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House Democrats Push For Better Behavioral Healthcare

on May 13, 2015 - 7:46am

Members of the Legislative Finance Committee at Tuesday's Behavioral Health presentation in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses New Mexico's behavioral health crisis at Tuesday's meeting. Courtesy photo


  • Serious Questions Arise At Legislative Finance Committee Behavioral Health Presentation

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Rep.

Fee Hike Proposed For North Mesa Stables

on May 12, 2015 - 10:23pm

Parks, Recreation and Open Space Manager Randy Smith briefs Council during this evening's work session at the firestation in White Rock and discusses a proposed fee increase for the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

North Mesa Stables Board President David Carroll commends county staff for the job they have been doing with regard to the stables and interacting with stable owners. However, he added that if the county decides to increase fees, they should plan to find another purpose for the stables. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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United Way Hosts Grant Meetings For Nonprofits

on May 12, 2015 - 5:14pm

Members of the United Way Community Action Fund Grant Committee are holding their annual meeting all week at Los Alamos National Bank with nonprofit organizations seeking funding for their programs. During Monday's meetings, Los Alamos Family YMCA CEO Linda Daly discusses the various programs the Y provides to the community and surrounding area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

First Born Program of Los Alamos representatives at far end of table from left, Cathleen Hewlett-Masser, Kim Fergusen and Molly McBranch discuss their program with the United Way Community Action Fund Grant

Quantum Dot Startup Takes Another Quantum Leap

on May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
Hunter McDaniel, president and founder of UbiQD, LLC. Courtesy photo
Quantum dots can take any light and turn it into any color. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

If it were possible to win a trifecta in the high-stakes/high-gain world of start-up technology, a two-year-old Los Alamos company with a geeky name might have just pulled one off.

Hunter McDaniel, president and founder of a local venture called UbiQD, LLC, announced Monday that his company had signed two key intellectual property licensing agreements, one with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Udall Bill To Help Veterans Through Claims Process

on May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall this week joined several senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA’s oldest pending claims.
Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.  
"The backlog of veterans' disability claims

Letter To The Editor: Provide Your Input About Permitting And Inspections Today!

on May 12, 2015 - 12:29pm
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council is meeting at 7 p.m. today, May 12, at the White Rock Fire Station. The council will be reviewing the county's permitting process.

I have been frustrated working with the county on permitting issues for a local non-profit. I have also heard much frustration from citizens and business owners about how difficult it is to deal with the County when making renovations or building a new building. Some on the council appear to be skeptical about this frustration. 

The only way we can change the culture at the county is by being vocal about


Sink Hole Repair At 15th Street And Central Avenue

on May 12, 2015 - 12:13pm


Due to equipment availability, AUI, Inc. will start work on a sink hole repair at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 at N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive, which will be closed between 7th Street and Knecht to repair an isolated portion of the roadway.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All westbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to access DP Road and businesses up to the Meri-Mac Shopping Center entrance. NM502 / Trinity will be closed immediately east of the Meri-Mac Shopping Center entrance at 7th Street.
  • All westbound NM502 / Trinity thru traffic will be detoured to Central, then 15th Street

Letter To The Editor: White Rock Visitor Center Says NO To Los Alamos

on May 12, 2015 - 10:40am
Los Alamos

It was brought to my attention by another White Rock resident, that the White Rock Visitor Center almost totally ignores the town of Los Alamos. 

As you walk into the visitor center, you will see a single display advertising that, in Los Alamos, you can buy chocolate and then work it off at the local YMCA (how exciting does it get!). Showing only one retailer implies that there is nothing else worthwhile to visit in our town.


Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 12, 2015 - 10:35am

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting.

Judith C. Gursky Memorial At Senior Center May 23

on May 12, 2015 - 10:35am

Judith C. Gursky


There will be a public memorial and celebration of the life and times of Judith C. Gursky at 2 p.m., May 23 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row.

Judith passed away earlier in the year. The family invites her friends, former colleagues and acquaintances to join her family in remembering and reminiscing her life.

A reception will follow and the family looks forward to personally thanking the many who sent condolences and well wishes since Judith’s passing.


Team 4-H Hosts Event About Raising Chickens In County

on May 12, 2015 - 10:13am
Los Alamos County Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer,discusses the rules and regulations for raising chickens within the County. Courtesy photo

4-H News:

Team 4-H hosted a Backyard Poultry Tour Saturday at which more than 20 people attended and participated in the self-guided tour.

Speakers included Del Jimenez, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Specialist; Tom Beyer, Los Alamos County Animal Control Officer; and Laural Hardin of Pet Pangea.

Topics included Raising Poultry for Beginning Farmers, Los Alamos County Regulations for Backyard Chickens and Supplies for Raising Poultry.

Obituary: Earl Maze May 11, 2015

on May 12, 2015 - 10:10am

EARL MAZE May 11, 2015

Earl Maze, 95, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye Maze.

Mr. Maze is survived by his children, Jay Maze and wife Sally and Cindy Maze all of White Rock; grandsons, Stephen Maze and wife Julie of White Rock and Kevin Maze of Albuquerque and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Private burial to take place.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity.


Farmers Market Thursday May 14

on May 12, 2015 - 10:03am
LAFM News:
Los Alamos Farmers' Market is back in full swing for the season 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday in Mesa Public Library parking lot.
What will be at the market this week:
Certified organic seeds, vegetable starts, dried chile pods, and lettuce bowls, vegetable and flower starts, potted plants and flowers, hanging plants, also native plants and starts., cilantro lavender body and soap products, goat soaps, goat cheese spreads, cow cheeses, fabulous fresh pork, ungraded eggs and pecans, spinach, salad greens, green onions kettle corn, dried apples, apple wood for

Food On The Hill: Fresh Fruit Salad With Spearmint

on May 12, 2015 - 9:56am
Food on the Hill
Los Alamos
This week's recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad with Spearmint
Felicia Orth/

A few things I know about fresh fruit salad:

  • Everybody likes it. Really, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t.
  • It’s not tricky to prepare. Time-consuming if, like me, you are scrupulous about washing it all carefully and chopping everything into bite-size chunks, but not otherwise challenging.
  • It’s always colorful, even if you only pay a little attention to that sort of thing.
  • No recipe is needed.

LAPS Superintendent Attends Graduation At The Pit

on May 12, 2015 - 8:15am

Clearly holding education in high esteem, from left, Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus attends a friend's graduation Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque with his son Kent Steinhaus (Masters in Engineering), wife Jo Beth (Masters in Education) and daughter Valerie Steinhaus (Bachelors in Computer Science). Dr. Steinhaus took over his role as superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools Monday, May 4. Courtesy photo

SAR: Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?

on May 12, 2015 - 7:52am
Prof. Nick Bostrom of Oxford University. Courtesy photo
SAR News:
SANTA FE  Best-selling author and TED speaker, Dr. Nick Bostrom asks “Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?” at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 7 at the James A. Little Theater.
Presented by The School for Advanced Research (SAR), Bostrom asks us to reimagine the future of mankind and the consequences of our current intellectual and scientific paths. If we want to mindfully shape the long-term consequences of our actions, we must consider how they will affect the complicated dynamics that shape the future.
In this

LAMS Students Raise Funds For Teacher Medical Costs

on May 12, 2015 - 7:45am

LAMS News:

Students at Los Alamos Middle School continue to raise money to help with medical costs for teachers Ryan Finn and Sherri Bublitz as they battle medical ailments.

Fundraising efforts this week include two events Friday:

  • A $1 donation will allow students to wear hats throughout the day; and
  • Spare change will be collected during a talent show. 

To learn more, call 505.663.3252.


Alumni To Break Ground On Memorial Wall In El Rito

on May 12, 2015 - 7:37am
EL RITO  The Northern New Mexico Normal School Alumni Association will break ground May 21, to begin construction on a memorial wall on Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito Campus.
The El Portal del Águila Memorial Wall will honor and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the graduates and the rich history of the El Rito Normal School. It will be located at the southwest corner of the campus and will be visible from the main road. The area also features a memorial orchard where family members can plant fruit trees in honor of alumni who have passed. 

Concordia Santa Fe Presents 'Inspirations' May 24

on May 12, 2015 - 7:31am
Marlon Brando. Courtesy/NNMA
NMMA News:
Concordia Santa Fe's Wind Orchestra presents "Inspirations", a program exploring musical homages to existing works across artistic genres. 
The performance will include compositions by Steven Bryant, Frank Ticheli, Norman Dello Joio, Johann Sebastian Bach, David Biedenbender and Leonard Bernstein. 

Admission is free  donations accepted at the door. 
The program begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art at 107 W. Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.
Leonard Bernstein was an eclectic composer whose

Aspen Students Raise $1,080 For Project Eliminate

on May 12, 2015 - 7:24am
Representatives of Aspen Elementary School's K-Kids, Natural Helpers and National Elementary Honor Society present Don Casperson of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos with a check for $1,080 for Project Eliminate. Photo by Sharon Allen
A chain of 600 links decorated with syringes, one link for each mother and baby saved from the deadly disease tetanus, lines the main hallway of Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Sharon Allen


Thanks to the wonderful students (and families) and enthusiastic competition between classrooms, Aspen Elementary School students collected $1,080 for


Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Tonight

on May 12, 2015 - 7:06am
A youngster enjoys family activities at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. 

The center will be open for exploring exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and free to attend .

For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.


Chef Laura Hamilton Joins Staff At Rosebud Café

on May 11, 2015 - 12:01pm
Chef Laura Hamilton, left, with Rosebud Café owner Lana Crochet. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just in time for spring, the Rosebud Café in White Rock is making changes.

The café’s menu continues to feature organic, raw, whole grain, sugar free and gluten free foods, but since the arrival of Chef Laura Hamilton two weeks ago, the menu has been revised.

“The food is mostly organic and all natural, but it’s also really delicious homemade food,” Hamilton said.

Quiche of the day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

In addition

Letter To The Editor: Author Chuck Montaño Comments On His Book 'Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary'

on May 11, 2015 - 11:46am
By Chuck Montaño
Santa Fe

I thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for its recent review of my book. The book is titled Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary, and is a “70th Anniversary Reflection” focusing on
significant issues and events other books about Los Alamos tend to overlook.

The centerpiece of my book is the obstruction of justice that happened in 2003, when two seasoned criminal investigators—Glenn Walp and Steve Doran—were terminated suddenly
for the purpose of derailing their ongoing investigation of a major procurement fraud occurring in Los Alamos at the time.

LANL and University of

Creative District Advisory Committee Meets May 14

on May 11, 2015 - 11:31am


The Creative District Advisory Committee is set to meet 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday in the Boards and Commissions Conference Room at the Los Alamos Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Items on the agenda include:

  • A report on the Los Alamos Community Foundation;
  • Curator's Report;
  • Subcommittee Reports;
  • Financial Report from Patrick Sullivan of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation;
  • County Report by Brian Bosshardt and Kelly Stewart;
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park update;
  • Branding update;
  • MainStreet Report from Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet; and
  • ScienceFest

ACFC Wins Durango Soccer Tournament

on May 11, 2015 - 11:31am
Front row from left, Jakob Castille, Derek Kober, Jaryn Newman, Christoper Koh and Donovan Atencio.  Back row from left, Valerie Li, Dima Tretiak, Jonathon Moulton, Cade Cummins, Jared Carnes, Jesse Prime, Wyatt Watson, Malcom Carr and coach Mike Prime. Not pictured, Shawn Stokes and assistant coach Dario Castano. Photo by Kaelan Prime
Jesse Prime (15) after clearing the ball away from a Moab, Utah attacker. Photo by Kaelan Prime
ACFC News:
The under-14 boys Atomic City Football Club (ACFC) won its bracket in the 2015 Durango Shootout soccer tournament May 9-10. 
In round