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LAVA Founder To Reveal Plan To Rapidly Transform Los Alamos’s Business And Scientific Landscape

on October 11, 2014 - 4:23pm

Ashok Rao, founder of several multi-million dollar global startups.

By MANDY MARKSTEINER

Palo Alto … Boston ... Houston … Los Alamos. That’s right, Los Alamos. Innovation-led economies have created sustainable, prospering economies which continue to change how we interact with technology, or bring new medical devices or vaccines to market, or technology to improve how we meet the world’s energy needs.

So why is Los Alamos in this select company?

Well, at noon Oct. 24 during a public presentation at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) founder Nicholas Seet will reveal the

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Letter to the Editor: Managing Our Public Utilities Exponentially?

on October 11, 2014 - 4:10pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

The recent approval by the County Council of a contract that could eventually cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars to pay for a bizarre and vague branding slogan ("Live Exponentially") could not come at a worse time for those who wish to expand Council's power over our Dept. of Public Utilities and its Board by voting to approve Charter Amendment 2.

I've heard good arguments from both sides of the discussion and have been undecided to some degree.

Jeremy Davis Shares Volunteer Experience With Catch-A-Dream Hunt On Valles Caldera

on October 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Catch-a-Dream hunter Tyler Gunlogson
 
Catch a Dream in 2014
By Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is from Bluff Dale, Texas and a vegetation ecologist for the Valles Caldera Trust. He writes about his volunteer experience with Catch-A-Dream hunt on the Preserve.

There was only one thing was bigger than 15 year old Tyler Gunlogson’s size 15 hunting boots on the morning of the 28th of September; his smile. Why was he all grins? Well, that’s just what happens when you fulfill a lifelong dream within a 24 hour span of time. This is his story.

Mornings start early in the hunting camp but that

Letter to the Editor: Error Made In Charter Amendment Question #1

on October 11, 2014 - 3:58pm
By ROBERT PELAK
CRC-1 Member

There is a flaw in Charter Amendment Question number one. One of the several changes packaged into this question excepts people who serve as poll workers (who are paid a small fee by the county) from the rule prohibiting county employees from serving as voting members on boards, commissions and ad hoc committees.

Jemez Ranger District Temporarily Closed For Protection Of New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

on October 11, 2014 - 3:03pm

New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse. Credit/USFWS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, portions of Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District will be under a special closure order for the protection of occupied habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

This is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The mouse was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered earlier this year and these protections are needed until consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be concluded.

Specifically, the closure area is located in the

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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Equalizer'

on October 11, 2014 - 2:17pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Equalizer” stars one of my favorite leading men, Denzel Washington, as a quiet man living a mundane life in Boston until the day he has a brush with the Russian Mob.

As the story unfolds, we learn very few details about Robert McCall, Denzel’s character in the film. He appears to be a person with a strong sense of justice and some expertise in health and fitness. He lives in an upstairs apartment in a modest neighborhood, rides the bus to work, and seems well liked by his co-workers at Home Mart, where he has a job in the lumber department.

Movie poster

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $780,000 To Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

on October 11, 2014 - 2:04pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico.

These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico’s Presto Loan program to promote and develop entrepreneurship throughout New Mexico.

Letter to the Editor: Forum Debate Justifies 'For' Vote On Charter Amendment 2

on October 11, 2014 - 1:56pm
By ROBERT WELLS, P.E.
(Civil Engineering, with experience managing comparable utilities organizations)

1. The Fuller Lodge forum on Oct. 7 regarding the County’s recommended amendment of the Utilities charter provided ample opportunity for proponents and opponents to present their respective views. Robert Gibson was particularly articulate in presenting opposing views; however, his arguments essentially stressed fear that the amendment would enable future County councilors to raid the Utilities Department’s treasury.

LAMS Students Create Wall of Awesomeness

on October 11, 2014 - 1:32pm

LAMS Wall of Awesomeness was assembled by student volunteers Tuesday. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School created a Wall of Awesomeness as one of its suicide prevention activities during Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

Tuesday, the 7th grade and 8th grade Student Council and some WEB Crew members assisted with putting the wall together and the staff added their answers Wednesday to the same questions.

Students were asked:

  • What makes you awesome?
  • What makes life awesome?

Many youth answered that family makes their life awesome.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Can’t We Just Get Along?

on October 11, 2014 - 1:19pm

By A Longtime Los Alamos Resident

Wow. All this discussion about dogs has me wondering what to think. I’ve lived in Los Alamos 60 years. Our family has always had and continues to have dogs. We’re not bad people. We don’t want to disturb our neighbors – we want to be neighborly neighbors and we sincerely try to be.

If you need help shoveling snow, changing a tire or getting your car started, a meal or two while you’re convalescing, bringing your mail and newspapers in while you’re out of town, watching your children before the bus arrives because you have to get to work earlier than usual,

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Send Care Packages To College Students And Support Educational Travel For Los Alamos Teens

on October 11, 2014 - 12:57pm

Courtesy/eftours.com

COMMUNITY News:

To raise funds for their summer tour, Los Alamos students participating in the Europe 2015 travel are putting together personalized packages filled with gifts for happy college students.

Parents of college students may send their college student a College Care Package from Los Alamos and support educational travel for these 2015 high school seniors.

For $30, Europe 2015 travelers will fill a College Care Package with treats such as homemade cookies, crackers, candy, hot chocolate and tea; school supplies including sticky notes, pens and pencils;

Northern New Mexico Revival Center Hosts Seminar Oct. 24-25

on October 11, 2014 - 12:35pm

NNMRC News:

Northern New Mexico Revival Center, 134-A State Road 4 in White Rock (in the former Hive location), is offering a Removing the Graveclothes Boot Camp for those seeking more healing and freedom in their walk with God.  

The seminar will introduce participants to an integrated, Biblical approach to helping those  bound by the "graveclothes" of life. It is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24  and 9 a.m. to noon and again 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

For information, contact Eileen Douglass 505.662.1570, eidlanm@gmail.com or Dee Alei at 505.695.5030, nnmrc14@gmail.com to

Letter to the Editor: A Resident Who Does Not Want To Live 'Exponentially'!

on October 11, 2014 - 11:18am
By GEORGE, Los Alamos Resident For 35 Years

I am not sure I want to live exponentially. Especially I do not like the exponential wasting of money over useless branding, useless and continuing red barrels around town.

I would like the council to live within its means; increasing, rather than wasting, general funds for some emergencies the town may experience.

Even as a democrat, really independent, I would like the council to work to reduce taxes, reduce ostentatious inessential spending, and reduce the size of government.

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Letter to the Editor: City Dogs, Country Dogs

on October 11, 2014 - 10:08am
By RICHARD HANNEMAN
Los Alamos
 
Personally, I like the barking of dogs. Particularly in the early evening as the sentinels of the town set watch.
 
Listen carefully. There is no one dog barking continually non-stop for half an hour -- I'm not certain the dog can really keep it up that long. What you will hear is our sentinel network passing the word of an intruder alert down the line -- first one sets the alert, which is passed on to the next while the first stops, then on to the next and so one. As each dog does its job it quiets as the next takes up the alert.
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Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture On LANL Tech Transfer By Dr. David Pesiri Tuesday

on October 11, 2014 - 9:08am

Dr. David R. Pesiri

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture presents "Made in Los Alamos: A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry" by Dr. David R. Pesiri at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long and accomplished history in national security, and from this rich past has come a tremendous wealth of technologies and products used every day.

Redmond: Why I'm Running For Magistrate Judge

on October 11, 2014 - 8:23am
By BLAIR REDMOND
Candidate for Magistrate Judge 

Fellow concerned citizens,

I want to thank you for the support you have shown me thus far in my campaign and to share with you some thoughts about the position of magistrate judge. Many of you have asked me, “Why do we have so many judges for such a small town? We don’t have that much crime do we?” The answer, when boiled down to the basics, is fairly easy to understand. 

The differences between municipal and magistrate judges are their jurisdictions.

Sharp Political Differences Fuel Dust Up At Dist. 3 Congressional Candidates Forum

on October 10, 2014 - 8:11pm
Congressional Dist. 3 Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Luján and Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd field questions from the audience gathered at Fuller Lodge for Thursday's final forum of the 2014 political season. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Feelings ran high at Thursday's League of Women Voters (LWV) Forum at Fuller Lodge featuring the

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Finalists Announced/Survey Open In Apartment Renaming Contest

on October 10, 2014 - 7:49pm

STAFF REPORT

Plateau Property Management has announced the finalists in the 'name that apartment' contest for the recently puchased Los Cerros Apartments and 40 units on Gold Street.

For Gold Street:
  • The Cottonwoods
  • Mountain View Apartments
  • Vista Buena Apartments

For Los Cerros:

  • High Desert Apartments
  • Ponderosa Pines Apartments
  • Whispering Pines Apartments

Enter your top pick for each complex here by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.

The winner for each apartment complex will receive $250 in chamber bucks and whoever wins honorable mention for each apartment complex will receive $50 in chamber

Letter to the Editor: 'Live Exponentially?' - Council Is Not Listening

on October 10, 2014 - 7:03pm
By RAO GARIMELLA
Los Alamos
 
It seems to me that the Los Alamos County Council is not listening.
 
Did it not follow the uproar in the Los Alamos Daily post columns about the absurdity of this slogan and the protest against the money spent in coming up with it? Yet it has gone ahead with contract to develop a brand logo.
 
Mr. Sheehey wisely voted against it because as a scientist he understands that this statement sounds ridiculous to scientists and meaningless to the others. The rest of the council doesn't seem to get it.
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Letter to the Editor: Better Living, Exponentially

on October 10, 2014 - 6:36pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Since Council just approved a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC to create a strapline "Living Exponentially", perhaps we should actually live by this slogan. I have two suggestions. These might address the flood of sarcastic letters headed to the Los Alamos Daily Post aimed at this $225,000 expenditure and also may remedy the recent upheaval directed at barking dogs.

Indeed, an exponent can be less than one, so living exponentially doesn't necessarily mean living extravagantly but can also mean living with less.

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TOTH: Why Does A Good God Allow Evil?

on October 10, 2014 - 6:18pm

Mother Alicia Pope. Courtesy/TOTH
Why Does A Good God Allow Evil?
By Lisa Rothrock And Mother Alicia Pope

Ever wonder about why God would allow evil into the world? Do you struggle with trusting God in the midst of your suffering?

Certainly, this issue gives the media great fodder with which to stir us up and attack our fears! The media show us constant clips of shootings, murders, terrorism, abuse, poverty, natural disasters, and horrible diseases, just to name a few. Why does God allow all this evil, and what is His plan in the midst of it?

This Sunday evening at Trinity on the Hill

Meet Jeanne Robinson Participating In 2014 Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour

on October 10, 2014 - 6:06pm

Hand-crocheted openwork shrug by Jeanne Robinson. Courtesy photo

ART News:

This year's Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 11-12 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a "Get to Know Your Artist" series leading up to the annual event.

Each of the 16 artists participating in the tour will be showcased prior to the beginning of the tour to allow our readers an opportunity to learn about them and their work.

Meet Los Alamos artist Jeanne Robinson:

I have been knitting and crocheting since I was in early grade school. I made my first sweater in grade school and wore it through grad schooI.

Letter to the Editor: Resist Tampering ... Vote 'No' On Utility Charter Amendments

on October 10, 2014 - 4:41pm
By KEVIN HOLSAPPLE
Los Alamos

I'm voting "no" on the charter amendment questions pertaining to proposed changes in governance of the LA County Utilities Department.

I have had long experience as a customer and constituent dealing with both the County government and Council as well as with the Department of Public Utilities. During those many years I represented a private, non-profit organization that was both one of the biggest property tax payers in the County as well as one of the bigger utility customers.

I have never been an employee of the County or the Utilities Department, I have

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Council Approves Contract With Atlas To Move 'Live Exponentially' Strapline Forward

on October 10, 2014 - 1:25pm

In its noon meeting today in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council voted 5-1 to approve a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC of Denver for $25,000 for brand logo design services, $25,000 for implementation plan services of the strapline 'Live exponentially' and subject to future council approval, $175,000 for brand execution services for a possible total of $225,000. Councilor Pete Sheehey voted against the measure and Councilor Steven Girrens was absent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Letter to the Editor: A Letter From An Actual Dog

on October 10, 2014 - 11:53am
By Los Alamos Dog

First off, I guess I should apologize for being a dog in Los Alamos. People seem to be getting really annoyed with us lately. But hear me out (I’m not barking right now, just talking), because I have a few things to say.

You humans domesticated us long ago, and we actually thank you for that. We enjoy our lives with you, sleeping indoors on warm beds, always getting fed each day, getting medical care when we need it, and being on the receiving end of lots of love from you. But, no matter how much you may treat us like humans, we are still dogs.

We are territorial by nature,

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