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AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

on November 18, 2015 - 3:22pm


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,

Seeking Applicants For Library Board Vacancy

on November 18, 2015 - 3:20pm


The Los Alamos County Library Board is accepting applications for one vacancy on its Board. 

The next 12 months will be an exciting time as the library board will be supporting a strategic planning process that will guide the future of the library for the next four to five years. Activities include leading community focus groups, playing a role in the community survey process, and providing input into the development and finalization of the document.

The Library Board meets the first Monday of each month and is a fun and collaborative team that has a history of achieving

Obituary: Virginia Dillon Lee Nov. 16, 2015

on November 18, 2015 - 3:14pm


Virginia Dillon Lee, 82, passed away Monday, November 16, 2015. Her spirit is now with her deceased spouse, James Oliver Lee who died on November 24, 1990. She is survived by: her sister, Dorothy O’Hara, and her five daughters; Rosemary Rezendes and spouse, Dee Keoski, spouse and two children, Virginia Lee Bateman, spouse and four children, Nora Lee and spouse, Megan Lee Ito, resident of Los Alamos, her spouse and two children.

Virginia Lee was born in New York, New York.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 10 To Nov. 16, 2015

on November 18, 2015 - 2:50pm
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.
Nov. 10 at 7:48 a.m. / Police arrested Juan Perez, 21, of Abiqui on East Jemez Road on an outstanding warrant from another Jurisdiction.




Nov. 10 at 10:12 a.m. / Police arrested Jeremy Martinez, 31, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
Nov. 10 at 10:59 a.m.

UNM-LA Donates Darkroom Equipment To LAHS

on November 18, 2015 - 11:02am

LAHS photography teacher Michelle Griffin looks on as her husband Matthew, left, and UNM-LA staffer Alex Zubelewicz move one of four enlargers that UNM-LA has donated to LAHS. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Traditional darkroom photography skills­—developingfilm, printing, enlarging, and using filters—are still valuable for aspiring photographers to learn.

UNM-LA recently donated a significant amount of darkroom equipment to the photography program at Los Alamos High School where 75 - 100 students take photography classes each semester.

“We now have enough equipment for every student, and


LANL Structure-Damage Software Wins R&D 100 Award

on November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

LANL News:
  • SHMTools monitoring project takes home prestigious award

A software package called SHMTools, which can detect damage in a variety of structures and was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, won an R&D 100 Award Friday.

“This R&D100 award highlights the Laboratory’s tremendous strength in structural health monitoring, and our long-standing collaborations with the University of California,” said Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.

Festival Of Trees Saturday Nov. 21

on November 18, 2015 - 10:45am
Flourless Chocolate Cake. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Chocolate abounded Saturday night at the 10th annual Festival of Chocolate.
The event formally kicks off a week-long celebration of the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  The big event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and donations of school lunch or snack items is requested for entry.

Watch the Los Alamos Daily Post for more Festival of Trees details throughout the week.
Chocolate Pecans. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team Takes 1st Place ... Again!

on November 18, 2015 - 7:38am
Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team 1st place champions and their coaches following their big win at the Taos Middle School Tournament over the weekend. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Middle School Wrestling Team took another 1st place trophy home at the Taos Middle School Tournament over the weekend.
This is the second first place trophy for LAMS wrestling in as many weeks.
Taking 1st place in the Tourney:
  • Devin Atencio;
  • Xavier Massara;
  • Antonio Vigil; and
  • Aiden Johnson.
Second place went to:
  • Izzy Maestas;
  • Gloria Ramos; and
  • Noah Santi-unger.
Third place medals went

Meet Man Traveling US To Prove Viability Of Electric Vehicles At Nature Center 10 a.m. Today

on November 18, 2015 - 7:18am
Brian Kent of New York will be topping off the batteries in his LEAF at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet him. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Johnny Appleseed meets the electric highway. Proving the viability of electric vehicles while planting trees in each of 48 U.S. States, Brian Kent of New York will charge his batteries at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The community is invited to stop by and meet Kent and hear about his efforts to change the public's perceptions of

Math & Science Night At Mountain School Today!

on November 18, 2015 - 6:41am


Mountain Elementary School is hosting a Family Math and Science Night 5:30-7 p.m. today in the school’s gymnasium.

The community is invited to the event and participants will have the opportunity to play math games, check out math and science displays and enter a raffle drawing. Dinner will be provided.

Mountain Elementary School is at 2280 North Road in Los Alamos.

Council Directs Staff To Research Matter Regarding Endangered Species Act In Collaboration With Petitioner

on November 17, 2015 - 9:37pm

Michael Dax of the Defenders of Wildlife in Santa Fe, left, and Donald Jones of White Rock discuss the importance of Los Alamos County adopting a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Susan O'Leary makes the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition asking Council to adopt a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act and direct staff to work with the petitioner and return to Council with additional information. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Pete Sheehey seconds the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition regarding the Endangered Species

Council Proclaims Nov. 28 ‘Small Business Saturday’

on November 17, 2015 - 8:37pm

Councilor James Chrobocinski reads the proclamation on behalf of Council this evening declaring Nov. 28 as ‘Small Business Saturday’ in Los Alamos County. Print Screen/LADP

Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge thanks the Council for proclaimimg Saturday, Nov. 28 as ‘Small Business Saturday’ in Los Alamos County and commented that 60 some local businesses are involved in this year's event, which runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 6. Print Screen/LADP

Small business owner Katie Brousseau of Warm Hearts Yarn thanks Council for issueing the proclamation and for the attention they are placing on

Snow Scenes Around Los Alamos

on November 17, 2015 - 6:35pm
Snow falls around historic Fuller Lodge today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Some 11 inches of new snow falls overnight on the Los Alamos Ski Hill. Photo by Chris Clark/
View of Los Alamos today from Mesa Public Library. Photo by Chris Clark/
Fall leaves stand out among today's blanket of snow in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
A metal horse sculpture by artist Richard Swenson rears up in the snow today in Central Park Square. Photo by Chris Clark/
Marigolds stand out near

Residents Reminded To Keep Sidewalks Clear

on November 17, 2015 - 6:18pm

Courtesy photo


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. Sidewalk priorities include:

  • Safe routes

Atlas To Present Proposed Straplines, Logo Concepts To Council Dec. 1

on November 17, 2015 - 2:47pm


Atlas Advertising will travel to Los Alamos Tuesday, Dec. 1 to present to County Council the selected straplines plus logo concepts that support the branding initiative.

The Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., and branding is the main item on the Council's business agenda. All Council meetings are open to the public.

The Colorado based company has been under contract since March 2015 to develop the straplines and logo concepts for $17,500. They traveled to Los Alamos in May for public meetings and stakeholder

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/


With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

Newell Discusses Quantum Encryption Nov. 19

on November 17, 2015 - 1:59pm

Raymond Newell 

LANL News:

Raymond Newell of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Applied Modern Physics group discusses quantum encryption during a Science on Tap presentation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking at Central Park Square.

“Quantum cryptography is very different from current encryption systems because it takes advantage of the fundamentally unpredictable behavior of individual subatomic particles of light [photons],” Newell said.

United Church 'Everything Christmas Sale' Dec. 2

on November 17, 2015 - 1:33pm
The United Church announces its annual "Everything Christmas Sale" 8:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, in Graves Hall on Rose Street.
The sale will include, trees, ornaments, books, gifts and Christmas decorations for inside and out.
Visit the United Church website for more information.

Girl Scout Annual Holiday Bazaar At IHM Saturday

on November 17, 2015 - 1:28pm


Four LAHS Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent

on November 17, 2015 - 1:16pm

Four Los Alamos High School athletes signed National Letters of Intent today at a table outside the Athletic Department at LAHS. From left, Sarah Lott – University of Utah (swimming); Lane Saunders – Eastern New Mexico University (baseball); Ashlynn Trujillo – New Mexico Highlands University (basketball) and Brianna Montano – New Mexico Highlands University (Volleyball). Photo by Leland Lehman/

LAHS’s college bound athletes from left, Sarah Lott, Lane Saunders, Ashlynn Trujillo and Brianna Montano. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Chamber Business Breakfast Rescheduled Nov. 19

on November 17, 2015 - 12:41pm


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast, which was cancelled today due to weather has been rescheduled for 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

The breakfast meeting is focused on providing constructive input for sign code matters in the community. Business owners and managers are invited to enjoy breakfast catered by the Rosebud Café and then roll up their sleeves to review specific sections of the code.

Attendees will be divided into small groups, each assigned a small section of the code to discuss and develop suggestions for how it might be more business

Coaching Café: Catabolic Vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 2

on November 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
By LeAnne Parsons
Los Alamos
Last month we began a discussion of the characteristics of anabolic and catabolic leaders, and how the anabolic leader “leads,” while the catabolic leader “manages.”
Another distinction between catabolic and anabolic leaders is that catabolic leaders “delegate,” while anabolic leaders “participate.”
According to Webster’s dictionary, “delegate” means to entrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit, and “participate” means to partake of; to share in; to receive a part of.
Most of us have been taught that delegating is something

Community Invited To Annual Tree Lighting At Municipal Building As Part Of WinterFest 5 p.m. Dec. 5

on November 17, 2015 - 12:05pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson and County Manager Harry Burgess at last year's tree lighting event in the lobby of the municipal building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Join the Los Alamos County Council as they officially “light the holiday tree” in the municipal building lobby as part of Winterfest!

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec 5 with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. – come inside from the cold to enjoy the tree, munch on some cookies and sip cocoa while visiting with the Councilors.

There also will be a free, festive holiday photo booth

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Responds To Public Schools Risk Advisory

on November 17, 2015 - 11:50am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:


“Auditor Keller is correct to draw attention to the importance for all school districts in New Mexico to closely follow provisions of the School Personnel Act, and the potential consequences when the law is circumvented.

“We have recent examples from Albuquerque, Mora, and Espanola of serious issues which can arise when the School Personnel Act is not followed.

Chamisa Trash Fashionistas Shine!

on November 17, 2015 - 11:28am
Sophia Bean makes a water bottle spiral. Courtesy photo
ART News:
The Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Fair was a hit! Students and families enjoyed and participated in “make & take” art activities using recycled materials.
Renee Mitsunaga, Chamisa’s art teacher, focused on art projects using newspaper, jigsaw puzzles, old t-shirts, CDs, and more.
These projects are still on display in the hallways of Chamisa, if you would like to see them. The fashion show was organized by Andrea Lynch.
She designed a few outfits and the runway by reusing props from the YMCA Homecoming float.