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LAPS Cancels All Afterschool Activities

on February 1, 2016 - 10:52am

LAPS News:

All afterschool activities and sports are canceled today due to the winter storm.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning Through Tuesday

on February 1, 2016 - 10:47am

Morning snow settles on the branches of this tree on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

NWS News:


LANL Closing Early Due To Snow Packed, Icy And Treacherous Roads

on February 1, 2016 - 10:21am

LANL News:

LANL's Emergency Management has issued the following information to employees this morning:

Due to the current weather and road conditions, employees who have not arrived at the Lab are asked to turn around and return home. Roads are snow packed, icy and treacherous in many areas. Consequently, the  Lab will be closing early today.

Please note the following:

  • Employees who have children in the Los Alamos Public School system will be dismissed at 10 a.m.  
  • All other Lab employees will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m.  

Please do not leave before these announced times, as crews are

Schools And LANL To Begin Early Release Today

on February 1, 2016 - 9:10am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus has announced that the schools are letting out early today due to the storm.

Here is today’s early release schedule:

  • Busses will start at the Los Alamos Middle School with pick-up at about 10 a.m.; 
  • Los Alamos High School at 10:15 a.m.; and
  • Los Alamos Elementary Schools as close to 10:30 a.m. as possible.

"As always, we are coordinating with the Lab. Their release will begin at 11 this morning," Steinhaus said. "The Mental Health Design Team Community Meeting scheduled at 5:30 this evening has been cancelled.

Presentation: Skiing The High Road Across The Alps

on February 1, 2016 - 8:57am
Skiing up the Col des Roux (2,804 m) as the sun rises. Courtesy photo

Cappuccino break at the Dix Hut. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Mountaineers invite the public to an exciting presentation by life-long skier Rob Suminsby of Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. with social time and reports of recent and upcoming trips followed about 30 minutes later with the program.

Suminsby is a retired US Air Force officer who said he was privileged to spend his last few years of active duty

Smart People Are Easy To Teach At EMS Conference

on February 1, 2016 - 8:51am

Dr. Mike Hudson presents a talk at the 2016 EMS Conference Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Mike Hudson discusses the latest innovations in patient treatments during Saturday's conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

First responders and Emergency Management personnel at Saturday's portion of the 2016 EMS Conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Area first responders and emergency management personnel participated in the 2016 EMS Conference last week at UNM-Los Alamos.

Classic Air Medical and Los

Annual Meeting And 'Growing Up In Taos' Panel Feb. 6

on February 1, 2016 - 8:14am
John Suazo
TCHS News:
The Taos CountyHistorical Society will host its “annual” membership meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Boardroom of the Taos Electric Cooperative at 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM.
Following its brief business meeting devoted to Society reports for 2015, elections and planning for 2016, John Suazo and Jonathan Warm Day Coming will share memories and experiences on “Growing Up in Taos”. The informal presentation, followed by questions from the audience, is a popular and insightful program that begins a new year of free, public programs by the Taos County

Daily Postcard: Sunday Drive In Rendija Canyon

on February 1, 2016 - 8:13am

Daily Postcard: Sunday afternoon a pickup heads down into Rendija Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

National Policy Group Recognizes State Auditor Tim Keller’s Fund Balance Report

on February 1, 2016 - 8:09am
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
NMSA News:
SANTA FE — New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller was selected from a national competitive field as a finalist for the New Ideas Challenge, for the innovative report Money on the Sidelines: Report on Unspent Fund Balances.
The report explores how much public money in New Mexico sits unspent in various accounts throughout hundreds of state agencies. In total, the report uncovered $4.2 billion in allocated dollars that not yet been spent.

‘Solar Tree’ Installation Underway At Municipal Building

on February 1, 2016 - 8:07am
Site work is underway in the west plaza of the Municipal Building to prepare for the installation of the 18-foot tall steel and aluminum 'Solar Tree' sculpture. Photo by Chris Clark/

Workers prepare the site in the west plaza of the Municipal Building for the upcoming installation of the 'Solar Tree' sculpture. Photo by Carol Clark/

Equipment arrives to prepare the west plaza for the 'Solar Tree' installation. Photo by Carol Clark/


Work is underway in the west plaza of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building to prepare for the

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes $12.6 Million To Tribes For Diabetes Prevention And Treatment

on February 1, 2016 - 7:05am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Jan. 22 that several New Mexico Tribes are receiving a total of $12.6 million over five years for diabetes prevention and treatment programs. 
Tribes receiving funding include the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Pueblos of Jemez, Taos, Zia, Zuni and Santa Ana, as well as the Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area. The grants are part of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) through the U.S.

Yang: Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

on January 31, 2016 - 9:57pm
Los Alamos

Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

Introverts aren’t automatically shy; shy people aren’t always introverts. And there are shy extroverts, truly.   

My columns on introversion-extraversion seemed to have struck a nerve with many readers, particularly the introverts. Not a surprise, since by definition, introverts generally wouldn’t be compelled to speak up themselves.

However, from various comments and conversations, I feel the need to clarify and distinguish between introversion and shyness.

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

Mental Health Design Team Calls On Community To Help Deal With Issues Facing Students

on January 31, 2016 - 12:51pm
Dr. Marvel Harrison addresses the Jan. 21 Community Leaders Breakfast organized by Los Alamos School Public Schools to present findings of its Mental Health Design Team. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Community leaders discuss mental health issues facing Los Alamos youth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Employing the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, Los Alamos Public Schools is calling on the community to help implement improvements in the mental health of youth.

At a Community Leaders Breakfast Jan.

Noon Brown Bag Combines Music And Poetry Feb. 3

on January 31, 2016 - 12:23pm

Los Alamos Pianist Rheta Moazzami. Photo by Sherry Hardage

Los Alamos Daily Post

In celebration of Black History Month, the Los Alamos Arts Council’s upcoming Brown Bag show will feature a collaboration of music and poetry.

Los Alamos Pianist Rheta Moazzami along with Poet and University of New Mexico Professor Dr. Doris Fields are performing in the noontime concert Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

The concert is free to the public.

The pieces Moazzami will perform include one of her own compositions, “Selma,” which she wrote in honor of the 50th anniversary of the civil

Good Weekend For Hilltopper Boys’ Basketball Team

on January 31, 2016 - 12:13pm

Voice of the Hilltoppers

Faced with the loss of two of his team’s upperclassmen, Hilltopper basketball coach Mike Kluk, turned to his sophomores to carry the day in two games this past weekend. With 6’5” junior Adam Paulson out with a knee injury and 6’2” senior Isiah Espinosa out sick, the Toppers rallied behind their super sophomores. 

Friday night against district foe, Bernalillo, Michael Naranjo led in scoring with 17 points, 15 of them coming in the second half. Jack Stewart had 15 points and Troy Hammock and Antonio Trujillo each had 13 points.


Pet Of The Week: Nizhoni The Dog

on January 31, 2016 - 11:44am
Nizhoni the dog. Courtesy/Paulina Gwaltney Photography
Nizhoni is an 8-year-old boxer/shepherd mix. Nizhoni has been at the shelter the longest out of all the dogs and cats currently at the shelter, and shelter staff and volunteers can’t figure out why.
She is a great all-around dog who is house trained, crate trained, and does well with other dogs and kids. She knows basic commands such as “sit," “speak," and “roll over." 
Her favorite pastime is to give lots of love and snuggles, and she’s hoping that her new home is just around the corner.

New Mexico Human Trafficking Data Released For 2015

on January 31, 2016 - 11:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, recently released 2015 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline.
In 2015, 28 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTRC from New Mexico, which included 22 cases of sex trafficking and 5 cases of labor trafficking. In 2014, 28 human trafficking cases were reported. Since 2007, the NHTRC has received reports of 123 cases of human trafficking in New Mexico.

In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported in the

Shakespeare Treasure Hunt in Downtown Santa Fe

on January 31, 2016 - 11:32am

ARTS News: 

International Shakespeare Center in collaboration with more than a dozen Santa Fe merchants, the New Mexico History Museum, and Palace Press has put together a free family fun event in celebration of the exhibit First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

 Pick up your free treasure map, a treasure bag, and clever Shakespearean clues at the History Museum. Match the Shakespearean clue with the appropriate downtown shop on your treasure map (hint: look for Shakespeare Wanted posters in the windows), then go in and speak the speech—say aloud the


Bandelier Backcountry Trails Talk At Nature Center

on January 31, 2016 - 10:18am
Bandelier at dawn. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Trail work leader Kevin Stillman at Bandelier National Monument will present a talk detailing where to find water, the best places to camp and the things to see in Bandelier’s extensive backcountry.

Stillman's talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend and no registration is required.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

Computer Science For All

on January 31, 2016 - 9:46am

Elementary students in Baltimore, Md with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. White House photo

President Obama with students at a recent 'Hour of Code' event. White House photo

U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines.

Letter To The Editor: Hardly A Bipartisan Vote

on January 31, 2016 - 9:33am
Los Alamos

The story published in Saturday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post entitled "Legislation Allowing Adjunct Teachers Passes House", i.e., House Bill 145, describes this legislation as passing with "bipartisan" support on a 37-25 vote.

Republican Rep. Conrad James, the sponsor of the bill, also refers to this legislation as being passed with "bipartisan" support. However, a quick check on the vote for this legislation in the House will show you that only ONE Democratic representative voted for this legislation. Hardly a bipartisan vote.

One can argue whether or

Smart Design With Suzette: Highlights Of 2016 International Builders Show

on January 31, 2016 - 8:49am
White kitchen with wood accents. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

The last column I wrote indicated design trends for 2016. Let’s continue the conversation and take a look at some residential design trends that judges of the Best in American Living Awards (BASA) at last week’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, predicted would be this year's most prominent.

High on the list were intimate outdoor spaces, intricate stairwells, and Mid-Century Modern detailing.

Daily Postcard: Caballo Peak Overlooking Los Alamos

on January 31, 2016 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: Caballo peak overlooking Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/