Prism Concerts feature numerous guest performers and are performed “in the round,” with musicians encircling the audience and playing continuously from one piece to the next without breaks.

“The whole idea of this concert is diversity,” Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vives


Last Aspen Elementary Portable Hauled Away

on December 12, 2014 - 6:09pm

The last portable is hauled away this week from Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo


LAPS Superintendent

Jaynes Construction Supervisor Sam Burns guides the last classroom portable Wednesday from Aspen Elementary School around 33rd Street toward Villa Street.

With construction of the newly completed school, 17 portables that once housed Aspen Elementary students for the past 14 months have been removed from the construction site.

IRS Reminder – Take Required Distributions By Dec. 31

on December 12, 2014 - 11:48am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers born before July 1, 1944, that they generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.

Known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), these payments normally must be made by the end of 2014. But a special rule allows first-year recipients of these payments, those who reached age 70½ during 2014, to wait until as late as April 1, 2015 to receive their first RMDs.


James Robinson: Why I Want To Serve On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on December 12, 2014 - 11:38am

James Robinson
Los Alamos

My name is James Robinson, and I am seeking your help to serve on the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Branch Advisory Board.

UNM-LA holds a special place in my heart. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, I knew that I did not want to go straight into college. So I packed up and headed to golden coast of California. However, it was soon apparent that higher education was the only way to get the life I wanted.

I returned home only to realize that I could not afford the traditional four year college, and I did not qualify for the

LANL Major Subcontractors’ Consortium Grant Awards Event In Espanola Celebrates Economic Development

on December 12, 2014 - 11:06am

MSC grant awardees, executive committee members and attending dignitaries gathered Thursday at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center at the back, is the liaison to the LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium. Courtesy photo

MSC News:

ESPANOLA – Members of the LANL Major Subcontractors’ Consortium and several guests gathered Thursday evening at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola for their annual MSC Grants awards celebration.

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium, also known as the MSC is made up of 35 of the largest

Los Alamos County Issues Statement On New Mexico Airlines' Suspending All Flights In New Mexico

on December 12, 2014 - 10:12am


Los Alamos County officials commented this morning on two news stories featured by KOB and KOAT television that New Mexico Airlines, who holds a contract with the Los Alamos Airport for commercial air service, has suspended all flights in New Mexico.

“On Dec. 4, we learned through customer reports and airport observations that all flights had been canceled,” Public Works Director Philo Shelton said.

Upon learning the news, the County contacted New Mexico Airlines to inquire if the flight cancellations were temporary or if any information could be furnished to the Airport or to


Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos Tagline Suggestions

on December 12, 2014 - 9:47am
Retired Editor From LANL

I have the following suggestions for a tag line for Los Alamos.

How about  "Los Alamos -- Discover the Secret"  or "Los Alamos - Discover Its Secrets"   or "Los Alamos - Discover Its Secrets for Yourself"  or or "Los Alamos -- Yours to Discover" or "Los Alamos -- Yours for the Discovering"?

Regarding "Where Discoveries are Made" -- the phrase is in the passive voice, making it a little bit ho hum. To up the interest/excitement, the active voice would be used, as in: "Los Alamos - Discover It!" or "Los Alamos -- Make the Discovery".   

My two cents.



Earth And Environmental Science Scholarships For Northern New Mexico Students

on December 12, 2014 - 9:29am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) are partnering to provide scholarships to support students pursuing Earth and Environmental Science Degrees on behalf of Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham.

Dr. Sullivan Graham, a Los Alamos Scientist, is receiving the Conservation Grant Award from the Climate Change Leadership Institute and wants to pay it forward by offering this one-time scholarship to two students in attending colleges/universities in northern New Mexico.

About the Award:

Each year the CCLI gives out community seed grant awards

Luján Issues Statement On Passage Of Spending Bill

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday after voting against an omnibus appropriations bill.

“It is deeply disappointing that Congressional Republicans have used this process to pass damaging provisions that roll back critical Wall Street reforms and further undermine campaign finance rules.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am
Los Alamos

“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a film exploring the self-absorption of actors, the nature of reality and the role of the theatrical arts in the lives of those who watch. Or it could be a movie about what is real and our own self-absorption. Either way, it is a film one must negotiate along with the characters.

Birdman is worthy of our attention. It was nominated for 7 Golden Globes, on Thursday, and garnered four nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday. Oscar nods are rumored, as you might expect.

But, be aware

Festive Farolitos Illuminate Oppenheimer Place

on December 12, 2014 - 8:02am
Each December, Oppenheimer Place at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr. is decorated with approximately 500 farolitos, which are placed on each of the porches. Oppenheimer Place has 60 units. Residents also decorate the lobby with a tree and other Christmas decorations as a festive spot for gathering. Farolitos are also on the porches surrounding the entrance of Oppenheimer Place. Photo by Marja Murray, daughter-in-law of residents Roland and Linda Hagan.
Oppenheimer residents are hoping for snow this winter as seen in this picture from winters past. Photo by Don Kendall

LAVNS Hosts Chamber's Business After Hours

on December 12, 2014 - 7:54am

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Executive Director Georgina Williams and Peggy Pendergast of Peggy P’s Delicacies share a smile at Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Visiting Nurse Service’s facility on Canyon Road. About 60 people attended the gathering. Visit the Chamber's Los Alamos Business page here. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Retirement Community Patient Navigator Mary Yamada and KRSN 1490AM Chief Operating Officer David Sutton are entertained by Yamada’s granddaughter River Yamada at Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Visiting

New Year's Eve Museum Masquerade Dec. 31

on December 12, 2014 - 7:42am

Letter to the Editor: New Tagline Should Reflect Community

on December 12, 2014 - 7:39am
Los Alamos

Los Alamos has not lost its identity, and besides the "Where Discoveries are Made" any tagging should be kept to the reality with clarity.

We are still about people, science, education, art, and nature. 

This has been the gist since there was a Boys' School, not only the looming laboratory. Simply a complete community is what we are, growing and discovering.


Los Alamos Daily Post Assembles Citizen Advisory Board

on December 11, 2014 - 12:18pm

LADP News:

Nearing its three-year anniversary and having experienced substantial growth, the Los Alamos Daily Post has assembled a Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) as a resource to tap into for information and feedback.

The Los Alamos Daily Post began its operations at a residence in White Rock, moved within a few weeks into shared space at The Hive on N.M. 4 and several months later into a small office in the Small Business Development Center in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 4 To Dec. 10, 2014

on December 11, 2014 - 10:50am

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.


Dec. 4 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Gloria Ortiz, 53, of Santa Fe near Diamond Drive and Range Road and charged her with operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was battered on Hawk Drive.



Dec. 5 at 10:25 a.m.

Belisama Irish Dance And Moving People Dance Theatre Present 'Irish Jigs And Winter Treats'

on December 11, 2014 - 10:18am
Irish dancers of Belisama Irish Dance perform. Photo by Kate Russell
Moving People dancers rehearse for the upcoming show.  Photo by Kate Russell


SANTA FE—Belisama Irish Dance and Moving People Dance Theatre are proud to present “‘Irish Jigs and Winter Treats,” a dance repertory showcase, Dec. 12-14 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and $12 for seniors; the James A. Little Theater is located at 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.


Recount Underway For Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 11, 2014 - 10:09am

A recount is underway this morning in the Los Alamos County Clerk's warehouse at 1000 Central Ave., for the Commissioner of Public Lands race. Clerk's at all 33 counties across New Mexico are conducting recounts of this race today. Photo by Chris Clark/


Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced Wednesday that her office received notice from the Secretary of State that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially

Governor Unveils New Teacher Support Package

on December 11, 2014 - 9:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a package of key initiatives to support New Mexico’s teachers, starting with increasing pay for beginning teachers for the second year in a row.

The Governor also outlined a new initiative, called the “school supply bucket,” to provide teachers with funds to help purchase materials for their classrooms. She also introduced New Mexico’s "Teachers Pursuing Excellence" (TPE) program to place the most effective teachers in mentorship positions supporting teachers who could benefit from additional, job-embedded training.

Los Alamos Holiday Light Tour 2014

on December 11, 2014 - 9:38am

GLIF! News:

Enjoy the best light displays in Los Alamos, brought to you by Glif! at

GLIF! also is working on a White Rock version that should be out this weekend. Please use appropriate caution and respect for residents when using this map, enjoy the show!

If you want to add more points to the map, contact Glif! at and like their page while you're at it.