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New Food Concept Opens In Los Alamos Today!

on September 15, 2016 - 12:50pm

Sirphey is a new food-tech company opening today in Los Alamos and looking to revolutionize the way we think of restaurants. Courtesy photo


Burned out. Even our favorite meals from our favorite restaurants can sometimes strike us as dull and flat, or we find ourselves bemoaning the lack of variety in our food options. And often, we settle for something easy but uninspiring from the market.

Launching today, Sept. 15, Sirphey is a new food-tech company looking to solve this problem and to revolutionize the way we think of restaurants, in general.

Thirteen Los Alamos High School Students Semifinalists In 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 15, 2016 - 12:50pm

From left, LAHS Principal Brad Parker with students named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Robert Zhu, Wilbur Wang, Justin Lemke, Opale Schappert, Rose Click, Michelle Yang, Jennifer Wang, Zephram Tripp, Nicolas Dowdy and Andrew Tang and Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. Not pictured - Megan Kornreich and Darcy Turin. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

O'Leary: A Single Excellent Police Department Is The Right Approach For Los Alamos

on September 15, 2016 - 12:20pm
By SUSAN O'LEARY, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council
When Los Alamos County was incorporated as a special and unique type of small, one-community County, a conscious decision was made to have a single well-trained, well-funded professional law enforcement agency, the Los Alamos Police Department. At that time there was discussion about just having no Sheriff at all. Some say it was a close call, but the position of Sheriff was maintained as a largely ceremonial post with a nominal salary and a few administrative duties; probably as some kind of compromise decision.

The law of the County

Atomic Man Duathlon Road Closures In White Rock Sunday

on September 15, 2016 - 12:11pm


Atomic Man Duathlon – a race in the format of run/bike/run – begins at 7:30 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 18. The race starts and finishes at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock.

The road between Pinon Elementary School and Sherwood Boulevard will be closed during the event. The road closure begins around 7 a.m. and there will be volunteers at Sierra Vista Drive, Balboa Drive and Alhambra Drive to help residents navigate in and out of their respective neighborhoods while the race is occurring.

Traffic will still flow on Grand Canyon Drive., N.M.

Chandler: It’s Important To Preserve Home Rule

on September 15, 2016 - 12:11pm
Los Alamos County Council Candidate
Former Charter Review Committee Member

I had previously written about Los Alamos County’s unique status as an H class, incorporated county.  (LA Daily Post, June 21, 2016). I now address our County’s status as a home rule, incorporated county.

As an incorporated county, we benefitfrom the flexibility afforded home rule municipalities. Under common law, cities are limited in their authorities, and are allowed to exercise only those authorities grantedto them by the state legislature.

DNCU Shreds & Recycles 34,780 Pounds Of Paper

on September 15, 2016 - 11:54am

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce its 2016 Shred Days have collected 34,780 pounds of paper for recycling. Shred events were held at each of the co-op’s six branches to allow members and the public to dispose of sensitive papers safely.

“We are proud to see the results of our commitment to the environment,” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said.

Science On Tap: ‘Through A Robot’s Eyes...’

on September 15, 2016 - 11:29am


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join us tonight when Chris Rittner will talk about the LANL hazmat robots. Science On Tap is tonight, Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

Rittner is part of LANL’s Hazardous Devices Team (HDT) and will talk about the work the group does, including the recent Hazmat Challenge (held each year since 1996), designed to test responders under the most trying of circumstances.

Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative

Governor Joins Stover At Rover Park Sunday

on September 15, 2016 - 10:29am

Tickets Available For Los Alamos GOP Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 24

on September 15, 2016 - 9:47am

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GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting its annual Constitution Day Dinner 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Church of Christ at 2323 Diamond Dr., in Los Alamos.

Tickets are available for this special event, which features guest speaker State Rep. Nora Espinoza who is a candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State. The winners of the Constitution Essay Contest for students of all school levels will be announced and the winners will have an opportunity to read their essays at the event.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mushrooms Along La Jara Trail

on September 15, 2016 - 9:13am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Mushrooms Along The La Jara Trail
It is late summertime and rain has been falling regularly for several weeks in the Valle Grande. Varieties of mushrooms are emerging from the ground or are growing on the sides of trees. 
The trail around the Cerro La Jara dome in the Valle Grande provides a visually pleasing setting in which to look for mushrooms. The Valle Grande is seen in any direction as the trail circles the dome. The dome was created as lava below pushed the level floor of the Valle Grande upwards.

Yang: Capital Isn’t Just About Money Or Equipment - Ignore Relationships At Your Peril

on September 15, 2016 - 9:07am
Los Alamos

When we hear “capital,” images immediately pop into our heads of money (in large amounts) or buildings or equipment. Of course, we realize and understand that people’s knowledge, skills and experiences are equally important, more in some businesses than in others. These less tangible assets are termed “human capital.” But in organizations, per Kenwyn Smith’s definition, it is the relations among parts, and the relations among relations, that really matter.

Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series Sept. 26-27

on September 15, 2016 - 9:05am
Seth Lloyd/Courtesy photo
SFI News:
SFI’s popular Ulam Lecture Series — now in its 24th year — features two talks that explore the Information Edge, the principle underlying both the creation and destruction of our universe’s complex structures.
Using simple, accessible examples from cosmology, quantum physics, and biological and financial systems, Seth Lloyd will shine a light on this powerful perspective. Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the SFI external faculty.
Lloyd, the author of Programming the

Senator Padilla: When Is The Special Session?

on September 15, 2016 - 9:03am
Majority Whip
New Mexico is facing a budget crisis of historic proportions, one that must be dealt with now, not later. The state budget crisis requires responsible cuts and reliable revenue sources.
For reasons that are difficult to fathom, the Governor and her Republican allies in the House of Representatives have been downplaying the seriousness of the budget crisis. Both the Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to fix the problem, not to pretend it doesn’t exist.
Now is the time for democrats and republicans to come together to solve this

100+ Women Who Care In Los Alamos Funds PAC 8’s Teen Suicide Prevention Project

on September 15, 2016 - 8:59am
From left, PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau with Kate O'Donnell guide the creation of a teen suicide prevention PSA project funded by 100+ Women Who Care in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
UWNM News:
100+ Women Who Care in Los Alamos is a group of women who strive to have a positive impact on those in need in the Los Alamos area, without the time-consuming effort associated with fundraising.
The mission is to reach out and help the community by collecting contributions for local nonprofits. All organizations up for consideration for an award are in the Los Alamos area.

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board To Hear Presentation On Air Monitoring At LANL

on September 15, 2016 - 8:45am
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) meets 1-5:15 p.m. Sept. 28, in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building at New Mexico Highlands University, 800 National Ave., in Las Vegas.
The NNMCAB is one of eight site-specific advisory boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities. Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.


At 2:30 p.m., David Rhodes, DOE Environmental

'Opera On The Rocks' Returns To Bandelier Sept. 24

on September 15, 2016 - 8:38am
For the fifth year, the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Atomic City Transit, and Bandelier National Monument will be presenting "Opera on the Rocks" at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. This year it will be the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24.
In previous years the music has been by Mozart, but this year Zarzuelas, excerpts from traditional Spanish opera, will be featured. There will also be food, beverages, and a craft table for kids. Tickets are now available at the Guild's website,; prices are $10 per

Local Presentation Features Adventures In Havana

on September 15, 2016 - 8:36am
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Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating - Cuba is a country of indefinable magic. 
Havana, the city once known as the “Paris of the Western Hemisphere” takes center stage Thursday, Sept. 29 at this month's meeting of the "Los Alamos & Santa Fe People Who Love Travel" Meetup. This month's presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be given at the ProjectY community space at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Havana pulses like no other city in the world in

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Meets Sept. 21

on September 15, 2016 - 8:28am
JJAB News:
The next Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is Sept. 21 and will include discussion on the FY-18 CYFD application, updating the JJAB strategic plan and getting board member signatures for the CYFD MOU is on the agenda. 
The 2016-2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey Roadshow is 1-3 p.m., Sept. 28 in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
Data from the 2016 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey will be presented and discussed and will include data specific to Los Alamos County.

DOE Issues RFI For Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal 2018 Procurement

on September 15, 2016 - 8:15am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, OHIO  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) seeking interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet the requirements for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal (2018) procurement.
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
DOE is seeking

Rep. Garcia Richard Evaluates Proposals During LESC Meeting At State Capitol

on September 15, 2016 - 8:12am

During a recent meeting at the state capitol in Santa Fe, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as an educator and member of the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) evaluates proposals that will affect New Mexico schools, teachers, insurance premiums for New Mexico, charter schools and the Every Child Succeeds Act that replaced No Child Left Behind. Courtesy photo

Taste Of Rio Rancho Set For Oct. 22

on September 15, 2016 - 8:05am
RIO RANCHO Taste what Rio Rancho restaurants have to offer at the 6th Annual Taste of Rio Rancho, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at Santa Ana Star Center at 3001 Civic Center Cirle NE.
Back again this year is the exclusive Pre-taste ticket, with early access 4-5:30 p.m. and more than 25 Rio Rancho restaurants taking part in this year’s event, which will provide attendees with free samples of their signature foods while supplies last.  
Tickets are priced at $10 for General Admission (5:30-7:30 p.m.), $20 for Pre Taste (4-5:30 p.m.), $30 for a 4 pack of

Daily Postcard: Buck Lingers On Barranca Mesa

on September 15, 2016 - 7:56am

A small herd of bucks are spotted Sept. 12 crossing the road in the usual place on Barranca Mesa and this magnificent buck was among them. He posed very nicely for the photographer. Photo by Ken Hanson

Community Invited To Join County At Upcoming Meetings For 11 Proposed Capital Improvement Projects

on September 14, 2016 - 4:25pm


The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos County Council at meetings to review the 11 proposed Capital Improvement Projects.

Meeting Schedule:

County Council Work Session

  •  Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
  • LAFD Training Room, Fire Station #3, White Rock
  • The Dekker Perich Sabatini team will review the projects and associated costs

Town Hall Meeting

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

Town Hall Meeting

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • LAFD Training Room, Fire Station #3, White Rock

Visit for information and to sign up for the

PSAT To Be Given At LAHS Oct. 19

on September 14, 2016 - 3:22pm
LAHS News:
Los Alamos High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) 8-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. 
This exam is mandatory for all sophomores and optional for juniors.
This test is the National Merit Scholarship qualifier when taken as a junior and is also used to select minority students for several recognition and scholarship programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal, math, and writing aptitude and is recommended for juniors who will be taking the SAT later in the school year.

Jackson Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 14, 2016 - 3:20pm
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ACRR News:
Aaron Jackson was the best predictor in the weekly pace race held near the end of San Ildefonso Road on North Mesa with a 5 second differential off his predicted time. 
Other accurate predictors were: Roxana Candia at 6 seconds off as well as the best finisher on the 1 mile course at 6:32, Jackie Marr with a 18 second second difference, Duane Marr at 21 seconds off, and Nikol Strother recording a 37 second differential and the top female finisher on the 3 mile course with a time of 21:04.