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Solo Traveler: Good Guides

on June 23, 2015 - 7:42am
The slit in the mountain is the hole where the Agua Azul river emerges from underground. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Agua Azul waterfalls. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
Good Guides

I’m sure every traveler has some frustrating or angry story about taking a day tour and being funneled into a trinket store where the tour operator gets a kickback on whatever the tourists buy.

My own experiences in India and Thailand were so bad they caused me to stop taking tours altogether. That was a mistake.

Tour guides come in many ‘flavors’, just like the rest of humanity,

Barranca Pool Swim Lessons Begin June 26

on June 23, 2015 - 7:33am
Barranca Pool. Courtesy photo


The second session of swim lessons start June 29 at Barranca Pool. Classes are available for pre-beginner to advanced distinguishing 8 different levels.

Sessions are 9-10:30 a.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Class lengths vary between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the level.

  • Session 2 is June 29 through July 10; and
  • Session 3 is July 27 through Aug. 7.

Cost for a two-week session of lessons will be $25 per child. Lesson sign-ups will start on the Monday of the week prior to the session.

Barranca Pool also has an active swim team


HD3 And SFCC Co-Host Discovery Day Event

on June 23, 2015 - 7:29am
HD3 News:
The High Desert Discovery District (HD3)New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up acceleratorand the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) have announced that they will co-host Innovation and Discovery in Energy and Water: HD3 Discovery Day™Aug. 11-12. 
This two-day HD3 signature event will be at the SFCC campus in Santa Fe.  
“Innovations in energy and water are some of the more intriguing and forward-facing developments taking place in New Mexico today, “ SFCC President Randy Grissom said.

DOE Appoints Angelica Gurulé To Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board

on June 22, 2015 - 9:37pm

Angelica Gurulé


The U.S. Department of Energy Los Alamos Field Office appointed Angelica Gurulé May 15 to the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB).

Gurulé serves as the Environmental Services Manager for Los Alamos County and is a resident of Española.

She will represent the citizens of Española, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties during her time on the board.

“I would like to learn as much as possible and be an advocate for the environmental health and safety of residents of northern New Mexico,” Gurulé said.

The NNMCAB is one of eight DOE Environmental

Heinrich On Jill Hruby's Appointment To Lead SNL

on June 22, 2015 - 9:16pm

Jill Hruby will become the 14th director of Sandia National Laboratories and the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories. Courtesy/SNL


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement today after it was announced that Jill Hruby will be the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories.

"Jill Hruby is an accomplished and admired public servant.

Threading Forever Closing Reception Friday

on June 22, 2015 - 8:56pm

Photographer and teacher Jim Caffrey at the June 5 opening of his exhibit on display in the Upstairs Art Gallery. Photo by Katy Korkos

Photographer Theresa DiMenno chats with a guest. Photo by Katy Korkos


Mesa Public Library will join the “Fourth Fridays” special activities, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 25, with a closing reception for the exhibit Threading Forever.  

There will be a gallery talk at 6 p.m. by Jim Caffrey, a well-known photographer and teacher.

UWNNM Issues Community Call to Action!

on June 22, 2015 - 2:41pm
The yard in Los Alamos is one of four that will be cleaned up and manicured during the UWNNM Day of Action. Photo by Chris Clark/
Volunteers will pull these weeds and trim the yard at this Los Alamos home during Friday's Call to Action. Photo by Chris Clark/


United Way's Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges.

It is a day that United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) asks community volunteers to engage in activity to help put its mission into


Great Race Rolls Into Santa Fe Tuesday June 23

on June 22, 2015 - 2:29pm
Great Race. Courtesy photo
GRS News:
Santa Fe will host an evening stop for the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 23.
The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to The Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.
The cars and trucks will begin arriving in Santa Fe shortly after the 4:45 p.m. start time of the festivities. The evening stop festivities will last approximately two hours.
The Great Race kick off is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants and

Luján Marks Third Anniversary Of DACA

on June 22, 2015 - 12:58pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
DACA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District marked the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was created three years ago last week and protects DREAMers from deportation.
“Across New Mexico and across America, DREAMersyoung people who were brought to our country as childrenhave contributed to the fabric of our great nation. 
From going to school to serving in the military, they have sought to build a better life for themselves, their families, and our communities.

Jemez Thrift Shop Holds Bag Days In July

on June 22, 2015 - 12:39pm
The Jemez Thrift Shop in White Rock is holding its monthly Bag Days: 
  • Wednesday, July 1;
  • Friday, July 3;
  • CLOSED for July 4;
  • Wednesday, July 8;
  • Friday, July 10; and
  • Saturday, July 11.
On Bag Days, everything a customer can fit into a brown paper bag is $5. Larger items also are discounted.
The Jemez Thrift Shop is at 13 Sherwood Blvd., near Smith's Food and Drug Center.

Letter To The Editor: Free Trade Could Help New Mexico Oil And Gas Industry

on June 22, 2015 - 12:19pm

By PAUL J. GESSING, president

New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation

When it comes to New Mexico’s economy, there are no bigger players than the oil and gas industries which, combined, contribute 31 percent of the general fund.

Natural gas prices remain at historically-depressed levels. Since spiking during the winter of 2014 when the East Coast of the United States saw a series of cold snaps, the Henry Hub price has been on a steady decline. Throughout 2015, prices have been below the historically-low $3/mmbtu line.

Oil prices on the other hand, were elevated until July of 2014 when prices began a


Tennis Camp At Mesa Courts Tuesday & Thursday

on June 22, 2015 - 12:14pm
Come sign up for Tennis Camp!
The camp is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mesa Tennis Courts behind UNM-LA.
The cost is $15 per lesson. To sign up, email or call 505.695.6637.
*Scholarships available for qualified students

Governor Announces Additional $3.5 Million For Major Watershed Restoration

on June 22, 2015 - 12:01pm

  • New Funding Helps Rehabilitate Watersheds from Unprecedented Drought, Fire, and Floods

RIO RANCHO – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced $3.5 million in additional funding for watershed restoration on public lands throughout New Mexico.

These funds help restore and rehabilitate vulnerable watersheds throughout the state, improving water quality and quantity.

“This additional funding will help us build on our progress in restoring and rehabilitating our most vulnerable watersheds,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans know all too well the powerful one-two punch of wildfires and floods.

Obituary: Michael F. Johnson March 10, 1956 – June 19, 2015

on June 22, 2015 - 11:52am

MICHAEL F. JOHNSON March 10, 1956 – June 19, 2015

Michael F. Johnson, 59, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on June 19, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico from complications from chemotherapy.

Born on March 10, 1956 in Ogden, Utah to Ralph Grange Johnson Jr. and Athleen Folger, Michael served an LDS mission in the Michigan, Lansing mission. He married Connie Leone Blair on July 12, 1979 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Michael and Connie lived in Layton, Utah and Wickenburg, Ariz., eventually settling in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Michael owned Johnson Brothers Electric with his brother LeGrand.



DNCU And City Of Espanola Join United Way Of Northern New Mexico's Day Of Action At Valdez Park

on June 22, 2015 - 11:25am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega, left, pitches in to help UWNNM Community Action Fund donors, City of Espanola and Del Norte Credit Union employees clean up Valdez Park during Friday's UWNNM Day of Action. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Del Norte Credit Union Chief Operations Officer Deb Salazar joins more than 50 volunteers Friday to beautify Valdez Park. Photo by Eric Vasquez/


Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPANOLA – More than 50 volunteers gathered Friday at Valdez Park in Espanola for the United Way of

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Celebrates 147 Years

on June 22, 2015 - 10:13am
It's all about relaxing at Ojo Caliente. Photo by Leah Austin
The Adobe Round Barn built in 1924 at Ojo Caliente, is listed on the New Mexico Register of Historic Places. It is a short distance from the spa area and available to rent for special events. Photo by Leah Austin
Cliffside pools at Ojo Caliente. Photo by Leah Austin


Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa at 50 Los Banos Dr., Highway 414 in Ojo Caliente is celebrating 147 years as one of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S.

Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a

Land Of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Night At Summer Concert At Ashley Pond Park Friday

on June 22, 2015 - 9:26am

The bluegrass band Whitewater Ramble performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos for Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation night.

Searchers Recover Body Of Missing Hiker Walter Scheib

on June 22, 2015 - 8:59am

Walter Scheib

NMSP News:

TAOSSearch and Rescue workers located the body of Walter Scheib Sunday evening in the expanded search area where he went hiking June 13 near Taos.

Scheib was the White House executive chef from 1994 until 2005 and had recently moved to the area. His body was discovered approximately 1.7 miles from the base of the Yerba Canyona Trail.

The New Mexico State Police coordinated a search and rescue mission that involved numerous agencies and resources after a family member reported him missing June 16 to the Taos Police Department.

Scheib’s vehicle was discovered

Yang: No Escaping From Our Biases

on June 22, 2015 - 7:07am
Los Alamos
No Escaping From Our Biases

However, we can learn and reduce our biases.

When we make a decision based on our intuition, we are prone to be biased. Even when we are given all the warnings of a potential trap, all the principles of the “right” logic, or factual presentations, we still let biases slip through. This is true for both the general population and for “experts” in many fields.

Since there is no such thing as “perfect” information with which we make decisions (besides, how does one define “perfect information?”), it is inevitable that we need to rely

Profile: Alex Zubelewicz of Leadership Los Alamos

on June 22, 2015 - 7:06am

LLA 2014-15 Leadership Los Alamos graduate Alex Zubelewicz. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 26 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2016 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges

Valles Caldera PyroClassic XC Bike Race Aug. 2

on June 22, 2015 - 7:03am
Bikers at the starting line at the 2014 PyroClassic. Courtesy photo
On the trail at the 2014 PyroClassic. Courtesy photo

Mark your biking calendar Aug. 2 for the 2nd annual Valles Caldera PyroClassic XC Mountain Bike Race. Join the fun for what may be one of the most scenic and challenging mountain bike races in New Mexico.  

The Race courses for Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate /Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3 will cover the stunning landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, winding through valley meadows and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of 11,000 ft. Redondo Peak.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Inside Out'

on June 22, 2015 - 6:58am
Los Alamos

“Inside Out” is an exceedingly clever, 3D, Pixar (animated) film about what makes up one’s personality, what memories we treasure and why some are forgotten, and how our emotions work.

The story is about Riley, an 11-year-old girl who has had a happy childhood, is good at hockey, and has great relationships with her parents and a best friend. That is, until her family has to move from Minnesota to San Francisco.

Rotary Donates $1,500 To Family Strengths Network

on June 22, 2015 - 6:52am
Carie Fanning, left, incoming executive director of Family Strengths Network, accepts a check from Rotarian Peggy Durbin and Rotary Club President Troy Hughes. Durbin and Rotarian Judy Goldie (not pictured) co-chaired the club's literacy program and received a matching grant from Rotary District 5520 in order to make a $1,500 donation to FSN. Photo by Hal Davis

Izraelevitz: June 21st Will Always Be My Father's Day

on June 21, 2015 - 7:28pm
Los Alamos

It wasn't until I had done my own Father's Day things this afternoon and sat down to pay bills, that I looked at the calendar and realized that today is the 21st of June.
Even as Father's Day bounces around the calendar so it can fall on the third Sunday of June, the precise day of June 21st is to me much more of a Father's Day because on June 21st, 1971, I got my father back for good.

Simon first came to America in 1969. It was an act of desperation.


President Shares Thoughts On Father's Day

on June 21, 2015 - 1:01pm

President Barack Obama plays with Ella Harper Rhodes, daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes during an Oval Office visit. Official White House/Pete Souza


President Barack Obama issued the following comments today in honor of Father's Day:

This Father's Day, I want to take a moment to thank all of the dads across the country -- and across the world -- who aren't just "around," but are deeply involved in the lives of their kids.

But today also reminds me of the countless children whose fathers aren't showing up for the most