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Police Seek Information On Pinon Elementary Arson

on August 15, 2014 - 12:26pm

Melted playground equipment. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information about a recent arson at Pinon Elementary School.

The arson at at the school at 90 Grand Canyon occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the back playground area. When police and fire officials arrived, they observed and extinguished a fire in some playground equipment. The blaze caused extensive damage to the playground slide that was recently purchased for this current school year.

“At this time, both LAFD arson investigators and LAPD detectives are actively looking

Los Alamos MainStreet's Suzette Fox Presents Update At Council Meeting Underway In Municipal Building

on August 15, 2014 - 12:18pm

Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox presents her annual program update to County Council underway until 1:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers inside the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Arson Did Not Damage Pinon Elementary's Spirit

on August 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Police are searching for the person or persons who set fire to playground equipment at Pinon Elementary School Wednesday night. 'We are all sad here about what happened but did not let it ruin our spirits and the so many positive celebrations in the students' first day of school," teacher Christine Peters told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'We are a family at Pinon and will overcome this and we will continue to provide our students an outstanding educational experience.' Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chrstine Peters

Fire set Wednesday

Rummage Sale At WRPC Aug. 23

on August 15, 2014 - 8:27am

WRPC News:

White Rock Presbyterian Church is hosting its annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 in Memorial Hall at the church, 310 Rover Blvd.

There are three ways members of the community can help to make this a success. First of all, plan to attend. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” There will be a number of items for sale, including clothing, books, games, sports equipment, household goods and furniture.

WRPC also will accept donated gently used items to the sale. Donation receipts will be provided. Donations will be accepted Friday, Aug.

Retirees Celebrate 'NOT Back to School' Thursday

on August 15, 2014 - 8:14am

Celebrating Thursday's 'NOT Back to School' breakfast, Inez Ross and Bill Hudson gather with other retired educators. Hudson founded the annual event 40 years ago. He called a few retirees and they called others, and it grew into the big event it is today. Many thanks go to retiree Judy Crocker who has been the organizer of this annual event for years. The retirees share breakfast at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill, meet new retirees and visit after their no agenda, no dues, no obligation meeting. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster


GOP Women Meet At Noon Aug. 19

on August 15, 2014 - 7:58am
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) will hold a meeting at noon Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer. 
All registered Republican Woman are invited to attend. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Woman's Shelter in Espanola. When confirmed, the speaker for this meeting will be announced on our Facebook page.
For more information, contact Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, 2014

on August 14, 2014 - 3:28pm

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.



Aug. 7 at 9:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Aug. 7 at 11:34 a.m. / A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on North Mesa Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.

Pinon Elementary School Playground Vandalized

on August 14, 2014 - 3:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced moments ago that the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism overnight to the Pinon Elementary School playground on Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Police and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground that came in at approximately 1:28 a.m., today from a resident who called Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Det.

Los Alamos Detectives Arrest Burglary Suspects

on August 14, 2014 - 2:26pm

Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Det. Ben Hinrichs process stolen items retrieved Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday with assistance from New Mexico State Police at a residence in Ojo Caliente and arrested two suspects associated with a string of Los Alamos residential burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, of Ojo Caliente is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th

Pilot Susan Larson Shares With Local Rotarians Her High Flying Adventures

on August 14, 2014 - 1:32pm
Santa Fe Aviator Susan Larson describes dodging storms in a single engine plane during her presentation Tuesday to Los Alamos Rotarians at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Rotary Past President Jim Nesmith introduces Santa Fe Aviator Susan Larson to a crowd of Rotarians gathered Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local Rotarians got into the spirit of adventure during Tuesday’s regular meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.


Killing Killer Asteroids With Nuclear Explosives

on August 14, 2014 - 1:26pm

PrintScreen/LANL YouTube Channel

LANL News:

We’ve all see Armageddon, but just how real is the threat to humanity from asteroids or other near-Earth objects (NEOs)? According to scientists, it’s very real.

So real, in fact, that the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space recently created a special action team dedicated to gathering and analyzing data on NEOs and the danger they pose to our p lanet.

Any NEO greater than a half-mile in diameter can become a deadly threat, and the likelihood is very high that a killer asteroid will eventually find itself on a collision

Pino Fire Underway in Jemez Ranger District

on August 14, 2014 - 1:01pm

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District. 

It is approximately one-half acre in size on a spur ridge. The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours. 

No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited. As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  

The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit. 

LANL: Public Comment Invited for Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:49pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan is available year-round for comments.

LANL reviews the Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan, if needed, in August to include necessary changes and comments received during the year. LANL welcomes public comment, which may be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations

Community and Historical Society Discuss Third Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:36pm

Swimming at the cistern at Anchor Ranch ca. 1945: GIs Charles Graf and Burt Lutz with Stella and Josephine (last names unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

As the drama continues in WGN’s new series, Manhattan, there was another great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the third episode. 

Manhattan presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

TORGV Registration Is Open

on August 14, 2014 - 11:30am


The Tour of the Rio Grande Valley (TORGV) ride is Sunday, Sept. 14. 

Registration is $60, ($15 late fee after Sept. 3--$75 total) and includes the ride with maps, rest stops, sag support, TORGV T-shirt and other goodies. Riders may register online until Sept. 12. Riders are welcome to register day of event (cash and check only).

TORGV was started by the Albuquerque Wheelmen in the 1970’s and ran for more than 20 years.

At its height, TORGV attracted thousands of riders and was the premier bicycle tour in New Mexico.

Don't Cook Tonight ... On Tap! is at Blue Window Bistro

on August 14, 2014 - 11:08am

Don't cook dinner tonight! Fuller Lodge Art Center has much better plans in store for Los Alamos. 'It's our turn to host On Tap! 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro with guest speaker Laurie Tomlinson with the Los Alamos Light Opera. Listen as she talks about LALO's newest production Broadway on the Hill. Courtesy photo

School is Back in Session!

on August 14, 2014 - 10:18am

Aimee Morrison is Piñon Elementary School's favorite crossing guard. Her smiling face and happy waves have greeted students and parents for several years at the Sherwood/Grand Canyon intersection. She enjoys wearing silly hats for the kids, and today's hat says, 'Welcome Back!' in honor of the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year. Photo by April Nolan

Aroma of Roasting Chili, Guitar Music, Fresh Bread and Vegetables Fills Farmers Market

on August 14, 2014 - 9:55am

A delicious aroma wafts through the Farmers Market this morning as Matt Romero roasts fresh picked chili from Romero's Farm in the Mesa Public Library parking lot near Fuller Lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/

Music fills the air this morning at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/

Fresh bread on sale at today's Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/

Colorful vegetables. Photo by Chris Clark/

Lots of shoppers. Photo by Chris Clark/

Guy Forsyth and the Hot Nut Riveters at Del Norte Credit Union Friday

on August 14, 2014 - 9:11am
Summer Concert Series Producer

Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.15, is at Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Dr. We’re calling the evening “Co-op Night” and we thank DNCU, Zia Credit Union, LA Schools Credit Union, LA Co-op Market and the Espanola Community Market for their support of the Series and support of our town.

Friday’s concert is free of charge, thanks to our sponsors. Bring your own chairs.

The music Friday will be by the great Guy Forsyth and his new band, the Hot Nut Riveters from Austin, Texas.


Los Alamos Pianist Juanita Madland Competes in Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest

on August 14, 2014 - 9:03am
Juanita Madland at the piano. File photo


Local piano virtuoso Juanita Madland is competing in the Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest. The winner will be awarded automatic entry into the seventh International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2016.

Competitors submitted a performance video of 5-10 minutes in length and the winner will be determined by public voting online.

To see and vote for Madland’s video entry or for the videos of other contestants, click here. Voting continues through Firday.


School Board Seeks Candidates For Vacant Seat

on August 14, 2014 - 8:29am

Los Alamos School Board from left, President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Jim Hall, Secretary Matt Williams, Vice President Kevin Honnell and David Foster who recently resigned. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The August meeting of the Los Alamos School Board was Tuesday at the Administration Building Conference Room.

The meeting opened with a short recognition ceremony for David Foster who is leaving the School Board. Foster represented District 3. He is moving from Los Alamos. School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie thanked Foster for his service to the District.


Los Alamos Co+op Market Community Event Packed With Festivities This Weekend!

on August 14, 2014 - 8:07am


CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is trying something new this weekend, Aug. 16- and 17, its first Truckload Sale featuring deep discounts for everyone, two consecutive Co+op Member Appreciation Days, activities for all ages, and organic roasted chile.

The Co+op will have activities for all ages this weekend:

  • Bouncy House, donated by Little Forest Playschool, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Live music by local guitarist Matt Tapia 5-6 p.m.
  • Scavenger Hunts for all ages – self guided
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy face painting by Son-shine Art noon to 2 p.m.
  • Other

Meet PEEC Volunteer Teralene Foxx

on August 14, 2014 - 7:56am
Teralene (Terry) Foxx
PEEC Featured Volunteer

Teralene (Terry) Foxx is well-known around town as a fire specialist, author, storyteller, teacher, Living Treasure and volunteer. She has volunteered at PEEC for many years and in different capacities, most recently serving as board president for the past 19 months.

In that role, Foxx took PEEC from a mostly-volunteer organization, to hiring several part-time, paid staff members. She also oversaw the initiative to establish the Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and PEEC.


Juniors and Seniors Invited to 'College Search 101'

on August 14, 2014 - 7:34am
Louise O’Brien and Joanna Gillespie from the LAPS Foundation meet with Connie Goettee from the LAHS Career Resource Center to plan 'College Search 101.' Photo by Morrie Pongratz 


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has partnered with Connie Goettee from the Los Alamos High School Career Resource Center to present “College Search 101” at 6 p.m., Friday in the Lower Commons at LAHS.

The Foundation has recruited a dozen recent grads to share their college search experience with current juniors and seniors.


Talk on Climbing the Adriatic at Mountaineers Meeting Aug. 20

on August 14, 2014 - 7:25am
Laura Heerschap rock climbing in the Adriatic will speak about her experiences Aug. 20 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/Laura Heerschap


Live to work or work to live? That’s a question that some of us will be left pondering after the August presentation at the Los Alamos Mountaineers Meeting.

The monthly meeting of the LA Mountaineers is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20  at Fuller Lodge. The meeting starts with refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming LAM-sponsored trips, a “safety minute” courtesy of one of the members, and a feature presentation.

This month, Lauren Heerschap