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Letter to the Editor: On the 'Full Functioning' of the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities

on September 11, 2014 - 7:43am
Citizens to Preserve Sound Utilities

Thank you to the Los Alamos Republican Party for hosting a Forum on August 21 on the merits of Question 2 on the November ballot:  Should Article V of the County Charter be repealed in its entirety and replaced to reconfigure the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and the County Council?

Proponents of the new Charter provision stated that it is critical that the Board be “fully functional,” given its important role in County governance.  Their focus was on Board members as individuals who might become impaired.


School Board Will Interview Candidates For Position #3 Vacancy at 5:30 p.m. Today

on September 11, 2014 - 7:25am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, Sept. 11 in the School Board Room, Administration Offices 2075 Trinity Dr..

The agenda includes interviews with candidates for School Board District Position # 3 for the open School Board position.

The candidates include:

Candidates include:

  • Shelby Redondo;
  • Caroline Boyle;
  • NancyAnn Holmes; and
  • Keeley Miller Power.

The School Board may take possible action to choose the member for School Board District Position #3.

The School Board will hold a School Board Retreat 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept.


Tour Eco Station 2-4 p.m. Today

on September 11, 2014 - 7:22am
Eco Tour guests, wearing yellow vests for safety visit the Los Alamos Eco Station and solar array Monday. Tour leaders are Public Works Director Philo Sheldon, Utilities Department Public Information Officer Julie-Williams Hill and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule. The next Eco Tour is 2-4 p.m. today, Sept. 11. The Eco Tours are part of ScienceFest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
The Los Alamos solar array provides power to North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. The array includes test panels from a number of companies.

LANL's Roger Wiens Presents Talk to German Visitors

on September 11, 2014 - 7:07am

LANL's Roger Wiens, principal investigator of the SuperCam team and principal investigator of the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam Team gave a presentation Saturday to a group of Germans visiting the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Mark Hartman

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am


SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

Local Fest Showcases Area Products and Services

on September 11, 2014 - 7:02am
Raffle tickets for local items on sale at Local Fest. Courtesy/Los Alamos Co+op Market
Espanola Valley Fiber Arts booth at Local Fest. Courtesy/Los Alamos Co+op Market

CO+OP News:

Last weekend, the Los Alamos Co+op Market celebrated Local Fest, promoting local vendors including Camino de Paz and showcased local health practitioners at the Health and Wellness Fair.

Local Fest, well attended over the busy weekend, displayed the Co+op’s commitment to the local community and reiterated the Co+op’s updated definition of local: items grown or produced within 300 miles of the Co+op or in New

Diners Over Diamond Benefit United Way Programs

on September 10, 2014 - 5:21pm
Football team members Clay Singer, Josef Sorenson and Jarrett Genero participate in Sunday's Dinner over Diamond event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Sal Fellers enjoys eating high above the traffic Sunday on Diamond Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos High School Cheerleaders including Deann Janetzley, April Boe, Kyle Boe, Melissa Heidel, Dee Cruz Murphy and Alyssa Trujillo help promote the Dinner over Diamond fundraiser Sunday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was a full house for Sunday's Dinner over


This Week at the Reel Deal

on September 10, 2014 - 5:19pm
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening Dolphin Tale 2, and Let’s be Cops. We will hold The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay for another week. A Most Wanted Man and Boyhood will end this Thursday.

Movie Poster for 'Dolphin Tale 2'. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Dolphin Tale 2: Warner Bros.

Dynofit CEO Demonstrates Biofeedback Through Video Gaming

on September 10, 2014 - 5:15pm
Rohan Loveland of Dynofit Inc. shows how the video game he designed can be used as a biofeedback devise to teach muscles to flex or relax. Electrodes are placed on the muscle and the person uses a flex or relax motion to play the game. Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet gets hooked up to play the game with her thumb. Loveland still wears the electrodes he used to play the game with his eyebrows. The event, Biofeedback: Game Your Brain. was held at Diamond Mix Workspace Monday and was part of Science Fest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

'Turbul3nc3' Thanks Los Alamos Community

on September 10, 2014 - 4:53pm
Aka Turbul3nc3

I wanted to take time to thank the community for the support they gave me during the recent DJ competition I entered. My fans, friends, family and the Los Alamos community came together to help me win the competition. 

I won the privilege to represent New Mexico at the Sun City Music Festival in El Paso, Texas. On Aug. 30, I traveled to El Paso and opened the whole festival, playing on the same stage as some of the largest DJs in the country. The experience was life changing and I will carry the experience with me forever.


Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Sept. 11, 2011 Terrorist Attacks

on September 10, 2014 - 4:39pm

Courtesy photo


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday, Sept. 11, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:


WHEREAS, 13 years ago on an otherwise peaceful fall morning, our nation was attacked in New York City, Washington D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania by

LAMS Students Create Wall of Awesomeness

on September 10, 2014 - 4:27pm
Seventh graders who helped create Wall of Awesomeness. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzin
Eighth graders who helped create the Wall of Awesomeness. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzin

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School Student Council, along with several WEB Crew leaders put together the Wall of Awesomeness as part of the school's suicide prevention activities.

One of the notes on the Wall of Awesomeness. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzin

The original concept from Los Alamos High School 2014 graduates Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik continues at LAMS with students answering two questions: What


Fourteen LAHS Students Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 10, 2014 - 4:07pm

The 14 LAHS students named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program pictured with LAHS Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist, front left, and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, front right, and from front, left to right, Sally Grindstaff, Leyla Akhadov, Sarah Wallstrom, Sara Stubben, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy. Back, left to right, Daniel Ben-Naim, William Zhao, Colin Redman, Harrison Williams, Alexander Swart, Benjamin Reichelt, AJ Makela and Vincent Tang. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

Community Invited to Sierra Club Picnic Sept. 13

on September 10, 2014 - 3:47pm


The Sierra Club will hold its annual picnic 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the North Mesa Picnic Area. 

The community is invited to join club members for burgers, brats and 'Ban the Bag Planning.' Vegetarian options will be available at the picnic.

RSVPs are recommended at 505.662.9443 or

Letter to the Editor: Who should be believed?--Utilities, Chandler vs. Gibson et al

on September 10, 2014 - 3:34pm
Los Alamos resident of 20 years
Title: Who should be believed?--Utilities, Chandler vs. Gibson et al.
Who should you believe, Chandler, a long-time veteran of such affairs, or the current county council?
Why would county council so desperately want this new control? After all, they have an excellent record of (cough!) not spending many millions of dollars here and there on woefully unnecessary boondoggles, trying to cram a roundabout on every intersection on Trinity, and otherwise jacking up our property taxes on a regular basis (but only temporarily, expiring just

Opera on the Rocks Presents Don Giovanni Sept. 20

on September 10, 2014 - 3:22pm


Be part of an unforgettable experience. This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents Don Giovanni, one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by the beauty of Bandelier National Monument.

Join music lovers of all ages Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater. Opera Alta will present an abridged performance starting at 5:30 p.m. of this classic Mozart production. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts to enjoy listening in a special venue.  

Hosts of the event

Meet Patrick Soran Participating In 2014 Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour

on September 10, 2014 - 3:04pm

Art by Patrick Soran. 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 Patrick Soran:

Patrick Soran

When I first became interested in woodworking many years ago, I found that it was a form of therapy after a day of work in the scientific arena.

Letter to the Editor: Guided By Something Jefferson Wrote With Regard To Amendments

on September 10, 2014 - 2:38pm
Los Alamos

I have yet to see a solid reason presented as to the need for the currently proposed Charter amendment.

I didn't see any good reason for any of the previous amendments either. But perhaps this is because in all matters of this nature I am guided by something Jefferson wrote, "It is the natural propensity for the functionaries of every government to gather unto themselves the rights and property of their constituents."

Seems to me that charter amendments can be one means toward that end.


Community Invited to Enchilada Dinner Fundraiser For Sheriff Lucero Sept. 27

on September 10, 2014 - 2:32pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero in the Los Alamos County Rodeo. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to attend an Enchilada Dinner fundraiser 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Los Alamos Sheriffs Posse Lodge hosted by the Committee to Re-Elect Sheriff Marco Lucero

Tickets can be purchased through the campaign website or by calling 505.467.9816Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-10 and children 6 and under are free.


LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

Los Alamos Students Take Top Prizes At 2014 New Mexico State Fair!

on September 10, 2014 - 1:38pm

Jordan Duran, left, and Caemlyn Tripp, right, of Los Alamos High School with their art teacher Mary Grace. Photos by Stephanie Rittner

Eliana Rodriguez of Chamisa Elementary School and her art teacher Renee Mitsunaga. Photos by Stephanie Rittner

From left, Art teacher Renee Mitsunaga, Eliana Rodriguez, Jordan Duran, Caemlyn Tripp and art teacher Mary Grace. Photos by Stephanie Rittner


Three students from Los Alamos Public Schools won prizes for the artwork they entered into the 2014 Students Art exhibit at the state fair.

Eliana Rodriguez of Chamisa Elementary School

Fitness Column: Exercise and Psychological Disorders

on September 10, 2014 - 11:59am
Exercise and Psychological Disorders

Millions of Americans suffer, to some extent, from a psychological disorder. Most prevalent among these are depression and anxiety disorders.

For many years, therapy from psychologists and psychiatrists and medications have been used to treat these disorders. Today, exercise is increasingly being included in the treatment plans for those suffering from these problems.

Numerous studies have been done showing the benefits of exercise.

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

OBITUARY: Mary Ellen Cousins Jan. 20, 1934 – Sept. 5, 2014

on September 10, 2014 - 11:47am

MARY ELLEN COUSINS Jan. 20, 1934 – Sept. 5, 2014

Mary Ellen Cousins, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Mary Ellen Cousins was born on the 20th of January, 1934 to Leo and Frieda Nordberg in St. Louis, MO.  She was the only daughter out of five children. She spent her early years growing up in St. Louis and moved to Sparta, IL before Jr. High. She and all of her brothers graduated from Sparta High. She then followed in the family tradition of attending Southern Illinois University.

She returned to St. Louis and there she met her future husband, Bob.