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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 9 To July 15, 2015

on July 17, 2015 - 1:03pm

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.

July 9 at 4:04 p.m. / A 43-year-old Espanola woman reported that she is the victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

July 10 at 9:27 a.m. / A 67-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of fraud on Cheryl Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

July 10 at 7:05 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Heads-up To Quemazon Homeowners

on July 17, 2015 - 1:02pm
Los Alamos
I want to give my former neighbors in the Quemazon communities a heads-up about some exorbitant fees you may be unaware that you will face when/if you decide to sell you home within the Quemazon Master Association or its Woodlands Homeowner Association (HOA). I suspect the other HOAs within Quemazon have similar fees. 
We recently sold our home on Sinuoso and much to our surprise we were hit with an additional $800+ expense from the management company of the Quemazon Master and Woodlands HOAs added to our closing costs.
Following is the text of a message

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.1 Million In FAA Grants For New Mexico Airports

on July 17, 2015 - 12:55pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Thursday, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has awarded more than $6.1 million for rehabilitation and development projects for airports across New Mexico.
These grants will be used for the construction of a new airport at Zuni Pueblo, runway rehabilitation, airport planning, and perimeter fencing.
"These grants will improve and expand airports throughout New Mexico, helping boost local economies by increasing

Luján Statement On 70th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
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 on the 70th anniversary of the first test of an atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity test site in southern New Mexico:
“Today, we honor the memory of those who have fallen ill or passed on due to radiation exposure from the Trinity test. On this day 70 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb.

Triatomics’ Splash n Dash #2 Results

on July 17, 2015 - 11:31am


Results have been released from the July 8 Triatomics’ Splash n Dash #2.

Triatomics Splash n Dash #2 Results:

Short Course   
NumberNameSwim 400 YdRun 5KFinal Time

The next Splash n Dash is July 22 and includes a long course (400M swim and 5K run), short course (200M swim and 3K run) and a youth course (swim and run). 

Registration opens at 6:20 p.m. and the first swimmer starts at 7 p.m. The start is staggered and athletes are able to choose a starting group similar to their own speed. The event is free to all but limited to the first 75 participants to sign up.




Report Shows Nuclear Trumped By Renewables Worldwide

on July 17, 2015 - 11:30am
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — The 2015 edition of an annual empirical analysis of the state of nuclear power globally, confirms a continued decline that belies claims to a “nuclear renaissance.”  
Instead, the report shows, solar energy in particular, is soaring ahead while nuclear stagnates and falters.
The findings of the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, published July 15 in the UK and available on-line, illustrate, as Forum for the Future trustee, Jonathon Porritt, wrote in the foreword:
"The impressively resilient hopes that many people still have of a global nuclear

Cone Zone: Week Of July 20

on July 17, 2015 - 11:20am


Los Alamos County road construction update for the week of July 20.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street (south) and 44th Street (north and south) which includes water line tie ends and

Letter To The Editor: Response To 'Blurred Lines'

on July 17, 2015 - 10:58am
Los Alamos

In regard to Abe Dispenette’s letter to the editor “Blurred Lines” published in the Los Alamos Daily Post July 16, 2015, I would advise readers to go see and search for "baby parts for sale."

Snopes claims this video was done by the same people responsible for smearing Acorn with actors on a video. A quote from the Snopes article, " ...things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor.”

Read more here.
Here's another link from the director

New Classes In Biotechnology And Engineering Now Offered At UNM-LA Teen College

on July 17, 2015 - 10:37am

Students from UNM-LA Summer Program for Youth Teen College take part in The Art and Science of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse in 2014. Courtesy/UNM-LA


UNM-LA News:

Brush the summer cobwebs off your teenagers’ brains and get them excited about learning on a college campus with the latest Summer Program for Youth at UNM-LA.

The program for younger students began in 1985, took a three-year hiatus in 2009, and then resumed in 2012 when classes for teens were added.

With a goal of making learning fun for kids entering 7th–10th grades, UNM-LA’s popular Teen College offers a variety of


Los Alamos Trail App Available For Android

on July 17, 2015 - 10:29am

PEEC News:

The next time you’re looking for trails in Los Alamos, make sure to bring along your Android device.

PEEC’s new trail app allows you to search for a nearby trail that fits your hiking criteria. Looking to hike two miles with dogs? How about a snowshoe hike with your kids? The app will tell you your options and exactly where to go. Even better – it’s now available for Android Devices. Get it from the Google Play Store.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.

Mentors Assist Young Eagle Flight Program Aug. 1

on July 17, 2015 - 10:00am

Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith shared their time, talents and planes in June to assist the Young Eagle Flight program in Santa Fe. The Los Alamos event is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Saturday, Aug. 1, local pilots with the Young eagle rally will host free flights for youth ages 8 to 17.

Registration is 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. After a brief discussion and pre-flight walk, pilots take youth on 20-25 minute flights over White Rock and Los Alamos. The event does depend upon having fair weather.


Heinrich Votes To Overhaul No Child Left Behind, Expand High-Quality Education For New Mexico Students

on July 17, 2015 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted to pass S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and overhaul the country's current K-12 education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The bill passed the senate by a vote of 81 to 17.

Under NCLB, accountability was centered on test scores, which pressured schools, teachers, and students to focus more on testing than instruction.

Stooges Brass Band Plays Ashley Pond Park Tonight

on July 17, 2015 - 8:44am

The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans is playing at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo


By RUSS GORDON, Producer
Summer Concert Series

The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans plays at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. They will play and the crowd will party.

This is going to be an amazing, high energy show from Treme. Those of you who dug the TV show "Treme" or have been to Mardi Gras or any of the almost weekly parades in N.O. know you're in for an incredible night.

Los Alamos Kiwanis Club Inducts Three New Members

on July 17, 2015 - 8:16am
Three new members have recently joined the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are, from left, Kim Gabaldon, Kaylen Pocaterra and Rod Pittman. Gabaldon (sponsored by Morrie and Cheryl Pongratz) is the director of social services for Los Alamos County; Pocaterra (sponsored by Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz) was very active in Key Club during her years at Los Alamos High School where she graduated this year; and Pittman (sponsored by Lisa Wismer) is the chief administrative officer for Los Alamos National Bank. Courtesy photo

Quemazon Hummingbird Stakes Claim To Feeders

on July 17, 2015 - 8:14am
This little bad boy has been tormenting the homeowner's other hummingbirds in Quemazon. The homeowner has two feeders and she placed one in her front yard and one in the back yard. This feisty little hummer has claimed them both. Photo by Trisha Ancell
This orange rufous hummingbird claims feeders in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell
The orange rufous hummingbird chases other hummers away from feeders has claimed in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Senators Heinrich And Flake Introduce Bill To Protect And Restore Watersheds In National Forests

on July 17, 2015 - 7:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday July 15, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 1780, the Restoring America's Watersheds Act, a bill to protect, restore, and improve the health of watersheds in national forests.
The proposal would prioritize fire-impacted watersheds and encourage partnerships with non-federal stakeholders to invest in forests that provide important water resources.
Last year, Heinrich and Flake toured the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila National Forests along

Los Alamos School Board Hears AVID Success Stories

on July 16, 2015 - 9:53pm
Teacher Debra Minyard, center, and two of her students, sisters Analise Adriana, left, and Adriana, Lopez share experiences in the AVID Educational Program at Tuesday's school board meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock and two of her Pojoaque Valley High School students, sisters Adriana and Analise Lopez, shared their experiences in the AVID Educational Program with the Los Alamos School Board at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Minyard teaches band at Pojoaque Valley High


Culturally Rich Fiestas de Taos July 17-19

on July 16, 2015 - 9:25pm

Kids in period costumes at a previous Fistas de Taos. Courtesy photo

TAOS News:

As one of the most culturally rich towns in the U.S.,Taos is celebrating its annual Fiestas de Taos July 17-19, featuring three full days of festive events in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

Fiestas de Taos features live music – much of it, donated by local talent – traditional dances, parades, and special presentations along with food and crafts vendors and activities for children.

File 2014 Taxes Now For Advance Payments In 2016

on July 16, 2015 - 10:03am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  If you received advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2014 under the health care law (, you should file your 2014 tax return as soon as possible this summer to ensure you can timely receive advance payments next year from your Marketplace (
If advance payments of the premium tax credit ( were paid on behalf of you or an individual in your family in 2014, and you do not file a 2014 tax return, you will not be eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit or cost-sharing reductions to help pay for

Los Alamos Police Blotter Delayed Until Friday

on July 16, 2015 - 9:55am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Blotter regularly published each Thursday in the Los Alamos Daily Post will be published this week on Friday.

The Los Alamos Police Department has encountered some unexpected circumstances and is unable to release this week's report until Friday.

Former NMSU Student Sentenced In Internet Threat Case To Shoot Up University

on July 16, 2015 - 9:42am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Zachary Milton Hess, 20, of Las Cruces was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in federal court to five years of probation for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact to the interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.
Hess also was ordered to pay $77,934 in restitution to the university.
Hess was arrested Aug. 25, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with sending in interstate commerce a threat to shoot up his college campus.

Letter To The Editor: Blurred Lines

on July 16, 2015 - 9:37am


Los Alamos


During my service in the Army and after multiple combat tours one of the realities that has stuck with me the most was our country’s utmost care for life.


I have held the hands of soldiers as they passed away because they chose to take their convoys across known roads with IED’s as opposed to driving through a town and potentially causing collateral damage.  Soldiers would also load our wounded enemies into the same medical evacuations as our own soldiers and allow them treatment from the most excellent surgeons as if they were our own. This truth 


New Teen Center Roof Work Underway

on July 16, 2015 - 9:35am

A tall crane is hoisting beams onto the roof of the new Los Alamos Teen Center this morning at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Greg Kendall

GOP Meeting At UNM-LA 7 P.M. Today

on July 16, 2015 - 9:25am
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. 
For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 505.331.3686.

Emily Lang Remembered On One Year Anniversary

on July 16, 2015 - 8:46am

Emily Lang


It was one year ago, July 16, 2014, that my loving wife, Emily Lang was struck by a car while crossing Central Park Square by the Los Alamos Post Office and died five days later.

Emily is deeply missed by me, Edmund Lang, and my son Scott, her sisters Rose Townsend, Mary Ann Cano, husband Tony, and Carmen Kelly, husband Al. Nieces Aimee Patee and her husband, and nephew John, their daughters Christine and Rachael. Nephew Patrick Patee and wife April and their two sons Kamron and Brandon. Niece Theresa Sanchez, great nieces Katrina and Maija and nephew Paul.